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Shortshanks

by Sir George Webbe Desent

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

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Reviewed

EXCERPT:

Once on a time, there was a poor couple who lived in a tumble-down hut, in which there was nothing but black want, so that they hadn’t a morsel to eat, nor a stick to burn. But though they had next to nothing of other things, they had God’s blessing in the way of children, and every year they had another babe. Now, when this story begins, they were just looking out for a new child; and, to tell the truth, the husband was rather cross, and he was always going about grumbling and growling, and saying, ‘For his part, he thought one might have too many of these God’s gifts.’ So when the time came that the babe was to be born, he went off into the wood to fetch fuel, saying, ‘he didn’t care to stop and see the young squaller; he’d be sure to hear him soon enough, screaming for food.’


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