Amar Chitra Katha - The Giant and the Dwarf: A Jataka Tale by Anant Pai PDF

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The enormous and the Dwarf: A Jataka story ( Amar Chitra Katha)

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And be rich if you can! ' The women smiled tentatively at each other. They both liked the strange little prayer - taking the ordinary chatter that fell from their lips as the Word of God. 'I'm going to call her Alice,' the girl said confidingly. ' She was just a child herself. Aunty wrinkled her not-young face till slightly mocking lines criss-crossed it; in the shadows, she felt as though the sorrows of all the world were on it. ' she said. 'Catchy. Words a bit gloomier though. It was the tramping song I heard on the cattle road out.

PART ONE Regno I reign ONE They're late for the dinner; late enough that the light is beginning to fade, and the torches are lit, and the ice swans are beginning to melt, rivulets of water running between the silver channels down the table. They've clearly been bickering all the way to Westminster, these two. They look set-faced and stubborn, each in his own fashion. But then they're an odd couple, by anyone's book: the wife tall and graceful and long-necked as the ice swans, visibly at home in these grand surroundings, while the altogether shorter and stubbier husband's only resemblance to a swan is that, like the icy masterpieces starting to sail down the vast table, he's sweating, even before the dancing's begun.

John of Gaunt needs more than money. He needs to learn to be popular - especially if, as Alice thinks likely, he's one day going to have a try for the English crown. Alice's nose for money tells her that any king nowadays will need finance from outside his own estates. Rents aren't what they used to be, now that there are only half the number of Englishmen to farm the land and pay the landlords. The nobility is poorer. So the most important lesson the Duke needs to learn is how to get on with the London merchants, who are becoming as powerful as the merchant princes of Italy were right after the Mortality (until Edward bankrupted all of them with an earlier lot of colossal war debts).

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