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Little Red Riding Hood
The Frog Prince
Hansel and Grethel
The Sleeping Beauty
Snow White and Red Rose
The Wedding of Widow Fox
The Magic Mirror
The Garden of the Sorceress
The Gold Children
One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes
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Tbc Baldwin Libnrar
"Grood day, to you. Red Riding Hood," said the wolf. "and
where may you be going?"
(Page 3) (Grinanrr's Faoiry Tale~s)
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Bly JEANI S.
REM~Y >k >
wlTH ILjLUSTRA~TIONS BY J. WATSON DAVIS
4r k BBVPT COQMP~NYI PVE4auSusa. NEW YO)RK
;rimr~m's FE~airv T~ales
Copyright, 1901, by A. L. E meT.
GRIMbM'S FAIRY TA'LES,
R~GETOL;D IN WORDS OF ONE SYLLABL;E,
Byg JEAN 8. R AfY
FLITTLE RED RIDING HOOD ,..,....,....,..... ...... .........,.,.... 1
THE EIROG PRINCE..........r .................. ..:............. ., 11
HANSEL AND GRETHEL...........,..... .................. ........ 18
THE 8L7EEPING BEAUTY........... ................... ..........,... 36
SNow WHITE AND RED ROSE.................................... 48
LITTLE THUMLB ................... ................... ............. 51
THE WEDDING OF rDOW EYOX................................. 59
THE MAGIIC MIRROR...,,,,,,,.. ...........,............ ........ 68
THE rARDEN OF THE SORGEREBSS................... .....n...,, rrJ
THLE GrOLD CHILDREN .......................................... r8
ONE EYE, Two EYES, THREE E;YES........r.. .r............, 83
G1RI~MM'S Fi~ATRIRY TALES.ttt~~tS
LIT-TLE RED RID-INGF HOOD.
TaIS is the sto-ry of a sweet lit-tle girl, a kind, good grand
moth-er and a. great big, bad wolf. Alll who knew the lit-tle
girl loved her, for she wvas a dear lit-tle maid, with big blue
eyes, and soft curls that looked like gold when the sun shone
con them. She had a red coat withz a hood, which was a gift
from her grand-moth-er; and as she wore this at all times
when she was out doors, folks called her "' Lit-tle Red Rid-
ing Hood." n
One day her moth-er said to her : "C Come, my lit-tle girl, I
want you to go and see your grand-moth-er; she is not well,
so you can take her this piece of. fresh cake and a bot-tle of
wine, which will make her feel strong and well. I wilpack
themn anug in this lit-tle bas-ket, which you can swing on
your armz. Mind now, my dear, walk with. care; do niot
run and play on the way or you will spill the wine, and I
do not wish you to stop and pick flow-ers, or to talk, for 1
want you to have a nice long call on your grand-moth-er
and yet reach home while it is light."
Red Rid-ing H~ood was so glad to go that she danced with
joy, and could scarce wait to have the strings of her red
coat tied; she loved the dear old grand-moth-er, and had
great fun in her old brown house, just on the edge of the
great woods. Soo she 317S4)P her way, and as she walked
GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES.
So Lit-tle Red Rid-ing-H~ood set off with her bas-ket in her
All at once, right in front of her, she saw a big gray
wolf ; he showed all his strong white teeth hi a smile that
through the woods, bright with flow-ers and gay with the
songs of birds, she too sang as if she were a lit-tle red bird
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LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD.
he tried to make sweet, for he did not wish to scare this
small girl just yet. Red Rid-ing ]Hood did not knowv what
fear meant; for, since in all her life she had not hurt any
one, she could not think that harm would come to her. So
she said, G-ood day to the old wolf, and would have gone
on her way. But this wolf wras a bad wolf at all times, and
just now he was in need of food; when he looked at this
plump lit-tle girl, he just smacked his lips as he thought of
how sweet she would taste. But she was so small that he
knew he would need more food, so he tried a sly game.
" Good day to you, Red Rid-ing Hood," said he, and where.
may you be go-ing, sweet lass ? and he frisked his tail like
a big dog full of play. Where are you off to on this bright
day a ")
To my grand-moth-er's, sir; I have some cake and wine
for her in my bas-ket."
"L Ha-ha," thought the old wolf, "' I am in luck; I'II eat
the tough old grand-moth-er first, and then this plump lit*
tie girl with a piece of fresh cake and a bot-tle of wine will
make a sweet bit for the last." Then out loud he said:
" Where does your grand-m~oth-er live, my dear ? "
Just at the edge of the wood, near the three big nut
Oh, yes," said the wolf ; that lit-tle brown house, with
the vines on the porch; I know it well; why, your grand-
moth-er and I are old friends. I will go with you, Red Rid
ing Hood, and make a caUl on the old lady. It grieves me
to hear that she is sick;".and with this, do you know that
sly old wolf squeezed out a tear, which he then wiped off
with the tip of his huge tail!i Now, what do you think of
that ? You would think just as Red Rid-ing Hood did if
you did not know the truth as to this wolf- r "L What a kind
GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES.
old wolf I thought she, and was glad to have hirn walk by
Soon they came to a patch of bright flowv-ers, and the
"r And where may you be go-ing, sweet lass? said
wolf said : Oh, Red Rid-ing Hood, why do you not get som~e
of these ~fl~ow-ers for your grand-rnoth-er a She would love
to have a big bunch, I am sure: while you pick them I will
LITTLE RZED RIDING HOOD).
run on. and tell her that you are on the way." The words
of~ her moth-er not to pick flow-ers or stop and talk," had
Red Rid-ing Hood lin-gered on the roald Pick-ing Flow-ers.
long since gone from Red Rid-ing Hood's mind, and so she
fell right in with the old wo~lf's plan.- In fact, she did far
GRKIMM'S FAIRY TALES.
more than he wished; for, led by the songs of the birds thal
s~eemrJed to call her from one tree to the next, and pleased
So the Wolf lift-ed the latch and the door flew open.
with the bright flow-ers that bloomed so gay on all sides,
she went on and on, far in the depths of the woods.
LITTLE RED RIDING TYO~OD.
In the mean-time the wolf ran as fast as his legs could
take him to the grand-m~oth-er's house; up the steps he
rushed at a bound and knocked at the door. All was still
in the old house, though; not a sound was heard---no voice
told himr to come in.
So the old wolf pulled up the latch and went in; then he
closed the door, put on the grand-moth-er's night-cap and
night-gown, and lay down in her bed to wait for Red Rid-
ing Hood. He pulled the cap way down on his head, so
that the wide lace edge hid his sharp old face. He had not
long to wait; soon he heard a sweet voice ring out in a lit-
tle song :
"~ Grand-moth-er dear, here I come--
Oh, how I hope you are at home."
Then a rush of lit-tle feet, and a quick rap on the door.
W7Cho is there ? said the old wolf, and he tried to make
his voice soft and low; but, in spite of his care, it was so
rough and harsh that Red Rid-ing Hood thought her grand-
moth-er had cold, and she said: Oh, you poor, sick grand-
moth-er i It is lit-tle Red Rid-ing Hood, with some nice
cake and wine to make you well and strong." Lift up the
latch and walk in, my dear," said the wolf ; and the little
girl stepped in the room with this sly, bad old wolf.
She looked so fair and sweet, as she came in with her
hands full of flow-ers and her blue eyes bright with joy,
that the heart of the wolf was touched just at first; but
then a sharp pain made him feel how great was his need of
food, and he shut his eyes that he might not see the sweet
ro-sy face, while he said: a Com~e and sit down be-side my
bed and let us have a nirne long chat."
Uip On th-e bed ,jumped! Red~ Iid-ing Hood, a~nd learned
GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES.
down to kiss her grand-moth-er. Something a-bout the
shape of the head looked queer to her; you know she could
Lit-tle Red Rid-ing Hood knocked at the cot-tage door.
scarce see the face through the lace of the cap, and she
said: W~that big ears vonl 'hanv gran-ny dear I" So I can
LITTLE READING HOOD.
hear well, my child," said the wolf. Then he let his eyes
rest on the ch-ild's face, and they glowmed so fierce that Red
Come sit down be-side my bed," wheezed the woolf.
Ald-ing Hood said : Oh, how bright and big your eyes
are!i " So I canl see well, my- .;ear I "
GRIMM'S FABIRY TALES.
"(But your hands, too, gran-ny, how big they look!"
So I can hold you, my love," and the sharp claws closed
on Red Rid-ing H-ood, while the wolf's white teeth gleamed
at the thought of his sweet bit of food.
But, gran-ny," said Red Rid-ing H~ood, who nowP felt a
great fear of this strange grand-moth-er, what great big
teeth you have " So I can eat you up," growled this bad
wolf, and sprang up from. the bed. But he did not have the
chance to scratch Red Rid-ing H~ood wvith his sharp claws,
or to touch her with his great teeth, for two m~en heard
his fierce growlT as they passed the house, and rushed in the
room just in time to save her. They were on their w~ay to
their work. in. the wild woods, and each bore a big ax with
which: to chop down the trees. In less tim~e than it takes
to tell you of it they had killed the old wolf. Then they
turned to poor lit-tle Red Rid-ing ~Hood, who was now in
tears, for she thought thle wolf had killed her grand-moth-
er. Oh, where is my gran-ny ? Where can she bea Can
that bad wolf have killed her ? she sobbed.
Just then, through the door of the lit-tle house, -walked
gran-ny You see she had not been sick at all; one of her
friends who lived near had not been quite well, and she had
gone to see her and take her some of her herb tea. Red
Rid-ing Hood sprang in her arms with a glad cry of joy and
sobbed out all her grief and fright.
Then the two brave men and Red Rid-ing Hood and her
g~randi-moth-er had a finze feast from the good things in her
bas-ket. Wi~hen they were through, the men took Red Rid-
ing Hood back to her hom~e, for she still felt some fear of
the big woods where she had met the wolf.
When she was safe at home, she told her moth-er of her
great~ fright, a~nd then aas~ "Oh)1, moth~er. 4ear~ i~tf was
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TH-E FROG PRINCE.
my own fault; if I had not `;;>cked to the wolf and stopped
to pick flow-ers,--had just gone on my way as you told me
to, no harm would have come to me. You may be sure that,
r:iom this time I will do in all things;f just as you tell me."
THE FROG: PRIN~CE.
ONCE: there lived a good old king, who was both great and
rich; he had three fair daugh-ters, and one might look
through. all the great world and find none so lov'e-y as the
youn~fg-est of the three. Like a sweet wild rose was the
bloom in her cheeks; blue as the sky were her large soft
ey~es; and her NTls shone inl the sun like pure gold. The
great house in which the king lived stood on the edge of a
big, dark woods; here the king had made a fine large foun-
tain, so that when the days were long and hot his daugh-
ters could sit in the shade of the trees and hear the sweet
sound of the wa-ter as it fell on the moss and stones at its
One day the three daugh-ters came here to play in the
shade with a ball of pure gold, a gift from the king to his
young-est daugh-ter. Theyr tossed it to and fro in great
glee, 4~nd thenz-once--the young-est daugh-ter failed to
catch it in her h~an~d; it fell on the grass, and ere they
could stop it, it rolled down in the wa-ter. The fair prin-cess
ran to the foun-tain and looked down, but the wsa-ter was
so deep she could not see her ball. Then her tears fell, and
she sobbed quite loud in her grief ; soon she heard in a
qlueer croak of a voice the words: Why do you cry, fair
G)RIMM'S FAIRY TALES.
princess ? Your grief would make the stones cry with
you." She looked at thze spot from ~which the voice seemed
to come, and saw a great, green frog, whose eyes stuck far
out of his head as he stretched his neck to look at her."
have lost mny ball of gold," said she; it fell in the wa-ter
and I can-not get it out."
Oh, do not spoil your blue eyes for that," said the frog,
" I can get it for you ? What will you give me, if I do 2 "
Oh, what you wish; my gowns, mzy gems--yes, my
gold crown You shall have all if you get my ball," said
I do not want such things," said the frog ; I want your
love; I want to live with you at all times ; to sit with you
at your meals; to eat from your plate of gold, and to sleep
in your nice warmn bed. If I can do all this, I will dive in
the wa-ter and bring up y-our ball." Her wish to get the
ball was so great that the prin-cess scarce knew what she
said, and so she told the frog he could share her life if he
would' but get the ball.
Down in the wa-ter plunged the frog; soon he came up
with the ball in his mouth; he threw it on the grass, and
the prin-cess seized it and ran off to-wards the house as fast
as she could go. Stop, stop," called the frog. Wait for
me i I can not; run as fast as you can." But the young
prin-cess did not heed; on she ran, and was in her hom~e,
w~cith the great doors closed, long ere the. poor, slow frog
sould get but a few feet from the foun-tain. He did not
give up, though; he hopped and jumped, and stopped to
rest once in a while, and at last reached the broad steps of
the king's house.
It was just the hour when the prin-cess sat at s~up-pjer
with the king and all the court. A strange splash, splash,
THE FROG CAME UP OUT OF THE WATER WITH THE BALL IN HI
MiOUTI.--Page dy Q'--Vs1 Fairy TalesB.
TH: frROG PRINCE.
and a croak, croak, was heard i then came a knock at the
door and a harsh voice which said:
CC Prin-cessJ, be both fair and good;
Let me in, as you said you would."
The prin-cess ran to the door to see who called her; but
when she saw the big green frog, she closed the door in
haste and went back to her place; she looked so pale that
the king said: Why, my child, wchat ails you a H3as a gi-
ant come to take you from us ? "
Oh, no, it is just a-a--a frog "
A frog," said the king. What does he wish with you
my dear ? And why should you fear a frog ? "
Oh, fath-er, I will tell you the truth. As I played by
the foun-tain I lost my ball; this frog said he would get it
for me if I would love him and let him live here with me.
I did not think at the tim~e, and said I would do as he
wished. But when he brought mly ball to me, I ran from
him as fast as I could. Will you not save me from him P
He is so wet, and full of slim~e and dirt."
Just then the frog knocked once more, and cried:
"C Prin-cess, princess, let me come in;
To break your word you know is sin-
Why did you run so fast from me
When you said that my home with you should be P"
Now the king had taught his daugh-ters to speak the
truth at all times, and he would not let the young prin-cess
break her word; he said to her, Go, my child; you must
keep your word; let this frog in."
The prin-cess knew it would do no good to coax her fath-
er; so, with a sad face, sh!e le the great green frog in the
. GRIMM'S PAIRY TALES.
Jlall. H3e did not seem at all ill at ease with all the great
lolks ; he hopped close to the chair of the prin-cess and said :
" Take me up by you ;" her fath-er made her do this, though
you m~ay be sure she did not want to. The frog jumped
from the chair to the table, and then said : Put your gold
plate near me, so that I can eat the samne things that you
do."! This, too, the king said, she must do; the frog ate and
drank as if he liked the good things that were served him;
but the prin-cess did not eat much and looked as if sh~e
wished to cry.
At last the frog could eat no more, and then he said to
the prin-cess, I want to go to bed now, so take me to your
room and let me sleep in your warm bed, with its soft silk
sheets." Now the tears of the prin-cess fell fast; it was hard
to have this frog near her -when the king and the court
were by; but she could not bear the thought of him in her
own room. It made cold chills creep do-wn her back just to
look at him, and at the thought of him in her bed she was
stiff with fear.
But the king said : You used the frog when you had
need of himn; now you shall not be false to your own
words." Then the poor lit-tle prin-cess took the frog up with
two fin-gers and held him as far from her as she could till
she reached her roomz; here she put him on the floor, way
off close up by the wall. As soon as she wi~as in bed, though,
the frog crept close to the side and said : I am. cold and
tired and the floor is hard; lift me in your bed that I m~ay
rest and get warm. If you do not, I will tell your fath-er.h
Now the prin-cess flew in a great rage, for she -was tired
of all this; she seized the frog in her hand and dashed him
with all her might on the floor, while she said :" Now, I
guess you will keep stil, you ugly old thing I "
THE E'ROG PRINCE.
This seems to have been just what the frog wished her
to do, for as he fell to' the floor he changed to a fine young
prince dressed in rich clothes. H~e told the prin-cess that a
witch had changed him to a frog and said he should stay- in
that shape till a king's daugh-ter let him live in her home
with her. The prin-cess and he fell in love at once, and
when the old king saw this fine young prince and found
that he ruled in a large realm. near his o~wn, he was glad to
give him his daugh-ter for his wife.
When the prince and prin-cess were man and wyife
they went to the prince's home to live. They drove
there in a coach of gold; the ten hors-es which drew it;
were as white as snow and their har-ness was of pure gold
set with rich gems. By the side of the coach rode one of
the prince's own men, wcPho had kept close to him all the
time he was a frog. This man was full of joy now, you may
be sure; they had gone but a short ways when a loud sharp
crack was heard. The prince cried out to his man, "L Iid
the coach break ? " No, my prince," said he, W~ihen you
were changed to a frog, I placed round mny heart three
bands of i-ron lest it should burst with my grief. Now my
heart swells so with joy that these bands break one by
The prince and prin-cess lived for long years, and this
man who had been so true to the prince when times were
hard for him, shared in all their joy in these years, and grew
rich and great by the prince's help.
GRIMM'S FAI;RY TALES.
HAN-SEL AND GtRETH-EL.
RmaHT on the edge of a great dark woods there oncelived
in a poor, small hut a man whose ~work was to cut downz
the big trees and chop them up in-to logs. This man had
two smaall chil-dren--a boy named H~an-sel and a girl named
Greth-el ;their own moth-er w~as dead, and their fath-er's wife
was not kind to these lit-tle ones, but made their lives most
sad. Once work was so scarce that the man could not earn
food for all of them ; late at night when Han-sel and Greth-el
were in bed, his wife said to him :" See, you can-not earn
bread for all of us ; let us take the chil-dren, when day comes,
out for a walk in the woods. WVle will leave them right in the
depths, where they can-not find their way home, and then
you will have to work but for you and me."
"L Oh, no, wife," said the man ; "' I could not leav-e the chil-
d~ren out in the woods; wild beasts would kill them or they
would starve to death."
Well, if they stay here, we will all starve," said this
harsh, bad wom-an. She gave the man no rest; all night
she begged him to let her have her way, but he would not
give in to her.
At last, worn out with his grief and her harsh talk, the
man went to sleep.
Haan-sel and Greth-el heard all that she said, for they were
in such sore need of food that they could not sleep, and poor
G~reth-el cried hard with fear. But Han-sel was a brave,
bright boy, and he said : Don't cry, G~reth-el; I know
what to do."
HAN.SEL AND GRETHEL.
So they lay stil till their rath-er and his bad wrife .slept,
and then H~an-sel stole out of the house. The moon shone
bright on some small white stones that lay on the ground
near the hut.
Han-sel filled his hands with these stones, and then crept
back to his room; he lay down by lit-tle Greth-el and said
to her : All will come right, dear lit-tle sister; sleep in
peace; God will take care of us."
As soon as the sun showed its first beam of light the
next day the bad step-moth-er woke the chil-dren up and
told them to make haste and come in the woods w-ith her
to get wood to make the fire. She did not wake their
fath-er, you mnay be sure ; for she meant to have her own
way. She gave each child a small piece of bread, but said:
" Do not eat this now; it is for your lunch, and it is all you
will get this day."
Greth-el took the bread, for Ha a-s-el had all he could do
to hide the small white stones from their step-moth-er's
sight. The three walked a long, long ways, and from time
to time Han-sel looked back. toward the house. At last the
step-moth-er said: W~hy do y-ou look back in that way- ?
Wha~t do you see a "
Oh, moth-er," said the boy, I see my snow-white cat
on. the roof of the house; I know she cries for me."
Bah," said the step-mcoth-er; that is not your cat; it is
the sun-light on the roof."
Now H-an-sel did not think he had seen a cat,-he had
stopped to drop a white stone in the path on which they
walked. When they had reached a part of the woods where
the trees grew thick and dark, the step-moth-er 'built up a
bright fire fromn the wood the chil-dren brought; then she
said to them : Sit here anrd rest, while I go to your fath-er
G~RIMM'S AIRY TALES.
and help him in his work. We will come for you, when It
is timne to go home." So~ the chil-dren sat by the fire, and
when the noon hour came, they ate their bread; no fear
was in their hearts, for they thought they~ heard, faint but
clear, the strokes of their fath-er's ax. It was not an ax
that they heard, though; just a branch that was moved up
and down by the wind.
At last, they sank in-to a sound sleep; and, when they
woke, it was dark night. Greth-e~l in fear sobbed as if her
heart -would break; but Han-sel said: "Do not fear, lit-tle
sis-ter; when the m~oon shines, so that we can see, we will
find our way home with ease."
Soon, a flood of white light filled the dark wood; and
then hand in hand, HIan-sel and G1reth-el walked back by
the path marked by the pure white stones that Han-sel
had dropped. All through the night the chil-dren walked;
and it was bright day ere they reached their home. They
knocked at the door, and when thne step-moth-er saw them,
she said : Oh, you bad chil-drenz, to stay so long in the
woods; your fath-er and I have looked for you in vain."
Of course, she said this just to make the fath-er think she
was glad to have them home; i-n her heart she vowed that
she would lose them the next time, so they could not get
home. The fath-er was glad to see them back, for hie
loved them so much that he would starve to give them
It was but a short time ere the step-moth-er once more
told the fath-er they maust get rid of the chil-dren., Han-sel
heard their talk this time, too, but when he tried to go out
to get some stones, he found that the door was locked. Still
he soothed GFreth-el and told her to sleep in peace, that he
would take care of her.
HANSEL AND GRETHIEL.
The next day, at dawn, the step-moth-er pulled themrJ from
their beds, and took them o~ff in the woods once more.
Each had a small piece of bread, and H3an-sel broke bits
from his, and flung them on the path to mark the way.
Once when he turned back to do this his step-moth-er
said : What ails you ? Come on at once "
I saw m~y pet dove on the roof," said the boy. He
wants to say good-by to me."
Ylou goose," said thne step-moth-er. That is not your
dove, it is the glare of the sun on the roof."
The three walked oan till they came to a dense place in the
woods where the chil-dren had not yet beenz. It was all
strange to them, and was so dark and still that they w~ere
glad to see the big bright fire that their step-moth-er soon
built. Once more they were told to stay here till
their fath-er should come for them. G~reth-el gave half
of her bread to Han-sel, for he had thrown all his on the
path to mark their way.
Worn out by their long walk the two soon slept by the
big fire; when they woke the fire had gone out, and the
night came down black and still, not a sound -was heard,
and it was so dark. in this thick part of the woods that they
could not see their owFpn faces. Greth-el sobbed out loud in
her fear, but H3an-sel said : Oh, do not cry, you know: I
marked the path. with crumbs of bread, come out where the
moon shines, through the trees, and we will soon reach
But when they stood in the bright moon-light, they could
see not one piece of bread ; the birds had picked up all the
crumbs The stout heart of ~Han-sel grew sad, and for the
first tim~e in his short life, he k-new fear, but he would not
let Grethb-el know it, and 110 said : Oh, well, we can get
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home all right w~ith-out the crum~bs. Come, I'11 find the wa~y."
This he soon. found that he could not do. They walked
all night, and the next day they walked from morn till night,
but they could not get in the right path. All they had to
eat were the ber-ries that grew by the w~ay, and at last, as
the night came on, they were so faint for food, and so tired
with their long walk, that their poor wee legs could stand
no more. Down they sank on the co~ld, bare earthz and fell
in a sound sleep.
They did not wake till late the next morn, and at once
they tried' to find their way home, but it was of no use; by
noon, they both knew that they could not get out of the
woods.if they did not have help. They feared that they
must die way off in the wpoods, far from their kind fath-er.
Just then they saw, perched on the branch of a tree -a
bird as white as snow, he sang such a gay, sweet song, that
the chil-dren stood still to hear him~.
When his song was at an end, he spread out his wings
and flew to the next tree. The chil-dren loved his song so
well that they did not wish to lose sight of him; so, as he
flew through the air, they ran as fast as they could the spme
way that he went. Soon they saw a small house, and the
bird flew to it, and perched on the roof.
When the chil-dren came up to the house, what was their
joy to find it was built of spiced bread, sweet cakes, and
tarts, and its win-dows w~ere made of su-gar !
What do you say to that for a house!i Just what Harps~el
did, I think. Oh," said he, what a feast we can have !
Let us eat a piece from the roof first, and then some of this
sweet sugar. Oh, how good it does taste!i" Han-sel broke
a big piece of spiced bread, and smacked h~is lips with joy a~s
he bit it; while Greth-el sat on the porch and munched or:
HANSEL AND) GRETHEL WERE SO SCARED THAT THEY DROPPED
;Is T04KE AND BREAD ON THE FLO ,R.-Page 2r. Girimw's Fbairy Toles.
HIANSEL AND GRETHEL.
the sweet-cakes and tarts oli which it was made. Soon a
voice from the b.ouse said:
Munc11h, munch, crunch, crunch;
Who is this that eatts my house ? n
IIan-sel and (fireth-el looked up and sang:-~
*C The wind, the wind ;
Just the wind !"
and then ate the cakes and bread once more as if they
could not stop. Han-sel took one more big piece of bread,
and G~reth-el broke a whole pane of su-gar from the win-
dow, and had just sat down to eat it when a strange old
woman came out of the house.
She looked weak and old, and leaned hard on a stickl,
which she held in her hands. Han-del and G~reth-el were so
scared when they saw her that they dropped the cake and
bread on the ~floor, and shook: right down to their shoes.
But the old wom-an seemed kind and good, for she said :
" Oh, you dear children; who brought you here? Come inl
and stay for a while with me; no harm shall come to you
here." Then she took them by the hands, and led them, in-
to her house. She gave them fine tea, bread and milk,
sweet-cake, and apples and nauTs; then, when they could
eat no more, she tucked them anug and warm. in -two lit-tle
white beds, and told them to have a good sleen.
Now, this old wom-an was not good at all; she was a bad
old witch; and she had her house made of cake, just so she
could catch children who were lost inl the woods. Once
they were in her house, she fed them, and cared for them,
till they were nice and fat; then she killed them~ and cooked
tthem for her food. As soon as it ~was light the nlext day,
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3he went to the beds and looked at Ha~n-sel and Grethl-el;
tney were such plump lit-tle ones that she knew she~ could
soon have one to eat; and she thought: Ohz, howP sweet
those fat, round cheeks will taste "
Then she dragged poor Han-sel from his bed, and put hlim
in a cage, which she looked fast, so he could not get olt.
Then she went back to Greth-el and shook her till she wokct.
" Get up, you wretch," shze cr~ied. Go drawa some wa-ter,
that I may boil a good meal for your broth-er; he is shut
up in a cage, and there he will stay till he gets fat; then. I
shall cook him and eat him."
Now there was nlo kind bI oth-er to soothe poor Greth-el;
and her tears flowed hard and fast.; but she had to do as
the witch said; and she made her feed Han-sel through the
bars of his cage all sorts of good things, which would make
him fat. Each day, the witch went to the cage to feel H~an-
sel's finger, so that she could see if he were yet as fat as she
wished him to be. H3an-sel knew that she could not see
well, so he used to stick out a bone in place of his fmn-ger,
and the witch could not think why he kept thin so long.
By and by, though, the witch tired of the long wait, and
told Greth-el to get some wa-ter at once; that if Han-sel
were fat, or if he were lean, she meant to boil and eat him
the next day. G~reth-el sobbed and moaned, and begged her
to spare Hansel's life, but the witch. told her to stop her
noise; there was no one to help her, and she could do no
The next morn Greth-el filled the big pot with wa-ter and
hung it on the fire to boil. Tlhenz the witch said: "' Now
we will bake some bread; you creep in and see if the ov-en
is so hot that it will bake well." The witch meant to shut
the door on Gtrethel when she was; in, and bake the poor
Hansel and Grethel had just sat down to eat it wYhen a strange
old woman came out of the house.
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child nlice and crisp, so she could eat her when she did her
But Gireth-el was too sharp to be caught like this. "L I do
not know how to get in," she said. You show me."
Why, this wvay~," said the witch, and she leaned down
and poked her head in the oven. Quick as a flash G-reth-el
gave her such a hard push that into "Jhe hot ov-en went the
old witch, head first. Then Greth-el slammed too the i-ron
door and pushed the bolt in place.
Oh, how the old witch howled! Shrieks and screams
rent the air! But G~reth-el paid. no heed. She cried:--
" Han-sel, Han-sel, we are free The witch is dead Then
she ~flung wide the door of the poor boy's cage and let him
out. Oh, how glad H~an-sel was to get out of the smal
cagFe and to kiss his dear sis-ter, and what joy lit-tle Greth-el
felt that she had saved this dear broth-er.
They had no fear now, so they looked all through the
house, and in the witch's room they found a great chest,
full to th2e brim of gold and rare gemns. "L Oh," said Han-
sel, we wJill take all we can of this wealth, and then try
once more to find our dear fath-er. If we find him, we will
give all to himn, and then, he will not have to work so hard
in his old age." WV~hen H3an-sel had filled his pock-ets and
G-reth-el her a-pron, the chil-dren left the house and went out
once more in the wide -world.
They had walked an hour or so, when they came to a big
sheet of wa-ter. "Now, what can we do?" said the boy.
" Ther~e is no boat; how~ shall we cross ? "
"( Here comes a boat cried Greth-el; but she was wrong;
it was just a big white duck. I think she will help us,"
cried Greth-el'. "L She looks good an.d kig4" 'Ihen she sang
in a sweet lit-tie voice:-
GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES.
"6 Please come, duclr, and help us two;
We would do ats much for you."
Charmed by the child's voice, thze big duck sailed up to
them~ and asked what they wished. Could you not let us
cross this lake on your nice broad back ? said G~reth-el.
Why, of coursee" said the cl~uck. "L Jum~p right on. "
H~an-sel jumped on, and wished G-reth-el to sit on his lap;
but she said, no, the duck should take but one at a timae.
O~tff went the duck, and a fine sail did H~an-sel have ; when
he was safe on the shore, the duck went back for lit-tle
She put her t-wo. arms round the duck's soft throat, and
told her all they had been through; then the duck was glad
she could help them to get home.
When Gtreth-el, too, stood on the shore, she and Han-sel
looked around them and saw that they were but, a short
w~ay fromt their old home. As fast as they could they
rushed through the woods, and soon saw~ the lit-tle gray but
on the edge of the woods.
They ran up the path to the house, and with a glad cry
flung wide the door and rushed into the house. There sat
the dear father; the bad step-mother was dead, so they
could show their joy with no fear of her. Their fath-er
could scarce think it true that his chil-dren, whom he hadl
long thought dead, were back with him, and wchen they
brought out all the gold and gems he thought it must be a
But Han-sel and Glreth-el kissed and hugged himn so hard
that he soon found they were real flesh and blood, and from
~this hrour the three lived in ease and joy
ONCE there lived a lit-tle girl, whose life was so full of joy
that in all thze great world there was no child as glad as she.
Her fath-er was such a rich man that all the child wished
for she could have, and her moth-er was sweet and kind.
She was still but a young girl when the dear moth-er died,
and inl a short time the father brought home a new wife,
who had two daugh-ters of her own. These young girls
were fair to look at, but had hard and cru-el hearts, and
they and their moth-er felt no love for their step-sis-ter. In
fact, as soon as they saw hzow sweet and good she was, they
would not let her stay in the same room with them~, for
fear folks would care most for her. "L She is but a goose of
a girl," said the~y. "L She shall not sit in the room.with us,
she is but fit to make fires, to cook, and to work in the
Then they took all her nice clothes from her, anad gave
her a mean dress and old shoes with great holes in them;
when the poor girl was dressed in these things, they drove
her out to the kitch-en and told her not to dare come where
they were. They would not let her sleep inl her own room,
which ~was bright and warm; in fact, they gave her no bed
at all; so, at night, when she was worn out with a hard
day's work, she used to lie down on the warm hearth and
pull the~ ash-es round her to keep warm.
Of course, she was soon black as the ash-es were, and then
the step-sis-ters called her Oin-der-el-1a. Poor lit-tle girl,
whose life had once been s9 briffht and fair.
GRIMM'S OA'ARY TALES.
One day her father went us> big fair, and he asked the
girls what he should bring home to them. "L Oh, rare gems
and fine gowns," said his step-daugh-ters; but lit-tle Cin-der-
el-1a said: I should like the first twig that strikes your
hlat on your way home."
Ci-e-l-astintecimnycr-e n tidnt ofe e-ios
Eahhd e isad i-e-e-athne hmf~
twgin ther-l earthi be chi-er moth-er'sgae and she nttofel ga-ve i
such care that it grew tall and straight and was soon a fine
ce.Three times a day Cin-der-el-la went to the grave to
pray, and each time she was there a white bird would perch
on the tree, and would throw down to her what she wishear
Cind-er-el-la was kept bu-sy the sis-ters and dress-ing their hair.
Soon there came great news to all the folks in this land.
The king was to give a. grand ball; it would last three days,
and all the fair yon~ngr girls in the realm were to be asked
to come, for the king's son was to choose one of them to be
GRIlMM'S FalRY TALES.
his bride. Of course, the step-sis-ters were asked, and great
was their joy; each thought that she might so please the
young prince that he would ask her to be his bride. They
gave no thought of lit-tle Cin-der-el-1a, save to make her
dress themn for the ball. "L Come," cried they, bring us our
rich gowns and our rare gems, trim our shoes with gold, and
dress our hair in your best style. Wle are to go to the king's
ball, an~d w~e wish, the prince to find us fair Make haste,
make haste! Cin-der-el-1a wished to go to this ball, too;
she did not think so much of the prince, but she loved to
dance, and she begged them to give her a gowmn, too, and let
her go. "~ No," cried the step-moth-er. "' The king's court is
no place for you; a Cin-der-el-1a would look strange at a
great ball; you mlust stay in the kitchen."
But, for once, Cin-der-el-1a did not yield; she still cried
and begged to, go. To stop her cries, the step-moth-er at last
said : Well, go dowopn in the kitch-en; I have thrown some
fine seeds in the ash-es; if in two hours you have picked
them all out, you shall go."
Cinz-der-el-la ran as fast, as she could out in the gar-den,
CC Little tame birds,
And wild ones, too,
If you don't help me,
What shall I do ?
Come, pick up the seeds,
All the birds in the sky,
For I can-not do it
In time, if I try."
The words ~were scarce out of her mouth, when a flock of
birds flew straight in the kitch-en, and in less time than
you can think all the seeds were picked out and laid on a
plate for Cin-der-el-la to take to her~step-moth-er. "L Now,
thought the young girl, I11 be sure to go to the ball; but
no; her mother said, "L Oh, you have no dress, no shoes, and
I'll not get them for you." Now, Cin-der-el-la begged and
cried still more hard than she had done at first, and once
more her moth-er put her off. She put twice the seeds this
time in the ashes; and then told Cin-der-el-la if she brought
all these in two hours she could go to the ball.
Once more the birds helped her, and in a short time she
came back: with the seeds. Now the step-moth-er just told
the plain truth; she said: Yrou need not coax and fret;
you shall not go; you have no dress, and I will not get it
for you; we do not wish you to be seen at the ball." Then
she just turned her back on. poor Cin-der-el-la, and she and
her daugh-ters drove off in great state to the ball.
As soon as they had left the house Cin-der-el-la ranl to her
moth-er's grave; she stood near the lit-tle tree and said:
Shake, oh, shake, dear lit-tle tree;
Send down rare gems and a fine gown for me."
TChen the bird in the tree threw down a, silk gownz ofi pale
rose, wrought with gems and gold, and a pair of slip-pers of
pure gold. Dressed in these, Cin-dder-el-la looked like a great
prin-cess No one would have thought that she had once
laid in the ash-es to keep w~arm~. A pair of fine hors-es and
a coach were sent by thre birds to take her to the ball.
As soon as she came in the ball-room the young prince
thought of no one else; she was far more fair and sweet
than all the rest, and her gown was by far the most rich.
The prince would dance with no one but her, and till it was
time to go home he stayed close by her side. When Cin-
daer-el-la said she must go, he. Sihdhe would go with her, for
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he wished to know where she lived. But Cin-der-el-1a d~id '
not want him to know, and so she sprang at a bound up in
a dove-house, which stood near the door of the king's house.
Of course, ~the prince thought it strange that she should live
in a dove's house, and when he went back to the ball-roomn
he told the guests of it.
A pair of fine hors-es and a coach took Cin-der-el-la to the ball
Oin-der-el-la's step-moth-er was still there, and though she
had not dreamed that this fair guest was Cin-der-el-la, still
it now camae in her mind that it might be. So she told the
prince to have the dove-house pulled down, that so they
might find this fair youqzg girl.
CIN-D)ER-EL-L JUST SLIPPED RIGHT OUT OF HER GOLD3 SLIP-PER AND LEFT IT
ON THE STEPS --Pager 8S. Grimm's Fa~iry 2ale
This wpas soon done, but no one was there, and when the
step-m~oth-er reached home there lay Cin-daer-el-1a in her old
dress down in the ash-es. You see, she had slipped out of
the' back of the dove-house and run to the tree with all her
might; here shze had laid her fine dress, which the bird took
up in the tree at the same time that he threw down her old
Soon the king once more gave a ball; for so the prince
hoped he might meet his strange guest ; she was there, too,
in a gown far more rich than the first one had been, for the
bird had once more helped her, you see.
The prince would not dance till Cin-der-el-la came; then
he looked at no one and spoke to no one but hzer. When
she said she must go home, he tried his best to go with her,
but this timze, to get from him, she climbed up a big pear
tree, and she went so fast he could not stop her, nor could
he find her -wheni he, too, climbed up the tree. He then
called his men to cut the tree down, but when it lay flat on
the ground she could not be found.
The step-moth-er went home in hastet, ior she had a great;
fear that it was Ci-n-der-el-1a who played these tricks. But
she found the girl in the ash-es in the same old way. You
see, she had jumped down the tree while the prince looked
up in it for her, and, with the bird's help, ha~d put on her
old dress and reached her home.
Niow came a third great ~ball, and it was to be more fine
than the first two. The prince 'feared he should not see this
strange, fair girl save at some ball, and he made up his msind~
if she came to this one, he would try and keep .her there.
Allwent on as it had at the first twjo balls; at a late hour
Cin-der-el-1a camne in, dressed in pure gold, as soft as rich
,silk; gems glowed in her hair and on her arms, and on her.
G-RIMM'S FAIRLY TALEa,
C pd-er-el-la fled from the pal-aoe with but one of the lit-tle slip-pers.
feet wire ti-ny gold slip-pers. So fairly did she look, and so
sweet were her ways, th~at thae heart of the4 r~inCB Ie wo
righrt out to her, and he said she must be his bride. But,
when she had danced the last dance, off flew Cin-der-el-la.
Scarce could the prince think she had gone, so swift was
her flight. But see the~ trick by wJhich he had hoped to keepg
her : he had told his men to place soft tar on the steps of
his pal-ace; things stick fast in this, you know, and the
prince hoped that Cin-der-el-1a would be caught', so that he
should find hzer on the steps. But she was far too sharp to
be caught like this. Oneo of her slip-pers did stick, it is true,
But what do you think she did ? Just slipped right out of
it, and left it there on the steps!i
When the prince rushed to the door he :,aw the ti-ny gold
slip-per, but no Cin-der-el-la.
Stil, he now felt that he might find his love; for the next
day he said he would take as his bride the young girl wJcho
could wear this slip-per. Far and near went his men with
the pret-ty lit-tle slip-per; but none could wear it--it wasa
too sma'1. At last they came to .the step-sis-ters. One of
them tried it onl, in a room with none but her moth-er near~
She could have worn it if her big toe had not been so large.
" Cut it off,"' said the mother. "' When you are queen youl
will not have: to use your feet much." The girl did this, and
so forced the slipper on her foot. She was in great pain, of
course, but she bore it, in the hopes that she would be the
prince's bride. They now led her to the prince, but thhe way
there was past the grave of Cin-der-el-la's mother. O
the tree sat two dov~es, wPho sang:
This is not the right bride;
See, thle slip-per is too small;
Look, the blood runs down the side i
The slip per does n~ot fit at all."
GRIMIM'S FAIRY TALES.
When the prince's m~an looked at the slip-per and saw
the~ blood he knew that a trick had been played on himn;
and, in great wrath, he took the girl back home. The next:
sis-ter now tried on the slip-per, and she found that her
heel would not go in. Cut it o~ff," said her moth-er to her,
as she had to her sis-ter, and she put a knife in her hand.
"' You'll not need to use your feet much when you are a
queenn" So she too cut a piece from her foot, and in spite
of the pain pushed on the lit-tle slip-per. Off they went to'
the prince once more, but the two doves sat on the tree and
warned the prince's man that he did not yet have the right
girl. They cried:
Go back, go back--
There is blood here too-
The slip-per's too small,
This bride will not do."
Vinenl the prince's mzan found the blood in the shoe this
time he was so vexed that he sent for the prince and told
him of the trick. They all went back to Cin-der-el-la's
home, and the prince said to her fath-er : Have you no
daugh-ters save these two false and bad ones ? "
I have one," said he, Lit-tle Cin-der-el-la, the child of
my first wife ; but she could not be your wife; she is too
young and small."
Send for her," said the prince.
Oh, we could not," said the step-moth-er; she sits in
the ash-es all day and is not fit to be seen."
"( I wish to have her called," cried the prince, who was in
a fierce rage by this time at the trickrs that had been played
on him; send for her at once."
W~hen the word was brought to Cin-der-el-la that the
SO THE P'OOR LITTLE KINDER MAIDa MARRIED THFl IRINCE.--l age 35.
Brisays's F~airy Taled.
prince wished to see her, her heart lea pe with joy, for she
loved the prince and was glad he .had found her. She
washed the dirt fromt her face and bands, and then, clad in
her soiled old gown, went in to the prince.
She bowed low and took fromt his hands the slip-per of
gold; she sat down on a stool, drew off the worn old shoe
that she wore, and slipped on the pret-ty slip-per with great
ease. Then she raised her head, and her big blue eyes
looked straight in. the bright, brown eyes of the prince.
He knew her at once as his fair, sweet love, and cried out
in joy : I have found my bride; this is the right one "
Great was the rage and wrath of the step-moth-er and
her two daugh-ters; but Cin-der-el-la's father was glad, for
he loved his lit-tle daugh-ter, and had grieved at her hard
life. The prince did not care for the step-moth-er; he did
not wait to hear a word from her; he just took Cin-der-el-la
in his arms and rode off with her to his pal-ace. As they
passed the lit-tle tree the doves sang~ sweet and clear:
Fair matid and true,--
No blood in her shoe;
Here comes~ the bride,
With the prince by her side."
Then they flew do-wn from the tree 'an~d perched on Oin
der-el-la's shoul-ders--one on the right and one on the left
On the day that Cin-der-el-la was made the prince's wife
the bad sis-ters came to the church, and walked one on each
side of her up the aisle of the church. But see what came
to them for their bad acts!i The doves who were perched
on Cin-der-el-1a's shoul-ders picked out one eye from each
of thert1; worse than this was to come, too. As they came
out of church the sis-ters changrrd sides, and the doves then
G~RIM1M'S FABIRK TALES.
picked out the eyes that were left. Whrlat a sad fate was
theirs to be blind all the rest of their lives. Cin-der-el-la
lived for long, long years, and was as kind and sweet in her
fine home as she had been when she sat in the ash-es in the
THE SLEEP-INGr BEAU-TFY.
O)NCE there lived a king and queen who were so
young and rich, and ruled in such a fair land, that their
lives would have been full of joy save that they had no
ch~ild. Oh, how they longed for a child At last, one day,
while the~ queen was in her bath, a big green frog, who was,
you may be sure, a fai-ry, said to her : The wish of your
life shall. come true, and you shall have a lit-tle daugh.-ter
with a face like a blush rose."
There was much joy in all the land when the frog's words
came true, and the king was so pleased that he gave a
great feast, to which he asked all the folks far and near as
well as the fai-ries wh~o lived in his realm. Now the king
meant of course to ask all the fai-ries; he had no wish to
leave one out, you may be sure, for he knew that they could
give rich gifts to his ba-by daugh-ter.
The great feast was at its heig-ht; the board was spread
w~ith plates of gold and all sorts of rare food; the lit-tle
child in her lace robe lay in the arms of the young queen,
who sat on a throne of gold : at the ba-by's feet knelt the rich
and the poor, as they kissed the ti-ny hands and blessed the
ba-by. The fair-ies each. gave a rare gift; one said she
should be more fair to look on than the flowers of the
earth ; one that she should be so- wise that folks would corne
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY.
frorn far and near to hear her speak; one that she should
have great wealth; one that she should ~win all hearts to
love her. So it went on; all was mirth and joy, when all
at once the door of the great hall was flunlg wide, and in,
burst a, fai-ry in such a rage that she spoke to no one till
A tiny child with a face like a, blush rose.
she reached the young queen's side. Then she cast a ~fierce
look at thie ba-by and said : Since I: was not asked to the
feast, this child shall, when- she is fif-teen (15) years old,
prick her fin-ger with a spin-dle (part of a spin-ning;-wheel)
and fall dea~d." Then she turned and left the h~all.
Acwe and fright fell on those who heard these words, and
the king and the queen could not but weep at this sad fate
GRITAME~'S P'ATIRY TALES.
which was to come to their child. Just then a fair-y, who
had not yet said what she would give the child, spoke out :
" I can help you some-what," said slhe. The child shal1not
die, but she shall fall in a deep sleep--she and all the house--
and this sleep will 1ast one hun-dred years."
The years flew by fast; the young prin-cess grew day by
day more fair and more wise. Love came to hner ; great
wealth w~as at her: feet, and she knewo9 but joy and mirth.
Then the wick-ed old cross fair-y strode o-ver to the cra-dle.
Wmhen she was naear fif-teenz the king sent wcPord through all
his land that all the spin-dles should be burned up ; not one
must be left in all the land; so he hoped to save his daug~h
ter from her fate.
But you can-not change what a fair-y has said. So, one
day, as the prin-cess walked through the great pal-ace, she
came at last to a queer old door, which she had not seen
THTE SLEEPING ~BEAUT~Y.
in all the years she had lived. ther. Of course, she wished
to know what was back
of this door. In the
door was a worn old
key. The prin-cess turn-
ed: this, and the door
flew back and showed a -i '
steep pair of stairs that .
wound round and round ',
and up, up, up Thei
prin-cess knew no fear; -I
so up the old stairs she -
wment. ~She came at last
to the top, and there sat .
a small old wom-an spin- ~'
ning at a wheel. _~ p~:
Why, good day," said
the prin-cess. What /s~~'~S l:IU14F1~~ *'A~';
queer work is this that
you do ? " I spin cloth ;,IZ;
to make your fine 9
clothes, prin-cess," said ~;i~,~-~;;X;
the old womn-an. Oh! '~
And what is this odd lit- i
tie thing thatbobs round
so ? asked the princess.
At the same time she :-:T p~~
took the spindle in her Iv, .
hand and tried to spin. I ''Hik'
She had but turned the There sat a lit-tle old wom-an spin-ning at a,
wheel once, when the wheel."
fair-y's word came true; fhe point pierced her fin-ger, and
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she at once sank back on a bed that stood near and fell in
a deep sleep.
The same sleep fell on the rest of the, house. The king
and the queen and the whole court sank in. sleep in the great-
hall of state ; the sen-ti-nels fell a-sleep in the court-yard ; the
cook, who stood by the fire in the kitch-en, fell sound a-sleep
on the spot. The great logs of wood on the fire burned no
more, and the meat ceased to cook. Each horse in his stall
sank into thze same deep sleep; the dogs dropped down
where they stood ; the birds ceased their songs, anzd perched
as still as if made of stone on trees, whose leaves wF~ere as
still as they; the flies on the wall fell a-sleep, and a cat was
caught by this dead sleep just as she sprang for a bright-
eyed mouse, who had peeped out fromY a hole near the fire.
The mouse, too, stood still in sleep. The wind sank to rest,
and the buds in the gar-den: did not blow in-to full-grown
flow-ers, but stayed tight lit-tle green buds.
So the long years rolled by with the pal-ace sunk in. this
dead sleep. Soon a hedge of thorns grew high round the
walls, and as the years went by this hedge grew9 so high
that at last all that could be seen of the cas-tle was the flag
that waved from the top. Now, the beau-ty of this prin-
cess shut up in the castle had been known through the
whole world, and so when first she fell in this sleep great
prinl-ces from far lands tried to break through the thorn
hedge and rouse her from her sleep. But it was all in vain.
'~hey could not reach the "' Sleep-ing Beau-ty," as shze was
When the hun-dred years was near its end there came to
the cas-tle a brave young prince, who had heard this strange
Lale since he was a lit-tle boy, anmd he had made up his mind
that he would ride to the cas-tle and break through the
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY.
thorn edge, and save the prin-cess. Well, of course, he could
have done no more than all the rest, if the time the fair-y had
Th ric od ntotecate
se frth sep olat a ntcoe oaned.Asi ws
thuhwenh eahd h rea heg ftorsh on
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in place of sharp thorns, pure white flow-ers. As he touched
them they let him pass through, and then closed once more
like a wall. Though it was a strange sight that met the
eyes of the prince, fear had no place in his heart, and hzis
wish to find the Sleep-ing Beau-ty was s6 strong that he
scarce looked at the rest, who were so still in sleep. On
from one great room to the nexrt he passed, till at last hne
came to the queer old door and the stairs that wound up to
the wee room at the top of the pal-ace.
Such a strange, sweet sight m~et his eyes The prin-cess
was far more fair than words had said. Her hair, as black
as the dark night, fell to the floor in loose curls; her round,
soft cheeks were as pink as a sweet wild rose, and her black
lashz-es curled long and thick up from the closed eyes. Her
rich gown was not like those the prince had seen all his life,
but he thought none had been so fine as this which clothed
the Sleep-ing Beau-ty." So still she lay that at ~first the
prince scarce dared to breathe; then as he looked at the
sweet face he fell on his knees at her side and pressed a soft
kiss on her cheek.
At the touch of his lips the prin-cess woke up, and all the
whole house woke with her; the birds sang and the dogs
barked; the cook woke and turned the m~eat on the ~fire,
which now burned and blazed in fine style; the lit-tle mrouse
ran back in his hole, and the cat in a rage lashed her tail
and ranl out in the'y-ard to try and catch a bird. The great
thorn hedge sank ~from sight, and green vines and bright
flow-ers took its place.
Best of all, when the prin-cess woke tr-om her long sleep,
and saw the fine young prince look at her, with love
in his eyes, she at once fell in love with him. Down the old
stairs theyt went, hand. in hand, and came in-to the great
THIE PRINCE FINDS THE SLEEPING1 BEAUTY.-PagR 42.
Grimmtn's Fairy Tales.
SNOWV-WHITE ANDI RED-RObd.
hall, where sat the king and queen in all their old pomp and
state. Great was their joy when they saw their sweet child
as well and strong as when they had last seen her, and when
the prin-cess had told them, how the kiss of the prince had
brought them- all back to life, you may be quite sure that
they thanked him with full hearts.
Then the two young folks told of their love, and the king
and queen were so pleased with the brave prince that they
were glad to give him their daugh-ter as his wife. Now, all
these folks who had slept for one hun-dred (100) years wore
strange gowns, and looked most queer to the folks of that
day. The prince, though, did not care at all what kind of
a gown his fair young love -wore, and he would not wait for
her to have new gowns ere he made her his wife.
He sent in great haste for his fath-er and moth-er, and,
when they had come, with hosts of rich and great folks
from his land, the Sleep-ing Beau-ty was made his wife.
SNOWT-WHITE AND RED-ROSE.
ONCE there lived in a small house near the edge of a great
wood a poor wom-an and her ~two daugh-ters. Round the
house grew ro-ses, red and white, and, as' the two daugh-
ters looked like s-weet ro-ses, their moth-er called them Snow-
white and Red-Rose. All was peace and love in. this lit-tle
home, though they all had to work hard to earn food. The
two girls were taught to lov~e and be kind to all the wild
beasts in the~woods, as well as to the birds that sang in the
trees; and since they were kind to the beasts, none harmed
G~RIMMX'S FAIRY -TALES,
them, and they could walk at will in the great woods, with
no fear in their hearts. If they were far from home! when
night came on, they would just lie down on thne soft grass
or moss, and sleep through the night as safe as if they were
in their own beds. One night, when they had so slept, they
woke just as t~he sun rose, and saw near then a child dressed
in a robe as wJhite as pure snow. While they looked at him
he passed from their sight, and when thney rose they found
thzat they had lain through the night so close to the edge of
a high cliff that if they had moved in their sleep they woulc7
have been dashed to death down its steep sides. They mnades
haste home, and wPhen they told their moth-er of the strange!
child, she said it was one of the an-gels sent by God to carei
for good chil-dren.
SnowT-white and Red-Rose kept their home sweet andi
clean. In the warm days they filled the rooms with fresh
flowr-ers, and when the cold days came and the snow fell
fast they kept a, bright warm fire on the hearth and
placed on it a tea ket-tle, which sang its gay song as it
boiled and steamed.
One dark, cold night the three sat by the snug fire, and
while the girls knit the moth-er read to them from, the Bi-
ble. A pet lamb lay at their feet, and a snow-white dove
sat on its perch near by. All at once there came a short.
quick knock at the door. The moth-er said: M4ake haste
LRed-Rose; some one is lost in the snow and needs our help.
Red-Rose ran to the door and flung it wide, but in place ori
a poor, lost man or a stray child, a great black bear pushed
his rough head in. Red-Rose jumped back in fear, but the
bear said : "' Do not fear m~e. I would not harml you for the
world. I would like to get, waFrm by your bright fire, for I
am cold to my heart."
AS RED-ROSE OPENED THE DOOR A G~REAT BLACK BEAR PUSHED
XUIS BOllCPF LTRD IN--Page M & awn's ~Fair/ Tale.
8NOW-VBIT.E ANDr RED-ROSE..
Poor old bear," said Ihe kinar moth-er; come right in,
and lie down by the fir a. Take care, though, that you do
not burn your fur coat." Of course, the lamnb and the dove
had hid wr~ith fear when the bear ~first looked in the rooma,
'out now, wihen they heard the moth-er's words and saw what
a kind face tE-o bear had, they came back to the firet and lay
down in peace to sleep.
The old bear gave a great grunt and stretched at ease,
while Snowr-white and Red-Rose once more sat down to
knit. Soon the old bear said : "' Snow-white and Red-Rose,
my coat is cold and wet with snow. Will you not sweep it
off for m~e .The chil-dren thought this great fun, and so
they brought the broom and brushed and cleaned himn till
his fur was as sm~oott, as fine black silk. They had a great
romp with him, jumped on his broad back, pulled his thick
fur, and felt no fear at' his deep growu9ls, for they knew they
were just signs that he liked the fun as much as they did.
Some-times the bear would beg then not to be rough with
him--as if two bits of girls could hurt such a huge beast---
and he would say: Oh, spare my life, chil-dren. Do not
kill one whzo loves you well." Then the chil-dren would
laugh in great glee, and push and pull him with all their
When it was time for all to go to bed the moth-er told
t~he bear he might stay there all night, for she feared he
would freeze to death in the cold woods.
The next day the chil-dren could scarce wait till the sun
was up to see their new friend, but at the first peep of day
they jumped from their beds to see if' he was still there.
When they saw that he still slept by the fire they each
kiissed him on the tip of his nose to wake himr up, and then
ran off to dress. They all had. beak-fatst at the same time,
GRIMMY'S FAIRY TALEh'.
and then Red-RIose and Sntow-white led the great bear out
and watched hii'n trot off in the woods.
All through the long cold win-ter the bear came each
night to the snug lit-tle home~. The chil-dren. and he grew
to be such friends that it was with sad hearts they heard
him say on the first day of spring : I shall come no more
to your home now that the warm days are here, for I have
wyork to do. You will not see me till the win-ter comess"
O, you dear bear," cried Snow-white, Where do you go,
and what is your work ? "
"L I must go in the woods to hide some-t~hing fromn the bad
dwarfs3," said the bear. When the frost has made the
ground hard, my pile of gemas and gold is safe, for the
dwarfs can-nrot break the earth and dig them up. Now
that the sun. warms the ground and makes it soft, the
dwarfs can get my hoard with eas~e, so I must be off +b
guard it from them."
Snow-white and Red-Rose both cried when the old bear
told them this; and he felt so sad when he saw their tears
that he rushed from the house in such haste that the latch
caught his fur and tore a bit off. Snow-white thought she
saw a gleam like gold, where the fur hnad come off, but
her eyes were so dim with tears that she could not be
Soon the zhil-dren went off in the woods to pick up sticks
for the fire, and now they saw a strange sight. On the
ground lay a huge tree, and on the far side of it some-thing
seemed to jump up and down; as they came near, they saw
that it was a wee, brown dwarf, with a sharp face and
bright keen eyes; hie was caught by his long white beard
in a cleft of the tree. HRe was in a fine rage, and his eyes
gflared like balls of ~fire at Snow-white and Red-Rose when
Snowi-white and Red Rose both cried' when the old bear r-ushed
from the house.
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8NOW-WHITE AND RED-ROSE.
they came near him. 'Why don't you help me," he
growled, and not stand there and stare like stuffed pigs a"
You see he was a rudt;, rough dwarf, to speak to them in
this way; but Sno~w-wcphite's soft heart ached for him in
spite of his harsh words, and she cried:
Oh, you poor man, how did you get caught like this ? "
Fools, fools," he yelled; I tried to split some; wood, and
my ax. caught in the cleft I had made; then, when I leaned
down to pull it out, the thing sprang up and my beard
caught in the split wood, and the tree closed so fast I could
not jerk -my head out. Oh, see how you laugh, you white-
faced fools!i It may well be that a smile showed on the
chil-dren's lips, for the sight was most queer, and the rage
and spite of this wee, brown thing would have mzade an
owl laugh, but they wished to help him, and went up to him
and tried to pull his beard free. It was in too tight, though;
they could not move it.
"' I will r1un home and get help," said Red-Rose.
What," snarled the dwarf. Bring more folks to stand
and laugh at mae I'll not have it; I'll not have it and
he danced in suchL a rage that Snow-white cried : Oh, do
keep still; I think I can help you!i"
She drew from her pock-et as she spoke a~ pair of scis,
sors, and cut off the dwarf's beard, way down, close to the
tree; of course this at once set him free ; but do you think
he thanked Snow-white ? Not a bit of it; he grabbed up a
bag of gold that laid close to the tree, and ran off in the
woods in hot haste, with not one word to the chil-drett, save
a growl at the loss of pairt of his beard.
Some days from this, Snow-white and Red-Rose went to
a brook to fish; just as they sat down on the soft green
bank they saw near them what looked like a Erea~t. geree~n
GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES.
bug, but no bug~ that they had ever seen ran. round in the
mad style of this one.
The thing will fall in the brook and drown," said Red-
Rose. It is in pain; let us see if we can help it."
When they came near they found that it was the dwarf.
N'ow, what ails you a said Red-Rose ; Do you wish to
drown ? "
I am not such a fool as that," said the dwarf. Can't
you see that a big fish drags m~e this way and that ? "
Once more his long beard was the cause of the dwar~f's
woe; he had thrown his line far out to try and catch a fish,
and the wind had wound his beard round and round the
line; so when at last he did catch a fish, the fish caught him
He did not have strength to pull the fish in, and as it
swam down the stream. to try and get loose it dragged the
dwarf along the bank. He had grasped at the weeds and
the long grass, and held on. with might and main, but his
strength -was near gone when the chil-dren came to his
They tried to free him from the line, and yet save
the beard which was so dear to him; but this they
c~uld not do. At least, they had to cut off quite a large
piece; and, oh, what a rage he flew in when he was once
mnore free !
"You are fiends!" he shrieked. "'Is this the way you
help folks? H owi do you dare treat me so!i I can-not be
seen now, I am such a fright!i Ugh! -I wcish you had to
run till the soles were worn off of your shoes Thzen, with
one last yell of rage, he picked up a big bag of pearls and
ran out of sight.
Once more Snowi-white .andl Redy~Rose met the dwarf ; they
.s A THEI KING'S SON,**ShdD) Anadhe*rTOOK THEIR HANDS IN HIs
SNOWV-WHITE AND) REiD-ROSE.
were on th~eir~ way to town for their moth-er, and they had
to cross a large plain, on which, lay huge rocks and stores,
When they reached this place, they saw a large bird pounce
down near a big rock, and then heard screams and yells of
fear. The chil-dren ran to the place, and saw that the bird
had the dwarf in his claws, and knew, of course, this meant
death for the dwarf. They could not leave him to his sad
fate, though he had.been so rude and cross to them. So
they did their best to free hima, and at last they drove the
great bird off.:
As soon as the dwarf was free, though, he turned, as of
old, on the chil-dren. You great rough things!i he shrieked.
" Just look how you have torn may new coat i Oh, what
clowns you are!i" Then he picked up a bag of rare gemns
and slipped off out of sight in the rocks. The chil-dren were
so used to him~ by this time that they did not mind his rage,
and so they went on their way without a thought of how
cross and rude he was.
On their way home they came on the dwarf, when he
did not know they were near. He sat near a big rock, and
on the ground near him he had poured all the gems from
his big bag. So bright were the rich hues and tints that
glowed in the rare stones that Red-Rose and Snow-white
could not but stop and look at them.
When the dwarf saw them he jumped to his feet, and his
brown lit-tle face grew red with rage. H~owv do you dare
steal on me like this!" he screamed. "I'll--I'll -TI'll-"
But what he would have said -we do not know, for just then
a deep growl was heard, and a large black bear sprang from
a hedge close by.
Then the dwarf changed his tone. "L Oh, please, Mr. Bear,
spare my life," he moaned. "?~hll give you allmy rare gems
GRI1MM'S FAIRY I'ALES.
if you will, atnd k would not tasce sweet to you; I am such
a tough old piece. See these two plump lit-tle girls,--there
is a, nice bit for you. They are as fat as young quails. Eat
them in place of me; do, dear M~r. Bear." But the bear gave
no heed to his cries. H3e said not one word, but just raised
one of his great paws, and with one blow laid the bad lit-tle
dwarf dead on the ground.
Red-Rose and Snow--white had run off in their fright, but
nowi the bear called to them: Oh, Snow~-w79hite and Red-
Rose, do you not know me 1 Have no fear; wait, and I'll
go home with you."
They knew his voice at once, and -with shouts of joy ran
back to himn. But, when they reached him, what do you
think they sam.' The rough fur coat slipped from him, and
in place of the big black bear there stood a fine young man,
in clothes made of pure gold.
I am a king's son," said he, as he took their hands in
his. That dwarf robbed me of all mny wealth, and then
changed me to a bear. I have had to live in the woods, so
that I could watch my geld and my gems, and I have tried
in vain to kill the dwarf till now. At last he lies dead, and
so I am free."
The prince now went home with Rose-Red and Snow-
white, anJd thanked the moth-er for all she had done for him
when he was a bear. Though he was now rich and great,
his heart was still full of love for those who had been kind
to him, and as the years went by he spent more time in the
lit-tle house by the woods than he did in his own pal-ace.
He took his broth-er there, too, and Snow-white and Red-
Rose grew up so fair and sweet that the prince and hnis
broth-er fell in love with them.
So the prince made Snow-white his bride, and Red-Rose
tr~as the wife of his broth-er, wTho was quite as great, and
rich as he. Of course, the moth-er went to live with her
two children, and the red rose-bush and the white rose-bush
were brought to the great cas-tle and placed near the rooms
of the two young brides. Each. year the roses bloomed fair
and sweet, and' brought to the sis-ters' minds the home in
the woods, where they had first known and loved the big
A roon man and his wife sat by the fire one night in their
lit-tle home, and there was no sound in all the house save
the whir of the wheel at which the wife sat to spin. There
was no lit-tle child to laugh and talk and bring joy in the
home. At last, the man drew a long sigh and sazid : Oh,
how still our house is. I wish we had a child to bring som~e
cheer and joy in-to it."
Ah, yes," said his wife, if I had a child that was but
the size of my thumb, I would be glad. We would love it
with all our hearts." ~Now these poor folks wpere good and
kind, and a wcise lit-tle fair-y who heard their talk soon sent
to them a dear lit-tle ba-by boy, who was, in truth, but the
size of the fath-er's thumb.
He was, a strong, well ba-by, and though he did not grow
big his face soon showed that he was far more bright than
most boys. Since he was such a wee bit of a boy, he was
called Lit-tle Thumb." One day, when the boy was a few
years old, his fath-er had to go in the woods to cut down
some trees, and he said : I wish I had some one who could
drive the cart, for I would Ilkgto go on first." Oh," cried
GRIMM'S FAIRZY TALES.
Lit-tle Thumb, do let me!i I can do it leave the cart with
me, and I will be there in good time." Oh, yes," laughed
his fath-er; of course I could trust you to drive; why,
boy, you are so small you could not lead the horse by the
I know I: am small, but I will sit on the horse's ear,
and so guide him to you. Oh, do let me try, just once,"
said Lit-tle Thumb. Well," said his father, just this
once, I'll see what you can do." So he went off in the great
woods, and when it was time for the cart to go, the moth-er
hitched the horse to the heart and put Ltit-tle Thumb on his
"( Gee up," called the wee boy in glee, and off went the
horse. All went well, for Lit-tle Thumb used the right
words when he wished the horse to turn to the right or the
left, and cried, Gee so well, that he reached the wood as
safe as his fath-er could have done.
Just as he turned in-to the road that led through the
woods, two strange men came by. They heard a voice and
saw the horse and cart, but that was all, and so they said :
"' Why this is strange; let us see wclhere this cart stops."
So they kept close to the cart which -went till it came to
a spot where some big trees had been cut down, and then it
stopped. HIere was Lit-tle Thumb's fath-er, and w~hen the
boy' saw him he called out : "( See, fath-er, here am I Did I
not do well ? Now, please, lift me down."
The men then saw the fath-er lift from his place on the
horse's head this wee bit of a boy ; he sat down on a blade
of grass, and drew from his pock-et a knife that was not so
large as a small pin.; this hze used with skill on a bit of a
twig that grew near, while he laughed and talked with his
THE MAN TOOK OFF HIS HAT 80 TRABT IATTLEF THUMTB OOULD
JUOMP DOWN TO THE~ GROUND.--Ytg age e4 (Vams 3ry 2Wes.
The men knew not what to think, but they hid a-mong the
trees and talked of how much gold they could make in the
big towns if they could take this boy there and show him.
" Let us see if we can buy him," said one, and then theyg
went up to the fath-er and said: W~ill you sell this lit-tle
man to us ? We will take the best care of him."
No," said he; all the gold in the world could not buy
my dear child from m~e."
But Lit-tle Thumnb, who had hid in a fold of his fath-er's
coat, heard wcphat was said, and he crept up close to his ear
and said : Let me go, fath-er, and I will come back to you
and they will give you much gold."
So the fath-er gave him up for a large sum of gold.
Now, where shall we put you ? asked the men.
Oh," said Lit-tle Thum~b, just place me onl the brim of
your hat. I ca1 -walk round it and see where I am. I'll
take care not to fall."
So they did as he said, and when ~it-tle Thumb had kissed
his fath-er they went on their way.
They walked all day, and when night came on, Lit-tle
Thamb said: Lift me down, please."
Oh, stay where you are," said the man on whose hat
brim he perched; I do not mind your weight at all; the
birds perch on my hat at times, and you do not weigh as
much as they;J stay where you are, lit-tle man."
"No, n~o," cried the boy; I know what I want; lift me
down, I am tired."
Then the man, who had a kind heart, took off his hat and
placed it on the ground, so that Lit-tle Thumb could jump
down with ease.
Oh, but he was a sly lit-tle chap l He ran off through the
long grass as fast as his wee leges would take him, and hid
GRIMM'S F"AIRY TALES.
in the nest of a field-mouse which he had seen from his seat
on the hat.
Good-by, friends," he called in glee; you must go on
with-out Lit-tle Thumb."
You can think how these men felt! All their gold gone,
and now the boy was gone too!i
They tried in vain to find him; they knew he was in the
nest, and they poked in it with long sticks, but Lit-tle
~Thumb had crept in so far that they could not reach himc,
and at last in a great rage they were forced to go on and
When Lit-tle Thumb wcyas quite sure they had gone, he
crept from his hole; it was now so dark that he knew it
would not be safe for him to try and cross the rough fields ;
"I shall break my neck or my legs if I try," said he; "'I'll
have to wait here till it is light."
JTust then he saw a snail-shell close to him. Oh, what
Juck," he cried, that will make mne a nice bed."
He had just crept in and was quite snug and warm, when
two men walked past him. He has much gold," said they ;
" if we could once get in the house, wNe won Id make a fine
haul. But how shall we get in ? "
I will tell you," cried Lit-tle Thumb.
What was that ? said one of the men in a grat fright.
" I am sure I heard a voice."
They stood quite still, and Ltit-tle Thum~b spoke out as
loud as he could : Take me with you; I w~ill help you "
"'W'here are you ? said one man.
Here on the ground, just where my voice comes from,"g
said Lit-tle Thumb.
The thieves searched in the dark for some time,
and' at last found him ; when they saw how small he wvas,
One of the tnieeves saidL: Oh, you mite, how can you help
us ? ")
"W 7Chy,") said! Lit-tle Thuamb:"'I can creep through the
bars that guard the iron door and pass things out to you.'
Oh, well," said the thieves; at least you can do no
harm, so we will take you wvith us and see if we can make
u~se of you."
They did not think of how loud and shrill i~t-tle Thumb's
voice was or they would not have said he could do no harm.
When they- reached the house Lit-tle Thumb crept in the
lpoom, as he had said he would do, and as soon as he was
there he called out in a loud voice : W7Cill you have all there
is in here ? "
"' Oh, hush," said the thieves ; "L not so loud--you will wake
the folks up."
But Lit-tle Thumb went right on as if he did not hear
them, and cried still more loud : W~hat shall I give you
first ? Do you want all ? "
Near at hand slept one of the maids, and the noise woke
her; she sat up in bed and heard all Lit-tle Thumb said.
The thieves had run off in fright wjphenz Lit-tle Thumb
cried out, but when all was still they came back and now
said : "' Come now, do no 6 joke with us; get us all you can
and pass it out"
Oh," cried the wee man, you want all the gold; well,
hold out your hands! "
Now the maid jumped from her bed and ranl to the room
~where she heard the noise. But the thieves took to their
heels, and Lit-tle Thumb jumped from the win-dow and hid
in the barn when he heard her start for the room. So she
found no one there and went; back to her bed with the
thought that it had all been a (dream.
GRIMM'S FAIRLY TALES.
Lit-tle Thumb found a onug.~ warm bed in a big pile of
hay, and made up his minct to have a. good night's sleep,
and then when day came go back to his home. But life
was not to be quite so smooth as this for the lit-tle man;
the worst of all was to come.
Thze maid came to the barn at dawn of the next day to
get hay for the: cow; she took a great pile up in her arms,
and, as ill-1uck: would have it, Lit-tle Thumb> lay in a sound
sleep right in tile midst of this heap of hay. So deep was
his sleep that he did not wake when the maid tossed the
hay to the cow; the first thing he knew he was rolled round
and round and up and down in a queer sort of way, and
woke to find he was in the cow's mouth.
Well," said he, as he slid from side to side to keep from
the cow's strong teeth, "L th~is is a fine state of things; I'll
be more safe in her stom-ach than I am in her mouth,"' and
so down he slipped. This is a dark room," said Lit-tle
Thumb; no sun-light can get in here, and I wish I could
get just one breath of fresh air."
Things were bad for him, for more and more hay came
down the cow's throat, till at last Lit-tle Thumb could scarce
breathe, then he cried out in a loud, shrill voice, No m~ore
hayT, please, no more! "
W7Chen the maid who milked the cow at just this time
heard the voice, she felt such fear that she rushed in the
house and shrieked, "L Oh, the cow talks--the cow talks "
The man of the house laughed at her, but she said : Oh,
sir, come and see!i"
When they reached the barn the man heard the words:
" Oh, no more hay, please Then he said : Well, a bad
fbair-y is in this poor beast; we must have her killed."
So the cow wits killed and out in small bits and thrown.
out in the woods near at hand. Lit-tle Thumb was not
hurt one bit, and had just worked his head out of the cow's
stom-ach when new troub-les came to him.
A wolf in need of food rushed up, and at one gulp dowFn
his throat went the cow's stomn-ach withz our poor lit-tle man.
Lit-tle Thumb was as brave as he was wise, though, and
so he said to the wolf : My friend, I know where you can
get a fine meal."
Where is that ? said the wolf.
Oh, at a house not far from here ; I know just how to
get in; you creep in through a big hole in the kitch-en,
there you will find lots of good things to eat and to drink."
The wolf eagerly as-sented, and soon ar-rived at the house,
which was Lit-tle Thumb's home. After get-ting in-to the
kitch-en un-der Lit-tle Thumb's di-rec-tion, and feast-ing on
ev-ery thing eat-able he could ob-tain, he was soon in terror
to find that the en-trance was closed and he was im-prisoned.
Lit-tle Thumb gave -loud ~cries of joy at the ftix the wolf
Be still cried the wolf. You. will wake up all the
folks; tell me how to get out."
Ah, ha," said the lit-tle man; You have had your fun;
now I'11 have mine; and then he screamed and shrieked till
he woke his fath-er and moth-er.
In great fear, the two rushed to the door, and peeped
through the key-hole; when they saw this great, big wolf,
the fath-er said :--" We must kill this beast, of course; I'll
get an ax and you get a knife; and if I do not kill him at
the first blow then you out at him with the knife.''
So armed, the two came in the roomn; and thze first thing
they heard was Lit-tle Thumb call out : Fath-er, I am here,
in the wolf's stom-ach; take care you do not hurt mne."'
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Ah," cried the fath-ce, Our dear child has come back
to us !" Then he told his wife not to use her knife, for fear
she would out their son. He raised his ax, and with one
olow, struck the wolf dead at his feet.
With great care, he then made a slit in the wolf's stom-2
ach, and so set Lit-tle Thumnb free.
Ah, my dear lit-tle son," said the father, wvhat grief wce
have borne since I let you go from us!i"
Yes, I dare say you have," said Lit-tle Thumnb. But
I've not had such a bad time; I've been out in the world
and seen strange, new sights; just at the end, though, I've
been shut up in' such dark, close rooms, that I am glad now
to breathe sweet, pure air."
"' Why, where have you been," said his moth-er.
Ah, I've been in a mouse hole : and I've been in a cow's
stom-ach, as well as shut up for som~e hours in this wolf ;
but I do not care, and I am glad nowp to be back safe~ in my~
dear old home."
We would not sell you fiow, for all the gold in the
world," cried his fath-er and moth-er, and they kissed and
hugged their boy, as if they could not stop. Then they gave
him the best in the house to eat and drink and tucked him
snug in his warmn bed.
The next day they gave him a fine suit of new clothes;
for those he had worn in his trip out in the world w~er
much soiled and stained.
THE WVEDDINGI OF: WIDO)W FOX.
THE WED-DING OF WID-OW FOXZ.
ONCE there lived a sly old fox, who, strange as you may
think it, had nine long, thick tails. He had a snug lit-tle
home in the woods, and a wife w~ho was both good to look
at, and wise. But the old fox knew no joy, no peace in his
life; for he thought his wife did not, love him; so he just
moped round the house, and watched each step his wife
took, and grew, each day, more cross and mean.
At last, he made a plan by which to try his wife's love
for him; he lay down on a bench, stretched out at full
length, held his breath, and kept as still as a dead mouse.
When Mrs. Fox. saw him, she thought he was dead; so
she went in. her room, with her maid, a sweet young cat,
locked her door, and would see no one; you see she had
quite a warm spot in her heart for old Mr. Fox.
Soon, though, in spite of her grief, she felt the need of
food ; and sent 1Miss Puss down to cook a nice bit for her
The' news of Mr. Fox's death had spread fast; and, as a~ll
the world knew that he had been a rich old fox, quite a
string of gay young fox-es came to sue for his wife's hand,
though the old fox was not yet in his grave.
As Miss Puss stood at the stove, she heard a knock at the
door; and when she went to see who it was, there stood a
fine red fox.
Ah, good day, Miss Puss," said he, And what is your
work just now ? "
T1o cook a fine meal for Mrs. Fox," said Miss Puss. "' She
is to have a warm glass of beer, and a, bit of cheese broiled
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with a duck's wing. WFSill you not walk in, sir, and have tea
with mue 9"
Thank you, my dear ; and where is Mris. Fox a "
Ah, she is in her rooma: and her eyes are quite red, with
her tears for M/r. Fox."
Well, you go up and tell, her that a young fox is here,
:ho would like to make her his wife."
"l A11 right, sir," said Miss Puss, and she tripped to Mrs.
Ah, Mrs. F'ox," said she then, who do you think is
Who, child, wh~o8"
"L Why, a young fox, who wants you for his wife."
"( Ah, me," said Mrs. Fox. "' Of course I will not see himn;
but, wait, child, don't go so fast; what is he like ? "
Oh, he is a fine red fox, Mrs. Fox, with such a sharp
nose, and bright eyes, and his coat is as soft as silk."
"L But, has he nine tails, like my poor Mir. lFox ? "
"L No,") said M~iss Pass. He has but- one :--it is a big one,
Ah, no,--I'll not see him; if he had nine tails, I might
see him, just for Mr. Fox's. sake ; but, one tail,--no, I think
Miss Pass ran down to the young fox and said. that he
wouldd not see Mrs. Fox, for h~is tail did not suit her at all.
Off went the first fox ; but soon, once more came a:
mnock : this time a gray fox with t~wo tails stood there;
but, no, Mrs. Fox would have none of him.
On came the fox-es; as fast as one was turned from the
door the next one came, and each hzad one more tail than.
the one that had just gone
at last cause a big fox, who waved in pride nine great
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trails. ~Now," thought Miss kPass, Mrs. Fox will be pleased,
I know," and she ran to Mrs. Fox's room, as fast as could be.
But no; H~as he red stock-ings and a sharp nose ? said
Mrs. Fox. "' No, ma'am," said the lit-tle cat iln a sad voice,
for he~r legs ~were quite worn out with all her trips up and
down, stairs, and she had hoped this was the last.
"' Then send him~ off at once ; I'll not look at him," cried
By and by there came, in turn, a wolf, a stag, a dog, a
bear, and at last a big li-on, but M~rs. F'ox sent them all off.
By this timze, sly old Mr. Fox felt quite good, and thought
he had been harsh with his wife; he was so in need of food
that it was hard to lie still and sham death. H~e glanced at
his wvife as she sat there in tears, and was just a-bout to
spring up and say: Oh, you good old wife, I'm notdeadat
all," when inl came Miss Puss once more.
"L Oh, Mrs. Fox," she cried, just the fox you want is here
tlow! H -e has nine large tails far more fine than Mr. Fox's
were, a shJarp red tongue, bright red stock-inzgs, and his
nzose!i Why, it grows to such a sharp point that he could
amell a ~fine meal m-iles and miles off "
Just what I want 1 cried Mrs. Fox. We will have a
great feast, at which I will be made his wife!i But first
fling this old fox out of doors ; I do not want to look at him
At these hard words, old Mr. F~ox sprang to his feet and
rushed at his wife in a great rage. You will throw me
out of doors, will you ? I'll show you all that I'm3 not dead.
yet," and he shook Mrs. Fox so hard that her cap fell from
her head. Then he turned the whole crowd--his wife, Miss
Puss-and all--out of his house, and made up his mind that
he would niot die now just to suite them all.
GRIMMI~'S FAILRY TALES.
THE 1MAGC-IO MIR-ROR.
ONE day, when the snow fell thick and fast and lay soft
and white on all the earth, a queen sat by her win-dow knit-
ting with a nee-dle which was as black as ink. All at once
she pricked her finger, and three drops of blood fel on the
pure, white snow.
The red and white were so fair a sight that the queen
said :" Oh, I wish I had a lit-tle child whose skin was the
clear red and white of this snow and blood, and whose hair
and eyes were as black as my nee-dle."
The queen was so good and kind that all the fair-y folks
were her friends, and so she soon. had her wish; her lit-tle
daugh-ter was as white as snow, with cheeks as red as a
dieep red rose, her black eyes shone like stars, and her soft,
fine hair was as black as the queen had wished; they gave
her the namne of Snow-white. The young queen lived but a
short time to love and care for this sweet ba-by, and when
Snow-white was just one year old the king brought home
a new wife.
She was a fine, large wcpom-an and vain of her good looks ;
she could not bear to think that in all the world there lived
a womn-an as fair as she. She had a mir-ror which spoke
the truth to her when she looked in it. She would stand in
front of it and say:
'C Mir-ror, mir-ror on the wall,
APm I not most fair of all ? "
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Then to her joy the mir-ror would say:
Most fair you are, oh, sweet young queen,
No face so fair has e'er been seen."
This pleased the queen, for she knew her mir-ror would
speak. but the truth.
YTkears rolled by, and each year Snow-white grew more
fair, till, when she was sev-en years old, the whole land rang
with the beau-ty of her sweet face. Some said that she
would be more fair than the queen, and when this talk
reached the queen's ears, she ran to her mir-ror and cried
as of old:
'C Mir-ror, mir-ror on the wall,
Am I not most fair of all ?"
Then the mir-ror said:
Oh, queen you are most fair to see,
But Snow-white far more fair will be."
Oh, what a rage this put the queen in she could nothear
to look at Snow-white's face, and soon she grew to hate the
sweet lit-tle child.
At last she had but one wish in her bad heart--to kill
Snow-white Can you think of an act more bad and cru-el 2
She sent one day for a man who lived near the woods and
said toa him: I want to get rid of Snow-white. Take her
out in the woods and kill her, and if you bring me proof
that she is dead I will give you much gold. Takze her out
of my1~ sight at once."
The maan coaxed Snow-white to go in the woods with
~him; and when theyg were d~ee in a wild part, he drew out
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a great sharp knif ',o thrust in hier heart. BSut she fell on
her knees and begged him to just spare her life. Oh, dear,
good man," said she, please do not kllme; I'll not go
back where the queen can see me; I'll run a-way off in the
wild ~woods; but, don't kill me, please She looked so sweet
as she knelt at his feet, that the man could not hurt her,
and yet he did not dare, for fear of the queen, to help her;
so he said: Run off, you poor child, I can-not hurt you."
Snow-white did not wait for him to change his mind ; she
ran off as fast as she could, and -was soon' out of sight. The
man thought that the fierce, wild beasts would soon eat
her up ; but he was glad he had. not killed her. HEe took
back to the queen the heart from a young fawn, and told
her it was Snow-white's; and this bad wom-an was glad
when she heard of the child's death.
A great fear fell on Snow-white wmhen she saw all round
her the big trees and heard no sound but the cries of wild
beasts; she ran on and on, till her feet were sore, and she
was quite worn out. Then, just as the wCoods grew' dark
and cold, as the night came on, she saw, to her great joy,
right in front of her, a dear lit-tle 'house. She went up to
it, and as she found the door o-pen, went in and looked
round. No one was there ; but a ta-ble spread with good
things to eat and drink stood in the room. On it were
sev-en lit-tle plates, sev-en lit-tle spoons, sev-en lit-th~
knives and forks, and sev-en lit-tle mugs. By the wall
were sev-en lit-tle white beds.
Poor Snow-white was faint for want of food ; and, as she
dared not eat or drink all there was at one place, she took a
bit from each place, and hoped it would not be found out.
She was so tired, too, that she thought she would lie down
and rest in one of the beds for a short timne. Somehow.
They soon found Snow-white curled up in a street sleep in the
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none of thle beds seemed to suit her, though : one was too
Long ; one, too short ; one, too high ; and one, too low ; when
she came to the last bed, though, it was just right, and she
lay down on it, and fell in a deep sleep.
When it was quite dark, the folks -who owned the house
came homae; they were sev-en lit-tle dwarfs who dug in the
high hills for gold gems. They, at once, lit sev-en lit-tle
lamps ; and, in this bright light, saw that some one had
bee~n in the room ; for things did not look just as they had
left them. The ~first dwecarf puffed out his cheeks in quite
.a rage, and said : Some one has been in my lit-tle chair i "
WPell," said the second dwarf :" Some onze took food
from my lit-tle plate."
"L Nice state of things is this," said the third. Somre
one took part of my bread i "
"' WhyS, some one has ta-ken some of myr meat "' cried the
The fifth dwarf just shrieked at the top of his voice :
"Some one has used my fork!"
Well, well, well," said the sixth, Most of my wine is
Then a yell of rage went up from the last dwarf : "All
my pie is gone,"' said he.
Then, each ran to his bed ; and found, of course, it was
mussed a good deal.
They soon found Snzow-wJhite curled up in a sweet sleep
in the white bed. Oh, what a dear lit-tle child they
cried, and when they found who it was that had been in the
house, they were glad she had had. such a good time. "'She
may stay all night in my bed," said the dwarf, who owned
it; I'll sleep on the floor, for 1 oulld not wake this sweet
GCRIMM'S F'AIRY T1ALES.
When the sun peeped in the little roomc the next morn,
Snow-white woke up, and at first she felt great fear at these
strange lit-tle dw~arfs, but they were so kind to her she did
not fear them long. They asked her name, and where she
had come from., and when they heard of her sad plight they
said: If you wish you shaUl stay bere with us, and keep
our house neat and clean and cook our food. We will take
good care of you, and no one shall hurt y~ou."
"' Oh, I would love to stay~ here," cried Snow-white, and
I will try and do all things to please you."
All went well for a time; the dwarfs loved lit-tle Snow-
white, and she grew in turn so fond of them and the dear
lit-tle home that her heart was full of joy, and her face grew
day by day more fair to look on. ]Each day, when the
dwarfs left Snow-white, they wPould tell her to take care and
let no one see her, and to be sure to let no one in the house.
Now, the queen, when she was sure of Snow-white's death,
went to her mir-ror one day and said :
"C Mir-rOrP, mir-ror on the wall,
Who is now most fair of all ? n
You can think what- a rage she was in, when the m~ir-ror
Fa~tir queen, at home there is none like thee,
But out in the woods is SnowFp-white free,
With sev-en lit-tle dwarfs most strange to see,
Snow-white lives and is more fair than thee."
When the queen found that Snow-white lived, she knew,
of course, that the man had not told her the truth, and so
she thought nowcc that she would go and find Snow-white
and kill her with her own hsn~ds. She knew well where the
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dwarfs, lived; and so one day she~ put paint on her face and
a white wig on her head, and dressed up in old clothes so
that none could know her. She took on her arm a bas-ket
full of gay things to please a young girl, and so set off for
the dwarfs' home.
W~he~n she reached the lit-tle house, she knocked at the
door and cried out: "L Goods to sell!i Goods to sell!i"
When Snow-white heard the cry she looked out of the
win-dow and said : "' What have you to sell, you nice old
wom-an ? "
Oh, lots of bright things that will just suit your sweet
This old wom-an wccould not hurt me, I know," said Snow-
white. "C It can do no harm to let her in."
So the bad queen got her way and was soon in the room
wvith Snow-white. She showed bes all her gay things, and
Snow-white bought a silk cord to rlace up her dress with.
"L Come here, child," said the queen, I will show you how
to lace your dress." As soon as the cord was in the holes
of her dress, though, this bad queen pulled it so tight that
Snow-white could not breathe, and soon fell down on the
floor as if dead.
Now, you will not be called more fair than I," cried the
queen with joy, and she rushed off as fast as she could, for
she thought she heard the dwarfs.
When the dwarfs reached home and found dear lit-tle
Snow-white so still on the floor, they thought that she w~cas
dead, and ran to her side and picked her up. They saw at
once -what ailedd the child, and out the cords so that she
could catch, her breath. Soon Snow-white was quite well,
'and when she told them what the old wom-an had done to
hesr they at once said: Snow-white, that was the bad,
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crn-el queen. Why did you le~t ]her in I You must not let
an-y one else in this house "
When the queen reached home she at once~ ran to her
mir-ror and cried:
*C M1ir-ror, mir-ror on the wall,
Am I not now more fair than all ?*
~But the mir-ror said:
"C Snow-white is far more fair, oh queen;
None so fair as she is seen."
When the queen knew~ that in spite of all she had done
Sno~w-wichite still lived, she made up her mind that she
would take no chance the next time. "' I'll use some
of the arts that a witch taught me!" cried she. Now
the queen knewp of a drug which, if put on a comb, would
cause th~e one who used it to fall dead. So she put this drug
on a comab, and~ then went once mzore dressed like an old
wom~-an to the dwarfs' home.
When Snow-white heard the cry: Goods to sell i Goods
to sell she called from the win-dow : Glo off, go off, you
bad wom-an, I do not want your goods, and will not let
you in the house."
Look at this," said the queen, and she held up a gold
comb. You shall have this for your own, if you will let
Snow-white wished so much for this rich comb that the
words of the dwarfs went straight out of her mind, and she
let the old wtom-an in the house.
Now, let me try this comb in your soft, fine hasir," said
the queen: "L you wAil like it well. I know."
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Snow-white could see no harm tin this, and so let the queen7
have her wccay. At the first touch the poor child fell to the
floor as if dead.
Ah," cried the queen, "L Now we will see who is the: most
fair and off she ran through the woods.
As good luck would have it the dwarfs soon came in, and
when. they saw Snow-white as if dead on the floor, they at
once thought it was the queen's work, and ran to her side.
One of them saw the gold comb and pulled it out, and Snow-
white then sat up and was soon well.
The dwarfs once more warned Snow-white niot to let an-y
one in thze house, and now she thought she would do as they
told her, but the queen was too sharp for her. When the
queen reached home and once more asked her mir-ror if
she were not now the one most fair in all the world, the
Queen, you are the most fair here,
But not if Snow-white should come nearly
In the dwarfs' home still is she,
And she is far more fair than thee."
Now the queen's rage grew so fierce that she shrieked
out : "L Snow-white shall die if it costs me my life!."
She went now to a room up at the top of her pal-ace, and
took with her a ripe ap-ple that looked so sweet, one just
longed to taste it. In it she put a poi-son that would be
sure to kill the one who took the least bit of the ap-ple.
Then she dressed like a farm-er's wife, and with a bas-ket of
ap-ples on her arm went off to the dwarfs' house once
But now Snow-~white would not let her in. No," she
said, the dwarfs will. not let me have yrou in the house."
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Why, I am all right," said the queen. Loiok at my ap
ples; do you not wan~t one ? "
No," said Sno~w-white; I dare not take it."
W~hy---do you think it can hurt you ? See, I will cut
thzis ap-ple in half ; you shall have one piece, and I will eat
the one that is left; then you can be sure it will not hurt
Of course the queen had put the drug in the side shze
meant to give Snow-white; Snow-white longed so for this
bright red ap-ple, that when she saw the queen eat half of
it, she stretched out her hand and took the rest. H3er lit-tle
sharp teeth sank in the sweet ap-ple, and she took a big
bite; but scarce had her teeth m~et when she fell back on
the floor dead.
The queen looked in the win-dow, and when. she saw
Snow-white lay there dead, she laughed in glee and said :
White as snow, red as blood, and black as night; this
time the dwarfs will not wake y~ou up."
As soon as the queen reached home, she ran to her mir-
ror to see if she was now the fair-est~ in the land; this time
the mzir-ror said :
In all the land there is now seen,
No one so fair as you, oh queen.':
Then the queen knew that her bad work had been -well
done this time, and that at last Snow-white was dead.
When the' lit-tle dwarfs came home and found Snow-
white on the floor they tried in vain to bring her back to
life. They tried to wipe the drug from her lips; they
combed her hair, and washed it with wine ; it was all of no
use; they knew this timae that she wpas dead. Then they
laid her on a couch of gold, and for three days they sat by
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her side and mourned for her. TIhey would then have
placed her in the ground, but she still looked so sweet and
fair that they could not bear to hide her from their sight.
WFe will lay her in a -large cof-fin case of glass," said
they; L' then we can still see her; she is too fair to lay in
the dark, cold earth." On the case they wrote her name in
pure gold, and said she was the child of a great king. They
now placed Snow-white on the side of a high hill, and each.
in turn watched by her side so that none should harm her.
All the birds of the air came and mourned for Snow-white
-the owl, the crow, the blue-bird, and, last of all, the dove.
For a long, long time, Snow-white lay in the glass-case, and
she seemed each day but to grow more fair; she looked as
if she was in a sweet, calm sleep.
At last one day a young prince came by the dw~carfs' house,
and asked if he might spend the night there; they told him
of Snow-wPhite, and the next day showed himn where she lay.
H~e wpas so touched by her sweet face and her sad life, that
he said : Let me have Snow-white as she lies here and I
will give you much gold."
Not for all the gold in this world," said the dwarfs.
Then let me take the dear child as a gift ; I do not know
why I long so for her ; but I can-not liv-e: if she be not near
me. Let me take her to my pal-ace, and she shall have th~e
best of care."
The good lit-tle dwarfs were so touched at these words,
and at the sight of his grief, that they let him have his
The prince called some of his men, and they took up Snow-
white with great care and bore her down the steep hill.
Now, all at once, one of the men slipped; this shook the
glass .case and caused the piece of ap-ple in $sow-white's
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mouth to roll. out. At the same time Snlow-wchite rose up
in the case, and to the joy of all whzo saw her cam~e back to
"Oh, wThere am Ia" she cried.
Quite? safe, dear Snow-white, with me," said the prince.
Then he told her of all that had been while she lay in, the
glass-case, and said at last : I love you best in all the world,
'dear; come withb m~e to my fath-er's pal-ace and be my
sweet lit-tle wife."
Then they helped Snow-white from the case, and she sat
by the prince in a fine coach and rode in state to his hom~e.
Thze king was so pleased with her that he made a rich feast
and asked all the folks from far and near to come and greet
his son's bride.
With the rest came the bad queen; just as she left her
own room she went to the mir-ror and asked if she were
not most fair in all the land, and think of her rage when
the mir-ror said :
Here, oh queen, are you most fair,
But at the feast to which you go,
There is one, wNhose face, so fair,
Will be to you the cause of woe."
So great was the queen's rage at the words that she first
thought she would not go to the feast, then she ~felt that
she could not rest till she' had seen the face of which the
What was her fear and rage when she reached the feast
and found that Snow-wPhite was the fair bride -whom all
praised and loved She could scarce move a step, so great
was her rage and hate for Snow-white.
~At last she went into the ball-roomJ and tried to dance,
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but for her bad acts the shoes on her feet seemed to be full
if red-hot coals, and she wa~s forced to dance in these shoes
o~f fire till she dropped dead on the floor.
Snow-white had a long life full of joy and peace, and she
wats so kind and sweet to all that she was mucch loved in all
THCE G;AR-DEN OF THE SOR-OER-ESS.
.ONCE there was a witch who had a gar-den full of rare,
sweet flow-ers, as well as all sorts of good things to eat.
One bed of which she was ver-y proud was full of crisp,
fresh let-tuce. Now, just back of this gar-den lived a man
and his wife, who longed and longed for a lit-tle child. The
wife used ~to stand at a win-dow from which shne could look
at this fair gar-den, and she would cry and cry for a child
who would fill her bome with joy and mirth.
One day, as she stood there, she saw this bed of let-tuce,
and at once she thought how good some of the crisp young
leaves would taste; of course she did not dare ask the old
witch to give her some. Day by day she longed more and
more for the let-tuce, and at last she grew so thin and pale
that her h~us-band thought she was sick and asked what
"' Oh,").said she, "L I long so for some of that nice fresh let-
tuce, that I am. quite sure if I do not have it I shall die."
WVhy," said the good hus-band, if that is so I will get
you some if'it costs me my life."
So, late that night, when it was dark, he climbed up the
high wall round the gar-den, picked a big bunch of let-tuce
and got safe back to his home wSith not a g~limozpse of the old
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witch, H~is wife w~as so pleased with the let-tuce that she
gave him no rest till he should get her some mnore. So, in
a day or two, he climbed once more down the stone wall,
but just as his feet touched the ground, he heard a sharp
voice say : Wretch, whzy are you here ?1 But, I know why ;
you have come here to steal my let-tuice--oh, but you shall
pay a high price for this act "
Ah," cried the poor man; "let me tell you why I came,
and I feel sure you wiUl be more kind. My wife is ill, and
has longed so for your let-tuce that she would hav~e died
had I not brought it to her."
WFell," said the witch,' that is a sad thing, I am sure,
a~nd I do not blame you quite so much. Still, I must be
paid my own price for this let-tuce; I will-tell you what I
wil do; you shall have all the let-tuce you want, if, in case
you should have a lit-tle child, you will give it to me."
The man thought that his wife would die if she could not
have the let-tuce, and he stood in great fear of the wi~itch2, so
he said he would do as she said.
Some time passed, and his wife ate of this fresh let-tuce
and grew well and strong; the vow the -man had made to
the witch had passed from his mind. Then one day the
great wish of the mnan and his wife came true, and a sweet
lit-tle ba-by girl came into their hom~e.
It was but a few weeks, though, that the witch let them
keep her; one day she came to their homze and robbed it of
all its joy, for she took the child froma them. The witch
was good to the lit-tle girl, and gave her the name of Let-
tice, since she we- the price that had been paid for her
Fair as a flow-er did Let-tice grow, and when. she was
twelve years old, the old witch, for fear some one would fall
"LETTICE: LETTICEl LET DOWN YOU~EBR THAT 1 MAY CLIMIBs
as IF BY a STAIbR "--se "I vntr>'e F"My 2%!169
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in love with her s-weet face, and take her from her, shut her
up in a high stone tow-er in the midst of a wild wood.
There was no way to get in this tower save by a lit-tle win-
dow way up at the top. When the witch came to see Let-
tice, she used to stand close to the tow-er and sing :
Let-tice, Let-tice, let down your hair,
That I may climb, as if by a stair."
Let-tice had long thick hair like spun gold, and when she
heard the song of the witch, she would let all this wealth
?f gold-en hair hang down from the woin-dow; so long was
her hair that it just touched the ground, and the -witch used
to cling to it, and so climb up to the tow-er.
Two years passed in this way, and then one day a brave
young prince rode through the woods ; as he drew near the
stone tow-er he heard a sweet voice in song. It was of
course Let-tice, who tried to make the days less dull by the
sound of her own sweet voice. The prince tried hard to
find some way to get in the tow-er and see the one who
sang so well, but he could find no door, and so rode home
sad at heart.
He could not now keep from the tow-er, each day he went
there in the hope that he might see whzo sang the sweet
songs. Once as he stood close to a big tree, which quite
'hid him from sight, he saw the witch and heard her sing
Let-tice, Let-tice, let down your hair,
That I may climb, as if by a stair."
Then he saw these long locks of gold-en hair hang from
the win-dow and touch the ground, and he watched the
witch climb up and go in the tow-er.
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'' Ah,"? said the prince, so this -is the way to get in t'he
tow-=er. I, too, will try my luck when this ~old witch has
The next day, as soon as it -was dark, he went to the
tow-er and sang the song of the witch. Of course, Let-tice
let down her hair and up went the young prince. Wmhat
fear Let-tice must have felt just at first, when, in place of
the brown, old witch, there jumped in-to her wiin-dow this
young man !
But he had such a good face, and he spoke such kind
words to her, that her heart was soon at peace. He told
her that since the day when he first heard her voice he ]had
longed to see her, and that now he was as much in love
with her fair face as he had been with her swoeet voice.
"Be my wife, Let-tice," he cried; I will take~ you from
this old tow-er and place you in a great pal-ace, and love
you all my life."
Le~t-tice ~would not at first say yes, for she did not know
him, and2 was not sure that he would do all he said. But,"
she thought, he -will at least love mae as well as Mloth-er
Greth-el does; so at last she placed her hand in his, and
said: I will be glad to leave this place and be your wife if
you can find a way to get me out of this tower."
Then the prince said that he would bring her some strong
silk cord, and from it she could weave a lad-der by which
she could climb down from the tow-er, then he would bear
her off on his horse.
The witch had not seen the prince, and did not know of
his calls on Let-tice ; but one day L;et-tice, who saw no harm
in his calls, said : I shall not draw you up to my win-dow
much more, Moth-er Greth-el, for the king's son is to bear
me o~ff and make me his wife."
PHWE G~ARDEMT OF THE SORECEREESS.
L You wcr~etch," cried the witch. What do you sza~y II
thought I: had you safe from all the world, and now you
dare to tell me that you will leave me Well, I'11 show you
my fine young girl!i" In her rage the witch caught Let-
tice by her hair, and then struck her hard right on her sweet
face. Then she cut off her looks of gold and left them in a
heap on the floor, while she dragged poor Let-tice far off
from the tow-er to a, wild, waste place where none could
Thris done she went back to the tow-er and tied the hair
in a long tail, and sat down to wait for the prince.
As soon as it was dark, the voice of the prince was herd :
CC Let-tice, Let-tice, let down your hair,
That I may climb, as by a stair."
Then the wyitch let down. the tail of gold, and up climbed
Can you think ho~w he felt when, in the place of sweet
Let-tice, he saw this bad old witch ?
"' Ah,) Sneered she, so you came for your bride, did you a
Well, the swcpeet bird has flown from her nest and you will
hear her songs no more. The cat took her off and now she
means to scratch out your eyes Let-tice is lost to you, I
canl tell you At these words the prince sprang from the
tow-er in such haste that he did not look where he jumped,
and so he fell on sharp thorns that stuck in his eyes, and so
made him quite blind.
What a sad time he now had His grief for Let-tice was
so great, and his wish to find her so strong, that he would
not go back to his pal-ace, but blind as he was waTlkued. for
days and day-r in ;earch of Let t~ice. At last one da~y, when