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425 Kozma Quickrich 164. There lived and dwelt Kuzenka, all by himself in a dark forest. He had a poor dwelling, and one cock and five hens. A fox took to visiting Kuzenka . Once he went off hunting, and he was no sooner out of the house, and the fox was there! She ran in, killed one hen, roasted it, and ate it up. Kuzenka came back. One hen was missing! And he thought probably a kite had carried it off. The next day, he went off hunting again. He chanced to meet the fox, who asked him,“Where are you going, Kuzenka ?”“Out hunting, Fox!”“Well, farewell!” and she immediately ran to his hut, slaughtered a hen, roasted it, and ate it. Kuzenka came home, noted that one hen was missing—and yes, gone. The thought occurred to him: “Perhaps that fox is eating my hens?” On the third day, he locked up the windows and doors to his hut really firmly and then set off on the hunt. Out of nowhere, that fox appeared and asked him,“Where are you going, Kuzenka?”“Hunting, Fox.” So that fox ran straightaway to Kuzenka’s house, but Kozma went right after it. The fox ran up to Kuzenka’s house, walked all around it, and saw that the windows and doors were all tightly sealed. How could she get into it? So she went and lowered herself down the chimney. And that’s where Kuzenka caught the fox.“Bah,” he said,“so this is the thief that’s been visiting me. Just you wait, mistress, I won’t let you out of my hands alive!” The vixen begged Kuzenka,“Don’t kill me! I’ll make you Kozma Quickrich, only just roast me a hen with a little butter to make it fatter.” Kuzenka agreed, and the fox, having devoured such a rich dinner, ran off to the tsar’s reserve meadows and began frolicking about in those reserve meadows. A wolf came running up and said, “Oh, it’s you, damned fox! And just where did you dine so well?”“Oh, my dear wolf and cousin! Why, I was at the tsar’s at a feast. Is it possible that you weren’t invited, cousin? Why, there were all sorts of beasts there, martens and sables, every sort of thing.” The wolf asked,“Oh vixen! Wouldn’t you take me to the tsar’s to dinner?” The vixen promised to do so and told the wolf to collect forty times forty gray wolves and bring them along. The fox led them to the tsar. When she had led them in, she right away entered the white stone 426 h Kozma Quickrich chambers and bowed to the tsar with the forty times forty gray wolves from Kozma Quickrich! The tsar was delighted by them and ordered all the wolves driven into a pen and locked in tightly. And the vixen dashed off to Kuzenka. She came running and ordered him to roast one more hen. When she’d eaten her fill, she went off to the reserve meadows and began frolicking in the grass. A bear came running by, saw the fox, and said,“Hey, you damned floor sweeper, where have you been dining so well?”“I was a guest of the tsar,” the fox said.“There were all sorts of beasts there, martens and sables, every sort of thing! And some of them are still there. The wolves are still feasting. You know, dear cousin, what gluttons they are! By now they’ll about have eaten everything up.”Mishka begged,“Oh Foxy! Wouldn’t you take me to a dinner at the tsar’s?” The vixen agreed and ordered him to collect forty times forty black bears:“For just one of you, the tsar would scarcely want to be bothered.”So Mishka gathered forty times forty black bears. The fox led them to the tsar. When he’d led them there, he bowed to him with the forty times forty black bears from Kozma Quickrich. The tsar was very pleased and ordered them brought in and locked up soundly. And then the fox once more went to Kuzenka. She came running up and asked him to roast the last hen, together with the cock. Kuzenka didn‘t resist and roasted the last hen and the cock. The fox ate them to her own good health and tore off to the reserve meadows, where she began cavorting in the green grass...

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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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