Harriette Taylor Treadwell

Little Two Eyes

Part 1 of 2


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Once there were three little sisters.

The first sister had but one eye.

It was in the middle of her forehead.

She was called Little One Eye.


The second sister had two eyes.

She was called Little Two Eyes.


The third sister had three eyes.

One eye was in the middle of her forehead.

She was called Little Three Eyes.


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Little Two Eyes was not happy.

One Eye and Three Eyes made fun of her.

They made her wear old clothes.

They gave her only crumbs to eat,

and she was always hungry.


They said, "You are not our sister.

You have two eyes.

You have no eye in the middle

of your forehead."


Little Two Eyes took care of the goat.

Every morning she drove it to the field.

She took crumbs with her to eat.


One morning she was very hungry,

and she began to cry.

She cried for a long time.

Then she heard a sweet voice,

and she looked up.

There stood a little old woman.


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"Why are you crying, Little Two Eyes?"

she said.


"My sisters do not like me

because I have two eyes.

They make me wear old clothes,

and they give me only crumbs to eat.

I am hungry," said Little Two Eyes.


"Do not cry," said the old woman,

"you shall never be hungry again.

Say to your goat,

'Little goat, if you are able,

Pray deck out my little table.'

And a little table will stand before you

with good food on it.

You may eat all you want.

Then you must say,

'Little goat, when you are able,

Take away my little table.'

And the table will go away."

Then the old woman went away.


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Little Two Eyes was very hungry.

So she said,

"Little goat, if you are able,

Pray deck out my little table."

Soon a little table stood before her

with a good dinner on it.


Little Two Eyes sat down

and ate all she wanted.

Then she said,

"Little goat, when you are able,

Take away my little table."

And the little table went away.


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Little Two Eyes was very happy.

"That is a fine way to keep house,"

she said.

She did not eat the crumbs that night.


One day Three Eyes said,

"What does Little Two Eyes eat?

She does not eat our food."

"I will go to the field and see,"

said One Eye.


The next morning One Eye said,

"I will go to the field with you,

Little Two Eyes."


They drove the goat into the long grass.

Then Little Two Eyes said,

"Let us sit here, Little One Eye,

and I will sing to you."

So they sat down in the long grass.

And Little Two Eyes sang,


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"Are you awake, Little One Eye?

Are you asleep, Little One Eye?

Are you awake?

Are you asleep?

Awake?

Asleep?"


Soon One Eye fell asleep.

Then Little Two Eyes said,

"Little goat, if you are able,

Pray deck out my little table."

And there stood the little table.

She ate a good dinner and said,

"Little goat, when you are able,

Take away my little table."

And the little table went away.


Then One Eye awoke.

"The sun has set," said Little Two Eyes.

"Come, let us go home."