By K. Briggs
A vintage in folklore scholarship prepared in 2 elements. people Narratives comprises stories advised for edification or satisfaction, yet now not regarded as factually real. folks Legends offers stories the tellers believed to be documents of tangible occasions.
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The four suits answer to the four quarters of the year; there are thirteen cards in each suit, and thirteen weeks in each quarter; the twelve coat cards correspond with the twelve months in a year; and there are just as many weeks in a year as cards in a pack. 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.
But domme if I know what happened to they old crows arterwards. Norton Collection, VI, p. 60. Gloucestershire. Massingham, Shepherd’s Country, pp. 136–7. TYPE 1881*. 1252 [Lies about crows]. 1252aa [Big crows carry off cedar-trees]. THE CUCKOO-PENNERS Round April 15th they hold Cuckoo Fair Day down to Crewkerne, ’cos when cuckoo do come, they begins to think about putting in the ’arvest. If ’e come early, they get a good ’arvest, but if ’e come late, well, then they don’t ’ave much chance. ” So they outs, and they vinds a young cuckoo in a dunnock’s nest.
The one is chosen who replied that he had never done such a thing. See also “The Choice of a Servant” (A, I). THE CHORISTER’S MISTAKE A few years ago the village choir was out “Christmas-ing” at the farmhouses. On going across a paddock in the darkness one of the number stumbled and fell over a donkey that sprang up with the chorister on his back and scampered off with him. The choirman thought he was being carried off by the Evil One, and cried: “Please, Mister Devil, put me down. ” Norton, Supplementary Collection, no.