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English - It So Happened- Class VIII

English - It So Happened- Class VIII

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01/31/2013

 
Djinn:
 
(
 pronounced ‘jin’ and variously spelt as ‘genie’, ‘genii’, ‘jinnee’, ‘djinni’, ‘djinny’ 
): a spirit that has strange powers and can assume any form, human or animal
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 The world had just begun, and the animals were working for humans.
 There was one lazy animal that did nothing, and said nothing but ‘Humph’.
Even the clever Djinn was at his wit’s end.
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the beginning, when the world was new and the Animals were just  beginning to work for Man, there was a Camel, and he lived in themiddle of a Howling Desert because he did not want to work. He atesticks and thorns and prickles, and when anybody spoke to him hesaid “Humph!” Just “Humph!” and no more.Presently the Horse came tohim on Monday morning, with a saddle on his back and said,“Camel, O Camel, come out andtrot like the rest of us.”“Humph!” said the Camel, andthe Horse went away and told theMan.Presently the Dog came to him, with a stick in his mouth, and said,
How the Camel got his hump 
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“Camel, O Camel, come and fetch and carry like the rest of us.”“Humph!” said the Camel, and the Dog went away and toldthe Man.Presently the Ox came to him, with the yoke on his neck, andsaid, “Camel, O Camel, come and plough like the rest of us.”“Humph!” said the Camel, and the Ox went away and toldthe Man. At the end of the day the Man called the Horse and the Dog andthe Ox together, and said, “Three, O Three, I’m very sorry for you; but that Humph-thing in the Desert can’t work, or he would have been here by now, so I am going to leave him alone, and you must  work double-time to make up for it.” That made the Three very angry, and they held a panchayat onthe edge of the Desert; and the Camel came chewing cud and laughedat them. Then he said “Humph!” and went away again.Presently there came along the Djinn who was in charge of AllDeserts, rolling in a cloud of dust.

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