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Grimms' Fairy Tales

Grimms' Fairy Tales

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Published by Bookwarm2009
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Published by: Bookwarm2009 on Mar 05, 2009
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Grimms’ Fairy Tales
The Brothers Grimm
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THE GOLDEN BIRD
A certain king had a beautiful garden, and in the gardenstood a tree which bore golden apples. These apples werealways counted, and about the time when they began togrow ripe it was found that every night one of them wasgone. The king became very angry at this, and ordered thegardener to keep watch all night under the tree. Thegardener set his eldest son to watch; but about twelveo’clock he fell asleep, and in the morning another of theapples was missing. Then the second son was ordered towatch; and at midnight he too fell asleep, and in themorning another apple was gone. Then the third sonoffered to keep watch; but the gardener at first would notlet him, for fear some harm should come to him: however,at last he consented, and the young man laid himself under the tree to watch. As the clock struck twelve he heard arustling noise in the air, and a bird came flying that was of pure gold; and as it was snapping at one of the apples withits beak, the gardener’s son jumped up and shot an arrowat it. But the arrow did the bird no harm; only it droppeda golden feather from its tail, and then flew away. Thegolden feather was brought to the king in the morning,
 
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444and all the council was called together. Everyone agreedthat it was worth more than all the wealth of the kingdom:but the king said, ‘One feather is of no use to me, I musthave the whole bird.’Then the gardener’s eldest son set out and thought tofind the golden bird very easily; and when he had gonebut a little way, he came to a wood, and by the side of thewood he saw a fox sitting; so he took his bow and madeready to shoot at it. Then the fox said, ‘Do not shoot me,for I will give you good counsel; I know what your business is, and that you want to find the golden bird. Youwill reach a village in the evening; and when you getthere, you will see two inns opposite to each other, one of which is very pleasant and beautiful to look at: go not inthere, but rest for the night in the other, though it mayappear to you to be very poor and mean.’ But the sonthought to himself, ‘What can such a beast as this knowabout the matter?’ So he shot his arrow at the fox; but hemissed it, and it set up its tail above its back and ran intothe wood. Then he went his way, and in the eveningcame to the village where the two inns were; and in oneof these were people singing, and dancing, and feasting;but the other looked very dirty, and poor. ‘I should bevery silly,’ said he, ‘if I went to that shabby house, and left
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