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  • The wasp flew to her, and took her back to bed and looked after her, and then he consulted with a rice-mortar and an egg which had fallen out of a nest near by, and they agreed that when the monkey returned, as he was sure to do, to steal the rest of the fruit, that they would punish him severely for the manner in which he had behaved to the crab.

    The Crimson Fairy Book

  • The children were ordered to be decapitated before their mother's face, and their heads to be pounded in a rice-mortar by their mother's hands; which, to save herself from a diabolical torture and exposure, "(concealments are here properly practised in the report, for the sake of mere human decency,)" she submitted to attempt.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 54, No. 337, November, 1843

  • In the centre of this multitude I see a huge rice-mortar turned upside down; and presently a sandalled peasant leaps upon it lightly, and stands there -- with an open paper umbrella above his head.

    Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan First Series

  • An immense wheel the dance is, with the Ondo-tori for its axis -- always turning slowly upon his rice-mortar, under his open umbrella, as he sings the song of harvest thanksgiving:

    Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan First Series

  • Just as he was making his escape by a back door, however, the piece of seaweed tripped him up, and the rice-mortar, closing with him from behind, made an end of him.

    Tales of Old Japan

  • Just at this time a friendly egg and a bee, who were the apprentices of a certain rice-mortar, happened to pass that way, and, seeing the crab's piteous condition, tied up his wounds, and, having escorted him home, began to lay plans to be revenged upon the cruel ape.

    Tales of Old Japan

  • Then came a rice-mortar, a pestle, a bee, and an egg, and together they devised a deep-laid plot to be avenged.

    Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories The Young Folks Treasury, Volume 1


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