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Brabo and the giant-folk tales in english

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Long ago, there lived a big giant named Antigonus. He was rough and cruel. His castle was on the Scheldt River. The river was very grand, thick, and comprehensive. The captains of the ships liked to sail on it because there was no danger from rocks. Often artisans came from the beautiful countries to tell of the vibrant cities there, and help to build new and beautiful houses, so all the Belgian people were happy. One day, the wicked giant came into the country to stop the ships and make them pay him money. He reared a castle on the river banks. It was dark, damp and dangerous. The giant, with a big knotted club, made out an oak tree, strode through the town. He cried out to all the people to assemble in the vast open square ‘From this day, -he roared, ‘No ship whether up or down the river shall pass, without my permission. Every captain must pay me toll, in money or goods. Whoever refuses, shall have both his hands cut off and thrown into the river. With this, the giant swung and twirled his club aloft and then brought it down on a poor countryman’s cart, smashing it into flinders. So every day, when the ships hove in sight, they were hailed from the giant’s castle and made to pay a heavy toll. Soon, the city got a bad name. Some of the merchants tried to get the ships to sail in the night, but the giant’s watcher caught them and chopped off their hands and tossed them into the river. There was a brave young fellow named Brabo, who studied the castle well and saw a window, where he could climb up into the giant’s chamber. On a night, one thousand men at arms were marched with their banners .waited till after midnight. All the dogs, in the town and country, for five miles around were seized and put into barns, so as not to bark and wake the giant up. They after getting signals, smashed the gate. He climbed into the castle Sword in hand. Brabo made the giant’s room. Cutting off the giant’s head, he threw it out of the window. It had hardly touched the ground before the dogs arrived. Giants huge hands were cut off by Brabo, while all below looked up and cheered. After this, thousands of ships from many countries loaded and unloaded their cargoes on the wharves or sailed peacefully by Antwerp excelled all seaports and became very rich again.No people honor courage more than the Belgians Themselves are today, as of old .among the bravest.
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