SCHIPPEITARO (The Violet Fairy Book, 1889) by ANDREW LANG

It was the custom in old times that as soon as a Japanese boy reached manhood he should leave his home and roam through the land in search of adventures. Sometimes he would meet with a young man bent on the same business as himself, and then they would fight in a friendly manner, merely…

Phakir Chand (Folk-Tales of Bengal, 1912) by Rev. Lal Behari Day

There was a king’s son, and there was a minister’s son. They loved each other dearly; they sat together, they stood up together, they walked together, they ate together, they slept together, they got up together. In this way they spent many years in each other’s company, till they both felt a desire to see…

PERSEVERE AND PROSPER (FAIRY TALES FROM ALL NATIONS) by Dr. G. Weil

He that seeketh shall find, and to him that knocketh shall be opened,” says an old Arab proverb. “I will try that,” said a youth one day. To carry out his intentions he journeyed to Bagdad, where he presented himself before the Vizier. “Lord!” said he, “for many years I have lived a quiet and…