This week’s little tale is an English story. I really enjoyed reading it!
It centres around a farmer and his son who were passing the woods on the way to the market. As they passed they realised many of the trees were dead that were fine the day before. The farmer realised there was something dangerous lurking. They ran away but unfortunately the farmer was struck down by the beast that had gazed at him with his red eyes. The son went home and told the villagers about the beast they had seen. The bravest villagers went searching out for the beast.
A wise woman worked out that it was a Basilisk. The Basilisk could strike down any living thing with just its eyes. She described it as a creature with the head and claws of a cockerel, the tail of a serpent and the wings of a bat. Its breath could break stone and its touch was poisonous but it was the eyes that people should be worried about. The wise women didn’t give the villagers any inkling of what they could do to defeat the Basilisk.
A wandering knight rode into the village and was determined to fight against the Basilisk when he heard about it. He asked the wise woman if it ever shut its eyes and the wise woman told him that it did when it had a drink, but he should still be wary as it had exceptional hearing.
It turned out that the Basilisk shut its eyes when drinking so it didn’t see its eyes in its reflection. This totally gave the knight an idea. The knight returned covered with crystal glass everywhere. The knight went into the woods to find the Basilisk. The Basilisk heard him approach and went out to meet its prey. The knight stepped out. The Basilisk immediately saw its own reflection in the armour of the knight. It tried to look away quickly, but it was too late. It started to shrivel up and eventually died!