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THE STORY OF CICCU
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on my back, and make me go till the foam flies in flecks all about me. Then get down, and scrape off the foam with a knife. This you must rub all over you, and when you are quite covered, you may suffer yourself to be casl into the oven, for the lire will not hurt you, nor anything else.' And Ciccu did exactly as the horse bade him, and went back to the king, and before the eyes of the fairest in the world he sprang into the oven.
And when the fairest in the world saw what he had done, love entered into her heart, and she said to the king, ' One thing more : before I can be your wife, you must jump into the oven as Ciccu has done.'
w Willingly,' replied the king, stooping over the oven. But on the brink he paused a moment and called to Ciccu, l Tell me, Ciccu, how did you manage to prevent the fire burning you?'
Now Ciccu could not forgive his master, whom he had served so faithfully, for sending him to his death without a thought, so he answered, k I rubbed myself over with fat, and I am not even singed.'
When he heard these words, the king, whose head was full of the princess, never stopped to inquire if they could be true, and smeared himself over with fat, and sprang into the oven. And in a moment the lire caught him, and he was burned up.
Then the fairest in the world held out her hand to Ciccu and smiled, saying, ' Now we will be man and wife.' So Ciccu married the fairest in the world, and became king of the country.
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