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The Oldman and His Grandson – Fairy Tale

Last updated on July 22, 2022 | 68 Views | Reading Time: 3 minutes

The Oldman and His Grandson, an English fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm with a podcast, vocabulary flashcards and text-to-speech functionality to improve your English

Source of story: Gutenberg Project at www.gutenberg.org

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The Oldman and His Grandson

There was once a very old man, whose eyes had become dim, his ears dull of hearing, his knees trembled, and when he sat at table he could hardly hold the spoon, and spilt the broth upon the table-cloth or let it run out of his mouth.

  • dim: unclear, blurred
  • dull: ineffective, weak, faint
  • tremble: shake

His son and his son’s wife were disgusted at this, so the old grandfather at last had to sit in the corner behind the stove, and they gave him his food in an earthenware bowl, and not even enough of it. And he used to look towards the table with his eyes full of tears.

  • disgust: revolt, offend, repulse
  • earthenware: pottery made of baked clay

Once, too, his trembling hands could not hold the bowl, and it fell to the ground and broke. The young wife scolded him, but he said nothing and only sighed. Then they brought him a wooden bowl for a few half-pence, out of which he had to eat.

  • scold: tell off, reprimand, yell at, rebuke

They were once sitting thus when the little grandson of four years old began to gather together some bits of wood upon the ground. ‘What are you doing there?’ asked the father. ‘I am making a little trough,’ answered the child, ‘for father and mother to eat out of when I am big.’

  • trough: container for animal food or water

The man and his wife looked at each other for a while, and presently began to cry. Then they took the old grandfather to the table, and henceforth always let him eat with them, and likewise said nothing if he did spill a little of anything.

  • presently: shortly, immediately
  • henceforth: hereafter, from that time
  • to spill: to drip, fall, drop

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