Puss in Boots
[Le Chat Botté}], from the Eleventh Night of
Straparola's Italian fairy tales, where Constantine's cat procures his
master a fine castle and the king's heiress. First translated into
French in 1585. Our version is taken from that of Charles Perrault.
There is a similar one in the Scandinavian nursery tales. This clever
cat secures a fortune and a royal partner for his master, who passes
off as the Marquis of Carabas, but is in reality a young miller without
a penny in the world.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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