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and all the council was called together. Everyone agreed
that it was worth more than all the wealth of the kingdom:
but the king said, ‘One feather is of no use to me, I must
have the whole bird.’
Then the gardener’s eldest son set out and thought to
find the golden bird very easily; and when he had gone
but a little way, he came to a wood, and by the side of the
wood he saw a fox sitting; so he took his bow and made
ready to shoot at it. Then the fox said, ‘Do not shoot me,
for I will give you good counsel; I know what your
business is, and that you want to find the golden bird. You
will reach a village in the evening; and when you get
there, you will see two inns opposite to each other, one of
which is very pleasant and beautiful to look at: go not in
there, but rest for the night in the other, though it may
appear to you to be very poor and mean.’ But the son
thought to himself, ‘What can such a beast as this know
about the matter?’ So he shot his arrow at the fox; but he
missed it, and it set up its tail above its back and ran into
the wood. Then he went his way, and in the evening
came to the village where the two inns were; and in one
of these were people singing, and dancing, and feasting;
but the other looked very dirty, and poor. ‘I should be
very silly,’ said he, ‘if I went to that shabby house, and left
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