The BROWN FAIRY BOOK - online childrens book

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

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comfortable as she could, and attended to his broken leg without cutting off the flesh round the bone, as these people usually do.
' You will be still, won't you, Pivi ? ' she said. ' If you hear a little noise you will pretend to be dead. It is the Black Ant who will come and creep from your feet up to your head. Say nothing, and keep quiet, won't you, Pivi ? '
'Certainly, kind lady,' said Pivi, ' I will lie as still as can be.'
' Next will come the big Eed Ant—you know him ?'
' Yes, I know him, with his feet like a grasshopper's.'
' He will walk over your body up to your head. Then you must shake all your body. Do you understand, Pivi ?'
' Yes, dear lady, I shall do just as you say.'
' Very good,' said the woman, going out and shutting the door.
Pivi lay still under his coverings, then a tiny noise was heard, and the Black Ant began to march over Pivi, who lay quite still. Then came the big Eed Ant skipping along his body, and then Pivi shook himself all over. He jumped up quite well again, he ran to the river, he looked into the water and saw that he was changed from a bird into a fine young man!
' Oh, lady,' he cried, ' look at me now! I am changed into a man, and so handsome ! '
' Will you obey me again ? ' said the woman.
' Always ; whatever you command I will do it,' said Pivi, politely.
' Then climb up that cocoa-nut tree, with your legs only, not using your hands,' said the woman.
Now the natives- can run up cocoa-nut trees like squirrels, some using only one hand ; the girls can do that. But few can climb without using their hands at all.
' At the top of the tree you will find two cocoa-nuts. You must not throw them down, but carry them in your
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