By K. Briggs
A vintage in folklore scholarship prepared in 2 components. folks Narratives comprises stories instructed for edification or satisfaction, yet no longer considered factually precise. folks Legends provides stories the tellers believed to be documents of tangible occasions.
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Mary, Sir, III Jocular tales 39 (quoth the other,) to seethe your Cole-wort in. At which speech finding his lye hit him, with as much speede as he could, like a lying Gull, gat him away from the company. Norton Collection, VI, p. 82 A. Pasquil’s Jests (1604), p. 82, in Hazlitt, Shakespeare’s Jest-Books, III (1864). TYPE 1920A (variant). 1401 [Lie: the great vegetable]. See “Mark Twain in the Fens”, “The Man Who Bounced”. COMICAL HISTORY OF THREE DREAMERS Three companions, of whom two were Tradesmen and Townsmen, and the third a Villager, on the score of devotion, went on pilgrimage to a noted sanctuary; and as they went on their way, their provision began to fail them, insomuch that they had nothing to eat, but a little flour, barely sufficient to make of it a very small loaf of bread.
So the fool went off, scratching his head, and sat down by the riverside, to think how he could get a proper coat o’ clay. He thought so hard that he fell asleep, and rolled over, plump, into the river. He pulled himself out alive all right, but wet, shivering and dripping, and he lay down in the dusty road, to dry himself in the sun. He rolled about in the dry dust, till he was all coated with it. Then he thought to himself, “Hi yi, I’ve got a rare coat of clay now. ” And he gave himself a last roll to make certain, when the Squire came galloping round (as if) the boggles were after him, and reined up just in time, as the fool scrambled into the hedge.
There are Livonian, Lithuanian, Irish, German and West Indian versions of this tale, in which the parson is a card-player. THE COGGESHALL JOBS I. A Coggeshall Job. The saying is, that the Coggeshall folk wanted to divert the current of a stream, and fixed hurdles in the bed of it for the purpose. Another tale is that a mad dog bit a wheelbarrow, and the people, fearing it would go mad, chained it up in a shed. Brewer, A Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, London, c. 1870, pp. 175–6) II. There were two windmills here, in close proximity, but as there was not sufficient wind to turn both of them, one was levelled to the ground.
A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales in the English Language (Part A, Volume 2) by K. Briggs