HOUSEHOLD STORIES from The BROTHERS GRIMM

51 Tales translated to English by Lucy Crane & Illustrated by Walter Crane

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THE GALLANT TAILOR.                          in
" Now you can do that," said the giant," that is, if you have the strength for it."
" That's not much," said the little tailor, " I call that play," and he put his hand in his pocket and took out the cheese and squeezed it, so that the whey ran out of it.
" Well," said he, " what do you think of that ? "
The giant did not know what to say to it, for he could not have believed it of the little man. Then the giant took up a stone and threw it so high that it was nearly out of sight
" Now, little fellow, suppose you do that !"
" Well thrown," said the tailor; " but the stone fell back to earth again,I will throw you one that will never come back." So he felt in his pocket, took out the bird, and threw it into the air. And the bird, when it found itself at liberty, took wing, flew off, and returned no more.
" What do you think of that, comrade ? " asked the tailor.
" There is no doubt that you can throw," said the giant; " but we will see if you can carry."
He led the little tailor to a mighty oak-tree which had been felled, and was lying on the ground, and said,
" Now, if you are strong enough, help me to carry this tree out of the wood."
"Willingly," answered the little man; "you take the trunk on your shoulders, I will take the branches with all their foliage, that is much the most difficult."
So the giant took the trunk on his shoulders, and the tailor seated himself on a branch, and the giant, who could not see what he was doing, had the whole tree to carry, and the little man on it as well. And the little man was very cheerful and merry, and whistled the tune : " There were three tailors riding by" as if carrying the tree was mere child's play. The giant, when he had struggled on under his heavy load a part of the way, was tired out, and cried,
" Look here, I must let go the tree ! "
The tailor jumped off quickly, and taking hold of the tree with both arms, as if he were carrying it, said to the giant,
" You see you can't carry the tree though you are such a big fellow !"
They went on together a little farther, and presently they came to a cherry-tree, and the giant took hold of the topmost