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Title: Grimm's fairy tales stories and tales of elves, goblins and fairies
Uniform Title: Little Red Riding Hood
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White and the seven dwarfs
Hansel and Gretel
Physical Description: 9 p. l., 443 1 p. incl.front. (2 port.) illus. : plates. ; 23 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863
Grimm, Wilhelm, 1786-1859
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Publisher: Harper & Bros.
Place of Publication: New York
Publication Date: [1917]
Subjects / Keywords: Folklore -- Juvenile fiction -- Germany   ( lcsh )
Fairy tales -- 1917   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1917
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Statement of Responsibility: by the Brothers Grimm; with many illustrations and decorations by Louis Rhead.
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Stories and Tales
of ElvesGoblins
and Fairies.
The ~Brothers. Grimm
with many ilustrations
and decorations by


Ganma's PauryTALES

Cowyright, 1917. by Harper & Brothere
Printed in the Unhled States of America

BIOGRAPHIICAL NOTE .. .. .. .. .. .. ... Ki
: REACE .. .. . . .. . .. .. .. X111
flmE RED RIDINGHOOD ................ I
Tee GOLDEN GOOSE ..... .... ......... 8
STHE FOX'S RUSH . . . . jI
TH~E FISHERMAN AND H1S WVIFE . .. .. .. .. .. 41
fTHE TWELVE BROTHERS ..... ............ So
iSLEEPING BEAUTY..... ...... ......-- 59
.THE RAVEN ........ ... .......... 6)
SFRI-nAND HIS FRIENDS ... .............. 75
T~HE EzLIN GROVE ......... .......... 80
gBEARSKIN ................... ... 89
~OLD SuLTAN . . . ro4
~THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM .. .. .. .. .. ... II2
TASHPUTTEL ................... .. Ilf
THE THREE SPINNING FAIRIES ; . ... .. . .... 127
URLMPEL-STI LTS-KEN .................,. IS
MOHER HOLLE ................... ..I)7
THE NOSE-TREE ................... I41
THE GOOSE-GlRL ................... I5o
FAITHFUL JOHN ................... 159
TuE SEVEN RAVENS .................. I6
HE THREE SLUGGARDS .. .. .. .. 3
~1NaGRIZZLE-BEARD.. .. .. .. 17(

THE TOM-TIT ANrD THE BEAR .. .... .. .. .. 179
THE WONDERFUL hlUSICIAN .. .. .. .. .. .. .. I83
THE IUEEN BEE .............,......I87
THE DOG AND THE SPARROWY...............I19o
THE hAN INTHE BAG ..........,.......I94
THe FORBIDDEN ROOM .........,........198
1CRL TZ. ...........,.........203
FREDERICK AND CATHERINE .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 2iI
hlRs.FOX ................... ...22I
THE CHANGELING ...........,........225
HANS IN LucK................... .227
THE BEAR AND THE SKRATTEL ..............236
SIYow-WHITE.................. ...257
THE FOUR CRAFT5MEN ..................266
CAT-SKIN... ................... 27I
JORINDA AND JORINDEL ................. 277
THE JUNIPER-TRCEE......... ......... 29o
Tue VATER OF LIFE .......... ........ 302
THE BLUE LIGHT ...... .............3I2
THE MATER :'AIRY ...... .. ......... 3ly
THE THREE CROWS ,......... ... ...... 328
TH.EFROG-PRINCE ,******..... ........ 332
THE ELVES AND THE COBBLER .. .. .. . .., ]8
THE FROG-BRIDE . .. . . .. . .. .. j3 4
THE DANCING SHOES .. . . .. . .. 349
THE VALIANT TAILOR .. .. . . . . - 355
GIANr GOLDEN-BEARD .... .............. 360
PEE-WI . .. .. .. .368
LILY AND THE LION . . . .. 384
RAPUNZEL ...,...................39I
DONICEY-WORT ..............,........397
THE BJREME-N TOWN MUSICIANS .. .. ... .. .. 413
BROTHER AND SISTER.. .. .. ** 419
THE FOX AND THE HORSE.. .. .. .* 424
HANS AND HIS WIFE GRETT~EL .. .. . . ... 426
THE FIVE SERVANTS .................. 438

DUMMLING AND RJS GOOSEI . .. ... . .. sc

THE WIND1 ................. L 2

GOBLIN ................... -s I)2
COMRADE .................. 44
BEFORE ................... s

A SCRAPE) .................. 2O

BACK AFEW PACES. .............. as24



TREE . 292
BREAD .. .. .. .. . . ... .. 30
HTS COURAGE.. .. 320
BY IT . c 392


J ACOB LUDWIG KARL GRIMM was born at Hanan in
was born, also at Hanan, leDruary 24, I786.
The elder brother, Jacob, studied at Marburg and at Paris,
and in 1808 he was appointed lIbrarian to Jerome Bonaparte,
King of Westphalia. In 1813-15 he served as secretary to the
Prince of Hesse at Paris and at the Congress of Vienna.
The brothers Grimm brought out the first volume of their
folk-lore in r812, the second volume following in 18141, and the
third in IS82. In 1828 the brothers removed to Gattingen, where
Jacob became professor and librarian, and Wilhelm under-
librarian. Both the Grimms were dismissed in 1837 for joining
in the protest against the abolition of the Constitution by the
King of Hanovrer. In r840 the Grimms were appointed to pro-
fessorships at the University of Berlin, and were elected mem-
bers of the Academy of Sciences. Wilhelm died December r6,
I859; and Jacob, September 20, I863-
Together with Wilhelm, Jacob edited many of the old German
classics, and he was the sole author of the Deutsche Grammatik
(r8I9), the greatest philological work of the age. Wilbelm was
also an eminent philologist, but the brothers Grimm may safely
rest their title to immortality upon these well-beloved tales from
the Teutonic folk-lore.

ST is more than one hundred years ago, to be exact, in the
y~ear r812, that a first selection of stories appeared in book
form under the title of Children's and HoZnslOchol Tales., chosen
from a large number obtained from the mouths of German
peasants byl the indefatigable exertions of the brothers Jacob and
Wilhelm Grimm. The first translation published in the English
language in 1823 was a selection made by M~r. Edgar Taylor,
accompanied with twelve wonderful etchings by George Cruik-
shank, which John Ruskin very eloquently describes in detail in
his Elemenlts of Drawing. A second collection of these stories
was issued three years later by the same translator, wTith ten
more etchings by the same great artist, whose power in depicting
fairyland has no equal. Mr. Taylor's interesting and valuable
notes at the end of the ~present volume are reprinted from the
original edition.
These world-famous stories are by no means of one nationality,
for wve find counterparts of them in the literature of Scandinavia,
Russia, England, and in other sources. The two brothers, both
learned in other branches of the literature of their owTn country,
gained enduring fame, mostly from these stories-ostensibly
written for the education of the young. Like the tales of the great
Danish story-teller, Hans Andersen, the stories have an equal
Fascination for boys and girls.
A wack of art is often more easily understood when a com-


prison is made with some masterpiece of another age and coun-
try, and the difference between the Grimms and Andersen is that
the former, as it seems to me, have an advantage in their cheer-
ful humor and their many mirth-provoking situations. A
pathetic sadness runs through many stories of Andersen, and the
endings of some are very mournful, often tragic. It is not so
with the Grimms. However fearful a calamity may be, they
deftly develop dire situations into a most laughable and pleasing
climax. So true, so natural do they seem, that not only the
young, but those of graver years read "these gay creations of
the imagination with keenest pleasure.
Many of the comic situations are produced by the introduc-
tion of wild or domestic animals and birds. Even commonplace
objects about the house take the part of characters that talk
and move about in the most natural, and yet most ludicrous,
manner. Pins and needles, sausages, a cudgel, or a table--all are
made to do things by the magic of "make-believe," together
with the assistance of some kind goblin, fairy, or good-natured
elf, and this is done in such a way that the reader is fairly con-
vinced that the situation is real.
This sense of reality must have influenced one dear little girl
of nine, who was asked by her grandmother to mark the stories
which she preferred to have read to her. She gravely set to work
to cut sixtyr-seven pieces of paper in order to mark every story
in the book which she had read several times before. "But,
Marion," said Grandma, "which one shall we start with?"
"Oh!" said the child. Begin at the first and go right through.
Every one of them is the best, so I cannot make a choice."
It is to be regretted that some later translators of these inim-
itable stories have made numerous changes in the titles of various
tales, venerated through so many years of affectionate usage.
In some versions "Red Ridinghood" is called "Little Redcap,"
"LSnow-White") becomes "Snowdrop," "Sleeping Beauty" is
transformed into the Briar Rose," and many other changes in
titles have been made. The well-known story of "Hansel and

Grethel," which in its original form found a worthy and apprecia-
tive place in opera and on the stage, has been altered by a modern
translator into a story far inferior to the original and unworthy
of the Grimms. The present edition has retained the favorite
old titles.
Louis RHEAD.




TPHERE was once a sweet little maid, much beloved by
Everybody, but most of all by her grandmorber, who never
knew how to make enough of her. Once she sent her a
little cap of red velvet, and as it was very becoming to her, and
she never wore anything else, people called her Little Red
Ridinghood. One day her mother said to her:
"Come, Little Red Ridinghood, here are some cakes and a
flask of wine for you to take to grandmother; she is weak
and ill, and they will do her good. Make haste and start
before it grows hot, and walk properly and nicely, and don't
run, or you might fall and break the flask of wine, and there
would be none left for grandmother. And when you go into
her room don't forget to say good morning, instead of staring
about you."
"I will be sure to take care," said Little Red Ridinghood to
her mother, and gave her hand upon it. Now the grandmother
lived away in the wood, half an hour's walk from the village;
and when Little Red Ridinghood had reached the wood she met


thle wolf; but as she did not know what a bad sort of animal
he was, she did not feel frightened.
"Good day, Little Red Ridinghood," said he.
"Thank you kindly, Wolf," answered she.
"Where are you going so early, Little Red Ridinghood?"~
"To my grandmother's."
"What are you carrying under your apron?"
"Cakes and wine; we
c 1 baked yesterday; and my
1 .l .1- grandmother is very weak
and ill, so they will do her
good and strengthen her."
"W~here does your grand-
Smother live, Little Red Rid-
5~ "inghood ?"
pltP j "A quarter of an hour's
9 ~ walk from here; her house
stands beneath the three oak-
;I E Ytrees, and you may know it
.t by the hazel-bushes," said
Little Red Ridinghood.
.,r The wolf thought to him-
self: "That tender young
thing would be a delicious
~morsel, and would taste bet-
ter than the old one; I must
manage somehow to get both
of them."
Then he walked by Little Red Ridinghood a little while, and
said: "'Little Red Ridinghood, just look at the pretty flowers
that are growing all round you, and I don't think you are listen-
ing to the song of the birds; you are posting along just as if you
were going to school, and it is so delightful out here in the
Little Red Ridinghood glanced round her, and when she saw


the sunbeams darting here and there through the trees, and
lovely flowers everywFhere, she thought to herself:
"If I were to take a fresh nosegay to my grandmother she
would be very pleased, and it is so early in the day that I shall
reach her in plenty of time." And so she ran about in the wood
looking for flowers. And as she picked one she saw a still pret-
tier one a little farther off, and so she went farther and farther
into the wood. But the wolf went straight to the grandmother's
house and knocked at the door.
"Who is there?" cried the grandmother.
"Little Red Ridinghood," he answered, "and I have brought
you some cake and wine. Please open the door."
"Lift the latch," cried the grandmother; "I am too feeble
to get up."
So the wolf lifted the latch and the door flew open, and he fell
on the grandmother and ate her up without saying one word.
Then he drew on her clothes, put on her cap, lay down in her
bed, and drew the curtains.
Little Red Ridinghood was all this time running about among
the flowers, and when she had gathered as many as she could
hold she remembered her grandmother, and set off to go to her.
She was surprised to tind the door standing open, and when she
came inside she felt very strange, and thought to herself:
"'Oh dear, how uncomfortable I feel, and I was so glad this
morning to go to my grandmother!"
And when she said, "Good morning," there was no answer.
Then she went up to the bed and drew back the curtain, there
lay the grandmother with her cap pulled over her eyes, so that
she looked very odd.
"Oh, grandmother, what large ears yrou have got!"
"The better to hear with."
"LOh, grandmother, what great eyes ylou have got!"
"LThe better to see with.")
"Oh, grandmother, what large hands you have got!"
"The better to take hold of you with."


But, grandmother, what a terrible large mouth you have got!"'
"The better to devour you!" And no sooner had the wolf
said it than he made one bound from the bed and swallowed
up poor Little Red Ridinghood.
Then the wolf, having satisfied his hunger, lay down again
in the bed, went to sleep, and began to snore loudly. The hunts-
man heard him as he was passing by the house, and thought:
How the old woman snores! I had better see if there is any-
thing the matter with her."
Then he went into the room and walked up to the bed and saw
the wolf lying there.
"At last I find you, you old sinner!" said he; "I have been
looking for you a long time." And he made up his mind that
the wolf had swallowed the grandmother whole, and that she
might yet be saved. So be did not fire, but took a pair of shears
and began to slit up the wolf's body. When he made a few
snips Little Red Ridinghood appeared, and after a few more
snips she jumped out and cried: "Oh dear, how frightened I
have been! It's so dark inside the wolf!" And then out came
the old grandmother, still living and breathing. But Little Red
Ridinghood went and quickly fetched some large stones, with
which she filled the wolf's body, so that when he waked up and
was going to rush away the stones were so heavy that he sank
down and fell dead.
They were all three very pleased. The huntsman took off
the wolf's skin and carried it home. The grandmother ate the
cakes and drank the wine and held up her head again, and Little
Red Ridinghood said to herself that she would never more stray
about in the wood alone, but would mind what her mother told
It must also be related how a few days afterwards, when
Little Red Ridinghood was again taking cakes to her grand-
mother, another wolf spoke to her, and wanted to tempt her to
leave the path; but she was on her guard, and went straight on
her way, and told her grandmother how that the wolf had-met

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her and wished her good day, but had looked so wicked about
the eyes that she thought if it had not been on the highroad he
would have devoured her.
"LCome,") said the grandmother, "we will shut the door so
that he may not get in."
Soon after came the wolf knocking at the door and calling out:
"Open the door, grandmother. I am Little Red Ridinghood,
bringing you cakes." But they remained still and did not open
the door. After that the wolf slunk by the house, and got at
last upon the roof to wait until Little Red Ridinghood should
return home in the evening; then he meant to spring down upon
her and devour her in the darkness. But the grandmother dis-
covered his plot. Now there stood before the house a great
stone trough, and the grandmother said to the child, "Little
Red Ridinghood, I was boiling sausages yesterday, so take the
bucket, and carry away the water they were boiled in, and pour
it into the trough."
And Little Red Ridinghood did so until the great trough was
quite full. When the smell of the sausages reached the nose of
the wolf he snuffed it up, and looked round, and stretched out
his neck so far that he lost his balance and began to slip, and
he slipped down off' the roof straight into the great trough, and
was drowned. Then Little Red Ridinghood went cheerfully
home, and came to no harm.


THERE was a man who had three sons. The youngest was
called Dummling-wFhich is much the same as Dunder-
head, for all thought he was more than half a fool--and
he was at all times mocked and ill-treated by) the whole house-
It happened that the eldest son took it into his head one
day to go into the wood to cut fuel; and his mother gave
him a nice pasty and a bottle of wine to take with him, that
he might refresh himself at his work. As he went into the
wood, a little old man bid him good day, and said, "Give
me a little piece of meat from y.our plate, and a little wine
out of your bottle, for I am very hungry and thirsty." But
this clever young man said: "Give you my meat and wilne?
No, I thank yrou, I should not have enough left for myself";
and away he went. He soon began to cut down a tree; but
he had not worked long before he missed his stroke, and cut him-
self, and was forced to go home to have the wound dressed. Now
it was the little old man that sent him this mischief.



Next went out the second son to work: and his mother gave
him, too, a pasty and a bottle of wine. And the same little
old man met him also and asked him for something to eat and
drink. But he, too, thought himself very clever, and said,
"The more you eat the less there would be for me; so go your
way!" The little man took care that he, too, should have
his reward, and the second stroke that he aimed against a tree
hit him on the leg; so that he, too, was forced to go home.
Then Dummling said, Father, I should like to go and cut
wood, too." But his father said, "Y'our brothers have both
lamed themselves; you had better stay at home, for you know
nothing about the business of wood-cutting." But Dummling
was very pressing; and at last his father said, "Go your way!
you will be wiser when you have smarted for your folly." And
his mother gave him only some dry bread and a bottle of sour
beer. But when be went into the wood he met the little old
man, who said, Give me
some meat and drink, for
I am very hungry and
thirsty.") Dummling
said, "I have only dry i

that will suit you, we
will sit down and eat it,
such as it is, together."
So they sat down; and-
when the lad pulled out h~~~~~~
Shis bread, behold it was --
turned into a rich pasty,
and his sour beer, when they tasted it, was delightful wine. They
ate and drank heartily; and when they had done, the little
man said, "As you havre a kind heart, and have been willing
to share evrerytrhing with me, I willl send a blessing upon you.
There stands an old tree; cut it dowPn, and ylou will tind some-
thing at the root." Then he took his leave and went his way.

Dummling set to work, and cut down the tree; and when
it fell, he found, in a hollow under the roots, a goose with feathers
of pure gold. He took it up, and went on to a little inn by
the roadside, where he thought to sleep for the night on his
way home. Now the landlord had three daughters; and when
they saw the goose they were very eager to look what this won-
derful bird could be, and wished very much to pluck one of the
feathers out of its tail. At last the eldest said, "I must and
will have a feather."' So she waited till Dummling was gone to
bed, and then seized the goose by the wing; but to her great
wonder there she stuck, for neither hand nor finger could she
get away again. Then in came the second sister, and thought to
have a feather, too; but the moment she touched her sister, there
she too hung fast. At last came the third, and she also wanted
a feather; but the other two cried out: "Keep away! for Hea-
ven's sake, keep away!" However, she did not understand what
they meant. "If they are there," thought she, "I may as well
be there too." So she went up to them; but the moment she
touched her sisters she stuck fast, and hung to the goose as they
did. And so they kept company with the goose all night in
the cold.
The next morning Dummling got up and carried off the goose
under his arm. He took; no notice at all of the three girls, but
went out with them sticking fast behind. So wherever he
traveled, they too were forced to follow, whether they would or
no, as fast as their legs could carry them.
In the middle of a field the parson met them; and when he
saw the train he said: "Are you not ashamed of yourselves,
you bold girls, to run after a young man in that way over the
fields? Is that good behavior?" Then he took the youngest
by the hand to lead her away; but as soon as he touched her
he too hung fast, and followed in the train; though sorely against
his will, for he was not only in rather too good plight for running
fast, but just then he had a little touch of the gout in the great
toe of his right foot. By and by up came the clerk; and when he
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saw his master, the parson, running after the three girls, he won-
dered greatly and said: "Holla! holla! your reverence! whither
so fast? There is a christening to-day." Then he ran up and
took him by the gown; when, 10 and behold! he stuck fast too.
As the five were thus trudging along, one behind another, they
met two laborers with their mattocks coming from work; and
the parson cried out lustily to them to help him. But scarcely
had they laid hands on him when they too fell into the rank;
and so they made seven, all running together after Dummling
and his goose.
Now Dummling thought he would see a little of the world
before he went home; so he and his train journeyed on, till at
last they came to a city where there was a king who had an only
daughter. The princess was of so thoughtful and moody a
turn of mind that no one could make her laugh; and the king
had made known to all the world that whoever could make her
laugh should have her for his wife. When the young man heard
this, he went to her, with his goose and all its train; and as soon
as she saw the seven all hanging together, and running along,
treading on one another's heels, she could not help bursting into
a long and loud laugh. Then Dummling claimed her for his
wife, and married her; and he was heir to the kingdom, and
lived long and happily with his wife.
But what became of the goose and the goose's tail I never
could hear.


ALONG time ago there lived a tailor who had three sons,
but only one goat. As the goat supplied the whole
family with milk, she had to be well fed and taken daily
to pasture. This the sons did in turn. One: day the eldest son
led her into the churchyard, where he knew there was Sine
herbage to be found, and there let her browse and skip about
till evening. It being then time to return home, he said to her,
"rGoat, have you had enough to eat?" and the goat answered:
"~I have eaten so much
Not a leaf can I touch, Nan, Nan."
"Come along home, then," said the boy, and he led her by
the.cord round her neck back to the stable and tied her up.
"'Well," said the old tailor, "has the goat had her properly
amount of food ?"
Why, she has eaten so much, not a leaf can she touch,"i
answered the son.
The father, however, thinking he should like to assure him-
self of this, went dow7n to the stable, patted the animal, and said,
caressingly, "Goat, have you really had enough to eat?" The
goat answered:
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"How can my hunger oe allayed?
About the little gravets I played
And could not find a single blade, Nan, Nan."

"What is this I hear?"' cried the tailor, and running up-stairs
to his son, "You young lIar!" he exclaimed, to tell me thrie
goat had had enough to eat, and all the while she is starving."
And overcome with anger, he took his yard-measure down from
the wall and beat his son out of doors.
The next day it was the second son's turn, and he found a
place near the garden hedge, where there were the juiciest plants
for the goat to feed upon, and she enjoyed them so much that
she ate them all up. Before taking her home in the evening
he said to her, "Goat, have you had enough to eat?" and the
goat answered:
"(I have eaten so much
Not a leaf can I touch, Nan, Nan."

"~Come along home, then," said the boy, and he led her away
to the stable and tied her up.
"Well," said the old tailor, "has the goat had her proper
amount of food ?"
"Why, she has eaten so much, not a leal can she touch,"
answered the boy.
But the tailor was not satisfied with this, and went down to
the stable. "Goat, have you really had enough to eat?" he
asked, and the goat answered:

How can my hunger be allayed ?
About the little graves I played
And could not find a single blade, Nan, Nan."

"The shameless young rascal!" cried the tailor, "to let an
innocent animal like this starve!" and he ran up-stairs and drove
the boy from the house with the yard-measure.
It was nowv the third son's turn, who, hoping to make things
eter for himself, let the goat feed on the leaves of all the shrubs
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be could pick out that were covered with the richest foliage.
"Goat, have you had enough to eat?" he said, as the evening
fell, and the goat answered:
"IJ have eaten so much
Not a leaf can I touch, Nan, Nan."

"Come along home, then," said the boy, and he took her back
and tied her up.
'Well," said the old tailor, "has the goat had her proper
amount of food ?"
"W'hy, she has eaten so much not a leaf can she touch,"
answered the boy.
But the tailor felt mistrustful, and went down .and asked,
"Goat, have you really had enough to eat?" and the mischievous
animal answered:

"How can my hunger be allayed?
About the little graves I: played
And could not find a single blade, Nan, Nan."

"Oh, what a pack of liars!" cried the tailor. "One as wicked
and deceitful as the other, but they shall not make a fool of
me any longer.'" And beside himself with anger, he rushed
up-stairs and so belabored his son with the yard-measure that
the boy fled from the house.
The old tailor was now left alone with his goat. The fol-
lowing morning he went down to the stable and stroked and
caressed her. "Come along, my pet," he said. "I will take
you out myself to-day," and he led her by the green hedge-
rows and weed -grown banks, and wherever he knew that
goats love to feed. "Yrou shall eat to your heart's content
for once,"' he said to her, and so let her browse till evening.
"Goat, have you had enough to eat?") he asked her at h
close of the day, and she answered:
"LI have eaten so much
Not a leaf can I touch, Nan, Nan."
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::"Come along home then," said the tailor, and he led her to
he stable and tied her up. He turned round, however, before
leaving her, and said once more, "You have really had enough
: to eat for once?" But the goat gave him no better answer than
her usual one, and replied:
"Howv can my hunger be allayed?
About the little graves I played
And could not 6nd a single blade, Nan, Nan."

On hearing this the tailor stood struck dumb with astonish-
ment. He saw now how unjust he had been in driving away his
sons. When he found his voice he cried: Wait, you ungrate-
ful creature! it is not
enough to drive you
away, but I wsill put such t
a~I mark upn o ta
you will not dare to show i :
your face again among 1
Honest tailors." And so
saying, he sprang up-
stairs, brought down his
razor, lathered the goat's
head all over, and shaved V
it till it was as smooth
as the back of his hand. /_;
Then he fetched the -
wRhip--his yard-measure
he considered was too
good for such work-and dealt the animal such blows that she
leaped into the air and away.
Sitting now quite alone in his house, the tailor fell into great
.melancholy, and would gladly have had his sons back again, but
no one knew what had become of them.
The eldest had apprenticed himself to a joiner, and had set
himself cheerfully and diligently to learn his trade. When the


time came for him to start as a journeyman his master made
him a present of a table, which was of ordinary wood, and to all
outward appearance exactly like any other table. It had, how-
ever, one good quality, for if any one set it down and said,
"LTable, serve up a meal," it was immediately covered with a
nice fresh cloth, laid with a plate, knife and fork, and dishes
of boiled and baked meats, as many! as there was room for, and
a glass of red wine, which only to look at made the heart rejoice.
"'I have enough now to last me as long as I live," thought the
young man to himself, and accordingly he went about enjoying
himself, not minding whether the ;nns he stayed at were good or
bad, whether. there was food to be had there or not. Sometimes
it pleased him not to seek shelter within them at all, but to turn
into a' feld or a wood, or wherever else he fancied. WIhen there
he put down his table, and said, "Serve up a meal," and he was
at once supplied with everything he could desire in the way of
After he had been going about like this for some time, he he-
thought him that he should like to go home again. His father's
anger would by this time have passed awvay, and now that he
had the wishing-table with him, he was sure of a readyl welcome.
He happened, on his homewiard way, to come one evening to
an inn full of guests. They bid him welcome and invited him
to sit down with them and share their supper, otherwise, they
added, he would have a difficulty in getting anything to eat.
But the joiner replied, "'I will not take from you what little
you have; I would rather that you should consent to be my
guests," whereupon they all laughed, thinking he was only jok-
ing with them. He no~w put-down his table in the middle of
the room, and said, "Table, serve up a meal," and in a moment
it was covered with a variety of food of better quality than any
the host could have supplied, and a fragrant steam rose from the
dishes and greeted the nostrils of the guests. "Now, friends,
fall to," said the young inan, and the guests, seeing that the
invitation was well intended, did not wait to be asked twice,
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but drew up their chairs and began vigorously to ply their knives
and forks. What astonished them most was the way in which,
as soon as a dish was empty, another full one appeared in its
place. Meanwhile the landlord was standing in the corner of
the room looking on; he did not know what to think of it all,
but said to himself, "I could make good use of a cook like that."
The joiner and his friends kept up their merriment late into
the night, but at last they retired to rest, the young journeyman
placing his table against the wall before going to bed.
The landlord, however, could not sleep for thinking of what
he had seen; at last it occurred to him that up in his lumber-
room he had an old table, which was just such another one to
all appearance as the wishing-cable; so be crept away softlyr to
fetch it, and put it against the wall in place of the other.
When the morning came the joiner paid for his night's lodging,
took up his table, and left, never suspecting that the one he was
carrying was not his own.
He reached home by midday, and was greeted with joy by
his father. "And now, dear son," said the old man, "what
trade have you learned ?"
"(I am a joiner, father."
"A capital business," responded the father; "and what
have you brought home with you from your travels?"
"iThe best thing I have brought with me, father, is that
The tailor carefully examined the table on all sides. "Well,"
he said at last, "you have certainly not brought a masterpiece
back with you; it is a wretched, badly made old table."
"But it is a wishing-table," interrupted his son; "if I put it
'dowfn and order a meal, it is at once covered with the best of
food and wine. If you will only invite your relations and friends
they shall, for once in their lives, have a good meal, for no one
ever leaves this' table unsatisfied."
Wnhen the guests were all assembled, he put his table down as
uosual, and said, "Table, serve up a meal," but the table did not
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stir, and remained as empty as any ordinary table at such a
command. Then the poor young man saw that his table had
been changed, and he was covered with shame at having to
stand there before them all like a liar. The guests made fun of
him, and had to return home without bite or sup. The tailor
took our his cloth and sat down once more to his tailoring, and
the son started work again under a master joiner.
The second son had apprenticed himself to a miller. When
his term of apprenticeship had expired, the miller said to him,
"As you have behaved so well, I will make you a present of an
ass; it is a curious animal; it will neither draw a cart nor carry
a sack."
"Of what use is he then?" asked the young apprentice.
"He gives gold," answered the miller; "if you stand him on a
cloth, and say,'Bricklebric,' gold pieces will fall from his mouth."
"'That is a handsome present," said the young miller, and he
thanked his master and departed.
After this, whenever he was in need of money, he had only to
say "Bricklebrit," and a shower of gold pieces fell on the ground,
and all he had to do was to pick them up. He ordered the best
of everything wherever he went; in short, the dearer the better,
for his purse was always full.
He had been going about the wJorld like this for some time,
when he began to think he should like to see his father again.
"'When. he sees my gold ass," he said to himself, "he will forget
his anger and be glad to have me back."
It came to pass that he arrived one evening at the same inn
in which his brother had had his table stolen from him. He was
leading his ass up to the door, when the landlord came out and
offered to take the animal, but the young miller refused his help.
"Do not trouble yourself," he said; "I will take myr old Grey-
coat myself to the stable and fasten her up, as I like to know
where she is."
The landlord was very much astonished at this; the man
cannot be very well off, he thought, to look after his own ass.


When the stranger, therefore, pulled two gold pieces out of his
pocket, and ordered the best of everything that could be got
in the market, the landlord opened his eyes, but he ran off with
alacrity to do his bidding.
Having finished his meal, the stranger asked for his bill, and
the landlord, thinking he might safely overcharge such a rich
customer, asked for twro more gold pieces. The miller felt in his
pocket, but found he had spent all his gold. "WVair a minute,"
he said to the landlord. "I will go and fetch some more money."
Whereupon he went out, carrying the table-cloth with him.
This was more than the landlord's curiosity could stand, and
he followed his guest to the stable. As the latter bolted the door
after him, he wcent and peeped through a hole in the wall,
and there he saw the stranger spread the cloth under his ass,
and heard him say "Brickrlebrit," and immediately the floor was
covered with gold pieces, which fell from the animal's mouth.
"A good thousand, I declare," criedithe shot; "the gold
pieces do not take long to coin! it's not a bad thing to have a
money-bag like that."
The guest settled his account and went to bed. During the
night the landlord crept down to the stable, led away the gold-
coining ass, and fastened up another in its place.
Earlyr the next morning the young miller went off with his ass,
thinking all the time that he was leading his own. By noonday
he had reached home, where his father gave him a warm welcome.
What have you been doing with yourself, my son?" asked
the old rnan.
"LI am a miller, dear father," he answered.
"And what have you brought home with you from your
"LNothing but an ass, father."
"LThere are asses eriough here," said the father. "I should
havre been better pleased if it had been a goat."
"Very likely," replied the son, "but this is no ordinary ass;
;t is an ass that coins money; 'if I say 'Bricklebrit' to it, a
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whole sackful of gold pours from its mouth. Call all your rela-
tions and friends together; I will turn you all into rich people."
"I shall like that well enough," said the tailor, "for then I
shall not have to go on plaguing myself with stitching." And
he ran out himself to invite his neighbors. As soon as they were all
assembled, the young miller asked then to clear a space, and he
then spread his cloth and brought the ass into the room. "Now
see," said he, and cried Bricklebrit," but not a single gold piece
appeared, and it was evident that the animal knew nothing of
the art of gold-coining, for it is not every ass that attains to
such a degree of excellence.
The poor young miller pulled a long face, for he saw that he
had been tricked; he begged forgiveness of the company, who
all returned home as poor as they came. There was nothing
to be done now but for the old man to go back to his needle, and
the young one to hire himself to a miller.
The third son had apprenticed himself to a turner, which,
being a trade requiring a great deal of skill, obliged him to serve
a longer time than his brothers. He had, however, heard from
them by letter, and knew how badly things had gone witrh them,
and that they had been robbed of their property by an inn-
keeper on the last evening before reaching home.
W'hen it was time for him to start as a journeyman, his master,
being pleased with his conduct, presented him with a bag, say-
ing as he did so, "You will find a cudgel inside."
"The bag I can carry over my shoulder, and it will no doubt
be of great service to me, but of what use is a cudgel inside?
It will only add to the weight."
"I will explain," said the master. "If any one at any time
should behave badly to yrou, you have only to say, Cudgel, out
of the bag,' and the stick will jump out and give him such a
cudgeling that he will not be able to move or stir for a week
afterwards, and it will not leave off till you say, 'Cudgel, into
the bag.'"
The young man thanked him, hung the bag on his back, and


when any one threatened to attack him, or in anyr wvay to do
him harm, he called out, "Cudgel, out of the bag," and no
sooner were the words said than out jumped the stick, and beat
the offenders soundly on the back till their clothes were in rib-
bons, and it did it all so quickly that the turn had come round
to each of them before he was aware.
It was evening when the young turner reached the inn where
his brothers had been so badly treated. He laid his bag down
on the table and began giving an account of all the wonderful
things he had seen while going about the world.
"One may come across a wishing-table," he said, "or an ass
that gives gold, and such like; all very good things in their way,
but not all of them put together are worth the treasure of which
I have possession and which I carry~ with me in that bag."
The landlord pricked up his ears. "W!hat can it be?" he asked
himself; "'the bag must be filled with precious stones; I must
try and get hold of that cheaply, too, for there is luck in odd
Bedtime came, and the guest stretched himself out on one of
the benches and placed his bag under his head for a pillow. As
soon as the landlord thought he was fast asleep he went up to
him and began gently and cautiously pulling and pushing at the
bag to see if he could get it away and put another in its place.
But the young turner had been waiting for this, and just as
the landlord was about to give a good last pull, he cried, "Cudgel,
out of the bag," and at the same moment the stick was out and
beginning its usual dance. It beat him with such a vengeance
that the landlord cried out for mercy, but the louder his cries
the more lustily did the stick beat time to them, until he fell
to the ground exhausted.
"If you do not give up the wishing-table and the gold ass,"
said the young turner, the game shall begin over again."
"No, no," cried the landlord in a feeble voice, "I will give
Everything back if only you will make that dreadful demon of
a stick return to the bag."


"(This time," said the turner, "I will deal with you according
to mercy rather than justice, but beware of offending in like
manner again." Then he cried, "Cudgel, into the bag," and let
the man remain m peace.
The turner journeyed on next day to his father's house, taking
with him the wishing-table and the gold ass. The tailor was
delighted to see his son again, and asked him, as he had the
others, what trade he had learned since he left home.
"LI am a turner, dear father," he answered.
"A highly skilled trade," said the tailor, "and what have you
brought back with you from your travels?"
"An invaluable thing, dear father," replied the son; "a
"What! a cudgell" exclaimed the old man; that was certainly
well worth while, seeing that you can cut yourself one from the
first tree you come across."
But not such a one as this, dear father; for if I say to it,
'Cudgel, out of the bag,' out it jumps, and gives any one who has
evil intentions towards me such a bad time of it that he falls
down and cries for mercy. And know that it was with this
stick that I got back the wishing-table and the gold ass which
the dishonest innkeeper stole from my brothers. Now go and
call them both here, and invite all your relations and friends,
and I will feast them and fill their pockets with gold."
The old tailor was slow- to believe all this, but nevertheless he
went out and gathered his neighbors together. Then the turner
put down a cloth, and led in the gold ass, and said to his brother,
"Now, dear brother, speak to him." The miller said Brickle-
brit," and the cloth was immediately covered with gold pieces,
wcchich continued to pour from the ass's mouth until every one
had taken as many as he could carry. (I see by your faces that
you are all wishing you had been there.)
Then the turner brought in the wishing-table, and said, "Now,
dear brother, speak to it."l And scarcely had the joiner cried,
"Table, serve up a meal," than it wpas covered with a profusion



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of daintily dressed meats. Then the tailor and his guests sat
down to a meal such as they had never enjoyed before in their
lives, and they all sat up late into the night, full of good cheer
and jol;ty.
The tailor put away his needle and thread, his yard-measure
and his goose, and he and his three sons lived together henceforth
in contentment and luxury.
Meanwhile, what had become of the goat, who had been the
guilty cause of the three sons being driven from their home?
I will tell you.
She was so ashamed of her shaven crown that she ran and
crept into a fox's hole. W~hen the fox came home, he was met
by two large: glittering eyes that gleamed at him out of the
darkness, and he was so frightened that he ran away. The bear
met him, and perceiving that he was in some distress, said:
"Wlhat is the matter. Brother Fox? W~hy are: you pulling such
a long face?" "A~h!"' answerred Redskin, "there is a dreadful
animal sitting in my hole, w-hich glared at me with tiery eyes."
"We w;ll soon drive him out," said the bear, and he trotted
back with his friend to the hole and looked in, but the sight of
the fiery ey~es was5 qulite enough for him, and he turned and took
to his heels.
The bee met him, and noticing that he was somewhat ill at
ease, said: "Bear, you look remarkably out of humor. Where
have you left your good spirits?" "It's easy for you to talk,"
replied the bear; "'a horrible animal with red goggle-eyes is
sitting in the fox's hole and we cannot drive it out."
The bee said: "I really am sorry for you, Bear; I am but a
poor weak little creature that: yo'u scarcely deign to look at in
passing, but, for all that, I think I shall be able to help you."'
With this the bee flew to the fox's hole, settled on the smooth-
shaven head of the goat, and stung her so violently that she
leaped high into the air, crying "Nan, nan!" and fled away like
a mad thing into the open country; but no one, to this hour,
has found out what became of her after that.
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ONCE upon a time, a mouse, a bird, and
a sausage entered into partnership and
set up house together. For a long time
all went well; they lived in great comfort, and
prospered so far as to be~ able to add consider-
ably to their scores. The bird's duty was to fly
daily into the wood and bring in the fuel; the
mouse fetched the water, and the sausage saw to
the cooking.
When people are too well off they always
begin to long for something new. And
so it came to pass ;r

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that the bird, while out one day, met a fellow-bird, to whom he
boastfully expatiated on the excellence of his household arrange-
ments. But the other bird sneered at him for being a poor
simpleton, who did all the hard work, while the other two stayed
at home and had a good time of it. For, when the mouse had
made the fire and fetched in the water, she could retire into her
little room and rest until it was time to set the table. The
sausage had only to watch the pot to see that the food was
properly cooked, and when it was near dinner-time he just
threw himself into the broth, or rolled in and out among the
vegetables three or four times, and there they were, buttered
and salted, and ready to be served. Then, when the bird came
home and had laid aside his burden, they sat down to table,
and when they had finished their meal they could sleep their
fill till the following morning, and that was really a very de-
lightful life.
Influenced by these remarks, the bird next morning refused
to bring in the wood, telling the others that he had been their
servant long enough and had been a fool into the bargain, and
that it was now time to make a change and to try some other
way of arranging the work. Beg and pray as the mouse and the
sausage might, it was of no use; the bird remained master of
the situation, and the venture had to be made. They therefore
drew lots, and it fell to the sausage to bring in the wood, to the
mouse to cook, and to the bird to fetch the water.
And now what happened? The sausage started in search of
wood, the bird made the fire, and the mouse put on the pot, and
then these two waited till the sausage returned with the fuel for
the following day. But the sausage remained so long away, that
they became uneasy and the bird flew out to meet him. He
had not flown far, however, when he came across a dog who,
having met the sausage, had regarded him as his legitimate booty,
and so seized and swallowed him. The bird complained to the
dog of this barefaced robbery, but nothing he said was of any
avail, for the dog answered that he had found false credentials
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on the sausage, and that was the reason his life had been for-
fei ted.
The bird picked up the wood and flew sadly home, and told
the mouse all be had seen and heard. They were both very un-
happy, but agreed to make the best of things and to remain
with each other.
So now the bird set the table, and the mouse looked after
the food, and wishing to prepare it in the same way as the sau-
sage, by rolling in and out among the vegetables to salt and
butter them, she jumped into the pot; but she stopped short
long before she reached the bottom, having already parted not
only with her skin and hair, but also with life.
Presently the bird came in and wanted to serve up the dinner,
but he could nowhere see the cook. In his alarm and flurry,
he threw the wood here and there about the floor, called and
searched, but no cook; was to be found. Then some of the wood
that had been carelessly thrown down caught fire and began
to blaze. The bird hastened to fetch some water, but his pail
fell into the well, and he after it, and as he was unable to recover
himself he was drowned.



T HE1 Kigo h atha euiu areadi h

angry at n this andt told threat gardenert ke watcnder the

tree all night.
The gardener set his eldest son to watch, but about twelve
o'clock: he fell asleep, and in the morning another of the apples
WaS mlSsimg.
Then the second son was set to watch, and at midnight he
trOo fell asleep, and in the morning another apple was gone.
Then the third son offered to keep watch; but the gardener
at first would not let him, for fear some harm should come to
him. However, at last he yielded, and the young man laid him-
self under the tree to watch. As the clock struck twelve he
heard a rustling noise in the air, and a bird came flying and sat.
upon the tree. This bird's feathers were all of pure gold; and
as it was snapping at one of the apples with its beak, the gar-


dener's son jumped up and shot an arrow at It. The arrow, how-
ever, did the bird no harm, it only dropped a golden feather from
its tail and flew away. The golden feather was then brought
to the king in the morning, and all his court were called together.
Every one agreed that it was the most beautiful thing that had
ever been seen, and that it was worth more than all the wealth
of the kingdom; but the king said, "One feather is of no use to
me. I must and will have the whole bird."
Then the gardener's eldest son set out to find this golden bird
and thought to find it very easily; and when he had gone but a
little way he came to a wood, and by the side of the wood he
saw a fox sitting. The lad was fond of a little sporting, so he
took his bow and made ready to shoot at it. Then Mr. Rey-
nard, who saw what he was about, and did not like the thought
of being shot at, cried out: Softly, softly! do not shoot me. I
can give you good counsel. I know what your business is, and
that you want to find the golden bird. Y'ou will reach a village
in the evening, and when you get there you will see two inns,
built one on each side of the street. The right-hand one is very
pleasant and beautiful to look at, but go not in there. Rest for
the night in the other, though it may seem to you very poor and
mean." "What can such a beast as this know about the mat-
ter?" thought the silly lad to himself. So he shot his arrow at
the fox, but he missed it, and it only laughed at him, set up its
tail above its back, and ran into the wood.
The young man went his way, and in the evening came to
the village where the two inns were. In the right-hand one
were people singing, and dancing, and feasting, but the other one
looked very dirty and poor. "I should be very silly," said he,
"if I went to that shabby house and left this charming place";
so he went into the smart house and ate and drank at his ease;
and there he stayed, and forgot the bird and his country, too.
Time passed on, and as the eldest son did not come back, and
no tidings were heard of him, the second son set out, and the
same thing happened to him. He met with the fox sitting by
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the roadside, who gave him the same good advice as he had
given his brother; but when he came to the two inns, his eldest
brother was standing at the window where the merry~making
was, and called to him to come in; and he could not withstand
the temptation, but went in, joined the merrymaking, and
there forgot the golden bird and his country~ in the same manner.
Time passed on again, and the youngest son too wished to
set out into the wide world, to seek for the golden bird; but
his father would not listen to him for a long while, for he was
very fond of his son and was afraid that some ill-luck might
happen to him also and hinder his coming back. However, at
last it was agreed he should go. For, to tell the truth, he would
not rest at home. As he came to the wood he met the fox, who
gave him the same good counsel that he had given the other
brothers. But he was thankful to the fox, and did not shoot at
him, as his brothers had done. Then the fox said, "Sit upon my
tail and you will travel faster."f So he sat down; and the fox
began to run, and away they went over stock and stone, so
quickly that their hair whistled in the wind.
W'hen they came to the village the young man was wvise
enough to follow the fox's counsel, and, without looking about
him, went straight to the shabby inn, and rested there all night
at his ease. In the morning came the fox again, and met him
as he was beginning his journey, and said, "Go straight forward
till you come to a castle, before which lie a whole troop of sol-
diers fast asleep and snoring; take no notice of them, but go
into the castle, and pass on and on till you come to a room
where the golden bird sits in a wooden cage; close by it stands
a beautiful golden cage; but do not try to take the-bird out of
the shabbyr cage and put it into the handsome one, otherwiise
you will be sorry for it." Then the fox stretched out his brush
again, and the young man sat himself down, and away they
went over stock, and stone till their hair whistled in the wind.
Before the castle gate all was as the fox had said; so the lad
went in, and found the chamber where the golden bird hung in


a wooden cage. Below stood the golden cage; and the three
golden apples that had been lost were lying close by its side.
Then he thought to himself, "It will be a very droll thing to
bring away such a fine bird in this shabby cage"; so he opened
the door and took; hold of the bird and put it into the golden
cage. But it set up at once such a loud scream that all the sol-
diers awoke; and they took him prisoner and carried him before
the king.
TIhe next morning the court sat to judge him; and when all
was heard, it doomed him to die unless he should bring the king
the golden horse that could run as swiftly as the wind. If he
did this he was to have the golden bird given him for his own.
So he set out once more on his journey, sighing, and in great
despair; when, on a sudden, he met his good friend the fox, taking
his morning's walk. "Heyday, young gentleman!" said Rey-
nard; "you see now what has happened from not listening to
my advice.' I will still, however, tell you how you may find the
golden horse, if you will do as I bid you. You must go straight
on till you come to the castle where the horse stands in his stall.
By his side will lie the groom fast asleep and snoring; take away
the horse softly; but be sure to. let the old leather saddle be
upon him, and do not put on the golden one that is close by."
Then the young man sat down on the fox's tail; and away they
went over stock and stone till their hair whistled in the wind.
All went right, and the groom lay snoring, with his hand
upon the golden saddle. But when the lad looked at the horse,
he thought it a great pity to keep the leather saddle upon it.
"I will give him the good one," said he; "I am sure he is wPorth
it." As he took up the golden saddle the groom awoke, and
cried out so loud that all the guards ran in and took him prisoner;
and in the morning he was brought before the king's court to
be judged, and was once more doomed to die. But it was agreed
that if he could bring thither the beautiful; princess, he should live
and have the horse given him for his own.
Then he went his way again, very sorrowful; but the old fox
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once more met him on the road, and said: "Why did you not
listen to me? If you had, you would have carried away both
the bird and the horse. Yet I will once more give you counsel.
Go straight on, and in the evening you will come to a castle.
At twelve o'clocki every night the princess goes to the bath;
go up to her as she passes, and give her a kiss, and she will let
you lead her away; but take care you do not let her go and take
leave of her father and mother." Then the fox stretched out
his tail, and away they went over stock and stone till their hair
whistled again.
As they came to the castle all was as the fox had said; and
at twelve o'clock the young man met the princess going to t~he
bath, and gave her the kiss; and she agreed to run away with
him, but begged with many tears that he would let her take
leave of her father. At first he said, "No!" but she wept still
more and more, and fell at his feet, till at last he yielded; but
the moment she came to her father's door the guards awoke,
and he was taken prisoner again.
So he was brought at once before the king wcho lived in that
castle. And the king said, "You shall never have my daughter,
unless in eight days you dig away the hill that stops the view
from my window."! Now this hill was so big that all the men
in the whole world could not have taken it away; and when he
had worked for seven days, and had done very little, the fox
came and said: "Lie down and go to sleep!i I will work for you."
In the morning he aw7Coke, and the hill was gone; so he went
merrily to the king, and told him that now it was gone he must
give him the princess.
Then the king was obliged to keep his word, and away went
the young man and the princess. But the fox came and said
to him: "That will not do; we will have all three--the prin-
cess, the horse, and the bird." "Ah!" said the young man,
"that would be a great thing; but how can it be?"
If you wTill only listen," said the fox, "it can soon be done.
When you come to the king of the castle where the golden horse


is, and he asks for the beautiful princess, you must say, 'Here
she is!' Then he will be very glad to see her, and will run to
welcome her; and you wrill mount the golden horse that they
are to give you, and put out your hand to take leave of them;
but shake hands with the princess last. Then lift her quickly
on to the horse, behind you; clap your spurs to his side, and
gallop away as fast as you can."
All went right; then the fox said: "W~hen you come to the
castle where the bird is, I will stay with the princess at the door,
and you wdll ride in and speak to the king; and when he sees
that it is the right horse, he will bring out the bird; but you
must sit still, and say that you want to look at it, to see whether
it is the true golden bird or nor; and when you get it into your
hand ride away as fast as you can."
This, too, happened as the for said; they carried off the
bird; the princess mounted again, and off they rode till they
came to a great wood. On their way through it they met their
old friend Reynard again, and be said, "Pray kill me, and cut
off my head and my brush!" The young man would not do
anyr such thing to so good a friend; so the fox said: "I will
at any rate give you good counsel: beware of two things! ran-
som no one from the gallows, and sit down by the side of no
brook!"' Then away be went. "Well," thought the young
man, "it is no hard matter, at any rate, to follow that advice."
So be rode on with the princess till at last they came to the
village where he had left his two brothers. And there he heard
a great noise and uproar, and when he asked what was the
matter, the people said, "Two rogues are going to be hanged."
As he came nearer, he saw that the two men were his brothers,
who had turned robbers. At the sight of them, in this sad plight
his heart was very heavy, and he cried out, "Can nothing save
them from such a death?" but the people said "'No!" unless he
would bestow all his money upon the rascals, and buy their free-
dom, by repaying all they had stolen. Then he did not stay to
think about it, but paid whatever was asked; and his brothers


were given up and went on with him towards their father's
Now the weather was very hot; and as theyr came to the
wood where the fox: first met them, they found it so cool and
shady under the trees, by the side of a brook that ran close by
that the two brothers said, Let us sit down by the side of this
brook and rest a while, to eat and drink." "'Very well!" said he,
and forgot what the fox had said, and sat down on the side of
the brook; and while he thought of no harm coming to him
they crept behind him, and threw him down the bank, and took
the princess, the horse, and the bird, and went home to the
king their master, and said, "All these we have won by our own
skill and strength." Then there was great merriment made,
and the king held a feast, and the two brothers were welcomed
home; but the horse would not eat, the bird would not sing,
and the princess sat by herself in her chamber and wept bitterly.
The youngest son fell to the bottom of the bed of the stream.
Luckily, it was nearly dry, but his bones were almost broken,
and the bank was so steep that he could find no way to get out.
As he stood bewailing his fate, and thinking what he should do,
to his great joy he spied his old and faithful friend the fox, look-
ing down from the bank upon him. Then Reynard scolded him
for not following his advice, which would have saved him from
all the troubles that had befallen him. "Yet," said he, "silly
as you have been, I cannot bear to leave you here; so lay hold
of my brush, and hold fast!" Then he pulled him out of the
river, and said to him, as he got ulpon the bank, "Your brothers
have set a watch to kill you if they find you making your way
back." So be dressed himself as a poor piper, and came playing
on his pipe to the king'scourt. But he was scarcely within the
gate when the horse began to eat, and the bird to sing, and the
princess left off weeping. And when he got to the great hall,
where all the court sat feasting, he went straight up to the
king and told him all his brothers' roguery. Then it made the
king very angry to hear w~hat they had done, and they were seized
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and punished; and the youngest son had the princess given to
him again; and he married her; and after the king's death he
was chosen king in his stead.
After his marriage he went one day to walk in the wood, and
there the old fox: met him once more, and besought him, with
tears in his ey;es, to be so kind as to cut off his head and his
brush. At last he did so, though sorely against his will, and in
the same moment the fox was changed into a prince, and the
princess knew him to be her own brother, who had been lost a
great many years; for a spiteful fairy had enchanted him, with
a spell that could only be broken by some one getting the golden
bird, and by cutting off his head and his brush.


THERE was once a fisherman who lived with his wife in a
pigsty, close by the seaside. The fisherman used to go
out all day long a-fishing; and one day, as he sat on the
shore with his rod, looking at the sparkling waves and watch-
ing his line, all on a sudden his float was dragged away deep
into the water; and in drawing it up he pulled out a great fish.
But the fish said: "Pray let me live! I am not a real fish; I
am an enchanted prince; put me in the water again, and let
me gol" "Oh! ho!" said the man, "you need not make so.
many words about the matter; I will have nothing to do with
a fish that can talk; so swim away, sir, as soon as you please!"
Then he put him back into the water, and the fish darted straight
down to the bottom, and left a long streak of blood behind him
on the wave.
When the fisherman went home to his wife in the pigsty, he
told her how he had caught a great fish, and how it had told
him it was an enchanted prince, and how, on hearing it speak,
he had let it go again. ~"Did not yrou ask it for anything?" said
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the wife. "No," said the man. "W7hat should I ask for!"'
"A~h!" said the wife, "we live very wretchedly here, in this
nasty. dirty pigsty; do go back and tell the fish we want a
snug -little cottage."
The fisherman did not much like the business; however, he
went to the seashore; and when he came back there the water
looked all yellow and green. And he stood at the water's edge
and said:
"LO man of the seal
Hearken to me!
Myv wife Ilsabill
W'ill have her own will,
A9nd hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!"

Then the fish came swimming to him, and said: "Well, what
is her will? What does your wife want?" "Ah!" said the
fisherman, "she says that when I had caught you, I ought to
have asked you for something before I let you go; she does not
like living any longer in the pigsty, and wants a snug little cot-
tage." "Go home, then," said the fish; "she is n the cottage
already!"' So the man went home, and saw his wife standing
at the door of a nice trim little cottage. "Come in, come in!"
said she; "is not this much better than the filthy pigsty we
had ?" And there was a parlor, and a bedchamber, and a kitchen;
and behind the cottage there was a little garden, planted with
all sorts of flowers and fruits; and there w~as a courtyard behind,
full of ducks and chickens. "A.lh!" said the fisherman, "how
happily we shall live now!" WVe will try to do so, at least,"
SalG h15 Wire.
Everything went right for a week or two, and then Dame
Ilsabill said: "Husband, there is not near room enough for us
in this cottage; the courtyard and the garden are a great deal
too small; I should like to have a large stone castle to live in;
go to the fish again and tell him to give us a castle." "Wife,"
said the fisherman, "I don't like to go to him again, for perhaps
he will be angry; we ought to be easy, with this pretty cottage
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to live in." "Nonsense!" said the wife; "he will do it very
willingly, I know; go along and tryr!"
The fisherman went, but his heart was very heavy; and when
he came to the sea it looked blue and gloomy, though it was
very calm; and he went close to the edge of the waves, and said:
"O man of the seat
Hearken to me!
My! wrife Ilsabill
Will have~ her or- will,
And hath sten me to beg a boon of thee!"

"Well, what does she want now?" said the fish. "Ah!" said
the man, dolefully, "my wife wants to live in a stone castle."
"Go home, then,"' said the fish; "she is standing at the gate
of it already." So away went the fisherman, and found his
wife standing before the gate of a great castle. "'See," said
she, "is not this grand?" W~ith that they: went into the castle
together, and found a great many servants there, and the rooms
all richly furnished, and full of golden chairs and tables, and
behind the castle was a garden, and around it was a park half a
mile long, full of sheep, and goats, and hares, and deer; and in
the courtyard were stables and cow-houses. "Well," said the
man, now wFpe will live cheerful and happy in this beautiful castle
for the rest of our lives." "Perhaps we may," said the wife;
"but let us sleep upon it before we make up our minds to that."
So they went to bed.
The next morning when Dame Ilsabill awoke it was broad day
light, and she jogged the fisherman with her elbowcp, and said,
"Get up, husband, and bestir yourself, for we must be king of
all the land." "Wife, wife," said the man, "why should we
wish to be king? I will not be king." "Then I will,") said she.
" But wife,"! said the fisherman, "how can you be king? The
fish cannot make you a king." "H-usband," said she, "say no
more about it, but go and try! I will be king." So the mnan
went away quite sorrowful to think that his wife should want to
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be king. This time the sea looked a dark gray color, and was
overspread with curling waves and ridges of foam as he cried out:

"O man of the seal
Harken to mel
My wife ]lsabill
Will have her own will,
And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!"

"Well, what would she have now?" said the fish. "Alas!"
said the poor man, "my wife wants to be king." "Go home,"
said the fish; "she is king already."
Then the fisherman went home; and as he came close to the
palace he saw a troop of soldiers, and heard the sound of drums
and trumpets. And when he went in he saw his wife sitting on
a high throne of gold and diamonds, with a golden crown upon
her head; and on each side of her stood six fair maidens, each
a head caller than the other. Well, wife," said the fisherman,
"~are you king?" "Yles," said she, "I am king." And when
he had looked at her for a long time, he said, "Ah, wvife!
what a fine thing it is to be king! now we shall never have
anything more to wish for as long as we live." "I don't
know how that may be," said she; "never is a long time. I
am king, it is true; but I begin to be tired of that, and I
think I should like to be emperor." "Ailas, wife! why should
you wish to be emperor?"' said the fisherman. "Husband,"
said she, "go to the fish! I say I will be emperor." "Ah,
wife!" replied the fisherman, "the fish cannot make an em-
peror, I am sure, and I should not like to ask him for such a
thing. "I am king," said Ilsabill, "and you are my slave; so
go at once!"
So the fisherman was forced to go; and be muttered as he
went along, "This will come to no good, it is too much to ask; the
fish will be tired at last, and then we shall be sorry for what we
havre done." He soon came to the seashore; and the water
was quite black and muddy, and a mighty whirlwind blew over
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the waves and rolled them about, but he went as neair as he
could to the water's brink, and said:

"O man of the seal
Harken to me!
1\1y w\ife 11sabill
Will have her own will,
And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!"

"'What would she have now?" said the fish "Ah!" said the
fisherman, "she wants to be emperor." "(Go home," said the
fish; "she is emperor already."
So he went home again; and as he came near he saw his wife
Ilsabill sitting on a very lofty throne made of solid gold, with a
great crown on her head full two yards high; and on each side
of her stood her guards and attendants in a row, Cach one smaller
than the other, from the tallest giant down to a little dwarf no
bigger than, my finger.' And before her stood princes and dukes
and earls; and the fisherman went up to her and said, "Wife,
are you emperor?" "Yes," said she, "I am emperor." "Ah!i"
said the man, as he gazed upon her, "what a fine thing it is to
be emperor!" "Husband," said she, "why should we stop at
being emperor? I will be pope next." Oh wife, wife!" said he,
"Howr can you be pope? There is but one pope at a time in
Ch ristendom."' "Husband," said she, "I will be pope this very
day." But," replied the husband, "the fish cannot make you
pope." "What nonsense!" said she; "'if he can make an em-
peror, he can make a pope. Go and try him."
So the fisherman went. But when he came to the shore the
wind was raging and the sea was tossed up and down in boiling
waves, and the ships were in trouble and rolled fearfully upon
the tops of the billows. In the middle of the heavens there was
a little piece of blue sky, but towards the south all was red, as
if a dreadful storm was rising. At this sight the fisherman was
dreadfully frightened, and he trembled so that his knees knocked
together: but still he went down near to the shore, and said:
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"O man of the seat
Hearken to me!
My wife Ilsabhill
W;ill have her ow-n will,
And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!"
"What does she want now?" said the fish. "Ah!" said the
fisherman, "my wife wants to be pope." "Go home," said the
fish; "she is pope already."
Then the fisherman went home, and found Ilsabill sitting on
a throne that was two miles high. And she had th ree great crowns
on her head, and around her stood all the pomp and power of
the church. And on each side of her were two rows of burning
lights, of all sizes, the greatest as large as the highest and biggest
tower in the world, and the least no larger than a small rush-
light. "Wiife," said the fisherman, as he looked at all this
greatness, "are you pope?" "Yes," said she, "I am pope."'
"Well, wife," replied he, "it is a grand thing to be pope; and
no~w you must be easy, for you can be nothing greater." "'I
will think. about that," said the wife. Then they went to bed;
but Dame Ilsabill could not sleep all night for thinking what she
should be next. At last, as she was dropping asleep, morning
broke, and the sun rose. "Hal" thought she, as she wnoke up
and looked at it through the window, "after all I cannot prevent
the sun rising." At this thought she was very angry, and
wakened her husband, and said, "'Husband, go to the fish and
tell him I must be lord of the sun and moon." The fisherman
was half asleep, but the thought frightened him so much that
he started and fell out of bed. "Alas, wife!" said he, cannott
you be easy with being pope?" "No," said she, "'I am very un-
easy as long as the sun and moon rise without my leave. Go
to the fish at once!"
Then the man went shivering with fear; and as he was going
down to the shore a dreadful storm arose, so that the~ trees and
the very rocks shook. And all the heavens became black with
stormy clouds, and the lightning played, and the thunders rolled;
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and you might have seen in the sea great black waves, swelling
up like mountains with crowns of white foam upon their heads.
And the fisherman crept toward the sea, and cried out as well
as he could:
"O man of the seal
Hearkien to me!
1\ly w-ife Ilsaibill
WVill have her own will,
And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!"

"(What does she want now?" said the fish. ";Ah!" said he,
"she wants to be lord of the sun and moon." "Go home," said
the fish, "to your pigstyr again."
And there they live to this very day.



THERE were once a king and queen
Swho had lived happily together for
many years. They had twelve
children, but it so happened that all these
children were boys. One day the king said to the queen, "If
our next child should be a girl, all the boys must die, for I
should like my daughter to be very ach and to inherit the
whole of my kingdom." Hereupon he ordered twelve coffins to
be made, and after a little pillow had been placed in each and
they had all been filled with shavings, they were locked up in
a room in the castle. Then the king gave the key to his wife,
and told her on no account to say a word of this matter to
any one.
But the poor mother could do nothing but sit-and griev~e the
whole day long, and, seeing her so sorrowful, her youngest boy,
whom she had named Banjamin after the little son in the Bible,
and who always liked to be near his mother, went to her and
said, "Dear mother, why are you so sad?"
"I may not tell you, dearest child," she answered.


The boy, however, gave her no peace with his questioning,
until at last she rose and led him to the room in which the coffins
were kept.
"LDearest Benjamin," she said, "your father had these coffins
prepared for you and your brothers, for if ever I have a little
daughter you are all to be killed and buried in them." She wept
so bitterly as she told him this, that her son tried to comfort her,
and said,: "Do not weep, dear mother; we will go away from
here, and I am sure we shall be able to look after ourselves."
Then his mother bade him go with his brothers into the wood,
and there find the highest tree. "And let one of you," she con-
tinued, "be always at the top, watching, for you must keep your
eyes on the castle tower. If I have a little son, I will put up a
white flag, and then you will know that it is safe for you to
return home; if I have a little daughter, I will put up a red flag,
and then you must flee for your lives, and may God help and
protect you. Every night I shall rise and pray for you; in win-
,ter, that you may not be without a fire to warm yourselves by;
in summer, that you may be sheltered from the heat."
She then blessed them, and the boys went off to the wood,
and kept watch in turn on the top of the highest oak-tree. The
day came when it was Benjamin's turn to watch, and as he was
looking toward the tower he saw a flag put up. But alast it
was no white flag, but a blood-red flag, warning them that the
hour had come when their father's cruel sentence was to be
carried out.
When the others heard this, they ~flew into a great rage, and
exclaimed in their anger: "Are we to be put to death, just for
the sake of a girl! but we will have our revenge!" So they
swore one and all that they would take the life of any girl who
should cross their path. *
They now thought it safer to go farther into the wood, and
when they had made their way to where the trees were thickest
and the shade deepest, they suddenly came upon a little empty
house, that had been raised by the magic of some good or evil fairy.
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"Oh!" they cried, "this is just the place for us to live in;
you, Benjamin, as you are the youngest and weakest, must stay
at home and keep house, while we go and look for provisions."
So the elder brothers went into the w~ood, and there they
found plenty of game to shoot: wild deer, hares, pigeons and other
birds, as well as many other things that were good for food.
When they had finished their day's sport, they went home, and
then it was Benjamin's turn to busy himself with preparing and
cooking the food, and glad enough they were of a meal, for by
this time they were all very hungry. In this way they lived on
in the little house for ten years, and the time passed so quickly
that the brothers never found it long.
Meanwhile, the little daughter who had been born at the
citstle was growing up. She was good at heart and beautiful in
face, and had a gold star on her forehead.
One day about this time she happened to catch sight of twelve
Eittle shirts which were lying among some of her mother's things.
"Mother," she said, "to whom do these shirts belong? for
they are too small for my father to wear."
It was with a heavy heart that the poor mother answered:
"Those shirts, dear child, belong to your twelve brothers."
"LMy twelve brothers," cried the girl. Why, I never even heard
of them! Where are they now?"
"God alone knows," replied her mother, "but they are wan-
dering somewhere about the world."
Then she took her little daughter to the room where the coffins
wiere hidden, anld, unlocking the door, showed them to her, and
said, "These were meant for your brothers, but they ran away
and escaped," and she related to her all that had happened be-
fore she was born.
"Dear mother," said the girl, "do not weep; I will go and try
to find my brothers."
So she took the twelve shirts and started through the wood
in search of them. On and on she went all through the day,
and as the evening fell she came to the little house. She stepped


in, and there she found a young boy, who looked with astonish-
ment at this beautiful girl, who was dressed like a princess and
had gold star on her forehead. "Wiihence come yrou?" he
asked, "and w~hat are you seeking?"
"(I am a king's daughter," she answered, "and I am, seeking
my twelve brothers; and as far as the blue sky reaches overhead,
will I wander till I find them," and she showed him the twelve
`shirts. Then Benjamin knew that it was his sister. "I am
Benjamin," he cried, "your youngest brother," and at this they
were both so overcome with delight that they began to cry for
joy, and kissed and embraced each other.
At last Benjamin said: "There is one thing that troubles me;
my brothers and I were so angry at being driven out of our king-
dom on account of a girl, that we made a vow to kill every girl
whom we met."
"I would gladly die," said his sister, "if by so doing I could
restore my dear brothers to their home."
"No, no, you shall not die," cried Benjamin, "hide yourself
under this tub, and when the others return I will soon come to
an understanding with them."
The sister did as she was bid, and as soon as it was dark, in
came the brothers from hunting.
They sat down to their supper, and while eating and drinking
asked, "Well, Benjamin, what news have you to tell us?"
"Have you yourselves heard nothing?" said Benjamin.
"Nothing," they replied.
"That is strange," continued Benjamin, "for you have been
out all day, and I have only been in the house, and yet I know
more than you."
"What is it?" they all cried at once; "tell us what it is."
"Only on condition," said Benjamin, "that you promise me
not to kill the first girl you see."
We promise, we promise; she shall find mercy at our hands,"
they all cried again, "only let us hear your news."
Benjamin went to the tub and, lifting it up, said, "Our sister


is here," and the king's daughter stepped forth in her royal
attire, with the gold star on her forehead, and stood before them
full of tenderness, grace, and beautyv. When the brothers saw
her they: greatly loved her, and came about her and kissed her,
and there was great rejoicing among them.
So now the sister stayed at home wvith Benjamin and helped
him in the house, while the others continued to hunt in the
wood for game. Among other things, she gathered the wood for
cooking, and herbs for vegetables, and put the pots and kettles
on the fire, so that there might always be food ready for her
brothers when they came in. She kept the house in beautiful
order, and made the little beds look sweet and clean with pretty
white covers, and altogether it was no wonder that the brothers
were very happy and comfortable, and that they all lived together
in great peace anld contentment.
One day, the two who stayed at home had prepared a dainty
meal, and as soon as they were all assembled they sat down
to the table, happy and in good spirits. Now there was a little
garden belonging to the house, in which grew twelve tall lily
plants. The sister went out to pick the lilies, for she thought
it would please her brothers to give them each a flower as they
sat at table. But scarcely was the last one gathered when her
brothers were suddenly changed into twleve ravens, that flew
right away over the trees, and in the same moment both the
house and garden entirely disappeared. There was the poor
girl, left alone in the wild wood; turning, however, to look arouIld
her, she saw an old woman standing near, who said, My child,
what is this that you have done? Why did you not leave -those
twelve white lilies untouched ? Those were your brothers, who
are now from this time forth turned into ravens." The girl
asked, weeping, "Is there nothing that I can do to set them fre?"
"Nothing," replied the old woman; "there is one way only
in all the world by which they might be saved, but that would
be far too hard a task for you to perform, for you would have
to remain dumb for severe years, never either speaking or laugh-
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ing, and if, when there were only a few minutes wanting to com-
plete the seven years, you were to utter a single word, all your
past endeavor would be in vain, and with that one word you
would have killed your brothers."
The girl was silent, but in her heart she said, "I will set my
dear brothers free, I know that I shall be able to do it."
Then she went and chose out a high tree, and there among its
topmost branches she sat and span, and neither spoke nor
Now it happened, one day, that a king was out hunting in the
wood. He had a large greyhound with him, and the dog ran
up to the tree whereon the girl was sitting and began leaping
about and looking up at her and barking. Then the king came
along, and he too looked up and saw the beautiful princess with
the gold star on her forehead, and he was so enchanted with
her beauty that he called to her to ask if she would be his wife.
She did not speak a word, but gave a little nod with her head.
Then the king climbed up into the tree himself and carried her
down, and, lifting her on to his own horse, bore her away to his
The marriage was celebrated with great pomp and amid great
rejoicings, but the bride neither spoke nor laughed.
They had been living happily together for some years, when the
king's mother, who was a bad-hearted woman, began to say
wicked things about the young queen. "That woman you
brought home with you," she said to the king, "is nothing but
a common beggar-maid; who knows what evil tricks she may
be up to in secret. Even if she is dumb and cannot speak, at
least she must be able to laugh, and you know it is said that those
who never laugh have a bad conscience." At first the king would
not believe any of the things that were said against his wife;
but the old mother gave him no peace, accusing the queen first
of one wicked thing and then another, until he allowed himself
at last to be persuaded of her guilt, and condemned her to death.
But the king still dearly loved his wife, and he stood looking
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out of his window and weeping while the fire was being kindled
in the courtyard where the young queen was to be burned.
The queen had been tied to the stake; and now the last mo-
ment of the seven years came just as the angry tongues of the
fire were beginning to play~ about her dress. Then there was heard
in the air above a rushing sound as of wings, and twelve ravens
came flying down~, and no sooner had they alighted on the
ground, than behold! there were her twelve brothers whom she
had set free. They scattered the fire and trampled on the
fRames, and showered kisses and loving words upon their sister
as they untied her fr-om the stake.
And now that she might speak, she was able to tell the kring
wvhy she had been dumb and had never laughed. And he was
rejoiced when he heard her tale and knew that she was guiltless,
and they all lived happily together forever after.
But the wicked old mother-in-law was taken before the judge
and tried, and he condemned her to be put in a vat of boiling
oil, in which there were poisonous snakes, and so she died a
miserable death.

SKING and queen once. upon a time reigned in a country
a great way off, where there were in those days fairies.
Now this king and queen had plenty of money, and plenty
of fine clothes to wear and plenty of good things to eat and drink,
and a coach to ride out in every day; but though they had been
married many years, they had no children, and this grieved them
very much indeed. But one day as the queen was walking by
the side of the river, at the bottom of the garden, she saw a poor
little fish that had thrown itself out of the water, and lay gasp-
ing and nearly dead on the bank. Then the queen took pity on
the little fish, and threw it back again into the river; and before
it swam away it lifted its head out of the water and said, "I
knowc what your wc~ish is, and it shall be fulfilled, in return for
your kindness to me--you will soon have a daughter."' What the
little fish had foretold soon came to pass; and the queen had a.
little girl, so very beautiful that the king could not cease looking
on it for joy, and said he would hold a great feast and make
merry, and show the child to all the land. So he asked his kinE-




men, and nobles, and friends, and neighbors. But the queen
said, "I will have the fairies also, that they might be kind and
good to our little daughter." Now there were thirteen fairies in
the kingdom; but as the king and queen had only twelve golden
dishes for them to eat out of, they were forced to leave one of
the fairies without asking her. So twelve fairies came, each with
a high red cap on her head, and red shoes with high heels on her
feet, and a long white wand in her hand: and after the feast was
over they gathered round in a ring and gave all their best gifts to
the little princess. One gave her goodness, another beauty, an
other riches, and so on till she had all that was good in the world.
Just as eleven of them had done blessing her, a great noise was
heard in the courtyard, an~d word was brought that the thirteenth
fairy was come, with a black cap on her head, and black shoes
on her feet, and a brooms:ick in her hand; and presently up she
came into the dining-room. Now: aC she had not been asked
to the feast she was very angry, and scolded the king and queen
very much, and set to work to take he'r revenge. So she cried
out, "The king's daughter shall, in her fifteen year, be wounded
by a spindle and fall down dead." Then the twelfth of the
friendly fairies, who had* not yet given her gift, came forward,
and said that the evil wish must be fulfilled, but that she could
soften its mischief; so her gift was that the king's daughter,
when the spindle wounded her, should not really die, but should
only fall asleep for a hundred years.
However, the king hoped still to save his dear child altogether
from the threatened evil; so he ordered that all the spindles in
the kingdom should be bought up and burnt. But all the gifts
of the first eleven fairies were in the meantime fulfilled; for the
princess was so beautiful, and well-behaved, and good, and
wise, that every one who knew her loved her.
It happened that, on the very day she was fifteen years old,
the king and queen were not at home, and she was left alone in
the palace. So she roved about by herself, and looked at all the
rooms and chambers, till at last she came to an old tower, to





which there was a narrow staircase ending with a little door.
In the door there was a golden key, and when she turned it the
door sprang open, and there sat an old lady spinning away very
busily. "W'hy, how now, good mother," said the princess;
"wvhat are you doing there?" Spin ning,"' said the old lady, and
nodded her head, humming a tune, while buzz! went the wheel.
"How prettily that little thing turns round!"' said the princess,
and took the spindle and began to try and spin. But scarcely
had she touched it, before the fairy's prophecy was fulfilled;
the spindle -wounded her, and she fell down lifeless on the
However, she was not dead, but had only fallen into a deep
sleep; and the king and the queen, who had just come home, and
all their court, fell asleep too; and the horses slept in the stables,
and the dogs in the court, the pigeons on the house-top, and the
very flies slept upon the walls. Even the fire on the hearth left
off blazing and went to sleep; the jack stopped, and the spit
that was turning about with a goose upon it for the king's
dinner stood still; and the cook, who was at that moment
pulling the kitchen-boy by the hair to give him a box on the
ear for something he had done amiss, let him go, and both
fell asleep; the butler, who was slyly tasting the ale, fell asleep
with the jug at his lips; and thus everything stood still and
slept soundly.
A large hedge of thorns soon grew round the palace, and every
year it became higher and thicker; till at last the old palace
was surrounded and hidden, so that not even the roof or the
c~himney~s could be seen. But there went a report through all the
land of the beautiful Sleeping Beauty (for so the king's daughter
was called): so that, from time to time, several kings' sons came
and tried to break through the thicket into the palace. This:
however, nore of them could ever do; for the thorns and bushes
laid hold of them, as it were with hands; and there they stuck
fast and died wretchedly.
After many, many years there came a king's son into that
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land; and an old man told him the story of the thicket of thorns,
and how a beautiful palace stood behind it, and how a wonder-
ful princess, called Sleeping Beauty, lay in it asleep, with all
her court. He told, too, how he had heard from his grandfather
that many, many princes had come, and had tried to break
through the thicket, but that they had all stuck fast in it, and
died. Then the young prince said, "All this shall not frightren
me; I will go and see this Sleeping Beauty." The old man tried
to hinder him, but he was bent upon going.
Now that very day the hundred years were ended; and as
the prince came to the thicket he saw nothing but beautiful
flowering shrubs, through which he went with ease, and they
shut in after him as thick as ever. Then he came at last to
the palace, and there in the court lay the dogs asleep; and the
horses were standing in the stables, and on the roof sat the
pigeons fast asleep, with their heads under their wings. And
when he came into the palace, the flies were sleeping on the
walls; the spit was standing still; the butler had the jug of ale
to his lips, going to drink a draught; the maid sat with a fowl in
her lap ready to be plucked; and the cook in the kitchen was
still holding up her hand, as if she was going to beat the boy.
Then he went on still farther, and all was so still that he could
hear every breath he drew; till at last he came to the old tower,
and opened the door of the little room in which Sleeping Beauty
was; and there she lay, fast asleep in a couch by the window.
She looked so beautiful that he could not take his eyes off her,
so he stooped down and gave her a kiss. But the moment he
kissed her she opened her eyes and awoke, and smiled upon him;
and they went out together; and soon the king and queen also
awoke, and all the court, and gazed on one another with great
wonder. And the horses shook themselves, and the dogs jumped
up and barked; the pigeons took their heads from under their
wings and looked about and flew into the fields; the flies on the
walls buzzed again; the fire inl the kitchen blazed up; round
went the jack, and round went the spit, with the goose for the
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king's dinner upon it; the butler Sinished his draught of ale;
the maid went on plucking the fowl; and the cook gave the boy
the box on his ear.
And then the prince and Sleeping Beauty were married, and
the wedding feast was given; and they lived happily together
all their hives long.






T HERE: was once a queen who had a little daughter, still
too young to run alone. One day the child was very
troublesome, and the mother could not quiet it, do wvhat
she would. She grew impatient, and, seeing the ravens flying
round the castle, she opened the window, and said, "I wish
you were a raven and would fly away; then I should have a
little peace." Scarcely were the words out of her mouth, when
the child in her arms was turned into a raven and flewF away
from her through the open window. The bird took its flight to
a dark wood and remained there for a long time, and meanwhile
the parents could hear nothing of their child.
Long after this, a man was making his way through the wood
when he heard a raven calling, and he followed the sound of the
voice. As he drew near, the raven said, "I am by birth a king's
daughter, but am now under the spell of some enchantment,
you can, however, set me free." "What am I to do?," he asked.
"Go farther into the wcood until you come to a house wherein
lives an old woman; she will offer you food and drink, but you
must not take of either; if you do you will fall into a deep sleep,
and will not be able to help me. In the garden behind the house
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is a large tan-heap, and on that you must stand and watch for
me. I shall drive there in my carriage at two o'clock in the
afternoon for three successive days; the farst day it will be drawn
by four white, the second by four chestnut, and the last by four
black horses; but if you fail to keep awake and I f6nd y~ou sleep-
ing, I shall not be sec free."
The man promised to do all that she wished, but: the raven
said: "Alas! I know even now that you will take something
from the wcpoman and be unable to save me." The man assured
her again that he would on on account touch a thing to eat or
When he came to the house and went inside, the old woman
met him, and said: "Poor man! how tired you are! Come in
and rest and let me give you something to eat and drink."
"No," answered the man, "I will neither eat nor drink."
But she would not leave him alone, and urged him, saying:
"If you will not eat anything, at least you might take a draught
of wine; one drink counts for nothing," and at last he allowed
himself to be persuaded, and drank.
As it drew toward the appointed hour, he went outside into
the garden and mounted the tan-heap to await the raven. Sud-
denly a feeling of fatigue came over him, and, unable to resist it,
he lay down for a little while, fully determined, however, to keep
awvake; but in another minute his eyes closed of their own ac-
cord and he fell into such a deep sleep that all the noises in the
world would not have awakened him. At two o'clock the raven
came driving along, drawn by her four white horses; but even
before she reached the spot, she said to herself, sighing, "I
know he has fallen asleep." WT~1hen she entered the garden,
there she found him, as she had feared, lying on the tan*
heap, fast asleep. She got out of her carriage and went to
him; she called him and shook him, but it was all in vain, he
still continued sleeping.
The next day at noon, the old woman came to him again with
food and drink, which he at first refused. At last, overcome by
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her persistent entreaties that he would tak~e something, he lifted
the glass and drank again.
Toward ntwo o'clock he went into the garden and on to the
tan-heap to watch for the raven. He had not, been there long
before he began to feel so tired that his limbs seemed hardly able
to support him and he could not stand upright any longer; so
again he lay down and fell fast asleep. As the raven drove along
with her four chestnut horses, she said, sorrowfully, to herself, "I
know he has fallen, asleep." She went as before to look for him,
but he slept, and it was impossible to awaken him.
The following day the old woman said to him: "WVhat is this?
You are not eating or drinking anything. Do you want to kill
He answered, "'I may not and will not either eat or drink."'
But she put down the dish of food and the glass of wine in
front of him, and when he smelt the wine he was unable to
resist the temptation, and took a deep draught.
WShen the hour came round again he went as usual on to the
tan-heap in the garden to await the king's daughter, but he felt
even more overcome with weariness than on the two previous
days, and, throwing himself down, he slept like a log. At two
o'clock the raven could be seen approaching, and this time her
coachman and everything about her, as well as her horses, were
She was sadder than ever as she drove along, and said, mourn-
fully, "I know he has fallen asleep andl will not be able to set
me free." She found him sleeping heavily, and all her efforts
to awaken him were of no avail. Then she placed beside him
a loaf, some meat, and a flask of wine, of such a kind that how-
ever much he took of them, they would never grow less. After
that she drew a gold ring, on which her name was engraved, off
her finger, and put it upon one of his. Finally, she laid a letter
near him, in which, after giving him particulars of the food and
drink she had left~for him, she finished with the following words:
"I see that as long as you remain here you will never be able to




set me free; if, however, you still wish to do so, come to the
golden castle of Stromberg; this is well within your power to
accomplish." She then returned to her carriage and drove to
the golden castle of Stromberg.
When the man awoke and found that he had been sleeping,
he was grieved at hs art, and said, "She has no doubt been here
and driven away again, and it is now too late for me to save
her." Then his eyes fell on the things which were lying beside
him; he read the letter, and knew from it all that had happened.
He rose up without delay, eager to start on his way and to reach
the castle of Stromberg, but he had no idea in which direction
he ought to go. He traveled about a long time in search of it
and came at last to a dark forest, through which he went on walk-
ing for fourteen days and still could not find a way out. Once
more night came on, and, worn out, he lay down under a bush
and fell asleep. Again the next day he pursued his way through
the forest, and that evening, thinking to rest again, he lay down
as before, but he heard such a howling and wailing that he found
it impossible to sleep. He waited till it was darker and people
had begun to light up their houses, and then seeing a little glim-
mer ahead of him, he went toward it.
He found that the light came from a house which looked smaller
than it really was, from the contrast of its height with that of
an immense giant who stood in front of it. He thought to him-
self, If the giant sees me going in, my life will not be worth
much." However, after a wcphile he summoned up courage and
went forward. When the giant saw him, he called out: "It is
lucky for me that you have come, for I have not had anything to
eat for a long time. I can have you nowci for my supper." "I
would rather you let that alone," said the man, "for I do not
willingly give myself up to be eaten; if you are wanting food I
have enough to satisfy your hunger." "If that is so," replied the
giant, "I will leave you in peace; I only thought of eating you
because I had nothing else.
So they went indoors together and sat down, and the man
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brought out the bread, meat, and wine, which, although he had
eaten and drunk of them, were still unconsumed. The giant was
pleased with the good cheer, and are and drank to his heart's
content. When he had finished his supper the man asked him
:f he could direct him to the castle of Stromberg. The giant
said: "I will look on my map; on it are marked all the towns,
villages, and houses." So he fetched his map, and looked for the
castle, but could not find it. "Never mind," he said, "I have
larger maps up-stairs in the cupboard, we will look on those,"
but they searched in vain, for the castle was not marked even on
these. The man now thought he should like to continue his
journey, but the giant begged him to remain for a day or two
longer until the return of his brother, who was away in search
of provisions. When the brother came home, they asked him
about the castle of Stromberg, and he told them he would look
on his own maps as soon as he had eaten and appeased his hunger.
Accordingly, when he had finished his supper, they all went up
together to his room and looked through his maps, but the castle
was not to be found. Then he fetched other maps, and they
went on looking for the castle until at last they found it, but
it was many thousand miles away. "How shall I be able to
get there?" asked the man. "I have two hours to spare," said
the giant, "and I will carry you into the neighborhood of the
castle; I must then return to look after the child who is in our
'The giant thereupon carried the man to within about a
hundred leagues of the castle, where he left him, saying, "You
will be able to walk the remainder of the way yourself." The
man journeyed on day and night till he reached the golden castle
of Stromberg. He found it situated, however, on a glass moun-
tain, and looking up from the foot he saw the enchanted maiden
drive round her castle and then go inside. He was overjoyed
to see her, and longed to get to the top of the mountain, but the
sides were so slippery that every time he attempted to climb he
fell back again. When he saw that it was impossible to reach
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her, he was greatly grieved, and said to himself, "I will remain
here and wait for her," and so he built himself a little hut, and
there he sat and watched her for a whole year, and every day
he saw the King's daughter driving round her castle, but still
was unable to get nearer to her.
Looking out from his but one day he saw three robbers fight-
ing, and he called out to them, "God be with you." They
stopped when they heard the call, but, looking round and seeing
nobody, they went on again with their fighting, which now
became more furious. "God be with you," he cried again, and
again they paused and looked about, but, seeing no one, went
back to their fighting. A third time he called out, "God be
with you," and then thinking he should like to know the cause
of dispute between the three men, he went out and asked them
why they were fighting so angrily with one another. One of
them said that he had found a stick, and that he had but to
strike it against a door through which he wished to pass, and
it immediately flew open. Another told him that he had found
a cloak which rendered its wearer invisible; and the third had
caught a horse which would carry its rider over any obstacle
and even up the glass mountain. They had been unable to de-
cide whether they would keep together and have the things in
common, or whether they would separate. On hearing this,
the man said, "I will give you something in exchange for those
three things; not money, for that I have not got, but something
that is of far more value. I must first, however, prove whether
all you have told me about your three things is true." The rob-
bers, therefore, made him get on the horse, and handed him the
stick and the cloak, and when he had put this round him he was
no longer visible. Then he fell upon them with the stick and
beat them one after another, crying, "There, you idle vagabonds,
you have got what you deserve; are y-ou satisfied now!"
After this he rode up the glass mountain. When he reached
the gate of the castle, he found it closed, but he gave it a blow
with his stick, and it flew wide open at once and he passed
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through. He mounted the steps and entered the room where
the maiden was sitting, with a golden goblet full of wine in front
of her. She could not see him, for he still wore his cloak. He
took the ring which she had given him off his finger, and threw
it into the goblet, so that it rang as it couched the bottom.
"That is my own ring," she exclaimed, "and if that is so the
man must also be here who is coming to set me free."
She sought for him about the castle, but could find him no-
where. Meanwhile he had gone outside again and mounted his
horse and thrown off the cloak. When, therefore, she came to
the castle gate she saw him, and cried aloud for joy. Then. he
dismounted and took her in his arms; and she kissed him, and
said, "No~w you have indeed set me free, and to-morrow we will
celebrate our marriage."


HONEST Fritz had worked hard all his
life, but ill-luck befell him; his cattle
died, his barns were burned, and he lost
almost all his money. So at last he said, "'Be-
fore it is all gone I will buy goods, and go out
4-:? into the world, and see whether I shall have $'
the luck to mend my fortune."
The first place he came to- was a village,
where the boys were running about, crying and
shouting. "What is the matter?" asked he.
"See here!" said they, "wpe have got a mouse
that we make dance to please us. Do look at
him; what a droll sight it is! How he jumps
about!" But the man pitied the poor little thing, and said, "'Let
the poor mouse go, and I will give you money." So he gave
them some money, and took the mouse and let it run; and it soon
jumped into a hole that was close by, and was out of their reach.




Then he traveled on and came to 'another village; and there
the boys had got an ass that they made stand on its hind legs
and tumble and cut capers. Then they laughed and shouted,
and gave the poor beast no rest. So the good man gave them,
too, some of his money, to let the poor thing go away in peace.
At the next village he came to, the young people were leading
a bear that had been taught to dance, and were plaguing the
poor thing sadly;. Then he gave them, too, some money, to let
the beast go; and Master Bruin was very glad to get on his four
feet and seemed quiet at his ease and happy again.
But now our traveler-found that he had given way all the
money he had in the world, and had not; a shilling in his pocket.
Then said he to himself: "The king has heaps of gold in his
strong box that he never uses; I cannot die of hunger; so I hope
I shall be forgiveri if I borrow a little from him, and when I get
rich again I will repay it all."
So he managed to get at the king's strong box, and took a
very little money; but as he came out the guards saw him, and
said he was a thief, and took, him to the judge. The poor man
told his story; but the judge said that sort of borrowing could
not be suffered and that those who took other people's money
must be punished; so the end of his trial was that Frita was
found guilty, and doomed to be thrown into the lake, shut up in
a box. The lid of the box was full of holes to let in air; and one
jug of water and one loaf of bread were given him.
When he was swimming along in the water very sorrowfully,
he heard something nibbling and biting at the lock. All of a
sudden it fell off, the lid flew open, and there stood his old friend
the little mouse, who had done him this good turn. Then came
the ass and the bear, too, and pulled the box ashore; and all
helped him because he had been kind to them.
But now they did not know what to do next, and began to
lay their heads together; when on a sudden a wave threw on
the shore a pretty white stone that looked like an egg. Then the
bear said, "That's a lucky thing This is the wonderful stone;
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whoever has it needs only to wish, and everything he wishes for
comes to him at once." So Fritz went and picked up the stone,
and wished for a palace and a garden and a stud of horses; and
his wish was fulfilled as soon as he had made it. And there he
lived in his castle and garden, with fine stables and horses;
and all was so grand and beautiful that he never could wonder
and gaze at it enough.
After some time some merchants passed by that way. "See,"
said they, "what a princely palace! The last time we were here
it was nothing but a desert waste." They were very eager to
know how all this had happened, and went in and asked the
master of the palace how it had been so quickly raised. "I
have done nothing myself," said he; "it is the wonderful
stone that did all." "What a strange stone that must be!"
said they. Then he asked them to walk in, and showed it to
They asked him whether he would sell it, and offered him all
their goods for it; and the goods seemed so fine and costly that
he quite forgot that the stone would bring him in a moment a
thousand better and richer things, and be agreed to make the
bargain. Scarcely was the stone, however, out of his hands
before all his riches were gone and poor Fritz found himself sit-
ting in his box in the water, with his jug of water and loal of
bread by his side.
However, his grateful friends, the mouse, the ass, and the bear,
came quickly to help him; but the mouse found she could not
nibble off the lock this time, for it was a great deal stronger than
before. Then the bear said, "We must find the wonderful stone
again, or all we can do will be fruitless."
The merchants, meantime, had taken up their abode in the
palace; so away went the three friends, and when they came
near, the bear said: Mouse, go in and look through the key-
hole, and see where the stone is kept. You are small; nobody w-ill
see you." The mouse did as she was told, but soon came back
and said: "Bad news! I have looked in, and the stone hangs
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under the looking-glass by a red silk string, and on each side
of it sits a great black cat with fSery eyes watching it."
Then the others took counsel together, and said: "Go back
again, and wait till the master of the palace is in bed asleep;
then nip his nose and pull his hair." Away went the mouse, and
did as they told her; and the master jumped up very angrily,
and rubbed his nose and cried: "Those rascally cats are good for
nothing at all; they let the mice bite my very nose and pull the
hair off my head." Then he hunted them out of the room; and
so the mouse had the best of the game.
Next night, as soon as the master wcas asleep,'the mouse crept
in again; and (the cats being gone) she nibbled at the red silken
string to which the stone hung, till down it dropped. Then she
rolled it along to the door; but when it got there the poor little
mouse was quite tired, and said to the ass, "Put in your foot, and
lift it over the threshold." This was soon done; and they took
up the stone and set off for the waterside. Then the ass said,
"H-ow shall we reach the box?" "That is easily managed, my
friend," said the bear. "I can swcim very well; and do you, don-
key, put your fore feet over my shoulders; mind and hold fast,
and take the stone in your mouth. As for you, mouse, you can
sit in my ear."
Thus all was settled, and away they swam. After a time
Bruin began to brag and boast. "We are brave fellows, are not
we?" said he. "What do you think, donkey?" But the ass held
his tongue and said not a word. "Why don't you answer me?'"
said the bear. "You must be an ill-mannered brute not to speak
when you are spoken to." When the ass heard this he could
hold no longer; so he opened his mouth and out dropped the
wonderful stone. "I could not speak," said he. "Did not ylou
know I had the stone in my mouth? Now it is lost, and that
is your fault." "Do but hold your tongue and be easy!" said
the bear; "and let us think what is to be done now."
Then another council was held; and at last they called to-
gether all the frogs, their wives and families, kindred and friends,
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and said, "A great foe of yours is coming to eat you all up; but
never mind, bring us up plenty of stones, and we will build a
strong wall to guard you." The frogs, hearing this, were dread-
fully frightened, and set to work, bringing up all the stones
they could find. At last came a large fat frog, pulling along the
wonderful stone by the silken string; and when the bear saw
it he jumped for joy, and said, "Now we have found what we
wanted." So he set the old frog free from his load, and told him
to tell his friends they might now go home to their dinners as
soon as they pleased.
Then the three friends swam off again for the box, and the
lid flew open, and they found they were but just in time, for the
bread was all eaten and the jug of water almost empty. But as
soon as honest Fritz had the stone in his hand, he wished him-
self safe in his palace again; and in a moment he was there, wit
his garden, and his stables, and his horses; and his three faith-
f~ul friends lived with him, and they all spent their time happily
and merrily together as long as they lived. And thus the good
man's kindness was rewarded; and so it ought, for one good meon
deserves another.



AS an honest woodman was sitting one evening, after his
work was done, talking with his wife, he said: I hope
the children will not run into that grove by the side of
the river; it looks more gloomy than ever; the old oak-tree is
sadly blasted and torn, and some odd folks, I am sure, are lurking
about there, but who they are nobody knows." The woodman,
however, could not say thrit they brought ill-luck, whatever they
were; for every one said that the village had thriven more than
ever of late, that the fields looked gayer and greener, that even
the sky was of a deeper blue, and that the moon and stars shed
a brighter light. So, not knowing what to think, the good people
very wisely let the new-comers alone, and, in truth, seldom said
or thought anything at' all about them.
That very evening the woodman's daughter Rioseken, and her
playmate Martin, ran out to have a game of hide-and-seek in
the valley. "W~here can he be hidden?" said she, "he must
have gone toward the grove; perhaps he is behind the old oak-
tree"; and down she went to look. just then she spied a little
dog that jumped and frisked round her, and wagged his tail, and
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