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The Raven Who Wanted A Wife

Source: Eskimo Folktales

A little sparrow was mourning for her husband who was lost. She was
very fond of him, for he caught worms for her.

As she sat there weeping, a raven came up to her and asked:

"Why are you weeping?"

"I am weeping for my husband, who is lost; I was fond of him, because
he caught worms for me," said the sparrow.

"It is not fitting for one to weep who can hop over high blades of
grass," said the raven. "Take me for a husband; I have a fine high
forehead, broad temples, a long beard and a big beak; you shall sleep
under my wings, and I will give you lovely offal to eat."

"I will not take you for a husband, for you have a high forehead, broad
temples, a long beard and a big beak, and will give me offal to eat."

So the raven flew away--flew off to seek a wife among the wild
geese. And he was so lovesick that he could not sleep.

When he came to the wild geese, they were about to fly away to
other lands.

Said the raven to two of the geese:

"Seeing that a miserable sparrow has refused me, I will have you."

"We are just getting ready to fly away," said the geese.

"I will go too," said the raven.

"But consider this: that none can go with us who cannot swim or rest
upon the surface of the water. For there are no icebergs along the
way we go."

"It is nothing; I will sail through the air," said the raven.

And the wild geese flew away, and the raven with them. But very soon
he felt himself sinking from weariness and lack of sleep.

"Something to rest on!" cried the raven, gasping. "Sit you down
side by side." And his two wives sat down together on the water,
while their comrades flew on.

The raven sat down on them and fell asleep. But when his wives saw
the other geese flying farther and farther away, they dropped that
raven into the sea and flew off after them.

"Something to rest on!" gasped the raven, as it fell into the
water. And at last it went to the bottom and was drowned.

And after a while, it broke up into little pieces, and its soul was
turned into little "sea ravens." [8]

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