By Andrew Lang
The pink Fairy booklet contains a desirable selection of stories from many nations: Hungary, Russia, Rumania, Finland, Iceland, Japan, and Sicily are just a few of them. jam-packed with mind's eye, pleasure, and event, those stories will pride youngsters with their illogical but surprisingly average occasions, and should supply mom and dad a delightful swap from the well-worn favorites. One tale — "The Cottager and His Cat" — tells of ways cats have been brought into Iceland; one other eastern story — "The Crab and the Monkey" — tells how a crab will get the simplest of a roguish monkey; and a amazing story — "Little Wildrose" — from Rumania tells how a gorgeous baby used to be reared in an eagle's nest.
All in all, the gathering includes 36 tales, all narrated within the transparent, full of life prose for which Lang was once recognized. not just are Lang's ordinarily conceded to be the easiest English types of normal tales, his collections are the richest and widest in diversity. His place as one in all England's most advantageous folklorists in addition to his satisfactory literary skills make his collections unmatchable within the English language.
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Everyone in the house slept, and only the faithful servant kept watch. About midnight he heard three crows, who had flown to the roof, talking together. 'That's a handsome couple which arrived here tonight. ' 'Truly,' said the second crow; 'for to-morrow, when midday strikes, the bridge over the Gold Stream will break just as they are driving over it. But, listen! ' The crows had hardly done speaking when away they flew. And close upon them followed three pigeons. 'Even if the prince and princess get safe over the bridge they will perish,' said they; 'for the king is going to send a carriage to meet them which looks as new as paint.
Once he desired to have some water brought him from the well into which Ilonka had been thrown. The coachman went for it and, in the bucket he pulled up, a pretty little duck was swimming. He looked wonderingly at it, and all of a sudden it disappeared and he found a dirty looking girl standing near him. The girl returned with him and managed to get a place as housemaid in the palace. Of course she was very busy all day long, but whenever she had a little spare time she sat down to spin. Her distaff turned of itself and her spindle span by itself and the flax wound itself off; and however much she might use there was always plenty left.
When he got near the town he packed his soldiers and his fine horse all carefully into the apple again, and then strolled into the town. On his return to the palace he was well scolded by the housekeeper for staying away so long. Well, the whole matter might have ended there; but it so happened that the younger princess had fallen in love with the prince, as he had with her. And as he had no jewels with him, he gave her the copper apple and staff. One day, as the princesses were talking with their father, the younger one asked him whether it might not have been their servant who had helped him so much.