158 GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES.
makes him dance again, and does not leave off till he is beaten to the earth, and asks pardon. Just look here, with this stick I have recovered the table and the ass which the thieving landlord had taken from my two brothers. Now, let them both be sent for, and bid all the neighbours too, and they shall eat and drink to their hearts' content, and I will fill their pockets with gold."
The old tailor could not quite believe in such a thing, but he called his sons and all the neighbours together. Then the turner brought in the ass, opened a cloth before him, and said to his brother,
" Now, my dear brother, speak to him." And the miller said, " Bricklebrit ! " and immediately the cloth was covered with gold pieces, until they had all got more than they could carry away. (I tell you this because it is a pity you were not there.) Then the turner set down the table, and said,
"Now, my dear brother, speak to it." And the joiner said, " Table, be covered ! " - and directly it was covered, and set forth plentifully with the richest dishes. Then they held a feast such as had never taken place in the tailor's house before, and the whole company remained through the night, merry and content.
The tailor after that locked up in a cupboard his needle and thread, his yard-measure and goose, and lived ever after with his three sons in great joy and splendour.
But what became of the goat, the unlucky cause of the tailor's sons being driven out ? I will tell you. She felt sc ashamed of her bald head that she ran into a fox's hole anc hid herself. When the fox came home he caught sight of twc great eyes staring at him out of the darkness, and was ver) frightened and ran away. A bear met him, and seeing that h( looked very disturbed, asked him,
" What is the matter, brother fox, that you should look like that ? "
" Oh dear," answered the fox, " a grisly beast is sitting ii my hole, and he stared at me with fiery eyes ! "
" We will soon drive him out," said the bear; and went t< the hole and looked in, but when he caught sight of the fier eyes he likewise felt great terror seize him, and not wishing t< have anything to do with so grisly a beast, he made off. H