Albanian folktales and legends by Robert Elsie

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And so they went back to the old woman, and with great difficulty the Stirrup Moor managed to persuade her to return to the maiden. He gave her a great deal of money and sent her off. The daughter of the king of the jinns was already waiting at the window. ” The old woman entered and repeated what she had said the first time. The mistress then sent for a rod from a little apple tree in the middle of the big garden and used it to beat the old woman who fled home once more screaming. The Stirrup Moor asked the old woman what had happened, and she explained about the rod the maiden had used to beat her.

Well, let me ask you a question,” said the ox, “if you are so clever. ” “Tomorrow morning,” replied the donkey, “when the stable-boy comes to take you out to the field, pretend you’re sick. Drool and don’t eat any grass this evening and the stable-boy will think you really are sick. ” Thus spoke the donkey and the master heard everything from outside where he was sitting and listening. The wife asked him what he was listening to. “I’m only looking to see if the oxen are all right,” the man replied, and they went back into the house.

When the youth saw the beautiful maiden he fell in love with her and returned day after day to the same place to see her. One day, he could stand it no longer. He spurred on his stallion and they leapt over the river to the other side. He then approached the maiden and spoke to her. ” “I want to ask you a question,” replied the youth, “I am so full of longing for you. ” The maiden looked at the handsome youth and fell in love with him, saying, “I love you five times more than you love me, but nothing will come of our love because of our families.

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