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The Widow’s Son

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The Widow’s Son

by Sir George Webbe Dasent

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

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Reviewed


Once on a time there was a poor, poor widow, who had an only son. She dragged on with the boy till he had been confirmed, and then she said she couldn’t feed him any longer, he must just go out and earn his own bread. So the lad wandered out into the world, and when he had walked a day or so, a strange man met him.

‘Whither away?’ asked the man.

‘Oh, I’m going out into the world to try and get a place’, said the lad.

‘Will you come and serve me?’ said the man.

‘Oh yes; just as soon you as any one else’, said the lad.

‘Well, you’ll have a good place with me’, said the man; ‘for you’ll only have to keep me company, and do nothing at all else beside.’


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