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She was called by this name because she had one very long ear. When she was asleep her very long ear would sink down slowly. She would also hear nothing, understand nothing and smell nothing while asleep. When awake her long ear would stand up towards the sky in an oblique manner. As she never bathed or combed her hair, which became long and twisted, she looked horrible. Her twenty nails were so long that they were like the claws of a lion. Her eyebrows were also long and thick. Her teeth were sharp and she had large red eyes.

I will kill her tonight and you can help. She is a bad mother. She makes me afraid. I always ask her to spare one boy or one girl for me. She never agrees. She kills every boy and girl and eats them. Some of these children are very beautiful, and I love them. My mother is bad, and we should kill her to-night. Then we may take the house, and the food. Then we may go anywhere-free, free, free! When she comes later, she will eat something. Then she will sleep, because she is tired. Her long ear will be down and she will hear nothing and understand nothing.

So Big-Club, the man who spoke the truth and kept his promise, was able to win the people’s confidence, in spite of being a monster. 77 THE PITCHER THAT BECAME A QUEEN There was once a man who had had twelve children. All had died after living only a few minutes. At last, a thirteenth child was born. -- . - _ _. _ ^ . -. -,, -““, Life is beyond price; protection and respectfor the individual a heart-rending disappointment. Just imagine! A living pitcher being born instead of a lovely baby! What a disaster!

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