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The Brown Fairy Book
written by "Ford, H. J. (Henry Justice), 1860-1941"
...uo; It took the bear a long while to gather the berries, for she was slow about everything, and, besides, it made her back ache to stoop. But at last she returned with a sackful, and put them down beside the wolverine. ‘That is splendid, sister!’ cried the wolverine. ‘Now lie flat on the ground with your head on this stone, while I smash them.’ The bear, who was very tired, was only too glad to do as she was bid, and stretched herself comfortably on the grass. ‘I am ready now,’ said the wolverine after a bit; ‘just at first you will find that the berries make your eyes smart, but you must be careful not to move, or the juice will run out, and then it will have to be done all over again.’ So the bear promised to lie very still; but the moment the cranberries touched her eyes she sprang up with a roar. ‘Oh, you mustn’t mind a little pain,’ said the wolverine, ‘it will soon be over, and then you will see all sorts of things you have never dreamt of.’ The bear sank down with a groan, and as her eyes were full of cranberry juice, which completely blinded her, the wolverine took up a sharp knife and stabbed her to the heart. Then he took off the skin, and, stealing some fire from a tent, which his sharp eyes had perceived hidden behind [Pg 160] a rock, he set about roasting the bear bit by bit. He thought the meat was the best he ever had tasted, and when dinner was done he made up his mind to try that same trick again, if ever he was hungry. And very likely he did! [Adapted from Bureau of Ethnology.] [Pg 161] THE HUSBAND OF THE RAT’S DAUGHTER Once upon a time there lived in Japan a rat and his wife who came of an old and noble race, and had one daughter, the loveliest girl in all the rat world. Her parents were very proud of her, and spared no pains to teach her all she ought to know. There was not another young lady ...

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