Set the table


3 min

Long ago there lived a tailor who had three sons and a goat. Once the elder went out and herded the goat for a whole day. When it was time to go home, he asked the goat if she was full.
"Yes, I'm both full and happy, I can't take a single leaf, meh, meh!" said the goat.

Then he went home with her.
But the tailor went out into the stable and asked the goat: "Are you full now, dear goat?"

When she replied that she had received nothing, the tailor became angry and kicked his son out of the home. The same happened to the two other sons when they herded the goat. When they asked her if she was full, she said yes, only to say something completely different then when the tailor asked her. And both were chased from the home with stabs and blows.

Now the tailor himself had to go out with the goat. He let her graze in a meadow with the juiciest grass until evening.
"Are you full now, dear goat?" he then asked, and she answered yes. But when they entered the stable she said:
"How full could I be, had to go around and just look, didn't even find a leaf, meh, meh!"
Then the tailor understood that he had been unfair to his sons, and now it was the goat's turn to be chased away.

The eldest son was apprenticed to a carpenter and when his apprenticeship was over, he was given a small table by his employer. When they said: "Table, set the table!" the most delicious dishes and drinks were presented by himself.

On the way home, the boy came to an inn, where he intended to spend the night. He set forth his little table, and the innkeeper and the other guests were astonished,
when all the good food was conjured up.

At night when the boy slept, the innkeeper replaced the table with another, which looked the same. When the boy got home, he wanted to show his father what the table was good for. But no matter how many times he said "Table, settle down!" then the table was just as empty. Then the poor boy realized that the table had been replaced.

The other son had been apprenticed to a miller. When he had completed his apprenticeship, his employer gave him a donkey and said: "When you put it on a canvas and say 'Briklebrit' it spits gold coins."
The boy thanked and set off with the donkey.

Now it was no better than that he came to the same inn, where his elder brother had had his table changed. The innkeeper spying on him watched as he let the donkey spit out gold coins. At night he changed the donkey to a normal donkey without the boy noticing.

When the boy got home, of course, he wanted to show off his strange donkey, but no matter how many times he said "Briklebrit" it didn't spit out so much as a five-year-old.
The youngest brother had been apprenticed to a turner, and as a parting gift his employer gave him a sack with a stick in it, saying: "If anyone wants to hurt you, you just say 'Put the stick out of the sack' and it will jump out and give the mischief a round."

In the evening the boy came to the same inn as his brothers. The host crept in at night to replace the sack, but then the boy shouted: "Knölpåk out of the sack!" and out went the knölpåken and flogged the innkeeper until he gave up both the table and the golden donkey. And so the boy took everything home with him, and then they lived happily ever after.

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