Half Title
 Title Page
 Table of Contents
 Aladdin; or, the wonderful...
 Ali Baba; or, the forty thieve...
 Beauty and the Beast
 Blanch and Rosalinda
 Blue Beard
 The children in the wood
 Cinderella; or, the little glass...
 The discreet princess
 Goody Two-Shoes
 Gulliver's voyage to Lilliput
 The history of little Jack
 The fisherman and the genie
 King Pippin and his golden...
 Little hunch-back
 Jack the giant killer
 The royal ram
 Jack and the bean-stalk
 Puss in boots
 Riquet with the tuft
 The three wishes
 Philip Quarll
 The fair one with golden locks
 Tom Thumb
 The invisible prince
 Little Red Riding Hood
 Robin Hood
 Prince Lee Boo
 The white cat
 Robinson Crusoe
 Seven champions of Christendom
 Whittington and his cat
 The yellow dwarf
 Valentine and Orson
 Sindbad the sailor
 The daisy
 The ugly duckling
 Little Maja
 The wild swans
 Hans in luck
 The valiant little tailor
 The charmed fawn
 The children's well
 The king of the swans
 Peter the goatherd
 Battle of Blenheim
 We are seven
 The blind boy
 Elegy on the death of a mad...
 The diverting history of John...
 The old man's comforts, and how...
 The paper kite
 The homes of England
 To a robin red-breast
 John Barleycorn
 The swallow

Group Title: Children in the wood (Ballad)
Title: The Child's own book
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Title: The Child's own book
Uniform Title: Children in the wood (Ballad)
Goody Two-Shoes
Little Red Riding Hood
Physical Description: viii, 631, <1> p., <1> leaf of plates : ill. ; 14 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731
Bradbury & Evans ( Printer )
Publisher: William Tegg & Co.
Place of Publication: London
Manufacturer: Bradbury and Evans
Publication Date: 1853
Edition: 8th ed. -- rev. and corr. with original tales translated from the German.
Subject: Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
Fairy tales -- 1853   ( rbgenr )
Children's stories -- 1853   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry -- 1853   ( lcsh )
Pictorial cloth bindings (Binding) -- 1853   ( rbbin )
Genre: Fairy tales -- 1853.   ( rbgenr )
Children's stories -- 1853.   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry -- 1853.   ( lcsh )
Pictorial cloth bindings (Binding) -- 1853.   ( rbbin )
General Note: "Illustrated with nearly three hundred engravings."
General Note: Preface signed: J.M.
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Table of Contents
    Half Title
        Page ii
    Title Page
        Page iii
        Page iv
        Page v
        Page vi
    Table of Contents
        Page vii
        Page viii
    Aladdin; or, the wonderful lamp
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
    Ali Baba; or, the forty thieves
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
    Beauty and the Beast
        Page 31
        Page 32
        Page 33
        Page 34
        Page 35
        Page 36
        Page 37
        Page 38
        Page 39
        Page 40
        Page 41
        Page 42
        Page 43
        Page 44
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
    Blanch and Rosalinda
        Page 48
        Page 49
        Page 50
        Page 51
        Page 52
        Page 53
    Blue Beard
        Page 54
        Page 55
        Page 56
        Page 57
        Page 58
        Page 59
        Page 60
        Page 61
    The children in the wood
        Page 62
        Page 63
        Page 64
        Page 65
        Page 66
        Page 67
        Page 68
        Page 69
    Cinderella; or, the little glass slipper
        Page 70
        Page 71
        Page 72
        Page 73
        Page 74
        Page 75
        Page 76
        Page 77
        Page 78
        Page 79
    The discreet princess
        Page 80
        Page 81
        Page 82
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        Page 96
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        Page 100
        Page 101
        Page 102
    Goody Two-Shoes
        Page 103
        Page 104
        Page 105
        Page 106
        Page 107
        Page 108
        Page 109
        Page 110
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        Page 112
        Page 113
        Page 114
        Page 115
        Page 116
        Page 117
    Gulliver's voyage to Lilliput
        Page 118
        Page 119
        Page 120
        Page 121
        Page 122
        Page 123
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    The history of little Jack
        Page 153
        Page 154
        Page 155
        Page 156
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    The fisherman and the genie
        Page 178
        Page 179
        Page 180
        Page 181
        Page 182
        Page 183
        Page 184
        Page 185
        Page 186
        Page 187
        Page 188
        Page 189
    King Pippin and his golden crown
        Page 190
        Page 191
        Page 192
        Page 193
        Page 194
        Page 195
        Page 196
        Page 197
    Little hunch-back
        Page 198
        Page 199
        Page 200
        Page 201
        Page 202
        Page 203
        Page 204
        Page 205
    Jack the giant killer
        Page 206
        Page 207
        Page 208
        Page 209
        Page 210
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        Page 223
    The royal ram
        Page 224
        Page 225
        Page 226
        Page 227
        Page 228
        Page 229
        Page 230
        Page 231
        Page 232
        Page 233
        Page 234
    Jack and the bean-stalk
        Page 235
        Page 236
        Page 237
        Page 238
        Page 239
        Page 240
        Page 241
        Page 242
        Page 243
        Page 244
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        Page 246
        Page 247
        Page 248
        Page 249
        Page 250
    Puss in boots
        Page 251
        Page 252
        Page 253
        Page 254
        Page 255
        Page 256
    Riquet with the tuft
        Page 257
        Page 258
        Page 259
        Page 260
        Page 261
        Page 262
        Page 263
        Page 264
    The three wishes
        Page 265
        Page 266
        Page 267
    Philip Quarll
        Page 268
        Page 269
        Page 270
        Page 271
        Page 272
        Page 273
        Page 274
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        Page 280
        Page 281
        Page 282
        Page 283
        Page 284
        Page 285
        Page 286
        Page 287
    The fair one with golden locks
        Page 288
        Page 289
        Page 290
        Page 291
        Page 292
        Page 293
        Page 294
        Page 295
        Page 296
        Page 297
        Page 298
        Page 299
        Page 300
        Page 301
    Tom Thumb
        Page 302
        Page 303
        Page 304
        Page 305
        Page 306
        Page 307
        Page 308
        Page 309
        Page 310
    The invisible prince
        Page 311
        Page 312
        Page 313
        Page 314
        Page 315
        Page 316
        Page 317
        Page 318
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        Page 342
        Page 343
        Page 344
    Little Red Riding Hood
        Page 345
        Page 346
        Page 347
    Robin Hood
        Page 348
        Page 349
        Page 350
        Page 351
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    Prince Lee Boo
        Page 364
        Page 365
        Page 366
        Page 367
        Page 368
        Page 369
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        Page 383
        Page 384
    The white cat
        Page 385
        Page 386
        Page 387
        Page 388
        Page 389
        Page 390
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        Page 400
        Page 401
    Robinson Crusoe
        Page 402
        Page 403
        Page 404
        Page 405
        Page 406
        Page 407
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        Page 427
        Page 428
    Seven champions of Christendom
        Page 429
        Page 430
        Page 431
        Page 432
        Page 433
        Page 434
        Page 435
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        Page 446
        Page 447
    Whittington and his cat
        Page 448
        Page 449
        Page 450
        Page 451
        Page 452
        Page 453
        Page 454
        Page 455
        Page 456
        Page 457
        Page 458
        Page 459
    The yellow dwarf
        Page 460
        Page 461
        Page 462
        Page 463
        Page 464
        Page 465
        Page 466
    Valentine and Orson
        Page 467
        Page 468
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    Sindbad the sailor
        Page 486
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    The daisy
        Page 524
        Page 525
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    The ugly duckling
        Page 530
        Page 531
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        Page 533
        Page 534
        Page 535
        Page 536
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    Little Maja
        Page 541
        Page 542
        Page 543
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    The wild swans
        Page 554
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    Hans in luck
        Page 570
        Page 571
        Page 572
        Page 573
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    The valiant little tailor
        Page 576
        Page 577
        Page 578
        Page 579
        Page 580
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    The charmed fawn
        Page 585
        Page 586
        Page 587
        Page 588
        Page 589
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        Page 591
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    The children's well
        Page 593
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    The king of the swans
        Page 597
        Page 598
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    Peter the goatherd
        Page 602
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    Battle of Blenheim
        Page 610
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    We are seven
        Page 612
        Page 613
    The blind boy
        Page 614
    Elegy on the death of a mad dog
        Page 615
        Page 616
    The diverting history of John Gilpin
        Page 617
        Page 618
        Page 619
        Page 620
        Page 621
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        Page 623
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    The old man's comforts, and how he gained them
        Page 625
    The paper kite
        Page 626
    The homes of England
        Page 627
    To a robin red-breast
        Page 628
    John Barleycorn
        Page 629
        Page 630
    The swallow
        Page 631
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IT must be evident, to all who reflect much upon the subject
of early education, that many little books have been written,
which contain stories, anecdotes, tales of light romance,
legends,, ., well calculated to engage the infant mind; and
to lead it gradually, by the flowery paths of amusement, and
pleasing moral instruction, towards those higher branches of
literature which must at a later period occupy the attention
of the well-educated; but owing to the mixture of immoral
sentiment and lax principle, in some of our most popular
tales, careful instructors of youth a fre quently compelled
to withhold real sources of pleasure and improvement from
the minds and hearts of their pupils, rather than run the risk
of contaminating them. It s difficult to make a selection:
besides which, many excellent compositions for childhood,
by writers of high celeity, are not to be procured in a
detached state.
To extract, therefore, everything detrimental to the moral
growth of the youthful reader, and to condense in one volume
a complete juvenile library, has been the tak (modest in its

pretensions, but far from unimportant in its results) with
which the Editor has charged herself Many of the pieces
have been given ente others again reduced and simplified
to the comprehension of childhood This plan has enabled
the Editor to combine great variety with the utmost economy;
and that not even the youngest class of her little friends may
have cause to complain that they are forgotten, a number of
approved nursery songs, with whih we can all recollect having
been delighted, are introduced at the end of the volume.
These may, perhaps, tend, in a slight degree, to make the
province of the nurse preparatory to that of the governs;
-and to heighten the gratification of our readers, every story
and song has been carefully and beautifully illustrated.
It is trusted, i conclusion, that the labours of the Editor
will have proved anscesfl, in making easy to her little friends
the juvenile public, an important step in the ladder of know-
ledge; and that, in so doing, she has delighted the imagination
without corrupting the heart.



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INa town of Tartary, there lived a tailor, named Mustapha,
who was so poor that he could hardly maintain himself, his
Wife, and his son Aladdin. When the boy was of proper years
to serve as an apprentice, his father took him into his shop, and
taught him how to work ; but all his father could do was in
vain, for Aladdin was incorrigible. His father was therefore
forced to abandon him to his lih rtinism ; the thoughts of this
brought on a fit of sickness, of which e shortly died ; and the
mother, finding that her son would not follow his fth her's trade,
shut up the shop; and, with the money she earned by spinning
cotton, thought to support herself and son.
Aladdin continued to give himself up to all kinds of folly;
until one day as he was playing in the street, a stranger, passing
by, stood to observe him. This stranger was a great magician.
Knowing who Aladdin was, and what were his propensities,
he went up to him, and said, "Child, wasn't your fathercalled
Mustapha? and was he not a tailor ?"-" Yes, sir," answered
Aladdin, "but he has been dead some time." The magician
threw his arms round Aladdin's neck, and said, "I am your
uncle, I have been many years abroad ; and now when I have
come with the hope of seeing my brother, yon tell me he
is dead!" The magician caressed Aladdin, and gave him a
very beautiful ring, which he told the youth was of great
value. By these artifices he led Aladdin some distance out of

the town, until they came between two mountains. He then
collected dry sticks, and made a fire, into which he cast a per-
fume, and turning himself round, pronounced some magical
words. The earth immediately trembled, and opened, and
discovered a Atone with a ring, by which it might be raisedup.
The magician said, "Under this stone is a treasure destined to
be yours: take hold of this ring, and lift it up." Aladdin did
as he was directed, and raised thestone with great care. When
it was removed there appeared a cavern, into which the magi-
cian bade him descend; and told him atrthe bottom of the steps
was a door open; which led into a large palace, divided into
three great halls; at the end of these was a garden, planted
with trees, bearing the most delicious fruits: "Across that

garden," said he, "you will perceive a ternace, and in it a niche,
which contains a lighted lamp. Take down the lamp; extin-
guish the light; throw out the wick; pour out the oil; put
the lamp into your bosom, and bring it to me." Aladdin jumped

into the cavern, and found the halls; he went through them,
crossed the garden, took down the lamp, and put it into his
bosom. As he returned, he stopped to admire the fine fruits
with which the trees were loaded. Some bore fruit entirely
ihite, others red, green, blue, and yellow. Although he ima-
gined they were coloured glass, he was so pleased with them,
that he filed his pockets, and then returned to the entrance of
tie cavern. 'lhen ihe had come thither, he said to the magi-
clanc, "Unc lend me your hand to assist me in getting up."-
"Give me the lamp first," said the magician. I cannot ill I
am up," replied Aladdin. The magician would have thie lamp
before he would help Aladdin to get out; and Aladdin refused
to give it him before he was out of the cavern. The magician
became so enraged, that he threw same perfume into tile fire,
and, pronouncing a fet magical words, the stone returned to its
former place, and thus buried Aladdin, who in vain called out
that he was ready to give up the lamp.
The magician, by the powers of art, had discovered that if
he could become possessed of a wonderful lamp that was hidden
somewhere in the world, it onuld render him greater than any
prince. He afterwards discovered that this lamp was in a sub-
terraneous cavern between two mountains of Tarhary. He
accordingly proceeded to the town which was nearest to this
treasure, and knowing that he must receive it from the hands
of some other person, he thought Aladdin very suitable to his
purpose. When Aladdin had procured the lamp, the magician
was in such extreme haste to become possessed of this wonder-
ful acquisition, or was so unwilling that the boy should reveal
the circumstance, that he defeated his own intention. In this
manner he forgot also the ring which he had formerly given to
Aladdin; and which, he had informed the youth, would always
preserve hi m from arm; hut went away without either.

When Aladdin found that he was immured alive in this
cavern, he sat down on the steps, and remained there two days;
on the third day he clasped his hands together in terror and
despair at his unfortunate condition. In joining his hands, he
rubbed the ring which the magician had given him; and im-
mediately a genius of awful stature stood before him. What
wonldst thou have with me I" said the terrific form I am
ready to obey thee as thy slave, whilst thou dostpossess the ring
that is on thy finger." Aladdin said, Whoever thou art,
deliver me from this place, if thou art able." He had no sooner
spoken, than the earth opened, and he found himself at the
place where the magician had performed his incantations.
Aladdin returned home as fast as he could, and related to his
mother all that had happened to him; she naturally uttered
imprecations against the vile magician; and lamented that she
had no food to give her son, who had not tasted any for three
days. Aladdin then showed her the lamp, and said, '4 Mother,
I will take this lamp and sell it to buy us food; but I think
if I were to clean it first, it would fetch a better price." He
therefore sat down, and began to rub it with sand and water.
Immediately an awful genius appeared, and said, What
wouldst thou have ? I am ready to
S obey thee as thy slave, and as the slave
of all who may possess the lamp in thy
hand." Aladdin said," I hunger : bring
me food." The genius disappeared,
!jJ fy K but in an instant returned with some
delicate viandson twelve silver plates;
he placed them on the table and van-
ished. Aladdin and his mother sat
down and ate heartily. The victuals lasted them until the
next night; when Aladdin took the plates and sold them. As
they lived with frugality the money kept them some time.

One day Aladdin saw thin the princess Badrolbodour, as she
was going to the baths, ie was so struck nith her beauty,
that he ran home and requested his mother to go to the sultan,
and ask for the princes in marriage. His mother thought
he must be mad, and endeivoured to dissuade him from such a
foolish desire; but he replied that he could not exist without
the princess. Ile then brought his mother tie fruit which he
had gathered in the suhternancous garden; and told her to take
it as a present to the sultan, for it was worthy the greatest
monarch ; he having found, by frequenting the shops of jewel-
lers, that, instead of being coloured gl s, they were jewels of
inestimable value. Ills another being thus peutuaded, set off
for the sultan's palace; where, having obtained an audience, she
presented the jewels to the iultan in a china awe. The sultan
graciously received the present ; and having heard her request,
ie said I cannot allow my daughter to marry until I receive
some valuable consideration from your son ; yet, if at the expi.
ration of three months from this davy he will send me forty vases
like this one, filled v ilh similar jewels, and born by forty
black slaves, each of them led by a white slave in inagnificent
apparel, I s ill consent that lh shall become my son-in-law."
The sultait indeed was unwilling that his daughter should
Ih married to a stranger: but supposing the demand lie made
would he greater than Aladdin could comply wit, he considered
that this condition nould be as effectual as a refusal, and that
without seeming to oppose the young man's request. Aladdin's
mother returned hone, and told him the stipulations upon
which the sultan would consent to the match. His joy was
therefore unbounded, when he found that he was so likely to
espouse the princess. As soon as his mother left him, he took
the lamp and rubbed it; when immediately the same genius
appeared, and asked what he would have. Aladdin told hian

what the sultan required, and that the articles must be pro-
vided by the time appointed; which the genius promised
should be done. At the expiration of three months, the
genius brought the fourscore slaves, and the vessels killed with
jewels. Aladdin's mother being attired in a superb robe, set
out with them to the palace. When the sultan beheld the
forty vases, full of the most precious and brilliant jewels; and
the eighty slaves, the costliness of whose garments was as great
as the dresses of kings, he was so astonished, that he thought
it unnecessary to inform himself whether Aladdin had all the
other qualifications which ought to be possessed by a monarch's
son-in-law. The sight of such immense riches, and Aladdin's
diligence in complying with his demand, persuaded the sultan
that he could not want any other accomplishments; be there-
fore said to the young man's mother, "Go, tell thy son that I
wait to receive him, that he may espouse the princess, my
daughter." When Aaddin's mother had withdrawn, the
sultan arose from his throne, and ordered that the vases and
jewels should be carried into the princess's apartment.
The mother of Aladdin soon returned to her son: You are
arrived," said slieo him, at the height of your desires. The
sultan waits to embrace you, and conclude your marriage."
Aladdiin, in ecstaies at this intelligence, retired to his chamber,
and rubbed the lamp. The obedient genius appeared, "Genius,"
said Aladdin, I wish to bathe immediately: afterwards pro-
vide me with a robe more superb than monarch ever wore."
The genius then rendered him invisible, and transported him
to a marble bath; where he was undressed, without seeing
by whom, and rubbed and washed with waters of the most
exquisite fragrance. His skin became clear and delicate; he
put on a magnificent garment which he found ready for him;
and the genius then transported him to his chamber, where he

inquired if Aladdin had farther commands for him. Yes,"
answered Aladdin, bring me a horse, and let it be furnished
with the most costly and magnificent trappings; let there be a
splendid retinue of slaves to attend me, and let them be attired
in the most expensive habiliments. For my mother also pro-
vide an extensive equipage; let six female slaves attend her,
each hearing a dififrent robe, suitable even to the dignity of a
sultana; let not anything g he wanted to complete the splendour
of her retinue. lut, above all, bring ten thousand pieces of
gold, in ten purses." The genius dmisappared, and returned
with a horse, forty slaves, ten purses of gold, and six female
slaves, each bearing a most coaslK lobe for Aladdin's mother.
Aladdin intrusted six of the purses to the slaves, that they
might distribute the money among the people as they p roceded
to the sultan's palace. lie then despatched one of tie slaves
to the roval mansion, to know when he might have the honour
of prostrating himself at the sntan's feet.
The slave brought him word that the sultan waited for him
with impatience. When le arrived at tile gate of the palace,
ltle grand vizier, the generals of the army, the governors of the
provinces, and all the great officers of the court, attended him
to the council ball ; and having assisted him to dismount, they
led him to the sultan's throne. The sovereign was amazed to
see that Aladdin was more richly apparelled than he was ; he
arose, however, from his throne and embraced him. He gave
a signal and tle air resounded with trumpets, hautboys, and
other musical instruments. He then conducted Aladdin into
a magnificent saloon, where a sumptuous entertainment had
been provided. After this splendid repast, the sultan sent for
thechief law officer of his empire, and ordered him immediately
to prepare the marriage contract between the princess and
Aladdin. The sultan e aed then asked Aladdin if the marriage

should be solemnised that day. To which he answered, "Sir,
I beg your permission to defer it until I have built a palace,
suitable to the dignity of the princess; and I therefore entreat
you farther to grant me a convenient spot of ground near your
own palace; and I will take care to have it finished with the
utmost expedition." "Son," said the sultan, "take what
ground you think proper." After which he again embraced
Aladdin, who respectfully took leave and returned home.
He retired to his chamber, took his lamp and summoned the
genius as usual. Genius," said he, "build me a palace near
the sultan's fit for the reception of my spouse the princess;
but, instead of stone, let the walls be formed of masey gold and
silver, laid in alternate rows; and let the interstices be enriched
with diamonds and emeralds. The palace meut have a delight-
ful garden, planted with aromatic shrubs and plants, bearing
the most delicious fruits and beautiful lowers. But in par-
ticular let there be an immense treasure of gold and silver
coin* The palace, moreover, must be well provided with
offices, store-houses, and stables full of the finest horses, and
attended by equerries, grooms, and hunting equipage." By
the dawn of the ensuing morning, the genius presented himself
to Aladdin, and said, Sir, your palace is finished; come and
see if it accords with your wshes." He had no sooner signified
his readiness to behold it, than the genius instantly conveyed
him thither. He found that it surpassed all his expectations.
The officers and slaves were all dressed according to their rank
and services. The genius then showed him the treasury, in
which he saw heaps of bags full of money, piled up to the very
ceiling. The ehegenithenconveyedAladin homebefore the hour
arrived at which the gates of the sultan's palace were opened.
When the porters arrived at the gates of the royal mansion,
they were amazed to see Aladdin's palace. The grand vizier,

who came afterwards, was no less astonished; he went to
acquaint the sultan of it, and endeavoured to persuade the
monarch that it was all enchantment. Vizier," replied the
sultan, "you know as well as I do, that it is Aladdin's palace,
on the ground which I gave him." When Aladdin had dis-
missed the genius, lie requested his mother to go to the royal
palace with lhr sl, es, and tell the sultan she came to have the
honour of attending the priTcessa towaids tihe evening to her
son'% palace. Aladdin seonu afterards left his paternal dwell-
ing; but he was careful not to forget his wonderful lamp, by
the aid of thich hi had become s) tminently dignified. Alad-
din's mother was received at the royal palace with great
honour; and ias introduced into the apartment of the beautiful
princess. The ptincess received her 'iliuh great affectmin ; and
while the nsoien tiere decorating her with the jewels Aladdin
had sent. an eltistat collaion was laid bef re them. In the
evening the princess took hleav of the sultan her father, and
proceeded to Aladdin's palace. She swa aaccompanied by his
mother, and was fiolowedl by a hundred slaves, magnificently
dressed. Jiands of music led the procession, followed by a
hundred black slaves, with appropriate office. Four hundred
of the sultan's oeun'r pages carried torches ot each side ; these,
with the radiant illuminations of the sultan's and Aladdin's
palaces, rendered it s light as day.
When the princess arrived at the new palace, Aladdin, filled
with delight, hastened to receive her. 11e addressed her with
that reverence which her dignity exacted; but with that
ardour which her extreme beauty inspired. lie took her by
the hand, and led her into a saloon, where an entertainment,
far beyond description, was served up. The dishes were of
burnished gold, and contained every kind of rarity and delicacy
Vases, cups, and other vessels, were also of gold, so exquisitely

carved, that the ex the excellent of the workmanship might be said
to surpass the value of the material. Aladdin conducted the
princess and his mother to their appropriate places in this
magnificent apartment; and as soon as they were seated, a
choir of the most melodious voices, accompanied by a band of
the most exquisite performers, formed the most fascinating
concert dining the whole of the repast. About midnight,
Aladdin presented his hand to the princess to dance with her:
and thus concluded the ceremonies and festivities of the day.
On the next morning, Aladdin, mounted on a horse richly
caparisoned, and attended by a troop of slaves, proceeded to the
sultan's palace. The monarch received him with paternal
affection, and placed him beside the loyal throne. Aladdin did
not limit himself to the two palaces, but went about the city,
and attended the different mosques. He visited also the grand
vizier, and other great personages : his manners, which had
become extremely pleasing, endeared him to his superiors; and
his affability and liberality gained him the affection of the
He might thus have been happy, had it not been for the
magician, who no sooner understood that Aladdin had arrived
at this eminent good fortune, than he exclaimed, This poor
tailo's son has discovered the secret virtues of the lamp 1 but
I will endeavour to prevent him in the enjoyment of it much
longer." The net he next oring he set forward, and soon afterwards
arrived at th t to in Tartary where Aladdin resided, The
first object he had to attain, was a knowledge of the place in
which Aladdin kept the lamp: he soon found by his art that
this inestimable treasure was in Aladdin's palace; a discovery
which delighted him. Healso learned that Aladdin was gne on
a hunting excusion, which would engage him from home eight
days. The magician then went to a manufacturer of lamps, and

purchased a dozen copper ones, which he put into a basket. He
thus proceeded towards Aladdin's palace; and when he came
near i, he cried, "Who'll changeold lamps fornewones?" This
strange inquiry attracted a crowd of people and children about
him, who thought le must be mad to give new lamps for old
ones : et still ie continued to exclaim, Wholl change old
lamps for new ones ?" This lie repeated so often near Aladdin's
palace, tha t the princess snt one of her women slaves to know
what the man cried : Moldam," said the slave, I cannot for-

bear laughing to see a fool, with a basket full of new lampson
his arm, asking to exchange for old ones." Another woman
slave who was present, said, I know not whether the princess
las observed it, but there is an old lamp upon the cornicc; if
the pripcres pleases, she may try if this foolish man will give a
new one for it." This was Aladdin's wonderful lamp, which

he had placed upon the cornice before he set off on the hunt-
ing excursion: but neither the princess, nor those who were
about her, had observed it. At all other times, but when
hunting, Aladdin carried it about him. The princess, who
knew not the value of the lamp, bade one of the slaves take it,
and make the exchange. The slave went and called the magi-
cian; and showing him the old lamp, said, "Will you give me
a new one in exchange ? "
The magician, knowing that this was the lamp he wanted,
snatched it from the slave and thrust it into his bosom, bidding
her take that which she liked best: the slave chose one, and
carried it to the princess. As soon as the magician got beyond
the gates of the city, he stopped; and passed the remainder of
the day, until it was night, in an adjoining wood; when he
took the lamp and rubbed it. The genius instantly appeared.
" I command thee," said the magician, to convey me, together
with the palace thou hast built for Aladdin, with all its inha-
bitants, to a place in Africa." The genius instantly transported
him, with the palace and everything it contained; to the place
in Africa which the magician had appointed.
The next morning the sultan went, as usual, to his closet
window, to admire Aladdin's palace, but when he saw an un-
covered space of ground, instead of a palace, he could not retain
his astonishment and indignation. He went into another
apartment, and sent for the grand vizier, who was no less
amazed than the sultan had been. The sultan exclaimed,
" Where is that impostor, that I may instantly have his head
taken off? Order a detachment of fifty horse-soldiers to bring
him before me, loaded with chains." The detachment obeyed
the orders; and, about six leagues from the town, they met
Aladdin returning home; they told him the sultan had sent
them to accompany him home. Aladdin had not the least

apprehension, and pursued his way, but when they came within
half a league of the city, the detachment surrounded him, and
the officer said, Prince Aladdin, I am commanded by the sul-
tan to a, rest you, and to carry you before him as a criminal."
Tley then fastened both isb arms, and in this manner the
nfficr obliged Aladdin to follow him on Yiot into the town.
W'hen the soldiers came near the town, the people seeing Alad-
din led thus a culprit, doubted not t hat his head would be cut
ofl ; but ar lie r.as generally beloved, some took abres and
other kind of arms; and those who) hitad nowe, gathered stones,
:ill followed the detachmrnnt ; and in this manner theyrcached
the palace. Aihiddin ,wgs carried before the bultan ; who, as
OsMn as Itn slaw him, nordehId that his mead shou d le instantly
cut ofit without hearing him, or giving him atny opportunity to
explain himsel f. As ion as the eixectutonci had inken oef the
chains, lhe caused Alnddin to kn,-el down ; then drawing his
sire, lie waited only for Ihe sultan's signal to separate the
head from thle body. At talt instant the populace had forced
the guard of soldiers, and1 were scaling the calls of the palace.
The sultan ordered the cxciumioner to unbind Aladdin ; and
desired theI grand vizier to tell the people that Aladdin was
pardoned. l'hlen Aladdin fund himself at liberty, he turned
tnalrds the sultan,s and said to him in an affictmig manner,
" I hg your majisty to let me know my crime ?"-"Thy
crime I" answlc ed the sultan : follow me '" The sultan then
took him into his closet. Whenr he cakne to the door, he
sand to him. You ought to know where your palace stood;
look and tell me hat has become of it."- I beg your majesty,"
sad Aladdin, to allow me forty days to make my inquiries."
--1 J give vou forty days," said the ultan.
For three days Aladdin rambled about till he was tired. At
the close of th hihe third day he came to a river's side; thereunder

the influence of despair, he determined to cast himself into the
water. He thought it right first to say his prayers; and went
to the river side to wash his hands and face, according to the
law of Mohammed. The bank of the river was steep and slip-
pery; and, a he trod upon it he slid down against a little rock.
In fallingdiown the bank, he rubbed his ring so hard, that the
same genius appeared which he had seen in the cavern. Alad-
din said, I command thee to convey me to the place where my
palace stands, and set me down under the princess's window."
The genius immediately transported him into the midst of a
large plain, on which his palace stood, and set him exactly
under the window, and left him there fast asleep.
The next morning, one of the women perceived Aladdin, and
told the princess, who could not believe her ; but, nevertheless,
she instantly opened the window, where she saw Aladdin, and
said to him, c I have sent to have one of the private gates opened
for you." Aladdin went into the princess's chamber, where,
after they had affectionately embraced, he said to her," What
has become of an old lamp, which I left on the cornice when I
went hunting? The princess told him that it had been ex-
changed for a new one; and that the next morning she found
herself in an unknown country, which she had been told was
in Africa, by the treacherous man himself, who had conveyed
her thither by his magic art. Princess," said Aladdin, "you
have informed me who the traitor is, by telling me you are in
Afria. He is the most perfidious of all men : but this is not
the time or place togive you a full account of his iniquity. Can
you tell me what he has done with the lamp, and where he has
placed it -" He carries it carefully wrapped up in his bosom,"
said the princess; and this I know, because he has taken it
out and showed it to me."-" Frincess," said Aladdin, tell me,
I conjure thee, how this wicked and treacherous man treats

you."-" Since I have been here," replied the princess, " he
comes once every day to see me; and I am persuaded that
the indifference of my manner towards him, and the evident
reluctance of my conversation, induces him to withhold more
frequent visits. All ls endeavours are to persuade me to break
that faith I pledged to you, and to take him for a husband.
He frequently informs nie that I have no hopes of seeing you
again, for that you are dead, having had your head struck
off by order of the sultan. lie also calls you an ungrateful
wretch; says that your good fortune was o uing to him; besides
many other things of a similar kind. lie, however, receives no
other answer fiun n- thanm gief, complaints, and tears ; and he
is therefore alwai s obliged to retire with evident dissatisfaction.
I have but little doubt that his intention is to allow me some
time for my sorrow to subslie, in hopes that my sentiments
ay afterwards become changed ; but if I persevere in an
obstinate refusal, that he will use violence to compel me to
marry him. IBut your presence, Aladdin, subdues all my
apprehensions"--" I have great confidence," replied Aladdin,
" since my princes's fears are ditinihed ; and I believe that
I have thought of the means to deliver you from our common
enemy. I shall return at noon, and will then communicate
my project to you, and tell you hat must be done for its success.
But that you may not be surprised, it is well to inform you,
that I hall change my dress; and I must beg of you to give
orders that I may not wait long at the private gate, but that
it may be opened at the first knock." All which the princess
promised to observe.
When Aladdin went out of the palace, he perceived a coun-
tryman before him, and having come up with him, made a
proposal to change clothes, to which the man agreed. They
accordingly went behind a hedge, and made the exchange.

Aladdin afterwards travelled to the town, and came to that
part in which merchants and artisans have their respective
streets, according to the articles which are the subject of their
trade. Among these he found the druggists, and having gone
to one of the principal shops, he purchased half-a-drachm of a
particular powder that he named.
Aladdin returned to the palace, and when he saw the princess,
he told her to invite the magician to sup with her. "Then,"
said he, put this powder into one of the cupsof wine; charge
the slave to bring that cup to you, and then change cups with
him. No sooner will he have drunk off the contents of the
cup, but you will see him fall backwards." The magician came,
and at table he and the princess sat opposite to each other.
The princess presented him with
-the choicest things that were on
Sthe table, and said to him, "If
I you please we will exchange cups
k and drink each other's health."
I She presented her cup, and held
South her hand to receive the other
from him. He made the ex-
change with pleasure. The
princess put the cup to her lips,
while the African magician drank
the very last drop, and fell backwards lifeless. No sooner had
the magician fallen, than Aladdin entered the hall, and said,
" Princess, I must beg you to leave me for a moment When
the princess was gone, Aladdin shut the door, and going to the
dead body of the magician, opened his vest, took out the lamp,
and rubbed it. The genius immediately appeared. Said Alad-
din, I command thee to convey this palace to its former
situation in Tartary." The palace was immediately removed

into Tartary, without any sensation to those who were contained
in it. Alddin went to the princess's apartment, and embracing
her, said, 1 can assure you, princes, that your joy and mine
will be complete to-morrow morning."
Aladdin rose at day-break in the morning, and put on one of
his most splendid habits. At an early hour he went into the
hall, from the windows of which he perceived the sultan.
They met together at the foot of the great staircae of Aladdin's
palace. The venerable sultan was some time before he could
open his lips, so great was his joy that he had found his daugh-
ter once more. She soon came to him; he embraced her, and
made her relate all that had happened to her. Aladdin ordered
the magician's body to be thrown on a dunghill, as the prey of
birds. Thus Aladdin was delivered from the persecution of
the magician, Within a short time afterwards the sultan died
at a good old age; and as he left no sons, the princess became
heiress to the crown: but Aladdin being her husband, the
sovereignty, it was agreed by the great officers of the state,
should devolve upon him. Great preparations were made for
Aladdin's coronation. Throughout the East there had never
been so magnificent a ceremonial as ths was to be. At length
the morning arrived. 'The procession to the principal mosque
was several hours proceeding. Aladdin was seated on a throne
under a canopy of gold; the crown being placed on his head,
when-he awoke, mid found that he had been fast asleep on
his father's shop-board!


IN a town of Persia there lived two brothers, the sons of a
poor man ; the one was named Cassim, and the other Ali Baba.
Cassim, the elder, married a wife with a considerable fortune,
and lived at his ease, in a handsome house, with plenty of ser-
vants; hut the wife of Ali Baba was as poor as himself; they
dwelt in a mean cottage in the suburbs of the city, and he main-

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tained his family by cutting wood in a neighboring forest
One day when A Ban Ba was in the forest, preparing to load
his asse with the wood he had cut, he saw a troop of horsemen
approaching towards him. He had often heard of robbers who
infested that forest, and, in a great fright, he hastily climbed a
large thick tree, which stood near the foot of a rock and hid
himself among the branches. The horsemen soon galloped up

to the rock, where they all dismounted. All Baba counted
forty of them, and he could not doubt but they were thieves,
by their l-looking countenances. They each took a loaded
portmanteau from his horse; and he who seemed to be their
captain, trying to the rock, said Open Sesame, and immediately
a door opened in the rock, and all the robbers passed in, when
the door shut itself In a short time the door opened again and
the forty robbers came ot, followed by their captain, who said,
Shut Sesame. The door instantly closed; and the troop mount-
ing their horses, were presently out of sight.
All Baba remained in the tree a long time, and seeing that
the robbers did not return, he ventured down, and, approaching
close to the rock, said, Open Sesams. Immediately the door
few open, and Ali Baba beheld a spacious cavern, very light,
and filled with all sorts of provisions, merchandise, rich setua,
and heaps of gold and silver coin, which these robbers had
taken from merchants and travellers. Ali Bab then went in
search of his asses, and having brought them to the rook, took
as many bags of gold coin as they could carry, and put them
on their backs, covering them with some loose faggots of wood;
and afterwards (not forgetting to say, Sut S same) he drove the
asee back to the city, and having unloaded them in the stable
belonging to his cottage, carried the bags into the house, and
spread the gold coin out upon the floor
beforehis wife. His wife, delighted with
possessing so much money, wanted to
count it; but finding it would take up
too much time, she was resolved to
measure it, and running to he house of
All Baba's brother, she entreated them
to lend her a small measure. Caesim's
wife was very proud and envious: I
wonder,' she said to herself, "what sort of grain such poor


people can have to measure; but I am determined I will find
out what they are doing." So before she gave the measure,
she artfully rubbed the bottom with some suet. Away ra
Ali Baba's wife; measured her money; and having helped her
husband to bury it in the yard, she carried back the measure
to her brother-in-law's house, without perceiving that a piece
of gold was left sticking to the bottom of it. Fine doings,
indeed I" cried Cassim's wife to her husband, after examiing
the measure, your brother there, who pretends to be so poor,
is richer than you are, for he does not count his money, but
measures it."
Cassim, hearing these words, and seeing the piece of gold,
grew as envious as his wife, and hastening to his brother,
threatened to inform the Cadi of his wealth, if he did not
confess to him how he came by it. Ali Baba, without hesita-
tion told him the history of the robbers, and the secret of the
cave, and offered him half his treasure; but the envious Cassim
disdained so poor a sum, resolving to have fifty times more
than that out of the robbers' cave. Accordingly, he arose
early next morning, and set out with ten mules laden with
great chests. He found the rock easily enough by Ali Baba's
description; and having said, Open Sesame, he gained admission
into the cave, where he found more trasre than he even had
expected to behold from his brother's account of it. He
immediately began to gather bags of gold and pieces of rich
brocades, all of which he ed close to the door; but when he
had got together as much, or even more, than his ten mules
could possibly carry, and wanted to get out to load them, the
thoughts of his wonderful riches had made him entirely forget
the word which caused the door to open. In vain he tried
Barne, Fame, Lame, Tetaome and a thousand others; the door
remained as immovable as the rock itself, notwithstanding
Caaim kicked and screamed til he was ready to drop with

fatigue and vexation. Presently he heard the sound of horses'
feet, which he rightly concluded to be the robbers, and he
trembled lest he should now fall a victim to his tldrst of
riches. He resolved, however, to make one effort to escape;
and when he heard Seare pronounced and saw the door open,
he sprang out, but was instantly put to death by the swords of
the robbers.
The thieves now held a council, but not one of them could
possibly guess by what means Casslm had got into the cave.
They saw the heaps of treasure lie hd piled ready to take
away, but they did not miss what All Baha had secured before.
At length they agreed to cut Cassim's body into four quarters,
and hang the pieces within the cave, that it might terrify any
one from further attempts; and also determined not to return
themselves for some time to the cave, for fear of being watched
and discovered. When Cassim's wife saw night come on, and
her husband not returned, she became greatly terrified; she
watched at her window till day-break, and then went to tell
Ali Baba of her fears Cassim had not informed him of his
design of going to the cave; but Ali Baba now hearing of his
journey thither, went immediately in sarch of him. He drove
his asses to the forest without delay. He was alarmed to see
blood near the rock; and on entering the cave, he found the
body of his unfortunate brother cut to pieces, and hung up
within the door. It was now too late to save him; but he
took down the quarters, and put them upon one of his ases,
covering them with faggots of wood; and, weeping for the
miserable end of his brother, he regained the city. The door
of his brother's house was opened by Morgiana, an intelligent,
faithful female slave, who All Baba knew was worthy to be
trusted with a secret.
He therefore delivered the body to Morgiana, and went him-

Aa mnBA; OR, THE

self to impart the sad tidings to the wife of Cassim. The poor
woman was deeply afflicted, and reproached herself with her
foolish envy and curiosity, as being the cause of her husband's
death; but Au Baba having convinced her of the necessity of
being very discreet, she checked her lamentations, and resolved
to leave everything to the management of Morgian. Morgiana
having washed the body, hastened to an apothecary's, and
asked for some particular medicine; saying it was for her
master Cassim, who was dangerously ill. She took care to
spread the report of Cassim's illness throughout the neighbour-
hood; and as theysawAli Baba and his wife going daily to the
house of their brother in great affliction, they were not sur-
prised to hear shortly that Cassim had died of his disorder.
The next difficulty was to bury him without discovery ; but
Morgiana was ready to contrive a plan for that also. She put
on her veil, and went to a distant part of the city very early in
the morning, where she found a poor cobblerjust opening his
stall. She put a piece of gold into his hand, and told him he
should have another, if he would suffer himself to be led blind-
folded and go with her, carrying his tools with him. Mustapha
the cobbler hesitated at fit; but the gold tempted him, and
he consented; when Morgiana, carefully covering his eyes, so
that he could not see a step of the way, led him to Cassim's
houe, and taking him to the room where the body was lying,
removed the bandage from his eyes, and bade him sew the
mangled limbs together. Mustapha obeyed her order; and
having received two pieces of gold, was led blindfold the same
way back to his own stall. Morgians then covering the body
with a winding-sheet, sent for the undertaker to make prepara-
tions for the funeral; and Cassim was buried with all due
solemnity the same day. Ali Baba now removed his few
goods, and all the gold coin that he had brought from the

cavern to the house of his deceased brother, of which he took
possession; and Cassim's widow received every kind attention
both from All Baha and his wife.
After an interval of some months, the troop of robbers
again visited their retreat in the forest, and were completely
astonished to find the body taken away from the cave, and
every thing else remaining in its usual order. We are
discovered," said the captain, "and shall certainly be undone
if you do not adopt speedy measures to prevent our ruin.
Which of you, my brave comrades, will undertake to search
out the villain who is in possession of our secret ? One of
the boldest of the troop advanced, and offered himself; and was
accepted on the following conditions: namely, that if he
succeeded in his enterprise, he was to be made second in
command of the troop; but that if he brought false intelli-
gence, he was immediately to be put to death. The bold
robber readily agreed to the conditions and having disguised
himself, he proceeded to the city. He arrived there about
day-break, and found the cobbler Mustapha in his stall, which
was always open before any other shop in the town. "Good
morrow, friend," said the robber, as he passed the stall, "you
rise betimes; I should think, old as you are, you could scarcely
see to work by this light."-" Indeed, sir," replied the cobbler,
" old as I am, I do not want for good eye-sight; as you must
needs believe, when I tell you I sewed a dead body together
the other day, where I had not so good a light as I have now."
-" A dead body exclaimed the robber, "you mean, I
suppose, that you sewed up the winding-sheet for a dead body."
-" I mean no such thing," replied Mustapha, I tell you
that I sewed the four quarters of a man together."
This was enough to convince the robber he had luckily met
with the very man who could give him the information he was

in search of. However, he did not wish to appear eager to
learn the particulars, lest he should alarm the cobbler.
"I Ha ha !" said he, I find, good Mr. Cobbler, that you
perceive I am a stranger here, and you wish to. make me
believe that the people of your city do impossible things"-
" I tell you," said Mustapha, in a loud and angry tone, I
sewed a dead body together with my own hands."-" Then I
suppose yon can tell me also where you performed this wonder-
ful business." Upon this Mustapha related every particular of
his being led blindfold to the house, &c. Well, my friend,"
said the robber, "'tis a fine story I confess, but not very easy to
believe : however, if you will convince me, by showing me the
house yon talk of, I will give you four pieces of gold to make
amends for my unbelief.-" I think, said the cobbler, after
considering awhile, "that if you were to blindfold me, I should
remember every turning we made; but with my eyes open I
am sure I should neverind it." Accordingly the robber covered
Mustapha's eyes with his handkerchief, who led him through
most of the principal streets, and stopping by Cassim's door,
said, Here it is, I went no further than this house."
The robber immediately marked the door with a piece of
chalk; and giving Mustapha his four pieces of gold, dismissed
him. Shortly after the thief and Mustapha had quitted the
door, Morgiana coming home from market, perceived the little
mark of white chalk on the door; suspecting something was
wrong, she directly marked four doors n the one side and five
on the other, of her master's, in exactly the same manner,
without saying a word to any one. The robber meantime
rejoined his troop, and boasted greatly of his success. His
captain and comrades praised his diligence; and being well
armed, they proceeded to the town in different disguises, and
in separate parties of three and four together. It was agreed

among them, that they were to meet in the market-place at the
dusk of the evening; and that the captain and the robber who
had discovered the house, were to go there first, to fnd out to


whom it belonged. Accordingly, being arrived in the street,
and having a lantern with them, they began to examine the
doors, and found, to their confusion and astonishment, that ten
doors were marked exactly alike. The robber, who was the
captain's guide, could not say one word in explanation of this
mystery; and when the disappointed troop got back to the
forest, his enraged companions ordered him to be put to death.
Another now offered himself upon the same condition as the
former; and having bribed Mustapha, and discovered the
house, he made a ma a ark with a dark-red chalk pon the door,
in a part that was not in the least conspicuous; and carefully
examined the surrounding door, to be certain that no such
mark was upon any of them them. ut nothing could escape the
prying eyes of Morgian; scarcely had the robber departed,

when she discovered the red mark; and getting some red
chalk, she marked seven doors on each side, precisely in the
same place and in the same manner. The robber, valuing
himself highly upon the precautions he had taken, triumphantly
conducted his captain to the spot; but great indeed was his
confusion and dismay, when he found it impossible to say
which, ,among fifteen houses marked exactly alike, was the
right one. The captain, furious with his disappointment,
returned again with the troop to the forest; and the second
robber was also condemned to death.
The captain having lost two of his troop, judged that their
hands were more active than their heads in such services; and
he resolved to employ no other of them, but to go himself
upon the business. Accordingly he repaired to the city, and
addressed himself to the cobbler Mustapha, who, for six pieces
of gold, readily performed the services for him he had done for
the two other strangers; and the captain, much wiser than his
men, did not amuse himself with setting a mark upon the door,
but attentively considered the house, counted the number of
windows, and passed by it very often, to be certain that he
should know it again. He then returned to the forest, and
ordered his troop to go into the town, and buy nineteen mules
and thirty-eight large jar, one full of oil and the rest empty.
In two or three days the jars were bought, and all things in
readiness; and the captain having put a man into each jar,
properly armed, the jam being rubbed on the outside with oil,
and the covers having holes bored in them for the men to
breathe through, loaded his mules, and, in the habit of an oil-
merchant, entered the town in the dusk of the evening. He
proceeded to the street where Ali Bab dwelt, and found him
sitting in the porch of his house. Sir," said he to Ali Baba,
" I have brought this oil a great way to sell, and am too late

for this day's market. As I am quite a stranger in this town,
will you do me the favour to let me put my mules into your
court-yard, and direct me where I may lodge to-night."
Ali Baha, who was a good-natured man, welcomed the
pretended oil-merchant very kindly, and offered him a bed in
his own house; and having ordered the mules to be unloaded
in the yard, and properly fed, he invited his guest in to supper.
The captain, having seen the jars placed ready in the yard,
followed Ali Baba into the house, and, after supper, was shown
into the chamber where he was to sleep. It happened that
Morgiana was obliged to sit up later that night than usual, to
get ready her master's bathing linen for the following morning:
and whie she was busy about the fire, her lamp went out,
and there was no more oil in the house. After considering
what she could possibly do for a light, she recollected the
thirty-eight oil-jars in the yard, and determined to take a little
out of one of them for her lamp. She took her oil-pot in her
hand, and approaching the first jar, the robber within said, Is
it time, captain ?" Any other slave, on hearing a man in an oil-jar,
would have screamed out; but the prudent Morgians instantly
recollected herself, and replied softly, No, not yet; lie still
till I cal you." She passed on to every jar, receiving the same
question, and making te same answer,
till she came to the last, which was -* =-- -
really filled with oil. Morgiaan was :>
now convinced that this was a plot of
the robbers to murder her master Ali
Baha; so she ran back to the kitchen,
and brought ot a large kettle, which
she filled with oil, andset it on a great
wood fire; and as soon as it boiled she
went and poured into thejars su ient of the boiling oil to
kill every man within them. Having done this, she put out

her fire and her lamp, and crept softly to her chamber. The
captain of the robbers, fading everything quiet in the house,
and perceiving no light anywhere, arose and went down into
the yard to assemble his men. Coming to the first jar, he felt
the steams of the boiled oil; he ran hastily to the rest, and
found every one of his troop put to death in the same manner.
Full of rage and despair at having filed in his design, he
forced the lock of a door that led into the garden, and made
his escape over the walls.
On the following morning, Morgiana related to her master,
Al Babha his wonderful deliverance from the pretended oil-
merchant and his gang of robbers. All Baba at first could
scarcely credit her tale; but when he saw the robbers dead in
the jars, he could not sufficiently praise her courage and
sagacity: and without letting any one else into the secret, he
and Morgiana, the next night, buried the thirty-seven thieves
in a deep trench at the bottom of the garden. The jars and
mules, as he had no use for them, were sent from time to time
to the different markets and sold. While Ali Baba took these
measures to prevent his and Camsim's adventures in the forest
from being known, the captain returned to his cave, and for
some time abandoned himself to grief and despair. At length
however he determined to adopt a new scheme for the destrue-
tion of Ali Baba. He removed by degrees all the valuable
merchandise from the cave to the city, and took a shop exactly
opposite to All Baba's house. He furnished this shop with
everything that was rate and costly, and went by the name of
the merchant Cogia Hassan. Many persons made acquaintance
with the stranger; among others All Baba's son went every
day to the shop. The pretended Cogia Hassan soon appeared
to be very fond of Ali Baba's son, offered him many presents,
and often detained him to dinner, on which ccasions he treated
him in the handsomest manner.

Ali Baba's son thought it was necessary to make some return
to these civilities, and pressed his father to invite Cogia Hassan
to supper. Ali Baba made no objection, and the invitation was
accordingly given. The artful Cogia Ilassa would not too
hastily accept the invitation, but pretended he was not fond of
going into company, and that he had business which demanded
his presence at home. These excuses only made Ali Baba's
son the more eager to take him to his father's house; and
after repeated solicitations, the merchant consented to sup at
Ali Baba's house the next evening. A most excellent supper
was provided, which Morgiana cooked in the best manner, and,
as was her usual custom, she carried in the first dish herself.
The moment she looked at Cogia Hassan, she knew it was the
pretended oil-merchant. The prudent Morgiana did not say a
word to any one of this discovery, but sent the other slaves
into the kitchen, and waited at table herself; and 'while Cogia
Hassan was drinking, shie perceived he had a dagger hid undrr
his coat. When supper was ended, and the dessert and wine on
the table, Morgiana went and dressed herself in the habit of a
dancing-girl; she next called Abdalla, a fellow-slave, to play
on his tabor while she danced. As soon as she appeared at the
parlour-door, her master, who was very fond of sing her dance,
ordered her to come in to entertain his guest with some of her
best dancing. Cogia Hassan was not very well satisfied with
this entertainment, yet was compelled, for fear of discovering
himself, to seem pleased with the dancing, while in fact he
wished lorgiana a great way off, and was quite alarmed, lest he
should lose his opportunity of murdering Ali Baba and his son.
Morgiana danced several dances with the utmost grace and
agility ; and then drawing a poniard from her girdle, she
performed many surprising things with it; sometimes presenting
the point to one and sometimes to another, and then seemed to

strike it into her own bosom. Suddenly she paused, and
holding the poniard in the right hand, presented her left to her
master, as if begging some money; upon which All Baba and
his son each gave a small piece of money. She then turned to
the pretended Cogia Hassa, and while he was putting his
hand into his purse, she plunged the poniard into his heart.
Wretch! cried Ali Baba, thou hast ruined me and my
family" No, sir,L replied Morgiana, I have preserved, and
not ruined you and your son. Look well at this traitor, and
you will find him to be the pretended oil-merchant who ame
once before to rob and murder you." Ali Baba having pulled
of the turban and cloak which the false Cogia Hassan wore,
discovered that he was not only the pretended oil-merchant
but the captain of the forty robbers who had slain his brother
Cassim; nor could he doubt that his perfidious aim had been
to destroy him, and probably his son, with the concealed
dagger. Ali Baba, who felt the new obligation he owed to
Morgiana for thus saving his life a second time, embraced her,
and said, My dear Morgiana, I give you your liberty; but my
gratitude must not stop there; I will also marry you to my
son, who can eiteem and admire you no less than does his
father." Then turning to his son he added, You, my son,
will not refuse the wife I offer; for in marrying Morgiana,
you take to wife the preserver and benefactor of yourself and
family." The son, far from showing any dislike, readily and
joyfully accepted his proposed bride, having long entertained
an affection for the good slave Morgiana.
Having rejoiced in their deliverance, theyburied the captain
that night with great privacy, in the trench, along with his
troop of robbers; and a few days afterwards, All Bab cele-
brated the marriage of his son and Morgiana with a sumptuous
entertainment; and every one who knew Morgiana said she

was worthy of her good fortune, and highly commended her
master's generosity towards her. During a twelvemonth Ali
Baba forbore to go near the forest, but at length his curiosity
incited him to make another journey. When he came to the
cave he saw no footsteps of either men or horses; and having
said Open Sesame, he went in, and
judged, by the state of things deposited
in the cavern, that no one had been
there since the pretended Cogia Hassan .t
had removed the merchandise to his 4
shop in the city. Ali Baba took as
much gold home as his horse would
carry; and afterwards he carried his
son to the cave, and taught him the
secret. This secret they handed down -\-
to their posterity; and usingthcirgood ....
fortune with moderation, they lived in
honour and splendour, and served with dignity some of the
chief offices of the city.


TEREnn was once a very rich merchant, who had six children,
three boys and three girls. As he was himself a man of great
sense, he spared no expense for their education, but provided
them with all sorts of masters for their improvement. The
three daughters were all handsome, but particularly the
youngest; indeed she was so very beautiful, that in her child-
hood every one called her the Little Beauty; and being still the

same when she was grown up, nobody called her by any other
name, which made her sisters very jealous of her. This
youngest daughter was not only more handsome than her
sisters, hut also was better tempered The two eldest were vain
of being rich, and spoke with pride to those they thought below
them. They gave themselves a thousand airs, and would not
visit other merchants' daughters; nor would they indeed be
seen with any but persons of quality. They went every day
to balls, plays, and public walks, and always made game of
their youngest sister for spending her time in reading, or other
useful employment. As it was well known that these young
ladies would have large fortunes, many great merchants wished
to get them for wives; but the two eldest always answered,
that, for their parts, they had no thoughts of marrying any one
below a duke or an earl at least. Beauty had quite as many
offers as her sisters, but she always answered, with the greatest
civility, that she was much obliged to her lovers, but would
rather live some years longer with her father, as she thought
herself too young to marry.
It happened that by some unlucky accident the merchant
suddenly lost all his fortune, and had nothing left but a small
cottage in the country. Upon this he said to his daughters,
while the tears ran down his cheeks all the time, "My
children, we must now go and dwell in the cottage, and try to
get a living by labour, for we have no other means of support."
The two eldest replied, that, for their part, they did not know
how to work, and would not leave town; for they had lovers
enough who would be glad to marry them, though they had no
longer any fortune. But in this they were mistaken; for when
the lovers heard what had happened, they said, "The girls
were so proud and ill-tempered, that all we wanted was their
fortune: we are not sorry at all to see their pride brought

down : let them give themselves airs to their cows and sheep.
But everybody pitied poor Beauty, because she was so sweet-
tempered and kind to all that knew her; and several gentle-
men offered to marry her, though she had not a penny ; but
Beauty still refused, and said, she could not think of leaving
her poor father in this trouble, and would go and help him in
his labours in the country. At first Beauty could not help
sometimes crying in secret for the hardships she was now
obliged to suffer; but in a very short time she aid to herself,
" All the crying in the world will do me no good, so I will try
to he happy without a fortune."
When they had removed to their cottage, the merchant and
his three sons employed themselves in ploughing and sowing
the fields, and working in the garden. Beautyalsodid her part,
for she got up by four o'clock every morning, lighted the fires,
cleaned the house, and got the breakfast for the whole family.
At first she found all this very hard; but site soon grew quite
used to it, and thought it no hardship at all; and indeed the
work greatly amended her health. When she had done, she
used to amuse herself with reading, playing on her music, or
singing while she spun. But her two sisters were at a loss
what to do to pass the time away: they had their breakfast in
bed, and did not rise till ten o'clock. Then they commonly
walked out; but always found themselves very soon tired;
when they would often sit down under a shady tree, and grieve
for the loss of their carriage and fine clothes, and say to each
other, What a mean-spirited poor stupid creature our young
sister is, to be so content with our low way of life !" But their
father thought in quite another way: he admired the patience
of this sweet young creature; for her sisters not only left her
to do the whole work of the house, but made game of her every

After they had lived in this manner about a year, the mer-
chant received a letter, which informed him that one of his
richest ships, which he thought was lost, had just come into
port. This news made the two eldest sisters almost mad with
joy; for they thought they should now leave the cottage, and
have all their finery again. When they found that their father
must take a journey to the ship, the two eldest begged he would
not fail to bring them back some new gowns, caps, rings, and
all sorts of trinkets. But Beauty asked for nothing; for she
thought in herself that all the ship was worth would hardly
buy everything her sisters wished for. "Beauty," said the
merchant, "how comes it about that you ask for nothing; what
can I bring yo, my child " Since you are so kind asto think
of me, dear father," she answered, "I should be glad if you
would bring me a rose, for we have none in our garden." Now
Beauty did not indeed wish for a rose, nor anything else, but
she only said this that she might not affront her sisters, for else
they would have said that she wanted her father to praise her
for not asking him for anything. The merchant took his leave
of them, and set out on his journey; but when he got to the
ship, some persons went to law with him about the cargo, and
after a deal of trouble, he came back to his cottage as poor as he
had gone sway. When he was within thirty miles of his home,
and thinking of the joy he should have in again meeting his
children, his road lay through a thick forest, and he quite lost
himself. It rained and snowed very hard, and besides, the
wind was so high as to throw him twice from his horse. Night
came on, and he thought to be sure he should die of cold and
hunger, or be torn to pieces by the wolves that he heard
howling round him. All at once, he now cast his eyestowards
a long row of trees, and saw a light at the end of them, but it
seemed a great way of. He made the best of his way towards

it, and found that it came from a fine palace lighted all over.
He walked faster, and soon reached the gates, which he opened,
and was very much surprised that he did not see a single person
or creature in any of the yards. His horse had followed him,
and finding a stable with the door open, went into it at once;
and here the poor beast, being nearly starved, helped himself to
good meal of oats and hay. His master then tied him up, and
walked towards the house, which he entered, but still without
seeing a living creature. He went on to a large hall, where he
found a good fire, and a table covered with some very nice dishes,
and only one plate with a knife and fork. As the snow and
rain had wetted him to the skin, he went up to the fire to dry
himself. I hope," said he, "the master of the house or his
servants will excuse me, for tobe sure it will not be long now
before I see them." He waited a good time, but still nobody
came: at last the clock struck eleven, and the merchant, being
quite faint for the want of food, helped himself to a chicken,
which he made but two mouthfuls of, and then to a few glasses
of wine, yet all the time trembling with fear. He sat till the
lock struck twelve, but did not see a single creature. IHenow
took courage, and began to think of looking a little more about
him; so he opened a door at the end of the hall, and went
through it into a very grand room, in which there was a fine
bed; and as he was quite weak and tired, he shut the door,
took off his clothes, and got into it.
It was ten o'clock in the moorning beforehe thought of getting
up, when he was amazed to see a handsome new suit of clothes
laid ready for him, instead of his own, which he had spoiled.
" To be sure," said he to himself, this place belongs to some
good fairy, who has taken pity on my ill luck. He looked out
of window, and instead of now, he saw the most charming
arbours covered with all kinds of flowers. He returned to the

ball where he had supped, and found a breakfast table with
some chocolate got ready for him. Indeed, my good fairy,"
sid the merchant aloud, I am vastly obliged to you for your
kind care of me." He then made a hearty breakfast, took his
hat, and wasgoingto thestable to pay his hose visit; but, as
he passed under one of the arbours which was loaded with
roses, he thought of what Beauty had asked him to bring
back to her, and so he took a bunch of roses to carry home.
At the same moment he heard a most shocking noise,
and saw such a frightful beast coming towards him, that he
was ready to drop with fear. "Ungrateful man!" said the
beast in a terrible voice, "I have saved your life by letting
you into my palace, and in return you steal my roses,
which 1 value more than anything else that belong to me.

But you shall make amends for your fault with your life: you
shall die in a quarter of an hour." The merchant fell on his
knees to the beast, and ping his hads, said, My lord, I

humbly beg your pardon: I did not think it would offend you
to gather a rose for one of my daughters, who wished to have
one."-" I am not alord, but abeast," replied the monster: I
do not like false compliments, but that people should sy what
they think: so do not fancy that you can coax me by any such
ways. You tell me that you have daughters; now I will par-
don you, if one of them will agree to come and die instead of
you. God: and if your daughter should refuse, promise me
that you will return yourself in three months."
The tender-hearted merchant had no thoughts of letting any
one of his daughters die instead of him; but he knew that if
he seemed to accept the beast's terms, he should at least have
the pleasure of seeing them once again. So he gave the beast his
promise; and the beast told him that he might then set offassoon
as he liked. H But," said the beast, I do not wish you to go
back empty-handed. Go to the room you slept in, and you
will find a chest there; fill it with just what you like best,and
I will get it taken to your own house for you." When the
beast had said this, he went away; and the good merchant said
to himself, If I must die, yet Ishall now have the comfortof
leaving my children some riches." He returned to the room he
had slept in, and found a great many pieces of gold. He filled
the chest with them to the very brim, locked it, and mounting
his horse, left the palace as sorry as he had been glad when he
first found it. The horse took a path across the forest of hiswn
accord, and in a few hours they reached the merchant's house.
His children came running round him as he got off his horse;
but the merchant, instead of kissing them with joy, could not
help crying as he looked at them. He held in his hand the
bunch of roses, which he gave to Beauty, saying, "Take these
roses, Beauty; but little do you think how dear they have
cost your poor father;" and then he gave them an account of

all that he had seen or heard in the palace of the beast. The
two eldeet sisters now began to shed tears, and to lay the blame
upon Beauty, who, they said, would be the cause of her father's
death. "See," said they, "what happens from the pride of the
little wretch: why did not she ask for fne things as we did? But
to be sure Miss must not be like other people ; and though she
will be the cause of her father's death, yet she does not shed a
tear."-" It would he of no use," replied Beauty, "to weep for
the death of my father, for he shall not die now. As the beast
will accept of one of his daughters, I will give myself up to
him; and think myself happy in being able at once to save
his life, and prove my love for the best of father" No, sister,"
said the three brothers, "you shall not die; we will go in search
of this monster, and either he or we will perish.-" Do not
hope to kill him," said the merchant, "for his power is far too
great for you to be able to do any such thing. I am charmed
with the kindness of Beauty, but I will not suffr her life to be
lost. I myself am old, and cannot expect to live much longer;
so I shall but give up a few years of my life, and shall only
grieve for the sake of my children"-" Never, father," cried
Beauty, "shall you go to the palace without me; for you
cannot hinder my going after you: though young, I am not
over-fond of life; and I would much rather be eaten up by
the monster, than die of the grief your loss would give me."
The merchant in vain tried to reason with Beauty, for she
would go; which in truth, made her two sisters glad, for they
were jealous of her, because everybody loved her.
The merchant was so grieved at the thoughts of losing his
child, that he never once thought of the chest filled with gold;
but at night, to his great surprise, he found it standing by his
bed-side. He said nothing about his riches to his eldest
daughters, for he knew very well it would at once make them

want to return to town: but he told Beauty his secret, and
she then said, that while he was away, two gentlemen hal
been on a visit at their cottage, who had fallen in love with
her two sisters. She then begged her father to marry them
without delay ; for she was so sweet-tempered, that she loved
them for all they had used her so ill, and forgave them with
all her heart. When the three months were past, the merchant
and Beauty got ready to set out for the palace of the beast.
Upon this, the two sisters rubbed their eyes with an onion, to
make believe they shed a great many tears; but both the
merchant and his sons cried in earnest: there was only Beauty
who did not, for she thought that this would only make the
matter worse. They reached the palace in a very few hour
and the horse, without bidding, went into the same stable as
before. The merchant and Beauty walked towards the large
hall, where they found a table covered with every dainty, and
two plates laid ready. The merchant had very little appetite;
but Beauty, that she might the better hide her grief, placed
herself at the table, and helped her father; she then began her-
self to eat, and thought all the time that to be sure the beast
had a mind to fatten her before he ate her up, as he had got
such good cheer for her. When they had done their supper,
they heard a great noise, and the good old man began to bid
his poor child farewell, for lie knew it was the beast coming to
them. When Beauty fist saw his frightful form, ehe could
not help being afraid; but she tried to hide her fear as much
as she could. The beast asked her if she had come quite of her
own accord; and though she was now still more afraid than
before, she made shift to say, Y-e-s ."- You are a good girl,
and I think myself very much obliged to you." He then
turned towards her father, and said to him, Good man, you
may leave the palace to-morrow morning, and take care never
to come back to it again. Good night, Beauty.'-"Good

night, beast,"; sa she; and then the monster went out of the
"Ah! my dear child," said the merchant, ksingis daugh-
ter, "I am half dead already, at the thoughts of leaving you
with this dreadful beast; you had better go back and let me
stay in your place.-" No," said Beauty, boldly, will never
agree to that; you must go home to-morrow morning." They
then wished each other good night, and went to bed, both of
them thinking they should not be able to close their eyes; but
as soon as ever they had lain down, they fell into a deep sleep,
and did not awake till morning. Beauty dreamed that a lady
came up to her, who said, I am very much pleased, Beauty,
with the goodness you have shown, in being willing to give
your life to save that of your father, and it shall not go with-
out a reward." As soon as Beauty awoke, she told her father
this dream; but though it gave him some comfort, he could not
take leave of his darling child without shedding many tears.
When the merchant got out of sight, Beauty sat down in the
large hall, and began to cry also: yet she had a great deal
of courage, and so she soon resolved not to make her sad case
still worse by sorrow, which she knew could not be of any use
to her, but to wait as well as she could till night, when she
thought the beast would not fail to come and eat her up. She
walked about to take a view of all the palace, and the beauty
of every part of it much charmed her.
But what was her surprise, when she came to a door on
which was written, BEAUTY'S m M She opened it in haste,
and her eyes were all at once dazzled at the grandeur of the
inside of the room. What made her wonder more than all the
ret, was a large library filled with books, a harpsichord, and
many pieces of music The beast takes care I shall not be
at a ess how to amuse myself," said she. She then thought
that it was not likely such things would have been got ready

for her, if she had but one day to live; and lbgan to hope all
would not turn outso bad as she and her father had feared.
She opened the library, and saw these verses written in letters
of gold on the back of one of the books:-
Bealutm s lady, dry your tear,
Here's no cause for sighs or feam;
Command a freely As you may,
Enjoyment still shall mark your way.
SAlas !" said she, sighing, "there is nothing I so much desire
as to see my poor father, and to know what he is doing at this
moment." She said this to herself; but just then, by chance,
she cast her eyes on a looking-glass that stood near her, and in
the glass she saw her home, and her father riding up to the
cottage in the deepest sorrow. Her sisters came out to meet
him, but for all they tried to look sorry, it was easy to see that
in their hearts they were very glud. In a short time all this
picture went away out of the glass; but Beauty began to think
that the beast was very kind to her, and that she had no need
to be afraid of him. About the middle of the day she found a
table laid ready for her, and a sweet concert of music played all
the time she was eating her dinner, without her eceing a single
creature. But at supper, when she was going to seat herself at
table, she heard the noise of the beast, and could not help
trembling with fear. Beauty," said he, will you give me leave
to see you sup? "-" That is as you please," answered she, very
much afraid. Not in the least," said the beast; yeo alone
command in this place. If you should not like my company,
you need only to say so, and I will leave you that moment.
But tell me, Beauty, do you not think me very ugly?"-
"Why, yes," said she, for I cannot tell a story; but then I
think you are very good.-" You are right," replied the beast;
"and, besides being ugly, I am also very stupid : I know well
enough that I am but a beast."

I should think you cannot be very stupid," said Beauty,
" if you yourself know this."-" Pray do not let me hinder
you from eating," said he; and be sure you do not want for
anything: for all you see is yours; and I shall be vastly grieved
if you are not happy."-" You are very kind, said Beauty; "I
must needs own that I think very well of your good-nature, and
then I almost forget how ugly you are."-" Yes, yes, I hope I
am good-tempered," said he, but still I am a monster."-
" There are many men who are worse monsters than you am,"
replied Beauty; and I am better pleased with youin that form,
though it is so ugly, than with those who carry wicked hearts
under the form of a man."-" If I had any sense," said the
beast, 1 would thank you for what you have said; but I am
too stupid to say anything that would give you pleasure."
Beauty ate her supper with a very good appetite, and almost
lost all her dread of the monster; but she was ready to sink
with fright, when he said to her, Beauty, will you be my
wife ? For a few minutes she was not able to speak a word,
for she was afraid of putting him in a passion, by refusing. At
length she said, No, beast:" the beast made no reply, but
sighed deeply, and went away. When
Beauty found herself alone, she began to
feel pity for the poor beast. Dear!
said she, what a sad thing it is that he
S should be so very frightful, since he is
so good-tempered !
B eauty lived three months in this
palace very well pleased. The beast
came to see her every night, and talked
with her while she supped; and though what he said was not
very clever, yet, as she saw in him every day some new mark
of his goodness, instead of dreading the time of his coming, she
was always looking at her watch, to see if it was almost

nine o'clock ; for that was the time when he never failed to visit
her. There was but one thing that vexed hle, which was that
every night,before the beast went aay from her, he always made
it a rule tosk her if shewould be hiswife, and seemedverymuch
grieved at her saying No." At last, one night, she said to him,
" You vex me greatly, beast, by forcing me to refuse you so
often; I wish I could take such a liking to you as to agree to
marry you; but I must tell you plainly, that I do not think it
will ever happen. I shall always be your friend ; so try to let
that make you easy."-" I must needs do so then," said the
beast, "for I know well enough how frightful I am; but I love
you better than myself. Yet I think I am very lucky in your
being pleased to stay a iti me: now promise me, Beauty, that
you will never leave me," Beauty was quite struck when he
said this, for that very day she had seen in her glass that her
father had fallen sick of grief for her sake, and was very ill for
the want of seeing her again. I would promise you, with all
my heart," said she, "never to leave you quite; but I long so
much to see my ifther, that if you do not give me leave to
visit him, I shall die with grief."-" I would rather die myself,
Beauty," answered the beast, than make you fret: I will
send you to your father's cottage; you shall stay there, and
your poor beast shall die of sorrow."-" No," said Beauty,
crying, I love you too well to ho the cause of your death;
I promise to return in a week. You have shown me that my
sisters are married, and my brothers are gone for soldiers, so
that my father is left all alone. Let me stay a week with
him."-" You shall find yourself with him to-morrow morn-
ing," replied the beast; but mind, do not forget your pro-
mise. When you wish to return, you have nothing to do but
to put your ring on a table when ou go to bed. Good-bye,
Beauty i The beast then sighed as he said these words, and

Beauty went to bed very sorry to see him so much grieved.
When she awoke in the morning, she found herself in her
father's cottage. She rang a bell that was at her bed-side,
and a servant entered; but as soon as she saw Beauty, the
woman gave a loud shriek; upon which the merchant ran up
stairs, and when he beheld his daughter he was ready to die
of joy. He ran to the bed-side, and kissed her a hundred
times. At last Beauty began to remember that she had
brought no clothes with her to put on; but the servant told
her she had just found in the next room a large chest full of
dressed, trimmed all over with gold, and adorned with pearls
and diamonds.
Beauty, in her own mind, thanked the beast for his kind-
neas, and put on the plainest gown she could find among them
all. She then told the servant to put the rest away with a
great deal of care, for she intended to give them to her sisters;
but, as soon as she had spoken these words, the chest was gone
out of sight in a moment. Her father then said, perhaps the
beast chose for her to keep them all for herself; and as soon
as he had said this, they saw the chest standing again in the
same place. While Beauty was dressing herself, a servant
brought word to her that her sisters were come with their
husbands to pay her a visit. They both lived unhappily with
the gentlemen they had married. The husband of the eldest
was very handsome, but was so very proud of this, that he
thought of nothing else from morning till night, and did not
attend to the beauty of his wife. The second had married
a man of great learning; but he made no use of it, only to
torment and affront all his friends, and his wife more than
any of them. The two sisters were ready to brst with spite
when they saw Beauty dressed like a princess, and look so
very charming. All the kindness that she showed them was

of no use; for they were vexed more than ever when she
told them how happy she lived at the palace of the beast.
The spiteful creatures went by themselves into the garden.
where they cried to think of her good fortune. '- Why should
the little wretch be better off than we ?" said they. We
are much handsomer than she is."-" Sister said the eldest,
"a thought has just come into my head : let us try tokeep her
here longer than the ,eek that the beast gave her leave for;
and then he will be sn angry, that perhaps he will eat her up
in a moment."-" That is well thought of," answered the
other : "but, to do this, we must seem very kind to her."
They then made up their minds to be so, and went to join her
in the cottage, where they showed her so nmuh false love, that
Beauty could not help crying for joy.
When the week nwas ended, the two sisters began to pretend
so much grief at the thoughts of her leaving them, that she
agreed to stay a week more; but all that time Beauty could
not help fretting for the sorrow that she knew her staying
would give her poor beast; for she tenderly loved him, and
much wished for his company again. The tenth night of her
being at the cottage, sie dreamed she was in the garden of
the palace, and that the beast lay dying on a gass-plot, and
with his last breath put her in mind of her promise, and
laid his death to her keeping away from him. Beauty awoke
in a great fright, and burst into tears: "Am not I wicked,"
said she, "to behave so ill to a beast who has shown me so much
kindness? Why will not I marry him ? I am sure I should
be more happy with him tian my sisters are with their hus.
bands. He shall not be wretched any longer on my account;
for I should do nothing but blame myself all the rest of my
She then rose, put her ring on the table, got into bed again,

and soon fellasleep. In the morning she with joy found herself
in the palace of the beast. She dressed herself very finely, that
she might please him the better, and thought she had never
known a day pass away so slow. At last the clock struck nine,
but the beast did not come. Beauty then thought to be sure
she had been the cause of his death in earnest. She ran from
room to room all over the palace, calling out his name, but
still she saw nothing of him. After looking for him a long
time, she thought of her dream, and ran directly towards the
grassplot; and there she found the poor beast lying senseless
and seeming dead. She threw herself upon his body, thinking
nothing at all of his ugliness; and finding his heart still beat,
she ran and fetched some water from a pond in the garden,
and threw it on his face. The beast then opened his eyes,
and said: You have forgot your promise, Beauty. My
grief for the loss of you has made me resolve to starve myself
to death; but I shall die content, since I have had the
pleasure of seeing you once more."-"No, dear beast," re-
plied Beauty, you shall not die; you shall live to be my
husband: from this moment I offer to marry you, and will
be only yours. Oh! I thought I felt only friendship for you;
but the pain I now feel, shows me that I could not live without
seeing you"
The moment Beauty had spoken these words, the palace was
suddenly lighted up, and music, fire-works, and all kinds of
rejoicing, appeared round about them. Yet Beauty took no
notice of all this, but watched over her dear beast with the
greatest tenderness. But now she was all at once amazed to
see at her feet, instead of her poor beast, the handsomest prince
that ever was seen, who thanked her most warmly for having
broken his enchantment. Though this young prince deserved
all her notice, she could not help asking him what was become

of the beast. You see him at your feet, Beauty, answered
the prince, "for I am he. A wicked fairy had condemned me
to keep the form of a beast till a beautiful young lady should
agree to marry me ; and ordered me, on pain of death, not to
show that I had any sense. You alone, dearest Beauty, have
kindly judged of me by the goodness of my heart; and in
return I offer you my hand and my cro n, though I know the
reward is much less than what I owe you.0 Beauty, in the
mostpleasing surprise,helped the prince
to rise, and they walked along to the
palace, when her wonder was very great -
to find her father and sisters there, who
had been brought by the lady Beaut)
had seen in her dream. "Beauty,'.
said the lady, (for she was the fair.,)
"receive the regard of the choice you . ---
have made. You have chosen goodness of heart rather than
sense and beauty ; therefore you deserve to find them all three
joied in the satne person. You are going to be a great
queen; I hope a crown will not destroy your virtue. As for
you, ladies," said the fairy to the other two sisters, I have
long known the malice of your hearts, and the wrongs you
have done. You shall become two statues; but under that
form you shall still keep your eason, and shall be fixed at
the gates of your sister's palace; and I ill not pass any worse
sentence on you than to see her happy. You will never appear
in your own persons again till you are fully cured of your
faults; and, to tell the truth, I am very much afraid you will
remain statues for ever."
At the same moment, the fairy, with a stroke of her wand,
removed all o he were present to the young prince's country,
where he was received with the greatest joy by all his subjects.

He married Beauty, and passed a long and happy life with her,
because they still kept in the same course of goodness that they
had always been used to.


IN a pleasant village, some miles from the metropolis, there
lived a very good sort of woman, who was much beloved by all
her neighbours because she was always ready to assist every
one who was in need. She had received in her youth a better
education than the inhabitants of the little Tillage in which she
dwelt, and for this reason the poor people looked up to her
with a degree of respect. She was the widow of a very good
man, who, when he died, left her with two children. They
were very pretty girls. The eldest, on account of the fairness
of her complexion, was named Blanch, and the other Rosalinda,
because her cheeks were like roses, and her lips like coral.
One day, while Goody Hearty at spinning at the door, she
saw a poor old woman going by, leaning on a stick, who had

much ado to hobble along. "You seem very much fired,
dame," said she to the old woman, "sit down here and rest
yourself a little;" at the same time she bid her daughters fetch
a chair: they both went,
hut Rosalinda ran faster -A
and brought one.-" Will
you please to drink?" said
Goody Hearty. Thank
you," answered the old
woman, don't care if I
do; and methinks if you
had anything nice, that I
liked, I could cat a hi"-
" You are welcome to the
best I have in my house," -
said Goody Hearty; but as I am poor, it is homely fare."
She then ordered her daughters tospread a clean cloth on the
table, while she went to the cupboard, from whence she took
some brown bread and cheese, to which she added a mug of
cider. As soon as the old woman was seated at the table,
Goody Hearty desired her elder daughter to go and gather
some plums off her own plum-tree, which she had planted
herself, and took great delight in. Blanch, instead of obeying
her mother readily, grumbled and muttered as she went.
" Surely," said she to herself, I did not take all this are and
pains with my plum-tree for that old greedy creature." How-
ever, she durst not refuse gathering a few plums; but she gave
them with a vy il w veryil w, and very ungraciously. "As for
you, Rosalinda," said her mother, "you have no fruit to offer
this good dame, for your grapes are not ripe.-" That's true,"
said Rosalinda, but my hen has just laid, for I hear her ccke,
and if the gentlewoman likes a new-laid egg, tis very much at

her service;" and without staying for an answer, she ran to the
hen-roost, and brought th egg ;
Sto the old woman, she turned into
a fine beautiful lady! "Good
woman, aid the old dame, to
Goody Hearty, I have long seen
your industry, persovernce, and
pious resignation, and I will re-
ward your daughters according to
S their merits: the elder shall be
a great queen; the other shall
have a country frm:" with this
she struck the house with her
stick, which immediately disap-
peared, and in its room up came a pretty little snug farm.
"This, Rosalinda," said she, is your lot. I know I have
given each of you what you like best."
Having said this, the fairy went away, leaving both mother
and daughters greatly astonished. They went into the farm-
house, and were quite charmed with the neatness of the
furniture the chairs were only wood, but so bright you might
see your face in them. The beda were of linen-cloth, as white
as snow. There were forty sheep in the heeppen; four oxen
and four cows in their stalls; and in the yard all sorts of
poultry-hens, ducks, pigeons, &c. There was also a pretty
garden, well ked with flowers, fruit and vegetables. Blanch
saw the fairy's gift to her sister, without being jealous, and was
wholly taken up with the thoughts of being a queen; when,
all of a sudden, she heard some hunters riding by, and going to
the gate to see them, she appeared so charming in the king's
eyes, that he resolved to marry her. When Blanch was a

queen, she said to her sister Rosalinda, do not care you
should be a farmer. Come
with me, sister, and I will
match you tosome great lord."
-" I am very much obliged
to you, sister," replied Ros-
linda, "but I am used to a
country life, and I choose to
stay where I am." Queen
Blanch arrived at her palace,
and was so delighted with her
dignity, that she could not
sleep for several nights: the first three months, her thoughts
were wholly engrossed by dress, balls, and plays, so that she
thought of nothingelse. She was soon accustomed to all this, and
nothing now diverted her; on the contrary, she found a great
deal of trouble. The ladies of the court were all very respectful
in her presence, but she knew very well that they did not love
her; and, when out of her sight, they would often say to one
another, "See what airs this little country girl gives herself;
surely his majesty must have a very mean fancy, to make choice
of such a consort." These discourses soon reached the king's
ears, and made him reflect on what he had done : he began to
think he was wrong, and repented his marriage. The courtiers
saw this, and accordingly paid her little or no respect: she was
very unhappy, for she had not a single friend to whom she could
declare her griefs: she saw it was the fashion at court to betray
the dearest friend for interest; to caress and smile upon those
they most hated : and to lie every instant She was obliged
to be always serious, because they told her a queen ought to
look grave and majestic. She had several children; and all the
time there was a physician to inspect whatever she ate or

drank, and to order everything he liked off the table; not a
grain of salt was allowed to be put in her soup, nor was she
permitted to take a walk, though she had ever so much a mind
to it. Governesses were appointed to her children, who brought
them up contrary to her wishes; yet she had not the liberty to
fnd fault. Por queen Blach was dying with grief and grew
so thin, that it was a pity to see her. She had not seen her
sister for three years, because she imagined it would disgrace a
person of her rank and dignity to visit a farmer's wife. Her
extreme melancholy made her very ill, and her physicians
ordered change of air. She therefore resolved to spend a few
days in the country, to divert her uneasiness, and improve her
Accordingly she asked the king leave to go, who very readily
granted it, because he thought he should be rid of her for some
time. Shesetout, adsoon
arrived at the village. As
she drew near Rosalinda's
house,she beheld,at little
distance from the door, a
company of shepherds and
shepherde ses, who were
dancingand makingmerry.
"AlmS!" said the queen,
sighing, "there was once a
time when I used to divert
myself like those poor peo
pie, and no one found fault
with me." The moment Rosainda perceived her sister, she
ran to embrace her. The queen ordered her carriage to stop,
and, alightinog rushed into her sister's arms: but Roslinda
had grown so plump, and had such an air of content, that the

queen as she looked on her, could not forbear bursting into
Rosalindawas married to a farmer's son, who had no fortune
of his own; but then he ever remembered that he was indebted
to his wife for everything he had ; and he strove to show his
gratitude by his obliging behaviour. Rosalinda had not many
servants; but those she had, loved her as though she had been
their mother, because she used them kindly. She was beloved
by all her neighbours, and they all endeavoured to show it.
She neither had, nor wanted, much money: corn, wine, andoil,
were the growth of her farm: her cows supplied her with milk,
butter and cheese. The wool of her sheep was spun to clothe
herself, her husband, and two children she had. They enjoyed
perfect health; and when the work of the day was over, they
spent the evening in all sorts of pastimes. "Alas!" cried the
queen, the fairy made me a sad present in giving me crown.
Content is not found in magnificent palaces, but in an innocent
country life." Scarcely had she done speaking, before the fairy
appeared. In making you a queen," said the fairy, "1 did
not intend to reward, but punish you, for giving me yourplutn
with an ill-will. To be contented and happy, you must, like
your sister, posses only what is necessary, and wish for nothing
else."-" Ah! madam," cried Blanch, "you are sufficiently
revenged : pray put an end to my distress."-" It isat an end,"
said the fairy; the king, who loves you yo longer, has just
married another wife ; and to-morrow his officers ill come to
forbid you returning any more to the palace."-It happened
just as the fairy had foretold: and Blanch passed the remainder
of her days with her sister Rosalinda, in all manner of happi-
ness and content: never thought again of court, unless it was
to thank the fairy for having brought her back to her native


TnERE was, some time ago, a gentleman who was very rich;
he had fine town and country houses; his dishes and plates
were all of gold or silver ; his rooms were hung with damask ;
his chairs and sofas were covered with the richest silks, and
his carriages were all gilt with gold in a grand style. But it
happened that this gentleman had a blue beard, which.made
him so very frightful and ugly, that none of the ladies, in the
parts where he lived, would venture to go into his company.
Now there was a certain lady of rank, who lived very near
him, and had two daughters, both of them of very great beauty.
Blue Beard asked her to bestow one of them upon him for a
wife, and left it to herself to choose which of the two it should
be. But both the young ldiesagainand againsaid they would
never marry Blue Beard; yet, to be as civil as they could,
each of them said, the only reason why she would not have him
was, because she was loth to hinder her sister from the match,
which would be such a good one for her. Still the troth of the
matter was, they could neither of them bear the thoughts of
having a husband with a blue beard ; and, besides, they had
heard of his having been married to several wives before, and
nobody could tell what had ever become of any of them. As
Blue Beard wished very much to gain their favour, he asked
the lady and her daughters, and some ladies who were on a visit
at their house, to go with him to one of his country-seats,
where they spent a whole week, during which they passed all
their time in nothing but parties for hunting and fishing, mu io,
dancing, and feasts. No one even thought of going to bed, and

the nights were passed in merry-makings of all kinds. In
short, the time rolled on in so much pleasure, that tho younger
of the two sisters began to think that the beard which she had
been so much afraid of, was not so very blue, and that the
gentleman who owned it was vastly civil and pleasing. Soon
after their return home, she told her mother that she had
no longer any dislke to accept of Blue Heard for her husband;
and in a very short time they were married.
About a month after the marriage had taken place, Blue
Beard told his wife that he should be forced to leave her for a
few weeks, as he had some affairs to attend to in the country.
He desired her to be sure to indulge herself in every kind
of pleasure; to invite as many of her friends as she liked, and
to treat them with all sorts of dainties, that her time might
pass pleasantly till he came back again. Here," said he,



"are the keys of the two large wardrobes; this is the key of
the great box that contains the best plate, which we u for

company; this belongs to my strong bo; where I keep my
money; and this belongs to the casket, in which are all my
jewels. Here, also, is a master-key to all the rooms in the
house; but this small key belongs to the closet at the end of
the lg gong gaery on the ground-floor. I give you leave," said
he, to open, or do what you like with all the rest, except this
closet; this, my dear, you must not enter, nor even put the
key into the lock for all the world. If you do not obey me in
this one thing, you must expect the most dreadful of punish-
ments" She promised to obey his orders in the most faithful
manner; and Blue Beard, after kissing her tenderly, stepped
into his coach and drove away.
When Blue Beard was gone, the friends of his wife did not
wait to be asked, so eager were they to see all the riches and
fine things she had gained by marriage; for they had, none
of them, gone to the wedding, on account of their dislike to the
blue beard of the bridegroom. As soon as ever they came
to the house, they ran about from room to room, fm closet to
closet and then from wardrobe to wardrobe, looking into each
with wonder and delight and said, that every fresh one they
came to was richer and finer than what they had seen the
moment before. At last they came to te drawing-rooms,
where their surprise was made still greater by the costly
grandeur of the hangings, the sofas the chairs, carpets, tables,
sideboards and looking-glasses; the frames of these last were
silver-gilt, most richly adorned; and in the glasses they saw
themselves from head to foot. In short, nothing could exceed
the richness of what they saw; and they all did not fail to
admire and envythe good fortune of their friend. But all this
time the bride herself was far from thinking about the fine
speeches they made to her, for she was eager to see what was
in the closet her husband had told her not to open. So great,

indeed, was her desire to do this, that without once thinking
how rude it would be to leave her guests, she slipped away
down a private stairase that led to this forbidden closet, and
in such a hurry, that she was two or three times in danger of
falling down stairs and breaking her neck.
When she reached the door of the closet, she stopped for a
few moments to think of the order her husband had given her;
and how he had told her that he would not fail to keep his
word, and punish her very severely, if she did not obey him.
But she was so very curious to know what was inside, that she
made up her mind to venture in spite of everything. She
then, with a trembling hand, put the key into the lock, and the
door straight flew open. As the window-shutters were closed,

she at first could see nothing; but, in a short time, she saw that
the floor was covered with clotted blood, in which the bodies of
several dead women were lying.

These were all the wives whom Blue Beard had married,
and killed one after another. At this sight she was ready
to sink with fear; and the key of the closet door, which she
held in her hand, fell on the foor. When she had a little got
the better of her fright, she took it up, looked the door, and
made haste back to her own room, that she might have a little
time to get into a humour to amuse her company; but this she
could not do, so great was her fright at what she had seen. As
she found that the key of the closet had got stained with blood
in falling on the floor, she wiped is two or three times over to
clean it, yet still the blood kept on it the same as before. She
next washed it; but the blood did not move at all. She then
scoured it with brick-dust, and after with sand; but, in spite
of all she could do, the blood was still there; for the key was
the gift of a fairy, who was Blue Beard's friend; so that as fast
as she got off the blood on one side, it came again on the other.
Early in the same evening Blue Beard came home, saying, that
before he had gone far on his journey he was met by a hors-
man, who as coming to tell him that his fair in the country
was settled without his being present; upon which his wife
said everything she could think of, to make him believe she
was in a transport of joy at his sudden return.
The next morning he asked her for the keys: she gave them
to him; but, as she could not help showing her fright, Blue
Beard easily guessed what had been the matter. How is it,"
said he, that the key of the closet upon the ground-floor is
not here ? "- Is it not? said the wife, then I must have
left it on my dressing-table."-" Be sure you give it me by and
yf," replied Blue Beard. After going a good many times
backwards and forwards, as if she was looking for the key, she
was at last forced to give it to Blue Beard. He looked hard
at it, and then said, How came this blood upon the key "
" I am sure I do not know," replied the poor lady, at the same

time turning as white as a sheet. You do not know said
Blue Beard, sternly: but I know well enough. You have
been in the closet on the nground-floor! Very well, madam;
since you are so mighty fond of this closet, you shall be sure to
take your place among the ladies you saw there." His wife,
who was almob dead with fear, now fell upon her knees, asked
his pardon a thousand times for her fault, and begged him to
forgive her; looking all the time so very mournful and lovely,
that site would have melted any heart that was not harder
than a rock. But Blue Beard only said, "No, no, madam: you
shall die this very minute !"-" Als!" said the poor trembling
creature, "If I must / ,
die, give me, at least, a
little time to ay my I
prayers."-- I give
you," replied the cruel
Blue Beard, half a
quarter of an hour, not
a moment longer."
When Blue Beanr had
left her to herself, she
called her sister; and
after telling her, as well
as she could for sobbing, that she had but half a quarter of an
hour to live," Pr'ythe," said she, sister Anne "(this was her
sister's name), run up to the top of the tower, and see if my
brothers are not in sight, for they said they would visit me
to-day; and, if you see them, make a sign for them to gallon
on as fast as ever they can." Her sister straight did as she was
desired; and the poor trembling lady every minute cried out to
her, Anne! sister Anne do you se any one coming ? Her
sister said, I see nothing but the sun, which makes a dust,
and the grass, which looks green.

In the meanwhile, Blue Beard, with a great scimitar in his
hand, bawled as loudly as he could to his wife, Come down
at once, or I will fetch you."-" One moment, I beseech you,"
replied she; an n edaga called softly to her sister, "Sister A e,
do you see any one coming t" To which she answered, "I see
nothing but the sun, which makes a dust, and the gras, which
looks green." Blue Beard now again bawled out, Come down,
I say, this very moment, or I shall come and fetch you."-" I
am coming; indeed I will come in one minute," sobbed his
wretched wife. Then she once more cried out, Ane, sister
Anne do you see any one coming?'"-" I see," said her sister,
" a cloud of dust a little to the left."--' Do you think it is my
brothers? saidthewife. "Alas! no, dear sister," repliedshe,
"it is only a lock of sheep."-" Will you come down, madam
said Blue Beard in the greatest rage. Only one single
moment more," said she. And then she called out for the last
time, Sister Anne! sister Ane do you see noonecoming?"
-" I see," replied her sister, 6 two men on horseback coming,
but they are still a great way off."-" Thank God," cried she,
"it is my brothers; beckon them to make haste." Blue
Beard now cried out so loudly for
her to come down, that his voice
shook the whole house. The poor
lady, with her hair loose and allin
tears, now came down, and fell on
her kees, begging him to spare
her life; but he stopped her, say-
ing, All this is of no use, for you
shall die.' And then, seizing her
by the hair, raised his scimitar to
strike off her head. The poor
woman now begged a single moment to say one prayer.
SNo, no," said Blue Beard, I will give you no more

time. You have had too much already." And again
raising his arm ;-just at this instant a loud knocking
was heard at the gates, which made Blue Beard wait for a
moment to see who it was. The gates now flew open, and two
officers, dressed in their uniform, came in, and with their
swords in their hands, ran straight to Blue Beard, who, seeing
they were his life's brothers, tried to escape from their presence;
hut they pursued and seized him before he had gone twenty
steps, and plunging their swords into his body, he tell down
dead at their feet.


The poor wife, who was almost as dead at her husband, was
not e at first to rise t and embrace her brothers; but she soon
came to herself; and, as Blue Beard had sn heirs, she found
herself the owner of his great riches. She gave a part of his
vast fortune as a marriage dowry to her sister Anne, who soon
after became the wife of a young gentleman who had long
loved her. Some of the money she laid out in buying captains
commissions for her two brothers; and the rest she gave to

a worthy gentleman whom she married shortly after, and
whose kind treatment soon made her forget Blue Beard's


A GREAT many years ago there lived in the county of Norfolk
a gentleman and his lady. The gentleman was brave, kind,
and of a noble spirit; and the lady was gentle, beautiful, and
virtuous. They were very much loved by all who knew them;
for they were always trying to do service to everybody who
came near them, or who had anything at all to do with them.
This lady and gentleman lived together very happily for many
years, for they loved each other most tenderly. They had two
children, who were as yet
very young; for the elder,
who was a boy, was about
three years old, and the
younger, who was a girl,
notquitetwoyear old. The
boy was very much like his
S father, and the girl was like
her mother. By the end of this time the gentleman fell sick,

and day after day he grew worse. His lady,as I havejustsaid
loved him with the greatest fondness; and she was so much
grieved by his illness that she fell sick too. No physic, nor any-
thing else was of the least use to them, for their illness got worse
and worse ; and they sw that they should be soon taken away
from their two little babes, and be forced to leave them in the
world without a father mother. They bo this cruel thought
as well as they could; and trusted that, after they were dead,
their children would find some kind friend or another to bring
them up. They talked to one another tenderly about them,
and at last agreed to send for the gentleman brother, and give
their darlings into his care.
As soon as ever the gentleman's brother heard this news,
he made all the haste he could to the bed-sidc here the father
and mother wtre lying sick "Ah! brother," baid the dying

man, "you see how short a time I can expect to live; yet
neither death nor pain can give me half so much grief as I feel

at the thought of what these dear babes will do without a
parent's care. Brotheroththe brother" continued the gentleman,
putting out his hand as well as he could, and pointing to the
children, they will have none but you to be kind to the ;
none but you to see them clothed and fed, and teach them to
be good and happy."-" Dear, dear brother," said the dying
lady, "you must be father, mother, and uncle too, to these
lovely little lams. First let William be taught to read; and
then he should be told how good his father was. And little
Jane,-Oh! brother, it wrings my heart to talk of her. Think
of the gentle usage she will stand in need of, and take her
fondly on your knee, brother, and she and William too will
repay your care with love."
The uncle then answered, f Oh! how it grieves my heart to
see you, my dearest brother and sister, in this sad state but
take comfort, there may tll be hope of your getting well; yet,
if we should losyou, I will do all you can desire for your
darling children. In me they shall find a father, mother, and
uncle. William shall learn to read; and shall be often told
how good his father was, that he may tur out as good himself
when he grows up to be a man. Jane shall be used with the
most tender care, and shall be kindly fondled on my knee.
But, dear brother, you have said nothing of the riches yon
must leave behind. I am sure you know my heart too well to
think that I speak of this for any other reason than your dear
children's good, and tat I may be able to make use of all your
money only for their sake."-" Pray, brother," said the dying
man, "do not grieve me with talking of any such thing; for
how could you, who would be their father, mother, and uncle
too, once think of wronging them? Here, here, brother, is my
win. You will see that I have done the best thing I could ifa
my babes." A few moments after the gentleman had said these

words, he pressed his cold lips to his children ; the lady did the
same, and in a short time they both died. The uncle shed a
few tear at this sad sight, and then broke open the will ; in
which he found nthatis brother had left the little boy, William,
the sum of three hundred pounds a-year, when he should be
twenty-one years old, and to Jane, the girl, the sum of five
hundred pounds in gold, to be paid her the day of her being
married. But if the children should happen to die before
coming of age, then all the money was to belong to their uncle.
The will of the gentleman next ordered that he and his dear
wife should be buried side by side in the same grave.
The two little children were now taken home to the house
of their uncle; who, for some time, did just as their parents
had so lately told him upon their death-bed ; and so le used
them with great kindne ; but u"hen he had kept them about
a year, he forgot by degrees to think how their father and
mother looked u hen they gave their children to his care, and
how he himself had made a promise to be their father, mother,
and uncle, all in one. After a little more time had passed, the
uncle could not help thinking that lie wished the little boy and
girl would die, fr then he should have all their money for
himself; and when he had once begun to think this, he went
on till he could hardly think of anything else. At last lie
said to himself, It would not be very hard for me to kill
them so as for nobody to know anything about the matter,
and then the money lle mine at once."-W n the cruel
uncle had once brought his mind to kill the helpless little crea-
tures, he was not long in finding a way to bring it about. He
hired two sturdy ruffians, who had already killed many tra-
vellers in a dark thick wood, some way off, for the sake of
robbing them of their money. These two wicked creatures
now agreed with the uncle, for a large sunmof money, to do the

most cruel deed that ever yet was heard of; and so the uncle
began to get everything ready for them. He told an artful
story to his wife, of what good it would do to the children to
put them forward in their learn-
ing; and how he had a friend in
London who would take care of
y them. He then said to the poor
little things, Should you not
like, my pretty ones, to see the
famous town of London; where
*you, William, can buy a fie
wooden horse to ride upon all
day long, and a whip to make
him gallop, and a fine sword to
wear by your side And you,
Jane, shall have pretty frocks, and dolls, and many other pretty
play-things; and a nice gilded coach shall be got to take you
there."-" Oh yes, I will go, uncle," said William: Oh ye,
I will go, uncle," said Jane; and the uncle, with a heart as hard
as stone, soon got them ready for the journey. The harmless
little creatures were put in a fine coach a few days after; and
along with them the two cruel wretches, who were soon to put
an end to their merry prattle, and turn their smiles into tears.
One of them drove the coach, and the other sat inside, between
little William and little Jane.
When they had reached the entrance to the dark thick wood,
the two ruffians took them out of the coach, telling them they
might now walk a little way and gather some flowers; and while
the children were skipping about like labs, the ruffians turned
their baks to them, and began to talk about what they had to do.
In good truth," said the one who had been sitting between
the children all the way, "now I have seen their sweet faces,

and heard their pretty talk, I have no heart to do the cruel
deed, let us fling away the ugly knife, and send the children
back to their uncle."-' But indeed I will not," said the other;
"what is their pretty talk to us?"-"Think of your own
children at home," answered the first. Ys, but I shall get
nothing to take back to them, if I turn coward, as you would
have me do," replied the other. At last the two ruffians fell
into such a great passion about killing the
poor babes, that the one mlmo wished to .;< \
spare their lives took out the great knife
he had brought to murder them, and stab-
bed the other to the heart, so that le fell
down dead at his feet. 'The one who had ti
killed him was quite at a loss what to do ,
with the children; for her wanted to get '
away as fast as he could, for fear of hiding
found in the wood. At last he thought
the only thing he could do was, to klave .
theIm in tile woods by themselves, aid It rlbt
them to the kind nes ofany body that might
happen to pass by and find them there.
"Come here, mny pretty ones," said he, "vou must take hold
of my hands and go a tittle way along wih me." The poo
children each took a hand, and went on; but the tears urst
from their eyes, and their little limbs shook with fear all the
while. In this way he led them for about two miles further
on in the wood; and then told them to wa t there till he came
back from the next to'wn, lIhere he vould go and get them
some food. Williamn took his sister Jane by the hand, and
they walked in fear up and down the nood. Will thestrange
man come with some cakes, Billy ?" said little Jane. By
and by, dear Jane," said Wiiham ; and, soon after, I wish I

had some cakes, Billy," said she. They then looked about
with their little eyes to every part of the wood; and it would
have melted a heart as hard as a stone, to see how sad they
looked, and how they listened to every sound of wind in the
trees. After they had waited a very long time, they tried to
fill their bellies with blackberries ; but they soon ate all that
were within their reach. Night was now coming on; and
William, who had tried all he could to comfort his little sister,
at last wanted comfort himself. So when Jane said once
more, How hungry I am, Billy, I b-e-l-ieve-- cannot help
crying;" William burst out a-crying too; and down they
lay upon the cold earth; and putting their arms round each
other's necks, there they starved, and there they died.
Thus were these two pretty harmless babes murdered ; and
as no one knew of their death, so there was no one to dig
a grave and bury them. In the meantime the wicked uncle
thought they had been killed as he ordered; so be told all the
folks who asked about them, an artful tale of their having died
in London of the small-pox; and he then took all their fortune
to himself, and lived upon it as if it had been his own by good
right. But all this did him very little service; for soon after
his wife died; and as he could not help being very unhappy,
and was always thinking, too, that he saw the bleeding children
before his eyes, he did not attend at all to his affairs; so that
instead of growing richer, he grew poorer every day. Besides
this, his two sons had gone on board a ship to try their fortune
abroad, but they were both drowned at sea, and he became
quite wretched, so that his life was a burden to him. When
things had gone on in this manner for some years, the ruffian
who took pity on the children, and would not kill them, robbed
some person in that very wood; and being pursoed, he was laid
hold of and brought to prison, and soon after was tried before a

judge, and was found guilty: so that he was condemned to be
hanged for the crime. As soon as he found what his death
must be, he sent for the keeper of the prison, and owned to hbi
all the crimes he had been guilty of in his whole life.
Thus he made known the story of the two children ; and,
at tihe ame time, told what part of the wood he had left them
to starve in. The news of this matter soon reached the uncle's
ears, who was already broken-hearted for the many ills that
had happened to himself, and could not bear the load of public
shame that he knew must now fall upon him, so he lay down
upon his bed, and died that vqry day. As soon as the tidings
of the death of the two children were made public, proper
pereonq were sent to search the wood fur them; and afteragreat
deal of trouble, the pretty babies were at last found stretched
in each other's amis; wilh lillam's arm round the neck of
Jane, his face turned close to hers, and hi frock pulled over
her lody. They wcre quite covered with leaves, which in all
that time had never withered ; and on a bush near this cold
grave there sat a lroin redbreast, watching and chirping so
that mniy gentle' hearts still think it was this kind bird that
dil bring the lieas and cover the little babies over ithb them.


THERM was once a very rich gentleman who lost his wife;
hnd, having loved her exceedingly, he was very sorry when she
died. Finding himself quite unhappy for her loss, he resolved
to marry a second time, thinkingF by this means he should be as
happy as before. Unfortunately, however, the lady he chanced
to fix upon was the proudest and most haughty woman ever
known; she was always out of humour with every one; nobody
could please her, and she returned the civilities of those about
her with the most affronting disdain. She had two daughters
by a former husband, whom she brought up to be proud and
idle; indeed, in temper and behaviour, they perfectly resembled
their mother. They did not love their books, and would not
learn to work; in short they were disliked by everybody. The
gentleman on his side, too, had a daughter, who, in sweetness of
temper and carriage, was the exact likeness of her own mother,
whose death he had so much lamented, and whose tender care
of the little girl he was in hopes to see replaced by that of his
new bride. But scarcely was the marriage ceremony over,
when his wife began to show her real temper; she could not
bear the pretty little girl, because her sweet obliging manners
made those of her own daughters appear a thousand times the
more odious and disagreeable.
She therefore ordered her to live in the kitchen; and, if ever
she brought anything into the parlour, always scolded her till
she was out of sight. She made her work with the servant in

washing the dishes, and rubbing the tables and chairs. It was
her place to clean madam's chamber, and that of the misses her
daughters, which was all inlaid, had beds of the newest fashion,
and looking-glaes so long and so broad, that they saw them-
selves from lead to foot in them ; while the little creature
herself was forced to sleep up in a sorry garret, upon a wretched
straw bed, without cumlirns, or an thing to make her comfort-
able. The poor child ore this ith the greatest patience, not
daring to complain to her father, who, she feared, would only
reprove her, for she saw that hib wife governed hhn entirely.
When she had done all her work, she used to SAL in the thimnny-
corner amnng the cinders ; so that in the house she sent by tle
name of Cinderbreech tihe
younger of the two sisters ,-- '
however, being rather more
civil than the clder, called ir
Ci(derella. And Cinderella,
dirty and ragged as she ans, /
as often happens in such cases,
was a thou.mnd times prier lti /
than her sisters, dressed out in
all their splendour. It hap-
pened that lti king's son gave -
a lall, to which ie invited all the people of fashion in the country.
Our I o nmisses were of the number; for the king's sons did not
know how disagreeable they weic ; but supposed, as they were
so much indulged, that they were extremely amiable. Iledid
not invite Cinderella, for le had never seen or heard of her.
The two sisters began inimediately to be very busy in pre-
paring for the happy day. Nothing could exceed their joy.
Every moment of their time was spent in fancying such gowns,
shoes, and head-dresses, as would set them off to the greatest

advantage. All this was new vexation to poor Cinderella, for
it was she who ironed and plaited her sisters' linen. They
talked of nothing but how they should be dressed, I said
the elder, "Lwill wear my scarlet velvet with French trimming."
-" And I," said the younger, "shall wear the same petticoat
I had made for the last ball; but then to make amends for that,
I shall put on my gold muslin train, and wear my diamonds in
my hair; with these I must certainly look well." They sent
several miles for the best hair-dresser that was to be had; and
all their ornaments were bought at the most fashionable shops.
On the morningof the ball they called up Cinderella to consult
with her about their dress, for they knew she had a great
deal of taste. Cin-
derella gave them the
-best advice she could,
in adjustingtheir hed-
dresse, which was ex-
actly whattheywanted,
and they accordingly
accepted her proposaL
While Cinderella was
busilyengaged in dres-
ing her sisters,they sid
to her, Should you
not like, Cinderella, to go to the ball "-"6 Ah," replied Cinder-
lla, "you are only laughing at me; it is not for such as
I am to think of going to ballsk-" You are in the right,"
said they; "folks might laugh, indeed, to see a Cinderbreech
dancing in a ballroom. Any other than Cinderella would
have tried to make the haughty creatures look as ugly as
she could; but the sweet-tempered girl, on the contrary,

did everything she could think of to make them look well.
The sisters had scarcely eaten anything for two days, so great
was their joy as the happy day drew near. More than a
dozen laces were broke in endeavouring to give them a fine
slender shape, and they were always before the looking-glass.
At length the much-wished-for moment arrived; the proud
misses stepped into a beautiful carriage, and, followed by ser-
vants in rich liveries, drove towards the palace. Cinderella
followed them with her eyes as far as she could; and, when
they were out of sight, she sat down in a corner and began to
cry. Her godmother, who saw her in tears, asked her what
ailed her. I wsh-- I w-i-s-h-" sobbed poor Cinderella,
without being able to say another word. The godmother, who
was a fairy, said to her, You wish to go to the ball, Cinderella,
is not this the trnth ? "-" Alas! yes," replied the poor child,
sobbing still more than before. Well, well, be a good girl,"
sad the godmother, "and you shall go.' She then led Cin-
derella to her hed-chanm r, and said to her, Run into the
garden and bring me a pumpion." Cinderella flew like light-
ning, and brought the finest she could lay hold of. Her god-
mother scooped out the inside, leaving nothing but the rind;
she then struck it with her wand, and the pumpion instantly
became a fine coach gilded all over v ith gold. She then looked
into her mlouse-ttap, where she found six mice all alive and
brisk. She told Cinderella to lift the door of the trap very
gently; and, as the mice passed out, she touched them one by
one with her uand, and each immediately became a beautiful
horse of a fine dapple g e grey oe colour. Hee, my child,"
said the godnother, is a coach, and horses too, as handsome as
your sisters." But vwiat shall we do for a postilion ? "-" I
will run," replied Cinderella, and see if there be not a rat in
the trap; if I find one, he will do very well for a postilion."-

" Well thought of, my child," said her godmother, ake
what haste you can."
Cinderella brought the rat-trap, which, to her great joy, con-
tained three of the largest rats ever seen. The fairy chose the
one which had the longest beard; and, touching him with her
wand, he was instantly turned into a handsome postilion, with
the finest pair of whiskers imaginable. She next said to Cin-
derella : Go a n i gainto the rden, and you will find six lizards
behind the watering-pot; bring them hither." This was no
sooner done, than with a stroke from the fairy's wand they
were changed into six footmen, who all jumped up behind the
coach in their laced liveries, and stood side by side as cleverly
as if they had been used to nothing else the whole of their
lives. The fairy then said to Cinderella: "Well, my dear,
is not this such an equi-
Spage as you could wish
for to take you to the
ball? Are you not
< delighted with it ?"
"Y-e-s," replied Cin-
derella,with hesitation;
but must I go thither
in these filthy rage V
Her godmother touched
Sheer with the wand, and
-- her rags instantly be-
came the most magnifi-
cent apparel, ornamented with the most costly jewels in the
whole world. To these she added a beautiful pair of glass
slippers, and bade her set out for the palace. The fairy, how-
ever, before she took leave of Cinderella, strictly charged her
on no account whatever to stay at the ball after the dock had

struck twelve, telling her that should she stay but a single
moment after that time, her coach would again become a
pumpion, her horses mice, her footmen lizards, and her flie
clothes be changed to filthy rags. Cinderella did not fail to
promise all her godmother desired of her; and almost wild with
joy, drove away to the palace. As soon as she arrived, the
king's son, who had been informed that a great princess, whom
nobody knew, was come to the ball, presented himself at the
doorof her carriage, helped her out, and conducted her to the
ball-room. Cinderella no sooner appeared than everybody was
silent; both the dancing and the music stopped, and every one
was employed in gazing at the uncommon beauty of this un-
known stranger; nothing was heard but whispers of low
handsome she is !" The king himself, old as he was, could not
keep his eyes from her, and continually repeated to the queen,
that it was a long time since he had seen so lovely a creature.
The ladies endeavoured to find out how her clothes were made,
that they might get some of the same pattern for themselves by
the next day, should they be lucky enough to meet with such
handsome materials, and such good work-people to make
The king's son conducted her to the most honourable seat,
and soon after took her out to dance with him. She both
moved and danced so gracefully, that every one admired her
still more tha an beo, and she was thought the most beautiful
and accomplished lady they ever beheld. After some time
a delicious collation was served up; but the young prince was
so busily employed in looking at her, that he did not eat a
morsel. Cinderella seated herself near her sisters, paid them
a thousand attentions, and offered them part of the oranges
and sweetmeats with which the prince had presented her:
while they, on their part, were quiteastonished at these civilities

from a lady whom they did not know. As they were con-
versing together, Cinderella heard the clock strike eleven and

three quarters: she rose from her seat, curtsied to the com-
pany, and hastened away as fas as she could. As soon as she
got home she flew to her godmother, and, after thanking her
a thousand times, told her she would give the world to be

able to go gain to the ball the next day, for the king's son had
entreated her to be thee. While she was telling her god-
mother every thing that had happened to her at the ball, the
ito sisters knocked a loud rat-tat-tat at the door; which Cin-
derella opened. How late you have stayed said she yawn
int, rubnmg here)es, and stretching herself, as if justawakened
out of her sleep, though she had, in truth, felt no desire for
sleepfinee they left her. If ou had been at the hall," said
one of the sisters, "let me tell you, yon would not have been
sleepy : there came thither the handsoest, yes, the very
handnsoest princess ever beheld I She paid us a thousand
attentions, and made us take a part of the oranges and sweet-
meats the prince had given her." Cinderella could scarcely
contain herself for joy: she asked her sister the name of this
princes : to which they replied, that nobody had been able to
discover who she was; that the king's son "as extremely
grieved on that account, and had offered a large reward to any
persn who could find out %here she came from. Cinderella
smiled, and said : How very beauttful she must he! How
fortunate you are! Al, could I but see her for a single
moment! Dear Miss Charlotte, lend me only the yellow
gown you wear every day, and let me go to see her."-" (h
Ses, I warrant on ; lend my clothes to a Cmderbreech Do
you really ss suppose me such a fool ? No, no; pray, Miss
Forward, mind your proper business, and leave dress and balls
to your better. Cinderella expected some such answer, and
was by no means sorry, for she would have been sadly at a
loss what to do if her sister had lent her the clothes that she
asked of her.
The next day the two sisters again appeared at the ball, and
so did Cinderella, but dressed much more magnificently than
the night before. The king's son was continually by her side,

and said the most obliging things to her imaginable. The
charming youbg creature was far from being tired of all the
agreeable things she met with: on the contrary, she was so
delighted with them that she entirely forgot the charge her
godmother had given her. Cinderella at last heard the striking
of a clock, and counted one, two, three, on till she came to
twelve, though she thought it could be but eleven at most.
She got up and flew as nimbly as a deer out of the ball-room.
The prince tried to overtake her; but poor Cinderellas fright
made her run the faster. However, in her great hurry, she
dropped one of her glass slippers from her foot, which the
prince stooped down and picked up, and took the greatest
care of possible. Cinderella got home tired, out of breath, in
her old clothes, without either coach or footmen, and having
nothing left of her magnificence but the fellow of the glass
slipper which she dropped. In the meanwhile, the prince had
inquired of all his guards at the palace gates, if they had not
seen a magnificent princess pass out, and which way she went.
The guards replied, that no princess had passed the gates; and
that they had not seen a creature but a little ragged girl, who
looked more like a beggar than a princess. When the two
sister returned from the ball, Cinderella asked them if they
had been as much amused as the night before, and if the beau-
tiful princess had been there ? They told her that she had;
but that as soon as the clock struck twelve, she hurried away
from the ball-room, and, in the great haste she made, had
dropped one of her glass-slippers, which was the prettiest shape
that could be; that the king's son had picked it up, and had
done nothing but look at it all the rest of the evening, and
that everybody believed that he was violently in love with the
handsome lady to whom it belonged.
This was very tre; for a few days after, the prince had it

poerlaimed by sound of trumpet, that he would rnry the
lady whose foot should exactly fit the slipper he had found.
Accordingly the prince's essengers took the slipper, and car-
ried it first to all the princesses; then to the duchesesa; in
short, to all tthe ladies of the court, but without success. They
then brought it to the two sisters, who each tried all she
could to squeeze her foot into the slipper, but saw at last that
it was quite impossible. Cinderella, who eas looking at them
all the while, and knew her slipper, could not help smiling,
and ventured to say, Pray, Sir, let me try to get on the
slipper." The gentleman made her sit down; and putting the
slipper to her foot, it instantly sipped in, and he saw that
it fitted her like wax. I he two sisters were amazed to see
that the slipper fitted
Cinderel, but how
much greater was their
astonishment when she 4
drew out of her pocket
the other slipper, and
put it on! Just at this
moment the fairy ci- /
tcred the room, and \ I
touching (inderella's
clothes with her wand,
made her all at one1 -
appear more magnificently dress d than hey had ever seen her
before. The two sisters immediately perceived that she was
the beautiful princess they had sen at the ball. They threw
themselves at her feet, anti asked her forgiveness for the ill
treatment she had received frmn them. Cinderella helped them
to rise, and, tenderly embracing them, said that she forgave them
with all her heart, and begged them to bestow on her their

affection. Cinderella was then conducted, dressed as she was,
to the young prince, who, finding her more beautiful than
ever, instantly desired her to accept of his hand. The mar-
riage ceremony took place in a few days; and Cinderella, who
was as amiable as she was handsome, gave her sisters magnifi-
cent apartments in the palace, and a short time after married
them to two great lords of the court.


IN the time of the first crusades a certain king resolved to
join the Christian princes in the war against the infidels in
Palestine. What most disquieted this prince, was the care of
his family. He was the father of three young princesses, all
marriageable. The eldest of these princesses they named
Drona, signifying idle; the second Pratilia, implying talking;
and the third, Finetta, names which had all of them a just
relation to the characters of the three sisters. Never was any
persons indolent as Drona: she never walked any day till one
in the afternoon; her clothes were always tumbled, her gown
loose, no girdle, and very often she had on one slipper of one
sort, and one of another. Pratilia led quite another sort of
life. This princess was very brisk and active, and employed

very little time about her person; but she had so strange an
itching to talk, that from the very moment she waked till the
time she fell asleep again, her mouth ws never shut. She
kept a register of all those wives who starved their families at
home, to appear the finer abroad, and was exactly informed
what such a countess's woman, and such a marques's steward
gained. The better to be instructed in all these little affairs,
she gave audience to her nurse, and mantua-maker, with
greater pleasure than she would to any ambassador; and when
she had got anything new, she tired everybody with repeating
to them these fine stories, from the king, her father, down to
the footman; for, provided she could but talk, she did not care
to whom it was. Never did Pratilia, any more than Drona,
employ herself in thinking, reflecting, or reading. She never
troubled herself about household matter or the amusements
of her spindle and needle. In short, these two sisters lived in
perfect idleness, as well of mind as of body.
The youngest of these three princess was of a different cha-
racter. Her thoughts and hands were continually employed:
she possessed surprising vivacity, and applied it to good uses.
She danced, sung, and played music to perfection; finished
with wonderful address and skill all those works of the hand
hlich generally amuse those of her sex, and used every vigi-
lance in putting the king's household into exact regulation and
order. Her talents were not bounded there: she had a great
deal of judgment, and such a wonderful presence of mind, that
she immediately found the means of extricating herself out of
the greatest difficulties. This young princess had, by her
penetration, discovered a dangerous snare which a perfidious
ambassador had laid for the king, her father, in a treaty just
ready to be signed by that prince. To punish the treachery of
this ambassador and his master, the king altered the article of

the treaty, and, by wording it in the terms his daughter dictated
to him, he in histurn deceived the deceiver. The princesgave,
on several other occasions, such mark of her penetration, and
fine genius, that the people gave her the surname of Finetita
The king loved her far abo her far o his other daughter and depended
so much upon her good sense, that if he had had no other child
but her, he would have began his journey to join the crusaders
with no manner of uneasiness; bt he much diststrted the
conduct of his other daughters.
The king being ing ry intimate with a powerful fairy, a-
quainted her with the uneasiness he was in about his daughters.
As the fairy was one of the most expert, she gave the prince
three enchanted distaffs of glass, which were sure to break if
either of the priincesss did anything wrong; but he was not
content with this precaution. He put the princesses into a
tower vastly high, and which stood in a very solitary and
desert place, and the king
charged them not to admit
into it any person whaeto-
ever. He took from them
all theirofcers and servants,
and after having presented
them with the enchanted
dintaft, the qualities of
I which he told them, he
kissed the princesses, locked
the doors of the tower, of
which he took himself the keys, and departed. To prevent
them from perishing with hunger, care was taken to fix a
pulley to one of the windows of the tower: there ran a rope
through it, to which the princesses tied a basket, which they
let down daily for provisions. Drona and Pratilia led easuch a

life in this solitude, as filled them with despair. As for
Finetta, she was not in the least out of
humour; her spindle, needle, and music,
furnished her with sufficient amuse-
ments, One day, as she was busied in
her chamber, about some pretty work,
her sisters, who were at the window,
saw, at the foot of the tower, a poor -
woman clothed in rags and tatters, who
cried out to them in a sorrowful tone;
and in a very moving manner, com-
plained to them of her misery. She
begged of them with her hands joined
together, that they would let her come
into the castle, telling them that she
was a wretched stranger, who knew- I
how to do a thousand things, and would
serve them with the utmost fidelity.
")o you think," said Pratilia to her sister, "that the king's
order extend o s to this unfortunate wretch I believe we ay
take her in without any consequence."-" You may do, sister',
answered Drona, what you please. Then Pratilia, who only
waited her consent, immediately let down the basket. The
woman got into it, and the princesses drew her up by the help
of the pulley. The new ervant of these princesses took
hundred turns about the castle, under pretence of doing her
work: but, in reality, to see how things were disposed in it;
for this pretended beggar-woman was the son of a powerful
king, a neighbour of the princesses father. This prince, who
always acted with artifice and cunning, was by the people
surnamed Rich-in-craft, but in shortness Rich-Craft.
He had a younger brother, who was a foil of good qualities
e' 2

as he ws of bad; and therefore was generally called Bel-a-voir.
It was prince Rich-Craft who had put the ambassador of the
king, his father, upon that wicked turn in the treaty, which
was frustrated by the address of Finetta, and fell upon them-
selves. Rich-Craft, who before that had no great love for the
princese' father, since then bore him the utmost aversion; so
that when he had notice of the precautions which that prince
had taken in relation to his daughters, he took a pernicious
pleasure to deceive, if possible, the prudence of so suspicious a
father, and, as we see, had already contrived to make two of
the princesses disobedient; for which fault they each found
their distaffs broken.
Finetta was so busilyengaged in her own room, that she
knew nothing of what had happened, till she heard the screams
of her sisters, whom the prince beat severely, and locked up
together: he then went to seek Finetta, whom he resolved to
marry as a punishment for what she had done. He went into
all the rooms of the castle, one after another; and as he found
them all open but one, which was fastened in the inside, he
concluded, for certain, that thither it was Finetta had retired.
As he had composed a string of compliments he went to retail
them at Finetta's door. But this princess heard him a good
while without making the least answer. At last finding that
he knew she was in the room, she told him, if it was true that
he had so strong and ainere a passion for her, a he would
persuade her, she desired he would go down into the garden,
and shut the door after him; and, after that, she would talk to
him as much as he pleased out of the window of the apartment
which looked into the garden. Rich*Craft would not agree
to this; and, as the princess sti resolutely persisted in not
opening the door, this wicked prince, mad with impatience,
went and got a billet, and broke it open. He found Finetta

armed with a great hammer, which had been accidentally left
in a wardrobe near her chamber. Emotion raised Finettas
complexion; and though her eyes sparkled with rage, she
appeared to Rich-Craft a most enchanting beauty.
lie would have cast himself at her feet; but she said to him
boldly, as she retired, Prince, if you approach me, I will
cleave your head with this hammer."-" What beautiful
pnneess," cried Rich-Craft, in his hypocritical tone, "does the
love I have for you inspire you with such crel hatred ? He
added, that the only motive he had to put on such disguise,
was with respect to offer her his hand and heart: and old
her that she ought to pardon, on account of the violence of his
love, his bohlness in breaking open her door. The adroit
princess, feigning herself entirely pacified, told him that she
must find out her sisters, and, after that, they would lake their
measures all together; but Rich-Craft answered, that he could
by no means resolve upon that, till she had consented to marry
him, because her sisters would not fail to oppose the match, on
account of their right of eldership. Finetta, who with good
reason distrusted this prince, found her suspicions redoubled by
this answer. But she told Rich-Craft that she readily con-
sented to marry him; but she was fully persuaded that mar-
riages which were made at night were always unhappy; and
therefore desired he would defer the ceremony of plighting to
each other their mutual faith till the next morning. She
added, he might be assured she would not mention a s llable
of all this to the prinesses, her sisters, and begged him to give
her only a little tme to say her prayers; that, afterwards, she
would lead him to a chamber where he should have a very
good bed, and then she would return to her own room till the
morrow morning.
Rich-Craft consented to what the princess desired, and went

away to giv some e e se teto meditate. He was no sooner
gone, than Finetta hastened to make a bed over the hole of
a sink in one of the rooms of the castle. This room was as
handsome as ay of the rest. Fineta put over the hole two
weak sticks across; then very handsomely made the bed upon
them, and immediately returned to her chamber. A moment
after came RichCraft, and the princess conducted him into the
room where she had made him his bed, and retired. The
prince threw himself hastily upon the bed, and his weight
having all at once broken the slender sticks, e fell down to the
bottom of the sink. Finetta was delighted to hear (by the
noise of his falling) what had happened; but her first care
was to seek her sisters; and she was sorry to find their own
misconduct had caused all their toubles. In the meantime
Rich-Craft passed the night very uncomfortably: and when
day came, with a great deal of painful strugglng, he came to
the end of the drain, which ran into a river at a considerable
distance from the castle. He found means to make himself
heard by some men who were fishing in the iver, by whom he
was drawn out in such a pickle as raised compassion in those
good people,
He caused himself to be carried to his father's court to get
cured; and this disgrace made him take such a strong hatred
and aversion to Finetta, that he thought less on his cure than
on erenge. That princess passed her time very sadly, as her
sisters confined so ill from their bruises as to require many
comforting nourishing things, which she had not the means of
procuring, and she dreaded much her father's anger upon
finding that their distaff were broken. The cunning Rich-
Craft guessed all this, and contrived that baskets of cordial and
medicines should be placed nader the window at night, to tempt
Finetta to cooe down for them; and though she feared there

was some trick in it, she was too courageous and generous
to let her sisters languish for what it was in her power to
obtain for them; she therefore let herself down in the basket,
hut was no sooner there than Rich-Craft's officers seized hold
of her, and carried her to a country-house, where the prince
was for the recovery of his health. When the prince was
a little better, he had her taken to the top of a high mountain,
whither lie followed immediately after. Here it was that he
told her they were going to put her to death. Then that base
prince very barbarously showed Finctta a barrel stuck in the
inside all round with pen-knives, razors, and hooked nails, and
told her they were going to put her into that vessel, and roll
her don from the top of the mountain into the valley. Though
Finetta was no Roman, she was no more afraid of the punish-
ment than RJeglus heretofore was at the sight of a like destiny.
Rich-Craft bet himself down to look into the barrel, which
was to he the instrument of his vengeance, to examine if it
was well provided with
all itsmurdermng woean-
pens. Finetta lost no
time, but very dexte-
rously pushed him
into it, and rolled him
down the mountain,
without giving the
prince time to know
where he was. After
this, she ran aay;
and the prince's officers, who had seen after what a cruel
manner their master would have treated this amiable princes,
made not the least attempt to stop her; besides, they were so
much frightened at what happened to Rich-Craft, that they

thought of nothing else but stopping the barrel, but their
endeavours were all in vain; he rolled down to the bottom of
the mountain, where they took him out, wounded in a thouand
places. The good king, his father, and Bel-a-voir, his brother,
were very unhappy about him, as they saw he could not live
many days; but Rich-Craft, perfdious to his last moment,
studied how to abuse the tenderness of his brother. "You
have always loved me, prince," cried he, "and I am dying;
but if ever I have been dear to yon, grant this one thing, I beg
of you, which I aingoingtoak of you." Bel-a-oir promised,
with the most terrible deaths, to grant him whatever he should
desire. As soon as Rich-Craft heard these oaths, he said to his
brother, embracing him, I die contented, brother, since I am
revenged ; for that which I beg of you to do for me, to ask
Finetta in marriage immediately n my deceased. You will,
undoubtedly, obtain this wicked princess; and the moment she
shall be in your power, plunge your poniard into her heart."
Bel-a-voir trembled with horror at these words; but he had
no mind his repentance should be taken notice of by hisbrother,
who expired soon after. Finetts, who had returned to her sis-
ters, heard soon after the death of Rich-Craft; and some time
after that, news came to the three princesses that the king, their
father, was come home. This prince ame in a hurry to the
tower; and his first cae was to see the distafs. No one could
show hera but Finetta; and the king fell into esch a rage
against his two eldest daughters, that he sent them away to the
fairy who had given him the distaff, desiring her to punish
them according to their deserts The fairy gavethem plenty
of hard work, and long lessons to learn Pratilis was never
allowed to talk excepting in repeating her lessons. Drona
could not help falling into despairat leading life which wa so
little conformable to her inclinations, and died with fatigue and

vexation. Pratilia, who some time after found means to make
her escape by night out of the fairy's castle, broke her skull
against a tree, and died in the arms of some country people.
Finetta's good-nature made her very sensibly grieve for her
sisters' fate; and, in the midst of these troubles, she was
informed that prince Belea-voir had asked her in marriage of
the king, her father, who had consented to it, without giving
her any notice thereof. Finetta trembled at this news, and
went to consult the sage fairy, who esteemed her as much as
she despised Drona and Patilia.
The fairy only said to her, Princess, you are sage and
prudent; you would not hitherto have taken such measures
for your conduct, had ou not always borne in mind that
distrust is the mother of security." Some days after, the
princess was married, by an ambassador, in the name of prince
Bel-a-voir, and she set out to go to her spouse in a magnificent
equipige. When Bel-avoir saw her, he was struck with her
charms; but made her his compliments in a very confused
manner. Finetta, who was always thinking on the maxim
which the fairy had re-
vived in her mind, had
a design in her head. .
This princess had gained
over one of the women
who had the key of the
closet belonging to the
apartment which was
designed for her; and & .
she had privately given .
orders to that woman to
carry into the closet
some straw, and a bladder of sheep blood and the entrails of
some of those animals which had been dressed for supper.

The princess, on some pretence, went into that closet, and
made a puppet of the straw, into which she put the entrails
and the bladder full of blood; after that she dressed it up in a
woman's night-lothee. When Finetta had finished this puppet,
she returned to her company, where she supped with the
prince; and, after some time, they conducted the princes and
her spouse to their apartment. When they had allowed as
much time at the toilet as was necessary, the ladies of honour
took away the flambeaux, and retired. Finetta immediately
threw the image of straw upon the bed, and went and hid
herself in one of the corners of the chamber.
The prince, having sighed three or four times very loud, drew
his sword, and ran it through the body of the pretended Finetta.
At the same instant he found the blood trickle all about, and
the straw wife without motion. Alas what have I done ?"

cried Bel-a-voir. "What, after so many crel conflicts could
any one so much as dream to push a woman for having too
much virtue? Well, Rich-Craft, I have satie thy unjst

vengeance; but now I will revenge Finetta in her turnhymy
death. Yes, beautiful princess, my sword shall-. By
these words the princess understanding that the prince, who in
his transport let fall his sword, was feeling for it, in order to
thrust it through his body, was resolved he should not be
guilty of such a foly; and therefore cried out, My prince,
I am not dead; the goodnessof your disposition made me divine
your repentance; and, by an innocent cheat, I have hindered
you from committing the worst of crimes." Upon which she
related to el-a-voir the foresight she had in relation to the
figure of straw. The prince, all transported to find Finetta
alive, admired the prudence she was mistress of on all occasions,
and, tenderly embracing her, renewed his vows of unalterable
affection. &oon after they became king and queen; and long,
happy, and glorious was their reign.


Ix the city of Famagosta, in the Island of Cyprus, there
lived a very rich gentleman. His name was Theodorus: he
married a lady who was the greatest beauty in Cyprus, and
she was rich as himself; she was called Graciana. They
both had every pleasure that wealth could buy, and lived in
the highest style. Besides all this, the lady Graciana brought
her husband a fine little son, who was named Fortunatus; so
that one would think nothing could have kept Theodorus from
being the most happy person in the world. But this was not
long the case; for when he had enjoyed all these pleasres for
some time, he grew tired of them, and began to keep company
with young noblemen of the court, with whom he sat up all
night drinking, and playing cards, so that in a few year he

spent all his fortune. He was now very sorry for what he ha
done, but it was too late; and there was nothing he could do,
hut to work at some trade to support his wife and child. For
all this, the Lady Graciaa never found fault with him, but
till loved her husband the same as before; saying, t Dear
Theodorus, to be ure I do not know how to work at any
trade; but, if I cannot help you in getting money, I will help
you to save it." So Theodorus set to work; and though the
Lady Graciana had always been used only to ring her bell
for everything that she wanted, she now soured the kettles
and washed the clothes with her own hands.
They went onin this mannertill Fortunatunwas sixteen years
of age. When that time came, one day as they were all sitting
at dinner, Theodorus fixed his eyes on his son, and sighed
deeply. "What is the matter with you, father?" said For-
tunatus. Ah! my child," said Theodorus, "I have reason
enough to be sorry, when I think of the noble fortune which I
have spent, and that my folly will force you to labour for your
living."-t Father," replied Fortunatus, do not grieve about
it. I have often thought that it was time I should do some-
thing for myself; and though I have not been brought up to
any trade, yet I hope I can contrive to support myself some-
how." When Fortnatus bad done his dinner, he took his hat
and walked to the sea-side, thinking of what he could do, so as
to be no longer a burthen to his parents. Just as he reached
the sea-shore, the Earl of Flanders, who had been to Jeru-
salem, was embarking on board his ship with all his servants,
to set sail for Flanders. Fortuatus now thought he would
offer himself to be the earls page When the earl saw that he
wasa smart-looking lad, and heard the quick replies which he
made to his questions, he took him into his service; so at once
they all went on board. On their way the ship stopped a short
time at the port of Venice, where Fortunatus saw many sange

things, which made him wish still more to travel, and taught
him much that he did not know before.
Soon after this they came to Flanders; and they had not
been long on shore, before the Earl, his master, was married to
the daughter of the Duke of Cleves. The wedding wa kept
with all sorts of public eating, and games on horseback, called
tilts, which lasted many days; and, among the rest, the earl's
lady gave two jewels as prizes to be played for, each of them
the value of a hundred rowns. One of these was won by
Fortunatus, and the other by Timothy, a servant of the Duke
of Burgundy; who after ran another tilt with Fortnatua, so
that the winner was to have both the jewels. So they tilted;
and, at the fourth course, Fortunatus hoisted Timothy a full
spear's length from his horse, and thus won both the jewels;
which pleased the Earl and Countess so much, that they praised
Fortunatus, and thought better of him than ever. At this
time, als, Fortunatus had many rich presents given him by
the lords and ladies of the court. But the high favour which
vas showed to him made his fellow-rvants jealous; and one
of them, named Robert, who had always been used to pretend
that he had a great friendship for Fortunatus, made him believe
that, for all his setrinig kindness, the Earl in secret envied
Forunatus for his great skill in tilting. Robert aid, too, that
he had heard the Earl give private orders to one of hi servants
to find some way of killing Fortuatus next day, while they
should all be out hunting.
Fortunatus thanked the wicked Robert for what he thought
a great kindness; and the next day at day-break, he took the
swiftest horse in the Earls stables, and left the country.
When the earl heard that Fortunatus had gone away in a
hurry, he was much surprised and asked all his servants what
they knew about the matter; but they all denied knowing

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