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Little Red iding Hood.
O NCE upon a time, there lived, in a cer. tain village, a little country girl, the pretti~t creature ever seen. Her mother was exces. sively fond of her, and her grandmother doated$
o/ en her much more. This good woman -ot
made' for her' a little Red Riding-Hood; which became the girl so well, that every
body called her Little Red Riding-Hood.
.One day, her mother, having made some custards, said to her, "Go, my dear, and see how thy grand-mamma does, for I hear she has been very ill ; carry her a custard and a little pot of butter." Little Red Riding-Hood sets out immediately to go>kto her grand-mother, who lived in another village. As she was ginlg through the wood,, she met with Gaffer Wolf, who had a very great mind to at her up, but he durst not, because of some
ot-makers hard by in the forest.
e asked her whither she was going: the
child who did not know that it was gerous to stay and hear a Wolf talk, said
to i am going to see my grand-mamma,
rry her a custard, and a little pot of
butter, from my mamma. Does she live
Sff?" said the Wolf. "Oh! ay," answered tUttle Red Riding-Hood, "it is beyond that inil you see there, at the first house in the viilaf" Well," said the wolf, "and I'll go and see her to; I'll go this way, and go you that, and we shall see who will be
.fhe Wolf began to run as fast as he could
king the nearest way ; and the little gid
went by that farthest about, diverting hersec
in gathering nuts, running after butterflies,
and making nosegays of such flowers as she met with. The Wolf was not long before he got
Sto the old woman's house. Hle kinosked at the door, tap, tap. "Whose there2l" "Your grand-child, Little Red Riding-Rod (replied the Wolf, counterfeiting her voice) who hasbrought you a custard, and a little pot ot .
butter, sent you by mamma."
I The good grand-mother, who was in bed,
1 because she found herself somewhat ill, cried I out, "Pull the bobbin and the latch will go up." The Wolf pulled the bobbin, and the a door opened, and then presently he fell upon
the good woman, and eat her up in a moment ; d for it was above three days that he had not ri touched a bit. He then shut the door, and
*ent into the grand-mother's bed, expeAing S Little Red Riding-Hood, who came some time
afterwards, and knocked at the door, tap, tap. Who's there ?" Little Led RidingHood hearing the big voice of the Wolf, was atfirstafraid; but believing hergrand.mother had got a cold, and was hoarse, answered, 'Tis your grand-child Little Red Riding.
Hood, who has brought you a custard, and a little pot of butter, mamma sends you." The Wolf cried out to her, softening his voice as much as he could, Pull the bobbin and the latch will go up." Little Red Riding-Hood
pulled the bobbin, and the door opened.
The Wolf, seeing her come ini said to her,
hiding himself under the bed clothes, "Put the custard and the little pot of butter upon the stool, and come and lie down by me." Little Red Riding.Hood undressed herself, and went to bed; where, being greatly amazed to see
ow- her grandmother looked in her nightclothes, she said to her, Grand-mamma, what great arms you have got !".- "Thabis the better, to hug thee my dear." "Grandmamma, what great legs you have got !""That is to run the better my child." "Grandminamma, what great ears you have got "" That is to ~hear the better, my child."
SGiand-mamma, what great eyes you have ao." "That is to see the better, my child."
99 Grand-mamma what great teeth you haA 1 got !" "That is to eat thee up." And say. ing these words, the wicked Wolf fell upon Little Red Riding-.Hood, and eat her up.
T HERE was, once upon a time, a widow, 4ho had two daughters. The eldest was so much like her in the face, and in humour, that whoever loked upon the daughter, saw the mother. rhey were both so disagreeable ~and so proud, that there was no living with them. The youngest, who was the very pic. ture'of her father, for courtesey and sweetness
of temper, was withal one of the most beanu., tiful girls ever seen. As people naturally love their own likeness, the mother even doated on the eldest daughter and at the same time
had a horrible aversion for the youngest. She made her eat in the ldtchen, and work continually.
Among other things, this poor chid was forced twice a day to draw water,,a mile and half from the house, and bring i a pitcher full of it. One day, as she
the fountain, there came to bie ap man who begged of her to let herdrink "1 Oh! ay, with all my heart, Goody;" said this pretty little girl; and rincingfimmediattly the pitcher, she took up some water from the clearest place in the fountain, and gave it to her, holding up the pitcher all the while, that she might drink the easier.
The good woman having drank, saiH to her, "You are so pretty, my dear, so good,, j and so mannerly, that I cannot -help giW
you a gift (for this was a Fairy, who had taken the form of a poor country woman, to see how far the civility and good manners of this pretty girl would go;) I will give you for a gift (continued the Fairy) that, at every w ord you speak, there shall come out of your th ither a flower or a jewel."
Whel, this pretty girl came home, her other ;scolded at her for staying so long at th:vtain. I beg your pardon, mamma (s the poor girl) for not making more haste," and in speaking these words, there came out of her mouth, two roses, and two pearls, and two diamonds. "What is it I e there ?" said her mother, quite astonished; t think I see pearls and diamonds come out ilie girl's ~noutth! how happens this qiild?" (this Was the first time sheever called her child.)
The poor creature told iher frankly all the matter, not without dropping out infinite numbers of diamonds, "In good faith," cried the mother, "I must send my child thi. ther. Come hither, Fanny, look what comes out of thy sister's mouth when she speaks! wold's, not thou be glad, my dear, to have the same gift given to thee? thou hast nothing else to do but to go and draw water out of thi fountain, and when a certain poor woman asks you to let her drink, give it her very civilly ."
"It would be a very fine sight indeed," said this ill-bred minx, to see me draw water!"l
-. You shall go, hussey," said the mother, t and this minute." So away she went, but grumbling all the way, taking with her the best silver tankard in the-house.
She was no sooner at the fountain, than she aaw, coming out of the wood, a lady most gloriously dressed, who came up to her, and asked to drink. This was, you must know, the very Fairy who had appeared to her sister, but had now taken the air and dress of a princess, to see how far this girl's rudeness would go. "Am I come hither," said the proud saucy slut, to serve you with water, pray ? I supppose the silver tankard was brought purely for your ladyship, was it ? however you may drink out of it, if you have a fancy."
-" You are not over and above mannerly," answered the Fairy, without putting herself in a passion: "well, then, since you have so little breeding, and are so disobliging, I give..you for a gift, that, at every word yo k, 0j there shall come out of your mouth a s4 or a toad."
So soon as her mother saw her coming, she cried out 1Well, daughter I" Wel
mother!" answered the pert hussey, throwing out of her moatktwo vipers and two toads.
"0 mercy," cried the mother, what is it I see? 0 it is that wretch, her sister, who has occasioned all this; but she shall pay for it!" and immediately she run to beat her.
The poor child fled away from her, and hid herself in the forest, not far from thence.
The King's son, on his return from hunting, met her, and seing her so very pretty, asked her what she did there alone, and why she cried? "Alas! sir, my mammy, hai turned me out, of doors." The king's son' who saw five or six diamonds and as manu pearls come, out of her mouth, desired her t tell him how that happened; she thereupon told him the whole story; and so the king son fell in love with her; and, considering with himself that such a gift was worth mo than any" marriage portion whatsoever in an
ther, conducted her to the palace of the king his father, and there married her.
As for her sister, she made herself so much hated, that her own mother turned her off; and the miserable wretch, having wandered about a good-while, without finding any body to take her in, went to a corner in a wood, and there died.
TERE was a man, who had fine houses, both in town and country, a deal of silver and gold plate, embroidered furniture, and coaches gilded all over with gold. But ths
inan had the misfortune to have a eard, Which made him so frightfully ns -that all the women and girls ran away from himu.
One of his neighbours, a lady of quality, had two daughters, who were perfect beauties. He desired of her one of them in mar. riage, leaving to her the choice which of the two she would bestow upon him. They
would neither of them have him, and senthim backwards and forwards from one to another ; not being able to bear the thoughts of marrying a man who had a blue beard. And what beside' gave them disgust and aversion, was, his having already been married to several wives, and nobody knrw what became of them.
Blue Beard, to engage their affection, took them, with the lady their mother, and three or four ladies of their acquaintnce, -with other young people of the neigbodtjo to one of his country-seats, where they d a. whole week. There was nothing thento be seen but parties of pleasure,. Juntin~g, Rhi Smith, and feasting. Nobody went to b; but all passed the night in rallying and jo with each other: in short, every thing so succeeded, that the youngest daughter beg to think the master of the house not to hv a beard so very blue, and that he wa A mighty civil gentleman.
So soon as they returned home, the marrage was concluded. About a month afterwards, glue Beard told his wife, that he was obliged to take a country journey for six weeks at least, about affairs of very great consequence, desiring her to divert herself in his absence, send for her friends and acquaintan, carry them into the country, if se pleased, and sake good cheer wherever she was: "Here. said he) are the keys of the
two great wardrobes, wherein I have my best furniture; tese are of my silver and gold plate, which is not every day in use; these open my strong boxes which hold my money, both gol and silver; -these my caskets of jewels; and this is the master-key to all my apartments: but for this little one here, it is
the key of the closet at the end of the greit gallery on the ground.floor. Open them aP, go into all and every one, except that little closet, which I forbid you, and forbidi i such a manner, that if you happen to open it there is nothing but what you may pect from my just. anger and resentmeirt. 'She promised to observe exactly whatever hohad ordered; when he, after having embraced her, got into his coach, and wentonl his journey.
Her neighbours and good friends did not stay to be sent for by the new married lady, so great was their impatience to see all the rich furniture of her house, not daring to comp while her husband was there, because f his blue beard, which frightened them. They rait through all the rooms, closets, and wardrobes, which were all so rich and fine that they seemed to surpass one another. After that, they went up into the twogreat roo(Ds, where were the best and riclest -furniture; they could not sufficiently admire the number and beauty of the tapestry, beds, couches, cabi nets, stands, tables, and looking.glassesq, i wfltich you might see yourself from head to foot; some of them were framed pth glass, others with silver, plain and gilded, thefest and most magnificent ever seen. They ed not to extol and envy the happiness of ,peie
friend, who in the mean time no way diverted herself in looking upon all these rich things, "because of the impatience she had to go and
open the closet on the ground-floor. She was so much pressed by her curiosity, that, without considering that it was very uncivil to leave her company, she went down a little back stair-case, and with such excessive haste that she had twice or thrice like to have broken her neck.
Being come to the closet-door, she made a stop for some time, thinking upon her husband's orders and considering what unhappiness iight attend her if she was discovered,
-butthe temptation was so strong she could not4 overcome it ; she took then the little key, an opened it trembling; but could not at 4irst see any Iing plainly, because the winws were shut. After some momentss she began to perceive that the floor was all covered
over with clotted blood, on which lay the bodies of several dead women ranged against the walls; kthese were all the wives whom Blue Beard had married and murdered one after another.) She thought she should have died for fear, and the key, which she pulled out of the lock, fell out of her hand.
After having somewhat recovered her sur. prise, she took up the key, locked the door, and went up stairs into her chamber to reco. ver herself ; but she could not, so much was she frightened. Having observed that the key of the closet was stained with blood, she tried two or three times to wipe it off, but the blood would not come out; in vain did she wash it, and even rub it with soap and sand, the blood still remained, for the key was a fairy, and she could never make it quite ekan; when the blood was gone off from onq. it came again on the other.
Blue Beard returned from his jou'eay ie same evening, and said he had received let ters upon the road, informing him that the affair he went about was ended tohis advan tage." His wife did all she could to conviig him she was extremely glad of hisretur. Next morning he asked her for the keys, whih she gave him, but with such a trembling hald that he easily guessed what had happeed. P What (said he) is not the key ef my loet
among the rest?" "I must certainly (answered she) have left it above upon the table."
Fail ot id Blue Beard) to bring it me
A several goings backwards and for
are was forced to bring him the key:.
B1e Beard, having very attentively considered, it said to his wife, How comes this blood upon the key ?" I do not know,'"
cried the poor woman, paler than death.
You do not know (replied Blue Beard i) I vweHl know, you was resolved to go into
oset, was you not? mighty well, madam,
all go in and take your place among
th-ladies yoU saw there."
I this she threw herself at her husband's
e, ad begged his pardon with all the signs
A true repentance, and promised that she
t kr morebe disobedient. She would
te wlte a rock, so beautiful ana sorrowful
O h:ut Blue Beard had a heart harder
th yn rock. "You must die, madam,
( ) and that.iresently." "Since l mustianswered she, looking upon him with her
cy all bathed in tears) give me some little
tie to ay my prayers." 1 give you (replie ue Beard) half a quarter of an hour,
a1o one moment more."
Wenshe was alone, she called out to her
ster, and said to her, "Sister Anne (for
that was her name) go up, I beg you, upon the top of the tower, and look if my brothers are coming: they promised me they
would come to-day, and if yo gic
them a sign to make haste." Hr sister Anne went upon the top of the tower, and tepoo afflicted wife cried out from time to time, "Anne, sister Anne, do you see any one coming ?" and sister Anne said, "4 I see nothing but the -sun, which makes a dust, and the grass, which looks green."
In the mean while Blue Beard, holding a great scimitar in his hand, cried out as loud as he could bawl to his wife, "Come dowit instantly, or I will come up to you." "On( moment longer, if you please," said his wife: and then she cried out very softly, ", Anie, sister Anne, dost thou see any body coming?" Sister Anne answered, "I see nothing but the sun, which makes a dust, and the grass looking green." Come down quickly, (cried Blue Beard) or I will come up to you."
-I am coming," answered his wife : and tbrit she cried, Anne, sister Anne, dost thou t see any one coming ?" "I see (replied sister Anne) a great dust which comes on this s-dc here." "Are they my brothers ?"- "Alas no, my dear sister, I see a flock of sheep"ll ",.Will you not come down ?" cried ltui Reard. "One moment lon-er" said his wife;
and then she cried out Anne, sister Annd, dost thou see any body coming ?" "I see (said she) two horsenn coming, but they are a great way off." "God be praised (replied
te poor wi fe joyfully) they are my brothers."
I aml making them a sign, as well as I can, or them to make hge." Then Blue Beard bawled out so loud, that he made the whole house tremble.
The distressed w ife came down, and threw herself at his feet, all in tears, with her hair about her shoulders. "This signifies nothing. (says Blue Beard) you must die." Then takhin hold of her hair with one hand, and lifting up his scymnitar with the other, he was going to ta-e off her head. The poor gentlewoman, iurinug about to him. and looking at hiA'
with dying eyes, desired him to afford her one little moment to recollect herself. "No, no (said he) recommend thyself to God ;" and he was just ready to strike. -At this very instant there was such a loud knocking at the gate, that Blue Beard made a sudden stop. The gate was opened, and presently entered two horsemen, who, drawing their swords, ran directly to Blue Beard. lie knew them to be his wife's brothers, one a dragoon, the other a musqueteer ; so that he ran immediately to save himself; but the two brothers pursued so close, that they overtook him before he could get to the steps of the porch, when they ran their swords through his body, and left him dead.
The poor wife was almost as dead as her husband, and had not strength enough to rise and welcome her brothers. Blue Beard had no heirs, and so his wife became mistress of all his estate. She made use of one part of it to marry her sister Anne to a young gentleman who had loved her a long while; another part to buy captains' commissions fur her bro,thers; and the rest to marry herself to avery worthy gentleman, who made her forgetflig i1 time she passed with Blue Beard.
HERE was a King who had three son being fearful that they should desire to r before his death, he caused reports to be
r p ad that they wanted to deprive him of hi
grown. The King found himself old, but his capacity for government no ways decayed ; and, as he did not chuse to resign his crown, he thought to amuse his sons by promises. To this end, he took them into his -closet, and told them, his age would not allow him to apply himself to the public affairs as usual, and as he must resign his crown to one of them, he hoped they would endeavor to please him for such a present: he wished for a little dog to keep him company in his retirement, and promised, without regard to their age, that he who procured the most beautiful should be his heir.
The three Princes were surprised at their father's desire for a little dog. However, they took their leave of the King, who gave them money and jewels, and ordered them to return that day twelve-months.
They took different roads without any at. tendants. The two eldest had many adventures, which I shall pass over, and speak only of the youngest, who was a youth of fine shape, bright parts, and brave, even to a fault. He kept travelling from place to place ; and one night being surprised in a large forest by a storm of thunder, lightning, and rain, he beheld a light at a distance, and made up to it, in hopes of procuring a lodging. ie fol, ]owed the light, and arrived at the Zates of
f fairy castle, all of massy gold, the reflection
of which was what he saw at a distance.
Here he found a deer's foot at the end of
a chain of diamonds, which he pulled, and
heard the sound of a silver bell; he saw no person, buttwelve hands appeared, each of which held alight; and finding himself pushed on, he advanced, and heard two sweet voices
With unconcern behold these hands,
And dread no false alarms;
If you are sure you can withstand
"The force of beauty's charms."
He could not believe he was invited so kindl
tIj o suffer any injury, and therefore passe
through several apartments, the magnificenc f whichiWas incredible. He at last arrive
in a beautiful room, where he saw an eagy chair make towards him, and the fire kindle of itself. As the clothes he had on werewet, a fine shirt, and a robe of gold brocade were presented him ; and he was soon dressed in very fine clothes by these hands which he silently admired. He was now conducted into a spacious hall, richly furnished, where he saw in the paintings the stories of the most eminent cats.
In this place two cloths were laid with gold plate, which, as he admired, he saw some cats come and place themselves upon a bench. While he gazed at these with surprise, he saw a little figure come forward in a veil of black crape, led by two cats in black cloaks, with swords by their sides, and followed by a numerous train ; 'some of whom carried rats, and some mice, in traps and cages.
The figure in the black veil came up to him, and as it lifted up its veil he saw the prettiest little White Cat he bad ever set his eyes on.' Prince,' said she, you are welcome ; I ani very happy to see you here.'- Madam Puss,' replied the Prince, 'you are very generous to receive me so graciously: but you appear to me to be a Cat of extraordinary merit ; for the power of speech you enjoy, and this stately castle you possess, are sufficient proofi iof it.' Prince,' answered the White Cat,
'i desire you would forbear 1your compliments ; for I am plain both in my discourse and manners; but have a good heart.' Supper was brought up; the hands set two dishes of soup on the table, the one made of pigeons, and the other of fat mice. The sight of the one, hindered the Priuce from eating of the .other, fancying that the same cook dressed both; which the White Cat guessed at, assured him she had two kitchens, and that hn might eat of whatever was set before him, and be confident there were no rats nor aice in any dish that was offered him. After sipper, he was entertained with the converD nation of the White Cat, and a dance by twelve apes and cats in moorish habits. The White Cat then bid her guest a good night, and the hands led him into an apartment hung with tapestry, made of the wings ofbutterflies ; the bed was of silk, and the iteatest'he had ever seen.
In the morning he was presented with a
*vood&n horse, and a gold saddle set with diamonds, And was desired to partake of the diversion of hti g The White Cat rod upoi a beautiful ape, and having put off th, feil, and put on a hat and feathers, looke Ye-y fierce, and frightened all the mice tha saw her. Never was there better sport
The cat out-ran the mice and rabbits, nor'
were the birds in much more security.
The thoughts of the Prince were so. ben
on bearing the White Cat company, thiat.i did not think of his country and the ttle dog. The year slipt away, free from care and pain; but the White Cat knew theme he was to return. 'Don't you know,' says she, you have but three days to find a little dog in, und that your brothers have got some very fine ones ?' This roused the Prince from his lethargy: -- I By what secret charm,' cried he, have I forgot the only thing in the world that is of the greatest importance to me? Where shall I find a little dog beauL tiful enough to gain a kingdom?' Do not
grieve,' said the White Cat, though you are five hundred leagues from your father's court
the wooden horse willt carry you in less thait twelve -hour~s ;' and take. this acorn ; in it is a beautiful little dlog, put it to your ear, and you will hear it bark.' .The Prince obeyed, heard 4 hark, and was transported with joy. Ile thanked her a thousand times and took a tender farewell.
Arrived at the castle, lie found his brother., were there before him, who were surprized at his wooden home, and an ugly turaspit
dothat he led in a string. Their dogs~ were indeed so very delicate, that the King' kew not in whose fauror to declare, for they, wre nearly equal in beauty; the youngest Prince, however, soon put an end to the difference by opening the acorn which th White Cat had given him, where they saw the most beautiful little dog;, lying on cotton, that ever eyes beheld. But the King was to fond of a crown to resign it for a little dog and therefore desired they would go agai and find himi a web of cloth; fine enough t go through the eye of a small working needle They all three set out at second time, and tls yung Prince, mounted his wooden horit 'returned to the castle of the White Cat, t doors of wichl he found open, to receive hi'
The company of -the White Cat wass ~aing, that the second year rolled ov ;his4 xd before he thought of seeking for t
web of cloth; but the White t, who was watchful of his interest, informed him th, time drew near for his return, and presented him with a walnut. In a few hours he mounted an elegant chariot, drawn by twelve white horses, which soon brought him to his
journey's end. He found the King, with the Nobles assembled, examining the webs of cloth that his brothers had produced, and which were so very fine as to be drawh with case through the eye of a large needle.
The Prince, after saluting his father and
brothers, produced his walnut, which cracking he found contained a small hazle nut, which again enclosed a small acorn, wlherel was faund a corn of wheat, and in that a grain of millet. Here the Prince began to t oubtful aud was laughed at by his fathe
and all the courtiers, when crying, 4 0 Whitt Cat, White Cat, thou bast deceived me!' lie felt the paw of a Cat on his hand, which scratched him, and' fetched the blood. He therefore opened the millet seed, and found a web of cloth four hundred yards long, and most beautifully painted. The needle was produced, and the cloth put though it five or six times double. The, King, turned to his children, told them, nothing gave him so much, pleasure as to be sensible of the deference .they had for him, and added, This 4 makes me desirous of putting you to a new trial. -Go another year and he that brings 'me the most beautiful damsel, shall marry
4 her, and be crowned King.'
The three princes set out on their third search, and our young hero returned again to the White Cat, to whom he related the event of his late expedition, without repining At the decree of his father.
"I am pleased,' said the White Cat, that 4 in your account of this affair, you have not cast any refieffion on the King your father, whom it is your duty to obey. The way,' said she, to obtain a crown, is to be virtu, ous, and to endeavour to deserve one.'
He continued with the White Cat, and pent is hours in an agreeable manner, till Ih tirne approached f rhis return, when on
Aay, ats lhe and his little cGnpao Ikwr alone, she infornd~ him lie mus cu f e head, and presented hinia with kiefrthat purpose. The Prince remonstrate aint treating his fair friend in so cruel a mne but she insisted upon it, adding, that h a no other means left to secure h~is future hp piness; -and the Prince, water a great deal of persuasion, was indc. to aft as sh comnianded; but lbe ha'Tn sooner severed the~ head from the body, tha shie changed into the form of the most beautiful virgin that eer
was seen, and' returned with our~ young here to his father's palace, wherete were crown-A, ed sovereign~s of the bythi
virtue and goodtes gaine filv in4 "steems of all th& i'ubjets, aud li-,d ay ystarh in the atait pcc ajad harxu~a.
Piss in Boots.
TH7IERiE wats a miller, who had letn more estate to the three sons he had, than i mill I iis ass, and hii cat. The partition ~was so01a made; xiithcr the 5seney vor
attorney were sent for; they would 'soon have eaten tip all the patrimony. The eldest had the mill, the secc~d the ass, a'd the YOUngestA nothing but .the cat.
The poor young fellow was quite comfort-. less at having so poor a lot. "M Ay brothers (said hie) may get their living handsomely enough, by joining their stocks together ; but, for my part, ,yhg. I, have eaton up moy cat, and made me a muf of hiis skin, I must die with hunger.". Thc cat,, who heard all this, but made as if sbc~did riot, said to him,' with a grave and serious air,, "1Do not thus afilict yourself, my good master ; you have, nothing else to do, but to gle ma a baej, an get a pair of boots matte for ume,~ th~ a~t[Ravy scamper through, the dirt and bramhs" "'e': you shall see that you have not so bad a portion of me as you imagine."I
'Yhougli the cat's mastr &¬ bbQ'"rymuchi upon what he said .gte had however olten seen him play a greatiiany' cunning tricks, to catch rats and' mim ; as when he used to hang by the heels, or, bide himnself ift the meal, and make- 4 if.,be were dead ; so that he, did niot 4tgethser despair of kiis a~' a inrhg. htim sonte ,l in is m iserable con-. 4 iriln. Whell the C ad'w h~the asked for, he Oted hiims'tF e -asnti adptp hi's bhag abo ut MSh*Is eck, ie eld Die strings of
it in his fore paws, and went into a warren where was great abundance of rabbits. lie put bran and sow thistle into his bag, and stretching himself out at length as if he had been dead, he waited for some young rabbits, not yet acquainted with the deceits of the world, to come and rumtmage his bag for what be had put into it.
Scarce was he laid down, but he had what he wanted; a rash and foolish young rabbit jumped into his bag, and Monsieur Puss immediately drawing close the strings, took and killed him without pity. Proud of his prey, he went with it to the palace, and asked to speak with his majesty. He was shewn up stairs into the king's apartment, and making a low reverence, said to him, "I have brought yonu, sir,' a rabbit of the warren, which my
jinble Lordl, the AM.'lsis of Carabas (for thiat vias the title which puss waspleaed to ~give his master) hias cokandem t prset to your Da esty from im." el h' ms ter (said the king) tat I thn iad that he does ma grc dealof pesm
Aiiother time hie v -t and bid imel
am ongsm stauding cor, solding'stl uS bag open ; and when abac f partr~idgsI4 into it, he drew the strliiV avid so caught ke bothi. Hewent and mae a resetofte to the kinig, as he ha (one before ofth rabbit which be had. too i the warn k kling, in like manner iaecer the aties with great pleasure, and ordered himtini money to drink.
The cat contirnue(] for twoorteem
thus to carry hi~i majesty, from tic o1ae game of his master'taig e.dyn *1
titsilar, when4 he knew for crawhth a to take tlis air, alfong the iergd -*thm~ daughter, the most beautifulb pn iki the,
-world, lie said to his~ mater, 1f yon wilt follow my adN ice, you otni iral o
have nothing elsee to do, but go a&nd Nvash yourself in the rivein that par bk sew
yoand leave the reA to ic." TJhe arqni of Carabas did wbat-tfie cat advice iri
*hout knowing iwh irkw.re
While he was washing, the king passed by, and the cat began to cry out as loud as he could, ielp, help, my Lord Marquis of Carabas is going to be drowned." At this noise the king pat hishead out of the coachwindow and finding it was the cat who had often brought him such good game, he cornm. mandetd his guards to run immediately to the assistance of his Lordzlship the Marquis of Carabas.
While they were drawing the poor Marquis out of the, river, the cat came iup to the coach, aad tbid the king, that, While his master was -washing, there came by some rogues, who
-went off with his clothes, though he had cried out thieves! thieves! several times, as loud as he could." This cumaning cat had hidden them ;pider a great stone. The king immediately commanded the officers of his wardrobe to run and fetch one of his best suits for the
-Lord Marquis of Carabas.
The king caressed him after a very extraordinary manner; and as the fine clothes he had given him extremely set off his good mien (for he was well-mnade and very handsome in his person) the king's daughter took a secret inclination to him, and the Marquis of Carabas had. no sooner cast two ~or three respectful and somewhat tender glances, but he fell in love with her to distraction. The king would
needs have himi comal into the coach, and partake of thle airing. ']'he cat quiite ovcrjoyeJ to see his project begin to succee4, igared onl before, and( jnieeting. soame oasitrymiePi %vbo were mowing a nieedow, hle said to theri, "4Good people, youi who are mo)wing, if ,yot do not tell the koing, that thle Invadow Y ml miow belongs to m)y LordilMarqnis of 'rbas, you shall he chopped as small as h urb I'r the
The king did notfail of asking of thle mow-. ers, to whom the meadow they were mowing belonged ; "To mny Lord Marquis of Carahas," allswered they altogether ; foir the cat's ~threats had made them terribly raidi. "Youi se~e, Sir (said the MAarquis) this is a meadow which never fails to yield ~a plentiful harvs every year." 'Ile master cat, who weittstl on b~efo re, met with soine reapers, u~zd said
ing if yon d not tell the king, Uiat all. this ,corni ielon t~ the Alris.;of Cayabas, you shil; e ~pped as 11a as herbs iorpthe
Thtng, who pad by a moment after, would needs know towhoin all that corn, IVhfrh he th en saw, 'did belon~g4' to, MnY Lord Marquis of Carlas'" replied the ireapers ; -and the king waiery vvell pleased~yith it, as well as;the Alarqusis, whom he cotngratiilated thtereupon. The mater cat, who went always before, said the same words to all he mect; and the kiiug was astonished at flhe'vast estates of my Lord the Marquis of l ifabas.
.linieur Puss came it last toR stately% casfle, the master of -which was an Ogrve, the vichest that had ever been known ; for aft the lands which the king had then gone over belonged, with this castle, to him. T'he cat, ilo had taken c~are to inform himself who tlais Ogre Was, 4nd whast he could do, askedto speak to hin, ;ayivngj 44 fe could not pass so near The castle without having the honor fyf paying his res pects to iu."2 T 'he Ogre received hita as civilly as anl OAecould, do, and4 Made him sit down. "
haebeeni assured (said the cat)that you have. tit gift of being able to change yourself infu
all sorts of creatures yo amind to you can, for exampleransformyorsf in to a lion, or elephant, d the k "This is true (answered the re very briy) and toponvince you, you s 11se me now become a lioi." Puss was sadly terrified t the trght of a lion soe him, that he ime diately got into the g tr, not without abu. dance of trouble an danger, because of is boots, which were of o use at 111 to hio in walking upon the tiles. Alittle while after, when puss saw that the Ogre had resumed his natural form, he camtedow, and owned he had been very much frightened.
I have been moreover informed (said the cat) but I know not how to believe i th at you have also the power to take upon you the shape of the smallest animals; for example to change yourself into a rat or a mouse; ut I must own to you, I take this to be impos. sible."
"impossible! (cried the Ogre) you shall see that presently," and at the same time changed himself into a mouse, and began to run adout the floor. Puss no sooner perceived this, but he fell upon him and eat him up.
Meanwhile the king, who saw, as he pas. sed, this fine castle of the Ogre, had a mind to go into it. Puss, who heard the noise of
lM majesty's coach running over the drawlikidge, raft out, and said to) the king, "your ma e~ity is welcome to this castle of my Lord Maqis of Caraba.s." What, my Lord
_Marquis (cried the king)~ and does this castle alsso belong~ to youf ? There can he nothing finer that~ his court, and all the stately bildings which surornd it ; let us go it iif, yout please." Ther Marquis~ gave his banid to the pricess, and followed the king, whto went up first. They passed ito a spacionts Ifal1, where th~y found a magnificent collation, which the Ogr had prepared for hiti friends, 'who were that very day to visit bim, but (Jared 33ot~ to enter, knowing the ktgwas there. His majesty was perfectly a ~fld with the good qnalitiei of my Lord M*us of Carabas s was his daughter, who was fallen violently in love with him;3 anid
seeing the vast estate he possessed sai to hinm, after having drank five~o six g' e' ,It will be ow ing tVo yourself only, myLodMr i' if you are not may soin 1aw," TeM,)u making severalI l Ow bo~s accep(theho which his majesty confrrd upon m,;n forthwith~, that very saeday, rieth princess.
Puss became a grea lord, andD after mice an mo~re, Opyfrhs iesp
OFT has i been my lot to mark A proud, conceited, talking spark., With eyes, that hardly served at mos~t To guard their master gainst a post, Yet round the world the blade has beenl Toe whatever coudbe sen. Returning from his finislh'd tour,! G .rown ten times perter than before, Whatever word yon chance to drop, The traveli'd fool your mouth will stop, "4Sir, if my Judgment you'll allow "1I've seen and sure I ought to know"So b~egs you'd pay~-4kirbmiQu, And acquiesce i-is decision.
Two travellIego.sc a mas, As o'er A rabiaP i q they 9ast, As on their waj, 4 freid~y chat, Now- talk'dl of d thhen of thai,
JDi~ours'4l awhil *- mo~ st other matter, Of the Camvce_':.1.w n nature, "'A stranger animal, Ies one, ~'Sure never liv'd beneath the suni 'A izard's body, lean and long,
*'A fisfl's head, a serpent's tongue, I~ t, tooth with triple claw disjoltu'd;
6 )vd~hat a jeggth of tail behind!
" How glow its pace! and then its hue-" Who ever saw so fine a blue?"
Hold there,"' the other quick replies, 'Tis green Isaw it with these eyes, As late with open iinoth it lay, And warm'd it in the sunny ray; Stretch'd at its ease the beast I view'd, And saw it eat the air for food."
SI'e seen it, Sir, as well as yon. And must again affirm it blue. At leisure I the beast urvey'd "Extended in thi cooling shade'"
'Tis green, 'tis green,.Sir, I assure ye."" Green !" cries the other in a fury Why, Sir d'ye think l'velost my eyes ?" "'Twere no great loss," the friend replies, For, if they always serve you thus, You'll find them but of little use.'"
So high at last the contest rose,
From words they alniost came to blows When luckily came by a third To him the question they referr'd; And begged he'd tell 'em, if he knew, Whether the thing wais green or blue.
"Sirs," cries the umpire, "cease your pothe TlThe creature's peither onte not other. "I caught the animal last ight, M 4 "And view'd it o'er by candle light 1
(Ltmark'd it well 'twas black as jet You stare-but Sirs, I've got it yet, And can produce it."- Pray, Sir, do: SI'll lay my life the thing is blue." And I'll be sworn, that when you've seen The reptile, you'll pronounce him green." c Well then, at once to ease the doubt," Replies the man, I'll turn him out: And, when before your eyes I've set him, If you don't find him black I'll eat him." He said: then full before their sight Produced the beast, and lo 'twas white.
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