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

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THE GROAC'H OF THE ISLE OF LOK 311
The girl was very unhappy as she listened to this, and felt sorry that she had not tried to make the best of things. She implored Houarn not to leave her, but he wrould listen to nothing.
' The birds,' he said, ' continue flying until they reach a field of corn, and the bees do not stop unless they find the honey-giving flowers, and why should a man have less sense than they ? Like them, I shall seek till I get what I want—that is, money to buy a cow and a pig to fatten. And if you love me, Bellah, you won't attempt to hinder a plan which will hasten our marriage.'
The girl saw it was useless to say more, so she answered sadly :
' Well, go then, since you must. But first I will divide with you all that my parents left me,' and going to her room, she opened a small chest, and took from it a bell, a knife, and a little stick.
' This bell,' she said, ' can be heard at any distance, however far, but it only rings to warn us that our friends are in great danger. The knife frees all it touches from the spells that have been laid on them ; while the stick will carry you wherever you want to go. I will give you the knife to guard you against the enchant­ments of wizards, and the bell to tell me of your perils. The stick I shall keep for myself, so that I can fly to you if ever you have need of me.'
Then they cried for a little on each other's necks, and Houarn started for the mountains.
But in those days, as in these, beggars abounded, and through every village he passed they followed Houarn in crowds, mistaking him for a gentleman, be­cause there were no holes in his clothes.
' There is no fortune to be made here,'' he thought to himself ; ' it is a place for spending, and not earning. I see I must go further,' and he walked on to Pont-aven, a pretty little town built on the bank of a river.
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