Children's Christmas story The Three Pats by Martin Gleeson


 
 
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Barry worked for a farmer at the top of the mountain.
 
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The farmer was very cruel. Barry had to work very hard and was given no pay.
 
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At night, he slept in a cow shed.
 
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During the winter, the heat from the cows kept him warm.
 
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One day, two geese went missing.
 
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"You fool" shouted the farmer, "you will get no dinner tonight."
Then he beat Barry with a stick!
That night Barry decided to run away from the farm and to seek his fortune in the world.
 
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He ate berries along the way.
 
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After an hour Barry saw a man with great big eyes. "Good morning sir, and what are you doing?"
 
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"I am looking at a pimple on the leg of a spider, on the wing of a bird standing on a cow, on the other side of the glen" said the man.
"You have wonderful eyesight" said Barry, "you are very fortunate."
"I am not fortunate at all" replied the man, "I cannot find work anywhere."
"Barry is my name" said the boy, "I have run away from my master to seek my fortune, come with me."
"Pat the Eyes is my name" said the man, and away he went with Barry.
 
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After an hour they saw another man with great big cheeks, standing on the road.
 
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His mouth was open and he was blowing furiously.
"Good morning sir, and what are you doing?" asked Barry.
"I am turning that windmill at the top of the hill" answered the man.
"You have wonderful wind power" said Barry, "you are very fortunate."
"I am not fortunate at all" answered the man, "I cannot find work anywhere."
"Barry is my name" said the boy, "this is my friend, Pat the Eyes. I have run away from my master to seek my fortune. Come with us"
"Thank you, I will" said the man.
"Pat the Wind is my name."
And away he went with them.
 
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After an hour they reached the edge of a Wood.
They saw a man with great big arms tearing up oak trees.
 
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"Good morning Sir, and what are you doing?" asked Barry.
"I am keeping myself fit" answered the man.
"You have wonderful power in your arms" said Barry.
"You are very fortunate."
 
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"I am not fortunate at all" answered the man, "I cannot find work anywhere."
"Barry is my name" said the boy.
"These are my friends, Pat the Eyes and Pat the Wind. I have run away from my master to seek my fortune, come with us.
"Thank you, I will" answered the man.
"Pat the Arms is my name." and he went away with them.
After an hour, Pat the Eyes stopped.
 
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"I can see a big town ahead" he said. "Part of a castle has fallen into a river."
 
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Soldiers are nailing notices to the doors of the houses.
"Can you read the notices?" asked Barry.
"The notices say that the king will give as much gold as the person can carry to whoever saves his castle" answered Pat the Eyes.
 
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"Let us go to that town" said Barry and the three men followed him without delay.
 
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When they reached the town they saw the king and his nobles.
 
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"Save my castle, save my castle" shouted the king.
"But we cannot your majesty" replied the nobles.
Lightening had hit the castle the night before and a big piece of it had fallen into the river.
 
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Everyone could see that the castle we about to fall down.
 
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"My friends may be able to save your castle" Barry told the king.
"Start immediately" said the king, with hope in his eyes.
"If you save my castle I shall make you rich beyond your dreams. You will be able to buy anything that your heart desires."
 
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First, Pat the Wind started blowing, he blew so hard that the water started to flow up the river.
 
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The Pat the Arms lifted up the piece of wall and repaired the castle.
 
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"You saved my castle, you saved my castle" cried the king and he danced with delight.
 
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He ordered his servants to prepare a feast for Barry and his three friends.
Barry, Pat the Eyes, Pat the Wind and Pat the Arms sat near the king. They were served the best of food and drink. The king and his nobles toasted their health again and again.
 
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Barry and his friends spent the night in the castle.
 
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In the morning Barry found a big sack and filled it up with the king's gold.
The bag was very heavy, but Pat the Arms was able to carry it with ease.
 
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Barry and his friends waved goodbye to the king and his nobles, as they set out on the road.
 
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After an hour of walking, Pat the Eyes looked back and said "I see the king giving orders to his soldiers to come after us. They are to kill us and bring back the bag of gold."
"We will be ready for them" said Barry.
 
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Barry, Pat the Eyes and Pat the Arms stood behind Pat the Wind, waiting for the attack.
Soon the soldiers came along on their horses.
Pat the Wind took in a big breath of air.
 
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Then he blew out, scattering the soldiers in all directions.
 
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As they lay all about on the ground, Barry warned the soldiers, "Go back to the king, tell him that if he ever tries to take the gold from us again, my friend will blow down his castle"
 
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Then Barry and his three friends started walking again.
 
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After much traveling they came across a big farm with a house for sale.
 
Right away they bought the farm and house.
There they lived happily together.
 

 

 

 

 


 
 
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