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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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THE GREEN FAIRY BOOK.
to put to death. He implored its life, and the cat fol­lowed him. Finally, in another place he saved a serpent, which was also handed over to him, and now they made a party of four—the dog behind Jenik, the cat behind the dog, and the serpent behind the cat.
Then the serpent said to Jenik, "Go wherever you see me go," for in the autumn, when all the serpents hide them­selves in their holes, this serpent was going in search of his king, who was king of all the snakes.
Then he added: "My king will scold me for my long absence. Every one else is housed for the winter, and I am very late. I shall have to tell him what danger I have been in, and how, without your help, I should certainly have lost my life. The king will ask what you would like in return, ana be sure you beg for the watch which hangs on the wall. It has all sorts of wonderful properties. You only need to rub it to get whatever you like."
No sooner said than done. Jenik became the master of the watch, and the moment he got out he wished to put its virtues to the proof. He was hungry, and thought it would be delightful to eat in the meadow a loaf of new bread and a steak of good beef washed down by a flask of wine, so he scratched the watch and in an instant it was all before him. Imagine his joy!
Evening soon came, and Jenik rubbed his watch and thought it would be very pleasant to have a room with a comfortable bed and a good supper. In an instant they were all before him. After supper he went to bed and slept till morning, as every honest man ought to do. Then he set forth for his father's house, his mind dwelling on tne feast that would be awaiting him. But as he returned in the same old clothes in which he went away, his father flew into a great rage and refused to do any­thing for him. Jenik went to his old place near the stove and dirtied himself in the ashes without anybody minding.
The third day, feeling rather dull, he thought it would be nice to see a three-story honse filled with beautiful furniture and with vessels of silver and gold. So he rubbed the watch, and there it all was. Jenik went to look for his father and said to him: "You offered me no feast of welcome, but permit me to give one to you, and come and let me show you my plate."
The father was much astonished and longed to know
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