Fairy tales from Grimm

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Fairy tales from Grimm
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Hansel and Gretel
Cinderella
Snow-White and Rose-Red
Rumpelstiltskin
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117 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
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English
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Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863
Mabie, Hamilton Wright, 1846-1916
Betts, Ethel Franklin
Grimm, Wilhelm, 1786-1859
Grosset & Dunlap
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edited and with an introduction by Hamilton W. Mabie ; pictures and decorations by Ethel Franklin Betts.
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Edited and weith an Introdulction by
HAMILTON W. ~MABIE
'~Pictures and Decorations by
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" What will you give me if I spin it for you? "--Fronttisfiece. PAGE
" Just then the door opened, and a very old woman, walking
upon crutches, came out 22
" Presently he swam up again with the ball in his mouth and
threw it on the grass 42
" She ran away so quickly that he could not overtake her 58
" 'What are you standing there gaping for ? 'asked the
D w arf" .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 78
" Then she threw over each of them a shirt .' 102

PE N-DRA WINGS

" He called out, Here, my good woman, just bring your wares
here'" ... .. .. .. .. 28
" As Little Red-Cap entered among the trees she met a Wolf 48
" He stooped down to scoop up some water .68
"' He took some water in a cup ; 84
" The Cat took him into its enchanted castle" 96
" Two-]Eyes then began to eat . Ilo


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I NT RODUCTI ON

The stories collected in this volume are so old that the
world has forgotten when they were told for the first time and
who told them. They were not written like modern stories;
they were not invented by men who made story-telling a business,
as the novelists do; they were not printed, for most of them
came into being before the art of printing was in use. The
men and womenn wvho made them had no thought of a reading
public, because there was no reading public. They did not com-
pose the stories for money because there was no one to buy
stories in those primitive days among a people who could not
read, in a country in which by far the greater number of people
never left the little villages or the lonely woods in which they
lived. In reading this book, therefore, one must forget the
professional writer, who makes his living by telling stories;
who puts them down on paper with great care for the words he
uses; who finds ready for him, under the direction of a publisher,











a machinery which prints, binds and sends the book into which
the stories are put to the ends of the earth.
These stories were composed by very simple people, living
very simple lives; with no magazines, newspapers or books to
read, with no telegraphs, telephones pr railroads to open the
world to them by making communication and travel possible.
They were composed by people who lived in small groups, in
little remote farming villages, with fields on all sides, or in little
hamlets in the woods. These people knew nothing of science
or history; they were like children in their love of strange and
marvelous things. Life was a wonder story to them; they
knew nothing of the laws of nature; but whenever anything
about them moved, they imagined that some living creature
moved it. They did not think of themselves as separated by a
wide and deep chasm from the animals around them; they
thought of animals as belonging to the family; and that animals
should speak a human language, have human feelings, and even
marry human beings, did not seem strange to them. In the woods
and fields strange kinds of creatures lived, and nothing was so
wonderful that the people did not take it as a matter of course.
The stories in this book are entirely unlike the stories written
to-day, because the people who told them were so unlike us in
their way of looking at the world. These people were like
children because they were living in the childhood of their race.
To-day imaginative children "pretend," when they play, that
they are animals, Indians, pirates, cowboys, and do all manner
of wonderful things. The people who composed these stories
did not "'pretend; they really believed in fairies, genii, witches,
enchanted palaces and princesses, in speaking animals, and trees
that talked. They loved stories because stories had heroes and
heroines, plots, incidents, wonderful adventures and endings
that satisfied their craving for- the victory of good over evil, of
simple virtue over the plots of bad persons, of the punishment of
pride and the exaltation of modest worth. The most imagina-
tive among them told stories very simply and often very baldly,











and these stories were passed on from one person to another until
they traveled far from home; from one age to another until
they have come down to our own time. In older countries,
among very simple, uneducated people, there is a host of such
stories floating about that have not yet been written down.
At the beginning of the last century, many such stories were
floating about Germany; they had been told by mothers to
their children for generations, but they had never been written
down. Two brothers were born at Hanau, a little town in
Hesse-Cassel, who were to be the secretaries of the forgotten
authors of these old-time tales, and to give them circulation
throughout the world. Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm was born
in 1785, and Wilhelm Carl Grimm in 1786. Their father was
a lawyer and died when the oldest of the boys had just passed
his tenth birthday, leaving his family very little money, but
a fine example of patient integrity and a great respect for edu-
cation. Poverty was no bar to scholarship in Germany, and
the two boys resolved to follow in the footsteps of their father
and become lawyers. They went to school in Cassel, and were
able in due time to enter the University of Marburg; they were
diligent students from the start, and they knew what their life
work was to be while they were still young. They not only
studied together as brothers, but they were devoted friends;
so united in heart and work that they shared a common fame
and became known early in their career as the Brothers Grimm.
While they were still students they made a solemn resolution
never to separate, and to devote their lives to reviving interest
in the older German literature. For many years they had every-
thing in common. After the death of his brother, Jacob wrote:
"'In the slow-gliding school years, one bed and one study held us.
There we sat working at the same table, and afterwards in our
student years, two beds and two tables stood in the same room;
and at last, to the very end, two rooms beside one another, always
under one roof, in undisturbed and untroubled community of our
money and books, except for a few that each must have immedi-











ately at hand, and which were therefore bought in duplicate; and-
so, also, our last beds will be laid, it seems, close by one another."
After Wilhelm's marriage, Jacob became a member of his
family, and was loved as a second father by his brother's chil-
dren. Wilhelm died in 1859, and all eyes filled with tears when
Jacob knelt down, uncovered his head, and threw a handful of
earth in his brother's grave. Four years later, in 1863, his body
was laid in the same place. They "'were lovely and pleasant in
their lives, and in their death they were not divided." There
has seldom been a more tender and enduring affection than that
which bound these two brothers together through a long and
honorable life. They were connected for a time with the Library
at Cassel, and later with the Library of the University of
Goettingen. When the new King of Hanover, in 1837, set aside
the Constitution which his predecessor had given the H-anover-
ians, the two brothers bravely protested against this arbitrary
act and were deprived of their positions. They went back to
Cassel, and later were appointed professors in the University of
Berlin and members of the Berlin Academy, and remained there
happy in each other's society and in their work until the death
of 'Wilhelm in 1859.
They were men of great simplicity of life and character; both
were children at heart and both were ardent patriots, and these
qualities guided them to their work, which was to make the
early life of the German people familiar to modern Germans,
and to foster the love of the German Fatherland. They "'strove
to penetrate into the wild forests of their ancestors, listening
to their noble language, watching their pure customs," bringing
to light "their ancient freedom and their rational and hearty
faith; endeavoring to make the Germans proud of their an-
cestors and familiar with their spirit, their thoughts, their
courage, their religion. For this work of recalling the child-
hood of the Germanic peoples they were singularly well fitted.
Wrilhelnr was of a wonderfully sweet and affectionate disposition,
thinking the best of everyone, devoted to his friends, fond of










flowers, happy with children and delighting in stories, for which
he searched with tireless diligence and which he loved to tell.
Jacob was a man of more rugged nature, but of the same cheerful
outlook on life, the. same sunny disposition, the same tireless
industry. There were always fresh wall-flowers or heliotropes
or other flowers on the working-tables of the two brothers. The
death of Wilhelm was a terrible blow to Jacob, but he rallied
from it and went on with his work for four years, and his last
conscious act was a long glance at his brother's photograph which
lay beside him on the bed. The brothers studied early history,
law, legends, myths, old poetry--everything that threw light on
the life of the early Germans. The "Household Tales," of
which the first volume was published in 1812 and the second in
1815, were collected not because they were interesting stories,
but because they were chapters in the history of German thought,
and threw light on the ideas and feelings of the earlier peoples in
Germany, their superstitions, fancies, religion, thoughts about
nature and life. The two editors who collected them were no
doubt astonished by their popularity; in a generation they
became the most widely known fairy stories in the world, next
after "The Arabian Nights." They were translated into every
civilized language, and were read to delighted children in the
farthest corners of the globe.
It is very easy to understand why children have loved these
stories. It is because they were the creation of the childhood of a
race gifted with imagination, and with the simplicity of mind,
the readiness to believe in wonders and magic, which are the
precious gifts of childhood; and, fortunately, the men who col-
lected these stories had the hearts and feelings of children.
"We have been. collecting these stories from oral tradition for
about thirteen years," they wrote in 1819. "'It was a piece of
special good fortune that we made the acquaintance of a peasant
woman of Niederzweben, a village near Cassel, who told us most
of the tales in the second volume. Frau Viehmaennin was still
active and not much over fifty years old. Her features were









firm, sensible and agreeable, and she cast clear, keen glances
from her great: eyes. She remembered the old stories exactly.
She told her stories deliberately, confidently, with much
life and self-satisfaction-first, quite naturally; then, if you
wished, slowly, so that with a little practice you could take them
down." Their first care was for faithfulness and truth; they
set down what they heard word for word, because they were
eager to reproduce the mind and heart of an earlier time, the
habit and thought of a race living in primitive conditions. As
in the tales Wilhelm Grimm "'caught the poetry of the people,"
wrote his son, Hermann Grimm, "rendering their very words
with an art which in itself was poetry, and which no one has
since attained, although so much attention has been given to
this branch of literature; so in his lightest narrations he caught
the naive aspect of things and set them forth in the simplest
and most natural manner." It was a great piece of good fortune
that at the point when the German country folk began to come
into contact with the world and to part with the simple faith
which inspires these stories, two men of such learning and such
warm-heartedness should appear on the scene to report these
ancient tales and put them into the hands of children, to become
part of the lasting literature of childhood. "The Brothers
Grimm," writes the distinguished German critic, Scherer-"'the
noble pair!--from all the frivolity of false education and empty
parade of art were wholly free. In the zenith of their life and fame
they remained simple, good men. They sympathized with chil-
dren, as well as with the worldly-wise, with statesmen and poets."
The twelve stories included in this volume were selected as
fairly representing the variety of motives and narrative quality
of these popular tales; they have been told in many places under
many forms.
Some of them have traveled so far and made themselves
at home in so many countries that they are better known than
the most famous persons in history. Hosts of people who know
nothing of Julius Caesar or George Washington know all about










"Cinderella" and "Little Red Riding Hood." The story of
"Hansel and Grethel" and the gingerbread house, and the
wicked witch who was finally tumbled into her own oven, has
been set to music and become a popular opera. The "Frog
Prince is more famous than any other prince in song or story;
and "'The Valiant Little Tailor" is a hero among heroes. These
famous people, who never existed, were children of the im-
agination, which is the creative faculty, and has given the
world its stirring songs, its beautiful pictures, its noble
buildings and its famous books. It is for this reason that chil-
dren of all countries love fairy stories. These tales are the natural
food of childhood, and belong to that period of life as truly as
skating, out-of-door games and hunting in the woods belong to
a later--the period of boyhood and youth. As education be-
comes more practical and exacting, the need of the fairy story
becomes more urgent, and it has as legitimate and important
a place in the training of the child as the arithmetic or the text-
book of science; for the child has not only a faculty of obser-
vation and aptitudes for work of all kinds, he has also the great
gift of imagination--the master workman which directs all
human activities when they become constructive on a great scale;
when they build colossal bridges, extensive canals and railroads
that climb mountains, as well as when they take the forms of art.
The greatest defect of education at present is its failure to develop
and train the imagination; and no child's education is complete
without the ancient food of childhood--the fairy tale.
HAMILrON W. MABIE.










FAIRY TALES

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Th~e story of Hansel and Grethel
NCE upon a time there dwelt near a large
wood a poor woodcutter, with his wife and
two children by his former marriage, a little
boy called Hansel, and a girl named Grethel. He
had little enough to break or bite; and once, when
there was a great famine in the land, he could not*
procure even his daily bread; and as he lay thinking
in his bed one evening, rolling about for trouble, he
sighed and said to his wife, What will become of
us?> Howv can we feed our children when we have
no mnore than we can eat ourselves? "
"( Know then, my husband," answered she, we 6
will lead them away quite early in the morning into
the thickest part of the wood and there make them
a fire and give them each a little piece of bread; then
we will go to our work and leave them alone, so they
will not find the way home again, and we shall be
freed from them." "No, wife," replied he, "that I
can never do; how can you bring your heart to
leave my children all alone in the wood, for the wild
beasts will soon come and tear them to pieces~~ ? "W~I








"( Oh, you simpleton I said she, then we must
all four die of hunger; you had better plane the
coffins for us." But she left him no peace till he
consented, saying, Ah, but I shall regret the poor
j children."'
~E~sd~The two children, however, had not gone to sleep
for very hunger, and so they overheard what the step-
mother said to their father. Grethel wept bitterly,
r. and said to H~ansel, What will become of us? "
Be quiet, Grethel," said he, do not cry--I will
soon help you." And as soon as their parents had
fallen asleep, he got up, put on his coat, and, unbar-
ring the back door, slipped out. The moon shone
brightly and the white pebbles which lay before
the door seemed like silver pieces, they glittered so
v brightly. Hansel stooped down and put as many
into his pocket as it would hold, and then going
i back he said to Grethel, Be comforted, dear sister,
and sleep in peace; God will not forsake us." And
so saying, he went to bed again.
The next morning, before the sun arose, the wife:
went and awoke the two children. Get up, you
lazy things; we are going into the forest to chop
wood."' Then she gave them each a piece of bread,
saying, There is something for your dinner; do
not eat it before the time, for you will get nothing
else." Grethel took the bread in her apron, for
Hansel's pocket: was full of pebbles, and so they all
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little distance Hansel stood still and peeped back at
the house; and this he repeated several times, till his
father said, Hansel, what are you peeping at, and
why do you lag behind PTake care, and remember
your legs."
"LAh, father," said Hansel, I am looking at my
white cat sitting upon the roof of the house and
trying to say good-by." You simpleton I" said
the wife. That is not a cat, it is only the sun
shining on the white chimney." But in reality
Hansel was not looking at a cat; but every time he
stopped, he dropped a pebble out of his pocket
upon the path.
When they came to the middle of the wood the
father told the children to collect wood and he would
make them a fire, so that they should not be cold.
So Hansel and Grethel gathered together quite a
little mountain of twigs. Then they set fire to them,
and as the flame burnt up high the wife said, Now
you children lie down near the fire and rest your-
selves, whilst we go into the forest and chop wood;
when we are ready, ILwill come and call you."
Hansel and Grethel sat down by the fire, and
when it was noon, each ate the piece of bread, and
because they could hear the blows of an axe they
thought their father was near; but it was not an
axe, but a branch which he had bound to a withered
tree, so as to be blown to and fro by the wind.
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'from weariness and they fell fast asleep. When they
awoke it was quite dark and Grethel began to cry,
How shall we get out of the wood ? But Hansel
tried to comfort her by saying, Wait a little while
" ii! j, till the moon rises and then we will quickly find the
Sway."' The moon soon shone forth, and Hansel,
taking his sister's hand, followed the pebbles, which
glittered like new-coined silver pieces, and showed
them the path. All night long they walked on, and
p~i~C~-as day broke they came to their father's house.
I They knocked at the door, and when the wife opened
~ft~~-~it and saw Hansel and Grethel, she exclaimed, You
wicked children I why did you sleep so long in the
wood ? We thought you were never coming home
again." But their father was very glad, for it had
grieved his heart to leave them all alone.
Not long afterwards there was again great scarcity
OcZ in every corner of the land, and one night the chil-
dren overheard their mother saying to their father,
"Everything is again consumed; we have only half a
~C~j~ Iloaf left and then the song is ended; the children
must be sent away. We will take them deeper into the
~~ wood, so that they may not find the way out again;
it is the only means of escape for us."
But her husband felt heavy at heart, and thought,
"It were better to share the last crust with the chil-
dren." His wife, however, would listen to nothing
that he said, and scolded and reproached him with-
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He who says A must say B too, and he who con-
sents the first time must also the second.
The children, however, had heard the conversation
as they lay awake, and as soon as the old people
went to sleep Hansel got up, intending to pick up
some pebbles as before, but the wife had locked`
the door so that he could not get out. Never-
theless, he comforted Grethel, saying, Do not
cry; sleep in quiet; the good God will not for-
sa e us."
Early in the morning the stepmother came and
pulled them out of bed and gave them each a slice
of bread, which was still smaller than the former
piece. On the way, Hansel broke his in his pocket
and, stooping every now and then, dropped a crumb
upon the path. Hansel, why do you stop and
look about ?" said the father; keep in the path."
" I am looking at my little dove," answered Hansel,
"nodding a good-by to me." Simpleton," said
the wife, that is no dove, but only the sun shining
on the chimney." But Hansel kept still dropping
crumbs as he went along.
The mother led the children deep into the wood,
where they had never been before, and there making
an immense fire, she said to them, Sit down here
aind rest, and when you feel tired you can sleep for
a little while. We are going into the forest to hew
wood, and in the evening, when we are ready, we
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~ ~ I 'When noon came Grethel shared her bread with
SHansel, who had strewn his on the path. Then
they went to sleep, but the evening arrived and no
one came to visit the poor children, and in the dark
night they awoke and Hansel comforted his sister
by saying, Only wait, Grethel, till the moon comes
out, then we shall .see the crumbs of bread which I
have dropped and they will show us the way home."
The moon shone and they got up, but they could
c iJ'`,not see any crumbs, for the thousands of birds which
had been flying about in the woods and fields had
cD~: picked them all up. Hansel kept saying to Grethel,
"We will soon find the way," but they did not; and
,,,,~~~Bt8~3they walked the whole night long and the next day,
9- but still they did not come out of the wood; and
they got so hungry, for they had nothing to eat but
the berries which they found upon the bushes. Soon
~;2~-'they got so tired that they could not drag themselves
r~ along, so they laid down under a tree and went to
sleep.
SIt was now the third morning since they had left
their father's house, and they still walked on; but
they only got deeper and deeper into the wood, and
Hansel saw that if help did not come very soon they
would die of hunger. As soon as it was noon they
saw a beautiful snow-white bird sitting upon a
bough, which sang so sweetly that they stood still
and listened to it. It soon left off, and spreading its.
wings flew away; and they followed it until it arrived


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at a cottage, upon the roof of which it perched, and
when they went close up to it they saw that the cot-
tage was made of bread and cakes, and the window-
panes were of clear sugar.
We will go in here," said Hansel, and have a
glorious feast. I will eat a piece of the roof and
you can eat the window. Will they not be sweet?"
So Hansel reached up and broke a piece off the
roof, in order to see how it tasted; while Grethel
stepped up to the window and began to bite it.
Then a sweet voice called out in the room, Tip-
tap, tip-tap, who raps at my door ?" and the chil-
dren answered, The wind, the wind, the child of
heaven," and they went on eating without interrupt
tion. Hansel thought the roof tasted very nice, and
so he tore off a great piece, while Grethel broke a
large round pane out of the window and sat down
quite contentedly. Just then the door opened and
a very old woman, walking upon crutches, came out.
Hansel and Grethel were so frightened that they let
fall what they had in their hands; but the old woman,
nodding her head, said, Ah, you dear children,
what has brought you here?~ Come in and stop
with me and no harm shall befall you;" and so say-
ing she took them both by the hand and led them
into her cottage. A good meal of milk and pan-
cakes, with sugar, apples and nuts, was spread on
the table, and in the back room were two nice little
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laid themselves down and thought themselves in
i. heaven. The old woman behaved very kindly to
:tthem, but in reality she w~as a wicked witch who
~i~c~lilwaylaid children, and built the bread house in order
to entice them in; but as soon as they were in her
Power she killed them, cooked. and ate them, and
made a great festival of the day. Witches have red
eyes and cannot see very far, but they have a fine
sense of smelling,*1ike wild beasts, so that they know
~J~~ifj when children approach them. When Hansel and
.Grethel came near the witch's house she laughed
r~ib3~:wickedly, saying, Here come two who shall not
escape me." And early in the morning, before they
~i~151 awoke, she went up to them and saw how lovingly
they lay sleeping, with their chubby red cheeks, and
she mumbled to herself, That will be a good bite."
Then she took up Hansel with her rough hand and
shut him up in a little cage with a lattice-door; and
although he screamed loudly it was of no use.
Grethel came next, and, shaking her till she awoke,
Sshe said, Get up, you lazy thing, and fetch some
water to cook something good for your brother, who
must remain in that stall and get fat; when he is
fat enough I shall eat him." Grethel began to cry,
but it was all useless, for the old witch made her do
as she wished. So a nice meal was cooked for
Hansel, but Grethel got nothing but a crab's claw.
Every morning the old witch came to the cage
and said, Hansel, stretch out your finger that I






THE STORY OF HANS E L AND


GRETHEL


may feel whether you are getting fat." But Hansel
used to stretch out a bone, and the old woman, hav-
ing very bad sight, thought it was his finger, and
wondered very much that he' did not get more fat.
When four weeks had passed and Hansel still kept
quite lean, she lost all her patience and would not
wait any longer. Grethel," she called out in a
passion, get some water quickly; be Hansel fat or
lean, this morning I will kill and cook him." Oh,
how the poor little sister grieved, as she was forced
to fetch the water, and fast the tears ran down her
cheeks Dear, good God, help us nowl" she 59t~
exclaimed. Had we only been eaten by the wild '
beasts in the wood, then we should have died 1
together." But the old witch called out, Leave
off that noise, it will not help you a bit." \-~
So early in the morning Grethel was forced to go
out and fill the kettle and make a fire. First we
will bake, however," said the old woman; I have'
already heated the oven and kneaded the dough;"
and so saying, she pushed poor Grethel up to the 'II~
oven, out of which the flames were burning fiercely.
" Creep in," said the witch, and see if it is hot
enough and then we will put in the bread;" but she s
intended when Grethel got in to shut up the oven
and let her bake, so that she might eat her as well
as Hansel. Grethel perceived what her thoughts
wCere and said, I do not know how to do it; how
shall I get in?" "You stupid goose," said she, "the








opening is big enough. See, I could even get in
myself I" and she got up and put her head into the
oven. Then Grethel gave her a push, so that she
Sell right in, and then shutting the iron door she
,I'I bolted it. Oh! how horribly she howled, but Grethel
ran away and left the ungodly witch to burn to ashes.
Now she ran to Hansel and, opening his door,
called out, "' Hansel, we are saved; the old witch is
dead!" So he sprang out, like a bird out of his cage
when the door is opened; and they were so glad that
they fell upon each other's neck and kissed each
other over and over again. And now, as there was
nothing to fear, they went into the witch's house,
where in every corner were caskets full of pearls
and precious stones. These are better than peb-
bles," said IHansel, putting as many into his pocket
as it would hold; while Grethel thought, I will
-~-t~~Btake some home, too," and filled her apron full.
r~" (We must be off now," said Hansel, and get out
of this enchanted forest." But when they had walked
~c for two hours they came to a large piece of water.
W;e cannot get over,'" said Hansel; I can see no
bridge at all." "And there is no boat either," said
Grethel, but there swrims a white Duck, I will ask
her to help us over;" and she sang:
"LLittle Duck, good little Duck,
Grethel and Hansel, here we stand;
There is neither stile nor bridge,
Take us on your back to land."


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AND GRETHI-E L


THE STO RY OF; HANSEL


So the Duck came to them, and Hansel sat: himself
on and bade his sister sit behind him. No,"
answered Grethel, that will be too much for the
Duck, she shall take us over one at a time." This
the good little bird did, and when both were happily
arrived on the other side, and had gone a little way,
they came to a well-known wood, which they knew "II1~
the better every step they went, and at last they
perceived their father's house. Then they began to
run, and, bursting into the house, they fell on their
father's neck. He had not had one happy hour.
since he had left the children in the forest, and his wife ~~;
was dead. Grethel shook her apron and the pearls
and precious stones rolled out upon the floor, and ~NJ~~:I
H~ansel threw down one handful after the other out
of his pocket. Then all their sorrows were ended i-;;t%'
and they lived together in great happiness.
My tale is done. There runs a mouse; whoever j~~1
catches her may make a great, great cap out of her ,
fur. X






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F A IRY


-" The VaxliantLtle alo

to-ri= r NE summer's morning a Tailor was sitting
on his bench by the window in very good
~j~1 ?lIspirits, sewing away with all his might, and
presently up the street came a peasant woman, cry-
ing, Good preserves for sale I Good preserves for
sale" This cry sounded nice in the Tailor's ears,
and, sticking his diminutive head out of the window,
he called out, Here, my good woman, just bring
your wares here!" The woman mounted the three
steps up to the Tailor's house with her heavy basket
and began to unpack all the pots together before
him. He looked at them all, held them up to the
light, put his nose to them and at last said, Thes~e
preserves appear to me to be very nice, so you may
weigh me out four half-ounces, my good woman; I
don't mind even if you make it a quarter of a potmd."
/The woman, who expected to have met with a good
t customer, gave him what he wished and went away
grumbling, very much dissatisfied.
"Nowl" exclaimed the Tailor, "H~eaven will send
me a blessing on this preserve and give me fresh
strength and vigor; and, taking the bread out of
the cupboard, he cut himself a slice the size of the
whole loaf and spread the preserve upon it. That
will taste by no means badly," said he; but before
I have a bite I will just get this waistcoat finished."
So he laid the bread down near him and stitched



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for joy. Meanwhile the smell of the preserve
mounted to the ceiling, where flies were sitting in
great numbers, and enticed them down, so that soon
a regular swarm of them had settled on the bread.
" Holloa l who invited you? exclaimed the Tailor,
chasing away the unbidden guests; but the flies,
not understanding his language, would not be driven
off and came again in greater numbers than before.
This put the little man mna boiling passion, and,
snatching up in his rage' a bag of cloth, he brought
it down with an unmerciful swoop upon them.
When he raised it again he counted no less than
seven lying dead before him with outstretched legs.
" What a fellow you are!" said he to himself, won-
dering at his own bravery. The whole town shall
know of this." In great haste he cut himself out a
band, hemmed it, and then put on it in large char-
acters, SEVEN AT ONE BLOWI" "Ah," said
he, not one city alone, the whole world shall know
it1" and his heart fluttered with joy, like a lamb-
kin's tail.
The little Tailor bound the belt round his body
and prepared to travel forth into the wide world,
thinking the workshop too small for his valiant
deeds. Before he set out, however, he looked round
his house to see whether there was anything he could
take with himn; he found only an old cheese, which
he pocketed, and noticing a bird before the door


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~"~C 1which was entangled in the bushes, he caught it,
and put that in his pocket also. Directly after, he
c:set out bravely on his travels; and, as he was light
~jt'~;F and active, he felt no weariness. His road led him
I i ':up a hill, and when he reached the highest point of
it he found a great Giant sitting there, who was
looking about him very composedly.
The little Tailor, however, went boldly up and
said, Good-day, comrade; in faith you sit there
c~;7 and see the whole world stretched below you. I am
~I~Ialso on my road thither to try my luck. Have you
;E~ICa mind to go with me?"
The Giant looked contemptuously at the little Tailor
"~4~~and said, You vagabond! you miserable fellow"
Irl" That may be," replied the Tailor, but here you
may read what sort of a man I am," and, unbutton-
ing his coat, he showed the Giant his belt. The
Giant read, Seven at one blow;" and thinking they
were men whom the Tailor had slain, he conceived a
. /81 little respect for him. Still he wished to prove him
first; so taking up a stone he squeezed it in his
hand, so that water dropped out of it. Do that
after me," said he to the other, "if you have any
strength."
If it be nothing worse than that," said the
Tailor, that's play to me." And, diving into his
pocket, he brought out the cheese and squeezed it
till the whey ran out of it, and said, Now, I think
that's a little better."


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The Giant did not know what to say and could
not believe it of the little man; so taking up another
stone he threw it so high that one could scarcely see
it with the eye, saying, There, you manikin, do
that after me."
Well done" said the Tailor; "but your stone
must fall down again to the ground. I will throw
one up which shall not come back;" and, dipping into
his pocket, he took out the bird and threw it into
the air. The bird, rejoicing in its freedom, flew
straight up, and then far away, and did not return.
" How does that little affair please you, comrade ? "
asked the Tailor.
You can throw well, certainly," replied the Giant;
" now let us see if you are in, trim to carry some-
thing out of the common." So saying, he led him
to a huge oak tree, which lay upon the ground, and
said, If you are strong enough, just help me to carry
this tree out of the forest."
"With all my heart," replied the Tailor; "do you
take the trunk upon your shoulder and I will raise
the boughs and branches, which are the heaviest,
and carry them."
The Giant took the trunk upon his shoulder, but
the Tailor placed himself on the branch, so that the
Giant, who was not able to look around, was forced
to carry the whole tree and the Tailor besides. He,
being behind, was very merry, and chuckled at the
trick, and presently began to whistle the song,






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FAIRY


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cia ~~" There rode three tailors out at the gate," as if the
carrying of trees were child's play. The Giant, after
liBLjr'ihe had staggered along a short distance with his
heavy burden, could go no further and shouted out,
Do you hear ? I must let the tree fall." The
Tailor, springing down, quickly embraced the tree
with both arms, as if he had been carrying it, and
said to the Giant, "Are you such a big fellow, and
yet cannot you carry this tree by yourself? "
L 4'~.Then they journeyed on further, and as they came
to a cherry-tree the Giant seized the top of the tree
where the ripest fruits hung, and, bending it down,
$: gave it to the Tailor: to hold, bidding him eat. But
the Tailor was much too weak to hold the tree down,
9: and when the Giant let go, the tree flew up into the
air and the Tailor was carried with it. He came
down on the other side, however, without injury,
0~$- and the Giant said, What does that mean? Have
you not strength enough to hold that twigTI "My
z strength did not fail me,"' replied the Tailor; "do
Syou suppose that that was any hard thing for one who
has killed seven at one blow?~ I have sprung over
the tree because the hunters were shooting below there
L" in the thicket. Spring after me if you can." The
Giant made the attempt, but could not clear the
tree and stuck fast in the branches; so that in this
affair, too, the Tailor was the better man.
After this the Giant said, Since you are such a
valiant fellow, come with me to our house and stop






VALIANT


a night with us." The Tailor consented and followed
him, and when they entered the cave, there sat by 11n 6
the fire two other Giants, each having a roast sheep
in his hand, of which he was eating. The Tailor sat
down thinking, "Ah, this is much more like the
world than is my workshop." And soon the Giant
showed him a bed where he might lie down and go T
to sleep. The bed, however, was too big for him, soVChn~~~
he slipped out of it and crept into a corner. We
midnight came and the Giant thought the Tailor -
would be in a deep- sleep, he got up, and taking a
great iron bar beat the bed right through at one -T.
stroke, and supposed he had thereby given the Tailor
his death-blow. At the earliest dawn of morning .: 2
the Giants went forth into the forest, quite forgetting 9k~',
the Tailor, when presently up he came, quite merry,\
and showed himself before them. The Giants were
terrified, and, fearing he would kill them all, they jj
ran away mn great haste. Ii
The Tailor journeyed on, always following his nose,
and after he had wandered some long distance, he II:
came into the courtyard of a royal palace; and as he
felt rather tired he laid himself down on the grass
and went to sleep. Whilst he laid there the people
came and viewed him on all sides and read upon his
belt, Seven at one blow." "Ah," said they, w~hat ;I~
does this great warrior here in time of peace? This
rnust be some mighty hero." So they went and told
the King, thinking that, should war break out, here


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TALES


/ln-- ,, was an important and useful man, whom one ought
,,Lnot to part with at any price. The King took
counsel and sent one of his courtiers to the Tailor to
~a ask for his fighting services, if he should be awake.
I ~Jir The messenger stopped at the sleeper's side and
Waited till he stretched out his limbs and opened
~-~I~iis~ ~ hisi eyes, and then he laid before him his message.
"IS~:" Solely on that account did I come here," was the
reply; I am quite ready to enter into the King's
service." Then he was conducted away with great
I~f~l~~Lr-honor, and a fine house was appointed him to dwell
in.
ri1':The courtiers, however, became jealous of the
Tailor and wished he were a thousand miles away.
What will happen? said they to one another.
If we go to battle with him, when he strikes out
r~L~(E~seven will fall at one blow and nothing will be left
for usL to o. In their rage they came to the reso-
g* ,~~lution to resign, and they went altogether to the
King and asked his permission, saying, We are not
prepared to keep company with a man who kills
y. L:;seven at one blowv." The King wvas grieved to lose
all his faithful servants for the sake of one, and
wished that he had never seen the Tailor, and would
willingly havre nowv been rid of him. He dared not,
however, dismiss him, because he feared the Tailor
ifwould kill him and all his subjects and place him-
~;U.r "sf~ self upon the throne. For a long time he deliber-
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THE VALIANT


TAILOR


for the Tailor, he told him that, seeing he was so
great a hero, he wished to ask a favor of him. In ';
a certain forest in my kingdom," said the King, I
" there live two Giants, who by murder, fire and
robbery have committed great havoc, and no one
dares to approach them without periling his own F
life. If you overcome and kill both these Giants I lla
will give you my only daughter in marriage and
the half of my kingdom for a dowry; a hundred
knights shall accompany you, too, in order to render
you assistance."
"Ah, that is something for such a man as I,"; t
thought the Tailor to himself : a beautiful princess ;r
and half a kingdom are not offered to one every -
day." Oh, yes," he replied, I will soon manage
these two Giants, and a hundred horsemen are not
necessary for that purpose; he who kills seven at
one blow need not fear two."
Thus talking, the little Tailor set out, followed by\
the hundred knights, to whom he said, as soon as i\
they came to the borders of the forest, Do youi.'s
stay here; I would rather meet these Giants alone."
Then he sprang off into the forest, peering about
him left and right; and after a while he saw the two
Giants lying asleep under a tree, snoring so loudly
that the branches above them shook violently. The r
Tailor, full of courage, filled both his pockets with
stones and clambered up the tree. When he got to
the middle of it he crept along a bough, so that he


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F AIRY T[ A LES FROM G RIMM

J7sat just above the sleepers, and then he let fall one
stone after another upon the breast of one of them.
For some time the Giant did not stir, until, at last
;jr.: a awakening, he pushed his companion, and said,
~T~I /i"Why, are you beating me?"~
I ~r~Ii I I r I You are dreaming," he replied; I never hit
you." They laid themselves down again to sleep,
and presently the Tailor threw a stone down upon
the other. W~hat is that ? he exclaimed. What
are you knocking me for ?"
I did not touch you; you must dream," replied
;n;.the first. So they wrangled for a few minutes;
T;";Tbut, being both very tired with their day's work,
-:~they soon fell asleep again. Then the Tailor began
~s- l~f'7'1 his sport again, and, picking out the biggest stone,
threw it with all his force upon the breast of the
,~first Giant. That is too badly" he exclaimed; and,
springing up like a madman, he fell upon his com-
u Od rpanion, who, feeling himself equally aggrieved, they
P~.. 5~*~ set to in such good earnest that they rooted up trees
Sand beat one another about until they both fell dead
.L! upon the ground. Note the Tailor jumped down,
ir- saying, "What a piece of luck they did not uproot the
tree on which I sat, or else I must hav'e jumped on
Another like a squirrel, for I am not given to flying."
Then he drewv his swvord, and, cutting a deep wound
,. in the breast of each, he w'ent to the horsemen and
.~~j said, The deed is done; I have given each his
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L ITTL E


TAILOR


necessity they uprooted trees to defend themselves
with; still, all that is of no use when such a one
as I come, who killed seven at one stroke."
"Are you not wounded, then?" asked they.. -
That is not to be expected; they have not~sI
touched a hair of my head," replied the little man.
The knights could scarcely believe him, till riding r~~~~
away into the forest, they found the Giants lying in;=
their blood and the uprooted trees around them.
Now the Tailor demanded his promised reward of ;L
the King; but he repented of his promise, and
began to think of some new scheme to get rid of the
hero. Before you receive my daughter and the
half of my kingdom," said he to him, "you must
perform one other heroic deed. In the forest there
runs wild a unicorn, which commits great havoc, and -
which you must first of all catch." -~~
I fear still less for a unicorn than I do for two
Giants I Seven at one blow I that is my motto,"
said the Tailor. Then he took with him a rope andi
an axe and went away to the forest, bidding those
who were ordered to accompany him to wait on the
outskirts. He had not to search long, for presently
the unicorn came near and prepared to rush at him
as if it would pierce hun on the spot.o
Softly, softly!" he exclaimed; that is not done t"
so easily; and waiting till the animal wvas close
upon him, he sprang nimbly behind a tree. The
unicorn rushing with all its force against the tree,


TH E' VALIANT






F A I RY


TALES FROM


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c2~~r7fixed its horn so fast in the trunk that it could not
.~al draw it out again, and so it was made prisoner.
Now I have got my bird," said the Tailor; and
coming from behind the tree, he first bound the rope
:Iaround its neck, and then cutting the horn out
II P of the tree with his axe, he put all in order,
and, leading the animal, brought it before the
i~-Y King.
"t~!!a,~ rThe King, however, would not yet deliver up the
promised reward, and made a third request, that,
~~u~ibefore the wedding, the Tailor should catch a wild.
boar which did much injury, and he should have the
huntsmen to help him. With pleasure," was the
reply. It is mere child's play." The huntsmen,
however, he left behind, to their entire content, for
this wild boar had already so often hunted them, that
they had no pleasure in hunting it. As soon as the
boar perceived the Tailor, it ran at him with gaping
;t mouth and glistening teeth, and tried to throw him
on the ground; but our flying hero sprang into a
little chapel which was near, and out again at a
window on the other side in a trice. The boar ran
~ after him, but he, skipping round, shut the door
,, behind it, and there the raging beast was caught,
for it was much too unwieldy and heavy to jump out
the window. The Tailor now called the huntsmen
up,'that they might see his prisoner with their own
eyes; buit our hero presented himself before the King,
who was compelled now, whether he would or no,








to keep his promise, and surrender his daughter and
the half of his kingdom.
Had he known that it was no warrior, but only a
tailor, who stood before him, it would have gone to.
his heart still more 1i
So. the wedding was celebrated with great
splendor, though with little rejoicing, and out of a a
Tailor was made a King. ~k
Some little while afterwards the young Queen heard
her husband talking in his sleep, and saying, Boy, ~
make me a waistcoat, and stitch up these trousers,
or I will lay the yard-measure over your ears!" Then
she remlarkred of what condition her lord was, and
complained in the morning to her father, and begged
he would deliver her from her husband, who was
nothing else than a tailor. The King comforted her
by saying, This night leave your chamber-door a_
open; my servants shall stand without, and when he ,-
is asleep they shall enter, bind him, and bear him
away to a ship, which shall carry him forth into the
wide world." The wife was contented with his
proposal; but the King's armor-bearer, who had
overheard all, went to the young King and disclosed
the whole plot. I will shoot a bolt upon this
affair," said the brax'e Tailor. In the evening at
their usual time they went to bed, and when his
wife believed he slept she got up, opened the door, fI:
and laid herself down again. The Tailor, howeve~lr, i7:s::;":
only feigned to be asleep, and began to exclaim in



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a loud voice, Boy, make me this waistcoat, and
stitch up these trousers, or I will beat the yard-
measure about your ears t Seven have I killed with
one blow, two Giants have I slain, a unicorn have
I led captive, and a wild boar have I caught, and
shall I be afraid of those who stand without my
chamber ? W~hen the men heard these words
spoken by the Tailor, a great fear overcame them,
and they ran away as if the wild huntsmen were
behind them; neither afterwards durst any man ven-
ture to oppose him. Thus became the Tailor a King,
and so he remained the rest of his days.


F'R OM GR IM M






THE STORY OF THE FROG PRIN GE

nhe story of the Frog Prince
IN~~~~~~~~~;~ th le ie hn ihn a aig

there lived a King, whose daughters were all
beautiful; but the youngest was so exceedingly I
beautiful that the Sun himself, although he saw her
very often, was enchanted every time she came out \
into the sunshine. .
Near the castle of this King was a large and .~
gloomy forest, and in the midst stood an old lime-
tree, beneath whose branches splashed a little foun- b'P"~il~
tam*; so, whenever it was very hot, the King's
youngest daughter ran off into this wood, and sat
down by the side of this fountain; and, when she 3
felt dull, would often divert herself by throwing a
golden ball up in the air and catching it. And this
was her favorite amusement.
Now, one day it happened, that this golden ball, ;
when the King's daughter threw it into the air, did
not fall down into her hand, but on the grass, and
then it rolled past her into the fountain. The '':
King's daughter followed the ball with her eyes, but
it disappeared beneath the water, which was so deep
that no one could see to the bottom. Then she
began to lament, and to cry louder and louder; and,
as she cried, a voice called out, Whyr w~eepest thou,
O King's daughter? thy tears would melt even a
stone to pity." And she looked around to the spot gs
whence the voice came, and sawy a frog stretching il






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his thick ugly head out of the water. "Ah! you
old water-paddler," said she, was it you that
spoke ? I am weeping for my golden ball., which
g I has slipped away from me into the water."
"rlF-- : Be quiet and do not cry," answered the Frog;
"I can give thee good advice. But what wilt thou
b~i~give me if I fetch thy plaything up again?"
What will you have, dear Frog ? said she,
My dresses, my pearls and jewels, or the golden
crown which I wear ?"
The Frog answered, Dresses or jewels, or golden
r~~m~crowns are not for me; but if thou wilt love me and
let me be thy companion and playfellow, and sit at
thy table, and eat from thy little golden plate, and
Lis-li ~ drink out of thy cup, and sleep in thy little bed--
if thou wilt promise me all these, then will I dive
down and fetch up thy golden ball."
,cT~~"Oh, I will promise you all," said she, "if you
^f~: ~~rY~);will only get me my ball." But she thought to her-
self, What is the silly Frog chattering about ? Let
~j~l:~Chim remain in the water with his equals; he cannot
mix in society." But the Frog, as soon as he had
received her promise, drew his head under the water
and dived down. Presently he swam up again with
the ball in his mouth and threw it on the grass.
The King's daughter was full of joy when she again
saw her beautiful plaything; and, taking it up, she
ran off immediately. Stop i stop cried the Frog;
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"Presently he sw~am? up) again? with the ball in his mouth, and
threw it on the grass."






FROG


But all his croaking was useless; although it was
loud enough, the King's daughter did not hear it,
but, hastening home, soon forgot the poor Frog,
who was obliged to leap back into the fountain. t;~
The next day, when the King's daughter was
sitting at table with her father and all his courtiers, l
and was eating from her own little golden plate,
something was heard coming up the marble stairs,
splish-splash, splish-splash; and when it arrived at
the top, it knocked at the door, and a voice said,
" Open the door, thou youngest daughter of the
King I So she arose and went to see who it was~
that called her; but when she opened the door and
caught sight of the Frog, she shut it again with
great vehemence and sat down at the table, looking e
very pale. But the King perceived that her heart C
was beating violently and asked her whether it were ;
a giant who had come to fetch her away, who stood 'J.
at the door. Oh, no t" answered she, it is no
giant, but an ugly frog."~
What does the Frog want with you ?" said the
K~ingf.
"' Oh, dear father, when I was sitting yester-
day playing by the fountain, my golden ball fell C~
into the water and this Frog fetched it up again
because I cried so much; but first I must tell ji
you, he pressed me so much that I promised
him he should be my companion. I never thought
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She has jumped out and now he wants to come in
here."

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I~ .FaririI r;i i ;_I11"King's daughter, youngest,
SOpen the door.
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Then the King said: What you have promised,
1' that you must perform; go and let him in."~ So
the King's daughter went and opened the door and
:;i;I~ia the Frog hopped in after her right up to her
::L~ J: chair; and as soon as she was seated, the Frog said,
"Take me up;" but she hesitated so long that at
last the King ordered her to obey. And as soon
as the Frog sat on the chair he jumped on to
the table and said, Now push thy plate near me,
rr~f~ePfi~? that w~e may eat together." And she did so, but,
as every one sawv, very unwillingly. The Frog
seemed to relish his dinner very much, but every
bit that the King's daughter ate nearly choked her,
.i till at last the Frog said, I have satisfied my hun-
~-~~--is ger and feel very tired; w~ilt thou carry me upstairs
now into thy chamber and make thy bed ready that
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daughter began to cry, for she was afraid of the cold
Frog and dared not touch him, and besides, he
actually wanted to sleep in her own beautiful, clean
bed. t~;*;d
But her tears only made the King very angry, and
he said, He who helped you in the time of your
trouble must not now be despised I" So she took~i 1
the Frog up with two fingers and put him in a1
cornr.0fherchamer.But as she lay in her bed,
he crept up to it and said, I am so very tired that .c
I shall sleep well; do take me up or I will tell thy
father." This speech put the King's daughter in a
terrible passion, and catching the Frog up, she threw
him with all her strength against the wall, saying,~' 2
" Now will you be quiet, you ugly Frog I "~-
But, as he fell, he was changed from a frog into I
a handsome Prince with beautiful eyes, who after a ~~;ir
little while became, with her father's consent, her
dear companion and betrothed. Then he told her
how he had been transformed by an evil witch, and -~-
that no one but herself could have had the power to
take him out of the fountain, and that on the mor- fli
row they would go together into his own kingdom.
The next morning, as soon as the sun rose, a
carriage drawn by eight white horses, with ostrich
feathers on their heads, and golden bridles, drove up
to the door of the palace, and behind the carriage a
stood the trusty Henry, the servant of the young
Prince. When his master was changed into a frog,


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trusty Henry had grieved so much that he had
bound three iron bands round his heart, for fear it
:~:~G~iishould break with grief and sorrow. But now that
the carriage was ready to carry the young Prince to
I I his own country, the faithful Henry helped in the
1, bride and bridegroom, and placed himself in the
seat behind, full of joy at his master's release. They
had not proceeded far when the Prince heard a
crack as if something had broken behind the car-
L:'+,riage; so he put his head out of the window and
asked Henry what was broken, and Henry answered,
r~:3" It was not the carriage, my master, but a band
which I bound round my heart when it was in such
..,;~Rgrief because you were changed into a frog."
*?1' i Twice afterwards on the journey there was the
same noise, and each time the Prince thought that it
i~ap~was some part of the carriage that had given away, but
it was only the breaking of the bands which bound
the heart of the trusty Henry, who was thencefor-
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ONNCE upon a time there lived a sweet little
girl, who was beloved by every one who saw
her; but her grandmother was so excessively
fond of her that she never knew when she had
thought and done enough for her.
One day the grandmother presented the little girl
with a red velvet cap; and as it fitted her very well,
she would never wear anything else; and so she was
called Little Red-Cap. One day her mother said
to her, Come Red-Cap, here is a piece of nice meat,
and a bottle of wine: take these to your grandmother;
she is ill and weak, and will relish them. Make
haste before she gets up; go quietly and carefully;
and do not run, lest you should fall and break
the bottle, and then your grandmother will get
nothing. When you go into her room, do not
forget to say Good-morning; and do not look about
in all the corners." I will do everything as you
wish," replied Red-Cap, taking her mother's hand.
The grandmother dwelt far away in the wood,
half an hour's walk from the village, and as Little
Red-Cap entered among the trees she met a wolf;
but she did not know what a malicious beast it was,
and so she was not at all afraid. Good-day, Little
Red-Cap," he said.
Many thanks, Wolf," said she.
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;i (" To my grandmother's," she replied.
"What are you carrying under your apron?"'
~~~.~ :7 1Meat and winee,' she answered. Yesterday we
:Lhr 'I r baked the meat, that grandmother, who is ill and
I weak, might have something nice and strengthening."
Where does your grandmother live ?" asked the
WTolf.
"A good quarter of an hour's walk further in the
forest. The cottage stands under three great oak
trees; near it are some nut bushes, by which you
will easily know it."
But the Wolf thought to himself, She is a nice,
tender thing, and will taste better than the old
woman. I must act craftily, that I may snap .them
8.1 both up."
Presently he came up again to Little Red-Cap,
and said, "Just look at the beautiful flowers which
grow around you; why do you not look about you?
I believe you don't hear how beautifully the birds
sing. You walk on as if you were going to school;
see how merry everything is around you in the forest."
So little Red-Cap opened her eyes; and w~hen she
~, sawv how the sunbeams glanced and danced through
the trees, and w~hat splendid flowers w'ere blooming
~t in her path, she thought, If I take my grandmother a
fresh nosegay she will be very pleased; and it is so
very early that I can, even then, get there in good-
rl- )Itime; and running into the forest she looked about
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not know how to leave off, and kept going deeper
and deeper among the trees in search of some more
beautiful flower. The Wolf, however, ran straight
to the house of the old grandmother and knocked
at the door.
Who's there ?" asked the old lady.
Only Little Red-Cap, bringing you some meat
and wine; please open the door," replied the Wolf.
Lift up the latch," cried the grandmother; "I
am too weak to get up."
So the Wolf lifted the latch, and the door flew
open; and jumping without a word on the bed, he
gobbled up the poor old lady. Then he put on her
clothes and tied her cap over his head, got into the
bed and drew the blankets over him. All this time
Red-Cap was still gathering flowers; and when she
had plucked as many as she could carry, she remem-
bered her grandmother, and made haste to the cottage.
She wondered very much to see the door open; and
when she got into the room, she began to feel very
ill, and exclaimed, How sad I feell I wish I had
not come to-day." Then she said, Good-morning,"
but received no answer; so she went up to the bed,
and drew back the curtains, and there lay her gs and-
mother, as she thought, with the cap drawn half
over her eyes and looking very fierce.
Oh, grandmother, what great ears you have'"
The better to hear with," was the reply.
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The better to touch. you with."
"( But, grandmother, what great teeth you have!"
;il (I" The better to eat you with; and scarcely were
"b~fl~i~the words out of his mouth, when the Wolf made a
C~Ispring out of bed, and swallowed up poor Little Red-
Cap.
r ~As soon as the W~olf had thus satisfied his
!' '' '"" appetite, he laid himself down again in the bed,
rr~ and began to snore very loudly. A huntsman pass-
ing by overheard him, and thought, How loudly
~T~kl~the old woman snores! I must see if she wants
anything."
So he stepped into the cottage; and when he
came to the bed, he saw. the Wolf lying in it.
'i''s:7.~;CS What, do I find you here, you old sinner ? I have
long sought you," exclaimed he; and taking aim
with his gun, he shot the old Wolf dead.
'~Qldh~L~Some folks say that the last story is not the true
one; but that one day, when Red-Cap was taking
,a~fc~-tsome,, baked meats to her grandmother's, a W'olf met
her and wanted to mislead her; but she went
~~ straight on, and told her grandmother that she had
met a Wolf w\ho wished her good-day; but he looked
so wrickedly out of his great eyes, as if he wouki
~i~~j~have eaten her had she not been on the high road.
1;9~rll;So the grandmother said, Let us shut the door,
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Soon afterwards came the Wolf, who knocked, and
exclaimed, I am Red-Cap, grandmother; I bring Y
you some roast meat." But they kept quite still, ;
and did not open the door; so the Wolf, creeping,
several times around the house, at last jumped on
the roof, intending to wait till Red-Cap went home
in the evening, and then to sneak after her and -11e.
devour her in the darkness. The old woman, how- li~
ever, saw all that the rascal intended; and as there
stood before the door a great stone trough, she said to
Little Red-Cap, Take this pail, child; yesterday I
boiled some sausages in this water, so pour it mnto ~ Fii
that stone trough. Red-Cap poured many times,
until the huge trough was quite full. Then the Wolf ~c
sniffed the smell of the sausages, and smacked his i" !o
lips, and wished very much to taste; and at last he
stretched his neck too far over, so that he lost his ~~~
balance and slipped quite off the roof, right into the~i ~
great trough beneath, wherein he was drowned; and 1,
Little Red-Cap ran home in high glee, but no one
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73e Story of Czinderella
NCE upon a time the wife of a certain rich
~il~iman fell very ill, and as she felt her end draw-
B ing nigh she called her only daughter to
her bedside, and said, My dear child, be pious
and good, and then the good God will always pro-
tect you, and I will look down upon you from
heaven and think of you." Soon afterwards she
closed her eyes and died. Every day the maiden
;P~3 went to her mother's grave and wept over it, and
she continued to be good and pious; but when the
winter came, the snow made a white covering over
the grave, and in the spring-time, when the- sun had
('~`CJ~ withdrawn this covering, the father took' to himself
another wife.
The wife brou ht home with her two dau hters,
who were beautiful and fair in the face, but treach-
erous and wicked at heart. Then an unfortunate era
began in the poor stepchild's life. Shall the
~-~C~ Istupid goose sit in the parlor with us?" said the
two daughters. They who wotdld eat bread must
earn it; out with the kitchen-maidI" So they took
off her fine clothes, and put upon her an old gray
cloak, and gave her wooden shoes for her feet.
See how the once proud princess .is decked out
now," said they, and they led her mockingly into the
kitchen. Then she was obliged to work hard from
morning to night, and to go out early to fetch water,


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to make the fire, and cook and scour. The sisters
treated her besides with every possible insult, derided
her, and shook the peas and beans into the ashes,
so that she had to pick them out again. At night,
when she was tired, she had no bed to lie on, but
was forced to -sit in the ashes on the hearth; and
because she looked dirty through this, they named
her /CINDERELLA.
One day it happened that the father wanted to go
to the fair, so he asked his two daughters what he
should bring them. Some beautiful dresses," said
One; "pearls and precious stones," replied the other.
" But you, Cinderella," said he, what will you
have? The first bough, dear father, that knocks
against your hat on your way homewards, break it
off for me," she replied. 'So he bought the fine
dresses, and the pearls and precious stones, for his
two stepdaughters; and on his return, as he rode
through a green thicket, a hazel-bougfh touched his
hat, which he broke eff and took with himn. As
soon as he got home, he gave his stepdaughters
what they had wished for, and to Cinderella he
gave the hazel-branch. She thanked him very much,
and going to her mother's grave she planted the
branch on it, and wept so long that her tears fell
and .watered it, so that it' grew and became a
beautiful tree. Thrice a day Cinderella went beneath
it to weep and pray; and each time a little white
Bird flew on the tree, and if she wished aloud, then


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~~ 7 the little bird would throw down to her whatever she
;A- Mwished for.
After a time it fell out that the King appointed
festival, which was to last three days, and to which
,L~II. I 'j all the beautiful maidens in the country were invited,
from whom his son was to choose a bride. When
~.i5li( the two stepdaughters heard that they might also
~';;idI~pp appar they were very glad, and calling Cinderella,
they .said, Comb our hair, brush our shoes, and
fasten our buckles, for we are going to the festival
at the King's palace." Cinderella obeyed, crying,
Y:."ip%:because she wished to go with them. to the dance;
so she asked her stepmother whether she would
r it allow her.
"a~~~ ~ 'I r''': 1You, Cinderella I" said she; you are covered
,with dust and dirt--will you go to the festival? You
:C-z~i;A : have no clothes or shoes, and how can you dance ? "
But, as she urged her request, the mother said at
last, "I have now shaken into the ashes a tubful of
beans; if you have picked them up again in two
.b='. "h o u rs, y ou sh all g o ."
Then the maiden left the room and w~ent out at
the back door into the garden, and called out, "You
tame pigeons and dov'es, and all you birds of
heaven, come and help me to gather the good beans
into the tub, and the bad ones you may eat." Pres-
ently, in at the kitchen windowv came tw~o white
Pigeons, and after them the doves, and soon all the
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ashes. They then began, pick, pick, pick, and
gathered all the good seeds into the tub; and I~;
scarcely an hour had passed when all was completed .
and the birds flew away again. Then the maiden p.
took the tub to the stepmother, rejoicing at the
thought that she might now go to the festival; but
the stepmother said, No, Cinderella, you have no
clothes and cannot dance; you will only be laughed !
at." As she began to cry, the stepmother said, "If
you can pick up quite clean twvo tubs of beans which
I throw amongst the ashes in one hour, you shall
accompany them;" and she thought to herself, She =,
will never manage it." As soon as the two tubs C
had been shot into the ashes, Cinderella went out
at the back door into the garden, and called out as
before, "You tame pigeons and doves, and all you r
birds under heaven, come and help me gather the '
good ones into the tubs and the bad ones you may '~
eat." Presently, in at the kitchen window came ;
two white pigeons, and soon after them the doves,
and soon all the birds under heaven- flew chirping
in down upon the ashes. They then began, pick,
pick, pick, and gathered all the seeds into the
tubs; and scarcely had half an hour passed before all
was picked up, and .off they flew again. The
maiden now took the tubs to the stepmother,
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festival. But the mother said, "It does not help you
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clothes and cannot dance; we should be ashamed
.d~~9 of you."l Thereupon, she turned her back upon the
maiden, and hastened away with her two proud
daughters.
; As there was no one at home, Cinderella went to
Usher mother's grave under the hazel-tree, and said:
Rustle and shake yourself, dear tree,
And silver and gold throw down to me."

t~:'Then the Bird threw down a dress of gold and
silver, and silken slippers ornamented with silver.
These Cinderella put on in great haste, and then she
went to the ball. Her sisters and stepmother did
not know her at all, and took her for some foreign
i r: princess, as she looked so beautiful in her golden
dress; for of Cinderella they thought not but that
she was sitting at home picking the beans out of the
nlh ashes. Presently the Prince came up to her, and,
taking her by the hand, led her to the dance. He
would not dance with anyone else, and even would
not let go her hand; so that when anyone else asked
~l~ ~ ;er to dance, he said, She is my partner." They
danced till evening, when she -wished to go home;
but the Prince said, "I will go with you and see
you safe," for he wanted to see to whom the maiden
belonged. She flew away from him, however, and
sprang into the pigeon-house; so the Prince waited
till the father came, whom he told that the strange
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stepmother thought, "' Could it be Cinderella? "' And
they brought an axe wherewith the Prince might cut
open the door, but no one was found within. And
when they came into the house, there lay Cinderella
in her dirty clothes among the ashes, and an oil
lamp was burning in the chimney; for she had
jumped quickly out on the other side of the pigeon-
house, and had run to the hazel-tree, where she had
taken off her fine clothes and laid them on the grave,
and the Bird had taken them again, and afterwards
she had put on her little gray cloak and seated her-
self among the ashes in the kitchen.
The next day, when the festival was renewed, and
her stepmother and her sisters had set out again,
Cinderella went to the hazel-tree and sang as
before:
Rustle and shake yourself, dear tree,
And silver and gold throw down to me."

Then the Bird threw down a much more splen-
did dress than the former, and when the maiden
appeared at the ball every one was astonished at her
beauty. The Prince, however, who had waited till
she came, took her hand, and would dance with no
one else; and if others came and asked, he replied,
as before, She is my partner." As soon as evening
came, she wished to depart, and the Prince followed
her, wanting to see into whose house she went; but
she sprang away from him, and ran into the garden
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,on which hung the most beautiful pears, and the
boughs rustled as though a squirrel was among
them; but the Prince could not see whence the
Noise proceeded. He waited, however, till the father
:I : I camem, and told him, The strange maiden has
escaped from me, and I think she has climbed up
int this tree." The father thought to himself,
ll Can it be Cinderella?" and taking an axe he
''chopped down the tree, but there was no one on it.
When they went into the kitchen, there lay Cinderella
among the ashes, as before, for she had sprung down
on the other side of the tree, and, having taken her
: -dbeautiful clothes again to the Bird upon the hazel-
13i. r tree, she had put on once more her old gray cloak.
;1 The third day, when her stepmother and her
'' i sisters had set out, Cinderella wrent again to her
Mother's grave, and said:
"' Rustle and shake yourself, dear tree,
And silver and gold throw dow\n to me."

Then the Bird threwv dowvn to her a dress which
3; "~,~s' w~as more splendid and glittering than she had ever
Shad before, and the slippers were of pure gold.
~~-1"When she arrived at the ball, they knew not what to
Y~ L~1C!q say for wvonderment, and the Prince danced with her
alone as at first, and replied to every one who asked
i~r~..ri her hand, She is myr partner." As soon as evening
came, she wished to go, and as the Prince followed
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overtake her; but he had contrived a stratagem, and
spread the whole way with pitch, so that it happened (ic~r
as the maiden ran that her left slipper came off. The
Prince took it up, and saw it was small and graceful
and of pure gold; so the following morning he went c~
with it to the father, and said, My bride shall be ,r
no other than she whose foot this golden slipper=-Iiri7I
fits." The two sisters were glad of this, for they 5
had beautiful feet, and the elder went with it to her `
chamber to try it on, while her mother stood by. She ,"a
could not, however, get her great toe into it, and the
shoe was much too small; but the mother, reaching
a knife, said, Cut off your toe; for if you are
queen, you need not go any longer on foot." The r
maiden cut it off, and squeezed her foot into ther-~3
shoe, and, concealing the pain she felt, went down
to the Prince. Then he placed her as his bride upon x -
his horse and rode off; and as they passed by the, ,I l
grave, there sat two little doves upon the hazel-tree, is ?
singing :
"( Backwards peep,~ backwards peep, b:"
There's blood upon the shoe;
The shoe's too small, and she behind
Is not the bride for you."
Then the Prince looked behind, and saw~ the ~
blood flowing; so he turned his horse back, and
took the false bride home again, saying she wvas not
the right one. Then the other sister must needs fit
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her toes nicely into the shoe, but the heel was too
large. The mother, reaching a knife, said, "Cut a

Wa I'piece off your heel, for when you become queen you
need not go any longer on foot." She cut a piece
..I~Ii ~-i i off her heel, squeezed her foot into the shoe, and,
concealing the pain she felt, went down to the
1Prince. Then he put her upon his horse as his
bride and rode off; and as they passed the hazel-
:;~;CB tree, there sat two little doves, who sang:
q~~~~ ~ Backwards:.rBakwrd peep, backwards peep,
n. There's blood upon the shoe;
The shoe's too small, and she behind
~C~.~EE~~;~Is not the bride for you."

Then he looked behind and saw the blood trickr-
.S'~1ling from her shoe, and that the stocking was dyed
Fr quite red; so he turned his horse back, and took
j;?I`''the false bride home again, saying, Neither is this
I Ione the right maiden; have you no other daughter ?"
Y (("No," replied the father, "except little Cinderella,
daughter of my deceased wife, who cannot possibly
be the bride." The Prince asked that she might be
fetched; but the stepmother said, "Oh, nol she is
much too dirty; I dare not let her be seen." But
the Prince would have his wlay; so Cinderella was
:Ti called, and she, first washing her hands and face,
went in and curtseyed to the Prince, who gave her
,- the golden shoe. Cinderella sat down on a stool,
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slipper, which fitted her to a shade; and as she stood
up, the Prince looked in her face, and recognizing
the beautiful maiden with wvhomn he had danced,
exclaimed, This is my true bride." The step-
mother and the two sisters were amazed and white
with rage, but the Prince took Cinderella upon his
horse and rode away; and as they came up to the
hazel-tree, the two little white doves sang:

Backwards peep, backwards peep,
There's no blood on the shoe;
It fits so nice, and she behind
Is the true bride for you."

And as they finished they flew down and lighted
upon Cinderella's shoulders, and there they remained,
and the wedding was celebrated with great festivities,
and the two sisters were smitten with blindness as a
punishment for their wickedness.


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The Story of Hans in Lu/ck

A ANS had served his master seven years,
and at the end of that time he said to him,
.. vi I~~j'l" Master, since my time is up, I should
Ip~~;ll like to go home to my mother; so give me my
ar7b (r wages, if you please."
T~i~tjjl ~His master replied, You have served me truly
and honestly, Hans, and such as your service was
~:~Masuch shall be your reward; and with these words
he gave him a lurrip of gold as big as his head.
Hans thereupon took his handkerchief out of his
pocket, and, wrapping the gold up in it, threw it
V~~~'"CXhiGover his shoulder, and set out on the road towards
i'Yr,I-his native village. As he went along, carefully
setting one foot to the ground before the other, a
"~ horseman came in sight, trotting gaily and briskly
CC~~$: along upon a capital animal. Ah," said. Hans
1 ~p~r:i-,, aloud, what a fine thing that riding is; one is
i'' seated as it were upon a stool, kicks against no
= stones, spares one's shoes, and gets along without
anyl trouble!"
The rider, ov'erhearing Hans making these reflec-
tions, stopped and said, Why, then, do you travel
on foot, my fine fellow?~"
Because I am forced," replied Hans; "for I
hav~e got a bit of a lump to carry~ home. It certainly
is gold, but then I can't carry my head straight, and
I ,I' it hurts my shoulder."


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If you like, we will exchange," said the Rider;
" I will give you my horse, and you can give me
your lump of gold."
With all my heart," cried Hans; but I tell you S
fairly you undertake a very heavy burden." i
The man dismounted, took the gold, and helped
Hans on to the horse, and giving him the reins into
his hands, said, Now, when you want to go faster, .111-
you must chuckle with your tongue and cry, 'Gee
up I gee upl'
Hans was delighted indeed when he found him- ci
self on the top of a horse, and riding along so freely or~
and gaily. After a while he thought he should like
to go rather quicker, and so he cried Gee upl kI~~~~
gee up I" as the man had told him. The horse .
soon set off at a hard trot, and, before Hans knew
what he was about, he was thrown over head and
heels into a ditch which divided the fields from the
road.' The horse, having accomplished this feat,
would have bolted off if he had not been stopped
by a Peasant who was .coming that way, driving a
cow before him. Hans soon picked himself up on
his legs, but he was terribly put out, and said to
the countryman, That is bad sport, that riding,
especially when one mounts such a beast as that,
which stumbles and throws one off so as to nearly
break one's neck; I will never ride on that animal
again. Commend me to your cow; one may walk
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has every day for certain milk, butter and cheese.
Ahi wha wol o gv o uc o
ckI'; Well," said the Peasant, such an advantage
you may soon enjoy. I wYill exchange my cow, for
Izli)jqPIr; rbyour horse."
To this Hans consented with a thousand thanks,
and the Peasant, swinging himself upon the horse,
Laj~~;~"-~ rode off in a hurry.
Hans now drove his cow off steadily before him,
thinking of his lucky bargain in this wvise: "I have
-(?~ a bit of bread, and I can, as often as I please, eat
with it butter and cheese; and when I am thirsty I
can milk my cow and have a draught; and what
more can I desire?"
As soon, then, as he came to an inn, he halted,
and ate with great satisfaction all the bread he had
brought wyith him for his noonday and evening meals,
and washed it dowvn with a glass of cider, to buy
which he spent his two last farthings. This over, he
drove his cow further, but still in the direction of his
mother's village. The heat meantime became more
I~iLP~and more oppressive as noontime approached;- just
then Hans came to a common which w2as an hour's
jorny crss Here he got into such a state of
,$' heat that his tongue clave to the roof of his mouth,
and he thought to himself, This won't do; I will
4L. just milk my cow and refresh myself." Hans,
Ir.Y-31 therefore, tied her to a stump of a tree, and, having
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work, but not a drop of milk could he squeeze out.
He had placed himself, too, very awkwardly, and at
last the impatient cow gave him such a kick on the
head that he tumbled over on the ground, and for a
long time knew not where he was. Fortunately, not
many hours after, a butcher passed by, trundling a
young pig along upon a wheelbarrow. What kind
of a trick is this?" exclaimed he, helping up poor
Hans, and Hans told him all that had passed. The
Butcher then handed him his flask, and said, There,
take a drink; it will revive you. Your cow might
well give no milk; she is an old beast, and worth
nothing at the best but for the plough or the
butcher !"
Eh I eh I" said Hans, pulling his hair over his
eyes, who would have thought it ? It is all very
well when one can kill a beast like that at home,
and make a profit of the flesh; but for my part, I
have no relish for cow's flesh; it is much too tough
for mel Ah! a nice young pig like yours is the
thing that tastes something like, to say nothing of
the sausages! "
Well now, for love of you," said the Butcher,
" I will make an exchange, and let you have my pig
for your cow.")
Heaven reward you for your kindness I" cried
Hans; and, giving up the cow, he untied the pig
from the barrow, and took into his hand the string
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~n -- Hans walked on again, considering how every-
t'thing had happened just as he wished, and how all
his vexations had turned out for the best after all.
Presently a Boy overtook him, carrying a fine white
r; tT' goose under his arm, and after they had said Good-
~i ~ rday to each other, Hans began to talk about his
~ ra luck, and what profitable exchanges he had made.
,,...The Boy on his part told him that he was carrying
the goose to a christening feast. Just lift it," said
,. ~he to Hans, holding it up by its wings; just feel
i r~:j~; how heavy it is. Why, it has been fattened up for
the last eight weeks, and whoever bites it when it is
cooked will have to wipe the grease from each side
~x~"~of his mouth!"
Yes," said Hans, weighing it with one hand,
C' it is weighty, but my pig is no trifle either."
While he was speaking, the Boy kept looking
:~~ g 'about on all sides, and shaking his head suspiciously,
and at length he broke out, I am afraid it is not
all right about your pig. In the village through
which I have just come, one has been stolen out of
I,! the stye of the mayor himself; and I am afraid, very
much afraid, you have it now in your hand They
have sent out several people, and it would be a very
p~b~~i bad job for you if they found you with the pig;
~Ps~~ ~Uthe best thing you can do is to hide it in some dark
Corner I
Honest Hans was thunderstruck, and exclaimed,
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know the neighborhood better than I do; you take
my pig and let me have your goose," said he to the
Boy.
"I shall have to hazard something at that game,"
replied the Boy; but still I do not wish to be the
cause of your meeting with misfortune; and so
saying, he took the rope into his own hand, andr
drove the pig off quickly by a side path, while Hans,
lightened of his cares, walked on homewards with
the goose under his arm. If I judge rightly,"
thought he to himself, "I have gained even by this ,
exchange; first, there is the good roast; then the s
quantity of fat which will drip out will make goose
broth for a quarter of a year; and then there are the
fine white feathers, which, when once I have put into
my pillow, I warrant I shall sleep without rocking.
What pleasure my mother will have"
As he came to the last village on his road, there
stood a Knife-grinder, with his barrow by the hedge, II
whirling his wheel round and singing:
Scissors and razors and such-like I grind,
And gaily my rags are flying behind."

Hans stopped and looked at him, and at last he g:
said, You appear to have a good business, if I may
judge by your merry song."
Yes," answered the Grinder; "this business has
a golden bottom A true knife-grinder is a man who,
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money in it! But what a fine goose you have got!
Where did you buy it ?"

it in exchange for my pig." "And the pig?"~' "I
"1 i ,,exchanged my cow for it." "And the cow? I
I._t~ exchanged a horse for her." "And the horse?"
For him I gave a lump of gold as big as my head."
"And the gold?" "That was my wages for a seven
years' servitude." "And I see you have known how
t; "' to benefit yourself each time,"' said the Grinder;
but could you now manage so that you could hear
the money ratthing mn your pocket as you walked,
your fortune would be made." Well, how shall I
~i~QBmanage that ?" said Hans.
You must become a grinder like me. To this
trade nothing peculiar belongs but a grindstone; the
,,,,;:;other necessaries find themselves. Here is one
.Y" which is a little worn, certainly, and so I will not
askr anything more for it than your goose. Are you
agreeable?"
S"How ca~n you ask me?" said Hans. "Why, I
shall be the luckiest man in the world; having
money as often as I dip my hand into my pocket,
what have I to care about any longer ? "
r! So saying, he handed over the goose and received
the grindstone in exchange.
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enough and you may straighten all your old nails.
Take it and use it carefully!"
Hans took the stone and walked on with a satis- j
fied heart, his eyes glistening with joy. I must
have been born," said he, to a heap of luck! ~lr
Everything happens just as I wish, as if I were a
Sunday-child." I4T*)m~~~
Soon, however, having been on his legs since day-
break, he began to feel very tired, and was plagued
too with -hunger, since he had eaten all his provision
at once in his joy about the cow bargain. At last he
felt quite unable to go farther, and was forced, too,
to halt every minute, for the stones encumbered him ~"
very much. Just then the thought overcame him,
what a good thing it would be if he need not carry
them any longer, and at the same moment he came
up to a stream. Here he resolved to rest and refresh
himself with a drink, and so that the stones might
not hurt him in kneeling he laid them carefully down
by his side on the bank. This done, he stooped down
to scoop up some water with his hand, and then it
happened that he pushed one stone a little too far,
so that both presently went plump into the water.
Hans, as soon as he saw them sinking to the bottom,
jumped up for joy, and then kneeled down and
returned thanks, with tears in his eyes, that so
mercifully, and without any act on his part, and in
so nice a way, he had been delivered from the heavy
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So lucky as I am," exclaimed Hans, "is no
other man under the sun! "
Then with a light heart, and free from every
burden, he leaped gaily along till he reached his
mother's house.






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Snzowe-White anld Rose-Red

HERE was once a poor Widow, who lived
alone in her hut with her two children, who
T~were called Snow-White and Rose-Red
because they were like the flowers which bloomed
on two rose-bushes that grew before the cottage. -i~r~~
But they were two as pious, good, industrious and
amiable children as any that were in the world, only
Snow-White was more quiet and gentle than Rose-
Red; for Rose-Red would run and jump about
the meadows, seeking flowers and catching butter-B
flies, while Snow-WChite sat at home helping her "'
mother to keep house, or reading to her, if there
were nothing else to do. The two children loved r-
one another dearly, and always walked hand-in-hand
when they went out together; and ever when they
talked of it, they agreed that they would never
separate from each other, and that whatever one had
the other should share. Often they ran deep into
the forest and gathered wild berries, but no beast
ever harmed them; for the hare would eat cauli-
flowers out of their hands, the fawn would graze at
their side, the goats would frisk about them in play, 1~
and the birds remained perched on the boughs sing- .X~
ing as if nobody were near. No accident ever befel
them; and if they stayed late in the forest, and night
came upon them, they used to lie down on the moss
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~-Cc knew they would do so, she felt no concern about
1~~c Ithem. One time, when they had thus passed the
:R- Ol~ night in the forest, and the dawn of morning awoke
ill i~them, they sawv a beautiful Child dressed in shining
white sitting near their couch. She got up and
Looked at them kindly, but, without saying anything,
t~S1 ~went into the forest; and when the children looked
round, they saw that where they had slept was close
to the edge of a pit, into which they would have
certainly fallen had they walked a couple of steps
-1 ~ further in the dark. Their mother told them the
figure they had seen was, doubtless, the good angel
who watches over children.
Snow-White and Rose-Red kept their mother's
cottage so clean that it was a pleasure to enter it.
ii Every morning in the summer-time Rose-Red would
first put the house in order, and then gather a nose-
~; =-,gay for her mother, in which she always placed a
bud from each rose-tree. Every winter's morning
'I Snow-White would light the fire and put the kettle
Son to boil, and, although the kettle was made of
copper, it yet shone like gold, because it was scoured
~-~~S so well. In the evenings, when the flakes of snow
were falling, the mother would say, Go, Snow-White,
and bolt the door;" and then they used to sit down
on the hearth, and the mother would put on her
spectacles and read out of a great book, while her
children sat spinning. By their side, too, lay a
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her wmng.
One evening, when they were thus sitting com-
fortably together, there came a knock at the door,
as if somebody wished to come in. Make haste,
Rose-Red," cried her Mother; makee haste and open
the door; perhaps there is some traveler outside who
needs shelter." So Rose-Red went and drew the
bolt and opened the door, expecting. to see some
poor man outside; but instead, a great fat Bear poked
his black head in. Rose-Red shrieked out and ran
back, the little lamb bleated, the dove fluttered on
her perch, and Snow-White hid herself behind her
Mother's bed. The Bear, however, began to speak,
and said, Be not afraid; I will do you no harm; but
I am half frozen, and wish to come in and warm
myself."
Poor Bear!" cried the Mother. Come in and
lie down before the fire; but take care you do not
burn your skin; and then she continued, Come
here, Rose-Red and Snow-White; the Bear will not
harm you; he means honorably." So they both
came back, and by degrees the lamb too and the
dove overcame their fears and welcomed the rough
visitor.
You children," said the Bear, before he entered,
" come and knock the snow off my coat." And
they fetched their brooms and swept him clean.
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grumbled out his satisfaction, and in a little while
the children became familiar enough to play tricks
with the unwieldy animal. They pulled his long,
shaggy skin, set their feet upon his back and rolled
him to and fro, and even ventured to beat him with
a hazel-stick, laughing when he grumbled. The
Bear bore all their tricks good-temperedly, and if
r.'c, they hit too hard he cried out:
Leave me my life, you children,
rl~r.Snow-White and Rose-Red,
Or you'll never wed."
When bedtime came and the others were gone,
the Mother said to the Bear, You may sleep here
on the hearth if you like, and then you will be
safely protected from the cold and bad weather."
As soon as day broke, the two children let the
Bear out again, and he trotted away over the snow,
and ever afterwards he came every evening at a
certain hour. He would lie down on the hearth
and allows the children to play with him as much as
~~M~f" they liked, till by degrees they became so accustomed
to him that the door was left unbolted till their
black friend arrived.
But as soon as spring returned, and everything
out-of-doors was green again, the Bear one morning
told Snow-White that he must leave her, and could
not come back during the whole summer. "Where
are you going, then, dear Bear? asked Snow-White.
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treasures from the evil Dwarfs; because in winter,
when the ground is hard, they are obliged to keep
in their holes and cannot work through; but now,
since the sun has thawed the earth and warmed it,
the Dwarfs pierce through, and steal all they can
find; and what has once passed into their hands,
and gets concealed by them in their caves, is not
easily brought to light." Snow-White, however,
was very sad at the departure of the Bear, and
opened the door so hesitatingly, that when he pressed
through it he left behind on the latch a piece of his
hairy coat; and through the hole which was made
in his coat Snow-White fancied she saw the glittering
of gold, but she was not quite certain of it. The
Bear, however, ran hastily away, and was soon hidden
behind the trees.
Somne time afterwards the Mother sent the children
into the wood to gather sticks, and while doing so,
they came to a tree which was lying across the path,
on the trunk of which something kept bobbing up
and down from the grass, and they could not imagine
what it was. When they came nearer, they saw a
Dwarf, with an old wrinkled face and a snow-white
beard a yard long. The end of this beard was
fixed in a split of the tree, and the little man kept
jumping about like a dog tied by a chain, for he did
not know how to free himself. He, glared at the
Maidens with his red, fiery eyes, and exclaimed,
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"Trl you done, little man? asked Rose-Red. "' You
Il~ilstupid, gazing goose!" exclaimed he, "I wanted to
have split the tree in order to get a little wood for
my kitchen, for the little food which we use is soon
burnt up with great faggots, not like that which you
rough, greedy people devour I I had driven the
wedge in properly, and everything was going on
nicely, when the smooth wood flew upwards, and
the tree closed so suddenly together that I could
not draw my beautiful beard out; and here it sticks,
,I and I cannot get away. There, don't laugh, you
milk-faced things! Are you dumb-founded ?"
The children took all the pains they could to pull
the Dwarf's beard out,, but without success. "I
will run and fetch some help," cried Rose-Red at
length.
Crack-brained little sheep's-head that you are I"
snarled the Dwarf; what are you going to call
e ~other people for ? You are two too many now for
me; can you think of nothing else ?"
5~~ "~2IL Don't be impatient," replied Snow-White. I
have thought of something; and then pulling her
scissors out of her pocket, she cut off the end of
the beard. As soon as the Dwarf found himself at
liberty, he snatched up his sack, which laid between
the roots of the tree, filled with gold, and, throwing
it over his shoulder, marched off, grumbling, ahd
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piece of my beautiful beard. Plague take you I"
and away he went without once looking at the
children.
Some time afterwards, Snow-WChite and Rose-Red .
went a-fishing, and as they neared the pond, they lc~
saw something like a great locust hopping about on/
the bank, as if going to jump into the water. They
ran up and recognized the Dwarf. What are you
after?" asked Rose-Red; "you will fall into the
water." I am not quite such a simpleton as that,"
replied the Dwarf; but do you not see this fish 0
will pull me in ? The little mnan had been sitting
there angling, and, unfortunately, the wind had
entangled his beard with the fishing-line; and so
when a great fish bit at the bait, the strength of the
wreak little fellow was not able to draw it out, and
the fish had the best of the struggle. The Dwarf
held on by the reeds and rushes which grew near,
but to no purpose, for the fish pulled him where it il
liked, and he must soon have been drawn into the
pond. Luckily, just then the two Maidens arrived,
and tried to release the beard of the Dwarf from
the fishing-line, but both were too closely entangled
for it to be done. So the Maiden pulled out her
scissors again and cut off another piece of the beard.
When the Dwarf saw this done, he was in a great
rage, and exclaimed, You donkeyl: that is the way
to disfigure my face. Was itcnot enough to cut it
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~'t7my fine beard I I dare not show myself again now
to my own people. I wish you had run the soles off
a.your boots before you had come here!" So saying,
.he took up a bag of pearls, which laid among the
rushes, and, without speaking another word, slipped
off and disappeared behind a stone.
Not many days after this adventure, it chanced
that the Mother sent the two Maidens to the next
town to buy thread, needles and pins, laces and
ribbons. Their road passed over a common, on
: i which, here and there, great pieces of rock were
lying about. Just over their heads they saw a great
bird flying round and round, and every nowr and
ac_ then dropping lower and lower, till at last it flew
~~ down behind a rock. Immediately afterward, they
l heard a piercing shriek, and, running up, they saw
with affright that the eagle had caught their old
~dl acquaintance, the Dwarf, and was trying to carry him
.; off. The compassionate children thereupon laid hold
of the little man, and held him fast till the bird gave
~A~a 1up the struggle and flew off. As soon, then, as the
Dwarf had recovered from his fright, he exclaimed
in his squeaking voice, Could you not hold me more
gently? You have seized my fine brown coat in
such a manner that it is all torn and full of holes,
meddling and interfering rubbish that you arel" With
these words he shouldered a bag filled with precious
stones, and slipped away to his cave among the
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The two Maidens were now accustomed to his ?
ingratitude, and so they walked on to the town and
transacted their business there. Coming home, they
returned over the same common, and, unawares,
walked up to a certain clean spot on which the
Dwarf had shaken out his bag of precious stones,
thinking nobody was near. The sun was shining
brightly, and the brilliant stones glittered in its
beams, and displayed such a magnificent variety
of colors that the two Maidens stopped on their
way to adnure them.
What are you standing there gaping fori) ? "s
asked the Dwarf, while his face grew as red as
copper with rage. He was continuing to abuse the t5_~~
poor Maidens, when a loud roaring noise was heard,
and presently a great black Bear came rolling out of i-
the forest. The Dwarf jumped up terrified, but he
could not gain his retreat before the Bear overtook
him. Thereupon he cried out, Spare me, my dear
Lord Bearl I will give you all my treasures. Seei
all these beautiful precious stones which lie here.
Only give me my life; for what have you to fear from
a little weak fellow like mne? You could not touch
me with your big teeth. Here are two wicked girls;
take them. They would make nice morsels, as fat as
young quails. Eat them, for heaven's sake!" "~~~~~~
The Bear, however, without troubling himself to
speak, gave the bad-hearted Dwarf a single blow wvith
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'-~v 7The Maidens were then going to run away, but
~a~' ithe Bear called after them, Snow-White and Rose-
B~1L;'-IRed, fear not1 Wait a bit and I will accompany
F'you." They recognized his voice and stopped; and
~i! ~when the Bear came, his rough coat suddenly fell
~off, and he stood up a tall man, dressed entirely in
gold. "I am a King's son," he said, "and was
condemned by the wicked Dwarf, who stole all my
treasures, to wander about in this forest in the form
of a Bear till his death released me. Now he has
received his well-deserved punishment."
;rP~ Then they went home, and Snow-White was
married to the Prince and Rose-Red to his brother,
o~r with whom they shared the immense treasure which
P; the Dwarf had collected. The old Mother also lived
for many years happily with her two children; and
the rose-trees which had stood before the cottage
q were planted now before the palace, and produced
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and his three sons were very sorry, and
went out into the palace gardens to weep. There
they met an old Man, who asked the cause of their
grief, and they told him their Father was so ill that
he must die, for nothing could save him. The
old Man said, I know a means of saving him.
If he drinks of the water of life it will restore him
to health; but it is very difficult to find."
I will soon find it," said the eldest Son, and,
going to the sick King, he begged his permission to
set out in search of the water of life, which alone
could save him. "No; the danger is too great,"
said the King; I prefer to die." Nevertheless, the
Son begged and entreated so long that the King
consented, and the Prince went awvay, thinking in
his own heart, If I bring this water, I am the
dearest to my Father and I shall surely inherit his
kingdom."
After he had ridden a long way, he met a Dwarf
on the road, who asked him, Whither away so
quickly? "
"'You stupid little dandyprat," replied the Prince
proudly, why should I tell you that? and he rode
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rode the narrower it grew, till at last it was so close
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.turn his horse around, nor dismount, and he sat
there like one amazed. Meanwhile the sick King
iil waited a long while for him, but he did not come;
and the second Son asked leave to go too and seek
the water, for he thought to himself, If my
Brother is dead the kingdom comes to me." At
~F~~JSPj~first the King refused to spare him; but he gave
way, and the Prince set out on the same road as the
elder one had taken, and met also the same Dwarf,
who stopped him and asked him, Whither ride you
so hastily ? "Little dandyprat," replied the Prince,
~4F;" what do you want to know for P" and he rode off
without looking round. The Dwarf, thereupon,
enchanted him, and it happened to him as it had to
a his Brother; he came to a defile where he could
move neither forwards nor backwards. Such is the
fate of all haughty people.
SNow, when the second Son did not return, the
youngest begged leave to go and fetch the water,
and the King was obliged at last to giv~e his consent.
When he met the Dw~arf, and w~as asked w~hither he
:; ~was going so hurriedly, he stopped and replied, "I
seek the water of life, for my Father is sick unto
death." "Do you know where to find it?" asked
the Dwarf. No," replied the Prince. Since you
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I will give you information and show you where
you may obtain the water of life. It flows from
a fountain in the court of an enchanted castle, into
which you can never penetrate if I do not give you
an iron rod and two loaves of bread. With the rod
knock thrice at the iron door of the castle, and it
will spring open. Within lie two lions with open
jaws; but if you throw down to each a loaf of bread,
they will be quiet. Then hasten and fetch some of
the water of life before it strikes twelve, for then
the door will shut again, and you will be im-
pnisoned."
The Prince thanked the Dwarf, and, taking the
rod and bread, he set out on his journey, and as he
arrived at the castle he found it as the Dwarf had
said. At the third knock, the door sprang open;
and, when he had stilled the Lions with the bread,
he walked into a fine large hall, where sat several
enchanted Princes, from whose fingers he drew off
the rings, and he also took away with him a sword
and some bread which lay there. A little further on
he came to a room wherein stood a beautiful maiden,
who was so pleased to see him that she kissed him
and said he had freed her, and should have her
whole kingdom, and if he came in another year
their wedding should be celebrated. Then she told
him where the fountain of the water of life was
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twelve ere he gained it. He came next into a room,
where a fine, clean, covered bed stood, and, being
tired, he laid down to rest himself a bit. But he
went to sleep, and when he awoke it struck the
quarter to twelve, and the sound made him hurry to
the fountain, from which he took some water in a
cup which stood near. This done, he hastened to
the door, and was scarcely out before it struck twelve,
and the door swung to so heavily that it carried
away a piece of his heel.
But he was very glad in spite of this, that he had
procured the water, and he journeyed homewards,
and passed again where the Dwarf stood. When
the Dwarf saw the sword and bread which he had
brought away, he declared he had done well, for
with the sword he could destroy whole armies; but
the bread was worth nothing. Now, the Prince
was not willing to return home to his Father with-
out his Brothers, and so he said to the Dwarf,
" Dear Dwarf, can you tell me where my Brothers
are ? They went out before me in search of the water
of life and did not return."
They are stuck fast between two mountainss"
replied the Dwarf. Because they were so haughty,
I enchanted them there."
Then the Prince begged for their release, till at
last the Dwarf brought then out; but he warned
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When his Brothers came he was very glad, and
he related to them all that had happened to him;
how he had found the water of life and brought
away a cup full of it; and how he had rescued a
beautiful Princess, who for a whole year was going
to wait for him, and then he was to return to be
married to her and receive a rich kingdom. After
this tale the three Brothers rode away together, and
soon entered a province where war and famine were
raging, and the King thought he should perish, so
great wras his necessity. The youngest Prince went
to this King and gave him the bread, with which he
fed and satisfied his whole people; and then the
Prince gave him the sword wherewith he defeated
and slew all his enemies, and regained peace and
quiet. This effected, the Prince took back the bread
and sword, and rode on further with his Brothers;
and by and by they came to two other provinces where
also war and famine were destroying the people.
To each King the Prince lent his bread and sword,
and so saved three kingdoms. After this they went
on board a ship to pass over the sea which separated
them from home, and during the voyage the two
elder B3rothers said to each other, Our Brother
has found the water of life and wve have not; there-
fore our Father will give to him the kingdom which
belongs to us, and our fortune will be taken awvay."
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and one day, waiting till he was fast asleep, they
poured the water out of his cup and took it for
themselves, while they filled his up with bitter salt
water. As soon as they arrived at home, the youngest
SBrother took his cup to the sick King, that he might
% drink out of it and regain his health. But scarcely
had he drunk a very little of the water when he
became worse than before, for it was as bitter as
wormwood. While the King lay in this state, the
two elder Princes came and accused their Brother
.of poisoning their Father; but they had brought the
ihlc~right water, and they handed it to the King.
~t~fP~dScarcely had he drunk a little out of the cup when
the King felt his sickness leave him., and soon he
was as strong and healthy as in his young days. T~he
two Brothers now went to the youngest Prince,
mocking him, and saying, You certainly found the
~" water of life; but you had the trouble and we had
the reward. You should have been more cautious and
kept your eyes open, for we took your cup while you
were asleep on the sea; and moreover, in a year one
J A64~8$$.1of us intends to fetch your Princess. Beware, how-
8,ever, that you betray us not. The King will not
believe you, and if you sayr a single word your life
will be lost; but if you remain silent you are safe."
The old King, nevertheless, was very angry with his
youngest son, who had conspired, as he believed,
against his life. He caused his court to be assemn-
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Prince should be secretly shot; and once, as he rode v
out hunting, unsuspicious of any evil, the Huntsman
was sent with him to perform the deed. By and by,
when they were alone in the wood, the Huntsman
seemed so sad that the Prince asked himt what ailed
him. The Huntsman replied, I cannot, and yet
must tell you." Tell me boldly what it is," said
the Prince; I will forgive you." "A Iitisn
other than that I must shoot you, for so has the 1
King ordered me," said the Huntsm~an with a deep
sigh. 6 d
The Prince was frightened, and said, Let me
live, dear Huntsman, let me live! I will give you
my royal coat and you shall give me yours in
exchange." Tothis the Huntsman readily assented, t a.
for he felt unable to shoot the Prince, and after they
had exchanged their clothing the Huntsman returned
home, and the Prince went deeper into the wood.
A short time afterwards three wagons laden with ?=iir
gold and precious stones came to the King's palace
for his youngest son. They were sent by the three
Kings in token of gratitude for the sword which had
defeated their enemies, and the bread which had
nourished their people. At this arrival the old King t$
said to himself, Perhaps, after all, my Son was
guiltless," and he lamented to his courtiers that he i
had let his Son be killed. But the Huntsman cried
out, H--e lives yet I for I could not find it in my
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"-;CT7how it had happened. The King felt as if a stone
~c~~id 5~ fhad been removed from his heart, and he caused it
rlr~~i Ito be proclaimed everywhere throughout his domin-
ions that his Son might return and would again be
taken into favor.
Meanwhile the Princess had caused a road to be
made up to her castle of pure shining gold, and
she told her attendants that whoever should ride

I~k:straight up this road would be the right person,
and one whom they might admit into the castle;
C~ZIC? I~L but, on the contrary, whoever should ride up
not on the road, but by the side, they were ordered
on no account to admit, for he was not the right
v ~person. When, the re fore, the time came round
which the Princess had mentioned to the youngest
~3~8;,91 Prince, the eldest Brother thought he would hasten
to her castle and announce himself as her deliverer,
that he might gain her as a bride and the kingdom
besides. So he rode away, and when he came in
front of the castle and saw the fine golden road, he
thought it would be a shame to ride thereon, and

road. But as he came up to the door, the guards
~s~~i~told him he w\as not the right person, and he must
~ ~1,,~ ride back again. Soon afterwards the second Prince
also set out, and he, likewise, w~hen he came to the
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in the forest, had also remembered that the year was
up, and soon after his Brothers' departure he l
appeared before the castle and rode up straight on the ~l ~
golden road, for he was so deeply engaged in think-
ing of his beloved Princess that he did not observe
it. As soon as he arrived at the door it was opened, "
and the Princess received him with joy, saying he
was her deliverer and the lord of her dominions.
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it was over the :Princess told her husband that his
Father had forgiven him and desired to see him. rr
Thereupon he rode to the old King's palace, and
told him how his Brothers had betrayed him while
he slept, and had sworn him. to silence. When the
King heard this, he would have punished the false
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~The Story of Rumnpelstiltskin
T~HERE was once a poor Miller who hgd a
~s beautiful daughter; and one day, having to
go to speak with the King, he said, in order
to make himself appear of consequence, that he had
a daughter who could spin straw into gold. The
King was very fond of gold, and thought to himself,
"( That is an art which would please me very well; "
c and so he said to the Miller, If your daughter is
so very clever, bring her to the castle in the morning
and I will put her to the test, and see whether she
can do as you say."
As soon as she arrived, the King led her into a
chamber which was full of straw; and, giving her a
wheel and a reel, he said, Now set yourself to
work, and if you have not spun this straw into gold
@ by an early hour to-morrow, you must die." With
c-r *~~dBt~li;28 these words he shut the room door and left the
maiden alone.
SThere she sat for a long time, thinking how to
save her life; for she understood nothing of the art
~~ whereby straw might be spun into gold, and her
perplexity increased more and more, till at last she
began to weep. All at once the door opened and
in stepped a little man, who said, Good-evening,
fair maiden; why do you weep so sore?" "Ah,"
she replied, I must spin this straw into gold, and
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FAIR Y TALES
from GRIMM
Edited and weith an Introdulction by
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'~Pictures and Decorations by
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Hlansi nd uck.......... ..~....... ~. .... ..... 62
Snow-Whitean d itl R ioseRe .. .. .. .. .. 71
The Fate rofife.... ... .. ...... ........ .... 81
Rutlern elsitski ..... .. ........ .... 90 4
The Poor Mliller's Boy and the Cat 95
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" Just then the door opened, and a very old woman, walking
upon crutches, came out 22
" Presently he swam up again with the ball in his mouth and
threw it on the grass 42
" She ran away so quickly that he could not overtake her 58
" 'What are you standing there gaping for ? 'asked the
D w arf" .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 78
" Then she threw over each of them a shirt .' 102
PE N-DRA WINGS
" He called out, Here, my good woman, just bring your wares
here'" ... .. .. .. .. 28
" As Little Red-Cap entered among the trees she met a Wolf 48
" He stooped down to scoop up some water .68
"' He took some water in a cup ; 84
" The Cat took him into its enchanted castle" 96
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Introduction
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I NT RODUCTI ON
The stories collected in this volume are so old that the
world has forgotten when they were told for the first time and
who told them. They were not written like modern stories;
they were not invented by men who made story-telling a business,
as the novelists do; they were not printed, for most of them
came into being before the art of printing was in use. The
men and womenn wvho made them had no thought of a reading
public, because there was no reading public. They did not com-
pose the stories for money because there was no one to buy
stories in those primitive days among a people who could not
read, in a country in which by far the greater number of people
never left the little villages or the lonely woods in which they
lived. In reading this book, therefore, one must forget the
professional writer, who makes his living by telling stories;
who puts them down on paper with great care for the words he
uses; who finds ready for him, under the direction of a publisher,
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a machinery which prints, binds and sends the book into which
the stories are put to the ends of the earth.
These stories were composed by very simple people, living
very simple lives; with no magazines, newspapers or books to
read, with no telegraphs, telephones pr railroads to open the
world to them by making communication and travel possible.
They were composed by people who lived in small groups, in
little remote farming villages, with fields on all sides, or in little
hamlets in the woods. These people knew nothing of science
or history; they were like children in their love of strange and
marvelous things. Life was a wonder story to them; they
knew nothing of the laws of nature; but whenever anything
about them moved, they imagined that some living creature
moved it. They did not think of themselves as separated by a
wide and deep chasm from the animals around them; they
thought of animals as belonging to the family; and that animals
should speak a human language, have human feelings, and even
marry human beings, did not seem strange to them. In the woods
and fields strange kinds of creatures lived, and nothing was so
wonderful that the people did not take it as a matter of course.
The stories in this book are entirely unlike the stories written
to-day, because the people who told them were so unlike us in
their way of looking at the world. These people were like
children because they were living in the childhood of their race.
To-day imaginative children "pretend," when they play, that
they are animals, Indians, pirates, cowboys, and do all manner
of wonderful things. The people who composed these stories
did not "'pretend; they really believed in fairies, genii, witches,
enchanted palaces and princesses, in speaking animals, and trees
that talked. They loved stories because stories had heroes and
heroines, plots, incidents, wonderful adventures and endings
that satisfied their craving for- the victory of good over evil, of
simple virtue over the plots of bad persons, of the punishment of
pride and the exaltation of modest worth. The most imagina-
tive among them told stories very simply and often very baldly,
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and these stories were passed on from one person to another until
they traveled far from home; from one age to another until
they have come down to our own time. In older countries,
among very simple, uneducated people, there is a host of such
stories floating about that have not yet been written down.
At the beginning of the last century, many such stories were
floating about Germany; they had been told by mothers to
their children for generations, but they had never been written
down. Two brothers were born at Hanau, a little town in
Hesse-Cassel, who were to be the secretaries of the forgotten
authors of these old-time tales, and to give them circulation
throughout the world. Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm was born
in 1785, and Wilhelm Carl Grimm in 1786. Their father was
a lawyer and died when the oldest of the boys had just passed
his tenth birthday, leaving his family very little money, but
a fine example of patient integrity and a great respect for edu-
cation. Poverty was no bar to scholarship in Germany, and
the two boys resolved to follow in the footsteps of their father
and become lawyers. They went to school in Cassel, and were
able in due time to enter the University of Marburg; they were
diligent students from the start, and they knew what their life
work was to be while they were still young. They not only
studied together as brothers, but they were devoted friends;
so united in heart and work that they shared a common fame
and became known early in their career as the Brothers Grimm.
While they were still students they made a solemn resolution
never to separate, and to devote their lives to reviving interest
in the older German literature. For many years they had every-
thing in common. After the death of his brother, Jacob wrote:
"'In the slow-gliding school years, one bed and one study held us.
There we sat working at the same table, and afterwards in our
student years, two beds and two tables stood in the same room;
and at last, to the very end, two rooms beside one another, always
under one roof, in undisturbed and untroubled community of our
money and books, except for a few that each must have immedi-
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ately at hand, and which were therefore bought in duplicate; and-
so, also, our last beds will be laid, it seems, close by one another."
After Wilhelm's marriage, Jacob became a member of his
family, and was loved as a second father by his brother's chil-
dren. Wilhelm died in 1859, and all eyes filled with tears when
Jacob knelt down, uncovered his head, and threw a handful of
earth in his brother's grave. Four years later, in 1863, his body
was laid in the same place. They "'were lovely and pleasant in
their lives, and in their death they were not divided." There
has seldom been a more tender and enduring affection than that
which bound these two brothers together through a long and
honorable life. They were connected for a time with the Library
at Cassel, and later with the Library of the University of
Goettingen. When the new King of Hanover, in 1837, set aside
the Constitution which his predecessor had given the H-anover-
ians, the two brothers bravely protested against this arbitrary
act and were deprived of their positions. They went back to
Cassel, and later were appointed professors in the University of
Berlin and members of the Berlin Academy, and remained there
happy in each other's society and in their work until the death
of 'Wilhelm in 1859.
They were men of great simplicity of life and character; both
were children at heart and both were ardent patriots, and these
qualities guided them to their work, which was to make the
early life of the German people familiar to modern Germans,
and to foster the love of the German Fatherland. They "'strove
to penetrate into the wild forests of their ancestors, listening
to their noble language, watching their pure customs," bringing
to light "their ancient freedom and their rational and hearty
faith; endeavoring to make the Germans proud of their an-
cestors and familiar with their spirit, their thoughts, their
courage, their religion. For this work of recalling the child-
hood of the Germanic peoples they were singularly well fitted.
Wrilhelnr was of a wonderfully sweet and affectionate disposition,
thinking the best of everyone, devoted to his friends, fond of
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flowers, happy with children and delighting in stories, for which
he searched with tireless diligence and which he loved to tell.
Jacob was a man of more rugged nature, but of the same cheerful
outlook on life, the. same sunny disposition, the same tireless
industry. There were always fresh wall-flowers or heliotropes
or other flowers on the working-tables of the two brothers. The
death of Wilhelm was a terrible blow to Jacob, but he rallied
from it and went on with his work for four years, and his last
conscious act was a long glance at his brother's photograph which
lay beside him on the bed. The brothers studied early history,
law, legends, myths, old poetry--everything that threw light on
the life of the early Germans. The "Household Tales," of
which the first volume was published in 1812 and the second in
1815, were collected not because they were interesting stories,
but because they were chapters in the history of German thought,
and threw light on the ideas and feelings of the earlier peoples in
Germany, their superstitions, fancies, religion, thoughts about
nature and life. The two editors who collected them were no
doubt astonished by their popularity; in a generation they
became the most widely known fairy stories in the world, next
after "The Arabian Nights." They were translated into every
civilized language, and were read to delighted children in the
farthest corners of the globe.
It is very easy to understand why children have loved these
stories. It is because they were the creation of the childhood of a
race gifted with imagination, and with the simplicity of mind,
the readiness to believe in wonders and magic, which are the
precious gifts of childhood; and, fortunately, the men who col-
lected these stories had the hearts and feelings of children.
"We have been. collecting these stories from oral tradition for
about thirteen years," they wrote in 1819. "'It was a piece of
special good fortune that we made the acquaintance of a peasant
woman of Niederzweben, a village near Cassel, who told us most
of the tales in the second volume. Frau Viehmaennin was still
active and not much over fifty years old. Her features were
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firm, sensible and agreeable, and she cast clear, keen glances
from her great: eyes. She remembered the old stories exactly.
She told her stories deliberately, confidently, with much
life and self-satisfaction-first, quite naturally; then, if you
wished, slowly, so that with a little practice you could take them
down." Their first care was for faithfulness and truth; they
set down what they heard word for word, because they were
eager to reproduce the mind and heart of an earlier time, the
habit and thought of a race living in primitive conditions. As
in the tales Wilhelm Grimm "'caught the poetry of the people,"
wrote his son, Hermann Grimm, "rendering their very words
with an art which in itself was poetry, and which no one has
since attained, although so much attention has been given to
this branch of literature; so in his lightest narrations he caught
the naive aspect of things and set them forth in the simplest
and most natural manner." It was a great piece of good fortune
that at the point when the German country folk began to come
into contact with the world and to part with the simple faith
which inspires these stories, two men of such learning and such
warm-heartedness should appear on the scene to report these
ancient tales and put them into the hands of children, to become
part of the lasting literature of childhood. "The Brothers
Grimm," writes the distinguished German critic, Scherer-"'the
noble pair!--from all the frivolity of false education and empty
parade of art were wholly free. In the zenith of their life and fame
they remained simple, good men. They sympathized with chil-
dren, as well as with the worldly-wise, with statesmen and poets."
The twelve stories included in this volume were selected as
fairly representing the variety of motives and narrative quality
of these popular tales; they have been told in many places under
many forms.
Some of them have traveled so far and made themselves
at home in so many countries that they are better known than
the most famous persons in history. Hosts of people who know
nothing of Julius Caesar or George Washington know all about
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"Cinderella" and "Little Red Riding Hood." The story of
"Hansel and Grethel" and the gingerbread house, and the
wicked witch who was finally tumbled into her own oven, has
been set to music and become a popular opera. The "Frog
Prince is more famous than any other prince in song or story;
and "'The Valiant Little Tailor" is a hero among heroes. These
famous people, who never existed, were children of the im-
agination, which is the creative faculty, and has given the
world its stirring songs, its beautiful pictures, its noble
buildings and its famous books. It is for this reason that chil-
dren of all countries love fairy stories. These tales are the natural
food of childhood, and belong to that period of life as truly as
skating, out-of-door games and hunting in the woods belong to
a later--the period of boyhood and youth. As education be-
comes more practical and exacting, the need of the fairy story
becomes more urgent, and it has as legitimate and important
a place in the training of the child as the arithmetic or the text-
book of science; for the child has not only a faculty of obser-
vation and aptitudes for work of all kinds, he has also the great
gift of imagination--the master workman which directs all
human activities when they become constructive on a great scale;
when they build colossal bridges, extensive canals and railroads
that climb mountains, as well as when they take the forms of art.
The greatest defect of education at present is its failure to develop
and train the imagination; and no child's education is complete
without the ancient food of childhood--the fairy tale.
HAMILrON W. MABIE.
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FAIRY TALES
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Th~e story of Hansel and Grethel
NCE upon a time there dwelt near a large
wood a poor woodcutter, with his wife and
two children by his former marriage, a little
boy called Hansel, and a girl named Grethel. He
had little enough to break or bite; and once, when
there was a great famine in the land, he could not*
procure even his daily bread; and as he lay thinking
in his bed one evening, rolling about for trouble, he
sighed and said to his wife, What will become of
us?> Howv can we feed our children when we have
no mnore than we can eat ourselves? "
"( Know then, my husband," answered she, we 6
will lead them away quite early in the morning into
the thickest part of the wood and there make them
a fire and give them each a little piece of bread; then
we will go to our work and leave them alone, so they
will not find the way home again, and we shall be
freed from them." "No, wife," replied he, "that I
can never do; how can you bring your heart to
leave my children all alone in the wood, for the wild
beasts will soon come and tear them to pieces~~ ? "W~I
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"( Oh, you simpleton I said she, then we must
all four die of hunger; you had better plane the
coffins for us." But she left him no peace till he
consented, saying, Ah, but I shall regret the poor
j children."'
~E~sd~The two children, however, had not gone to sleep
for very hunger, and so they overheard what the step-
mother said to their father. Grethel wept bitterly,
r. and said to H~ansel, What will become of us? "
Be quiet, Grethel," said he, do not cry--I will
soon help you." And as soon as their parents had
fallen asleep, he got up, put on his coat, and, unbar-
ring the back door, slipped out. The moon shone
brightly and the white pebbles which lay before
the door seemed like silver pieces, they glittered so
v brightly. Hansel stooped down and put as many
into his pocket as it would hold, and then going
i back he said to Grethel, Be comforted, dear sister,
and sleep in peace; God will not forsake us." And
so saying, he went to bed again.
The next morning, before the sun arose, the wife:
went and awoke the two children. Get up, you
lazy things; we are going into the forest to chop
wood."' Then she gave them each a piece of bread,
saying, There is something for your dinner; do
not eat it before the time, for you will get nothing
else." Grethel took the bread in her apron, for
Hansel's pocket: was full of pebbles, and so they all
set out upon their way. When they had gone a
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little distance Hansel stood still and peeped back at
the house; and this he repeated several times, till his
father said, Hansel, what are you peeping at, and
why do you lag behind PTake care, and remember
your legs."
"LAh, father," said Hansel, I am looking at my
white cat sitting upon the roof of the house and
trying to say good-by." You simpleton I" said
the wife. That is not a cat, it is only the sun
shining on the white chimney." But in reality
Hansel was not looking at a cat; but every time he
stopped, he dropped a pebble out of his pocket
upon the path.
When they came to the middle of the wood the
father told the children to collect wood and he would
make them a fire, so that they should not be cold.
So Hansel and Grethel gathered together quite a
little mountain of twigs. Then they set fire to them,
and as the flame burnt up high the wife said, Now
you children lie down near the fire and rest your-
selves, whilst we go into the forest and chop wood;
when we are ready, ILwill come and call you."
Hansel and Grethel sat down by the fire, and
when it was noon, each ate the piece of bread, and
because they could hear the blows of an axe they
thought their father was near; but it was not an
axe, but a branch which he had bound to a withered
tree, so as to be blown to and fro by the wind.
They waited so long that at last their eyes closed
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'from weariness and they fell fast asleep. When they
awoke it was quite dark and Grethel began to cry,
How shall we get out of the wood ? But Hansel
tried to comfort her by saying, Wait a little while
" ii! j, till the moon rises and then we will quickly find the
Sway."' The moon soon shone forth, and Hansel,
taking his sister's hand, followed the pebbles, which
glittered like new-coined silver pieces, and showed
them the path. All night long they walked on, and
p~i~C~-as day broke they came to their father's house.
I They knocked at the door, and when the wife opened
~ft~~-~it and saw Hansel and Grethel, she exclaimed, You
wicked children I why did you sleep so long in the
wood ? We thought you were never coming home
again." But their father was very glad, for it had
grieved his heart to leave them all alone.
Not long afterwards there was again great scarcity
OcZ in every corner of the land, and one night the chil-
dren overheard their mother saying to their father,
"Everything is again consumed; we have only half a
~C~j~ Iloaf left and then the song is ended; the children
must be sent away. We will take them deeper into the
~~ wood, so that they may not find the way out again;
it is the only means of escape for us."
But her husband felt heavy at heart, and thought,
"It were better to share the last crust with the chil-
dren." His wife, however, would listen to nothing
that he said, and scolded and reproached him with-
out end.
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sents the first time must also the second.
The children, however, had heard the conversation
as they lay awake, and as soon as the old people
went to sleep Hansel got up, intending to pick up
some pebbles as before, but the wife had locked`
the door so that he could not get out. Never-
theless, he comforted Grethel, saying, Do not
cry; sleep in quiet; the good God will not for-
sa e us."
Early in the morning the stepmother came and
pulled them out of bed and gave them each a slice
of bread, which was still smaller than the former
piece. On the way, Hansel broke his in his pocket
and, stooping every now and then, dropped a crumb
upon the path. Hansel, why do you stop and
look about ?" said the father; keep in the path."
" I am looking at my little dove," answered Hansel,
"nodding a good-by to me." Simpleton," said
the wife, that is no dove, but only the sun shining
on the chimney." But Hansel kept still dropping
crumbs as he went along.
The mother led the children deep into the wood,
where they had never been before, and there making
an immense fire, she said to them, Sit down here
aind rest, and when you feel tired you can sleep for
a little while. We are going into the forest to hew
wood, and in the evening, when we are ready, we
will come and fetch you."
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~ ~ I 'When noon came Grethel shared her bread with
SHansel, who had strewn his on the path. Then
they went to sleep, but the evening arrived and no
one came to visit the poor children, and in the dark
night they awoke and Hansel comforted his sister
by saying, Only wait, Grethel, till the moon comes
out, then we shall .see the crumbs of bread which I
have dropped and they will show us the way home."
The moon shone and they got up, but they could
c iJ'`,not see any crumbs, for the thousands of birds which
had been flying about in the woods and fields had
cD~: picked them all up. Hansel kept saying to Grethel,
"We will soon find the way," but they did not; and
,,,,~~~Bt8~3they walked the whole night long and the next day,
9- but still they did not come out of the wood; and
they got so hungry, for they had nothing to eat but
the berries which they found upon the bushes. Soon
~;2~-'they got so tired that they could not drag themselves
r~ along, so they laid down under a tree and went to
sleep.
SIt was now the third morning since they had left
their father's house, and they still walked on; but
they only got deeper and deeper into the wood, and
Hansel saw that if help did not come very soon they
would die of hunger. As soon as it was noon they
saw a beautiful snow-white bird sitting upon a
bough, which sang so sweetly that they stood still
and listened to it. It soon left off, and spreading its.
wings flew away; and they followed it until it arrived
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at a cottage, upon the roof of which it perched, and
when they went close up to it they saw that the cot-
tage was made of bread and cakes, and the window-
panes were of clear sugar.
We will go in here," said Hansel, and have a
glorious feast. I will eat a piece of the roof and
you can eat the window. Will they not be sweet?"
So Hansel reached up and broke a piece off the
roof, in order to see how it tasted; while Grethel
stepped up to the window and began to bite it.
Then a sweet voice called out in the room, Tip-
tap, tip-tap, who raps at my door ?" and the chil-
dren answered, The wind, the wind, the child of
heaven," and they went on eating without interrupt
tion. Hansel thought the roof tasted very nice, and
so he tore off a great piece, while Grethel broke a
large round pane out of the window and sat down
quite contentedly. Just then the door opened and
a very old woman, walking upon crutches, came out.
Hansel and Grethel were so frightened that they let
fall what they had in their hands; but the old woman,
nodding her head, said, Ah, you dear children,
what has brought you here?~ Come in and stop
with me and no harm shall befall you;" and so say-
ing she took them both by the hand and led them
into her cottage. A good meal of milk and pan-
cakes, with sugar, apples and nuts, was spread on
the table, and in the back room were two nice little
beds, covered with white, where Hansel and Grethel
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laid themselves down and thought themselves in
i. heaven. The old woman behaved very kindly to
:tthem, but in reality she w~as a wicked witch who
~i~c~lilwaylaid children, and built the bread house in order
to entice them in; but as soon as they were in her
Power she killed them, cooked. and ate them, and
made a great festival of the day. Witches have red
eyes and cannot see very far, but they have a fine
sense of smelling,*1ike wild beasts, so that they know
~J~~ifj when children approach them. When Hansel and
.Grethel came near the witch's house she laughed
r~ib3~:wickedly, saying, Here come two who shall not
escape me." And early in the morning, before they
~i~151 awoke, she went up to them and saw how lovingly
they lay sleeping, with their chubby red cheeks, and
she mumbled to herself, That will be a good bite."
Then she took up Hansel with her rough hand and
shut him up in a little cage with a lattice-door; and
although he screamed loudly it was of no use.
Grethel came next, and, shaking her till she awoke,
Sshe said, Get up, you lazy thing, and fetch some
water to cook something good for your brother, who
must remain in that stall and get fat; when he is
fat enough I shall eat him." Grethel began to cry,
but it was all useless, for the old witch made her do
as she wished. So a nice meal was cooked for
Hansel, but Grethel got nothing but a crab's claw.
Every morning the old witch came to the cage
and said, Hansel, stretch out your finger that I
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THE STORY OF HANS E L AND
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may feel whether you are getting fat." But Hansel
used to stretch out a bone, and the old woman, hav-
ing very bad sight, thought it was his finger, and
wondered very much that he' did not get more fat.
When four weeks had passed and Hansel still kept
quite lean, she lost all her patience and would not
wait any longer. Grethel," she called out in a
passion, get some water quickly; be Hansel fat or
lean, this morning I will kill and cook him." Oh,
how the poor little sister grieved, as she was forced
to fetch the water, and fast the tears ran down her
cheeks Dear, good God, help us nowl" she 59t~
exclaimed. Had we only been eaten by the wild '
beasts in the wood, then we should have died 1
together." But the old witch called out, Leave
off that noise, it will not help you a bit." \-~
So early in the morning Grethel was forced to go
out and fill the kettle and make a fire. First we
will bake, however," said the old woman; I have'
already heated the oven and kneaded the dough;"
and so saying, she pushed poor Grethel up to the 'II~
oven, out of which the flames were burning fiercely.
" Creep in," said the witch, and see if it is hot
enough and then we will put in the bread;" but she s
intended when Grethel got in to shut up the oven
and let her bake, so that she might eat her as well
as Hansel. Grethel perceived what her thoughts
wCere and said, I do not know how to do it; how
shall I get in?" "You stupid goose," said she, "the
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opening is big enough. See, I could even get in
myself I" and she got up and put her head into the
oven. Then Grethel gave her a push, so that she
Sell right in, and then shutting the iron door she
,I'I bolted it. Oh! how horribly she howled, but Grethel
ran away and left the ungodly witch to burn to ashes.
Now she ran to Hansel and, opening his door,
called out, "' Hansel, we are saved; the old witch is
dead!" So he sprang out, like a bird out of his cage
when the door is opened; and they were so glad that
they fell upon each other's neck and kissed each
other over and over again. And now, as there was
nothing to fear, they went into the witch's house,
where in every corner were caskets full of pearls
and precious stones. These are better than peb-
bles," said IHansel, putting as many into his pocket
as it would hold; while Grethel thought, I will
-~-t~~Btake some home, too," and filled her apron full.
r~" (We must be off now," said Hansel, and get out
of this enchanted forest." But when they had walked
~c for two hours they came to a large piece of water.
W;e cannot get over,'" said Hansel; I can see no
bridge at all." "And there is no boat either," said
Grethel, but there swrims a white Duck, I will ask
her to help us over;" and she sang:
"LLittle Duck, good little Duck,
Grethel and Hansel, here we stand;
There is neither stile nor bridge,
Take us on your back to land."
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So the Duck came to them, and Hansel sat: himself
on and bade his sister sit behind him. No,"
answered Grethel, that will be too much for the
Duck, she shall take us over one at a time." This
the good little bird did, and when both were happily
arrived on the other side, and had gone a little way,
they came to a well-known wood, which they knew "II1~
the better every step they went, and at last they
perceived their father's house. Then they began to
run, and, bursting into the house, they fell on their
father's neck. He had not had one happy hour.
since he had left the children in the forest, and his wife ~~;
was dead. Grethel shook her apron and the pearls
and precious stones rolled out upon the floor, and ~NJ~~:I
H~ansel threw down one handful after the other out
of his pocket. Then all their sorrows were ended i-;;t%'
and they lived together in great happiness.
My tale is done. There runs a mouse; whoever j~~1
catches her may make a great, great cap out of her ,
fur. X
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to-ri= r NE summer's morning a Tailor was sitting
on his bench by the window in very good
~j~1 ?lIspirits, sewing away with all his might, and
presently up the street came a peasant woman, cry-
ing, Good preserves for sale I Good preserves for
sale" This cry sounded nice in the Tailor's ears,
and, sticking his diminutive head out of the window,
he called out, Here, my good woman, just bring
your wares here!" The woman mounted the three
steps up to the Tailor's house with her heavy basket
and began to unpack all the pots together before
him. He looked at them all, held them up to the
light, put his nose to them and at last said, Thes~e
preserves appear to me to be very nice, so you may
weigh me out four half-ounces, my good woman; I
don't mind even if you make it a quarter of a potmd."
/The woman, who expected to have met with a good
t customer, gave him what he wished and went away
grumbling, very much dissatisfied.
"Nowl" exclaimed the Tailor, "H~eaven will send
me a blessing on this preserve and give me fresh
strength and vigor; and, taking the bread out of
the cupboard, he cut himself a slice the size of the
whole loaf and spread the preserve upon it. That
will taste by no means badly," said he; but before
I have a bite I will just get this waistcoat finished."
So he laid the bread down near him and stitched
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for joy. Meanwhile the smell of the preserve
mounted to the ceiling, where flies were sitting in
great numbers, and enticed them down, so that soon
a regular swarm of them had settled on the bread.
" Holloa l who invited you? exclaimed the Tailor,
chasing away the unbidden guests; but the flies,
not understanding his language, would not be driven
off and came again in greater numbers than before.
This put the little man mna boiling passion, and,
snatching up in his rage' a bag of cloth, he brought
it down with an unmerciful swoop upon them.
When he raised it again he counted no less than
seven lying dead before him with outstretched legs.
" What a fellow you are!" said he to himself, won-
dering at his own bravery. The whole town shall
know of this." In great haste he cut himself out a
band, hemmed it, and then put on it in large char-
acters, SEVEN AT ONE BLOWI" "Ah," said
he, not one city alone, the whole world shall know
it1" and his heart fluttered with joy, like a lamb-
kin's tail.
The little Tailor bound the belt round his body
and prepared to travel forth into the wide world,
thinking the workshop too small for his valiant
deeds. Before he set out, however, he looked round
his house to see whether there was anything he could
take with himn; he found only an old cheese, which
he pocketed, and noticing a bird before the door
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and put that in his pocket also. Directly after, he
c:set out bravely on his travels; and, as he was light
~jt'~;F and active, he felt no weariness. His road led him
I i ':up a hill, and when he reached the highest point of
it he found a great Giant sitting there, who was
looking about him very composedly.
The little Tailor, however, went boldly up and
said, Good-day, comrade; in faith you sit there
c~;7 and see the whole world stretched below you. I am
~I~Ialso on my road thither to try my luck. Have you
;E~ICa mind to go with me?"
The Giant looked contemptuously at the little Tailor
"~4~~and said, You vagabond! you miserable fellow"
Irl" That may be," replied the Tailor, but here you
may read what sort of a man I am," and, unbutton-
ing his coat, he showed the Giant his belt. The
Giant read, Seven at one blow;" and thinking they
were men whom the Tailor had slain, he conceived a
. /81 little respect for him. Still he wished to prove him
first; so taking up a stone he squeezed it in his
hand, so that water dropped out of it. Do that
after me," said he to the other, "if you have any
strength."
If it be nothing worse than that," said the
Tailor, that's play to me." And, diving into his
pocket, he brought out the cheese and squeezed it
till the whey ran out of it, and said, Now, I think
that's a little better."
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The Giant did not know what to say and could
not believe it of the little man; so taking up another
stone he threw it so high that one could scarcely see
it with the eye, saying, There, you manikin, do
that after me."
Well done" said the Tailor; "but your stone
must fall down again to the ground. I will throw
one up which shall not come back;" and, dipping into
his pocket, he took out the bird and threw it into
the air. The bird, rejoicing in its freedom, flew
straight up, and then far away, and did not return.
" How does that little affair please you, comrade ? "
asked the Tailor.
You can throw well, certainly," replied the Giant;
" now let us see if you are in, trim to carry some-
thing out of the common." So saying, he led him
to a huge oak tree, which lay upon the ground, and
said, If you are strong enough, just help me to carry
this tree out of the forest."
"With all my heart," replied the Tailor; "do you
take the trunk upon your shoulder and I will raise
the boughs and branches, which are the heaviest,
and carry them."
The Giant took the trunk upon his shoulder, but
the Tailor placed himself on the branch, so that the
Giant, who was not able to look around, was forced
to carry the whole tree and the Tailor besides. He,
being behind, was very merry, and chuckled at the
trick, and presently began to whistle the song,
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cia ~~" There rode three tailors out at the gate," as if the
carrying of trees were child's play. The Giant, after
liBLjr'ihe had staggered along a short distance with his
heavy burden, could go no further and shouted out,
Do you hear ? I must let the tree fall." The
Tailor, springing down, quickly embraced the tree
with both arms, as if he had been carrying it, and
said to the Giant, "Are you such a big fellow, and
yet cannot you carry this tree by yourself? "
L 4'~.Then they journeyed on further, and as they came
to a cherry-tree the Giant seized the top of the tree
where the ripest fruits hung, and, bending it down,
$: gave it to the Tailor: to hold, bidding him eat. But
the Tailor was much too weak to hold the tree down,
9: and when the Giant let go, the tree flew up into the
air and the Tailor was carried with it. He came
down on the other side, however, without injury,
0~$- and the Giant said, What does that mean? Have
you not strength enough to hold that twigTI "My
z strength did not fail me,"' replied the Tailor; "do
Syou suppose that that was any hard thing for one who
has killed seven at one blow?~ I have sprung over
the tree because the hunters were shooting below there
L" in the thicket. Spring after me if you can." The
Giant made the attempt, but could not clear the
tree and stuck fast in the branches; so that in this
affair, too, the Tailor was the better man.
After this the Giant said, Since you are such a
valiant fellow, come with me to our house and stop
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VALIANT
a night with us." The Tailor consented and followed
him, and when they entered the cave, there sat by 11n 6
the fire two other Giants, each having a roast sheep
in his hand, of which he was eating. The Tailor sat
down thinking, "Ah, this is much more like the
world than is my workshop." And soon the Giant
showed him a bed where he might lie down and go T
to sleep. The bed, however, was too big for him, soVChn~~~
he slipped out of it and crept into a corner. We
midnight came and the Giant thought the Tailor -
would be in a deep- sleep, he got up, and taking a
great iron bar beat the bed right through at one -T.
stroke, and supposed he had thereby given the Tailor
his death-blow. At the earliest dawn of morning .: 2
the Giants went forth into the forest, quite forgetting 9k~',
the Tailor, when presently up he came, quite merry,\
and showed himself before them. The Giants were
terrified, and, fearing he would kill them all, they jj
ran away mn great haste. Ii
The Tailor journeyed on, always following his nose,
and after he had wandered some long distance, he II:
came into the courtyard of a royal palace; and as he
felt rather tired he laid himself down on the grass
and went to sleep. Whilst he laid there the people
came and viewed him on all sides and read upon his
belt, Seven at one blow." "Ah," said they, w~hat ;I~
does this great warrior here in time of peace? This
rnust be some mighty hero." So they went and told
the King, thinking that, should war break out, here
THE
LITTLE TAILOR
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TALES
/ln-- ,, was an important and useful man, whom one ought
,,Lnot to part with at any price. The King took
counsel and sent one of his courtiers to the Tailor to
~a ask for his fighting services, if he should be awake.
I ~Jir The messenger stopped at the sleeper's side and
Waited till he stretched out his limbs and opened
~-~I~iis~ ~ hisi eyes, and then he laid before him his message.
"IS~:" Solely on that account did I come here," was the
reply; I am quite ready to enter into the King's
service." Then he was conducted away with great
I~f~l~~Lr-honor, and a fine house was appointed him to dwell
in.
ri1':The courtiers, however, became jealous of the
Tailor and wished he were a thousand miles away.
What will happen? said they to one another.
If we go to battle with him, when he strikes out
r~L~(E~seven will fall at one blow and nothing will be left
for usL to o. In their rage they came to the reso-
g* ,~~lution to resign, and they went altogether to the
King and asked his permission, saying, We are not
prepared to keep company with a man who kills
y. L:;seven at one blowv." The King wvas grieved to lose
all his faithful servants for the sake of one, and
wished that he had never seen the Tailor, and would
willingly havre nowv been rid of him. He dared not,
however, dismiss him, because he feared the Tailor
ifwould kill him and all his subjects and place him-
~;U.r "sf~ self upon the throne. For a long time he deliber-
i % 1~^7:'lated, till at last he came to a decision, and, sending
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FROM
GRIMM
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THE VALIANT
TAILOR
for the Tailor, he told him that, seeing he was so
great a hero, he wished to ask a favor of him. In ';
a certain forest in my kingdom," said the King, I
" there live two Giants, who by murder, fire and
robbery have committed great havoc, and no one
dares to approach them without periling his own F
life. If you overcome and kill both these Giants I lla
will give you my only daughter in marriage and
the half of my kingdom for a dowry; a hundred
knights shall accompany you, too, in order to render
you assistance."
"Ah, that is something for such a man as I,"; t
thought the Tailor to himself : a beautiful princess ;r
and half a kingdom are not offered to one every -
day." Oh, yes," he replied, I will soon manage
these two Giants, and a hundred horsemen are not
necessary for that purpose; he who kills seven at
one blow need not fear two."
Thus talking, the little Tailor set out, followed by\
the hundred knights, to whom he said, as soon as i\
they came to the borders of the forest, Do youi.'s
stay here; I would rather meet these Giants alone."
Then he sprang off into the forest, peering about
him left and right; and after a while he saw the two
Giants lying asleep under a tree, snoring so loudly
that the branches above them shook violently. The r
Tailor, full of courage, filled both his pockets with
stones and clambered up the tree. When he got to
the middle of it he crept along a bough, so that he
LITTLE
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F AIRY T[ A LES FROM G RIMM
J7sat just above the sleepers, and then he let fall one
stone after another upon the breast of one of them.
For some time the Giant did not stir, until, at last
;jr.: a awakening, he pushed his companion, and said,
~T~I /i"Why, are you beating me?"~
I ~r~Ii I I r I You are dreaming," he replied; I never hit
you." They laid themselves down again to sleep,
and presently the Tailor threw a stone down upon
the other. W~hat is that ? he exclaimed. What
are you knocking me for ?"
I did not touch you; you must dream," replied
;n;.the first. So they wrangled for a few minutes;
T;";Tbut, being both very tired with their day's work,
-:~they soon fell asleep again. Then the Tailor began
~s- l~f'7'1 his sport again, and, picking out the biggest stone,
threw it with all his force upon the breast of the
,~first Giant. That is too badly" he exclaimed; and,
springing up like a madman, he fell upon his com-
u Od rpanion, who, feeling himself equally aggrieved, they
P~.. 5~*~ set to in such good earnest that they rooted up trees
Sand beat one another about until they both fell dead
.L! upon the ground. Note the Tailor jumped down,
ir- saying, "What a piece of luck they did not uproot the
tree on which I sat, or else I must hav'e jumped on
Another like a squirrel, for I am not given to flying."
Then he drewv his swvord, and, cutting a deep wound
,. in the breast of each, he w'ent to the horsemen and
.~~j said, The deed is done; I have given each his
'~~d"~death-stroke; but it w'as a hard job, for in their
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L ITTL E
TAILOR
necessity they uprooted trees to defend themselves
with; still, all that is of no use when such a one
as I come, who killed seven at one stroke."
"Are you not wounded, then?" asked they.. -
That is not to be expected; they have not~sI
touched a hair of my head," replied the little man.
The knights could scarcely believe him, till riding r~~~~
away into the forest, they found the Giants lying in;=
their blood and the uprooted trees around them.
Now the Tailor demanded his promised reward of ;L
the King; but he repented of his promise, and
began to think of some new scheme to get rid of the
hero. Before you receive my daughter and the
half of my kingdom," said he to him, "you must
perform one other heroic deed. In the forest there
runs wild a unicorn, which commits great havoc, and -
which you must first of all catch." -~~
I fear still less for a unicorn than I do for two
Giants I Seven at one blow I that is my motto,"
said the Tailor. Then he took with him a rope andi
an axe and went away to the forest, bidding those
who were ordered to accompany him to wait on the
outskirts. He had not to search long, for presently
the unicorn came near and prepared to rush at him
as if it would pierce hun on the spot.o
Softly, softly!" he exclaimed; that is not done t"
so easily; and waiting till the animal wvas close
upon him, he sprang nimbly behind a tree. The
unicorn rushing with all its force against the tree,
TH E' VALIANT
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F A I RY
TALES FROM
GRI MM
c2~~r7fixed its horn so fast in the trunk that it could not
.~al draw it out again, and so it was made prisoner.
Now I have got my bird," said the Tailor; and
coming from behind the tree, he first bound the rope
:Iaround its neck, and then cutting the horn out
II P of the tree with his axe, he put all in order,
and, leading the animal, brought it before the
i~-Y King.
"t~!!a,~ rThe King, however, would not yet deliver up the
promised reward, and made a third request, that,
~~u~ibefore the wedding, the Tailor should catch a wild.
boar which did much injury, and he should have the
huntsmen to help him. With pleasure," was the
reply. It is mere child's play." The huntsmen,
however, he left behind, to their entire content, for
this wild boar had already so often hunted them, that
they had no pleasure in hunting it. As soon as the
boar perceived the Tailor, it ran at him with gaping
;t mouth and glistening teeth, and tried to throw him
on the ground; but our flying hero sprang into a
little chapel which was near, and out again at a
window on the other side in a trice. The boar ran
~ after him, but he, skipping round, shut the door
,, behind it, and there the raging beast was caught,
for it was much too unwieldy and heavy to jump out
the window. The Tailor now called the huntsmen
up,'that they might see his prisoner with their own
eyes; buit our hero presented himself before the King,
who was compelled now, whether he would or no,
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to keep his promise, and surrender his daughter and
the half of his kingdom.
Had he known that it was no warrior, but only a
tailor, who stood before him, it would have gone to.
his heart still more 1i
So. the wedding was celebrated with great
splendor, though with little rejoicing, and out of a a
Tailor was made a King. ~k
Some little while afterwards the young Queen heard
her husband talking in his sleep, and saying, Boy, ~
make me a waistcoat, and stitch up these trousers,
or I will lay the yard-measure over your ears!" Then
she remlarkred of what condition her lord was, and
complained in the morning to her father, and begged
he would deliver her from her husband, who was
nothing else than a tailor. The King comforted her
by saying, This night leave your chamber-door a_
open; my servants shall stand without, and when he ,-
is asleep they shall enter, bind him, and bear him
away to a ship, which shall carry him forth into the
wide world." The wife was contented with his
proposal; but the King's armor-bearer, who had
overheard all, went to the young King and disclosed
the whole plot. I will shoot a bolt upon this
affair," said the brax'e Tailor. In the evening at
their usual time they went to bed, and when his
wife believed he slept she got up, opened the door, fI:
and laid herself down again. The Tailor, howeve~lr, i7:s::;":
only feigned to be asleep, and began to exclaim in
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THE V A LI A NT LITTLE: T A
ILOR
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FAI RY
TALES
a loud voice, Boy, make me this waistcoat, and
stitch up these trousers, or I will beat the yard-
measure about your ears t Seven have I killed with
one blow, two Giants have I slain, a unicorn have
I led captive, and a wild boar have I caught, and
shall I be afraid of those who stand without my
chamber ? W~hen the men heard these words
spoken by the Tailor, a great fear overcame them,
and they ran away as if the wild huntsmen were
behind them; neither afterwards durst any man ven-
ture to oppose him. Thus became the Tailor a King,
and so he remained the rest of his days.
F'R OM GR IM M
The Frog Prince
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THE STORY OF THE FROG PRIN GE
nhe story of the Frog Prince
IN~~~~~~~~~;~ th le ie hn ihn a aig
there lived a King, whose daughters were all
beautiful; but the youngest was so exceedingly I
beautiful that the Sun himself, although he saw her
very often, was enchanted every time she came out \
into the sunshine. .
Near the castle of this King was a large and .~
gloomy forest, and in the midst stood an old lime-
tree, beneath whose branches splashed a little foun- b'P"~il~
tam*; so, whenever it was very hot, the King's
youngest daughter ran off into this wood, and sat
down by the side of this fountain; and, when she 3
felt dull, would often divert herself by throwing a
golden ball up in the air and catching it. And this
was her favorite amusement.
Now, one day it happened, that this golden ball, ;
when the King's daughter threw it into the air, did
not fall down into her hand, but on the grass, and
then it rolled past her into the fountain. The '':
King's daughter followed the ball with her eyes, but
it disappeared beneath the water, which was so deep
that no one could see to the bottom. Then she
began to lament, and to cry louder and louder; and,
as she cried, a voice called out, Whyr w~eepest thou,
O King's daughter? thy tears would melt even a
stone to pity." And she looked around to the spot gs
whence the voice came, and sawy a frog stretching il
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TA L E S
FRO M
GRIMM
his thick ugly head out of the water. "Ah! you
old water-paddler," said she, was it you that
spoke ? I am weeping for my golden ball., which
g I has slipped away from me into the water."
"rlF-- : Be quiet and do not cry," answered the Frog;
"I can give thee good advice. But what wilt thou
b~i~give me if I fetch thy plaything up again?"
What will you have, dear Frog ? said she,
My dresses, my pearls and jewels, or the golden
crown which I wear ?"
The Frog answered, Dresses or jewels, or golden
r~~m~crowns are not for me; but if thou wilt love me and
let me be thy companion and playfellow, and sit at
thy table, and eat from thy little golden plate, and
Lis-li ~ drink out of thy cup, and sleep in thy little bed--
if thou wilt promise me all these, then will I dive
down and fetch up thy golden ball."
,cT~~"Oh, I will promise you all," said she, "if you
^f~: ~~rY~);will only get me my ball." But she thought to her-
self, What is the silly Frog chattering about ? Let
~j~l:~Chim remain in the water with his equals; he cannot
mix in society." But the Frog, as soon as he had
received her promise, drew his head under the water
and dived down. Presently he swam up again with
the ball in his mouth and threw it on the grass.
The King's daughter was full of joy when she again
saw her beautiful plaything; and, taking it up, she
ran off immediately. Stop i stop cried the Frog;
take me with thee. I cannot run as thou canst."
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"Presently he sw~am? up) again? with the ball in his mouth, and
threw it on the grass."
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FROG
But all his croaking was useless; although it was
loud enough, the King's daughter did not hear it,
but, hastening home, soon forgot the poor Frog,
who was obliged to leap back into the fountain. t;~
The next day, when the King's daughter was
sitting at table with her father and all his courtiers, l
and was eating from her own little golden plate,
something was heard coming up the marble stairs,
splish-splash, splish-splash; and when it arrived at
the top, it knocked at the door, and a voice said,
" Open the door, thou youngest daughter of the
King I So she arose and went to see who it was~
that called her; but when she opened the door and
caught sight of the Frog, she shut it again with
great vehemence and sat down at the table, looking e
very pale. But the King perceived that her heart C
was beating violently and asked her whether it were ;
a giant who had come to fetch her away, who stood 'J.
at the door. Oh, no t" answered she, it is no
giant, but an ugly frog."~
What does the Frog want with you ?" said the
K~ingf.
"' Oh, dear father, when I was sitting yester-
day playing by the fountain, my golden ball fell C~
into the water and this Frog fetched it up again
because I cried so much; but first I must tell ji
you, he pressed me so much that I promised
him he should be my companion. I never thought
that he could come out of the water, but somehow Sdtc
THE STORY OF TH E
PRINCE
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T A L E S
She has jumped out and now he wants to come in
here."
-~ c At that moment there was another knock and a
I~ .FaririI r;i i ;_I11"King's daughter, youngest,
SOpen the door.
9~i~!;i!:5iL~rIHast thou forgotten
.: Thy prounses made
At the fountain so clear
'Neath the lime-tree's shade ?~
Kmig's daughter, youngest,
Then the King said: What you have promised,
1' that you must perform; go and let him in."~ So
the King's daughter went and opened the door and
:;i;I~ia the Frog hopped in after her right up to her
::L~ J: chair; and as soon as she was seated, the Frog said,
"Take me up;" but she hesitated so long that at
last the King ordered her to obey. And as soon
as the Frog sat on the chair he jumped on to
the table and said, Now push thy plate near me,
rr~f~ePfi~? that w~e may eat together." And she did so, but,
as every one sawv, very unwillingly. The Frog
seemed to relish his dinner very much, but every
bit that the King's daughter ate nearly choked her,
.i till at last the Frog said, I have satisfied my hun-
~-~~--is ger and feel very tired; w~ilt thou carry me upstairs
now into thy chamber and make thy bed ready that
,pwe may sleep together F"AttsspchheKns
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FROM
GRIMMR
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daughter began to cry, for she was afraid of the cold
Frog and dared not touch him, and besides, he
actually wanted to sleep in her own beautiful, clean
bed. t~;*;d
But her tears only made the King very angry, and
he said, He who helped you in the time of your
trouble must not now be despised I" So she took~i 1
the Frog up with two fingers and put him in a1
cornr.0fherchamer.But as she lay in her bed,
he crept up to it and said, I am so very tired that .c
I shall sleep well; do take me up or I will tell thy
father." This speech put the King's daughter in a
terrible passion, and catching the Frog up, she threw
him with all her strength against the wall, saying,~' 2
" Now will you be quiet, you ugly Frog I "~-
But, as he fell, he was changed from a frog into I
a handsome Prince with beautiful eyes, who after a ~~;ir
little while became, with her father's consent, her
dear companion and betrothed. Then he told her
how he had been transformed by an evil witch, and -~-
that no one but herself could have had the power to
take him out of the fountain, and that on the mor- fli
row they would go together into his own kingdom.
The next morning, as soon as the sun rose, a
carriage drawn by eight white horses, with ostrich
feathers on their heads, and golden bridles, drove up
to the door of the palace, and behind the carriage a
stood the trusty Henry, the servant of the young
Prince. When his master was changed into a frog,
FROG
THE STORY OF TH]E
PRINCE
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FAI RY
TALES
FROM
GRIMM
trusty Henry had grieved so much that he had
bound three iron bands round his heart, for fear it
:~:~G~iishould break with grief and sorrow. But now that
the carriage was ready to carry the young Prince to
I I his own country, the faithful Henry helped in the
1, bride and bridegroom, and placed himself in the
seat behind, full of joy at his master's release. They
had not proceeded far when the Prince heard a
crack as if something had broken behind the car-
L:'+,riage; so he put his head out of the window and
asked Henry what was broken, and Henry answered,
r~:3" It was not the carriage, my master, but a band
which I bound round my heart when it was in such
..,;~Rgrief because you were changed into a frog."
*?1' i Twice afterwards on the journey there was the
same noise, and each time the Prince thought that it
i~ap~was some part of the carriage that had given away, but
it was only the breaking of the bands which bound
the heart of the trusty Henry, who was thencefor-
ward free and happy.
Little Red-Cap
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THE STORY
OF LITTLE
RED-CAP
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The story of Little Red-Cap
ONNCE upon a time there lived a sweet little
girl, who was beloved by every one who saw
her; but her grandmother was so excessively
fond of her that she never knew when she had
thought and done enough for her.
One day the grandmother presented the little girl
with a red velvet cap; and as it fitted her very well,
she would never wear anything else; and so she was
called Little Red-Cap. One day her mother said
to her, Come Red-Cap, here is a piece of nice meat,
and a bottle of wine: take these to your grandmother;
she is ill and weak, and will relish them. Make
haste before she gets up; go quietly and carefully;
and do not run, lest you should fall and break
the bottle, and then your grandmother will get
nothing. When you go into her room, do not
forget to say Good-morning; and do not look about
in all the corners." I will do everything as you
wish," replied Red-Cap, taking her mother's hand.
The grandmother dwelt far away in the wood,
half an hour's walk from the village, and as Little
Red-Cap entered among the trees she met a wolf;
but she did not know what a malicious beast it was,
and so she was not at all afraid. Good-day, Little
Red-Cap," he said.
Many thanks, Wolf," said she.
Whither away so early, Little Red-Cap ? "
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;i (" To my grandmother's," she replied.
"What are you carrying under your apron?"'
~~~.~ :7 1Meat and winee,' she answered. Yesterday we
:Lhr 'I r baked the meat, that grandmother, who is ill and
I weak, might have something nice and strengthening."
Where does your grandmother live ?" asked the
WTolf.
"A good quarter of an hour's walk further in the
forest. The cottage stands under three great oak
trees; near it are some nut bushes, by which you
will easily know it."
But the Wolf thought to himself, She is a nice,
tender thing, and will taste better than the old
woman. I must act craftily, that I may snap .them
8.1 both up."
Presently he came up again to Little Red-Cap,
and said, "Just look at the beautiful flowers which
grow around you; why do you not look about you?
I believe you don't hear how beautifully the birds
sing. You walk on as if you were going to school;
see how merry everything is around you in the forest."
So little Red-Cap opened her eyes; and w~hen she
~, sawv how the sunbeams glanced and danced through
the trees, and w~hat splendid flowers w'ere blooming
~t in her path, she thought, If I take my grandmother a
fresh nosegay she will be very pleased; and it is so
very early that I can, even then, get there in good-
rl- )Itime; and running into the forest she looked about
ilj~for flowers. But when she had once begun she did
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not know how to leave off, and kept going deeper
and deeper among the trees in search of some more
beautiful flower. The Wolf, however, ran straight
to the house of the old grandmother and knocked
at the door.
Who's there ?" asked the old lady.
Only Little Red-Cap, bringing you some meat
and wine; please open the door," replied the Wolf.
Lift up the latch," cried the grandmother; "I
am too weak to get up."
So the Wolf lifted the latch, and the door flew
open; and jumping without a word on the bed, he
gobbled up the poor old lady. Then he put on her
clothes and tied her cap over his head, got into the
bed and drew the blankets over him. All this time
Red-Cap was still gathering flowers; and when she
had plucked as many as she could carry, she remem-
bered her grandmother, and made haste to the cottage.
She wondered very much to see the door open; and
when she got into the room, she began to feel very
ill, and exclaimed, How sad I feell I wish I had
not come to-day." Then she said, Good-morning,"
but received no answer; so she went up to the bed,
and drew back the curtains, and there lay her gs and-
mother, as she thought, with the cap drawn half
over her eyes and looking very fierce.
Oh, grandmother, what great ears you have'"
The better to hear with," was the reply.
And what great eyes you have l"
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RED-CAP
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,~" And what great hands you have I"
The better to touch. you with."
"( But, grandmother, what great teeth you have!"
;il (I" The better to eat you with; and scarcely were
"b~fl~i~the words out of his mouth, when the Wolf made a
C~Ispring out of bed, and swallowed up poor Little Red-
Cap.
r ~As soon as the W~olf had thus satisfied his
!' '' '"" appetite, he laid himself down again in the bed,
rr~ and began to snore very loudly. A huntsman pass-
ing by overheard him, and thought, How loudly
~T~kl~the old woman snores! I must see if she wants
anything."
So he stepped into the cottage; and when he
came to the bed, he saw. the Wolf lying in it.
'i''s:7.~;CS What, do I find you here, you old sinner ? I have
long sought you," exclaimed he; and taking aim
with his gun, he shot the old Wolf dead.
'~Qldh~L~Some folks say that the last story is not the true
one; but that one day, when Red-Cap was taking
,a~fc~-tsome,, baked meats to her grandmother's, a W'olf met
her and wanted to mislead her; but she went
~~ straight on, and told her grandmother that she had
met a Wolf w\ho wished her good-day; but he looked
so wrickedly out of his great eyes, as if he wouki
~i~~j~have eaten her had she not been on the high road.
1;9~rll;So the grandmother said, Let us shut the door,
ItiSs:r yt'i14th at he m ay n ot en ter."
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Soon afterwards came the Wolf, who knocked, and
exclaimed, I am Red-Cap, grandmother; I bring Y
you some roast meat." But they kept quite still, ;
and did not open the door; so the Wolf, creeping,
several times around the house, at last jumped on
the roof, intending to wait till Red-Cap went home
in the evening, and then to sneak after her and -11e.
devour her in the darkness. The old woman, how- li~
ever, saw all that the rascal intended; and as there
stood before the door a great stone trough, she said to
Little Red-Cap, Take this pail, child; yesterday I
boiled some sausages in this water, so pour it mnto ~ Fii
that stone trough. Red-Cap poured many times,
until the huge trough was quite full. Then the Wolf ~c
sniffed the smell of the sausages, and smacked his i" !o
lips, and wished very much to taste; and at last he
stretched his neck too far over, so that he lost his ~~~
balance and slipped quite off the roof, right into the~i ~
great trough beneath, wherein he was drowned; and 1,
Little Red-Cap ran home in high glee, but no one
sorrowed for Mr. Wolfl
OF `LITT L E RE D-CAP
Cinderella
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73e Story of Czinderella
NCE upon a time the wife of a certain rich
~il~iman fell very ill, and as she felt her end draw-
B ing nigh she called her only daughter to
her bedside, and said, My dear child, be pious
and good, and then the good God will always pro-
tect you, and I will look down upon you from
heaven and think of you." Soon afterwards she
closed her eyes and died. Every day the maiden
;P~3 went to her mother's grave and wept over it, and
she continued to be good and pious; but when the
winter came, the snow made a white covering over
the grave, and in the spring-time, when the- sun had
('~`CJ~ withdrawn this covering, the father took' to himself
another wife.
The wife brou ht home with her two dau hters,
who were beautiful and fair in the face, but treach-
erous and wicked at heart. Then an unfortunate era
began in the poor stepchild's life. Shall the
~-~C~ Istupid goose sit in the parlor with us?" said the
two daughters. They who wotdld eat bread must
earn it; out with the kitchen-maidI" So they took
off her fine clothes, and put upon her an old gray
cloak, and gave her wooden shoes for her feet.
See how the once proud princess .is decked out
now," said they, and they led her mockingly into the
kitchen. Then she was obliged to work hard from
morning to night, and to go out early to fetch water,
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to make the fire, and cook and scour. The sisters
treated her besides with every possible insult, derided
her, and shook the peas and beans into the ashes,
so that she had to pick them out again. At night,
when she was tired, she had no bed to lie on, but
was forced to -sit in the ashes on the hearth; and
because she looked dirty through this, they named
her /CINDERELLA.
One day it happened that the father wanted to go
to the fair, so he asked his two daughters what he
should bring them. Some beautiful dresses," said
One; "pearls and precious stones," replied the other.
" But you, Cinderella," said he, what will you
have? The first bough, dear father, that knocks
against your hat on your way homewards, break it
off for me," she replied. 'So he bought the fine
dresses, and the pearls and precious stones, for his
two stepdaughters; and on his return, as he rode
through a green thicket, a hazel-bougfh touched his
hat, which he broke eff and took with himn. As
soon as he got home, he gave his stepdaughters
what they had wished for, and to Cinderella he
gave the hazel-branch. She thanked him very much,
and going to her mother's grave she planted the
branch on it, and wept so long that her tears fell
and .watered it, so that it' grew and became a
beautiful tree. Thrice a day Cinderella went beneath
it to weep and pray; and each time a little white
Bird flew on the tree, and if she wished aloud, then
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~~ 7 the little bird would throw down to her whatever she
;A- Mwished for.
After a time it fell out that the King appointed
festival, which was to last three days, and to which
,L~II. I 'j all the beautiful maidens in the country were invited,
from whom his son was to choose a bride. When
~.i5li( the two stepdaughters heard that they might also
~';;idI~pp appar they were very glad, and calling Cinderella,
they .said, Comb our hair, brush our shoes, and
fasten our buckles, for we are going to the festival
at the King's palace." Cinderella obeyed, crying,
Y:."ip%:because she wished to go with them. to the dance;
so she asked her stepmother whether she would
r it allow her.
"a~~~ ~ 'I r''': 1You, Cinderella I" said she; you are covered
,with dust and dirt--will you go to the festival? You
:C-z~i;A : have no clothes or shoes, and how can you dance ? "
But, as she urged her request, the mother said at
last, "I have now shaken into the ashes a tubful of
beans; if you have picked them up again in two
.b='. "h o u rs, y ou sh all g o ."
Then the maiden left the room and w~ent out at
the back door into the garden, and called out, "You
tame pigeons and dov'es, and all you birds of
heaven, come and help me to gather the good beans
into the tub, and the bad ones you may eat." Pres-
ently, in at the kitchen windowv came tw~o white
Pigeons, and after them the doves, and soon all the
~birds under heaven flew chirping in dowvn upon the
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RELLA
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ashes. They then began, pick, pick, pick, and
gathered all the good seeds into the tub; and I~;
scarcely an hour had passed when all was completed .
and the birds flew away again. Then the maiden p.
took the tub to the stepmother, rejoicing at the
thought that she might now go to the festival; but
the stepmother said, No, Cinderella, you have no
clothes and cannot dance; you will only be laughed !
at." As she began to cry, the stepmother said, "If
you can pick up quite clean twvo tubs of beans which
I throw amongst the ashes in one hour, you shall
accompany them;" and she thought to herself, She =,
will never manage it." As soon as the two tubs C
had been shot into the ashes, Cinderella went out
at the back door into the garden, and called out as
before, "You tame pigeons and doves, and all you r
birds under heaven, come and help me gather the '
good ones into the tubs and the bad ones you may '~
eat." Presently, in at the kitchen window came ;
two white pigeons, and soon after them the doves,
and soon all the birds under heaven- flew chirping
in down upon the ashes. They then began, pick,
pick, pick, and gathered all the seeds into the
tubs; and scarcely had half an hour passed before all
was picked up, and .off they flew again. The
maiden now took the tubs to the stepmother,
rejoicingf at the thought that she could go to the C
festival. But the mother said, "It does not help you
a bit; yoju cannot go with us, for youI have no fi;
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clothes and cannot dance; we should be ashamed
.d~~9 of you."l Thereupon, she turned her back upon the
maiden, and hastened away with her two proud
daughters.
; As there was no one at home, Cinderella went to
Usher mother's grave under the hazel-tree, and said:
Rustle and shake yourself, dear tree,
And silver and gold throw down to me."
t~:'Then the Bird threw down a dress of gold and
silver, and silken slippers ornamented with silver.
These Cinderella put on in great haste, and then she
went to the ball. Her sisters and stepmother did
not know her at all, and took her for some foreign
i r: princess, as she looked so beautiful in her golden
dress; for of Cinderella they thought not but that
she was sitting at home picking the beans out of the
nlh ashes. Presently the Prince came up to her, and,
taking her by the hand, led her to the dance. He
would not dance with anyone else, and even would
not let go her hand; so that when anyone else asked
~l~ ~ ;er to dance, he said, She is my partner." They
danced till evening, when she -wished to go home;
but the Prince said, "I will go with you and see
you safe," for he wanted to see to whom the maiden
belonged. She flew away from him, however, and
sprang into the pigeon-house; so the Prince waited
till the father came, whom he told that the strange
maiden had run into the pigeon-house. Then the
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stepmother thought, "' Could it be Cinderella? "' And
they brought an axe wherewith the Prince might cut
open the door, but no one was found within. And
when they came into the house, there lay Cinderella
in her dirty clothes among the ashes, and an oil
lamp was burning in the chimney; for she had
jumped quickly out on the other side of the pigeon-
house, and had run to the hazel-tree, where she had
taken off her fine clothes and laid them on the grave,
and the Bird had taken them again, and afterwards
she had put on her little gray cloak and seated her-
self among the ashes in the kitchen.
The next day, when the festival was renewed, and
her stepmother and her sisters had set out again,
Cinderella went to the hazel-tree and sang as
before:
Rustle and shake yourself, dear tree,
And silver and gold throw down to me."
Then the Bird threw down a much more splen-
did dress than the former, and when the maiden
appeared at the ball every one was astonished at her
beauty. The Prince, however, who had waited till
she came, took her hand, and would dance with no
one else; and if others came and asked, he replied,
as before, She is my partner." As soon as evening
came, she wished to depart, and the Prince followed
her, wanting to see into whose house she went; but
she sprang away from him, and ran into the garden
behind the house. Therein stood a fine, large tree,
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,on which hung the most beautiful pears, and the
boughs rustled as though a squirrel was among
them; but the Prince could not see whence the
Noise proceeded. He waited, however, till the father
:I : I camem, and told him, The strange maiden has
escaped from me, and I think she has climbed up
int this tree." The father thought to himself,
ll Can it be Cinderella?" and taking an axe he
''chopped down the tree, but there was no one on it.
When they went into the kitchen, there lay Cinderella
among the ashes, as before, for she had sprung down
on the other side of the tree, and, having taken her
: -dbeautiful clothes again to the Bird upon the hazel-
13i. r tree, she had put on once more her old gray cloak.
;1 The third day, when her stepmother and her
'' i sisters had set out, Cinderella wrent again to her
Mother's grave, and said:
"' Rustle and shake yourself, dear tree,
And silver and gold throw dow\n to me."
Then the Bird threwv dowvn to her a dress which
3; "~,~s' w~as more splendid and glittering than she had ever
Shad before, and the slippers were of pure gold.
~~-1"When she arrived at the ball, they knew not what to
Y~ L~1C!q say for wvonderment, and the Prince danced with her
alone as at first, and replied to every one who asked
i~r~..ri her hand, She is myr partner." As soon as evening
. came, she wished to go, and as the Prince followed
r~ r iher, she ran aw~ay so quickly that he could not
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overtake her; but he had contrived a stratagem, and
spread the whole way with pitch, so that it happened (ic~r
as the maiden ran that her left slipper came off. The
Prince took it up, and saw it was small and graceful
and of pure gold; so the following morning he went c~
with it to the father, and said, My bride shall be ,r
no other than she whose foot this golden slipper=-Iiri7I
fits." The two sisters were glad of this, for they 5
had beautiful feet, and the elder went with it to her `
chamber to try it on, while her mother stood by. She ,"a
could not, however, get her great toe into it, and the
shoe was much too small; but the mother, reaching
a knife, said, Cut off your toe; for if you are
queen, you need not go any longer on foot." The r
maiden cut it off, and squeezed her foot into ther-~3
shoe, and, concealing the pain she felt, went down
to the Prince. Then he placed her as his bride upon x -
his horse and rode off; and as they passed by the, ,I l
grave, there sat two little doves upon the hazel-tree, is ?
singing :
"( Backwards peep,~ backwards peep, b:"
There's blood upon the shoe;
The shoe's too small, and she behind
Is not the bride for you."
Then the Prince looked behind, and saw~ the ~
blood flowing; so he turned his horse back, and
took the false bride home again, saying she wvas not
the right one. Then the other sister must needs fit
on the shoe; so she went to the chamber and got r8 -~ ,
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her toes nicely into the shoe, but the heel was too
large. The mother, reaching a knife, said, "Cut a
Wa I'piece off your heel, for when you become queen you
need not go any longer on foot." She cut a piece
..I~Ii ~-i i off her heel, squeezed her foot into the shoe, and,
concealing the pain she felt, went down to the
1Prince. Then he put her upon his horse as his
bride and rode off; and as they passed the hazel-
:;~;CB tree, there sat two little doves, who sang:
q~~~~ ~ Backwards:.rBakwrd peep, backwards peep,
n. There's blood upon the shoe;
The shoe's too small, and she behind
~C~.~EE~~;~Is not the bride for you."
Then he looked behind and saw the blood trickr-
.S'~1ling from her shoe, and that the stocking was dyed
Fr quite red; so he turned his horse back, and took
j;?I`''the false bride home again, saying, Neither is this
I Ione the right maiden; have you no other daughter ?"
Y (("No," replied the father, "except little Cinderella,
daughter of my deceased wife, who cannot possibly
be the bride." The Prince asked that she might be
fetched; but the stepmother said, "Oh, nol she is
much too dirty; I dare not let her be seen." But
the Prince would have his wlay; so Cinderella was
:Ti called, and she, first washing her hands and face,
went in and curtseyed to the Prince, who gave her
,- the golden shoe. Cinderella sat down on a stool,
~i~t'and, taking off her heavy wooden shoes, put on the
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slipper, which fitted her to a shade; and as she stood
up, the Prince looked in her face, and recognizing
the beautiful maiden with wvhomn he had danced,
exclaimed, This is my true bride." The step-
mother and the two sisters were amazed and white
with rage, but the Prince took Cinderella upon his
horse and rode away; and as they came up to the
hazel-tree, the two little white doves sang:
Backwards peep, backwards peep,
There's no blood on the shoe;
It fits so nice, and she behind
Is the true bride for you."
And as they finished they flew down and lighted
upon Cinderella's shoulders, and there they remained,
and the wedding was celebrated with great festivities,
and the two sisters were smitten with blindness as a
punishment for their wickedness.
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The Story of Hans in Lu/ck
A ANS had served his master seven years,
and at the end of that time he said to him,
.. vi I~~j'l" Master, since my time is up, I should
Ip~~;ll like to go home to my mother; so give me my
ar7b (r wages, if you please."
T~i~tjjl ~His master replied, You have served me truly
and honestly, Hans, and such as your service was
~:~Masuch shall be your reward; and with these words
he gave him a lurrip of gold as big as his head.
Hans thereupon took his handkerchief out of his
pocket, and, wrapping the gold up in it, threw it
V~~~'"CXhiGover his shoulder, and set out on the road towards
i'Yr,I-his native village. As he went along, carefully
setting one foot to the ground before the other, a
"~ horseman came in sight, trotting gaily and briskly
CC~~$: along upon a capital animal. Ah," said. Hans
1 ~p~r:i-,, aloud, what a fine thing that riding is; one is
i'' seated as it were upon a stool, kicks against no
= stones, spares one's shoes, and gets along without
anyl trouble!"
The rider, ov'erhearing Hans making these reflec-
tions, stopped and said, Why, then, do you travel
on foot, my fine fellow?~"
Because I am forced," replied Hans; "for I
hav~e got a bit of a lump to carry~ home. It certainly
is gold, but then I can't carry my head straight, and
I ,I' it hurts my shoulder."
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If you like, we will exchange," said the Rider;
" I will give you my horse, and you can give me
your lump of gold."
With all my heart," cried Hans; but I tell you S
fairly you undertake a very heavy burden." i
The man dismounted, took the gold, and helped
Hans on to the horse, and giving him the reins into
his hands, said, Now, when you want to go faster, .111-
you must chuckle with your tongue and cry, 'Gee
up I gee upl'
Hans was delighted indeed when he found him- ci
self on the top of a horse, and riding along so freely or~
and gaily. After a while he thought he should like
to go rather quicker, and so he cried Gee upl kI~~~~
gee up I" as the man had told him. The horse .
soon set off at a hard trot, and, before Hans knew
what he was about, he was thrown over head and
heels into a ditch which divided the fields from the
road.' The horse, having accomplished this feat,
would have bolted off if he had not been stopped
by a Peasant who was .coming that way, driving a
cow before him. Hans soon picked himself up on
his legs, but he was terribly put out, and said to
the countryman, That is bad sport, that riding,
especially when one mounts such a beast as that,
which stumbles and throws one off so as to nearly
break one's neck; I will never ride on that animal
again. Commend me to your cow; one may walk
behind her without any discomfort, and besides, one
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has every day for certain milk, butter and cheese.
Ahi wha wol o gv o uc o
ckI'; Well," said the Peasant, such an advantage
you may soon enjoy. I wYill exchange my cow, for
Izli)jqPIr; rbyour horse."
To this Hans consented with a thousand thanks,
and the Peasant, swinging himself upon the horse,
Laj~~;~"-~ rode off in a hurry.
Hans now drove his cow off steadily before him,
thinking of his lucky bargain in this wvise: "I have
-(?~ a bit of bread, and I can, as often as I please, eat
with it butter and cheese; and when I am thirsty I
can milk my cow and have a draught; and what
more can I desire?"
As soon, then, as he came to an inn, he halted,
and ate with great satisfaction all the bread he had
brought wyith him for his noonday and evening meals,
and washed it dowvn with a glass of cider, to buy
which he spent his two last farthings. This over, he
drove his cow further, but still in the direction of his
mother's village. The heat meantime became more
I~iLP~and more oppressive as noontime approached;- just
then Hans came to a common which w2as an hour's
jorny crss Here he got into such a state of
,$' heat that his tongue clave to the roof of his mouth,
and he thought to himself, This won't do; I will
4L. just milk my cow and refresh myself." Hans,
Ir.Y-31 therefore, tied her to a stump of a tree, and, having
I~(~=~~1;.~lr~l~4no pail, placed his leather cap below, and set to
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work, but not a drop of milk could he squeeze out.
He had placed himself, too, very awkwardly, and at
last the impatient cow gave him such a kick on the
head that he tumbled over on the ground, and for a
long time knew not where he was. Fortunately, not
many hours after, a butcher passed by, trundling a
young pig along upon a wheelbarrow. What kind
of a trick is this?" exclaimed he, helping up poor
Hans, and Hans told him all that had passed. The
Butcher then handed him his flask, and said, There,
take a drink; it will revive you. Your cow might
well give no milk; she is an old beast, and worth
nothing at the best but for the plough or the
butcher !"
Eh I eh I" said Hans, pulling his hair over his
eyes, who would have thought it ? It is all very
well when one can kill a beast like that at home,
and make a profit of the flesh; but for my part, I
have no relish for cow's flesh; it is much too tough
for mel Ah! a nice young pig like yours is the
thing that tastes something like, to say nothing of
the sausages! "
Well now, for love of you," said the Butcher,
" I will make an exchange, and let you have my pig
for your cow.")
Heaven reward you for your kindness I" cried
Hans; and, giving up the cow, he untied the pig
from the barrow, and took into his hand the string
with which it was tied.
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~n -- Hans walked on again, considering how every-
t'thing had happened just as he wished, and how all
his vexations had turned out for the best after all.
Presently a Boy overtook him, carrying a fine white
r; tT' goose under his arm, and after they had said Good-
~i ~ rday to each other, Hans began to talk about his
~ ra luck, and what profitable exchanges he had made.
,,...The Boy on his part told him that he was carrying
the goose to a christening feast. Just lift it," said
,. ~he to Hans, holding it up by its wings; just feel
i r~:j~; how heavy it is. Why, it has been fattened up for
the last eight weeks, and whoever bites it when it is
cooked will have to wipe the grease from each side
~x~"~of his mouth!"
Yes," said Hans, weighing it with one hand,
C' it is weighty, but my pig is no trifle either."
While he was speaking, the Boy kept looking
:~~ g 'about on all sides, and shaking his head suspiciously,
and at length he broke out, I am afraid it is not
all right about your pig. In the village through
which I have just come, one has been stolen out of
I,! the stye of the mayor himself; and I am afraid, very
much afraid, you have it now in your hand They
have sent out several people, and it would be a very
p~b~~i bad job for you if they found you with the pig;
~Ps~~ ~Uthe best thing you can do is to hide it in some dark
Corner I
Honest Hans was thunderstruck, and exclaimed,
~Fi"I4u"Ah, Heaven help me in this fresh trouble You
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know the neighborhood better than I do; you take
my pig and let me have your goose," said he to the
Boy.
"I shall have to hazard something at that game,"
replied the Boy; but still I do not wish to be the
cause of your meeting with misfortune; and so
saying, he took the rope into his own hand, andr
drove the pig off quickly by a side path, while Hans,
lightened of his cares, walked on homewards with
the goose under his arm. If I judge rightly,"
thought he to himself, "I have gained even by this ,
exchange; first, there is the good roast; then the s
quantity of fat which will drip out will make goose
broth for a quarter of a year; and then there are the
fine white feathers, which, when once I have put into
my pillow, I warrant I shall sleep without rocking.
What pleasure my mother will have"
As he came to the last village on his road, there
stood a Knife-grinder, with his barrow by the hedge, II
whirling his wheel round and singing:
Scissors and razors and such-like I grind,
And gaily my rags are flying behind."
Hans stopped and looked at him, and at last he g:
said, You appear to have a good business, if I may
judge by your merry song."
Yes," answered the Grinder; "this business has
a golden bottom A true knife-grinder is a man who,
as often as he puts his hand into his pocket, feels
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money in it! But what a fine goose you have got!
Where did you buy it ?"
it in exchange for my pig." "And the pig?"~' "I
"1 i ,,exchanged my cow for it." "And the cow? I
I._t~ exchanged a horse for her." "And the horse?"
For him I gave a lump of gold as big as my head."
"And the gold?" "That was my wages for a seven
years' servitude." "And I see you have known how
t; "' to benefit yourself each time,"' said the Grinder;
but could you now manage so that you could hear
the money ratthing mn your pocket as you walked,
your fortune would be made." Well, how shall I
~i~QBmanage that ?" said Hans.
You must become a grinder like me. To this
trade nothing peculiar belongs but a grindstone; the
,,,,;:;other necessaries find themselves. Here is one
.Y" which is a little worn, certainly, and so I will not
askr anything more for it than your goose. Are you
agreeable?"
S"How ca~n you ask me?" said Hans. "Why, I
shall be the luckiest man in the world; having
money as often as I dip my hand into my pocket,
what have I to care about any longer ? "
r! So saying, he handed over the goose and received
the grindstone in exchange.
Now," said the Grinder, picking up an ordinary
big flint stone which lay near, now, there you have
c\ a capital stone, upon which only beat them long
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enough and you may straighten all your old nails.
Take it and use it carefully!"
Hans took the stone and walked on with a satis- j
fied heart, his eyes glistening with joy. I must
have been born," said he, to a heap of luck! ~lr
Everything happens just as I wish, as if I were a
Sunday-child." I4T*)m~~~
Soon, however, having been on his legs since day-
break, he began to feel very tired, and was plagued
too with -hunger, since he had eaten all his provision
at once in his joy about the cow bargain. At last he
felt quite unable to go farther, and was forced, too,
to halt every minute, for the stones encumbered him ~"
very much. Just then the thought overcame him,
what a good thing it would be if he need not carry
them any longer, and at the same moment he came
up to a stream. Here he resolved to rest and refresh
himself with a drink, and so that the stones might
not hurt him in kneeling he laid them carefully down
by his side on the bank. This done, he stooped down
to scoop up some water with his hand, and then it
happened that he pushed one stone a little too far,
so that both presently went plump into the water.
Hans, as soon as he saw them sinking to the bottom,
jumped up for joy, and then kneeled down and
returned thanks, with tears in his eyes, that so
mercifully, and without any act on his part, and in
so nice a way, he had been delivered from the heavy
stones, which alone hindered him from getting on.
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So lucky as I am," exclaimed Hans, "is no
other man under the sun! "
Then with a light heart, and free from every
burden, he leaped gaily along till he reached his
mother's house.
Snow-White and Rose-Red
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Snzowe-White anld Rose-Red
HERE was once a poor Widow, who lived
alone in her hut with her two children, who
T~were called Snow-White and Rose-Red
because they were like the flowers which bloomed
on two rose-bushes that grew before the cottage. -i~r~~
But they were two as pious, good, industrious and
amiable children as any that were in the world, only
Snow-White was more quiet and gentle than Rose-
Red; for Rose-Red would run and jump about
the meadows, seeking flowers and catching butter-B
flies, while Snow-WChite sat at home helping her "'
mother to keep house, or reading to her, if there
were nothing else to do. The two children loved r-
one another dearly, and always walked hand-in-hand
when they went out together; and ever when they
talked of it, they agreed that they would never
separate from each other, and that whatever one had
the other should share. Often they ran deep into
the forest and gathered wild berries, but no beast
ever harmed them; for the hare would eat cauli-
flowers out of their hands, the fawn would graze at
their side, the goats would frisk about them in play, 1~
and the birds remained perched on the boughs sing- .X~
ing as if nobody were near. No accident ever befel
them; and if they stayed late in the forest, and night
came upon them, they used to lie down on the moss
and sleep till morning; and because their mother I
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~-Cc knew they would do so, she felt no concern about
1~~c Ithem. One time, when they had thus passed the
:R- Ol~ night in the forest, and the dawn of morning awoke
ill i~them, they sawv a beautiful Child dressed in shining
white sitting near their couch. She got up and
Looked at them kindly, but, without saying anything,
t~S1 ~went into the forest; and when the children looked
round, they saw that where they had slept was close
to the edge of a pit, into which they would have
certainly fallen had they walked a couple of steps
-1 ~ further in the dark. Their mother told them the
figure they had seen was, doubtless, the good angel
who watches over children.
Snow-White and Rose-Red kept their mother's
cottage so clean that it was a pleasure to enter it.
ii Every morning in the summer-time Rose-Red would
first put the house in order, and then gather a nose-
~; =-,gay for her mother, in which she always placed a
bud from each rose-tree. Every winter's morning
'I Snow-White would light the fire and put the kettle
Son to boil, and, although the kettle was made of
copper, it yet shone like gold, because it was scoured
~-~~S so well. In the evenings, when the flakes of snow
were falling, the mother would say, Go, Snow-White,
and bolt the door;" and then they used to sit down
on the hearth, and the mother would put on her
spectacles and read out of a great book, while her
children sat spinning. By their side, too, lay a
little lamb, and on a perch behind them a little
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her wmng.
One evening, when they were thus sitting com-
fortably together, there came a knock at the door,
as if somebody wished to come in. Make haste,
Rose-Red," cried her Mother; makee haste and open
the door; perhaps there is some traveler outside who
needs shelter." So Rose-Red went and drew the
bolt and opened the door, expecting. to see some
poor man outside; but instead, a great fat Bear poked
his black head in. Rose-Red shrieked out and ran
back, the little lamb bleated, the dove fluttered on
her perch, and Snow-White hid herself behind her
Mother's bed. The Bear, however, began to speak,
and said, Be not afraid; I will do you no harm; but
I am half frozen, and wish to come in and warm
myself."
Poor Bear!" cried the Mother. Come in and
lie down before the fire; but take care you do not
burn your skin; and then she continued, Come
here, Rose-Red and Snow-White; the Bear will not
harm you; he means honorably." So they both
came back, and by degrees the lamb too and the
dove overcame their fears and welcomed the rough
visitor.
You children," said the Bear, before he entered,
" come and knock the snow off my coat." And
they fetched their brooms and swept him clean.
Then he stretched himself before the fire and
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grumbled out his satisfaction, and in a little while
the children became familiar enough to play tricks
with the unwieldy animal. They pulled his long,
shaggy skin, set their feet upon his back and rolled
him to and fro, and even ventured to beat him with
a hazel-stick, laughing when he grumbled. The
Bear bore all their tricks good-temperedly, and if
r.'c, they hit too hard he cried out:
Leave me my life, you children,
rl~r.Snow-White and Rose-Red,
Or you'll never wed."
When bedtime came and the others were gone,
the Mother said to the Bear, You may sleep here
on the hearth if you like, and then you will be
safely protected from the cold and bad weather."
As soon as day broke, the two children let the
Bear out again, and he trotted away over the snow,
and ever afterwards he came every evening at a
certain hour. He would lie down on the hearth
and allows the children to play with him as much as
~~M~f" they liked, till by degrees they became so accustomed
to him that the door was left unbolted till their
black friend arrived.
But as soon as spring returned, and everything
out-of-doors was green again, the Bear one morning
told Snow-White that he must leave her, and could
not come back during the whole summer. "Where
are you going, then, dear Bear? asked Snow-White.
"I am obliged to go into the forest and guard my
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treasures from the evil Dwarfs; because in winter,
when the ground is hard, they are obliged to keep
in their holes and cannot work through; but now,
since the sun has thawed the earth and warmed it,
the Dwarfs pierce through, and steal all they can
find; and what has once passed into their hands,
and gets concealed by them in their caves, is not
easily brought to light." Snow-White, however,
was very sad at the departure of the Bear, and
opened the door so hesitatingly, that when he pressed
through it he left behind on the latch a piece of his
hairy coat; and through the hole which was made
in his coat Snow-White fancied she saw the glittering
of gold, but she was not quite certain of it. The
Bear, however, ran hastily away, and was soon hidden
behind the trees.
Somne time afterwards the Mother sent the children
into the wood to gather sticks, and while doing so,
they came to a tree which was lying across the path,
on the trunk of which something kept bobbing up
and down from the grass, and they could not imagine
what it was. When they came nearer, they saw a
Dwarf, with an old wrinkled face and a snow-white
beard a yard long. The end of this beard was
fixed in a split of the tree, and the little man kept
jumping about like a dog tied by a chain, for he did
not know how to free himself. He, glared at the
Maidens with his red, fiery eyes, and exclaimed,
" Why do you stand there? Are you going to pass
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"Trl you done, little man? asked Rose-Red. "' You
Il~ilstupid, gazing goose!" exclaimed he, "I wanted to
have split the tree in order to get a little wood for
my kitchen, for the little food which we use is soon
burnt up with great faggots, not like that which you
rough, greedy people devour I I had driven the
wedge in properly, and everything was going on
nicely, when the smooth wood flew upwards, and
the tree closed so suddenly together that I could
not draw my beautiful beard out; and here it sticks,
,I and I cannot get away. There, don't laugh, you
milk-faced things! Are you dumb-founded ?"
The children took all the pains they could to pull
the Dwarf's beard out,, but without success. "I
will run and fetch some help," cried Rose-Red at
length.
Crack-brained little sheep's-head that you are I"
snarled the Dwarf; what are you going to call
e ~other people for ? You are two too many now for
me; can you think of nothing else ?"
5~~ "~2IL Don't be impatient," replied Snow-White. I
have thought of something; and then pulling her
scissors out of her pocket, she cut off the end of
the beard. As soon as the Dwarf found himself at
liberty, he snatched up his sack, which laid between
the roots of the tree, filled with gold, and, throwing
it over his shoulder, marched off, grumbling, ahd
groaning, and crying, Stupid people I to cut off a
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piece of my beautiful beard. Plague take you I"
and away he went without once looking at the
children.
Some time afterwards, Snow-WChite and Rose-Red .
went a-fishing, and as they neared the pond, they lc~
saw something like a great locust hopping about on/
the bank, as if going to jump into the water. They
ran up and recognized the Dwarf. What are you
after?" asked Rose-Red; "you will fall into the
water." I am not quite such a simpleton as that,"
replied the Dwarf; but do you not see this fish 0
will pull me in ? The little mnan had been sitting
there angling, and, unfortunately, the wind had
entangled his beard with the fishing-line; and so
when a great fish bit at the bait, the strength of the
wreak little fellow was not able to draw it out, and
the fish had the best of the struggle. The Dwarf
held on by the reeds and rushes which grew near,
but to no purpose, for the fish pulled him where it il
liked, and he must soon have been drawn into the
pond. Luckily, just then the two Maidens arrived,
and tried to release the beard of the Dwarf from
the fishing-line, but both were too closely entangled
for it to be done. So the Maiden pulled out her
scissors again and cut off another piece of the beard.
When the Dwarf saw this done, he was in a great
rage, and exclaimed, You donkeyl: that is the way
to disfigure my face. Was itcnot enough to cut it
once, but you must now take away the best part of
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~'t7my fine beard I I dare not show myself again now
to my own people. I wish you had run the soles off
a.your boots before you had come here!" So saying,
.he took up a bag of pearls, which laid among the
rushes, and, without speaking another word, slipped
off and disappeared behind a stone.
Not many days after this adventure, it chanced
that the Mother sent the two Maidens to the next
town to buy thread, needles and pins, laces and
ribbons. Their road passed over a common, on
: i which, here and there, great pieces of rock were
lying about. Just over their heads they saw a great
bird flying round and round, and every nowr and
ac_ then dropping lower and lower, till at last it flew
~~ down behind a rock. Immediately afterward, they
l heard a piercing shriek, and, running up, they saw
with affright that the eagle had caught their old
~dl acquaintance, the Dwarf, and was trying to carry him
.; off. The compassionate children thereupon laid hold
of the little man, and held him fast till the bird gave
~A~a 1up the struggle and flew off. As soon, then, as the
Dwarf had recovered from his fright, he exclaimed
in his squeaking voice, Could you not hold me more
gently? You have seized my fine brown coat in
such a manner that it is all torn and full of holes,
meddling and interfering rubbish that you arel" With
these words he shouldered a bag filled with precious
stones, and slipped away to his cave among the
rocks.
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The two Maidens were now accustomed to his ?
ingratitude, and so they walked on to the town and
transacted their business there. Coming home, they
returned over the same common, and, unawares,
walked up to a certain clean spot on which the
Dwarf had shaken out his bag of precious stones,
thinking nobody was near. The sun was shining
brightly, and the brilliant stones glittered in its
beams, and displayed such a magnificent variety
of colors that the two Maidens stopped on their
way to adnure them.
What are you standing there gaping fori) ? "s
asked the Dwarf, while his face grew as red as
copper with rage. He was continuing to abuse the t5_~~
poor Maidens, when a loud roaring noise was heard,
and presently a great black Bear came rolling out of i-
the forest. The Dwarf jumped up terrified, but he
could not gain his retreat before the Bear overtook
him. Thereupon he cried out, Spare me, my dear
Lord Bearl I will give you all my treasures. Seei
all these beautiful precious stones which lie here.
Only give me my life; for what have you to fear from
a little weak fellow like mne? You could not touch
me with your big teeth. Here are two wicked girls;
take them. They would make nice morsels, as fat as
young quails. Eat them, for heaven's sake!" "~~~~~~
The Bear, however, without troubling himself to
speak, gave the bad-hearted Dwarf a single blow wvith
his paw, and he never stirred after.
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'-~v 7The Maidens were then going to run away, but
~a~' ithe Bear called after them, Snow-White and Rose-
B~1L;'-IRed, fear not1 Wait a bit and I will accompany
F'you." They recognized his voice and stopped; and
~i! ~when the Bear came, his rough coat suddenly fell
~off, and he stood up a tall man, dressed entirely in
gold. "I am a King's son," he said, "and was
condemned by the wicked Dwarf, who stole all my
treasures, to wander about in this forest in the form
of a Bear till his death released me. Now he has
received his well-deserved punishment."
;rP~ Then they went home, and Snow-White was
married to the Prince and Rose-Red to his brother,
o~r with whom they shared the immense treasure which
P; the Dwarf had collected. The old Mother also lived
for many years happily with her two children; and
the rose-trees which had stood before the cottage
q were planted now before the palace, and produced
every year beautiful red and white roses.
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NCE upon a time there w~as a King who was
so ill that everybody despaired of his life,
and his three sons were very sorry, and
went out into the palace gardens to weep. There
they met an old Man, who asked the cause of their
grief, and they told him their Father was so ill that
he must die, for nothing could save him. The
old Man said, I know a means of saving him.
If he drinks of the water of life it will restore him
to health; but it is very difficult to find."
I will soon find it," said the eldest Son, and,
going to the sick King, he begged his permission to
set out in search of the water of life, which alone
could save him. "No; the danger is too great,"
said the King; I prefer to die." Nevertheless, the
Son begged and entreated so long that the King
consented, and the Prince went awvay, thinking in
his own heart, If I bring this water, I am the
dearest to my Father and I shall surely inherit his
kingdom."
After he had ridden a long way, he met a Dwarf
on the road, who asked him, Whither away so
quickly? "
"'You stupid little dandyprat," replied the Prince
proudly, why should I tell you that? and he rode
off. But the little Man was angry and he wished
an evil thing, so that soon after, the Prince came
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Into a narrow mountain pass, and the further he
rode the narrower it grew, till at last it was so close
04that he could get no further; but neither could he
.turn his horse around, nor dismount, and he sat
there like one amazed. Meanwhile the sick King
iil waited a long while for him, but he did not come;
and the second Son asked leave to go too and seek
the water, for he thought to himself, If my
Brother is dead the kingdom comes to me." At
~F~~JSPj~first the King refused to spare him; but he gave
way, and the Prince set out on the same road as the
elder one had taken, and met also the same Dwarf,
who stopped him and asked him, Whither ride you
so hastily ? "Little dandyprat," replied the Prince,
~4F;" what do you want to know for P" and he rode off
without looking round. The Dwarf, thereupon,
enchanted him, and it happened to him as it had to
a his Brother; he came to a defile where he could
move neither forwards nor backwards. Such is the
fate of all haughty people.
SNow, when the second Son did not return, the
youngest begged leave to go and fetch the water,
and the King was obliged at last to giv~e his consent.
When he met the Dw~arf, and w~as asked w~hither he
:; ~was going so hurriedly, he stopped and replied, "I
seek the water of life, for my Father is sick unto
death." "Do you know where to find it?" asked
the Dwarf. No," replied the Prince. Since you
have behaved yourself as you ought," said the
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I will give you information and show you where
you may obtain the water of life. It flows from
a fountain in the court of an enchanted castle, into
which you can never penetrate if I do not give you
an iron rod and two loaves of bread. With the rod
knock thrice at the iron door of the castle, and it
will spring open. Within lie two lions with open
jaws; but if you throw down to each a loaf of bread,
they will be quiet. Then hasten and fetch some of
the water of life before it strikes twelve, for then
the door will shut again, and you will be im-
pnisoned."
The Prince thanked the Dwarf, and, taking the
rod and bread, he set out on his journey, and as he
arrived at the castle he found it as the Dwarf had
said. At the third knock, the door sprang open;
and, when he had stilled the Lions with the bread,
he walked into a fine large hall, where sat several
enchanted Princes, from whose fingers he drew off
the rings, and he also took away with him a sword
and some bread which lay there. A little further on
he came to a room wherein stood a beautiful maiden,
who was so pleased to see him that she kissed him
and said he had freed her, and should have her
whole kingdom, and if he came in another year
their wedding should be celebrated. Then she told
him where the fountain of the water of life was
placed, and he hastened away lest it should strike
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twelve ere he gained it. He came next into a room,
where a fine, clean, covered bed stood, and, being
tired, he laid down to rest himself a bit. But he
went to sleep, and when he awoke it struck the
quarter to twelve, and the sound made him hurry to
the fountain, from which he took some water in a
cup which stood near. This done, he hastened to
the door, and was scarcely out before it struck twelve,
and the door swung to so heavily that it carried
away a piece of his heel.
But he was very glad in spite of this, that he had
procured the water, and he journeyed homewards,
and passed again where the Dwarf stood. When
the Dwarf saw the sword and bread which he had
brought away, he declared he had done well, for
with the sword he could destroy whole armies; but
the bread was worth nothing. Now, the Prince
was not willing to return home to his Father with-
out his Brothers, and so he said to the Dwarf,
" Dear Dwarf, can you tell me where my Brothers
are ? They went out before me in search of the water
of life and did not return."
They are stuck fast between two mountainss"
replied the Dwarf. Because they were so haughty,
I enchanted them there."
Then the Prince begged for their release, till at
last the Dwarf brought then out; but he warned
the youngest to beware of them, for they had evil in
their hearts.
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When his Brothers came he was very glad, and
he related to them all that had happened to him;
how he had found the water of life and brought
away a cup full of it; and how he had rescued a
beautiful Princess, who for a whole year was going
to wait for him, and then he was to return to be
married to her and receive a rich kingdom. After
this tale the three Brothers rode away together, and
soon entered a province where war and famine were
raging, and the King thought he should perish, so
great wras his necessity. The youngest Prince went
to this King and gave him the bread, with which he
fed and satisfied his whole people; and then the
Prince gave him the sword wherewith he defeated
and slew all his enemies, and regained peace and
quiet. This effected, the Prince took back the bread
and sword, and rode on further with his Brothers;
and by and by they came to two other provinces where
also war and famine were destroying the people.
To each King the Prince lent his bread and sword,
and so saved three kingdoms. After this they went
on board a ship to pass over the sea which separated
them from home, and during the voyage the two
elder B3rothers said to each other, Our Brother
has found the water of life and wve have not; there-
fore our Father will give to him the kingdom which
belongs to us, and our fortune will be taken awvay."
Indulging these thoughts, they became so envious that
they consulted together how they should kill him;
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and one day, waiting till he was fast asleep, they
poured the water out of his cup and took it for
themselves, while they filled his up with bitter salt
water. As soon as they arrived at home, the youngest
SBrother took his cup to the sick King, that he might
% drink out of it and regain his health. But scarcely
had he drunk a very little of the water when he
became worse than before, for it was as bitter as
wormwood. While the King lay in this state, the
two elder Princes came and accused their Brother
.of poisoning their Father; but they had brought the
ihlc~right water, and they handed it to the King.
~t~fP~dScarcely had he drunk a little out of the cup when
the King felt his sickness leave him., and soon he
was as strong and healthy as in his young days. T~he
two Brothers now went to the youngest Prince,
mocking him, and saying, You certainly found the
~" water of life; but you had the trouble and we had
the reward. You should have been more cautious and
kept your eyes open, for we took your cup while you
were asleep on the sea; and moreover, in a year one
J A64~8$$.1of us intends to fetch your Princess. Beware, how-
8,ever, that you betray us not. The King will not
believe you, and if you sayr a single word your life
will be lost; but if you remain silent you are safe."
The old King, nevertheless, was very angry with his
youngest son, who had conspired, as he believed,
against his life. He caused his court to be assemn-
bled, and sentence was given to the effect that the
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Prince should be secretly shot; and once, as he rode v
out hunting, unsuspicious of any evil, the Huntsman
was sent with him to perform the deed. By and by,
when they were alone in the wood, the Huntsman
seemed so sad that the Prince asked himt what ailed
him. The Huntsman replied, I cannot, and yet
must tell you." Tell me boldly what it is," said
the Prince; I will forgive you." "A Iitisn
other than that I must shoot you, for so has the 1
King ordered me," said the Huntsm~an with a deep
sigh. 6 d
The Prince was frightened, and said, Let me
live, dear Huntsman, let me live! I will give you
my royal coat and you shall give me yours in
exchange." Tothis the Huntsman readily assented, t a.
for he felt unable to shoot the Prince, and after they
had exchanged their clothing the Huntsman returned
home, and the Prince went deeper into the wood.
A short time afterwards three wagons laden with ?=iir
gold and precious stones came to the King's palace
for his youngest son. They were sent by the three
Kings in token of gratitude for the sword which had
defeated their enemies, and the bread which had
nourished their people. At this arrival the old King t$
said to himself, Perhaps, after all, my Son was
guiltless," and he lamented to his courtiers that he i
had let his Son be killed. But the Huntsman cried
out, H--e lives yet I for I could not find it in my
heart to fulfil your commands;" and he told the King Yc
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"-;CT7how it had happened. The King felt as if a stone
~c~~id 5~ fhad been removed from his heart, and he caused it
rlr~~i Ito be proclaimed everywhere throughout his domin-
ions that his Son might return and would again be
taken into favor.
Meanwhile the Princess had caused a road to be
made up to her castle of pure shining gold, and
she told her attendants that whoever should ride
I~k:straight up this road would be the right person,
and one whom they might admit into the castle;
C~ZIC? I~L but, on the contrary, whoever should ride up
not on the road, but by the side, they were ordered
on no account to admit, for he was not the right
v ~person. When, the re fore, the time came round
which the Princess had mentioned to the youngest
~3~8;,91 Prince, the eldest Brother thought he would hasten
to her castle and announce himself as her deliverer,
that he might gain her as a bride and the kingdom
besides. So he rode away, and when he came in
front of the castle and saw the fine golden road, he
thought it would be a shame to ride thereon, and
road. But as he came up to the door, the guards
~s~~i~told him he w\as not the right person, and he must
~ ~1,,~ ride back again. Soon afterwards the second Prince
also set out, and he, likewise, w~hen he came to the
~jt: golden road, and his horse set its fore-feet upon it,
II thought it would be a pity to travel upon it, and he
turned aside to the right hand and went up. When
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he came to the gate, the guards refused him admit- L
tance, and told him he was not the person expected, I
and'so he had to return homewards. The youngest ~
Prince, who had all this time been wandering about r
in the forest, had also remembered that the year was
up, and soon after his Brothers' departure he l
appeared before the castle and rode up straight on the ~l ~
golden road, for he was so deeply engaged in think-
ing of his beloved Princess that he did not observe
it. As soon as he arrived at the door it was opened, "
and the Princess received him with joy, saying he
was her deliverer and the lord of her dominions.
Soon after, their wedding was celebrated, and when $I
it was over the :Princess told her husband that his
Father had forgiven him and desired to see him. rr
Thereupon he rode to the old King's palace, and
told him how his Brothers had betrayed him while
he slept, and had sworn him. to silence. When the
King heard this, he would have punished the false
Brothers, but they had prudently taken themselves'
off in a ship, and they never returned home after- "
wards.
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TH E-
Rumpelstiltskin
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~The Story of Rumnpelstiltskin
T~HERE was once a poor Miller who hgd a
~s beautiful daughter; and one day, having to
go to speak with the King, he said, in order
to make himself appear of consequence, that he had
a daughter who could spin straw into gold. The
King was very fond of gold, and thought to himself,
"( That is an art which would please me very well; "
c and so he said to the Miller, If your daughter is
so very clever, bring her to the castle in the morning
and I will put her to the test, and see whether she
can do as you say."
As soon as she arrived, the King led her into a
chamber which was full of straw; and, giving her a
wheel and a reel, he said, Now set yourself to
work, and if you have not spun this straw into gold
@ by an early hour to-morrow, you must die." With
c-r *~~dBt~li;28 these words he shut the room door and left the
maiden alone.
SThere she sat for a long time, thinking how to
save her life; for she understood nothing of the art
~~ whereby straw might be spun into gold, and her
perplexity increased more and more, till at last she
began to weep. All at once the door opened and
in stepped a little man, who said, Good-evening,
fair maiden; why do you weep so sore?" "Ah,"
she replied, I must spin this straw into gold, and
I am sure I do not know how."
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The little man asked, What will you give me if ~5
I spin it for you?" k
I will give you my necklace," said the maiden,
unhesitatingly.
The Dwarf took it, placed himself in front of the .
wheel, and whirr, whirr, whirr, three times round s ,
and the bobbin was full. Then he set up another,
and whirr, whirr, whirr, thrice around again, and a
second bobbin was full; and so he went all night
long, until all the straw was- spun and the bobbins ~~J
were full of gold. At sunrise the King came, very
much astonished to see the gold, the sight of which
gladdened him, but did not make his heart less
covetous. He caused the maiden to be led into
another room, still larger, full of straw; and then he rr
bade her spin it into gold during the night if she
valued her life. The maiden was again quite at a\
loss what to do; but while she cried, the door opened ~~$t
suddenly as before, and the Dwarf appeared and
asked her what she would give him in return for his
assistance. The ring off my finger," she replied. 5-1
The little man took the ring and began to spin at I
once, and by the morning all the straw was changed
to glistening gold. The King was rejoiced beyond
measure at the sight of this, but still he w~as not
satisfied; but, leading the maiden into another still
larger room, full of: straw as the others, he said,Q
" This you must spin during the night; but if you iE~
accomplish it, I shall make you my bride." For,"
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thought he to himself, a richer wife thou canst not
ji have in all the world."
Wlihen the maiden was left alone, the Dwarf again
~':~-appeared, and asked, for the third time, What will
i--l~j!you give me to do this for you? "
"~I have nothing left that I can give you," replied
~r:7~ the m~aiden.
I r"1 'l'i Then promise me your first-born child if you
become Queen," said he.
h ~~~~1 ~I.Y The Miller's daughter thought, Who can tell
whether that will ever happen ?" and, ignorant how
-3else to help herself out of her trouble, she promised
; the Dwarf what he desired; and he immediately set
about and finished the spinning. When morning
came, and the King found all he had wished for
": 1 "~1done, he celebrated his wedding and the Miller's
fair daughter became Queen.
I~i_ About a year after the marriage, when she had
ceased to think about the little Dw~arf, she brought
1. ', ,Ia fine child into the world; and, suddenly, soon after
its birth, the very man appeared and demanded what
she had promised. The frightened Queen offered
i him all the riches of the kingdom if he would leave
her her child; but the Dwvarf answered, "No- some-
thing human is dearer to me than all the wealth of
g-~iI. ~~:~:~ the w~orld."
;: -: ,,I~lThe Queen began to wYeep and groan so much
C'r r, ~ that the Dw~arf compassionate her and said, "I
IF: will leave you three days to consider; if you in
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that time discover my name you shall keep your
child."~
All night long the Queen racked her brains for
the names she could think of, and sent a messenger
through the country to collect far and wide any new Ii
names. The following morning came the Dwarf,
and the Queen began with Caspar," Melchior,"
Balthassar," and all the odd names she knew; but
at each the little man exclaimed, That is not my
name." The second day the Queen inquired of all
her people for uncommon and curious names, and
called the Dwarf Ribs-of-beef," Sheepshank,"
Whalebone; but at each he said, This is not r5
my name." The third day the messenger came
back and said, I have not found a single name;
but as I came to a high mountain near the edge of k r
a forest, where foxes and hares say good-night to Li
one another, I saw there a little house, and before .6
the door a fire was burning, and round this fire a
very curious little man was dancing on one leg and T
shouting :
To-day I stew, and then I'll bake ;
To-morrow I shall the Queen's child take.
Ah I how famous it is that nobody knows
That my name is Rumpelstiltskin.' ")r~F.
When the Queen heard this she was very glad,~3~
for nowI she knew the name; and soon after came = ~'
the Dwarf, and asked, "Now, mny Lady Queen, what J;~
is my name? "
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1~ First she said, Are you called Conrade?" "'No."
"IAre you called Hal?" "'No."
S"Are you called Rumpelstiltskinr"
f:~ ~ w~ ll\itch has told youl a switch has told youl"
shrieked the little Mqan, and stamped his right foot
I1-1,so hard in the ground wlith rage that he could not
-;idraws it out again. Then he took hold of his left
I :3leg with both his hands and pulled away so hard that
I: his right came off in the struggle, and he hopped
k'.away howrling terribly. And from that day to this
the Queen has heard no more of her troublesome
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The poor miller's boy and the cat
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THE~ POOR MILLE R' S BOY ~AND
The Poor Miller's Boy and thle Cat
NCE upon a time there lived in a mill
an old Miller who had neither wife nor
children, but three apprentices instead; and
after they had been with him several years, he said
to them one day, I am old, and shall retire from
business soon; do you all go out, and whichever of
you brings me home the best horse, to him will I
give the mill, and, moreover, he shall attend me in
my last illness."
The third of the apprentices was a small lad
despised by the others, and so much so that they did
not intend that he should ever have the mill, even1
after them. But all three went out together; and as
soon as they got away from the village, the two
eldest brothers said to the stupid Hans, You may
as well remain here; in all your lifetime you will
never find a horse." Nevertheless, Hans went with
them, and when night came on they arrived at a
hollow where they lay down to sleep. The two
clever brothers waited till H~ans was fast asleep, and
then they got up and walked off, leaving Hans snor-
ing. Nowr, they thought they had done a very clever
thing, but we shall see how they fared. By and by
the sun arose and awoke Hans, who, when he found
himself lying in a deep hollow, peeped all around
him and exclaimed, Oh, Heavens! where have I
got to? He soon got up and scrambled out of
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, the hollowv into the forest, thinking to himself,
, Here am I all alone; what shall I do to get a
horse?~" While he ruminated, a little tortoise-shell
[.II:: iCat came up and asked in a most friendly manner,
". t Where are you going, Hans? "Ahyoca
help me," said Hans. Yes, I know very well what
you wish," replied the Cat. You wvant a fine horse.
Come with me, and for seven years be my faithful
servant, and then I w5ill give you a handsomer steed
than you ever saw."
"Well," thought Hans to himself, "this is a won-
c:-.- derful Cat; but still I may as wvell see whether this
will be true."
So the Cat took him into its enchanted castle,
where there wvere many other Cats who waited upon
rf;it, jumping quickly up and dowvn the steps, and
bustling about in first-rate style. In the evening,
when they sat down to table, three Cats had to play
music. One played the violoncello, a second the
~: violin, and a third blew a trumpet so loudly that its
~":l~icheeks seemed as if they would burst. When they
had finished dinner, the table was drawn away, and
the Cat said, "Now, Hans, come and dance with
me." No, no," replied he; I cannot dance with
a Cat; I never learned howr."
Then take him to bed," cried the Cat to its
attendants; and they lighted him at once to his
sleeping apartment, where one drewv off his shoes,
anotherr his stockings, while a third blew out the
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light. The following morning the servant Cats made g
their appearance again and helped him out of bed; ~
one drew on his stockings, another buckled on his
garters, a third fetched his shoes, a fourth washed ''
his face, and a fifth wiped it with her tail. That
was done well and gently," said Hans to the last. "
But all day long Hans had to cut wood for the Cat, I,
and for that purpose he received an axe of silver and ii :il _-1
wedges and saws of the same metal, while the
mallet was made of copper. I
Here Hans remained, making himself useful. k!sf~
Every day he had good eating and drinking, but he
saw nobody except the tortoise-shell Cat and her~l
attendants. One day the Cat said to him, Go and -
mow my meadow and dry the grass well; and she-~
gave him, a scythe made of silver and a whetstone ofI
gold, which she bade him bring back safe. Hans
went off and did what he was told; and, when it ~~ ;
was finished, he took home the scythe, whetston~e .
and hay, and asked the Cat whether she would not' r~ ~I
give him a reward. "No," said the Cat; "Lyou must
first do several things for me. Here are beams of ,
silver, binding clamps, joists and all that is necessary,
all of silver, and of these you must first build me a
small house." Hans built it, and when it wras done L~~
he reminded the Cat he had still no horse, although Ia
his seven years had passed like half the time. The i o116kl):
Cat asked him whether he wished to see her horses. i?' ln:;r=
" Yes," said Hans. So they went out of the house, ?~-
TH[E POOR MILLER'S
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~c~T~f7and as they opened the door there stood twelve
i horses, very proud creatures, pawing the ground
impatiently. Hans was glad enough to see them;
tl~lllbut as soon as he looked at them for a minute the
Cat gave him his dinner, and said, Go home. I
shall not give you your horse now; but in three
days I will come to you and bring it wlith me." So
Hans walked off, and the Cats showed him the
Sway to the mill; but as they had not furnished
him with new clothes, he was forced to go in his
old ragged ones, which he had taken with him, and
which during the seven years had become much too
short for him. When he arrived at home, he found
~;-' k:the two other apprentices had preceded him, and
each had brought a horse; but the one wyas blind
and the other lame. "Where is your horse, Hans?~"
--~-i~inquired they. It will follow me in three days,"
c-''"'"" he replied. At this they laughed, and cried, "Yes,
Hans, and when it does come it will be something
'r -rI-.- -r~- wonderful, no doubt."
Hans then went into the parlor, but the old
.E;I~Miller said he should not sit at table, because
he was so ragged and dirty; they would be ashamed
~j r1of him if any one came in. So they gave him
something to eat out-of-doors, and when bedtime
c~.dkr.~=, came the two brothers refused Hans a share of
the bed, and he was obliged to creep into the
goose-house and stretch himself upon some hard
straw. The next was the morning of the third day
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BOY AND THE CAT
mentioned by the Cat, and as soon as Hans was up,
there came a carriage drawn by six horses, which
shone from their sleek condition, and a servant
besides, who led a seventh horse, which was for the
poor Miller's boy. Out of the carriage stepped a
beautiful Princess, who went into the mill, and she
was the tortoise-shell Cat whom. poor Hans had I
served for seven years. She asked the Miller where .I,
the m~ill-boy, her little slave, was, and he answered,
" We could not take him into the mill, he was so
ragged and dirty; he lies now in the goose-house."
The Princess bade him fetch ]Hans; but before he
could come, the poor fellow had to draw together.,j~r;
his smock-frock in order to cover himself. Then ;
the servant drew forth some elegant clothes, and ilSi
after washing, Hans put them on, so that no King
could have looked more handsome. Thereupon the
Princess desired to see the horses which the other
apprentices had brought home, and one was blind i~
and the other lame. When she had seen them, she i
ordered her servant to bring the horse he had in
his keeping, and as soon as the Miller saw it he Ii
declared that such an animal had never before been
in his farmyard. s
It belongs to the youngest apprentice," said the
Princess. "And the mill, too," rejoined the M~iller; !T:
but the Princess said he might keep the mill and
the horse as well for himself. With these words she "i
placed her faithful Hans in the carriage with her
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TH3E POOR MILLER'S
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/H ~s Randd drove away. They went first to the little house
S~f~ which Hans had built with the silver tools, and
which had become a noble castle, wherein every-
r~ I~thing was of gold and silver. There the Princess
rnarried him, and he was so very rich that he had
JI enough for all his life.
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The six swans
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The Story of the Sixe Sweans
A KING was once hunting in a large wood, 1(,I;t:
and pursued his game so hotly that none of I:-
his courtiers could follow him. But when
evening approached he stopped, and, looking around 8~
him, perceived that he had lost himself. Hesogh
a path out of the forest, but could not find one,
and presently he saw an old woman with a nodding
h e a d w h o c a m e u p to h im M y g o o d w o m a n ," r I tcdt
said he to her, can you not show me the way out
of the forest ?" Oh, yes, my lord King," she r~.I
replied; I can do that very well, but upon one
condition, which, if you do not fulfil, you will never
again get out of- the wood, but will die of hunger."
What, then, is this condition ?" asked the King.
"I have a daughter," said the old woman, who rI."r
is as beautiful as any one you can find in the whole '~
world, and well deserves to be your bride. Now,
if you will make her your Queen, I will show your
your way out of the wood." In the anxiety of his : L
heart, the King consented, and the old woman led i ri
him to her cottage, where the daughter was sitting
by the fire. She received the King as if she had "g~
expected him, and he saw at once that she was very
beautiful; but yet she did not quite please him, for
he could not look at her without a secret shuddering.
However, after all, he took the maiden upon his
horse, and the old woman showed him the way, ?,a
THE STORY OF THE
SIX SWVVAN S
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Sand the King arrived safely at his palace, where the
.*r wedding was to be celebrated.
~2~ The King had been married once before, and
had seven children by his first wife, six boys and a
girl, whom he loved above everything else in the
world. He became afraid, soon, that the step-
mother might not treat then very well, and might
even do them some great injury, so he took them
away to a lonely castle which stood in the midst of
a forest. This castle was so hidden, and the way to
~d; it so difficult to discover, that he himself could not
~F~i~l~have found it if a wise woman had not given him a
ball of cotton which had the wonderful property,
when he threw it before him, of unrolling itself and
Y-;:~ishowing him the right path. The King went, how-
ever, so often to see his dear children, that the
Queen noticed his absence, became inquisitive, and
--~t?~~-~wished to know what he went to fetch out of the
~ ~~forest. So she gave his servants a great quantity
of money, and they disclosed to her the secret, and
also told her of the ball of cotton which alone
could show her the way. She had now no peace
until she discovered where this ball was concealed;
and then she made some fine silken shirts, and, as
she had learnt of her mother, she sewed within each
one a charm. One day soon after, when the K~ing
had gone out hunting, she took the little shirts and
a went into the forest, and the cotton showed her the
path. The children, seeing someone coming in the
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OF THE SIX SWANS
distance, thought it was their dear father, and ran
out towards her full of joy. Then she threw over
each of them a shirt, which, as it touched their
bodies, changed them into Swans, which flew away
over the forest. The Queen then went home quite
contented, and thought she was free of her step-
children; but the little girl had not met her with
the brothers, and the Queen did not know of her.
The following day the King went to visit his
children, but he found only the maiden. Where
are your brothers? asked he. "Ah, dear father,"
she replied, "they are gone away and have left me
alone; and she told him how she had looked out
of the window and seen them changed into Swans,
which had flown over the forest; and then she
showed him the feathers which they had dropped in
the courtyard, and which she had collected together.
The King was much grieved, but he did not think
that his wife could have done this wicked deed, and
as he feared the girl might also be stolen away, he
took her with him. She was, however, so much
afraid of the stepmother, that she begged him not
to stop more than one night in the castle.
The poor maiden thought to herself, This is no
longer my place; I will go and seek my brothers; "
and when night came she escaped and went quite
deep into the wood. She walked all night long and
a great part of the next day, until she could go
no further from, weariness. Just then she saw a
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s rude hut, and walking in, she found a room with six
little beds, but she dare not g~et into one, but crept
,15. under, and, laying herself upon the hard earth,
i~i~iprepared to pass the night there. Just as the sun
~I was setting, she heard a rustling, and saw six white
I ~i~Swans come flying in at the window. They settled
3 on the ground and began blowing one another until
:~T they had blown all their feathers off, and their
swans' down stripped off like a shirt. Then the
cj;.''~ maiden knew them at once for her brothers, and
l'i gladly crept out from under the bed, and the
brothers were not less glad to see their sister; but
their joy was of short duration. Here you must
iiL not stay," said they to her; "this is a robbers' hiding-
place. If they should return and find you here, they
.will murder you." "' Can you not protect me, then ?"
~5_~.Yinquired the sister.
*;r No," they replied; for we can only lay aside
rr~~' T~J our swans' feathers for a quarter of an hour each
evening, and for that time we regain our human form;
~ but afterwards we resume our changed appearance."
I~ Their sister then asked them, with tears, Can you
not be restored again?"
"Oh, no," replied they; "the conditions are too
difficult. For six long years you must neither speak
nor laugh, and during that time you must sew
'together for us six little shirts of star-flowers, and
should there fall a single word from your lips, then
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they all flew out of the window again, like Swans.
The little sister, however, made a solemn resolu-
tion to rescue her brothers or die in the attempt;
and she left the cottage, and, penetrating deep into
the forest, passed the night amid the branches of a
tree. The next morning she went out and collected
the star-flowers to sew together. She had no one to
converse with, and for laughing she had no spirits;
so there up in the tree she sat, intent upon her work.
After she had passed some time there, it happened
that the King of that country was hunting in the
forest, and his huntsmen came beneath, the tree on
which the maiden sat. They called to her and asked,
" Who art thou? but she gave them no answer.
"Come down to us," continued they; "we will do
thee no harm." She simply shook her head, and,
when they pressed her further with questions, she
threw down to them her gold necklace, hoping
therewith to satisfy them. They did not, however,
leave her, and she threw down her girdle, but in
vain; and even her rich dress did not make them
desist. At'last the hunter himself climbed the tree
and brought down the maiden, and took her before
the King. The King asked her, Who art thou?
What dost thou upon that tree ?" But she did not
answer; and then he asked her in all the languages
that he knew, but she remained dumb as a fish
to all. Since, however, she was so beautiful, the
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King's heart was touched, and he conceived for her
a strong affection. Then he put around her his
cloak, and, placing her before -him on his horse,
took her to his castle. There he ordered rich
,_I: Iclothing to be made for her, and although her
ii dlbeauty shone as the sunbeams, she said not a word.
The King placed her by his side at table, and there
her dignified manners so won upon him, that he
I;Isaid, This maiden will I marry, and no other in the
world;" and after some days he was united to her.
Now, the King had a wicked stepmother, who
was discontented with his marriage, and spoke evil
of the young Queen. Who knows whence the
,, wench comes ? said she. She who cannot speak
ii:-33is not worthy of a King." A year after, when the
~t~Si~l~i Queen brought her first-born into the world, the old
woman took him away. Then she went to the King
0 and complained that the Queen was a murderess.
The King, however, would not believe it, and suffered
no one to do any injury to his wife, who sat comn-
Sposedly sewing at her shirts and paying attention to
nothing else. When a second child was born, the
false stepmother used the same deceit, but the King
again would not listen to her words, but: said, She
is too pious and good to act so; could she but speak
and defend herself, her innocence would come to
light." But when again, the third time, the old woman
stole away the child, and then accused the Queen,
who answered not a word to the accusation, the
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she was condemned to suffer death by fire.
When the time had elapsed, and the sentence was
to be carried out, it happened that the very day had
come round when her dear brothers should be made
free; the six shirts were also ready, all but the last
which yet wanted the left sleeve. As she was led to
the scaffold, she placed the shirts upon her arm, and
just as she had mounted it, and the fire was about
to be kindled, she looked round and saw six Swans
come flying through the air. Her heart leapt for
joy as she perceived her deliverers approaching, and
soon the Swans, flying toward her, alighted so near
that she was enabled to throw over them the shirts,
and as soon as she had so done their feathers fell off
and the brothers stood up alive and well; but the
youngest wanted his left arm, instead of which he
had a Swan's wing. They embraced and kissed one
another, and the Queen, going to the King, who was
thunder struck, began to say, Now may I speak,
my dear husband, and prove to you that I am inno-
cent and falsely accused;" and then she told him
how the wicked woman had stolen away and hidden
her three children. When she had concluded, the
King was overcome with joy, and the wicked step-
mother w~as led to the scaffold and bound to the
stake and burnt to ashes.
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peace and prosperity with their six brothers.
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'. L. NCE upon a time there wras a Woman who
rE~ had three daughters, the eldest of whom was
named One-Eye, because she had but a single
eye, and that placed in the middle of her fore-
head; and the second was called Two-Eyes, because
't~ she was like other mortals; and the third Three-
Eyes, because she had three eyes, and one of them
~; ,I in the center of her forehead, like her elder sister.
But because the second sister had nothing out of the
common in her appearance, she was looked down
I: upon by her sisters and despised by her mother.
You are no better than common folks," they would
,h- say to her; "you do not belong to us; and then
they would push her about, and give her coarse cloth-
ing, and nothing else to eat but their leavings,
besides numerous other insults as occasion offered.
Once it happened that Two-Eyes had to go into
the forest to tend the goat; and she went very
hungry, because her sisters had given her very little
to eat that morning. She sat down upon a hillock,
and cried so much that her tears flowed almost like
rivers out of her eyes! By and by she looked up,
and saw a Woman standing by, who asked, Why
are you weeping, Two-Eyes?" Because I have two
eyes like ordinary people," replied the maiden, "and
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therefore my mother and sisters dislike me, push me
into corners, throw me their old clothes, and give.
me nothing to eat but what they leave. To-day they
have given me so little that I am still hungry."
"1 Dry your eyes, then, now," said the wise Woman.
" I will tell you something which shall prevent you
from being hungry again. You must say to your
goat :
Little kid, milk;
Table, ap pearl '
and immediately a nicely filled table will stand
before you, with delicate food upon it, of which you
can eat as much as you please; and when you' are
satisfied, and have done with the table, you must
say:
Little kid, milk;
Table, depart !'
and it will disappear directly." With these words
the wise Woman went away, and little Two-Eyes
thought to herself she would try at once if what the
Woman said were true, for she felt very hungry
indeed.
"' Little- kid, milk;
Table, ap pearl "
said the maiden, and immediately a table covered
with a white cloth stood before her, with a knife and
fork and silver spoon; and the most delicate dishes
were ranged in order upon it, and everything as
warm as if it had been just taken away from the fire.
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k Two-Eyes said a short grace, and then began to eat;
and when she had finished, she pronounced the
aI words which the wise Woman had told her:
C"~:l'" Little kid, milk;
Table, depart I "
and directly the table and all that was on it quickly
disappeared. This is capital housekeeping," said
the maiden, in high glee; and at evening she went
home with her goat, and found an earthen dish which
her sisters had left her filled with their leavings.
She did not touch it; and the next morning she
went off again without taking the meagre breakfast
which was left out for her. The first and second time
she did this the sisters thought nothing of it; but
when she did the same the third morning their atten-
~5~!i/sf tion was roused, and they said, "All is not right with
Two-Eyes; for she has left her meals twice, and has
touched nothing of what was left for her; she must
have found some other way of living." So they
determined that One-Eye should go with the maiden
when she drove the goat to the meadow, and pay
attention to what passed, and observe whether any
one brought her to eat or to drink.
When Two-Eyes, therefore, was about to set off,
One-Eye told her she was going with her to see
whether she took proper care of the goat and fed
her sufficiently. Two-Eyes, however, divined her
sister's object, and drove the goat where the grass
was finest, and then. said, Come, One-Eye, let us
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sit down and I will sing to you." So One-Eye sat
down, for she was quite tired with her unusual
walk and the heat of the sun.
"Are you awake or asleep, One-Eye ?
Are you awake or asleep ? "
sang Two-E es, until her sister really went to slee .
As soon as she was quite sound, the: maiden had her
table out, and ate and drank all she needed; and
by the time One-Eye awoke again the table had
disappeared, and the maiden said to her sister,
"Come, we will go home now; while you have
been sleeping the goat might have run about all
over the world." So they went home, and after
Two-Eyes had left her meal untouched, the mother
inquired of One-Eye what she had seen, and she
was obliged to confess that she had been asleep.
The following morning the mother told Three-
Eyes that she must go out and watch Two-Eyes, and
see who brought her food, for, it was certain that
someone must. So Three-Eyes told her sister that
she was going to accompany her that morning to see
whether she took care of the goat and fed her well;
but Two-Eyes saw through her design, and drove
the goat again to the best feeding-place. Then she
asked her sister to sit down and she would sing to
her, and Three-Eyes did so, for she was very tired
with her long walk in the heat of the sun. Then
Two-Eyes began to sing as before:
"Are you awake, Three-Eyes ?"
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but, instead of continuing as she should have done,
"Are you asleep, Three-Eyes ? "
she said by mistake :
I ~"Are you asleep, Twro-Eyes ? "
and so went on singing:
"Are you awake, Three-Eyes?
~~4 Are you asleep, ~Two-Eyes ? "
--s By and by Three-Eyes closed two of her eyes and
aI?~ j7~went to sleep with them; but the third eye, which
was not spoken to, kept open. Three-Eyes, how-
.t~ ever, cunningly shut it too, and feigned to be asleep,
iP while she was reallyI watching; and soon Two-Eyes,
thinking all safe, repeated the words:
"Little kid, milk;
r, Table, appear "
and as soon as she was satisfied she said the old
words:
"Little kid, milk;
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Three-Eyes watched all of these proceedings; and
presently Two-Eyes came and awoke her, saying,
"'Ah, sister you are a good watcher; but come, let
us go home now." When they reached home, Two-
Eyes again ate nothing; and her sister told her
mother she knew now why the haughty hussy would
not eat their victuals. "When she is out in the
meadow," said her sister, "she says:
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and directly a table comes up laid out with meat
and wine, and everything of the best, much better
than we have; and as soon as she has had enough,
she says:
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and all goes away directly, as I clearly saw. Certainly
she did put to sleep two of my eyes,- but the one in
the middle of my forehead luckily kept awake 1"
"(Will you have better things than us? cried the
envious mother; "then you shall lose the chance; "
and, so saying, she took a carving knife and killed
the goat dead.
As soon as Two-Eyes saw this, she went out very
sorrowful to the old spot, and sat down where she
had sat before to weep bitterly. All at once the
wise Woman stood in front of her again, and asked
why she was crying. "Must I not cry," replied
she, "when the goat which used to furnish me every
day with a dinner, according to your promise, has
been killed by my mother, and I am again suffering
hunger and thirst ?" "Two-eyes,-" said the wise
Woman, "I will give you a piece of advice. Beg
your sisters to give you the entrails of the goat, and
bury them in the earth before the house door, and
your fortune will be made." So saying, she dis-
appeared, and Two-Eyes went home, and said to her
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slain kid; I desire nothing else--let: me have the
r-C~;;w entrails." The sisters laughed and readily gave
a11~Ithem to her; and she buried them secretly before
--:Ithe threshold of the door, as the wise Woman had
bidden her.
The following morning they found in front of the
house a wonderfully beautiful tree, with leaves of silver
'-:~and fruits of gold hanging from the boughs, than
which nothing. more splendid could be seen in the
world. The two elder sisters were quite ignorant
~E~ how the tree came where it stood; but Two-Eyes
perceived that it was produced by the goat's entrails,
'dr ":for it stood on the exact spot where she had buried
them. As soon as the mother saw it, she told One-
Eye to break off some of the fruit. One-Eye went
up to the tree, and pulled a bough toward her to
~cil~`"pluck off the fruit; but the bough flew back
again directly out of her hands; and so it did every
time she took hold of it, till she was forced to give
i~-~j~ tup, for she could not obtain a single golden apple
in spite of all her endeavors. Then the mother said
to Three-Eyes, "Do you climb up, for you can see
better with your three eyes than your sister with
her one." Three-Eyes, however, was not more
fortunate than her sister, for the golden apples flew
back as soon as she touched them. At last the
mother got so impatient that she climbed the tree
herself; but- she met with no more success than
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either of her daughters, and grasped the air only
when she thought she had the fruit. Two-Eyes
now thought she would try, and said to her sisters,
"'Let me get up; perhaps I may be successful."
"Oh, you are very likely indeed," said they, "with
your two eyes; you will see well, no doubt" So
Two-Eyes climbed the tree, and directly she touched
the boughs, the golden apples fell into her hands, so
that she plucked them as fast as she could, and filled
her apron before she went down. Her mother took
them from her, but returned her no thanks; and the
two sisters, instead of treating Two-Eyes better than
they had done before, were only the more envious
of her, because she alone could gather the fruit.
One morning, not long after the springing up of
the apple-tree, the three sisters were all standing
together beneath it, when in the distance a young
Knight was seen riding towards them. "'Make
haste, Two-Eyes 1" exclaimed the two elder sisters;
"make haste and creep out of our way, that we
may not be ashamed of you; and, so saying, they
put over her in great haste an empty cask which
stood near, and which covered the golden apples as
well, which she had just been plucking off. Soon
the Knight came up to the tree, and the sisters saw
he was a very handsome man, for he stopped to
admire the fine silver leaves and golden fruit, and
presently asked to whom the tree belonged, for he
should like to have a branch off it. One-Eye and
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and they tried to pluck a branch off for the Knight.
They had their trouble for nothing, however, for the
boughs and fruit flew back as soon as they touched
';d*L;them. "This is very wonderful," cried the K~night,
I'"that this tree should belong to you, and yet you
cannot pluck the fruit!I" The sisters, however,
maintained that it was theirs; but while they spoke,
Two-Eyes rolled a golden apple from underneath
;i; the cask, so that it traveled to the feet of the Knight,
~cf~-~ ~,~~Ifor she was angry, because her eldest sisters had not
spoken the truth. When he saw the apple he was
astonished, and asked where it came from; and
One-Eye and Three-Eyes said they had another sister,
UD~~3.t~!1 (bubt they dared not let her be seen, because she had
only two eyes, like common folk I The Knight,
however, would see her, and called, "Two-Eyes,
;" ~i ~come here" and soon she made her appearance
from under the cask. The Knight was bewildered
. at her great beauty, and said, "You, Two-Eyes, can
Surely break off a bough of this tree for me! "
Yes, she replied; that I will do, for it is my
property;" and climbing up, she easily broke off a
branch with silver leaves and golden fruit, which she
handed to the Knight. "What can I give you in
return, Two-Eyes? asked the Knight. "Alas! if
you will take me with you I shall be happy; for
novir I suffer hunger and thirst, and am in trouble
from early morning to late evening. Take me and
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save me1" Thereupon the Knight raised Two-Eyes
upon his saddle and took her home to his father's
castle. There he gave her beautiful clothes, and '
all she wished to eat or to drink; and afterwards,
because his love for her had become so great, he '
married her, and a very happy wedding they had. i~~i
Her two sisters meanwhile, were very jealous -i~ll!
when Two-Eyes was carried off by the Knight; but
they consoled themselves by saying, "The wonderful
tree remains still for us; and even if we cannot get
at the fruit, everybody that passes will stop to look
at it, and then come and praise it to us. W~ho
knows where our wheat may bloom ? The morn-
ing after this speech, however, the tree disappeared, fY 6~~li$~~
and with it all their hopes; but when Two-Eyes that
samie day looked out of her chamber window,
behold, the tree stood before it, and there remained I
For a long time after this occurrence Two-Eyes
lived in the enjoyment of the greatest happiness;
and one morning two poor women came to the
palace and begged an alms. Two-Eyes, after look-
ing narrowly at their faces, recognized her two
sisters, One-]Eye and Three-Eyes, who had come to
such great poverty that they were forced to wander
about, begging their bread from day to jday. Two-
Eyes, however, bade them welcome, invited them in
and took care of them, till they both repented of
the evil which they had done to their sister in thne
days of their childhood.
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