By K. Briggs
A vintage in folklore scholarship prepared in 2 components. folks Narratives includes stories advised for edification or satisfaction, yet no longer regarded as factually real. people Legends provides stories the tellers believed to be documents of tangible occasions.
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459 [Jokes on parsons]. THE BOY WHO FEARED NOTHING Once a father made a bet with his son that he dare not go into the bonehouse in their village churchyard at midnight and fetch a skull out without taking a light with him. The son accepted the wager, and on the following night went down into the bonehouse. In the meantime the father had told a man to hide himself in the bonehouse, and watch the boy. When the boy got down amongst the bones, he picked up a skull. ” * Pronounced bazeoms. ” So the boy picked one up and ran home to his father, and won the wager.
163–8. TYPE 1641. See “The Clever Gypsy”, “The Clever Irishman”. THE CONTRARY WIFE This farmer was brought up for the murder of his wife. Well after t’ judge had been talking all afternoon to him, t’ farmer said: “It’s about time ah was ga-en yam to feed. ” “Well,” t’ farmer said, “it was this way. My wife was one o’ them contrairy soort. ’ “And she said: ‘Yes we will. ’ “And when she got hafe-way across, t’ brig ga’e way, an’ she went in. And me thinking she would be still contrairy, ah ran as ard as ah could up t’ beck.
TYPE 1881*. 1252 [Lies about crows]. 1252aa [Big crows carry off cedar-trees]. THE CUCKOO-PENNERS Round April 15th they hold Cuckoo Fair Day down to Crewkerne, ’cos when cuckoo do come, they begins to think about putting in the ’arvest. If ’e come early, they get a good ’arvest, but if ’e come late, well, then they don’t ’ave much chance. ” So they outs, and they vinds a young cuckoo in a dunnock’s nest. Well, they veeds ’en, and while they keeps ’en ved and ’appy, the rest o’ the Crewkerne men, they builds a ’edge right round ’en.
A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales in the English Language (Part A, Volume 2) by K. Briggs