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41 Illustrated Children's Stories from Enid Blyton

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TIG, THE BROWNIE ROBBER
" Oho! " he said in a large voice. " Catch that pixie, servants. He is following us! "
And in a trice Shrimpy was caught and taken before the robber thief. " What shall we do with him? " said one of the servants. " Shall we throw him into the lake? "
" Or tie him to the topmost branch of a tree? " said another. Shrimpy didn't like the sound of this at all. " Please let me join your band," he said, thinking that he could easily escape at any time. " I will do any work you like."
" Ho ho! " laughed Tig. " What! A shrimp like you do work for us! What work could you do? "
" I am very strong," said Shrimpy.
" Well, if he's so strong, let him carry your trunk of coats, Master! " said the brownie whose job it was to carry the trunk on his shoulder all day. He was getting very tired of it.
" Very well," said Tig, with a big grin all over his fat face. " You shall join our band, and carry my trunk, Shrimpy."
So poor Shrimpy had to put the heavy trunk on his small shoul­der and carry it about all that day. Dear me, it was heavy! He didn't like it at all, and he wished he hadn't tried to interfere with the robbers. " Never mind," thought Shrimpy, his quick little brain working hard. " Maybe I can find some way to catch the robbers yet. Oh, if only I could!"
It was cold weather. In the daytime the brownies were warm, but at night they shivered and shook. Tig was all right because he just put on a few of his extra coats, and was as warm as toast. But the servants had no extra coats, and they felt very cold indeed.
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