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A Collection of Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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136                       LITTLE LASSE
' Shall we land here ? ' asked the dream-boy.
' No,' said Little Lasse. ' I am so afraid that the buffaloes will butt us, and the great serpent eat us up. Let us travel to another part of the world.'
' Very well,' said the dream-boy with the white coat, ' it is only a little way to Polynesia '—and then they were there.
It was very warm there, as warm as in a hot bath in Finland. Costly spices grew on the shores : the pepper plant, the cinnamon tree, ginger, saffron ; the coffee plant and the tea plant. Brown people with long ears and thick lips, and hideously painted faces, hunted a yellow-spotted tiger among the high bamboos on the shore, and the tiger turned on them and stuck its claws into one of the brown men. Then all the others took to flight.
' Shall we land here ? ' asked the dream-boy.
' No,' said Little Lasse. ' Don't you see the tiger away there by the pepper plant ? Let us travel to another part of the world.'
' We can do so,' said the dream-boy with the blue eyes. ' We are not far from Africa '—and as he said that they were there.
They anchored at the mouth of a great river where the shores were as green as the greenest velvet. A little distance from the river an immense desert stretched away. The air was yellow ; the sun shone so hot, so hot as if it would burn the earth to ashes, and the people were as black as the blackest jet. They rode across the desert on tall camels ; the lions roared with thirst, and the great crocodiles with their grey lizard heads and sharp white teeth gaped up out of the river.
' Shall we land here ? ' asked the dream-boy.
' No,' said Little Lasse. ' The sun would burn us, and the lions and the crocodiles would eat us up. Let us travel to another part of the world.'
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