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The Talking Thrush and Other Tales from India   By: (1848-1923)

The Talking Thrush and Other Tales from India by William Crooke

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The Talking Thrush

And Other Tales from India

[Illustration: "A Crow is a Crow for ever."]

The Talking Thrush

And Other Tales from India Collected by W·CROOKE And Retold by W·H·DROUSE

Illustrated by W·H·Robinson.

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New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd.

1922

FIRST PUBLISHED October 1899 REPRINTED July 1902; October 1922

All rights reserved

PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN

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Preface

THE stories contained in this little book are only a small part of a large collection of Indian folk tales, made by Mr. Crooke in the course of the Ethnological Survey of the North West Provinces and Oudh. Some were recorded by the collector from the lips of the jungle folk of Mirzápur; others by his native assistant, Pandit Rámgharíb Chaubé. Besides these, a large number were received from all parts of the Provinces in response to a circular issued by Mr. J. C. Nesfield, the Director of Public Instruction, to all teachers of village schools.

The present selection is confined to the Beast Stories, which are particularly interesting as being mostly indigenous and little affected by so called Aryan influence. Most of them are new, or have been published only in the North Indian Notes and Queries (referred to as N.I.N.Q. ).

In the re telling, for which Mr. Rouse is responsible, a number of changes have been made. The text of the book is meant for children, and consequently the first aim has been to make an interesting story. Those who study folk tales for any scientific purpose will find all such changes marked in the Notes. If the change is considerable, the original document is summarised. It should be added that these documents are merely brief Notes in themselves, without literary interest. The Notes also give the source of each tale, and a few obvious parallels, or references to the literature of the subject.

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Contents

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THE TALKING THRUSH 1

THE RABBIT AND THE MONKEY 8

THE SPARROW'S REVENGE 16

THE JUDGMENT OF THE JACKAL 21

HOW THE MOUSE GOT INTO HIS HOLE 25

KING SOLOMON AND THE OWL 30

THE CAMEL'S NECK 33

THE QUAIL AND THE FOWLER 36

THE KING OF THE KITES 39

THE JACKAL AND THE CAMEL 43

THE WISE OLD SHEPHERD 47

BEWARE OF BAD COMPANY 53

THE FOOLISH WOLF 55

REFLECTED GLORY 58

THE CAT AND THE SPARROWS 61

THE FOOLISH FISH 65

THE CLEVER GOAT 72

A CROW IS A CROW FOR EVER 76

THE GRATEFUL GOAT 81

THE CUNNING JACKAL; OR, THE BITER BIT 85

THE FARMER'S ASS 89

THE PARROT JUDGE 93

THE FROG AND THE SNAKE 97

LITTLE MISS MOUSE AND HER FRIENDS 101

THE JACKAL THAT LOST HIS TAIL 105

THE WILY TORTOISE 110

THE KING OF THE MICE 112

THE VALIANT BLACKBIRD 117

THE GOAT AND THE HOG 123

THE PARROT AND THE PARSON 127

THE LION AND THE HARE 130

THE MONKEY'S BARGAINS 132

THE MONKEY'S REBUKE 139

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