Italian Popular Tales | Annotated Tale

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Story of the Barber, The

The following are intended to soothe restless children, and are so short that they may be given entire.


ONCE upon a time there was a barber.... Be good and I will tell it to you again. [1]

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               The next is from the same source.

               Once upon a time there was a king, a pope, and a dwarf.... This king, this pope, and this dwarf....

               (Then the story-teller begins again).


2] Pitrè, No. 141. In the notes to this story are given some more of this class.

                "Once upon a time there was a page who drew three carts: one of wine, one of bread, and one of relishes.... And once upon a time there was a page."

                Some poetical versions are given in the same place from various parts of Italy.

"Once upon a time,     
An old man and an old woman     
Were on top of a mountain...     
Be quiet, for I am going to tell you it."


"Once upon a time there was a man     
Behind the church     
With a basket on his back...     
But be still if I am to tell you it!"

                --Milan, Nov. fior. p. 570.

                Some more rhymes of this class may be found in Papanti, _Nov. pop. livor_, p. 17: "Once upon a time there was a man, whose name was Boccabella, who skinned his wife to make a skirt; and skinned his children to make some towels."

"Once upon a time there was a man,     
A woman, and a little bottle...     
Listen to this!"

"Once upon a time there was a king     
Who ate more than you;     
He ate bread and cheese,     
Pull, pull this nose."

                Here the speaker pulls the child's nose.

"Once upon a time there was a rich poor man     
Who had seven daughters to marry:     
On one hand there came a felon,     
And on the other seven blisters."

Bibliographic Information

Tale Title: Story of the Barber, The
Tale Author/Editor: Crane, Thomas
Book Title: Italian Popular Tales
Book Author/Editor: Crane, Thomas Frederick
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin and Company
Publication City: Boston
Year of Publication: 1885
Country of Origin: Italy
Classification: ATU 2271: Mock Stories for Children

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