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  John's mother was dead, and he had no brother or sister, and so he was felt all alone when his good father died too.

  " You have always been a good son, " his father said to him just before he died, " and God will surely help you and be your side, "

  John sat and wept beside the bed where his dead father lay, and at last he fell asleep and dreamed a wonderful dream.

  The sun and moon greeted him, and there was his father alive well and laughing for joy.
  John saw a beautiful girl wearing a crown, holding out her hand to him.
  " What a fine princess you are marrying, " said John's father, and then poor John woke up all alone and sad again.

  After his father was burried, John set out to find his fortune in the world, and all that he took was a little bundle of clothes, fifty dollars and a few silver pennies. 

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  It was all that he had.

  First he went to the churchyard to say goodbye to his dear father, and then he walked through the flowering fields, to villages and people that were new to him.

  The first night he slept in a haystack, and it seemed to him the best bed in the world , with the moon for a lantern and the sky for a ceiling and the stream for his bath.

  The next morning he came to another churchyard where the graves had not been cared for, and they were all overgrown.

  John pulled up the grass and straightened teh gravestones, for he thought that someone might do the same for his own dear father's grave some day also.

  Outside the churchyardwas an old begger on crutches, and John gave him the silver pennies.


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  The morning was sunny but by nightfall it was stomy and wet, and there were no buildings to shelter in except a lonly church.

  Outside the cold rain fell and the thunder roared, but John said his prayers and went quietly to sleep.

  In the middle of the night he woke up.

  The storm was over and the moon was shining.

  He could see an open coffin in the middle of the church and in it the body of a man who had not yet been buried.

  John was not afraid, for he had done no wicked deeds, and he knew that the dead hurt nobody.

  It is bad people who hurt others, and two bad men were in the church wanting to hurt the poor dead body by throwing it out of its coffin, out of the church, onto the ground outside.


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The Travelling Conpanion (4)

  " What are you doing ? " asked John.

  " He was a bad man, " they said to him, " he owed us money and could not pay us, and now he is dead and we will never get our money back. That is why we are now throwing him out of the church. "

  John answered, " You can have my fifty dollars, all the money I have, if you will leave the dead man in peace. "

  The two bad men took the money and laughed as they went away, thinking what a fool John was.

  But John carefully put the body back in the coffin, said goodbye to it and walked happily on his way in the moonlight.


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  The next day someone shouted to him from behind, " Where are you going ? "

  John told him that he was seeking his fortune, and that he was all alone in the world now as his father was dead.

  " I am going into the world too, " said the man, " would you like me to go with you ? "

  John agreed.

  The stranger was good company ; he knew so many things, John thought he must have visited every country in the world.

  As they ate their breakfast together, an old woman came by on crutches, carrying a bundle of firewood and three little bundles of ferns and twigs.

  As she passed by, she fell and broke her leg.


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  John jumped up to help carry her home, but his friend said that he had an ointment that would mend any leg.

  He would mend the old woman's legs but only if she gave him the three bundles of ferns and twigs.

  " You want high payment, sir doctor, " said the old woman, but she would give them to him if only he would mend her broken leg with his ointment.

  And so he did.

   John and his friend walked on and came to an inn.

   Inside there was a man with puppets ready to perform a play.


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The Travelling Companion (7)

  There was a king puppet and a queen and all their court, and the play was just beginning when a dog sprang up and took the queen  pepper in his mouth so roughly that he bit her almost in two.

  The puppet master was so sad that he was nearly in tears, but John'sCompanion said that he could mend her better than new with his ointments

  And so he did, and now she could dance and walk all by herself.

  In the night there was a strange sound.

  It was the other puppets weeping and sighing because they could only move when someone else pulled their strings.


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  The puppet master offered John's Companion all his money if he would put his magic ointment on the rest of the puppets, but he said that all he wanted was a large sword that the puppet master wore by his side.

  Then he rubbed the puppets with the ointment, and they could dance and walk just like the queen.

  Next morning John and his friend were walking together when they saw a white swan lying dead on the ground.

  " See the beautiful wings, " said the Companion, and he cut them off with his new sword and took them with him.

  " So you see, Johns " he said, " the sword came in useful after all. "

  They walked on until they came to a castle where a king lived with his daughter.


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  She was a wicked Princess, and she said that she would only marry the man who could tell her three times what she was thinking.

  Any man who tried and could not tell her the answer must die.

  Many Princes had died, and yet she was so beautiful that still more men came to try to win her.

  And one of them was John, for he saw her as she rode by, and she was just like the beautiful Princess of his dream.

  So he told his Companion that he planned to go to the palace to win the Ptincess, even though the Companion begged him not to go. 


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  " I love you dearly, " he said to John, " and I do not want to lose you. But let us be merry tonight, for I shall have time enough to be sad when you are gone. "

  He ordered the innkeeper to bring them a bowl of punch so that they could drink the Princess's health, but in it he put a powder and when John drank he fell asleep at once.

  Then the companion put the swan wings onto his shoulders and took one of the bundles of ferns and flew through the night to the palace.

  He didi himself close by the Princess's bedroom, and at midnight he saw her flying out through her window into the night on long black wings.

  He made himself invisible and followed her, waving his ferns in the air and summoning all the winds to blow so that the Princess was buffeted and cold.


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  She flew on until she reached a cave in the mountain ; it was full of spiders and poisonous snake, glow worms and bats.

  In the middle of the cave was a throne made put of bones.
  There sat a monstrous troll, wh told the Princess to sit beside him.

  " I have a new suitor, " said the Princess.
  " What shall I  think of tomorrow when he comes to win me ? "

  " Think of something simple and he will never guess it, " said the Troll.
  " Think of your shoe. Then you can cut off his head like all the rest, and bring it to me for supper. "

  The princess promised to do so, and off she flew back to the palace.

  Close behind her flew John's Companion, and this time he waved his ferns so that the wind blew colder and stronger and the Princess could hardly reach her window.


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  In the morning John woke up and the Companion told him he had dreamed a strange dream.
  In this dream the Princess was thinking of her shoe.

  He asked John to give this answer when the Princess questioned him.

  When John arrived at the castle door, the King himself greeted him.

  He was very unhappy about his daughter's behaviour and begged John to forget the Princess and go home.

  When John persisted, the king took him to the pleasure-groud of the Princess, and horried sight there was there ! 


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  In every tree there hung three or four princes who had come to woo the Princess, but had not been able to guess her thoughts.

  The skeltons clattered so in every gust of wind that all the small birds were scared away and never dared enter the garden.

  All the flowers were tied up to human bones instead of sticks, and grinning slulls served as flower pots.

  What a garden for a princess !

  " Now you can see it for Yourself ! " said the old King.
  " This is the end you will come to, just like those whom you see here. Then please leave it alone, you make me wuite miserable, I take it so much to heart ! "


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  John kissed the hand of the good old King and said he felt sure it must all go well, he was so very much in love with the beautiful Princess.

  The King took John inside and soon the Peincess and all her ladies entered the room.

  She looked lovely, and John fel l more deeply in love with her.

  No, she could never be the cruel wicked witch that people called her !
  The Princess asked John to name what she was thinking of, and when he said, " Your shoe " she looked pale and ill, but she could not deny that this was the right answer.


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  In the morning the Companion told John of his dream, and John went to the Princess and guessed that she was thinking of her glove, and so it was.

  The next night, as soon as John was asleep, his Companion took up his sword and fastened on the swan wings and flew to the palace, and then to the Troll's cave after the Princess.

  This time he waved the ferns and the sticks and called up a hailstorm to beat the Princess all the way to the Troll's cave so that she could hardly fly.

  Then teh princess told the Troll that Johe had had guessed right twice now, and if he guessed right a third time she would have to marry him and lose all her magic.


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  " What must I think of this time ? " she asked the Troll.
  And she wept bitterly.

  " This time I will take you back to your palace window, " said the Troll, and when they had flown there, with the Companion close behind, the Troll whispered to the Princess that she must think of his head.

  Off the Princess flew through the window, but the Troll never flew back to his cave, for Companion cut off his head with the sword.
  He threw the body into the sea, but the head he wrapped in a black silk handkerchief and took back to the inn.

  In the morning he gave the bundle to John and told him not to look inside until the Princess had asked him the third question.

  And so he did, and saw the Troll's big ugly head, and the Princess saw it too. 


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  She wept and cried, but she could noy deny that it was the right answer, and now she must marry John that evening and lose all her magic power.

  John could tell that she did not love hin, and that she was only going to marry him because she must.

  He went to the Cmpanion and begged him to find a way for the Princess to fall in love with him and smile when he was near.

  The Companion gave him a little bottle and three feathers from the swan wings.

  He told John to wet the feathers in the water from the bottle and then sprinkle the princess with the water from each feather, and then she would be free from the spell.
  And so he did.

  When he sprinkled her with the first feather, she turned into a black swan with fiery eyes.

  Then John sprinkled the balck swan with the second feather and she turned into a white swan, but it had a black ring around its throat.

  The he wetted the third feather and sprinkled over the swan, and she turned into his own princess free from enchantment and smiling at him with love.


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  She told him that the Troll had caught her and cast a wicked spell on her, and that even the troll's death had not been enough to free her.

  While the Princess and john were preparing for the marriage, the Companion came  to the palace to say good-bye.

  John begged him to stay and live with them and share their happiness.

  The Companion replied, " No, now I have paid my dept and must go. do you remember the dead man in the coffin that you protected from the wicked men who wanted t throw his body outside the church, because he could not pay them ? You gave all you had so that he could rest in peace. I am the dead man. "

  And the next minute he disappeared, leaving John both sad and happy.

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