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TIG, THE BROWNIE ROBBER
Shrimpy appeared round the trunk of a tree and grinned at him. " You wicked little thing! " cried Tig, and tore after Shrimpy. Shrimpy ran to where the pit was hidden beneath bracken and twigs. He leapt lightly over it, but Tig did not know the pit was there, and he fell heavily into it—plonk!
He roared again and got up. But the pit was so deep and steep that he couldn't get out! There he was, caught in the hole his servants had dug—and there were his ser­vants, crying and howling because their master had disappeared into the pit and couldn't rescue them!
Shrimpy laughed with joy; and then set off to the nearest
You wicked little thing," cried Tig.
town. Very soon he was back with fifty pixies, fairies, and elves. How they laughed to see the twenty brownies buttoned up in big coats to tree-trunks, and Tig stamping round the deep pit, trying in vain to get out!
" You are the cleverest little pixie in the world! " they said to Shrimpy, as they unbuttoned each brownie and tied him up with rope. " You shall have a sack of gold for your clever night's work! '
He did—and with it he bought himself a large toadstool, with three windows in the top and a door in the stem. He bought himself cobweb curtains from the big spider under the hedge, and got the fairy carpenter to make him some lovely furniture.
" I shan't have to live in a hole in a tree any more!" he said joyfully. " I am very grand now. I shall get a wife as small as myself, and we will live in our toadstool house together and have a fine time! "
As for Tig and the brownies, they were sent off to the moon for one hundred years, so they won't worry anyone for a long, long time!
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