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Andrew Lang (1844 – 1912) was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the University of St Andrews are named after him. Lang was also a prolific author of works both fiction and non-; he wrote his own fairy tales such as Prince Prigio (1889) and Prince Ricardo of Pantouflia (1893), and wrote numerous historical texts. Andrew Lang was great friends with Robert Louis Stevenson and H. Rider Haggard, with whom he wrote The World's Desire (1890). Preferring romance over realism, he admired their works as well as those of Alexandre Dumas Père, Henry Fielding, William Makepeace Thackeray, fellow Scot Robert Burns and many others. Brief story by Andrew Lang talks about a rich miller invited all wild animals dwelling in the hills and woods to feast at the miller's wedding. All animals received their invitations and were very pleased and flattered to be quests. But on their way to miller's marriage all animals met a young boy passing through alone and whistling. At their conversation little boy advised all animals not to go to the feast as an angry miller and his friends were going to kill them and strip their skins. No one believed this boy because everyone was sure to have a fun at the marriage and didn't predict anything sorrowful. This little story can make you analyze the importance of someone's sincerity help or advice and only then make up your own mind.

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