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The Golden Bird

By Itellyouastory

A certain king  had a beautiful  garden, and  in the garden  stood atree which bore golden apples. These apples were always counted, andabout  the time when they began  to grow ripe  it was found that  everynight one  of them was  gone.  The king  became  very angry  at  this,and  ordered  the gardener to keep  watch all  night under the  tree.The  gardener set  his eldest son to watch; but about twelve  o’clock hefell asleep, and in  the morning another of the apples was missing. Thenthe second son was ordered to watch; and at midnight he too  fellasleep, and in the morning  another apple was gone. Then the third sonoffered to keep watch; but the gardener at first  would not  let  him,for  fear some  harm  should come  to  him: however, at last heconsented, and the young  man laid himself under  the tree to watch. Asthe clock struck twelve he heard a rustling noise in the air, and a birdcame flying that was of pure gold; and as it was  snapping at one of theapples with its beak, the gardener’s son jumped up and  shot an arrow atit. But the  arrow did the  bird no harm;  only it dropped  a goldenfeather from its tail, and  then flew away. The golden feather  wasbrought to  the  king in  the  morning, and  all  the council  wascalled together. Everyone agreed that  it was worth more  than all thewealth  of the kingdom: but the king  said, «One feather is of  no use to me, I  must have the whole bird.»


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