JACKAND THEBEAN-STALK.QNCE upon a time there was a poor widowwho lived in a little cottage with her onlyson Jack.Jack was a giddy, thoughtless boy, butvery kind-hearted and affectionate. Therehad been a hard winter, and after it the poorwoman had suffered from fever and ague.Jack did no work as yet, and by degrees theygrew dreadfully poor. The widow saw thatthere was no means of keeping Jack and her-self frm starvation, but by selling her cow;so one morning she said to her son, " I amtoo weak to go myself, Jack, so you musttake the cow to market for me, and sell her."Jack liked going to market to sell the cowvery much; but as he was on the way, heThe Baldwin LibrarySUniversity
JACK AND THE BEAN- STALK.met a butcher who had some beautiful beansin his hand. Jack stopped to look at them,and the butcher told the boy that they wereof great value, and persuaded him to sell thecow for them! When Jack brought themhoine to his mother instead of the money sheexpected for her nice c6w, she was veryvexed, and scolded Jack well for his folly.Jack was sorry him slf; but he said he mightas well make the best of his bargain, so heput the seed-beans into the ground closeby the side of the steep hill, under shelterof which their cottage was built, and wentto bed.The next morning when he got up, hefound that the beans had grown, till the bean-stalk reached right over the top of the hill,and was quite out of sight. Jack instantlyclimbed up it, and came to a great plain, onwhich stood a stately castle. As he pausedto gaze on it, an old woman came up to him,and said, "Jack, that castle belongs to you:A wicked giant killed your father, and took
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JACK AND THE BEAN- STALK.it from your mother; try and get it back."Then she suddenly disappeared. Jack wasmuch surprised; however, he walked up tothe castle door and knocked, and an oldgiantess came out. She did not wait till hespoke, but pulled him in, for she thought hewould make a nice supper for her when herhusband was asleep. But just at that momentshe heard the giant's step approaching, so sheput Jack into a press, and told him to hidethere, or the giant would eat him. As soonas the ogre came in, he cried in a terriblevoice:"Fee, fa, fie, fo, fnm,I smell the blood of an Englishman."" Oh!" said his wife, " there is nobodyhere. You only smell a crow that is flyingover the chimney." Then the giant sat downto dinner, which was quite ready, and whenhe had eaten a whole sheep, he said, " Bringme my hen."The giantess brought a hen, and put it onthe table before him, and then she went away.
JACK AND THE BEAN STALK."Lay," said the giant to the hen, and shelaid a golden egg. Jack could see all quiteplain through a little hole which he hadbored in the door. Three times the giantsaid, "Lay," and each time the hen laid a solidgold egg. Then the ogre, being drowsy, shuthis eyes, and soon snored very loudly. Di-rectly Jack found that he was asleep, he stoleout of the press, caught up the hen, ran outof the castle, and descended the bean-stalk asfast as he could go. His mother was glad tosee him again, and much surprised at recov-ering the long lost hen, which laid them threegold eggs every day. Jack's mother tookthem to the next town and sold them, andsoon grew quite rich.Some time afterward Jack made anotherjourney up the bean-stalk to the giant'scastle; but first he dyed his hair and dis-guised himself. The old woman did notknow him, and dragged him in to eat himby-and-bye; but again she heard her husbandcoming and hid him in the press, not thinking
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JACK AND THE BEAN -STALK.that it was the same boy who had stolen thehen. When the giant had dined, he bade hiswife bring him his money-bags, and shebrought two great bags and left him. Thegiant counted his money, put it back in thebags and fell fast asleep. Then Jack stolesoftly out, seized the bags, and ran out of thecastle, and down the bean-stalk to his home,which he reached safely.A long time passed away before Jackwent to the giant's castle again; but he didat last venture. He had disguised himself sowell that tl% giantess did not know him atall, and drew him inside the door as before.And once more she heard the giant, and thistime she put him on a shelf in her huge cup-board. When the giant had dined, he said,"Bring me my harp," and the old womanbrought it, and left him. The giant said,"Play," and the harp played so beautifullythat Jack was delighted. It soon lulled thegiant to sleep, and then Jack stole out andseized it, and ran away with it. But the
JACK AND TIIE BEAN STALK.harp was a fairy, and as he ran, it cried ot,"Master! master!" and woke the giant. Jvfkran as fast as he could to save his life, but ashe reached the bottom of the bean-stalk hesaw the giant's great feet just on it. " Mother,mother, give me the axe!" he cried. Thewidow brought it quickly, and just as thegiant was a little way down the bean-stalk,Jack chopped it in halves, and the monstercame tumbling down, and was killed on thespot.Then Jack called together his neighbors,and they went to the castle and took it, andshut up the giantess who eat cildren, for allthe rest of her life. Thus, Jack won hiscastle back again, grew very rich, and be-came a brave knight; and was kind to hismother, who lived with him very happilyalways afterward.
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