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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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THE TWELVE BROTHERS
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daughter I will wave a red flag, which will warn you to fly away as quickly as you can, and may the kind Heaven have pity on you. Every night I will get up and pray for you, in winter that you may always have a fire to warm yourselves by, and in summer that you may not languish in the heat.'
Then she blessed her sons and they set out into the wood.
They found a very high oak tree, and fthere they sat, turn about, keeping their eyes always fixed on the castle tower. On the twelfth day, when the turn came to Benjamin, he noticed a flag waving in the air, but alas ! it was not white, but blood red, the sign which told them they must all die. When the brothers heard this they were xery angry, and said :
' Shall we forsooth suffer death for the sake of a wretched girl ?
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