A Russian Tale - The Baba Yaga

  • The Baba Yaga.

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    Once upon a time there was an old couple.

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  • The husband lost his wife and married again.

  • But he had a daughter by the first marriage, a young girl, and she found no favor in the eyes of her evil stepmother, who used to beat her, and consider how she could get her killed outright.

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    One day the father went away somewhere or other, so the stepmother said to the girl,

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    Stepmother

    “Go to your aunt, my sister, and ask her for a needle and thread to make you a shift.”

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    Now that aunt was a Baba Yaga.

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  • Well, the girl was no fool, so she went to a real aunt of hers first, and says she:

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    Girl

    “Good morning, auntie!”

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    Auntie

    “Good morning, my dear! what have you come for?”

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    Girl

    “Mother has sent me to her sister, to ask for a needle and thread to make me a shift.”

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    Then her aunt instructed her what to do.

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    Auntie

    “There is a birch-tree there, niece, which would hit you in the eye— you must tie a ribbon round it; there are doors which would creak and bang— you must pour oil on their hinges;

  • there are dogs which would tear you in pieces— you must throw them these rolls; there is a cat which would scratch your eyes out— you must give it a piece of bacon.”

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    So the girl went away, and walked and walked, till she came to the place.

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  • There stood a hut, and in it sat weaving the Baba Yaga, the Bony-shanks.

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    Girl

    “Good morning, auntie,”

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    says the girl.

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    The Baba Yaga

    “Good morning, my dear,”

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    replies the Baba Yaga.

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