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Then the stepmother led them a long way into the forest. They had gone but a very short distance when Hansel looked back at the house, and this he did again and again. ” Hansel had seen no cat, but he stayed behind every time to drop a white pebble from his pocket on the ground as they walked. ” Hansel and Grethel seated themselves by the fire, and when noon arrived they each ate the piece of bread which their stepmother had given them for their dinner; and as long as they heard the strokes of the axe they felt safe, for they believed that their father was working near them.

She took the china dish which she had set down at the foot of the throne, untied it, and presented it to the sultan. The sultan’s amazement and surprise were inexpressible, when he saw so many large, beautiful and valuable jewels collected in the dish. He remained for some time lost in admiration. ” After he had admired and handled all the jewels one after another, he turned to his grand vizier, and showing him the dish, said, “Behold, admire, wonder! ” The vizier was charmed. “Well,” continued the sultan, “what sayest thou to such a present?

He was disobedient to his father and mother, and would go out early in the morning and stay out all day, playing in the streets and public places with idle children of his own age. When he was old enough to learn a trade, his father took him into his own shop, and taught him how to use his needle; but all his father’s endeavours to keep him to his work were vain, for no sooner was his back turned, than he was gone for that day, Mustapha chastised him, but Aladdin was incorrigible, and his father, to his great grief, was forced to abandon him to his idleness; and was so much troubled about him, that he fell sick and died in a few months.

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