And the minstrel who had a good tale
to tell was ever sure of a welcome, and for his pains he was rewarded with money, jewels, and even land.
If we go by mere facts then the subject is Falk's attempt to get married; in which the narrator of the tale finds himself unexpectedly involved both on its ruthless and its delicate side.
From first to last Hermann's niece utters no word in the tale -- and it is not because she is dumb, but for the simple reason that whenever she happens to come under the observation of the narrator she has either no occasion or is too profoundly moved to speak.
The sea was dark blue, covered with ships full of white sails; and in the barn old women, maidens, and children were sitting picking hops into a large cask; the young sang songs, but the old told fairy tales of mountain-sprites and soothsayers.
Now drink your tea," said the boy's mother; "then, perhaps, you may hear a fairy tale.
He has great variety, also, of narrative forms: elaborate allegories; love stories of many kinds; romances, both religious and secular; tales of chivalrous exploit, like that related by the Knight; humorous extravaganzas; and jocose renderings of coarse popular material--something, at least, in virtually every medieval type.
Later on, perhaps through Chaucer's example, he turned to English, and in 'Confessio Amantis' (A Lover's Confession) produced a series of renderings of traditional stories parallel in general nature to 'The Canterbury Tales.
There you are right, he replied; but if any one asks where are such models to be found and of what tales
are you speaking-- how shall we answer him?
The author did not make any obstinate opposition, for he began to be of opinion with Dr Wheeler, in Miss Edgeworth's excellent tale
Before the book was half finished those three were taking things almost entirely into their own hands and working the whole tale
as a private venture of their own--a tale
which they had nothing at all to do with, by rights.
As I was painting the bright petals of a blue bell, it told me this tale
Marry, we shall have it a again," sighed the boy; "that same old weary tale
that he hath told a thousand times in the same words, and that he WILL tell till he dieth, every time he hath gotten his barrel full and feeleth his exaggeration-mill a-working.