Ah How happy we shall live now said the fisherman We will try to do so at least

Ah how happy we shall live now said the fisherman we

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was a courtyard behind, full of ducks and chickens. "Ah! How happy we shall live now!" said the fisherman. "We will try to do so, at least," said his wife. Everything went right for a week or two, and then Dame Isabell said, "Husband, there is not nearly room enough for us in this cottage; the courtyard and the garden are a great deal too small. I should like to have a large stone castle to live in. Go to the fish again and tell him to give us a castle."
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"Wife," said the fisherman, "I don’t want to go to him again, for perhaps he will be angry; we ought to be lucky with this pretty cottage to live in." "Nonsense!" Said the wife. "He will do it very willingly, I know. Go along and try!" The fisherman went, but his heart was very heavy: and when he came to the sea, it looked blue and gloomy, though it was very calm. He went close to the edge of the waves, and called for the fish. "Well, what does she want now?" said the fish. The man dolefully said, "My wife wants to live in a stone castle." "Go home, she is standing at the gate of it already." So away went the fisherman, and found his wife standing before the gate of a great castle. "See, is not this grand?" she said. With that they went into the castle together, and found a great many servants there, and the rooms all richly furnished, and full of golden chairs and tables. Behind the castle was a garden, and around it was a park half a mile long, full of sheep, goats, hares, and deer; and in the courtyard were stables and cow houses. The man said, "Well, now we will live cheerful and happy in this beautiful castle for the rest of our lives." "Perhaps we may, but let us sleep upon it, before we make up our minds to that," said the wife. So they went to bed.The next morning when Dame Isabell awoke it was broad daylight, and she jogged the fisherman with her elbow, and said, "Get up, husband, and bestir yourself, for we must be king of all the land." "Wife, why should we wish to be the king? I will not be king." "Then I will," she said. "But, wife! How can you be king? The fish cannot make you a king?" said the fisherman.
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