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

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THE FOUR GIFTS
In the old land of Brittany, once called Cornwall, there lived a woman named Barbaik Bourhis, who spent all her days in looking after her farm with the help of her niece Tephany. Early and late the two might be seen in the fields or in the dairy, milking cows, making butter, feeding fowls ; working hard themselves and taking care that others worked too. Perhaps it might have been better for Barbaik if she had left herself a little time to rest and to think about other things, for soon she grew to love money for its own sake, and only gave herself and Tephany the food and clothes they absolutely needed. And as for poor people she posi­tively hated them, and delared that such lazy creatures had no business in the world.
Well, this being the sort of person Barba'ik was, it is easy to guess at her anger when one day she found Tephany talking outside the cowhouse to young Denis, who was nothing more than a day labourer from the village of Plover. Seizing her niece by the arm, she pulled her sharply away, exclaiming :
' Are you not ashamed, girl, to waste your time over a man who is as poor as a rat, when there are a dozen more who would be only too happy to buy you rings of silver, if you would let them ? '
' Denis is a good workman, as you know very well,' answered Tephany, red with anger, ' and he puts by money too, and soon he will be able to take a farm for himself.'
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