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

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THE FOX AND THE LAPP               247
'Of course I can,' replied the bear, 'what nonsense you talk ! Show me the way.'
So the fox led him to the bank of a stream, which, being in a warm place, had only lightly frozen in places, and was at this moment glittering in the spring sunshine.
' The elves bathe here,' he said, ' and if you put in your tail the fish will catch hold of it. But it is no use being in a hurry, or you will spoil everything.'
Then he trotted off, but only went out of sight of the bear, who stood still on the bank with his tail deep in the water. Soon the sun set and it grew very cold and the ice formed rapidly, and the bear's tail was fixed as tight as if a vice had held it; and when the fox saw that every­thing had happened just as he had planned it, he called out loudly :
' Be quick, good people, and come with your bows and spears. A bear has been fishing in your brook ! '
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