L>Jack and the BeanstalkJack and also the Beanstalkeight execution of an English fairy tale(Aarne-Thompson-Uther form 328)edited by D. L. Ashliman © 2002-2015ContentsJack and also the Beanstalk, as recorded by Joseph Jacobs (1860/1890). Jack and also the Beanstalk, as taped by Andrew Lang (1890). Jack and the Beanstalk, as recorded by Edwin Sidney Hartland (1890). Jack and the Bean-Pole, as tape-recorded by Elsie Clews Parsons (1917). Connect to The history of Jack and also the Bean-Stalk: printed from the initial Manuscript, Never prior to Published (London: B. Tabart, 1807). This is very first known published version of this tale (presented here by The Hockliffe Project). Link to Jack and the Bean-Stalk. Source: The Child"s own Book, ninth edition (London: william Tegg, 1861), pp. 214-29). Link to Jack and the Beanstalk, as retold through Flora Annie Steel. Source: Flora Annie Steel, English Fairy tales (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1918), pp. 136-53. Link to Jack and also the p Tree. Source: Richard Chase, The Jack Tales: individual Tales indigenous the southerly Appalachians (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003), pp. 29-37. Very first published 1943. return to D. L. Ashliman"s folktexts, a library that folktales, folklore, fairy tales, and also mythology. Jack and the Beanstalk As taped by Joseph Jacobs over there was as soon as upon a time a poor widow who had an only son named Jack, and a cow named Milky-White. And also all they had actually to live on was the milk the cow provided every morning, i m sorry they lugged to the market and also sold. But one morning Milky-White offered no milk, and also they didn"t recognize what to do. "What shall us do, what shall we do?" said the widow, wringing she hands. "Cheer up, mother, I"ll go and also get occupational somewhere," said Jack. "We"ve tried that before, and nobody would certainly take you," stated his mother. "We have to sell Milky-White and also with the money begin a shop, or something." "All right, mother," states Jack. "It"s market day today, and also I"ll soon sell Milky-White, and also then we"ll watch what we can do." so he take it the cow"s halter in his hand, and off that started. He hadn"t gone much when the met a funny-looking old man, who stated to him, "Good morning, Jack." "Good morning to you," said Jack, and wondered just how he knew his name. "Well, Jack, and where are you off to?" stated the man. "I"m walk to sector to sell our cow there." "Oh, friend look the suitable sort the chap to sell cows," stated the man. "I wonder if you recognize how numerous beans do five." "Two in each hand and also one in your mouth," says Jack, as sharp together a needle. "Right you are," claims the man, "and right here they are, the very beans themselves," he went on, pulling the end of his bag a number of strange-looking beans. "As you space so sharp," states he, "I don"t psychic doing a swap v you -- your cow for these beans." "Go along," says Jack. "Wouldn"t you like it?" "Ah! girlfriend don"t know what this beans are," said the man. "If you tree them overnight, through morning they flourish right as much as the sky." "Really?" claimed Jack. "You don"t say so." "Yes, that is so. And also if the doesn"t turn out to it is in true you can have her cow back." "Right," states Jack, and hands him end Milky-White"s halter and also pockets the beans. Back goes Jack home, and as that hadn"t gone an extremely far the wasn"t dusk by the moment he gained to his door. "Back already, Jack?" said his mother. "I view you haven"t obtained Milky-White, for this reason you"ve marketed her. Exactly how much go you get for her?" "You"ll never ever guess, mother," claims Jack. "No, friend don"t speak so. Good boy! five pounds? Ten? Fifteen? No, that can"t it is in twenty." "I told friend you couldn"t guess. What do you speak to these beans? They"re magical. Plant them overnight and -- " "What!" states Jack"s mother. "Have you to be such a fool, such a dolt, together an idiot, regarding give far my Milky-White, the finest milker in the parish, and prime beef to boot, for a set of paltry beans? take that! take that! take it that! and also as because that your priceless beans right here they go the end of the window. And also now off through you come bed. No a soup shall you drink, and also not a little shall you swallow this very night." for this reason Jack go upstairs come his tiny room in the attic, and sad and also sorry the was, to be sure, as much for his mother"s sake together for the ns of his supper. At last he dropped turn off to sleep. As soon as he woke up, the room looked so funny. The sunlight was shining into part of it, and yet every the rest was fairly dark and also shady. So Jack jumped up and dressed himself and went to the window. And what perform you think that saw? Why, the bean his mother had thrown the end of the window into the garden had sprung up into a huge beanstalk which walk up and also up and up it rotates it got to the sky. Therefore the man spoke truth after all. The beanstalk flourished up rather close past Jack"s window, so all he had to carry out was to open it and give a run onto the beanstalk which ran up as with a large ladder. For this reason Jack climbed, and he climbed, and also he climbed, and he climbed, and also he climbed, and also he climbed, and also he climbed till at last he reached the sky. And when he acquired there he found a long vast road walk as straight as a dart. For this reason he to walk along, and also he walked along, and he walked along till he pertained to a an excellent big tall house, and on the doorstep there was a an excellent big high woman. "Good morning, mum," says Jack, fairly polite-like. "Could you it is in so kind as to give me part breakfast?" for he hadn"t had anything to eat, friend know, the night before, and was as hungry together a hunter. "It"s breakfast girlfriend want, is it?" claims the an excellent big high woman. "It"s breakfast you"ll be if girlfriend don"t move off from here. My man is one ogre and there"s nothing that likes much better than boys broiled ~ above toast. You"d better be relocating on or he"ll it is in coming." "Oh! please, mum, do provide me something come eat, mum. I"ve had nothing come eat since yesterday morning, really and also truly, mum," claims Jack. "I may as well be broiled as dice of hunger." Well, the ogre"s wife was not half so poor after all. For this reason she take it Jack right into the kitchen, and also gave the a hunk of bread and cheese and a jug of milk. However Jack hadn"t half finished these as soon as thump! thump! thump! the whole house started to tremble with the noise of someone coming. "Goodness gracious me! It"s my old man," stated the ogre"s wife. "What on earth shall ns do? Come along quick and jump in here." and also she go together Jack right into the oven just as the ogre came in. He to be a big one, to be sure. In ~ his belt he had actually three calves strung up by the heels, and also he unhooked them and threw them under on the table and also said, "Here, wife, broil me a pair of these for breakfast. Ah! what"s this ns smell? Fee-fi-fo-fum,I odor the blood of one Englishman,Be that alive, or be he dead,I"ll have actually his bones come grind mine bread." "Nonsense, dear," said his wife. "You" re dreaming. Or perhaps you smell the scraps of that tiny boy you favored so lot for yesterday"s dinner. Here, girlfriend go and have a wash and also tidy up, and also by the moment you come ago your breakfast"ll be prepared for you." So turn off the ogre went, and Jack was simply going come jump out of the oven and also run away when the woman told that not. "Wait it rotates he"s asleep," states she; "he always has a doze after ~ breakfast." Well, the ogre had actually his breakfast, and also after the he goes come a big chest and also takes out a pair of bags of gold, and down that sits and counts it spins at last his head started to nod and he began to snore it rotates the entirety house shook again. Then Jack crept out on tiptoe from his oven, and also as he to be passing the ogre, he took among the bags of gold under his arm, and also off he pelters it rotates he came to the beanstalk, and also then the threw down the bag the gold, which, that course, fell into his mother"s garden, and also then that climbed down and also climbed under till at critical he got home and told his mother and also showed she the gold and also said, "Well, mother, wasn"t i right about the beans? They are really magical, friend see." for this reason they live on the bag of yellow for part time, however at critical they pertained to the end of it, and also Jack consisted of his mental to try his happy once more at the optimal of the beanstalk. So one well morning he rose up early, and also got top top the beanstalk, and he climbed, and he climbed, and he climbed, and also he climbed, and also he climbed, and he climbed it rotates at critical he come out ~ above the roadway again and up come the good tall home he had been to before. There, certain enough, was the an excellent tall woman a-standing ~ above the doorstep. "Good morning, mum," says Jack, together bold together brass, "could you it is in so good as to offer me something come eat?" "Go away, my boy," claimed the large tall woman, "or rather my guy will eat girlfriend up for breakfast. However aren"t friend the youngster who came right here once before? perform you know, that an extremely day my male missed one of his bags the gold." "That"s strange, mum," claimed Jack, "I challenge say I can tell girlfriend something about that, yet I"m so hungry i can"t speak it spins I"ve had something to eat." Well, the huge tall mrs was for this reason curious that she take it him in and gave him something to eat. Yet he had scarcely started munching it as gradually as he might when thump! thump! lock heard the giant"s footstep, and his wife hid Jack far in the oven. All happened as it did before. In came the ogre together he go before, said, "Fee-fi-fo-fum," and also had his breakfast off three broiled oxen. Climate he said, "Wife, carry me the hen that lays the gold eggs." therefore she carried it, and the ogre said, "Lay," and also it laid an egg every one of gold. And then the ogre started to nod his head, and also to snore till the house shook. Then Jack crept out of the range on tiptoe and caught organize of the golden hen, and was off before you might say "Jack Robinson." yet this time the hen gave a cackle which wake up the ogre, and also just as Jack got out of the home he heard him calling, "Wife, wife, what have you done through my gold hen?" and also the wife said, "Why, mine dear?" yet that was all Jack heard, for he rushed off to the beanstalk and climbed down choose a residence on fire. And also when he obtained home he confirmed his mother the wonderful hen, and also said "Lay" come it; and also it laid a golden egg every time he claimed "Lay." Well, Jack was no content, and also it wasn"t long before he figured out to have another try at his happy up there at the optimal of the beanstalk. So one well morning he rose up early and got to the beanstalk, and he climbed, and also he climbed, and he climbed, and he climbed it rotates he got to the top. Yet this time that knew better than to go right to the ogre"s house. And also when he obtained near it, the waited behind a bush till he saw the ogre"s mam come out v a pail to get some water, and also then that crept right into the house and got into the copper. The hadn"t been there lengthy when he heard thump! thump! thump! as before, and in came the ogre and his wife. "Fee-fi-fo-fum, ns smell the blood of one Englishman," cried out the ogre. "I smell him, wife, i smell him." "Do you, mine dearie?" claims the ogre"s wife. "Then, if it"s that small rogue that stole her gold and also the hen that laid the gold eggs he"s sure to have acquired into the oven." and also they both rushed come the oven. However Jack wasn"t there, luckily, and also the ogre" s mam said, "There you are again through your fee-fi-fo-fum. Why, of course, it"s the boy you recorded last night the I"ve simply broiled for your breakfast. Just how forgetful ns am, and also how fruit you are not to recognize the difference in between live and also dead after all these years." therefore the ogre sat under to the breakfast and also ate it, but every now and also then he would mutter, "Well, I could have sworn --" and also he"d obtain up and also search the larder and also the cupboards and also everything, only, luckily, he didn"t think of the copper. After breakfast was over, the ogre called out, "Wife, wife, lug me my gold harp." so she brought it and also put that on the table before him. Climate he said, "Sing!" and the gold harp sang most beautifully. And also it went on to sing till the ogre dropped asleep, and commenced to snore choose thunder. Then Jack lifted up the copper lid an extremely quietly and also got down prefer a mouse and also crept top top hands and also knees it spins he came to the table, as soon as up he crawled, caught hold of the golden harp and dashed through it towards the door. Yet the harp called out fairly loud, "Master! Master!" and also the ogre woke up just in time to check out Jack running off with his harp. Jack ran as quick as the could, and the ogre came rushing after, and also would quickly have captured him, just Jack had a start and also dodged him a bit and also knew where he to be going. Once he obtained to the beanstalk the ogre was not more than twenty yards away when suddenly he observed Jack disappear like, and also when he involved the finish of the road he saw Jack under climbing under for too ~ life. Well, the ogre didn"t favor trusting himself to together a ladder, and he stood and also waited, therefore Jack got an additional start. However just then the harp cried out, "Master! Master!" and the ogre swung himself under onto the beanstalk, i beg your pardon shook v his weight. Under climbs Jack, and also after the climbed the ogre. By now Jack had climbed down and climbed down and climbed down till he was very nearly home. So he referred to as out, "Mother! Mother! carry me one ax, lug me an ax." and also his mother came rushing out through the ax in her hand, yet when she involved the beanstalk she stood share still v fright, for there she observed the ogre through his legs simply through the clouds. But Jack jumped down and got hold of the ax and gave a chop in ~ the beanstalk which cut it fifty percent in two. The ogre feeling the beanstalk shake and also quiver, therefore he stopped to see what to be the matter. Then Jack gave an additional chop through the ax, and the beanstalk was reduced in two and also began come topple over. Climate the ogre dropped down and also broke his crown, and the beanstalk came toppling after. Climate Jack showed his mommy his golden harp, and what with reflecting that and selling the gold eggs, Jack and his mom became an extremely rich, and also he married a good princess, and also they lived happy ever before after. Source: Joseph Jacobs, English Fairy tales (London: David Nutt, 1890), no. 13, pp. 59-67. Jacobs" source: "I call this as it was told me in Australia, somewhere around the year 1860." go back to the table the contents. Jack and also the Beanstalk As taped by Andrew Lang Jack sells the Cow once upon a time there to be a bad widow who stayed in a small cottage through her only son Jack. Jack was a giddy, thoughtless boy, but really kind hearted and also affectionate. There had actually been a tough winter, and also after that the poor woman had actually suffered native fever and also ague. Jack did no occupational as yet, and also by degrees they flourished dreadfully poor. The widow experienced that there to be no way of keeping Jack and herself indigenous starvation but by selling her cow; therefore one morning she said to she son, "I am too weak to go myself, Jack, therefore you should take the cow to market for me, and also sell her." Jack preferred going to industry to offer the cow an extremely much; but as he to be on the way, the met a butcher who had actually some beautiful beans in his hand. Jack stopped to look in ~ them, and the butcher told the boy that they to be of great value and persuaded the stunner lad to sell the cow because that these beans. When he brought them residence to his mother rather of the money she meant for her nice cow, she was very vexed and also shed many tears, scolding Jack for his folly. He was very sorry, and mother and son went to bed an extremely sadly that night; their last hope seemed gone. At daybreak Jack rose and also went out right into the garden. "At least," that thought, "I will certainly sow the wonderful beans. Mommy says that they room just common scarlet runners, and also nothing else; however I may too sow them." for this reason he took a piece of stick, and made some holes in the ground, and put in the beans. The day they had actually very little dinner, and also went sadly to bed, learning that because that the next day there would be none, and also Jack, can not to sleep native grief and vexation, gained up at day-dawn and also went out into the garden. What to be his amazement to uncover that the beans had actually grown up in the night, and also climbed up and up until they covered the high cliff the sheltered the cottage and disappeared above it! The stalks had actually twined and also twisted themselves with each other until they developed quite a ladder. "It would certainly be simple to rise it," believed Jack. And, having thought the the experiment, that at as soon as resolved to carry it out, for Jack was a good climber. However, after his so late mistake around the cow, he thought he had far better consult his mommy first. Wonderful growth of the Beanstalk so Jack called his mother, and they both gazed in silent wonder at the beanstalk, which to be not only of an excellent height, but was thick enough to be afflicted with Jack"s weight. "I wonder wherein it ends," claimed Jack come his mother. "I think I will certainly climb up and see." His mother wished him not to endeavor up this strange ladder, but Jack coaxed her to give her consent come the attempt, for he was certain there have to be something wonderful in the beanstalk; for this reason at critical she gave in to his wishes. Jack instantly began to climb, and went up and up top top the ladder-like beanstalk until whatever he had left behind the -- the cottage, the village, and even the high church tower -- looked fairly little, and also still he can not watch the top of the beanstalk. Jack feel a tiny tired, and thought for a minute that he would certainly go back again; however he was a really persevering boy, and he knew that the method to success in noþeles is no to provide up. So after relaxing for a minute he walk on. After climbing greater and higher, till he thrived afraid to look down for are afraid he must be giddy, Jack at last got to the top of the beanstalk, and found himself in a beautiful country, finely wooded, with beautiful meadows extended with sheep. A decision stream ran with the pastures; not far from the ar where the had gained off the beanstalk stood a fine, solid castle. Jack wondered really much the he had actually never heard that or watched this lock before; but when he reflect on the subject, he observed that it was as lot separated from the village by the perpendicular absent on which it stood as if it were in another land. If Jack to be standing looking in ~ the castle, a an extremely strange looking woman came out that the wood, and advanced towards him. She wore a pointed cap of quilted red satin turned up v ermine. Her hair streamed loose over she shoulders, and also she walked with a staff. Jack took off his cap and also made she a bow. "If friend please, ma"am," said he, "is this your house?" "No," claimed the old lady. "Listen, and I will tell you the story of that castle:" as soon as upon a time there was a noble knight, who lived in this castle, i m sorry is ~ above the borders of fairyland. He had actually a fair and beloved wife and several beloved children; and as his neighbors, the tiny people, were really friendly towards him, castle bestowed ~ above him numerous excellent and precious gifts. Rumor whispered of these treasures; and also a monstrous giant, who lived at no good distance, and who to be a really wicked being, solved to obtain possession the them. For this reason he bribed a false maid to permit him inside the castle, when the knight was in bed and also asleep, and he killed him together he lay. Climate he went to the part of the castle which was the nursery, and additionally killed all the poor little ones he found there. Happily because that her, the lady was no to be found. She had actually gone v her infant son, who was only two or 3 months old, come visit she old nurse, who resided in the valley; and she had been detained all night over there by a storm. The following morning, as quickly as it was light, among the servants at the castle, who had regulated to escape, pertained to tell the poor lady the the sad fate of she husband and her pretty babes. She can scarcely think him in ~ first, and also was eager at once to go earlier and share the fate of her dear ones. However the old nurse, with numerous tears, besought she to remember that she had actually still a child, and also that that was she duty to preserve her life for the benefits of the negative innocent. The lady yielded to this reasoning, and consented to continue to be at she nurse"s home as the best place of concealment; because that the maid told her that the giant had vowed, if he might find her, he would certainly kill both her and also her baby. Years rolled on. The old nurse died, leaving her cottage and also the couple of articles the furniture it included to her poor lady, who dwelt in it, working as a peasant because that her daily bread. Her spinning wheel and the milk that a cow, which she had actually purchased v the little money she had actually with her, sufficed for the scanty subsistence of herself and her little son. There to be a nice little garden attached come the cottage, in which they cultivated peas, beans, and also cabbages, and the lady was not ashamed to go out at harvest time, and also glean in the fields to supply her small son"s wants. Jack, that bad lady is her mother. This castle was once your father"s, and also must again it is in yours. Jack uttered a cry that surprise. "My mother! Oh, madam, what ought i to do? My bad father! mine dear mother!" "Your duty calls for you to success it ago for her mother. However the task is a very complicated one, and full of peril, Jack. Have actually you courage come undertake it?" "I are afraid nothing when I am doing right," stated Jack. "Then," claimed the lady in the red cap, "you are one of those that slay giants. Friend must gain into the castle, and also if feasible possess yourself of a hen that lays golden eggs, and a harp the talks. Remember, every the gigantic possesses is really yours." as she ceased speaking, the lady the the red hat all of sudden disappeared, and also of food Jack knew she to be a fairy. Jack established at when to attempt the adventure; therefore he advanced, and blew the horn i m sorry hung at the castle portal. The door was opened in a minute or 2 by a frightful giantess, v one an excellent eye in the middle of her forehead. As quickly as Jack witnessed her he turned to operation away, however she recorded him, and also dragged him into the castle. "Ho, ho!" she laugh terribly. "You didn"t suppose to check out me here, the is clear! No, ns shan"t permit you go again. I am weary of mine life. Ns am therefore overworked, and I don"t check out why I need to not have a page and other ladies. And you shall it is in my boy. Friend shall clean the knives, and black the boots, and make the fires, and help me generally when the giant is out. Once he is at home I should hide you, for he has eaten up every my pages hitherto, and also you would be a dainty morsel, my tiny lad." while she speak she dragged Jack right right into the castle. The bad boy was really much frightened, together I am certain you and I would have remained in his place. However he mental that are afraid disgraces a man, therefore he struggled to it is in brave and also make the finest of things. "I am fairly ready to help you, and also do every I can to serve you, madam," he said, "only ns beg you will be an excellent enough come hide me from your husband, for I must not like to be consumed at all." "That"s a an excellent boy," claimed the giantess, nodding she head; "it is lucky for you that you did not scream out when you saw me, as the various other boys who have actually been below did, for if you had done so my husband would have actually awakened and also have consumed you, together he go them, because that breakfast. Come here, child; go into my wardrobe. He never ventures to open that. You will certainly be for sure there." and she opened up a vast wardrobe i beg your pardon stood in the an excellent hall, and also shut him into it. However the keyhole was so huge that the admitted many of air, and he might see everything that took ar through it. By and by the heard a hefty tramp on the stairs, prefer the lumbering along of a great cannon, and then a voice like thunder cried out. Fe, fa, fi-fo-fum, ns smell the breath of an Englishman. Let him be alive or permit him it is in dead, I"ll grind his skeletal to do my bread. "Wife," cry the giant, "there is a male in the castle. Allow me have actually him because that breakfast." "You are grown old and also stupid," cry the lady in her loud tones. "It is just a nice fresh steak turn off an elephant the I have cooked because that you which friend smell. There, sit down and make a great breakfast." and also she placed a large dish prior to him that savory steaming meat, which significantly pleased him and made that forget his idea of an Englishman being in the castle. As soon as he had actually breakfasted that went out for a walk; and then the giantess opened up the door, and also made Jack come out to aid her. He helped her every day. She fed the well, and when night came placed him earlier in the wardrobe. The Hen that Lays gold Eggs The giant came in to supper. Jack watched him through the keyhole, and also was amazed to watch him choose a wolf"s bone and put fifty percent a bird at a time into his capacious mouth. When the supper was ended he bade his wife carry him his hen that laid the gold eggs. "It lays as well as it did as soon as it belonged to the paltry knight," that said. "Indeed, i think the eggs room heavier than ever." The giantess walk away, and soon reverted with a little brown hen, which she placed on the table prior to her husband. "And now, my dear," she said, "I to be going for a walk, if friend don"t want me any type of longer." "Go," stated the giant. "I shall be glad to have actually a nap by and also by." climate he take it up the brown hen and also said to her, "Lay!" and also she soon laid a golden egg. "Lay!" said the gigantic again. And also she laid another. "Lay!" he repetitive the 3rd time. And also again a gold egg put on the table. Now Jack was certain this hen was that of i m sorry the fairy had spoken. By and also by the gigantic put the hen under on the floor, and also soon after went rapid asleep, snoring for this reason loud the it sounded prefer thunder. Straight Jack perceived that the large was fast asleep, the pushed open the door of the wardrobe and crept out. Very softly the stole throughout the room, and, choose up the hen, do haste to quit the apartment. That knew the method to the kitchen, the door of i m sorry he found was left ajar. He opened it, shut and locked it after him, and flew ago to the beanstalk, i beg your pardon he lower as rapid as his feet would move. Once his mother saw him go into the residence she wept for joy, for she had actually feared the the fairies had brought him away, or the the giant had uncovered him. However Jack placed the brown hen down before her, and also told her just how he had remained in the giant"s castle, and all his adventures. She was really glad to check out the hen, which would make them rich when more. The Money Bags Jack made an additional journey up the beanstalk to the giant"s castle sooner or later while his mother had actually gone to market. But an initial he dyed his hair and disguised himself. The old woman did not know him again and also dragged that in as she had done before to help her to perform the work; yet she heard she husband coming, and hid him in the wardrobe, not reasoning that it to be the very same boy who had stolen the hen. She bade him stay fairly still there, or the gigantic would eat him. Then the gigantic came in saying: Fe, fa, fi-fo-fum, i smell the breath of an Englishman. Let him be lively or permit him it is in dead, I"ll grind his skeletal to do my bread. "Nonsense!" said the wife, "it is only a roasted bullock the I thought would it is in a tit-bit for her supper; sit down and also I will carry it up at once." The large sat down, and soon his wife brought up a roasted bullock on a huge dish, and they began their supper. Jack to be amazed to watch them choose the skeleton of the bullock as if it had actually been a lark. As quickly as they had actually finished their meal, the giantess rose and said:, "Now, mine dear, through your leave ns am going as much as my room to finish the story ns am reading. If you desire me call for me." "First," answered the giant, "bring me mine money bags, the I might count my golden pieces before I sleep." The giantess obeyed. She went and soon reverted with two large bags over she shoulders, i m sorry she put down by her husband. "There," she said; "that is all the is left that the knight"s money. As soon as you have spent the you must go and take one more baron"s castle." "That the shan"t, if i can help it," believed Jack. The giant, once his mam was gone, took out heaps and heaps of gold pieces, and counted them, and put castle in piles, till he was tired of the amusement. Climate he brushed up them all ago into their bags, and also leaning ago in his chair fell quick asleep, snoring so loud the no other sound was audible. Jack stole softly the end of the wardrobe, and taking up the bags of money (which were his very own, because the huge had stolen them from his father), he ran off, and with great an obstacle descending the beanstalk, to adjust the bags of yellow on his mother"s table. She had just returned from town, and was crying at not finding Jack. "There, mother, ns have carried you the gold the my dad lost." "Oh, Jack! You are a very good boy, yet I great you would not threat your precious life in the giant"s castle. Tell me just how you involved go there again." and also Jack told her all about it. Jack"s mom was an extremely glad to obtain the money, however she go not like him to run any kind of risk because that her. However after a time Jack consisted of his psychic to walk again to the giant"s castle. For this reason he climbed the beanstalk when more, and also blew the horn at the giant"s gate. The giantess soon opened up the door. She was really stupid, and also did not understand him again, yet she stopped a minute before she take it him in. She feared an additional robbery; but Jack"s fresh face looked so innocent that she can not stand up to him, and so she bade him come in, and also again hid him away in the wardrobe. By and also by the large came home, and as quickly as he had crossed the threshold he roared out: Fe, fa, fi-fo-fum,I smell the breath of an Englishman.Let him be alive or permit him it is in dead,I"ll grind his skeleton to make my bread. "You stupid old giant," claimed his wife, "you just smell a quite sheep, which I have grilled for your dinner." and the large sat down, and his wife brought up a whole sheep for his dinner. When he had consumed it every up, he said, "Now bring me mine harp, and also I will have actually a tiny music while girlfriend take your walk." The giantess obeyed, and returned through a beautiful harp. The framework was every sparkling v diamonds and rubies, and also the strings were every one of gold. "This is just one of the nicest things I take it from the knight," said the giant. "I am very fond of music, and my harp is a faithful servant." for this reason he attracted the harp in the direction of him, and said, "Play!" and also the harp played a really soft, sad air. "Play miscellaneous merrier!" stated the giant. And also the harp played a funny tune. "Now play me a lullaby," roared the giant, and also the harp play a sweet lullaby, come the sound of which its master dropped asleep. Climate Jack stole softly out of the wardrobe, and went right into the vast kitchen to see if the giantess had actually gone out. He discovered no one there, therefore he checked out the door and opened the softly, because that he assumed he could not execute so v the harp in his hand. Climate he entered the giant"s room and also seized the harp and also ran away through it; however as he jumped end the threshold the harp dubbed out, "Master! Master!" and the gigantic woke up. Through a incredible roar that sprang native his seat, and also in two strides had reached the door. But Jack was an extremely nimble. The fled favor lightning with the harp, talking to it together he go (for he observed it to be a fairy), and telling the he was the child of the old master, the knight. Tho the giant came on so fast that he was fairly close to negative Jack, and also had stretched out his good hand to catch him. But, luckily, simply at the minute he stepped ~ above a loose stone, stumbled, and also fell flat on the ground, whereby he lay in ~ his full length. This accident provided Jack time to acquire on the beanstalk and hasten down it; yet just together he reached their own garden he beheld the gigantic descending ~ him. "Mother! mother!" cry Jack, "make haste and also give me the ax." His mother ran come him with a term in she hand, and also Jack v one remarkable blow cut through every the stems other than one. "Now, mother, stand out of the way!" stated he. Jack"s mom shrank back, and also it to be well she did so, for simply as the huge took organize of the last branch the the beanstalk, Jack cut the stem rather through and darted from the spot. Down came the gigantic with a damaging crash, and also as he fell on his head, he broke his neck, and lay dead at the feet of the woman he had so much injured. Prior to Jack and his mother had actually recovered from your alarm and also agitation, a beautiful lady stood prior to them. "Jack," said she, "you have actually acted favor a brave knight"s son, and deserve to have actually your inheritance restored to you. Dig a grave and bury the giant, and also then go and also kill the giantess." "But," stated Jack, "I can not kill anyone uneven I to be fighting through him; and I can not draw my sword upon a woman. Moreover, the giantess was an extremely kind to me." The fairy smiled ~ above Jack. "I am very much pleased v your generous feeling," she said. "Nevertheless, go back to the castle, and act as you will discover needful." Jack request the fairy if she would show him the method to the castle, together the beanstalk was currently down. She said him that she would certainly drive him there in her chariot, which was attracted by 2 peacocks. Jack thanked her, and also sat under in the chariot with her. The fairy drove the a lengthy distance round, until they reached a village which lay in ~ the bottom the the hill. Here they found a number of miserable-looking men assembled. The fairy quit her carriage and also addressed them. "My friends," claimed she, "the cruel huge who oppressed you and also ate increase all your flocks and herds is dead, and also this young gentleman was the method of your being ceded from him, and is the child of your type old master, the knight." The men provided a loud cheer at this words, and also pressed front to say the they would certainly serve Jack together faithfully as they had actually served his father. The fairy bade castle follow her to the castle, and they marched thither in a body, and Jack go out the horn and demanded admittance. The old giantess saw them coming from the turret loop hole. She was very much frightened, because that she guessed the something had actually happened to her husband; and as she came downstairs really fast she caught her foot in she dress, and also fell native the height to the bottom and also broke her neck. When the world outside uncovered that the door to be not opened to them, they took crowbars and forced the portal. Nobody was to be seen, but on leaving the room they found the body of the giantess at the foot of the stairs. Hence Jack took possession that the castle. The fairy went and brought his mother to him, v the hen and the harp. He had the giantess buried, and endeavored as much as lay in his strength to do right come those whom the gigantic had robbed. Before her leave for fairyland, the fairy defined to Jack that she had sent the butcher to fulfill him with the beans, in stimulate to shot what sort of lad he was. "If you had actually looked in ~ the gigantic beanstalk and also only stupidly wondered around it," she said, "I should have left you where misfortune had placed you, only restoring she cow to your mother. Yet you proved an inquiring mind, and good courage and also enterprise, therefore you deserve to rise; and also when you an installed the beanstalk you climbed the Ladder the Fortune." She then took her leave of Jack and his mother. Source: Andrew Lang, The Red Fairy publication (London: Longmans, Green, and Company, 1895), pp. 133-45. Very first published 1890. Go back to the table the contents. Jack and also the Beanstalk As tape-recorded by Edwin Sidney Hartland There live a bad widow, whose cottage stand in a country village a long distance native London, for countless years. The widow had actually only a child named Jack, who she gratified in everything. The repercussion of her partiality was that Jack paid small attention come anything she said, and he was heedless and extravagant. His follies were no owing to poor disposition but to his mom never having actually chided him. As she was no wealthy, and also he would not work, she was obliged to support herself and also him through selling every little thing she had. At critical nothing remained, only a cow. The widow, with tears in she eyes, might not help reproaching Jack. "Oh! you wicked boy," claimed she. "By your prodigal food of life you have actually now brought us both come fall! Heedless, heedless boy! I have not money enough to purchase a little bit of bread for one more day. Nothing remains however my bad cow, and that need to be sold, or we must starve!" Jack remained in a level of tenderness because that a couple of minutes, however soon over. And then becoming very hungry for want of food, he teased his negative mother come let him sell the cow, to which at last she reluctantly consented. Together he conduct on his trip he met a butcher, that inquired why he to be driving the cow native home. Jack replied he was going to market it. The butcher had some wonderful bean of different colors in his bag which attractive Jack"s notice. This the butcher saw, who, knowing Jack"s easy temper, addressed to take benefit of it, and offered all the beans for the cow. The foolish boy assumed it a great offer. The bargain was momently struck, and also the cow exchanged because that a couple of paltry beans. As soon as Jack accelerated home v the beans and also told his mother, and showed them to her, she kicked the beans far in a great passion. They flew in all directions, and were expanded as far as the garden. Early on in the morning Jack arose from his bed, and also seeing something strange from the window, he accelerated downstairs right into the garden, whereby he soon found that several of the beans had actually grown in root and also sprung increase wonderfully. The stalks thrived in an immense thickness and also had therefore entwined the they formed a ladder choose a chain in view. Spring upwards, he might not descry the top. It seemed to be lost in the clouds. He tried it, found it firm and also not to be shaken. A new idea automatically struck him. He would climb the beanstalk and also see come whence it would lead. Complete of this plan, i m sorry made him forget even his hunger, Jack sped up to communicate his intention to his mother. That instantly set out, and also after climbing for some hours reached the height of the beanstalk, fatigued and nearly exhausted. Looking round, he to be surprised to uncover himself in a weird country. That looked to be quite a barren desert. No a tree, shrub, house, or living biology was to it is in seen. Jack sat himself pensively top top a block of rock and thought of his mother. His hunger attacked him, and now he showed up sorrowful for his disobedience in climbing the beanstalk against her will, and concluded that he need to now dice for want of food. However, he walked on, hope to watch a home where he can beg something to eat. Suddenly he observed a beautiful young woman at some distance. She was dressed in one elegant manner, and also had a tiny white wand in her hand, on the height of which was a peacock of pure gold. She approached and said, "I will expose to you a story your mother dare not. But before I begin, I need a solemn promise on your component to execute what i command. I am a fairy, and also unless friend perform exactly what I straight you come do, you will deprive me the the strength to aid you, and also there is small doubt yet that you will certainly die in the attempt." Jack was quite frightened in ~ this caution, but promised come follow her directions. Your father was a rich man, through a disposition greatly benevolent. It to be his practice never to refuse relief to the deserving in his neighborhood, but, top top the contrary, to look for out the helpless and also distressed. Not countless miles from her father"s residence lived a substantial giant that was the dread of the country about for cruelty and oppression. This biology was furthermore of a an extremely envious disposition, and disliked to hear others talked that for your goodness and also humanity, and he vowed to do him a mischief, so the he could no much longer hear his great actions make the topic of everyone"s conversation. Your father to be too an excellent a male to fear evil from others. Subsequently it was no long prior to the cruel giant discovered an possibility to placed his wicked threats into practice, for hearing the your parents to be passing a couple of days through a friend at some distance indigenous home, he caused your father to be waylaid and murdered, and also your mommy to it is in seized top top their method homeward. At the moment this taken place you were but a couple of months old. Your negative mother, virtually dead with affright and also horror, was borne far by the devilish giant"s emissaries to a dungeon under his house, in i beg your pardon she and her negative babe were both long confined together prisoners. Distracted in ~ the absence of her parents, the servants went searching for them, but no tidings that either might be obtained. During he led to a will certainly to be found making end all your father"s building to him together your guardian, and as such he took open up possession. After her mother had actually been part months in prison the giant available to restore her to liberty, on problem that she would solemnly swear that she would never divulge the story of her wrongs to anyone. To placed it out of her power to do him any type of harm, must she break she oath, the large had her put on shipboard and also taken come a distant country, where he had actually her left with no an ext money for her assistance than what she obtained from the revenue of a few jewels she had secreted in she dress. I was appointed your father"s guardian at his birth, yet fairies have actually laws come which they space subject and also mortals. A quick time before the huge assassinated her father ns transgressed. My punishment was a suspension the my strength for a minimal time, an unfortunate circumstance, as it entirely prevented mine assisting your father, also when I many wished to carry out so. The job on which friend met the butcher, as you walk to offer your mother"s cow, my power was restored. It to be I that secretly motivated you to take the beans in exchange because that the cow. By my strength the beanstalk prospered to so great a height and formed a ladder. The gigantic lives in this country. You are the person appointed to punish him for all his wickedness. Friend will have dangers and difficulties come encounter, however you have to persevere in avenging the fatality of your father, or you will not prosper in any of your undertakings. As to the giant"s possessions, whatever he has actually is yours, despite you are deprived that it. You might take, therefore, what component of it friend can. You must, however, be careful, for such is his love because that gold the the an initial loss that discovers will make that outrageous and an extremely watchful for the future. But you need to still seek him, because that it is just by stratagem that you can ever hope to conquer him and become own of her rightful property, and the way of retributive justice overcome him for his barbarous murder. One point I desire is, do not let her mother recognize you are acquainted v your father"s background till you view me again. Go along the straight road. You will soon see the home where her cruel opponent lives. While you do as ns order you I will protect and guard you. But remember, if you disobey my commands, a disastrous punishment awaits you." As shortly as she had concluded she disappeared, leave Jack to monitor his journey. He walked top top till ~ sunset, once to his good joy he espied a huge mansion. This satisfied sight revived his drooping spirits. He redoubled his speed and also reached the shortly. A well-looking woman stood in ~ the door. He accosted her, begging she would offer him a morsel the bread and also a night"s lodging. She expressed the greatest surprise at seeing him and said the was fairly uncommon to see any strange creature close to their house, because that it to be mostly known that she husband was a really cruel and an effective giant, and one that would certainly eat human being flesh if he could possibly gain it. This account terrified Jack greatly, but still, not forgetting the fairy"s protection, he hope to elude the giant, and therefore he entreated the mrs to take him in for one night only and also hide him whereby she believed proper. The good woman in ~ last suffered herself to be persuaded, for she disposition was remarkably compassionate, and also at last led him into the house. An initial they passed an elegant hall, carefully furnished. They then proceeded through several spacious rooms, all in the same format of grandeur, yet they looked to be rather forsaken and also desolate. A lengthy gallery came next. That was very dark, just large enough to present that instead of a wall on every side there to be a lattice of iron, i beg your pardon parted off a dismal dungeon, for whence issued the groans the several poor victims who the cruel giant reserved in confinement because that his voracious appetite. Bad Jack remained in a dreadful fright in ~ witnessing such a terrible scene, which led to him to fear that the would never ever see his mother, but be caught lastly for the giant"s meat. However still the recollected the fairy, and also a gleam the hope forced itself into his heart. The good woman then took Jack come a spacious kitchen, where a good fire to be kept. She bade him sit down and gave the plenty to eat and drink. In the during he had done his meal and enjoyed himself, yet was disturbed through a tough knocking in ~ the gate, so loud regarding cause the home to shake. Jack was hidden in the oven, and the giant"s wife ran come let in she husband. Jack heard him accost her in a voice like thunder, saying, "Wife! Wife! i smell new meat!" "Oh! mine dear," replied she, "it is nothing but the civilization in the dungeon." The huge seemed to think her, and also at last seated self by the fireside, whilst the wife all set supper. By levels Jack endeavored come look in ~ the monster through a small crevice. That was much surprised to watch what one amazing amount he devoured, and supposed he would certainly never have actually done eating and drinking. ~ his supper was finished a really curious hen to be brought and placed top top the table before him. Jack"s curiosity to be so great to see what would certainly happen. He observed that it stood quiet prior to him, and also every time the large said, "Lay!" the hen laid an egg of solid gold. The giant amused himself a lengthy time v his hen. Meanwhile his wife checked out bed At size he dropped asleep and also snored like the roaring of a cannon. Jack, finding the still asleep at daybreak, crept softly indigenous his hiding place, seized the hen, and ran off through her as quick as his legs could possibly permit him. Jack conveniently retraced his way to the beanstalk and descended it far better quicker 보다 he expected. His mother was overjoyed to check out him. "Now, mother," claimed Jack, "I have carried you residence that which will certainly make friend rich." The hen produced as many golden eggs as they desired. They sold them and soon came to be possessed the as much riches as they wanted. Because that a couple of months Jack and also his mom lived really happy, however he longed to pay the giant an additional visit. Early in the morning the again climbed the beanstalk and also reached the giant"s mansion so late in the evening. The mrs was at the door together before. Jack told her a pitiful tale and prayed because that a night"s shelter. She said him the she had actually admitted a negative hungry boy once before, and the little ingrate had stolen one of the giant"s treasures, and also ever due to the fact that that she had been cruelly used. She, however, led him to the kitchen, offered him supper, and put the in a timber closet. Quickly after, the huge came in, take it his supper, and ordered his wife to bring down his bags the gold and silver. Jack peeped the end of his hiding place and also observed the huge counting over his treasures, and also after i beg your pardon he closely put lock in bags again, dropped asleep, and snored as before. Jack crept quiet from his hiding place and approached the giant, as soon as a little dog under the chair barked furiously. Contrary to his expectation, the giant slept on soundly, and the dog ceased. Jack seized the bags, got to the door in safety, and also soon arrived at the bottom that the beanstalk. Once he reached his mother"s head he discovered it quite deserted. Significantly surprised, he ran into the village, and also an old woman directed him to a house, where he discovered his mom apparently dying. ~ above being educated of our hero"s for sure return, his mother revitalized and quickly recovered. Jack then presented two bags the gold and silver come her. She mother discovered that miscellaneous preyed ~ above his mental heavily and also endeavored to discover the cause, yet Jack knew also well what the an effect would be have to he discover the reason of his melancholy to her. He did his utmost thus to dominate the an excellent desire i beg your pardon now compelled itself top top him regardless of himself for an additional journey up the beanstalk. ~ above the longest day Jack arose as shortly as it to be light, ascended the beanstalk and also reached the top with some small trouble. He discovered the road, journey, etc., the exact same as top top the previous occasions. He came down on the giant"s residence in the evening and also found his mam standing as usual at the door. Jack now appeared a various character, and also had disguised himself so fully that she walk not appear to have any type of recollection that him. However, as soon as he begged admittance, he discovered it very complicated to persuade her. At last he prevailed, was enabled to walk in, and also was hidden in the copper. As soon as the giant returned, he said, as usual, "Wife! Wife! i smell fresh meat!" but Jack felt fairly composed, together he had said for this reason before, and had soon been satisfied. However, the giant started increase suddenly, and notwithstanding every his wife can say, he searched all round the room. Whilst this to be going forward, Jack was lot terrified, and also ready to die with fear, wishing self at residence a thousand times. However when the huge approached the copper and put his hand upon the lid, Jack assumed his death was certain. Happily the giant ended his search there without moving the lid, and seated self quietly by the fireside. As soon as the giant"s supper to be over he commanded his wife to fetch under his harp. Jack peeped under the copper lid, and soon experienced the many beautiful one that can be imagined. That was put by the gigantic on the table, that said, "Play," and it instantly play of its very own accord. The music to be uncommonly fine. Jack was delighted and also felt more anxious to gain the harp right into his possession than either of the previous treasures. The giant"s heart was no attuned to harmony, and also the music quickly lulled him into a sound sleep. Now, therefore, was the moment to bring off the harp, together the giant showed up to be in a an ext profound sleep 보다 usual. Jack soon made up his mind, acquired out the the copper, and also seized the harp, which, however, being enchanted by a fairy, referred to as out loudly, "Master, master!" The huge awoke, stand up, and tried to go after Jack, yet he had actually drank so much that he could not stand. Jack ran as quick as that could. In a tiny time the giant recovered saturated to to walk slowly, or fairly to reel after ~ him. Had he been sober, the must have overtaken Jack instantly. But as he then was, Jack contrived come be very first at the height of the beanstalk. The giant called to him every the way along the road in a voice prefer thunder, and also was sometimes very near to him. The minute Jack under the beanstalk he dubbed out because that a hatchet. One was lugged him directly. Just at that instant the giant began to descend, but Jack through his hatchet cut the beanstalk close off at the root, and also the giant dropped headlong right into the garden. The loss instantly killed him. Jack heartily begged his mother"s pardon for every the sorrow and also affliction he had actually caused her, promising many faithfully to it is in dutiful and obedient to she in future. He proved as good as his word and became a sample of affectionate behavior and also attention come his parent. Source: Edwin Sidney Hartland, English Fairy and also Other people Tales (London: The Walter Scott publishing Company, n.d. , pp. 35-46. 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Jack and the Bean-Pole

As taped by Elsie Clews Parsons

Jack an" his mom lived together, an" they had actually planted part beans. And also it seemed that one bean had actually strayed turn off from the rest, an" it grew up ideal alongside of the house. Their house was right below a hill, and also Jack had always wondered what to be on optimal of the hill. So someday Jack climbed a bean-pole to acquire up come the optimal of the hill. So, when he had gained to the top, he saw a palace, an" he saw this location to view who live there. So, once he had got there, he discovered it to be a giant"s castle, but the gigantic wasn"t at home. Yet his wife was. Jack was tired and hungry. Therefore he request the lady to take it him in and give the something to eat. For this reason she did so. However she said him not to let she husband capture him there. So, when Jack to be eating, the giant came to the door. She called Jack to hide, an" Jack hid in the chest behind the door. Therefore the huge came in. that said: Fe, fi, fo, fum, i smell the blood of an Englishmune. that said: it is in he alive or be he dead, Fe, fi, fo, fum! but his wife told him that he didn"t, that it was just some mutton the she was cooking. So the giant sat under to eat his supper; and after he had actually finished eating, he dubbed to his wife, and also told her to carry him the wonder-box, which the was supposed to have actually taken native Jack"s father before Jack"s father died. So, while the huge was sitting over there looking in the box, he fell asleep. An" Jack slipped out of the chest behind the door, an" take it the wonder-box home to his mother. So that wasn"t very long it spins Jack comprised his mind to make another trip ago to the lock of the giant. So, once Jack went earlier this time, that tried to placed on like one more poor small boy that was half starved. So he begged entrance in ~ the door of the lock from the wife. And also she didn"t want to have him in, and she told him around the boy that had took the wonder-box from she husband. Therefore he begged so hard that she left that in, an" she offered him part bread and milk to eat. And also again, if Jack was eating, the giant came. and as he came in the door, he said: Fe, fi, fo, fum, i smell the blood of an Englishmune. that said: be he lively or it is in he dead, Fe, fi, fo, fum! and also Jack jumped in the salt-cellar. His wife said, "No, over there hasn"t been any type of one right here today." She says, "I"m just roastin" part pork for your supper." So, after he ate his supper, the large sent for his gold hen that lay the golden egg. For this reason his wife went and brought it because that him. And while the gigantic was playing through the egg that the hen had laid, the fell quick asleep. An" Jack lugged off the hen and the egg down the beanstalk to where his mother lived. however Jack still thought that he want to visit the lock again. For this reason this time, when he went increase the beanstalk to the giant"s castle, he remained in the appearance of a newsboy offering papers. So, if the mam went to acquire the money to buy a paper, the giant appeared, and also Jack hid in the closet. and also the huge repeated again: Fe, fi, fo, fum, i smell the blood of an Englishmune. he said: be he alive or it is in he dead, Fe, fi, fo, fum! therefore the mam said, "No, there hasn"t been any type of one right here today." and after the giant had ate his supper, he dubbed for his harp, the just thing that he had actually left, an" this to be a magic harp. So that commenced to play, an" it played so sweetly the the huge fell rapid asleep and commenced come snore. And also as the harp quit playing, Jack came out that the closet, took the harp, and started come the door. Yet the harp started to play, and it woke the giant up. An" the giant followed Jack the end of the door, an" Jack operation as quick as he could down the beanstalk, an" the giant started come follow. Yet as the large reached the top, Jack cut down the beanstalk with an axe; an" together the huge stepped on, he dropped down an" broke his neck. An" Jack and his mother always lived happy afterward through the building of the dad which the large had steal an" Jack had restored again. Source: Elsie Clews Parsons, "Tales native Maryland and Pennsylvania," The journal of Ameerican Folklore, vol. 30, no. 116 (April - June, 1917), pp. 212-13. Parsons" source: mar Smith of Lincoln, Pennsylvania. return to the table of contents. Return to D. L. Ashliman"s folktexts, a library the folktales, folklore, fairy tales, and mythology.


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