Spanish Fairy Tales | Annotated Tale

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Fairy Hen, The

A WOMAN once saw a most beautiful black hen enter her poultry yard and lay an egg, as large as a turkey’s and as white as chalk. The. woman grew very proud of this black hen which laid a most beautiful egg for her every day. But at last the hen ceased to lay, which so annoyed its mistress, that she ceased to give it any food, saying:—

“The hen that does not lay,
Shall have no corn to-day.”


                To which the fowl, opening its beak fearfully wide, replied:—

“Lay eggs and get no corn!
For that I was not bom!”


                And spreading its wings, it made a spring, flew out of the window, and disappeared.

                By this the woman perceived that the beautiful black hen was a fairy, which had been sent to reprove her greediness.

Bibliographic Information

Tale Title: Fairy Hen, The
Tale Author/Editor: Caballero, Fernan
Book Title: Spanish Fairy Tales
Book Author/Editor: Caballero, Fernan
Publisher: International Book Company
Publication City: New York
Year of Publication: 1920
Country of Origin: Spain
Classification: ATU 836: Pride is Punished

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