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was at liberty to tell his donkey as many secrets as he chose, as he would not interfere in the least.

Then the merchant went up to the donkey, put his mouth close to its ear, and cried with a loud voice these words: "I tell you what, donkey, those that do not know what you are are welcome to buy you if they choose."

(Lisbon. From a native of Almeida, Beira-Baixa.)

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