The silly jelly-fish

Material Information

The silly jelly-fish
Series Title:
Kobunsha's Japanese fairy tale series
Uniform Title:
Saru no ikigimo
Alternate title:
Chamberlain, Basil Hall, 1850-1935
Place of Publication:
Publication Date:
Physical Description:
[22] p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.


Subjects / Keywords:
Fairy tales -- Japan ( lcsh )
Jellyfishes -- Juvenile literature ( lcsh )
Monkeys -- Juvenile literature ( lcsh )
Dragons -- Juvenile literature ( lcsh )
Accordion fold format (Binding) -- 1887 ( rbbin )
Fairy tales -- 1887 ( rbgenr )
Hand-colored illustrations -- 1887 ( local )
Bldn -- 1887
Accordion fold format (Binding) ( rbbin )
Fairy tales ( rbgenr )
Hand-colored illustrations ( local )
fiction ( marcgt )
Target Audience:
juvenile ( marctarget )


General Note:
Cover title.
General Note:
On double leaves, Japanese style (fukurotoji).
General Note:
Series title also in Japanese in colophon: Nihon mukashibanashi ; dai 13-gō.
General Note:
Hand-colored illustrations.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
Statement of Responsibility:
told in English by B.H. Chamberlain.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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Resource Identifier:
027103350 ( ALEPH )
39545749 ( OCLC )
ALJ4330 ( NOTIS )
97178408 ( LCCN )

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ONCE upon a time the King
of the Dragons, who had till then
lived as a bachelor, took it into his
head to get married. His bride wv-as
a young Dragonette just sixteen
years old,-lovely enough, in very
sooth, to become the wife of a

King. Great were the rejoicings
on the occasion.

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The Fishes, both great and small,
came to pay their respects, and to
offer gifts to the newly wedded
pair; and for some days all was
feasting and merriment.
But alas! even Dragons have their
trials. Before a month had passed,
the young Dragon Queen fell ill.
The doctors dosed her with every
medicine that was known to them,
but all to no purpose. At last they
shook their heads, declaring that
there was nothing more to be done.

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The illness must take its course, and
she would probably die. But the
sick Queen said to her husband:
"I know of something that will
cure me. Only fetch me a live Mon-
key's liver to eat, and I shall get
well at once." "A live Monkey's
liver" exclaimed the King. "What
are you thinking of, my dear?
Why! you forget that we Drag-
ons live in the sea, while Monkeys
live far away from here, among
the forest-trees on land. A Mon-

key's liver! Why darling, you must
be mad." Hereupon the young
Dragon Queen burst into tears:
"I only ask you for one small
thing," whimpered she, "and you
won't get it for me. I always
thought you didn't really love me.
Oh! I wish I had staid at home
with my own m-m-m-mama and
my own papa-a-a-al" Here her
voice choked with sobs, and she
could say no more.
Well, of course the Dragon King

did not like to have it thought that

he was unkind to his beautiful young

wife. So he sent for his trusty

servant the Jelly-Fish, and said:

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"It is rather a difficult job; but what
I want you to try to do is to swim
across to the land, and persuade a
live Monkey to come here with you.
In order to make the Monkey
willing to come, you can tell him
how much nicer everything is here
in Dragon-Land than away where
he lives. But what I really want
him for is to cut out his liver,
and use it as medicine for your
young Mistress, who, as you know,
is dangerously ill."

So the Jcllv- Ii-l i went <1" 1 1i In ,-

strange errand. In those days he

was just like any other fish, with

eyes, and fins, and a tail. He even

had little feet, which !':ad' him able

to wafl.: on the land as well as to

swim in the water. It did not take

him many hours to swim acreo-, to

the country where the Monkeys
lived; and fortunately there just

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trees near the place where the Jelly-
Fish landed. So the Jelly-Fish said:
"Mr. Monkey! I have come to tell
you of a country far more beautiful
than this. It lies beyond the waves,
and is called Dragon-Land. There is
pleasant weather there all the year
round, there is always plenty of
ripe fruit on the trees, and there are
none of those mischievous creatures
called Men. If you will come with
me, I will take you there. Just i
get on my back." il
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The Monkey thought it would be
fun to see a new country. So he
leapt on to the Jelly-Fish's back, and
off they started across the water.
But when they had gone about
half-way, he began to fear that
perhaps there might be some hidden
danger. It seemed so odd to be
fetched suddenly in that way by a
stranger. So he said to the Jelly-
Fish: "What made you think of
coming for me?" The Jelly-Fish
answered: "My Master, the King of

the Dragons, wants you in order to

cut out your liver, and give it as

medicine to his wife, the Queen,

who is sick."

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"Oh! that's your little game,-is it?"
thought the Monkey. But he kept
his thoughts to himself, and only said:
"Nothing could please me better
than to be of service to Their
Majesties. But it so happens that
I left my liver hanging to a branch
of that big chestnut-tree, which you
found me skipping about on. A liver
is a thing that weighs a good deal.
So I generally take it out, and play
about without it during the day-time.
We must go back for it." The

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Jelly-Fish agreed that there was

nothing else to be done under the

circumstances. For,-silly creature

that he was, -he did 'hot see that

the Monkey was telling a story in

order to avoid getting killed, and

having his liver used as medicine

for the fanciful young Dragon Queen.

When they reached the shore of

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the monkey
bounded off the
Jelly-Fish's back,
and up to the topmost branch of
the chestnut-tree in less than
no time. Then he said: "I do
not see my liver here. Perhaps
somebody has taken it away. But

I will look for it. You, mean-
time, had better go back and tell
your Master what has happened.
He might be anxious about you, if
you did not get home before dark."
So the Jelly-Fish started off a
second time; and when he got
home, he told the Dragon King
everything just as it had happened.
But the King flew into a passion
with him for his stupidity, and
hallooed to his officers, saying:
"Away with this fellow! Take him,

and beat him to a jelly Don't let
a single bone remain unbroken in
his body!" So the officers seized
him, and beat him, as the King had


commanded. That is the reason why,
to this very day, Jelly-Fishes have
no bones, but are just nothing more
than a mass of pulp.
As for the Dragon Queen, when she
found she could not have the Mon-
key's liver,-why! she made up her
mind that the only thing to do was

to get well without it.



1. Momotaro or Little
1 Peachling.
2. The Tongue Cut Spar-
3. The Battle of the Mon- + +
key and the Grab.
4. The Old Man who n
made the Dead Trees
5. Kachi-Kachi Moun- "
6. The Mouse's Wedding.
7. The Old Man and the '
8. Urashima, the Fisher-
P 9. The Eight-Headed Ser-
10. The Matsuyama Mir-
11. The Hare of Inaba. A
12. The Cub's Triumph. A
13. The Silly Jelly-Fish. |
X 14. The Princes, Fire-flash
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