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183 Baba Yaga and the Nimble Youth 106. There lived this tomcat, a sparrow, and the third was a nimble youth. The cat and sparrow went off to cut wood, and they said to the nimble youth,“Keep care of the house and watch out. If that Baba Yaga comes and starts to count the spoons, don’t say anything. Be quiet!”“All right,” the nimble youth answered. The tom and the sparrow went away, and the nimble youth sat down on the stove behind the chimney. Suddenly Baba Yaga appeared, took the spoons, and counted: “This is tomcat’s spoon, this is sparrow’s spoon, and the third is the nimble youth’s.” The youth couldn’t stand it any more and shouted out,“Don’t touch my spoon, Baba Yaga!” The yaga grabbed the youth, got in her mortar, and rode off. She rode in the mortar, guided it with the pestle, and swept away her traces with the broom. The nimble youth called out, “Cat, run! Sparrow, fly!” They heard him and came running in. The cat scratched Baba Yaga, and the sparrow pecked at her. They got him back. The next day they were getting ready to go into the forest to cut wood, and they instructed the nimble youth, “Look here, if Baba Yaga comes, don’t say anything. We’re going far away.” The youth had just sat down on the stove behind the chimney, when Baba Yaga appeared once more and started counting the spoons:“This is tomcat’s spoon, this is sparrow’s spoon, and this is the nimble youth’s.” The youth couldn’t stand it any more and shouted out, “Don’t touch my spoon, Baba Yaga.” Yaga Baba grabbed the youth and dragged him off, and the youth called out,“Cat, run! Sparrow, fly!” They heard him and came running. The cat scratched, the sparrow pecked Baba Yaga! They took the youth away and went home. So they got ready to go cut wood the third day, and they said to the nimble youth, “Look out! If that Baba Yaga comes, you be quiet. We’re going far away.” The cat and sparrow went away, and the nimble youth sat down behind the chimney on the stove for the third time. Suddenly once more, that Baba Yaga was taking the spoons and counting them: “This is tomcat’s spoon, this is sparrow’s spoon, and this third one is the nimble youth’s.” The nimble youth was silent. Baba Yaga counted them a second time: “This is tomcat’s spoon, this is sparrow’s spoon, and this is 184 h Baba Yaga and the Nimble Youth the nimble youth’s.”The youth was silent. BabaYaga counted them a third time: “This is tomcat’s spoon, this is sparrow’s, and this is the youth’s.” The nimble youth couldn’t stand it and shouted loudly,“Don’t touch my spoon, you slut!”Yaga Baba grabbed the youth and dragged him off. The youth shouted out,“Cat, run! Sparrow, fly!” But his brothers didn’t hear. Yaga Baba dragged the youth home, put him in the cellar, heated up the stove herself, and said to her oldest daughter,“Girl! I’m going to Rus’. You roast this nimble youth for my dinner.” “Good,” she replied. The stove was heated up, and the girl told the nimble youth to come out. The nimble youth came out.“Lie down on the oven paddle,”the girl said again. The youth lay down, putting one leg up to the ceiling and the other to the floor. The girl said,“Not like that, not like that!” The youth said,“Then how? Show me!” The girl lay down on the paddle. The youth didn’t hesitate ; he grabbed the handle and poked the paddle into the oven with the yaga’s daughter, then went back to the oven box and sat there waiting for Baba Yaga. Suddenly Yaga Baba came running in and said,“I’m about to go riding, I’m about to go sliding, on the nimble youth’s bones!” But the youth said to her in answer,“Ride and slide on your daughter’s bones!” Yaga Baba gasped and looked. Her daughter was roasted. She roared, “Oh, you rascal, just you wait. You won’t get away with this!” Then she ordered her middle daughter to roast the nimble youth, and she rode off. The middle daughter heated up the stove and told...

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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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