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by Sir George Webbe Desent

Genre: Folktale
Setting: Fantasy
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length:

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Reviewed


Once on a time there was an old wife who sat and baked. Now, you must know that this old wife had a little son, who was so plump and fat, and so fond of good things, that they called him Buttercup; she had a dog, too, whose name was Goldtooth, and as she was baking, all at once Goldtooth began to bark.

‘Run out, Buttercup, there’s a dear!’ said the old wife, ‘and see what Goldtooth is barking at.’

So the boy ran out, and came back crying out:

‘Oh, Heaven help us! here comes a great big witch, with her head under her arm, and a bag at her back.’


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