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The Spirit in the Bottle - Fairy Tales Grimm's - English Stories

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The Spirit in the Glass Bottle<br />Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm<br />#EnglishFairyTalesChannel #BedtimeStories<br />Once upon a time there was a poor woodcutter who worked from morning until late at night. When he had finally saved up some money he said to his boy, "You are my only child. I want to spend the money that I have earned by the sweat of my brow on your education. Learn an honest trade so you can support me in my old age when my limbs have grown stiff and I have to sit at home."<br />Then the boy went to a university and studied diligently. His teachers praised him, and he remained there for some time. After he had worked through a few classes, but was still not perfect in everything, the little pittance that the father had saved was all spent, and the boy had to return home to him.<br /><br />"Oh," said the father sadly, "I cannot give you anything more, and in these hard times I cannot earn a heller more than what we need for our daily bread."<br /><br />"Father, dear," answered the son, "don't worry about it. If it is God's will everything will turn out well for me. I will do all right."<br /><br />When the father said he was going into the woods and earn some money by cutting cordwood, the son said, "I will go with you and help you."<br /><br />"No, my son," said the father, "you will find it too difficult. You are not used to hard work, and will not be able to do it. Furthermore, I have only one ax and no money left to buy another one with."<br /><br />"Just go to the neighbor," answered the son. "He will lend you his ax until I have earned enough to buy one for myself."<br /><br />So the father borrowed an ax from the neighbor, and the next morning at daybreak they went out into the woods together. The son helped his father and was quite cheerful and full of energy. When the sun was directly above them, the father said, "Let us rest now and eat our noon meal. Then all will go twice as well."<br /><br />The son picked up his bread and said, "Just you rest, father. I am not tired. I will walk about a little in the woods and look for birds' nests."<br /><br />"Oh, you fool," said the father, "why do you want to run about? Afterwards you will be tired and no longer able to lift an arm. Stay here, and sit down beside me."<br /><br />But the son went into the woods, ate his bread, was very cheerful, and looked into the green branches to see if he could find a bird's nest. He walked to and fro until at last he came to an enormous oak that was certainly many hundred years old, and that five men would not have been able to span. He stood there looking at it, and thought, "Many a bird must have built its nest in that tree."<br /><br />Then suddenly he thought that he heard a voice. Listening, he became aware of someone calling out with a muffled voice, "Let me out. Let me out."<br /><br />He looked around but could not see anything. Then he thought that the voice was coming out of the ground, so he shouted, "Where are you?"<br /><br />...

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