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MANY, many years ago, in a little cottage, lived a plough-
man and his wife.
One day an old man came wandering through the village,
he knocked at the ploughman's door and asked if he might
rest a little while. The ploughman placed a chair for him, and
the good wife fetched a bowl of milk and a slice of bread.
When the old man was refreshed he thanked the worthy couple
and asked them what they most desired. "Oh," said they,
-"we have no children, if we only had a
son, even as small as a thumb,
we should be happy." The
guest, when he left,^
called a fairy to his N,
aid, and not long
after a little baby *
Sboy was given to
the ploughman and
his wife, a little tiny i,
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boy only as long as his Father's
thumb, and he was named by the
fairy, Tom Thumb. His parents
were very fond of him, but, as
he never grew any bigger, they
were anxious lest any harm should
happen to him.
One day his Mother was mak-
ing a batter pudding, when her little son clambered up the
basin and tumbled in head foremost, she did not notice
this accident and put the pudding on to boil. But Tom
began to kick and struggle, and his Mother hearing the
commotion thought the pudding must be bewitched and
gave it to a travelling tinker who happened to pass by.
He carried it for some little time but Tom again began
to kick and call out, and the tinker was so much frightened
that he threw away the pudding and ran. The fall broke the
basin, so Tom crept out and went home. Another day Tom's
Mother tied him to a thistle, and a cow gobbled up thistle,
Tom and all. He began to jump about in her mouth, and she
quickly put him out. Tom sometimes took a straw and went
Tom tumbles into a bowl of Soup.
He is carried by a Ra'enr'tcross taF
with his Father to help him drive the plough. One day he fell
into a furrow and a raven picked him up with a grain of corn.
He was carried over the sea and dropped near a big Castle.
The Giant Grumbo, who lived there, was asleep on the terrace,
and Tom hid himself up his sleeve; this tickled the Giant and
he gave such a jump, that Tom was thrown far out to sea, where
a fish swallowed him. This
fish was caught by a man,
and it, being a fine one, was
taken to the King's Palace.
As the cook cut it open,
Tom Thumb popped out his.
head and, seeing what a
pretty little fellow he was, the cook took him to the King who
kept him and became very fond of him. He was allowed to visit
his parents and take as much money with him as he could. The
poor little man could only carry a threepeniny bit, and that
made him very tired and ill, but his Mother nursed him up and
then took him back to the King's Court. There he was made a
great deal of, and he got so much excited that he was again ill,
and this time the Queen of the
Fairies took him to her country 1'
till he was
then she blew him gently ."
back to the Palace, but,
unhappily, just as the cook -
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The King and Tom.
was coming along with a bowl of soup
for the King, poor Tom went splash
into that, and so suddenly that the
splendid bowl fell and smashed.
Then the poor little fellow was
punished, he had nothing to eat and
drink but bread and water and was
Imprisoned in a mousetrap, but after
a while the King forgave him and
one day when Tom had been amusing him he told him to
kneel on his hand. Then he gave him a little pat with his
sword and said "Rise up, Sir Tom Thumb." So after that,
Tom was always called Sir Tom, and he was very proud and
happy, for the King gave him too, a white mouse to ride.
Once he was out riding, when
a big cat attacked the mouse,
and Tom fought till some one
came and drove the fierce
animal away. Another day
when the Queen was very --
angry with Tom, he hid in
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Tom fights the Cat.
a snail shell.
peeped out and
seeing a butterfly,
he mounted on its
back, but, having no
saddle nor bridle, fell off
and was again put in
prison. This time a cat
let him out. A short
while afterwards a dread-
ful spider caught hold of
Tom, and though he got free and fought bravely he was poisoned
Sby the spider's breath and was so ill, that the Queen of the Fairies
again took him away to her beautiful country where there were
no angry Queens, nor heavy money and no cruel spiders.
And the fairies all loved him and took care of him, so
Sir Tom made up his mind to stay with them, and no mortal
ever saw him again. And thus ended the strange adventures
of Tom Thumb.
Gras, C. Pri.Y4
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