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THE SNAKE WITH SEVEN HEADS.




Once a brother and sister lived together very happily and contentedly. They kept a farm of sheep, pigs, bees, and everything else that could make them comfortable; and their crops were always plentiful. The sister was industrious and a good manager, and looked after the comfort and well-being of her brother. But their neighbour, an old woman whose thoughts were ever bent on mischief, began to think how she might sow the seeds of discord between the brother and sister and destroy their happiness. One day, when the sister was alone and engaged in her household affairs, this old woman came in to see her, and after great professions of friendship she said to her: "Poor girl, I do pity you, working so hard and economising as you do for that worthless brother of yours, while he is regaling himself at the inn with a fair companion, and then comes home, making