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Bulgarian Folk Story

Firm-as-a-Rock, Soft-as-Silk and Sweet-as-Honey

Firm-as-a-Rock, Soft-as-Silk and Sweet-as-Honey

Translated by Zdravka Tasheva
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Illustrated by Gencho Denchev

Once upon a time, there lived an old woman in a hut at the edge of the forest.

Firm-as-a-Rock, Soft-as-Silk and Sweet-as-Honey

One day, she went to gather mushrooms, and gradually walked deeper and deeper into the forest.

Suddenly, a big, bad wolf blocked her way and said to her:

'I'll eat you!'

Firm-as-a-Rock, Soft-as-Silk and Sweet-as-Honey

The old woman was very frightened and replied:

'What will you get if you cat me? I am old and skinny.

Firm-as-a-Rock, Soft-as-Silk and Sweet-as-Honey

But I have three daughters: Firm-as-a-Rock, Soft-as-Silk and Sweet-as-Honey. Come to my place tonight and I will let you one of them.

Firm-as-a-Rock, Soft-as-Silk and Sweet-as-Honey

The wolf believed her and went away happily.

Firm-as-a-Rock, Soft-as-Silk and Sweet-as-Honey

The old woman hurried back home. Early in the evening, she locked her goat in its pen, and took the cat and cock with her in the hut.

Firm-as-a-Rock, Soft-as-Silk and Sweet-as-Honey

When it got dark, the wolf came to the old woman's hut, knocked at the door and cried:

'Grandma, give me your daughter Firm-as-a-Rock!'

Firm-as-a-Rock, Soft-as-Silk and Sweet-as-Honey

The old woman replied:

'Grandma has bolted and barred the door firm as a rock!'

Firm-as-a-Rock, Soft-as-Silk and Sweet-as-Honey

'Let me have Soft-as-Silk!'

Firm-as-a-Rock, Soft-as-Silk and Sweet-as-Honey

'Grandma has made her bed soft as silk.'

Firm-as-a-Rock, Soft-as-Silk and Sweet-as-Honey

The big bad wolf growled angrily:

'Let me have Sweet-as-Honey then!'

And the answered:

'Grandma's dreams will be sweet as honey.'

Firm-as-a-Rock, Soft-as-Silk and Sweet-as-Honey

That is how old Grandma outwitted the wolf and saved her life; and the wolf went away into the forest snarling angrily.

Firm-as-a-Rock, Soft-as-Silk and Sweet-as-Honey

Author: Bulgarian Folk Tale; illustrated by Denchev G.

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