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Andrew Lang - The Grey Fairy Book

Andrew Lang - The Grey Fairy Book

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Edição em inglês do livro " The Grey Fairy Book", de Andrew Lang.
Edição em inglês do livro " The Grey Fairy Book", de Andrew Lang.

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The Grey Fairy Book
 
Andrew Lang
Preface
The tales in the Grey Fairy Book are derived from many countries--Lithuania, various parts of Africa, Germany, France, Greece, andother regions of the world. They have been translated and adaptedby Mrs. Dent, Mrs. Lang, Miss Eleanor Sellar, Miss Blackley, andMiss hang. ‘The Three Sons of Hali' is from the last century‘Cabinet des Fees,' a very large collection. The French authormay have had some Oriental original before him in parts; at allevents he copied the Eastern method of putting tale within tale,like the Eastern balls of carved ivory. The stories, as usual,illustrate the method of popular fiction. A certain number ofincidents are shaken into many varying combinations, like thefragments of coloured glass in the kaleidoscope. Probably thepossible combinations, like possible musical combinations, arenot unlimited in number, but children may be less sensitive inthe matter of fairies than Mr. John Stuart Mill was as regardsmusic.
Contents
Donkey SkinThe Goblin PonyAn Impossible EnchantmentThe Story of Dschemil and DachemilaJanni and the DrakenThe Partnership of the Thief and the LiarFortunatus and his PurseThe Goat-faced GirlWhat came of picking FlowersThe Story of BensurdatuThe Magician's HorseThe Little Gray ManHerr Lazarus and the DrakenThe Story of the Queen of the Flowery IslesUdea and her Seven BrothersThe White WolfMohammed with the Magic FingerBobinoThe Dog and the SparrowThe Story of the Three Sons of HaliThe Story of the Fair CircassiansThe Jackal and the Spring The BearThe Sunchild The Daughter of Buk Ettemsuch
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Laughing Eye and Weeping Eye, or the Limping FoxThe Unlooked for PrinceThe SimpletonThe Street MusiciansThe Twin BrothersCannetellaThe OgreA Fairy's BlunderLong, Broad, and QuickeyePrunellaDonkey Skin
There was once upon a time a king who was so much beloved by hissubjects that he thought himself the happiest monarch in thewhole world, and he had everything his heart could desire. Hispalace was filled with the rarest of curiosities, and his gardenswith the sweetest flowers, while in the marble stalls of hisstables stood a row of milk-white Arabs, with big brown eyes.Strangers who had heard of the marvels which the king hadcollected, and made long journeys to see them, were, however,surprised to find the most splendid stall of all occupied by adonkey, with particularly large and drooping ears. It was a veryfine donkey; but still, as far as they could tell, nothing sovery remarkable as to account for the care with which it waslodged; and they went away wondering, for they could not knowthat every night, when it was asleep, bushels of gold piecestumbled out of its ears, which were picked up each morning by theattendants.After many years of prosperity a sudden blow fell upon the kingin the death of his wife, whom he loved dearly. But before shedied, the queen, who had always thought first of his happiness,gathered all her strength, and said to him:‘Promise me one thing: you must marry again, I know, for the goodof your people, as well as of yourself. But do not set about itin a hurry. Wait until you have found a woman more beautiful andbetter formed than myself.'‘Oh, do not speak to me of marrying,' sobbed the king; ‘ratherlet me die with you!' But the queen only smiled faintly, andturned over on her pillow and died.For some months the king's grief was great; then gradually hebegan to forget a little, and, besides, his counsellors werealways urging him to seek another wife. At first he refused tolisten to them, but by-and-by he allowed himself to be persuadedto think of it, only stipulating that the bride should be morebeautiful and attractive than the late queen, according to thepromise he had made her.Overjoyed at having obtained what they wanted, the counsellorssent envoys far and wide to get portraits of all the most famous
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