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140                   JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
' There,' she said; ' that is all that is left of the knight's money. When you have spent it you must go and take another baron's castle.'
' That he shan't, if I can help it,' thought Jack.
The Giant, when his wife was gone, took out heaps and heaps of golden pieces, and counted them, and put them in piles, till he was tired of the amusement. Then he swept them all back into their bags, and leaning back in his chair fell fast asleep, snormg so loud that no other sound was audible.
Jack stole softly out of the wardrobe, and taking up the bags of money (which were his very own, because the Giant had stolen them from his father), he ran off, and with great difficulty descend­ing the Beanstalk, laid the bags of gold on his mother's table. She had just returned from town, and was crying at not finding Jack.
' There, mother, I have brought you the gold that my father lost.'
' Oh, Jack ! you are a very good boy, but I wish you would not risk your precious life in the Giant's castle. Tell me how you came to go there again.'
And Jack told her all about it.
Jack's mother was very glad to get the money, but she did not like him to run any risk for her.
But after a time Jack made up his mind to go again to the Giant's castle.
Thk Talking Harp.
So he climbed the Beanstalk once more, and blew the horn at the Giant's gate. The Giantess soon opened the door; she was very stupid, and did not know him again, but she stopped a minute before she took him in. She feared another robbery ; but Jack's fresh face looked so innocent that she could not resist him, and so she bade him come in, and again hid him away in the wardrobe.
By-and-by the Giant came home, and as soon as he had crossed the threshold he roared out:
' Fe, fa, fi-fo-fum, I smell the breath of an Englishman. Let him be alive or let him be dead, I'll grind his bones to make my bread.'
' You stupid old Giant,' said his wife, * you only smell a nice sheep, which I have grilled for your dinner.'
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