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So the first thing he did was to search the house for materials to make an ointment, which he sprinkled plenNext tifully with pepper and then put in his pocket. he took a hatchet, bade farewell to the old man, and * He bent his steps to the dwelling departed to the forest. of the Tanuki and knocked at the door. The Tanuki, who had no cause to suspect the hare, was greatly pleased to see him, for he noticed the hatchet at once, and began to lay plots how to get hold of it. To do this he the hare, which thought he had better offer to accompany was exactly what the hare wished and THE SLAYING OF THE TANUKI expected, for he knew all understood his little ways.
The old peasant grew cold with horror as he listened, and seemed frozen to the place where he stood. When he had recovered himself a little, he collected the bones of his dead wife, buried them in the garden, and swore over the grave to be avenged on the Tanuki. After everything was done he sat himself down in his lonely cottage and wept bitterly, and the bitterest thought of all was that he would never be able to forget that he had eaten his own wife. While he was thus weeping and wailing his friend the hare passed by, and hearing the noise, pricked up his ears and soon recognised the old man's voice.
Give UD the grocer ! THE HOUSE IN THE WOOD A 1 POOR woodcutter lived with his wife and three daughters on the borders of a great forest. ' When the sun had risen high over the forest, the girl But the field and wood set out with a basin of soup. sparrows, the larks and finches, blackbirds and greenhad picked up the millet long ago, and the girl could not find her way. She went on and on, till the sun set and night came finches on. The trees rustled in the darkness, the owls hooted, and she began to be very much frightened.