THE LILAC FAIRY BOOK - online childrens book

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

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Jonas, it might happen that one of them might bite me in the back, and I should have more trouble in killing them. If I only knew that there were not more than two I should not mind, for then I should take one in each hand and give them a good shaking, like Susanna once shook me.'
' I certainly think that there will not be more than two,' said Jonas, ' there are never more than two when they slay children and rams; Walter can very well shake them without me.'
' But, you see, Jonas,' said Walter,' if there are two, it might still happen that one of them escapes and bites me in the leg, for you see I am not so strong in the left hand as in the right. You can very well come with me, and take a good stick in case there are really two. Look, if there is only one, I shall take him so with both my hands and throw him living on to his back, and he can kick as much as he likes, I shall hold him fast.'
' Now, when I really think over the thing,' said Jonas, ' I am almost sure there will not be more than one. What would two do with one ram ? There will certainly not be more than one.'
' But you should come with me all the same, Jonas,' said Walter. ' You see I can very well manage one, but I am not quite accustomed to wolves yet, and he might tear holes in my new trousers.'
' Well, just listen,' said Jonas, ' I am beginning to think that Walter is not so brave as people say. First of all Walter would fight against four, and then against three, then two, and then one, and now Walter wants help with one. Such a thing must never be ; what would people say ? Perhaps they would think that Walter is a coward ? '
' That's a lie,' said Walter,' I am not at all frightened, but it is more amusing when there are two. I only want someone who will see how I strike the wolf and how the dust flies out of his skin.'
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