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103 The Bear and the Cock 65. This old man had a fool for a son. The son asked his father to let him get married. “If you won’t marry me off, I’ll smash up the stove.” “How can I marry you off? We’ve no money.” “There’s no money, but there’s the ox. Sell it for slaughter.” The ox heard this and ran off into the forest.Again the fool approached his father:“Marry me off, or I’ll smash up the stove.” His father said,“I’d be glad to marry you off, but there’s no money.”“There’s no money, but there is the ram. Sell it for slaughter.” The ram heard this and ran off into the forest. The fool wouldn’t leave his father:“Marry me off, or else.”“I say to you that there’s no money!”“There’s no money, but there’s the cock. Kill it, bake a pie, and sell it.” The cock heard this and ran into the forest. The ox, the ram, and the cock came together and built themselves a hut in the forest. A bear found out about this and decided to eat them. It came to the hut. The cock saw it and jumped up onto the roost. It flapped its wings and shouted,“Where, where, where! Give it to me here. I’ll trample it with my feet, slash it with an axe. I’ve a knife, I’ve a nail. I’ll kill it here, I’ll hang it here!” The bear took fright and went back and ran and ran, fell down in fear, and died. The fool went into the forest, found the bear, skinned it, and sold the skin. With the money they married off the fool. The ox, ram, and cock came home from the forest. ...

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ISBN
9781626740549
Related ISBN
9781628460933
MARC Record
OCLC
878813021
Pages
560
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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