The Three Sillies
This is an Anglish The Three Sillies (or, The Three Noodles), first written by Charlotte S. Burne for Folk-Lore (vol. ii. p. 40.), and later gathered together in English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs, and English Fairy and Other Folk Tales by Edwin Sidney Hartland.of the folk tale,
This reading is made of words only of Old English and otherwise unknown springs. Wordwork.by
Once upon a time there was aand his wife who had one daughter, and she was by a . Every evening he come and see her, and stop to at the , and the daughter be sent down into the to draw the beer for . So, one evening she had gone down to draw the beer, and she to look up at the while she was drawing, and she saw a stuck in one of the beams. It must have been there a long, long time, but somehow or other she had never it before, and she began a-thinking. And she thought it was to have that there, for she said to herself: ' him and me was to be , and we was to have a son, and he was to grow up to be a man, and come down into the to draw the beer, like as I'm doing now, and the was to fall on his head and kill him, what a dreadful thing it would be!' And she put down the candle and the jug, and sat herself down and began a- .
Well,began to wonder how it was that she was so long drawing the beer, and her mother went down to see after her, and she found her sitting on the settle , and the beer running over the floor. 'Why, whatever is the ?' said her mother. 'Oh, mother!' says she, 'look at that ! we was to be , and was to have a son, and he was to grow up, and was to come down to the to draw the beer, and the was to fall on his head and kill him, what a dreadful thing it would be!' 'Dear, dear! what a dreadful thing it would be!' said the mother, and she sat down aside of the daughter and started a- too. Then after a bit the father began to wonder that didn't come back, and he went down into the to look after them himself, and there two sat a- , and the beer running all over the floor. 'Whatever is the ?' says he. 'Why,' says the mother, 'look at that . , if our daughter and her sweetheart was to be , and was to have a son, and he was to grow up, and was to come down into the to draw the beer, and the was to fall on his head and kill him, what a dreadful thing it would be!' 'Dear, dear, dear! So it would!' said the father, and he sat himself down aside of the other two, and started a- .
Now thetired of stopping up in the kitchen by himself, and at last he went down into the , too, to see what were after; and there three sat a- side by side, and the beer running all over the floor. And he ran straight and the tap. Then he said: 'Whatever are you three doing, sitting there , and letting the beer run all over the floor?' 'Oh!' says the father, 'look at that ! you and our daughter was to be , and was to have a son, and he was to grow up, and was to come down into the to draw the beer, and the was to fall on his head and kill him!' And then all started a- worse than before. But the burst out a-laughing, and reached up and pulled out the , and then he said: 'I've many miles, and I never met three such sillies as you three before; and now I shall start out on my , and when I can find three sillies than you three, then I'll come back and your daughter.' So he wished them goodbye, and started off on his , and left them all the girl had lost her sweetheart.
Well, he set out, and he
'Oh, you silly!' said the , 'you should cut the grass and throw it down to the cow!' But the woman thought it was to the cow up the ladder than to the grass down, so she her and her and her up, and tied a string her neck, and it down the , and fastened it to her own wrist. And the went on his way, but he hadn't gone far when the cow tumbled off the roof, and hung by the string tied her neck, and it strangled her. And the weight of the cow tied to her wrist pulled the woman up the , and she stuck fast half-way and was smothered in the soot.
Well, that was onesilly.
And thewent on and on, and he went to an inn to stop the night, and so full at the inn that had to put him in a -bedded room, and another was to sleep in the other bed. The other man was a fellow, and friendly together; but in the morning, when were both up, the was to see the other hang his on the knobs of the chest of drawers and run the room and to jump into them, and he over and and couldn't it; and the wondered whatever he was doing it for. At last he stopped and wiped his with his . 'Oh dear,' he says, 'I do think are the most kind of clothes that ever were. I can't think who could have such things. It takes me the best part of to into mine every morning, and I so hot! How do you yours?' So the burst out a-laughing, and showed him how to put them on; and he was to him, and said he never should have thought of doing it that way.
So that was anothersilly.
Then thewent on his ; and he came to a , and outside the there was a pond, and the pond was a crowd of . And had rakes, and brooms, and pitchforks reaching into the pond; and the asked what was the .
'Why,', ' enough! Moon's tumbled into the pond, and we can't rake her out anyhow!' So the burst out a-laughing, and told them to look up into the , and that it was only the shadow in the water. But wouldn't listen to him, and him shamefully, and he away as quick as he could.
So there was a whole lot of silliesthan three sillies at home. So the back home and the 's daughter, and if didn't live for ever after, that's nothing to do with you or me.