JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
ONCE upon a time there lived a poor widow who had an only
son named Jack. She
"Never mind, mother," said Jack. "We must
sell Milky White. Trust me to make a
For some time he went along very sadly,-but after a
little he quite recovered his spirits.
"I may as well ride as walk," said he; so
instead of leading the cow by the halter, he jumped on her back, and so he went whistling
along until he met a butcher.
"Good morning,"said the butcher.
"It's lucky I met you," said the butcher.
"You may save yourself the trouble of going so far."
With this, he put his hand in his pocket, and pulled out
five curious-looking beans.
"What do you call these ?" he said.
"Beans," said Jack.
Yes," said he, "beans, but they're the most
wonderful beans that ever were known.If you plant them overnight, by the next morning
they'll grow up and reach the sky. But to save you the trouble of going all the way to
market, I don't mind exchanging them for that cow of yours."
"Done!" cried Jack, who was so delighted with
the bargain that he ran all the way home to tell his mother how lucky he had been.
But oh! how disappointed the poor widow was.
"Off to bed with you!" she cried; and she was
so angry that she threw the beans out of the window into the garden. So poor Jack went to
bed without any supper, and cried himself to sleep.
When he woke up the next morning, the room was almost
dark; and Jack jumped
"I'Il just see where it leads to," thought
Jack, and with that he stepped out of the window on to the beanstalk, and began to climb
upwards. He climbed up and up, till
"Goodmorning, ma'am," said he, very politely..
"Good morning, Jack," said she; and Jack was
more surprised than ever, for he
"All that the giant has is yours," she said,
and then disappeared quite as suddenly as she came.
"She must be a fairy," thought Jack.
As he drew near to the castle, he saw the giant's wife
standing at the door.
"If you please, ma'am," said he, "would
you kindly give me some breakfast? I have had nothing to eat since yesterday."
Now, the giant's wife, although very big and very ugly,
had a kind heart, so she said:"Very well, little man, come in; but you must be quick
about it, for if my husband, the giant, finds you here, he will eat you up, bones and
So in Jack went, and the giant's wife gave him a good
breakfast, but before he
"Dearie me, that is my husband!" said the
giantess, in a terrible fright; "we must hide you somehow," and she lifted Jack
up and popped him into the empty kettle.
No sooner had the giant's wife opened the door than her
husband roared out:
"Fee, fi, fo, fum,
Nonsense!" said his wife; "you must be
mistaken. It's the ox's hide you smell." So he sat down, and ate up the greater part
of the ox. When he had finished he said:
Jack and his mother were now quite rich; but it occurred
to him one day that he would like to see how matters were going on at the giant's castle.
So while his mother was away at market, he climbed up, and up, and up, and up, until he
got to the top of the beanstalk again.
The giantess was standing at the door, just as before,
but she did not know Jack,
"Run away," said she, "or my husband the
giant will eat you up, bones and all. The last boy who came here stole two bags of
gold--off with you!" But the giantess had a
"Fee, fi, fo, fum.
But his wife told him he was mistaken, and after
breakfasting off a roasted bullock, just as if it were a lark, he called out: "Wife,
bring the little brown hen!" The
"Lay!" said the giant; and the hen at once laid
a golden egg. "Lay!" said the giant a second time; and she laid another golden
egg. "Lay!" said the giant a third time; and she laid a third golden egg.
"That will do for to-day," said he, and
stretched himself out to go to sleep. As soon as he began to snore, Jack crept out of the
oven, went on tiptoe to the table, and, snatching up the little brown hen, made a dash for
the door. Then the hen began to cackle, and the giant began to wake up; but before he was
quite awake, Jack had escaped from the castle,and, climbing as fast as he could down the
beanstalk, got safe home to his mother's cottage.
The little brown hen laid so many golden eggs that Jack
and his mother had now
This time, you may be sure, he was careful not to be
seen; so he crept round to the back of the castle, and when the giant's wife went out he
slipped into the kitchen
"Fee, fi, fo, fum.
But the giantess was quite sure that she had seen no
little boys that morning; and after grumbling a great deal, the giant sat down to
breakfast. Even then he was not
"Fee, fi, fo, fum
and once he got up and looked in the kettle. But, of
course, Jack was in the oven all the time!
When the giant had finished, he called out: "Wife,
bring me the golden harp!" So she brought in the golden harp, and placed it on the
table. "Sing!" said the giant; and the harp at once began to sing the most
beautiful songs that ever were heard. It sang so sweetly that the giant soon fell fast
asleep; and then Jack crept quietly out of the oven, and going on tiptoe to the table,
seized hold of the golden harp. But the harp at once called out:"Master!
master!" and the giant woke up just in time to catch sight of Jack running out of the
With a fearful roar, he seized his oak-tree club, and
dashed after Jack, who held the
AUTHOR UNKNOWNFROM THE BOOK:<THE YOUNG FOLKS TREASURY>VOLUME 1THE UNIVERSITY SOCIETY INC.1909