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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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him. ' If anyone should come who wants to buy me,' said he, ' you are to tell him that you want a hundred dollars for me ; but you must not forget to take off the halter, for if you do I shall never be able to get away from Farmer Weatherbeard, for he is the man who will come and bargain for me.'
And thus it happened. A horse-dealer came who had a great fancy to bargain for the horse, and the man got a hundred dollars for it, but when the bargain was made, and Jack's father had got the money, the horse-dealer wanted to have the halter.
' That was no part of our bargain,' said the man, ' and the halter you shall not have, for I have other horses which I shall have to sell.'
So each of them went his way. But the horse-dealer had not got very far with Jack before he resumed his own form again, and when the man got home he was sitting on the bench by the stove.
The next day he changed himself into a brown horse and told his father that he was to set off to market with him. ' If a man should come who wants to buy me,' said Jack,' you are to tell him that you want two hundred dollars, for that he will give, and treat you besides ; but whatsoever you drink, and whatsoever you do, don't forget to take the halter off me, or you will never see me more.'
And thus it happened. The man got his two hundred dollars for the horse, and was treated as well, and when they parted from each other it was just as much as he could do to remember to take off the halter. But the buyer had not got far on his way before the youth took his own form again, and when the man reached homo Jack was already sitting on the bench by the stove.
On the third day all happened in the same way. The youth changed himself into a great black horse, and told his father that if a man came and offered him three hundred dollars, and treated him well and handsomely into the bargain, he was to sell him, but whatsoever he did, or how much soever he drank, he must not for­get to take off the halter, or else he himself would never get away from Farmer Weatherbeard as long as he lived.
' No,' said the man, ' I will not forget.'
When he got to the market, he received the three hundred dollars, but Farmer Weatherbeard treated him so handsomely that he quite forgot to take off the halter; so Farmer Weatherbeard went away with the horse.
When he had got some distance he had to go into an inn to get some more brandy; so he set a barrel full of red-hot nails under his
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