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Children's Classic Fairy Tales From The East, Edited By Andrew Lang

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THE LITTLE HUNCHBACK             189
Once let the sun rise and we can hide it no longer ! How were you driven to commit such a terrible crime?'
' Never mind that,' returned the doctor, ' the thing is to find a way out of it.'
For a long while the doctor and his wife continued to turn over in their minds a way of escape, but could not find any that seemed good enough. At last the doctor gave it up altogether and resigned himself to bear the penalty of his misfortune.
But his wife, who had twice his brains, suddenly exclaimed, l I have thought of something! Let us carry the body on the roof of the house and lower it down the chimney of our neighbour the Mussulman.' Now this Mussulman was employed by the Sultan, and furnished his table with oil and butter. Part of his house was occupied by a great storeroom, where rats and mice held high revel.
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