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269 Rollingpea 133. There lived this man and his wife, and they had two sons and a daughter. Their father sent the sons to plow. They said,“Who will bring us dinner?” Their father said,“The girl.” But the girl said,“I don’t know the way.” The brothers said,“When you go to the top of the hill, there’ll be three roads. There’ll be some wood shavings lying on one road, and you take that one.” A serpent watched the two brothers go and put shavings down on the road. It took the shavings, gathered them up, and tossed them on the road that went to its lair. Their mother prepared the dinner and gave it to the daughter to carry to them. She went up the hill and went along the road where the shavings were lying. She went up to the serpent’s lair, and the serpent seized her and brought her into its lair. The brothers waited and waited for their dinner, and unhitched the oxen. The oxen went out to graze, and they went home and asked their mother,“Where’s dinner, Mother?” The mother said,“I sent it a long time ago with the girl.” So they waited for her until evening. They got up early, but she wasn’t there! The brothers said,“Maybe that cursed serpent has taken her!” They got dressed and went off to search for their sister. They walked and they walked, and met a herder herding his flock. They greeted him, and the herder asked,“Where are you going?” They said,“To the serpent, to get back our sister.”“If you want to get back your sister, eat my very largest ram.” They didn’t want to, and set off. They walked and walked, and met a swineherd tending his pigs. They exchanged greetings. And he asked them, “Where are you going?” “To the serpent, to get back our sister.”“If you want to get her back, then eat my very largest boar.” They didn’t want to, and set off. They walked and walked, and that serpent was standing about its house. The serpent said, “Greetings, and for what has God brought you here?”“We’ve come to you for our sister.”“If you want to take back your sister, then eat twelve oxen, twelve rams, and twelve boars.” They each ate a little bite and wanted nothing more. So then, they took them and put them under a boulder. Their mother wept that she had neither sons nor daughter. She took a bucket and went for water at the well, and she took the water and was walking along, when a little pea came rolling along the road. And 270 h Rollingpea it hopped into her bucket, but she didn’t see it. She came home and was pouring out the water, when she saw that pea in the water. She took the pea and ate it, and from that pea she gave birth to a son. She gave him the name of Rollingpea. He grew not by the hour, but by the minute. They sat down to supper, and Rollingpea asked, “Mother, did you have other children?” “I had two sons and one daughter.” “And where are they?” “A serpent stole the daughter, so my sons went off to look for her. Now I have neither sons nor daughter.” When he had finished his supper, Rollingpea put on his shoes and got dressed: “I’ll go after them now.” He asked a blacksmith, “Make me a big mace.” The smith made him the mace. Rollingpea took the mace, paid for it, and set off. He walked and he walked, and he met a herder with his stock. They exchanged greetings. The herder asked him,“Where are you going?”“I’m going to the serpent, to take back my sister.”“Eat my very largest ox, and you can take her back!”So he ate it, thanked him, and went on. He walked and he walked, and there was this shepherd herding his sheep. Rollingpea and he exchanged greetings. The shepherd asked him,“Where are you going?” He said,“To the serpent, to take back my sister.”“Eat my largest ram, and you’ll take her back.” He ate it, thanked him, and went on. And he walked and walked, and there was this swineherd , tending his pigs. The swineherd asked him,“Where are you going?” “To the serpent, to take back my sister.”“Eat...

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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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