Hansel & Grethel & other tales

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Hansel & Grethel & other tales
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Hansel and Gretel
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Little Red Riding Hood
Rumpelstiltskin
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x, 159, 1 p. : illus., 20 mounted col. pl. (incl. front.) pl. ; 26 cm.
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Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863
Grimm, Wilhelm, 1786-1859 ( joint author )
Lucas, Alice
Rackham, Arthur, 1867-1939
E. P. Dutton (Firm)
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by the brothers Grimm. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
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Half-title: Grimm's fairy tales.
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Printed in Great Britain.
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Translated by Mrs. Edgar Lucas.

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GRIMM'S


FAIRY TALES


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GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES
ILLUSTRATED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM

HANSEL AND GRETHEL

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Originally published in Grimm's Fairy
Tales. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham' 1909
Be-issued separately 1920















Contents
PAGE
HANSEL AND GRETHEL .. 1

HANS IN LUCK ..10

JORINDA AND JORINGEL 17

THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS 21

OLD SULTAN ... 26

THE STRAW, THE COAL, AND THE BEAN 29

CLEVER ELSA 1

THE DOG AND THE SPARROW ... 86

THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES .. 41

THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE 47

THE WREN AND THE BEAR 57

THE FROG PRINCE 60

THE CAT AND MOUSE IN PARTNERSHIP 64

THE RAVEN 67

THE ADVENTURES OF CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET 74

RAPUNZEL .. 80

FOUNDLINGBIRD 84

THE VALIANT TAILOR 88
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PAGI
THE GOLDEN BIRD 98

THE MOUSE, THE BIRD, AND THE SAUSAGE 108

MOTHER HULDA .. 111

RED RIDING HOOD 116

THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM 120

TOM THUMB .. 125

RUMPELSTILTSKIN 188

THE TWELVE HUNTSMEN 8. 8

THE OLD MAN AND HIS GRANDSON 141

THE LITTLE PEASANT 142

FRED AND KATE 149

SWEETHEART ROLAND 156


















List of Illustrations in Colour


All at once the door opened and an old, old Woman, supporting herself
on a crutch, came hobbling out Frontispiece

FACING PAGE
Hansel put out a knuckle-bone, and the old Woman, whose eyes were
dim, could not see, and thought it was his finger, and she was much
astonished that he did not get fat 8

By day she made herself into a cat .. 16

S. Or a screech owl 18

Once there was a poor old woman who lived in a village .28

At the third sting the Fox screamed, and down went his tail between
his legs 58

So she seized him with two fingers, and carried him upstairs 62

The Cat stole away behind the city walls to the church 66

Now we will go up the hill and have a good feast before the squirrel
carries off all the nuts 74

When he went over the wall he was terrified to see the Witch before
him .80

The Witch climbed up 82

Pulling the piece of soft cheese but of his pocket, he squeezed it till the
moisture ran out .. 90









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FACING PAGE
They worked themselves up into such a rage that they tore up trees by
the roots, and hacked at each other till they both fell dead 94

Away they flew over stock and stone, at such a pace that his hair whistled
in the wind .100

When she got to the wood, she met a Wolf 116

'O Grandmother, what big ears you have got; she said 118

At last she reached the cellar, and there she found an old, old woman
with shaking head 122

When Tom had said good-bye to his Father, they went away with him 128

The Old Man had to sit by himself, and ate his food from a wooden
bowl. 142

The quicker he played,.the higher she had to jump 158






















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List of Black and White Illustrations

FACING PAGE
Hansel picked up the glittering white pebbles and filled his pockets
with them .1
PAGE
HEADPIECE 1

'Stupid goose!' cried the Witch. 'The opening is big enough; you
can see that I could get into it myself' 8

Just then a butcher came along the road, trundling a young pig in a
wheel-barrow 18

At last the old woman came back, and said in a droning voice : 'Greeting
to thee, Zachiel!' 19

A short time after they came upon a Cat, sitting in'tle road, with a face
as long as a wet week 22

The Ass brayed, the Hound barked, the Cat mewed, and the Cock
crowed 24

When she saw the pick-axe just above her head, Clever Elsa burst into
tears. .. 33

On the road he met a Sparrow .

On the opposite side of the lake stood a splendid brightly-lighted Castle 45

There was once a Fisherman, who lived with his Wife in a miserable
little hovel close.to the sea 48

'Flounder, Flounder in the sea, Prythee, hearken unto me' 55

The Golden Castle of Stromberg 70









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PAGa
One day he saw three Robbers fighting 72

She did not go once but many times, backwards and forwards to the
well 85

'Wait a bit, and I'll give it you!' So saying, he struck out at them
mercilessly 89

The Prince carried off the beautiful Maiden on the Golden Horse 104

The Mouse had to carry water, while the Sausage did the cooking 109

The Bird took the wood and flew sadly home with it 110

At last she came to a little house, out of which an old woman was
looking 112

So the lazy girl went home, but she was quite covered with pitch 114

They hurried away as quickly as they could 122

Tom Thumb 126

Then all at once the door sprang open, and in stepped a little Mannikin 134

Round the fire an indescribably ridiculous little man was leaping,
hopping on one leg, and singing 136

The Bailiff sprang into the water with a great splash, and the whole
party plunged in after him 148

Kate ran after him, and chased him a good'way over the fields 150

The Maiden fetched the magic wand, and then she took her step-sister's
head, and dropped three drops of blood frbm it 157




























































SHansel picked up the glittering white pebbles and filled his pockets with them.'














Hansel and Grethel

CLOSE to a large forest there lived a Woodcutter with his
Wife and his two children. The boy was called Hansel,
and the girl Grethel. They were always very poor, and
had very little to live on; and at one time, when there was
famine in the land, he could no longer procure daily bread.
One night he lay in bed worrying over his troubles, and he
sighed and said to his Wife: 'What is to become of us ?
How are we to feed our poor children when we have nothing
for ourselves ?'
'I 'l tell you what, Husband,' answered the Woman,
'to-morrow morning we will take the children out quite early
into the thickest part of the forest. We will light a fire, and
give each of them a piece of bread; then we will go to our
work and leave them alone.. They won't be able to find their
way back, and so we shall be rid of them.'
'Nay, Wife,' said the Man; 'we won't do that. I could
never find it in my heart to leave my children alone in the
forest; the wild animals would soon tear them to pieces.'
'What a fool you are she said. 'Then we must all four
die of hunger. You may as well plane the boards for our
coffins at once.'
She gave him no peace till he consented. 'But I grieve
over the poor children all the same,' said the Man.
The two children could not go to sleep for hunger either,
and they heard what their Stepmother said to their Father.
Grethel wept bitterly, and said : All is over with us now I'
'Be quiet, Grethel!' said Hansel. 'Don't cry; I will
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When the old people had gone to sleep, he got up, put on
his little coat, opened the door, and slipped out. The moon
was shining brightly, and the white pebbles round the house
shone like newly-minted coins. Hansel stooped down and
put as many into his pockets as they would hold.
Then he went back to Grethel, and said: 'Take comfort,
little sister, and go to sleep. God won't forsake us.' And
then he went to bed again.
When the day broke, before the sun had risen, the Woman
came and said: 'Get up, you lazybones; we are going into
the forest to fetch wood.'
Then she gave them each a piece of bread, and said:
'Here is something for your dinner, but mind you don't eat
it before, for you '11 get no more.'
Grethel put the bread under her apron, for Hansel had the
stones in his pockets. Then they all started for the forest.
When they had gone a little way, Hansel stopped and looked
back at the cottage, and he did the same thing again and again.
His Father said: 'Hansel, what are you stopping to look
back at? Take care, and put your best foot foremost.'
'0 Father said Hansel, 'I am looking at my white
cat, it is sitting on the roof, wanting to say good-bye to me.'
'Little fool that's no cat, it's the morning sun shining
on the chimney.'
But Hansel had not been looking at the cat, he had been
dropping a pebble on to the ground each time he stopped.
When they reached the middle of the forest, their Father said:
'Now, children, pick up some wood, I want to make a fire
to warm you.'
Hansel and Grethel gathered the twigs together and soon
made a huge pile. Then the pile was lighted, and when it
blazed up, the Woman said: 'Now lie down by the fire and
rest yourselves while we go and cut wood; when we have
finished we will come back to fetch you.'
Hansel and Grethel sat by the fire, and when dinner-time
came they each ate their little bit of bread, and they thought
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their Father was quite near because they could hear the sound
of an axe. It was no axe, however, but a branch which the
Man had tied to a dead tree, and which blew backwards and
forwards against it. They sat there such a long time that
they got tired, their eyes began to close, and they were soon
fast asleep.
When they woke it was dark night. Grethel began to
cry: 'How shall we ever get out of the wood! '
But Hansel comforted her, and said: Wait a little till the
moon rises, then we will soon find our way.'
When the full moon rose, Hansel took his little sister's
hand, and they walked on, guided by the pebbles, which
glittered like newly-coined money. They walked the whole
night, and at daybreak they found themselves back at their
Father's cottage.
They knocked at the door, and when the Woman opened
it and saw Hansel and Grethel, she said: You bad children,
why did you sleep so long in the wood ? We thought you did
not mean to come back any more.'
But their Father was delighted, for it had gone to his
heart to leave them behind alone.
Not long after they were again in great destitution, and
the children heard the Woman at night in bed say to their
Father: 'We have eaten up everything again but half a loaf,
and then we are at the end of everything. The children must
go away; we will take them further into the forest so that
they won't be able to find their way back. There is nothing,
else to be done.'
The Man took it much to heart, and said: 'We had better
share our last crust with the children.'
But the Woman would not listen to a word he said, she
only scolded and reproached him. Any one who once says A
must also say B, and as he had given in the first time, he had
to do so the second also. The children were again wide awake
and heard what was said.
When the old people went to sleep Hansel again got up,
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meaning to go out and get some more pebbles, but the Woman
had locked the door and he couldn't get out. But he con-
soled his little sister, and said :
'Don't cry, Grethel; go to sleep. God will help us.'
In the early morning the Woman made the children get
up, and gave them each a piece of bread, but it was smaller
than the last. On the way to the forest Hansel crumbled it
up in his pocket, and stopped every now and then to throw
a crumb on to the ground.
Hansel, what are you stopping to look about you for ? '
asked his Father.
'I am looking at my dove which is sitting on the roof and
wants to say good-bye to me,' answered Hansel.
'Little fool! said the Woman, that is no dove, it is the
morning sun shining on the chimney.'
Nevertheless, Hansel strewed the crumbs from time to time
on the ground. The Woman led the children far into the
forest where they had never been in their lives before. Again
they made a big fire, and the Woman said :
Stay where you are, children, and when you are tired
you may go to sleep for a while. We are going further on to
cut wood, andin the evening when we have finished we will
come back and fetch you.'
At dinner-time Grethel shared her bread with Hansel,
for he had crumbled his up on the road. Then they went to
sleep, and the evening passed, but no one came to fetch the
poor children.
It was quite dark when they woke up, and Hansel cheered
his little sister, and said: 'Wait a bit, Grethel, till the moon
rises, then we can see the bread-crumbs which I scattered to
show us the way home.'
When the moon rose they started, but they found no bread-
crumbs, for all the thousands of.birds in the forest had pecked
them up and eaten them.
Hansel said to Grethel: 'We shall soon find the way.'
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and all the next day from morning till night, but they could
not get out of the wood.
They were very hungry, for they had nothing to eat but a
few berries which they found. They were so tired that their
legs would not carry them any further, and they lay down
under a tree and went to sleep.
When they woke in the morning, it wasthe third day since
they had left their Father's cottage. They started to walk
again, but they only got deeper and deeper into the wood,
and if no help came they must perish.
At midday they saw a beautiful snow-white bird sitting
on a tree. It sang so beautifully that they stood still to listen
to it. When it stopped, it fluttered its wings and flew round
them. They followed it till they came to a little cottage, on
the roof of which it settled itself.
When they got quite near, they saw that the little house
was made of bread, and it was roofed with cake; the windows
were transparent sugar.
'This will be something for us,' said Hansel. 'We will
have a good meal. I will have a piece of the roof, Grethel,
and you can have a bit of the window, it will be nice and
sweet.'
Hansel stretched up and broke off a piece of the roof to
try what it was like. Grethel went to the window and nibbled
at that. A gentle voice called out from within :
'Nibbling, nibbling like a mouse,
Who 's nibbling at my little house '
The children answered:
'The wind, the wind doth blow
From heaven to earth below,'
and went on eating without disturbing themselves. Hansel,
who found the roof very good, broke off a large piece for
himself; and Grethel pushed a whole round pane out of the
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All at once the door opened and an old, old Woman,
supporting herself on a crutch, came hobbling out. Hansel
and Grethel were so frightened, that they dropped what they
held in their hands.
But the old Woman only shook her head, and said: 'Ah,
dear children, who brought you here ? Come in and stay
with me; you will come to no harm.'
She took them by the hand and led them into the little
house. A nice dinner was set before them, pancakes and
sugar, milk, apples, and nuts. After this she showed them
two little white beds into which they crept, and felt as if they
were in Heaven.
Although the old Woman appeared to be so friendly, she
was really a wicked old Witch who was on the watch for
children, and she had built the bread house on purpose to lure
them to her. Whenever she could get a child into her clutches
she cooked it and ate it, and considered it a grand feast.
Witches have red eyes, and can't see very far, but they have
keen scent like animals, and can perceive the approach of
human beings.
When Hansel and Grethel came near her, she laughed
wickedly to herself, and said scornfully 'Now I have them,
they shan't escape me.'
She got up early in the morning, before the children were
awake, and when she saw them sleeping, with their beautiful
rosy cheeks, she murmured to herself: 'They will be dainty
morsels.'
She seized Hansel with her bony hand and carried him off
to a little stable, where she shut him up with a barred door;
he might shriek as loud as he liked, she took no notice of him.
Then she went to Grethel and shook her till she woke, and
cried :
'Get up, little lazy-bones, fetch some water and cook
something nice for your brother; he is in the stable, and has
to be fattened. When he is nice and fat, I will eat him.'
Grethel began to cry bitterly, but it was no use, she had


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to obey the Witch's orders. The best food was now cooked
for poor Hansel, but Grethel only had the shells of cray-
fish.
The old Woman hobbled to the stable every morning,
and cried: 'Hansel, put your finger out for me to feel how
fat you are.'
Hansel put out a knuckle-bone, and the old Woman, whose
eyes were dim, could not see, and thought it was his finger,
and she was much astonished that he did not get fat.
When four weeks had passed, and Hansel still kept thin,
she became very impatient and would wait no longer.
Now then, Grethel,' she cried, 'bustle along and fetch
the water. Fat or thin, to-morrow I will kill Hansel and eat
him.'
Oh, how his poor little sister grieved. As she carried the
water, the tears streamed down her cheeks.
'Dear God, help us!' she cried. 'If only the wild
animals in the forest had devoured us, we should, at least,
have died together.'
'You may spare your lamentations; they will do you no
good,' said the old Woman.
Early in the morning Grethel had to go out to fill the
kettle with water, and then she had to kindle a fire and hang
the kettle over it.
'We will bake first,' said the old Witch. 'I have heated
the oven and kneaded the dough.'
She pushed poor Grethel towards the oven, and said:
'Creep in and see if it is properly heated, and then we will
put the bread in.'
She meant, when Grethel had got in, to shut the door and
roast her.
But Grettlel saw her intention, and said: 'I don't know
how to get in. How am I to manage it ? '
'Stupid goose cried the Witch. 'The opening is big
enough; you can see that I could get into it myself.'
She hobbled up, and stuck her head into the oven. But
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Grethel gave her a push which sent the Witch right in, and
then she banged the door and bolted it.
'Oh oh she began to howl horribly. But Grethel
ran away and left the wicked Witch to perish miserably.
Grethel ran as fast as she could to the stable. She opened
the door, and cried: 'Hansel, we are saved. The old Witch
is dead.'


SStupid goose!' cried the Witch. 'The opening is big enough; you can see
that I could get into it myself.'
Hansel sprang out, like a bird out of a cage when the door
is set open. How delighted they were. They fell upon each
other's necks, and kissed each other, and danced about for joy.
As they had nothing more to fear, they went into the
Witch's house, and they found chests in every corner full of
pearls and precious stones.
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These are better than pebbles,' said Hansel, as he filled
his pockets.
Grethel said: 'I must take something home with me too.'
And she filled her apron.
But now we must go,' said Hansel, 'so that we may get
out of this enchanted wood.'
Before they had gone very far, they came to a great piece
of water.
We can't get across it,' said Hansel; 'I see no stepping-
stones and no bridge.'
'And there are no boats either,' answered Grethel. 'But
there is a duck swimming, it will help us over if we ask it.'
So she cried-
'Little duck, that cries quack, quack,
Here Grethel and here Hansel stand.
Quickly, take us on your back,
No path nor bridge is there at hand!'
The duck came swimming towards them, and Hansel got
on its back, and told his sister to sit on his knee.
No,' answered Grethel, it will be too heavy for the duck;
it must take us over one after the other.'
The good creature did this, and when they had got safely
over and walked for a while, the wood seemed to grow more and
more familiar to them, and at last they saw their Father's
'cottage in the distance. They began to run, and rushed
inside, where they threw their arms round their Father's neck.
The Man had not had a single happy moment since he had
deserted his children in the wood, and in the meantime his
Wife was dead.
Grethel shook her apron and scattered the pearls and
precious stones all over the floor, and Hansel added handful
after handful out of his pockets.
So all their troubles came to an end, and they lived together
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Hans in Luck
ANS had served his master for seven years, when
he one day said to him: 'Master, my time is up,
I want to go home to my mother; please give me
my wages.'
His master answered, 'You have served me well and
faithfully, and as the service has been, so shall the wages be ';
and he gave him a lump of gold as big as his head.
Hans took out his pocket-handkerchief and tied up the gold
in it, and then slung the bundle over his shoulder, and started
on his homeward journey.
As he walked along, just dragging one foot after the other,
a man on horseback appeared, riding, fresh and gay, along
on his spirited horse.
'Ah said Hans, quite loud as he passed, 'what a fine
thing riding must be. You are as comfortable as if you were
in an easy-chair; you don't stumble over any stones; you
save your shoes, and you get over the road you needn't bother
how.'
The horseman, who heard him, stopped and said, 'Hullo,
Hans, why are you on foot ? '
'I can't help myself,' said Hans, 'as I have this bundle
to carry home. It is true that it is a lump of gold, but I can
hardly hold my head up for it, and it weighs down my shoulder
frightfully.'
'I 'U tell you what,' said the horseman, 'we will change.
I will give you my horse, and you shall give me your bundle.'
'With all my heart,' said Hans; 'but you will be rarely
burdened with it.'
The horseman dismounted, took the gold, and helped Hans
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up, put the bridle into his hands, and said : When you want
to go very fast, you must click your tongue and cry Gee-up,
Gee-up." '
Hans was delighted when he found himself so easily riding
along on horseback. After a time it occurred to him that he
might be going faster, and he began to click with his tongue,
and to cry 'Gee-up, Gee-up.' The horse broke into a gallop,
and before Hans knew where he was, he was thrown off into
a ditch which separated the fields from the high road. The
horse would have run away if a peasant coming along the
road leading a cow had not caught it. Hans felt himself all
over, and picked himself up; but he was very angry, and said
to the peasant: 'Riding is poor fun at times, when you have
a nag like mine, which stumbles and throws you, and puts
you in danger of breaking your neck. I will never mount
it again. I think much more of that cow of yours. You can
walk comfortably behind her, and you have her milk into
the bargain every day, as well as butter and cheese. What
would I not give for a cow like that '
'Well,' said the peasant, 'if you have such a fancy for it
as all that, I will exchange the cow for the horse.'
Hans accepted the offer with delight, and the peasant
mounted the horse and rode rapidly off.
Hans drove his cow peacefully on, and thought what a
lucky bargain he had made. 'If only I have a bit of bread,
and I don't expect ever to be without that, I shall always have
butter and cheese to eat with it. If I am thirsty, I only have
to milk my cow and I have milk to drink. My heart I what
more can you desire ? '
When he came to an inn he made a halt, and in great joy
he ate up all the food he had with him, all his dinner and his
supper too, and he gave the last coins he had for half a glass
of beer. Then he went on further in the direction of his
mother's village, driving his cow before him. The heat was
overpowering, and, as midday drew near, Hans found himself
on a heath which it took him an hour to cross. He was so
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hot and thirsty, that his tongue was parched and clung to the
roof of his mouth.
'This can easily be set to rights,' thought Hans. I will
milk my cow and sup up the milk.' He tied her to a tree,
and as he had no pail, he used his leather cap instead; but,
try as hard as he liked, not a single drop of milk appeared.
As he was very clumsy in his attempts, the impatient animal
gave him a severe kick on his forehead with one of her hind
legs. -He was stunned by the blow, and fell to the ground,
where he lay for some time, not knowing where he was.
Happily just then a butcher came along the road, trundling
a young pig in a wheel-barrow.
SWhat is going on here ?' he cried, as he helped poor Hans
up.
Hans told him all that had happened.
The butcher handed him his flask, and said: 'Here, take
a drink, it will do you good. The cow can't give any milk
I suppose; she must be too old, and good for nothing but to
be a beast of burden, or to go to the butcher.'
'Oh dear I,' said Hans, smoothing his hair. 'Now who
would ever have thought it I Killing the animal is all very
well, but what kind of meat will it be ? For my part, I don't
like cow's flesh; it's not juicy enough. Now, if one had a
nice young pig like that, it would taste ever so much better;
and then, all the sausages '
'Listen, Hans!' then said the butcher, 'for your sake I
will exchange, and let you have the pig instead of the cow.'
'God reward your friendship!' said Hans, handing over
the cow, as the butcher untied the pig, and put the halter
with which it was tied into his hand.
Hans went on his way, thinking how well everything was
turning out for him. Even if a mishap befell him, something
else immediately happened to make up for it. Soon after
this, he met a lad carrying a beautiful white goose under his
arm. They passed the time of day, and Hans began to tell
him how lucky he was, and what successful bargains he had
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made. The lad told him that he was taking the goose for a
christening feast. 'Just feel it,' he went on, holding it up
by the wings. Feel how heavy it is; it's true they have
been stuffing it for eight weeks. Whoever eats that roast
goose will have to wipe the fat off both sides of his mouth.'

























Just then a butcher came along the road, trundling a young pig
in a wheel-barrow.
'Yes, indeed I answered Hans, weighing it in his hand;
'but my pig is no light weight either.'
Then the lad looked cautiously about from side to side,
and shook his head. 'Now, look here,' he began, 'I don't
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think it's all quite straight about your pig. One has just
been stolen out of Schultze's sty, in the village I have come
from. I fear, I fear it is the one you are leading. They
have sent people out to look for it, and it would be a bad
business for you if you were found with it; the least they
would do, would be to put you in the black hole.'
Poor Hans was very much frightened at this. Oh, dear I
oh dear I' he said. 'Do help me out of this trouble. You
are more at home here; take my pig, and let me have your
goose.'
Well, I shall run some risk if I do, but I won't be the means
of getting you into a scrape.'
So he took the rope in his hand, and quickly drove the pig
up a side road; and honest Hans, relieved of his trouble,
plodded on with the goose under his arm.
'When I really come to think it over,' he said to himself,
' I have still had the best of the bargain. First, there is the
delicious roast goose, and then all the fat that will drip out
of it in roasting, will keep us in goose-fat to eat on our bread
for three months at least; and, last of all, there are the
beautiful white feathers which I will stuff, my pillow with,
and then I shall need no rocking to send me to sleep. How
delighted my mother will be.'
As he passed through the last village he came to a knife-
grinder with his cart, singing to his wheel as it buzzed merrily
round-
'Scissors and knives I grind so fast,
And hang up my cloak against the'blast.'
Hans stopped to look at him, and at last he spoke to him and
said, 'You must be doing a good trade to be so merry over
your grinding.'
Yes,' answered the grinder. The work of one's hands is
the foundation of a golden fortune. A good grinder finds
money whenever he puts his hand into his pocket. But
where did you buy that beautiful goose ? '
'I did not buy it; I exchanged my pig for it.'
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'And the pig ?'
Oh, I got that instead of my cow.'
And the cow ? '
I got that for a horse.'
And the horse ?'
'I gave a lump of gold as big as my head for it.'
'And the gold ? '
'Oh, that was my wages for seven years' service.'
'You certainly have known how to manage your affairs,'
said the grinder. 'Now, if you could manage to hear the
money jingling in your pockets when you got up in the morning,
you would indeed have made your fortune.'
How shall I set about that ? asked Hans.
'You must be a grinder like me-nothing is needed for it
but a whetstone; everything else will come of itself. I have
one here which certainly is a little damaged, but you need not
give me anything for it but your goose. Are you willing ?'
'How can you ask me such a question ?' said Hans.
'Why, I shall be the happiest person in the world. If I can
have some money every time I put my hand in my pocket,
what more should I have to trouble about ? '
So he handed him the goose, and took the whetstone in
exchange.
'Now,' said the grinder, lifting up an ordinary large stone
which lay near on the road, 'here is another good stone into
the bargain. You can hammer out all your old nails on it
to straighten them. Take it, and carry it off.'
Hans shouldered the stone, and went on his way with a
light heart, and his eyes shining with joy. 'I must have
been born in a lucky hour,' he cried; 'everything happens
just as I want it, and as it would happen to a Sunday's child.'
In the meantime, as he had been on foot since daybreak,
he began to feel very tired, and he was also very hungry, as
he had eaten all his provisions at once in his joy at his bargain
over the cow. At last he could hardly walk any further,
and he was obliged to stop every minute to rest. Then the
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stones were frightfully heavy, and he could not get rid of the
thought that it would be very nice if he were not obliged to
carry them any further. He dragged himself like a snail
to a well in the fields, meaning to rest and refresh himself
with a draught of the cool water. So as not to injure the
stones by sitting on them, he laid them carefully on the edge
of the well. Then he sat down, and was about to stoop down
to drink when he inadvertently gave them a little push, and
both the stones fell straight into the water.
When Hans saw them disappear before his very eyes he
jumped for joy, and then knelt down and thanked God, with
tears in his eyes, for having shown him this further grace,
and relieved him of the heavy stones (which were all that
remained to trouble him) without giving him anything to
reproach himself with. 'There is certainly no one under the
sun so happy as I.'
And so, with a light heart, free from every care, he now
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Jorinda and Joringel
T HERE was once an old castle in the middle of a vast
thick wood; in it there lived an old woman quite
alone, and she was a witch. By day she made
herself into a cat or a screech-owl, but regularly at night she
became a human being again. In this way she was able to
decoy wild beasts and birds, which she would kill, and boil or
roast. If any man came within a hundred paces of the castle,
he was forced to stand still and could not move from the place
till she gave the word of release; but if an innocent maiden
came within the circle she changed her into a bird, and shut
her up in a cage which she carried into a room in the castle.
She must have had seven thousand cages of this kind, contain-
ing pretty birds.
Now, there was once a maiden called Jorinda who was
more beautiful than all other maidens. She, had promised
to marry a very handsome youth named Joringel, and it was
in the days of their courtship, when they took the greatest
joy in being alone together, that one day they wandered out
into the forest. Take care,' said Joringel; 'do not let us
go too near the castle.'
It was a lovely evening. The sunshine glanced between
the tree-trunks of the dark green-wood, while the turtle-doves
sang plaintively in the old beech-trees. Yet Jorinda sat down
in the sunshine, and could not help weeping and bewailing,
while Joringel, too, soon became just as mournful. They
both felt as miserable as if they had been going to die.
Gazing round them, they found they had lost their way,
and did not know how they should find the path home.
Half the sun still appeared above the mountain; half had sunk
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below. Joringel peered into the bushes and saw the old
walls of the castle quite close to them; he was terror-struck,
and became pale as death. Jorinda was singing:
'My birdie with its ring so red
Sings sorrow, sorrow, sorrow;
My love will mourn when I am dead,
To-morrow, morrow, mor- jug, jug.'

Joringel looked at her, but she was changed into a nightin-
gale who sang 'Jug, jug.'
A screech-owl with glowing eyes flew three times round her,
and cried three times 'Shu hu-hu.' Joringel could not stir;
he stood like a stone without being able to speak, or cry, or
move hand or foot. The sun had now set; the owl flew into
a bush, out of which appeared almost at the same moment a
crooked old woman, skinny and yellow; she had big, red eyes
and a crooked nose whose tip reached her chin. She mumbled
something, caught the nightingale, and carried it away in her
hand. Joringel could riot say a word nor move from the spot,
and the nightingale was gone. At last the old woman came
back, and said in a droning voice: 'Greeting to thee,
Zachiel 1 When the moon shines upon the cage, unloose the
captive, Zachiel '
Then Joringel was free. He fell on his knees before the
witch, and implored her to give back his Jorinda; but she
said he should never have her again, and went away. He
pleaded, he wept, he lamented, but all in vain. 'Alas I
what is to become of me ?' said Joringel. At last he went
away, and arrived at a strange village, where he spent a long
time as a shepherd. He often wandered round about the
castle, but did not go too near it. At last he dreamt one night
that he found a blood-red flower, in the midst of which was
a beautiful large pearl. He plucked the flower, and took it
to the castle. Whatever he touched with it was made free
of enchantment. He dreamt, too, that by this means he had
found his Jorinda again. In the morning when he awoke he
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began to search over hill and dale, in the hope of finding a,
flower like this; he searched till the ninth day, when he found
the flower early in the morning. In the middle was a big
dewdrop, as big as the finest pearl. This flower he carried
day and night, till he reached the castle. He was not held
fast as before when he came within the hundred paces of the
castle, but walked straight up to the door.
Joringel was filled with joy; he touched the door with the
flower, and it flew open. He went in through the court, and
listened for the sound of birds. He went on, and found the
hall, where the witch was feeding the birds in the seven
thousand cages. When she saw Joringel she was angry,
very angry-scolded, and spat poison and gall at him. He
paid no attention to her, but turned away and searched among
the bird-cages. Yes, but there were many hundred nightin-
gales; how was he to find his Jorinda ?
While he was looking about in this way he noticed that the
old woman was secretly removing a cage with a bird inside,
and was making for the dgor. He sprang swiftly towards her,
touched the cage and the witch with the flower, and then
she no longer had power to exercise her spells. Jorinda stood
there, as beautiful as before, and threw her arms round
Joringel's neck. After that he changed all the other birds
back into maidens again, and went home with Jorinda, and
they lived long and happily together.














The Bremen Town Musicians


O NCE upon a time a man had an Ass which for many
years carried sacks to the mill without tiring. At
last, however, its strength was worn out; it was
no longer of any use for work. Accordingly its master began
to ponder as to how best to cut down its keep; but the Ass,
seeing there was mischief in the air, ran away and started
on the road to Bremen; there he thought he could become
a town-musician.
When he had been travelling a short time, he fell in with a
hound, who was lying panting on the road as though he had
run himself off his legs.
Well, what are you panting so for, Growler ? said the Ass.
'Ah,' said the Hound, 'just because I am old, and every
day I get weaker, and also because I can no longer keep
up with the pack, my master wanted to kill me, so I took my
departure. But now, how am I to earn my bread ? '
'Do you know what,' said the Ass. I am going to Bremen,
and shall there become a town-musician; come with me and
take your part in the music. I shall play the lute, and you
shall beat the kettle-drum.'
The Hound agreed, and they went on.
A short time after they came upon a Cat, sitting in the road,
with a face as long as a wet week.
Well, what has been crossing you, Whiskers ?' asked the
Ass.
'Who can be cheerful when he is out at elbows ?' said
the Cat. I am getting on in years, and my teeth are blunted
and I prefer to sit by the stove and purr instead of hunting
round after mice. Just because of this my mistress wanted
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to drown me. I made myself scarce, but now I don't know
where to turn.'
Come with us to Bremen,' said the Ass. You are a great
hand at serenading, so you can become a town-musician.'
The Cat consented,
-and joined them.
Th Next the fugitives
S passed by a yard where
-- "a barn-door fowl was
S sitting on the door,
crowing with all its
might.
'You crow so loud
you pierce one through
and through,' said the
Ass. 'What is the
matter ?'
'Why I didn't I
1. 0 for Lady Day, when
Our Lady washes the
SChrist Child's little
/ garment and wants to
dry it? But, not-
withstanding this, be-
Scause Sunday visitors
Share coming to-morrow,
the mistress has no
pity, and she has or.
A short time after they came upon a Cat, sitting in dered the cook to
the road, with a face as long as a wet week.
make me into soup,
so I shall have my neck wrung to-night. Now I am crowing
with all my might while I have the chance.'
'Come along, Red-comb,' said the Ass; 'you had much
better come with us. We are going to Bremen, and you
will find a much better fate there. You have a good voice,
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and when we make music together, there will be quality
in it.'
The Cock allowed himself to be persuaded, and they all four
went off together. They could not, however, reach the town
in one day, and by evening they arrived at a wood, where
they determined to spend the night. The Ass and the Hound
lay down under a big tree; the Cat and the Cock settled
themselves in the branches, the Cock flying right up to the
top, which was the safest place for him. Before going to sleep
he looked round once more in every direction; suddenly it
seemed to him that he saw a light burning in the distance.
He called out to his comrades that there must be a house
not far off, for he saw a light.
Very well,' said the Ass,' let us set out and make our way
to it, for the entertainment here is very bad.'
The Hound thought some bones or meat would suit him
too, so they set out in the direction of the light, and soon saw
it shining more clearly, and getting bigger and bigger, till
they reached a brightly-lighted robbers' den. The Ass,
being the tallest, approached the window and looked in.
What do you see, old Jackass ? asked the Cock.
What do I see ? answered the Ass; why, a table spread
with delicious food and drink, and robbers seated at it enjoying
themselves.'
'That would just suit us,' said the Cock.
Yes; if we were only there,' answered the Ass.
Then the animals took counsel as to how to set about
driving the robbers out. At last they hit upon a plan.
The Ass was to take up his position with his fore-feet on
the window-sill, the Hound was to jump on his back, the Cat
to climb up on to the Hound, and last of all the Cock flew up
and perched on the Cat's head. When they were thus
arranged, at a given signal they all began to perform their
music; the Ass brayed, the Hound barked, the Cat mewed,
and the Cock crowed; then they dashed through the window,
shivering the panes. The robbers jumped up at the terrible
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noise; they thought nothing less than that a demon was
coming in upon them, and fled into the wood in the greatest
alarm. Then the four animals sat down to table, and helped
themselves according to taste, and ate as though they had
been starving for weeks.
When they had finished
they extinguished the light,
and looked for sleeping
places, each one to suit his
nature and taste.
The Ass lay down on the
manure heap, the Hound
behind the door, the Cat on
the hearth near the warm
ashes, and the Cock flew
up to the rafters. As they
were tired from the long
journey, they soon went
to sleep.
When midnight was
past, and the robbers saw
from a distance that the
light was no longer burn-
ing, and that all seemed
quiet, the chief said:
'We ought not to have
^" been scared by a false
'" alarm,' and ordered one of
-' .the robbers to go and ex-
amine the house.
The Ass brayed, the Hound barked, the Cat Findin all et the
mewed, and the Cock crowed. ll quiet, the
messenger went into the
kitchen to kindle a light, and taking the Cat's glowing, fiery
eyes for live coals, he held a match close to them so as to light
it. But the Cat would stand no nonsense; it flew at his face,
spat and scratched. He was terribly frightened and ran away.
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He tried to get out by the back door, but the Hound, who
was lying there, jumped up and bit his leg. As he ran across
the manure heap in front of the house, the Ass gave him a
good sound kick with his hind legs, while the Cock, who
had awoken at the uproar quite fresh and gay, cried out from
his perch: 'Cock-a-doodle-doo.' Thereupon the robber ran
back as fast as he could to his chief, and said: 'There is a
gruesome witch in the house, who breathed on me and
scratched me with her long fingers. Behind the door there
stands a man with a knife, who stabbed me; while in the
yard lies a black monster, who hit me with a club; and upon
the roof the judge is seated, and he called out, "Bring the
rogue here," so I hurried away as fast as I could.'
Thenceforward the robbers did not venture again to the
house, which, however, pleased the four Bremen musicians
so much that they never wished to leave it again.
And he who last told the story has hardly finished speaking
yet.





















Old Sultan


APEASANT once had a faithful dog called Sultan,
who had grown old and lost all his teeth, and
could no longer keep fast hold of his quarry. One
day when the peasant was standing in front of his house with
his wife, he said: 'To-morrow I intend to shoot old Sultan;
he is no longer any use.'
His wife, who pitied the faithful animal, answered: 'Since
. he has served us so long and,honestly, we might at least keep
him and feed him to the end of his days.'
'What nonsense,' said her husband; 'you are a fool. He
has not a tooth left in his head; thieves are not a bit afraid
of him now that they can get away from him. Even if he has
served us well, he has been well fed in return.'
The poor dog, who lay near, stretched out in the sun, heard
all they said, and was sad at the thought that the next day was
to be his last. Now, he had a good friend who was a wolf,
and in the evening he slunk off into the wood, and complained
to him of the fate which awaited him.
Listen, comrade,' said the Wolf,' be of good cheer; I will
help you in your need, for I have thought of a plan. To-
morrow your master and mistress are going hay-making, and
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they will take their little child with them because there will
be nobody left at home. During their work they usually lay
it under the hedge in the shade; you lie down as though to
guard it. I will then come out of the wood and steal the
child. You must rush quickly after me, as though you wanted
to rescue the child. I will let it fall, and you will take it back
to its parents again; they will think that you have saved it,
and will be far too thankful to do you any harm. On the
contrary, you will come into high favour, and they will never
let you want again.'
The plot pleased the dog, and it was carried out just as it
was planned. The father cried out when he saw the Wolf
run across the field with his child in its mouth; but when
old Sultan brought it back he was overjoyed, stroked him,
and said: 'Not a hair of your coat shall be hurt; you shall
have plenty to eat as long as you live.' Then he said to his
wife: 'Go home immediately and prepare some broth for
old Sultan which he won't need to bite, and bring the pillow
out of my bed. I will give it to him to lie upon.'
Henceforward old Sultan was as well off as he could wish.
Soon afterwards the Wolf paid him a visit, and rejoiced that
all had turned out so well. 'But, comrade,' he said, 'you
must shut your eyes. Suppose some fine day I carry off one
of your master's fat sheep ? Nowadays it is hard to get
one's living.'
'Don't count on that,' answered the dog. 'I must remain
true to my master-I shall never permit it ? '
The Wolf, thinking that he had not spoken in earnest, came
and crept in at night, and tried to carry off a sheep. But the
peasant, to whom the faithful Sultan had betrayed the Wolf's
intention, spied him and belaboured him soundly with a
threshing-flail. The Wolf was forced to retreat, but he called
out to the dog, 'Wait a bit, you wicked creature-you shall
suffer for this.'
The next morning he sent the Boar to invite the Dog into
the wood, there to settle matters by a duel. Old Sultan could
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find no second except the Cat, who had only three legs. When
they came out the poor Cat hobbled along, lifting up its tail
with pain.
The Wolf and his second were already in position; but when
they saw their opponent coming they thought that he was
bringing a sword, for they took the outstretched tail of the
Cat for one. And because the poor animal hobbled on three
legs, they thought nothing less than that it was picking up
stones to throw at them every time it stooped. Then both
became frightened; the Boar crept away into a thicket, and the
Wolf jumped up into a tree. The Dog and the Cat were
astonished, when they arrived, at seeing no one about. The
Boar, however, had not been able to conceal himself completely;
his ears still stuck out. While the Cat was looking round
cautiously, the Boar twitched its ears; the Cat, who thought
that it was a mouse moving, sprang upon it, and began biting
with a will. The Boar jumped up and ran away, calling out:
'The guilty party is up in that tree.' The Cat and the Dog
looked up and perceived the Wolf, who, ashamed of having
shown himself such a coward, made peace with the Dog.




































































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The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean

ONCE there was a poor old woman who lived in a
village; she had collected a bundle of beans,
and was going to cook them. So she prepared a
fire on her hearth, and to make it burn up quickly she lighted
it with a handful of straw. When she threw the beans into
the pot, one escaped her unnoticed and slipped on to the
floor, where it lay by a straw. Soon after a glowing coal
jumped out of the fire and joined the others. Then the Straw
began, and said : Little friends, how came ye hither ? '
The Coal answered: 'I have happily escaped the fire;
and if I had not done so by force of will, my death would
certainly have been a most cruel one; I should have been
burnt to a cinder.'
The Bean said: 'I also have escaped so far with a whole
skin; but if the old woman had put me into the pot, I should
have been pitilessly boiled down to broth like my comrades.'
'Would a better fate have befallen me, then ? asked the
Straw; 'the old woman packed all my brothers into the fire
and smoke, sixty of them all done for at once. Fortunately,
I slipped through her fingers.'
'What are we to do now, though ?' asked the Coal.
'My opinion is,' said the Bean, 'that, as we have escaped
death, we must all keep together like good comrades; and so
that we may run no further risks, we had better quit the
country.'
This proposal pleased both the others, and they set out
together. Before long they came to a little stream, and, as
there was neither path nor bridge, they did not know how to
get over. The Straw at last had an idea, and said, 'I will
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throw myself over and then you can walk across upon me like
a bridge' So the Straw stretched himself across from one
side to the other, and the Coal, which was of a fiery nature,
tripped gaily over the newly-built bridge. But when it got
to the middle and heard the water rushing below, it was
frightened, and remained speechless, not daring to go any
further. The Straw beginning to burn, broke in two and fell
into the stream; the Coal, falling with it, fizzled out in the
water. The Bean, who had cautiously remained on the bank,
could not help laughing over the whole business, and, having
begun, could not stop, but laughed till she split her sides.
Now, all would have been up with her had not, fortunately,
a wandering tailor been taking a rest by the stream. As he
had a sympathetic heart, he brought out a needle and thread
and stitched her up again; but, as he used black thread, all
beans have a black seam to this day.













Clever Elsa

T HERE was once a Man who had a daughter called
Clever Elsa. When she was grown up, her Father
said: We must get her married.'
'Yes,' said her Mother;' 'if only somebody came who
would have her.'
At last a suitor, named Hans, came from a distance. He
made an offer for her on condition that she really was as clever
as she was said to be.
Oh said her Father, she is a long-headed lass.'
And her Mother said : She can see the wind blowing in the
street, and hear the flies coughing.'
'Well,' said Hans, 'if she is not really clever, I won't have
her.'
When they were at dinner, her Mother said: 'Elsa, go to
the cellar and draw some beer.'
Clever Elsa took the jug from the nail on the wall, and
went to the cellar, clattering the lid as she went, to pass the
time. When she reached the cellar she placed a chair near the
cask so that she need not hurt her back by stooping. Then
she put down the jug before her and turned the tap. And
while the beer was running, so as not to be idle, she let her eyes
rove all over the place, looking this way and that.
Suddenly she discovered a pickaxe just above her head,
which a mason had by chance left hanging among the rafters.
Clever Elsa burst into tears, and said: 'If I marry Hans,
and we have a child, when it grows big, and we send it down
to draw beer, the pickaxe will fall on its head and kill it.' So
there she sat crying and lamenting loudly at the impending
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GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES
The others sat upstairs waiting for the beer, but Clever
Elsa never came back.
Then the Mistress said to her Servant: 'Go down to the
cellar, and see why Elsa does not come back.'
The Maid went, and found Elsa sitting by the cask, weeping
bitterly. 'Why, Elsa, whatever are you crying for? she
asked.
'Alas 1' she answered, 'have I not cause to cry? If I
marry Hans, and we have a child, when he grows big, and
we send him down to draw beer, perhaps that pickaxe will
fall on his head and kill him.'
Then the Maid said: 'What a Clever Elsa we have'; and
she, too, sat down by Elsa, and began to cry over the
misfortune.
After a time, as the Maid did not come back, and they
were growing very thirsty, the Master said to the Serving-
man: 'Go down to the cellar and see what has become of
Elsa and the Maid.'
The Man went down, and there sat Elsa and the Maid
weeping together. So he said: 'What are you crying for ? '
'Alas said Elsa, 'have I not enough to cry for ? If I
marry Hans, and we have a child, and we send it when it is
big enough into the cellar to draw beer, the pickaxe will fall
on its head and kill it.'
The Man said: 'What a Clever Elsa we have'; and he,
too, joined them and howled in company.
The people upstairs waited a long time for the Serving-
man, but as he did not come back, the Husband said to his
Wife: 'Go down to the cellar yourself, and see what has
become of Elsa.'
So the Mistress went down and found all three making loud
lamentations, and she asked the cause of their grief.
Then Elsa told her that her future child would be killed
by the falling of the pickaxe when it was big enough to be
sent to draw the beer. Her Mother said with the others:
'Did you ever see such a Clever Elsa as we have ? '
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Her Husband upstairs wai
some time, but as his Wife did
return, and his thirst grew grea
he said: 'I must go to the ce
myself to see what has become
Elsa.'
But when he got to the eel
and found all the others sitt
together in tears, caused by
the fear that a child which
Elsa might one day have,
if she married Hans, might
be killed by the falling
of the pickaxe, when it
went to draw beer, he too
cried-
'What a Clever Elsa
we have '
Then he, too, sat down
and added his lamentations
to theirs.
The bridegroom waited
alone upstairs for a long
time; then, as nobody came
back, he thought: They
must be waiting for me
down there, I must go and
see what they are doing.'
So down he went, and
when he found them all
crying and lamenting in
a heart-breaking manner,
each one louder than the
other, he asked: 'What
misfortune can possibly
have happened ? '
c


When she saw the pick-axe just above her
head, Clever Elsa burst into tears.
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'Alas, dear Hans!' said Elsa, 'if we marry and have a
child, and we send it to draw beer when it is big enough, it
may be killed if that pickaxe left hanging there were to fall
on its head. Have we not cause to lament ? '
'Well,' said Hans, more wits than this I do not need;
and as you are such a Clever Elsa I will have you for my wife.'
He took her by the hand, led her upstairs, and they
celebrated the marriage.
When they had been married for a while, Hans said:
'Wife, I am going to work to earn some money; do you go
into the fields and cut the corn, so that we may have some
bread.'
'Yes, my dear Hans; I will go at once.'
When Hans had gone out, she made some good broth and
took it into the field with her.
When she got there, she said to herself: 'What shall I do,
reap first, or eat first ? I will eat first.'
So she finished up the bowl of broth, which she found very
satisfying, so she said again: 'Which shall I do, sleep first,
or reap first ? I will sleep first.' So she lay down among the
corn and went to sleep.
Hans had been home a long time, and no Elsa came, so he
said: 'What a Clever Elsa I have. She is so industrious,
she does not even come home to eat.'
But as she still did not come, and it was getting dusk, Hans
went out to see how much corn she had cut. He found that
she had not cut any at all, and that she was lying there fast
asleep. Hans hurried home to fetch a fowler's net with little
bells on it, and this he hung around her without waking her.
Then he ran home, shut the house door, and sat down to
work.
At last, when it was quite dark, Clever Elsa woke up, and
when she got up there was such a jangling, and the bells jingled
at every step she took. She was terribly frightened, and
wondered whether she really was Clever Elsa or not, and said :
'Is it me, or is it not me ?'
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But she did not know what to answer, and stood for a time
doubtful. At last she thought: 'I will go home, and ask if
it is me, or if it is not me; they will be sure to know.'
She ran to the house, but found the door locked; so she
knocked at the window, and cried: 'Hans, is Elsa at home ?'
Yes,' answered Hans, she is I '
Then she started and cried: 'Alas I then it is not me,'
and she went to another door; but when the people heard the
jingling of the bells, they would not open the door, and no-
where would they take her in.
So she ran away out of the village, and was never seen
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The Dog and the Sparrow

T HERE was once a sheep-dog who had not got a kind
master, but one who left him to suffer from hunger.
When he could bear it no longer, he went sadly
away. On the road he met a Sparrow, who said, Brother
Dog, why are you so sad '


On the road he met a Sparrow.
The Dog answered, 'Because I am hungry and I have
nothing to eat.'
Then,' said the Sparrow, 'Brother Dog, come with me to
the town, and I will satisfy your hunger.'
So they went to the town together, and when they came to
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a butcher's shop, the Sparrow said to the Dog, 'Stay where
you are out there and I will peck down a piece of meat.' He
perched upon the stall, and looked about to see that he was
not noticed; then he pecked, pulled, and pushed a piece of
meat lying near the edge, till at last it fell to the ground.
The Dog seized it and ran off with it to a corner, where he
devoured it. Then the Sparrow said to him, 'Now come with
me to another shop, and I will pull down another piece so that
vou may have enough.'
When the Dog had gobbled up the second piece of meat,
the Sparrow said, 'Brother Dog, have you had enough ? '
'Yes, I have had enough meat,' replied the Dog; 'but I
haven't had any bread.'
'Oh, you shall have some bread too,' said the Sparrow.
'Come with me.' And then he led him to a baker's shop,
where he pecked at a couple of rolls till they fell down. Then,
as the Dog still wanted more, he took him to another shop
where he pulled down some more bread.
When that was consumed, the Sparrow said,' Brother Dog,
is your hunger satisfied ?'
Yes,' he answered; 'now let us go and walk about outside
the town for a bit.'
So they both went out on to the high-road. Now it was
very warm weather, and when they had walked a little way
the Dog said, I am tired, and I want to go to sleep.'
'Oh, by all means,' answered the Sparrow; 'I will sit
upon this branch in the meantime.'
So the Dog lay down upon the road and fell fast asleep.
While he lay there sleeping, a Carter came along driving a
wagon with three horses. The wagon was laden with two
casks of wine. The Sparrow saw that he was not going to
turn aside, but was going on in the track in which the Dog
lay, and he called out, Carter, don't do it, or I will ruin you '
But the Carter grumbled to himself, 'You won't ruin me,'
cracked his whip, and drove the wheels of his wagon right over
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The Sparrow cried out after him, Carter, you have killed
my brother Dog; it will cost you your wagon and your team.'
'My wagon and my team indeed, what harm can you do
me ?' asked the Carter, as he drove on. The Sparrow crept
under the tarpaulin and pecked at the bunghole of one of the
casks till the bung came out, and all the wine trickled away
without the Carter's being aware of it. When he looked
round and saw the wine dripping from the wagon, he examined
the casks and found that one was empty.
'Alas, poor man that I am he cried.
'Not poor enough yet,' said the Sparrow, as he flew on to
the head of one of the horses and pecked out its eyes. When
the Carter saw what he was doing, he seized his chopper to
throw it at the Sparrow; but the bird flew away, and the
chopper hit the horse on the head, and he dropped down dead.
'Alas, poor man that I am he cried.
'Not poor enough yet,' said the Sparrow. As the Carter
drove on with his two horses, the Sparrow again crept under
the tarpaulin and pecked the bung out of the second cask,
so that all the wine ran out.
When the Carter perceived it, he cried again, 'Alas, poor
man that I am !'
But the Sparrow answered, 'Not poor enough yet'; and
he seated himself on the head of the second horse and pecked
its eyes out. The Carter ran up with his big chopper and
struck at him; but the Sparrow flew away, and the blow hit
the horse and killed it.
'Alas, poor man that I am cried the Carter.
'Not poor enough yet,' said the Sparrow, as he perched
on the head of the third horse and pecked out its eyes. In -
his rage, the Carter struck out at the Sparrow with his chopper
without taking aim, missed the Sparrow, but hit his last
horse on the head, and it fell down dead.
'Alas, poor man that I am !'
'Not poor enough yet,' said the Sparrow. Now, I will
bring poverty to your home'; and he flew away.
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The Carter had to leave his wagon standing, and he went
home full of rage and fury.
Ah he said to his wife, what misfortunes I have had
to-day; the wine has all run out of the casks, and my three
horses are dead.'
'Alas husband,' she answered, 'whatever kind of evil
bird is this which has come into our house. He has assembled
all the birds in the world, and they have settled on our maize
and they are eating it clean up.'
He went up into the loft, where thousands and thousands
of birds were sitting on the floor. They had eaten up all the
maize, and the Sparrow sat in the middle of them.
Then the Carter cried out, 'Alas, poor man that I am '
'Not poor enough,' answered the Sparrow, 'Carter, it will
cost you your life yet'; and he flew away.
Now the Carter, having lost all that he possessed, went
downstairs and sat down beside the stove, very angry and
ill-tempered. But the Sparrow sat outside the window and
cried, Carter, it will cost you your life.'
The Carter seized his chopper and threw it at the Sparrow,
but it only smashed the window and did not hit the bird.
Then the Sparrow hopped in and perched on the stove, and
cried, Carter, it will cost you your life.'
The Carter, mad, and blind with rage, smashed the stove
to atoms, but the Sparrow fluttered hither and thither till
all the furniture,-the little looking-glass, the bench, the
table,-and at last the very walls of his house were destroyed,
but without ever hitting the Sparrow. At last he caught it
in his hand.
Then,' said his wife, shall I kill it ?'
No,' he cried; that would be too good for it; it shall
die a much worse death. I will swallow it.' And he took it
and gulped it down whole.
But the bird began to flutter about in his inside, and at
last fluttered up into the man's mouth. He stretched out his
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The Carter handed his chopper to his wife and said, 'Wife,
kill the bird in my mouth.' The woman hit out, but she
aimed badly and hit the Carter on the head, and down he
fell, dead.
The Sparrow, however, flew out and right away.


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The Twelve

Dancing Princesses


T HERE was once a King who had twelve daughters,
each more beautiful than the other. They slept
together in a hall where their beds stood close to
one another; and at night, when they had gone to bed, the
King locked the door and bolted it. But when he unlocked
it in the morning, he noticed that their shoes had been danced
to pieces, and nobody could explain how it happened. So the
King sent out a proclamation saying that any one who could
discover where the Princesses did their night's dancing should
choose one of them to be his wife and should reign after his
death; but whoever presented himself, and failed to make the
discovery after three days and nights, was to forfeit his life.
A Prince soon presented himself and offered to take the
risk. He was well received, and at night was taken into a
room adjoining the hall where the Princesses slept. His
bed was made up there, and he was to watch and see where
they went to dance; so that they could not do anything, or
go anywhere else, the door of his room was left open too.
But the eyes of the King's son grew heavy, and he fell asleep.
When he woke up in the morning all the twelve had been
dancing, for the soles of their shoes were full of holes. The
second and third evenings passed with the same results, and
then the Prince found no mercy, and his head was cut off.
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Many others came after him and offered to take the risk, but
they all had to lose their lives.
Now it happened that a poor Soldier, who had been wounded
and could no longer serve, found himself on the road to the
town where the King lived. There he fell in with an old
woman who asked him where he intended to go.
'I really don't know, myself,' he said; and added, in fun,
'I should like to discover where the King's daughters dance
their shoes into holes, and after that to become King.'
'That is not so difficult,' said the old woman. 'You must
not drink the wine which will be brought to you in the evening,
but must pretend to be fast asleep.' Whereupon she gave
him a short cloak, saying: 'When you wear this you will
be invisible, and then you can slip out after the Twelve
Princesses.'
As soon as the Soldier heard this good advice he took it up
seriously, plucked up courage, appeared before the King,
and offered himself as suitor. He was as well received as
the others, and was dressed in royal garments.
In the evening, when bed-time came, he was conducted
to the ante-room. As he was about to go to bed the eldest
Princess appeared, bringing him a cup of wine; but he had
fastened a sponge under his chin and let the wine run down
into it, so that he did not drink one drop. Then he lay down,
and when he had been quiet a little while he began to snore as
though in the deepest sleep.
The Twelve Princesses heard him, and laughed. The
eldest said : He, too, must forfeit his life.'
Then they got up, opened cupboards, chests, and cases, and
brought out their beautiful dresses. They decked themselves
before the glass, skipping about and revelling in the prospect
of the dance. Only the youngest sister said: 'I don't know
what it is. You may rejoice, but I feel so strange; a mis-
fortune is certainly hanging over us.'
You are a little goose,' answered the eldest; 'you are
always frightened. Have you forgotten how many Princes
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have come here in vain ? Why, I need not have given the
Soldier a sleeping draught at all; the blockhead would never
have awakened.'
When they were all ready they looked at the Soldier; but
his eyes were shut and he did not stir. So they thought they
would soon be quite safe. Then the eldest went up to one of
the beds and knocked on it; it sank into the earth, and they
descended through the opening, one after another, the eldest
first.
The Soldier, who had noticed everything, did not hesitate
long, but threw on his cloak and went down behind the
youngest. Half-way down he trod on her dress. She was
frightened, and said: What was that ? who is holding on to
my dress ? '
'Don't be so foolish. You must have caught on a nail,'
said the eldest. Then they went right down, and when they
got quite underground, they stood in a marvellously beautiful
avenue of trees; all the leaves were silver, and glittered and
shone.
The Soldier thought, I must take away some token with
me.' And as he broke off a twig, a sharp crack came from
the tree.
The youngest cried out, All is not well; did you hear that
sound ?'
'Those are triumphal salutes, because we shall soon have
released our Princes,' said the eldest.
Next they came to an avenue where all the leaves were of
gold, and, at last, into a third, where they were of shining
diamonds. From both these he broke off a twig, and there
was a crack each time which made the youngest Princess start
with terror; but the eldest maintained that the sounds were
only triumphal salutes. They went on faster, and came to a
great lake. Close to the bank lay twelve little boats, and in
every boat sat a handsome Prince. They had expected the
Twelve Princesses, and each took one with him; but the
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Then said the Prince, 'I don't know why, but the boat is
much heavier to-day, and I am obliged to row with all my
strength to get it along.'
'I wonder why it is,' said the youngest, unless, perhaps,
it is the hot weather; it is strangely hot.'
On the opposite side of the lake stood a splendid brightly-
lighted castle, from which came the sound of the joyous music
of trumpets and drums. They rowed across, and every Prince
danced with his love; and the Soldier danced too, unseen.
If one of the Princesses held a cup of wine he drank out of it,
so that it was empty when she lifted it to her lips. This
frightened the youngest one, but the eldest always silenced her.
They danced till three next morning, when their shoes were
danced into holes, and they were obliged to stop. The
Princes took them back across the lake, and this time the
Soldier took his seat beside the eldest. On the bank they said
farewell to their Princes, and promised to come again the next
night. When they got to the steps, the Soldier ran on ahead,
lay down in bed, and when the twelve came lagging by,
slowly and wearily, he began to snore again, very loud, so
that they said, 'We are quite safe as far as he is concerned.'
Then they took off their beautiful dresses, put them away,
placed the worn-out shoes under their beds, and lay down.
The next morning the Soldier determined to say nothing,
but to see the wonderful doings again. So he went with them
the second and third nights. Everything was just the same
as the first time, and they danced each time till their shoes
were in holes; but the third time the Soldier took away a
wine-cup as a token.
When the appointed hour came for his answer, he took
the three twigs and the cup with him and went before the
King. The Twelve Princesses stood behind the door listening
to hear what he would say. When the King put the question,
'Where did my daughters dance their shoes to pieces in the
night ? he answered: 'With twelve Princes in an under-
ground castle.' Then he produced the tokens.






































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On the opposite side of the lake stood a splendid brightly-lighted Castle.







GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES


The King sent for his daughters and asked them whether
the Soldier had spoken the truth. As they saw that they were
betrayed, and would gain nothing by lies, they were obliged
to admit all. Thereupon the King asked the Soldier which
one he would choose as his wife. He answered: 'I am no
longer young, give me the eldest.'
So the wedding was celebrated that very day, and the
kingdom was promised to him on the King's death. But
for every night which the Princes had spent in dancing with
the Princesses a day was added to their time of enchantment.









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The Fisherman and his Wife
T HERE was once a Fisherman, who lived with his
Wife in a miserable little hovel close to the sea.
He went to fish every day, and he fished and fished,
and at last one day, as he was sitting looking deep down into'
the shining water, he felt something on his line. When he
hauled it up there was a great Flounder on the end of the
line. The Flounder said to him, 'Listen, Fisherman, I beg
you not to kill me: I am no common Flounder, I am an
enchanted prince I What good will it do you to kill me ?
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I shan't be good to eat; put me back into the water, and leave
me to swim about.'
Ho ho !' said the Fisherman, you need not make so
many words about it. I am quite ready to put back a Flounder
that can talk.' And so saying, he put back the Flounder into
the shining water, and it sank down to the bottom, leaving
a streak of blood behind it.
Then the Fisherman got up and went back to his Wife in
the hovel. 'Husband,' shle said, 'hast thou caught nothing
to-day ? '
'No,' said the Man; 'all I caught was one Flounder, and
he said he was an enchanted prince, so I let him go swim again.'
Didst thou not wish for anything then ? asked the Good-
wife.
No,' said the Man; 'what was there to wish for ?'
'Alas said his Wife, 'isn't it bad enough always to live
in this wretched hovel I Thou mightst at least have wished
for a nice clean cottage. Go back and call him, tell him I
want a pretty cottage : he will surely give us that.'
Alas I said the Man,' what am I to go back there for ? '
'Well,' said the Woman,' it was thou who didst catch him
and let him go again; for certain he will do that for thee.
Be off now '
The Man was still not very willing to go, but he did not want
to vex his Wife, and at last he went back to the sea.
He found the sea no longer bright and shining, but dull and
green. He stood by it and said-
'Flounder, Flounder in the sea,
Prythee, hearken unto me:
My Wife, Ilsebil, must have her own will,
And sends me to beg a boon of thee.'

The Flounder came swimming up, and said, 'Well, what
do you want ? '
'Alas,' said the Man, I had to call you, for my Wife said
I ought to have wished for something as I caught you. She
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doesn't want to live in our miserable hovel any longer, she
wants a pretty cottage.'
'Go home again then,' said the Flounder, 'she has her
wish fully.'
The Man went home and found his Wife no longer in the old
hut, but a pretty little cottage stood in its place, and his Wife
was sitting on a bench by the door.
She took him by the hanti, and said, 'Come and look in
here-isn't this much better ? '
They went inside and found a pretty sitting-room, and a
bedroom with a bed in it, a kitchen and a larder furnished
with everything of the best in tin and brass and every
possible requisite. Outside there was a little yard with
chickens and ducks, and a little garden full of vegetables and
fruit.
Look !' said the Woman, is not this nice ?'
'Yes,' said the Man, 'and so let it remain. We can live
here very happily.'
'We will see about that,' said the Woman. With that they
ate something and went to bed.
Everything went well for a week or more, and then said the
Wife, 'Listen, husband, this cottage is too cramped, and the
garden is too small. The Flounder could have given us a bigger
house. I want to live in a big stone castle. Go to the
Flounder, and tell him to give us a castle.'
'Alas, Wife,' said the Man, 'the cottage is good enough
for us : what should we do with a castle ? '
'Never mind,' said his Wife, 'do thou but go to the
Flounder, and he will manage it.'
'Nay, Wife,' said the Man, 'the Flounder gave us the
cottage. I don't want to go back; as likely as not he 'll be
angry.
Go, all the same,' said the Woman. He can do it easily
enough, and willingly into the bargain. Just go I '
The Man's heart was heavy, and he was very unwilling to
go. He said to himself,' It's not right.' But at last he went.
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He found the sea was no longer green; it was still calm,
but dark violet and grey. He stood by it and said-
'Flounder, Flounder in the sea,
Prythee, hearken unto me:
My Wife, Ilsebil, must have her own will,
And sends me to beg a boon of thee.'

'Now, what do you want ? 'said the Flounder.
'Alas,' said the Man, half scared, 'my wife wants a big
stone castle.'
'Go home again,' said the Flounder, she is standing at the
door of it.'
Then the man went away thinking he would find no house,
but when he got back he found a great stone palace, and his
Wife standing at the top of the steps, waiting to go in.
She took him by the hand and said, Come in with me.'
With that they went in and found a great hall paved with
marble slabs, and numbers of servants in attendance, who
opened the great doors for them. The walls were hung with
beautiful tapestries, and the rooms were furnished with golden
chairs and tables, while rich carpets covered the floors, and
crystal chandeliers hung from the ceilings. The tables
groaned under every kind of delicate food and the most costly
wines. Outside the house there was a great courtyard, with
stabling for horses, and cows, and many fine carriages.
Beyond this there was a great garden filled with the loveliest
flowers, and fine fruit-trees. There was also a park, half a
mile long, and in it were stags and hinds, and hares, and
everything of the kind one could wish for.
Now,' said the Woman, 'is not this worth having ?'
Oh yes,' said the Man; and so let it remain. We will
live in this beautiful palace and be content.'
'We will think about that,' said his Wife, 'and sleep upon
it.'
With that they went to bed.
Next morning the Wife woke up first; day was just dawn-
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ing, and from her bed she could see the beautiful country
around her. Her husband was still asleep, but she pushed
him with her elbow, and said, 'Husband, get up and peep out
of the window. See here, now, could we not be King over
all this land ? Go to the Flounder. We will be King.'
'Alas, Wife,' said the Man, 'what should we be King for ?
I don't want to be King.'
'Ah,' said his Wife, 'if thou wilt not be King, I will. Go
to the Flounder. I will be King.'
Alas, Wife,' said the Man,' whatever dost thou want to be
King for ? I don't like to tell him.'
Why not ? said the Woman. Go thou must. I will
be King.'
So the Man went; but he was quite sad because his Wife
would be King.
It is not right,' he said; it is not right.'
When he reached the sea, he found it dark, grey, and rough,
and evil smelling. He stood there and said-

'Flounder, Flounder in the sea,
Prythee, hearken unto me
My Wife, Ilsebil, must have her own will,
And sends me to beg a boon of thee.'

'Now, what does she want ? said the Flounder.
'Alas,' said the Man,' she wants to be King now.'
'Go back. She is King already,' said the Flounder.
So the Man went back, and when he reached the palace
he found that it had grown much larger, and a great tower
had been added with handsome decorations. There was a
sentry at the door, and numbers of soldiers were playing
drums and trumpets. As soon as he got inside the house,
he found everything was marble and gold; and the hangings
were of velvet, with great golden tassels. The doors of the
saloon were thrown wide open, and he saw the whole court
assembled. His Wife was sitting on a lofty throne of gold and
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diamonds; she wore a golden crown, and carried in one hand
a sceptre of pure gold. On each side of her stood her ladies
in a long row, every one a head shorter than the next.
He stood before her, and said: 'Alas, Wife, art thou now
King ?'
Yes,' she said; 'now I am King.'
He stood looking at her for some time, and then he said:
'Ah, Wife, it is a fine thing for thee to be King; now we will
not wish to be anything more.'
Nay, husband,' she answered, quite uneasily; 'I find the
time hang very heavy on my hands. I can't bear it any
longer. Go back to the Flounder. King I am, but I must
also be Emperor.'
Alas, Wife,' said the Man, why dost thou now want to be
Emperor ? '
Husband,' she answered, go to the Flounder. Emperor
I will be.'
'Alas, Wife,' said the Man,' Emperor he can't make thee,
and I won't ask him. There is only one Emperor in the
country; and Emperor the Flounder cannot make thee, that
he can't.'
'What ? said the Woman. I am King, and thou art
but my husband. To him thou must go, and that right
quickly. If he can make a King, he can also make an
Emperor. Emperor I will be, so go quickly.'
He had to go, but he was quite frightened. And as he went,
he thought, This won't end well; Emperor is too shameless.
The Flounder will make an end of the whole thing.'
With that he came to the sea, but now he found it quite
black, and heaving up from below in great waves. It tossed
to and fro, and a sharp wind blew over it, and the man
trembled. So he stood there, and said-
'Flounder, Flounder in the sea,
Prythee, hearken unto me:
My Wife, Ilsebil, must have her own will,
And sends me to beg a boon of thee.'







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'What does she want now ? said the Flounder.
'Alas, Flounder,' he said, 'my Wife wants to be Emperor.'
Go back,' said the Flounder. She is Emperor.'
So the man went back, and when he got to the door, he
found that the whole palace was made of polished marble,
with alabaster figures and golden decorations. Soldiers
marched up and down before the doors, blowing their
trumpets and beating their drums. Inside the palace, counts,
barons, and dukes walked about as attendants, and they
opened to him the doors, which were of pure gold.
He went in, and saw his Wife sitting on a huge throne made
of solid gold. It was at least two miles high. She had on
her head a great golden crown set with diamonds three yards
high. In one hand she held the sceptre, and in the other
the orb of empire. On each side of her stood the gentlemen-
at-arms in two rows, each one a little smaller than the other,
from giants two miles high down to the tiniest dwarf no bigger
than my little finger. She was surrounded by princes and
dukes.
Her husband stood still, and said: Wife, art thou now
Emperor ?'
'Yes,' said she; now I am Emperor.'
Then he looked at her for some time, and said: 'Alas,
Wife, how much better off art thou for being Emperor?'
'Husband,' she said, 'what art thou standing there for ?
Now I am Emperor, I mean to be Pope I Go back to the
Flounder.'
'Alas, Wife,' said the Man, 'what wilt thou not want ?
Pope thou canst not be. There is only one Pope in Christen-
dom. That's more than the Flounder can do.'
Husband,' she said, Pope I will be; so go at once. I must
be Pope this very day.'
No, Wife,' he said, I dare not tell him. It's no good;
it's too monstrous altogether. The Flounder cannot make
thee Pope.'
'Husband,' said the Woman, 'don't talk nonsense. If
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he can make, an Emperor, he can make a Pope. Go immedi-
ately. I am Emperor, and thou art but my husband, and
thou must obey.'
So he was frightened, and went; but he was quite dazed.
He shivered and shook, and his knees trembled.
A great wind arose over the land, the clouds flew across the
sky, and it grew as dark as night; the leaves fell from the
trees, and the water foamed and dashed upon the shore. In
the distance the ships were being tossed to and fro on the
waves, and he heard them firing signals of distress. There
was still a little patch of blue in the sky among the dark
clouds, but towards the south they were red and heavy, as in
a bad storm. In despair, he stood and said-
'Flounder, Flounder in the sea,
Prythee, hearken unto me:
My Wife, Ilsebil, must have her own will,
And sends me to beg a boon of thee.'

'Now, what does she want ?' said the Flounder.
Alas,' said the Man, she wants to be Pope !'
'Go back. Pope she is,' said the Flounder.
So back he went, and he found a great church surrounded
with palaces. He pressed through the crowd, and inside he
found thousands and thousands of lights, and his Wife,
entirely clad in gold, was sitting on a still higher throne, with
three golden crowns upon her head, and she was surrounded
with priestly state. On each side of her were two rows of
candles, the biggest as thick as a tower, down to the tiniest
little taper. Kings and Emperors were on their knees before
her, kissing her shoe.
Wife,' said the Man, looking at her, art thou now Pope ? '
Yes,' said she; 'now I am Pope.'
So there he stood gazing at her, and it was like looking at a
shining sun.
'Alas, Wife,' he said, 'art thou better off for being Pope ? '
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said : 'Now, Wife, be content with being Pope; higher thou
canst not go.'
I will think about that,' said the Woman, and with that
they both went to bed. Still she was not content, and could
not sleep for her inordinate desires. The Man slept well and
soundly, for he had walked about a great deal in the day;
but his Wife could think of nothing but what further grandeur


'Flounder, Flounder in the sea,
Prythee, hearken unto me.'
she could demand. When the dawn reddened the sky she
raised herself up in bed and looked out of the window, and
when she saw the sun rise, she said :
Ha I can I not cause the sun and the moon to rise ?
Husband I' she cried, digging her elbow into his side, 'wake
up and go to the Flounder. I will be Lord of the Universe.'
Her husband, who was still more than half asleep, was so
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shocked that he fell out of bed. He thought he must have
heard wrong. He rubbed his eyes, and said :
'Alas, Wife, what didst thou say ? '
'Husband,' she said, 'if I cannot be Lord of the Universe,
and cause the sun and moon to set and rise, I shall not be able
to bear it. I shall never have another happy moment.'
She looked at him so wildly that it caused a shudder to run
through him.
'Alas, Wife,' he said, falling on his knees before her, 'the
Flounder can't do that. Emperor and Pope he can make,
but that is indeed beyond him. I pray thee, control thyself
and remain Pope.'
Then she flew into a terrible rage. Her hair stood on end;
she kicked him and screamed-
'I won't bear it any longer; wilt thou go '
Then he pulled on his trousers and tore away like a madman.
Such a storm was raging that he could hardly keep his feet:
houses and trees quivered and swayed, and mountains trembled,
and the rocks rolled into the sea. The sky was pitchy black;
it thundered and lightened, and the sea ran in black waves
mountains high, crested with white foam. He shrieked out,
but could hardly make himself heard-
'Flounder, Flounder in the sea,
Prythee, hearken unto me:
My Wife, Ilsebil, must have her own will,
And sends me to beg a boon of thee.'
'Now, what does she want ? asked the Flounder.
'Alas,' he said, she wants to be Lord of the Universe.'
Now she must go back to her old hovel; and there she is.'
So there they are to this very day.














The Wren and the


Bear


O NCE upon a time, in the summer, a Bear and a Wolf
were taking a walk in a wood when the Bear heard
a bird singing most beautifully, and he said,
'Brother Wolf, what kind of bird is that singing so beauti-
fully ?'
That is the King of the.birds, and we must bow down to it.'
But really it was a Wren.
If that is so,' said the Bear, I should like to see his royal
palace. Come, you must take me to it.'
That's not so easy,' said the Wolf. 'You must wait till
the Queen comes.'
Soon after, the Queen made her appearance, bringing food
in her beak, and the King came with her to feed their little
ones. The Bear would have liked to go in at once, but the
Wolf held him by the sleeve, and said, 'No; now you must
wait till the King and Queen fly away again.'
So they marked the opening of the nest, and trudged on.
But the Bear had no rest till he could see the royal palace,
and before long he went back.
The King and the Queen had gone out again. He peeped
in, and saw five or six young ones lying in the nest.
'Is that the royal palace ?' cried the Bear. 'What a
miserable place And do you mean to say that you are royal
children ? You must be changelings '
When the young Wrens heard this, they were furious, and
shrieked, No, indeed we 're not. Our parents are honest
people; we must have this out with you.'
The Bear and the Wolf were very much frightened. They
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But the young Wrens continued to shriek and scream aloud;
and when their parents came back with more food, they said,
'We won't touch so much as the leg of a fly, even if we starve,
till you tell us whether we are really your lawful children or
not. The Bear has been here calling us names.'
Then said the old King, 'Only be quiet, and this shall be
seen to.'
Thereupon he and his wife the Queen flew off to the Bear
in his den, and called in to him, 'Old Bruin, why have you
been calling our children names ? It will turn out badly
for you, and it will lead to a bloody war between us.'
So war was declared, and all the four-footed animals were
called together-the ox, the ass, the cow, the stag, the roedeer,
and every other creature on the earth.
But the Wren called together every creature which flew in
the air, not only birds both large and small, but also the gnats,
the hornets, the bees, and the flies.
When the time came for the war to begin, the Wren sent
out scouts to discover where the commanding generals of the
enemy were to be found. The gnats were the most cunning
of all. They swarmed in the wood where the enemy were
assembled, and at last they hid themselves under a leaf of the
tree where the orders were being given.
The Bear called the Fox up to him and said, 'You are the
slyest of all the animals, Reynard. You shall be our general,
and lead us.'
'.Very good,' said the Fox; 'but what shall we have for a
signal ?' But nobody could think of anything. Then said
the Fox, 'I have a fine, long, bushy tail, which almost looks
like a red feather brush. When I hold my tail erect, things
are going well, and you must march forward at once; but
if it droops, you must all run away as hard as ever you
can.'
When the gnats heard this they flew straight home and told
the Wrens every detail.
When the day broke, all the four-footed animals came
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rushing to the spot where the battle was to take place. They
came with such a tramping that the earth shook.
The Wren and his army also came swarming through the
air; they fluttered and buzzed enough to terrify one. And
then they made for one another.
The Wren sent the Hornet down with orders to seat herself
under the tail of the Fox and to sting him with all her might.
When the Fox felt the first sting he quivered, and raised
one leg in the air; but he bore it bravely, and kept his tail
erect. At the second sting he was forced to let it droop for a
moment, but the third time he could bear it no longer; he
screamed, and down went his tail between his legs. When the
animals saw this they thought all was lost, and off they ran
helter-skelter, as fast as they could go, each to his own den.
So the birds won the battle.
When it was over the King and the Queen flew home to
their children, and cried, 'Children, be happy! Eat and
drink to your hearts' content; we have won the battle.'
But the young Wrens'said, 'We won't eat till the Bear
comes here to make an apology, and says that we are really
and truly your lawful children.'
The Wren flew to the Bear's den, and cried, Old Bruin,
you will have to come and apologise to my children for calling
them names, or else you will have all your ribs broken.'
So in great terror the Bear crept to the nest and apologised,
and at last the young Wrens were satisfied, and they ate and
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The Frog Prince

N the olden time, when wishing was some good, there
lived a King whose daughters were all beautiful, but
the youngest was so lovely that even the sun, that
looked on many things, could not but marvel when he shone
upon her face.
Near the King's palace there was a large dark forest, and in
the forest, under an old lime-tree, was a well. When the day
was very hot the Princess used to go into the forest and sit
upon the edge of this cool well; and when she was tired of
doing nothing she would play with a golden ball, throwing
it up in the air and catching it again, and this was her
favourite game. Now on one occasion it so happened that the
ball did not fall back into her hand stretched up to catch it,
but dropped to the ground and rolled straight into the well.
The Princess followed it with her eyes, but it disappeared,
for the well was so very deep that it was quite impossible to
see the bottom. Then she began to cry bitterly, and nothing
would comfort her.
As she was lamenting in this manner, some one called out to
her, 'What is the matter, Princess ? Your lamentations
would move the heart of a stone.'
She looked round towards the spot whence thq voice came,
and saw a Frog stretching its broad, ugly face out of the water.
'Oh, it's you, is it, old splasher ? I am crying for my
golden ball which has fallen into the water.'
Be quiet then, and stop crying,' answered the Frog. I
know what to do; but what will you give me if I get you back
your plaything ?'
'Whatever you like, you dear old Frog,' she said. My
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clothes, my pearls and diamonds, or even the golden crown
upon my head.'
The Frog answered, I care neither for your clothes, your
pearls and diamonds, nor even your golden crown; but if
you will be fond of me, and let me be your playmate, sit By
you at table, eat out of your plate, drink out of your cup, and
sleep in your little bed-if you will promise to do all this, I
will go down and fetch your ball.'
'I will promise anything you like to ask, if only you will
get me back my ball.'
She thought, 'What is the silly old Frog chattering about ?
He lives in the well, croaking with his mates, and he can't be
the companion of a human being.'
As soon as the Frog received her promise, he ducked his
head under the water and disappeared. After a little while,
back he came with the ball in his mouth, and threw it on to the
grass beside her.
The Princess was full of joy when she saw her pretty toy
again, picked it up, and ran off with it.
'Wait, wait,' cried the Frog. 'Take me with you; I can't
run as fast as you can.'
But what was the good of his crying' Croak, croak,' as loud
as he could ? She did not listen to him, but hurried home,
and forgot all about the poor Frog; and he had to go back
to his well.
The next day, as she was sitting at dinner with the King
and all the courtiers, eating out of her golden plate, something
came flopping up the stairs, flip, flap, flip, flap. When it
reached the top it knocked at the door, and cried : Youngest
daughter of the King, you must let me in.' She ran to see
who it was. When she opened the door and saw the Frog she
shut it again very quickly, and went back to the table, for she
was very much frightened.
The King saw that her heart was beating very fast, and he
said: My child, what is the matter ? Is there a giant at the
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Oh no she said: 'it's not a giant, but a hideous Frog.'
What does the Frog want with you ? '
'Oh, father dear, last night, when I was playing by the well
in the forest, my golden ball fell into the water. And I cried,
and the Frog got it out for me; and then, because he insisted
on it, I promised that he should be my playmate. But I
never thought that he would come out of the water, but there
he is, and he wants to come in to me.'
He knocked at the door for the second time, and sang-
Youngest daughter of the King,
Take me up, I sing;
Know'st thou not what yesterday
Thou to me didst say
By the well in forest dell.
Youngest daughter of the King,
Take me up, I sing.'
Then said the King, 'What you have promised you must
perform. Go and open the door for him.'
So she opened the door, and the Frog shuffled in, keeping
close to her feet, till he reached her chair. Then he cried,
' Lift me up beside you.' She hesitated, till the King ordered
her to do it. When the Frog was put on the chair, he
demanded to be placed upon the table, and then he said,
'Push your golden plate nearer that we may eat together.'
She did as he asked her, but very unwillingly, as could easily
be seen. The Frog made a good dinner, but the Princess
could not swallow a morsel. At last he said, 'I have eaten
enough, and I am tired, carry me into your bedroom and
arrange your silken bed, that we may go to sleep.'
The Princess began to cry, for she was afraid of the clammy
Frog, which she did not dare to touch, and which was now to
sleep in her pretty little silken bed. But the King grew very
angry, and said, You must not despise any one who has
helped you in your need.'
So she seized him with two fingers, and carried him upstairs,
where she put him in a corner of her room. When she got into
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bed, he crept up to her, and said, 'I am tired, and I want to go
to sleep as well as you. Lift me up, or I will tell your father.'
She was very angry, picked him up, and threw him with
all her might against the wall, saying, 'You may rest there
as well as you can, you hideous Frog.' But when he fell to the
ground, he was no longer a hideous Frog, but a handsome
Prince with beautiful friendly eyes.
And at her father's wish he became her beloved companion
and husband. He told her that he had been bewitched by a
wicked fairy, and nobody could have released him from the
spells but she herself.
Next morning, when the sun rose, a coach drove up drawn
by eight milk-white horses, with white ostrich plumes on their
heads, and golden harness. Behind stood faithful Henry, the
Prince's body-servant. The faithful fellow had been so
distressed when his master was changed into a Frog, that he
had caused three iron bands to be placed round his heart, lest
it should break from grief and pain.
The coach had come to carry the young pair back into the
Prince's own kingdom. The faithful Henry helped both of
them into the coach and mounted again behind, delighted at
his master's deliverance.
They had only gone a little way when the Prince heard
a cracking behind him, as if something were breaking. He
turned round, and cried-
"Henry, the coach is giving way !"
"No, Sir, the coach is safe, I say,
A band from my heart has falPn in twain,
For long I suffered woe and pain,
While you a frog within a well
Enchanted were by witch's spell "'
Once more he heard the same snapping and cracking, and
then again. The Prince thought it must be some part of the
carriage giving way, but it was only the bands round faithful
Henry's heart which were snapping, because of his great joy
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The Cat and Mouse in Partnership

A CAT once made the
A acquaintance of a
Mouse, and she said
/ \ so much to it about her love
and friendship that at last
the Mouse agreed to go into
i partnership and live with her.
'We must take precau-
.tions for the winter,' said the
Cat, 'or we shall suffer from
hunger. You, little Mouse,
dare not venture everywhere,
and in the end you will get
me into a fix.'
S. _____So the good advice was
followed, and a pot of fat
was purchased. They did not know where to keep it, but,
after much deliberation, the Cat said, 'I know no place where
it would be safer than in the church; nobody dare venture
to take anything there. We will put it under the altar, and
will not touch it till we are obliged to.'
So the pot was deposited in safety; but, before long, the
Cat began to hanker after it, and said to the Mouse:
Oh, little Mouse, my cousin has asked me to be godmother.
She has brought a son into the world. He is white, with
brown spots; and I am to hold him at the font. Let me go
out to-day, and you stay alone to look after the house.'
Oh yes,' said the Mouse, by all means go; and if you
have anything nice to eat, think of me. I would gladly have
a drop of sweet raspberry wine myself.'
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Now there wasn't a word of truth in all this. The Cat had
no cousin, and she had not been invited to be godmother at
all. She went straight to the church, crept to the pot of fat,
and began to lick it, and she licked and licked the whole of the
top off it. Then she took a stroll on the house-tops and re-
flected on her proceedings, after which she stretched herself in
the sun, and wiped her whiskers every time she thought of
the pot of fat. She did not go home till evening.
Oh, there you are again,' said the Mouse; you must have
had a merry time.'
Oh, well enough,' answered the Cat.
'What kind of name was given to the child ?' asked the
Mouse.
Top-off,' answered the Cat, drily.
Top-off !' cried the Mouse. What an extraordinary
name; is it a common one in your family ? '
What does it matter I said the Cat. It's not worse
than crumbstealers, as your godchildren are called.'
Not long after the Cat was again overcome by her desires.
She said to the Mouse, 'You must oblige me again by looking
after the house alone. For the second time I have been asked
to be sponsor, and, as the child has a white ring round its neck,
I can't refuse.'
The good little Mouse was quite ready to oblige, and the
Cat stole away behind the city walls to the church, and ate
half of the pot of fat. Nothing tastes better,' she said, than
what one eats by oneself'; and she was quite satisfied with
her day's work. When she got home, the Mouse asked what
this child had been named.
Half-gone.'
What do you say ? I have never heard such a name in
my life. I don't believe you would find it in the calendar.'
Soon the Cat's mouth watered again for the dainty morsel.
'Good things always come in threes,' she said to the Mouse;
'again I am to stand sponsor. This child is quite black, with
big white paws, but not another white hair on its body. Such
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a thing only occurs once in a few years. You will let me go
out again, won't you ? '
Top-off I Half-gone They are such curious names;
they set me thinking.'
'You sit at home in your dark grey velvet coat,' said the
Cat, 'getting your head full of fancies. It all comes of not
going out in the daytime.'
During the Cat's absence, the Mouse cleared up and made
the house tidy; but the greedy Cat ate up all the fat. When
it's all gone, one can be at peace,' said she to herself, as she
went home, late at night, fat and satiated.
The Mouse immediately asked what name had been given
to the third child.
'I don't suppose it will please you any better,' said the
Cat. 'He is called All-gone '
All-gone I exclaimed the Mouse. I have never seen it
in print. All-gone I What is the meaning of it ? '
She shook her head, rolled herself up, and went to sleep.
From this time nobody asked the Cat to be sponsor. But
when the winter came, and it grew very difficult to get food, the
Mouse remembered their store, and said,' Come, Cat, we will go to
our pot of fat which we have saved up; won't it be good now ?'
'Yes, indeed I' answered the Cat; 'it will do you just as
much good as putting your tongue out of the window.'
They started off to the church, and when they got there
they found the fat-pot still in its place, but it was quite empty.
'Alas,' said the Mouse, 'now I see it all. Everything has
come to the light of day. You have indeed been a true friend I
You ate it all up when you went to be godmother. First
Top-off, then Half-gone, then-'
'Hold your tongue,' cried the Cat. Another word, and
I '11 eat you too.'
But the unfortunate Mouse had All-gone' on its lips, and
hardly had it come out than the Cat made a spring, seized
the Mouse, and gobbled it up.
Now, that's the way of the world, you see.
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The Raven


T HERE was once a Queen who had a little daughter still
in arms.
One day the child was naughty, and would not be
quiet, whatever her mother might say.
So she grew impatient, and as the Ravens were flying round
the castle, she opened the window, and said : I wish you were
a Raven, that you might fly away, and then I should' have
peace.'
She had hardly said the words, when the child was changed
into a Raven, and flew out of the window.
She flew straight into a dark wood, and her parents did not
know what had become of her.
iOne day a Man was passing through this wood and heard
the Raven calling.
When he was near enough, the Raven said: I am a Prin-
cess by birth, and I am bewitched, but you can deliver me from
the spell.'
'What must I do ? asked he.
Go further into the wood,' she said, and you will come to
a house with an old Woman in it, who will offer you food and
drink. But you must not take any. If you eat or drink what
she offers you, you will fall into a deep sleep, and then you will
never be able to deliver me. There is a great heap of tan in the
garden behind the house; you must stand on it and wait for
me. I will come for three days in a coach drawn by four
horses which, on the first day, will be white, on the second,
chestnut, and on the last, black. If you are not awake, I shall
not be delivered.'







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The Man promised to do everything that she asked.
But the Raven said: Alas II know' that you will not
deliver me. You will take what the Woman offers you, and I
shall never be freed from the spell.'
He promised once more not to touch either the food or the
drink. But when he reached the house, the Old Woman said
to him: 'Poor man I How tired you are. Come and refresh
yourself. Eat and drink.'
'No,' said the Man; I will neither eat nor drink.'
But she persisted, and said: 'Well, if you won't eat, take
a sip out of the glass. One sip is nothing.'
Then he yielded, and took a little sip.
About two o'clock he went down into the garden, and stood
on the tan-heap to wait for the Raven. All at once he became
so tired that he could not keep on his feet, and lay down for a
moment, not meaning to go to sleep. But he had hardly
stretched himself out, before his eyelids closed, and he fell fast
asleep. He slept so soundly, that nothing in the world could
have awakened him.
At two o'clock the Raven came, drawn by her four white
horses. But she was already very sad, for she said: 'I know
he is asleep.'
She alighted from the carriage, went to him, shook him, and
called him, but he did not wake.
Next day at dinner-time the Old Woman came again, and
brought him food and drink; but again he refused to touch it.
But she left him no peace, till at last she induced him to take a
sip from the glass.
Towards two o'clock he again went into the garden, and
stood on the tan-heap, meaning to wait for the Raven. But he
suddenly became so tired, that he sank down and fell into a
deep sleep.
When the Raven drove up with her chestnut horses, she
was very mournful, and said: 'I know he is asleep.'
She went to him, but he was fast asleep, and she could not
wake him.
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Next day the Old Woman said: 'What is the meaning of
this ? If you don't eat or drink you will die.'
He said : I must not, and I will not either eat or drink.'
She put the dish of food and the glass of wine before him,
and when the scent of the wine reached him, he could withstand
it no longer, and took a good draught.
When the time came he went into the garden and stood on
the tan-heap and waited for the Raven. But he was more
tired than.ever, lay down and slept like a log.
At two o'clock the Raven came, drawn by four black horses,
the coach and everything about it was black. She herself was
in the deepest mourning, and said: 'Alas! I know he is
asleep.'
She shook him, and called him, but she could not wake
him.
Finding her efforts in vain, she placed a loaf beside him, a
piece of meat, and a bottle of wine. Then she took a golden
ring on which her name was engraved, and put it on his finger.
Lastly, she laid a letter by him, saying that the bread, the
meat, and the wine were inexhaustible. She also said-
'I see that you cannot deliver me here, but if you still
wish to do so, come to the Golden Castle of Stromberg. I
know that it is still in your power.'
Then she seated herself in her coach again, and drove to
the Golden Castle of Stromberg.
When the Man woke and found that he had been asleep,
his heart grew heavy, and he said: She certainly must have
passed, and I have not delivered her.'
Then his eyes fell on the things lying by him, and he read
the letter which told him all that had occurred.
So he got up and went away to find the Golden Castle of
Stromberg, but he had no idea where to find it.
When he had wandered about for a long time he came to a
dark wood whence he could not find his way out.
After walking about in it for a fortnight, he lay down one
night under a bush to sleep, for he was very tired. But he
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beard such lamentations and howling that he could not go to
sleep.
Then he saw a light glimmering in the distance and went
towards it. When he reached it, he found that it came from


The Golden Castle ofStromberg.
a house which looked very tiny because a huge Giant was
standing at the door.
He thought: If I go in and the Giant sees me, I shan't
escape with my life.'
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But at last he ventured to go forward.
When the Giant saw him, he said: 'It's a good thing you
have appeared. I have had nothing to eat for an age. I will
just swallow you for my supper.'
You had better let me alone,' said the Man. 'I shan't
let myself be swallowed in a hurry. If you only want some-
thing to eat, I have plenty here to satisfy you.'
'If you are speaking the truth,' said the Giant, 'you may
be quite easy. I was only going to eat you because I had
nothing else.'
Then they went in and sat down at the table, and the Man
produced the bread, the meat, and the wine, which were
inexhaustible.
This just suits me,' said the Giant. And he ate as much
as ever he could.
The Man said to him : Can't you tell me where to find the
Golden Castle ?'
The Giant said: 'I will look at my map. Every town,
village, and house is marked upon it.'
He fetched the map, but the castle was not to be
found.
It doesn't matter,' he said. 'I have a bigger map up-
stairs in my chest; we will look for it there.'
At last the Golden Castle was discovered, but it was many
thousands of miles away.
How am I ever to get there ? asked the Man.
The Giant said : I have a couple of hours to spare. I will
carry you near it. But then I must come back to look after
my wife and child.'
Then the Giant transported him to within a hundred miles
of the Castle, and said : You will be able to find your way from
here alone.' Then he went back; and the Man went on, till at
last he came to the Golden Castle.
It stood on a mountain of glass, and the bewitched Maiden
drove round and round it every day in her coach.
He was delighted to see her again, and wanted to go to her
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at once. But when he tried to climb the mountain, he found
it was so slippery, that he slid back at every step.
When he found he could not reach her, he grew very sad,
and said to himself : 'I will stay down here and wait for her.'
So he built himself a little hut, and lived in it for a whole
year. He could see the Princess above, driving round the castle
every day, but he could never get to her.
Then one day he saw three Robbers fighting, and called out
to them : 'God be with you '
They stopped at the
sound of his voice, but,
seeing nothing, they
began to fight again.
Thenhe cried again:
'God be with you '
They stopped, and
looked about, but, see-
ing no one, went on
fighting.
Then he cried for
the third time: God
be with you !'
Again they stopped i
and looked about, but,
as there was no one
visible, they fell to more One day he saw three Robbers fighting.
savagely than ever.
He said to himself: 'I must go and see what it is all
about.'
He went up and asked them why they were fighting.
One of them said he had found a stick which made any door
fly open which it touched.
The second said he had found a cloak which made him
invisible when he wore it.
The third said he had caught a horse which could go any-
where, even up the mountain of glass.
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They could not decide whether these things should be
common property or whether they should divide them.
Then said the Man : I will exchange them with you if you
like. I have no money, but I have something more valuable.
First, however, I must test your things to see if you are speaking
the truth.'
They let him get on to the horse, put on the cloak, and take
the stick in his hand. When he had got them all, he was
nowhere to be seen.
Then he gave them each a sound drubbing, and said:
'There, you have your deserts, you bears. You may be
satisfied with that.'
Then he rode up the glass mountain, and when he reached
the castle he found the gate was shut. He touched it with his
stick and it flew open.
He went in and straight up the stairs into the gallery where
the Maiden sat with a golden cup of wine before her.
But she could not see him because he had the cloak on.
He took the ring she had given him, and dropped it into the
cup, where-it fell with a clink.
She cried : 'That is my ring. The Man who is to deliver
me must be here.'
They searched for him all over the castle, but could not find
him, for he had gone outside, taken off the cloak, and mounted
his horse.
;When the people came to the gate and saw him, they raised
cries of joy.
He dismounted and took the Princess in his arms. She
kissed him, and said: 'Now you have delivered me, and
to-morrow we will celebrate our marriage.'













The Adventures of Chanticleer
and Partlet

L HOW THEY WENT TO THE HILLS TO EAT NUTS
C IIANTICLEER said to Partlet one day, 'The nuts
must be ripe; now we will go up the hill together
and have a good feast before the squirrel carries them
all off.'
'All right,' said Partlet, 'come along; we 'll have a fine
time.' So they went away up the hill, and, as it was a bright
day, they stayed till evening.
Now whether they really had grown fat, or whether it was
merely pride, I do not know, but, whatever the reason, they
would not walk home, and Chanticleer had to make a little
carriage of nut-shells. When it was ready, Partlet took her
seat in it, and said to Chanticleer, 'Now you get between the
shafts.'
That's all very fine,' said Chanticleer,' but I would sooner
go home on foot than put myself in harness. I will sit on the
box and drive, but draw it myself I never will.'
As they were squabbling over this, a Duck quacked out,
'You thievish folk I Who told you to come to my nut-hill ?
Just you wait, you will suffer for it.'
Then she rushed at Chanticleer with open bill, but he was
not to be taken by surprise, and fell upon her with his spurs
till she cried out for mercy. At last she allowed herself to be
harnessed to the carriage. Chanticleer seated himself on the
box as coachman, and cried out unceasingly, 'Now, Duck,
run as fast as you can.'
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Passengers, a Pin and a Needle. They called out, 'Stop I
stop I' They said it would soon be pitch dark, and they
couldn't walk a step further, the road was so dirty; might
they not have a lift ? They had been to the Tailor's Inn by
the gate, and had lingered over their beer.
As they were both very thin, and did not take up much
room, Chanticleer allowed them to get in, but he made them
promise not to tread either on his toes, or on Partlet's. Late in
the evening they came to an inn, and as they did not want to
drive any further in the dark, and the Duck was getting rather
uncertain on her feet, tumbling from side to side, they drove in.
The Landlord at first made many objections to having
them, and said the house was already full; perhaps he thought
they were not very grand folk. But at last, by dint of
persuasive words, and promising him the egg which Mrs.
Partlet had laid on the way, and also that he should keep the
Duck, who laid an egg every day, he consented to let them
stay the night.
Then they had a meal served to them, and feasted, and
passed the time in rioting.
In the early dawn, before it grew light, and every one was
asleep, Partlet woke up Chanticleer, fetched the egg, pecked
a hole in it, and between them they ate it all up, and threw the
shells on to the hearth. Then they went to the Needle, which
was still asleep, seized it by the head and stuck it in the cushion
of the Landlord's arm-chair; the Pin they stuck in his towel,
and then, without more ado, away they flew over the heath.
The Duck, which preferred to sleep in the open air, and had
stayed in the yard, heard them whizzing by, and bestirred
herself. She found a stream, and swam away down it; it
was a much quicker way to get on than being harnessed to a
carriage.
A couple of hours later, the Landlord, who was the first
to leave his pillow, got up and washed. When he took up the
towel to dry himself, he scratched his face and made a long
red line from ear to ear. Then he went to the kitchen to light
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his pipe, but when he stooped over the hearth the egg-shells
flew into his eye.
'Everything goes to my head this morning,' he said
angrily, as he dropped on to the cushion of his Grandfather's
arm-chair. But he quickly bounded up again, and shouted,
'Gracious me I' for the Needle had run into him, and this
time not in the head. He grew furious, and his suspicions
immediately fell on the guests who had come in so late the
night before. When he went to look for them, they were
nowhere to be seen. Then he swore never to take such
ragamuffins into his house again; for they ate a great deal,
paid nothing, and played tricks, by way of thanks, into the
bargain.


II. THE VISIT TO MR. KORBES

ANOTHER day, when Partlet and Chanticleer were about to take
a journey, Chanticleer built a fine carriage with four red
wheels, and harnessed four little mice to it. Mrs. Partlet
seated herself in it with Chanticleer, and they drove off together.
Before long they met a Cat. Whither away ? said she.
Chanticleer answered-
All on our way
A visit to pay
To Mr. Korbes at his house to-day.
'Take me with you,' said the Cat.
Chanticleer answered, 'With pleasure; sit down behind,
so that you don't fall out forwards.'
'My wheels so red, pray have a care
From any splash of mud to spare.
Little wheels hurry!
Little mice scurry!
All on our way
A visit to pay
To Mr. Korbes at his house to-day.'







CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET


Then came a Millstone, an Egg, a Duck, a Pin, and, last
of all, a Needle. They all took their places in the carriage
and went with the rest.
But when they arrived at Mr. Korbes' house, he wasn't in.
The mice drew the carriage into the coach-house, Partlet and
Chanticleer flew on to a perch, the Cat sat down by the fire,
the Duck lay down by the well-pole. The Egg rolled itself
up in the towel, the Pin stuck itself into the cushion, the
Needle sprang into the pillow on the bed, and the Millstone
laid itself over the door.
When Mr. Korbes came home, and went to the hearth to
make a fire, the Cat threw ashes into his face. He ran into the
kitchen to wash, and the Duck squirted water into his face;
seizing the towel to dry himself, the Egg rolled out, broke,
and stuck up one of his eyes. He wanted to rest, and sat down
in his arm-chair, when the Pin pricked him. He grew very
angry, threw himself on the bed and laid his head on the
pillow, when the Needle ran into him and made him cry out.
In a fury he wanted to rush into the open air, but when he
got to the door, the Millstone fell on his head and killed him.
What a bad man Mr. Korbes must have been 1


III. THE DEATH OF PARTLET
PARTLET and Chanticleer went to the nut-hill on another
occasion, and they arranged that whichever of them found
a nut should share it with the other.
Partlet found a huge nut, but said nothing about it, and
meant to eat it all herself; but the kernel was so big that she
could not swallow it. It stuck in her throat, and she was
afraid she would be choked. She shrieked, 'Chanticleer,
Chanticleer, run and fetch some water as fast as you can, or
I shall choke '
So Chanticleer ran as fast as he could to the Well, and
said, 'Well, Well, you must give me some water! Partlet
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Hansel & Grethel & other tales
Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863
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pbl. E. P. Dutton (Firm)
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FAIRY TALES
HANSEL AND GRETHEL
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ILLUSTRATED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM
HANSEL AND GRETHEL
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LITTLE BROTHER AND LITTLE SISTER
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Originally published in Grimm's Fairy
Tales. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham' 1909
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Table of Contents
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Contents
PAGE
HANSEL AND GRETHEL .. 1
HANS IN LUCK ..10
JORINDA AND JORINGEL 17
THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS 21
OLD SULTAN ... 26
THE STRAW, THE COAL, AND THE BEAN 29
CLEVER ELSA 1
THE DOG AND THE SPARROW ... 86
THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES .. 41
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE 47
THE WREN AND THE BEAR 57
THE FROG PRINCE 60
THE CAT AND MOUSE IN PARTNERSHIP 64
THE RAVEN 67
THE ADVENTURES OF CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET 74
RAPUNZEL .. 80
FOUNDLINGBIRD 84
THE VALIANT TAILOR 88
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PAGI
THE GOLDEN BIRD 98
THE MOUSE, THE BIRD, AND THE SAUSAGE 108
MOTHER HULDA .. 111
RED RIDING HOOD 116
THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM 120
TOM THUMB .. 125
RUMPELSTILTSKIN 188
THE TWELVE HUNTSMEN 8. 8
THE OLD MAN AND HIS GRANDSON 141
THE LITTLE PEASANT 142
FRED AND KATE 149
SWEETHEART ROLAND 156
List Illustrations
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List of Illustrations in Colour
All at once the door opened and an old, old Woman, supporting herself
on a crutch, came hobbling out Frontispiece
FACING PAGE
Hansel put out a knuckle-bone, and the old Woman, whose eyes were
dim, could not see, and thought it was his finger, and she was much
astonished that he did not get fat 8
By day she made herself into a cat .. 16
S. Or a screech owl 18
Once there was a poor old woman who lived in a village .28
At the third sting the Fox screamed, and down went his tail between
his legs 58
So she seized him with two fingers, and carried him upstairs 62
The Cat stole away behind the city walls to the church 66
Now we will go up the hill and have a good feast before the squirrel
carries off all the nuts 74
When he went over the wall he was terrified to see the Witch before
him .80
The Witch climbed up 82
Pulling the piece of soft cheese but of his pocket, he squeezed it till the
moisture ran out .. 90
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FACING PAGE
They worked themselves up into such a rage that they tore up trees by
the roots, and hacked at each other till they both fell dead 94
Away they flew over stock and stone, at such a pace that his hair whistled
in the wind .100
When she got to the wood, she met a Wolf 116
'O Grandmother, what big ears you have got; she said 118
At last she reached the cellar, and there she found an old, old woman
with shaking head 122
When Tom had said good-bye to his Father, they went away with him 128
The Old Man had to sit by himself, and ate his food from a wooden
bowl. 142
The quicker he played,.the higher she had to jump 158
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List of Black and White Illustrations
FACING PAGE
Hansel picked up the glittering white pebbles and filled his pockets
with them .1
PAGE
HEADPIECE 1
'Stupid goose!' cried the Witch. 'The opening is big enough; you
can see that I could get into it myself' 8
Just then a butcher came along the road, trundling a young pig in a
wheel-barrow 18
At last the old woman came back, and said in a droning voice : 'Greeting
to thee, Zachiel!' 19
A short time after they came upon a Cat, sitting in'tle road, with a face
as long as a wet week 22
The Ass brayed, the Hound barked, the Cat mewed, and the Cock
crowed 24
When she saw the pick-axe just above her head, Clever Elsa burst into
tears. .. 33
On the road he met a Sparrow .
On the opposite side of the lake stood a splendid brightly-lighted Castle 45
There was once a Fisherman, who lived with his Wife in a miserable
little hovel close.to the sea 48
'Flounder, Flounder in the sea, Prythee, hearken unto me' 55
The Golden Castle of Stromberg 70
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One day he saw three Robbers fighting 72
She did not go once but many times, backwards and forwards to the
well 85
'Wait a bit, and I'll give it you!' So saying, he struck out at them
mercilessly 89
The Prince carried off the beautiful Maiden on the Golden Horse 104
The Mouse had to carry water, while the Sausage did the cooking 109
The Bird took the wood and flew sadly home with it 110
At last she came to a little house, out of which an old woman was
looking 112
So the lazy girl went home, but she was quite covered with pitch 114
They hurried away as quickly as they could 122
Tom Thumb 126
Then all at once the door sprang open, and in stepped a little Mannikin 134
Round the fire an indescribably ridiculous little man was leaping,
hopping on one leg, and singing 136
The Bailiff sprang into the water with a great splash, and the whole
party plunged in after him 148
Kate ran after him, and chased him a good'way over the fields 150
The Maiden fetched the magic wand, and then she took her step-sister's
head, and dropped three drops of blood frbm it 157
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Section
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Hansel and Grethel
CLOSE to a large forest there lived a Woodcutter with his
Wife and his two children. The boy was called Hansel,
and the girl Grethel. They were always very poor, and
had very little to live on; and at one time, when there was
famine in the land, he could no longer procure daily bread.
One night he lay in bed worrying over his troubles, and he
sighed and said to his Wife: 'What is to become of us ?
How are we to feed our poor children when we have nothing
for ourselves ?'
'I 'l tell you what, Husband,' answered the Woman,
'to-morrow morning we will take the children out quite early
into the thickest part of the forest. We will light a fire, and
give each of them a piece of bread; then we will go to our
work and leave them alone.. They won't be able to find their
way back, and so we shall be rid of them.'
'Nay, Wife,' said the Man; 'we won't do that. I could
never find it in my heart to leave my children alone in the
forest; the wild animals would soon tear them to pieces.'
'What a fool you are she said. 'Then we must all four
die of hunger. You may as well plane the boards for our
coffins at once.'
She gave him no peace till he consented. 'But I grieve
over the poor children all the same,' said the Man.
The two children could not go to sleep for hunger either,
and they heard what their Stepmother said to their Father.
Grethel wept bitterly, and said : All is over with us now I'
'Be quiet, Grethel!' said Hansel. 'Don't cry; I will
find some way out of it.'
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When the old people had gone to sleep, he got up, put on
his little coat, opened the door, and slipped out. The moon
was shining brightly, and the white pebbles round the house
shone like newly-minted coins. Hansel stooped down and
put as many into his pockets as they would hold.
Then he went back to Grethel, and said: 'Take comfort,
little sister, and go to sleep. God won't forsake us.' And
then he went to bed again.
When the day broke, before the sun had risen, the Woman
came and said: 'Get up, you lazybones; we are going into
the forest to fetch wood.'
Then she gave them each a piece of bread, and said:
'Here is something for your dinner, but mind you don't eat
it before, for you '11 get no more.'
Grethel put the bread under her apron, for Hansel had the
stones in his pockets. Then they all started for the forest.
When they had gone a little way, Hansel stopped and looked
back at the cottage, and he did the same thing again and again.
His Father said: 'Hansel, what are you stopping to look
back at? Take care, and put your best foot foremost.'
'0 Father said Hansel, 'I am looking at my white
cat, it is sitting on the roof, wanting to say good-bye to me.'
'Little fool that's no cat, it's the morning sun shining
on the chimney.'
But Hansel had not been looking at the cat, he had been
dropping a pebble on to the ground each time he stopped.
When they reached the middle of the forest, their Father said:
'Now, children, pick up some wood, I want to make a fire
to warm you.'
Hansel and Grethel gathered the twigs together and soon
made a huge pile. Then the pile was lighted, and when it
blazed up, the Woman said: 'Now lie down by the fire and
rest yourselves while we go and cut wood; when we have
finished we will come back to fetch you.'
Hansel and Grethel sat by the fire, and when dinner-time
came they each ate their little bit of bread, and they thought
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their Father was quite near because they could hear the sound
of an axe. It was no axe, however, but a branch which the
Man had tied to a dead tree, and which blew backwards and
forwards against it. They sat there such a long time that
they got tired, their eyes began to close, and they were soon
fast asleep.
When they woke it was dark night. Grethel began to
cry: 'How shall we ever get out of the wood! '
But Hansel comforted her, and said: Wait a little till the
moon rises, then we will soon find our way.'
When the full moon rose, Hansel took his little sister's
hand, and they walked on, guided by the pebbles, which
glittered like newly-coined money. They walked the whole
night, and at daybreak they found themselves back at their
Father's cottage.
They knocked at the door, and when the Woman opened
it and saw Hansel and Grethel, she said: You bad children,
why did you sleep so long in the wood ? We thought you did
not mean to come back any more.'
But their Father was delighted, for it had gone to his
heart to leave them behind alone.
Not long after they were again in great destitution, and
the children heard the Woman at night in bed say to their
Father: 'We have eaten up everything again but half a loaf,
and then we are at the end of everything. The children must
go away; we will take them further into the forest so that
they won't be able to find their way back. There is nothing,
else to be done.'
The Man took it much to heart, and said: 'We had better
share our last crust with the children.'
But the Woman would not listen to a word he said, she
only scolded and reproached him. Any one who once says A
must also say B, and as he had given in the first time, he had
to do so the second also. The children were again wide awake
and heard what was said.
When the old people went to sleep Hansel again got up,
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meaning to go out and get some more pebbles, but the Woman
had locked the door and he couldn't get out. But he con-
soled his little sister, and said :
'Don't cry, Grethel; go to sleep. God will help us.'
In the early morning the Woman made the children get
up, and gave them each a piece of bread, but it was smaller
than the last. On the way to the forest Hansel crumbled it
up in his pocket, and stopped every now and then to throw
a crumb on to the ground.
Hansel, what are you stopping to look about you for ? '
asked his Father.
'I am looking at my dove which is sitting on the roof and
wants to say good-bye to me,' answered Hansel.
'Little fool! said the Woman, that is no dove, it is the
morning sun shining on the chimney.'
Nevertheless, Hansel strewed the crumbs from time to time
on the ground. The Woman led the children far into the
forest where they had never been in their lives before. Again
they made a big fire, and the Woman said :
Stay where you are, children, and when you are tired
you may go to sleep for a while. We are going further on to
cut wood, andin the evening when we have finished we will
come back and fetch you.'
At dinner-time Grethel shared her bread with Hansel,
for he had crumbled his up on the road. Then they went to
sleep, and the evening passed, but no one came to fetch the
poor children.
It was quite dark when they woke up, and Hansel cheered
his little sister, and said: 'Wait a bit, Grethel, till the moon
rises, then we can see the bread-crumbs which I scattered to
show us the way home.'
When the moon rose they started, but they found no bread-
crumbs, for all the thousands of.birds in the forest had pecked
them up and eaten them.
Hansel said to Grethel: 'We shall soon find the way.'
But they could not find it. They walked the whole night,
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and all the next day from morning till night, but they could
not get out of the wood.
They were very hungry, for they had nothing to eat but a
few berries which they found. They were so tired that their
legs would not carry them any further, and they lay down
under a tree and went to sleep.
When they woke in the morning, it wasthe third day since
they had left their Father's cottage. They started to walk
again, but they only got deeper and deeper into the wood,
and if no help came they must perish.
At midday they saw a beautiful snow-white bird sitting
on a tree. It sang so beautifully that they stood still to listen
to it. When it stopped, it fluttered its wings and flew round
them. They followed it till they came to a little cottage, on
the roof of which it settled itself.
When they got quite near, they saw that the little house
was made of bread, and it was roofed with cake; the windows
were transparent sugar.
'This will be something for us,' said Hansel. 'We will
have a good meal. I will have a piece of the roof, Grethel,
and you can have a bit of the window, it will be nice and
sweet.'
Hansel stretched up and broke off a piece of the roof to
try what it was like. Grethel went to the window and nibbled
at that. A gentle voice called out from within :
'Nibbling, nibbling like a mouse,
Who 's nibbling at my little house '
The children answered:
'The wind, the wind doth blow
From heaven to earth below,'
and went on eating without disturbing themselves. Hansel,
who found the roof very good, broke off a large piece for
himself; and Grethel pushed a whole round pane out of the
window, and sat down on the ground to enjoy it.
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All at once the door opened and an old, old Woman,
supporting herself on a crutch, came hobbling out. Hansel
and Grethel were so frightened, that they dropped what they
held in their hands.
But the old Woman only shook her head, and said: 'Ah,
dear children, who brought you here ? Come in and stay
with me; you will come to no harm.'
She took them by the hand and led them into the little
house. A nice dinner was set before them, pancakes and
sugar, milk, apples, and nuts. After this she showed them
two little white beds into which they crept, and felt as if they
were in Heaven.
Although the old Woman appeared to be so friendly, she
was really a wicked old Witch who was on the watch for
children, and she had built the bread house on purpose to lure
them to her. Whenever she could get a child into her clutches
she cooked it and ate it, and considered it a grand feast.
Witches have red eyes, and can't see very far, but they have
keen scent like animals, and can perceive the approach of
human beings.
When Hansel and Grethel came near her, she laughed
wickedly to herself, and said scornfully 'Now I have them,
they shan't escape me.'
She got up early in the morning, before the children were
awake, and when she saw them sleeping, with their beautiful
rosy cheeks, she murmured to herself: 'They will be dainty
morsels.'
She seized Hansel with her bony hand and carried him off
to a little stable, where she shut him up with a barred door;
he might shriek as loud as he liked, she took no notice of him.
Then she went to Grethel and shook her till she woke, and
cried :
'Get up, little lazy-bones, fetch some water and cook
something nice for your brother; he is in the stable, and has
to be fattened. When he is nice and fat, I will eat him.'
Grethel began to cry bitterly, but it was no use, she had
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to obey the Witch's orders. The best food was now cooked
for poor Hansel, but Grethel only had the shells of cray-
fish.
The old Woman hobbled to the stable every morning,
and cried: 'Hansel, put your finger out for me to feel how
fat you are.'
Hansel put out a knuckle-bone, and the old Woman, whose
eyes were dim, could not see, and thought it was his finger,
and she was much astonished that he did not get fat.
When four weeks had passed, and Hansel still kept thin,
she became very impatient and would wait no longer.
Now then, Grethel,' she cried, 'bustle along and fetch
the water. Fat or thin, to-morrow I will kill Hansel and eat
him.'
Oh, how his poor little sister grieved. As she carried the
water, the tears streamed down her cheeks.
'Dear God, help us!' she cried. 'If only the wild
animals in the forest had devoured us, we should, at least,
have died together.'
'You may spare your lamentations; they will do you no
good,' said the old Woman.
Early in the morning Grethel had to go out to fill the
kettle with water, and then she had to kindle a fire and hang
the kettle over it.
'We will bake first,' said the old Witch. 'I have heated
the oven and kneaded the dough.'
She pushed poor Grethel towards the oven, and said:
'Creep in and see if it is properly heated, and then we will
put the bread in.'
She meant, when Grethel had got in, to shut the door and
roast her.
But Grettlel saw her intention, and said: 'I don't know
how to get in. How am I to manage it ? '
'Stupid goose cried the Witch. 'The opening is big
enough; you can see that I could get into it myself.'
She hobbled up, and stuck her head into the oven. But
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Grethel gave her a push which sent the Witch right in, and
then she banged the door and bolted it.
'Oh oh she began to howl horribly. But Grethel
ran away and left the wicked Witch to perish miserably.
Grethel ran as fast as she could to the stable. She opened
the door, and cried: 'Hansel, we are saved. The old Witch
is dead.'
SStupid goose!' cried the Witch. 'The opening is big enough; you can see
that I could get into it myself.'
Hansel sprang out, like a bird out of a cage when the door
is set open. How delighted they were. They fell upon each
other's necks, and kissed each other, and danced about for joy.
As they had nothing more to fear, they went into the
Witch's house, and they found chests in every corner full of
pearls and precious stones.
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These are better than pebbles,' said Hansel, as he filled
his pockets.
Grethel said: 'I must take something home with me too.'
And she filled her apron.
But now we must go,' said Hansel, 'so that we may get
out of this enchanted wood.'
Before they had gone very far, they came to a great piece
of water.
We can't get across it,' said Hansel; 'I see no stepping-
stones and no bridge.'
'And there are no boats either,' answered Grethel. 'But
there is a duck swimming, it will help us over if we ask it.'
So she cried-
'Little duck, that cries quack, quack,
Here Grethel and here Hansel stand.
Quickly, take us on your back,
No path nor bridge is there at hand!'
The duck came swimming towards them, and Hansel got
on its back, and told his sister to sit on his knee.
No,' answered Grethel, it will be too heavy for the duck;
it must take us over one after the other.'
The good creature did this, and when they had got safely
over and walked for a while, the wood seemed to grow more and
more familiar to them, and at last they saw their Father's
'cottage in the distance. They began to run, and rushed
inside, where they threw their arms round their Father's neck.
The Man had not had a single happy moment since he had
deserted his children in the wood, and in the meantime his
Wife was dead.
Grethel shook her apron and scattered the pearls and
precious stones all over the floor, and Hansel added handful
after handful out of his pockets.
So all their troubles came to an end, and they lived together
as happily as possible.
Hans in Luck
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Hans in Luck
ANS had served his master for seven years, when
he one day said to him: 'Master, my time is up,
I want to go home to my mother; please give me
my wages.'
His master answered, 'You have served me well and
faithfully, and as the service has been, so shall the wages be ';
and he gave him a lump of gold as big as his head.
Hans took out his pocket-handkerchief and tied up the gold
in it, and then slung the bundle over his shoulder, and started
on his homeward journey.
As he walked along, just dragging one foot after the other,
a man on horseback appeared, riding, fresh and gay, along
on his spirited horse.
'Ah said Hans, quite loud as he passed, 'what a fine
thing riding must be. You are as comfortable as if you were
in an easy-chair; you don't stumble over any stones; you
save your shoes, and you get over the road you needn't bother
how.'
The horseman, who heard him, stopped and said, 'Hullo,
Hans, why are you on foot ? '
'I can't help myself,' said Hans, 'as I have this bundle
to carry home. It is true that it is a lump of gold, but I can
hardly hold my head up for it, and it weighs down my shoulder
frightfully.'
'I 'U tell you what,' said the horseman, 'we will change.
I will give you my horse, and you shall give me your bundle.'
'With all my heart,' said Hans; 'but you will be rarely
burdened with it.'
The horseman dismounted, took the gold, and helped Hans
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up, put the bridle into his hands, and said : When you want
to go very fast, you must click your tongue and cry Gee-up,
Gee-up." '
Hans was delighted when he found himself so easily riding
along on horseback. After a time it occurred to him that he
might be going faster, and he began to click with his tongue,
and to cry 'Gee-up, Gee-up.' The horse broke into a gallop,
and before Hans knew where he was, he was thrown off into
a ditch which separated the fields from the high road. The
horse would have run away if a peasant coming along the
road leading a cow had not caught it. Hans felt himself all
over, and picked himself up; but he was very angry, and said
to the peasant: 'Riding is poor fun at times, when you have
a nag like mine, which stumbles and throws you, and puts
you in danger of breaking your neck. I will never mount
it again. I think much more of that cow of yours. You can
walk comfortably behind her, and you have her milk into
the bargain every day, as well as butter and cheese. What
would I not give for a cow like that '
'Well,' said the peasant, 'if you have such a fancy for it
as all that, I will exchange the cow for the horse.'
Hans accepted the offer with delight, and the peasant
mounted the horse and rode rapidly off.
Hans drove his cow peacefully on, and thought what a
lucky bargain he had made. 'If only I have a bit of bread,
and I don't expect ever to be without that, I shall always have
butter and cheese to eat with it. If I am thirsty, I only have
to milk my cow and I have milk to drink. My heart I what
more can you desire ? '
When he came to an inn he made a halt, and in great joy
he ate up all the food he had with him, all his dinner and his
supper too, and he gave the last coins he had for half a glass
of beer. Then he went on further in the direction of his
mother's village, driving his cow before him. The heat was
overpowering, and, as midday drew near, Hans found himself
on a heath which it took him an hour to cross. He was so
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hot and thirsty, that his tongue was parched and clung to the
roof of his mouth.
'This can easily be set to rights,' thought Hans. I will
milk my cow and sup up the milk.' He tied her to a tree,
and as he had no pail, he used his leather cap instead; but,
try as hard as he liked, not a single drop of milk appeared.
As he was very clumsy in his attempts, the impatient animal
gave him a severe kick on his forehead with one of her hind
legs. -He was stunned by the blow, and fell to the ground,
where he lay for some time, not knowing where he was.
Happily just then a butcher came along the road, trundling
a young pig in a wheel-barrow.
SWhat is going on here ?' he cried, as he helped poor Hans
up.
Hans told him all that had happened.
The butcher handed him his flask, and said: 'Here, take
a drink, it will do you good. The cow can't give any milk
I suppose; she must be too old, and good for nothing but to
be a beast of burden, or to go to the butcher.'
'Oh dear I,' said Hans, smoothing his hair. 'Now who
would ever have thought it I Killing the animal is all very
well, but what kind of meat will it be ? For my part, I don't
like cow's flesh; it's not juicy enough. Now, if one had a
nice young pig like that, it would taste ever so much better;
and then, all the sausages '
'Listen, Hans!' then said the butcher, 'for your sake I
will exchange, and let you have the pig instead of the cow.'
'God reward your friendship!' said Hans, handing over
the cow, as the butcher untied the pig, and put the halter
with which it was tied into his hand.
Hans went on his way, thinking how well everything was
turning out for him. Even if a mishap befell him, something
else immediately happened to make up for it. Soon after
this, he met a lad carrying a beautiful white goose under his
arm. They passed the time of day, and Hans began to tell
him how lucky he was, and what successful bargains he had
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made. The lad told him that he was taking the goose for a
christening feast. 'Just feel it,' he went on, holding it up
by the wings. Feel how heavy it is; it's true they have
been stuffing it for eight weeks. Whoever eats that roast
goose will have to wipe the fat off both sides of his mouth.'
Just then a butcher came along the road, trundling a young pig
in a wheel-barrow.
'Yes, indeed I answered Hans, weighing it in his hand;
'but my pig is no light weight either.'
Then the lad looked cautiously about from side to side,
and shook his head. 'Now, look here,' he began, 'I don't
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think it's all quite straight about your pig. One has just
been stolen out of Schultze's sty, in the village I have come
from. I fear, I fear it is the one you are leading. They
have sent people out to look for it, and it would be a bad
business for you if you were found with it; the least they
would do, would be to put you in the black hole.'
Poor Hans was very much frightened at this. Oh, dear I
oh dear I' he said. 'Do help me out of this trouble. You
are more at home here; take my pig, and let me have your
goose.'
Well, I shall run some risk if I do, but I won't be the means
of getting you into a scrape.'
So he took the rope in his hand, and quickly drove the pig
up a side road; and honest Hans, relieved of his trouble,
plodded on with the goose under his arm.
'When I really come to think it over,' he said to himself,
' I have still had the best of the bargain. First, there is the
delicious roast goose, and then all the fat that will drip out
of it in roasting, will keep us in goose-fat to eat on our bread
for three months at least; and, last of all, there are the
beautiful white feathers which I will stuff, my pillow with,
and then I shall need no rocking to send me to sleep. How
delighted my mother will be.'
As he passed through the last village he came to a knife-
grinder with his cart, singing to his wheel as it buzzed merrily
round-
'Scissors and knives I grind so fast,
And hang up my cloak against the'blast.'
Hans stopped to look at him, and at last he spoke to him and
said, 'You must be doing a good trade to be so merry over
your grinding.'
Yes,' answered the grinder. The work of one's hands is
the foundation of a golden fortune. A good grinder finds
money whenever he puts his hand into his pocket. But
where did you buy that beautiful goose ? '
'I did not buy it; I exchanged my pig for it.'
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'And the pig ?'
Oh, I got that instead of my cow.'
And the cow ? '
I got that for a horse.'
And the horse ?'
'I gave a lump of gold as big as my head for it.'
'And the gold ? '
'Oh, that was my wages for seven years' service.'
'You certainly have known how to manage your affairs,'
said the grinder. 'Now, if you could manage to hear the
money jingling in your pockets when you got up in the morning,
you would indeed have made your fortune.'
How shall I set about that ? asked Hans.
'You must be a grinder like me-nothing is needed for it
but a whetstone; everything else will come of itself. I have
one here which certainly is a little damaged, but you need not
give me anything for it but your goose. Are you willing ?'
'How can you ask me such a question ?' said Hans.
'Why, I shall be the happiest person in the world. If I can
have some money every time I put my hand in my pocket,
what more should I have to trouble about ? '
So he handed him the goose, and took the whetstone in
exchange.
'Now,' said the grinder, lifting up an ordinary large stone
which lay near on the road, 'here is another good stone into
the bargain. You can hammer out all your old nails on it
to straighten them. Take it, and carry it off.'
Hans shouldered the stone, and went on his way with a
light heart, and his eyes shining with joy. 'I must have
been born in a lucky hour,' he cried; 'everything happens
just as I want it, and as it would happen to a Sunday's child.'
In the meantime, as he had been on foot since daybreak,
he began to feel very tired, and he was also very hungry, as
he had eaten all his provisions at once in his joy at his bargain
over the cow. At last he could hardly walk any further,
and he was obliged to stop every minute to rest. Then the
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stones were frightfully heavy, and he could not get rid of the
thought that it would be very nice if he were not obliged to
carry them any further. He dragged himself like a snail
to a well in the fields, meaning to rest and refresh himself
with a draught of the cool water. So as not to injure the
stones by sitting on them, he laid them carefully on the edge
of the well. Then he sat down, and was about to stoop down
to drink when he inadvertently gave them a little push, and
both the stones fell straight into the water.
When Hans saw them disappear before his very eyes he
jumped for joy, and then knelt down and thanked God, with
tears in his eyes, for having shown him this further grace,
and relieved him of the heavy stones (which were all that
remained to trouble him) without giving him anything to
reproach himself with. 'There is certainly no one under the
sun so happy as I.'
And so, with a light heart, free from every care, he now
bounded on home to his mother.
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Jorinda and Joringel
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Jorinda and Joringel
T HERE was once an old castle in the middle of a vast
thick wood; in it there lived an old woman quite
alone, and she was a witch. By day she made
herself into a cat or a screech-owl, but regularly at night she
became a human being again. In this way she was able to
decoy wild beasts and birds, which she would kill, and boil or
roast. If any man came within a hundred paces of the castle,
he was forced to stand still and could not move from the place
till she gave the word of release; but if an innocent maiden
came within the circle she changed her into a bird, and shut
her up in a cage which she carried into a room in the castle.
She must have had seven thousand cages of this kind, contain-
ing pretty birds.
Now, there was once a maiden called Jorinda who was
more beautiful than all other maidens. She, had promised
to marry a very handsome youth named Joringel, and it was
in the days of their courtship, when they took the greatest
joy in being alone together, that one day they wandered out
into the forest. Take care,' said Joringel; 'do not let us
go too near the castle.'
It was a lovely evening. The sunshine glanced between
the tree-trunks of the dark green-wood, while the turtle-doves
sang plaintively in the old beech-trees. Yet Jorinda sat down
in the sunshine, and could not help weeping and bewailing,
while Joringel, too, soon became just as mournful. They
both felt as miserable as if they had been going to die.
Gazing round them, they found they had lost their way,
and did not know how they should find the path home.
Half the sun still appeared above the mountain; half had sunk
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below. Joringel peered into the bushes and saw the old
walls of the castle quite close to them; he was terror-struck,
and became pale as death. Jorinda was singing:
'My birdie with its ring so red
Sings sorrow, sorrow, sorrow;
My love will mourn when I am dead,
To-morrow, morrow, mor- jug, jug.'
Joringel looked at her, but she was changed into a nightin-
gale who sang 'Jug, jug.'
A screech-owl with glowing eyes flew three times round her,
and cried three times 'Shu hu-hu.' Joringel could not stir;
he stood like a stone without being able to speak, or cry, or
move hand or foot. The sun had now set; the owl flew into
a bush, out of which appeared almost at the same moment a
crooked old woman, skinny and yellow; she had big, red eyes
and a crooked nose whose tip reached her chin. She mumbled
something, caught the nightingale, and carried it away in her
hand. Joringel could riot say a word nor move from the spot,
and the nightingale was gone. At last the old woman came
back, and said in a droning voice: 'Greeting to thee,
Zachiel 1 When the moon shines upon the cage, unloose the
captive, Zachiel '
Then Joringel was free. He fell on his knees before the
witch, and implored her to give back his Jorinda; but she
said he should never have her again, and went away. He
pleaded, he wept, he lamented, but all in vain. 'Alas I
what is to become of me ?' said Joringel. At last he went
away, and arrived at a strange village, where he spent a long
time as a shepherd. He often wandered round about the
castle, but did not go too near it. At last he dreamt one night
that he found a blood-red flower, in the midst of which was
a beautiful large pearl. He plucked the flower, and took it
to the castle. Whatever he touched with it was made free
of enchantment. He dreamt, too, that by this means he had
found his Jorinda again. In the morning when he awoke he
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began to search over hill and dale, in the hope of finding a,
flower like this; he searched till the ninth day, when he found
the flower early in the morning. In the middle was a big
dewdrop, as big as the finest pearl. This flower he carried
day and night, till he reached the castle. He was not held
fast as before when he came within the hundred paces of the
castle, but walked straight up to the door.
Joringel was filled with joy; he touched the door with the
flower, and it flew open. He went in through the court, and
listened for the sound of birds. He went on, and found the
hall, where the witch was feeding the birds in the seven
thousand cages. When she saw Joringel she was angry,
very angry-scolded, and spat poison and gall at him. He
paid no attention to her, but turned away and searched among
the bird-cages. Yes, but there were many hundred nightin-
gales; how was he to find his Jorinda ?
While he was looking about in this way he noticed that the
old woman was secretly removing a cage with a bird inside,
and was making for the dgor. He sprang swiftly towards her,
touched the cage and the witch with the flower, and then
she no longer had power to exercise her spells. Jorinda stood
there, as beautiful as before, and threw her arms round
Joringel's neck. After that he changed all the other birds
back into maidens again, and went home with Jorinda, and
they lived long and happily together.
The Bremen Town Musicians
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The Bremen Town Musicians
O NCE upon a time a man had an Ass which for many
years carried sacks to the mill without tiring. At
last, however, its strength was worn out; it was
no longer of any use for work. Accordingly its master began
to ponder as to how best to cut down its keep; but the Ass,
seeing there was mischief in the air, ran away and started
on the road to Bremen; there he thought he could become
a town-musician.
When he had been travelling a short time, he fell in with a
hound, who was lying panting on the road as though he had
run himself off his legs.
Well, what are you panting so for, Growler ? said the Ass.
'Ah,' said the Hound, 'just because I am old, and every
day I get weaker, and also because I can no longer keep
up with the pack, my master wanted to kill me, so I took my
departure. But now, how am I to earn my bread ? '
'Do you know what,' said the Ass. I am going to Bremen,
and shall there become a town-musician; come with me and
take your part in the music. I shall play the lute, and you
shall beat the kettle-drum.'
The Hound agreed, and they went on.
A short time after they came upon a Cat, sitting in the road,
with a face as long as a wet week.
Well, what has been crossing you, Whiskers ?' asked the
Ass.
'Who can be cheerful when he is out at elbows ?' said
the Cat. I am getting on in years, and my teeth are blunted
and I prefer to sit by the stove and purr instead of hunting
round after mice. Just because of this my mistress wanted
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to drown me. I made myself scarce, but now I don't know
where to turn.'
Come with us to Bremen,' said the Ass. You are a great
hand at serenading, so you can become a town-musician.'
The Cat consented,
-and joined them.
Th Next the fugitives
S passed by a yard where
-- "a barn-door fowl was
S sitting on the door,
crowing with all its
might.
'You crow so loud
you pierce one through
and through,' said the
Ass. 'What is the
matter ?'
'Why I didn't I
1. 0 for Lady Day, when
Our Lady washes the
SChrist Child's little
/ garment and wants to
dry it? But, not-
withstanding this, be-
Scause Sunday visitors
Share coming to-morrow,
the mistress has no
pity, and she has or.
A short time after they came upon a Cat, sitting in dered the cook to
the road, with a face as long as a wet week.
make me into soup,
so I shall have my neck wrung to-night. Now I am crowing
with all my might while I have the chance.'
'Come along, Red-comb,' said the Ass; 'you had much
better come with us. We are going to Bremen, and you
will find a much better fate there. You have a good voice,
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and when we make music together, there will be quality
in it.'
The Cock allowed himself to be persuaded, and they all four
went off together. They could not, however, reach the town
in one day, and by evening they arrived at a wood, where
they determined to spend the night. The Ass and the Hound
lay down under a big tree; the Cat and the Cock settled
themselves in the branches, the Cock flying right up to the
top, which was the safest place for him. Before going to sleep
he looked round once more in every direction; suddenly it
seemed to him that he saw a light burning in the distance.
He called out to his comrades that there must be a house
not far off, for he saw a light.
Very well,' said the Ass,' let us set out and make our way
to it, for the entertainment here is very bad.'
The Hound thought some bones or meat would suit him
too, so they set out in the direction of the light, and soon saw
it shining more clearly, and getting bigger and bigger, till
they reached a brightly-lighted robbers' den. The Ass,
being the tallest, approached the window and looked in.
What do you see, old Jackass ? asked the Cock.
What do I see ? answered the Ass; why, a table spread
with delicious food and drink, and robbers seated at it enjoying
themselves.'
'That would just suit us,' said the Cock.
Yes; if we were only there,' answered the Ass.
Then the animals took counsel as to how to set about
driving the robbers out. At last they hit upon a plan.
The Ass was to take up his position with his fore-feet on
the window-sill, the Hound was to jump on his back, the Cat
to climb up on to the Hound, and last of all the Cock flew up
and perched on the Cat's head. When they were thus
arranged, at a given signal they all began to perform their
music; the Ass brayed, the Hound barked, the Cat mewed,
and the Cock crowed; then they dashed through the window,
shivering the panes. The robbers jumped up at the terrible
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noise; they thought nothing less than that a demon was
coming in upon them, and fled into the wood in the greatest
alarm. Then the four animals sat down to table, and helped
themselves according to taste, and ate as though they had
been starving for weeks.
When they had finished
they extinguished the light,
and looked for sleeping
places, each one to suit his
nature and taste.
The Ass lay down on the
manure heap, the Hound
behind the door, the Cat on
the hearth near the warm
ashes, and the Cock flew
up to the rafters. As they
were tired from the long
journey, they soon went
to sleep.
When midnight was
past, and the robbers saw
from a distance that the
light was no longer burn-
ing, and that all seemed
quiet, the chief said:
'We ought not to have
^" been scared by a false
'" alarm,' and ordered one of
-' .the robbers to go and ex-
amine the house.
The Ass brayed, the Hound barked, the Cat Findin all et the
mewed, and the Cock crowed. ll quiet, the
messenger went into the
kitchen to kindle a light, and taking the Cat's glowing, fiery
eyes for live coals, he held a match close to them so as to light
it. But the Cat would stand no nonsense; it flew at his face,
spat and scratched. He was terribly frightened and ran away.
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He tried to get out by the back door, but the Hound, who
was lying there, jumped up and bit his leg. As he ran across
the manure heap in front of the house, the Ass gave him a
good sound kick with his hind legs, while the Cock, who
had awoken at the uproar quite fresh and gay, cried out from
his perch: 'Cock-a-doodle-doo.' Thereupon the robber ran
back as fast as he could to his chief, and said: 'There is a
gruesome witch in the house, who breathed on me and
scratched me with her long fingers. Behind the door there
stands a man with a knife, who stabbed me; while in the
yard lies a black monster, who hit me with a club; and upon
the roof the judge is seated, and he called out, "Bring the
rogue here," so I hurried away as fast as I could.'
Thenceforward the robbers did not venture again to the
house, which, however, pleased the four Bremen musicians
so much that they never wished to leave it again.
And he who last told the story has hardly finished speaking
yet.
Old Sultan
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Old Sultan
APEASANT once had a faithful dog called Sultan,
who had grown old and lost all his teeth, and
could no longer keep fast hold of his quarry. One
day when the peasant was standing in front of his house with
his wife, he said: 'To-morrow I intend to shoot old Sultan;
he is no longer any use.'
His wife, who pitied the faithful animal, answered: 'Since
. he has served us so long and,honestly, we might at least keep
him and feed him to the end of his days.'
'What nonsense,' said her husband; 'you are a fool. He
has not a tooth left in his head; thieves are not a bit afraid
of him now that they can get away from him. Even if he has
served us well, he has been well fed in return.'
The poor dog, who lay near, stretched out in the sun, heard
all they said, and was sad at the thought that the next day was
to be his last. Now, he had a good friend who was a wolf,
and in the evening he slunk off into the wood, and complained
to him of the fate which awaited him.
Listen, comrade,' said the Wolf,' be of good cheer; I will
help you in your need, for I have thought of a plan. To-
morrow your master and mistress are going hay-making, and
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they will take their little child with them because there will
be nobody left at home. During their work they usually lay
it under the hedge in the shade; you lie down as though to
guard it. I will then come out of the wood and steal the
child. You must rush quickly after me, as though you wanted
to rescue the child. I will let it fall, and you will take it back
to its parents again; they will think that you have saved it,
and will be far too thankful to do you any harm. On the
contrary, you will come into high favour, and they will never
let you want again.'
The plot pleased the dog, and it was carried out just as it
was planned. The father cried out when he saw the Wolf
run across the field with his child in its mouth; but when
old Sultan brought it back he was overjoyed, stroked him,
and said: 'Not a hair of your coat shall be hurt; you shall
have plenty to eat as long as you live.' Then he said to his
wife: 'Go home immediately and prepare some broth for
old Sultan which he won't need to bite, and bring the pillow
out of my bed. I will give it to him to lie upon.'
Henceforward old Sultan was as well off as he could wish.
Soon afterwards the Wolf paid him a visit, and rejoiced that
all had turned out so well. 'But, comrade,' he said, 'you
must shut your eyes. Suppose some fine day I carry off one
of your master's fat sheep ? Nowadays it is hard to get
one's living.'
'Don't count on that,' answered the dog. 'I must remain
true to my master-I shall never permit it ? '
The Wolf, thinking that he had not spoken in earnest, came
and crept in at night, and tried to carry off a sheep. But the
peasant, to whom the faithful Sultan had betrayed the Wolf's
intention, spied him and belaboured him soundly with a
threshing-flail. The Wolf was forced to retreat, but he called
out to the dog, 'Wait a bit, you wicked creature-you shall
suffer for this.'
The next morning he sent the Boar to invite the Dog into
the wood, there to settle matters by a duel. Old Sultan could
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find no second except the Cat, who had only three legs. When
they came out the poor Cat hobbled along, lifting up its tail
with pain.
The Wolf and his second were already in position; but when
they saw their opponent coming they thought that he was
bringing a sword, for they took the outstretched tail of the
Cat for one. And because the poor animal hobbled on three
legs, they thought nothing less than that it was picking up
stones to throw at them every time it stooped. Then both
became frightened; the Boar crept away into a thicket, and the
Wolf jumped up into a tree. The Dog and the Cat were
astonished, when they arrived, at seeing no one about. The
Boar, however, had not been able to conceal himself completely;
his ears still stuck out. While the Cat was looking round
cautiously, the Boar twitched its ears; the Cat, who thought
that it was a mouse moving, sprang upon it, and began biting
with a will. The Boar jumped up and ran away, calling out:
'The guilty party is up in that tree.' The Cat and the Dog
looked up and perceived the Wolf, who, ashamed of having
shown himself such a coward, made peace with the Dog.
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The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean
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The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean
ONCE there was a poor old woman who lived in a
village; she had collected a bundle of beans,
and was going to cook them. So she prepared a
fire on her hearth, and to make it burn up quickly she lighted
it with a handful of straw. When she threw the beans into
the pot, one escaped her unnoticed and slipped on to the
floor, where it lay by a straw. Soon after a glowing coal
jumped out of the fire and joined the others. Then the Straw
began, and said : Little friends, how came ye hither ? '
The Coal answered: 'I have happily escaped the fire;
and if I had not done so by force of will, my death would
certainly have been a most cruel one; I should have been
burnt to a cinder.'
The Bean said: 'I also have escaped so far with a whole
skin; but if the old woman had put me into the pot, I should
have been pitilessly boiled down to broth like my comrades.'
'Would a better fate have befallen me, then ? asked the
Straw; 'the old woman packed all my brothers into the fire
and smoke, sixty of them all done for at once. Fortunately,
I slipped through her fingers.'
'What are we to do now, though ?' asked the Coal.
'My opinion is,' said the Bean, 'that, as we have escaped
death, we must all keep together like good comrades; and so
that we may run no further risks, we had better quit the
country.'
This proposal pleased both the others, and they set out
together. Before long they came to a little stream, and, as
there was neither path nor bridge, they did not know how to
get over. The Straw at last had an idea, and said, 'I will
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throw myself over and then you can walk across upon me like
a bridge' So the Straw stretched himself across from one
side to the other, and the Coal, which was of a fiery nature,
tripped gaily over the newly-built bridge. But when it got
to the middle and heard the water rushing below, it was
frightened, and remained speechless, not daring to go any
further. The Straw beginning to burn, broke in two and fell
into the stream; the Coal, falling with it, fizzled out in the
water. The Bean, who had cautiously remained on the bank,
could not help laughing over the whole business, and, having
begun, could not stop, but laughed till she split her sides.
Now, all would have been up with her had not, fortunately,
a wandering tailor been taking a rest by the stream. As he
had a sympathetic heart, he brought out a needle and thread
and stitched her up again; but, as he used black thread, all
beans have a black seam to this day.
Clever Elsa
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Clever Elsa
T HERE was once a Man who had a daughter called
Clever Elsa. When she was grown up, her Father
said: We must get her married.'
'Yes,' said her Mother;' 'if only somebody came who
would have her.'
At last a suitor, named Hans, came from a distance. He
made an offer for her on condition that she really was as clever
as she was said to be.
Oh said her Father, she is a long-headed lass.'
And her Mother said : She can see the wind blowing in the
street, and hear the flies coughing.'
'Well,' said Hans, 'if she is not really clever, I won't have
her.'
When they were at dinner, her Mother said: 'Elsa, go to
the cellar and draw some beer.'
Clever Elsa took the jug from the nail on the wall, and
went to the cellar, clattering the lid as she went, to pass the
time. When she reached the cellar she placed a chair near the
cask so that she need not hurt her back by stooping. Then
she put down the jug before her and turned the tap. And
while the beer was running, so as not to be idle, she let her eyes
rove all over the place, looking this way and that.
Suddenly she discovered a pickaxe just above her head,
which a mason had by chance left hanging among the rafters.
Clever Elsa burst into tears, and said: 'If I marry Hans,
and we have a child, when it grows big, and we send it down
to draw beer, the pickaxe will fall on its head and kill it.' So
there she sat crying and lamenting loudly at the impending
mishap.
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The others sat upstairs waiting for the beer, but Clever
Elsa never came back.
Then the Mistress said to her Servant: 'Go down to the
cellar, and see why Elsa does not come back.'
The Maid went, and found Elsa sitting by the cask, weeping
bitterly. 'Why, Elsa, whatever are you crying for? she
asked.
'Alas 1' she answered, 'have I not cause to cry? If I
marry Hans, and we have a child, when he grows big, and
we send him down to draw beer, perhaps that pickaxe will
fall on his head and kill him.'
Then the Maid said: 'What a Clever Elsa we have'; and
she, too, sat down by Elsa, and began to cry over the
misfortune.
After a time, as the Maid did not come back, and they
were growing very thirsty, the Master said to the Serving-
man: 'Go down to the cellar and see what has become of
Elsa and the Maid.'
The Man went down, and there sat Elsa and the Maid
weeping together. So he said: 'What are you crying for ? '
'Alas said Elsa, 'have I not enough to cry for ? If I
marry Hans, and we have a child, and we send it when it is
big enough into the cellar to draw beer, the pickaxe will fall
on its head and kill it.'
The Man said: 'What a Clever Elsa we have'; and he,
too, joined them and howled in company.
The people upstairs waited a long time for the Serving-
man, but as he did not come back, the Husband said to his
Wife: 'Go down to the cellar yourself, and see what has
become of Elsa.'
So the Mistress went down and found all three making loud
lamentations, and she asked the cause of their grief.
Then Elsa told her that her future child would be killed
by the falling of the pickaxe when it was big enough to be
sent to draw the beer. Her Mother said with the others:
'Did you ever see such a Clever Elsa as we have ? '
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CLEVER ELSA
Her Husband upstairs wai
some time, but as his Wife did
return, and his thirst grew grea
he said: 'I must go to the ce
myself to see what has become
Elsa.'
But when he got to the eel
and found all the others sitt
together in tears, caused by
the fear that a child which
Elsa might one day have,
if she married Hans, might
be killed by the falling
of the pickaxe, when it
went to draw beer, he too
cried-
'What a Clever Elsa
we have '
Then he, too, sat down
and added his lamentations
to theirs.
The bridegroom waited
alone upstairs for a long
time; then, as nobody came
back, he thought: They
must be waiting for me
down there, I must go and
see what they are doing.'
So down he went, and
when he found them all
crying and lamenting in
a heart-breaking manner,
each one louder than the
other, he asked: 'What
misfortune can possibly
have happened ? '
c
When she saw the pick-axe just above her
head, Clever Elsa burst into tears.
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'Alas, dear Hans!' said Elsa, 'if we marry and have a
child, and we send it to draw beer when it is big enough, it
may be killed if that pickaxe left hanging there were to fall
on its head. Have we not cause to lament ? '
'Well,' said Hans, more wits than this I do not need;
and as you are such a Clever Elsa I will have you for my wife.'
He took her by the hand, led her upstairs, and they
celebrated the marriage.
When they had been married for a while, Hans said:
'Wife, I am going to work to earn some money; do you go
into the fields and cut the corn, so that we may have some
bread.'
'Yes, my dear Hans; I will go at once.'
When Hans had gone out, she made some good broth and
took it into the field with her.
When she got there, she said to herself: 'What shall I do,
reap first, or eat first ? I will eat first.'
So she finished up the bowl of broth, which she found very
satisfying, so she said again: 'Which shall I do, sleep first,
or reap first ? I will sleep first.' So she lay down among the
corn and went to sleep.
Hans had been home a long time, and no Elsa came, so he
said: 'What a Clever Elsa I have. She is so industrious,
she does not even come home to eat.'
But as she still did not come, and it was getting dusk, Hans
went out to see how much corn she had cut. He found that
she had not cut any at all, and that she was lying there fast
asleep. Hans hurried home to fetch a fowler's net with little
bells on it, and this he hung around her without waking her.
Then he ran home, shut the house door, and sat down to
work.
At last, when it was quite dark, Clever Elsa woke up, and
when she got up there was such a jangling, and the bells jingled
at every step she took. She was terribly frightened, and
wondered whether she really was Clever Elsa or not, and said :
'Is it me, or is it not me ?'
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But she did not know what to answer, and stood for a time
doubtful. At last she thought: 'I will go home, and ask if
it is me, or if it is not me; they will be sure to know.'
She ran to the house, but found the door locked; so she
knocked at the window, and cried: 'Hans, is Elsa at home ?'
Yes,' answered Hans, she is I '
Then she started and cried: 'Alas I then it is not me,'
and she went to another door; but when the people heard the
jingling of the bells, they would not open the door, and no-
where would they take her in.
So she ran away out of the village, and was never seen
again.
The Dog and the Sparrow
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The Dog and the Sparrow
T HERE was once a sheep-dog who had not got a kind
master, but one who left him to suffer from hunger.
When he could bear it no longer, he went sadly
away. On the road he met a Sparrow, who said, Brother
Dog, why are you so sad '
On the road he met a Sparrow.
The Dog answered, 'Because I am hungry and I have
nothing to eat.'
Then,' said the Sparrow, 'Brother Dog, come with me to
the town, and I will satisfy your hunger.'
So they went to the town together, and when they came to
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a butcher's shop, the Sparrow said to the Dog, 'Stay where
you are out there and I will peck down a piece of meat.' He
perched upon the stall, and looked about to see that he was
not noticed; then he pecked, pulled, and pushed a piece of
meat lying near the edge, till at last it fell to the ground.
The Dog seized it and ran off with it to a corner, where he
devoured it. Then the Sparrow said to him, 'Now come with
me to another shop, and I will pull down another piece so that
vou may have enough.'
When the Dog had gobbled up the second piece of meat,
the Sparrow said, 'Brother Dog, have you had enough ? '
'Yes, I have had enough meat,' replied the Dog; 'but I
haven't had any bread.'
'Oh, you shall have some bread too,' said the Sparrow.
'Come with me.' And then he led him to a baker's shop,
where he pecked at a couple of rolls till they fell down. Then,
as the Dog still wanted more, he took him to another shop
where he pulled down some more bread.
When that was consumed, the Sparrow said,' Brother Dog,
is your hunger satisfied ?'
Yes,' he answered; 'now let us go and walk about outside
the town for a bit.'
So they both went out on to the high-road. Now it was
very warm weather, and when they had walked a little way
the Dog said, I am tired, and I want to go to sleep.'
'Oh, by all means,' answered the Sparrow; 'I will sit
upon this branch in the meantime.'
So the Dog lay down upon the road and fell fast asleep.
While he lay there sleeping, a Carter came along driving a
wagon with three horses. The wagon was laden with two
casks of wine. The Sparrow saw that he was not going to
turn aside, but was going on in the track in which the Dog
lay, and he called out, Carter, don't do it, or I will ruin you '
But the Carter grumbled to himself, 'You won't ruin me,'
cracked his whip, and drove the wheels of his wagon right over
the Dog and killed him.
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The Sparrow cried out after him, Carter, you have killed
my brother Dog; it will cost you your wagon and your team.'
'My wagon and my team indeed, what harm can you do
me ?' asked the Carter, as he drove on. The Sparrow crept
under the tarpaulin and pecked at the bunghole of one of the
casks till the bung came out, and all the wine trickled away
without the Carter's being aware of it. When he looked
round and saw the wine dripping from the wagon, he examined
the casks and found that one was empty.
'Alas, poor man that I am he cried.
'Not poor enough yet,' said the Sparrow, as he flew on to
the head of one of the horses and pecked out its eyes. When
the Carter saw what he was doing, he seized his chopper to
throw it at the Sparrow; but the bird flew away, and the
chopper hit the horse on the head, and he dropped down dead.
'Alas, poor man that I am he cried.
'Not poor enough yet,' said the Sparrow. As the Carter
drove on with his two horses, the Sparrow again crept under
the tarpaulin and pecked the bung out of the second cask,
so that all the wine ran out.
When the Carter perceived it, he cried again, 'Alas, poor
man that I am !'
But the Sparrow answered, 'Not poor enough yet'; and
he seated himself on the head of the second horse and pecked
its eyes out. The Carter ran up with his big chopper and
struck at him; but the Sparrow flew away, and the blow hit
the horse and killed it.
'Alas, poor man that I am cried the Carter.
'Not poor enough yet,' said the Sparrow, as he perched
on the head of the third horse and pecked out its eyes. In -
his rage, the Carter struck out at the Sparrow with his chopper
without taking aim, missed the Sparrow, but hit his last
horse on the head, and it fell down dead.
'Alas, poor man that I am !'
'Not poor enough yet,' said the Sparrow. Now, I will
bring poverty to your home'; and he flew away.
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THE DOG AND THE SPARROW
The Carter had to leave his wagon standing, and he went
home full of rage and fury.
Ah he said to his wife, what misfortunes I have had
to-day; the wine has all run out of the casks, and my three
horses are dead.'
'Alas husband,' she answered, 'whatever kind of evil
bird is this which has come into our house. He has assembled
all the birds in the world, and they have settled on our maize
and they are eating it clean up.'
He went up into the loft, where thousands and thousands
of birds were sitting on the floor. They had eaten up all the
maize, and the Sparrow sat in the middle of them.
Then the Carter cried out, 'Alas, poor man that I am '
'Not poor enough,' answered the Sparrow, 'Carter, it will
cost you your life yet'; and he flew away.
Now the Carter, having lost all that he possessed, went
downstairs and sat down beside the stove, very angry and
ill-tempered. But the Sparrow sat outside the window and
cried, Carter, it will cost you your life.'
The Carter seized his chopper and threw it at the Sparrow,
but it only smashed the window and did not hit the bird.
Then the Sparrow hopped in and perched on the stove, and
cried, Carter, it will cost you your life.'
The Carter, mad, and blind with rage, smashed the stove
to atoms, but the Sparrow fluttered hither and thither till
all the furniture,-the little looking-glass, the bench, the
table,-and at last the very walls of his house were destroyed,
but without ever hitting the Sparrow. At last he caught it
in his hand.
Then,' said his wife, shall I kill it ?'
No,' he cried; that would be too good for it; it shall
die a much worse death. I will swallow it.' And he took it
and gulped it down whole.
But the bird began to flutter about in his inside, and at
last fluttered up into the man's mouth. He stretched out his
head and cried, Carter, it will cost you your life yet.'
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The Carter handed his chopper to his wife and said, 'Wife,
kill the bird in my mouth.' The woman hit out, but she
aimed badly and hit the Carter on the head, and down he
fell, dead.
The Sparrow, however, flew out and right away.
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The Twelve Dancing Princesses
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The Twelve
Dancing Princesses
T HERE was once a King who had twelve daughters,
each more beautiful than the other. They slept
together in a hall where their beds stood close to
one another; and at night, when they had gone to bed, the
King locked the door and bolted it. But when he unlocked
it in the morning, he noticed that their shoes had been danced
to pieces, and nobody could explain how it happened. So the
King sent out a proclamation saying that any one who could
discover where the Princesses did their night's dancing should
choose one of them to be his wife and should reign after his
death; but whoever presented himself, and failed to make the
discovery after three days and nights, was to forfeit his life.
A Prince soon presented himself and offered to take the
risk. He was well received, and at night was taken into a
room adjoining the hall where the Princesses slept. His
bed was made up there, and he was to watch and see where
they went to dance; so that they could not do anything, or
go anywhere else, the door of his room was left open too.
But the eyes of the King's son grew heavy, and he fell asleep.
When he woke up in the morning all the twelve had been
dancing, for the soles of their shoes were full of holes. The
second and third evenings passed with the same results, and
then the Prince found no mercy, and his head was cut off.
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Many others came after him and offered to take the risk, but
they all had to lose their lives.
Now it happened that a poor Soldier, who had been wounded
and could no longer serve, found himself on the road to the
town where the King lived. There he fell in with an old
woman who asked him where he intended to go.
'I really don't know, myself,' he said; and added, in fun,
'I should like to discover where the King's daughters dance
their shoes into holes, and after that to become King.'
'That is not so difficult,' said the old woman. 'You must
not drink the wine which will be brought to you in the evening,
but must pretend to be fast asleep.' Whereupon she gave
him a short cloak, saying: 'When you wear this you will
be invisible, and then you can slip out after the Twelve
Princesses.'
As soon as the Soldier heard this good advice he took it up
seriously, plucked up courage, appeared before the King,
and offered himself as suitor. He was as well received as
the others, and was dressed in royal garments.
In the evening, when bed-time came, he was conducted
to the ante-room. As he was about to go to bed the eldest
Princess appeared, bringing him a cup of wine; but he had
fastened a sponge under his chin and let the wine run down
into it, so that he did not drink one drop. Then he lay down,
and when he had been quiet a little while he began to snore as
though in the deepest sleep.
The Twelve Princesses heard him, and laughed. The
eldest said : He, too, must forfeit his life.'
Then they got up, opened cupboards, chests, and cases, and
brought out their beautiful dresses. They decked themselves
before the glass, skipping about and revelling in the prospect
of the dance. Only the youngest sister said: 'I don't know
what it is. You may rejoice, but I feel so strange; a mis-
fortune is certainly hanging over us.'
You are a little goose,' answered the eldest; 'you are
always frightened. Have you forgotten how many Princes
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have come here in vain ? Why, I need not have given the
Soldier a sleeping draught at all; the blockhead would never
have awakened.'
When they were all ready they looked at the Soldier; but
his eyes were shut and he did not stir. So they thought they
would soon be quite safe. Then the eldest went up to one of
the beds and knocked on it; it sank into the earth, and they
descended through the opening, one after another, the eldest
first.
The Soldier, who had noticed everything, did not hesitate
long, but threw on his cloak and went down behind the
youngest. Half-way down he trod on her dress. She was
frightened, and said: What was that ? who is holding on to
my dress ? '
'Don't be so foolish. You must have caught on a nail,'
said the eldest. Then they went right down, and when they
got quite underground, they stood in a marvellously beautiful
avenue of trees; all the leaves were silver, and glittered and
shone.
The Soldier thought, I must take away some token with
me.' And as he broke off a twig, a sharp crack came from
the tree.
The youngest cried out, All is not well; did you hear that
sound ?'
'Those are triumphal salutes, because we shall soon have
released our Princes,' said the eldest.
Next they came to an avenue where all the leaves were of
gold, and, at last, into a third, where they were of shining
diamonds. From both these he broke off a twig, and there
was a crack each time which made the youngest Princess start
with terror; but the eldest maintained that the sounds were
only triumphal salutes. They went on faster, and came to a
great lake. Close to the bank lay twelve little boats, and in
every boat sat a handsome Prince. They had expected the
Twelve Princesses, and each took one with him; but the
Soldier seated himself by the youngest.
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Then said the Prince, 'I don't know why, but the boat is
much heavier to-day, and I am obliged to row with all my
strength to get it along.'
'I wonder why it is,' said the youngest, unless, perhaps,
it is the hot weather; it is strangely hot.'
On the opposite side of the lake stood a splendid brightly-
lighted castle, from which came the sound of the joyous music
of trumpets and drums. They rowed across, and every Prince
danced with his love; and the Soldier danced too, unseen.
If one of the Princesses held a cup of wine he drank out of it,
so that it was empty when she lifted it to her lips. This
frightened the youngest one, but the eldest always silenced her.
They danced till three next morning, when their shoes were
danced into holes, and they were obliged to stop. The
Princes took them back across the lake, and this time the
Soldier took his seat beside the eldest. On the bank they said
farewell to their Princes, and promised to come again the next
night. When they got to the steps, the Soldier ran on ahead,
lay down in bed, and when the twelve came lagging by,
slowly and wearily, he began to snore again, very loud, so
that they said, 'We are quite safe as far as he is concerned.'
Then they took off their beautiful dresses, put them away,
placed the worn-out shoes under their beds, and lay down.
The next morning the Soldier determined to say nothing,
but to see the wonderful doings again. So he went with them
the second and third nights. Everything was just the same
as the first time, and they danced each time till their shoes
were in holes; but the third time the Soldier took away a
wine-cup as a token.
When the appointed hour came for his answer, he took
the three twigs and the cup with him and went before the
King. The Twelve Princesses stood behind the door listening
to hear what he would say. When the King put the question,
'Where did my daughters dance their shoes to pieces in the
night ? he answered: 'With twelve Princes in an under-
ground castle.' Then he produced the tokens.
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The King sent for his daughters and asked them whether
the Soldier had spoken the truth. As they saw that they were
betrayed, and would gain nothing by lies, they were obliged
to admit all. Thereupon the King asked the Soldier which
one he would choose as his wife. He answered: 'I am no
longer young, give me the eldest.'
So the wedding was celebrated that very day, and the
kingdom was promised to him on the King's death. But
for every night which the Princes had spent in dancing with
the Princesses a day was added to their time of enchantment.
The Fisherman and His Wife
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T HERE was once a Fisherman, who lived with his
Wife in a miserable little hovel close to the sea.
He went to fish every day, and he fished and fished,
and at last one day, as he was sitting looking deep down into'
the shining water, he felt something on his line. When he
hauled it up there was a great Flounder on the end of the
line. The Flounder said to him, 'Listen, Fisherman, I beg
you not to kill me: I am no common Flounder, I am an
enchanted prince I What good will it do you to kill me ?
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I shan't be good to eat; put me back into the water, and leave
me to swim about.'
Ho ho !' said the Fisherman, you need not make so
many words about it. I am quite ready to put back a Flounder
that can talk.' And so saying, he put back the Flounder into
the shining water, and it sank down to the bottom, leaving
a streak of blood behind it.
Then the Fisherman got up and went back to his Wife in
the hovel. 'Husband,' shle said, 'hast thou caught nothing
to-day ? '
'No,' said the Man; 'all I caught was one Flounder, and
he said he was an enchanted prince, so I let him go swim again.'
Didst thou not wish for anything then ? asked the Good-
wife.
No,' said the Man; 'what was there to wish for ?'
'Alas said his Wife, 'isn't it bad enough always to live
in this wretched hovel I Thou mightst at least have wished
for a nice clean cottage. Go back and call him, tell him I
want a pretty cottage : he will surely give us that.'
Alas I said the Man,' what am I to go back there for ? '
'Well,' said the Woman,' it was thou who didst catch him
and let him go again; for certain he will do that for thee.
Be off now '
The Man was still not very willing to go, but he did not want
to vex his Wife, and at last he went back to the sea.
He found the sea no longer bright and shining, but dull and
green. He stood by it and said-
'Flounder, Flounder in the sea,
Prythee, hearken unto me:
My Wife, Ilsebil, must have her own will,
And sends me to beg a boon of thee.'
The Flounder came swimming up, and said, 'Well, what
do you want ? '
'Alas,' said the Man, I had to call you, for my Wife said
I ought to have wished for something as I caught you. She
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doesn't want to live in our miserable hovel any longer, she
wants a pretty cottage.'
'Go home again then,' said the Flounder, 'she has her
wish fully.'
The Man went home and found his Wife no longer in the old
hut, but a pretty little cottage stood in its place, and his Wife
was sitting on a bench by the door.
She took him by the hanti, and said, 'Come and look in
here-isn't this much better ? '
They went inside and found a pretty sitting-room, and a
bedroom with a bed in it, a kitchen and a larder furnished
with everything of the best in tin and brass and every
possible requisite. Outside there was a little yard with
chickens and ducks, and a little garden full of vegetables and
fruit.
Look !' said the Woman, is not this nice ?'
'Yes,' said the Man, 'and so let it remain. We can live
here very happily.'
'We will see about that,' said the Woman. With that they
ate something and went to bed.
Everything went well for a week or more, and then said the
Wife, 'Listen, husband, this cottage is too cramped, and the
garden is too small. The Flounder could have given us a bigger
house. I want to live in a big stone castle. Go to the
Flounder, and tell him to give us a castle.'
'Alas, Wife,' said the Man, 'the cottage is good enough
for us : what should we do with a castle ? '
'Never mind,' said his Wife, 'do thou but go to the
Flounder, and he will manage it.'
'Nay, Wife,' said the Man, 'the Flounder gave us the
cottage. I don't want to go back; as likely as not he 'll be
angry.
Go, all the same,' said the Woman. He can do it easily
enough, and willingly into the bargain. Just go I '
The Man's heart was heavy, and he was very unwilling to
go. He said to himself,' It's not right.' But at last he went.
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He found the sea was no longer green; it was still calm,
but dark violet and grey. He stood by it and said-
'Flounder, Flounder in the sea,
Prythee, hearken unto me:
My Wife, Ilsebil, must have her own will,
And sends me to beg a boon of thee.'
'Now, what do you want ? 'said the Flounder.
'Alas,' said the Man, half scared, 'my wife wants a big
stone castle.'
'Go home again,' said the Flounder, she is standing at the
door of it.'
Then the man went away thinking he would find no house,
but when he got back he found a great stone palace, and his
Wife standing at the top of the steps, waiting to go in.
She took him by the hand and said, Come in with me.'
With that they went in and found a great hall paved with
marble slabs, and numbers of servants in attendance, who
opened the great doors for them. The walls were hung with
beautiful tapestries, and the rooms were furnished with golden
chairs and tables, while rich carpets covered the floors, and
crystal chandeliers hung from the ceilings. The tables
groaned under every kind of delicate food and the most costly
wines. Outside the house there was a great courtyard, with
stabling for horses, and cows, and many fine carriages.
Beyond this there was a great garden filled with the loveliest
flowers, and fine fruit-trees. There was also a park, half a
mile long, and in it were stags and hinds, and hares, and
everything of the kind one could wish for.
Now,' said the Woman, 'is not this worth having ?'
Oh yes,' said the Man; and so let it remain. We will
live in this beautiful palace and be content.'
'We will think about that,' said his Wife, 'and sleep upon
it.'
With that they went to bed.
Next morning the Wife woke up first; day was just dawn-
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ing, and from her bed she could see the beautiful country
around her. Her husband was still asleep, but she pushed
him with her elbow, and said, 'Husband, get up and peep out
of the window. See here, now, could we not be King over
all this land ? Go to the Flounder. We will be King.'
'Alas, Wife,' said the Man, 'what should we be King for ?
I don't want to be King.'
'Ah,' said his Wife, 'if thou wilt not be King, I will. Go
to the Flounder. I will be King.'
Alas, Wife,' said the Man,' whatever dost thou want to be
King for ? I don't like to tell him.'
Why not ? said the Woman. Go thou must. I will
be King.'
So the Man went; but he was quite sad because his Wife
would be King.
It is not right,' he said; it is not right.'
When he reached the sea, he found it dark, grey, and rough,
and evil smelling. He stood there and said-
'Flounder, Flounder in the sea,
Prythee, hearken unto me
My Wife, Ilsebil, must have her own will,
And sends me to beg a boon of thee.'
'Now, what does she want ? said the Flounder.
'Alas,' said the Man,' she wants to be King now.'
'Go back. She is King already,' said the Flounder.
So the Man went back, and when he reached the palace
he found that it had grown much larger, and a great tower
had been added with handsome decorations. There was a
sentry at the door, and numbers of soldiers were playing
drums and trumpets. As soon as he got inside the house,
he found everything was marble and gold; and the hangings
were of velvet, with great golden tassels. The doors of the
saloon were thrown wide open, and he saw the whole court
assembled. His Wife was sitting on a lofty throne of gold and
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diamonds; she wore a golden crown, and carried in one hand
a sceptre of pure gold. On each side of her stood her ladies
in a long row, every one a head shorter than the next.
He stood before her, and said: 'Alas, Wife, art thou now
King ?'
Yes,' she said; 'now I am King.'
He stood looking at her for some time, and then he said:
'Ah, Wife, it is a fine thing for thee to be King; now we will
not wish to be anything more.'
Nay, husband,' she answered, quite uneasily; 'I find the
time hang very heavy on my hands. I can't bear it any
longer. Go back to the Flounder. King I am, but I must
also be Emperor.'
Alas, Wife,' said the Man, why dost thou now want to be
Emperor ? '
Husband,' she answered, go to the Flounder. Emperor
I will be.'
'Alas, Wife,' said the Man,' Emperor he can't make thee,
and I won't ask him. There is only one Emperor in the
country; and Emperor the Flounder cannot make thee, that
he can't.'
'What ? said the Woman. I am King, and thou art
but my husband. To him thou must go, and that right
quickly. If he can make a King, he can also make an
Emperor. Emperor I will be, so go quickly.'
He had to go, but he was quite frightened. And as he went,
he thought, This won't end well; Emperor is too shameless.
The Flounder will make an end of the whole thing.'
With that he came to the sea, but now he found it quite
black, and heaving up from below in great waves. It tossed
to and fro, and a sharp wind blew over it, and the man
trembled. So he stood there, and said-
'Flounder, Flounder in the sea,
Prythee, hearken unto me:
My Wife, Ilsebil, must have her own will,
And sends me to beg a boon of thee.'
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'What does she want now ? said the Flounder.
'Alas, Flounder,' he said, 'my Wife wants to be Emperor.'
Go back,' said the Flounder. She is Emperor.'
So the man went back, and when he got to the door, he
found that the whole palace was made of polished marble,
with alabaster figures and golden decorations. Soldiers
marched up and down before the doors, blowing their
trumpets and beating their drums. Inside the palace, counts,
barons, and dukes walked about as attendants, and they
opened to him the doors, which were of pure gold.
He went in, and saw his Wife sitting on a huge throne made
of solid gold. It was at least two miles high. She had on
her head a great golden crown set with diamonds three yards
high. In one hand she held the sceptre, and in the other
the orb of empire. On each side of her stood the gentlemen-
at-arms in two rows, each one a little smaller than the other,
from giants two miles high down to the tiniest dwarf no bigger
than my little finger. She was surrounded by princes and
dukes.
Her husband stood still, and said: Wife, art thou now
Emperor ?'
'Yes,' said she; now I am Emperor.'
Then he looked at her for some time, and said: 'Alas,
Wife, how much better off art thou for being Emperor?'
'Husband,' she said, 'what art thou standing there for ?
Now I am Emperor, I mean to be Pope I Go back to the
Flounder.'
'Alas, Wife,' said the Man, 'what wilt thou not want ?
Pope thou canst not be. There is only one Pope in Christen-
dom. That's more than the Flounder can do.'
Husband,' she said, Pope I will be; so go at once. I must
be Pope this very day.'
No, Wife,' he said, I dare not tell him. It's no good;
it's too monstrous altogether. The Flounder cannot make
thee Pope.'
'Husband,' said the Woman, 'don't talk nonsense. If
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he can make, an Emperor, he can make a Pope. Go immedi-
ately. I am Emperor, and thou art but my husband, and
thou must obey.'
So he was frightened, and went; but he was quite dazed.
He shivered and shook, and his knees trembled.
A great wind arose over the land, the clouds flew across the
sky, and it grew as dark as night; the leaves fell from the
trees, and the water foamed and dashed upon the shore. In
the distance the ships were being tossed to and fro on the
waves, and he heard them firing signals of distress. There
was still a little patch of blue in the sky among the dark
clouds, but towards the south they were red and heavy, as in
a bad storm. In despair, he stood and said-
'Flounder, Flounder in the sea,
Prythee, hearken unto me:
My Wife, Ilsebil, must have her own will,
And sends me to beg a boon of thee.'
'Now, what does she want ?' said the Flounder.
Alas,' said the Man, she wants to be Pope !'
'Go back. Pope she is,' said the Flounder.
So back he went, and he found a great church surrounded
with palaces. He pressed through the crowd, and inside he
found thousands and thousands of lights, and his Wife,
entirely clad in gold, was sitting on a still higher throne, with
three golden crowns upon her head, and she was surrounded
with priestly state. On each side of her were two rows of
candles, the biggest as thick as a tower, down to the tiniest
little taper. Kings and Emperors were on their knees before
her, kissing her shoe.
Wife,' said the Man, looking at her, art thou now Pope ? '
Yes,' said she; 'now I am Pope.'
So there he stood gazing at her, and it was like looking at a
shining sun.
'Alas, Wife,' he said, 'art thou better off for being Pope ? '
At first she sat as stiff as a post, without stirring. Then he
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said : 'Now, Wife, be content with being Pope; higher thou
canst not go.'
I will think about that,' said the Woman, and with that
they both went to bed. Still she was not content, and could
not sleep for her inordinate desires. The Man slept well and
soundly, for he had walked about a great deal in the day;
but his Wife could think of nothing but what further grandeur
'Flounder, Flounder in the sea,
Prythee, hearken unto me.'
she could demand. When the dawn reddened the sky she
raised herself up in bed and looked out of the window, and
when she saw the sun rise, she said :
Ha I can I not cause the sun and the moon to rise ?
Husband I' she cried, digging her elbow into his side, 'wake
up and go to the Flounder. I will be Lord of the Universe.'
Her husband, who was still more than half asleep, was so
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shocked that he fell out of bed. He thought he must have
heard wrong. He rubbed his eyes, and said :
'Alas, Wife, what didst thou say ? '
'Husband,' she said, 'if I cannot be Lord of the Universe,
and cause the sun and moon to set and rise, I shall not be able
to bear it. I shall never have another happy moment.'
She looked at him so wildly that it caused a shudder to run
through him.
'Alas, Wife,' he said, falling on his knees before her, 'the
Flounder can't do that. Emperor and Pope he can make,
but that is indeed beyond him. I pray thee, control thyself
and remain Pope.'
Then she flew into a terrible rage. Her hair stood on end;
she kicked him and screamed-
'I won't bear it any longer; wilt thou go '
Then he pulled on his trousers and tore away like a madman.
Such a storm was raging that he could hardly keep his feet:
houses and trees quivered and swayed, and mountains trembled,
and the rocks rolled into the sea. The sky was pitchy black;
it thundered and lightened, and the sea ran in black waves
mountains high, crested with white foam. He shrieked out,
but could hardly make himself heard-
'Flounder, Flounder in the sea,
Prythee, hearken unto me:
My Wife, Ilsebil, must have her own will,
And sends me to beg a boon of thee.'
'Now, what does she want ? asked the Flounder.
'Alas,' he said, she wants to be Lord of the Universe.'
Now she must go back to her old hovel; and there she is.'
So there they are to this very day.
The Wren and the Bear
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The Wren and the
Bear
O NCE upon a time, in the summer, a Bear and a Wolf
were taking a walk in a wood when the Bear heard
a bird singing most beautifully, and he said,
'Brother Wolf, what kind of bird is that singing so beauti-
fully ?'
That is the King of the.birds, and we must bow down to it.'
But really it was a Wren.
If that is so,' said the Bear, I should like to see his royal
palace. Come, you must take me to it.'
That's not so easy,' said the Wolf. 'You must wait till
the Queen comes.'
Soon after, the Queen made her appearance, bringing food
in her beak, and the King came with her to feed their little
ones. The Bear would have liked to go in at once, but the
Wolf held him by the sleeve, and said, 'No; now you must
wait till the King and Queen fly away again.'
So they marked the opening of the nest, and trudged on.
But the Bear had no rest till he could see the royal palace,
and before long he went back.
The King and the Queen had gone out again. He peeped
in, and saw five or six young ones lying in the nest.
'Is that the royal palace ?' cried the Bear. 'What a
miserable place And do you mean to say that you are royal
children ? You must be changelings '
When the young Wrens heard this, they were furious, and
shrieked, No, indeed we 're not. Our parents are honest
people; we must have this out with you.'
The Bear and the Wolf were very much frightened. They
turned round and ran home to their dens.
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But the young Wrens continued to shriek and scream aloud;
and when their parents came back with more food, they said,
'We won't touch so much as the leg of a fly, even if we starve,
till you tell us whether we are really your lawful children or
not. The Bear has been here calling us names.'
Then said the old King, 'Only be quiet, and this shall be
seen to.'
Thereupon he and his wife the Queen flew off to the Bear
in his den, and called in to him, 'Old Bruin, why have you
been calling our children names ? It will turn out badly
for you, and it will lead to a bloody war between us.'
So war was declared, and all the four-footed animals were
called together-the ox, the ass, the cow, the stag, the roedeer,
and every other creature on the earth.
But the Wren called together every creature which flew in
the air, not only birds both large and small, but also the gnats,
the hornets, the bees, and the flies.
When the time came for the war to begin, the Wren sent
out scouts to discover where the commanding generals of the
enemy were to be found. The gnats were the most cunning
of all. They swarmed in the wood where the enemy were
assembled, and at last they hid themselves under a leaf of the
tree where the orders were being given.
The Bear called the Fox up to him and said, 'You are the
slyest of all the animals, Reynard. You shall be our general,
and lead us.'
'.Very good,' said the Fox; 'but what shall we have for a
signal ?' But nobody could think of anything. Then said
the Fox, 'I have a fine, long, bushy tail, which almost looks
like a red feather brush. When I hold my tail erect, things
are going well, and you must march forward at once; but
if it droops, you must all run away as hard as ever you
can.'
When the gnats heard this they flew straight home and told
the Wrens every detail.
When the day broke, all the four-footed animals came
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rushing to the spot where the battle was to take place. They
came with such a tramping that the earth shook.
The Wren and his army also came swarming through the
air; they fluttered and buzzed enough to terrify one. And
then they made for one another.
The Wren sent the Hornet down with orders to seat herself
under the tail of the Fox and to sting him with all her might.
When the Fox felt the first sting he quivered, and raised
one leg in the air; but he bore it bravely, and kept his tail
erect. At the second sting he was forced to let it droop for a
moment, but the third time he could bear it no longer; he
screamed, and down went his tail between his legs. When the
animals saw this they thought all was lost, and off they ran
helter-skelter, as fast as they could go, each to his own den.
So the birds won the battle.
When it was over the King and the Queen flew home to
their children, and cried, 'Children, be happy! Eat and
drink to your hearts' content; we have won the battle.'
But the young Wrens'said, 'We won't eat till the Bear
comes here to make an apology, and says that we are really
and truly your lawful children.'
The Wren flew to the Bear's den, and cried, Old Bruin,
you will have to come and apologise to my children for calling
them names, or else you will have all your ribs broken.'
So in great terror the Bear crept to the nest and apologised,
and at last the young Wrens were satisfied, and they ate and
drank and made merry till far into the night.
The Frog Prince
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The Frog Prince
N the olden time, when wishing was some good, there
lived a King whose daughters were all beautiful, but
the youngest was so lovely that even the sun, that
looked on many things, could not but marvel when he shone
upon her face.
Near the King's palace there was a large dark forest, and in
the forest, under an old lime-tree, was a well. When the day
was very hot the Princess used to go into the forest and sit
upon the edge of this cool well; and when she was tired of
doing nothing she would play with a golden ball, throwing
it up in the air and catching it again, and this was her
favourite game. Now on one occasion it so happened that the
ball did not fall back into her hand stretched up to catch it,
but dropped to the ground and rolled straight into the well.
The Princess followed it with her eyes, but it disappeared,
for the well was so very deep that it was quite impossible to
see the bottom. Then she began to cry bitterly, and nothing
would comfort her.
As she was lamenting in this manner, some one called out to
her, 'What is the matter, Princess ? Your lamentations
would move the heart of a stone.'
She looked round towards the spot whence thq voice came,
and saw a Frog stretching its broad, ugly face out of the water.
'Oh, it's you, is it, old splasher ? I am crying for my
golden ball which has fallen into the water.'
Be quiet then, and stop crying,' answered the Frog. I
know what to do; but what will you give me if I get you back
your plaything ?'
'Whatever you like, you dear old Frog,' she said. My
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clothes, my pearls and diamonds, or even the golden crown
upon my head.'
The Frog answered, I care neither for your clothes, your
pearls and diamonds, nor even your golden crown; but if
you will be fond of me, and let me be your playmate, sit By
you at table, eat out of your plate, drink out of your cup, and
sleep in your little bed-if you will promise to do all this, I
will go down and fetch your ball.'
'I will promise anything you like to ask, if only you will
get me back my ball.'
She thought, 'What is the silly old Frog chattering about ?
He lives in the well, croaking with his mates, and he can't be
the companion of a human being.'
As soon as the Frog received her promise, he ducked his
head under the water and disappeared. After a little while,
back he came with the ball in his mouth, and threw it on to the
grass beside her.
The Princess was full of joy when she saw her pretty toy
again, picked it up, and ran off with it.
'Wait, wait,' cried the Frog. 'Take me with you; I can't
run as fast as you can.'
But what was the good of his crying' Croak, croak,' as loud
as he could ? She did not listen to him, but hurried home,
and forgot all about the poor Frog; and he had to go back
to his well.
The next day, as she was sitting at dinner with the King
and all the courtiers, eating out of her golden plate, something
came flopping up the stairs, flip, flap, flip, flap. When it
reached the top it knocked at the door, and cried : Youngest
daughter of the King, you must let me in.' She ran to see
who it was. When she opened the door and saw the Frog she
shut it again very quickly, and went back to the table, for she
was very much frightened.
The King saw that her heart was beating very fast, and he
said: My child, what is the matter ? Is there a giant at the
door wanting to take you away ? '
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Oh no she said: 'it's not a giant, but a hideous Frog.'
What does the Frog want with you ? '
'Oh, father dear, last night, when I was playing by the well
in the forest, my golden ball fell into the water. And I cried,
and the Frog got it out for me; and then, because he insisted
on it, I promised that he should be my playmate. But I
never thought that he would come out of the water, but there
he is, and he wants to come in to me.'
He knocked at the door for the second time, and sang-
Youngest daughter of the King,
Take me up, I sing;
Know'st thou not what yesterday
Thou to me didst say
By the well in forest dell.
Youngest daughter of the King,
Take me up, I sing.'
Then said the King, 'What you have promised you must
perform. Go and open the door for him.'
So she opened the door, and the Frog shuffled in, keeping
close to her feet, till he reached her chair. Then he cried,
' Lift me up beside you.' She hesitated, till the King ordered
her to do it. When the Frog was put on the chair, he
demanded to be placed upon the table, and then he said,
'Push your golden plate nearer that we may eat together.'
She did as he asked her, but very unwillingly, as could easily
be seen. The Frog made a good dinner, but the Princess
could not swallow a morsel. At last he said, 'I have eaten
enough, and I am tired, carry me into your bedroom and
arrange your silken bed, that we may go to sleep.'
The Princess began to cry, for she was afraid of the clammy
Frog, which she did not dare to touch, and which was now to
sleep in her pretty little silken bed. But the King grew very
angry, and said, You must not despise any one who has
helped you in your need.'
So she seized him with two fingers, and carried him upstairs,
where she put him in a corner of her room. When she got into
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bed, he crept up to her, and said, 'I am tired, and I want to go
to sleep as well as you. Lift me up, or I will tell your father.'
She was very angry, picked him up, and threw him with
all her might against the wall, saying, 'You may rest there
as well as you can, you hideous Frog.' But when he fell to the
ground, he was no longer a hideous Frog, but a handsome
Prince with beautiful friendly eyes.
And at her father's wish he became her beloved companion
and husband. He told her that he had been bewitched by a
wicked fairy, and nobody could have released him from the
spells but she herself.
Next morning, when the sun rose, a coach drove up drawn
by eight milk-white horses, with white ostrich plumes on their
heads, and golden harness. Behind stood faithful Henry, the
Prince's body-servant. The faithful fellow had been so
distressed when his master was changed into a Frog, that he
had caused three iron bands to be placed round his heart, lest
it should break from grief and pain.
The coach had come to carry the young pair back into the
Prince's own kingdom. The faithful Henry helped both of
them into the coach and mounted again behind, delighted at
his master's deliverance.
They had only gone a little way when the Prince heard
a cracking behind him, as if something were breaking. He
turned round, and cried-
"Henry, the coach is giving way !"
"No, Sir, the coach is safe, I say,
A band from my heart has falPn in twain,
For long I suffered woe and pain,
While you a frog within a well
Enchanted were by witch's spell "'
Once more he heard the same snapping and cracking, and
then again. The Prince thought it must be some part of the
carriage giving way, but it was only the bands round faithful
Henry's heart which were snapping, because of his great joy
at his master's deliverance and happiness.
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A CAT once made the
A acquaintance of a
Mouse, and she said
/ \ so much to it about her love
and friendship that at last
the Mouse agreed to go into
i partnership and live with her.
'We must take precau-
.tions for the winter,' said the
Cat, 'or we shall suffer from
hunger. You, little Mouse,
dare not venture everywhere,
and in the end you will get
me into a fix.'
S. _____So the good advice was
followed, and a pot of fat
was purchased. They did not know where to keep it, but,
after much deliberation, the Cat said, 'I know no place where
it would be safer than in the church; nobody dare venture
to take anything there. We will put it under the altar, and
will not touch it till we are obliged to.'
So the pot was deposited in safety; but, before long, the
Cat began to hanker after it, and said to the Mouse:
Oh, little Mouse, my cousin has asked me to be godmother.
She has brought a son into the world. He is white, with
brown spots; and I am to hold him at the font. Let me go
out to-day, and you stay alone to look after the house.'
Oh yes,' said the Mouse, by all means go; and if you
have anything nice to eat, think of me. I would gladly have
a drop of sweet raspberry wine myself.'
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Now there wasn't a word of truth in all this. The Cat had
no cousin, and she had not been invited to be godmother at
all. She went straight to the church, crept to the pot of fat,
and began to lick it, and she licked and licked the whole of the
top off it. Then she took a stroll on the house-tops and re-
flected on her proceedings, after which she stretched herself in
the sun, and wiped her whiskers every time she thought of
the pot of fat. She did not go home till evening.
Oh, there you are again,' said the Mouse; you must have
had a merry time.'
Oh, well enough,' answered the Cat.
'What kind of name was given to the child ?' asked the
Mouse.
Top-off,' answered the Cat, drily.
Top-off !' cried the Mouse. What an extraordinary
name; is it a common one in your family ? '
What does it matter I said the Cat. It's not worse
than crumbstealers, as your godchildren are called.'
Not long after the Cat was again overcome by her desires.
She said to the Mouse, 'You must oblige me again by looking
after the house alone. For the second time I have been asked
to be sponsor, and, as the child has a white ring round its neck,
I can't refuse.'
The good little Mouse was quite ready to oblige, and the
Cat stole away behind the city walls to the church, and ate
half of the pot of fat. Nothing tastes better,' she said, than
what one eats by oneself'; and she was quite satisfied with
her day's work. When she got home, the Mouse asked what
this child had been named.
Half-gone.'
What do you say ? I have never heard such a name in
my life. I don't believe you would find it in the calendar.'
Soon the Cat's mouth watered again for the dainty morsel.
'Good things always come in threes,' she said to the Mouse;
'again I am to stand sponsor. This child is quite black, with
big white paws, but not another white hair on its body. Such
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a thing only occurs once in a few years. You will let me go
out again, won't you ? '
Top-off I Half-gone They are such curious names;
they set me thinking.'
'You sit at home in your dark grey velvet coat,' said the
Cat, 'getting your head full of fancies. It all comes of not
going out in the daytime.'
During the Cat's absence, the Mouse cleared up and made
the house tidy; but the greedy Cat ate up all the fat. When
it's all gone, one can be at peace,' said she to herself, as she
went home, late at night, fat and satiated.
The Mouse immediately asked what name had been given
to the third child.
'I don't suppose it will please you any better,' said the
Cat. 'He is called All-gone '
All-gone I exclaimed the Mouse. I have never seen it
in print. All-gone I What is the meaning of it ? '
She shook her head, rolled herself up, and went to sleep.
From this time nobody asked the Cat to be sponsor. But
when the winter came, and it grew very difficult to get food, the
Mouse remembered their store, and said,' Come, Cat, we will go to
our pot of fat which we have saved up; won't it be good now ?'
'Yes, indeed I' answered the Cat; 'it will do you just as
much good as putting your tongue out of the window.'
They started off to the church, and when they got there
they found the fat-pot still in its place, but it was quite empty.
'Alas,' said the Mouse, 'now I see it all. Everything has
come to the light of day. You have indeed been a true friend I
You ate it all up when you went to be godmother. First
Top-off, then Half-gone, then-'
'Hold your tongue,' cried the Cat. Another word, and
I '11 eat you too.'
But the unfortunate Mouse had All-gone' on its lips, and
hardly had it come out than the Cat made a spring, seized
the Mouse, and gobbled it up.
Now, that's the way of the world, you see.
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T HERE was once a Queen who had a little daughter still
in arms.
One day the child was naughty, and would not be
quiet, whatever her mother might say.
So she grew impatient, and as the Ravens were flying round
the castle, she opened the window, and said : I wish you were
a Raven, that you might fly away, and then I should' have
peace.'
She had hardly said the words, when the child was changed
into a Raven, and flew out of the window.
She flew straight into a dark wood, and her parents did not
know what had become of her.
iOne day a Man was passing through this wood and heard
the Raven calling.
When he was near enough, the Raven said: I am a Prin-
cess by birth, and I am bewitched, but you can deliver me from
the spell.'
'What must I do ? asked he.
Go further into the wood,' she said, and you will come to
a house with an old Woman in it, who will offer you food and
drink. But you must not take any. If you eat or drink what
she offers you, you will fall into a deep sleep, and then you will
never be able to deliver me. There is a great heap of tan in the
garden behind the house; you must stand on it and wait for
me. I will come for three days in a coach drawn by four
horses which, on the first day, will be white, on the second,
chestnut, and on the last, black. If you are not awake, I shall
not be delivered.'
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The Man promised to do everything that she asked.
But the Raven said: Alas II know' that you will not
deliver me. You will take what the Woman offers you, and I
shall never be freed from the spell.'
He promised once more not to touch either the food or the
drink. But when he reached the house, the Old Woman said
to him: 'Poor man I How tired you are. Come and refresh
yourself. Eat and drink.'
'No,' said the Man; I will neither eat nor drink.'
But she persisted, and said: 'Well, if you won't eat, take
a sip out of the glass. One sip is nothing.'
Then he yielded, and took a little sip.
About two o'clock he went down into the garden, and stood
on the tan-heap to wait for the Raven. All at once he became
so tired that he could not keep on his feet, and lay down for a
moment, not meaning to go to sleep. But he had hardly
stretched himself out, before his eyelids closed, and he fell fast
asleep. He slept so soundly, that nothing in the world could
have awakened him.
At two o'clock the Raven came, drawn by her four white
horses. But she was already very sad, for she said: 'I know
he is asleep.'
She alighted from the carriage, went to him, shook him, and
called him, but he did not wake.
Next day at dinner-time the Old Woman came again, and
brought him food and drink; but again he refused to touch it.
But she left him no peace, till at last she induced him to take a
sip from the glass.
Towards two o'clock he again went into the garden, and
stood on the tan-heap, meaning to wait for the Raven. But he
suddenly became so tired, that he sank down and fell into a
deep sleep.
When the Raven drove up with her chestnut horses, she
was very mournful, and said: 'I know he is asleep.'
She went to him, but he was fast asleep, and she could not
wake him.
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Next day the Old Woman said: 'What is the meaning of
this ? If you don't eat or drink you will die.'
He said : I must not, and I will not either eat or drink.'
She put the dish of food and the glass of wine before him,
and when the scent of the wine reached him, he could withstand
it no longer, and took a good draught.
When the time came he went into the garden and stood on
the tan-heap and waited for the Raven. But he was more
tired than.ever, lay down and slept like a log.
At two o'clock the Raven came, drawn by four black horses,
the coach and everything about it was black. She herself was
in the deepest mourning, and said: 'Alas! I know he is
asleep.'
She shook him, and called him, but she could not wake
him.
Finding her efforts in vain, she placed a loaf beside him, a
piece of meat, and a bottle of wine. Then she took a golden
ring on which her name was engraved, and put it on his finger.
Lastly, she laid a letter by him, saying that the bread, the
meat, and the wine were inexhaustible. She also said-
'I see that you cannot deliver me here, but if you still
wish to do so, come to the Golden Castle of Stromberg. I
know that it is still in your power.'
Then she seated herself in her coach again, and drove to
the Golden Castle of Stromberg.
When the Man woke and found that he had been asleep,
his heart grew heavy, and he said: She certainly must have
passed, and I have not delivered her.'
Then his eyes fell on the things lying by him, and he read
the letter which told him all that had occurred.
So he got up and went away to find the Golden Castle of
Stromberg, but he had no idea where to find it.
When he had wandered about for a long time he came to a
dark wood whence he could not find his way out.
After walking about in it for a fortnight, he lay down one
night under a bush to sleep, for he was very tired. But he
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beard such lamentations and howling that he could not go to
sleep.
Then he saw a light glimmering in the distance and went
towards it. When he reached it, he found that it came from
The Golden Castle ofStromberg.
a house which looked very tiny because a huge Giant was
standing at the door.
He thought: If I go in and the Giant sees me, I shan't
escape with my life.'
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But at last he ventured to go forward.
When the Giant saw him, he said: 'It's a good thing you
have appeared. I have had nothing to eat for an age. I will
just swallow you for my supper.'
You had better let me alone,' said the Man. 'I shan't
let myself be swallowed in a hurry. If you only want some-
thing to eat, I have plenty here to satisfy you.'
'If you are speaking the truth,' said the Giant, 'you may
be quite easy. I was only going to eat you because I had
nothing else.'
Then they went in and sat down at the table, and the Man
produced the bread, the meat, and the wine, which were
inexhaustible.
This just suits me,' said the Giant. And he ate as much
as ever he could.
The Man said to him : Can't you tell me where to find the
Golden Castle ?'
The Giant said: 'I will look at my map. Every town,
village, and house is marked upon it.'
He fetched the map, but the castle was not to be
found.
It doesn't matter,' he said. 'I have a bigger map up-
stairs in my chest; we will look for it there.'
At last the Golden Castle was discovered, but it was many
thousands of miles away.
How am I ever to get there ? asked the Man.
The Giant said : I have a couple of hours to spare. I will
carry you near it. But then I must come back to look after
my wife and child.'
Then the Giant transported him to within a hundred miles
of the Castle, and said : You will be able to find your way from
here alone.' Then he went back; and the Man went on, till at
last he came to the Golden Castle.
It stood on a mountain of glass, and the bewitched Maiden
drove round and round it every day in her coach.
He was delighted to see her again, and wanted to go to her
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at once. But when he tried to climb the mountain, he found
it was so slippery, that he slid back at every step.
When he found he could not reach her, he grew very sad,
and said to himself : 'I will stay down here and wait for her.'
So he built himself a little hut, and lived in it for a whole
year. He could see the Princess above, driving round the castle
every day, but he could never get to her.
Then one day he saw three Robbers fighting, and called out
to them : 'God be with you '
They stopped at the
sound of his voice, but,
seeing nothing, they
began to fight again.
Thenhe cried again:
'God be with you '
They stopped, and
looked about, but, see-
ing no one, went on
fighting.
Then he cried for
the third time: God
be with you !'
Again they stopped i
and looked about, but,
as there was no one
visible, they fell to more One day he saw three Robbers fighting.
savagely than ever.
He said to himself: 'I must go and see what it is all
about.'
He went up and asked them why they were fighting.
One of them said he had found a stick which made any door
fly open which it touched.
The second said he had found a cloak which made him
invisible when he wore it.
The third said he had caught a horse which could go any-
where, even up the mountain of glass.
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They could not decide whether these things should be
common property or whether they should divide them.
Then said the Man : I will exchange them with you if you
like. I have no money, but I have something more valuable.
First, however, I must test your things to see if you are speaking
the truth.'
They let him get on to the horse, put on the cloak, and take
the stick in his hand. When he had got them all, he was
nowhere to be seen.
Then he gave them each a sound drubbing, and said:
'There, you have your deserts, you bears. You may be
satisfied with that.'
Then he rode up the glass mountain, and when he reached
the castle he found the gate was shut. He touched it with his
stick and it flew open.
He went in and straight up the stairs into the gallery where
the Maiden sat with a golden cup of wine before her.
But she could not see him because he had the cloak on.
He took the ring she had given him, and dropped it into the
cup, where-it fell with a clink.
She cried : 'That is my ring. The Man who is to deliver
me must be here.'
They searched for him all over the castle, but could not find
him, for he had gone outside, taken off the cloak, and mounted
his horse.
;When the people came to the gate and saw him, they raised
cries of joy.
He dismounted and took the Princess in his arms. She
kissed him, and said: 'Now you have delivered me, and
to-morrow we will celebrate our marriage.'
The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet
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L HOW THEY WENT TO THE HILLS TO EAT NUTS
C IIANTICLEER said to Partlet one day, 'The nuts
must be ripe; now we will go up the hill together
and have a good feast before the squirrel carries them
all off.'
'All right,' said Partlet, 'come along; we 'll have a fine
time.' So they went away up the hill, and, as it was a bright
day, they stayed till evening.
Now whether they really had grown fat, or whether it was
merely pride, I do not know, but, whatever the reason, they
would not walk home, and Chanticleer had to make a little
carriage of nut-shells. When it was ready, Partlet took her
seat in it, and said to Chanticleer, 'Now you get between the
shafts.'
That's all very fine,' said Chanticleer,' but I would sooner
go home on foot than put myself in harness. I will sit on the
box and drive, but draw it myself I never will.'
As they were squabbling over this, a Duck quacked out,
'You thievish folk I Who told you to come to my nut-hill ?
Just you wait, you will suffer for it.'
Then she rushed at Chanticleer with open bill, but he was
not to be taken by surprise, and fell upon her with his spurs
till she cried out for mercy. At last she allowed herself to be
harnessed to the carriage. Chanticleer seated himself on the
box as coachman, and cried out unceasingly, 'Now, Duck,
run as fast as you can.'
When they had driven a little way they met two foot
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Passengers, a Pin and a Needle. They called out, 'Stop I
stop I' They said it would soon be pitch dark, and they
couldn't walk a step further, the road was so dirty; might
they not have a lift ? They had been to the Tailor's Inn by
the gate, and had lingered over their beer.
As they were both very thin, and did not take up much
room, Chanticleer allowed them to get in, but he made them
promise not to tread either on his toes, or on Partlet's. Late in
the evening they came to an inn, and as they did not want to
drive any further in the dark, and the Duck was getting rather
uncertain on her feet, tumbling from side to side, they drove in.
The Landlord at first made many objections to having
them, and said the house was already full; perhaps he thought
they were not very grand folk. But at last, by dint of
persuasive words, and promising him the egg which Mrs.
Partlet had laid on the way, and also that he should keep the
Duck, who laid an egg every day, he consented to let them
stay the night.
Then they had a meal served to them, and feasted, and
passed the time in rioting.
In the early dawn, before it grew light, and every one was
asleep, Partlet woke up Chanticleer, fetched the egg, pecked
a hole in it, and between them they ate it all up, and threw the
shells on to the hearth. Then they went to the Needle, which
was still asleep, seized it by the head and stuck it in the cushion
of the Landlord's arm-chair; the Pin they stuck in his towel,
and then, without more ado, away they flew over the heath.
The Duck, which preferred to sleep in the open air, and had
stayed in the yard, heard them whizzing by, and bestirred
herself. She found a stream, and swam away down it; it
was a much quicker way to get on than being harnessed to a
carriage.
A couple of hours later, the Landlord, who was the first
to leave his pillow, got up and washed. When he took up the
towel to dry himself, he scratched his face and made a long
red line from ear to ear. Then he went to the kitchen to light
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his pipe, but when he stooped over the hearth the egg-shells
flew into his eye.
'Everything goes to my head this morning,' he said
angrily, as he dropped on to the cushion of his Grandfather's
arm-chair. But he quickly bounded up again, and shouted,
'Gracious me I' for the Needle had run into him, and this
time not in the head. He grew furious, and his suspicions
immediately fell on the guests who had come in so late the
night before. When he went to look for them, they were
nowhere to be seen. Then he swore never to take such
ragamuffins into his house again; for they ate a great deal,
paid nothing, and played tricks, by way of thanks, into the
bargain.
II. THE VISIT TO MR. KORBES
ANOTHER day, when Partlet and Chanticleer were about to take
a journey, Chanticleer built a fine carriage with four red
wheels, and harnessed four little mice to it. Mrs. Partlet
seated herself in it with Chanticleer, and they drove off together.
Before long they met a Cat. Whither away ? said she.
Chanticleer answered-
All on our way
A visit to pay
To Mr. Korbes at his house to-day.
'Take me with you,' said the Cat.
Chanticleer answered, 'With pleasure; sit down behind,
so that you don't fall out forwards.'
'My wheels so red, pray have a care
From any splash of mud to spare.
Little wheels hurry!
Little mice scurry!
All on our way
A visit to pay
To Mr. Korbes at his house to-day.'
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Then came a Millstone, an Egg, a Duck, a Pin, and, last
of all, a Needle. They all took their places in the carriage
and went with the rest.
But when they arrived at Mr. Korbes' house, he wasn't in.
The mice drew the carriage into the coach-house, Partlet and
Chanticleer flew on to a perch, the Cat sat down by the fire,
the Duck lay down by the well-pole. The Egg rolled itself
up in the towel, the Pin stuck itself into the cushion, the
Needle sprang into the pillow on the bed, and the Millstone
laid itself over the door.
When Mr. Korbes came home, and went to the hearth to
make a fire, the Cat threw ashes into his face. He ran into the
kitchen to wash, and the Duck squirted water into his face;
seizing the towel to dry himself, the Egg rolled out, broke,
and stuck up one of his eyes. He wanted to rest, and sat down
in his arm-chair, when the Pin pricked him. He grew very
angry, threw himself on the bed and laid his head on the
pillow, when the Needle ran into him and made him cry out.
In a fury he wanted to rush into the open air, but when he
got to the door, the Millstone fell on his head and killed him.
What a bad man Mr. Korbes must have been 1
III. THE DEATH OF PARTLET
PARTLET and Chanticleer went to the nut-hill on another
occasion, and they arranged that whichever of them found
a nut should share it with the other.
Partlet found a huge nut, but said nothing about it, and
meant to eat it all herself; but the kernel was so big that she
could not swallow it. It stuck in her throat, and she was
afraid she would be choked. She shrieked, 'Chanticleer,
Chanticleer, run and fetch some water as fast as you can, or
I shall choke '
So Chanticleer ran as fast as he could to the Well, and
said, 'Well, Well, you must give me some water! Partlet
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is out on the nut-hill; she has swallowed a big nut, and is
choking.'
The Well answered, 'First you must run to my Bride,
and tell her to give you some red silk.'
Chanticleer ran to the Bride, and said, 'Bride, Bride, give
me some red silk: I will give the silk to the Well, and the
Well will give me some water to take to Partlet, for she has
swallowed a big nut, and is choking.'
The Bride answered, 'Run first and fetch me a wreath
which I left hanging on a willow.'
So Chanticleer ran to the willow, pulled the wreath off the
branch, and brought it to the Bride. The Bride gave him the
red silk, which he took to the Well, and the Well gave him the
water for it. Then Chanticleer took the water to Partlet;
but as it happened she had choked in the meantime, and lay
there dead and stiff. Chanticleer's grief was so great that he
cried aloud, and all the animals came and condoled with him.
Six mice built a little car to draw Partlet to the grave;
and when the car was ready they harnessed themselves to it,
and drew Partlet away.
On the way, Reynard the fox joined them. 'Where are
you going, Chanticleer ? '
I 'm going to bury my wife, Partlet.'
'May I go with you ? '
'Jump up behind, we're not yet full,
A weight in front, my nags can't pull.'
So the Fox took a seat at the back, and he was followed
by the wolf, the bear, the stag, the lion, and all the other
animals of the forest. The procession went on, till they came
to a stream.
How shall we ever get over ? said Chanticleer.
A Straw was lying by the stream, and it said, I will stretch
myself across, and then you can pass over upon me.'
But when the six mice got on to the Straw it collapsed, and
the mice fell into the water with it, and they were all drowned.
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So their difficulty was as great as ever. Then a Coal came
along, and said, I am big enough, I will lie down, and you can
pass over me.'
So the Coal laid itself across the stream, but unfortunately
it just touched the water, hissed, went out, and was dead.
A stone, seeing this, had pity on them, and, wanting to help
Chanticleer, laid itself over the water. Now Chanticleer drew
the car, and he just managed to get across himself with the
hen. Then he wanted to pull the others over who were
hanging on behind, but it was too much for him, and the car
fell back and they all fell into the water and were drowned.
So Chanticleer was left alone with the dead hen, and he
dug a grave and laid her in it. Then he made a mound over
it, and seated himself upon it and grieved till he died; and
then they were all dead.
Rapunzel
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Rapunzel
T HERE was once a man and his wife who had long
wished in vain for a child, when at last they had
reason to hope that Heaven would grant their wish.
There was a little window at the back of their house, which
overlooked a beautiful garden, full of lovely flowers and
shrubs. It was, however, surrounded by a high wall, and
nobody dared to enter it, because it belonged to a powerful
Witch, who was feared by everybody.
One day the woman, standing at this window and looking
into the garden, saw a bed planted with beautiful rampion.
It looked so fresh and green that it made her long to eat some
of it. This longing increased every day, and as she knew it
could never be satisfied, she began to look pale and miserable,
and to pine away. Then her husband was alarmed, and said:
'What ails you, my dear wife ?'
'Alas !' she answered, 'if I cannot get any of the rampion
from the garden behind our house to eat, I shall die.'
Her husband, who loved her, thought, 'Before you let
your wife die, you must fetch her some of that rampion, cost
what it may.' So in the twilight he climbed over the wall
into the Witch's garden, hastily picked a handful of rampion,
and took it back to his wife. She immediately dressed it,
and ate it up very eagerly. It was so very, very nice, that the
next day her longing for it increased threefold. She could
have no peace unless her husband fetched her some more.
So in the twilight he set out again; but when he got over the
wall he was terrified to see the Witch before him.
'How dare you come into my garden like a thief, and steal
my rampion ?' she said, with angry looks. 'It shall be the
worse for you '
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'Alas he answered, 'be merciful to me; I am only here
from necessity. My wife sees your rampion from the window,
and she has such a longing for it, that she would die if she
could not get some of it.'
The anger of the Witch abated, and she said to him, 'If
it is as you say, I will allow you to take away with you as
much rampion as you like, but on one condition. You must
give me the child which your wife is about to bring into the
world. I will care for it like a mother, and all will be well
with it.' In his fear the man consented to everything, and
when the baby was born, the Witch appeared, gave it the
name of Rapunzel rampionn), and took it away with her.
Rapunzel was the most beautiful child under the sun.
When she was twelve years old, the Witch shut her up in a
tower which stood in a wood. It had neither staircase nor
doors, and only a little window quite high up in the wall.
When the Witch wanted to enter the tower, she stood at the
foot of it, and cried-
'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.'
Rapunzel had splendid long hair, as fine as spun gold.
As soon as she heard the voice of the Witch, she unfastened
her plaits and twisted them round a hook by the window.
They fell twenty ells downwards, and the Witch climbed up
by them.
It happened a couple of years later that the King's son
rode through the forest, and came close to the tower. From
thence he heard a song so lovely, that he stopped to listen.
It was Rapunzel, who in her loneliness made her sweet voice
resound to pass away the time. The King's son wanted to
join her, and he sought for the door of the tower, but there
was none to find.
He rode home, but the song had touched his heart so
deeply that he went into the forest every day to listen to it.
Once, when he was hidden behind a tree, he saw a Witch
come to the tower and call out-
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.'
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Then Rapunzel lowered her plaits of hair and the Witch
climbed up to her..
'If that is the ladder by which one ascends,' he thought,
'I will try my luck myself.' And the next day, when it
began to grow dark, he went to the tower and cried-
'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.'
The hair f6ll down at once, and the King's son climbed up
by it.
At first Rapunzel was terrified, for she had never set eyes
on a man before, but the King's son talked to her kindly, and
told her that his heart had been so deeply touched by her
song that he had no peace, and he was obliged to see her.
Then Rapunzel lost her fear, and when he asked if she would
have him for her husband, and she saw that he was young
and handsome, she thought, 'He will love me better than old
Mother Gothel.' So she said, 'Yes,' and laid her hand in his.
She said, 'I will gladly go with you, but I do not know how I
am to get down from this tower. When you come, will you
bring a skein of silk with you every time. I will twist it into
a ladder, and when it is long enough I will descend by it, and
you can take me away with you on your horse.'
She arranged with him that he should come and see her
every evening, for the old Witch came in the daytime.
The Witch discovered nothing, till suddenly Rapunzel
said to her, 'Tell me, Mother Gothel, how can it be that you
are so much heavier to draw up than the young Prince who
will be here before long ? '
'Oh, you wicked child, what do you say ? I thought I
had separated you from all the world, and yet you have
deceived me.' In her rage she seized Rapunzel's beautiful
hair, twisted it twice round her left hand, snatched up a pair
of shears and cut off the plaits, which fell to the ground.
She was so merciless that she took poor Rapunzel away into
a wilderness, where she forced her to live in the greatest grief
and misery.
In the evening of the day on which she had banished
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Rapunzel, the Witch fastened the plaits which she had cut
off to the hook by the window, and when the Prince came
and called-
'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair,'
she lowered the hair. The Prince climbed up, but there he
found, not his beloved Rapunzel, but the Witch, who looked
at him with angry and wicked eyes.
Ah she cried mockingly, you have come to fetch your
ladylove, but the pretty bird is no longer in her nest; and she
can sing no more, for the cat has seized her, and it will scratch
your own eyes out too. Rapunzel is lost to you; you will
never see her again.'
SThe Prince was beside himself with grief, and in his despair
he sprang out of the window. He was not killed, but his eyes
were scratched out by the thorns among which he fell. He
wandered about blind in the wood, and had nothing but roots
and berries to eat. He did nothing but weep and lament
over the loss of his beloved wife Rapunzel. In this way he
wandered about for some years, till at last he reached the
wilderness where Rapunzel had been living in great poverty
with the twins who had been born to her, a boy and a girl.
He heard a voice which seemed verr familiar to him, and
he went towards it. Rapunzel knew him at once, and fell
weeping upon his neck. Two of her tears fell upon his eyes,
and they immediately grew quite clear, and he could see as
well as ever.
He took her to his kingdom, where he was received with
joy, and they lived long and happily together.
Foundlingbird
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Foundlingbird
T HERE was once a Forester who went into the woods
to hunt, and he heard a cry like that of a little child.
He followed the sound, and at last came to a big
tree where a tiny child was sitting high up on one of the top
branches. The mother had gone to sleep under the tree, and
a bird of prey, seeing the child on her lap, had flown down
and carried it off in its beak to the top of the tree.
The Forester climbed the tree and brought down the child,
thinking to himself, 'I will take it home, and bring it up with
my own little Lina.'
So he took it home, and the two children were brought up
together. The foundling was called Foundlingbird, because it
had been found by a bird. Foundlingbird and Lina were so
fond of each other, that they could not bear to be out of each
other's sight.
Now the Forester had an old Cook, who one evening took
two pails, and began carrying water. She did not go once
but many times, backwards and forwards to the well.
Lina saw this, and said: 'Dear me, Sanna, why are you
carrying so much water ?'
'If thou wilt not tell any one, I will tell thee why.'
Lina said no, she would not tell any one.
.So then the Cook said: 'To-morrow morning early, when
the Forester goes out hunting, I am going to boil the water,
and when it bubbles in the kettle, I am going to throw Found-
lingbird into it to boil him.'
Next morning the Forester got up very early, and went
out hunting, leaving the children still in bed.
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Then 'said Lina to Foundlingbird: 'Never forsake me,
and I will never forsake thee.'
And Foundlingbird answered: 'I will never forsake thee.'
Then Lina said: 'I must tell thee now. Old Sanna
brought in so many pails of water last night, that I asked her
what she was doing. She said if I would not tell anybody,
she would tell me what it was for. So I promised not to tell
anybody, and she said that in the morning, when the father
had gone out hunting, she would fill the kettle, and when it
was boiling, she would throw thee into it and boil thee. Now
we must get up quickly, dress ourselves, and run away.'
So the children got up, dressed quickly, and left the house.
When the water boiled, the Cook went to their bedroom
to fetch Foundlingbird to throw him into it. But when she
entered the room, and went up to the bed, both the children
were gone. She was terribly frightened, and said to herself:
' Whatever am I to say to the Forester when he comes home
and finds the children gone ? We must hurry after them and
get them back.' So the Cook despatched three men-servants
to catch up the children and bring them back.
The children were sitting near a wood, and when they saw
the three men a great way off, Lina said to Foundlingbird,' Do
not forsake me, and I will never forsake thee.'
And Foundlingbird answered, 'I will never forsake thee as
long as I live.'
Then Lina said, 'Thou must turn into a rosebush, and I
will be a rosebud upon it.'
When the three men reached the wood, they found nothing
but a rosebush with one rosebud on it; no children were to be
seen. They said to each other, 'There is nothing to be done
here.' And they went home and told the Cook that they had
seen nothing whatever but a rosebush, with one rosebud on it.
The old Cook scolded them, and said: 'You boobies, you
ought to have hacked the rosebush to pieces, broken off the
bud, and brought it home to me. Off with you at once and do
it.' So they had to start off again on the search.
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But the children saw them a long way off, and Lina said
to Foundlingbird,' Do not forsake me, and I will never forsake
thee.'
Foundlingbird said: 'I will never forsake thee as long as I
live.'
Then said Lina : 'Thou must become a church, and I will
be the chandelier in it.'
Now when the three men came up they found nothing but
a church with a chandelier in it; and they said to each other:
'What are we to do here ? We had better go home again.'
When they reached the house, the Cook asked if they had
not found anything. They said : 'Nothing but a church with
a chandelier in it.'
'You fools,' screamed the Cook, 'why did you not destroy
the church and bring me the chandelier ? Then the old Cook
put her best foot foremost, and started herself with the three
men in pursuit of the children.
But the children saw the three men in the distance, and the
old Cook waddling behind them. Then said Lina: 'Found-
lingbird, do not forsake me, and I will never forsake thee.'
And he said: 'I will never forsake thee as long as I live.'
Lina said: 'Thou must become a pond, and I will be the
duck swimming upon it.'
When the Cook reached the pond, she lay down beside it
to drink it up, but the duck swam quickly forward, seized her
head with his bill and dragged her under water; so the old
witch was drowned.
Then the children went home together as happy as possible,
and if they are not dead yet, then they are still alive.
The Valiant Tailor
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A TAILOR was sitting on his table at the window one
summer morning. He was a good fellow, and
stitched with all his might. A peasant woman
came down the street, crying, 'Good jam for sale good jam
for sale '
This had a pleasant sound in the Tailor's ears; he put his
pale face out of the window, and cried, 'You '11 find a sale for
your wares up here, good Woman.'
The Woman went up the three steps to the Tailor, with the
heavy basket on her head, and he made her unpack all her
pots. He examined them all, lifted them up, smelt them,
and at last said, 'The jam seems good; weigh me out four
ounces, good Woman, and should it come over the quarter
pound, it will be all the same to me.'
The Woman, who had hoped for a better sale, gave him
what he asked for, but went away cross, and grumbling to
herself.
'That jam will be a blessing to me,' cried the Tailor; 'it
will give me strength and power.' He brought his bread out
of the cupboard, cut a whole slice, and spread the jam on it.
' It won't be a bitter morsel,' said he, 'but I will finish this
waistcoat before I stick my teeth into it.'
He put the bread down by his side, and went on with his
sewing, but in his joy the stitches got bigger and bigger.
The smell of the jam rose to the wall, where the flies were
clustered in swarms, and tempted them to come down, and
they settled on the jam in masses.
Ah I who invited you ?' cried the Tailor, chasing away
his unbidden guests. But the flies, who did not understand
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his language, were not to be got rid of so easily, and came back
in greater numbers than ever. At last the Tailor came to the
end of his patience, and seizing a bit of cloth, he cried, 'Wait
a bit, and I '11 give it you So saying, he struck out at them
mercilessly. When he looked, he found no fewer than seven
dead and motionless. 'So that's
the kind of fellow you are,' he '
said, admiring his own valour.
'The whole town shall know of
this.'
In great haste he cut out a .
belt for himself, and stitched on
it, in big letters, 'Seven at one
blow!' 'The town!' he then "
said, 'the whole world shall know
of it!' And his heart wagged ;" .
for very joy like the tail of a
lamb. The Tailor fastened the
belt round his waist, and wanted
to start out into the world at "
once; he found his workshop "
too small for his valour. Before
starting, he searched the house '.
to see if there was anything to -" -
take with him. He only found
an old cheese, but this he put
into his pocket. By the gate he
saw a bird entangled in a thicket, -
and he put that into his pocket 'Wait a bit, and I'l give it you!'
So saying, he struck out at
with the cheese. Then he boldly them mercilessly.
took to the road, and as he was
light and active, he felt no fatigue. The road led up a
mountain, and when he reached the highest point, he found
a huge Giant sitting there comfortably looking round him.
The Tailor went pluckily up to him, and addressed him.
'Good-day, Comrade, you are sitting there surveying the
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wide world, I suppose. I am just on my way to try my luck.
Do you feel inclined to go with me ? '
The Giant looked scornfully at the Tailor, and said, 'You
jackanapes you miserable ragamuffin '
'That may be,' said the Tailor, unbuttoning his coat and
showing the Giant his belt. 'You may just read what kind
of fellow I am.'
The Giant read, 'Seven at one blow,' and thought that it
was people the Tailor had slain; so it gave him a certain
amount of respect for the little fellow. Still, he thought he
would try him; so he picked up a stone and squeezed it till
the water dropped out of it.
'Do that,' he said, 'if you have the strength.'
No more than that said the Tailor; why, it's a mere
joke to me.'
He put his hand into his pocket, and pulling out the bit
of soft cheese, he squeezed it till the moisture ran out.
I guess that will equal you,' said he.
The Giant did not know what to say, and could not have
believed it of the little man.
Then the Giant picked up a stone, and threw it up so high
that one could scarcely follow it with the eye.
Now, then, you sample of a mannikin, do that after me.'
'Well thrown !' said the Tailor, 'but the stone fell to the
ground again. Now I will throw one for you which will never
come back again.'
So saying, he put his hand into his pocket, took out the
bird, and threw it into the .air. The bird, rejoiced at its
freedom, soared into the air, and was never seen again...
'What do you think of that, Comrade ? asked the Tailor.
'You can certainly throw; but now we will see if you are
in a condition to carry anything,' said the Giant.
He led the Tailor to a mighty oak which had been felled,
and which lay upon the ground.
'If you are strong enough, help me out of the wood with
this tree,' he said.
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'Willingly,' answered the little man. You take tile trunk
on your shoulder, and I will take the branches; they must
certainly be the heaviest.'
The Giant accordingly took the trunk on his shoulder;
but the Tailor seated himself on one of the branches, and the
Giant, who could not look round, had to carry the whole tree,
and the Tailor into the bargain. The Tailor was very merry
on the end of the tree, and whistled Three Tailors rode merrily
out of the town,' as if tree-carrying were a joke to him.
When the Giant had carried the tree some distance, he
could go no further, and exclaimed, 'Look out, I am going to
drop the tree.'
The Tailor sprang to the ground with great agility, and
seized the tree with both arms, as if he had been carrying it
all the time. He said to the Giant: 'Big fellow as you are,
you can't carry a tree.'
After a time they went on together, and when they came
to a cherry-tree, the Giant seized the top branches, where the
cherries ripened first, bent them down, put them in the Tailor's
hand, and told him to eat. The Tailor, however, was much
too weak to hold the tree, and when the Giant let go, the tree
sprang back, carrying the Tailor with it into the air. When
he reached the ground again, without any injury, the Giant
said, 'What's this? Haven't you the strength to hold a
feeble sapling ?'
'It's not strength that's wanting,' answered the Tailor.
'Do you think that would be anything to one who killed
seven at a blow ? I sprang over the tree because some
sportsmen were shooting among the bushes. Spring after
me if you like.'
The Giant made the attempt, but he could not clear the
tree, and stuck among the branches. So here, too, the Tailor
had the advantage of him.
The Giant said, 'If you are such a gallant fellow, come
with me to our cave, and stay the night with us.'
The Tailor was quite willing, and went with him. When
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they reached the cave, they found several other Giants sitting
round a fire, and each one held a roasted sheep in his hand,
which he was eating. The Tailor looked about him, and
thought, 'It is much more roomy here than in my workshop.'
The Giant showed him a bed, and told him to lie down
and have a good sleep. The bed was much too big for the
Tailor, so he did not lie down in it, but crept into a corner.
At midnight, when the Giant thought the Tailor would be in
a heavy sleep, he got up, took a big oak club, and with one
blow crashed right through the bed, and thought he had put
an end to the grasshopper. Early in the morning the Giants
went out into the woods, forgetting all about the Tailor,
when all at once he appeared before them, as lively as possible.
They were terrified, and thinking he would strike them all
dead, they ran off as fast as ever they could.
The Tailor went on his way, always following his own
pointed nose. When he had walked for a long time, he came
to the courtyard of a royal palace. He was so tired that he
lay down on the grass and went to sleep. While he lay and
slept, the people came and inspected him on all sides, and they
read on his belt,' Seven at one blow.' Alas they said,
'why does this great warrior come here in time of peace;
he must be a mighty man.'
They went to the King and told him about it; and 'they
were of opinion that, should war break out, he would be a
useful and powerful man, who should on. no account be allowed
to depart. This advice pleased the King, and he sent one of
his courtiers to the Tailor to offer him a military appointment
when he woke up. The messenger remained standing by the
Tailor, till he opened his eyes and stretched himself, and then
he made the offer.
'For that very purpose have I come,' said the Tailor. 'I
am quite ready to enter the King's service.'
So he was received with honour, and a special dwelling was
assigned to him.
The Soldiers, however, bore him a grudge, and wished him
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a thousand miles away. What will be the end of it ? they
said to each other. 'When we quarrel with him, and he
strikes out, seven of us will fall at once. One of us can't cope
with him.' So they took a resolve, and went all together to
the King, and asked for their discharge. We are not made,'
said they, to hold our own with a man who strikes seven at
one blow.'
It grieved the King to lose all his faithful servants for the
sake of one man; he wished he had never set eyes on the
Tailor, and was quite ready to let him go. He did not dare,
however, to give him his dismissal, for he was afraid that he
would kill him and all his people, and place himself on the
throne. He pondered over it for a long time, and at last he
thought of a plan. He sent for the Tailor, and said that as he
was so great a warrior, he would make him an offer. In a
forest in his kingdom lived two giants, who, by robbery,
murder, burning, and laying waste, did much harm. No one
dared approach them without being in danger of his life. If
he could subdue and kill these two Giants, he would give him
his only daughter to be his wife, and half his kingdom as a
dowry; also he would give him a hundred Horsemen to
accompany and help him.
That would be something for a man like me,' thought the
Tailor. 'A beautiful Princess and half a kingdom are not
offered to one every day.' Oh yes,' was his answer, 'I will
soon subdue the Giants, and that without the hundred Horse-
men. He who slays seven at a blow need not fear two.' The
Tailor set out at once, accompanied by the hundred Horse-
men; but when he came to the edge of the forest, he said to
his followers,' Wait here, I will soon make an end of the Giants
by myself.'
Then he disappeared into the wood; he looked about to
the right and to the left. Before long he espied both the
Giants lying under a tree fast asleep, and snoring. Their
snores were so tremendous that they made the branches of
the tree dance up and down. The Tailor, who was no fool,
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filled his pockets with stones, and climbed up the tree. When
he got half-way up, he slipped on to a branch just above the
sleepers, and then hurled the stones, one after another, on to
one of them.
It was some time before the Giant noticed anything;
then he woke up, pushed his companion, and said, 'What are
you hitting me for ? '
You 're dreaming,' said the other. I didn't hit 'you.'
They went to sleep again, and the Tailor threw a stone at the
other one. 'What's that ?' he cried. 'What are you
throwing at me ? '
'I 'm not throwing anything,' answered the first one,
with a growl.
They quarrelled over it for a time, but as they were sleepy,
they made it up, and their eyes closed again.
The Tailor began his game again, picked out his biggest
stone, and threw it at the first Giant as hard as he could.
'This is too bad,' said the Giant, flying up like a madman.
He pushed his companion against the tree with such violence
that it shook. The other paid him back in the same coin,
and they worked themselves up into such a rage that they
tore up trees by the roots, and hacked at each other till they
both fell dead upon the ground.
Then the Tailor jumped down from his perch. 'It was
very lucky,' he said, 'that they did not tear up the tree I was
sitting on, or I should have had to spring on to another like a
squirrel, but we are nimble fellows.' He drew his sword, and
gave each of the Giants two or three cuts in the chest. Then
he went out to the Horsemen, and said, 'The work is done.
I have given both of them the finishing stroke, but it was a
difficult job. In their distress they tore trees up by the root
to defend themselves; but all that's no good when a man like
me comes, who slays seven at a blow.'
'Are you not wounded ? then asked the Horsemen.
'There was no danger,' answered the Tailor. 'Not a hair
of my head was touched.'
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The Horsemen would not believe him, and rode into the
forest to see. There, right enough, lay the Giants in pools of
blood, and, round about them, the uprooted trees.
The Tailor now demanded his promised reward from the
King; but he, in the meantime, had repented of this promise,
and was again trying to think of a plan to shake him off.
Before I give you my daughter and the half of my
kingdom, you must perform one more doughty deed. There
is a Unicorn which runs about in the forests doing vast
damage; you must capture it.'
'I have even less fear of one Unicorn than of two Giants.
Seven at one stroke is my style.' He took a rope and an axe,
and went into the wood, and told his followers to stay outside.
He did not have long to wait. The Unicorn soon appeared,
and dashed towards the Tailor, as if it meant to run him through
with its horn on the spot. Softly, softly,' cried the Tailor.
' Not so fast.' He stood still, and waited till the animal got
quite near, and then he very nimbly dodged behind a tree.
The Unicorn rushed at the tree, and ran its horn so hard into
the trunk that it had not strength to pull it out again, and so
it was caught. Now I have the prey,' said the Tailor, coming
from behind the tree. He fastened the rope round the
creature's neck, and, with his axe, released the horn from the
tree. When this was done he led the animal away, and took
it to the King.
Still the King would not give him the promised reward,
but made a third demand of him. Before the marriage, the
Tailor must catch a Boar which did much damage in the
woods: the Huntsmen were to help him.
'Willingly,' said the Tailor. 'That will be mere child's
play.'
He did not take the Huntsmen into the wood with him,
at which they were well pleased, for they had already more
than once had such a reception from the Boar that they had no
wish to encounter him again. When the Boar saw the Tailor,
it flew at him with foaming mouth, and, gnashing its teeth,
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tried to throw him to the ground; but the nimble hero darted
into a little chapel which stood near. He jumped out again
immediately by the window. The Boar rushed in after the
Tailor; but he by this time was hopping about outside, and
quickly shut the door upon the Boar. So the raging animal
was caught, for it was far too heavy and clumsy to jump out
of the window. The Tailor called the Huntsmen up to see
the captive with their own eyes.
The hero then went to the King, who was now obliged to
keep his word, whether he liked it or not; so he handed over
his daughter and half his kingdom to him. Had he known
that it was no warrior but only a Tailor who stood before him,
he would have taken it even more to heart. The marriage was
held with much pomp, but little joy, and a King was made out
of a Tailor.
After a time the young Queen heard her husband talking
in his sleep, and saying, 'Apprentice, bring me the waistcoat,
and patch the trousers, or I will break the yard measure over
your head.' So in this manner she discovered the young
gentleman's origin. In the morning she complained to the
King, and begged him to rid her of a husband who was nothing
more than a Tailor.
The King comforted her, and said, To-night, leave your
bedroom door open. My servants shall stand outside, and
when he is asleep they shall go in and bind him. They shall
then carry him away, and put him on board a ship which
will take him far away.'
The lady was satisfied with this; but the Tailor's armour-
bearer, who was attached to his young lord, told him the
whole plot.
I will put a stop to their plan,' said the Tailor.
At night he went to bed as usual with his wife. When
she thought he was asleep, she got up, opened the door, and
went to bed again. The Tailor, who had only pretended to be
asleep, began to cry out in a clear voice, 'Apprentice, bring
me the waistcoat, and you patch the trousers, or I will break
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the yard measure over your head. I have slain seven at a
blow, killed two Giants, led captive a Unicorn, and caught a
Boar; should I be afraid of those who are standing outside
my chamber door ?'
When they heard the Tailor speaking like this, the servants
were overcome by fear, and ran away as if wild animals were
after them, and none of them would venture near him again.
So the Tailor remained a King till the day of his death.
The Golden Bird
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LONG time ago there was a King who had a lovely
pleasure-garden round his palace, and in it stood a tree
which bore golden apples. When the apples were
nearly ripe they were counted, but the very next morning
one was missing.
This was reported to the King, and he ordered a watch to
be set every night under the tree.
The King had three sons, and he sent the eldest into the
garden at nightfall; but by midnight he was overcome with
sleep, and in the morning another apple was missing.
On the following night the second son had to keep watch,
but he fared no better. When the clock struck twelve, he too
was fast asleep, and in the morning another apple was gone.
The turn to watch now came to the third son. He was
quite ready, but the King had not much confidence in him,
and thought that he would accomplish even less than his
brothers. At last, however, he gave his permission; so the
youth lay down under the tree to watch, determined not to let
sleep get the mastery over him.
As the clock struck twelve there was a rustling in the air,
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and by the light of the moon he saw a Bird, whose shining
feathers were of pure gold. The Bird settled on the tree, and
was just plucking an apple when the young Prince shot an
arrow at it. The Bird flew away, but the arrow hit its plum-
age, and one of the golden feathers fell to the ground. The
Prince picked it up, and in the morning took it to the King
and told him all that he had seen in the night.
The King assembled his council, and everybody declared
that a feather like that was worth more than the whole king-
dom. If the feather is worth so much,' said the King, 'one
will not satisfy me; I must and will have the whole Bird.'
The eldest, relying on his cleverness, set out in search of
the Bird, and thought that he would be sure to find it soon.
When he had gone some distance he saw a Fox sitting by
the edge of a wood; he raised his gun and aimed at it. The
Fox cried out, 'Do not shoot me, and I will give you some
good advice. You are going to look for the Golden Bird;
you will come to a village at nightfall, where you will find two
inns opposite each other. One of them will be brightly
lighted, and there will be noise and revelry going on in it.
Be sure you do not choose that one, but go into the other,
even if you don't like the look of it so well.'
How can a stupid animal like that give me good advice ?'
thought the King's son, and he pulled the trigger, but missed
the Fox, who turned tail and made off into the wood.
Thereupon the Prince continued his journey, and at night-
fall reached the village with the two inns. Singing and
dancing were going on in the one, and the other had a poverty-
stricken and decayed appearance.
'I should be a fool,' he said,' if I were to go to that miserable
place with this good one so near.'
So he went into the noisy one, and lived there in rioting
and revelry, forgetting the Bird, his father, and all his good
counsels.
When some time had passed and the eldest son did not
come back, the second prepared to start in quest of the
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Golden Bird. He met the Fox, as the eldest son had done,
and it gave him the same good advice, of which he took just
as little heed.
He came to the two inns, and saw his brother standing at
the window of the one whence sounds of revelry proceeded.
He could not withstand his brother's calling, so he went in
and gave himself up to a life of pleasure.
Again some time passed, and the King's youngest son
wanted to go out to try his luck; but his father would not
let him go.
'It is useless,' he said. He will be even less able to find
the Golden Bird than his brothers, and when any ill luck
overtakes him, he will not be able to help himself; he has no
backbone.'
But at last, because he gave him no peace, he let him go.
The Fox again sat at the edge of the wood, begged for its
life, and gave its good advice. The Prince was good-natured,
and said : 'Be calm, little Fox, I will do thee no harm.'
'You won't repent it,' answered the Fox; 'and so that
you may get along faster, come and mount on my tail.'
No sooner had he seated himself than the Fox began to
run, and away they flew over stock and stone, at such a pace
that his hair whistled in the wind.
When they reached the village, the Prince dismounted, and
following the good advice of the Fox, he went straight to the
mean inn without looking about him, and there he passed a
peaceful night. In the morning when he went out into the
fields, there sat the Fox, who said: 'I will now tell you what
you must do next. Walk straight on till you come to a
castle, in front of which a whole regiment of soldiers is
encamped. Don't be afraid of them; they will all be asleep
and snoring. Walk through the finidst of them straight into
the castle, and through all the rooms, and at last you will
reach an apartment where the Golden Bird will be hanging
in a common wooden cage. A golden cage stands near it
for show, but beware I whatever you do, you must not take
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the bird out of the wooden cage to put it into the other, or
it will be the worse for you.'
After these words the Fox again stretched out his tail, the
Prince took his seat on it, and away they flew over stock and
stone, till his hair whistled in the wind.
When he arrived at the castle, he found everything just as
the Fox had said.
The Prince went to the room where the Golden Bird hung
in the wooden cage, with a golden cage standing by, and the
three golden apples were scattered about the room. He
thought it would be absurd to leave the beautiful Bird in the
common old cage, so he opened the door, caught it, and put
it into the golden cage. But as he did it, the Bird uttered a
piercing shriek. The soldiers woke up, rushed in, and carried
him away to prison. Next morning he was taken before a
judge, and, as he confessed all, he was sentenced to death.
The King, however, said that he would spare his life on one
condition, and this was that he should bring him the Golden
Horse which runs faster than the wind. In addition, he
should have the Golden Bird as a reward.
So the Prince set off with many sighs; he was very sad,
for where was he to find the Golden Horse ?
Then suddenly he saw his old friend the Fox sitting on the
road. 'Now you see,' said the Fox, 'all this has happened
because you did not listen to me. All the same, keep up your
spirits; I will protect you and tell you how to find the Golden
Horse. You must keep straight along the road, and you
will come to a palace, in the stable of which stands the Golden
Horse. The grooms will be lying round the stable, but they
will be fast asleep and snoring, and you can safely lead the
horse through them. Only, one thing you must beware of.
Put the old saddle of wood and leather upon it, and not the
golden one hanging near, or you will rue it.'
Then the Fox stretched out his tail, the Prince took his seat,
and away they flew over stock and stone, till his hair whistled
in the wind.
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Everything happened just as the Fox had said. The
Prince came to the stable where the Golden Horse stood, but
when he was about to put the old saddle on its back, he
thought, 'Such a beautiful animal will be disgraced if I don't
put the good saddle upon him, as he deserves.' Hardly had
the golden saddle touched the horse than he began neighing
loudly. The grooms awoke, seized the Prince, and threw him
into a dungeon.
The next morning he was taken before a judge, and con-
demned to death; but the King promised to spare his life,
and give him the Golden Horse as well, if he could bring him
the beautiful Princess out of the golden palace. With a
heavy heart the Prince set out, when to his delight he soon
met the faithful Fox.
'I ought to leave you to your fate,' he said; 'but I will
have pity on you and once more help you out of your trouble.
Your road leads straight to the golden palace,-you will reach
it in the evening; and at night, when everything is quiet,
the beautiful Princess will go to the bathroom to take a bath.
As she goes along, spring forward and give her a kiss, and she
will follow you. Lead her away with you; only on no account
allow her to bid her parents good-bye, or it will go badly with
you.'
Again the Fox stretched out his tail, the Prince seated
himself upon it, and off they flew over stock and stone, till
his hair whistled in the wind.
When he got to the palace, it was just as the Fox had said.
He waited till midnight, and when the whole palace was
wrapped in sleep, and the Maiden went to take a bath, he
sprang forward and gave her a kiss. She said she was quite
willing to go with him, but she implored him to let her say
good-bye to her parents. At first he refused; but as she
cried, and fell at his feet, at last he gave her leave. Hardly
had the Maiden stepped up to her father's bed, when he and
every one else in the palace woke up. The Prince was seized,
and thrown into prison.
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Next morning the King said to him, 'Your life is forfeited,
and it can only be spared if you clear away the mountain in
front of my window, which shuts out the view. It must be
done in eight days, and if you accomplish the task you shall
have my daughter as a reward.'
So the Prince began his labours, and he dug and shovelled
without ceasing. On the seventh day, when he saw how
little he had done, he became very sad, and gave up all hope.
However, in the evening the Fox appeared and said, 'You
do not deserve any help from me, but lie down and go to sleep;
I will do the work.' In the morning when he woke and looked
out of the window, the mountain had disappeared.
Overjoyed, the Prince hurried to the King and told him
that his condition was fulfilled, and, whether he liked it or
not, he must keep his word and give him his daughter.
So they both went away together, and before long the
faithful Fox joined them.
'You certainly have got the best thing of all,' said he; 'but
to the Maiden of the golden palace the Golden Horse belongs.'
'How am I to get it ? asked the-Prince.
Oh 1 I will tell you that,' answered the Fox. 'First take
the beautiful Maiden to the King who sent you to the golden
palace. There will be great joy when you appear, and they
will bring out the Golden Horse to you. Mount it at once,
and shake hands with everybody, last of all with the beautiful
Maiden; and when you have taken her hand firmly, pull her
up beside you with a swing and gallop away. No one will be
able to catch you, for the horse goes faster than the wind.'
All this was successfullyy done, and the Prince carried off
the beautiful Maiden on the Golden Horse.
The Fox was not far off, and he said to the Prince, 'Now I
will help you to get the Golden Bird, too. When you approach
the castle where the Golden Bird lives, let the Maiden dis-
mount, and I will take care of her. Then ride with the Golden
Horse into the courtyard of the castle; there will be great
rejoicing when they see you, and they will bring out the
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Golden Bird to you.
hand, gallop back to
As soon as you have the cage in your
us and take up the Maiden again.'
The Prince carried off the beautiful Maiden on the
Golden Horse.
When these plans had succeeded, and the Prince was ready
to ride on with all his treasures, the Fox said to him:
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Now you must reward me for my help.'
What do you want ? asked the Prince.
'When you reach that wood, shoot me dead and cut off my
head and my paws.'
'That would indeed be gratitude I' said the Prince. 'I
can't possibly promise to do such a thing.'
The Fox said, 'If you won't do it, I must leave you;
but before I go I will give you one more piece 'of advice. Beware
of two things-buy no gallows-birds, and don't sit on the edge
of a well.' Saying which, he ran off into the wood.
The Prince- thought, 'That is a strange animal; what
whims he has. Who on earth would want to buy gallows-
birds And the desire to sit on the edge of a well has never
yet seized me I'
He rode on with the beautiful Maiden, and the road led
him through the village where his two brothers had stayed
behind. There was a great hubbub in the village, and when
he asked what it was about, he was told that two persons
were going to be hanged. When he got nearer he saw that they
were his brothers, who had wasted their possessions and done
all sorts of evil deeds. He asked if they could not be set free.
'Yes, if you '11 ransom them,' answered the people; 'but
why will you throw your money away in buying off such
wicked people ?'
He did not stop to reflect, however, but paid the ransom
for them, and when they were set free they all journeyed on
together.
They came to the wood where they had first met the Fox.
It was deliciously cool there, while the sun was broiling out-
side, so the two brothers said, 'Let us sit down here by the
well to rest a little and eat and drink.' The Prince agreed,
and during the conversation he forgot what he was about,
and, never dreaming of any foul play, seated himself on the
edge of the well. But his two brothers threw him backwards
into it, and went home to their father, taking with them the
Maiden, the Horse, and the Bird.
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'Here we bring you not only the Golden Bird, but the
Golden Horse, and the Maiden from the golden palace, as
our booty.'
Thereupon there was great rejoicing; but the Horse would
not eat, the Bird would not sing, and the Maiden sat and
wept all day.
The youngest brother had not perished, however. Happily
the well was dry, and he fell upon soft moss without taking
any harm; only, he could not get out.
Even in this great strait the faithful Fox did not forsake
him, but came leaping down and scolded him for not taking
his advice. 'I can't leave you to your fate, though; I must
help you to get back to the light of day.' He told him to
take tight hold of his tail, and then he dragged him up. 'You
are not out of every danger even now,' said the Fox. 'Your
brothers were not sure of your death, so they have set watchers
all over the wood to kill you if they see you.'
A poor old man was sitting by the roadside, and the Prince
exchanged clothes with him, and by this means he succeeded
in reaching the King's court.
Nobody recognized him, but the Bird began to sing, the
Horse began to eat, and the beautiful Maiden left off
crying.
In astonishment the King asked,' What does all this mean ?'
The Maiden answered: 'I do not know; but I was very
sad, and now I am gay. It seems to me that my true bride-
groom must have come.'
She told the King all that had happened, although the two
brothers had threatened her with death if she betrayed any-
thing. The King ordered every person in the palace to be
brought before him. Among them came the Prince disguised
as an old man in all his rags; but the Maiden knew him at
once, and fell on his neck. The wicked brothers were seized
and put to death; but the Prince was married to the beautiful
Maiden, and proclaimed heir to the King.
But what became of the poor Fox ? Long afterwards,
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THE GOLDEN BIRD
when the Prince went out into the fields one day, he met the
Fox, who said: 'You have everything that you can desire,
but there is no end to my misery. It still lies in your power
to release me.' And again he implored the Prince to shoot
him dead, and to cut off his head and his paws.
At last the Prince consented to do as he was asked, and no
sooner was it done than the Fox was changed into a man;
no other than the brother of the beautiful Princess, at last
set free from the evil spell which so long had lain upon him.
There was nothing now wanting to their happiness for the
rest of their lives.
The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage
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The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage
ONCE upon a time, a Mouse, a Bird, and a Sausage went
into partnership; they kept house together long and
amicably, and thus had increased their possessions.
It was the Bird's work to fly to the forest every day and bring
back wood. The Mouse had to carry water, make up the
fire, and set the table, while the Sausage did the cooking.
Whoever is too well off is always eager for something new.
One day the Bird met a friend, to whom it sang the praises
of its comfortable circumstances. But the other bird scolded
it, and called it a poor creature who did all the hard work,
while the other two had an easy time at home. For when the
Mouse had made up the fire, and carried the water, she betook
herself to her little room to rest till she was called to lay the
table. The Sausage only had to stay by the hearth and take
care that the food was nicely cooked; when it was nearly
dinner-time, she passed herself once or twice through the
broth and the vegetables, and they were then buttered, salted,
and flavoured, ready to eat. Then the Bird came home,
laid his burden aside, and they all sat down to table; and
after their meal they slept their fill till morning. It was indeed
a delightful life.
Another day the Bird, owing to the instigations of his
friend, declined to go and fetch any more wood, saying that
he had been drudge long enough, and had only been their
dupe; they must now make a change and try some other
arrangement.
In spite of the fervent entreaties of the Mouse and the
Sausage, the Bird got his way. They decided to draw lots,
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and the lot fell on the Sausage, who was to carry the wood;
the Mouse became cook, and the Bird was to fetch water.
What was the result ?
The Sausage went out into the forest, the Bird made up
the fire, while the Mouse put on the pot and waited alone for
the Sausage to come home, bringing wood for the next day.
But the Sausage stayed away so long that the other two
suspected something wrong, and the Bird flew out to take
the air in the hope of meeting her. Not far off he fell in with
The Mouse had to carry water, while the Sausage did the cooking.
a Dog which had met the poor Sausage and fallen upon her as
lawful prey, seized her, and quickly swallowed her.
The Bird complained bitterly to the Dog of his barefaced
robbery, but it was no good; for the Dog said he had found
forged letters on the Sausage, whereby her life was forfeit to
him.
The Bird took the wood and flew sadly home with it, and
related what he had seen and heard. They were much upset,
but they determined to do the best they could and stay
together. So the Bird laid the table, and the Mouse prepared
their meal. She tried to cook it, and, like the Sausage, to
dip herself in the vegetables so as to flavour them. But before
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she got well into the midst of them she came to a stand-
still, and in the attempt lost her hair, skin, and life itself.
When the Bird came back and wanted to serve up the meal,
there was no cook to be seen. The Bird in his agitation
threw the wood about, called and searched everywhere, but
could not find his cook. Then, owing to his carelessness, the
wood caught fire and there was a blaze. The Bird hastened
to fetch water, but the bucket fell into the well and the Bird
with it; he could not recover himself, and so he was drowned.
The Bird took the wood and flew sadly home with it,
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Mother Hulda
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Mother Hulda
T HERE was once a widow who had two daughters;
one of them was beautiful and industrious, the other
was ugly and lazy. She liked the ugly, lazy one
best, because she was her own daughter. The other one had
all the rough work, and was made the Cinderella at home.
The poor girl had to sit in the street by a well, spinning till
her fingers bled.
Now one day her bobbin got some blood upon it, and she
stooped down to the well to rinse it, but it fell out of her hand
into the water. She cried, and ran to tell her stepmother
of her misfortune.
Her stepmother scolded her violently and without mercy,
and at last said, 'If you have let the bobbin fall into the
water, you must go in after it and fetch it out.'
The maiden went back to the well and did not know what
to do, and in her terror she sprang into the water to try and
find the bobbin.
She lost consciousness, and when she came to herself she
was in a beautiful meadow dotted with flowers, and the sun
was shining brightly. She walked on till she came to a baker's
oven full of bread; the Loaves called out to her, 'Oh, draw
us out, draw us out, or we shall burn I We are over-baked
already!'
So she went up and drew them out one by one with a
baker's shovel.
Then she went a little further, and came to an Apple-tree
covered with apples, which called out to her. 'Oh, shake us
down, shake us down, we are over-ripe '
So she shook the tree, and the apples fell like rain. She
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shook till there were no more left, and when she had gathered
them all into a heap, went on her way.
At last she came to a little house, out of which an old
woman was looking. She had very large teeth, and the
maiden was so frightened that she wanted to run away.
But the old woman called her, and said, 'What are you
afraid of, dear child ? Stay with me, and if you can do all
kinds of housework well, I shall be very pleased. But you
must be very particular how you make my bed; it must be
At last she came to a little house, out of which an old
woman was looking.
thoroughly shaken, so that the feathers fly, then it snows in the
world. I am Mother Hulda.'
As the old woman spoke so kindly to her, she took heart
and agreed to stay, and she began her duties at once.
She did everything to the old woman's satisfaction, and
shook up the bed with such a will, that the feathers flew about
like snow. So she led a very happy life; she had no hard
words, but good food, both roast and boiled, every day.
Now after she had been some time with Mother Hulda,
she grew sad. At first she did not know what was the matter,
J According to a Hessian legend, when it snows, Mother Hulda is making her bed.
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but at last she discovered that she was homesick. Although
everything here was a thousand times nicer than at home,
still she had a yearning to go back.
At last she said to the old woman,' Although I had nothing
but misery at home, and happy as I have been here, still I
must go back to my own people.'
Mother Hulda said, 'I am pleased that you ask to go
home, and as you have been so faithful to me, I will take you
back myself.'
She took her by the hand and led her to a great gate. The
gate was opened, and as the maiden was passing through, a
heavy shower of gold fell upon her, and remained sticking, so
that she was covered from head to foot with it.
This is your reward, because you have been so industrious,'
said Mother Hulda. She also gave her back her bobbin which
had fallen into the well.
Then the gate was shut, and the maiden found herself in
the upper world not far from her mother's house.
When she reached the courtyard the Cock was sitting on
the well, and he cried-
'Cock-a-doodle-doo,
Our golden maid, I see,
Has now come home to me.'
Then she went into her mother, and, as she was bedecked
with gold, she was well received both by her mother and sister.
The maiden told them all that had happened to her, and when
her mother heard how she had got all her wealth, she wanted
her ugly, lazy daughter to have the same. So she made her
sit by the well and spin; and so that there should be blood
upon her bobbin, she scratched her finger, and thrust her hand
into a blackthorn bush. Then she threw the bobbin into the
water and jumped in after it. She found herself in the same
beautiful meadow, and walked along the same path.
When she reached the baker's oven, the Loaves called
out again, 'Draw us out, draw us out, or we shall be burnt '
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Then the lazy girl answered, 'I should soil my fingers,'
and went on.
Soon she came to the Apple-tree, and the apples cried,
'Shake us down, shake us down I We are all ripe '
'A fine business indeed,' she answered. 'One of you
might fall upon my head.' And she passed on.
When she came to Mother Hulda's house, she was not
afraid of her big teeth, as she had heard all about them,
and she immediately hired herself to the old woman.
The first day she made a great effort; she was industrious,
and obeyed the orders Mother Hulda gave her, for she
thought of all the gold. But on the second day even,
she began to be lazy, and on the
third she was still more so.
She would not get up in
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So the lazy girl went home, but she was
quite covered with pitch.
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the morning, nor did she make Mother Hulda's bed as she
ought; nor shake it till the feathers
came out.
Mother Hulda soon grew tired Wj -
of this, and discharged her.
The lazy girl was well
enough pleased to go,
and thought now the
-.1,
: shower of gold
would come.
Mother Hulda con-
ducted her to the same
gate; but when she passed
through, a shower of pitch fell
upon her, instead of a shower
of gold.
'That is the reward for your
service,' said Mother Hulda, as she shut the gate behind her.
So the lazy girl went home, but she was quite covered
with pitch; and when the Cock on the well saw her, he cried-
'Cock-a-doodle-doo,
Our dirty maid, I see,
Has now come back to me.'
The pitch stuck to her as long as she lived; she could
never get rid of it.
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Red Riding Hood
T HERE was once a sweet little maiden, who was loved
by all who knew her; but she was especially dear
to her Grandmother, who did not know how to make
enough of the child. Once she'gave her a little red velvet
cloak. It was so becoming, and she liked it so much, that she
would never wear anything else; and so she got the name of
Red Riding Hood.
One day her Mother said to her: Come here, Red Riding
Hood, take this cake and a bottle of wine to Grandmother,
she is weak and ill, and they will do her good. Go quickly,
before it gets hot, and don't loiter by the way, or run, or you
will fall down and break the bottle, and there would be no
wine for Grandmother. When you get there, don't forget
to say Good morning prettily, without staring about you.'
'I will do just as you tell me,' Red Riding Hood promised
her Mother,
Her Grandmother lived away in the woods, a good half-
hour from the village. When she got to the wood, she met a
Wolf; but Red Riding Hood did not know what a wicked
animal he was, so she was not a bit afraid of him.
Good-morning, Red Riding Hood,' he said.
'Good-morning, Wolf,' she answered.
Whither away so early, Red Riding Hood ?'
To Grandmother's.'
What have you got in your basket ?'
'Cake and wine; we baked yesterday, so I 'm taking a
cake to Grannie; she wants something to make her well.'
'Where does your Grandmother live, Red Riding Hood ? '
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good quarter of an hour further into the wood. Her
house stands under three big oak trees, near a hedge of nut
trees which you must know,' said Red Riding Hood.
The Wolf thought: 'This tender little creature will be a
plump morsel; she will be nicer than the old woman. I
must be cunning, and snap them both up.'
He walked along with Red Riding Hood for a while, then
he said: Look at the pretty flowers, Red Riding Hood.
Why don't you look about you ? I don't believe you even hear
the birds sing, you are just as solemn as if you were going to
school: everything else is so gay out here in the woods.'
Red Riding Hood raised her eyes, and when she saw the
sunlight dancing through the trees, and all the bright flowers,
she thought: 'I'm sure Grannie would be pleased if I took
her a bunch of fresh flowers. It is still quite early, I shall have
plenty of time to pick them.'
So she left the path, and wandered off among the trees to
pick the flowers. Each time she picked one, she always saw
another prettier one further on. So she went deeper and
deeper into the forest.
In the meantime the Wolf went. straight off to the Grand-
mother's cottage, and knocked at the door.
Who is there ? '
'Red Riding Hood, bringing you a cake and some wine.
Open the door !'
'Press the latch cried the old woman. I am too weak
to get up.'
The Wolf pressed the latch, and the door sprang open.
He went straight in and up to the bed without saying a word,
and ate up the poor old woman. Then he put on her night-
dress and nightcap, got into bed and drew the curtains.
Red Riding Hood ran about picking flowers till she could
carry no more, and then she remembered her Grandmother
again. She was astonished when she got to the house to find
the door open, and when she entered the room everything
seemed so strange.
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She felt quite frightened, but she did not know why.
'Generally I like coming to see Grandmother so much,' she
thought. She cried: Good-morning, Grandmother,' but
she received no answer.
Then she went up to the bed and drew the curtain back.
There lay her Grandmother, but she had drawn her cap down
over her face, and she looked very odd.
O Grandmother, what big ears you have got,'-she said.
The better to hear with, my dear.'
'Grandmother, what big eyes you have got.'
'The better to see with, my dear.'
'What big hands you have got, Grandmother.'
'The better to catch hold of you with, my dear.'
'But, Grandmother, what big teeth you have got.'
The better to eat you up with, my dear.'
Hardly had the Wolf said this, than he made a spring out
of bed, and devoured poor little Red Riding Hood. When the
Wolf had satisfied himself, he went back to bed and he was
soon snoring loudly.
A Huntsman went past the house, and thought, 'How
loudly the old lady is snoring; I must see if there is anything
the matter with her.'
So he went into the house, and up to the bed, where he
found the Wolf fast asleep. 'Do I find you here, you old
sinner ?' he said. 'Long enough have I sought you.'
He raised his gun to shoot, when it just occurred to him
that perhaps the Wolf had eaten up the old lady, and that she
might still be saved. So he took a knife and began cutting
open the sleeping Wolf. At the first cut he saw the little
red cloak, and after a few more slashes, the little girl sprang
out, and cried: 'Oh, how frightened I was, it was so dark
inside the Wolf Next the old Grandmother came out,
alive, but hardly able to breathe.
Red Riding Hood brought some big stones with which
they filled the Wolf, so that when he woke and tried to spring
away, they dragged him back, and he fell down dead.
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They were all quite happy now. The Huntsman skinned
the Wolf, and took the skin home. The Grandmother ate
the cake and drank the wine which Red Riding Hood had
brought, and she soon felt quite strong. Red Riding Hood
thought: 'I will never again wander off into the forest as
long as I live, if my Mother forbids it.'
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T HERE was once a Miller, who had a beautiful daughter.
T When she grew up, he wanted to have her married
and settled. He thought, 'If a suitable bridegroom
come and ask for my daughter, I will give her to him.'
Soon after a suitor came who appeared to be rich, and as
the Miller knew nothing against him he promised his daughter
to him. The Maiden, however, did not like him as a bride
ought to like her bridegroom; nor had she any faith in him.
Whenever she looked at him, or thought about him, a shudder
came over her. One day he said to her, 'You are my
betrothed, and yet you have never been to see me.'
The Maiden answered: 'I don't even know where your
house is.'
Then the Bridegroom said, 'My house is in the depths of
the forest.'
She made excuses, and said she could not find the way.
The Bridegroom answered : Next Sunday you must come
and see me without fail. I have invited some other guests,
and, so that you may be able to find the way, I will strew some
ashes to guide you.'
When Sunday came, and the Maiden was about to start,
she was frightened, though she did not know why. So that
she should be sure of finding her way back she filled her
pockets with peas and lentils. At the entrance to the forest
she found the track of ashes, and followed it; but every step
or two she scattered a few peas right and left.
She walked nearly the whole day, right into the midst of
the forest, where it was almost dark. Here she saw a solitary
house, which she did not like; it was so dark and dismal.
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She went in, but found nobody, and there was dead silence.
Suddenly a voice cried-
'Turn back, turn back, thou bonnie Bride,
Nor in this house of death abide.'
The Maiden looked up, and saw that the voice came from
a bird in a cage hanging on the wall. Once more it made the
same cry-
'Turn back, turn back, thou bonnie Bride,
Nor in this house of death abide.'
The beautiful Bride went from room to room, all over the
house, but they were ll empty; not a soul was to be seen.
At last she reached the cellar, and there she found an old, old
woman with a shaking head.
'Can you tell me if my Bridegroom lives here ? '
'Alas I poor child,' answered the old woman, 'little dost
thou know where thou art; thou art in a murderer's den.
Thou thoughtest thou wast about to be married, but death will
be thy marriage. See here, I have had to fill this kettle with
water, and when they have thee in their power they will kill
thee without mercy, cook, and eat thee, for they are eaters
of human flesh. Unless I take pity on thee and save thee,
thou art lost.' Then the old woman led her behind a great
cask, where she could not be seen. 'Be as quiet as a mouse,'
she said. 'Don't stir, or all will be lost. To-night, when the
murderers are asleep, we will fly. I have long waited for an
opportunity.'
Hardly had she said this when the riotous crew came home.
They dragged another maiden with them, but as they were
quite drunk they paid no attention to her shrieks and
lamentations. They gave her wine to drink, three glasses
full-red, white, and yellow. After she had drunk them she
fell down dead. The poor Bride hidden behind the cask
was terrified; she trembled and shivered, for she saw plainly
to what fate she was destined.
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One of the men noticed a gold ring on the little finger of
the murdered girl, and as he could not pull it off he took an
axe and chopped the finger off; but it sprang up into the air,
and fell right into the lap of the Bride behind the cask. The
man took a light to look for it, but he could not find it. One
of the others said, Hafe you looked behind the big cask ?'
They hurried away as quickly as they could.
But the old woman called out: Come and eat, and leave
the search till to-morrow; the finger won't run away.'
The murderer said: 'The old woman is right,' and they
gave up the search and sat down to supper. But the old
woman dropped a sleeping draught into their wine, so they
soon lay down, went to sleep, and snored lustily.
When the Bride heard them snoring she came out from
behind the cask; but she was obliged to step over the sleepers,
as they lay in rows upon the floor. She was dreadfully afraid
of touching them, but God helped her, and she got through
without mishap. The old woman went with her and opened
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the door, and they hurried away as quickly as they could from
this vile den.
All the ashes had been blown away by the wind, but the
peas and lentils had taken root and shot up, and showed them
the way in the moonlight.
They walked the whole night, and reached the mill in the
morning. The Maiden told her father all that she had been
through.
When the day which had been fixed for the wedding came,
the Bridegroom appeared, and the Miller invited all his friends
and relations. As they sat at table, each one was asked to tell
some story. The Bride was very silent, but when it came
to her turn, and the Bridegroom said, 'Come, my love, have
you nothing to say ? Pray tell us something,' she answered :
'I will tell you a dream I have had. I was walking alone
in a wood, and I came to a solitary house where not a soul was
to be seen. A cage was hanging on the wall of one of the
rooms, and in it there was a bird which cried-
".Turn back, turn back, thou bonnie Bride,
Nor in this house of death abide."
It repeated the same words twice. This was only a dream,
my love I walked through all the rooms, but they were all
empty and dismal. At last I went down to the cellar, and
there sat a very old woman, with a shaking head. I asked
her. "Does my Bridegroom live here ?" She answered,
"Alas, you poor child, you are in a murderer's den Your
Bridegroom indeed lives here, but he will cut you to pieces,
cook you, and eat you." This was only a dream, my love I
Then the old woman hid me behind a cask, and hardly had she
done so when the murderers came home, dragging a maiden
with them. They gave her three kinds of wine to drink-
red, white, and yellow; and after drinking them she fell
down dead. My love, I was only dreaming this I Then they
took her things off and cut her to pieces. My love, I was only
dreaming! One of the murderers saw a gold ring on the
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girl's little finger, and, as he could not pull it off, he chopped
off the finger; but the finger bounded into the air, and fell
behind the cask on to my lap. Here is the finger with the
ring.'
At these words she produced the finger and showed it to
the company.
When the Bridegroom heard these words, he turned as
pale as ashes, and tried to escape; but the guests seized him
and handed him over to justice. And he and all his band were
executed for their crimes.
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Tom Thumb
A POOR Peasant sat one evening by his hearth and
poked the fire, while his Wife sat opposite spinning.
He said: 'What a sad thing it is that we have no
children; our home is so quiet, while other folk's houses are
noisy and cheerful.'
'Yes,' answered his Wife, and she sighed; 'even if it
were an only one, and if it were no bigger than my thumb, I
should be quite content; we would love it with all our hearts.'
Now, some time after this, she had a little boy who was
strong and healthy, but was no bigger than a thumb. Then
they said: 'Well, our wish is fulfilled, and, small as he is,
we will love him dearly'; and because of his tiny stature
they called him Tom Thumb. They let him want for nothing,
yet still the child grew no bigger, but remained the same size
as when he was born. Still, he looked out on the world with
intelligent eyes, and soon showed himself a clever and agile
creature, who was lucky in all he attempted.
One day, when the Peasant was preparing to go into the
forest to cut wood, he said to himself : I wish I had some one
to bring the cart after me.'
'O Father 1' said Tom Thumb, 'I will soon bring it.
You leave it to me; it shall be there at the appointed time.'
Then the Peasant laughed, and said: How can that be ?
You are much too small even to hold the reins.'
'That doesn't matter, if only Mother will harness the
horse,' answered Tom. I will sit in his ear and tell him where
to go.'
Very well,' said the Father ; we will try itfor once.'
When the time came, the Mother harnessed the horse, set
Tom in his ear, and then the little creature called out Gee-up '
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and 'Whoa' in turn, and directed it where to go. It went
quite well, just as though it were being driven by its master;
and they went the right way to the wood. Now it happened
that while the cart was turning a corner, and Tom was calling
to the horse, two strange men appeared on the scene.
'My goodness,' said one, 'what is this ? There goes a
cart, and a driver is calling to the horse, but there is nothing to
be seen.'
There is something queer about this,' said the other; 'we
will follow the cart and see where it stops.'
The cart went on deep into the forest, and arrived quite
safely at the place where the wood was cut.
When Tom spied his Father, he said: 'You see, Father,
here I am with the cart; now lift me down.' The Father
held the horse with his left hand, and took his little son out
of its ear with the right. Then Tom sat down quite happily
on a straw.
When the two strangers noticed him, they did not know
what to say for astonishment.
Then one drew the other aside, and said: 'Listen, that
little creature might make our fortune if we were to show him
in the town for money. We will buy him.'
So they went up to the Peasant, and said: 'Sell us the
little man; he shall be well looked after with us.'
'No,' said the Peasant; 'he is the delight of my eyes,
and I will not sell him for all the gold in the world.'
But Tom Thumb, when he heard the bargain, crept up by
the folds of his Father's coat, placed himself on his shoulder,
and whispered in his ear: 'Father, let me go; I will soon
come back again.'
Then his Father gave him to the two men for a fine piece
of gold.
Where will you sit ?' they asked him.
Oh, put me on the brim of your hat, then I can walk up
and down and observe the neighbourhood without falling
down.'
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They did as he wished, and when Tom had said good-bye
to his Father, they went away with him.
They walked on till it was twilight, when the little man
said: 'You must lift me down.'
'Stay where you are,' answered the Man on whose head
he sat.
'No,' said Tom; 'I will come down. Lift me down
immediately.'
The Man took off his hat and set the little creature in a
field by the wayside. He jumped and crept about for a time,
here and there among the sods, then slipped suddenly into a
mouse-hole which he had discovered.
Good evening, gentlemen, just you go home without me,'
he called out to them in mockery.
They ran about and poked with sticks into the mouse-hole,
but all in vain. Tom crept further and further back, and,
as it soon got quite dark, they were forced to go home, full of
anger, and with empty purses.
When Tom noticed that they were gone, he crept out of
his underground hiding-place again. 'It is dangerous walking
in this field in the dark,' he said; .' one might easily break
one's leg or one's neck.' Luckily, he came to an empty snail
shell. 'Thank goodness,' he said; 'I can pass the night in
safety here,' and he sat down.
Not long after, just when he was about to go to sleep, he
heard two men pass by. One said: 'How shall we set about
stealing the rich parson's gold and silver ?'
'I can tell you,' interrupted Tom.
'What was that ?' said one robber in a fright. 'I heard
some one speak.'
They remained standing and listened.
Then Tom spoke again: 'Take me with you and I will
help you.'
Where are you ? they asked.
'Just look on the ground and see where the voice comes
from,' he answered.
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At last the thieves found him, and lifted him up. You
little urchin, are you going to help us ? '
'Yes,' he said; 'I will creep between the iron bars in the
pastor's room, and will hand out to you what you want.'
All right,' they said,' we will see what you can do.'
When they came to the Parsonage, Tom crept into the
room, but called out immediately with all his strength to the
others : 'Do you want everything that is here ? '
The thieves were frightened, and said: 'Do speak softly,
and don't wake any one.'
But Tom pretended not to understand, and called out
again : What do you want ? Everything ? '
The Cook, who slept above, heard him and sat up in bed
and listened. But the thieves were so frightened that they
retreated a little way. At last they summoned up courage
again, and thought to themselves, 'The little rogue wants to
tease us.' So they came back and whispered to him: 'Now,
do be serious, and hand us out something.'
Then Tom called out again, as loud as he could, 'I will
give you everything if only you will hold out your hands.'
The Maid, who was listening intently, heard him quite
distinctly, jumped out of bed, and stumbled to the door.
The thieves turned and fled, running as though wild huntsmen
were after them. But the Maid, seeing nothing, went to get
a light. When she came back with it, Tom, without being
seen, slipped out into the barn, and the Maid, after she had
searched every corner and found nothing, went to bed again,
thinking she had been dreaming with her eyes and ears open.
Tom Thumb climbed about in the hay, and found a splendid
place to sleep. There he determined to rest till day came,
and then to go home to his parents. But he had other experi-
ences to go through first. This world is full of trouble and
sorrow 1
The Maid got up in the grey dawn to feed the cows. First
she went into the barn, where she piled up an armful of hay,
the very bundle in which poor Tom was asleep. But he slept
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so soundly that he knew nothing till he was almost in the
mouth of the cow, who was eating him up with the hay.
Heavens I' he said, however did I get into this mill ? '
but he soon saw where he was, and the great thing was to
avoid being crushed between the cow's teeth. -At last, whether
he liked it or not, he had to go down the cow's throat.
'The windows have been forgotten in this house,' he said.
'The sun does not shine into it, and no light has been
provided.'
Altogether he was very ill-pleased with his quarters, and,
worst of all, more and more hay came in at the door, and the
space grew narrower and narrower. At last he called out,
in his fear, as loud as he could, 'Don't give me any more food.
Don't give me any more food.'
The Maid was just milking the cow, and when she heard
the same voice as in the night, without seeing any one, she was
frightened, and slipped from her stool and spilt the milk.
Then, in the greatest haste, she ran to her master, and said:
'Oh, your Reverence, the cow has spoken I'
You are mad,' he answered; but he went into the stable
himself to see what was happening.
Scarcely had he set foot in the cow-shed before Tom began
again, 'Don't bring me any more food.'
Then the Pastor was terrified too, and thought that the
cow must be bewitched; so he ordered it to be killed. It was
accordingly slaughtered, but the stomach, in which Tom was
hidden, was thrown into the manure heap. Tom had the
greatest trouble in working his way out. Just as he stuck
out his head, a hungry Wolf ran by and snapped up the whole
stomach with one bite. But still Tom did not lose courage.
' Perhaps the Wolf will listen to reason,' he said. So he called
out, 'Dear Wolf, I know where you would find a magnificent
meal.'
'Where is it to be had ?' asked the Wolf.
'Why, in such and such a house,' answered Tom. 'You
must squeeze through the grating of the store-room window,
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and there you will find cakes, bacon, 'and sausages, as many
as you can possibly eat'; and he went on to describe his
father's house.
The Wolf did not wait to hear this twice, and at night
forced himself in through the grating, and ate to his heart's
content. When he was satisfied, he wanted to go away again';
but he had grown so fat that he could not get out the same
way. Tom had reckoned on this, and began to make a great
commotion inside the Wolf's body, struggling and screaming
with all his might.
'Be quiet,' said the Wolf; 'you will wake up the people
of the house.'
All very fine,' answered Tom. You have eaten your
fill, and now I am going to make merry'; and he began to
scream again with all his might.
At last his father and mother woke up, ran to the room,
and looked through the crack of the door. When they saw
a Wolf, they went away, and the husband fetched his axe,
and the wife a scythe.
'You stay behind,' said the man, as they came into the
room. 'If my blow does not kill him, you must attack him
and rip up his body.'
When Tom Thumb heard his Father's voice, he called out:
'Dear Father, I am here, inside the Wolf's body.'
Full of joy, his Father cried, 'Heaven be praised I our dear
child is found again,' and he bade his wife throw aside the
scythe that it might not injure Tom.
Then he gathered himself together, and struck the Wolf
a blow on the head, so that it fell down lifeless. Then with
knives and shears they ripped up the body, and took their
little boy out.
Ah,' said his Father, what trouble we have been in about
you.'
'Yes, Father, I have travelled about the world, and I am
thankful to breathe fresh air again.'
'Wherever have you been ? they asked.
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Down a mouse-hole, in a Cow's stomach, and in a Wolf's
maw,' he answered; 'and now I shall stay with you.'
'And we will never sell you again, for all the riches in the
world,' they said, kissing and fondling their dear child.
Then they gave him food and drink, and had new clothes
made for him, as his own had been spoilt in his travels.
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T HERE was once a miller who was very poor, but he had
a beautiful daughter. Now, it fell out that he had
occasion to speak with the King, and, in order to
give himself an air of importance, he said: I have a daughter
who can spin gold out of straw.'
The King said to the Miller: 'That is an art in which I
am much interested. If your daughter is as skilful as you
say she is, bring her to my castle to-morrow, and I will put her
to the test.'
Accordingly, when the girl was brought to the castle, the
King conducted her to a chamber which was quite full of straw,
gave her a spinning-wheel and winder, and said, 'Now, set
to work, and if between to-night and to-morrow at dawn
you have not spun this straw into gold you must die.' There-
upon he carefully locked the door of the chamber, and she
remained alone.
There sat the unfortunate Miller's daughter, and for the
life of her did not know what to do. She had not the least
idea how to spin straw into gold, and she became more and
more distressed, until at last she began to weep. Then all at
once the door sprang open, and in stepped a little Mannikin,
who said: 'Good evening, Mistress Miller, what are you
weeping so for ?'
'Alas I answered the Maiden, I 've got to spin gold out
of straw, and don't know how to do it.'
Then the Mannikin said, 'What will you give me if I spin
it for you ? '
'My necklace,' said the Maid.
The little Man took the necklace, sat down before the
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spinning-wheel, and whir-whir-whir, in a trice the reel was
full.
Then he fixed another reel, and whir-whir-whir, thrice
round, and that too was full; and so it went on until morning,
when all the straw was spun and all the reels were full of gold.
Immediately at sunrise the
King came, and when he saw
the gold he was astonished and
S much pleased, but his mind
became only the more avari-
cious. So he had the Miller's
daughter taken to another
chamber, larger than the for-
Smer one, and full of straw, and
he ordered her to spin it also
in one night, as she valued
her life.
The Maiden was at her wit's
end, and began to weep. Then
again the door sprang open,
and the little Mannikin ap-
peared, and said, 'What will
you give me if I spin the straw
into gold for you ?'
S'The ring off my finger,'
answered the Maiden.
S^ .,. The little man took the
Te ring, began to whir again at
Then all at once the door sprang open, the wheel, and had by morning
and in stepped a little Mannikin. the wheel, and had b morng
spun all the straw into gold.
The King was delighted at sight of the masses of gold, but
was not even yet satisfied. So he had the Miller's daughter
taken to a still larger chamber, full of straw, and said, This
must you to-night spin into gold, but if you succeed you shall
become my Queen.' Even if she is only a Miller's daughter,'
thought he, 'I shan't find a richer woman in the whole world.'
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When the girl was alone the little Man came again, and
said for the third time, 'What will you give me if I spip the
straw for you this time ? '
'I have nothing more that I can give,' answered the girl.
'Well, promise me your first child if you become Queen.'
'Who knows what may happen,' thought the Miller's
daughter; but she did not see any other way of getting out
of the difficulty, so she promised the little Man what he
demanded, and in return he spun the straw into gold once
more.
When the King came in the morning, and found everything
as he had wished, he celebrated his marriage with her, and the
Miller's daughter became Queen.
About a year afterwards a beautiful child was born, but
the Queen had forgotten all about the little Man. However,
he suddenly entered her chamber, and said, Now, give me
what you promised.'
The Queen was terrified, and offered the little Man all the
wealth of the kingdom if he would let her keep the child. But
the Mannikin said, 'No; I would rather have some living
thing than all the treasures of the world.' Then the Queen
began to moan and weep to such an extent that the little Man
felt sorry for her. 'I will give you three days,' said he, 'and
if within that time you discover my name you shall keep the
child.'
Then during the night the Queen called to mind all the
names that she had ever heard, and sent a messenger all over
the country to inquire far and wide what other names there
were. When the little Man came on the next day, she began
with Caspar, Melchoir, Balzer, and mentioned all the names
which she knew, one after the other; but at every one the
little Man said : 'No; that's not my name.'
The second day she had inquiries made all round the
neighbourhood for the names of people living there, and
suggested to the little Man all the most unusual and strange
names.
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Round the fire an indescribably ridiculous little man was leaping, hopping
on one leg, and singing.
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*Perhaps your name is Cowribs, Spindleshanks, or
Spiderlegs ?'
But he answered every time, No; that's not my name.'
On the third day the messenger came back and said: I
haven't been able to find any new names, but as I came round
the corner of a wood on a lofty mountain, where the Fox says
good-night to the Hare, I saw a little house, and in front of the
house a fire was burning; and around the fire an indescribably
ridiculous little man was leaping, hopping on one leg, and
singing:
"To-day I bake; to-morrow I brew my beer;
The next day I will bring the Queen's child here.
Ah! lucky 'tis that not a soul doth know
That Rumpelstiltskin is my name, ho! ho!"'
Then you can imagine how delighted the Queen was when
she heard the name, and when presently afterwards the little
Man came in and asked, 'Now, your Majesty, what is my
name ? at first she asked:
Is your name Tom ?'
No.'
'Is it Dick ?'
'No.'
'Is it, by chance, Rumpelstiltskin ?'
'The devil told you that I The devil told you that '
shrieked the little Man ;I and in his rage stamped his right foot
into the ground so deep that he sank up to his waist.
Then, in his passion, he seized his left leg with both hands,
and tore himself asunder in the middle.
The Twelve Huntsmen
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The Twelve Huntsmen
T HERE was once a Prince, who was betrothed to a
Maiden, the daughter of a King, whom he loved very
much. One day when they were together, and very
happy, a messenger came from the Prince's father, who was
lying ill, to summon him home as he wished to see him before
he died. He said to his beloved, 'I must go away, and leave
you now; but I give you this ring as a keepsake. When I am
King, I will come and fetch you away.'
Then he rode off, and when he got home he found his father
on his death-bed. His father said, 'My dear son, I wanted to
see you once more before I die. Promise to marry the bride I
have chosen for you,' and he named a certain Princess.
His son was very sad, and without reflecting promised to
do what his father wished, and thereupon the King closed his
eyes and died.
Now, when the Prince had been proclaimed King, and the
period of mourning was past, the time came when he had to
keep his promise to his father. He made his offer to the
Princess, and it was accepted. His betrothed heard of this,
and grieved so much over his faithlessness that she very nearly
died. The King her father asked, Dear child, why are you so
sad ? You shall have whatever you desire.'
She thought for a moment, then said, 'Dear father, I want
eleven maidens all exactly like me in face, figure, and height.'
The King said, If it is possible, your wish shall be fulfilled.'
Then he caused a search to be made all over his kingdom,
till the eleven maidens were found, all exactly like his daughter.
The Princess ordered twelve huntsmen's dresses to be made,
which she commanded the maidens to wear, putting on the
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twelfth herself. Then she took leave of her father, and rode
away with the maidens to the court of her former bridegroom
whom she loved so dearly. She asked him if he wanted any
Huntsmen, and whether he would take them all into his service.
The King did not recognize her, but, as they were all so hand-
some, he said Yes, he would engage them. So they all entered
the King's service.
Now, the King had a Lion which was a wonderful creature,
for he knew all secret and hidden things. He said to the King
one evening, 'You fancy you have twelve Huntsmen there,
don't you ? '
'Yes,' said the King.
'You are mistaken,' said the Lion. 'They are twelve
maidens.'
The King answered, 'That can't be true How can you
prove it ?'
'Oh, have some peas strewn in your ante-room to-morrow,
and you will soon see. Men have a firm tread, and when they
walk on peas they don't move; but maidens trip and trot and
slide, and make the peas roll about.'
The King was pleased with the Lion's advice, and ordered
the peas to be strewn on the floor.
There was, however, a servant of the King who favoured the
Huntsmen, and when he heard that they were to be put to this
test, he went and told them all about it, and said,' The Lion is
going to prove to the King that you are maidens.'
The Princess thanked him, and said afterwards to her
maidens, 'Do your utmost to tread firmly on the peas.'
Next morning, when the King ordered them to be called,
they walked into the ante-chamber with so firm a tread that
not a pea moved. When they had gone away, the King said
to the Lion, You lied; they walked just like men.'
But the Lion answered, 'They had been warned of the test,
and were prepared for it. Just let twelve spinning-wheels be
brought into the ante-chamber, and they will be delighted at
the sight, as no man would be.'
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This plan also pleased the King, and he ordered the spinning
wheels. But again the kind servant warned the Huntsmen of-
the plan. When they were alone, the Princess said to her
maidens, Control yourselves, and don't so much as look at the
spinning-wheels.'
When the King next morning sent for the Huntsmen, they
walked through the ante-chamber without even glancing at
the spinning-wheels.
Then the King said to the Lion, You lied to me. They are
men; they never looked at the spinning-wheels.'
The Lion answered, They knew that they were on their'
trial, and restrained themselves.'
But the King would not believe him any more.
The twelve Huntsmen always went with the King on his
hunting expeditions, and the longer he had them, the better he
liked them. Now, it happened one day when they were out
hunting, that the news came of the royal bride's approach.
When the true bride heard it, the shock was so great that
her heart nearly stopped, and she fell down in a dead faint.
The King, thinking something had happened to his favourite
Huntsman, ran to help him, and pulled off his glove. Then he
saw the ring which he had given to his first betrothed, and when
he looked her in the face he recognized her. He was so moved
that he kissed her, and when she opened her eyes he said,
'Thou art mine, and I am thine, and nobody in the world shall
separate us.'
Then he sent a messenger to the other bride, and begged her
to go home, as he already had a wife, and he who has an old
dish does not .need a new one. Their marriage was then
celebrated, and the Lion was taken into favour again, as,
after all, he had spoken the truth.
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The Old Man and His Grandson
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The Old Man and his Grandson
I HERE was once a very old Man, so old that his eyes
had become dim, and his limbs trembled.
When he sat at table his hands shook so that he
could hardly hold his spoon, and some-
times he spilt soup on the tablecloth.
This vexed his son and daughter-in-law,
and they would no longer let him have
a place at the table, but made him sit
in a corner by the stove.
They gave him his food in an
earthenware bowl, and a very scanty
portion too. He sat in his place look-
ing at the others at table, and the tears
came into his eyes.
One day his trembling hands could
no longer hold the bowl; it fell to the
ground and broke to atoms.
The young wife scolded him, but he
said nothing; then she bought him a
wooden bowl for a few coppers, and he
Shad nothing else to eat from.
S-As they were sitting together one
day, the little Grandson, who was four
years old, collected a lot of bits of wood.
'What are you doing there ?' asked
his Father.
'I am making a little trough,' an-
swered the Child, 'for you and Mother
to eat out of when I am big.'
Husband and wife looked at each other for a while till their
tears began to fall. Then they led the old Grandfather up to
the table to take his meal with them.
And they never again said anything to him when he spilt
his food.
The Little Peasant
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The Little Peasant
r HERE was once a village in which there was only one
poor Peasant; all the others were very well-to-do,
so they called him the Little Peasant. He had not
even got a single cow, far less money with which to buy one,
though he and his Wife would have been so glad to possess one.
One day he said to his Wife, 'Look here, I have a good
idea: there is my Godfather, the joiner, he shall make us a
wooden calf and paint it brown, so that it looks like a real one,
and perhaps some day it will grow into a cow.'
This plan pleased his Wife, so his Godfather, the joiner, cut
out and carved the calf and painted it properly, and made its
head bent down to look as if it were eating.
Next morning, when the cows were driven out, the Little
Peasant called the Cowherd in, and said: 'Look here, I have
a little calf, but it is very small and has to be carried.'
The Cowherd said: 'All right,' took it in his arms, carried
it to the meadow and put it down in the grass.
The calf stood there all day and appeared to be eating, and
the Cowherd said, 'It will soon be able to walk by itself; see
how it eats.'
In the evening, when he was going home, he said to the calf,
SIf you can stand there all day and eat your fill, you may just
walk home on your own legs, I don't mean to carry you I '
But the Little Peasant was standing by his door waiting for
the calf, and when the Cowherd came, through the village
without it, he at once asked where it was.
The Cowherd said, 'It is still standing there; it would not
stop eating to come with us.'
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The Little Peasant said, 'But I must have my little calf
back.'
So they went back together to the field, but some one had
stolen the calf in the meantime, and it was gone.
The Cowherd said, 'It must have run away.'
But the Little Peasant said, 'Nothing of the kind,' and he
took the Cowherd up before the Bailiff, who condemned him,
for his carelessness, to give the Little Peasant a cow, in place
of the lost calf.
So at last the Little Peasant and his Wife had the long-
wished-for cow; they were delighted, but they had no fodder
and could not give it anything to eat, so very soon they had to
kill it.
They salted the meat, and the man went to the town to sell
the hide, intending to buy another calf with the money he got
for it. On the way he came to a mill, on which a raven sat
with a broken wing; he took it up out of pity and wrapped
it in the hide. Such a storm of wind and rain came on that
he could go no further, so he went into the mill to ask for
shelter.
Only the Miller's Wife was at home, and she said to the
Little Peasant, 'You may lie down in the straw there.' And
she gave him some bread and cheese to eat.
The Little Peasant ate it, and then lay down with the hide
by his side.
The Miller's Wife thought, He is tired, and won't wake up.'
Soon after a Priest came in, and he was made very welcome
by the woman, who said, My husband is out, so we can have a
feast.'
The Little Peasant was listening, and when he heard about
the feast he was much annoyed, because bread and cheese had
been considered good enough for him.
The Woman then laid the table, and brought out a roast
joint, salad, cake and wine. They sat down, but just as they
were beginning to eat, somebody knocked at the door.
The Woman said, Good heavens, that is my Husband I'
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She quickly hid the joint in the oven, the wine under the
pillow, the salad on the bed, and the cake under the bed, and,
last of all, she hid the Priest in the linen chest. Then she
opened the door for her Husband, and said, 'Thank heaven
you are back : the world might be coming to an end with such
a storm as there is '
The Miller saw the Little Peasant lying on the straw, and
said,' What is that fellow doing there ? '
'Oh I' said his Wife, 'the poor fellow came in the middle
of the storm and asked for shelter, so I gave him some bread
and cheese, and told him he might lie on the straw I '
He 's welcome as far as I 'm concerned,' said the Man;
'but get me something to eat, Wife, I 'm very hungry.'
His Wife said, 'I have nothing but bread and cheese.'
Anything will please me,' said the Man; 'bread and
cheese is good enough.' And his eyes falling on the Little
Peasant, he said, Come along and have some too.'
The Little Peasant did not wait for a second bidding, but
got up at once, and they fell to.
The Miller noticed the hide on the floor in which the Raven
was wrapped, and said, What have you got there ? '
I have a soothsayer there,' answered the Little Peasant.
Can he prophesy something to me ? asked the Miller.
Why not ?' answered the Little Peasant; 'but he will
only say four things, the fifth he keeps to himself.'
The Miller was inquisitive, and said, 'Let me hear one of
his prophecies.'
The Little Peasant squeezed the Raven's head and made
him croak.
The Miller asked, 'What did he say ? '
The Little Peasant answered, 'First he said that there was
a bottle of wine under the pillow.'
'That's a bit of luck I' said the Miller, going to the pillow
and finding the wine. What next ?'
The Little Peasant made the Raven croak again, and said,
'Secondly, he says there is a joint in the oven.'
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SThat's a bit of luck !' said the Miller, going to the oven
and finding the joint.
The Little Peasant again squeezed the Raven to make him
prophesy, and said,' Thirdly, he says there is some salad in the
bed.'
That 's a bit of luck I said the Miller, finding the salad.
Again the Little Peasant squeezed the Raven to make him
crook, and said, Fourthly, he says there is a cake under the
bed.'
'That 's a bit of luck I' cried the Miller, as he found the
cake.
Now the two sat down at the table together; but the
Miller's Wife was in terror. She went to bed, and took all the
keys with her.
The Miller would have liked to know what the fifth
prophecy could be, but the Little Peasant said, 'We will
quietly eat these four things first, the fifth is something
dreadful.'
So they went on eating, and then they bargained as to how
much the Miller should pay for the fifth prophecy, and at last
they agreed upon three hundred thalers.
Then again the Little Peasant squeezed the Raven's head
and made him crow very loud.
The Miller said, 'What does he say ?'
The Little Peasant answered, 'He says the devil is hidden
in the linen chest.'
The Miller said, 'The devil will have to go out'; and he
opened the house door and made his Wife give up the keys.
The Little Peasant unlocked the linen chest, and the Priest
took to his heels as fast as ever he could.
The Miller said, I saw the black fellow with my own eyes;
there was no mistake about it.'
The Little Peasant made off at dawn with his three hundred
thalers.
After this the Little Peasant began to get on in the world;
he built himself a pretty new house, and the other Peasants
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said, 'He must have been where the golden snow falls and
where one brings home gold in bushels.'
Then he was summoned before the Bailiff to say where he
got all his,riches.
He answered, 'I sold my cow-hide in the town for three
hundred thalers.'
When the other Peasants heard this they all wanted to
enjoy the same good luck, so they ran home, killed their cows,
and took the hides off to get the same price for them.
The Bailiff said, 'My maid must have the first chance.'
When she reached the town the buyer only gave her three thalers
for the hide; and he did not even give the others so much, for
he said, 'What on earth am I to do with all these hides ?'
Now the Peasants were enraged at the Little Peasant for
having stolen a march upon them, and to revenge themselves
they had him up before the Bailiff and accused him of cheating.
The innocent Little Peasant was unanimously condemned
to death; he was to be put into a cask full of holes and rolled
into the water. He was led out, and a Priest was brought to
read a mass ; and all the people had to stand at a distance.
As soon as the Little Peasant looked at the Priest, he knew
he was the man who had been at the Miller's. He said to him,
'I saved you out of the chest, now you must save me out of the
cask.'
Just then a Shepherd came by driving a flock of sheep, and
the Little Peasant knew that he had long wanted to be Bailiff
himself; so he called out as loud as he could, 'No, I will not,
and if all the world wished it I would not.'
The Shepherd, who heard what he said, came and asked,
'What's the matter, what will you not do ? '
The Little Peasant said, 'They want to make me Bailiff if
I will sit in this cask, but I won't.'
'If that is all,' said the Shepherd, I will get into the cask
myself.'
The Little Peasant said, 'If you will get into the cask you
shall be made Bailiff.'
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The Shepherd was delighted, and got in, and the Little
Peasant fastened down the cover upon him. The flock of
sheep he took for himself, and drove them off.
Then the Priest went back to the Peasants and told them
the mass was said; so they went and rolled the cask into the
water.
When it began to roll the Shepherd cried out, I am quite
ready to be Bailiff I'
The Peasants thought that it was only the Little Peasant
crying out, and they said, 'Very likely; but you must go and
look about you down below first.' And they rolled the cask
straight into the water.
Thereupon they went home, and when they entered the
village what was their surprise to meet the Little Peasant
calmly driving a flock of sheep before him, as happy as could
be. They cried, 'Why, you Little Peasant, how do you come
here again ? How did you get out of the water ? '
'Well,' said the Little Peasant, 'I sank deep, deep down
till I touched the bottom; then I knocked the head of the
cask off, crept out, and found myself in a beautiful meadow
in which numbers of lambs were feeding, and I brought this
flock back with me.'
The other Peasants said, Are there any more ? '
Oh yes, plenty,' answered the Little Peasant, 'more than
we should know what to do with.'
Then the other Peasants planned to fetch some of these
sheep for themselves; they would each have a flock.
But the Bailiff said, I go first.'
They all ran together to the water; the sky just then
was flecked with little fleecy clouds and they were reflected
in the water. When the Peasants saw them, they cried,
'Why, there they are 1 We can see the sheep below the
water I'
The Bailiff pressed forward, and said, 'I will be the first
to go down to look about me; I will call you if it is worth
while.' So he sprang into the water with a great splash.
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The others thought he cried,' Come along and the
whole party plunged in after him.
So all the Peasants perished, and, as the Little Peasant was
the sole heir, he became a rich man.
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Fred and Kate
F RED and Kate were man and wife. They had not
long been married.
One day Fred said, 'I am going into the fields,
Kate; I shall be hungry when I come in, so have something
good ready for dinner, and a cool draught to quench my thirst.'
All right, Fred, I will have it ready for you when you come
back.'
When dinner-time approached, she took down a sausage
from the chimney, put it into a frying-pan with some butter,
and placed it on the fire. The sausage began to frizzle and
splutter, and Kate stood holding the pan lost in her thoughts.
Suddenly she said: 'While the sausage is cooking, I might
go down to the cellar to draw the beer.' So she put the pan
firmly on the fire, and took a jug down to the cellar to draw
the beer.
Kate watched the beer running into the jug, and suddenly
she said : I don't believe the dog is tied up ; it might get the
sausage out of the frying-pan and run off with it.'
She was up the cellar stairs in a twinkling, but the dog had
already got the sausage in his jaws, and was just making off
with it. Kate, who was very agile, ran after him, and chased
him a good way over the fields. The dog, however, was
quicker than she, and without letting go the sausage, he got
right away.
'What is gone, is gone she said, and being tired out, she
turned back and walked slowly home to cool herself.
In the meantime, the beer had been running out of the
cask, because Kate had forgotten to turn the tap. As soon as
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the jug was full, the rest ran all over the cellar floor, till the
cask was quite empty.
Kate saw what had happened as soon as she got to the top
of the cellar stairs. Humph I' she cried, 'what am I to do
now, so that Fred shan't discover it ? '
She thought a while, and at last she remembered a sack of
fine meal they had left over from the last fair. She would
Kate ran after him, and chased him a good way over the fields.
fetch it down and strew it over the beer. To be sure,' she
said, 'those who save at the right time have something when
they need it.'
So she went up to the loft and brought the sack down, but,
unfortunately, she threw it right on to the jug full of beer.
It was overturned, and away went Fred's drink, flooding the
cellar with the rest.
SOh, that won't matter I said Kate. When part is gone,
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the rest may as well follow.' Then she strewed the meal all
over the cellar. She was delighted with her handiwork when
it was finished, and said: How clean and fresh it looks.'
At dinner-time Fred came home. Wll, wife, what have
you got for dinner ? he said.
'O Fred 1' she answered, 'I was frying you a sausage,
but while I went down to draw the beer, the dog got it; and
while I ran after the dog, the beer ran out of the cask. Then
when I was going to dry up the beer with the meal, I knocked
the jug over. But never mind, the cellar is quite dry now.'
Fred said: 'Kate, Kate, what have you been doing ?
First you let the sausage be carried off, then you let the beer
run out of the cask, and, lastly, you waste our fine meal.'
Well, Fred, I did not know; you should have told me
what to do.'
The man thought: 'If my wife is like this, I must look after
things myself.'
Now, he had saved a nice little sum of money, which he
changed into gold, and said to Kate: 'Do you see these
yellow counters ? I am going to put them in a pot, and bury
them underneath the cow's manger in the stable; don't you
meddle with them, or it will be the worse for you.'
And she said : Oh no, Fred, I won't.'
Now, when Fred had gone out, several Pedlars came into
the village with earthen pots and pans for sale. They asked
the young wife if she had nothing to give in exchange for
them.
.'Oh, good people,' said Kate, 'I have no money, and I
can't buy anything, but if some yellow counters would be any
good to you, I might do some business.'
Yellow counters I Why not ? You might as well show
them to us,' said the men.
'You must go into the stable and dig under the cow's
manger, and you will find the yellow counters. I dare not go
with you.'
So the rogues went to the stable and dug up the pot of gold.
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They seized it and made off with it as fast .as they could
leaving their pots and pans behind.
Kate thought she must use the new utensils, but as there
was no lack in the kitchen, she knocked the bottom out of
every pot and pan, and hung them on the fence round the house
as ornaments.
When Fred came home and saw the new decorations, he
said: Kate, whatever have you been doing now ?'
I bought them, Fred, with the yellow counters which
were hidden in the stable, but I did not get them myself; the
Pedlars dug them up.'
Alas, wife 1 said Fred, what have you done ? Those
were not counters, they were pure gold, and all that we
possess. You should not have done it.'
'Well, Fred, I did not know; you should have told me.'
Kate stood for a while thinking, then she said: 'Listen,
Fred, we will run after the thieves and get the money back.'
Come along then,' said Fred, we will try what we can do;
but we must take some butter and cheese with us to eat on
the way.'
All right,' she answered. So they set out, but as Fred was
fleeter of foot than Kate he was soon ahead of her.
'I shall be the gainer,' she said; 'I shall be foremost when
we turn.'
Soon they came to a mountain, and on both sides of the
road there were deep cart ruts. 'There, just see,' said Kate,
'how the poor earth is torn and scratched and squeezed; it
can never be whole again as long as it lives.'
Then out of the kindness of her heart she took the butter,
and smeared the ruts right and left, so that they might not be
torn by the wheels.
As she was stooping in this compassionate act, one of the
cheeses fell out of her pocket, and rolled down the hill.
Kate said: 'I have come up the hill once, and I don't
mean to do it again; I will send another of the cheeses to fetch
it. So she took another out of her pocket and rolled it down.
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As it did not come back she sent a third rolling after it, and
thought, 'Perhaps they are waiting for company, and don't
like walking alone.'
When all three stayed away, she said : I don't know what
is the meaning of this 1 it may be that the third one lost its
way; I will send the fourth one to call it back.' Nothing was
seen of the fourth any more than of the third.
At last Kate got quite angry, and threw down the fifth and
sixth, and they were the last.
For a time she stood looking to see if they were coming,
but as they did not appear, she said : Oh, you would be good
folks to send in search of death, you would be a long time
coming back. You need not think I am going to wait any
longer for you; I am going on, and you may just come after
me, your legs are younger than mine.'
So Kate went on, and caught up Fred, who had stopped
because he wanted something to eat. 'Now give me the food
you brought with you.'
She handed him some dry bread.
'What has become of the butter and cheese ? said the man.
'0 Fred I' said Kate, 'I smeared the cart ruts with the
butter, but the cheese will soon be here. One of them slipped
away from me, and then I sent the others to fetch it back.'
Then said Fred : 'You should not have wasted the butter,
Kate, or sent the cheeses rolling down the hill.'
'Well, Fred, you ought to have told me so,' said Kate.
So they ate the dry bread together, and Fred said: Did
you lock up the house, Kate, before you came away ?'
'No, Fred; you should have told me sooner.'
Her husband said: Well, then, go home and lock up the
house before we go any further, and bring something else to
eat. I will wait for you here.'
So Kate went, and she thought to herself, 'As Fred wants
something else to eat, I suppose he does not like bread and
cheese, I will take him some dried apples and a jug of vinegar
to drink.'
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Then she bolted the upper half of the door, but she lifted
the lower part from its hinges, and took it with her on her back,
thinking that if she had the door in safety the house would be
safe. She took plenty of time on her way back, for she
thought: '-Fred will have the more time to rest.'
.When she reached him again, she said : 'Here you have the
house door, Fred, so you can take care of the house yourself.'
'Good heavens,' he said, what a clever wife I have. She
bolts the upper part of the door, and lifts the lower part off
its hinges, so that anything may run in and out. It's too
late to go back to the house now; but as you have brought
the door so far, you may just carry it further.'
'I will carry the door, Fred,' she said. But the apples
and the jug of vinegar are too heavy ; I will hang them on the
door, and it may carry them.'
They now went into the wood to look for the rogues, but
they did not find them. As it was dark, they climbed up a
tree to spend the night there.
They had hardly settled themselves, before the Pedlars
came up. They were the sort of people who take away things
which should not be taken, and who find things before they are
lost.
They lay down just under the tree in which Fred and Kate
were. They lighted a fire, and began to divide their booty.
Fred got down at the other side of the tree, and picked up
a lot of stones with which he meant to kill the thieves. The
stones did not hit them, however, and the rogues said: 'It will
soon be day, the wind is blowing down the pine cones.'
Kate still had the door on her back, and she thought it was
the dried apples which made it so heavy, so she said: 'Fred,
I must throw down the apples.'
'No, Kate, not now,' he answered; 'they would be-
tray us.'
'But, Fred, I must, they are so heavy.'
Well, let them go then, in the name of fortune I' he cried,
and down rolled the apples.
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And the Pedlars said: 'The leaves are falling.'
A little later, finding that the door still pressed very
heavily, Kate said: Fred, I must pour away the vinegar.'
'No, Kate, not now; it would betray us.'
But, Fred, I must, it is terribly heavy.'
'Well, do it, then, if you must, in the name of fortune '
So she poured out the vinegar, and the Pedlars were
sprinkled with it.
They said to each other : Why, the dew is falling already.'
At last Kate thought: 'Can it be the door that presses so
heavily ?' And she said: 'Fred, I must throw the door
down.'
No, Kate, not now; it might betray us.'
'But, Fred, I must; it weighs me down.'
No, Kate, hold it fast.'
Fred, it's slipping, I must let it fall.'
Well, let it fall, then, in the devil's name !'
So down it fell through the branches with such a clatter,
that the Pedlars cried : 'The devil's in this tree.' And they
ran away as fast as ever they could go, leaving all their treasure
behind them.
In the early morning, when Fred and Kate climbed down,
they found all their gold, and took it home with them.
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O NCE upon a time there was a woman who was a.real
Witch, and she had two daughters; one was ugly
and wicked, but she loved her because she was her
own daughter. The other was good and lovely, but she hated
her for she was only her step-daughter.
Now, this step-daughter had a beautiful apron which the
other daughter envied, and she said to her Mother that have
it she must and would.
'Just wait quietly, my child,' said her Mother. 'You
shall have it; your step-sister has long deserved death, and
to-night, when she is asleep, I will go and chop off her head.
Only take care to lie on the further side of the bed, against
the wall, and push her well to this side.'
Now, all this would certainly have come to pass if the poor
girl had not been standing in a corner, and heard what they
said. She was not even allowed to go near the door all day,
and when bed-time came the Witch's daughter got into bed
first, so as to lie at the further side; but when she was asleep
the other gently changed places with her, and put herself next
the wall.
In the middle of the night the Witch crept up holding an
axe in her right hand, while with her left she felt if there was
any one there. Then she seized the axe with both hands,
struck-and struck off her own child's head.
When she had gone away, the Maiden got up, and went to
the house of her Sweetheart Roland, and knocked at his door.
When he came out, she said to him, 'Listen, dear Roland; we
must quickly fly. My step-mother tried to kill me, but she
hit her own child instead. When day comes, and she sees
what she has done, we shall be lost.'
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The Maiden fetched the magic wand, and then she took her step-sister's head
and dropped three drops of blood from it.
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'But,' said Roland, 'you must first steal her magic wand,
or we shall not be able to escape if she comes after us.'
The Maiden fetched the magic wand, and then she took her
step-sister's head, and dropped three drops of blood from it-
one by the bed, one in the kitchen, and one on the stairs.
After that, she hurried away with her Sweetheart Roland.
When the old Witch got up in the morning she called her
daughter in order to give her the apron, but she did not come.
Then she called, Where art thou ?'
'Here on the stairs,' answered one drop of blood.
The Witch went on to the stairs, but saw nothing, so she
called again: Where art thou ? "
'Here in the kitchen warming myself,' answered the
second drop of blood.
The Witch went into the kitchen, but found nothing, then
she called again : 'Where art thou ?'
'Here in bed, sleeping,' answered the third drop of blood.
So she went into the bedroom, and there she found her own
child, whose head she had chopped off herself.
The Witch flew/into a violent passion, and sprang out of the
window. As she could see for many miles around, she soon
discovered her step-daughter hurrying away with Roland.
'That won't be any good,' she cried. 'However far you
may go, you won't escape me.'
She put on her seven-league boots, and before long she
overtook them. When the Maiden saw her coming, she
changed her Sweetheart into a lake, with the magic wand, and
herself into a Duck swimming in it. The Witch stood on the
shore, and threw bread-crumbs into the water, and did every-
thing she could think of to entice the Duck ashore. But it was
all to no purpose, and she was obliged to go back at night
without having accomplished her object.
When she had gone away, the Maiden and Roland resumed
their own shapes, and they walked the whole night till break
of day.
Then the Maiden changed herself into a beautiful Rose in
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the middle of a briar hedge, and Roland into a Fiddler. Before
long the Witch came striding along, and said to the Fiddler,
'Good Fiddler, may I pick this beautiful Rose ? '
By all means,' he said, and I will play to you.'
As she crept into the hedge, in great haste to pick the flower
(for she knew well who the flower was), Roland began to play,
and she had to dance, whether she liked or not, for it was a
magic dance. The quicker he played, the higher she had to
jump, and the thorns tore her clothes to ribbons, and scratched
her till she bled. He would not stop a moment, so she had to
dance till she fell down dead.
When the Maiden was freed from the spell, Roland said,
'Now I will go to my father and order the wedding.'
'Then I will stay here in the meantime,' said the Maiden.
*And so that no one shall recognize me while I am waiting, I
will change myself into a common red stone.'
So Roland went away, and the Maiden stayed in the field,
as a stone, waiting his return.
But when Roland got home, he fell into the snares of
another woman, who made him forget all about his love.
The poor Maiden waited a long, long time, but when he did
not come back, she became very sad, and changed herself into
a flower, and thought, Somebody at least will tread upon me.'
Now it so happened that a Shepherd was watching his sheep
in the field, and saw the flower, and he picked it because he
thought it was so pretty. He took it home and put it care-
fully away in a chest. From that time forward a wonderful
change took place in the Shepherd's hut. When he got up in
the morning, all the work was done; the tables and benches
were dusted, the fire was lighted, and the water was carried
in. At dinner-time, when he came home, the table was laid,
and a well-cooked meal stood ready. He could not imagine
how it all came about, for he never saw a creature in his house,
and nobody could be hidden in the tiny hut. He was much
pleased at being so well served, but at last he got rather
frightened, and went to a Wise Woman to ask her advice.
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The Wise Woman said, There is magic behind it. You must
look carefully about the room, early in the morning, and
whatever you see, throw a white cloth over it, and the spell
will be broken.'
The Shepherd did what she told him, and next morning,
just as the day birke, he saw his chest open, and the flower
come out. So he sprang up quickly, and threw a white cloth
over it. Immediately the spell was broken, and a lovely
Maiden stood before him, who confessed that she had been the
flower, and it was she who had done all the work of his hut.
She also told him her story, and he was so pleased with her
that he asked her to marry him.
But she answered, 'No; I want my Sweetheart Roland,
and though he has forsaken me, I will always be true to him.'
'She promised not to go away, however, but to go on with
the housekeeping for the present.
Now the time came for Roland's marriage to be celebrated.
According to old custom, a proclamation was made that every
maiden in the land should present herself to sing at the marriage
in honour of the bridal pair.
When the faithful Maiden heard this, she grew very sad,
so sad that she thought her heart would break. She had no
wish to go to the marriage, but the others came and fetched
her. But each time as her turn came to sing, she slipped
behind the others till she was the only one left, and she could
not help herself.
As soon as she began to sing, and her voice reached
Roland's ears, he sprang up and cried, That is the true Bride,
and I will have no other.'
Everything that he had forgotten came back, and his
heart was filled with joy. So the faithful Maiden was married
to her Sweetheart Roland; all her grief and pain were over,
and only happiness lay before her.
Printed in Great Brilain by
T. and A. CONSTABLE, Printers to His Majesty
at the University Press, Edinburgh
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