The humour of Italy; . left this cloth; letus keep it. They hid the money and carried off thecloth. In the morning, when Giucca got up, he said, Mother, I am going to fetch that money. Very good; be quick about it, and mind they give youthe whole of it. Giucca went to the statue. Hallo, mistress, Ive come for the money! The statue said nothing. Oh ! look here ! It must not be the same as yesterday;to-day I want the money. I see you have used the cloth.Give me the money, or let me have the cloth back. 298 ITALIAN HUMOUR. So he picked up a stone and threw it at her. Andthen the statue was broken

The humour of Italy; . left this cloth; letus keep it. They hid the money and carried off thecloth. In the morning, when Giucca got up, he said, Mother, I am going to fetch that money. Very good; be quick about it, and mind they give youthe whole of it. Giucca went to the statue. Hallo, mistress, Ive come for the money! The statue said nothing. Oh ! look here ! It must not be the same as yesterday;to-day I want the money. I see you have used the cloth.Give me the money, or let me have the cloth back. 298 ITALIAN HUMOUR. So he picked up a stone and threw it at her. Andthen the statue was broken Stock Photo
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The humour of Italy; . left this cloth; letus keep it. They hid the money and carried off thecloth. In the morning, when Giucca got up, he said, Mother, I am going to fetch that money. Very good; be quick about it, and mind they give youthe whole of it. Giucca went to the statue. Hallo, mistress, Ive come for the money! The statue said nothing. Oh ! look here ! It must not be the same as yesterday;to-day I want the money. I see you have used the cloth.Give me the money, or let me have the cloth back. 298 ITALIAN HUMOUR. So he picked up a stone and threw it at her. Andthen the statue was broken, and all the money beganto fall out. Giucca was well pleased; he picked upthe money and went home. T.ook, mother, how much money I have broughtyou ! I told you she was a good sort of woman.First she did not want to give it me, but then Ithrew stones at her, andshe gave me all this. But tell me, Giucca, what haveyou done ? Why, dont youknow her? — thecreature who has beenstanding there bolt upright for ever so long !. Oh ! you rascal ! what have you done ? Dear me !dear me ! With all this money I had better find you a wifeto look after you ! The Hermit and the Thieves. . Once, she said, there was a hermit, a poor sort ofpriest, who lived all alone, and had no society but his pig, with whom he used to eat at the same table as a sort of PROVERBS, FOLK-LORE, AND ANECDOTES. 299 penance for his sins. Besides the pig he had a box ofmoney, which he had collected in little sums given incharity till it amounted to a good large sum, and this hekept hidden away under his bed. Now it happened that therewere two bad men, two robbers, who heard of this box, anddesired very much to get possession of it. So they puttheir heads together to construct a plan to deceive the poorold hermit. At last they hit upon one, and it was this:Having first got a good strong rope and a large basket, theywent one night to his house, and climbed upon the roofwithout his knowledge, and let down the basket until i

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