The ninth of Cervantes’ Exemplary Novels, this tale of honor, determination, and romance concerns broken promises of marriage, the search for a missing betrothed, disguised travellers, and reversals of fortune all mixed together for the cause of righteousness. Set within the landscape of sun-drenched Spain, two young women search for the man who swore his love to both and then abandoned them. Attended by the brother of one of them, they journey to Barcelona to try to find the fugitive lover. What they discover there and how they deal with it changes their lives forever.
Jack the Giant Killer is the classic folk legend of the adventurous youth who, during the reign of King Arthur, makes a shining name for himself by ridding various towns in the British Isles of the wicked giants who plague them. Jack battles a giant 18 feet tall, a giant with two heads, and more. Aided by a friendly three-headed giant, his coat of darkness, his sword of sharpness, and his shoes of swiftness, he fights boldly and bravely to make the land safe for all.
Grasp All, Lose All tells the story of a poor oil-seller in India named Dena, who is in debt to a banker for three hundred rupees. This banker persists in harassing Dena and his wife so much that Dena decides to run away, not knowing where he will go. He climbs a tree to sleep and wakes up the next morning not in the forest in which he went to sleep but on a deserted beach.
In "The Youth Who Could Not Shudder", a man’s second of two sons, thought a fool by all, sets out to learn how to shudder, because, try as he might, he has no idea what people mean when they talk of it. While various elders he meets feel confident they can strike enough terror into his heart to make him shudder, one after one they fail. How he finally learns to shudder will surprise all who listen to this famous Grimm folktale.