The Yellow Fairy Book

The Yellow Fairy Book

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Excerpt: ... gave them food to eat, and showed them a soft cushion on which they might sleep. Then she left them and went down into the palace kitchens, where she told the servants to sharpen the knives, and to make a great fire ready, and hang a large kettleful of water over it. In the meantime the two little ducklings had fallen asleep, and the little drake lay between them, covered up by their wings, to be kept warm under their feathers. But the little drake could not go to sleep, and as he lay there wide awake in the night he heard the witch come to the door and say: 'Little ones, are you asleep?' And the little drake answered for the other two: 'We cannot sleep, we wake and weep, Sharp is the knife, to take our life; The fire is hot, now boils the pot, And so we wake, and lie and quake.' 'They are not asleep yet, ' muttered the witch to herself; and she walked up and down in the passage, and then came back to the door, and said: 'Little ones, are you asleep?' And again the little drake answered for his sisters: 'We cannot sleep, we wake and weep, Sharp is the knife, to take our life; The fire is hot, now boils the pot, And so we wake, and lie and quake.' 'Just the same answer, ' muttered the witch; 'I think I'll go in and see.' So she opened the door gently, and seeing the two little ducklings sound asleep, she there and then killed them. The next morning the White Duck wandered round the pond in a distracted manner, looking for her little ones; she called and she searched, but could find no trace of them. And in her heart she had a foreboding that evil had befallen them, and she fluttered up out of the water and flew to the palace. And there, laid out on the marble floor of the court, dead and stone cold, were her three children. The White Duck threw herself upon them, and, covering up their little bodies with her wings, she cried: 159 'Quack, quashow more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236731778
  • 9781236731777