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121 The Tale of Ersh Ershovich, Bristleback’s Son 77. Restless little Ruff, pernicious little Ruff, wrangled his way onto a sledge with his little babies. He went to the River Kama, from the River Kama to the River Trosna, from the River Trosna to Lake Kuben, from Lake Kuben to Lake Rostov, and in this lake he asked to spend just one night. From one night two nights, from two nights two weeks, from two weeks two months, and from two months two years, and from two years he’s been living there thirty. He began frequenting the whole lake. He stuck it to both little and big fish. Then both the little fish and the big fish gathered in a single circle and chose a just judge for themselves, Catfish, with the big moustache.“You be our judge.” Catfish sent for Ruff, a good fellow, and he said, “Ruff, good fellow! Why have you taken over our lake?”“I took over your lake because your Lake Rostov burned from bottom to top from St Peter’s Day to St Ilia’s, and then burned out from bottom to top and was empty.” Catfish said, “Never, ever did our lake burn! Do you have witnesses, Muscovite attestations , written documents?”“I do have witnesses, Muscovite attestations, written documents to this. Ide was at the blaze, eyes on fire, and so even today they are red.” So Catfish sent for Ide. The fighter-shooter, the Crucian executioner, two handfuls of minnows, all went out to call Ide: “Ide! Catfish with the big moustache summons you to appear before his majesty.” Ide approached Catfish and bowed. And Catfish said to Ide, “Greetings, Ide, honorable widow! Did our Lake Rostov burn from St. Peter’s Day to St Ilia’s?”“Never,” said Ide,“our lake never burned.” Catfish said,“Do you hear, Ruff, my good fellow? Ide contradicts you face to face.”And Ide then added,“Whoever knows Ruff and is acquainted with him dines without bread!” Ruff was not despondent, he trusted in God, and he said to Catfish,“I do possess witnesses and Muscovite attestations and written documents to this. Perch was at the blaze, he carried burning logs, and even today his fins are red.” The fire-shooter, the Crucian executioner, two handfuls of minnows (the state representatives) came and said,“Perch-fish! Catfish with the big moustache summons you to appear before his majesty.”And 122 h The Tale of Ersh Ershovich, Bristleback’s Son Perch came. Catfish said to him, “Tell me, Perch, did our Lake Rostov burn from St Peter’s Day to St Ilia’s?”“Never,” he said,“our lake has never burned! Whoever knows Ruff and is acquainted with him dines without bread!” Ruff was not despondent, he trusted in God and he said to Catfish, “I do have witnesses, Muscovite attestations, written documents to this. Pike, an honorable widow, and no will-o’-the-wisp, will tell the precise truth. She was at the blaze, carried burning logs, and even today is black.” The fire-shooter, the Crucian executioner, two handfuls of minnows (the state representatives) came and said,“Pike-fish, Catfish with the big moustache summons you to appear before his majesty.” Pike, not even going up to Catfish, bowed:“Greetings,Your Highness.”“Greetings, Pike, an honorable widow and moreover not a will-o’-the wisp,” said Catfish. “Did our Lake Rostov burn from St. Peter’s day to St Ilia’s?” Pike replied , “Never did our Lake Rostov burn! Whoever knows Ruff and is acquainted with him dines without bread!” Ruff was not despondent, he trusted in God. “I do have witnesses, Muscovite attestations, written documents to this,” he said. “Burbot was at the blaze, carried burning logs, and even today is black.” The fireshooter , the Crucian executioner, two handfuls of minnows (the state representatives) came to Burbot and said,“Burbot-fish, Catfish with the big moustache summons you to appear before his majesty.”“Oh, brethren, I need a grivna for my labors and for the troubles. My lips are thick, my belly large, I’ve not been in the city, never stood before judges, I don’t know how to talk, to bow, I don’t know the law.” These state representatives went home. There they seized Ruff and put him in the noose. On account of Ruff ’s prayers God brought rain and slush. Ruff skipped out of the noose. He went to Lake Kuben, from Lake Kuben to the...

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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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