Once upon a time there was a young man named Cleland who lived
at the edge of the
. He was a
by trade, but what
he loved best was painting. He painted pictures of
He often wished he had better
to make better pictures.
One day, as he was lying in bed, a
suddenly appeared. She said: 'You are a good boy, Cleland.
I have brought a brush and paints for you. With them you will be able to make real pictures.'
The next morning, Cleland painted the picture of a
. When it was done it jumped up
off the paper and flew to the top of a .
'Oh, I have a magic brush!' said Cleland. 'Indeed, everything I paint becomes real.'
When the King heard about the magic brush he asked his soldiers to bring Cleland to him.
'Cleland', he said, 'You will paint a big
for me'. 'I also want you to paint
and pieces of
As Cleland tried to refuse the King added: 'You will have no food or water until you have finished these pictures.'
Then he put the young man in a little room at the top of a tower and locked the
When the King came to the room the next day, the room was empty. Can you guess how Cleland managed to escape?
He had painted a and climbed out of the window.