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Grimms’ Fairy Tales
A certain king had a beautiful garden, and in the garden
stood a tree which bore golden apples. These apples were
always counted, and about the time when they began to
grow ripe it was found that every night 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 he fell asleep, and in the morning another of the
apples was missing. Then the second son was ordered to
watch; and at midnight he too fell asleep, and in the
morning another apple was gone. Then the third son
offered to keep watch; but the gardener at first would not
let him, for fear some harm should come to him: however,
at last he consented, and the young man laid himself under
the tree to watch. As the clock struck twelve he heard a
rustling noise in the air, and a bird came flying that was of
pure gold; and as it was snapping at one of the apples with
its beak, the gardener’s son jumped up and shot an arrow
at it. But the arrow did the bird no harm; only it dropped
a golden feather from its tail, and then flew away. The
golden feather was brought to the king in the morning,
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