The Enchanted Watch
The dog laid this to heart and said nothing; but when they approached the shore he could not help asking, 'Have you got the watch?'
The cat did not answer--he was afraid that he might let the talisman fall. When they touched the shore the dog repeated his question.
'Yes,' said the cat.
And the watch fell into the sea. Then our two friends began each to accuse the other, and both looked sorrowfully at the place where their treasure had fallen in. Suddenly a fish appeared near the edge of the sea. The cat seized it, and thought it would make them a good supper.
'I have nine little children,' cried the fish. 'Spare the father of a family!'
'Granted,' replied the cat; 'but on condition that you find our watch.'
The fish executed his commission, and they brought the treasure back to their master. Jenik rubbed the watch and wished that the palace, with the Princess and all its inhabitants, should be swallowed up in the sea. No sooner said than done. Jenik returned to his parents, and he and his watch, his cat and his dog, lived together happily to the end of their days.