The Grey Fairy Book - online childrens book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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On their way into the house the dog ran to meet them, barking furiously.
'What can be the matter with the beast?' said the merchant. ' Why should he bark at me like that, when he knows me quite well? '
' Shall I explain to you what he is saying? ' said Bobino.
' Leave me in peace, and don't trouble me with your nonsense,' said the merchant quite crossly. ' How my money has been wasted! '
A little later, as they sat down to supper, some frogs in a neighbouring pond set up such a croaking as had never been heard. The noise so irritated the merchant that he quite lost his temper and exclaimed: 'This only was wanting to add the last drop to my discomfort and disappointment.'
' Shall I explain to you?' began Bobino.
' Will you hold your tongue with your explanations?' shouted the merchant. 'Go to bed, and don't let me see your face again ! '
So Bobino went to bed and slept soundly. But his father, who could not get over his disappointment at the waste of his money, was so angry, that he sent for two servants, and gave them orders, which they were to carry out on the following day.
Next morning one of the servants awakened Bobino early, and made him get into a carriage that was waiting for him. The servant placed himself on the seat beside him, while the other servant rode alongside the carriage as an escort. Bobino could not understand what they were going to do with him, or where he was being taken; but he noticed that the servant beside him looked very sad, and his eyes were all swollen with crying.
Curious to know the reason he said to him: ' Why are you so sad? and where are you taking me?'
But the servant would say nothing. At last, moved by Bobino's entreaties, he said: ' My poor boy, I am
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