The Atlantic Monthly Volume 4

The Atlantic Monthly Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...may be Liken as a fair, and even a favorable example of the tone of these Norse tales. Shortshanks and King Sturdy are twin brothers, who set out to seek their fortunes within a few minutes of their birth, driven thereto by a precocious perception of the res uiv/iista: ilmni. They part at two roads almost immediately, and the story follows the fortunes of Shortshanks, the younger; for in these miniature romances the older is, as usual, continually snubbed, and the younger is always the great man. Shortshanks has not gone far before he meet "an old crook-backed hag," who has only one eye; and he commences his career by gouging out or "snapping up" the single comfort of this helpless creature. To git her eye back again, she gives Shortshanks a sword that will put a whole army to flight; and he, charmed with the result of his first manoeuvre, puts it in practice successively upon two other decrepit, half-blind women, who, to fret their eyes again, give him, one, a ship that can sail over fresh water and salt water and over high hills and deep dales, the other, the art how to brew a hundred lasts of malt at one strike. The ship takes him to the king's palace, on arriving at which he puts his vessel in his pocket, when he summons his craft to his aid, and gets a place in the king's kitchen to carry wood and water for the maid. The king's daughter has for some inscrutable reason been promised to three ogres, who come successively to fetch her; and a certain Hitter Ked professes to be man enough to rescue her, but on the approach of the first ogre proves to he a coward and climbs a tree. But Shortshanks slips olf from his scullery; and having a weapon which can put a whole army to flight by a single stroke, he is very brave, more

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  • Paperback | 502 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 889g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123650884X
  • 9781236508843