The Legend of Northland.
Q8. Write the story of 'A Legend of the Northland " in about 10 sentences.

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A legend of Northland states that once St. Peter was on his way preaching about Jesus Christ. He was weak and  tired after the  days fasting and travelling. He came to the hut of an old lady. She was baking cakes in the hearth. He asked her to give him something to eat. The lady was very greedy and found the cakes to be too big to be given to St. Peter. So she thought of baking a smaller one for him. But again she found it to be bigger. She kept on baking but every time she found the cake to be too big. St. Peter was annoyed by the lady's behaviour. He cursed her saying that she was far too selfish  to dwell in a human form. The lady was transformed into a woodpecker. She flew out of the chimney. All her clothes except her scarlet cap were gone. Even today, woodpecker could be seen boring hard for her food.


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Once Saint Peter stopped by an old lady's cottage because he was feeling hungry and weak after the day's fasting. The lady was baking cakes on the hearth. When Saint Peter asked her for one of her cakes, she tried to make a tiny cake for him. But as it was baking, she found it too large to be given away. She tried baking two more times but even the smallest of cakes seemed too large to her. Such greedy behaviour of the lady annoyed the hungry saint. He cursed her saying that she was far too selfish to be a human, to have food, shelter and fire to keep her warm.  Thus, she was transformed into a woodpecker. All her clothes except her scarlet cap were gone as she went up the chimney and flew out of the top. Every country schoolboy is said to have seen her in the forest, boring into the wood for food till date.
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