Puss in Boots (1)
Once a miller left to his three sons a mill, a donkey, and a cat.
The eldest took the mill and second the donkey.
The yongest had only the cat.
The poor young fellow was quite unhappy at his lot.
" My brothers, " said he, " may do well by joining together. But after I have eaten my cat and made a muff of his skin, I must die of hunger. "
The cat, who heard all this, said to him:
" Do not be sad, my good master.
You need only give me a bag and have a pair of boots made for me so that I may scamper through the brambles.
You shall see that you have not done so badly as you imagine. "
The cat's master had often seen him play clever tricks to catch rats and mice.
He would hang by his feet, or hide himself in the meal, and play dead.
So the lad did not lose all hope of being helped.
When the cat received the boots, he pulled them on with a grand air.
Then he put the bag about his neck, held its strings in his two forepaws, and went out to hunt for rabbits.
He put bran and lettuce into his bag and stretched out beside it as if he were dead.
He waited for young rabbits, who had not yet learned the tricks of the world, to crawl into the bag and eat what he had put there.
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Scarecely had he lain down when he gained what he wanted.
A foolish young rabbit entered the bag.
Puss, drawing close the strings, killled him without pity.
Proud of his catch, Puss carried it to the King's palace, and asked to speak with His Majesty.
He was shown into the king's rooms.
Making a low bow, the cat said：
" I have brought you, sir, a rabbit,which my noble lord, the Murquis Carabas" ーthat was the title Puss was pleased to give his masterーhas commanded me to present to Your Majesty from him. "
"Tell your mastrer, " said the king, " that I thank him, and that his present gives me a great deal of pleasure.
Another time the cat hid himself in a field of corn, holding his bag open.
When a pair of partridges ran into it, he drew the strings and thus caught both of birds.
He gave them to the King as he had given him the rabbit.
The king received the partridges happily, and ordered some money to be given to Puss.
The cat continue for two or three months to carry game to His Majesty.
One day. when Puss knew that the King was drive along the river with his daughterーwho was the most beautiful Princess in the worldーhe said to his master,
" If you will now follow my advice, your fotune is made,
You have nothing to do but wash yourself in the riverーI shall show you whereーand leave the rest to me."
leave the rest to me:
leave the rest to fate(運を天に委ねる)
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The Marquis of Carabas did what the cat adviced, without knowing why.
While he was bathing, the king passed by.
The cat began to cry out as loudly as he could,
"Help ! Help ! My Lord Marquis of Carabas is drowning.
At this, the King put his head out of the coach window.
He saw that it was the cat who had so often brought him such good game.
He told his guard to run at once to the aid of the Marquis of Carabas.
While they were dragging the young man out of the river, the cat came up to the King's coach.
He told the King that as his master was washing in the river, some robbers had run off with his clothes.
The Marquis had cried, "Thieves! Thieves!"several times but no one had heard him.
(Actually, the clever cat himself had hidden the clothes under a great stone.)
The King commanded his men to run and fetch one of his best suits for the Marquis of Carabas.
The fine clothes suited the Marquis, for he was well built and very handsome.
The King's daughter took a secret liking for the Marquis.
When he cast two or three respectful and tender glances upon her, she fell deeply in love with him.
The King invited the Marquis of Carabas to come into the coach and take the air with them.
The cat, overjoyed to see his plan beginning to succeed, marched on ahead.
Meeting some farm workers who were mowing a meadow, he said to them,
" Good people, you who are mowing, if you do not tell the King that the meadow you are mowing belongs to My Lord marquis of Carabas, you shall be chopped as fine as mincemeat."
The King did not fail to ask the mowers to whom the meadow belonged.
"To My Lord Marquis of Carabas, " they answered.
The cat's threat had made them terribly afraid.
" You have a fine place, " said the King to the Marquis of Carabas.
" Yes, " replied the Marquis, " this is a meadow which always gives a good harvest. "
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The cat, still running on ahead, now met some reapers.
He said to them, " Good people, you who are reaping, if you do not tell the King that all this corn belongs to the Marquis of Carabas, you shall be chopped as fine as mincemeat. "
The King, who passed by a moment after, wished to know whom all that corn belonged.
" To My Lord Marquis of Carabas, " replied the reapers.
The King was still more impressed.
The cat, going on ahead, said the same words to all he met.
The King grew astonished at the vast lands held by the Marquis of Carabas.
Puss came at last to a stately castle.
The master of this was an ogre, the richest ever known.
He owned all the lands which the King had been riding through.
The cat had taken care to find out who this ogre was and what he could do.
He asked to speak with him, saying smoothly that he could not pass so near his castle without paying his respects.
The ogre received him as politely as an ogre could, and made him sit down.
" I have been told, " said the cat, " that you have the gift of being able to chang yourself into any sort of creature.
You can, for example, turn yourself into a lion or an elephant. "
That is true, " answered the ogre roughly.
" To prove it, I shall now become a lion. "
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Puss was so terrified at the sight of a lion so near him that he at once leaped out on the roof.
And not without trouble and danger, because of his boots.
There were no use for walking upon the smooth tiles.
A little while later, when Puss saw that ogre was no longer a lion, he came down and admitted he had been very much afraid.
" I have been told, also, " said the cat,
" but, I cannot believe it, that you have the power to take on the shape of the smallest animal.
For example, that you can change yourself into a rat or even a mouse.
I must say, I think this impossible. "
" Impossible ! " cried the ogre.
" You shall see. "
The ogre then changed himself into a mouse and began to run about the floor.
Puss instantly fell on the mouse and ate him up.
Meanwhile the King as he passed the ogre's fine castle, desired to go into it.
Puss heard the noise of His Majesty's coach running over the drawbridge.
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He ran out and said to the King, " Your Majesty is welcome to this castle of My Lord Marquis of Carabas. "
" What, My Lord Marquis ! " cried the King.
" And does this castle,also belomg to you ?
There can be nothing finer than this court and all that surrounded it.
Let us go in, if you please. "
The Marquis gave his hand to the Princess and followed the King, who went first.
They passed into a great hall, where they found a magnificent feast.
This the ogre had prepared for his friends.
They were that very day to visit him but now dared not enter, knowing the King was there.
His Majesty was as charmed with the Lord Marquis of Carabas as his daughter, who was so much in love with him.
The King said to the Marquis,
" It is only for you to say, My Lord Marquis, whether you will be my son-in -law. "
The Marquis, making several low bow, accepted the honour which His Majesty offered.
That very day he married the Princess.
Puss became a great lord, and he never ran after mice any moreーexcept for fun.
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