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Gingerbread Man

On went the gingerbread man, and by and by he came to a bear. The bear said: 'Where are ye going, gingerbread man?' He said: 'I've outrun an old man, and an old woman, and a little boy, and two well-diggers, and two ditch-diggers, and I can outrun you, too-o-o!' 'ou can, can you?' growled the bear. 'We'll see about that!' and trotted as fast as his legs could carry him after the gingerbread man, who never stopped to look behind him. Before long the bear was left so far behind that he saw he might as well give up the hunt first as last, so he stretched himself out by the roadside to rest. On went the gingerbread man and by and by he came to a wolf. The wolf said: 'Where ye going, gingerbread man?' He said: 'I've outrun an old man, and an old woman, and a little boy, and two well-diggers, and two ditch-diggers, and a bear, and I can outrun you, too-o-o!' 'You can, can you?' snarled the wolf'. 'We'll see about that!' And he set into a gallop after the gingerbread man, who went on and on so fast that the wolf, too, saw there was no hope of overtaking him, and he, too, lay down to rest.



On went the gingerbread man, and by and by he came to a fox that lay quietly in a corner of the fence. The fox called out in a sharp voice, but without getting up: 'Where ye going, gingerbread man?' He said: 'I've outrun an old man, and an old woman, and a little boy, and two well-diggers, and two ditch-diggers, a bear, and a wolf, and I can outrun you, too-o-o!' The fox said: 'I can't quite hear you, gingerbread man; won't you come a little closer?' turning his head a little to one side. The gingerbread man stopped his race for the first time, and went a little closer, and called out in a very loud voice: 'I've outrun an old man, and an old woman, and a little boy, and two well-diggers, and two ditch-diggers, and a bear, and a wolf, and I can outrun you, too-o-o.' 'Can't quite hear you; won't you come a little closer?' said the fox in a feeble voice, as he stretched out his neck towards The Gingerbread Man, and put one paw behind his ear. The gingerbread man came up close, and leaning towards the fox screamed out: 'I'VE OUTRUN AN OLD MAN, AND AN OLD WOMAN, AND A LITTLE BOY, AND TWO WELL-DIGGERS, AND TWO DITCH-DIGGERS, AND A BEAR, AND A WOLF, AND I CAN OUTRUN YOU, TOO-O-O!' 'You can, can you?' yelped the fox, and he snapped up the gingerbread man in his sharp teeth in the twinkling of an eye.

       



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