The BROWN FAIRY BOOK - online childrens book

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

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Now the young man had a pin sticking in the sleeve of his jacket, and the moment the girl's hand touched him she pricked it so sharply that the blood came. The girl screamed so loudly that the people all ran out of their huts to see what was the matter. But directly they caught sight of the man they turned and fled in the other direction, and picking up the goods they had brought with them scampered as fast as they could down to the shore. In an instant, boat, people, and goods had vanished completely.
In their hurry they had, however, forgotten two things : a bundle of keys which lay on the table, and the girl whom the pin had pricked, and who now stood pale and helpless beside the wood stack.
' You will have to make me your wife,' she said at last, ' for you have drawn my blood, and I belong to you.'
' Why not ? I am quite willing,' answered he. ' But how do you suppose we can manage to live till summer comes round again ? '
' Do not be anxious about that,' said the girl; ' if you will only marry me all will be well. I am very rich, and all my family are rich also.'
Then the young man gave her his promise to make her his wife, and the girl fulfilled her part of the bargain, and food was plentiful on the island all through the long winter months, though he never knew how it got there. And by-and-by it was spring once more, and time for the fisher-folk to sail from the mainland.
' Where are we to go now ?' asked the girl, one day, when the sun seemed brighter and the wind softer than usual.
' I do not care where I go,' answered the young man ; ' what do you think ? '
The girl replied that she would like to go somewhere right at the other end of the island, and build a house, far away from the huts of the fishing-folk. And he consented, and that very day they set off in search of a
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