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The tale of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf was included in Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Tales (London, c.1843), by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps.The story in its arguably best-known form appeared English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs, first published in 1890 and crediting Halliwell as his source. The story begins with the title characters being sent out into the world by their mother, to "seek their fortune". The first little pig builds a house of straw, but a wolf blows it down and the first little pig runs to his brother's house. The second pig builds a house of sticks and lets his brother in, but with the same ultimate result. Each exchange between wolf and pig features ringing proverbial phrases, namely: "Little pig, little pig, let me come in." "No, no, not by the hair on my chiny chin chin." "Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in. The third pig builds a house of hard bricks and lets his brothers in. The wolf couldn't huff and puff hard enough to blow the house down. He attempts to trick the little pigs out of the house, but the pigs outsmart him at every turn. Finally, the wolf resolves to come down the chimney, whereupon the pigs boil a pot of water into which the wolf plunges, at which point the pigs quickly covers the pot and cooks the wolf for supper.