The Rare Romance of Reynard the Fox, in Words of One Syllable

The Rare Romance of Reynard the Fox, in Words of One Syllable

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...Then spoke the Ape: "My lord, I love him, and have done so this long while, and I well bear in mind one great and good deed he did in your sight, for which you gave him thanks, though I dare say you think not of it at this far time. Let me bring it to your mind. Two years since there came to this Court a man and a snake to have a point of law heard, and to get a rule. It was in this wise: The snake broke through a hedge, when he was caught by the neck with a snare, so that there was no way to get free with his life. A man came by at the time, when the snake told him to help him in his ill luck. The man, who was kind at heart, felt for the mean thing, and said, 'If thou wilt swear not to do me hurt with thy tooth or sting I will let thee free.' The snake of course said he would; so the man put his hand to the trap and let him loose. Then they went for a long way on the same road. "In time the snake felt the pangs of want, and sprang on the man and sought to kill him; but he gave a jump out of his reach, and said, 'What dost thou mean? hast thou heed of thine oath?' Quoth the snake, 'No; but I may kill thee for all that, and not get in the mesh of the law, since want will break through stone walls, and aught else.' Then said the man, 'If it be so, yet let me live till we meet with some one who will solve the doubt; for I place no faith in what you tell me.' "The snake said he would do so; so they went on till they met Tis-el-len the Ra-ven, who, when he was told to give his view of the case, said that the snake should eat the man; but gave the snake to know that he must get a share. But, quoth the man, 'How shall he that is a thief and lives by spoil, judge the cause? It must be done by such as know both law and right; the...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236859855
  • 9781236859853