A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales in the English Language by K. Briggs

By K. Briggs

A vintage in folklore scholarship prepared in 2 components. people Narratives comprises stories informed for edification or pride, yet now not considered factually real. people Legends offers stories the tellers believed to be files of tangible occasions.

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TYPE 1833. 435 [The boy applies the sermon]. This is one of many anecdotes of answers given to a sermon. See also “Breaking the Commandments”. TO CURE A LYING TONGUE AND A BAD MEMORY An old man, Phil Ladds by name, who had a great reputation as a quack doctor, used to travel week by week through these parts. One day a servant-girl came to see him, and said— “I’m troubled with two bad complaints, Mus. Ladds, and I want you to cure ’em. ” In the meantime the doctor made up a couple of pills, of asafoetida, or some such nauseous compound, and when the girl in due course presented herself again, he gave them to her, telling her to take one there and then, in the shop, and to chew it well, or else it would not do her the least atom of good.

Also in Greece, Asia Minor and India. Norton gives examples from Essex, Somerset, and Surrey. THE CANNINGS VAWK I niver wur at Cannin’s but once as I knaws on, an’ that wur when Mr. Jones wur alive. I went awver wi’ he to Cannin’s Veast. I mind thur wur a lot on ’em thur from Ca’an as wur a-tellin’ up zuch tales as was never about the Cannin’s vawk. —a-top o’ the tower, to make un grow as big as the spire. I never he-ard tell o’ zuch a thing! Should ’ee iver thenk as ’twer true? An’ the’ tell’d I as ’twarn’t but a vurry veow years ago as some on ’em hired as ther wur a comut ur what ’ee caals it, to be zeed in ’Vize market-place, an’ pretty nigh aal Cannin’s went in thur to zee un, an’ niver thought o’ lookin’ to zee wur they cudden zee un at whoam.

Many versions in Finland and Sweden. Told of the Khoja (Tales of Nasr-ed-Din, New York, 1926, p. 191). See also “Knife or Scissors”. A dictionary of british folktales 42 THE CORPSE IN THE CAB [summary] At the time of the body-snatchers, two doctors or chemists drove out of London, to fetch a body to make up into pills. On the way back they stopped at a public-house for a drink, and left the body sitting up in the cab with the reins in its hands. The groom came out, spoke to the inmate of the cab, and discovered that it was a dead man.

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