By K. Briggs
A vintage in folklore scholarship prepared in 2 components. folks Narratives includes stories instructed for edification or satisfaction, yet no longer considered factually actual. folks Legends offers stories the tellers believed to be files of exact occasions.
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A. Oh, I would call it well. S. No, you must call it The Fair Fountain. And, last of all, what would you call the house? A. Oh, I would call it house. S. No, you must call it the Castle of Mungo. The shoemaker, after giving this lesson to his apprentice, told him that the first day he had occasion to use all these words at once, and was able to do so without making a mistake, the apprenticeship would be at an end. The apprentice was not long in making an occasion for using the words. One morning he got out of bed before his master, and lighted the fire; he then tied some bits of paper to the tail of the cat, and threw the animal into the fire.
Well,” t’ farmer said, “it was this way. My wife was one o’ them contrairy soort. ’ “And she said: ‘Yes we will. ’ “And when she got hafe-way across, t’ brig ga’e way, an’ she went in. And me thinking she would be still contrairy, ah ran as ard as ah could up t’ beck. An’ she was that jolly contrairy she went t’udder way. And so when ah got er oot, she was deead. She’s been contrairy aw er life,” he said. Wilson, “Some Humorous English Folk Tales”, part I, Folk-Lore, XLIX (1938), pp. 183–4. Told by Mrs Joseph Haddow, who heard the story from a neighbouring farmer, who heard it from an old woman in Ambleside, Westmorland.
Massingham, Shepherd’s Country, pp. 136–7. TYPE 1881*. 1252 [Lies about crows]. 1252aa [Big crows carry off cedar-trees]. THE CUCKOO-PENNERS Round April 15th they hold Cuckoo Fair Day down to Crewkerne, ’cos when cuckoo do come, they begins to think about putting in the ’arvest. If ’e come early, they get a good ’arvest, but if ’e come late, well, then they don’t ’ave much chance. ” So they outs, and they vinds a young cuckoo in a dunnock’s nest. Well, they veeds ’en, and while they keeps ’en ved and ’appy, the rest o’ the Crewkerne men, they builds a ’edge right round ’en.