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Group No. 187


N. Chance and fate

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N100 – N299

Group name

The ways of luck and fate


N100. N100. Nature of luck and fate. Penzer V 182f.; *Köhler Aufsätze 99ff.; *Patch Fortuna 78; Irish myth: Cross.
N101. N101. Inexorable fate. *Cosquin Contes Indiens 126f.; Hdwb. d. Märchens II 63 s.v. Fatalismus; Icelandic: *Boberg; India: *Thompson-Balys.
N101.1. N101.1. Inexorable fate: no day without sorrow. A king, who has made decree against sorrow on a certain day is blinded by a swallow in his sleep. Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 481.
N101.2. N101.2. Inexorable fate: death from violating tabus. (Cf. C920.) Irish myth: *Cross.
N101.3. N101.3. Man cannot die: snake will not bite him though it is provoked by him. (Cf. N146.) Buddhist myth: Malalasekera II 1030.
N101.4. N101.4. Man fated to become king becomes so despite fact he breaks his tooth in which his luck resides. (Cf. N113.2.2.) Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 860.
N102. N102. Fortune comes to deserving and undeserving. Jewish: Neuman.
N110. N110. Luck and fate personified.
N111. N111. Fortuna. Luck (fate) thought of as a goddess. **Patch Fortuna; *Penzer I 106f., 135, II 49, 116, III 24, 74, 298, VI 42, 72, 105 n. 1, 124, 156, 159, VII 70, VIII 87; Frazer Pausanias III 424; India: *Thompson-Balys.
N111.1. N111.1. Dwelling place of Fortuna.
N111.1.1. N111.1.1. Home of Fortuna in other world. Patch PMLA XXXIII 630.
N111.1.2. N111.1.2. Home of Fortuna on island (in otherworld). *Köhler-Bolte II 412f.; *Patch Fortuna 129ff.; Hartland Science 199.
N111.2. N111.2. Appearance of Fortuna.
N111.2.1. N111.2.1. Fortuna blind. *Patch Fortuna 44 n. 2.
N111.2.1.1. N111.2.1.1. Fortune has one eye, watches over everybody. India: Thompson-Balys.
N111.2.2. N111.2.2. Fortuna with two faces. *Patch Fortuna 43 nn. 3, 4.
N111.2.3. N111.2.3. Fortuna half white, half black. *Patch Fortuna 43 n. 4.
N111.3. N111.3. Fortune‘s wheel. **Patch Fortuna 147ff.; *Köhler-Bolte II 66; Irish: O’Suilleabhain 122, Beal XXI 336; Jewish: *Neuman.
N111.3.1. N111.3.1. Fortune‘s wheel turned by dead king in mountain. Armenian: Ananikian 34.
N111.3.2. N111.3.2. Fortune with pair of scales in his hands weighs man’s balance. India: Thompson-Balys.
N111.4. N111.4. Fortune‘s dealings with men.
N111.4.1. N111.4.1. Man thanks earth for saving his life; had he fallen into well he would have blamed Fortune. Wienert FFC LVI 81 (ET 470), 125 (ST 341); Halm Aesop No. 316; Italian Novella: Rotunda.
N111.5. N111.5. Giant is clerk to God of Destiny and measures out mortals’ spans of existence. India: Thompson-Balys.
N112. N112. Bad luck personified.
N112.1. N112.1. Bad luck put into a sack. Köhler-Bolte I 258.
N113. N113. Good luck personified.
N113.1. N113.1. Good fortune resides in an object. Buddhist myth: Malalasekera II 1138.
N113.1.1. N113.1.1. Casket with Good Luck in it given to men by Zeus. Wienert FFC LVI 36; *Babrius No. 58.
N113.2. N113.2. Personification of Good Luck lives in man‘s forehead. India: Thompson-Balys.
N113.2.1. N113.2.1. Lucky right hand. Gaster Thespis 174.
N113.2.2. N113.2.2. Man’s luck resides in his tooth. (Cf. N101.4.) Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 860.
N113.3. N113.3. Personification of Good Luck leaves palace since king is destined to die that night. India: Thompson-Balys.
N113.4. N113.4. Luck can be found in certain place. India: Thompson-Balys.
N114. N114. Fortune as an old woman. India: Thompson-Balys.
N115. N115. Book of fate. India: *Thompson-Balys; Gaster Thespis 348.
N118. N118. Issues left to fate (luck).
N118.1. N118.1. Ship‘s course left to the winds that it might be carried where fate wills it. India: Thompson-Balys.
N119. N119. Luck and fate personified – miscellaneous.
N119.1. N119.1. Dog tries to catch its fate in its own tail. India: Thompson-Balys.
N119.2. N119.2. Buffalo’s fate in bamboo growing from head. India: Thompson-Balys.
N119.3. N119.3. Ill-omened face of king; harbinger of evil. India: Thompson-Balys.
N120. N120. Determination of luck or fate.
N121. N121. Fate decided before birth. Irish myth: *Cross; Jewish: *Neuman; India: Thompson-Balys.
N121.1. N121.1. Child born with objects that indicate fate. Cheremis: Sebeok-Nyerges.
N121.1.1. N121.1.1. Spirit of new-born child in uniform. God has determined fates of everyone. Type 934*; Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 934C*; Livonian: Loorits FFC LXVI No. 934I.
N121.1.2. N121.1.2. New-born child with a weapon and a game animal: fated to be hunter. Cheremis: Sebeok-Nyerges.
N121.2. N121.2. Death forestalls evil fates. Mother shown what would have been the evil fates of her children if they had not died. BP III 472ff.; Irish: Beal XXI 336, O’Suilleabhain 120.
N121.3. N121.3. Newborn girl fated to be a courtesan. India: Thompson-Balys.
N121.4. N121.4. Seventh daughter predestined to be magician. (Cf. Z71.5.) Argentina: Jijena Sanchez 54, 64; Spain: ibid. 69; Portugal: ibid. 70.
N122. N122. Lucky or unlucky places.
N122.0.1. N122.0.1. The choice of roads. At parting of three roads are equivocal inscriptions telling what will happen if each is chosen. Brothers each choose a different road. Köhler-Bolte I 537ff.; India Thompson-Balys.
N122.1. N122.1. Unlucky places. Jewish: *Neuman.
N125. N125. Choices by chance.
N125.1. N125.1. He upon whom feather (wisp) falls to be king‘s fool. Irish myth: Cross.
N125.2. N125.2. Luck determined by whether a crooked-necked demigod is looking at one. India: Thompson-Balys.
N125.3. N125.3. King to be victorious as long as he rides muzzled gelding. Irish myth: Cross.
N125.4. N125.4. Districts named from first person met in each. Irish myth: Cross.
N126. N126. Lots cast to determine luck or fate. Irish myth: Cross; Icelandic: *Boberg; Jewish: *Neuman.
N126.1. N126.1. Lots cast to determine who shall undertake adventure. Irish myth: Cross.
N126.2. N126.2. Lots cast to determine father of illegitimate child. Irish myth: *Cross.
N127. N127. The auspicious (lucky) day (days). (Cf. N53.) Irish myth: *Cross; Jewish: *Neuman.
N127.0.1. N127.0.1. Different kinds of luck attending persons born on the several days of the week. Irish myth: *Cross.
N127.1. N127.1. Tuesday as auspicious day. Irish myth: *Cross.
N127.2. N127.2. Wednesday as auspicious (inauspicious) day. Irish myth: *Cross.
N127.3. N127.3. Thursday as lucky day. Irish myth: Cross.
N127.4. N127.4. Friday as auspicious day. Irish myth: *Cross.
N128. N128. Unlucky days (“cross-days”). Irish myth: *Cross.
N128.0.1. N128.0.1. Days of the week on which certain tragic deaths occurred. Irish myth: *Cross.
N128.1. N128.1. National disasters occur always at the same date. Jewish: Neuman.
N128.2. N128.2. Monday and Wednesday as unlucky days. Jewish: Neuman.
N130. N130. Changing of luck or fate.
N131. N131. Acts performed for changing luck. *Fb “lykke” II 474f.
N131.1. N131.1. Luck changing after cohabitation. Icelandic: Bósasaga 23, Hrolfs saga Kraka 96ff.
N131.2. N131.2. Turning right-handwise in certain place brings luck. Irish myth: Cross.
N131.3. N131.3. Spilling salt brings bad luck.
N131.3.1. N131.3.1. Judas Iscariot spills salt at the Last Supper. England: Baughman.
N131.4. N131.4. Luck changing after change of name. Jewish: *Neuman.
N131.5. N131.5. Luck changing after change of place. Jewish: *Neuman.
N134. N134. Persons effect change of luck. Irish myth: Cross.
N134.1. N134.1. Persons bring bad luck. Jewish: *Neuman.
N134.1.1. N134.1.1. Unlucky to have man in house while cloth is being dyed. Irish myth: Cross.
N134.1.2. N134.1.2. Wife brings bad luck to the husband’s family. India: Thompson-Balys.
N134.1.3. N134.1.3. Persons lose luck as punishment. India: Thompson-Balys.
N134.1.4. N134.1.4. Spirit of adversity brings bad luck to house. India: Thompson-Balys.
N134.1.5. N134.1.5. Passenger brings bad luck to ship. Cast overboard. Jonah. (Cf. S264.1.)
N135. N135. Objects effect change of luck. India: Thompson-Balys.
N135.1. N135.1. Thirteen as unlucky number. **Böklen Die “unglückezahl” Dreizehn (Leipzig, 1913); Hdwb. d. Abergl. s.v. “Zahlen” B 13; *Fb “tretten”; **Kyriakiodos To Dysoionon tou Arithmou 13 (Athens, 1953).
N135.2. N135.2. Possession of money brings luck. Nothing escapes a mouse as long as she has in her hole a purse of money Chauvin II 94 No. 45; Bødker Exempler 291 No. 49.
N135.2.1. N135.2.1. Discovery of treasure brings luck. Chinese: Graham.
N135.3. N135.3. The luck-bringing shirt. The king is to become lucky when he puts on the shirt of a lucky man. The only man who says that he is lucky has no shirt. *Type 844; **Köhler Aufsätze 119ff.; H. C. Andersen‘s “Lykkens Galocher”; Edwin Markham’s “The Shoes of Fortune.”
N135.3.1. N135.3.1. Feast for those who have not known sorrow. Dying Alexander’s letter to his mother orders such a feast. No one comes. *Köhler-Bolte I 579; Köhler Aufsätze 130.
N135.4. N135.4. Lucky marks on body. India: Thompson-Balys.
N136. N136. The judge‘s bad-luck bringing boots. The wealthy merchant becomes a beggar, due to the judge’s boots he acquired through exchange (theft). Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 2447*.
N137. N137. Philosopher conquers evil fate. India: Thompson-Balys.
N140. N140. Nature of luck and fate – miscellaneous motifs.
N141. N141. Luck or intelligence? Dispute as to which is the more powerful. Man with intelligence remains poor (is brought into court). Saved by mere luck. *Type 945; BP III 53f.; Tille FFC XXXIV 254; Jewish: bin Gorion Born Judas@2 IV 47, 128, 276, 281; India: *Thompson-Balys.
N141.1. N141.1. Which is more important, learning or wit? India: Thompson-Balys.
N141.2. N141.2. Which is more powerful, wealth or wisdom? India: *Thompson-Balys.
N141.3. N141.3. Which is more beautiful, nymph of Luck or of Ill-Luck (Luck when coming, Ill-Luck when going). India: Thompson-Balys.
N141.4. N141.4. Weaver married by Wealth to a princess to show Wisdom that he is the more powerful. India: Thompson-Balys.
N142. N142. Destiny better than work, show, or speculation. A peasant makes a little by his work; a nobleman more by his outward show; a merchant still more by speculation; but a prince most of all by his destiny. Chauvin II 109 No. 72; Bødker Exempler 305 No. 76; Spanish Exempla: Keller.
N143. N143. Luck only with money that is earned honestly. Icelandic: Boberg.
N145. N145. Cast-out princess prospers because of Good Luck. India: *Thompson-Balys.
N146. N146. Man not fated to die cannot be killed. (Cf. N101.3.) Jewish: *Neuman.
N170. N170. The capriciousness of luck. Icelandic: *Boberg; Jewish: Neuman; India: Thompson-Balys.
N171. N171. Unprotected son makes fortune; protected son has bad luck. Type 935*.
N172. N172. Prodigal as favorite of fortune. *Type 935; Irish: Beal XXI 305, O’Suilleabhain 14.
N172.1. N172.1. Prodigal son favored over faithful son. Spanish Exempla: Keller.
N173. N173. Disagreeable and disliked youth as favorite of Fortune. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
N174. N174. Careful builder outside when storm comes is killed; careless builder saved. Spanish Exempla: Keller; Africa (Angola): Chatelain 247 No. 58.
N177. N177. Beggar escapes from fire. Refused hospitality, he must sleep outdoors. The house burns down. *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 479; Jewish: Neuman.
N178. N178. Loss of eye saves man from execution. Man to be buried with king. Gets off because he lacks an eye. *Wesselski Märchen 230; Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 480.
N178.1. N178.1. Broken leg saves man from fatal fight. King has ordered that he be killed in a fight. He breaks his leg and cannot take part. Meantime the king learns of his innocence. Chauvin II 152 No. 18; Spanish Exempla: Keller.
N178.2. N178.2. Man chosen for execution because he is fat. India: *Thompson-Balys.
N178.3. N178.3. King‘s counselor expelled from a court thereby escapes accompanying the king, who is killed by robbers. India: Thompson-Balys.
N178.4. N178.4. Only crippled cow not driven away by robbers. India: Thompson-Balys.
N181. N181. Fortunes of the rich man and of the poor man. The Fortune of the rich brother tells the poor brother to seek his luck under a bush. The poor man goes there and Fortune tells him to become a merchant. He becomes rich. Type 735; India: Thompson-Balys.
N182. N182. Snake turns to gold in answer to dream. Woman tells dream of pot of gold. Robbers overhear but finding only snake in pot turn it loose on woman’s bed. It turns to gold. India: Thompson-Balys.
N183. N183. Money lost twice: recovered third time. Type 935**; Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 946*; Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 114 No. 945A*.
N185. N185. Fugitive woman burdened with child saved; childless woman killed. Estonian: Aarne FFC XXV 136 No. 92.
N186. N186. Man who derided another‘s faith in the stars becomes respected astrologer. (Cf. P481.) Italian Novella: Rotunda.
N187. N187. Hero fails to meet the man he seeks, though they are close to one another. Icelandic: Sterka 436, Boberg.
N200. N200. The good gifts of fortune.
N201. N201. Wish for exalted husband realized. Girls make wish that they may marry king (prince, etc.). It so happens. *Type 707; *BP II 380ff., 393; Italian Novella: Rotunda; India: Thompson-Balys; N. A. Indian: Thompson CColl II 388.
N202. N202. Wishes for good fortune realized. Jewish: *Neuman; India: *Thompson-Balys; Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 87, 420, II 824.
N202.1. N202.1. Wish realized that all women should fall in love with man at sight. Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 724.
N203. N203. Lucky person. Icelandic: *Boberg; Jewish: *Neuman; India: *Thompson-Balys.
N211. N211. Lost object returns to its owner.
N211.1. N211.1. Lost ring found in fish. (Polycrates.) *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 635; *Wesselski Mönchslatein 188 No. 146; *Chauvin V 17 No. 10, 141 No. 68, VI 32 No. 202; Fb “ring” IV 328b; Toldo VIII 40; Saintyves “L‘Anneau de Polycrate” Revue de l’histoire des religions (1912) 1 – 32; *Loomis White Magic 121. – Irish: Plummer clxxxiv, *Cross; Norwegian: Solheim Register 20; Italian Novella: Rotunda; Jewish: *Neuman, *Gaster Exempla 210 No. 118, *bin Gorion Born Judas@2 II 106, 344, III 51, 55, 300; India: *Thompson-Balys; Japanese: Ikeda; Korean: Zong in-Sob 29; Philippine: Fansler MAFLS XII 7; Africa (Gold Coast): Barker and Sinclair 133.
N211.1.0.1. N211.1.0.1. Lost articles found in interior of fish through virtue of saint. Irish myth: Cross.
N211.1.1. N211.1.1. Lost pin found in fish. Irish myth: Cross.
N211.1.2. N211.1.2. Key (to fetters) found in fish. Irish myth: *Cross.
N211.1.3. N211.1.3. Lost sword found in fish. Icelandic: Boberg.
N211.1.4. N211.1.4. Lost trinket found in fish. Irish myth: Cross.
N211.1.5. N211.1.5. Brooch lost by saint found in fish. Irish myth: Cross.
N211.2. N211.2. Unavailing attempt to get rid of slippers; they always return. *Chauvin VI 130 No. 283.
N211.3. N211.3. Angel helps to find lost pin. Irish myth: Cross.
N212. N212. Money cannot be kept from where it is destined to go. Miser told that his hoard is to go to poor man. He hides it in a trunk and throws it into the sea but it drifts to the house of the poor man who tries in vain to restore it to its owner. *Type 745; *Chauvin II 129 No. 137; *Herbert III 234, 377 No. 61, 447; *Oesterley No. 109, Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 934B*; Russian: Andrejev No. 834B*; West Indies: Flowers 563.
N212.1. N212.1. Husband‘s magic gift returns to him. Wife gives husband’s magic gift (fruit) to lover, who presents it to a dancing girl, who sells it back to the husband. India: *Thompson-Balys.
N213. N213. Man fated to be rich. Buddhist myth: Malalasekera I 828, 931.
N215. N215. Child borne off by tiger, which is caught by griffin, which is killed by lioness, which rears child with her whelps. English: Wells 118 (Octavian); India: Thompson-Balys.
N221. N221. Man granted power of winning at cards. Irish: Beal XXI 329, O‘Suilleabhain 90; Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 45, 52 Nos. 313, 345, Espinosa II Nos. 122ff., 168 – 171, Espinosa Jr. Nos. 70 – 73, 210.
N222. N222. First objects picked up bring fortune. India: Thompson-Balys.
N223. N223. Man must have drinking horn; stumble reveals one as he departs on search. Irish myth: Cross.
N224. N224. Man finds treasure he refused as gift. Irish myth: Cross.
N225. N225. Man robbed and penniless entertained by wealthy widow and enriched. Boccaccio Decameron II No. 2 (Lee 25); Italian Novella: *Rotunda.
N226. N226. Wrecked man saved on coffer of jewels; becomes rich. Boccaccio Decameron II No. 4 (Lee 30); Italian Novella: *Rotunda.
N227. N227. Man who is impoverished is given high post by princess in disguise. Marries her. (Cf. N251.3.) Italian Novella: Rotunda.
N228. N228. Leopard tied in bag in water floats to shore and finds a mate. Grateful to trickster who has tied him up. India: *Thompson-Balys.
N231. N231. The fourteen lucky daughters. The husband leaves his wife, who has given birth to fourteen girls, thinking he is persecuted by bad luck because of failure to have a son. On the seashore, the girls find precious stones. The wife, now prosperous, finds her husband among beggars. Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 1668*.
N234. N234. Boast of poor boy made good by fate: he boasts to elder brothers he will build a palace on a certain spot; accidentally comes on treasure trove and makes good his boast. India: Thompson-Balys.
N250. N250. Persistent bad luck. *Fb “ulykke” III 973a; Jewish: Neuman; India: *Thompson-Balys.
N250.1. N250.1. Bad luck follows man who shoots stork. *Fb “stork” III 592b.
N250.2. N250.2. Persecution by bad luck. Wishing to escape it, the luckless couple build themselves a new home. Scarcely do they establish themselves in the new home, when bad luck addresses them from the hearth: “I have already waited for you here three days.” Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 735B*.
N250.3. N250.3. Persecution by a god so that will of deity can be followed. India: Thompson-Balys.
N250.4. N250.4. Bad luck banished and freed. The poor man in some way banishes his bad luck and becomes prosperous. Out of envy his rich brother sets it free; it then follows him. Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 735A*; Russian: Andrejev No. 735 I*.
N251. N251. Person pursued by misfortune. (Placidas, Eustacius.) His goods are destroyed, his wife carried off by a ship captain and his children by animals. *Type 938; Herbert III 241; *Oesterley No. 110; *Bolte Zs. f. Vksk. XXVIII 154f.; Alphabet No. 311; *Hibbard 3ff.; Boccaccio Decameron II Nos. 6, 8 (Lee 34, 39); *Loomis White Magic 112; **Gerould PMLA XIX 335ff.; Dickson 100 n. 7. – Irish: *Cross; O’Suilleabhain 42, Beal XXI 315; Italian Novella: *Rotunda; Jewish: *Neuman, bin Gorion Born Judas@2 I 374; India: *Thompson-Balys; Buddhist myth: Malalasekera II 113, 793; West Indies: Flowers 564.
N251.1. N251.1. Man captured by pirates is maimed, crippled, blinded. He is patient through it all. Finally he is elected ruler by his dead master‘s subjects. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
N251.2. N251.2. Man who aspires to greater wealth loses all. When he is about to be rewarded by king the latter dies. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
N251.3. N251.3. Man who loses fortune marries widow of his rich master. (Cf. N227.) Italian Novella: Rotunda.
N251.4. N251.4. Travelers pursued by misfortune. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
N251.5. N251.5. Fortune of the lucky wife. A luckless man becomes successful in all his undertakings when he marries a lucky woman and lives by her luck. Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 737B*.
N251.6. N251.6. The luckless son and his envious father. Seeing a luck-bringing animal at his son’s house, the wizard father orders it to be destroyed, but the grandchildren eat of its meat and become fortunate. Lithuanian: Balys Index No. 738*.
N251.7. N251.7. Misfortune pursues farmer. U.S.: *Baughman.
N252. N252. Messengers announce successive misfortunes. Spanish Exempla: Keller; Greek: Aeschylus Agamemnon line 860; Jewish: Neuman. Cf. story of Job.
N252.1. N252.1. Messengers announce successive misfortunes to warrior as he sets out for war. Tells of death of father, mother, brother, and sister, but he refuses to turn back. Finnish: Kalevala rune 36.
N253. N253. Safety in shadow of wall. After many misfortunes the man is apparently safe. The wall falls on him. *Type 947; *BP III 289f.; Bødker Exempler 277 No. 18; Spanish Exempla: Keller.
N255. N255. Escape from one misfortune into worse.
N255.1. N255.1. Stag escapes from hunters to be eaten by lion. Wienert FFC LVI *49, 55 (ET 86, 152), 116, 136 (ST 261, 417); Halm Aesop No. 129, 252.
N255.2. N255.2. Ass gets progressively worse masters. Finally the farmer beats him living and will not spare his hide when he is dead. Wienert FFC LVI 77 (ET 435), 109 (ST 214, 390); Halm Aesop No. 329.
N255.3. N255.3. Halcyon builds nest on sea-cliff to escape land hazards. Tempest blows nest away. Wienert FFC LVI *63 (ET 266), 140 (ST 4623; Halm Aesop No. 29.
N255.4. N255.4. Fugitive slave takes refuge in mill house, where he must work harder than ever. Wienert FFC LVI *83 (ET 499), 116 (ST 260); Halm Aesop No. 121.
N255.5. N255.5. Daw fleeing from captivity caught in trees by thread around foot. Starves. Wienert FFC LVI 63 (ET 265), 116 (ST 259); Halm Aesop No. 202.
N255.6. N255.6. Old man burns self with gunpowder, and then burns himself worse when he pours hot water over his body. India: Thompson-Balys.
N256. N256. Unlucky classes.
N256.1. N256.1. Goldsmith unlucky. India: Thompson-Balys.
N258. N258. Train of troubles from lost horseshoe nail. Master tries to go on in spite of the loss. *BP III 335ff.
N261. N261. Train of troubles from sparrow‘s vengeance. A man runs over the dog, friend of the sparrow. Through the sparrow’s vengeance the man loses his horse, his property, and finally his life. *Type 248; *BP I 515; Jamaica: Beckwith MAFLS XVII 254 No. 34.
N261.1. N261.1. Train of troubles for seven brothers for having destroyed bird‘s nest. India: Thompson-Balys.
N264. N264. Whether man begs all day or for an hour he gets only a small basket of grain. India: *Thompson-Balys.
N265. N265. Person brings bad luck to others.
N265.1. N265.1. Girl brings ill luck and death to everyone she comes in contact with. India: Thompson-Balys.
N270. N270. Crime inevitably comes to light. Irish: Beal XXI 336, O’Suilleabhain 119; India: Thompson-Balys.
N271. N271. Murder will out. Missouri French: Carrière; Spanish: Espinosa Jr Nos. 202 – 209; Jewish: *Neuman; India: *Thompson-Balys.
N271.1. N271.1. The sun brings all to light. The murderer repeats as he sees the rays of the sun, the last words of the dying man, thus betraying the crime. *Type 960; *BP II 531; *Hdwb. d. Märchens I 98b, *Zachariae Kleine Schriften 134; *Basset 1001 Contes II 381.
N271.1.1. N271.1.1. Moon brings murder to light. (Like N271.1.) BP II 532.
N271.2. N271.2. Murder revealed by unusual names of boys. The dying man leaves message to name his sons “O God” and “O king” (or the like). This arouses the king‘s curiosity and brings the murder to light. BP II 336, 535; Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 116 No. 960.
N271.3. N271.3. The Cranes of Ibycus. Murdered man calls on cranes, the only witnesses of the murder, to avenge him. The cranes follow the murderer and point him out. *BP II 532; *Amalfi Zs. f. Vksk. VI 115ff.; *Zachariae ibid. IX 336; Scala Celi 100b No. 539; Hertz Abhandlungen 334; Köhler-Bolte II 563; Chauvin II 123, VII 146; *Krappe Bulletin Hispanique XXXIX 27. – England: Baughman; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. No. 209; Jewish: *Neuman.
N271.3.1. N271.3.1. Ravens pursue murderer who has killed two children. England: Baughman.
N271.4. N271.4. Murder discovered through knowledge of bird languages. Birds point out the murder. *Type 781.
N271.5. N271.5. Murderer through miracle suspected of theft; murder thus discovered. Type 761*.
N271.6. N271.6. Murder revealed by child.
N271.6.1. N271.6.1. Child‘s song reveals murder. Africa (Bantu): Torrend Specimens of Bantu Folk-lore from Northern Rhodesia (New York, 1921) 9ff. No. 1, 14ff. No. 2.
N271.7. N271.7. Murder discovered on digging foundations of house. House burns. Diggers discover body. Italian Novella: *Rotunda.
N271.8. N271.8. Murderer traced through victim‘s ring. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
N271.9. N271.9. Tree follows murderer. Scotland: Baughman.
N271.10. N271.10. Ship will sink if murderer is aboard. England: Baughman.
N271.11. N271.11. Murder will out: murderers quarrel under influence of drink and reveal crime. Buddhist myth: Malalasekera II 1216.
N275. N275. Criminal confesses because he thinks himself accused. *BP II 534, 412; India: *Thompson-Balys.
N275.1. N275.1. Criminal confesses because of misunderstood animal cries. BP II 534, 412; Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 66.
N275.2. N275.2. Criminal confesses because of misunderstanding of a dialect. BP II 534, 412.
N275.3. N275.3. Detection by accidental remark. Wife misunderstands husband’s remark and confesses. Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles No. 32.
N275.4. N275.4. Thief imagines that group of people in street are talking and laughing at him; he confesses. U.S.: Baughman.
N275.5. N275.5. Criminal in church mistakes words of service as accusation. (Cf. Type 1833.)
N275.5.1. N275.5.1. Sheep thief confesses when preacher says, “All we like sheep have gone astray.” U.S.: Baughman.
N277. N277. Oxen bear dead usurer to gallows to be buried. They are allowed to go where they will. Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 197.
N278. N278. Supernatural voice points out criminal. Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 352; *Wesselski Mönchslatein 182 No. 140.

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