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

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154                THE ENCHANTED DEER
shook her head over him, and wax fell from her ear, and he jumped up as well as ever.
' Trust me and eat as you did before, and no harm shall happen to you,' said she. So Ian ate and drank, and fell sound asleep under the cask. In the evening the robbers arrived very tired, and crosser than they had been yesterday, for their luck had turned and they had brought back scarcely anything.
' Someone has eaten our dinner again,' cried they.
' It is the man under the barrel,' answered the captain. ' Let four of you go and kill him, but first slay the other four who pretended to kill him last night and didn't, because he is still alive.'
Then Ian was killed a second time, and after the rest of the robbers had eaten, they lay down and slept till morning.
No sooner were their faces touched with the sun's rays than they were up and off. Then the deer entered and dropped the healing wax on the dead man, and he was as well as ever. By this time he did not mind what befell him, so sure was he that the deer would take care of him, and in the evening that which had happened before happened again—the four robbers were put to death and the fisher's son also, but because there was no food left for them to eat, they were nearly mad with rage, and began to quarrel. From quarrelling they went on to fighting, and fought so hard that by and bye they were all stretched dead on the floor.
Then the deer entered, and the fisher's son was restored to life, and bidding him- follow her, she ran on to a little white cottage where dwelt an old woman and her son, who was thin and dark.
' Here I must leave you,' said the deer, ' but to­morrow meet me at midday in the church that is yonder.' And jumping across the stream, she vanished into a wood.
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