158 THE TAILORS THREE SONS.
But the father, wishing to make quite sure, went to the stable himself, and stroking his favourite, said, " Nanny, have you had enough to-day ?" But the goat replied playfully—
M In the churchyard all day, I could frisk and play, But there was not a leaf to eat Baa, baa !"
"What do ' hear?" cried the tailor, rushing out of the stable and calling to his eldest boy. " You have told me a falsehood— you said the goat had eaten as much as she liked, and was well fed, and after all she has been starved."
And in great anger he took up the yard measure and drove him with blows from the house.
On the next day it was the turn of the second son to take the goat out, and he soon found a nice spot near a garden wall full of sweet fresh grass which the goat ate till there was not a blade left.
In the evening, when it was time to go home, the boy asked the goat whether she had had enough.
" I have eaten so much I can eat no more. Baa, baa I"
tvas the goat's reply, so the boy led her home, and, taking her to the stable, tied her up.
"Well," said the father, as his second son entered the house, "how has the goat fared to-day?" "Ah!" replied the youth, "she has eaten so much she can eat no more." But the tailor, remembering the previous evening, went again into the stable, and asked the goat the same question.
"How could I eat, When there was no meat ? Not even a tiny leaf. Baa, baa!"
" You dreadful child," cried the tailor, " to leave such a useful animal to starve." He ran to the house in great anger, and, after beating the boy with his yard measure, he drove him also from the house.
The turn of the youngest son came the next day, and he was deturmined to give the goat a feast this time. So he took her to a