The robbers grow fearful

by louisagiffard

Bremen Town Musicians story continues! I only have about two more to go. If you haven’t yet seen the other posts, the first is here the second here and the third set of illustrations is here.   The most recent post can be found here.  If you will recall, one of the robbers was sent as a scout back into the house, where the animals, startled as they were in the dark, all attacked him. One would say it’s all a bit harsh for a children’s book, until you remember that our robber has only really been scratched and bruised a little (although he may want a tetanus shot) – as opposed to swallowed alive, or decapitated, like so many other villains in fairy tales. Then again, he’s fairly small scale in the villain stakes. (Also, you trip over any animal in the dark, or try and poke it in the eye, and you’ll probably be scraped up. I’ve still got several big scratches on my arm from when I trimmed my hens’ wings almost two weeks ago!)

Terrified, the robber ran back to his gang as fast as he could.  "What happened?" they asked.

Terrified, the robber ran back to his gang as fast as he could.
“What happened?” they asked.

“Ah, there is a horrible witch sitting in the house, who spat on me and scratched my face with her long claws!"

“Ah, there is a horrible witch sitting in the house, who spat on me and scratched my face with her long claws!”

"And by the door stands a knave wielding a knife -  who stabbed me in the leg!"

“And by the door stands a knave wielding a knife – who stabbed me in the leg!”

"In the yard, I ran into a great big brute of a man, who started beating upon me with a wooden club!"

“In the yard, I ran into a great big brute of a man, who started beating upon me with a wooden club!”

"Above, on the roof, a judge yelled out  "There is the villain! He will hang, bring him to me!"  So I got away as fast as I could!"

“Above, on the roof, a judge yelled out
“There is the villain! He will hang, bring him to me!”
So I got away as fast as I could!”

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