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130 Fairy Stories Adapted & Arranged for young people

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got." and there was one of the millstones hanging on his neck.
After this he again asked if he might take his wages, but the bailiff begged for another fortnight to consider, and assembled once more his clerks and people for their advice* So they pro­posed that lie should send the young man to the enchanted mill, to grind corn in the night, for that no man who went there ever lived to come out again. The advice pleased the bailiff; he sent for the young giant, and told him to carry eight sacks of corn to the mill to be ground during that day, as the flour was wanted greatly.
Away went the young man to the barn, put two sacks in his right pocket, two in his left, and four he placed in his wallet, half in front and half behind, and thus laden, walked off to the enchanted mill.
"You must grind them all before dark," said the miller, " for the mill is enchanted, and no man ever comes out alive who stays there all night."
" Oh, that doesn't matter," said the youngster; " you make your­self quite comfortable and go to sleep."
"Ah," thought the bailiff, "he will never be able to grind all that corn before dark, so there is an end of him."
Away went the giant to the mill, shook out the corn into the mill troughs, and when the clock struck eleven " went into one of the rooms of the mill, and seated himself on a bench. After he had been seated a little while, the door opened, and he saw a large table come in all by itself, and on it were placed bread, wine, and many dishes of good things, but no one could be seen carrying them. He drew his stool back a little, and watched till at last he saw fingers, and then hands holding knives and forks, and laying pieces on the plates, but still he saw no one.
At last, as he felt hungry, and the supper looked very tempting, he seated himself at the table, and ate, and enjoyed himself very much. As soon as he had finished, and the other plates and dishes were also empty, all at once the lights were blown out with a puff which he heard quite plainly, and in the darkness he sud­denly felt something like a blow on the face.
"Oh!" cried he, "if they do that again I shall give it them back."
And when a second blow came, he returned it quickly, and