By K. Briggs
A vintage in folklore scholarship prepared in 2 components. people Narratives comprises stories instructed for edification or pride, yet now not regarded as factually precise. folks Legends offers stories the tellers believed to be files of tangible occasions.
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Wiltshire. Alfred Williams, Round About the Upper Thames, p. 41. TYPE 1738 (variant). MOTIF: X. 438 [The dream: all parsons in Hell]. See “Old Charley Creed”. THE CROWS FLY AWAY WITH THE PEAR-TREES When I was a young mon, I was a kyarter, and in them days there was a smartish bit of kyarrying by road, in waggins and drays, up towards Gloucester. Arter I’d abin a-goin’ up that road a time or two, I seed five beautiful pear-trees sot in the hedge longside the road just outside Newent; an’ the first time I seed ’em they was in full blowth, and a prety enough sight they was to be sure.
TYPE 1832*. 459 [Jokes on parsons]. THE BOY WHO FEARED NOTHING Once a father made a bet with his son that he dare not go into the bonehouse in their village churchyard at midnight and fetch a skull out without taking a light with him. The son accepted the wager, and on the following night went down into the bonehouse. In the meantime the father had told a man to hide himself in the bonehouse, and watch the boy. When the boy got down amongst the bones, he picked up a skull. ” * Pronounced bazeoms.
In the course of the day, two of the men having got a long ladder, put two buckets full of water on a broad beam that went across the top of the barn. As soon as it was dark they proceeded with their friend to search the barn for owls. The holder of the sieve they very carefully put exactly under the beam with strict orders A dictionary of british folktales 30 to stand still while they went up to turn the owls out. The result is more clearly foreseen by the reader than it was by the Cockney. He had not stood long where he was placed before the buckets were emptied, and thoroughly explained to him a “yokel’s” idea of owl-catching in Southover barn.