Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know (Illustrated) by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin

Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know (Illustrated)

byKate Douglas Smith Wiggin

Kobo ebook | February 18, 2016

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There is a Chinese tale, known as "The Singing Prisoner," in which a friendless man is bound hand and foot and thrown into a dungeon, where he lies on the cold stones unfed and untended.

He has no hope of freedom and as complaint will avail him nothing, he begins to while away the hours by reciting poems and stories that he had learned in youth. So happily does he vary the tones of the speakers, feigning in turn the voices of kings and courtiers, lovers and princesses, birds and beasts, that he speedily draws all his fellow-prisoners around him, beguiling them by the spell of his genius.

Those who have food, eagerly press it upon him that his strength may be replenished; the jailer, who has been drawn into the charmed circle, loosens his bonds that he may move more freely, and finally grants him better quarters that the stories may be heard to greater advantage. Next the petty officers hear of the prisoner's marvellous gifts and report them everywhere with such effect that the higher authorities at last become interested and grant him a pardon.

Title:Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know (Illustrated)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 18, 2016Publisher:@AnnieRoseBooksLanguage:English

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