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Title: Diamonds and toads
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00028222/00001
 Material Information
Title: Diamonds and toads
Physical Description: 6 leaves , 6 leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Greenaway, Kate, 1846-1901 ( Illustrator )
Publisher: McLoughlin Bros.
Place of Publication: New York
Publication Date: [ca. 1875]
Copyright Date: 1875
Subject: Juvenile literature -- 1875   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' advertisements -- 1875   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1875
Genre: non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Juvenile literature   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' advertisements   ( rbgenr )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- New York -- New York
Statement of Responsibility: illustrated after Kate Greenaway.
General Note: Publisher advertisement on rear cover.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00028222
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: notis - AJG4480
oclc - 10132100
alephbibnum - 001751544

Table of Contents
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    Back Cover
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O NCE upon a time, in the days of the Fairies, there
lived, on the borders of a great wood, a widow who
had two daughters. She was a silly, ill-tempered woman,
very proud and disagreeable. Her elder daughter, who
was like her in temper, was her favorite child; and she
spoiled her by constant praise and petting, till the girl grew
so proud and rude, that no one loved her except her mother.
The younger daughter was sweet-tempered, gentle, and
kind; but her foolish mother did not love her, and treated
her very unkindly. She made her live in the kitchen, and
work all day with the servants, One of the girl's tasks was
to draw water twice a day from a fountain, more than a mile
and a half distant from the house, in the midst of the wood.
One days just as she had filled her pitcher, an old woman
came up to her, and asked her to give her a draught of
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"Willingly, Goody,"


the girl.


me hold the

jug for you, for it is very heavy."

As soon as

the old dame

had finished


said to Rose,
"Thank you, my dear; you are so kind, and you speak

so sweetly, that I mean to bestow a gift
time you speak there shall drop from yo

on you.
ur lips

i rose, a

diamond, and a pearl."

Then the old woman disappeared.


in disguise, who had wished to try

She was really



young girl was civil and kind.


Rose reached her home, her mother met her at

the door, and began to scold her for staying so long at the
"I am very sorry: I beg your pardon, mother," she said

meekly, for not coming home sooner." A
there fell from her lips two pearls, three

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" What do I see ? what is this ?"

cried the mother; "she

drops diamonds and pearls from her lips! My child"---(this

was the

first time that she had ever called her "my child")

----" how did this happen ?"
Then the poor girl told her mother all that had befallen

her at the fountain, dropping pearls and


her mouth all the time she was speaking.
How very fortunate!" said the old lady: "I must send my

darling thither directly.
your sister's lips when

Fanny! do you see what falls from

she speaks?

Should you not like

such a gift?

Well, you must go to the fountain, and when

a poor woman asks you for water, you must grant her
request in the most civil manner."
"Indeed;" answered the proud girl, "I shall do no such


I do not choose to be servant to any one.

" But you shall go," said

her mother; and for

once she

made her disobedient child obey her.

But Fanny took the

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She had no sooner reached the fountain, than a lady most

magnificently dressed came out of the woodland

path, and


to give her some water.

This was the same

Fairy who had before appeared as a poor old woman; and
she came for the same purpose, that was, to try whether the
young girl was kind and obliging; but lest she should only


goodness in order to gain

the precious

Fairy appeared in a different form.
"I did not come here to draw water for strangers," said
Fanny, scornfully; "I suppose you think the best silver tank-

ard was brought on purpose for your ladyship!
you may drink out of it if you have a fancy."


"You are not very obliging,"

said the


"and since

you have behaved with so little civility, I will bestow a gift

t on you which shall be your punishment.

Every time

speak, there shall drop from your lips a viper or a toad."
Having said these words she disappeared; and Fanny
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saw her coming, she ran to meet her, and exclaimed eagerly,
"Well, daughter ?"

"Well, mother,


the girl, and two.toads and

two vipers dropped from her mouth as she spoke!

"Ah-h-h what is this ?"
sister's doing, no doubt.

cried the mother; "it is all your
I'll make her suffer for her wick-

edness !"

And she instantly went in


of the

innocent girl, that she might beat her severely.

But Rose, in great fear, ran out of the

house into the

forest, where she wandered about, weeping very bitterly.

Towards evening, the

King's son, who was returning trom

hunting, came that way, and seeing a poor girl


in great trouble, he alighted from his horse, and asked
why she wept; for he was very kind and good-hearted.


said Rose,

sobbing, 'my mother is so cruel to

me that I have been obliged to leave my home."
The king's son was astonished to see roses, pearls, and
diamonds Tall from her lips as she spoke, and asked her the
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befallen her at the fountain.

he girl then related all that had
The Prince was charmed with

her innocence and gentleness, and fell in love with her.


saw that, although she was only a poor girl, she possessed

a valuable gift which

would make him and his people very

rich; so he took her back to the palace of the King his
father, who, anxious to have such a daughter-in-law, imme-
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diately gave his consent to their marriage, and the
Rose became a great Queen.

As for her sister, the toads and vipers she

so dreadful, that her selfish


dropped were

and cruel mother soon grew

tired of having her in the house, and turned her out of doors.
As she had not improved, but wasworse tempered than
ever, no one would take her in, and be troubled with toads

and vipers.

So she was obliged to wander about in the

woods,all alone; and there she soon died of grief and hunger.
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