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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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often, and drove home her sheep in the evening. By that time she had grown so beautiful that her people could scarcely recognise her. Her stepmother asked her how it had come about that she had grown so beautiful. She told the whole story — for she always told the truth — that a little man had come to her out on the moor and had given her all this beauty. She did not tell, however, that she had given him a share of her dinner.
The stepmother thought to herself, 'If one can be­come so beautiful by going out there, my own daughter shall also be sent, for she can well stand being made a little prettier.'
Next morning she baked for her the finest cakes, and dressed her prettily to go out with the sheep. But she was afraid to go away there without having a stick to defend herself with if anything should come near her.
She was not very much inclined for pulling the heather, as she never was in the habit of doing any work, but she was only a minute or so at it when up came the same little fellow with a red cap, and said:
1 Who 's that pulling the roof off my house? '
' What's that to you? ' said she.
' Well, if you will give me a bit of your dinner I won't do you any mischief,' said he.
' I will give you something else in place of my dinner,' said she. ' I can easily eat it myself; but if you will have something you can have a whack of my stick,' and with that she raised it in the air and struck the bergman over the head with it.
' What a wicked little girl you are!' said he; ' but you shall be none the better of this. I shall give you three wishes, and choose them for you. First, I shall say, " ugly are you, but you shall become so ugly that there will not be an uglier one on earth." Next I shall wish that every time you open your mouth, a big toad may fall out of it, and your voice shall be like the roaring of a bull. In the third place I shall wish for you a violent death.'
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