The Press: Native's Return

One of Story Teller Alexander Woollcott's hobbies is collecting folk tales which bob up month after month, year after year, sometimes with different characters and settings but always with the same set of basic facts. One such story concerns the European peasant boy who leaves home, makes his fortune, returns in manhood to surprise his aged, indigent parents with a money gift. The parents, who keep the village inn, fail to recognize him when he asks for lodging. Planning to surprise them in the morning, the son retires for the night. But the...

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