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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Wolf and the Man

"A Fox was one day talking to a Wolf about the strength of man. 'No animals,' he said, 'could withstand Man, and they were obliged to use cunning to hold their own against him.' The Wolf answered, 'If ever I happen to see a Man, I should attack him all the same.' 'Well, I can … Continue reading Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Wolf and the Man

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Wolf and the Fox

"A wolf and a fox once lived together. The fox, who was the weaker of the two, had to do all the hard work, which made him anxious to leave his companion." I am unaware of any evidence pointing to this tale as the origin for the term "sly fox," but it is certainly a … Continue reading Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Wolf and the Fox

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids

"There was once on a time an old goat who had seven little kids, and loved them with all the love of a mother for her children." A couple of surprises can be found in this tale, some more horrific than others. The goat mother has to go out into the woods to gather some … Continue reading Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Spider and the Flea

"A Spider and a Flea dwelt together in one house, and brewed their beer in an egg-shell." As odd and fun that first sentence is, this tale continues on in a mildly terrifying manner, and ends quite terribly for the characters we meet along the way. The spider unfortunately and immediately falls into the "beer-tub" … Continue reading Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Spider and the Flea

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Cat and the Mouse in Partnership

"A cat having made acquaintance with a mouse, pretended such great love for her, that the mouse agreed that they should live and keep house together." Before summarizing and putting down my thoughts on this tale, I feel the need to warn you that, unfortunately, the poor mouse meets an unfavorable end at the hands … Continue reading Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Cat and the Mouse in Partnership

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Crumbs on the Table

"A countryman one day said to his little puppies, 'Come into the parlor and enjoy yourselves, and pick up the bread-crumbs on the table; your mistress has gone out to pay some visits.'" I'm not going to spend a lot of time on this fairy tale. First, it's quite a short tale. And second, it … Continue reading Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Crumbs on the Table