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قراءة كتاب The Story of Yvashka with the Bear's Ear

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The Story of Yvashka with the Bear's Ear

The Story of Yvashka with the Bear's Ear

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shall arrive she will cast herself upon you and begin to fight with you, but after that she will desist and will run into the cellar, where she has two pitchers standing filled with water; in the blue pitcher is the water of strength and in the white that of weakness.”

Scarcely had the daughters of Baba Yaga concluded their discourse when they heard their mother coming on the iron mortar driving with the pestle, whilst with her tongue lolling out of her mouth she drew a mark as she went, whereupon they acquainted Jack.  Baba Yaga having arrived screamed out:

“’Till now ne’er a Russ have I
Heard with ear or seen with eye,
Now do I both hear and spy.”

“For what are you come hither, Jack with the Bear’s Ear?  Do you imagine to disturb me here also?”

Then casting herself suddenly upon him she began to fight.  Both combated for a considerable time, and at length they fell upon the earth.  Baba Yaga jumped up and ran into the cellar, whither Jack likewise rushed after her, and she without examining seized the white pitcher and Jack the blue one, and both drank; after that

they went out of the cellar and recommenced their combat.  Jack having overpowered her seized her by the hair and beat Baba Yaga with her own pestle.  She began to entreat Jack to take pity upon her, promised to live at peace with him, and that very moment to depart from the place.  Jack with the Bear’s Ear consented thereto, and ceased beating Baba Yaga.

As soon as she was departed he went to her daughters, thanked them for their information, and told them to prepare to leave the place.  Whilst they were packing up their things he went to the rope, and having pulled at it his companions instantly let down the canoe, in which he placed the eldest sister, and by her sent word to them to draw them all up.  Jack’s comrades having drawn up the damsel were much astonished at the sight of her, but having learned from her the whole affair they hoisted up her other sisters.  At last they let down the canoe

for Jack, but he having this time stowed into the canoe many clothes and a great deal of money, and having likewise seated himself therein, his comrades feeling the weight imagined that it was Baba Yaga who sat there, and cutting the rope left poor Jack in the abyss.  Thereupon they agreed to marry the damsels, and lost no time in so doing.

In the meantime Jack with the Bear’s Ear walked for a long time about this abyss seeking for an outlet.  At last by good fortune he found in the gloomy place an iron door, which having broke open he proceeded for a long time in the same darkness; he then beheld a light at a distance, and directing his course straight towards it he emerged from the cavern.  After this he determined to seek his comrades, whom he soon found, and the whole three were already married.  Upon seeing them he began to ask them why they had left him in the hole.  His

comrades in great terror told Jack that it was Moustacho who had cut the rope, and him Jack immediately slew, and took his wife to be his own.  Then they all lived together, and acquired great riches.

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