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the room.

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34. Pretty soon Jack felt the castle shake. Thump, thump, thump,” came the heavy tread. The giant came in and went to the table. Then he turned and looked around

“I smell fresh meat, wife, I smell fresh meat.

“ Fee-fifofum
I smell the blood of an Englishman.”

“You smell the leg of beef on the back porch,” said his wife. “ Sit down and I will bring you something to eat.” 36. The giant sat down and ate his meal

as before. Jack watched him through a hole in the door. When the giant was through his wife cleared the table.

37. “Now bring my harp,”

he said. When the harp was brought and placed on the table before him, it played the

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sweetest music Jack had ever heard. It played so softly and so sweetly that the giant soon fell asleep.

38. Then Jack crept out of the closet without making a sound. He seized the harp and ran off with it. But the harp was a fairy harp and it called in a clear, high voice, Master, master!'

39. The giant awoke and ran to the door. He saw Jack running down the road, the fairy harp, calling “Master, master,” tucked under his arm.

40. The giant ran after Jack, taking steps three times as long as those of Jack. But Jack had the start and knew the way to the beanstalk. He reached it a few steps ahead of the giant and ran quickly down the ladder.

41. The giant stopped a moment before trusting his great weight to so slender a thing as a beanstalk. But the cry of the harp, “Master, master,” growing more and more faint as Jack got further and further down, made him take the risk. He stepped

upon the ladder and went down as fast as he could.

42. Jack reached the ground, set the harp on the table and seized the hatchet. He ran to the beanstalk. He could hear the giant away up in the top. He set to work on the beanstalk and chopped it off at the ground. It fell down, bringing the giant with it and killing him instantly.

43. With the golden eggs Jack and his mother got what they pleased. They bought the old cow from the man who had bought her from Jack for a hatful of beans. Jack now lived quietly at home, and, to while away his time, the fairy harp played the sweetest music ever heard.

A STRANGE BABY

căt’-ēr-pil-la (ē)rs rāişe

strānge
sěv'ēr-al

bắt/tẼr-fỹ woû)rms

mama.

1. May ran out into the yard. Then she ran back to the house. “Mama,” she cried, “there are a number of worms on the grass."

2. Mama came out to see. “They are not worms, my dear, they are caterpillars.” 3. “What ugly things,” said May.

“ Shall I sweep them off the grass ?” 4. “ Let's make pets of some of them,” said

Get a flower-pot and we will take some of them to raise."

5. May was not sure she heard right. She asked her mother what she said. Then she got the flower-pot.

6. Her mother put some leaves in the pot and three caterpillars. Then she put a piece of glass over the top and set it on the porch in the sun.

7. “You must look at the caterpillars every day,” she said.

“ Put fresh leaves in when they eat these.”

PART Two

8. On the third morning May ran to mama.

“There is a strange thing on the glass,” she said. Mama came to see.

The strange thing was a little round body with bright colors.

9. Mama took the glass off. “ Count the caterpillars,” she said.

“ There are two,” said May.

10. Mama put the glass back. The next morning there was another “strange thing on the glass and another on the side of the pot. May counted the caterpillars. That is she tried to count them. There was none

to count.

PART THREE

11. Several days after May looked througl: the glass. There was a red and black butterfly trying to get out.

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