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130 Fairy Stories Adapted & Arranged for young people

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THE GOLD SPINNER.
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*' To-day I brew, to-morrow I bake, Next morning I shall the queen's child take ; How glad I am that she does not know My name, which is Lumber-leg."
The messenger could not think what made the queen so overjoyed when she heard this name, but she rewarded him handsomely and dismissed him.
On the third and last night, the little man appeared for the last time, and said, " Now then, queen-mother, what is my name ?"
"Well," she replied, "are you called Conrad ?"
" No."
* Henry?"
" No."
"Then your name is Lumber-leg."
"The fairies must have told you that ! the fairies must have told you that!" screamed the little man, and in his rage struck the ground so fiercely with his right foot, that it sunk in deeply into the earth, dragging his body after it. Then, in his fury, he laid hold of his left foot with both hands, and tore himself completely in halves.
A woman who was in reality a witch, had two daughters living with her. Her own daughter, who was ugly and wicked, she loved best; but her step-daughter, who was beautiful and good, she hated.
It happened once that the step-daughter had a pretty apron, which pleased the other very much, and made her jealous. So she said to her mother, " I must and will have that apron, mother."
" Keep quiet, my child," said her mother, " you shall have it Your step-sister ought to have been dead long ago. To-night, while she is asleep, I will go into her room and cut off her head. Be careful when you go to bed to get in first, and push her right in front of you."
Now all this would have happened to the poor girl, if she had not fortunately stood in a corner of the room, unseen, while they were talking, and heard it all. She dared not go out of the house