The BROWN FAIRY BOOK - online childrens book

A Collection of Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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After Ball-Carrier had managed to drown the Bad One so that he could not do any more mischief, he forgot the way to his grandmother's house, and could not find it again, though he searched everywhere. During this time he wandered into many strange places, and had many adventures; and one day he came to a hut where a young girl lived. He was tired and hungry and begged her to let him in and rest, and he stayed a long while, and the girl became his wife. One morning he saw two children playing in front of the hut, and went out to speak to them. But as soon as they saw him they set up cries of horror and ran away. ' They are the children of my sister who has been on a long journey,' replied his wife, ' and now that she knows you are my husband she wants to kill you.'
' Oh, well, let her try,' replied Ball-Carrier. ' It is not the first time people have wished to do that. And here I am still, you see ! '
' Be careful,' said the wife, ' she is very cunning.' But at this moment the sister-in-law came up.
' How do you do, brother-in-law ? I have heard of you so often that I am very glad to meet you. I am told that you are more powerful than any man on earth, and as I am powerful too, let us try which is the strongest.'
' That will be delightful,' answered he. ' Suppose we begin with a short race, and then we will go on to other things.'
' That will suit me very well,' replied the woman, who
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