By Hamilton Wright Mabie
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This plan just suited Aladdin, who hated work. He told the magician he had a greater inclination to that business than to any other, and that he should be much obliged to him for his kindness. ” The widow, after his promises of kindness to her son, no longer doubted that the magician was her husband’s brother. She thanked him for his good intentions; and after having exhorted Aladdin to render himself worthy of his uncle’s favour, served up supper, at which they talked of several indifferent matters; and then the magician took his leave and retired.
Whether that or the smell of the meat effected her cure, it was not long before she came to herself. ” His mother was much surprised to see the great tray, twelve dishes, six loaves, the two flagons and cups, and to smell the savoury odour which exhaled from the dishes. “Child,” said she, “to whom are we obliged for this great plenty and liberality? ” Accordingly, both mother and son sat down and ate with the better relish as the table was so well furnished. But all the time Aladdin’s mother could not forbear looking at and admiring the tray and dishes, though she could not judge whether they were silver or any other metal, and the novelty more than the value attracted her attention.
Fortunately the witch had weak eyes, and could not see very well; but she had a very keen scent, as wild animals have, and could easily discover when human beings were near. ” Then she laid hold of Hansel with her rough hand, dragged him out of bed, and led him to a little cage which had a lattice-door, and shut him in; he might scream as much as he would, but it was all useless. ” When Grethel heard this she began to cry bitterly; but it was all useless, she was obliged to do as the wicked witch told her.
A collection of classic fairy tales by Hamilton Wright Mabie