Death’s Godson

Once, not long ago, there was a poor man who had twelve children.  He worked day and night to keep them fed, and could not even provide them with enough clothing to stay warm.  When his thirteenth child was born, he was desperate, and fearful for the fate of his family.  In despair he ran out into the highway, intending to ask the first person he met to be his baby’s godparent.  

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The Robber Bridegroom

Once upon a time there was a miller and his wife who had a lovely daughter named Letta. Not long after she came of age, a suitor arrived at the mill, asking for Letta to be his wife. The suitor appeared very rich, and the millers could find no fault with him, so they gladly promised their daughter to him. They were a poor family, and the millers wanted their daughter to be well provided for.

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