In the days of king Alfred there lived a poor woman. She was a widow and had an only child named Jack, whom she indulged to a fault. The consequence of her blind partiality was that Jack did not pay the least attention to anything she said. His follies were not owing to a bad disposition, but his mother had never checked on him. The poor woman one day talked with Jack with tears in her eyes Her distress was great, and for the first time in her life, she had not enough money to purchase even a bit of bread for another day. Nothing now remains to sell but her poor cow . Jack began asking his mother to let him sell the cow in the next village and she at last consented. As he was going along, Jack met a butcher. The butcher inquired why he was taking the cow from home. Jack replied that he was going to sell it. The butcher held some curious beans in his hat that were of various colors and attracted Jack’s notice. The butcher asked what was the price of the cw, offering at the same time all the beans in his hat for it. The bargain was struck instantly and the cow exchanged for the beans. Soon after that, Jack hurried home and calling aloud to his mother before he reached the house, thingkingto surprise her. When he saw the beans and heard Jack’s account, she became very angry. She fiercelykicked the beans away and they flew in all directions with some being scattered in the garden. The following morning, Jack awoke very early and saw something uncommon from window of his bed-chamber. Quickly, he ran downstairs into the garden, where he soon discovered that some of the beans had taken root and sprung up surprisingly. The stalks were of an immense thickness and had so entwined that they formed a ladder almost like a chain appearance. +
Without thinking twice, he began to climb the beanstalk. Up and up climbed, until he reached the top. Jack saw a path that led to a big castle. The castle had a huge door and Jack pushed with all his strength to open it. Then he...
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