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CINDERELLA, TOM THUMB,
THE THREE BEARS, I PUNCH AND JUDY,
JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK.
THE THREE BEARS.
PUNCH AND JUDY.
JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK,
CINDERELLA'S mother died while she was a
very little child, leaving her to the care of her
father and her step-sisters, who were very
much older than herself; for Cinderella'sfather
had been twice married, and her mother was
his second wife. Now, Cinderella's sisters
did not love her, and were very unkind to
her. As she grew older they made her work
as a servant, and even sift the cinders; on
which account they used to call her in
mockery Cinderella." It was not her real
name, but she became afterwards so well
known by it that her proper one has been
She was a very sweet-tempered, good girl,
however, and everybody (except her cruel
sisters) loved her.
It happened, when Cinderella was about
seventeen years old, that the King of that
country gave a ball, to which all ladies of the
CINDERELLA AT HOME.
CINDERELLA DRESSING HER SISTER FOR
land, and among the rest the young girl's
sisters, were invited. And they made her
dress them for the ball, but never, thought
of allowing her to go there.
I wish you would take me to the ball
with you," said Cinderella, meekly.
Take you, indeed answered the elder
sister, with a sneer; "it is no place for a
cinder-sifter: stay at home and do your
When they were gone, Cinderella, whose
heart was very sad, sat down and cried bit-
terly; but as she sat sorrowful, .thinking of
the unkindness of her sisters, a voice called
to her from the garden, and she went out to
see who was there. It was her godmother,
a good old Fairy.
Do not cry, Cinderella," she said; "you
also shall go to the ball, because you are a
kind, good girl. Bring me a large pumpkin."
Cinderella obeyed, and the Fairy, touching
it with her wand, turned it into a grand coach.
Then she desired Cinderella to go to the trap,
and bring her a rat. The girl obeyed, and a
touch of the Fairy's wand turned him into a
very smart coachman. Two mice were
turned into footmen; four grasshoppers into
white horses. Next, the Fairy touched Cinde-
rella's rags, and they became rich satin robes,
trimmed with point lace. Diamonds shone
in her hair and on her neck and arms, and
her kind godmother thought she had seldom
seen so lovely a girl. Her old shoes became
a charming pair of glass slippers, which shone
Now go to the ball, my love," she said,
"and enjoy yourself. But remember, you
must leave the room before the clock strikes
eleven. If you do not your dress will return to
its original rags. I approve of pleasure, but
not of dissipation, and I expect that you will
show your gratitude by obeying me."
Cinderella kissed and thanked her god-
mother. Then she stepped into her coach
and drove off, with her footmen behind, in
great style. The Fairy, when she was gone,
returned to Fairyland.
Cinderella was received at the King's
palace with great respect. The Lord Cham-
berlain bowed low to her, thinking she must
be a very great lady by her dress and car-
riage, and he showed her at once into the
She was so beautiful that everybody looked
at her, and wondered who she was; and
the Prince asked her to dance with him,
E FAIRY GODMOTHER
THE FAIRY GODMOTHER.
ARRIVAL AT THE PALACE.
ARRIV2 L AT THE PALACE.
and afterwards would dance with no one
But she made haste to leave a little before
the hour fixed, and had time to undress before
her sisters came home. They told her a
beautiful Princess had been at the ball, with
whom the Prince was delighted. They did
not know it was Cinderella herself, and she
was amused to hear them admire her grace
and beauty, and say that they were sure she
was a royal lady.
The Prince was quite vexed when supper-
time came, and he could not find his beau-
tiful partner, and no one had seen her leave
the room. But in hopes of beholding her
again, he persuaded the King to give another
grand ball. As soon as her sisters were gone
to it, Cinderella's godmother arrived.
You were so good and obedient last time,
that I shall let you go out again," said she to
the young girl.
And once more the rat, mice, grasshoppers,
and pumpkin (which had gone back to their
original shapes after the first ball) were
turned into the grand carriage and attendants,
and Cinderella, in rose-coloured satin and
rubies, went to the royal ball.
Directly the Prince saw her, he asked her
to dance, and would have no other partner,
and as he led her past her two unkind sisters,
she saw them look at her dress with envious
eyes, and knew that they wished they were
as beautiful, and as well-dressed as she was.
But in the midst of her enjoyment, Cinde-
rella remembered the Fairy's command, and
at half-past ten glided out of the room, and
drove home again. Her sisters found her
waiting to undress them in her usual rags,
and kept her up to tell her how beautiful the
unknown Princess was, and how well she was
Again the Prince was vexed at the sudden
disappearance of the beautiful stranger, and
once more he persuaded the King to give
a grand State ball.
"I wonder if Princess Beauty will be
there said the sisters to Cinderella. We
must have new dresses, for she is so splendid.
She makes every one look shabby."
Cinderella smiled as she helped them to
dress. She was sure the Fairy would let
her go to the ball too. And she was right.
Her godmother, pleased with her obedience,
came in good time, and Cinderella, dressed in
blue satin and pearls, went in the same style
CINDERELLA DANCES WITH THE PRINCE,.
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CINDERELLA ILUl" ill HOI AND LOSES HER
The Prince would scarcely let her. out of
his sight, and Cinderella, who was getting a
little spoiled by all the flattery she heard,
began to think more of herself and less of the
Fairy; so the time stole on, till glancing up
at the clock, she saw it wanted only five
minutes to eleven.
At once she darted out of the room, and
ran through the palace as fast as she could
go, but as she reached the hall, she lost one of
her precious glass slippers She did not stop
to pick it up, but rushed to the door. Alas!
the clock had struck ELEVEN. She found no
coach, only a pumpkin, and the rat and mice
ran quickly away when they saw her; while
all her fine dress turned to rags, and she had
to run home alone in the darkness of the
The Prince was very much surprised when
he missed Cinderella again, and leaving the
ball, went in search of her. He asked all the
attendants, but no one had seen her, and
when enquiry was made of the porter, he
said that no one had gone out of the palace
except a poor ragged beggar-girl.
However, the Prince's search was rewarded
by his finding the glass slipper, which he well
knew belonged to the unknown Princess. He
Ci zc derella.
loved Cinderella so much that he now re-
solved to marry her; and as he felt sure
that no one else could wear such a tiny shoe
as hers was, he sent out a herald to pro-
claim that whichever lady in his kingdom
could put on this glass slipper should be his
All the great ladies who wished to be a
Princess tried to put it on, but in vain. Cin-
derella's sisters tried, but could not get it on,
and then Cinderella asked if she might try.
They laughed at her; but the Prince, hear-
ing of her wish, sent for her. She went with
her sisters in her poor dress, but very clean,
and at once put on the slipper. Then she
drew the fellow of it from her pocket, and
slipped it on her other foot.
The Prince, who had thought the moment
he saw her that the poor girl was very
much like the beautiful Princess, was
delighted. He insisted on Cinderella telling
him her story, which she did very modestly,
and all listened with wonder.
As her tale ended, the Fairy godmother
suddenly entered the room, and placing her
godchild's hand in the Prince's, said :
"Take this young girl for your wife,
Prince; she is good and patient, and as she
CINDERELLA TRIES ON THE SLIPPER.
CINDERELLA MARRIED TO THE PRINCE.
has known how to submit to injustice meekly,
she will know how to reign justly."
So Cinderella was married to the Prince in
great state, and they lived together very
happily. She forgave her sisters, and treated
them always very kindly, and the Prince had
great cause to be glad that he had found the
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THE THREE BEARS,
ONCE upon a time three bears lived in a nice
little house in a great forest.
There was the Father Bear, the Mother
Bear, and the Baby Bear.
They had each a bed to sleep in, a chair
to sit on, and a basin and spoon for eating
milk or honey, which was their favourite
One morning the three bears resolved on
taking a walk before breakfast; but before
they went out, they poured their warm milk
into their basins, that it might get cool by
the time they came back.
When the milk was poured out, the three
bears set out for a walk.
THE BEARS AT BREAKFAST.
THE BEARS OUT FOR A WALK.
The Three Bears.
Mr. and Mrs. Bear walked arm-in-arm,
and Baby ran by their side.
"WHAT A FINE DAY IT IS!"
growled Mr. Bear.
WHAT A FINE DAY IT IS said Mrs.Bear.
"What a fine day!" squeaked little Bear.
And so it was
The sun shone brightly though it was low
in the sky, and its rays glittered on the fine
webs on the grass. The leaves shivered in
the soft breeze; the wood-pigeon cooed; the
lark sang loud enough to make himself
hoarse; the sparrows chirped; the bee
buzzed, and a yellow butterfly perched on
great Bear's nose.
What a squeaky noise these creatures
make! said big Bear, as he brushed off the
butterfly. What a pity it is they have not
our deep voices."
Yes," said Mrs. Bear; you have a much
finer voice than the lark. I should like to
hear him growl as you do."
Oh, my dear, you are too kind; my
growl is nothing to the lion's."
The Three Bears.
And thus conversing, the bears walked on.
Now there lived in the same forest a sweet
little girl, who was called Golden Hair. She
was the Woodman's daughter, and her hair
looked just like sunbeams. She knew every
tree in the greenwood, and every flower in
it. She loved the birds, and liked to listen
to their song; and everything in the wood
loved Golden Hair. The trees bent down
their lower branches to touch her glittering
head as she passed; the birds sang sweeter
as she glided by. The lark's song in the
Come up, come up, Golden Hair; here
is your happy home."
"Coo, I love you; coo, I love you!"
cooed the wood-pigeon, as she passed.
Twit, twit, pretty child," said the sparrow.
Oh, you darling," sang the blackbird;
and Golden Hair laughed with glee, for she
liked to be loved.
As to the butterflies, tney flew after her,
and rested on her hair, and tickled her
cheeks; but she never tried to catch them.
LITTLE GOLDEN HAIR.
GOLDEN HAIR PEEPING INTO THE BEAR'S
The Three Bears.
She would not frighten or vex them for
anything. She loved all the creatures, and
that is why they loved her.
Love makes love.
Dear little Golden Hair, she went on
singing merrily through the greenwood,
saying sometimes to herself-
"I wish I could sing as well as the
By-and-by Little Golden Hair reached
the Bears' house. She had never seen it
before, and she wondered who lived there.
A window was open, and Golden Hair
Dear me," thought the child, whose
house can it be! There is a table and three
chairs, and three basins of hot milk, all
steaming, and nobody to drink it. But I
don't see any work or books, or anything
else. I think I will go in and see who lives
So she tapped at the door, and cried, Is
any one at home ?"
But there was no answer. Then Golden
The Three Bears.
Hair stepped in very carefully, and looked
She could not see any one, nor hear any-
body snoring, so she walked into the Bears'
There was a fire, which made the room
cheerful, and the hot milk looked very in-
viting; it quite seemed to say, Come and
have some breakfast; and the early spring
air had made Golden Hair rather cold, and
very hungry; so she sat down by the fire
in the little Bear's chair. It was too small
for her, but she did not quite sit down at
first. In a moment she got up again, and
went round the table and tasted the milk in
all the basins. Little Bear's was the nicest,
because it had sugar in it, and Golden Hair
thought it was good. So she took the basin
and sat down again in Little Bear's chair,
took his spoon, and ate up all his milk. Now
this was very wrong. A tiny bear is only a
tiny bear; still, he has a right to keep his
own things. But Golden Hair did not know
any better. Unluckily, Baby Bear's chair
GOLDEN HAIR EATS THE LITTLE BEAR'S
THE LITTLE BEAR GRIEVES FOR HIS BROKEN
The Tkree Beays.
was, as we have said, too small for her; she
broke the seat and fell through, basin and all.
Then Golden Hair went upstairs, and
there she saw three beds all in a row. Golden
Hair lay down on Father Bear's bed first,
but that was too long for her; then she lay
down on Mother Bear's bed, and that was
too wide for her; last of all she lay down on
Baby Bear's bed, and there she fell asleep,
for she was tired.
By-and-by the bears came home. Baby
Bear saw that his chair was broken and
thrown down, and he cried in a very squeaky
SOMEBODY HAS BEEN HERE; and Father
SOMEBODY HAS BEEN HERE;"
And Mother Bear growled, more softly,
SOMEBODY HAS BEEN HERE."
Then they went to the table and looked
at their breakfasts, and Father Bear growled,
" WHO HAS TOUCHED MY BASIN ? "
And Mother Bear growled, WHO HAS
TOUCHED MY BASIN? "
The Three Bears.
And Tiny Bear squeaked, "SOMEBODY
HAS BROKEN MINE!"
And then Tiny Bear began to cry, for he
was very fond of his own basin and his own
chair; and, besides, he was very hungry after
his long walk in the forest.
It really did seem a shame. Then the
three bears thought they would go over their
house, to see who had been in it, and to try
if they could find the thief.
They went upstairs to their bedroom,
which was over their other room, and as
soon as they saw the tumbled beds Father
WHO HAS BEEN LYING ON MY BED? "
And Mother Bear growled
WHO HAS BEEN .LYING ON MY BED ?
And Tiny Bear squeaked out,
Oh! here is a little girl in my bed; and
it must be she who has eaten nv breakfast
and broken my chair."
Then Father Bear growled,
LET US EAT HER UP;"
And Mother Bear growled,
THE BEARS FIND GOLDEN HAIR IN LITTLE
GOLDEN HAIR ESCAPES FROM THE BEARS
The Three Bears.
LET US EAT HER UP;"
And Tiny Bear squeaked,
LET US EAT HER UP."
The noise they made woke Golden Hair,
and you may imagine how frightened she
was when she saw the three bears. She
started out of bed, and jumped at once out
of the window. The bears rushed after her,
and Father Bear caught her golden hair in
his teeth, but she left a lock behind, and still
ran on. Then the three bears all jumped
out after her, but they fell one on the top
of the other and rolled over and over, and
while they were picking themselves up, little
Golden Hair ran home, and they were not
able to catch her.
But I do not think she had acted rightly
(though she did not deserve to be eaten up) ;
it was very wrong to break little Bear's chair
and eat his milk, and I think Golden Hair
will have to take great care to keep out of
the reach of the THREE BEARS.
IN the days of good king Arthur there lived
a countryman and his wife who, though they
had plenty to eat and to drink, and a very
comfortable cottage to live in, were not at all
They had no children, and they both
wished very much for a baby. The wife was
often in tears when her husband was out at
work and she was all alone, because she had
not an infant to take care of and nurse. One
day, as she sat weeping by herself, more than
usually sad, she said aloud, If I only had a
dear little baby, I should not care what it was
like. I should be thankful for one if it were
no bigger than my husband's thumb."
THlE FARMER'S WIFE CRYING BECAUSE SHE
HAS NO BABY.
THE FAIRY QUEEN BRINGING L4iA IH HUL TO
Now it happened that the Queen of the
Fairies was passing by, though the poor
woman could not see her, and as she knew
the farmer's wife was kind to the poor and
likely to be a good mother, she thought she
would grant her wish.
So about an hour or two afterwards the
woman was much surprised to see standing
by the table a very beautiful lady, dressed
splendidly, with a glittering star on her fore-
head and a wand in her right hand, with a
gem of great brilliancy at the top of it. But
what delighted the woman most of all was a
tiny cradle, made of a walnut shell, lined with
velvet, in which lay the prettiest baby ever
seen, but it was only just as large as a man's
thumb. See," said the fairy, "your wish
is granted. Here is a baby for you. Take
care of it; it is your own." The woman did
not know how to thank the fairy enough; she
was so delighted, and the queen went away
quite pleased at having given so much
Before the fairy went away, however, she
gave the woman a little shirt of spider's web
and a doublet of thistle-down for the baby.
When the farmer came home he was very
much pleased. He invited all his friends to
the christening, and the child was named
" Tom," after him, and Thumb." because he
was no bigger than one.
The baby was very well, and merry, and
grew, of course; but still it was very small.
However, at last Tom thought himself
quite a great boy, and begged his mother to
make him a little suit of clothes, and she
made him one; but with a great deal of
trouble, they were so small.
Tom was very often in mischief. He was
so small that his mother used to put him on
the table to play; and once she found him in
One day she was making a plum-pudding,
and Tom stood by the side of the basin, and
peeped over the edge; but he could not see
into it very well, and while his mother was
gone for some more flour, he drew himself up
on the edge of the basin. Alas! he fell in and
TOM FALLS INTO THE PUDDING.
THE FALL OF THE PUDDING.
disappeared in the wet pudding, which for
poor Tom was a huge morass.
Tom would have cried out, but the pudding
stuck his lips together, and his mother not
missing him, stirred him up in the mixture,
and put it and him into the pot. Tom no
sooner felt the hot water than he danced
about like mad; the woman was nearly
frightened out of her wits to see the pudding
come out of the pot and jump about, and she
was glad to give it to a tinker who was pass-
ing that way. The tinker took the pudding
and put it into a cloth, to carry it home to
his family, who seldom tasted such a good
But by-and-by, as he was climbing over a
stile, he happened to squeeze it, and Tom,
who had made quite an arch over his own
head in the dry pudding by this time, cried
out from the middle of it, Hallo, Pickens "
which so terrified the tinker that he let the
pudding drop in the field and scampered off
as fast as he could. The pudding fell to
pieces in the fall, and Tom, creeping out, went
home to his mother, whom he found in great
trouble, because she could not find him.
After this accident, Tom's mother never
let him stay near her while she was cooking,
but she was obliged to take him with hei
when she went out milking, for she dared not
trust the little man in the house alone.
A few days after his escape from the
pudding, Tom went, with his mother, into the
fields to milk the cows, and for fear he
should be blown away by the wind, she tied
him to a thistle with a small piece of thread.
Very soon after, a cow eat up the thistle and
swallowed Tom Thumb. His mother was
in sad grief again; but Tom scratched and
kicked in the cow's throat till she was glad
to throw him out of her mouth again, and he
was not at all hurt; but his mother became
very anxious about her small son, who now
gave her a great deal of trouble. Sometimes
he fell into the milk-pail and was nearly
drowned in the milk; once he was nearly
killed by an angry chicken, and another time
had a narrow escape from a cat.
THE COW EATS 111 i
THE EAGLE FLIES AWAY WITH TOM.
One day Tom went ploughing with his
father, who gave him a whip made of a bar-
ley straw, to drive the oxen with; but an
eagle, flying by, caught him up in his beak,
and carried him to the top of a great giant's
castle, and dropped him on the leads. The
giant was walking on the battlements and
thought at first that it was a foreign bird
which lay at his feet, but soon seeing that it
was a small man, he picked Tom up with
his finger and thumb, and put the poor
little creature into his great mouth, but the
fairy dwarf scratched the roof of the giant's
mouth, and bit his great tongue, and held
on by his teeth till the ogre, in a passion,
took him out again and threw him over into
the sea, which ran beneath the castle walls.
Here a very large fish swallowed him up
Tom did not at all like swimming about in
the fish, but by-and-by he felt it drawn
upwards, and guessed at once that it was
caught. And so it was; and being a very
large fish, the fisherman thought it would
make a good present for his beloved King
Arthur. So he took it to the palace and
begged the king to accept it.
King Arthur was pleased with the poor
man's affection, and ordered the fish to be
carried to the kitchen and cooked for his own
dinner. The fisherman took it to the cook,
who admired it very much, but said it was
very heavy. Then he laid it on a table and
began to cut it open. You may imagine how
he jumped with fear and wonder when Tom
Thumb slipped out of the fish!
The cook's cries brought the otherservants,
and soon everybody near ran to behold this
wonder-the tiny man who came out of
Tom begged for some water to wash him-
self, and when he was clean, the courtiers
thought him so pretty and such a marvel that
they ran to tell the king about him.
Arthur was very much surprised; but
he desired them to send the little man up
after dinner to see him, and the Court tailor
made haste at once to get ready a Court suit
:IOM COMES OUT OF THE. FISH.
KING, A X 'I'll I F U Fl l .iCIVINh TOM THUMB.
for Tom, which did not take him long to
make; there were so few stitches in it!
As soon as the king's great punch-bowl
was set on the royal table, Tom Thumb was
carried to see the monarch, who was delighted
with the little man. Tom walked on the
King's hand, and danced on the Queen's.
He became a great favourite with Arthur,
who made him a knight. Such is the won-
derful history of Tom Thumb, who did
much good when he grew older, and thus
proved that however small people are, they
may be of use in the world. He was good
and kind to his parents, and to everybody;
and the old ballad says,--
Such were his deeds and noble acts
In Arthur's court there shone,
As like in all the world beside
Was hardly seen or known."
'PUNCH AND JUDY.
MR. PUNCH and his wife
Led a terrible life,
Very much like a dog and a cat;'
Till, one summer morn
A baby was born,
A darling all dimples and fat.
Mrs. Judy was proud,
And the nurses allowed
That they never had seen such a child;
And the proud mother thought
When her baby she brought
To her husband, It must make
PUNCH, JUDY, AND
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.. PiLCH' AND THE BA BI .
Punc/h antl Yru1dy.
Mr. Punch was quite pleased;
The poor baby he seized,
And danced up and down in great joy.
"Oh, my Judy," he cried,
"With a father's just pride,
I look on our beautiful boy."
But the baby soon cried;
Punch's temper was tried,
And in a great passion he flew;
He shook the poor child,
And, with rage growing wild,
The babe o'er the balcony threw.
Punch and Judy,,
Judy, greatly displeased,
A thick stick at once seized,
And began her stern husband to beat;
"0 you monster," she cried,
As her weapon she plied,
"You deserve the same ending to
On his arms and his head
Her blows fell like lead;
She wondered such treatment he
Beating and battering,
She made such a clattering,
It sounded like chopping up wood.
I'1 L li AND JUDY.
14jNCt KILLS JUDY.
Punch and -7udy.
Of his beating quite tired,
Punch's patience expired;
He snatched the stick out of her hands,
And gave Judy a blow
Which, alas, laid her low,
And above her a conqueror stands.
Then he danced and he sang,
And such nonsense began,
That we laughed, though we couldn't
For in such a sad case
It were much more our place
For Judy's misfortunes to cry.
Punch and 7udvy.
But the constable see!-
"Are you come here for me ?"
Cries Punch, as he dances about.
"Yes, yes; come to jail,
'Tis a terrible tale,"
Said the constable, you must come
" And be tried for your life,
For thus killing your wife;
in prison, meantime, you'll abide."
"Oh no, I won't go,"
Cried Punch, and a blow
He gave the poor man in his side.
PUNCO AND TH'E C'( y> STAPLE.
PUNl, TOBY. AND TH.lE CLOWN.
PUNCII, TOBY, AND TIHE CLOWN.
Punch and Juady
Now Punch had a pet
Whom we must not forget,
A dog known as Toby by name;
A clown from a show
One day came to know
If Punch would not sell him the same.
But Punch would not part
From his dog, for his heart
(Though a wooden one) to him was
He cried, Give me a kiss,
Dear Toby, I wis
I never will sever from you.'
Fzinck and 3'zdy.
But Jack Ketch comes at last;
Punch's frolics are past,
There is no one his cause to be
His nonsense and fun
Are all, alas, done;
He has come to a very bad
If he were not of wood
It would not be good
To laugh at the harm he has done;
But 'twas only pretence,
And there was 'not much sense
In his crimes, or his grief, or his fun.
Puw~k au AM)1~i D001'ORr.
F*', li- 1\L) JACK KETCH.
Fundcl and _71idv.
For a great many years,
Punch's laughter and tears,
Have amused both the child and the
So I think at the last,
For the sake of the past
We will keep him as long as we can.
JACK & THE BEAN-STALK.
ONCE upon a time there was a poor widow
who lived in a little cottage with her only
Jack was a giddy, thoughtless boy, but
very kind-hearted and affectionate. There
had been a hard winter, and after it the poor
woman had suffered from fever and ague.
Jack did no work as yet, and by degrees they
grew dreadfully poor. The widow saw that
there was no means of keeping Jack and her-
self from starvation but by selling her cow;
so one morning she said to her son, I am
too weak to go myself, Jack, so you must
take the cow to market for me, and sell her."
Jack liked going to market to sell the cow
very much; but as he was on the way, he
met a butcher who had some beautiful beans
in his hand. Jack stopped to look at them,
and the butcher told the boy that they were
of great value, and persuaded him to sell the
JACK, SELLS A COW FOR SOME BEANS
THE BEAN-STALK GROWS OUT OF SIGHT IN
fack and t1e Bean-stalk.
cow for them And Jack was so silly as to
consent to this foolish bargain.
When he brought them home to his mother
instead of the money she expected for her
nice cow, she was very vexed and shed many
tears, scolding Jack for his folly. He was
very sorry; but, he said, he might as well
make the best of his bargain, so he qut the
seed-beans into the ground close by the side
of the steep hill under shelter of which their
cottage was built, and went to bed. 'I he
next morning when he got up, he found that
the beans had grown, till the bean-stalks
reached right over the top of the hill, and
were lost to his sight. Greatly surprised, he
called his mother, and they both gazed in
silent wonder at the bean-stalk, which was
not only of great height, but was thick enough
to bear Jack's weight.
I wonder where it goes ?" said Jack to
his mother; I think I will climb up and
His mother wished him not to venture up
this strange ladder, but Jack coaxed her to
give her consent to the attempt, for he was
certain there must be something wonderful
in the bean-stalk.
Jack instantly began to climb, and went
rack and the Bean-stalk.
up and up on the ladder-like bean till every
thing he had left behind him, the cottage, the
village, and even the tall church tower, looked
quite little, and still he did not see the top of
Jack felt a little tired, and thought for a
moment that he would go back again; but he
was a very persevering boy, and he knew
that the way to succeed in anything is not to
give up. So after resting for a moment he
went on, and at last reached the top of the
bean, and found himself in a beautiful country,
finely wooded; and not far from the place
where he had got off the bean-stalk stood a
fine and strong castle.
Jack wondered very much that he had
never heard of or seen this castle before; but
when he reflected on the subject, he saw that
it was as much separated from the village by
the perpendicular rock on which it stood as
if it were in another land.
While Jack was standing looking at the
castle, a very strange-looking woman came
out of the wood and advanced towards him.
Jack took off his hat to the old lady, and
she said, pointing to the castle, Boy, that
castle belongs to you. A wicked giant killed
your father, and took it from your mother;
-JACK CLIMBS THE BEAN-STALK.
.JA(K ASKS ABOUT THE CASTLE.
Jack and the Bean-stalk.
try and win it back from the monster who
now has it." As she ceased speaking .she
suddenly disappeared, and of course Jack
knew she was a fairy.
He was much surprised; however, he
walked up to the castle door and knocked,
and an old giantess came out. She did not
wait till he spoke, but pulled him in at once,
for she thought he would make a nice supper
for her when her husband was asleep. Just
at that moment, however, she heard the giant's
step approaching, so she put Jack into a press,
and told him to hide there, or the giant would
eat him. As soon as the Ogre came in, he
cried in a terrible voice
"Fee, fa, fie, fo, fum,
I smell the breath of an Englishman."
"Oh !" said his wife, there is nobody
here. You only smell a crow that is flying
over the chimney." Then the giant sat down
to dinner, which was quite ready, and when
he had eaten a whole sheep, he said, Bring
me my hen."
The giantess brought a hen, and put it on
the table before him, and then she we nt away.
" Lay," said the giant to the hen, and she
laid a golden egg. Jack could see quite
plainly through a little hole which he had
yack and the Bean-stalk.
bored in the door. Three times the giant
said Lay," and each time the hen laid a
solid gold egg. Then the Ogre, being drowsy,
shut his eyes, and soon snored very loudly.
Directly Jack found that the giant was asleep,
he stole out of the press, caught up the hen,
ran out of the room, opened the door of the
castle, which the giant had left ajar, and de-
scended the bean-stalk as fast as he could go.
His mother was glad to see him again, and
much surprised at seeing the hen, which laid
them three gold eggs every day. jack's
mother took them to the next town and sold
them, and soon grew quite rich. Some time
afterwards Jack made another journey up the
bean-stalk to the giant's castle; but first he
dyed his hair and disguised himself. The
old woman did not know him again, and
dragged him in as she had done before to eat
him by-and-by; but once more she heard
her husband coming and hid him in the press,
not thinking that it was the same boy who
had stolen the hen. She put him into the
same press, and bade him stay quite still
there, or the giant would eat him.
Then the giant came in, saying:
Fee, fa, fie, fo, fum,
I smell the breath of an Englishman."
THE HEN THAT LAYS GOLDEN EGGS.
JACK TAKES THE GIANT'S MONEY BAGS.
*ack and the Bean-stalk.
Oh !" said his wife, it is only the cow-
herd, who has just been here. We cannot
spare him for your dinner."
Then the giant sat down, and when he
had eaten half an ox, he told his wife to
bring his money-bags to him. She instantly
went and fetched two large bags full of gold;
and then left him to go about her usual
The Ogre counted out the gold twice over,
and then put it into the bags and tied them
up. In a few minutes Jack heard him snore.
He directly crept out of the press, seized the
bags, and hurrying out of the castle, carried
them home quite safely. Jack's mother was
glad to see him safe at home again, and for
a long time she would not let him go up the
bean-stalk; but Jack knew he had not yet
obeyed the fairy's command to win back the
castle, so after a time he set off once more
on this adventure, and tapped again at the
The giantess, who was very stupid, did
not know him again, but she stopped a minute
before she took him in. She feared another
robbery; but Jack's fresh cheeks looked so
tempting that she could not resist him, and
so she bade him come in.
7ac/k and the Bean-stalk.
But at that moment she heard her husband's
Afraid of losing her supper, the Ogress at
once shut Jack in the press; and she had
hardly hidden him when the giant came in,
saying as usual,
Fee, fa, fie, fo, fum,
I smell the blood of an Englishman."
Oh no! said his wife, it is only the
shepherd, who has been up with a sheep for
The giant sat down, and when he had
eaten a whole sheep he said, I should like
some music; bring me my harp."
The Ogress went and brought a golden
harp to him, set it on the table, and went
away. Then the Ogre said, Play," to the
harp, and it played so delightfully that Jack
By-and-by, however, the giant snored so
loud that he could not hear the music ; and
Jack quickly stole out, and seizing the harp,
ran away with it. But the harp was a fairy
belonging to the giant, and as Jack ran, it
cried out, Master! Master !" The giant
woke up slowly and rushed after Jack, but
the boy was very nimble and outran him.
You may imagine how fast Jack went down
fi&1 TAKES THE TALKING HARP.
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Jack and the Bean-stalk
the bean-stalk this time, hearing all the while
the tramp of the giant's feet behind him.
Just as he reached the bottom he saw the
Ogre looking down on him.
The next moment his great feet were on
Mother, mother bring me the axe," cried
His mother hastened with it, and just as
the giant was half way down the bean-stalk,
Jack succeeded in chopping it in halves; the
lower half fell; the upper half swung away,
and the giant, losing his hold, fell heavily to
the ground on his head and broke his neck.
The same moment the fairy again stood
beside Jack, and touching the broken bean-
stalkwasturned into a flight of broad, easy
Go up," she said, "and take possession
of your own home, so long kept from you.
The Ogress is dead, and there is no more
danger. You have been brave and good.
May you be happy."
Jack thanked the fairy very warmly for
her aid, and she again departed to Fairyland,
after explaining to Jack that she had been
the butcher who sold him the beans.