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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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20                  THE HOUSE IN THE WOOD
when he saw that she was sound asleep, he opened a trap­door and let her fall into the cellar.
The woodcutter came home late in the evening, and reproached his wife for leaving him all day without food.
' No, I did not,' she answered; ' the girl went off with your dinner. She must have lost her way, but will no doubt come back to-morrow.'
But at daybreak the woodcutter started off into the wood, and this time asked his second daughter to bring his food.
' I will take a bag of lentils,' said he ; ' they are larger than millet, and the girl will see them better and be sure to find her way.'
At midday the maiden took the food, but the lentils had all gone; as on the previous day, the wood birds had eaten them all.
The maiden wandered about the wood till nightfall, when she came in the same way to the old man's house, and asked for food and a night's lodging.
The man with the white hair again asked the beasts:
Pretty cock,
Pretty hen,
And you, pretty brindled cow,
What do you say now "?
The beasts answered, ' Duks,' and everything happened as on the former day.
The girl cooked a good meal, ate and drank with the old man, and did not trouble herself about the animals.
And when she asked for a bed, they replied:
You have eaten with him, You have drunk with him, Of ms you have not thought, Now sleep as you ought!
And when she was asleep, the old man shook his head over her, and let her fall into the celhir.
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