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130 Fairy Stories Adapted & Arranged for young people

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THE WATER SPRITE.
flying away like two birds she espied them, and went after them with great strides. The children saw her coming in the distance, and the maiden threw behind her a great brush, which instantly became a mountain covered with prickly points, over which the fairy had the greatest trouble to climb. But the children saw that she had managed to get over, and was coming near.
The boy then threw a comb behind him, which became a moun­tain of combs, with hundreds of teeth sticking up; but the fairy knew how to hold fast on this, and soon clambered over it.
The maiden next threw a looking-glass behind, which became a mountain also, and was so slippery that it was impossible to get over it.
Then thought the fairy : "I will go home and fetch my axe, and break the looking-glass."
But when she came back and had broken the looking-glass, the children had been for a long time too far away for her to overtake them, so she was obliged to sink back into the well.
Once upon a time a cock and a hen went to a nut mount ain to gather nuts, and they promised each other that whoever foil id the first nut, it should be divided between them.
One day the cock found a very large kernel, which he tl ought he should like to eat all by himself. But the kernel was so large that, when he tried to swallow it, it stuck in his throal, and, fearing he should be choked, he screamed out so loudly tl ;at the hen came running up to see what was the matter,
"Water, water, water, quick ! or I shall be choked," he cried.
Away ran the hen as fast as she could to the spring. " Spring !" she cried, " pray give me some water; my husband has wallowed a kernel, and he is choking."
" Go first to the bride," answered the spring, "and ask her for a piece of red silk."
The poor hen ran to the bride and said: "Dear bride, pray give rue a piece of red silk for the spring, that J may get some