Lesson Fourteen 355
haVe you come to buy a lasso? Ihave something to tellyou. IhaVe eaten 333 women and
999 men. Today if Ieat you, I"ll reach my goal (i.e., 1000) ." After the demon finished
speaking, he flewoff making the sound "hurdra."Heflappedhiswingsandmadehailthe
sie of walnuts all. Thei̅headsoftheyouthandprincesswerepeltedbyhail. Lodor
protected the princess with his left hand and with hisright hand raised the golden axe
high and b]ocked the hail. The demon was veryaungnryat this and flapped hiswings so
that hail eVen bigger thaun before fell. In the cave, hail bouncedabout everywhere.
̅ The youth thought that rather than dyingunder the hail it wou]d be better to haVe
a life or death battle with thei̅demon. Heyelled ]oudly and threw the axe with all his
strength. The demon was split in half, its blood splattering all overLodor"s face and body.
Incredibly, the demon's blood hadpoisonin it so theyouth's face buurnedand became like
coal. Theyouth, tolerating (his) body"sextremepainwithwhateVerstrengthhehadleft,
took out the glitteringi̅"wishfulfilling gem" necklace fom his pocket and put it on the
princess'si̅neck and said, " Vou, princess, who are worthy ofrespect, you haVe to leaVe
this caVe immediately." The princess was moved immeasurab]y by this and cried
unncontro]lably. The princess herself did not want to go up alone, but the kind youth
insisted and finally Princess Drelha entered into the ]eather bucket. The princess took off
her precious diamondring andput it on the youth"s fiunger. With deep love, she said, "As
for this, p]ease take it. Ishall return to the palace together with you."
i̅ Lodor was deeply moved and gave the ring back answering, "Ido not want any
gift. Fromthestart, IhaVehadonlyonewish. Asforthat, itistocompletelydestroythe
demon." Consequently, Princess Dre]ha seized the youth"s hand and, insisting, put that
ringi̅ontoLodor's finger.i̅At that time the bucket moveda bit andits bellraung. The
soldierswho were guarding the edge of the caVe pulled upthe princess as soon as they
heard the ringing. Theyouththoughtthatthesoldierswoulddefinitelysendthebucket
down immediate]y after they broughtuptheprincess. However, incredibly, (he) heardthe
sound "uung'" at the edge of the cave anda big boulder blocked the opening. And (he
heard) thei̅sound of the chief steward"s orders and the sound of the horses" hooves
growingdistaunt. Lodorbecamefuriousandbrokeupalltheboulderswithhisgo]denaxe.
But he was unable to get out. He was left without the means for doing anything. At this
time he suddenly saw a white light coming out f om thei̅smalli̅caVe of the demon . Lodor
thought that the demon had againrecovered. He was going quickly to hit him with the
goldeni̅axe when the loVing old manlion Came out from the small cave and said,
"Greetings toyou. Vou not only have destroyed that demon, benefiting the people, you



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