THE STORY OF A VERY BAD BOY 117
sold somewhere in the town. If I had only had the luck to be thrown into the river on the side of the horse fair I might have made my fortune ! As it was, I had to content myself with buying these sheep, which you can get for nothing.'
' And do you know exactly the spot in the river which lies over the horse fair ? '
' As if I did not know it, when I have seen it with my own eyes.'
' Then if you do not want us to avenge our dead flocks and our murdered wives, you will have to throw us into the river just over the place of the horse fair.'
' Very well; only you must get three sacks and come with me to that rock which juts into the river. I will throw you in from there, and you will fall nearly on to the horses' backs.'
So he threw them in, and as they were never seen again, no one ever knew into which fair they had fallen.
From ' Litterature Orale de l'Auvergne, par Paul Sebillot.