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41 Illustrated Children's Stories from Enid Blyton

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THE TALE OF MR. BUSYBODY
Busybody heard the shouting and turned for a moment to wave his hand.
" Don't worry, I'll catch him if it takes me all day! " he yelled. He looked for Pipkin and saw him far away in the distance. Busybody was a good runner, and he thought he would soon be able to catch up the little servant. But he had forgotten that Pipkin was wearing magic shoes. The witch-shoes took the servant along at a fine pace and Busybody was soon puffing and panting. He stopped once to cut himself a thick stick from the hedge, for he thought that when he did catch up with Pipkin there might be a fight. So it would be as well to have a strong stick.
Then on he went down the long, dusty country road, and as he drew near to Pipkin he began to yell and shout at the top of his voice:
"STOP! GIVE ME THAT MONEY AND THOSE SHOES! STOP ! "
Pipkin heard the shouting and turned to see what it was. When he saw Busybody racing behind him, shouting and waving a stout stick, he
was most alarmed.
" A thief! " he said to him­self. " A robber! Oh my, oh my, hurry, witch-shoes, and take me away from him, for I am only a small fellow, and the robber yon­der is large."
The shoes hurried him on and soon Pipkin had turned a corner and was out of sight. He went on to Feefo Town, and made his way to a big old house at the end. Here Witch Curious lived, and Pipkin banged at her door. The old dame opened it, and smiled at Pipkin, pleased to see him.
" A pound of peacock feathers, please, for my master,
She gave him the soundest smacking he had had.
Old Man Jog-About," said Pip­kin. Witch Curious went indoors
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