The Grey Fairy Book - online childrens book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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' Ah, good sir,' replied the Jew, ' for a whole month I have been travelling, and I am too tired to move.'
' Which way did you come?' asked Dschemil.
' From out there,' answered the Jew, pointing behind him.
' And you have been travelling for a month, you say? Well, did you see anything remarkable? '
'Yes, good sir; I saw a castle, and lay down to rest under its shadow. And an ogre woke me, and told me to come to this town, where I should find a young man called Dschemil, and a girl called Dschemila.'
' My name is Dschemil. Wrhat does the ogre want with me?'
' He gave me some presents for Dschemila. Plow can I see her?'
'Come with me, and you shall give them into her own hands.'
So the two went together to the house of Dschemil's uncle, and Dschemil led the Jew into his aunt's room.
'Aunt!' he cried, 'this Jew who is with me has come from the ogre, and has brought with him, as pre­sents, a mirror and a comb which the ogre has sent her.'
' But it may be only some wicked trick on the part of the ogre,' said she.
' Oh, I don't think so,' answered the young man, 'give her the things.'
Then the maiden was called, and she came out of her hiding place, and went up to the Jew, saying, ' Where have you come from, Jew? '
' From your father the ogre.'
' And what errand did he send you on ? '
' He told me I was to give you this mirror and this comb, and to say " Look in this mirror, and comb your hair with this comb, and both will become as they were formerly." '
And Dschemila took the mirror and looked into it,
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