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

By K. Briggs

A vintage in folklore scholarship prepared in 2 elements. folks Narratives includes stories instructed for edification or satisfaction, yet now not considered factually real. folks Legends provides stories the tellers believed to be files of tangible occasions.

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The King and Queen remind him of his allegiance; the Ten reminds him of the Ten Commandments; the Nine, of the nine Muses; the Eight, of the eight altitudes, and the eight persons who were saved in the Ark; the Seven, of the seven wonders of the world, and the seven planets that rule the days of the week; the Six, of the six petitions in the Lord’s Prayer, and of the six working days in a week; the Five, of the five senses; the Four, of the four seasons; the Three, of the three Graces, and of the three days and nights that Jonah was in the whale’s belly; the Two, of the two Testaments, Old and New, and of the two contrary principles, Virtue and Vice; and the Ace, of the worship of one God; With respect to the Knave, which he had laid aside, and had omitted to notice in its proper place, he says, on being asked its meaning by his master, that it will always remind him of the person who informed against him.

368) IV. A “Coxhall Job” means a foolish act. The Coggeshall people in past ages somehow acquired a reputation for Boeotian foolishness. Many stories are told to illustrate it, as of an old woman who, at the time of a flood, sent for a carpenter to pull down her staircase. Gepp, An Essex Dialect Dictionary, 2nd ed. London, 1923, p. 32) V. Many stories are told in illustration of the stupidity of the people of Coggeshall, for instance, it is related that when they had built their church they found they had forgotten to make any windows.

The wife was so delighted that she said if she had a score of children, she would make them all scholars,—if only she had to begin life again…. III. A stranger came riding into the dale on a mule, and being bound for the mountains, went up the pass on foot, leaving the animal in the care of his host. The host had never seen such a creature before, nor had his neighbours. Fearing mischief, they consulted the wise man of the dale; for they kept a Sagum, or medicine man, to supply their deficiencies.

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