THE TAILOR'S THREE SONS. 167
" That was scarcely worth the trouble of bringing," said his father, " for you can cut as many as you like in any wood."
" Ah ! but not like mine, father ; why I have only to say, ' Out of the bag, stick/ and it will jump out and thrash anyone who attempts to interfere with me, till they cry for mercy. Through this stick I have recovered the table and the donkey, which the thievish innkeeper stole from my brothers. Let them both be sent for, and then invite our relations to visit us ; I can not only give them a splendid feast, but fill their pockets with gold also."
The tailor was half afraid to believe all these promises, after having been already so deceived, yet he went out and invited his relations to assemble at his house. Then the young turner laid a cloth on the floor of the room, led the ass upon it and said, " Now, dear brother, speak to him."
" Bricklebrit," exclaimed the young miller. At the word down fell the gold pieces on the cloth as thick as rain, and continued to fall till every one had gathered up as much as he could possibly carry. (Would not you have liked to be there, dear reader ?) After this the donkey was led away, and the youngest brother placed the table in the middle of the room, and said to his eldest brother, " Dear brother, it is your turn to speak now."
No sooner had the young cabinet-maker exclaimed, " Table, prepare the dinner," than the most splendid dishes appeared upon it, with the richest wines, and every necessary for a feast; and you may fancy how they all enjoyed themselves. Never before had there been such an entertainment in the tailor's house, and the whole company remained together till nearly morning, feasting and making merry. After this the tailor locked up in a drawer his needle and thread, his yard measure, and his goose, and lived the remainder of his days with his three sons.
But where is the goat all this while whose deceit caused the tailor to turn his sons out of doors ? I am just going to tell you. She was so ashamed of her bald head, that she ran and hid herself in a fox's hole, till the hair should grow again.
When the fox came home at night he saw a pair of great eyes shining upon him out of the darkness like fire. In a great fright he rushed back and ran away as fast as he could. On the way he met a bear, who, seeing the fox in such terror, exclaimed,
" Whatever is the matter, brother ? Why, you look quite scared."