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The red fairy book
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Twelve dancing princesses
Princess Mayblossom
Soria Moria castle
Death of Koshchei the deathless
Black thief and Knight of the Glen
Brother and sister
Princess Rosette
Enchanted fig
Norkia
Wonderful birch
Jack and the beanstalk
Little good mouse
Graciosa and Percinet
Three princesses of Whiteland
Voice of death
Six sillies
Kari Woodengown
Drakestail
Ratcatcher
True history of Little Goldenhood
Golden branch
Three dwarfs
Dapplegrim
Enchanted canary
Twelve brothers
Rapunzel
Nettle spinner
Farmer Weatherbeard
Mother Holle
Minnikin
Bushy bride
Snowdrop
Golden goose
Seven foals
Marvelous musician
Story of Sigurd
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vi, 367 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
Language:
English
Creator:
Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912
Ford, H. J ( Henry Justice ), 1860-1941
Speed, Lancelot, 1860-1931
Hurst & Company
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Hipple, Marjorie Levy, 1935-, 1935- ( donor )
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Hurst & Co.
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United States -- New York -- New York

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Summary:
Thirty-seven favorite fairy tales from the folklore of France, Germany, Russia, and Scandinavia.
Statement of Responsibility:
edited by Andrew Lang with numerous illustrations by H.J. Ford and Lancelot Speed.

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EDITED BY
ANDREW LANG
EDITOR OF THE BLUE FAIRY BOOK," THE YELLOW FAIRY BOOK,"
THE GREEN FAIRY BOOK," ETC., ETC.






WITH NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS BY
H.J. FORD AND LANCELOT SPEED





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CONTENTS.




TEE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES,
THE PRINCESS MAYBLOSSOM,. .
SOi:IA MORIA CASTLE, .
THE DEATH OF KOSHCHEI THE DEATHLESS, .
THE BLACK THIEF AND KNIGHT OF THE GLEN,


THrE MASTER-THIEF,
BnorIEER AND SISTER,
PRINCESS ROSETTE, .
THE ENCHANTED FIG, .
THE NORKA, .
THE WONDERFUL BIRCH,
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK,
THE LITTLE GOOD MOUSE,
GRACIOSA AND PERCINET,
THE THREE PRINCESSES OF WHITELAND,
THE VOICE OF DEATH,
THE SIX SILLIES, .
KARI WOODENGOWN, .
DRAKESTAIL, .
TIE RACATATCHER,. .
TRUE HISTORY OF LITTLE GOLDENHOOD,
THE GOLDEN BRANCH,. .
THE THREE DWARFS,
DAPPLEGRIM,. .
THE ENCHANTED CANARY,
THE TWELVE BROTHERS,
RAPUNZEL, .


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CONTENTS.


THE NETTLE SPINNER, .
FARMER WEATHERBEARD,
MOTHER HOLLE, .
MINNIIN, .
BUsHY B E, .
SNOWDROP, .
THE GOLDEN GOOSE,
THE SEVEN FOALS,
THE MARVELOUS MUSICIAN,
THE STORY OF SIGURD, .


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PREFACE.

In a second gleaning of the fields of fairyland we cannot
expect to find a second Perrault, but there are good stories
enough left, and it is hoped that some in the Red Fairy
Book may have the attraction of being less familiar than
many of the old friends. The tales have been translated,
or, in the case of Madame d'Aulnoy's long stories, adapted,
by Mrs. Hunt from the Norse, by Miss Minnie Wright from
Madame d'Aulnoy, by Mrs. Lang and Miss Bruce from
other French sources, by Miss May Sellar, Miss Farquhar-
son, and Miss Blackley from the German, while the
story of Sigurd" is condensed by the editor from Mr. Will-
iam Morris' prose version of the "Volsunga Saga." The
editor has to thank his friend, M. Charles Marelles, for per-
mission to reproduce his versions of the "Pied Piper," of
"Drakestail," and of "Little Golden Hood" from the
French, and M. Henri Carnoy for the same privilege in re-
gard to "The Six Sillies" from "La Tradition."
Lady Frances Balfour has kindly copied an old version
of "Jack and the Beanstalk," and Messrs. Smith & Elder
have permitted the publication of two of Mr. Ralston's ver-
sions from the Russian. A. L.















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THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES.

I.

Once upon a time there lived in the village of Montign-
ies-sur-Roc a little cow-boy without either father or mother.
His real name was Michael, but he was always called the Star
Gazer, because when he drove his cows over the common to
seek for pasture, he went along with his head in the air,
gazing at nothing. As he had a white skin, blue eyes, and
hair that curled all over his head, the village girls used to
cry after him, Well, Star Gazer, what are you doing?" and
Michael would answer, "Oh, nothing," and go on his way
without even turning to look at them.
The fact was, he thought them very ugly, with their sun-
burnt necks, their great red hands, their coarse petticoats,
and their wooden shoes. He had heard that somewhere in
the world there were girls whose necks were white and whose
hands were small, who were always dressed in the finest silks
and laces, and were called princesses, and while his compan-
ions around the fire saw nothing in the flames but common
every-day fancies, he dreamed that he had the happiness to
marry a princess.
II.
One morning about the middle of August, just at midday
when the sun was hottest, Michael ate his dinner of a piece
of dry bread, and went to sleep under an oak. And while
he slept he dreamed that there appeared before him a beau-
tiful lady, dressed in a robe of cloth of gold, who said to
him: Go to the castle of Belceil, and there you shall marry
a princess."






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That evening the little cow-boy, who had been thinking a
great deal about the advice of the lady in the golden dress,
told his dream to the farm people. But, as was natural,
they only laughed at the Star Gazer.
The next day at the same hour he went to sleep again
under the same tree. The lady appeared to him a second
time, and said: "Go to the castle of Beleil, and yoV shall
marry a princess."
In the evening Michael told his friends that he had
dreamed the same dream again, but they only laughed at
him more than before. "Never mind," he thought to him-
self; "if the lady appears to me a third time, I will do as
she tells me."
The following day, to the great astonishment of all the
village, about two o'clock in the afternoon a voice was heard
singing:
Rale, rale6,
How the cattle go !"
It was the little cow-boy driving his herd back to the
byre.
.The farmer began to scold him furiously, but he answered
quietly, "I am going away," made his clothes into a bundle,
said good-by to all his friends, and boldly set out to seek
his fortunes.
There was great excitement through all the village, and
on the top of the hill the people stood holding their sides
with laughing, as they watched the Star Gazer trudging
bravely along the valley with his bundle at the end of his
stick.
It was enough to make anyone laugh, certainly.

III.
It was well known for full twenty miles round that there
lived in the castle of Beloeil twelve princesses of wonderful
beauty, and as proud as they were beautiful, and who were
besides so very sensitive and of such truly royal blood that
they would have felt at once the presence of a pea in their
beds, even'if the mattresses had been laid over it.
It was whispered about that they led exactly the lives
that princesses ought to lead, sleeping far into the morning,






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and never getting up till midday. They had twelve beds
all in the same room, but what was very extraordinary was
the fact that though they were locked in by triple bolts, every
morning their satin shoes were found worn into holes.
When they were asked what they had been doing all night,
they always answered that they had been asleep; and, in-
deed, no noise was ever heard in the room, yet the shoes
could not wear themselves out alone
At last the Duke of Beloeil ordered the trumpet to be
sounded, and a proclamation to be made that whoever could
discover how his daughters wore out their shoes should
choose one of them for his wife.
On hearing the proclamation a number of princes ar-
rived at the castle to try their luck. They watched all night
behind the open door of the princesses, but when the morn-
ing came they had all disappeared, and no one could tell
what had become of them.

IV.

When he reached the castle, Michael went straight to the
gardener and offered his services. Now, it happened that
the garden boy had just been sent away, and though the
Star Gazer did not look very sturdy, the gardener agreed
to take him, as he thought that his pretty face and golden
curls would please the princesses.
The first thing he was told was that when the princesses
got up he was to present each one with a bouquet, and
Michael thought if he had nothing more unpleasant to do
than that he should get on very well.
Accordingly he placed himself behind the door of the
princesses' room, with the twelve bouquets in a basket. He
gave one to each of the sisters, and they took them without
even deigning to look at the lad, except Lina, the youngest,
who fixed her large black eyes, as soft as velvet, on him, and
exclaimed, "Oh, how pretty he is--our new flower boy!"
The rest all burst out laughing, and the eldest pointed out
that a princess ought never to lower herself by looking at a
garden boy.
Now Michael knew quite well what had happened to all
the princes, but notwithstanding, the beautiful eyes of the






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Princess Lina inspired him with a violent longing to try his
fate. Unhappily he did not dare to come forward, being
afraid that he should only be jeered at, or even turned away
from the castle on account of his impudence.

V.

Nevertheless, the Star Gazer had another dream. The
lady in the golden dress appeared to him once more, holding
in one hand two young
laurel trees, a cherry laurel
and a rose laurel, in the
Other hand a little golden
rake, a little golden bucket,
and a silken towel. She
thus addressed him:
"Plant these two laurels
in large pots, rake them
over with the rake, water
them with the bucket, and
wipe them with the towel.
When they have grown as
tall as a girl of fifteen, say
to each of them, 'My beau-
tiful laurel, with the golden
rake I have raked you, with
the golden bucket I have
watered you, with the silken
towel I have wiped you.'
Then, after that, ask anything you choose, and the laurels
will give it to you."
Michael thanked the lady in the golden dress, and when
he woke he found the two laurel bushes beside him. So
he carefully obeyed the orders he had been given by the lady.
The trees grew very fast, and when they were as tall as
a girl of fifteen he said to the cherry laurel, "My lovely
cherry laurel, with the golden rake I have raked thee, with
the golden bucket I have watered thee, with the silken towel
I have wiped thee. Teach me how to become invisible."
Then there instantly appeared on the laurel a pretty flower,
which Michael gathered and stuck into his button-hole.






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VI.

That evening when the princesses went upstairs to bed, he
followed them barefoot, so that he might make no noise, and
hid himself under one of the twelve beds, so as not to take
up much room.
The princesses began at once to open their wardrobes and
boxes. They took out of them the most magnificent dresses,
which they put on before their mirrors, and when they had
finished, turned themselves all round to admire their ap-
pearances.
Michael could see nothing from his hiding-place, but he
could hear everything, and he listened to the princesses
laughing and jumping with pleasure. At last the eldest
said, "Be quick, my sisters, our partners will be impatient."
At the end of an hour, when the Star Gazer heard no more
noise, he peeped out and saw the twelve sisters in splendid
garments, with their satin shoes on their feet, and in their
hands the bouquets he had brought them.
"Are you ready ? asked the eldest.
Yes," replied the other eleven in chorus, and they took
their places one by one behind her.
Then the eldest princess clapped her hands three times
and a trap-door opened. All the princesses disappeared down
a secret staircase, and Michael hastily followed them.
As he was following on the steps of the Princess Lina,
he carelessly trod on her dress.
There is somebody behind me," cried the princess; "they
are holding my dress."
"You foolish thing," said her eldest sister, "you are
always afraid of something. It is only a nail which caught
you."
VII.
They went down, down, down, till at last they came to a
passage with a door at one end, which was only fastened with
a latch. The eldest princess opened it, and they found them-
selves immediately in a lovely little wood, where the leaves
were spangled with drops of silver which shone in the bril-
liant light of the moon.
They next crossed another wood where the leaves were






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sprinkled with gold, and after that another still, where the
leaves glittered with diamonds.
At last the Star Gazer perceived a large lake, and on the
shore of the lake twelve little boats with awnings, in whice
were seated twelve princes, who, grasping their oars, awaited
the princesses.
Each princess entered one of the boats, and Michael
slipped into that which held the youngest. The boats glided
along rapidly, but Lina's, from being heavier, was always be-
hind the rest. "We never went so slowly before," said the
princess; "what can be the reason "
"I don't know," answered the prince. I assure you I am
rowing as hard as I can."
On the other side of the lake the garden boy saw a beau-
tiful castle splendidly illuminated, whence came the lively,
music of fiddles, kettle-drums, and trumpets.
In a moment they touched land, and the company jumped
out of the boats; and the princes, after having securely fas-
tened their barks, gave their arms to the princesses and con-
ducted them to the castle.

VIII.

Michael followed, and entered the ball-room in their train.
Everywhere were mirrors, lights, flowers, and damask hang-
ings.
The Star Gazer was quite bewildered at the magnificence
of the sight.
He placed himself out of the way in a corner, admiring
the grace and beauty of the princesses. Their loveliness was
of every kind. Some were fair and some were dark; some
had chestnut hair, or curls darker still, and some had golden
locks. Never were so many beautiful princesses seen to-
gether at one time, but the one whom the cow-boy thought
the most beautiful and the most fascinating was the little
princess with the velvet eyes.
With what eagerness she danced! leaning on her partner's
shoulder she swept by like a whirlwind. Her cheeks flushed,
her eyes sparkled, and it was plain that she loved dancing-
better than anything else.
The poor boy envied those handsome young men with





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whb:.m she danced so gracefully, but he did not know how
little reason he had to be jealous of them.
The young men were really the princes who, to the number
of tifty, at least, had tried to steal the princesses' secret. The
princeies had made them drink something of a philter, which
froze the heart and left nothing but the love of dancing.

IX.
They danced on till the shoes of the princesses were worn
into holes. When the cock crowed the third time the fiddles
stopped, and a delicious supper was served by negro boys,
consisting of sugared orange flowers, crystallized rose leaves,
powdered violets, cracknels, wafers and other dishes, which
are, as everyone knows, the favorite food of princesses.
After supper the dancers all went back to their boats, and
this time the Star Gazer entered that of the eldest princess.
They crossed again the wood with the diamond-spangled
leaves, the wood with gold-sprinkled leaves, and the wood
whose leaves glittered with drops of silver, and as a proof
of what he had seen, the boy broke a small branch from a tree
in the last wood. Lina turned as she heard the noise made
by the breaking of the branch.
"What was that noise? she said.
"It was nothing," replied her eldest sister; "it was only
the screech of the barn-owl that roosts in one of the turrets
of the castle."
While she was speaking Michael managed to slip in front,
and running up the staircase, he reached the princesses'
room first. He flung open the window, and sliding down
the vine which climbed up the wall, found himself in the gar-
den just as the sun was beginning to rise, and it was time
for him to set to his work.

X.
That day, when he made up the bouquets, Michael hid the
branch with the silver drops in the nosegay intended for the
youngest princess.
When Lina discovered it she was much surprised. How-
ever, she said nothing to her sisters, but as she met the boy






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by accident while she was walking under the shade of the
elms, she suddenly stopped as if to speak to him; then, alter-
ing her mind, went on her way.
The same evening the twelve sisters went again to the
ball, and the Star Gazer again followed them and crossed
the lake in Lina's boat. This time it was the prince who
complained that the boat seemed very heavy.
It is the heat," said the princess. I, too, have been feel-
ing very warm."
During the ball she looked everywhere for the gardener's
boy, but she never saw him.
As they came back, Michael gathered a branch from the
wood with the gold-spangled leaves, and now it was the eldest
princess who heard the noise that it made in breaking.
It is nothing," said Lina; only the cry of the owl which
roosts in the turrets of the castle."

XI.

As soon as she got up she found the branch in her bouquet.
When the sisters went down she stayed a little behind and
said to the cow-boy: Where does this branch come from? "
Your royal highness knows well enough," answered Mi-
chael.
So you have followed us ?"
"Yes, princess."
"How did you manage it? We never saw you."
"I hid myself," replied the Star Gazer quietly.
The princess was silent a moment, and then said:
You know our secret!-keep it. Here is the reward of
your discretion." And she flung the boy a purse of gold.
I do not sell my silence," answered Michael, and he went
away without picking up the purse.
For three nights Lina neither saw nor heard anything
extraordinary; on the fourth she heard a rustling among
the diamond-spangled leaves of the wood. That day there
was a branch of the tree in her bouquet.
She took the Star Gazer aside and said to him in a harsh
voice: "You know what price my father has promised to
pay for our secret+ "
"I know, princess," answered Michael.






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"Don't you mean to tell him?"
"That is not my intention."
Are you afraid ?"
No, princess."
"What makes you so discreet, then?"
But Michael was silent.

XII.

Lina's sisters had seen her talking to the little garden boy,
and jeered at her for it.
"What prevents your marrying him?" asked the eldest


"you would become a gardener, too; it is a charming pro-
fession. You could live in a cottage at the end of the park,
and help your husband draw up water from the well, and
when we get up you could bring us our bouquets."
The Princess Lina was very angry, and when the Star
Gazer presented her bouquet, she received it in a disdainful
manner.
Michael behaved most respectfully. He never raised his.






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eyes to her, but nearly all day she felt him at her side with-
out ever seeing him.
One day she made up her mind to tell everything to her
eldest sister.
"What! said she, "this rogue knows our secret, and you
never told me! I must lose no time in getting rid of him."
"But how? "
"Why, by having him taken to the tower with the dun-
geons, of course."
For this was the way that in old times beautiful princesses
.got rid of the people who knew too much.
But the astonishing part of it was that the youngest sis-
ter did not seem at all to relish this method of stopping the
mouth of the gardener's boy, who, after all, had said nothing
to their father.

XIII.

It was agreed that the question should be submitted to the
other ten sisters. All were on the side of the eldest. Then
the youngest sister declared if they laid a finger on the little
garden boy, she would herself go and tell their father the se-
,cret of the holes in their shoes.
At last it was decided that Michael should be put to the
test; that they would take him to the ball, and at the end
of supper would give him the philter which was to enchant
him like the rest.
They sent for the Star Gazer and asked him how he had
contrived to learn their secret; but still he remained silent.
Then, in commanding tones, the eldest sister gave him
the order they had agreed upon.
He only answered:
"I will obey."
He had really been present, invisible, at the council of the
-princesses, and had heard all; but he had made up his mind
to drink of the philter and sacrifice himself to the happiness
of her he loved.
Not wishing, however, to cut a poor figure at the ball by
the side of the other dancers, he went at once to the laurels,
-and said:
My lovely rose laurel, with the golden rake I have raked






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thee, with the golden bucket I have watered thee, with the
silken towel I have dried thee. Dress me like a prince."
A beautiful pink flower appeared. Michael gathered it, and
found himself in a moment clothed in velvet, which was as.
black as the eyes of the little princess, with a cap to match, a
diamond aigrette, and a blossom of the rose laurel in his but-
ton-hole.
Thus dressed, he presented himself that evening before the
Duke of Belceil, and obtained leave to try and discover his
daughters' secret. He looked so distinguished that hardly
anyone would have known who he was.

XIV.

The twelve princesses went upstairs to bed. Michael fol-
lowed them, and waited behind the open door till they gave
the signal for departure.
This time he did not cross in Lina's boat. He gave his
arm to the eldest sister, danced with each in turn, and was
so graceful that everyone was delighted with him. At last
the time came for him to dance with the little princess. She
found him the best partner in the world, but he did not
dare to speak a single word to her.
When he was taking her back to her place she said to him
in a mocking voice:
"Here you are at the summit of your wishes: you are be-
ing treated like a prince."
Don't be afraid," replied the Star Gazer gently. "You
shall never be a gardener's wife."
The little princess stared at him with a frightened face,
and he left her without waiting for an answer.
When the satin slippers were worn through the fiddles
stopped, and the negro boys set the table. Michael was
placed next to the eldest sister and opposite to the youngest.
They gave him the most exquisite dishes to eat, and the
most delicate wines to drink; and in order to turn his head
more completely, compliments and flattery were heaped on
him from every side.
But he took care not to be intoxicated, either by the wine
or the compliments.







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XV.

At last the eldest sister made a sign, and one of the black
pages brought in a large golden cup.
"The enchanted castle has no more secrets for you," she
said to the Star Gazer. "Let us drink to your triumph."
He cast a lingering glance at the little princess and with-
out hesitation lifted the cup.
"Don't drink! suddenly cried out the little princess; I
-would rather marry a gardener."
And she burst into tears.
Michael flung the contents of the cup behind him, sprang
over the table, and fell at Lina's feet. The rest of the princes
fell likewise at the knees of the princesses, each of whom
chose a husband and raised him to her side. The charm was
broken.
The twelve couples embarked in the boats, which crossed
back many times in order to carry over the other princes.
Then they all went through the three woods, and when they
had passed the door of the underground passage a great noise
was heard, as if the enchanted castle was crumbling to the
earth.
They went straight to the room of the Duke of Belceil, who
had just awoke. Michael held in his hand the golden cup,
and he revealed the secret of the holes in the shoes.
"Choose, then," said the duke, whichever you prefer."
My choice is already made," replied the garden boy, and
he offered his hand to the youngest princess, who blushed and
lowered her eyes.

XVI.

The Princess Lina did not become a gardener's wife; on
the contrary, it was the Star Gazer who became a prince:
but before the marriage ceremony the princess insisted that
her lover should tell her how he came to discover the secret.
So he showed her the two laurels which had helped him,
and she, like a prudent girl, thinking they gave him too much
advantage over his wife, cut them off at the root and threw
them in the fire.
And this is why the country girls go about singing






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"Nous n'irons plus an bois,
Les lauriers sont coupss"
and dancing in summer by the light of the moon.


THE PRINCESS MAYBLOSSOM.*

Once upon a time there lived a king and queen whose chil-
dren had all died, first one and then another, until at last
only one little daughter remained, and the queen was at
her wits' end to know where to find a really good nurse
who would take care of her and bring her up. A herald was
sent who blew a trumpet at every street corner, and com-
manded all the best nurses to appear before the queen, that
she might choose one for the little princess. So on the ap-
pointed day the whole palace was crowded with nurses,
who came from the four corners of the world to offer them-
selves, until the queen declared if she was ever to see half
of them, they must be brought out to her, one by one, as she
sat in a shady wood near the palace.
This was accordingly done, and the nurses, after they had
made their courtesy to the king and queen, ranged them-
selves in a line before her that she might choose. Most of
them were fair and fat and charming, but there was one
who was dark-skinned and ugly, and spoke a strange lan-
guage which nobody could understand. The queen wondered
how she dared to offer herself, and she was told to go away, as
she certainly would not do. Upon which she muttered some-
thing and passed on, but hid herself in a hollow tree, from
which she could well see all that happened. The queen, with-
out giving her another thought, chose a pretty, rosy-faced
nurse, but no sooner was her choice made than a snake,
which was hidden in the grass, bit that very nurse on her
foot, so that she fell down as if dead. The queen was very
much vexed by this accident, but she soon selected another,
who was just stepping forward when an eagle flew by and
dropped a large tortoise on her head, which was cracked in
pieces like an egg-shell. At this the queen was much hor-
rified; nevertheless, she chose a third time, but with no better
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fortune, for the nurse, moving quickly, ran into the branch
of a tree and blinded herself with a thorn. Then the queen
in dismay cried that there must be some malignant influence
at work, and that she would choose no more that day; and
she had just risen to return to the palace when she heard
peals of malicious laughter behind her, and turning round
saw the ugly stranger whom she had dismissed, who was
making very merry over the disasters and mocking every
one, but especially the queen. This annoyed her majesty
very much, and she was about to order that she should be
arrested, when the witch-for she was a witch-with two
blows from a wand summoned a chariot of fire drawn by
winged dragons, and was whirled off through the air utter-
ing threats and cries. When the king saw this he cried:
Alas! now we are ruined, indeed, for that was no other
than the Fairy Carabosse, who has had a grudge against me
ever since I was a boy and put sulphur into her porridge one
day for fun."
Then the queen began to cry.
If I had only known who it was," she said, I would have
done my best to make friends with her; now I suppose all is
lost."
The king was sorry to have frightened her so much, and
proposed that they should go and hold a council as to what
was best to be done to avert the misfortunes which Cara-
bosse certainly meant to bring upon the little princess.
So all the counselors were summoned to the palace, and
when they had shut every door and window, and stuffed up
every keyhole that they might not be overheard, they talked
the affair over, and decided that every fairy for a thousand
leagues round should be invited to the christening of the prin-
cess, and that the time of the ceremony should be kept a pro-
found secret, in case the Fairy Carabosse should take it into
her head to attend it.
The queen and her ladies set to work to prepare presents
for the fairies who were invited: for each one a blue velvet
cloak, a petticoat of apricot satin, a pair of high-heeled
shoes, some sharp needles, and a pair of golden scissors.
Of all the fairies the queen knew, only five were able to come
on the day appointed, but they began immediately to be-
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be perfectly beautiful, the second that she should under-
stand anything-no matter what-the first time it was ex-
plained to her, the third that she should sing like a night-
ingale, the fourth that she should succeed in everything she
undertook, and the fifth was opening her mouth to speak
when a tremendous rumbling was heard in the chimney, and
Carabosse, all covered with soot, came rolling down, crying:
I say that she shall be the unluckiest of the unlucky until
she is twenty years old."
Then the queen and all the fairies began to beg and beseech
her to think better of it, and not be so unkind to the poor
little princess, who had never done her any harm. But the
ugly old fairy only grunted and made no answer. So the
last fairy, who had not yet given her gift, tried to mend mat-
ters by promising the princess a long and happy life after
the fatal time was over. At this Carabosse laughed mali-
ciously, and climbed away up the chimney, leaving them all
in great consternation, and especially the queen. How-
ever, she entertained the fairies splendidly, and gave them
beautiful ribbons, of which they are very fond, in addition
to the other presents.
When they were going away the oldest fairy said that they
were of opinion that it would be best to shut the princess
up in some place, with her waiting-women, so that she might
not see anyone else until she was twenty years old. So the
king had a tower built on purpose. It had no windows, so it
was lighted with wax candles, and the only way into it was
by an underground passage, which had iron doors only
twenty feet apart, and guards were posted everywhere.
The princess had been named Mayblossom, because she
was as fresh and blooming as spring itself, and she grew up
tall and beautiful, and everything she did and said was
charming. Every time the king and queen came to see her
they were more delighted with her than before, but though
she was weary of the tower, and often begged them to take
her away from it, they always refused. The princess' nurse,
who had never left her, sometimes told her about the world
outside the tower, and though the princess had never seen
anything for herself, yet she always understood exactly,
thanks to the second fairy's gift. Often the king said to
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"We were cleverer than Carabosse, after all. Our May-
blossom will be happy in spite of her predictions."
And the queen laughed until she was tired at the idea of
having outwitted the old fairy. They had caused the prin-
cess' portrait to be painted and sent to all the neighboring
courts, for in four days she would have completed her twen-
tieth year, and it was time to decide whom she should marry.
All the town was rejoicing at the thought of the princess'
approaching freedom, and when the report came that King
Merlin was sending his ambassador to ask- her in marriage
for his son, they were still more delighted. The nurse, who
kept the princess informed of everything that went forward
in the town, did not fail to repeat the news that so nearly
concerned her, and gave such a description of the splendor
in which the ambassador Fanfaronade would enter the town,
that the princess was wild to see the procession for herself.
"What an unhappy creature I am," she cried, "to be shut
up in this dismal tower as if I had committed some crime!
I have never seen the sun, or the stars, or a horse, or a
monkey, or a lion, except in pictures, and though the king
and queen tell me I am to be set free when I am twenty, I be-
lieve they only say it to keep me amused, when they never
mean to let me out at all."
And then she began to cry, and her nurse, and the nurse's
daughter, and the cradle-rocker, and the nursery-maid, who
all loved her dearly, cried, too, for company, so that nothing
could be heard but sobs and sighs. It was a scene of woe.
When the princess saw that they all pitied her she made up
her mind to have her own way. So she declared that she
would starve herself to death if they did not find some means
of letting her see Fanfaronade's grand entry into the town.
"If you really love me," she said, "you will manage it,
somehow or other, and the king and queen need never know
anything about it."
Then the nurse and all the others cried harder than ever,
and said everything they could think of to turn the prin-
cess from her idea. But the more they said the more deter-
mined she was, and at last they consented to make a tiny
hole in the tower on the side that looked toward the city
gates.
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presently made a hole through which they could, with great
difficulty push a very slender needle, and out of this the
princess looked at the daylight for -the first time. She was
so dazzled and delighted by what she saw that there she
stayed, never taking her eyes away from the peep-hole for a
single minute, until presently the ambassador's procession
appeared in sight.
At the head of it rode Fanfaronade himself upon a white
horse, which pranced and caracoled to the sound of the trum-
pets. Nothing could have been more splendid than the am-
bassador's attire. His coat was nearly hidden under an em-
broidery of pearls and diamonds, his boots were solid gold,
and from his helmet floated scarlet plumes. At the sight of
him the princess lost her wits entirely, and determined that
Fanfaronade and nobody else would she marry.
"It is quite impossible," she said, "that his master should
be half as handsome and delightful. I am not ambitious,
and having spent all my life in this tedious tower, anything
-even a house in the country-will seem a delightful change.
I am sure that bread and water shared with Fanfaronade
will please me far better than roast chicken and sweetmeats
with anybody else."
And so she went on, talk, talk, talking, until her waiting-
women wondered where she got it all from. But when they
tried to stop her, and represented that her high rank made
it perfectly impossible that she should do any such thing, she
would not listen, and ordered them to be silent.
As soon as the ambassador arrived at the palace the queen
started to fetch her daughter.
All the streets were spread with carpets, and the windows
were full of ladies who were waiting to see the princess,
and carried baskets of flowers and sweetmeats to shower upon
her as she passed.
They had hardly begun to get the princess ready when a
dwarf arrived, mounted upon an elephant. He came from
the five fairies, and brought for the princess a crown, a scep-
ter, and a robe of golden brocade, with a petticoat marvel-
ously embroidered with butterflies' wings. They also sent a
casket of jewels, so splendid that no one had ever seen any-
thing like it before, and the queen was perfectly dazzled
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to any of these treasures, for she thought of nothing but
Fanfaronade. The dwarf was rewarded with a gold piece,
and decorated with so many ribbons that it was hardly pos-
sible to see him at all. The princess sent to each of the
fairies a new spinning-wheel with a distaff of cedar wood,
and the queen said she must look through her treasures and
find something very charming to send them also.
When the princess was arrayed in all the gorgeous things
the dwarf had brought, she was more beautiful than ever,
and as she walked along the streets the people cried: "How
pretty she is! how pretty she is!"
The procession consisted of the queen, the princess, five
dozen other princesses her cousins, and ten dozen who came
from the neighboring kingdoms; and as they proceeded at a
stately pace the sky began to grow dark, then suddenly the
thunder growled, and rain and hail fell in torrents. The
queen put her royal mantle over her head, and all the prin-
cesses did the same with their trains. Maybossom was just
about to follow their example when a terrific croaking, as of
an immense army of crows, rooks, ravens, screech-owls, and
all birds of ill-omen, was heard, and at the same instant a
huge owl skimmed up to the princess, and threw over her a
scarf woven of spiders' webs and embroidered with bats'
wings. And then peals of mocking laughter rang through
the air, and they guessed that this was another of the Fairy
Carabosse's unpleasant jokes.
The queen was terrified at such an evil omen, and tried to
pull the black scarf from the princess' shoulders, but it really
seemed as if it must be nailed on, it clung so closely.
Ah! cried the queen, can nothing appease this enemy
of ours? What good was it that I sent her more than fifty
pounds of sweetmeats, and as much again of the best sugar,
not to mention two Westphalia hams? She is as angry as
ever."
While she lamented in this way, and everybody was as wet
as if they had been dragged through a river, the princess
still thought of nothing but the ambassador, and just at this
moment he appeared before her, with the king, and there
was a great blowing of trumpets, and all the people shouted
louder than ever. Fanfaronade was not generally at a loss
for something to say, but when he saw the princess, she was.






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so much more beautiful and majestic than he had expected,
that he could only stammer out a few words, and entirely for-
got the harangue which he had been learning for months,
and knew well enough to have repeated it in his sleep. To
gain time to remember at least part of it, he made several
low bows to the princess, who on her side dropped half a
dozen courtesies without stopping to think, and then said, to
relieve his evident embarrassment:
Sir Ambassador, I am sure that everything you intend to
say is charming, since it is you who mean to say it; but let
us make haste into the palace, as it is pouring cats and dogs,
and the wicked Fairy Carabosse will be amused to see us all
stand dripping here. When we are once under shelter we
can laugh at her."
Upon this the ambassador found his tongue, and replied
gallantly that the fairy had evidently foreseen the flames
that would be kindled by the bright eyes of the princess, and
had sent this deluge to extinguish them. Then he offered
his hand to conduct the princess, and she said softly:
"As you could not possibly guess how much I like you,
Sir Fanfaronade, I am obliged to tell you plainly that, since
I saw you enter the town on your beautiful prancing horse,
I have been sorry that you came to speak for another instead
of for yourself. So, if you think about it as I do, I will marry
you instead of your master. Of course, I know you are not a
prince, but I shall be just as fond of you as if you were, and
we can go and live in some cozy little corner of the world, and
be as happy as the days are long."
The ambassador thought he must be dreaming, and could
hardly believe what the lovely princess said. He dared not
answer, but only squeezed the princess' hand until he really
hurt her little finger, but she did not cry out. When they
reached the palace the king kissed his daughter on both
cheeks, and said:
"My little lambkin, are you willing to marry the great
King Merlin's son, for this ambassador has come on his be-
half to fetch you ?"
If you please, sire," said the princess, dropping a cour-
tesy.
"I consent, also," said the queen; "so let the banquet be
prepared."






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This was done with all speed, and everybody feasted ex-
cept Mayblossom and Fanfaronade, who looked at one an-
other and forgot everything else.
After the banquet came a ball, and after that again a bal-
let, and at last they were all so tired that everyone fell asleep
just where he sat. Only the lovers were as wide awake as
mice, and the princess, seeing that there was .nothing to fear,
said to Fanfaronade:
"Let us be quick and run away, for we shall never have a
better chance than this."
Then she took the king's dagger, which was in a diamond
sheath, and the queen's neck-handkerchief, and gave her
hand to Fanfaronade, who carried a lantern, and they ran out
together into the muddy street and down to the seashore.
Here they got into a little boat in which the poor old boat-
man was sleeping, and when he woke up and saw the lovely
princess, with all her diamonds and her spiders'-web scarf, he
did not know what to think, and obeyed her instantly when
she commanded him to set out. They could see neither
moon nor stars, but in the queen's neck-handkerchief there
was a carbuncle that glowed like fifty torches. Fanfaronade
asked the princess where she would like to go, but she only
answered that she did not care where she went as long as he
was with her.
But, princess," said he, "I dare not take you back to King
Merlin's court. 'He would think hanging too good for me."
Oh, in that case," she answered, "we had better go to
Squirrel Island; it is lonely enough, and too far off for any-
one to follow us there."
So she ordered the old boatman to steer for Squirrel Island.
Meanwhile the day was breaking, and the king and queen
and all the courtiers began to wake up and rub their eyes,
and think it was time to finish the preparations for the wed-
ding. And the queen asked for her neck-handkerchief, that
she might look smart. Then there was a scurry hither and
thither, and a hunting everywhere: they looked into every
place, from the wardrobes to the stoves, and the queen her-
self ran about from the garret to the cellar, but the hand-
kerchief was nowhere to be found.
By this time the king had missed his dagger, and the search
began all over again. They opened boxes and chests of which
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the keys had been lost for a hundred years, and found num-
bers of curious things, but not the dagger, and the king tore
his beard, and the queen tore her hair, for the handkerchief
and the dagger were the most valuable things in the king-
dom.
When the king saw that the search was hopeless he said:



























"Never mind, let us make haste and get the wedding over
before anything else is lost." And then he asked where
the princess was. Upon this her nurse came forward and
said:
Sire, I have bees seeking her these two hours, but she is
nowhere to be found." This was more than the queen could
bear. She gave a shriek of alarm, and fainted away, and
they had to pour two barrels of eau-de-cologne over her be-






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fore she recovered. When she came to herself everybody
was looking for the princess in the greatest terror and con-
fusion, but as she did not appear, the king said to his page:
Go and find the Ambassador Fanfaronade, who is doubt-
less asleep in some corner, and tell him the sad news."
So the page hunted hither and thither, but Fanfaronade
was no more to be found than the princess, the dagger, or
the neck-handkerchief!
Then the king summoned his counselors and his guards,
and, accompanied by the queen, went into his great hall. As
he had not had time to prepare his speech beforehand, the
king ordered that silence should be kept for three hours, and
at the end of that time he spoke, as follows:
"Listen, great and small! My dear daughter Mayblossom
is lost: whether she has been stolen away or has simply dis-
apppeared, I cannot tell. The queen's neck-handkerchief and
my sword, which are worth their weight in gold, are also
missing, and, what is worst of all, Ambassador Fanfaronade
is nowhere to be found. I greatly fear that the king, his
master, when he receives no tidings from him, will come to
seek him among us, and will accuse us of having made mince-
meat of him. Perhaps I could bear even that if I had any
money, but I assure you that the expenses of the wedding
have completely ruined me. Advise me, then, my dear sub-
jects, what I had better do to recover my daughter, Fanfar-
onade, and the other things."
This was the most eloquent speech the king had been
known to make, and when everybody had done admiring it
the prime minister made answer:
Sire, we are all very sorry to see you so sorry. We would
give everything we value in the world to take away the cause
of your sorrow, but this seems to be another of the tricks of
the Fairy Carabosse. The princess' twenty unlucky years
were not quite over, and really, if the truth must be told,
I noticed that Fanfaronade and the princess admired one an-
other greatly. Perhaps this may give some clew to the mys-
tery of their disappearance."
Here the queen interrupted him, saying, "Take care what
you say, sir. Believe me, the Princess Mayblossom was far
too well brought up to think of falling in love with an am-
bassador."






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At this the nurse came forward, and falling on her knees,
confessed how they had made the little needle-hole in the
tower, and how the princess had declared when she saw the
ambassador that she would marry him and nobody else.
Then the queen was very angry, and gave the nurse and the
cradle-rocker and the nursery-maid such a scolding that they
shook in their shoes. But the Admiral Cocked-hat inter-
rupted her, crying:
Let us be off after this good-for-nothing Fanfaronade,
for without a doubt he has run away with our princess."
Then there was a great clapping of hands, and everybody
shouted, "By all means let us be after him."
So while some embarked upon the sea, the others ran from
kingdom to kingdom beating drums and blowing trumpets,
and wherever a crowd collected they cried:
"Whoever wants a beautiful doll, sweetmeats of all kinds,
a little pair of scissors, a golden robe, and a satin cap has
only to say where Fanfaronade has hidden the Princess May-
blossom."
But the answer everywhere was, "You must go further,
we have not seen them."
However, those who went by sea were more fortunate, for
after sailing about for some time they noticed a light before
them which burned at night like a great fire. At first they
dared not go near it, not knowing what it might be, but by
and by it remained stationary over Squirrel Island, for, as
you have guessed already, the light was the glowing of the
carbuncle. The princess and Fanfaronade upon landing upon
the island had given the boatman a hundred gold pieces, and
made him promise solemnly to tell no one where he had taken
them; but the first thing that happened was that, as he rowed
away, he got into the midst of the fleet, and before he could
escape the admiral had seen him and sent a boat after him.
When he was searched they found the gold pieces in his
pocket, and as they were quite new coins, struck. in honor of
the princess' wedding, the admiral felt certain that the boat-
man must have been paid by the princess to aid her in her
flight. But he would not answer any questions, and pre-
tended to be deaf and dumb.
Then the admiral said: Oh! deaf and dumb is he Lash
him to the mast and give him a taste of the cat-o'-nine-tails.






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I don't know anything better than that for curing the deaf
and dumb!"
And when the old boatman saw he was in earnest, he told
all he knew about the cavalier and the lady whom he had
landed upon Squirrel Island, and the admiral knew it must
be the princess and Fanfaronade; so he gave the order for
the fleet to surround the island.
Meanwhile the Princess Mayblossom, who was by this time
terribly sleepy, had found a grassy bank in the shade, and
throwing herself down had already fallen into a profound
slumber, when Fanfaronade, who happened to be hungry and
not sleepy, came and woke her up, saying very crossly:
Pray, madam, how long do you mean to stay here? I see
nothing to eat, and though you may be very charming, the
sight of you does not prevent me from famishing."
"What! Fanfaronade," said the princess, sitting up and
rubbing her eyes, "is it possible that when I am here with
you you can want anything else? You ought to be thinking
all the time how happy you are."
Happy! cried he; say rather unhappy. I wish with all
my heart that you were back in your dark tower again."
"Darling, don't be cross," said the princess. "I will go
and see if I can find some wild fruit for you."
"I wish you might find a wolf to eat you up," growled
Fanfaronade.
The princess, in great dismay, ran hither and thither all
about the wood, tearing her dress and hurting her pretty
white hands with the thorns and brambles, but she could
find nothing good to eat, and at last she had to go back sor-
rowfully to Fanfaronade. When he saw that she came
empty-handed, he got up and left her angrily, grumbling to
himself.
Tha next day they searched again, but with no better suc-
cess.
Alas I" said the princess, if only I could find something
for you to eat, I should not mind being hungry myself."
No, I should not mind that either," answered Fanfaron-
ade.
"Is it possible," said she, "that you would not care if I
died of hunger? Oh, Fanfaronade, you said you loved
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That was when we were in quite another place and I was
not hungry," said he. It makes a great difference in one's
ideas when one is dying of hunger and thirst on a desert
island."
At this the princess was dreadfully vexed, and she sat down
under a white rose bush and began to cry bitterly.
"Happy roses," she thought to herself, "they have only to
blossom in the sunshine and be admired, and there is nobody
to be unkind to them." And the tears ran down her cheeks
and splashed on the rose-tree roots. Presently she was sur-
prised to see the whole bush rustling and shaking, and a soft
little voice from the pretttiest rosebud said:
"Poor princess! look in the trunk of that tree and you will
find a honeycomb, but don't be foolish enough to share it
with Fanfaronade."
Mayblossom ran to the tree, and sure enough there was the
honey. Without losing a moment she ran with it to Fanfar-
onade, crying gayly:
"See, here is a honeycomb that I have found. I might
have eaten it up all by myself, but I had rather share it with
you."
But without looking at her or thanking her, he snatched
the honeycomb out of her hands and ate it all up-every bit,
without offering her a morsel. Indeed, when she humbly
asked for some he said mockingly that it was too sweet for
her, and would spoil her teeth.
Mayblossom, more downcast than ever, went sadly away
and sat down under an oak tree, and her tears and sighs were
so piteous that the oak fanned her with his rustling leaves
and said:
"Take courage, pretty princess, all is not lost yet. Take
this pitcher of milk and drink it up, and whatever you do,
don't leave a drop for Fanfaronade."
The princess, quite astonished, looked round and saw a
big pitcher full of milk, but before she could raise it to her
lips the thought of how thirsty Fanfaronade must be, after
eating at least fifteen pounds of honey, made her run back to
him and say:
"Here is a pitcher of milk; drink some, for you must be
thirsty, I am sure; but pray save a little for me, as I am dy-
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But he seized the pitcher and drank all it contained at a
single draught, and then broke it to atoms on the nearest
.stone, saying, with a malicious smile: "As you have not eaten
anything you cannot be thirsty."
Ah!" cried the princess, "I am well punished for dis-
appointing the king and queen, and running away with this
.ambassador, of whom I knew nothing."
And so saying she wandered away into the thickest part of
the wood, and sat down under a thorn tree, where a nightin-
gale was singing. Presently she heard him say: "Search
under the bush, princess; you will find some sugar almonds
and some tarts there. But don't be silly enough to offer Fan-
faronade any." And this time the princess, who was faint-
ing with hunger, took the nightingale's advice, and ate what
she found, all by herself. But Fanfaronade, seeing that she
had found something good, and was not going to share
it with him, ran after her in such a fury that
*she hastily drew out the queen's carbuncle, which had the
property of rendering people invisible if they were in dan-
ger, and when she was safely hidden from him she reproached
him gently for his unkindness.
Meanwhile Admiral Cocked-hat had dispatched Jack-the-
chatterer-of-the-straw-boots, courier in ordinary to the prime
minister, to tell the king that the princess and the ambas-
sador had landed on Squirrel Island, but that not knowing
the country he had not pursued them, for fear of being cap-
tured by concealed enemies. Their majesties were overjoyed
at the news, and the king sent for a great book, each leaf of
which was eight ells long. It was the work of a very clever
fairy, and contained a description of the whole earth. He
very soon found that Squirrel Island was uninhabited.
"Go," said he to Jack-the-chatterer, "tell the admiral
from me to land at once. I am surprised at his not having
done so sooner." As soon as this message reached the fleet,
every preparation was made for war, and the noise was so
great that it reached the ears of the princess, who at once
flew to protect her lover. As he was not very brave he ac-
cepted her aid gladly.
"You stand behind me," said she, "and I will hold the
carbuncle, which will make us invisible, and with the king's
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soldiers landed they could see nothing, but the princess
touched them one after another with the dagger and they fell
insensible upon the sand, so that at last the admiral, seeing
that there was some enchantment, hastily gave orders for a
retreat to be sounded, and got his men back into their boats
in great confusion.
Fanfaronade, being once more left with the princess, be-
gan to think that if he could get rid of her, and possess him-
self of the carbuncle and the dagger, he would be able to
make his escape. So as they walked over the cliffs he gave
the princess a great push,
hoping that she would fall
'- into the sea; but she
stepped aside so quickly
that he only succeeded in
Sn overbalancing himself, and
over he went and sank to
the bottom of the sea like
s a lump of lead, and was
never heard of any more.
While the princess was
still looking after him in
horror her attention was
attracted by a rushing
noise over her head, and
looking up she saw two
chariots approaching rap-
idly from opposite direc-
tions. One was bright
and glittering, and drawn
by swans and peacocks,
while the fairy who sat in
it was beautiful as a sun-
beam; the other drawn by
bats and ravens, contained a frightful little dwarf, who
was dressed in a snake's skin, and wore a great toad upon
her head for a hood. The chariots met with a frightful crash
in mid-air, and the princess looked on in breathless anxiety
while a furious battle took place between the lovely fairy
with her golden lance, and the hideous little dwarf with her
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the best of it, and the dwarf turned her bats' heads and flick-
ered away in great confusion, while the fairy came down to
where the princess stood, and said, smiling: "You see, prin-
cess, I have completely routed that malicious old Carabosse.


Will you believe it I she actually wanted to claim authority
over you forever, because you came out of the tower four
days before the twenty years were ended. However, I think
I have settled her pretensions, and I hope you will be very
happy and enjoy the freedom I have won for you."
The princess thanked her heartily and then the fairy dis-
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robe for Mayblossom, who certainly needed it, for her own
was torn to shreds by the thorns and briars. Another pea-
cock was sent to the admiral to tell him that he could now
land in perfect safety, which he at once did, bringing all his
men with him, even to Jack-the-chatterer, who, happening
to pass the spit upon which the admiral's dinner was roast-
ing, snatched it up and brought it with him.
Admiral Cocked-hat was immensely surprised when he
came upon the golden chariot, and still more so to see two
lovely ladies walking under the trees a little further away.
When he reached them of course he recognized the prin-
cess, and he went down on his knees and kissed her hand



















quite joyfully. Then she presented him to the fairy, and
told him how Carabosse had been finally routed, and he
thanked and congratulated the fairy, who was most gracious
to him. While they were talking she cried suddenly:
"I declare, I smell a savory dinner."
"Why, yes,, madam, here it is," said Jack-the-chatterer,
holding up the spit, where all the pheasants and partridges
were frizzling. "Will your highness please to taste any of
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"By all means," said the fairy, "especially as the prin-
cess will certainly be glad of a good meal."
So the admiral sent back to his ship for everything that
was needful, and they feasted merrily under the trees. By
the time they had finished, the peacock had come back with a
robe for the princess, in which the fairy arrayed her. It was
of green and gold brocade, embroidered with pearls and ru-
bies, and her long golden hair was tied back with strings
of diamonds and emeralds, and crowned with flowers. The
fairy made her mount beside her in the golden chariot, and
took her on board the admiral's ship, where she bade fare-
well, sending many messages of friendship to the queen, and
bidding the princess tell her she was the fifth fairy who had
attended the christening. Then salutes were fired, the fleet
weighed anchor, and very soon they reached the port. Here
the king and queen were waiting, and they received the
princess with such joy and kindness that she could not get
a word in edgeways, to say how sorry she was for having
run away with such a very poor-spirited ambassador. But,
after all, it must have been all Carabosse's fault. Just at
this lucky moment who should arrive but King Merlin's son,
who had become uneasy at not receiving any news from his
ambassador, and so had started himself with a magnificent
escort of a thousand horsemen, and thirty body-guards in
gold and scarlet uniforms, to see what could have happened.
As he was a hundred times handsomer and braver than the
ambassador, the princess found she could like him very much.
So the wedding was held at once, with so much splendor and
rejoicing that all the previous misfortunes were quite for-
gotter

SORIA MORIA CASTLE.*

There were once upon a time a couple of old folks who had
a son called Halvor. Ever since he had been a little boy he
had been unwilling to do any work, and had just sat raking
about among the ashes. His parents sent him away to learn
several things, but Halvor stayed nowhere, for when he had
been gone two or three days he always ran away from his
From P. C. Asbjornsen.






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master, hurried off home, and sat down in the chimney cor-
ner to grub among the ashes again.
One day, however, a sea captain came and asked Halvor if
he hadn't a fancy to come with him and go to sea, and be-
hold foreign lands. And Halvor had a fancy for that, so he
was not long in getting ready.
How long they sailed I have no idea, but after a long, long
time there was a terrible storm, and when it was over and
all had become calm again they knew not where they were,
for they had been driven away to a strange coast of which
none of them had any knowledge.
As there was no wind at all they lay there becalmed, and
Halvor asked the skipper to give him leave to go on shore to
look about him, for he would much rather do that than lie
there and sleep.
"Dost thou think that thou art fit to go where people can
see thee ?" said the skipper; "thou hast no clothes but those
rags thou art going about in I"
Halvor still begged for leave, and at last got it, but he
was to come back at once if the wind began to rise.
So he went on shore and it was a delightful country;
whithersoever he went there were wide plains with fields and
meadows, but as for people there were none to be seen. The
wind began to rise, but Halvor thought that he had not seen
enough yet, and that he would like to walk about a little
longer, to try if he could not meet somebody. So after
a while he came to a great highway, which was so smooth
that an egg might have been rolled along it without breaking.
Halvor followed this, and when evening drew near he saw a
big castle far away in the distance, and there were lights
in it. So as he had now been walking the whole day and had
not brought anything to eat away with him, he was fright-
fully hungry. Nevertheless, the nearer he came to the castle
the more afraid he was.
A fire was burning in the castle, and Halvor went into the
kitchen, which was more magnificent than any kitchen he
had ever yet beheld. There were vessels of gold and silver,
but not one human being was to be seen. When Halvor had
stood there for some time, and no one had come out, he went
in and opened a door, and inside a princess was sitting at
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"Nay!" she cried, "can Christian folk dare to come
hither? But the best thing that you can do is to go away
again, for if not the troll will devour you. A troll with
three heads lives here."
"I should have been just as well pleased if he had had
four heads more, for I should have enjoyed seeing the fel-
low," said the youth; and I won't go away, for I have done
no harm, but you must give me something to eat, for I am
frightfully hungry."
When Halvor had eaten his fill, the princess told him to
try if he could wield the sword which was hanging on the
wall, but he could not wield it, nor could he even lift it up.
"Well, then, you must take a drink out of that bottle
which is hanging by its side, for that's what the troll does
whenever he goes out and wants to use the sword," said the
princess.
Halvor took a draught and in a moment he was able to
swing the sword about with perfect ease. And now he
thought it was high time for the troll to make his appear-
ance, and at that very moment he came, panting for breath.
Halvor got behind the door.
"Hutetu!" said the troll, as he put his heads in at the
door. "It smells just as if there was a Christian man's
blood here!"
," Yes, you shall learn that there is! said Halvor, and cut
off all his heads.
The princess was so rejoiced to be free that she danced
and sang, but then she remembered her sisters, and said:
"If my sisters were but free, too!"
"Where are they 8" asked Halvor.
So she told him where they were. One of them had been
taken away by a troll to his castle, which was six miles off,
and the other had been carried off to a castle which was nine
miles further off still.
"But now," said she, "you must first help me to get this
dead body away from here."
Halvor was so strong that he cleared everything away, and
made all clean and tidy very quickly. So then they ate and
drank, and were happy, and next morning he set off in the
gray light of dawn. He gave himself no rest, but walked or
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he was again just a little afraid. It was much more splen-
did than the other, but here, too, there was not a human be-
ing to be seen. So Halvor went into the kitchen, and did
not linger there either, but went straight in.
"Nay! do Christian folk dare to come here?" cried the
second princess. "I do not know how long it is since I my-
self came, but during all that time I have never seen a
Christian man. It will be better for you to depart at once,
for a troll lives here who has six heads."
No, I shall not go," said Halvor; even if he had six more
I would not."
He will swallow you up alive," said the princess.
But she spoke to no purpose, for Halvor would not go; he
was not afraid of the troll, but he wanted some meat and
drink, for he was hungry after his journey. So she gave him
as much as he would have, and then she once more tried to
make him go away.
"No," said Halvor, "I will not go, for I have not done
anything wrong, and I have no reason to be afraid."
He won't ask any questions about that," said the prin-
cess, "for he will take you without leave or right; but as
you will not go, try if you can wield that sword which the
troll uses in battle."
He could not wield the sword; so the princess said that he
was to take a draught from the flask which hung by its side,
and when he had done that he could wield the sword.
Soon afterward the troll came, and he was so large and
stout that he was forced to go sideways to get through the
door. When the troll got his first head in he cried:
"Hutetu It smells of a Christian man's blood here! "
With that Halvor cut off the first head, and so on, with
all the rest. The princess was now exceedingly delighted,
but then she remembered her sisters, and wished that they
too, were free. Halvor thought that might be managed, and
wanted to set off immediately; but first he had to help the
princess to remove the troll's body, so that it was not until
morning that he set forth on his way.
It was a long way to the castle, and he both walked and
ran to get there in time. Late in the evening he caught
sight of it, and it was very much more magnificent than
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afraid, but went into the kitchen and then straight on inside
the castle. There a princess was sitting who was so beau-
tiful that there was never anyone to equal her. She, too,
said what the others had said, that no Christian folk had
ever been there since she had come, and entreated him to

























go away again, or else the troll would swallow him up alive.
The troll had nine heads, she told him.
"Yes, and if he had nine added to the nine, and then
nine more still, I would not go away," said Halvor, and went
and stood by the stove.
The princess begged him very prettily to go lest the troll
should devour him; but Halvor said, Let him come when he
will."
So she gave him the troll's sword, and bade him take a
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At the same moment the troll came, breathing hard, and
he was ever so much bigger and stouter than either of the
others, and he, too, was forced to go sideways to get in
through the door.
"Hutetu! what a smell of Christian blood there is here!"
said he.
Then Halvor cut off the first head, and after that the
others, but the last was the toughest of them all, and it was
the hardest work that Halvor had ever done to get it off, but
he still believed he would have strength enough to do it.
And now all the princesses came to the castle and were to-
gether again, and they were happier than they had ever been
in their lives; and they were delighted with Halvor, and he
with them, and he was to choose the one he liked best; but of
the three sisters the youngest loved him best.
But Halvor went about and was so strange and so mourn-
ful and quiet that the princesses asked what it was that he
longed for, and if he did not like to be with them. He said
that he did like to be with them, for they had enough to live
on, and he was very comfortable there; but he longed to go
home, for his father and mother were alive, and he had a
great desire to see them again.
They thought that this might easily be done.
You shall go and return in perfect safety if you will fol-
low our advice," said the princesses.
So he said that he would do nothing that they did not wish.
Then they dressed him so splendidly that he was like a
king's son; and they put a ring on his finger, and it was one
which would enable him to go there and back again by wish-
ing, but they told him he must not throw it away or name
their names; for if he did, all his magnificence would be at
an end, and then he would never see them more.
"If I were but at home again, or if home were but here "
said Halvor, and no sooner had he wished this than it was
granted. Halvor was standing outside his father and
mother's cottage before he knew what he was about. The
darkness of night was coming on, and when the father and
mother saw such a stately stranger walk in they were so star-
tled that they both began to bow and courtesy.
Halvor then inquired if he could stay there and have lodg-
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can give you no such accommodations," they said, "for we
have none of the things that are needful when a great lord
like you is to be entertained. It will be better for you to go
up to the farm. It is not far off, you can see the chimney-
pots from here, and there they have plenty of everything."
Halvor would not hear of that, he was absolutely deter-
mined to stay where he was; but the old folks stuck to
what they had said, and told him that he was to go to the
farm, where he could get both meat and drink, whereas they
themselves had not even a chair to offer him.
No," said Halvor, "I will not go up there till early to-
morrow morning; let me stay here to-night. I can sit down
on the hearth."
They could say nothing against that, so Halvor sat down
on the hearth and began to rake about among the ashes just
as he had done before, when he lay there idling away his
time.
They chattered much about many things, and told Halvor
of this and of that, and at last he asked them if they had
never had any child.
"Yes," they said; they had had a boy who was called Hal-
vor, but they did not know where he had gone, and they could
not even say whether he were dead or alive.
Could I be he ?" said Halvor.
"I should know him well enough," said the old woman,
rising. "Our Halvor was so idle and slothful that he never
did anything at all, and he was so ragged that one hole ran
into another all over his clothes. Such a fellow as he was
could never turn into such a man as you are, sir."
In a short time the old woman had to go to the fireplace
to stir the fire, and when the blaze lit up Halvor, as it used
to do when he was at home raking up the ashes, she knew him
again.
Good heavens! is that you, Halvor 8" said she, and such a
great gladness fell over the old parents there were no bounds
to it. And now he had to relate everything that had befallen
him, and the old woman was so delighted with him that she
would take him up to the farm at once to show him to the
girls who had formerly looked down on him so. She went
there first, and Halvor followed her. When she got there
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they should just see how magnificent he was. He looks like
a prince," she said.
"We shall see that he is just the same ragamuffin that he
was before," said the girls, tossing their heads.
At that same moment Halvor entered, and the girls were
so astonished that they left their kirtles lying in the chim-
ney-corner, and ran away in nothing but their petticoats.
When they came in again they were so shamefaced that they
hardly dared to look at Halvor, toward whom they had always
been so proud and haughty before.
Aye, aye! you have always thought you were so pretty
and dainty that no one was equal to you," said Halvor, but
you should just see the eldest princess whom I set free. You
look like herdswomen compared with her, and the second
princess is also much prettier than you; but the youngest,
who is my sweetheart, is more beautiful than either sun or
moon. I wish to Heaven they were here, and then you could
see them."
Scarcely had he said this before they were standing by his
side, but then he was very sorrowful, for the words which
they had said to him came to his mind.
Up at the farm a great feast was made ready for the prin-
cesses, and much respect paid to them, but they would not
stay there.
"We want to go down to your parents," they said to Hal-
vor, so we will go out and look about us."
He followed them out, and they came to a large pond out-
side the farm-house. Very near the water there was a pretty
green bank,, and there the princesses said they would sit down
and while away an hour, for they thought it would be pleas-
ant to sit and look out over the water, they said.
Here they sat down, and when they had sat for a short
time the youngest princess said, "I may as well comb your
hair a little, Halvor."
So Halvor laid his head down on her lap and she combed
it, and it was not long before he fell asleep. Then she took
her ring from him and put another in its place, and then
she said to her sisters: "Hold me as I am holding you. I
would that we were at Soria Moria Castle."
When Halvor awoke he knew that he had lost the prin-
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that he could not be comforted. In spite of all his father's
and mother's entreaties, he would not stay, but bade them
farewell, saying that he would never see them more, for if he
did not find the princess again he did not think it worth
while to live.
He again had three hundred dollars, which he put into his
pocket and went on his way. When he had walked some dis-
tance he met a man with a tolerably good horse. Halvor
longed to buy it, and began to bargain with the man.
"Well, I have not exactly been thinking of selling him."
said the man, "but if we could agree, perhaps- "
Halvor inquired how much he wanted to have for the horse.
I did not give much for him, and he is not worth much;
he is a capital horse to ride, but good for nothing at draw-
ing; but he will always be able to carry your bag of pro-
visions and you, too, if you walk and ride by turns." At last
they agreed about the price, and Halvor laid his bag on the
horse, and sometimes he walked and sometimes he rode. In
the evening he came to a green field where stood a great tree,
under which he seated himself. Then he let the horse loose
and lay down to sleep, but before he did that he took his bag
off the horse. At daybreak he set off again, for he did not
feel as if he could take any rest. So he walked and rode the
whole day, through a great wood where there were many
green places which gleamed very prettily among the trees.
He did not know where he was or whither he was going, but
he never lingered longer in any place than was enough to let
his horse get a little food when they came to one of those
green spots, while he himself took out his bag of provisions.
So he walked and he rode, and it seemed to him that the
wood would never come to an end. But on the evening of the
second day he saw a light shining through the trees.
"If only there were some people up there I might warm
myself and get something to eat," thought Halvor.
When he got to the place where the light had come from,
he saw a wretched little cottage, and through a small pane of
glass he saw a couple of old folks inside. They were very
old, and as gray-headed as a pigeon, and the old woman had
such a long nose that she sat in the chimney-corner and used
it to stir the fire.
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what errand have you that can bring you here? No Chris-
tian folk have been here for more than a hundred years."
So Halvor told her that he wanted to get to Soria Moria
Castle, and inquired if she knew the way thither.
No," said the old woman, that I do not, but the moon
will be here presently and I will ask her, and she will know.
She can easily see it for she shines on all things."
So when the moon stood clear and bright above the tree-
tops the old woman went out. Moon! moon! she screamed,
"Canst thou tell me the way to Soria Moria Castle ? "
No," said the moon, that I can't, for when I shone there,
there was a cloud before me."
Wait a little longer," said the old woman to Halvor, for
the west wind will presently be here, and he will know it,
for he breathes gently or blows into every corner.
"What! have you a horse, too?" she said when she came
in again. "Oh let the poor creature loose in our bit of
fenced-in pasture, and don't let it stand there starving at
our very door. But won't you exchange him with me? We
have a pair of old boots here with which you can go fifteen
quarters of a mile at each step. You shall have them for the
horse, and then you will be able to get sooner to Soria Moria
castle."
Halvor consented to this at once, and the old woman was
so delighted with the horse that she was ready to dance.
"For now I, too, shall be able to ride to church," she said.
Halvor could take no rest and wanted to set off immediately;
but the old woman said that there was no need to hasten.
"Lie down on the bench and sleep a little, for we have no
bed to offer you," said she, and I will watch for the coming
of the west wind."
Ere long came the west wind, roaring so loud that the
walls creaked.
The old woman went out and cried:
"West wind! west wind! Canst thou tell me the way to
Soria Moria Castle? Here is one who would go thither."
Yes, I know it well," said the west wind. I am just on
my way there to dry the clothes for the wedding which is to
take place. If he is fleet of foot he can go with me."
Out ran Halvor.
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said the west wind; and away it went over hill and dale, and
moor and morass, and Halvor had enough to do to keep up
with it.
"Well, now I have no time to stay with you any longer,"
said the west wind,'" for I must first go and tear down a bit
of spruce fir before I go to the bleaching-ground to dry the
clothes; but just go along the side of the hill and you will
come to some girls who are standing there washing clothes,
and then you will not have to walk far before you are at
Soria Moria Castle."
Shortly afterward Halvor came to the girls who were stand-
ing washing, and they asked him if he had seen anything

















of the west wind, who was to come there to dry the clothes
for the wedding.
"Yes," said Halvor, "he has only gone to break down a
bit of spruce fir. It won't be long before he is here." And
then he asked them the way to Soria Moria Castle. They
put him in the right way, and when he came in front of the
castle it was so full of horses and people that it swarmed
with them. But Halvor was so ragged and torn with follow-
ing the west wind through bushes and bogs that he kept on
one side, and would not go among the crowd until the last
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So when, as was the usage and custom, all were to drink
to the bride and the young girls who were present, the cup-
bearer filled the cup for each in turn, both bride and bride-
groom, and knights and servants, and at last, after a very


long time, he came to Halvor. He drank their health, and
then slipped the ring which the princess had put on his finger
when they were sitting by the waterside into the glass, and
ordered the cup-bearer to carry the glass to the bride from
him and greet her.
Then the princess at once rose up from the table, and said,
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livered us from the trolls or he who is sitting here as bride-
groom? "
There could be but one opinion as to that, everyone
thought, and when Halvor heard what they said he was
not long in flinging off his beggar's rags and arraying himself
as a bridegroom.
"Yes, he is the right one," cried the youngest princess
when she caught sight of him; so she flung the other out of
the window and held her wedding with Halvor.


THE DEATH OF KOSHOHEI THE DEATHLESS.*

In a certain kingdom there lived a Prince Ivan. He had
three sisters. The first was the Princess Marya, the second
the Princess Olga, the third the Princess Anna. When their
father and mother lay at the point of death, they had thus
enjoined their son: "Give your sisters in marriage to the
very first suitors who come to woo them. Don't go keeping
them by you!"
They died, and the prince buried them, and then, to solace
his grief, he went with his sisters into the garden green to
stroll. Suddenly the sky was covered by a black cloud; a ter-
rible storm arose.
"Let us go home, sisters!" he cried.
Hardly had they got into the palace when the thunder
pealed, the ceiling split open, and into the room where they
were came flying a falcon bright. The falcon smote upon
the ground, became a brave youth, and said:
"Hail, Prince Ivan! Before I came as a guest, but now I
have come as a wooer II wish to propose for your sister, the
Princess Marya."
"If you find favor in the eyes of my sister, I will not in-
terfere with her wishes. Let her marry you, in God's name! "
The Princess Marya gave her consent; the falcon married
*her and bore her away into his own realm.
Days follow days, hours chase hours; a whole year goes by.
One day Prince Ivan and his sisters went out to stroll in
the garden green. Again there arose a storm-cloud, with
whirlwind and lightning.
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Let us go home, sisters I" cries the prince. Scarcely had
they entered the palace when the thunder crashed, the roof
burst into a blaze, the ceiling split in twain, and in flew an
eagle. The eagle smote upon the ground, and became a brave
youth.
"Hail, Prince Ivan! Before I came as a guest, but
now I have come as a wooer!"
And he asked for the hand of the Princess Olga. Prince
Ivan replied:
"If you find favor in the eyes of the Princess Olga, then
let her marry you. I will not interfere with her liberty of
choice."
The Princess Olga gave her consent and married the
eagle. The eagle took her and carried her off to his own
kingdom.
Another year went by. Prince Ivan said to his youngest
sister:
"Let us go out and stroll in the garden green!"
They strolled about for a time. Again there arose a storm-
cloud, with whirlwind and lightning.
Let us return home, sister! said he.
They returned home, but they hadn't had time to sit down
then the thunder crashed, the ceiling split open and in flew
a raven. The raven smote upon the floor and became a brave
youth. The former youths had been handsome, but this one
was handsomer still.
"Well, Prince Ivan! Before I came as a guest, but now
I have come as a wooer Give me the Princess Anna to
wife."
"I won't interfere with my sister's freedom. If you gain
her affections, let her marry you."
So the Princess Anna married the raven, and he bore
her away into his own realm. Prince Ivan was left alone. A
whole year he lived without his sisters; then he grew weary,
and said:
"I will set out in search of my sisters."
He got ready for the journey, he rode and rode, and one
day he saw a whole army lying dead on the plain. He cried
aloud, "If there be a living man there let him make answer
Who has slain this mighty host ?"
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All this mighty host has been slain by the fair Prin-
cess Marya Morevna."
Prince Ivan rode further on, and came to a white tent,
and forth came to meet him the fair Princess Marya Mor-
evna.
"Hail, prince!" says she; "whither does God send you?
and is it of your free will or against your will ?"
Prince Ivan replied: "Not against their will do brave
youths ride!"
Well, if your business be not pressing, tarry awhile
in my tent."
Thereat was Prince Ivan glad. He spent two nights in
the tent and he found favor in the eyes of Marya Morevna,
and she married him. The fair princess, Marya Morevna,
carried him off into her own realm.
They spent some time together, and then the princess took
it into her head to go a-warring. So she handed over all
the housekeeping affairs to Prince Ivan, and gave him these
instructions:
"Go about everywhere, keep watch over everything; only
do not venture to look into that closet there."
He couldn't help doing so. The moment Marya Morevna
had gone he rushed to the closet, pulled open the door, and
looked in-there hung Koshchei the Deathless, fettered by
twelve chains. Then Koshchei entreated Prince Ivan, say-
in:
"Have pity upon me and give me to drink! Ten years
long have I been here in torment, neither eating nor drink-
ing; my throat is utterly dried up."
The prince gave him a bucketful of water; he drank it
up and asked for more, saying:
A single bucket of water will not quench my thirst; give
me more!"
The prince gave him a second bucketful. Koshchei
drank it up and asked for a third, and when he had swal-
lowed the third bucketful he regained his former strength,
gave his chains a shake, and broke all twelve at once.
"Thanks, Prince Ivan!" cried Koshchei the Deathless,
"now you will sooner see your own ears than Marya Mor-
evnal and out of the window he flew in the shape of a ter-
rible whirlwind. And he came up with the fair Princess






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Marya Morevna as she was going her way, laid hold of her
and carried her off home with him. But Prince Ivan wept
full sore, and he arrayed himself and set out a-wandering,
saying to himself, "Whatever happens I will go and look
for Marya Morevna "
One day passed, another day passed; at the dawn of the
third day he saw a wondrous palace, and by the side of the


palace stood an oak, and on the oak sat a falcon bright.
Down flew the falcon from the oak, smote upon the ground,
turned into a brave youth, and cried aloud:
Ha, dear brother-in-law I how deals the Lord with you ?"
Out came running the Princess Marya, joyfully greeted
her brother Ivan, and began inquiring after his health, and






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telling him all about herself. The prince spent three days
with them; then he said:
I cannot abide with you; I must go in search of my wife,
the fair Princess Marya Morevna."
"Hard will it be for you to find her," answered the fal-
con. "At all events, leave with us your silver spoon. We
will look at it and remember you." So Prince Ivan left his
silver spoon at the falcon's, and went on his way again.
On he went one day, on he went another day, and by the
dawn of the third day he saw a palace still grander than the
former one, and hard by the palace stood an oak, and on the
oak sat an eagle. Down flew the eagle from the oak, smote
upon the ground, turned into a brave youth, and cried aloud:
"Rise up, Princess Olga! Here comes our brother dear!"
The Princess Olga immediately ran to meet him, and be-
gan kissing him and embracing him, asking after his health,
and telling him all about herself. With them Prince Ivan
stopped three days; then he said:
"I cannot stay here any longer. I am going to look for
my wife, the fair Princess Marya Morevna."
"Hard will it be for you to find her," replied the eagle.
"Leave with us a silver fork. We will look at it and re-
member you."
He left a silver fork behind and went his way. He trav-
eled one day, he traveled two days; at daybreak on the third
day he saw a palace grander than the first two, and near the
palace stood an oak, and on the oak sat a raven. Down flew
the raven from the oak, smote upon the ground, turned into
a brave youth, and cried aloud:
"Princess Anna, come forth quickly! our brother is com-
ing."
SOut ran the Princess Anna, greeted him joyfully, and be-
gan kissing and embracing him, asking after his health and
telling him all about herself. Prince Ivan stayed with them
three days; then he said:
"Farewell! I am going to look for my wife, the fair Prin-
cess Marya Morevna."
"Hard will it be for you to find her," replied the raven.
"Anyhow, leave your silver snuff-box with us. We will look
at it and remember you."
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and went his way. One day he went, another day he went,
and on the third day he came to where Marya Morevna was.
She caught sight of her love, flung her arms around his neck,
burst into tears and exclaimed:
"Oh, Prince Ivan! why did you disobey me and go look-
ing into the closet and letting out Koshchei the Deathless ? "
"Forgive me, Marya Morevna. Remember not the past;
much better fly with me while Koshchei the Deathless is
out of sight. Perhaps he won't catch us."
So they got ready and fled. Now Koshchei was out hunt-
ing. Toward evening he was returning home, when his good
steed stumbled beneath him.
"Why stumblest thou, sorry jade? Scentest thou some
ill?"
The steed replied:
Prince Ivan has come and carried off Marya Morevna."
"Is it possible to catch them?"
"It is possible to sow wheat, to wait till it grows up, to
reap it and thresh it, to grind it to flour, to make five pies of
it, to eat those pies, and then to start in pursuit-and even
then to be in time."
Koshchei galloped off and caught up Prince Ivan.
"Now," says he, "this time I will forgive you in return
for your kindness in giving me water to drink. And a sec-
ond time I will forgive you; but the third time, beware! I
will cut you to bits."
Then he took Marya Morevna from him and carried her
off. But Prince Ivan sat down upon a stone and burst into
tears. He wept and wept-and then returned back again to
Marya Morevna. Now Koshchei the Deathless happened not
to be at home.
"Let us fly, Marya Morevna!"
Ah, Prince Ivan he will catch us."
"Suppose he does catch us. At all events we shall have
spent an hour or two together."
So they got ready and fled. As Koshchei the Deathless
was returning.home, his good steed stumbled beneath him.
"Why stumblest thou, sorry jade? Scentest thou some
ill?"
"Prince Ivan has come and carried off Marya Morevna."
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"It is possible to sow barley, to wait till it grows up, to
reap it and thresh it, to brew beer, to drink ourselves drunk
on it, to sleep our fill, and then to set off in pursuit-and yet
to be in time."
Koshchei galloped off, caught up Prince Ivan.
"Didn't I tell you that you should not see Marya Mor-
evna any more than your own ears?"
And he took her away and carried her off home with him.
Prince Ivan was left there alone. He wept and wept.
Then he went back again after Marya Morevna. Koshchei
happened to be away from home at that moment.
"Let us fly, Marya Morevna! "
"Ah, Prince Ivan! he is sure to catch us and hew you in
pieces."
Let him hew away! I cannot live without you."
So they got ready and fled.
Koshchei the Deathless was returning home when his good
steed stumbled beneath him.
"Why stumblest thou? Scentest thou any ill?"
"Prince Ivan has come and has carried off Marya Mor-
evna."
Koshchei galloped off, caught Prince Ivan, chopped him
into little pieces, put them into a barrel, smeared it with
pitch and bound it with iron hoops, and flung it into the
blue sea. But Marya Morevna he carried off home.
At that very time the silver articles turned black which
Prince Ivan had left with his brothers-in-law.
Ah!" said they, the evil is accomplished, sure enough "
Then the eagle hurried to the blue sea, caught hold of the
barrel and dragged it ashore; the falcon flew away for the
water of life, and the raven for the water of death.
Afterward they all three met, broke open the barrel, took
out the remains of Prince Ivan, washed them, and put them
together in fitting order. The raven sprinkled them with the
water of death-the pieces joined together, the body became
whole. The falcon sprinkled it with the water of life-
Prince Ivan shuddered, stood up, and said:
Ah what a time I've been sleeping I "
"You'd have gone on sleeping a good deal longer if it
hadn't been for us," replied his brothers-in-law. Now come
and pay us a visit."






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SITay, brothers; I shall go and look for Marya Morevna."
And when he had found her, he said to her:
"Find out from Koshchei the Deathless from whence 1e
got so good a steed."
So Marya Morevna chose a favorable moment, and began
asking Koshchei about it. Koshchei replied:
"Beyond thrice nine lands, in the thirtieth kingdom, on
the other side of the fiery river, there lives a baba yaga. She
has so good a mare that she flies right round the world on it


every day. And she has many other splendid mares. I
watched her herds for three days without losing a single
mare, and in return for that the baba yaga gave me a foal."
"But how did you get across the fiery river?"
"Why, I've a handkerchief of this kind-when I wave it
thrice on the right hand, there springs up a very lofty bridge,
and the fire cannot reach it."
Marya Morevna listened to all this and repeated it to
Prince Ivan, and she carried off the handkerchief and gave
it to him. So he managed to get across the fiery river, and






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then went on to the baba yaga's. Long went he on without
getting anything either to eat or to drink. At last he came
across an outlandish bird and its young ones. Says Prince
Ivan:
I'll eat one of these chickens."
"Don't eat it, Prince Ivan begs the outlandish bird;
some time or other I'll do you a good turn."
He went on further and saw a hive of bees in the forest.
"I'll get a bit of honeycomb," says he.
"Don't disturb my honey, Prince Ivan!" exclaims the
queen-bee; some time or other I'll do you a good turn."
So he didn't disturb it, but went on. Presently there met
him a lioness with her cub.
Anyhow, I'll eat this lion cub," says he; I'm so hungry
I feel quite unwell!"
"Please let us alone, Prince Ivan," begs the lioness;
" some time or other I'll do you a good turn."
"Very well; have it your own way," says he.
Hungry and faint he wandered on, walked further and
further, and at last came to where stood the house of the
baba yaga. Round the house were set twelve poles in a
circle, and on each of eleven of these poles was stuck a hu-
man head; the twelfth alone remained unoccupied.
"Hail, granny!"
"Hail, Prince Ivan! wherefore have you come? Is it of
your own accord or on compulsion ?"
"I have come to earn from you an heroic steed."
S"So be it, prince! You won't have to serve a year with
me, but just three days. If you take good care of my mares
I will give you an heroic steed. But if you don't-why, then
you mustn't be annoyed at finding your head stuck on top of
the last pole up there."
Prince Ivan agreed to these terms. The baba yaga gave
him food and drink and bade him set about his business.
But the moment he had driven the mares afield, they cocked
up their tails and away they tore across the meadows in all
directions. Before the prince had time to look round they
were all out of sight. Thereupon he began to weep and to
disquiet himself, and then he sat down upon a stone and went
to sleep. But when the sun was near its setting the outland-
ish bird came flying up to him and awakened him, saying:






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"Arise, Prince Ivan The mares are at home now."
The prince arose and returned home. There the baba yaga
was storming and raging at her mares, and shrieking:
"Whatever did ye come home for?"
"How could we help coming home?" said they. "There
came flying birds from every part of the world, and all but
pecked our eyes out."
Well, well! to-morrow don't go galloping over the mead-
ows, but disperse amid the thick forests."
Prince Ivan slept all night. In the morning the baba yaga
says to him:
"Mind, Prince I if you don't take good care of the mares,
if you lose merely one of them-your bold head will be stuck
on that pole !"
He drove the mares afield. Immediately they cocked up
their tails and dispersed among the thick forests. Again
did the prince sit down on the stone, weep and weep, and
then go to sleep. The sun went down behind the forest. Up
came running the lioness.
Arise, Prince Ivan! The mares are all collected."
Prince Ivan arose and went home. More than ever did the
baba yaga storm at her mares and shriek:
"Whatever did ye come back home for?"
"How could we help coming back? Beasts of prey came
running at us from all parts of the world, and all but tore
us utterly to pieces."
"Well, to-morrow run off into the blue sea."
Again did Prince Ivan sleep through the night. Next
morning the baba yaga sent him forth to watch the mares.
"If you don't take good care of them," says she, "your
bold head will be stuck on that pole!"
He drove the mares afield. Immediately they cocked up
their tails, disappeared from sight and fled into the blue sea.
There they stood, up to their necks in water. Prince Ivan
sat down on the stone, wept, and fell asleep. But when the
sun had set behind the forest, up came flying a bee, and said:
"Arise, prince The mares are all collected. But when
,you get home don't let the baba yaga set eyes on you, but go
into the stable and hide behind the mangers. There you will
find a sorry colt rolling in the muck. Do you steal it, and
at the dead of night ride away from the house."






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Prince Ivan arose, slipped into the stable, and lay down be-
hind the mangers, while the baba yaga was storming away
at her mares and shrieking:
"Why did ye come back ?"
"How could we help coming back? There came flying bees
in countless numbers from all parts of the world, and began
stinging us on all sides till the blood came!"
The baba yaga went to sleep. In the dead of the night
Prince Ivan stole the sorry colt, saddled it, jumped on its
back, and galloped away to the fiery river. When he came
to the river he waved the handkerchief three times on the
right hand, and suddenly, springing goodness knows whence,
there hung across the river, high in the air, a splendid
bridge. The prince rode across the bridge and waved the
handkerchief twice only on the left hand; there remained
across the river a thin, ever so thin a bridge!
When the baba yaga got up in the morning the sorry colt
was not to be seen! Off she set in pursuit. At full speed did
she fly in her iron mortar, urging it on with the pestle,
sweeping away her traces with the broom. She dashed up to
the fiery river, gave a glance, and said, "A capital bridge! "
She drove on to the bridge, but had only got half-way when
the bridge broke in two,, and the baba yaga went flop into
the river. There truly did she meet with a cruel death!
Prince Ivan fattened up the colt in the green meadows, and
it turned into a wondrous 'steed. Then he rode to where
Marya Morevna was. She came running out, and flung her-
self on his neck, crying:
By what means has God brought you back to life ?"
"Thus and thus," says he. "Now come along with me."
"I am afraid, Prince Ivan! If Koshchei catches us you
will be cut in pieces again."
"No, he won't catch us! I have a splendid heroic steed
now; it flies just like a bird." So they got on its back and
rode away.
Koshchei the Deathless was returning home when his
horse stumbled beneath him.
"What art thou stumbling for, sorry jade? Dost thou
scent any ill?"
"Prince Ivan has come and carried off Marya Morevna."
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God knows I Prince Ivan has a horse now which is better
than I."
"Well, I can't stand it," says Koshchei the Deathless. "I
will pursue."
After a time he came up with Prince Ivan, lighted on the
ground, and was going to chop him up with his sharp sword.
But at that moment Prince Ivan's horse smote Koshchei the
Deathless full swing with its hoof, and cracked his skull,


















and the prince made an end of him with a club. Afterward
the prince heaped up a pile of wood, set fire to it, burned
Koshchei the Deathless on the pyre, and scattered his- ashes
to the wind. Then Marya Morevna mounted Koshchei's
horse and Prince Ivan got on his own, and they rode away to
visit first the raven, and then the eagle, and then the falcon.
Wherever they went they met with a joyful greeting.
"Ah, Prince Ivan! why, we never expected to see you
again. Well, it wasn't for nothing that you gave yourself
so much trouble. Such a beauty as Marya Morevna one
might search for all the world over-and never find one like
her!"
And so they visited, and they feasted; and afterward they
went off to their own realm.






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THE BLACK THIEF AND KNIGHT OF THE GLEN.*

In times of yore there was a king and queen in the south
of Ireland who had three sons, all beautiful children; but the
queen their mother sickened unto death when they were
yet very young, which caused great grief throughout the
court, particularly to the king, her husband, who could in no
wise be comforted. Seeing that death was drawing near her,
she called the king to her and spoke as follows:
"I am now going to leave you, and as you are young and
in your prime of course after my death you will marry again.
Now all the request that I ask of you is that you will build
a tower in an island in the sea wherein you will keep your
three sons until they are come of age and fit to do for them-
selves; so that they may not be under the power or jurisdic-
tion of any other woman. Neglect not to give them an edu-
cation suitable to their birth, and let them be trained up to
every exercise and pastime requisite for kings' sons to learn.
This is all I have to say, so farewell."
The king had scarce time, with tears in his eyes, to assure
her she should be obeyed in everything, when she, turning
herself in her bed, with a smile gave up the ghost. Never was
greater mourning seen than was throughout the court and
the whole kingdom; for a better woman than the queen, to
rich and poor, was not to be found in the world. She was
interred with great pomp and magnificence, and the king,
her husband, became in a manner inconsolable for the loss
of her. However, he caused the tower to be built, and his
sons placed in it, under proper guardians, according to his
promise.
In process of time the lords and knights of the kingdom
counseled the king (as he was 'young) to live no longer as
he had done, but to take a wife; which counsel prevailing,
they chose him a rich and beautiful princess to be his consort
-a neighboring king's daughter, of whom he was very fond.
Not long after the queen had a fine son, which caused great
feasting and rejoicing at the court, insomuch that the late
queen, in a manner, was entirely forgotten. That fared well,


* The Hibernian Tales.






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and king and queen lived happy together for several years.
At length the queen having some business with the hen-
wife, went herself to her, and after a long conference passed,
was taking leave of her, when the hen-wife prayed that if
ever she should come back to her again she might break her
neck. The queen, greatly incensed at such a daring insult
from one of her meanest subjects, demanded immediately the
reason or she would have her put to death.
"It was worth your while, madame," says the hen-wife,
"to pay me well for it, for the reason I prayed so on you con-
cerns you much."
"What must I pay you? asked the queen.
You must give me," says she, the full of a pack of wool,
and I have an ancient crock which you must fill with butter,
likewise a barrel which you must fill for me full of wheat."
How much wool will it take to the pack ?" says the queen.
"It will take seven herds of sheep," said she, "and their
increase for seven years." "
How much butter will it take to fill your crock ?"
"Seven dairies," said she, and their increase for seven
years."
"And how much will it take to fill the barrel you have?"
says the queen.
"It will take the increase of seven barrels of wheat for
seven years."
That is a great quantity," says the queen; "but the rea-
son must be extraordinary, and before I want it, I will give
you all you demand."
"Well," says the hen-wife, "it is because you are so stupid
that you don't observe or find out those affairs that are so
dangerous and hurtful to yourself and your child."
"What is that?" says the queen.
Why," says she, "the king, your husband, has three fine
sons.he had by the late queen, whom he keeps shut up in a
tower until they come of age, intending to divide the king-
dom between them and let your son push his fortune; now,
if you don't find some means of destroying them, your child,
and, perhaps, yourself, will be left desolate in the end."
And what would you advise me to do 8" said she. I am
wholly at a loss in what manner to act in this affair."
"You must make known to the king," says the hen-wife,






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"that you heard of his sons, and wonder greatly that he con-
cealed them all this time from you; tell him you wish to see
them, and that it is full time for them to be liberated, and
that you would be desirous he would bring them to the court.
The king will then do so, and there will be a great feast pre-
pared on that account, and also diversions of every sort to
amuse the people; and in these sports," said she, "ask the
king's sons to play a game at cards with you, which they will
not refuse. Now," says the hen-wife, you must make a bar-
gain, that if you win they must do whatever you command
them, and if they win you must do whatever they command
you to do; this bargain must be made before the assembly,
and here is a pack of cards," says she, "that I am thinking
you will not lose by."
The queen immediately took the cards, and after returning
the hen-wife thanks for her kind instruction, went to the
palace, where she was quite uneasy until she got speaking to
the king in regard of his children; at last she broke it off to
him in a very polite and engaging manner, so that he could
see no sinister design in it. He readily consented to her
desire, and his sons were sent for to the tower, who gladly
came to court, rejoicing that they were freed from such con-
fnement. They were all very handsome, and very expert in
all arts and exercises, so that they gained the love and esteem
of all that had seen them.
The queen, more jealous with them than ever, thought it
an age until all the feasting and rejoicing was over, that she
might get making her proposal, depending greatly on the hen-
wife's cards. At length this royal assembly began to sport
and play at all kinds of diversions, and the queen very cun-
ningly challenged the three princes to play at cards with her,
making bargain with them as she had been instructed.
They accepted the challenge, and the eldest son and she
played the first game, which she won; then the second son
played and she won that game likewise; the third son and
she then played the last game, and he won it, which sorely
grieved her that she had not him in her power as well as the
rest, being by far the handsomest and most beloved of the
three.
However, everyone was anxious to hear the queen's com-
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any ill design in her head against them. Whether it was the
hen-wife instructed her, or whether it was from her own
knowledge, I cannot tell; but she gave out that they must go
and bring her the Knight of the Glen's wild steed of bells, or
they should lose their heads.
The young princes were not in the least concerned, not
knowing what they had to do; but the whole court was
amazed at her demand, knowing very well that it was impos-
sible for them ever to get the steed, as all who ever sought


him perished in the attempt. However, they could not re-
tract the bargain, And the youngest prince was desired to tell
what demand he had on the queen, as he had won his game.
My brothers," says he, are now going to travel, and, as I
understand, a perilous journey wherein they know not what
road to take or what may happen them. I am resolved, there-
fore, not to stay here, but to go with them, let what will be-
tide; and I request and command, according to my bar-
gain, that the queen shall stand on the highest tower of the
palace until we come back (or find out that we are certainly






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dead), with nothing but sheaf corn for her food and cold
water for her drink, if it should be for seven years and
longer."
All things being now fixed, the three princes departed the
court in search of the Knight of the Glen's palace, and trav-
eling along the road they came up with a man who was a
little lame and seemed to be somewhat advanced in years;
they soon fell into discourse, and the youngest of the princes
asked the stranger his name, or what was the reason he wore
so remarkable a black cap as he saw on him.
"I am called," said he, "the Thief of Sloan, and some-
times the Black Thief, from my cap" ; and so telling the
prince the most of his adventures, he asked him again where
they were bound for, or what they were about.
The prince, willing to gratify his request, told him their
affairs from the beginning to the end. "And now," said he,
"we are traveling, and do not know whether we are on the
right road or not."
Ah my brave fellows," says the Black Thief, "you little
know the danger you run. I am after that steed myself these
seven years, and can never steal him on account of a silk
covering he has on him in the stable, with sixty bells fixed
to it, and whenever you approach the place he quickly ob-
serves it and shakes himself; which, by the sound of the
bells not only alarms the prince and his guards, but the whole
country round, so that it is impossible ever to get him, and
those who are so unfortunate as to be taken by the Knight of
the Glen are boiled in a red-hot fiery furnace."
"Bless me," says the young prince, "what will we do ? If
we return without the steed we will lose our heads, so I see
we are ill-fixed on both sides."
"Well," says the Thief of Sloan, "if it were my case I
would rather die by the knight than by the wicked queen; be-
sides, I will go with you myself and show you the road, and
whatever fortune you will have, I will take chance of the
same."
They returned him sincere thanks for his kindness, and he,
leing well acquainted with the road, in a short time brought
them within view of the knight's castle.
Now," says he, "we must stay here till night comes; for
I know all the ways of the place, and if there be any chance






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for it, it is when they are all at rest; for the steed is all the
watch the knight keeps there."
Accordingly, in the dead hour of the night, the king's three
sons and the Thief of Sloan attempted the steed of bells in
order to carry him away, but before they could reach the
stables the steed neighed most terribly and shook himself so,
and the bells rang with such noise, that the knight and all
his men were up in a moment.
The Black Thief and the king's sons thought to make their
escape, but they were suddenly surrounded by the knight's
guards and taken prisoners, when they were brought into
that dismal part of the palace where the knight kept a fur-
nace always boiling, in which he threw all offenders that
came in his way, which in a few moments would entirely
consume them.
"Audacious villains! says the Knight of the Glen, "how
dare you attempt so bold an action as to steal my steed?
See now, the reward of your folly; for your greater punish-
ment I will not boil you all together, but one after the other,
so that he that survives may witness the dire afflictions of his
unfortunate companions."
So saying, he ordered his servants to stir up the fire. "We
will boil the eldest-looking of these young men first," said he,
" and so on to the last, which will be this old champion with
the black cap. He seems to be the captain, and looks as if
he had come through many toils."
"I was as near death once as the prince is yet," says the
Black Thief, and escaped; and so will he too."
No, you never were," said the knight; for he is within
two or three minutes of his latter end."
"But," says the Black Thief, "I was within one moment
of my death, and I am here yet."
"How was that?" says the knight; "I would be glad to
hear it, for it seems impossible."
If you think, sir knight," says the Black Thief, that the
danger I was in surpasses that of this young man, will you
pardon him his crime ?"
"I will," says the knight, "so go on with your story.
"I was, sir," says he, "a very wild boy in my youth, and
came through many distresses; once in particular, as I was
on my rambling, I was benighted and could find no lodging.






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At length I came to an old kiln, and being much fatigued I
went up and lay on the ribs. I had not been there long when
I saw three witches coming in with three bags of gold. Each
put their bags of gold under their heads as if to sleep. I
heard one of them say to the other that if the Black Thief
came on them while they slept, he would not leave them a
penny. I found by their discourse that everybody had got
my name into their mouth, though I kept silent as death
during their discourse. At length they fell fast asleep, and
then I stole softly down, and seeing some turf convenient, I
placed one under each of their heads, and off I went with
their gold as fast as I could.
I had not gone far," continued the Thief of Sloan, until
I saw a greyhound, a hare, and a hawk in pursuit of me, and
began to think it must be the witches who had taken the
shapes in order that I might not escape them unseen either
by land or water. Seeing they did not appear in any for-
midable shape, I was more than once resolved to attack them,
thinking that with my broadsword I could easily destroy
them. But considering again that it was perhaps still in
their power to become alive again, I gave over the attempt,
and climbed with difficulty up a tree, bringing my sword in
my hand and all the gold along with me. However, when
they came to the tree they found what I had done, and making
further use of their hellish art, one of them was changed into
a smith's anvil and another into a piece of iron, of which the
third soon made a hatchet. Having the hatchet made she,
fell to cutting down the tree, and in the course of an hour
it began to shake with me. At length it began to bend, and
I found that one or two blows at the most would put it down.
I then began to think that my death was inevitable, consid-
ering that those who were capable of doing so much would
soon end my life; but just as she had the stroke drawn that
would terminate my fate, the cock crew, and the witches dis-
appeared, having resumed their natural shapes for fear of
being known, and I got safe off with my bags of gold.
"Now, sir," says he to the Knight of the Glen, "if that be
not as great an adventure as you ever heard, to be within
one blow of a hatchet of my end, and that blow even drawn,
and after all to escape, I leave it to yourself."
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Knight of the Glen, and on that account pardon this young"
man of his crime; so stir up the fire till I boil this second
one."
"Indeed," says the Black Thief, "I would fain think he:
would not die this time either."
"How so said the knight; "it is impossible for him to'
escape."
"I escaped death more wonderfully myself," says the'
Thief of Sloan, than if you had him ready to throw into the
furnace, and I hope it will be the case with him likewise."


















"Why, have you been in another great danger?" says the
knight. I would be glad to hear the story, too, and if it be
as wonderful as the last, I will pardon this young man as
I did the other."
"My way of living, sir," says the Black Thief, "was not
good, as I told you before; and being at a certain time fairly
run out of cash, and meeting with no enterprise worthy of no-
tice, I was reduced to great straits. At length a rich bishop
died in the neighborhood I was then in, and I heard he was
interred with a great deal of jewels and rich robes upon him,
all which I intended in a short time to be master of. Ac-
cordingly that very night I set about it, and coming to the
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dark vault, which I slowly entered. I had not gone in far
until I heard a foot coming toward me with a quick pace, and
although naturally bold and daring, yet, thinking of the de-
ceased bishop and the crime I was engaged in, I lost courage
and ran toward the entrance of the vault. I had retreated
but a few paces when I observed between me and the light
the figure of a tall black man standing in the entrance. Be-
ing in great fear, and not knowing how to pass, I fired a pis-
tol at him and he immediately fell across the entrance. Per-
ceiving he still retained the figure of a mortal man, I began
to imagine that it could not be the bishop's ghost; recovering
myself therefore from the fear I was in, I ventured to the
upper end of the vault, where I found a large bundle, and
upon further examination found that the corpse was already
rifled, and that which I had taken to be a ghost was no more
than one of his own clergy. I was then very sorry that I had
the misfortune to kill him, but then it could not be helped.
I took up the bundle that contained everything belonging to
the corpse that was valuable, intending to take my departure
from this melancholy abode; but just as I came to the
mouth of the entrance I saw the guards of the place coming
toward me, and distinctly heard them saying they would look
in the vault, for that the Black Thief would think little of
robbing the corpse if he was anywhere in the place. I did not
then know in what manner to act, for if I was seen I would
surely lose my life, as everybody had a lookout at that time,
and because there was no person bold enough to come in on
me, I knew very well that on the first sight of me that could
be got, I would be shot like a dog. However, I had no time
to lose. I took and raised up the man which I had killed, as
if he was standing on his feet, and I, crouching behind him,
bore-him up as well as I could, so that the guards readily
saw him as they came up to the vault. Seeing the man in
black, one of the men cried 'that was the Black Thief, and,
presenting his piece, fired at the man, at which I let him
fall, and crept into a little dark corner myself, that was at
the entrance of the place. When they saw the man fall, they
ran all into the vault, and never stopped until they were at
the end of it, for fear, as I thought, that there might be
some others along with him that was killed. But while they
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could miss, I slipped out, and, once away, and still away; but
they never had the Black Thief in their power since."
"Well, my brave fellow," says the Knight of the Glen, "I
see you have come through many dangers: you have freed
thcse two princes by your stories; but I am sorry myself that
this young prince has to suffer for all. Now, if you could
tell me something as wonderful as you have told already, I
would pardon him likewise; I pity this youth and do not
want to put him to death if I could help it."
"That happens well," says the Thief of Sloan, "for I like
him best myself, and have reserved the most curious passage
for the last on his account."
"Well, then," says the knight,, "let us hear it."
"I was one day on my travels," says the Black Thief, and
I came into a large forest, where I wandered a long time and
could not get out of it. At last I came to a large castle, and
fatigue obliged me to call in the same, where I found a young
woman and a child sitting on her knee, and she crying.
I asked her what made her cry, and where the lord of the
castle was, for I wondered greatly that I saw no stir of serv-
ants or any person about the place.
"' It is well for you,' says the young woman, 'that the lord
of this castle is not at home at present; for he is a monstrous
giant with but one eye in his forehead, who lives on human
flesh. He brought me this child,' says she, 'I do not know
where he got it, and ordered me to make it into a pie, and I
cannot help crying at the command.'
"I told her that if she knew of any place convenient that
I could leave the child safely I would do it, rather than it
should be killed by such a monster.
She told me of a house a distance off where I would get a
woman who would take care of it. 'But what will I do in
regard of the pie '
"'Cut a finger off it,' said I, 'and I will bring you in a
young wild pig out of the forest, which you may dress as if
it was the child, and put the finger in a certain place, that
if the giant doubts anything about it you may know where
to turn it over at the first, and when he sees it he will be
fully satisfied that the pie is made of the child.'
She agreed to the scheme I proposed, and cutting off the
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told me of, and brought her the little pig in the place of it.
She then made ready the pie, and after eating and drinking
heartily myself, I was just taking my leave of the young
woman when we observed the giant coming through the
castle gates.
"'Bless me,' said she, 'what will you do now? Run away
and lie down among the dead bodies that he has in the room
[showing me the place], and strip off your clothes, that he
may not know you from the rest if he has occasion to go
that way.'
"I took her advice and laid myself down among the rest,


as if dead, to see how he would behave. The first thing I
heard was him calling for his pie. When she set it down
before him he swore it smelled like swine's flesh, but know-
ing where to find the finger she immediately turned it up,
which fairly convinced him to the contrary. The pie only
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ing his knife and saying he must have a collop or two, for he
was not near satisfied. But what was my terror when I heard
the giant groping among the bodies, and, fancying myself,
cut the half of my hip off and took it with him to be roasted.
You may be certain I was in great pain, but the fear of be-
ing killed prevented me from making any complaint. How-
ever, when he had eaten all he began to drink hot liquors
in great abundance so that in a short time he could not hold
up his head, but threw himself on a large creel he had made
for the purpose, and fell fast asleep. When I heard him
snoring, as I was I went up and caused the woman to bind
my wound with a handkerchief; and taking the giant's spit,
reddened it in the fire and ran it through the eye, but was
not able to kill him.
"However, I left the spit sticking in his head, and took
to my heels; but I soon found that he was in pursuit of me,
although blind; and having an enchanted ring, he threw it
at me, and it fell on my big toe and remained fastened to it.
"The giant then called to the ring, where it was, and to
my great surprise it made him answer on my foot; and he,
guided by the same, made a leap at me which I had the good
luck to observe, and fortunately escaped the danger. How-
ever, I found running was of no use in saving me as long as
I had the ring on my foot; so I took my sword and cut off
the toe it was fastened on, and threw both into a large fish-
pond that was convenient. The giant called again to the
ring, which by the power of enchantment always made him
answer; but he, not knowing what I had done, imagined it
was still on some part of me, and made a violent leap to
seize me, when he went into the pond, over head and ears,
and was drowned. Now, sir knight," says the Thief of Sloan,
"you see what dangers I came through and always escaped;
but, indeed, I am lame for the want of my toe ever since."
My lord and master," says an old woman that was listen-
ing all the time, "that story is but too true, as I well know,
for I am the very woman that was in the giant's castle,
and you, my lord, the child that I was to make into a pie;
and this is the very man that saved your life, which you may
know by the want of the finger that was taken off, as you
have heard, to deceive the giant."
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heard the old woman tell, and knowing he wanted his finger
from his childhood, began to understand that the story was
true enough.
And this is my deliverer? says he. Oh, brave fellow,
I not only pardon you all, but will keep you with myself while
you live, where you shall feast like princes, and have every
attendance that I have myself."
They all returned thanks on their knees, and the Black
Thief told him the reason they attempted to steal the steed
of bells, and the necessity they were under in going home.
"Well," says the Knight of the Glen, "if that is the case
I bestow you my steed rather than this brave fellow should
die; so you may go when you please, only remember to call
and see me betimes, that we may know each other well."
They promised they would, and with great joy they set off
for the king their father's palace, and the Black Thief along
with them.
The wicked queen was standing all this time on the tower,
and hearing the bells ringing at a great distance off knew
very well it was the princes coming home, and the steed with
them, and through spite and vexation precipitated herself
from the tower and was shattered to pieces.
The three princes lived happily and well during their
father's reign, and always keeping the Black Thief along
with them; but how they did after the old king's death is
not known.


THE MASTER-THIEF.*

There was once upon a time a husbandman who had three
sons. He had no property to bequeath to them, and no means
of putting them in the way of getting a living, and.he did
not know what to do, so he said they had his leave to take
anything they most fancied, and go to any place they liked
best. He would gladly accompany them for some part of
their way, he said, and that he did. He went with them till
they came to a place where three roads met, and there each
of them took his own way, and the father b.de them farewell
and returned to his own home again. What became of the
*From P. C. Asbjornsen.






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two elder I have never been able to discover, but the youngest
went both far and wide.
It came to pass one night as he was going through a great
wood that a terrible storm came on. It blew so hard and
rained so heavily that he could scarcely keep his eyes open,
and before he was aware of it he had got quite out of the
track, and could find neither road nor path. But he went on,
and at last he saw a light far away in the wood. Then he
thought he must try and get to it, and after a long, long time
he did reach it. There was a large house, and the fire was
burning so brightly inside that he could tell that the people
were not in bed. So he went in, and inside there was an old
woman who was busy about some work.
"Good-evening, mother!" said the youth.
"Good-evening! said the old woman.
Hutetu! it is terrible weather outside to-night," said the
young fellow.
"Indeed, it is," said the old woman.
Can I sleep here, and have shelter for the night ?" asked
the youth.
"It wouldn't be good for you to sleep here," said the old
hag, for if the people of the house come home and find you,
they will kill both you and me."
"What kind of people are they, then, who dwell here?"
said the youth.
"Oh! robbers, and rabble of that sort," said the old woman;
"they stole me away when I was little and I have had to keep
house for them ever since."
I still think I will go to bed, all the same," said the youth.
"No matter what happens, I'll not go out to-night in such
weather as this."
"Well, then, it will be the worse for'yourself," said the
old woman.
The young man lay down in a bed which stood near, but he
dared not go to sleep; and it was better that he didn't, for
the robbers came, and the old woman said that a young fellow
who was a stranger had come there, and she had not been
able to get him to go away again.
Did you see if he had any money ?" said the robbers.
"ie's not one to have money, he is a tramp! If he has
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Then the robbers began to mutter to each other apart about
what they should do with him; whether they should murder
him, or what else they should do. In the meantime the boy
got up and began to talk to them, and ask them if they did
not want a man-servant, for he could find pleasure enough
in serving them.
Yes," said they, if you have a mind to take to the trade
that we follow, you may have a place here."
"It's all the same to me what trade I follow," said the
youth, "for when I came away from home my father gave
me leave to take any trade I fancied."
"Have you a fancy for stealing, then?" said the rob-
bers.
Yes," said the boy, for he thought that was a trade which
would not take long to learn.
Not very far off there dwelt a man who had three oxen, one
of which he was to take to the town to sell. The robbers had
heard of this, so they told the youth that if he were able to
steal the ox from him on the way, without his knowing, and
without doing him any harm, he should have leave to be their
servant-man. So the youth set off, taking with him a pretty
shoe with a silver buckle that was lying about the house. He
put this in the road by which the man must go with his ox,
and then went into the wood and hid himself under a bush.
When the man came up he at once saw the shoe.
"That's a brave shoe," said he. "If I had but the fellow
to it I would carry it home with me, and then I should put
my old woman into a good humor for once."
For he had a wife who was so cross and ill-tempered that
the time between the beatings she gave him was very short.
But then he bethought himself he could do nothing with
one shoe if he had not the fellow to it, so he journeyed on-
ward and let it lie where it was. Then the youth picked
up the shoe and hurried off away through the wood as fast
as he was -able, to get in front of the man, and then put the
shoe in the road before him again.
When the man came with the ox and saw the shoe, he was
quite vexed at having been so stupid as to leave the fellow to
it lying where it was, instead of bringing it on with him.
I will just run back and fetch it now," he said to himself,
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woman, and she may perhaps throw a kind word to me for
once."
So he went and searched for the other shoe for a long,
long time, but no shoe was to be found, and at last he was
forced to go back with the one which he had.
In the meantime the youth had taken the ox and gone off
with it. When the man got there and found that his ox
was gone he began to weep and wail, for he was afraid that


when his old woman got to know she would be the death of
him. But all at once it came into his head to go home and
get the other ox and drive it to the town, and take good care
that his old wife knew nothing about it. So he did this;
he went home and took the ox without his wife's knowing
about it, and went on his way to the town with it. But the






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robbers, they knew it well, because they got out their magic.
So they told the youth that if he could take this ox also
without the man knowing anything about it, and without
doing him any hurt, he should then be on an equality with
them.
"Well, that will not be a very hard thing to do," thought
the youth.
This time he took with him a rope and put it under his
arms and tied himself up to a tree which hung over the road
that the man would have to take. So the man came with his
ox, and when he saw the body hanging there he felt a little
queer.
"What a hard lot yours must have been to make you hang
yourself I" said he. Ah, well you may hang there for me;
I can't-breathe life into you again."
So he went on with his ox. Then the youth sprang down
from the tree, ran by a short cut and got before him, and
once more hung himself up on a tree in the road before the
man.
"How I should like to know if you really were so sick at
heart that you hanged yourself there, or if it is only a hob-
goblin that's before me! said the man. Ah, well! you may
hang there for me, whether you are a hobgoblin or not," and
on he went with his ox.
Once more the youth did just as he had done twice already;
jumped down from the tree, ran by a short cut through the
wood, and again hanged himself in the very middle of the
road before him. But when the man once more saw this
he said to himself, "What a bad business this is! Can they
all have been so heavy-hearted that they have all three hanged
themselves? No, I can't believe it is anything but witch-
craft! But I will know the truth," he said; "if the two
others are still hanging there it is true, but if they are not
it's nothing else but witchcraft."
So he tied up his ox and ran back to see if they really were
hanging there. While he was going, and looking up at every
tree as he went, the youth leaped down and took his ox and
went off with it. Anyone may easily imagine the fury the
man fell into when he came back and saw that his ox was
gone. He wept and he raged, but at last he took comfort
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take the third ox without letting his wife know anything
about it, and then to try to sell it so well as to get a good
sum of money for it. So he went home and took the third
ox and drove it off without his wife knowing anything about
it. But the robbers knew all about it and they told the youth
if he could steal this as he had stolen the two others he should
be master of the whole troop. So the youth set out and went
to the wood and when the man was coming along with the ox
he began to bellow loudly, just like a great ox somewhere in-
side the wood. When the man heard that he was right glad,
for he fancied he recognized the voice of his big bullock, and
thought that now he should find both of them again. So he
tied up the third and ran away off the road to look for them
in the wood. In the meantime the youth went away with
the third ox. When the man returned and found that he had
lost that, too, he fell into such a rage that there were no
bounds to it. He wept and lamented, and for many days he
did not dare to go home again, for he was afraid that the
old woman would slay him outright. The robbers, also, were
not very well pleased at this, for they were forced to own
that the youth was at the head of them all. So one day
they made up their minds to set to work' to do something
which it was not in his power to accomplish, and they all
took to the road together and left him at home alone. When
they were well out of the house the first thing that he did
was to drive the oxen out on the road, whereupon they all ran
home again to the man from whom he had stolen them, and
right glad was the husbandman to see them. Then he brought
out all the horses the robbers had and loaded them with the
most valuable things he could find-vessels of gold and of
silver, and clothes and other magnificent things-and then
he told the old woman to greet the robbers from him and
thank them from him, and say that he had gone away, and
that they would have a great deal of difficulty in finding him
again, and with that he drove the horses out of the court-
yard. After a long, long time he came to the road upon
which he was traveling when he came to the robbers. And
when he had got very near home and was in sight of the
house where his father lived, he put on a uniform which he
had found among the things taken from the robbers, which
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as if he were a great man. Then he entered the house and
asked if he could find a lodging there.
"No, indeed you can't!" said his father. "How could I
possibly be able to lodge such a great gentleman as you? It
is all that I can do to find clothes and bedding for myself,
and wretched they are."
You were always a hard man," said the youth, and hard
you are still if you refuse to let your own son come into
your house."
Are you my son ?" said the man.
Do you not know me again, then? said the youth.
Then he recognized him and said, "But what trade have
you taken to that has made you such a great man in so short
a time?"
Oh, that I will tell you," answered the youth. You said
that I might take to anything I liked, so I apprenticed my-
self to some thieves and robbers, and now I have served my
time and become master-thief."
Now the governor of the province lived by his father's
cottage, and this governor had such a large house and so
much money that he did not even know how much it was, and
he had a daughter, too, who was both pretty and dainty, and
good and wise. So the master-thief was determined to have
her to wife, and told his father to go to the governor
and ask for his daughter for him. "If he asks what trade I
follow, you may say that I am a master-thief," said he.
"I think you must be crazy," said the man, "for you can't
be in your senses if you think of anything so foolish."
You must go to the governor and beg for his daughter-
there is no help," said the youth.
But I dare not go to the governor and say this. He is so
rich and has so much wealth of all kinds," said the man.
"There is no help for it," said the master-thief; "go you
must, whether you like it or not. If I can't get you to go by
using good words, I will soon make you go with bad ones."
But the man was still unwilling, so the master-thief fol-
lowed him, threatening him with a great birch stick, till he
went weeping and wailing through the door to the governor
of the province.
"Now, my man, and what's amiss with you?" said the
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So he told him that he had three sons who had gone away
one day, and how he had given them permission to go where
they chose, and take to whatsoever work they fancied.
"Now," he said, the youngest of them has come home, and
has threatened me till I have come to you to ask your daugh-
ter for him, and I ari to say that he is a master-thief," and
again the man fell a-weeping and lamenting.
"Console yourself, my man," said the governor, laughing.
"You may tell him from me that he must first give me some
proof of this. If he can steal the joint off the spit in the
kitchen on Sunday, when every one of us is watching it,
he shall have my daughter. Will you tell him that ?"
The man did tell him, and the youth thought it would
be easy enough to do it. So he set himself to work to catch
three hares alive, put them in a bag, clad himself in some
old rags so that he looked so poor and wretched that it was
quite pitiable to see him, and in this guise on Sunday fore-
noon he sneaked into the passage with his bag, like any
beggar boy. The governor himself and everyone in the
house, was in the kitchen, keeping watch over the joint.
While they were doing this the youth let one of the hares
slip out of his bag, and off it set and began to run around
the yard.
"Just look at that hare," said the people in the kitchen, /
and wanted to go out and catch it.
The governor saw it, too, but said, Oh, let it go it's no
use to think of catching a hare when it's running away."
It was not long before the youth let another hare out, and
the people in the kitchen saw this, too, and thought that it
was the same. So again they wanted to go out and catch
it, but the governor told them that it was of no use to try.
Very soon afterward, however, the youth let slip the third
hare, and it set off and ran round and round the court-yard.
The people in the kitchen saw this, too, and believed that it
was still the same hare that was running about, so they
wanted to go out and catch it.
"It's a remarkably fine hare I said the governor. Come
and let us see if we can get hold of it." So out he went, and
the others with him, and away went the hare, and they after
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and ran off with it, and whether the governor got any roast
meat for his dinner that day I know not, but I know that he
had no roast hare, though he chased it till he was both
hot and tired.
At noon came the priest, and when the governor had told
him of the trick played by the master-thief, there was no
end to the ridicule he cast on the governor.
"For my part," said the priest, "I can't imagine myself
being made a fool of by such a fellow as that! "
"Well, I advise you to be careful," said the governor,
"' for he may be with you before you are at all aware."
But the priest repeated what he had said, and mocked


the governor for having allowed himself to be made such a
fool of.
Later in the afternoon the master-thief came and wanted
to have the governor's daughter as he had promised.
"You must first give some more samples of your skill,"
said the governor, trying to speak him fair, for what you
did to-day was no such very great thing after all. Couldn't
you play off a really good trick on the priest? for he is sit-


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ting inside there and calling me a fool for having let myself:
be taken in by such a fellow as you."
Well, it wouldn't be very hard to do that," said the mas-
ter-thief. So he dressed himself up like a bird, and threw
a great white sheet over himself; broke off a goose's wings,
and set them on his back; and in this attire climbed into a
great maple tree which stood in the priest's garden. So
when the priest returned home in the evening the youth
began to cry, "Father Lawrence! Father Lawrence!" for
the priest was called Father Lawrence.
"Who is calling me?" said the priest.
"I am an angel sent to announce to thee that because of
thy piety thou shalt be taken away alive into heaven," said
the master-thief. "Wilt thou hold thyself in readiness to
travel away next Monday night? for then will I come and
fetch thee, and bear thee away with me in a sack, and thou
must lay all thy gold and silver, and whatsoever thou may'st
possess of this world's wealth, in a heap in thy best parlor."
So Father Lawrence fell down on his knees before the an-
gel and thanked him, and on the following Sunday he:
preached a farewell sermon, and gave out that an angel
had come down into the large maple tree in his garden, and
had announced to him that because of his righteousness, he.
should be taken up alive into heaven, and as he thus
preached and told them this, everyone in the church, old or
young, wept.
On Monday night the master-thief once more came as an
angel, and before the priest was put into the sack he fell on
his knees and thanked him; but no sooner was the priest
safely inside it than the master-thief began to drag him
away over stocks and stones.
Oh I oh cried the priest in the sack. Where are you
taking me ?"
This is the way to heaven. The way to heaven is not an
easy one," said the master-thief, and dragged him along till
he all but killed him.
At last he flung him into the governor's goose-house, and
the geese began to hiss and peck at him, till he felt more
dead than alive.
"Oh! oh! oh! Where am I now?" asked the priest.
"Now you are in purgatory," said the master-thief, and off






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he went and took the gold and the silver and all the precious
things which the priest had laid together in his best parlor.
Next morning when the goose-girl came to let out the

































Father Lawrence, Conceiving Himself to be Addressed by an Angel,
Falls on His Knees Before Him.

geese, she heard the priest bemoaning himself as he lay in
the sack in the goose-house.






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"Oh, heavens what is that, and what ails you?" said she.
"Oh," said the priest, "if you are an angel from heaven
do let me out and let me go back to earth again, for no place
was ever so bad as this-the little fiends nip me so with
their tongues."
"I am no angel," said the girl, and helped the priest out
of the sack. "I only look after the governor's geese, that's
what I do, and they are the little fiends which have pinched
your reverence."
"This is the master-thief's doing! Oh, my gold and my
silver and my best clothes!" shrieked the priest, and, wild
with rage, he ran home so fast that the goose-girl thought
he had suddenly gone mad.
When the governor learned what had happened to the
priest he laughed till he nearly killed himself, but when
the master-thief came and wanted to have his daughter ac-
cording to promise, he once more gave him nothing but fine
words, and said, "You must give me one more proof of your
skill, so that I can really judge of your worth. I have twelve
horses in my stable, and I will put twelve stable-boys in it,
one on each horse. If you are clever enough to steal the
horses from under them, I will see what I can do for you."
"What you set me to do can be done," said, the master-
thief, "but am I certain to get your daughter when it is ?"
"Yes; if you can do that I will do my best for you," said
the governor.
So the master-thief went to a shop and bought enough
brandy to fill two pocket flasks, and he put a sleeping drink
into one of these, but into the other he poured brandy only.
Then he engaged eleven men to lie that night in hiding
behind the governor's stable. After this, by fair words and
good payment, he borrowed a ragged gown and a jerkin
from an aged woman, and then, with a staff in his hand and
a poke on his back, he hobbled off as evening came on to-
ward the governor's stable. The stable boys were just water-
ing the horses for the night, and it was quite as much as they
could do to attend to that.
"What on earth do you want here ?" said one of them to
the old woman.
"Oh, dear, oh, dear! How cold it is!" she said, sobbing,
and shivering with cold. "Oh, dear! oh, dear it's cold






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enough to freeze a poor old body to death!" and she shiv-
ered and shook again, and said; For Heaven's sake give me
leave to stay here and sit just inside the stable door."
"You will get nothing of the kind! Be off this moment!
If the governor were to catch sight of you here, he would
lead us a pretty dance," said one.
Oh! what a poor helpless old creature!" said another,
who felt sorry for her. "That poor old woman can do no
harm to anyone. She may sit there and welcome."
The rest of them thought that she ought not to stay, but
while they were disputing about this and looking after the
horses, she crept further and further into the stable, and at
last sat down behind the door, and when once she was inside
no one took any more notice of her.
As the night wore on the stable-boys found it rather cold
work to sit still on horseback.
"Hutetu! But it is fearfully cold!" said one, and began
to beat his arms backward and forward across his breast.
Yes, I am so cold that my teeth are chattering," said an-
other.
"If one had but a little tobacco," said a third.
Well, one of them had a little, so they shared it among
them, though there was very little for each man, but they
chewed it. This was some help for them, but very soon they
were just as cold as before.
Hutetu! said one of them, shivering again.
"Hutetu!" said the old woman, gnashing her teeth to-
gether till they chattered inside her mouth; and then she got
out the flask which contained nothing but brandy, and her
hands trembled so that she shook the bottle about, and when
she drank it made a great gulp in her throat.
"What is that you have in your flask, old woman?-" asked
one of the stable-boys.
Oh, it's only a drop of brandy, your honor," she said.
"Brandy! What! Let me have a drop! Let me have
a drop!" screamed all the twelve at once.
"Oh, but what I have is so little," whimpered the old
woman. "It will not even wet your mouths."
But they were determined to have it, and there was noth-
ing to be done but give it; so she took out the flask with the
sleeping drink and put it to the lips of the first of them; and






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now she shook no more, but guided the flask so that each
of them got just as much as he ought, and the twelfth had
not done drinking before the first was already sitting snor-
ing. Then the master-thief flung off his beggar's rags, and
took one stable boy after the other and gently set him
astride on the partitions which divided the stalls, and then
he called his eleven men who were waiting outside, and they
rode off with the governor's horses.
In the morning when the governor came to look after his
stable-boys they were just beginning to come to again.
They were driving their spurs into the partition till the
splinters flew about, and some of the boys fell off, and some
hung on and sat looking like fools. "Ah, well," said the
governor, "it is easy to see who has been here; but what a
worthless set of fellows you must be to sit here and letthe
master-thief steal the horses from under you!" And they all
got a beating for, not having kept watch better.
Later in the day the master-thief came and related what
he had done, and wanted to have the governor's daughter,
as had been promised. But the governor gave him a hun-
dred dollars, and said that he must do something that was
better still.
"Do you think you can steal my horse from under me
when I am out riding on it?" said he.
Well, it might be done," said the master-thief, if I were
absolutely certain that I should get your daughter."
So the governor said that he would see what he could do,
and then he said that on a certain day he would ride out
to a great common where they drilled the soldiers.
So the master-thief immediately got hold of an old worn-
out mare, and set himself to work to make a collar for it
of green withes and branches of broom; bought a shabby
Qld cart and a great cask, and then he told a poor old beg-
gar woman that he would give her ten dollars if she would
get into the cask and keep her mouth wide open beneath the
tap-hole, into which he was going to stick his finger. No
harm should happen to her, he said; she should only be
driven about a little, and if he took his finger out more than
once she should have ten dollars more. Then he dressed
himself in rags, dyed himself with soot, and put on a wig
and a great beard of goat's hair, so that it was impossible






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to recognize him, and went to the parade ground, where the
governor had already been riding about a long time.
When the master-thief got there the mare went along so
slowly and quietly that the cart hardly seemed to move from
the spot. The mare pulled it a little forward, and then a
little back, and then it stopped quite short. Then the mare
pulled a little forward again, and it moved with such diffi-
culty that the governor had not the least idea that this


















was the master-thief. He rode straight up to him and asked
him if he had seen anyone hiding anywhere about in a wood
that was close by.
"No," said the man, "that I have not."
"Hark you," said the governor. "If you will ride into
that wood and search it carefully to see if you can light upon
a fellow who is hiding in there, you shall have the loan of
my horse and a good present of money for your trouble."
"I am not sure that I can do it," said the man, "for I
have to go to a wedding with this cask of mead which I have
been to fetch, and the tap has fallen out on the way, so now I
have to keep my finger in the tap-hole as I drive."
"Oh, just ride off," said the governor, "and I will look
after the cask and the horse, too."
So the man said that if he would do that he would go, but






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he begged the governor to be very careful to put his finger
into the tap-hole the moment he took his out.
So the governor said that he would do his very best, and
the master-thief got on'the governor's horse.
But time passed, and it grew later and later, and still the
man did not come back, and at last the governor got so
weary of keeping his finger in the tap-hole that he took it
out.
Now I shall have ten dollars more! cried the old woman
inside the cask; so he soon saw what kind of mead it was,
and set out homeward. When he had gone a very little way
he met his servant bringing him the horse, for the master-
thief had already taken it home.
The following day he went to the governor and wanted
to have his daughter, according to promise. But the gov-
ernor again put him off with fine words, and only gave him
three hundred dollars, saying that he must do one more mas-
terpiece of skill, and if he were but able to do that he should
have her.
Well, the master-thief thought he might if he could hear
what it was.
Do you think you can steal the sheet off our bed, and my
wife's night-gown?" said the governor.
"That is by no means impossible," said the master-thief.
" I only wish I could get your daughter as easily."
So late at night the master-thief went and cut down a
thief who was hanging on the gallows, laid him on his own
shoulders and took him away with him. Then he got hold
of a long ladder, set it up against the governor's bedroom
window, and climbed up and moved the dead man's head up
and down, just as if he were someone who was standing out-
side and peeping in.
"There's the master-thief, mother!" said the governor,
nudging his wife. "Now I'll just shoot him, that I will I"
So he took up a rifle which he had laid at his bedside.
Oh, no, you must not do that," said his wife; "you your-
self arranged that he was to come here."
"Yes, mother, I will shoot him," said he, and lay there
aiming, and then aiming again, for no sooner was the head
up and he caught sight of it than it was gone again. At last
he got a chance and fired, and the dead body fell with a






82 THE RED FAIRY BOOK.

loud thud to the ground, and down went the master-thief,
too, as fast as he could.
Well," said the governor, I certainly am the chief man
about here, but people soon begin to talk, and it would be
very unpleasant if they were to see this dead body; the best
thing I can do is to go out and bury him."
"Just do what you think best, father," said his wife.
So the governor got up and went downstairs, and as soon
as he had gone out through the door, the master-thief stole
in and went straight upstairs to the woman.
"Well, father dear," said she, for she thought it was her
husband. "Have you got done already?"
"Oh, yes, I only put him into a hole," said he, "and
raked a little earth over him; that's all I have been able to
do to-night, for it is fearful weather outside. I will bury
him better afterward, but just let me have the sheet to wipe
myself with, for he was bleeding, and I have got covered
with blood with carrying him."
So she gave him the sheet.
"You will have to let me have your night-gown, too," he
said, for I begin to see the sheet won't be enough."
Then she gave him her night-gown, but just then it came
into his head that he had forgotten to lock the door, and he
was forced to go downstairs and do it before he could lie
down in bed again. So off he went with the sheet and the
night-gown too.
An hour later the real governor-returned.
"Well, what a time it has taken to lock the house door,
father said his wife, "and what have you done with the
sheet and the night-gown ?"
What do you mean ?" asked the governor.
Oh, I am asking you what you have done with the night-
gown and the sheet that you got to wipe the blood off your-
self with," said she.
"Good heavens I" said the governor, "has he actually got
the better of me again ? "
When day came the master-thief came too, and the gover-
nor dared not do otherwise than give his daughter to him,
and much money besides, for he feared that if he did not
the master-thief might steal the very eyes out of his head,
and that he himself would be ill-spoken of by all men. The






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master-thief lived well and happily from that time forth,
and whether he ever stole any more or not I cannot tell you,
but if he did it was but for pastime.


BROTHER AND SISTER.*

Brother took sister by the hand and said: Look here; we
haven't had one single happy hour since our mother died.
That stepmother of ours beats us regularly every day, and if
we dare go near her she kicks us away. We never get any-
thing but hard, dry crusts to eat-why, the dog under the
table is better off than we are. She does throw him a good
morsel or two now and then. Oh, dear! if our own dear
mother only knew all about it! Come along, and let us go
forth into the wide world together."
So off they started through fields and meadows, over
hedges and ditches, and walked through the whole day long,
and when it rained sister said:
"Heaven and our hearts are weeping together."
Toward evening they came to a large forest and were so
tired out with hunger and their long walk, as well as their
trouble, that they crept into a hollow tree and soon fell fast
asleep.
Next morning, when they woke up, the sun was already
high in the heavens and was shining down bright and warm
into the tree. Then said brother:
"I'm so thirsty, sister; if I did but know where to find a
little stream, I'd go and have a drink. I do believe I hear
one." He jumped up, took sister by the hand, and they set
off to hunt for the brook.
Now their cruel stepmother was in reality a witch, and
she knew perfectly well that the two children had run away.
She had crept secretly after them and had cast her spells
over all the streams in the forest.
Presently the children found a little brook dancing and
glittering over the stones, and brother was eager to drink
of it, but as it rushed past sister heard it murmuring:
"Who drinks of me will be a tiger! who drinks of me will
be a tiger!"
Grimm.






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So she cried out, Oh! dear brother, pray don't drink, or
you'll be turned into a wild beast and tear me to pieces."
Brother was dreadfully thirsty, but he did not drink.
"Very well," said he, "I'll wait till we come to the next,
spring."
When they came to the second brook, sister heard it re-
peating too:
"Who drinks of me will be a wolf! who drinks of me will
be a wolf!"
And she cried, Oh! brother, pray don't drink here, either,
or you'll be turned into a wolf and eat me up."
Again brother did not drink, but he said:
"Well, I'll wait a little longer till we reach the next

















stream, but then, whatever you may say, I really must drink,
for I can bear this thirst no longer."
And when they got to the third brook, sister heard it say
as it rushed past:
"Who drinks of me will be a roe! who drinks of me will
be a roe!"
And she begged, "Ah! brother, don't drink yet, or you'll
become a roe and run away from me."
But her brother was already kneeling by the brook and.
bending over it to drink, and, sure, enough, no sooner had






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his lips touched the water than he fell on the grass, trans-
formed into a little roebuck.
Sister cried bitterly over her poor bewitched brother, and
the little roe wept too, and sat sadly by her side. At last the
girl said:
"Never mind, dear little fawn, I will never forsake you,"
and she took off her golden garter and tied it round the roe's
neck.
Then she plucked rushes and plaited a soft cord of them,
which she fastened to the collar. When she had done this
she led the roe further and further, right into the depths
of the forest.
After they had gone a long, long way they came to a little
house, and when the girl looked into it she found it was
quite empty, and she thought "perhaps we might stay and
live here."
So she hunted up leaves and moss to make a soft bed for
the little roe, and every morning and evening she went out
and gathered roots, nuts, and berries for herself, and tender
young grass for the fawn. And he fed from her hand, and
played round her and seemed quite happy. In the evening,
when sister was tired, she said her prayers and then laid
her head on the fawn's back and fell sound asleep with it
as a pillow. And if brother had but kept his natural form,
really it would have been a most delightful kind of life.
They had been living for some time in the forest in this
way, when it came to pass that the king of that country had
a great hunt through the woods. Then the whole forest
rang with such a blowing of horns, baying of dogs, and joy-
ful cries of huntsmen, that the little roe heard it and longed
to join in too.
"Ah I" said he to sister, do let me go off to the hunt! I
can't keep still any longer."
And he begged and prayed until at last she consented.
"But," said she, "mind you come back in the evening. I
shall lock my door fast for fear of those wild huntsmen; so,
to make sure of my knowing you, knock at the door and say,
'My sister, dear, open; I'm here.'- If you don't speak, I
shan't open the door."
So off sprang the little roe, and he felt quite well and
happy in the free open air.






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The king and his huntsmen soon saw the beautiful creat-
ure and started in pursuit, but they could not come up with
it, and whenever they thought they were sure to catch it,
it bounded off to one side into the bushes and disappeared.
When night came on it ran home, and knocking at the door
of the little house, cried:
"My sister, dear, open; I'm here." The door opened, and
he ran in and rested all night on his soft mossy bed.
Next morning the hunt began again, and as soon as the
little roe heard the horns and the Ho! ho! of the hunts-
men, he could not rest another moment, and said:
Sister, open the door, I must get out."
So sister opened the door and said, "Now mind and get
back by nightfall, and say your little rhyme."
As soon as the king and his huntsmen saw the roe with the
golden collar they all rode off after it, but it was far too
quick and nimble for them. This went on all day, but as
evening came on the huntsmen had gradually encircled the
roe, and one of them wounded it slightly in the foot, so that
it limped and ran off slowly.
Then the huntsman stole after it as far as the little house,
and heard it call out, My sister, dear, open; I'm here," and
he saw the door open and close immediately the fawn had
run in.
The huntsman remembered all this carefully, and went
off straight to the king and told him all he had seen and
heard.
"To-morrow we will hunt again," said the king.
Poor sister was terribly frightened when she saw how her
little fawn had been wounded. She washed off the blood,
bound up the injured foot with herbs, and said: Now,
dear, go and lie down and rest, so that your wound may
heal."
The wound was really so slight that it was quite well next
day, and the little roe did not feel it at all. No sooner did it
hear the sounds of hunting in the forest than it cried:
"I can't stand this, I must be there too; I'll take care
they shan't catch me."
Sister began.to cry, and said, "They are certain to kill
you, and then I shall be left all alone in the forest and for-
saken by everyone. I can't and won't let you out."




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THE
RED FAIRY BOOK
EDITED BY
ANDREW LANG
EDITOR OF THE BLUE FAIRY BOOK," THE YELLOW FAIRY BOOK,"
THE GREEN FAIRY BOOK," ETC., ETC.
WITH NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS BY
H.J. FORD AND LANCELOT SPEED
NEW YORK
HURST & COMPANY
PUBLISHERS.
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Dedication
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TO
MASTER BILLY TREMAYNE MILES,
A PROFOUND STUDENT,
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AN AMIABLE CRITIC.
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Table of Contents
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CONTENTS.
TEE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES,
THE PRINCESS MAYBLOSSOM,. .
SOi:IA MORIA CASTLE, .
THE DEATH OF KOSHCHEI THE DEATHLESS, .
THE BLACK THIEF AND KNIGHT OF THE GLEN,
THrE MASTER-THIEF,
BnorIEER AND SISTER,
PRINCESS ROSETTE, .
THE ENCHANTED FIG, .
THE NORKA, .
THE WONDERFUL BIRCH,
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK,
THE LITTLE GOOD MOUSE,
GRACIOSA AND PERCINET,
THE THREE PRINCESSES OF WHITELAND,
THE VOICE OF DEATH,
THE SIX SILLIES, .
KARI WOODENGOWN, .
DRAKESTAIL, .
TIE RACATATCHER,. .
TRUE HISTORY OF LITTLE GOLDENHOOD,
THE GOLDEN BRANCH,. .
THE THREE DWARFS,
DAPPLEGRIM,. .
THE ENCHANTED CANARY,
THE TWELVE BROTHERS,
RAPUNZEL, .
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PAGE
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CONTENTS.
THE NETTLE SPINNER, .
FARMER WEATHERBEARD,
MOTHER HOLLE, .
MINNIIN, .
BUsHY B E, .
SNOWDROP, .
THE GOLDEN GOOSE,
THE SEVEN FOALS,
THE MARVELOUS MUSICIAN,
THE STORY OF SIGURD, .
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Preface
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PREFACE.
In a second gleaning of the fields of fairyland we cannot
expect to find a second Perrault, but there are good stories
enough left, and it is hoped that some in the Red Fairy
Book may have the attraction of being less familiar than
many of the old friends. The tales have been translated,
or, in the case of Madame d'Aulnoy's long stories, adapted,
by Mrs. Hunt from the Norse, by Miss Minnie Wright from
Madame d'Aulnoy, by Mrs. Lang and Miss Bruce from
other French sources, by Miss May Sellar, Miss Farquhar-
son, and Miss Blackley from the German, while the
story of Sigurd" is condensed by the editor from Mr. Will-
iam Morris' prose version of the "Volsunga Saga." The
editor has to thank his friend, M. Charles Marelles, for per-
mission to reproduce his versions of the "Pied Piper," of
"Drakestail," and of "Little Golden Hood" from the
French, and M. Henri Carnoy for the same privilege in re-
gard to "The Six Sillies" from "La Tradition."
Lady Frances Balfour has kindly copied an old version
of "Jack and the Beanstalk," and Messrs. Smith & Elder
have permitted the publication of two of Mr. Ralston's ver-
sions from the Russian. A. L.
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Section
head The Twelve Dancing Princesses
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THE RED FAIRY BOOK.
THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES.
I.
Once upon a time there lived in the village of Montign-
ies-sur-Roc a little cow-boy without either father or mother.
His real name was Michael, but he was always called the Star
Gazer, because when he drove his cows over the common to
seek for pasture, he went along with his head in the air,
gazing at nothing. As he had a white skin, blue eyes, and
hair that curled all over his head, the village girls used to
cry after him, Well, Star Gazer, what are you doing?" and
Michael would answer, "Oh, nothing," and go on his way
without even turning to look at them.
The fact was, he thought them very ugly, with their sun-
burnt necks, their great red hands, their coarse petticoats,
and their wooden shoes. He had heard that somewhere in
the world there were girls whose necks were white and whose
hands were small, who were always dressed in the finest silks
and laces, and were called princesses, and while his compan-
ions around the fire saw nothing in the flames but common
every-day fancies, he dreamed that he had the happiness to
marry a princess.
II.
One morning about the middle of August, just at midday
when the sun was hottest, Michael ate his dinner of a piece
of dry bread, and went to sleep under an oak. And while
he slept he dreamed that there appeared before him a beau-
tiful lady, dressed in a robe of cloth of gold, who said to
him: Go to the castle of Belceil, and there you shall marry
a princess."
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THE RED FAIRY BOOK.
That evening the little cow-boy, who had been thinking a
great deal about the advice of the lady in the golden dress,
told his dream to the farm people. But, as was natural,
they only laughed at the Star Gazer.
The next day at the same hour he went to sleep again
under the same tree. The lady appeared to him a second
time, and said: "Go to the castle of Beleil, and yoV shall
marry a princess."
In the evening Michael told his friends that he had
dreamed the same dream again, but they only laughed at
him more than before. "Never mind," he thought to him-
self; "if the lady appears to me a third time, I will do as
she tells me."
The following day, to the great astonishment of all the
village, about two o'clock in the afternoon a voice was heard
singing:
Rale, rale6,
How the cattle go !"
It was the little cow-boy driving his herd back to the
byre.
.The farmer began to scold him furiously, but he answered
quietly, "I am going away," made his clothes into a bundle,
said good-by to all his friends, and boldly set out to seek
his fortunes.
There was great excitement through all the village, and
on the top of the hill the people stood holding their sides
with laughing, as they watched the Star Gazer trudging
bravely along the valley with his bundle at the end of his
stick.
It was enough to make anyone laugh, certainly.
III.
It was well known for full twenty miles round that there
lived in the castle of Beloeil twelve princesses of wonderful
beauty, and as proud as they were beautiful, and who were
besides so very sensitive and of such truly royal blood that
they would have felt at once the presence of a pea in their
beds, even'if the mattresses had been laid over it.
It was whispered about that they led exactly the lives
that princesses ought to lead, sleeping far into the morning,
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and never getting up till midday. They had twelve beds
all in the same room, but what was very extraordinary was
the fact that though they were locked in by triple bolts, every
morning their satin shoes were found worn into holes.
When they were asked what they had been doing all night,
they always answered that they had been asleep; and, in-
deed, no noise was ever heard in the room, yet the shoes
could not wear themselves out alone
At last the Duke of Beloeil ordered the trumpet to be
sounded, and a proclamation to be made that whoever could
discover how his daughters wore out their shoes should
choose one of them for his wife.
On hearing the proclamation a number of princes ar-
rived at the castle to try their luck. They watched all night
behind the open door of the princesses, but when the morn-
ing came they had all disappeared, and no one could tell
what had become of them.
IV.
When he reached the castle, Michael went straight to the
gardener and offered his services. Now, it happened that
the garden boy had just been sent away, and though the
Star Gazer did not look very sturdy, the gardener agreed
to take him, as he thought that his pretty face and golden
curls would please the princesses.
The first thing he was told was that when the princesses
got up he was to present each one with a bouquet, and
Michael thought if he had nothing more unpleasant to do
than that he should get on very well.
Accordingly he placed himself behind the door of the
princesses' room, with the twelve bouquets in a basket. He
gave one to each of the sisters, and they took them without
even deigning to look at the lad, except Lina, the youngest,
who fixed her large black eyes, as soft as velvet, on him, and
exclaimed, "Oh, how pretty he is--our new flower boy!"
The rest all burst out laughing, and the eldest pointed out
that a princess ought never to lower herself by looking at a
garden boy.
Now Michael knew quite well what had happened to all
the princes, but notwithstanding, the beautiful eyes of the
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Princess Lina inspired him with a violent longing to try his
fate. Unhappily he did not dare to come forward, being
afraid that he should only be jeered at, or even turned away
from the castle on account of his impudence.
V.
Nevertheless, the Star Gazer had another dream. The
lady in the golden dress appeared to him once more, holding
in one hand two young
laurel trees, a cherry laurel
and a rose laurel, in the
Other hand a little golden
rake, a little golden bucket,
and a silken towel. She
thus addressed him:
"Plant these two laurels
in large pots, rake them
over with the rake, water
them with the bucket, and
wipe them with the towel.
When they have grown as
tall as a girl of fifteen, say
to each of them, 'My beau-
tiful laurel, with the golden
rake I have raked you, with
the golden bucket I have
watered you, with the silken
towel I have wiped you.'
Then, after that, ask anything you choose, and the laurels
will give it to you."
Michael thanked the lady in the golden dress, and when
he woke he found the two laurel bushes beside him. So
he carefully obeyed the orders he had been given by the lady.
The trees grew very fast, and when they were as tall as
a girl of fifteen he said to the cherry laurel, "My lovely
cherry laurel, with the golden rake I have raked thee, with
the golden bucket I have watered thee, with the silken towel
I have wiped thee. Teach me how to become invisible."
Then there instantly appeared on the laurel a pretty flower,
which Michael gathered and stuck into his button-hole.
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VI.
That evening when the princesses went upstairs to bed, he
followed them barefoot, so that he might make no noise, and
hid himself under one of the twelve beds, so as not to take
up much room.
The princesses began at once to open their wardrobes and
boxes. They took out of them the most magnificent dresses,
which they put on before their mirrors, and when they had
finished, turned themselves all round to admire their ap-
pearances.
Michael could see nothing from his hiding-place, but he
could hear everything, and he listened to the princesses
laughing and jumping with pleasure. At last the eldest
said, "Be quick, my sisters, our partners will be impatient."
At the end of an hour, when the Star Gazer heard no more
noise, he peeped out and saw the twelve sisters in splendid
garments, with their satin shoes on their feet, and in their
hands the bouquets he had brought them.
"Are you ready ? asked the eldest.
Yes," replied the other eleven in chorus, and they took
their places one by one behind her.
Then the eldest princess clapped her hands three times
and a trap-door opened. All the princesses disappeared down
a secret staircase, and Michael hastily followed them.
As he was following on the steps of the Princess Lina,
he carelessly trod on her dress.
There is somebody behind me," cried the princess; "they
are holding my dress."
"You foolish thing," said her eldest sister, "you are
always afraid of something. It is only a nail which caught
you."
VII.
They went down, down, down, till at last they came to a
passage with a door at one end, which was only fastened with
a latch. The eldest princess opened it, and they found them-
selves immediately in a lovely little wood, where the leaves
were spangled with drops of silver which shone in the bril-
liant light of the moon.
They next crossed another wood where the leaves were
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sprinkled with gold, and after that another still, where the
leaves glittered with diamonds.
At last the Star Gazer perceived a large lake, and on the
shore of the lake twelve little boats with awnings, in whice
were seated twelve princes, who, grasping their oars, awaited
the princesses.
Each princess entered one of the boats, and Michael
slipped into that which held the youngest. The boats glided
along rapidly, but Lina's, from being heavier, was always be-
hind the rest. "We never went so slowly before," said the
princess; "what can be the reason "
"I don't know," answered the prince. I assure you I am
rowing as hard as I can."
On the other side of the lake the garden boy saw a beau-
tiful castle splendidly illuminated, whence came the lively,
music of fiddles, kettle-drums, and trumpets.
In a moment they touched land, and the company jumped
out of the boats; and the princes, after having securely fas-
tened their barks, gave their arms to the princesses and con-
ducted them to the castle.
VIII.
Michael followed, and entered the ball-room in their train.
Everywhere were mirrors, lights, flowers, and damask hang-
ings.
The Star Gazer was quite bewildered at the magnificence
of the sight.
He placed himself out of the way in a corner, admiring
the grace and beauty of the princesses. Their loveliness was
of every kind. Some were fair and some were dark; some
had chestnut hair, or curls darker still, and some had golden
locks. Never were so many beautiful princesses seen to-
gether at one time, but the one whom the cow-boy thought
the most beautiful and the most fascinating was the little
princess with the velvet eyes.
With what eagerness she danced! leaning on her partner's
shoulder she swept by like a whirlwind. Her cheeks flushed,
her eyes sparkled, and it was plain that she loved dancing-
better than anything else.
The poor boy envied those handsome young men with
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whb:.m she danced so gracefully, but he did not know how
little reason he had to be jealous of them.
The young men were really the princes who, to the number
of tifty, at least, had tried to steal the princesses' secret. The
princeies had made them drink something of a philter, which
froze the heart and left nothing but the love of dancing.
IX.
They danced on till the shoes of the princesses were worn
into holes. When the cock crowed the third time the fiddles
stopped, and a delicious supper was served by negro boys,
consisting of sugared orange flowers, crystallized rose leaves,
powdered violets, cracknels, wafers and other dishes, which
are, as everyone knows, the favorite food of princesses.
After supper the dancers all went back to their boats, and
this time the Star Gazer entered that of the eldest princess.
They crossed again the wood with the diamond-spangled
leaves, the wood with gold-sprinkled leaves, and the wood
whose leaves glittered with drops of silver, and as a proof
of what he had seen, the boy broke a small branch from a tree
in the last wood. Lina turned as she heard the noise made
by the breaking of the branch.
"What was that noise? she said.
"It was nothing," replied her eldest sister; "it was only
the screech of the barn-owl that roosts in one of the turrets
of the castle."
While she was speaking Michael managed to slip in front,
and running up the staircase, he reached the princesses'
room first. He flung open the window, and sliding down
the vine which climbed up the wall, found himself in the gar-
den just as the sun was beginning to rise, and it was time
for him to set to his work.
X.
That day, when he made up the bouquets, Michael hid the
branch with the silver drops in the nosegay intended for the
youngest princess.
When Lina discovered it she was much surprised. How-
ever, she said nothing to her sisters, but as she met the boy
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by accident while she was walking under the shade of the
elms, she suddenly stopped as if to speak to him; then, alter-
ing her mind, went on her way.
The same evening the twelve sisters went again to the
ball, and the Star Gazer again followed them and crossed
the lake in Lina's boat. This time it was the prince who
complained that the boat seemed very heavy.
It is the heat," said the princess. I, too, have been feel-
ing very warm."
During the ball she looked everywhere for the gardener's
boy, but she never saw him.
As they came back, Michael gathered a branch from the
wood with the gold-spangled leaves, and now it was the eldest
princess who heard the noise that it made in breaking.
It is nothing," said Lina; only the cry of the owl which
roosts in the turrets of the castle."
XI.
As soon as she got up she found the branch in her bouquet.
When the sisters went down she stayed a little behind and
said to the cow-boy: Where does this branch come from? "
Your royal highness knows well enough," answered Mi-
chael.
So you have followed us ?"
"Yes, princess."
"How did you manage it? We never saw you."
"I hid myself," replied the Star Gazer quietly.
The princess was silent a moment, and then said:
You know our secret!-keep it. Here is the reward of
your discretion." And she flung the boy a purse of gold.
I do not sell my silence," answered Michael, and he went
away without picking up the purse.
For three nights Lina neither saw nor heard anything
extraordinary; on the fourth she heard a rustling among
the diamond-spangled leaves of the wood. That day there
was a branch of the tree in her bouquet.
She took the Star Gazer aside and said to him in a harsh
voice: "You know what price my father has promised to
pay for our secret+ "
"I know, princess," answered Michael.
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"Don't you mean to tell him?"
"That is not my intention."
Are you afraid ?"
No, princess."
"What makes you so discreet, then?"
But Michael was silent.
XII.
Lina's sisters had seen her talking to the little garden boy,
and jeered at her for it.
"What prevents your marrying him?" asked the eldest
"you would become a gardener, too; it is a charming pro-
fession. You could live in a cottage at the end of the park,
and help your husband draw up water from the well, and
when we get up you could bring us our bouquets."
The Princess Lina was very angry, and when the Star
Gazer presented her bouquet, she received it in a disdainful
manner.
Michael behaved most respectfully. He never raised his.
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eyes to her, but nearly all day she felt him at her side with-
out ever seeing him.
One day she made up her mind to tell everything to her
eldest sister.
"What! said she, "this rogue knows our secret, and you
never told me! I must lose no time in getting rid of him."
"But how? "
"Why, by having him taken to the tower with the dun-
geons, of course."
For this was the way that in old times beautiful princesses
.got rid of the people who knew too much.
But the astonishing part of it was that the youngest sis-
ter did not seem at all to relish this method of stopping the
mouth of the gardener's boy, who, after all, had said nothing
to their father.
XIII.
It was agreed that the question should be submitted to the
other ten sisters. All were on the side of the eldest. Then
the youngest sister declared if they laid a finger on the little
garden boy, she would herself go and tell their father the se-
,cret of the holes in their shoes.
At last it was decided that Michael should be put to the
test; that they would take him to the ball, and at the end
of supper would give him the philter which was to enchant
him like the rest.
They sent for the Star Gazer and asked him how he had
contrived to learn their secret; but still he remained silent.
Then, in commanding tones, the eldest sister gave him
the order they had agreed upon.
He only answered:
"I will obey."
He had really been present, invisible, at the council of the
-princesses, and had heard all; but he had made up his mind
to drink of the philter and sacrifice himself to the happiness
of her he loved.
Not wishing, however, to cut a poor figure at the ball by
the side of the other dancers, he went at once to the laurels,
-and said:
My lovely rose laurel, with the golden rake I have raked
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thee, with the golden bucket I have watered thee, with the
silken towel I have dried thee. Dress me like a prince."
A beautiful pink flower appeared. Michael gathered it, and
found himself in a moment clothed in velvet, which was as.
black as the eyes of the little princess, with a cap to match, a
diamond aigrette, and a blossom of the rose laurel in his but-
ton-hole.
Thus dressed, he presented himself that evening before the
Duke of Belceil, and obtained leave to try and discover his
daughters' secret. He looked so distinguished that hardly
anyone would have known who he was.
XIV.
The twelve princesses went upstairs to bed. Michael fol-
lowed them, and waited behind the open door till they gave
the signal for departure.
This time he did not cross in Lina's boat. He gave his
arm to the eldest sister, danced with each in turn, and was
so graceful that everyone was delighted with him. At last
the time came for him to dance with the little princess. She
found him the best partner in the world, but he did not
dare to speak a single word to her.
When he was taking her back to her place she said to him
in a mocking voice:
"Here you are at the summit of your wishes: you are be-
ing treated like a prince."
Don't be afraid," replied the Star Gazer gently. "You
shall never be a gardener's wife."
The little princess stared at him with a frightened face,
and he left her without waiting for an answer.
When the satin slippers were worn through the fiddles
stopped, and the negro boys set the table. Michael was
placed next to the eldest sister and opposite to the youngest.
They gave him the most exquisite dishes to eat, and the
most delicate wines to drink; and in order to turn his head
more completely, compliments and flattery were heaped on
him from every side.
But he took care not to be intoxicated, either by the wine
or the compliments.
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XV.
At last the eldest sister made a sign, and one of the black
pages brought in a large golden cup.
"The enchanted castle has no more secrets for you," she
said to the Star Gazer. "Let us drink to your triumph."
He cast a lingering glance at the little princess and with-
out hesitation lifted the cup.
"Don't drink! suddenly cried out the little princess; I
-would rather marry a gardener."
And she burst into tears.
Michael flung the contents of the cup behind him, sprang
over the table, and fell at Lina's feet. The rest of the princes
fell likewise at the knees of the princesses, each of whom
chose a husband and raised him to her side. The charm was
broken.
The twelve couples embarked in the boats, which crossed
back many times in order to carry over the other princes.
Then they all went through the three woods, and when they
had passed the door of the underground passage a great noise
was heard, as if the enchanted castle was crumbling to the
earth.
They went straight to the room of the Duke of Belceil, who
had just awoke. Michael held in his hand the golden cup,
and he revealed the secret of the holes in the shoes.
"Choose, then," said the duke, whichever you prefer."
My choice is already made," replied the garden boy, and
he offered his hand to the youngest princess, who blushed and
lowered her eyes.
XVI.
The Princess Lina did not become a gardener's wife; on
the contrary, it was the Star Gazer who became a prince:
but before the marriage ceremony the princess insisted that
her lover should tell her how he came to discover the secret.
So he showed her the two laurels which had helped him,
and she, like a prudent girl, thinking they gave him too much
advantage over his wife, cut them off at the root and threw
them in the fire.
And this is why the country girls go about singing
The Princess Mayblossom
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"Nous n'irons plus an bois,
Les lauriers sont coupss"
and dancing in summer by the light of the moon.
THE PRINCESS MAYBLOSSOM.*
Once upon a time there lived a king and queen whose chil-
dren had all died, first one and then another, until at last
only one little daughter remained, and the queen was at
her wits' end to know where to find a really good nurse
who would take care of her and bring her up. A herald was
sent who blew a trumpet at every street corner, and com-
manded all the best nurses to appear before the queen, that
she might choose one for the little princess. So on the ap-
pointed day the whole palace was crowded with nurses,
who came from the four corners of the world to offer them-
selves, until the queen declared if she was ever to see half
of them, they must be brought out to her, one by one, as she
sat in a shady wood near the palace.
This was accordingly done, and the nurses, after they had
made their courtesy to the king and queen, ranged them-
selves in a line before her that she might choose. Most of
them were fair and fat and charming, but there was one
who was dark-skinned and ugly, and spoke a strange lan-
guage which nobody could understand. The queen wondered
how she dared to offer herself, and she was told to go away, as
she certainly would not do. Upon which she muttered some-
thing and passed on, but hid herself in a hollow tree, from
which she could well see all that happened. The queen, with-
out giving her another thought, chose a pretty, rosy-faced
nurse, but no sooner was her choice made than a snake,
which was hidden in the grass, bit that very nurse on her
foot, so that she fell down as if dead. The queen was very
much vexed by this accident, but she soon selected another,
who was just stepping forward when an eagle flew by and
dropped a large tortoise on her head, which was cracked in
pieces like an egg-shell. At this the queen was much hor-
rified; nevertheless, she chose a third time, but with no better
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fortune, for the nurse, moving quickly, ran into the branch
of a tree and blinded herself with a thorn. Then the queen
in dismay cried that there must be some malignant influence
at work, and that she would choose no more that day; and
she had just risen to return to the palace when she heard
peals of malicious laughter behind her, and turning round
saw the ugly stranger whom she had dismissed, who was
making very merry over the disasters and mocking every
one, but especially the queen. This annoyed her majesty
very much, and she was about to order that she should be
arrested, when the witch-for she was a witch-with two
blows from a wand summoned a chariot of fire drawn by
winged dragons, and was whirled off through the air utter-
ing threats and cries. When the king saw this he cried:
Alas! now we are ruined, indeed, for that was no other
than the Fairy Carabosse, who has had a grudge against me
ever since I was a boy and put sulphur into her porridge one
day for fun."
Then the queen began to cry.
If I had only known who it was," she said, I would have
done my best to make friends with her; now I suppose all is
lost."
The king was sorry to have frightened her so much, and
proposed that they should go and hold a council as to what
was best to be done to avert the misfortunes which Cara-
bosse certainly meant to bring upon the little princess.
So all the counselors were summoned to the palace, and
when they had shut every door and window, and stuffed up
every keyhole that they might not be overheard, they talked
the affair over, and decided that every fairy for a thousand
leagues round should be invited to the christening of the prin-
cess, and that the time of the ceremony should be kept a pro-
found secret, in case the Fairy Carabosse should take it into
her head to attend it.
The queen and her ladies set to work to prepare presents
for the fairies who were invited: for each one a blue velvet
cloak, a petticoat of apricot satin, a pair of high-heeled
shoes, some sharp needles, and a pair of golden scissors.
Of all the fairies the queen knew, only five were able to come
on the day appointed, but they began immediately to be-
stow gifts upon the princess. One promised that she should
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be perfectly beautiful, the second that she should under-
stand anything-no matter what-the first time it was ex-
plained to her, the third that she should sing like a night-
ingale, the fourth that she should succeed in everything she
undertook, and the fifth was opening her mouth to speak
when a tremendous rumbling was heard in the chimney, and
Carabosse, all covered with soot, came rolling down, crying:
I say that she shall be the unluckiest of the unlucky until
she is twenty years old."
Then the queen and all the fairies began to beg and beseech
her to think better of it, and not be so unkind to the poor
little princess, who had never done her any harm. But the
ugly old fairy only grunted and made no answer. So the
last fairy, who had not yet given her gift, tried to mend mat-
ters by promising the princess a long and happy life after
the fatal time was over. At this Carabosse laughed mali-
ciously, and climbed away up the chimney, leaving them all
in great consternation, and especially the queen. How-
ever, she entertained the fairies splendidly, and gave them
beautiful ribbons, of which they are very fond, in addition
to the other presents.
When they were going away the oldest fairy said that they
were of opinion that it would be best to shut the princess
up in some place, with her waiting-women, so that she might
not see anyone else until she was twenty years old. So the
king had a tower built on purpose. It had no windows, so it
was lighted with wax candles, and the only way into it was
by an underground passage, which had iron doors only
twenty feet apart, and guards were posted everywhere.
The princess had been named Mayblossom, because she
was as fresh and blooming as spring itself, and she grew up
tall and beautiful, and everything she did and said was
charming. Every time the king and queen came to see her
they were more delighted with her than before, but though
she was weary of the tower, and often begged them to take
her away from it, they always refused. The princess' nurse,
who had never left her, sometimes told her about the world
outside the tower, and though the princess had never seen
anything for herself, yet she always understood exactly,
thanks to the second fairy's gift. Often the king said to
the queen:
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"We were cleverer than Carabosse, after all. Our May-
blossom will be happy in spite of her predictions."
And the queen laughed until she was tired at the idea of
having outwitted the old fairy. They had caused the prin-
cess' portrait to be painted and sent to all the neighboring
courts, for in four days she would have completed her twen-
tieth year, and it was time to decide whom she should marry.
All the town was rejoicing at the thought of the princess'
approaching freedom, and when the report came that King
Merlin was sending his ambassador to ask- her in marriage
for his son, they were still more delighted. The nurse, who
kept the princess informed of everything that went forward
in the town, did not fail to repeat the news that so nearly
concerned her, and gave such a description of the splendor
in which the ambassador Fanfaronade would enter the town,
that the princess was wild to see the procession for herself.
"What an unhappy creature I am," she cried, "to be shut
up in this dismal tower as if I had committed some crime!
I have never seen the sun, or the stars, or a horse, or a
monkey, or a lion, except in pictures, and though the king
and queen tell me I am to be set free when I am twenty, I be-
lieve they only say it to keep me amused, when they never
mean to let me out at all."
And then she began to cry, and her nurse, and the nurse's
daughter, and the cradle-rocker, and the nursery-maid, who
all loved her dearly, cried, too, for company, so that nothing
could be heard but sobs and sighs. It was a scene of woe.
When the princess saw that they all pitied her she made up
her mind to have her own way. So she declared that she
would starve herself to death if they did not find some means
of letting her see Fanfaronade's grand entry into the town.
"If you really love me," she said, "you will manage it,
somehow or other, and the king and queen need never know
anything about it."
Then the nurse and all the others cried harder than ever,
and said everything they could think of to turn the prin-
cess from her idea. But the more they said the more deter-
mined she was, and at last they consented to make a tiny
hole in the tower on the side that looked toward the city
gates.
After scratching and scraping all day and all night, they
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presently made a hole through which they could, with great
difficulty push a very slender needle, and out of this the
princess looked at the daylight for -the first time. She was
so dazzled and delighted by what she saw that there she
stayed, never taking her eyes away from the peep-hole for a
single minute, until presently the ambassador's procession
appeared in sight.
At the head of it rode Fanfaronade himself upon a white
horse, which pranced and caracoled to the sound of the trum-
pets. Nothing could have been more splendid than the am-
bassador's attire. His coat was nearly hidden under an em-
broidery of pearls and diamonds, his boots were solid gold,
and from his helmet floated scarlet plumes. At the sight of
him the princess lost her wits entirely, and determined that
Fanfaronade and nobody else would she marry.
"It is quite impossible," she said, "that his master should
be half as handsome and delightful. I am not ambitious,
and having spent all my life in this tedious tower, anything
-even a house in the country-will seem a delightful change.
I am sure that bread and water shared with Fanfaronade
will please me far better than roast chicken and sweetmeats
with anybody else."
And so she went on, talk, talk, talking, until her waiting-
women wondered where she got it all from. But when they
tried to stop her, and represented that her high rank made
it perfectly impossible that she should do any such thing, she
would not listen, and ordered them to be silent.
As soon as the ambassador arrived at the palace the queen
started to fetch her daughter.
All the streets were spread with carpets, and the windows
were full of ladies who were waiting to see the princess,
and carried baskets of flowers and sweetmeats to shower upon
her as she passed.
They had hardly begun to get the princess ready when a
dwarf arrived, mounted upon an elephant. He came from
the five fairies, and brought for the princess a crown, a scep-
ter, and a robe of golden brocade, with a petticoat marvel-
ously embroidered with butterflies' wings. They also sent a
casket of jewels, so splendid that no one had ever seen any-
thing like it before, and the queen was perfectly dazzled
when she opened it. But the princess scarcely gave a glance
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to any of these treasures, for she thought of nothing but
Fanfaronade. The dwarf was rewarded with a gold piece,
and decorated with so many ribbons that it was hardly pos-
sible to see him at all. The princess sent to each of the
fairies a new spinning-wheel with a distaff of cedar wood,
and the queen said she must look through her treasures and
find something very charming to send them also.
When the princess was arrayed in all the gorgeous things
the dwarf had brought, she was more beautiful than ever,
and as she walked along the streets the people cried: "How
pretty she is! how pretty she is!"
The procession consisted of the queen, the princess, five
dozen other princesses her cousins, and ten dozen who came
from the neighboring kingdoms; and as they proceeded at a
stately pace the sky began to grow dark, then suddenly the
thunder growled, and rain and hail fell in torrents. The
queen put her royal mantle over her head, and all the prin-
cesses did the same with their trains. Maybossom was just
about to follow their example when a terrific croaking, as of
an immense army of crows, rooks, ravens, screech-owls, and
all birds of ill-omen, was heard, and at the same instant a
huge owl skimmed up to the princess, and threw over her a
scarf woven of spiders' webs and embroidered with bats'
wings. And then peals of mocking laughter rang through
the air, and they guessed that this was another of the Fairy
Carabosse's unpleasant jokes.
The queen was terrified at such an evil omen, and tried to
pull the black scarf from the princess' shoulders, but it really
seemed as if it must be nailed on, it clung so closely.
Ah! cried the queen, can nothing appease this enemy
of ours? What good was it that I sent her more than fifty
pounds of sweetmeats, and as much again of the best sugar,
not to mention two Westphalia hams? She is as angry as
ever."
While she lamented in this way, and everybody was as wet
as if they had been dragged through a river, the princess
still thought of nothing but the ambassador, and just at this
moment he appeared before her, with the king, and there
was a great blowing of trumpets, and all the people shouted
louder than ever. Fanfaronade was not generally at a loss
for something to say, but when he saw the princess, she was.
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so much more beautiful and majestic than he had expected,
that he could only stammer out a few words, and entirely for-
got the harangue which he had been learning for months,
and knew well enough to have repeated it in his sleep. To
gain time to remember at least part of it, he made several
low bows to the princess, who on her side dropped half a
dozen courtesies without stopping to think, and then said, to
relieve his evident embarrassment:
Sir Ambassador, I am sure that everything you intend to
say is charming, since it is you who mean to say it; but let
us make haste into the palace, as it is pouring cats and dogs,
and the wicked Fairy Carabosse will be amused to see us all
stand dripping here. When we are once under shelter we
can laugh at her."
Upon this the ambassador found his tongue, and replied
gallantly that the fairy had evidently foreseen the flames
that would be kindled by the bright eyes of the princess, and
had sent this deluge to extinguish them. Then he offered
his hand to conduct the princess, and she said softly:
"As you could not possibly guess how much I like you,
Sir Fanfaronade, I am obliged to tell you plainly that, since
I saw you enter the town on your beautiful prancing horse,
I have been sorry that you came to speak for another instead
of for yourself. So, if you think about it as I do, I will marry
you instead of your master. Of course, I know you are not a
prince, but I shall be just as fond of you as if you were, and
we can go and live in some cozy little corner of the world, and
be as happy as the days are long."
The ambassador thought he must be dreaming, and could
hardly believe what the lovely princess said. He dared not
answer, but only squeezed the princess' hand until he really
hurt her little finger, but she did not cry out. When they
reached the palace the king kissed his daughter on both
cheeks, and said:
"My little lambkin, are you willing to marry the great
King Merlin's son, for this ambassador has come on his be-
half to fetch you ?"
If you please, sire," said the princess, dropping a cour-
tesy.
"I consent, also," said the queen; "so let the banquet be
prepared."
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This was done with all speed, and everybody feasted ex-
cept Mayblossom and Fanfaronade, who looked at one an-
other and forgot everything else.
After the banquet came a ball, and after that again a bal-
let, and at last they were all so tired that everyone fell asleep
just where he sat. Only the lovers were as wide awake as
mice, and the princess, seeing that there was .nothing to fear,
said to Fanfaronade:
"Let us be quick and run away, for we shall never have a
better chance than this."
Then she took the king's dagger, which was in a diamond
sheath, and the queen's neck-handkerchief, and gave her
hand to Fanfaronade, who carried a lantern, and they ran out
together into the muddy street and down to the seashore.
Here they got into a little boat in which the poor old boat-
man was sleeping, and when he woke up and saw the lovely
princess, with all her diamonds and her spiders'-web scarf, he
did not know what to think, and obeyed her instantly when
she commanded him to set out. They could see neither
moon nor stars, but in the queen's neck-handkerchief there
was a carbuncle that glowed like fifty torches. Fanfaronade
asked the princess where she would like to go, but she only
answered that she did not care where she went as long as he
was with her.
But, princess," said he, "I dare not take you back to King
Merlin's court. 'He would think hanging too good for me."
Oh, in that case," she answered, "we had better go to
Squirrel Island; it is lonely enough, and too far off for any-
one to follow us there."
So she ordered the old boatman to steer for Squirrel Island.
Meanwhile the day was breaking, and the king and queen
and all the courtiers began to wake up and rub their eyes,
and think it was time to finish the preparations for the wed-
ding. And the queen asked for her neck-handkerchief, that
she might look smart. Then there was a scurry hither and
thither, and a hunting everywhere: they looked into every
place, from the wardrobes to the stoves, and the queen her-
self ran about from the garret to the cellar, but the hand-
kerchief was nowhere to be found.
By this time the king had missed his dagger, and the search
began all over again. They opened boxes and chests of which
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the keys had been lost for a hundred years, and found num-
bers of curious things, but not the dagger, and the king tore
his beard, and the queen tore her hair, for the handkerchief
and the dagger were the most valuable things in the king-
dom.
When the king saw that the search was hopeless he said:
"Never mind, let us make haste and get the wedding over
before anything else is lost." And then he asked where
the princess was. Upon this her nurse came forward and
said:
Sire, I have bees seeking her these two hours, but she is
nowhere to be found." This was more than the queen could
bear. She gave a shriek of alarm, and fainted away, and
they had to pour two barrels of eau-de-cologne over her be-
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fore she recovered. When she came to herself everybody
was looking for the princess in the greatest terror and con-
fusion, but as she did not appear, the king said to his page:
Go and find the Ambassador Fanfaronade, who is doubt-
less asleep in some corner, and tell him the sad news."
So the page hunted hither and thither, but Fanfaronade
was no more to be found than the princess, the dagger, or
the neck-handkerchief!
Then the king summoned his counselors and his guards,
and, accompanied by the queen, went into his great hall. As
he had not had time to prepare his speech beforehand, the
king ordered that silence should be kept for three hours, and
at the end of that time he spoke, as follows:
"Listen, great and small! My dear daughter Mayblossom
is lost: whether she has been stolen away or has simply dis-
apppeared, I cannot tell. The queen's neck-handkerchief and
my sword, which are worth their weight in gold, are also
missing, and, what is worst of all, Ambassador Fanfaronade
is nowhere to be found. I greatly fear that the king, his
master, when he receives no tidings from him, will come to
seek him among us, and will accuse us of having made mince-
meat of him. Perhaps I could bear even that if I had any
money, but I assure you that the expenses of the wedding
have completely ruined me. Advise me, then, my dear sub-
jects, what I had better do to recover my daughter, Fanfar-
onade, and the other things."
This was the most eloquent speech the king had been
known to make, and when everybody had done admiring it
the prime minister made answer:
Sire, we are all very sorry to see you so sorry. We would
give everything we value in the world to take away the cause
of your sorrow, but this seems to be another of the tricks of
the Fairy Carabosse. The princess' twenty unlucky years
were not quite over, and really, if the truth must be told,
I noticed that Fanfaronade and the princess admired one an-
other greatly. Perhaps this may give some clew to the mys-
tery of their disappearance."
Here the queen interrupted him, saying, "Take care what
you say, sir. Believe me, the Princess Mayblossom was far
too well brought up to think of falling in love with an am-
bassador."
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At this the nurse came forward, and falling on her knees,
confessed how they had made the little needle-hole in the
tower, and how the princess had declared when she saw the
ambassador that she would marry him and nobody else.
Then the queen was very angry, and gave the nurse and the
cradle-rocker and the nursery-maid such a scolding that they
shook in their shoes. But the Admiral Cocked-hat inter-
rupted her, crying:
Let us be off after this good-for-nothing Fanfaronade,
for without a doubt he has run away with our princess."
Then there was a great clapping of hands, and everybody
shouted, "By all means let us be after him."
So while some embarked upon the sea, the others ran from
kingdom to kingdom beating drums and blowing trumpets,
and wherever a crowd collected they cried:
"Whoever wants a beautiful doll, sweetmeats of all kinds,
a little pair of scissors, a golden robe, and a satin cap has
only to say where Fanfaronade has hidden the Princess May-
blossom."
But the answer everywhere was, "You must go further,
we have not seen them."
However, those who went by sea were more fortunate, for
after sailing about for some time they noticed a light before
them which burned at night like a great fire. At first they
dared not go near it, not knowing what it might be, but by
and by it remained stationary over Squirrel Island, for, as
you have guessed already, the light was the glowing of the
carbuncle. The princess and Fanfaronade upon landing upon
the island had given the boatman a hundred gold pieces, and
made him promise solemnly to tell no one where he had taken
them; but the first thing that happened was that, as he rowed
away, he got into the midst of the fleet, and before he could
escape the admiral had seen him and sent a boat after him.
When he was searched they found the gold pieces in his
pocket, and as they were quite new coins, struck. in honor of
the princess' wedding, the admiral felt certain that the boat-
man must have been paid by the princess to aid her in her
flight. But he would not answer any questions, and pre-
tended to be deaf and dumb.
Then the admiral said: Oh! deaf and dumb is he Lash
him to the mast and give him a taste of the cat-o'-nine-tails.
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I don't know anything better than that for curing the deaf
and dumb!"
And when the old boatman saw he was in earnest, he told
all he knew about the cavalier and the lady whom he had
landed upon Squirrel Island, and the admiral knew it must
be the princess and Fanfaronade; so he gave the order for
the fleet to surround the island.
Meanwhile the Princess Mayblossom, who was by this time
terribly sleepy, had found a grassy bank in the shade, and
throwing herself down had already fallen into a profound
slumber, when Fanfaronade, who happened to be hungry and
not sleepy, came and woke her up, saying very crossly:
Pray, madam, how long do you mean to stay here? I see
nothing to eat, and though you may be very charming, the
sight of you does not prevent me from famishing."
"What! Fanfaronade," said the princess, sitting up and
rubbing her eyes, "is it possible that when I am here with
you you can want anything else? You ought to be thinking
all the time how happy you are."
Happy! cried he; say rather unhappy. I wish with all
my heart that you were back in your dark tower again."
"Darling, don't be cross," said the princess. "I will go
and see if I can find some wild fruit for you."
"I wish you might find a wolf to eat you up," growled
Fanfaronade.
The princess, in great dismay, ran hither and thither all
about the wood, tearing her dress and hurting her pretty
white hands with the thorns and brambles, but she could
find nothing good to eat, and at last she had to go back sor-
rowfully to Fanfaronade. When he saw that she came
empty-handed, he got up and left her angrily, grumbling to
himself.
Tha next day they searched again, but with no better suc-
cess.
Alas I" said the princess, if only I could find something
for you to eat, I should not mind being hungry myself."
No, I should not mind that either," answered Fanfaron-
ade.
"Is it possible," said she, "that you would not care if I
died of hunger? Oh, Fanfaronade, you said you loved
me !"
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That was when we were in quite another place and I was
not hungry," said he. It makes a great difference in one's
ideas when one is dying of hunger and thirst on a desert
island."
At this the princess was dreadfully vexed, and she sat down
under a white rose bush and began to cry bitterly.
"Happy roses," she thought to herself, "they have only to
blossom in the sunshine and be admired, and there is nobody
to be unkind to them." And the tears ran down her cheeks
and splashed on the rose-tree roots. Presently she was sur-
prised to see the whole bush rustling and shaking, and a soft
little voice from the pretttiest rosebud said:
"Poor princess! look in the trunk of that tree and you will
find a honeycomb, but don't be foolish enough to share it
with Fanfaronade."
Mayblossom ran to the tree, and sure enough there was the
honey. Without losing a moment she ran with it to Fanfar-
onade, crying gayly:
"See, here is a honeycomb that I have found. I might
have eaten it up all by myself, but I had rather share it with
you."
But without looking at her or thanking her, he snatched
the honeycomb out of her hands and ate it all up-every bit,
without offering her a morsel. Indeed, when she humbly
asked for some he said mockingly that it was too sweet for
her, and would spoil her teeth.
Mayblossom, more downcast than ever, went sadly away
and sat down under an oak tree, and her tears and sighs were
so piteous that the oak fanned her with his rustling leaves
and said:
"Take courage, pretty princess, all is not lost yet. Take
this pitcher of milk and drink it up, and whatever you do,
don't leave a drop for Fanfaronade."
The princess, quite astonished, looked round and saw a
big pitcher full of milk, but before she could raise it to her
lips the thought of how thirsty Fanfaronade must be, after
eating at least fifteen pounds of honey, made her run back to
him and say:
"Here is a pitcher of milk; drink some, for you must be
thirsty, I am sure; but pray save a little for me, as I am dy-
ing of hunger and thirst."
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But he seized the pitcher and drank all it contained at a
single draught, and then broke it to atoms on the nearest
.stone, saying, with a malicious smile: "As you have not eaten
anything you cannot be thirsty."
Ah!" cried the princess, "I am well punished for dis-
appointing the king and queen, and running away with this
.ambassador, of whom I knew nothing."
And so saying she wandered away into the thickest part of
the wood, and sat down under a thorn tree, where a nightin-
gale was singing. Presently she heard him say: "Search
under the bush, princess; you will find some sugar almonds
and some tarts there. But don't be silly enough to offer Fan-
faronade any." And this time the princess, who was faint-
ing with hunger, took the nightingale's advice, and ate what
she found, all by herself. But Fanfaronade, seeing that she
had found something good, and was not going to share
it with him, ran after her in such a fury that
*she hastily drew out the queen's carbuncle, which had the
property of rendering people invisible if they were in dan-
ger, and when she was safely hidden from him she reproached
him gently for his unkindness.
Meanwhile Admiral Cocked-hat had dispatched Jack-the-
chatterer-of-the-straw-boots, courier in ordinary to the prime
minister, to tell the king that the princess and the ambas-
sador had landed on Squirrel Island, but that not knowing
the country he had not pursued them, for fear of being cap-
tured by concealed enemies. Their majesties were overjoyed
at the news, and the king sent for a great book, each leaf of
which was eight ells long. It was the work of a very clever
fairy, and contained a description of the whole earth. He
very soon found that Squirrel Island was uninhabited.
"Go," said he to Jack-the-chatterer, "tell the admiral
from me to land at once. I am surprised at his not having
done so sooner." As soon as this message reached the fleet,
every preparation was made for war, and the noise was so
great that it reached the ears of the princess, who at once
flew to protect her lover. As he was not very brave he ac-
cepted her aid gladly.
"You stand behind me," said she, "and I will hold the
carbuncle, which will make us invisible, and with the king's
-dagger I can protect you from the enemy." So when the
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soldiers landed they could see nothing, but the princess
touched them one after another with the dagger and they fell
insensible upon the sand, so that at last the admiral, seeing
that there was some enchantment, hastily gave orders for a
retreat to be sounded, and got his men back into their boats
in great confusion.
Fanfaronade, being once more left with the princess, be-
gan to think that if he could get rid of her, and possess him-
self of the carbuncle and the dagger, he would be able to
make his escape. So as they walked over the cliffs he gave
the princess a great push,
hoping that she would fall
'- into the sea; but she
stepped aside so quickly
that he only succeeded in
Sn overbalancing himself, and
over he went and sank to
the bottom of the sea like
s a lump of lead, and was
never heard of any more.
While the princess was
still looking after him in
horror her attention was
attracted by a rushing
noise over her head, and
looking up she saw two
chariots approaching rap-
idly from opposite direc-
tions. One was bright
and glittering, and drawn
by swans and peacocks,
while the fairy who sat in
it was beautiful as a sun-
beam; the other drawn by
bats and ravens, contained a frightful little dwarf, who
was dressed in a snake's skin, and wore a great toad upon
her head for a hood. The chariots met with a frightful crash
in mid-air, and the princess looked on in breathless anxiety
while a furious battle took place between the lovely fairy
with her golden lance, and the hideous little dwarf with her
rusty pike. But very soon it was evident that the beauty had
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the best of it, and the dwarf turned her bats' heads and flick-
ered away in great confusion, while the fairy came down to
where the princess stood, and said, smiling: "You see, prin-
cess, I have completely routed that malicious old Carabosse.
Will you believe it I she actually wanted to claim authority
over you forever, because you came out of the tower four
days before the twenty years were ended. However, I think
I have settled her pretensions, and I hope you will be very
happy and enjoy the freedom I have won for you."
The princess thanked her heartily and then the fairy dis-
patched one of her peacocks to her palace to bring a gorgeous
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robe for Mayblossom, who certainly needed it, for her own
was torn to shreds by the thorns and briars. Another pea-
cock was sent to the admiral to tell him that he could now
land in perfect safety, which he at once did, bringing all his
men with him, even to Jack-the-chatterer, who, happening
to pass the spit upon which the admiral's dinner was roast-
ing, snatched it up and brought it with him.
Admiral Cocked-hat was immensely surprised when he
came upon the golden chariot, and still more so to see two
lovely ladies walking under the trees a little further away.
When he reached them of course he recognized the prin-
cess, and he went down on his knees and kissed her hand
quite joyfully. Then she presented him to the fairy, and
told him how Carabosse had been finally routed, and he
thanked and congratulated the fairy, who was most gracious
to him. While they were talking she cried suddenly:
"I declare, I smell a savory dinner."
"Why, yes,, madam, here it is," said Jack-the-chatterer,
holding up the spit, where all the pheasants and partridges
were frizzling. "Will your highness please to taste any of
them?"
Soria Moria Castle
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"By all means," said the fairy, "especially as the prin-
cess will certainly be glad of a good meal."
So the admiral sent back to his ship for everything that
was needful, and they feasted merrily under the trees. By
the time they had finished, the peacock had come back with a
robe for the princess, in which the fairy arrayed her. It was
of green and gold brocade, embroidered with pearls and ru-
bies, and her long golden hair was tied back with strings
of diamonds and emeralds, and crowned with flowers. The
fairy made her mount beside her in the golden chariot, and
took her on board the admiral's ship, where she bade fare-
well, sending many messages of friendship to the queen, and
bidding the princess tell her she was the fifth fairy who had
attended the christening. Then salutes were fired, the fleet
weighed anchor, and very soon they reached the port. Here
the king and queen were waiting, and they received the
princess with such joy and kindness that she could not get
a word in edgeways, to say how sorry she was for having
run away with such a very poor-spirited ambassador. But,
after all, it must have been all Carabosse's fault. Just at
this lucky moment who should arrive but King Merlin's son,
who had become uneasy at not receiving any news from his
ambassador, and so had started himself with a magnificent
escort of a thousand horsemen, and thirty body-guards in
gold and scarlet uniforms, to see what could have happened.
As he was a hundred times handsomer and braver than the
ambassador, the princess found she could like him very much.
So the wedding was held at once, with so much splendor and
rejoicing that all the previous misfortunes were quite for-
gotter
SORIA MORIA CASTLE.*
There were once upon a time a couple of old folks who had
a son called Halvor. Ever since he had been a little boy he
had been unwilling to do any work, and had just sat raking
about among the ashes. His parents sent him away to learn
several things, but Halvor stayed nowhere, for when he had
been gone two or three days he always ran away from his
From P. C. Asbjornsen.
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master, hurried off home, and sat down in the chimney cor-
ner to grub among the ashes again.
One day, however, a sea captain came and asked Halvor if
he hadn't a fancy to come with him and go to sea, and be-
hold foreign lands. And Halvor had a fancy for that, so he
was not long in getting ready.
How long they sailed I have no idea, but after a long, long
time there was a terrible storm, and when it was over and
all had become calm again they knew not where they were,
for they had been driven away to a strange coast of which
none of them had any knowledge.
As there was no wind at all they lay there becalmed, and
Halvor asked the skipper to give him leave to go on shore to
look about him, for he would much rather do that than lie
there and sleep.
"Dost thou think that thou art fit to go where people can
see thee ?" said the skipper; "thou hast no clothes but those
rags thou art going about in I"
Halvor still begged for leave, and at last got it, but he
was to come back at once if the wind began to rise.
So he went on shore and it was a delightful country;
whithersoever he went there were wide plains with fields and
meadows, but as for people there were none to be seen. The
wind began to rise, but Halvor thought that he had not seen
enough yet, and that he would like to walk about a little
longer, to try if he could not meet somebody. So after
a while he came to a great highway, which was so smooth
that an egg might have been rolled along it without breaking.
Halvor followed this, and when evening drew near he saw a
big castle far away in the distance, and there were lights
in it. So as he had now been walking the whole day and had
not brought anything to eat away with him, he was fright-
fully hungry. Nevertheless, the nearer he came to the castle
the more afraid he was.
A fire was burning in the castle, and Halvor went into the
kitchen, which was more magnificent than any kitchen he
had ever yet beheld. There were vessels of gold and silver,
but not one human being was to be seen. When Halvor had
stood there for some time, and no one had come out, he went
in and opened a door, and inside a princess was sitting at
her wheel spinning.
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"Nay!" she cried, "can Christian folk dare to come
hither? But the best thing that you can do is to go away
again, for if not the troll will devour you. A troll with
three heads lives here."
"I should have been just as well pleased if he had had
four heads more, for I should have enjoyed seeing the fel-
low," said the youth; and I won't go away, for I have done
no harm, but you must give me something to eat, for I am
frightfully hungry."
When Halvor had eaten his fill, the princess told him to
try if he could wield the sword which was hanging on the
wall, but he could not wield it, nor could he even lift it up.
"Well, then, you must take a drink out of that bottle
which is hanging by its side, for that's what the troll does
whenever he goes out and wants to use the sword," said the
princess.
Halvor took a draught and in a moment he was able to
swing the sword about with perfect ease. And now he
thought it was high time for the troll to make his appear-
ance, and at that very moment he came, panting for breath.
Halvor got behind the door.
"Hutetu!" said the troll, as he put his heads in at the
door. "It smells just as if there was a Christian man's
blood here!"
," Yes, you shall learn that there is! said Halvor, and cut
off all his heads.
The princess was so rejoiced to be free that she danced
and sang, but then she remembered her sisters, and said:
"If my sisters were but free, too!"
"Where are they 8" asked Halvor.
So she told him where they were. One of them had been
taken away by a troll to his castle, which was six miles off,
and the other had been carried off to a castle which was nine
miles further off still.
"But now," said she, "you must first help me to get this
dead body away from here."
Halvor was so strong that he cleared everything away, and
made all clean and tidy very quickly. So then they ate and
drank, and were happy, and next morning he set off in the
gray light of dawn. He gave himself no rest, but walked or
ran the livelong day. When he came in sight of the castle
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he was again just a little afraid. It was much more splen-
did than the other, but here, too, there was not a human be-
ing to be seen. So Halvor went into the kitchen, and did
not linger there either, but went straight in.
"Nay! do Christian folk dare to come here?" cried the
second princess. "I do not know how long it is since I my-
self came, but during all that time I have never seen a
Christian man. It will be better for you to depart at once,
for a troll lives here who has six heads."
No, I shall not go," said Halvor; even if he had six more
I would not."
He will swallow you up alive," said the princess.
But she spoke to no purpose, for Halvor would not go; he
was not afraid of the troll, but he wanted some meat and
drink, for he was hungry after his journey. So she gave him
as much as he would have, and then she once more tried to
make him go away.
"No," said Halvor, "I will not go, for I have not done
anything wrong, and I have no reason to be afraid."
He won't ask any questions about that," said the prin-
cess, "for he will take you without leave or right; but as
you will not go, try if you can wield that sword which the
troll uses in battle."
He could not wield the sword; so the princess said that he
was to take a draught from the flask which hung by its side,
and when he had done that he could wield the sword.
Soon afterward the troll came, and he was so large and
stout that he was forced to go sideways to get through the
door. When the troll got his first head in he cried:
"Hutetu It smells of a Christian man's blood here! "
With that Halvor cut off the first head, and so on, with
all the rest. The princess was now exceedingly delighted,
but then she remembered her sisters, and wished that they
too, were free. Halvor thought that might be managed, and
wanted to set off immediately; but first he had to help the
princess to remove the troll's body, so that it was not until
morning that he set forth on his way.
It was a long way to the castle, and he both walked and
ran to get there in time. Late in the evening he caught
sight of it, and it was very much more magnificent than
either of the others. And this time he was not the least bit
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afraid, but went into the kitchen and then straight on inside
the castle. There a princess was sitting who was so beau-
tiful that there was never anyone to equal her. She, too,
said what the others had said, that no Christian folk had
ever been there since she had come, and entreated him to
go away again, or else the troll would swallow him up alive.
The troll had nine heads, she told him.
"Yes, and if he had nine added to the nine, and then
nine more still, I would not go away," said Halvor, and went
and stood by the stove.
The princess begged him very prettily to go lest the troll
should devour him; but Halvor said, Let him come when he
will."
So she gave him the troll's sword, and bade him take a
drink from the flask to enable him to wield it.
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At the same moment the troll came, breathing hard, and
he was ever so much bigger and stouter than either of the
others, and he, too, was forced to go sideways to get in
through the door.
"Hutetu! what a smell of Christian blood there is here!"
said he.
Then Halvor cut off the first head, and after that the
others, but the last was the toughest of them all, and it was
the hardest work that Halvor had ever done to get it off, but
he still believed he would have strength enough to do it.
And now all the princesses came to the castle and were to-
gether again, and they were happier than they had ever been
in their lives; and they were delighted with Halvor, and he
with them, and he was to choose the one he liked best; but of
the three sisters the youngest loved him best.
But Halvor went about and was so strange and so mourn-
ful and quiet that the princesses asked what it was that he
longed for, and if he did not like to be with them. He said
that he did like to be with them, for they had enough to live
on, and he was very comfortable there; but he longed to go
home, for his father and mother were alive, and he had a
great desire to see them again.
They thought that this might easily be done.
You shall go and return in perfect safety if you will fol-
low our advice," said the princesses.
So he said that he would do nothing that they did not wish.
Then they dressed him so splendidly that he was like a
king's son; and they put a ring on his finger, and it was one
which would enable him to go there and back again by wish-
ing, but they told him he must not throw it away or name
their names; for if he did, all his magnificence would be at
an end, and then he would never see them more.
"If I were but at home again, or if home were but here "
said Halvor, and no sooner had he wished this than it was
granted. Halvor was standing outside his father and
mother's cottage before he knew what he was about. The
darkness of night was coming on, and when the father and
mother saw such a stately stranger walk in they were so star-
tled that they both began to bow and courtesy.
Halvor then inquired if he could stay there and have lodg-
ing for the night. No, that he certainly could not. "We
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can give you no such accommodations," they said, "for we
have none of the things that are needful when a great lord
like you is to be entertained. It will be better for you to go
up to the farm. It is not far off, you can see the chimney-
pots from here, and there they have plenty of everything."
Halvor would not hear of that, he was absolutely deter-
mined to stay where he was; but the old folks stuck to
what they had said, and told him that he was to go to the
farm, where he could get both meat and drink, whereas they
themselves had not even a chair to offer him.
No," said Halvor, "I will not go up there till early to-
morrow morning; let me stay here to-night. I can sit down
on the hearth."
They could say nothing against that, so Halvor sat down
on the hearth and began to rake about among the ashes just
as he had done before, when he lay there idling away his
time.
They chattered much about many things, and told Halvor
of this and of that, and at last he asked them if they had
never had any child.
"Yes," they said; they had had a boy who was called Hal-
vor, but they did not know where he had gone, and they could
not even say whether he were dead or alive.
Could I be he ?" said Halvor.
"I should know him well enough," said the old woman,
rising. "Our Halvor was so idle and slothful that he never
did anything at all, and he was so ragged that one hole ran
into another all over his clothes. Such a fellow as he was
could never turn into such a man as you are, sir."
In a short time the old woman had to go to the fireplace
to stir the fire, and when the blaze lit up Halvor, as it used
to do when he was at home raking up the ashes, she knew him
again.
Good heavens! is that you, Halvor 8" said she, and such a
great gladness fell over the old parents there were no bounds
to it. And now he had to relate everything that had befallen
him, and the old woman was so delighted with him that she
would take him up to the farm at once to show him to the
girls who had formerly looked down on him so. She went
there first, and Halvor followed her. When she got there
she told them how Halvor had come home again, and now
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they should just see how magnificent he was. He looks like
a prince," she said.
"We shall see that he is just the same ragamuffin that he
was before," said the girls, tossing their heads.
At that same moment Halvor entered, and the girls were
so astonished that they left their kirtles lying in the chim-
ney-corner, and ran away in nothing but their petticoats.
When they came in again they were so shamefaced that they
hardly dared to look at Halvor, toward whom they had always
been so proud and haughty before.
Aye, aye! you have always thought you were so pretty
and dainty that no one was equal to you," said Halvor, but
you should just see the eldest princess whom I set free. You
look like herdswomen compared with her, and the second
princess is also much prettier than you; but the youngest,
who is my sweetheart, is more beautiful than either sun or
moon. I wish to Heaven they were here, and then you could
see them."
Scarcely had he said this before they were standing by his
side, but then he was very sorrowful, for the words which
they had said to him came to his mind.
Up at the farm a great feast was made ready for the prin-
cesses, and much respect paid to them, but they would not
stay there.
"We want to go down to your parents," they said to Hal-
vor, so we will go out and look about us."
He followed them out, and they came to a large pond out-
side the farm-house. Very near the water there was a pretty
green bank,, and there the princesses said they would sit down
and while away an hour, for they thought it would be pleas-
ant to sit and look out over the water, they said.
Here they sat down, and when they had sat for a short
time the youngest princess said, "I may as well comb your
hair a little, Halvor."
So Halvor laid his head down on her lap and she combed
it, and it was not long before he fell asleep. Then she took
her ring from him and put another in its place, and then
she said to her sisters: "Hold me as I am holding you. I
would that we were at Soria Moria Castle."
When Halvor awoke he knew that he had lost the prin-
cesses, and began to weep and lament, and was so unhappy
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that he could not be comforted. In spite of all his father's
and mother's entreaties, he would not stay, but bade them
farewell, saying that he would never see them more, for if he
did not find the princess again he did not think it worth
while to live.
He again had three hundred dollars, which he put into his
pocket and went on his way. When he had walked some dis-
tance he met a man with a tolerably good horse. Halvor
longed to buy it, and began to bargain with the man.
"Well, I have not exactly been thinking of selling him."
said the man, "but if we could agree, perhaps- "
Halvor inquired how much he wanted to have for the horse.
I did not give much for him, and he is not worth much;
he is a capital horse to ride, but good for nothing at draw-
ing; but he will always be able to carry your bag of pro-
visions and you, too, if you walk and ride by turns." At last
they agreed about the price, and Halvor laid his bag on the
horse, and sometimes he walked and sometimes he rode. In
the evening he came to a green field where stood a great tree,
under which he seated himself. Then he let the horse loose
and lay down to sleep, but before he did that he took his bag
off the horse. At daybreak he set off again, for he did not
feel as if he could take any rest. So he walked and rode the
whole day, through a great wood where there were many
green places which gleamed very prettily among the trees.
He did not know where he was or whither he was going, but
he never lingered longer in any place than was enough to let
his horse get a little food when they came to one of those
green spots, while he himself took out his bag of provisions.
So he walked and he rode, and it seemed to him that the
wood would never come to an end. But on the evening of the
second day he saw a light shining through the trees.
"If only there were some people up there I might warm
myself and get something to eat," thought Halvor.
When he got to the place where the light had come from,
he saw a wretched little cottage, and through a small pane of
glass he saw a couple of old folks inside. They were very
old, and as gray-headed as a pigeon, and the old woman had
such a long nose that she sat in the chimney-corner and used
it to stir the fire.
"Good-evening! good-evening!" said the old hag; "but
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what errand have you that can bring you here? No Chris-
tian folk have been here for more than a hundred years."
So Halvor told her that he wanted to get to Soria Moria
Castle, and inquired if she knew the way thither.
No," said the old woman, that I do not, but the moon
will be here presently and I will ask her, and she will know.
She can easily see it for she shines on all things."
So when the moon stood clear and bright above the tree-
tops the old woman went out. Moon! moon! she screamed,
"Canst thou tell me the way to Soria Moria Castle ? "
No," said the moon, that I can't, for when I shone there,
there was a cloud before me."
Wait a little longer," said the old woman to Halvor, for
the west wind will presently be here, and he will know it,
for he breathes gently or blows into every corner.
"What! have you a horse, too?" she said when she came
in again. "Oh let the poor creature loose in our bit of
fenced-in pasture, and don't let it stand there starving at
our very door. But won't you exchange him with me? We
have a pair of old boots here with which you can go fifteen
quarters of a mile at each step. You shall have them for the
horse, and then you will be able to get sooner to Soria Moria
castle."
Halvor consented to this at once, and the old woman was
so delighted with the horse that she was ready to dance.
"For now I, too, shall be able to ride to church," she said.
Halvor could take no rest and wanted to set off immediately;
but the old woman said that there was no need to hasten.
"Lie down on the bench and sleep a little, for we have no
bed to offer you," said she, and I will watch for the coming
of the west wind."
Ere long came the west wind, roaring so loud that the
walls creaked.
The old woman went out and cried:
"West wind! west wind! Canst thou tell me the way to
Soria Moria Castle? Here is one who would go thither."
Yes, I know it well," said the west wind. I am just on
my way there to dry the clothes for the wedding which is to
take place. If he is fleet of foot he can go with me."
Out ran Halvor.
"You will have to make haste if you mean to go with zen,"
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said the west wind; and away it went over hill and dale, and
moor and morass, and Halvor had enough to do to keep up
with it.
"Well, now I have no time to stay with you any longer,"
said the west wind,'" for I must first go and tear down a bit
of spruce fir before I go to the bleaching-ground to dry the
clothes; but just go along the side of the hill and you will
come to some girls who are standing there washing clothes,
and then you will not have to walk far before you are at
Soria Moria Castle."
Shortly afterward Halvor came to the girls who were stand-
ing washing, and they asked him if he had seen anything
of the west wind, who was to come there to dry the clothes
for the wedding.
"Yes," said Halvor, "he has only gone to break down a
bit of spruce fir. It won't be long before he is here." And
then he asked them the way to Soria Moria Castle. They
put him in the right way, and when he came in front of the
castle it was so full of horses and people that it swarmed
with them. But Halvor was so ragged and torn with follow-
ing the west wind through bushes and bogs that he kept on
one side, and would not go among the crowd until the last
day, when the feast was at noon.
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So when, as was the usage and custom, all were to drink
to the bride and the young girls who were present, the cup-
bearer filled the cup for each in turn, both bride and bride-
groom, and knights and servants, and at last, after a very
long time, he came to Halvor. He drank their health, and
then slipped the ring which the princess had put on his finger
when they were sitting by the waterside into the glass, and
ordered the cup-bearer to carry the glass to the bride from
him and greet her.
Then the princess at once rose up from the table, and said,
"Who is most worthy to have one of us-he who has de-
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livered us from the trolls or he who is sitting here as bride-
groom? "
There could be but one opinion as to that, everyone
thought, and when Halvor heard what they said he was
not long in flinging off his beggar's rags and arraying himself
as a bridegroom.
"Yes, he is the right one," cried the youngest princess
when she caught sight of him; so she flung the other out of
the window and held her wedding with Halvor.
THE DEATH OF KOSHOHEI THE DEATHLESS.*
In a certain kingdom there lived a Prince Ivan. He had
three sisters. The first was the Princess Marya, the second
the Princess Olga, the third the Princess Anna. When their
father and mother lay at the point of death, they had thus
enjoined their son: "Give your sisters in marriage to the
very first suitors who come to woo them. Don't go keeping
them by you!"
They died, and the prince buried them, and then, to solace
his grief, he went with his sisters into the garden green to
stroll. Suddenly the sky was covered by a black cloud; a ter-
rible storm arose.
"Let us go home, sisters!" he cried.
Hardly had they got into the palace when the thunder
pealed, the ceiling split open, and into the room where they
were came flying a falcon bright. The falcon smote upon
the ground, became a brave youth, and said:
"Hail, Prince Ivan! Before I came as a guest, but now I
have come as a wooer II wish to propose for your sister, the
Princess Marya."
"If you find favor in the eyes of my sister, I will not in-
terfere with her wishes. Let her marry you, in God's name! "
The Princess Marya gave her consent; the falcon married
*her and bore her away into his own realm.
Days follow days, hours chase hours; a whole year goes by.
One day Prince Ivan and his sisters went out to stroll in
the garden green. Again there arose a storm-cloud, with
whirlwind and lightning.
Ralston.
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Let us go home, sisters I" cries the prince. Scarcely had
they entered the palace when the thunder crashed, the roof
burst into a blaze, the ceiling split in twain, and in flew an
eagle. The eagle smote upon the ground, and became a brave
youth.
"Hail, Prince Ivan! Before I came as a guest, but
now I have come as a wooer!"
And he asked for the hand of the Princess Olga. Prince
Ivan replied:
"If you find favor in the eyes of the Princess Olga, then
let her marry you. I will not interfere with her liberty of
choice."
The Princess Olga gave her consent and married the
eagle. The eagle took her and carried her off to his own
kingdom.
Another year went by. Prince Ivan said to his youngest
sister:
"Let us go out and stroll in the garden green!"
They strolled about for a time. Again there arose a storm-
cloud, with whirlwind and lightning.
Let us return home, sister! said he.
They returned home, but they hadn't had time to sit down
then the thunder crashed, the ceiling split open and in flew
a raven. The raven smote upon the floor and became a brave
youth. The former youths had been handsome, but this one
was handsomer still.
"Well, Prince Ivan! Before I came as a guest, but now
I have come as a wooer Give me the Princess Anna to
wife."
"I won't interfere with my sister's freedom. If you gain
her affections, let her marry you."
So the Princess Anna married the raven, and he bore
her away into his own realm. Prince Ivan was left alone. A
whole year he lived without his sisters; then he grew weary,
and said:
"I will set out in search of my sisters."
He got ready for the journey, he rode and rode, and one
day he saw a whole army lying dead on the plain. He cried
aloud, "If there be a living man there let him make answer
Who has slain this mighty host ?"
There replied unto him a living man:
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All this mighty host has been slain by the fair Prin-
cess Marya Morevna."
Prince Ivan rode further on, and came to a white tent,
and forth came to meet him the fair Princess Marya Mor-
evna.
"Hail, prince!" says she; "whither does God send you?
and is it of your free will or against your will ?"
Prince Ivan replied: "Not against their will do brave
youths ride!"
Well, if your business be not pressing, tarry awhile
in my tent."
Thereat was Prince Ivan glad. He spent two nights in
the tent and he found favor in the eyes of Marya Morevna,
and she married him. The fair princess, Marya Morevna,
carried him off into her own realm.
They spent some time together, and then the princess took
it into her head to go a-warring. So she handed over all
the housekeeping affairs to Prince Ivan, and gave him these
instructions:
"Go about everywhere, keep watch over everything; only
do not venture to look into that closet there."
He couldn't help doing so. The moment Marya Morevna
had gone he rushed to the closet, pulled open the door, and
looked in-there hung Koshchei the Deathless, fettered by
twelve chains. Then Koshchei entreated Prince Ivan, say-
in:
"Have pity upon me and give me to drink! Ten years
long have I been here in torment, neither eating nor drink-
ing; my throat is utterly dried up."
The prince gave him a bucketful of water; he drank it
up and asked for more, saying:
A single bucket of water will not quench my thirst; give
me more!"
The prince gave him a second bucketful. Koshchei
drank it up and asked for a third, and when he had swal-
lowed the third bucketful he regained his former strength,
gave his chains a shake, and broke all twelve at once.
"Thanks, Prince Ivan!" cried Koshchei the Deathless,
"now you will sooner see your own ears than Marya Mor-
evnal and out of the window he flew in the shape of a ter-
rible whirlwind. And he came up with the fair Princess
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Marya Morevna as she was going her way, laid hold of her
and carried her off home with him. But Prince Ivan wept
full sore, and he arrayed himself and set out a-wandering,
saying to himself, "Whatever happens I will go and look
for Marya Morevna "
One day passed, another day passed; at the dawn of the
third day he saw a wondrous palace, and by the side of the
palace stood an oak, and on the oak sat a falcon bright.
Down flew the falcon from the oak, smote upon the ground,
turned into a brave youth, and cried aloud:
Ha, dear brother-in-law I how deals the Lord with you ?"
Out came running the Princess Marya, joyfully greeted
her brother Ivan, and began inquiring after his health, and
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telling him all about herself. The prince spent three days
with them; then he said:
I cannot abide with you; I must go in search of my wife,
the fair Princess Marya Morevna."
"Hard will it be for you to find her," answered the fal-
con. "At all events, leave with us your silver spoon. We
will look at it and remember you." So Prince Ivan left his
silver spoon at the falcon's, and went on his way again.
On he went one day, on he went another day, and by the
dawn of the third day he saw a palace still grander than the
former one, and hard by the palace stood an oak, and on the
oak sat an eagle. Down flew the eagle from the oak, smote
upon the ground, turned into a brave youth, and cried aloud:
"Rise up, Princess Olga! Here comes our brother dear!"
The Princess Olga immediately ran to meet him, and be-
gan kissing him and embracing him, asking after his health,
and telling him all about herself. With them Prince Ivan
stopped three days; then he said:
"I cannot stay here any longer. I am going to look for
my wife, the fair Princess Marya Morevna."
"Hard will it be for you to find her," replied the eagle.
"Leave with us a silver fork. We will look at it and re-
member you."
He left a silver fork behind and went his way. He trav-
eled one day, he traveled two days; at daybreak on the third
day he saw a palace grander than the first two, and near the
palace stood an oak, and on the oak sat a raven. Down flew
the raven from the oak, smote upon the ground, turned into
a brave youth, and cried aloud:
"Princess Anna, come forth quickly! our brother is com-
ing."
SOut ran the Princess Anna, greeted him joyfully, and be-
gan kissing and embracing him, asking after his health and
telling him all about herself. Prince Ivan stayed with them
three days; then he said:
"Farewell! I am going to look for my wife, the fair Prin-
cess Marya Morevna."
"Hard will it be for you to find her," replied the raven.
"Anyhow, leave your silver snuff-box with us. We will look
at it and remember you."
The prince handed over his silver snuff-box, took his leave,
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and went his way. One day he went, another day he went,
and on the third day he came to where Marya Morevna was.
She caught sight of her love, flung her arms around his neck,
burst into tears and exclaimed:
"Oh, Prince Ivan! why did you disobey me and go look-
ing into the closet and letting out Koshchei the Deathless ? "
"Forgive me, Marya Morevna. Remember not the past;
much better fly with me while Koshchei the Deathless is
out of sight. Perhaps he won't catch us."
So they got ready and fled. Now Koshchei was out hunt-
ing. Toward evening he was returning home, when his good
steed stumbled beneath him.
"Why stumblest thou, sorry jade? Scentest thou some
ill?"
The steed replied:
Prince Ivan has come and carried off Marya Morevna."
"Is it possible to catch them?"
"It is possible to sow wheat, to wait till it grows up, to
reap it and thresh it, to grind it to flour, to make five pies of
it, to eat those pies, and then to start in pursuit-and even
then to be in time."
Koshchei galloped off and caught up Prince Ivan.
"Now," says he, "this time I will forgive you in return
for your kindness in giving me water to drink. And a sec-
ond time I will forgive you; but the third time, beware! I
will cut you to bits."
Then he took Marya Morevna from him and carried her
off. But Prince Ivan sat down upon a stone and burst into
tears. He wept and wept-and then returned back again to
Marya Morevna. Now Koshchei the Deathless happened not
to be at home.
"Let us fly, Marya Morevna!"
Ah, Prince Ivan he will catch us."
"Suppose he does catch us. At all events we shall have
spent an hour or two together."
So they got ready and fled. As Koshchei the Deathless
was returning.home, his good steed stumbled beneath him.
"Why stumblest thou, sorry jade? Scentest thou some
ill?"
"Prince Ivan has come and carried off Marya Morevna."
Is it possible to catch them "
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"It is possible to sow barley, to wait till it grows up, to
reap it and thresh it, to brew beer, to drink ourselves drunk
on it, to sleep our fill, and then to set off in pursuit-and yet
to be in time."
Koshchei galloped off, caught up Prince Ivan.
"Didn't I tell you that you should not see Marya Mor-
evna any more than your own ears?"
And he took her away and carried her off home with him.
Prince Ivan was left there alone. He wept and wept.
Then he went back again after Marya Morevna. Koshchei
happened to be away from home at that moment.
"Let us fly, Marya Morevna! "
"Ah, Prince Ivan! he is sure to catch us and hew you in
pieces."
Let him hew away! I cannot live without you."
So they got ready and fled.
Koshchei the Deathless was returning home when his good
steed stumbled beneath him.
"Why stumblest thou? Scentest thou any ill?"
"Prince Ivan has come and has carried off Marya Mor-
evna."
Koshchei galloped off, caught Prince Ivan, chopped him
into little pieces, put them into a barrel, smeared it with
pitch and bound it with iron hoops, and flung it into the
blue sea. But Marya Morevna he carried off home.
At that very time the silver articles turned black which
Prince Ivan had left with his brothers-in-law.
Ah!" said they, the evil is accomplished, sure enough "
Then the eagle hurried to the blue sea, caught hold of the
barrel and dragged it ashore; the falcon flew away for the
water of life, and the raven for the water of death.
Afterward they all three met, broke open the barrel, took
out the remains of Prince Ivan, washed them, and put them
together in fitting order. The raven sprinkled them with the
water of death-the pieces joined together, the body became
whole. The falcon sprinkled it with the water of life-
Prince Ivan shuddered, stood up, and said:
Ah what a time I've been sleeping I "
"You'd have gone on sleeping a good deal longer if it
hadn't been for us," replied his brothers-in-law. Now come
and pay us a visit."
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SITay, brothers; I shall go and look for Marya Morevna."
And when he had found her, he said to her:
"Find out from Koshchei the Deathless from whence 1e
got so good a steed."
So Marya Morevna chose a favorable moment, and began
asking Koshchei about it. Koshchei replied:
"Beyond thrice nine lands, in the thirtieth kingdom, on
the other side of the fiery river, there lives a baba yaga. She
has so good a mare that she flies right round the world on it
every day. And she has many other splendid mares. I
watched her herds for three days without losing a single
mare, and in return for that the baba yaga gave me a foal."
"But how did you get across the fiery river?"
"Why, I've a handkerchief of this kind-when I wave it
thrice on the right hand, there springs up a very lofty bridge,
and the fire cannot reach it."
Marya Morevna listened to all this and repeated it to
Prince Ivan, and she carried off the handkerchief and gave
it to him. So he managed to get across the fiery river, and
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then went on to the baba yaga's. Long went he on without
getting anything either to eat or to drink. At last he came
across an outlandish bird and its young ones. Says Prince
Ivan:
I'll eat one of these chickens."
"Don't eat it, Prince Ivan begs the outlandish bird;
some time or other I'll do you a good turn."
He went on further and saw a hive of bees in the forest.
"I'll get a bit of honeycomb," says he.
"Don't disturb my honey, Prince Ivan!" exclaims the
queen-bee; some time or other I'll do you a good turn."
So he didn't disturb it, but went on. Presently there met
him a lioness with her cub.
Anyhow, I'll eat this lion cub," says he; I'm so hungry
I feel quite unwell!"
"Please let us alone, Prince Ivan," begs the lioness;
" some time or other I'll do you a good turn."
"Very well; have it your own way," says he.
Hungry and faint he wandered on, walked further and
further, and at last came to where stood the house of the
baba yaga. Round the house were set twelve poles in a
circle, and on each of eleven of these poles was stuck a hu-
man head; the twelfth alone remained unoccupied.
"Hail, granny!"
"Hail, Prince Ivan! wherefore have you come? Is it of
your own accord or on compulsion ?"
"I have come to earn from you an heroic steed."
S"So be it, prince! You won't have to serve a year with
me, but just three days. If you take good care of my mares
I will give you an heroic steed. But if you don't-why, then
you mustn't be annoyed at finding your head stuck on top of
the last pole up there."
Prince Ivan agreed to these terms. The baba yaga gave
him food and drink and bade him set about his business.
But the moment he had driven the mares afield, they cocked
up their tails and away they tore across the meadows in all
directions. Before the prince had time to look round they
were all out of sight. Thereupon he began to weep and to
disquiet himself, and then he sat down upon a stone and went
to sleep. But when the sun was near its setting the outland-
ish bird came flying up to him and awakened him, saying:
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"Arise, Prince Ivan The mares are at home now."
The prince arose and returned home. There the baba yaga
was storming and raging at her mares, and shrieking:
"Whatever did ye come home for?"
"How could we help coming home?" said they. "There
came flying birds from every part of the world, and all but
pecked our eyes out."
Well, well! to-morrow don't go galloping over the mead-
ows, but disperse amid the thick forests."
Prince Ivan slept all night. In the morning the baba yaga
says to him:
"Mind, Prince I if you don't take good care of the mares,
if you lose merely one of them-your bold head will be stuck
on that pole !"
He drove the mares afield. Immediately they cocked up
their tails and dispersed among the thick forests. Again
did the prince sit down on the stone, weep and weep, and
then go to sleep. The sun went down behind the forest. Up
came running the lioness.
Arise, Prince Ivan! The mares are all collected."
Prince Ivan arose and went home. More than ever did the
baba yaga storm at her mares and shriek:
"Whatever did ye come back home for?"
"How could we help coming back? Beasts of prey came
running at us from all parts of the world, and all but tore
us utterly to pieces."
"Well, to-morrow run off into the blue sea."
Again did Prince Ivan sleep through the night. Next
morning the baba yaga sent him forth to watch the mares.
"If you don't take good care of them," says she, "your
bold head will be stuck on that pole!"
He drove the mares afield. Immediately they cocked up
their tails, disappeared from sight and fled into the blue sea.
There they stood, up to their necks in water. Prince Ivan
sat down on the stone, wept, and fell asleep. But when the
sun had set behind the forest, up came flying a bee, and said:
"Arise, prince The mares are all collected. But when
,you get home don't let the baba yaga set eyes on you, but go
into the stable and hide behind the mangers. There you will
find a sorry colt rolling in the muck. Do you steal it, and
at the dead of night ride away from the house."
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Prince Ivan arose, slipped into the stable, and lay down be-
hind the mangers, while the baba yaga was storming away
at her mares and shrieking:
"Why did ye come back ?"
"How could we help coming back? There came flying bees
in countless numbers from all parts of the world, and began
stinging us on all sides till the blood came!"
The baba yaga went to sleep. In the dead of the night
Prince Ivan stole the sorry colt, saddled it, jumped on its
back, and galloped away to the fiery river. When he came
to the river he waved the handkerchief three times on the
right hand, and suddenly, springing goodness knows whence,
there hung across the river, high in the air, a splendid
bridge. The prince rode across the bridge and waved the
handkerchief twice only on the left hand; there remained
across the river a thin, ever so thin a bridge!
When the baba yaga got up in the morning the sorry colt
was not to be seen! Off she set in pursuit. At full speed did
she fly in her iron mortar, urging it on with the pestle,
sweeping away her traces with the broom. She dashed up to
the fiery river, gave a glance, and said, "A capital bridge! "
She drove on to the bridge, but had only got half-way when
the bridge broke in two,, and the baba yaga went flop into
the river. There truly did she meet with a cruel death!
Prince Ivan fattened up the colt in the green meadows, and
it turned into a wondrous 'steed. Then he rode to where
Marya Morevna was. She came running out, and flung her-
self on his neck, crying:
By what means has God brought you back to life ?"
"Thus and thus," says he. "Now come along with me."
"I am afraid, Prince Ivan! If Koshchei catches us you
will be cut in pieces again."
"No, he won't catch us! I have a splendid heroic steed
now; it flies just like a bird." So they got on its back and
rode away.
Koshchei the Deathless was returning home when his
horse stumbled beneath him.
"What art thou stumbling for, sorry jade? Dost thou
scent any ill?"
"Prince Ivan has come and carried off Marya Morevna."
Can we catch them ?"
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God knows I Prince Ivan has a horse now which is better
than I."
"Well, I can't stand it," says Koshchei the Deathless. "I
will pursue."
After a time he came up with Prince Ivan, lighted on the
ground, and was going to chop him up with his sharp sword.
But at that moment Prince Ivan's horse smote Koshchei the
Deathless full swing with its hoof, and cracked his skull,
and the prince made an end of him with a club. Afterward
the prince heaped up a pile of wood, set fire to it, burned
Koshchei the Deathless on the pyre, and scattered his- ashes
to the wind. Then Marya Morevna mounted Koshchei's
horse and Prince Ivan got on his own, and they rode away to
visit first the raven, and then the eagle, and then the falcon.
Wherever they went they met with a joyful greeting.
"Ah, Prince Ivan! why, we never expected to see you
again. Well, it wasn't for nothing that you gave yourself
so much trouble. Such a beauty as Marya Morevna one
might search for all the world over-and never find one like
her!"
And so they visited, and they feasted; and afterward they
went off to their own realm.
The Black Thief and Knight of the Glen
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THE BLACK THIEF AND KNIGHT OF THE GLEN.*
In times of yore there was a king and queen in the south
of Ireland who had three sons, all beautiful children; but the
queen their mother sickened unto death when they were
yet very young, which caused great grief throughout the
court, particularly to the king, her husband, who could in no
wise be comforted. Seeing that death was drawing near her,
she called the king to her and spoke as follows:
"I am now going to leave you, and as you are young and
in your prime of course after my death you will marry again.
Now all the request that I ask of you is that you will build
a tower in an island in the sea wherein you will keep your
three sons until they are come of age and fit to do for them-
selves; so that they may not be under the power or jurisdic-
tion of any other woman. Neglect not to give them an edu-
cation suitable to their birth, and let them be trained up to
every exercise and pastime requisite for kings' sons to learn.
This is all I have to say, so farewell."
The king had scarce time, with tears in his eyes, to assure
her she should be obeyed in everything, when she, turning
herself in her bed, with a smile gave up the ghost. Never was
greater mourning seen than was throughout the court and
the whole kingdom; for a better woman than the queen, to
rich and poor, was not to be found in the world. She was
interred with great pomp and magnificence, and the king,
her husband, became in a manner inconsolable for the loss
of her. However, he caused the tower to be built, and his
sons placed in it, under proper guardians, according to his
promise.
In process of time the lords and knights of the kingdom
counseled the king (as he was 'young) to live no longer as
he had done, but to take a wife; which counsel prevailing,
they chose him a rich and beautiful princess to be his consort
-a neighboring king's daughter, of whom he was very fond.
Not long after the queen had a fine son, which caused great
feasting and rejoicing at the court, insomuch that the late
queen, in a manner, was entirely forgotten. That fared well,
* The Hibernian Tales.
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and king and queen lived happy together for several years.
At length the queen having some business with the hen-
wife, went herself to her, and after a long conference passed,
was taking leave of her, when the hen-wife prayed that if
ever she should come back to her again she might break her
neck. The queen, greatly incensed at such a daring insult
from one of her meanest subjects, demanded immediately the
reason or she would have her put to death.
"It was worth your while, madame," says the hen-wife,
"to pay me well for it, for the reason I prayed so on you con-
cerns you much."
"What must I pay you? asked the queen.
You must give me," says she, the full of a pack of wool,
and I have an ancient crock which you must fill with butter,
likewise a barrel which you must fill for me full of wheat."
How much wool will it take to the pack ?" says the queen.
"It will take seven herds of sheep," said she, "and their
increase for seven years." "
How much butter will it take to fill your crock ?"
"Seven dairies," said she, and their increase for seven
years."
"And how much will it take to fill the barrel you have?"
says the queen.
"It will take the increase of seven barrels of wheat for
seven years."
That is a great quantity," says the queen; "but the rea-
son must be extraordinary, and before I want it, I will give
you all you demand."
"Well," says the hen-wife, "it is because you are so stupid
that you don't observe or find out those affairs that are so
dangerous and hurtful to yourself and your child."
"What is that?" says the queen.
Why," says she, "the king, your husband, has three fine
sons.he had by the late queen, whom he keeps shut up in a
tower until they come of age, intending to divide the king-
dom between them and let your son push his fortune; now,
if you don't find some means of destroying them, your child,
and, perhaps, yourself, will be left desolate in the end."
And what would you advise me to do 8" said she. I am
wholly at a loss in what manner to act in this affair."
"You must make known to the king," says the hen-wife,
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"that you heard of his sons, and wonder greatly that he con-
cealed them all this time from you; tell him you wish to see
them, and that it is full time for them to be liberated, and
that you would be desirous he would bring them to the court.
The king will then do so, and there will be a great feast pre-
pared on that account, and also diversions of every sort to
amuse the people; and in these sports," said she, "ask the
king's sons to play a game at cards with you, which they will
not refuse. Now," says the hen-wife, you must make a bar-
gain, that if you win they must do whatever you command
them, and if they win you must do whatever they command
you to do; this bargain must be made before the assembly,
and here is a pack of cards," says she, "that I am thinking
you will not lose by."
The queen immediately took the cards, and after returning
the hen-wife thanks for her kind instruction, went to the
palace, where she was quite uneasy until she got speaking to
the king in regard of his children; at last she broke it off to
him in a very polite and engaging manner, so that he could
see no sinister design in it. He readily consented to her
desire, and his sons were sent for to the tower, who gladly
came to court, rejoicing that they were freed from such con-
fnement. They were all very handsome, and very expert in
all arts and exercises, so that they gained the love and esteem
of all that had seen them.
The queen, more jealous with them than ever, thought it
an age until all the feasting and rejoicing was over, that she
might get making her proposal, depending greatly on the hen-
wife's cards. At length this royal assembly began to sport
and play at all kinds of diversions, and the queen very cun-
ningly challenged the three princes to play at cards with her,
making bargain with them as she had been instructed.
They accepted the challenge, and the eldest son and she
played the first game, which she won; then the second son
played and she won that game likewise; the third son and
she then played the last game, and he won it, which sorely
grieved her that she had not him in her power as well as the
rest, being by far the handsomest and most beloved of the
three.
However, everyone was anxious to hear the queen's com-
mands in regard to the two princes, not thinking that she had
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any ill design in her head against them. Whether it was the
hen-wife instructed her, or whether it was from her own
knowledge, I cannot tell; but she gave out that they must go
and bring her the Knight of the Glen's wild steed of bells, or
they should lose their heads.
The young princes were not in the least concerned, not
knowing what they had to do; but the whole court was
amazed at her demand, knowing very well that it was impos-
sible for them ever to get the steed, as all who ever sought
him perished in the attempt. However, they could not re-
tract the bargain, And the youngest prince was desired to tell
what demand he had on the queen, as he had won his game.
My brothers," says he, are now going to travel, and, as I
understand, a perilous journey wherein they know not what
road to take or what may happen them. I am resolved, there-
fore, not to stay here, but to go with them, let what will be-
tide; and I request and command, according to my bar-
gain, that the queen shall stand on the highest tower of the
palace until we come back (or find out that we are certainly
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dead), with nothing but sheaf corn for her food and cold
water for her drink, if it should be for seven years and
longer."
All things being now fixed, the three princes departed the
court in search of the Knight of the Glen's palace, and trav-
eling along the road they came up with a man who was a
little lame and seemed to be somewhat advanced in years;
they soon fell into discourse, and the youngest of the princes
asked the stranger his name, or what was the reason he wore
so remarkable a black cap as he saw on him.
"I am called," said he, "the Thief of Sloan, and some-
times the Black Thief, from my cap" ; and so telling the
prince the most of his adventures, he asked him again where
they were bound for, or what they were about.
The prince, willing to gratify his request, told him their
affairs from the beginning to the end. "And now," said he,
"we are traveling, and do not know whether we are on the
right road or not."
Ah my brave fellows," says the Black Thief, "you little
know the danger you run. I am after that steed myself these
seven years, and can never steal him on account of a silk
covering he has on him in the stable, with sixty bells fixed
to it, and whenever you approach the place he quickly ob-
serves it and shakes himself; which, by the sound of the
bells not only alarms the prince and his guards, but the whole
country round, so that it is impossible ever to get him, and
those who are so unfortunate as to be taken by the Knight of
the Glen are boiled in a red-hot fiery furnace."
"Bless me," says the young prince, "what will we do ? If
we return without the steed we will lose our heads, so I see
we are ill-fixed on both sides."
"Well," says the Thief of Sloan, "if it were my case I
would rather die by the knight than by the wicked queen; be-
sides, I will go with you myself and show you the road, and
whatever fortune you will have, I will take chance of the
same."
They returned him sincere thanks for his kindness, and he,
leing well acquainted with the road, in a short time brought
them within view of the knight's castle.
Now," says he, "we must stay here till night comes; for
I know all the ways of the place, and if there be any chance
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for it, it is when they are all at rest; for the steed is all the
watch the knight keeps there."
Accordingly, in the dead hour of the night, the king's three
sons and the Thief of Sloan attempted the steed of bells in
order to carry him away, but before they could reach the
stables the steed neighed most terribly and shook himself so,
and the bells rang with such noise, that the knight and all
his men were up in a moment.
The Black Thief and the king's sons thought to make their
escape, but they were suddenly surrounded by the knight's
guards and taken prisoners, when they were brought into
that dismal part of the palace where the knight kept a fur-
nace always boiling, in which he threw all offenders that
came in his way, which in a few moments would entirely
consume them.
"Audacious villains! says the Knight of the Glen, "how
dare you attempt so bold an action as to steal my steed?
See now, the reward of your folly; for your greater punish-
ment I will not boil you all together, but one after the other,
so that he that survives may witness the dire afflictions of his
unfortunate companions."
So saying, he ordered his servants to stir up the fire. "We
will boil the eldest-looking of these young men first," said he,
" and so on to the last, which will be this old champion with
the black cap. He seems to be the captain, and looks as if
he had come through many toils."
"I was as near death once as the prince is yet," says the
Black Thief, and escaped; and so will he too."
No, you never were," said the knight; for he is within
two or three minutes of his latter end."
"But," says the Black Thief, "I was within one moment
of my death, and I am here yet."
"How was that?" says the knight; "I would be glad to
hear it, for it seems impossible."
If you think, sir knight," says the Black Thief, that the
danger I was in surpasses that of this young man, will you
pardon him his crime ?"
"I will," says the knight, "so go on with your story.
"I was, sir," says he, "a very wild boy in my youth, and
came through many distresses; once in particular, as I was
on my rambling, I was benighted and could find no lodging.
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At length I came to an old kiln, and being much fatigued I
went up and lay on the ribs. I had not been there long when
I saw three witches coming in with three bags of gold. Each
put their bags of gold under their heads as if to sleep. I
heard one of them say to the other that if the Black Thief
came on them while they slept, he would not leave them a
penny. I found by their discourse that everybody had got
my name into their mouth, though I kept silent as death
during their discourse. At length they fell fast asleep, and
then I stole softly down, and seeing some turf convenient, I
placed one under each of their heads, and off I went with
their gold as fast as I could.
I had not gone far," continued the Thief of Sloan, until
I saw a greyhound, a hare, and a hawk in pursuit of me, and
began to think it must be the witches who had taken the
shapes in order that I might not escape them unseen either
by land or water. Seeing they did not appear in any for-
midable shape, I was more than once resolved to attack them,
thinking that with my broadsword I could easily destroy
them. But considering again that it was perhaps still in
their power to become alive again, I gave over the attempt,
and climbed with difficulty up a tree, bringing my sword in
my hand and all the gold along with me. However, when
they came to the tree they found what I had done, and making
further use of their hellish art, one of them was changed into
a smith's anvil and another into a piece of iron, of which the
third soon made a hatchet. Having the hatchet made she,
fell to cutting down the tree, and in the course of an hour
it began to shake with me. At length it began to bend, and
I found that one or two blows at the most would put it down.
I then began to think that my death was inevitable, consid-
ering that those who were capable of doing so much would
soon end my life; but just as she had the stroke drawn that
would terminate my fate, the cock crew, and the witches dis-
appeared, having resumed their natural shapes for fear of
being known, and I got safe off with my bags of gold.
"Now, sir," says he to the Knight of the Glen, "if that be
not as great an adventure as you ever heard, to be within
one blow of a hatchet of my end, and that blow even drawn,
and after all to escape, I leave it to yourself."
Well, I cannot say but it is very extraordinary," says the
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Knight of the Glen, and on that account pardon this young"
man of his crime; so stir up the fire till I boil this second
one."
"Indeed," says the Black Thief, "I would fain think he:
would not die this time either."
"How so said the knight; "it is impossible for him to'
escape."
"I escaped death more wonderfully myself," says the'
Thief of Sloan, than if you had him ready to throw into the
furnace, and I hope it will be the case with him likewise."
"Why, have you been in another great danger?" says the
knight. I would be glad to hear the story, too, and if it be
as wonderful as the last, I will pardon this young man as
I did the other."
"My way of living, sir," says the Black Thief, "was not
good, as I told you before; and being at a certain time fairly
run out of cash, and meeting with no enterprise worthy of no-
tice, I was reduced to great straits. At length a rich bishop
died in the neighborhood I was then in, and I heard he was
interred with a great deal of jewels and rich robes upon him,
all which I intended in a short time to be master of. Ac-
cordingly that very night I set about it, and coming to the
place, I understood he was placed at the further end of a long,
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dark vault, which I slowly entered. I had not gone in far
until I heard a foot coming toward me with a quick pace, and
although naturally bold and daring, yet, thinking of the de-
ceased bishop and the crime I was engaged in, I lost courage
and ran toward the entrance of the vault. I had retreated
but a few paces when I observed between me and the light
the figure of a tall black man standing in the entrance. Be-
ing in great fear, and not knowing how to pass, I fired a pis-
tol at him and he immediately fell across the entrance. Per-
ceiving he still retained the figure of a mortal man, I began
to imagine that it could not be the bishop's ghost; recovering
myself therefore from the fear I was in, I ventured to the
upper end of the vault, where I found a large bundle, and
upon further examination found that the corpse was already
rifled, and that which I had taken to be a ghost was no more
than one of his own clergy. I was then very sorry that I had
the misfortune to kill him, but then it could not be helped.
I took up the bundle that contained everything belonging to
the corpse that was valuable, intending to take my departure
from this melancholy abode; but just as I came to the
mouth of the entrance I saw the guards of the place coming
toward me, and distinctly heard them saying they would look
in the vault, for that the Black Thief would think little of
robbing the corpse if he was anywhere in the place. I did not
then know in what manner to act, for if I was seen I would
surely lose my life, as everybody had a lookout at that time,
and because there was no person bold enough to come in on
me, I knew very well that on the first sight of me that could
be got, I would be shot like a dog. However, I had no time
to lose. I took and raised up the man which I had killed, as
if he was standing on his feet, and I, crouching behind him,
bore-him up as well as I could, so that the guards readily
saw him as they came up to the vault. Seeing the man in
black, one of the men cried 'that was the Black Thief, and,
presenting his piece, fired at the man, at which I let him
fall, and crept into a little dark corner myself, that was at
the entrance of the place. When they saw the man fall, they
ran all into the vault, and never stopped until they were at
the end of it, for fear, as I thought, that there might be
some others along with him that was killed. But while they
were busy inspecting the corpse and the vault to see what they
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could miss, I slipped out, and, once away, and still away; but
they never had the Black Thief in their power since."
"Well, my brave fellow," says the Knight of the Glen, "I
see you have come through many dangers: you have freed
thcse two princes by your stories; but I am sorry myself that
this young prince has to suffer for all. Now, if you could
tell me something as wonderful as you have told already, I
would pardon him likewise; I pity this youth and do not
want to put him to death if I could help it."
"That happens well," says the Thief of Sloan, "for I like
him best myself, and have reserved the most curious passage
for the last on his account."
"Well, then," says the knight,, "let us hear it."
"I was one day on my travels," says the Black Thief, and
I came into a large forest, where I wandered a long time and
could not get out of it. At last I came to a large castle, and
fatigue obliged me to call in the same, where I found a young
woman and a child sitting on her knee, and she crying.
I asked her what made her cry, and where the lord of the
castle was, for I wondered greatly that I saw no stir of serv-
ants or any person about the place.
"' It is well for you,' says the young woman, 'that the lord
of this castle is not at home at present; for he is a monstrous
giant with but one eye in his forehead, who lives on human
flesh. He brought me this child,' says she, 'I do not know
where he got it, and ordered me to make it into a pie, and I
cannot help crying at the command.'
"I told her that if she knew of any place convenient that
I could leave the child safely I would do it, rather than it
should be killed by such a monster.
She told me of a house a distance off where I would get a
woman who would take care of it. 'But what will I do in
regard of the pie '
"'Cut a finger off it,' said I, 'and I will bring you in a
young wild pig out of the forest, which you may dress as if
it was the child, and put the finger in a certain place, that
if the giant doubts anything about it you may know where
to turn it over at the first, and when he sees it he will be
fully satisfied that the pie is made of the child.'
She agreed to the scheme I proposed, and cutting off the
child's finger, by her direction I soon had it at the house she
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told me of, and brought her the little pig in the place of it.
She then made ready the pie, and after eating and drinking
heartily myself, I was just taking my leave of the young
woman when we observed the giant coming through the
castle gates.
"'Bless me,' said she, 'what will you do now? Run away
and lie down among the dead bodies that he has in the room
[showing me the place], and strip off your clothes, that he
may not know you from the rest if he has occasion to go
that way.'
"I took her advice and laid myself down among the rest,
as if dead, to see how he would behave. The first thing I
heard was him calling for his pie. When she set it down
before him he swore it smelled like swine's flesh, but know-
ing where to find the finger she immediately turned it up,
which fairly convinced him to the contrary. The pie only
served to sharpen his appetite, and I heard him sharpen-
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ing his knife and saying he must have a collop or two, for he
was not near satisfied. But what was my terror when I heard
the giant groping among the bodies, and, fancying myself,
cut the half of my hip off and took it with him to be roasted.
You may be certain I was in great pain, but the fear of be-
ing killed prevented me from making any complaint. How-
ever, when he had eaten all he began to drink hot liquors
in great abundance so that in a short time he could not hold
up his head, but threw himself on a large creel he had made
for the purpose, and fell fast asleep. When I heard him
snoring, as I was I went up and caused the woman to bind
my wound with a handkerchief; and taking the giant's spit,
reddened it in the fire and ran it through the eye, but was
not able to kill him.
"However, I left the spit sticking in his head, and took
to my heels; but I soon found that he was in pursuit of me,
although blind; and having an enchanted ring, he threw it
at me, and it fell on my big toe and remained fastened to it.
"The giant then called to the ring, where it was, and to
my great surprise it made him answer on my foot; and he,
guided by the same, made a leap at me which I had the good
luck to observe, and fortunately escaped the danger. How-
ever, I found running was of no use in saving me as long as
I had the ring on my foot; so I took my sword and cut off
the toe it was fastened on, and threw both into a large fish-
pond that was convenient. The giant called again to the
ring, which by the power of enchantment always made him
answer; but he, not knowing what I had done, imagined it
was still on some part of me, and made a violent leap to
seize me, when he went into the pond, over head and ears,
and was drowned. Now, sir knight," says the Thief of Sloan,
"you see what dangers I came through and always escaped;
but, indeed, I am lame for the want of my toe ever since."
My lord and master," says an old woman that was listen-
ing all the time, "that story is but too true, as I well know,
for I am the very woman that was in the giant's castle,
and you, my lord, the child that I was to make into a pie;
and this is the very man that saved your life, which you may
know by the want of the finger that was taken off, as you
have heard, to deceive the giant."
The Knight of the Glen, greatly surprised at what he had
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heard the old woman tell, and knowing he wanted his finger
from his childhood, began to understand that the story was
true enough.
And this is my deliverer? says he. Oh, brave fellow,
I not only pardon you all, but will keep you with myself while
you live, where you shall feast like princes, and have every
attendance that I have myself."
They all returned thanks on their knees, and the Black
Thief told him the reason they attempted to steal the steed
of bells, and the necessity they were under in going home.
"Well," says the Knight of the Glen, "if that is the case
I bestow you my steed rather than this brave fellow should
die; so you may go when you please, only remember to call
and see me betimes, that we may know each other well."
They promised they would, and with great joy they set off
for the king their father's palace, and the Black Thief along
with them.
The wicked queen was standing all this time on the tower,
and hearing the bells ringing at a great distance off knew
very well it was the princes coming home, and the steed with
them, and through spite and vexation precipitated herself
from the tower and was shattered to pieces.
The three princes lived happily and well during their
father's reign, and always keeping the Black Thief along
with them; but how they did after the old king's death is
not known.
THE MASTER-THIEF.*
There was once upon a time a husbandman who had three
sons. He had no property to bequeath to them, and no means
of putting them in the way of getting a living, and.he did
not know what to do, so he said they had his leave to take
anything they most fancied, and go to any place they liked
best. He would gladly accompany them for some part of
their way, he said, and that he did. He went with them till
they came to a place where three roads met, and there each
of them took his own way, and the father b.de them farewell
and returned to his own home again. What became of the
*From P. C. Asbjornsen.
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two elder I have never been able to discover, but the youngest
went both far and wide.
It came to pass one night as he was going through a great
wood that a terrible storm came on. It blew so hard and
rained so heavily that he could scarcely keep his eyes open,
and before he was aware of it he had got quite out of the
track, and could find neither road nor path. But he went on,
and at last he saw a light far away in the wood. Then he
thought he must try and get to it, and after a long, long time
he did reach it. There was a large house, and the fire was
burning so brightly inside that he could tell that the people
were not in bed. So he went in, and inside there was an old
woman who was busy about some work.
"Good-evening, mother!" said the youth.
"Good-evening! said the old woman.
Hutetu! it is terrible weather outside to-night," said the
young fellow.
"Indeed, it is," said the old woman.
Can I sleep here, and have shelter for the night ?" asked
the youth.
"It wouldn't be good for you to sleep here," said the old
hag, for if the people of the house come home and find you,
they will kill both you and me."
"What kind of people are they, then, who dwell here?"
said the youth.
"Oh! robbers, and rabble of that sort," said the old woman;
"they stole me away when I was little and I have had to keep
house for them ever since."
I still think I will go to bed, all the same," said the youth.
"No matter what happens, I'll not go out to-night in such
weather as this."
"Well, then, it will be the worse for'yourself," said the
old woman.
The young man lay down in a bed which stood near, but he
dared not go to sleep; and it was better that he didn't, for
the robbers came, and the old woman said that a young fellow
who was a stranger had come there, and she had not been
able to get him to go away again.
Did you see if he had any money ?" said the robbers.
"ie's not one to have money, he is a tramp! If he has
a few clothes to his back, that is all."
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Then the robbers began to mutter to each other apart about
what they should do with him; whether they should murder
him, or what else they should do. In the meantime the boy
got up and began to talk to them, and ask them if they did
not want a man-servant, for he could find pleasure enough
in serving them.
Yes," said they, if you have a mind to take to the trade
that we follow, you may have a place here."
"It's all the same to me what trade I follow," said the
youth, "for when I came away from home my father gave
me leave to take any trade I fancied."
"Have you a fancy for stealing, then?" said the rob-
bers.
Yes," said the boy, for he thought that was a trade which
would not take long to learn.
Not very far off there dwelt a man who had three oxen, one
of which he was to take to the town to sell. The robbers had
heard of this, so they told the youth that if he were able to
steal the ox from him on the way, without his knowing, and
without doing him any harm, he should have leave to be their
servant-man. So the youth set off, taking with him a pretty
shoe with a silver buckle that was lying about the house. He
put this in the road by which the man must go with his ox,
and then went into the wood and hid himself under a bush.
When the man came up he at once saw the shoe.
"That's a brave shoe," said he. "If I had but the fellow
to it I would carry it home with me, and then I should put
my old woman into a good humor for once."
For he had a wife who was so cross and ill-tempered that
the time between the beatings she gave him was very short.
But then he bethought himself he could do nothing with
one shoe if he had not the fellow to it, so he journeyed on-
ward and let it lie where it was. Then the youth picked
up the shoe and hurried off away through the wood as fast
as he was -able, to get in front of the man, and then put the
shoe in the road before him again.
When the man came with the ox and saw the shoe, he was
quite vexed at having been so stupid as to leave the fellow to
it lying where it was, instead of bringing it on with him.
I will just run back and fetch it now," he said to himself,
uand then I shall take back a pair of good shoes to the old
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woman, and she may perhaps throw a kind word to me for
once."
So he went and searched for the other shoe for a long,
long time, but no shoe was to be found, and at last he was
forced to go back with the one which he had.
In the meantime the youth had taken the ox and gone off
with it. When the man got there and found that his ox
was gone he began to weep and wail, for he was afraid that
when his old woman got to know she would be the death of
him. But all at once it came into his head to go home and
get the other ox and drive it to the town, and take good care
that his old wife knew nothing about it. So he did this;
he went home and took the ox without his wife's knowing
about it, and went on his way to the town with it. But the
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robbers, they knew it well, because they got out their magic.
So they told the youth that if he could take this ox also
without the man knowing anything about it, and without
doing him any hurt, he should then be on an equality with
them.
"Well, that will not be a very hard thing to do," thought
the youth.
This time he took with him a rope and put it under his
arms and tied himself up to a tree which hung over the road
that the man would have to take. So the man came with his
ox, and when he saw the body hanging there he felt a little
queer.
"What a hard lot yours must have been to make you hang
yourself I" said he. Ah, well you may hang there for me;
I can't-breathe life into you again."
So he went on with his ox. Then the youth sprang down
from the tree, ran by a short cut and got before him, and
once more hung himself up on a tree in the road before the
man.
"How I should like to know if you really were so sick at
heart that you hanged yourself there, or if it is only a hob-
goblin that's before me! said the man. Ah, well! you may
hang there for me, whether you are a hobgoblin or not," and
on he went with his ox.
Once more the youth did just as he had done twice already;
jumped down from the tree, ran by a short cut through the
wood, and again hanged himself in the very middle of the
road before him. But when the man once more saw this
he said to himself, "What a bad business this is! Can they
all have been so heavy-hearted that they have all three hanged
themselves? No, I can't believe it is anything but witch-
craft! But I will know the truth," he said; "if the two
others are still hanging there it is true, but if they are not
it's nothing else but witchcraft."
So he tied up his ox and ran back to see if they really were
hanging there. While he was going, and looking up at every
tree as he went, the youth leaped down and took his ox and
went off with it. Anyone may easily imagine the fury the
man fell into when he came back and saw that his ox was
gone. He wept and he raged, but at last he took comfort
and told himself that the best thing to do was to go home and
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take the third ox without letting his wife know anything
about it, and then to try to sell it so well as to get a good
sum of money for it. So he went home and took the third
ox and drove it off without his wife knowing anything about
it. But the robbers knew all about it and they told the youth
if he could steal this as he had stolen the two others he should
be master of the whole troop. So the youth set out and went
to the wood and when the man was coming along with the ox
he began to bellow loudly, just like a great ox somewhere in-
side the wood. When the man heard that he was right glad,
for he fancied he recognized the voice of his big bullock, and
thought that now he should find both of them again. So he
tied up the third and ran away off the road to look for them
in the wood. In the meantime the youth went away with
the third ox. When the man returned and found that he had
lost that, too, he fell into such a rage that there were no
bounds to it. He wept and lamented, and for many days he
did not dare to go home again, for he was afraid that the
old woman would slay him outright. The robbers, also, were
not very well pleased at this, for they were forced to own
that the youth was at the head of them all. So one day
they made up their minds to set to work' to do something
which it was not in his power to accomplish, and they all
took to the road together and left him at home alone. When
they were well out of the house the first thing that he did
was to drive the oxen out on the road, whereupon they all ran
home again to the man from whom he had stolen them, and
right glad was the husbandman to see them. Then he brought
out all the horses the robbers had and loaded them with the
most valuable things he could find-vessels of gold and of
silver, and clothes and other magnificent things-and then
he told the old woman to greet the robbers from him and
thank them from him, and say that he had gone away, and
that they would have a great deal of difficulty in finding him
again, and with that he drove the horses out of the court-
yard. After a long, long time he came to the road upon
which he was traveling when he came to the robbers. And
when he had got very near home and was in sight of the
house where his father lived, he put on a uniform which he
had found among the things taken from the robbers, which
was made just like a general's, and drove into the yard just
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as if he were a great man. Then he entered the house and
asked if he could find a lodging there.
"No, indeed you can't!" said his father. "How could I
possibly be able to lodge such a great gentleman as you? It
is all that I can do to find clothes and bedding for myself,
and wretched they are."
You were always a hard man," said the youth, and hard
you are still if you refuse to let your own son come into
your house."
Are you my son ?" said the man.
Do you not know me again, then? said the youth.
Then he recognized him and said, "But what trade have
you taken to that has made you such a great man in so short
a time?"
Oh, that I will tell you," answered the youth. You said
that I might take to anything I liked, so I apprenticed my-
self to some thieves and robbers, and now I have served my
time and become master-thief."
Now the governor of the province lived by his father's
cottage, and this governor had such a large house and so
much money that he did not even know how much it was, and
he had a daughter, too, who was both pretty and dainty, and
good and wise. So the master-thief was determined to have
her to wife, and told his father to go to the governor
and ask for his daughter for him. "If he asks what trade I
follow, you may say that I am a master-thief," said he.
"I think you must be crazy," said the man, "for you can't
be in your senses if you think of anything so foolish."
You must go to the governor and beg for his daughter-
there is no help," said the youth.
But I dare not go to the governor and say this. He is so
rich and has so much wealth of all kinds," said the man.
"There is no help for it," said the master-thief; "go you
must, whether you like it or not. If I can't get you to go by
using good words, I will soon make you go with bad ones."
But the man was still unwilling, so the master-thief fol-
lowed him, threatening him with a great birch stick, till he
went weeping and wailing through the door to the governor
of the province.
"Now, my man, and what's amiss with you?" said the
governor.
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So he told him that he had three sons who had gone away
one day, and how he had given them permission to go where
they chose, and take to whatsoever work they fancied.
"Now," he said, the youngest of them has come home, and
has threatened me till I have come to you to ask your daugh-
ter for him, and I ari to say that he is a master-thief," and
again the man fell a-weeping and lamenting.
"Console yourself, my man," said the governor, laughing.
"You may tell him from me that he must first give me some
proof of this. If he can steal the joint off the spit in the
kitchen on Sunday, when every one of us is watching it,
he shall have my daughter. Will you tell him that ?"
The man did tell him, and the youth thought it would
be easy enough to do it. So he set himself to work to catch
three hares alive, put them in a bag, clad himself in some
old rags so that he looked so poor and wretched that it was
quite pitiable to see him, and in this guise on Sunday fore-
noon he sneaked into the passage with his bag, like any
beggar boy. The governor himself and everyone in the
house, was in the kitchen, keeping watch over the joint.
While they were doing this the youth let one of the hares
slip out of his bag, and off it set and began to run around
the yard.
"Just look at that hare," said the people in the kitchen, /
and wanted to go out and catch it.
The governor saw it, too, but said, Oh, let it go it's no
use to think of catching a hare when it's running away."
It was not long before the youth let another hare out, and
the people in the kitchen saw this, too, and thought that it
was the same. So again they wanted to go out and catch
it, but the governor told them that it was of no use to try.
Very soon afterward, however, the youth let slip the third
hare, and it set off and ran round and round the court-yard.
The people in the kitchen saw this, too, and believed that it
was still the same hare that was running about, so they
wanted to go out and catch it.
"It's a remarkably fine hare I said the governor. Come
and let us see if we can get hold of it." So out he went, and
the others with him, and away went the hare, and they after
it, in real earnest.
In the meantime, however, the master-thief took the joint
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and ran off with it, and whether the governor got any roast
meat for his dinner that day I know not, but I know that he
had no roast hare, though he chased it till he was both
hot and tired.
At noon came the priest, and when the governor had told
him of the trick played by the master-thief, there was no
end to the ridicule he cast on the governor.
"For my part," said the priest, "I can't imagine myself
being made a fool of by such a fellow as that! "
"Well, I advise you to be careful," said the governor,
"' for he may be with you before you are at all aware."
But the priest repeated what he had said, and mocked
the governor for having allowed himself to be made such a
fool of.
Later in the afternoon the master-thief came and wanted
to have the governor's daughter as he had promised.
"You must first give some more samples of your skill,"
said the governor, trying to speak him fair, for what you
did to-day was no such very great thing after all. Couldn't
you play off a really good trick on the priest? for he is sit-
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ting inside there and calling me a fool for having let myself:
be taken in by such a fellow as you."
Well, it wouldn't be very hard to do that," said the mas-
ter-thief. So he dressed himself up like a bird, and threw
a great white sheet over himself; broke off a goose's wings,
and set them on his back; and in this attire climbed into a
great maple tree which stood in the priest's garden. So
when the priest returned home in the evening the youth
began to cry, "Father Lawrence! Father Lawrence!" for
the priest was called Father Lawrence.
"Who is calling me?" said the priest.
"I am an angel sent to announce to thee that because of
thy piety thou shalt be taken away alive into heaven," said
the master-thief. "Wilt thou hold thyself in readiness to
travel away next Monday night? for then will I come and
fetch thee, and bear thee away with me in a sack, and thou
must lay all thy gold and silver, and whatsoever thou may'st
possess of this world's wealth, in a heap in thy best parlor."
So Father Lawrence fell down on his knees before the an-
gel and thanked him, and on the following Sunday he:
preached a farewell sermon, and gave out that an angel
had come down into the large maple tree in his garden, and
had announced to him that because of his righteousness, he.
should be taken up alive into heaven, and as he thus
preached and told them this, everyone in the church, old or
young, wept.
On Monday night the master-thief once more came as an
angel, and before the priest was put into the sack he fell on
his knees and thanked him; but no sooner was the priest
safely inside it than the master-thief began to drag him
away over stocks and stones.
Oh I oh cried the priest in the sack. Where are you
taking me ?"
This is the way to heaven. The way to heaven is not an
easy one," said the master-thief, and dragged him along till
he all but killed him.
At last he flung him into the governor's goose-house, and
the geese began to hiss and peck at him, till he felt more
dead than alive.
"Oh! oh! oh! Where am I now?" asked the priest.
"Now you are in purgatory," said the master-thief, and off
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he went and took the gold and the silver and all the precious
things which the priest had laid together in his best parlor.
Next morning when the goose-girl came to let out the
Father Lawrence, Conceiving Himself to be Addressed by an Angel,
Falls on His Knees Before Him.
geese, she heard the priest bemoaning himself as he lay in
the sack in the goose-house.
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"Oh, heavens what is that, and what ails you?" said she.
"Oh," said the priest, "if you are an angel from heaven
do let me out and let me go back to earth again, for no place
was ever so bad as this-the little fiends nip me so with
their tongues."
"I am no angel," said the girl, and helped the priest out
of the sack. "I only look after the governor's geese, that's
what I do, and they are the little fiends which have pinched
your reverence."
"This is the master-thief's doing! Oh, my gold and my
silver and my best clothes!" shrieked the priest, and, wild
with rage, he ran home so fast that the goose-girl thought
he had suddenly gone mad.
When the governor learned what had happened to the
priest he laughed till he nearly killed himself, but when
the master-thief came and wanted to have his daughter ac-
cording to promise, he once more gave him nothing but fine
words, and said, "You must give me one more proof of your
skill, so that I can really judge of your worth. I have twelve
horses in my stable, and I will put twelve stable-boys in it,
one on each horse. If you are clever enough to steal the
horses from under them, I will see what I can do for you."
"What you set me to do can be done," said, the master-
thief, "but am I certain to get your daughter when it is ?"
"Yes; if you can do that I will do my best for you," said
the governor.
So the master-thief went to a shop and bought enough
brandy to fill two pocket flasks, and he put a sleeping drink
into one of these, but into the other he poured brandy only.
Then he engaged eleven men to lie that night in hiding
behind the governor's stable. After this, by fair words and
good payment, he borrowed a ragged gown and a jerkin
from an aged woman, and then, with a staff in his hand and
a poke on his back, he hobbled off as evening came on to-
ward the governor's stable. The stable boys were just water-
ing the horses for the night, and it was quite as much as they
could do to attend to that.
"What on earth do you want here ?" said one of them to
the old woman.
"Oh, dear, oh, dear! How cold it is!" she said, sobbing,
and shivering with cold. "Oh, dear! oh, dear it's cold
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enough to freeze a poor old body to death!" and she shiv-
ered and shook again, and said; For Heaven's sake give me
leave to stay here and sit just inside the stable door."
"You will get nothing of the kind! Be off this moment!
If the governor were to catch sight of you here, he would
lead us a pretty dance," said one.
Oh! what a poor helpless old creature!" said another,
who felt sorry for her. "That poor old woman can do no
harm to anyone. She may sit there and welcome."
The rest of them thought that she ought not to stay, but
while they were disputing about this and looking after the
horses, she crept further and further into the stable, and at
last sat down behind the door, and when once she was inside
no one took any more notice of her.
As the night wore on the stable-boys found it rather cold
work to sit still on horseback.
"Hutetu! But it is fearfully cold!" said one, and began
to beat his arms backward and forward across his breast.
Yes, I am so cold that my teeth are chattering," said an-
other.
"If one had but a little tobacco," said a third.
Well, one of them had a little, so they shared it among
them, though there was very little for each man, but they
chewed it. This was some help for them, but very soon they
were just as cold as before.
Hutetu! said one of them, shivering again.
"Hutetu!" said the old woman, gnashing her teeth to-
gether till they chattered inside her mouth; and then she got
out the flask which contained nothing but brandy, and her
hands trembled so that she shook the bottle about, and when
she drank it made a great gulp in her throat.
"What is that you have in your flask, old woman?-" asked
one of the stable-boys.
Oh, it's only a drop of brandy, your honor," she said.
"Brandy! What! Let me have a drop! Let me have
a drop!" screamed all the twelve at once.
"Oh, but what I have is so little," whimpered the old
woman. "It will not even wet your mouths."
But they were determined to have it, and there was noth-
ing to be done but give it; so she took out the flask with the
sleeping drink and put it to the lips of the first of them; and
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now she shook no more, but guided the flask so that each
of them got just as much as he ought, and the twelfth had
not done drinking before the first was already sitting snor-
ing. Then the master-thief flung off his beggar's rags, and
took one stable boy after the other and gently set him
astride on the partitions which divided the stalls, and then
he called his eleven men who were waiting outside, and they
rode off with the governor's horses.
In the morning when the governor came to look after his
stable-boys they were just beginning to come to again.
They were driving their spurs into the partition till the
splinters flew about, and some of the boys fell off, and some
hung on and sat looking like fools. "Ah, well," said the
governor, "it is easy to see who has been here; but what a
worthless set of fellows you must be to sit here and letthe
master-thief steal the horses from under you!" And they all
got a beating for, not having kept watch better.
Later in the day the master-thief came and related what
he had done, and wanted to have the governor's daughter,
as had been promised. But the governor gave him a hun-
dred dollars, and said that he must do something that was
better still.
"Do you think you can steal my horse from under me
when I am out riding on it?" said he.
Well, it might be done," said the master-thief, if I were
absolutely certain that I should get your daughter."
So the governor said that he would see what he could do,
and then he said that on a certain day he would ride out
to a great common where they drilled the soldiers.
So the master-thief immediately got hold of an old worn-
out mare, and set himself to work to make a collar for it
of green withes and branches of broom; bought a shabby
Qld cart and a great cask, and then he told a poor old beg-
gar woman that he would give her ten dollars if she would
get into the cask and keep her mouth wide open beneath the
tap-hole, into which he was going to stick his finger. No
harm should happen to her, he said; she should only be
driven about a little, and if he took his finger out more than
once she should have ten dollars more. Then he dressed
himself in rags, dyed himself with soot, and put on a wig
and a great beard of goat's hair, so that it was impossible
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to recognize him, and went to the parade ground, where the
governor had already been riding about a long time.
When the master-thief got there the mare went along so
slowly and quietly that the cart hardly seemed to move from
the spot. The mare pulled it a little forward, and then a
little back, and then it stopped quite short. Then the mare
pulled a little forward again, and it moved with such diffi-
culty that the governor had not the least idea that this
was the master-thief. He rode straight up to him and asked
him if he had seen anyone hiding anywhere about in a wood
that was close by.
"No," said the man, "that I have not."
"Hark you," said the governor. "If you will ride into
that wood and search it carefully to see if you can light upon
a fellow who is hiding in there, you shall have the loan of
my horse and a good present of money for your trouble."
"I am not sure that I can do it," said the man, "for I
have to go to a wedding with this cask of mead which I have
been to fetch, and the tap has fallen out on the way, so now I
have to keep my finger in the tap-hole as I drive."
"Oh, just ride off," said the governor, "and I will look
after the cask and the horse, too."
So the man said that if he would do that he would go, but
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he begged the governor to be very careful to put his finger
into the tap-hole the moment he took his out.
So the governor said that he would do his very best, and
the master-thief got on'the governor's horse.
But time passed, and it grew later and later, and still the
man did not come back, and at last the governor got so
weary of keeping his finger in the tap-hole that he took it
out.
Now I shall have ten dollars more! cried the old woman
inside the cask; so he soon saw what kind of mead it was,
and set out homeward. When he had gone a very little way
he met his servant bringing him the horse, for the master-
thief had already taken it home.
The following day he went to the governor and wanted
to have his daughter, according to promise. But the gov-
ernor again put him off with fine words, and only gave him
three hundred dollars, saying that he must do one more mas-
terpiece of skill, and if he were but able to do that he should
have her.
Well, the master-thief thought he might if he could hear
what it was.
Do you think you can steal the sheet off our bed, and my
wife's night-gown?" said the governor.
"That is by no means impossible," said the master-thief.
" I only wish I could get your daughter as easily."
So late at night the master-thief went and cut down a
thief who was hanging on the gallows, laid him on his own
shoulders and took him away with him. Then he got hold
of a long ladder, set it up against the governor's bedroom
window, and climbed up and moved the dead man's head up
and down, just as if he were someone who was standing out-
side and peeping in.
"There's the master-thief, mother!" said the governor,
nudging his wife. "Now I'll just shoot him, that I will I"
So he took up a rifle which he had laid at his bedside.
Oh, no, you must not do that," said his wife; "you your-
self arranged that he was to come here."
"Yes, mother, I will shoot him," said he, and lay there
aiming, and then aiming again, for no sooner was the head
up and he caught sight of it than it was gone again. At last
he got a chance and fired, and the dead body fell with a
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loud thud to the ground, and down went the master-thief,
too, as fast as he could.
Well," said the governor, I certainly am the chief man
about here, but people soon begin to talk, and it would be
very unpleasant if they were to see this dead body; the best
thing I can do is to go out and bury him."
"Just do what you think best, father," said his wife.
So the governor got up and went downstairs, and as soon
as he had gone out through the door, the master-thief stole
in and went straight upstairs to the woman.
"Well, father dear," said she, for she thought it was her
husband. "Have you got done already?"
"Oh, yes, I only put him into a hole," said he, "and
raked a little earth over him; that's all I have been able to
do to-night, for it is fearful weather outside. I will bury
him better afterward, but just let me have the sheet to wipe
myself with, for he was bleeding, and I have got covered
with blood with carrying him."
So she gave him the sheet.
"You will have to let me have your night-gown, too," he
said, for I begin to see the sheet won't be enough."
Then she gave him her night-gown, but just then it came
into his head that he had forgotten to lock the door, and he
was forced to go downstairs and do it before he could lie
down in bed again. So off he went with the sheet and the
night-gown too.
An hour later the real governor-returned.
"Well, what a time it has taken to lock the house door,
father said his wife, "and what have you done with the
sheet and the night-gown ?"
What do you mean ?" asked the governor.
Oh, I am asking you what you have done with the night-
gown and the sheet that you got to wipe the blood off your-
self with," said she.
"Good heavens I" said the governor, "has he actually got
the better of me again ? "
When day came the master-thief came too, and the gover-
nor dared not do otherwise than give his daughter to him,
and much money besides, for he feared that if he did not
the master-thief might steal the very eyes out of his head,
and that he himself would be ill-spoken of by all men. The
Brother and Sister
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master-thief lived well and happily from that time forth,
and whether he ever stole any more or not I cannot tell you,
but if he did it was but for pastime.
BROTHER AND SISTER.*
Brother took sister by the hand and said: Look here; we
haven't had one single happy hour since our mother died.
That stepmother of ours beats us regularly every day, and if
we dare go near her she kicks us away. We never get any-
thing but hard, dry crusts to eat-why, the dog under the
table is better off than we are. She does throw him a good
morsel or two now and then. Oh, dear! if our own dear
mother only knew all about it! Come along, and let us go
forth into the wide world together."
So off they started through fields and meadows, over
hedges and ditches, and walked through the whole day long,
and when it rained sister said:
"Heaven and our hearts are weeping together."
Toward evening they came to a large forest and were so
tired out with hunger and their long walk, as well as their
trouble, that they crept into a hollow tree and soon fell fast
asleep.
Next morning, when they woke up, the sun was already
high in the heavens and was shining down bright and warm
into the tree. Then said brother:
"I'm so thirsty, sister; if I did but know where to find a
little stream, I'd go and have a drink. I do believe I hear
one." He jumped up, took sister by the hand, and they set
off to hunt for the brook.
Now their cruel stepmother was in reality a witch, and
she knew perfectly well that the two children had run away.
She had crept secretly after them and had cast her spells
over all the streams in the forest.
Presently the children found a little brook dancing and
glittering over the stones, and brother was eager to drink
of it, but as it rushed past sister heard it murmuring:
"Who drinks of me will be a tiger! who drinks of me will
be a tiger!"
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So she cried out, Oh! dear brother, pray don't drink, or
you'll be turned into a wild beast and tear me to pieces."
Brother was dreadfully thirsty, but he did not drink.
"Very well," said he, "I'll wait till we come to the next,
spring."
When they came to the second brook, sister heard it re-
peating too:
"Who drinks of me will be a wolf! who drinks of me will
be a wolf!"
And she cried, Oh! brother, pray don't drink here, either,
or you'll be turned into a wolf and eat me up."
Again brother did not drink, but he said:
"Well, I'll wait a little longer till we reach the next
stream, but then, whatever you may say, I really must drink,
for I can bear this thirst no longer."
And when they got to the third brook, sister heard it say
as it rushed past:
"Who drinks of me will be a roe! who drinks of me will
be a roe!"
And she begged, "Ah! brother, don't drink yet, or you'll
become a roe and run away from me."
But her brother was already kneeling by the brook and.
bending over it to drink, and, sure, enough, no sooner had
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his lips touched the water than he fell on the grass, trans-
formed into a little roebuck.
Sister cried bitterly over her poor bewitched brother, and
the little roe wept too, and sat sadly by her side. At last the
girl said:
"Never mind, dear little fawn, I will never forsake you,"
and she took off her golden garter and tied it round the roe's
neck.
Then she plucked rushes and plaited a soft cord of them,
which she fastened to the collar. When she had done this
she led the roe further and further, right into the depths
of the forest.
After they had gone a long, long way they came to a little
house, and when the girl looked into it she found it was
quite empty, and she thought "perhaps we might stay and
live here."
So she hunted up leaves and moss to make a soft bed for
the little roe, and every morning and evening she went out
and gathered roots, nuts, and berries for herself, and tender
young grass for the fawn. And he fed from her hand, and
played round her and seemed quite happy. In the evening,
when sister was tired, she said her prayers and then laid
her head on the fawn's back and fell sound asleep with it
as a pillow. And if brother had but kept his natural form,
really it would have been a most delightful kind of life.
They had been living for some time in the forest in this
way, when it came to pass that the king of that country had
a great hunt through the woods. Then the whole forest
rang with such a blowing of horns, baying of dogs, and joy-
ful cries of huntsmen, that the little roe heard it and longed
to join in too.
"Ah I" said he to sister, do let me go off to the hunt! I
can't keep still any longer."
And he begged and prayed until at last she consented.
"But," said she, "mind you come back in the evening. I
shall lock my door fast for fear of those wild huntsmen; so,
to make sure of my knowing you, knock at the door and say,
'My sister, dear, open; I'm here.'- If you don't speak, I
shan't open the door."
So off sprang the little roe, and he felt quite well and
happy in the free open air.
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The king and his huntsmen soon saw the beautiful creat-
ure and started in pursuit, but they could not come up with
it, and whenever they thought they were sure to catch it,
it bounded off to one side into the bushes and disappeared.
When night came on it ran home, and knocking at the door
of the little house, cried:
"My sister, dear, open; I'm here." The door opened, and
he ran in and rested all night on his soft mossy bed.
Next morning the hunt began again, and as soon as the
little roe heard the horns and the Ho! ho! of the hunts-
men, he could not rest another moment, and said:
Sister, open the door, I must get out."
So sister opened the door and said, "Now mind and get
back by nightfall, and say your little rhyme."
As soon as the king and his huntsmen saw the roe with the
golden collar they all rode off after it, but it was far too
quick and nimble for them. This went on all day, but as
evening came on the huntsmen had gradually encircled the
roe, and one of them wounded it slightly in the foot, so that
it limped and ran off slowly.
Then the huntsman stole after it as far as the little house,
and heard it call out, My sister, dear, open; I'm here," and
he saw the door open and close immediately the fawn had
run in.
The huntsman remembered all this carefully, and went
off straight to the king and told him all he had seen and
heard.
"To-morrow we will hunt again," said the king.
Poor sister was terribly frightened when she saw how her
little fawn had been wounded. She washed off the blood,
bound up the injured foot with herbs, and said: Now,
dear, go and lie down and rest, so that your wound may
heal."
The wound was really so slight that it was quite well next
day, and the little roe did not feel it at all. No sooner did it
hear the sounds of hunting in the forest than it cried:
"I can't stand this, I must be there too; I'll take care
they shan't catch me."
Sister began.to cry, and said, "They are certain to kill
you, and then I shall be left all alone in the forest and for-
saken by everyone. I can't and won't let you out."
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"Then I shall die of grief," replied the roe, "for when
I hear that horn I feel as if I must jump right out of my
skin."
So at last, when sister found there was nothing else to
be done, she opened the door with a heavy heart, and the
roe darted forth, full of glee and health, into the forest.
As soon as the king saw the roe, he said to his huntsman,
"Now then, give chase to it all day until evening, but mind
and be careful not to hurt it."
When the sun had set the king said to his huntsman,
"Now come and show me the little house you saw in the
wood."
And when he got to the house he knocked at the door and
said, My sister, dear, open; I'm here." Then the door
opened and the king walked in, and there stood the love-
liest maiden he had ever seen.
The girl was much startled when instead of the little roe
she expected she saw a man with a gold crown on his head
walk in. But the king looked kindly at her, held out his
hand, and said, "Will you come with me to my castle and be
my dear wife?"
"Oh, yes!" replied the maiden, "but you must let my roe
come too. I could not possibly forsake it."
It shall stay with you as long as you live, and shall want
for nothing," the king promised.
In the meantime the roe came bounding in, and sister tied
the rush cord once more to its collar, took the end in her
hand, and so they left the little house in the forest to-
gether.
The king lifted the lovely maiden onto his horse, and led
her to his castle, where the wedding was celebrated with the
greatest splendor. The roe was petted and caressed, and ran
about at will in the palace gardens.
Now all this time the wicked stepmother, who had been the
cause of these poor children's misfortunes and trying adven-
tures, was feeling persuaded that sister had been torn to
pieces by wild beasts, and brother shot to death in the shape
of a roe. When she heard how happy and prosperous they
were, her heart was filled with envy and hatred, and she could
think of nothing but how to bring some fresh misfortune
on them. Her own daughter, who was as hideous as night
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and had only one eye, reproached her by saying, "It is I
who ought to have had this good luck and been queen."
"Be quiet, will you," said the old woman, "when the time
comes I shall be at hand."
Now after some time it happened one day when the king
was out hunting that the
queen gave birth to a beauti-
ful little boy. The old witch
thought here was a good
chance for her; so she took
the form of the lady in wait-
ing, and hurrying into the
room where the queen lay in
her bed, called out, "The
bath is quite ready; it will
help to make you strong
again. Come, let us be
quick, for fear the water
should get cold." H er
daughter was at hand, too,
and between them they car-
ried the queen, who was still
very weak, into the bath-
room and laid her in the
bath; then they locked the
door and ran away.
They took care beforehand to make a blazing hot fire
under the bath, so that the lovely young queen might be
suffocated.
As soon as they were sure this was the case the old witch
tied a cap on her daughter's head and laid her in the queen's
bed. She managed, too, to make her figure and general ap-
pearance look like the queen's, but even her power could not
restore the eye she had lost; so she made her lie on the side
of the missing eye, to prevent the king's noticing anything.
In the evening when the king came home and heard the
news of his son's birth, he was full of delight, and insisted
on going at once to his dear wife's bedside to see how she
was getting on. But the old witch cried out, Take care and
keep the curtains drawn; don't let the light get into the
queen's eyes; she must be kept perfectly quiet.' So the king
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went away and never knew that it was a false queen that
lay in the bed.
When midnight came and everyone in the palace was
sound asleep, the nurse who alone watched by the baby's
cradle in the nursery saw the door open gently, and who
should come in but the real queen. She lifted the child
from its cradle, laid it on her arm, and nursed it for some
time. Then she carefully shook up the pillows of the little
bed, laid the baby down and tucked the coverlet in all round
him. She did not forget the little roe, either, but went to
the corner where it lay, and gently stroked its back. Then
she silently left the room, and next morning when the nurse
asked the sentries if they had seen anyone go into the castle
that night, they all said, "No, we saw no one at all."
For many nights the queen came in the same way, but
she never spoke a word, and the nurse was too frightened
to say anything about her visits.
After some little time had elapsed the queen spoke one
night, and said:
Is my child well? Is my Roe well?
I'll come back twice and then farewell."
The nurse made no answer, but as soon as the queen had
disappeared she went to the king and told him all. The
king exclaimed, "Good heavens! what do you say? I will
watch myself to-night by the child's bed."
When the evening came he went to the nursery, and at
midnight the queen appeared and said:
Is my child well? Is my Roe well?
I'll come back once and then farewell."
And she nursed and petted the child as usual before she
disappeared. The king dared not trust himself to speak to
her, but the following night he kept watch again.
That night when the queen came she said:
Is my child well? Is my Roe well?
I've come this once, and now farewell."
Then the king could restrain himself no longer, but sprang
to her side and cried, "You can be no one but my dear
wife!"
Yes," said she, "I am your dear wife!" and in the sam4
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moment she was restored to life, and was as fresh and well
and rosy as ever. Then she told the king all the cruel things
the wicked witch and her daughter had done. The king had
them both arrested at once, and brought to trial, and they
were condemned to death. The daughter was led into the
forest, where the wild beasts tore her to pieces, and the old
witch was burned at the stake.
As soon as she was reduced to ashes the spell was taken off
the little roe, and he was restored to his natural shape once
more, and so brother and sister lived happily ever after.
PRINCESS ROSETTE.*
Once upon a time there lived a king and queen who had
two beautiful sons and one little daughter, who was so pretty
that no one who saw her could help loving her. When it
was time for the christening of the princess, the queen-as
she always did-sent for all the fairies to be present at the
ceremony, and afterward invited them to a splendid banquet.
When it was all over, and they were preparing to go away,
the queen said to them:
"Do not forget your usual good custom. Tell me what
is going to happen to Rosette."
For that was the name they had given the princess.
But the fairies said they had left their book of magic at
home and they would come another day and tell her.
Ah! said the queen, I know very well what that means
-you have nothing good to say; but at least I beg that you
will not hide anything from me."
So, after a great deal of persuasion, they said:
Madam, we fear that Rosette may be the cause of great
misfortunes to her brothers; they may even meet with their
death through her; that is all we have been able to foresee
about your dear little daughter. We are very sorry to have
nothing better to tell you."
Then they went away, leaving the queen very sad, so sad
that the king noticed it, and asked her what was the matter.
The queen said she had been sitting too near the fire, and
had burned all the flax that was upon her distaff.
Madame d'Aulnoy.
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Oh! is that all?" said the king, and he went up into
the garret and brought her down more flax than she could
spin in a hundred years. But the queen still looked sad, and
the king asked her again what was the matter. She an-
swered that she had been walking by the river and had
dropped one of her green satin slippers into the water.
"Oh! if that's all," said the king, and he sent to all the
shoemakers in his kingdom, and they very soon made the
queen ten thousand green satin slippers, but still she looked
sad. So the king asked her again what was the matter, and
this time she answered that in eating her porridge too has-
tily she had swallowed her wedding ring. But it so happened
that the king knew better, for he had the ring himself, and
he said:
"Oh! you are not telling me the truth, for I have your
ring here in my purse."
Then the queen was very much ashamed, and she saw that
the king was vexed with her; so she told him all that the
fairies had predicted about Rosette, and begged him to think
how the misfortunes might be prevented.
Then it was the king's turn to look sad, and at last he
said:
I see no way of saving our sons except by having Ro-
sette's head cut off while she is still little."
But the queen cried that she would far rather have her own
head cut off, and that he had better think of something else,
for she would never consent to such a thing. So they thought
and thought, but they could not tell what to do, until at last
the queen heard that in a great forest near the castle there
was an old hermit, who lived in a hollow tree, and that peo-
ple came from far and near to consult him; so she said:
I had better go and ask his advice; perhaps he will know
what to do to prevent the misfortunes which the fairies fore-
told."
She set out very early the next morning, mounted upon a
pretty little white mule, which was shod with solid gold, and
two of her ladies rode behind her on beautiful horses. When
they reached the forest they dismounted, for the trees grew
so thickly that the horses could not pass, and made their
way on foot to the hollow tree where the hermit lived. At
first when he saw them coming he was vexed, for he was
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not fond of ladies; but when he recognized the queen he
said:
You are welcome, queen. What do you come to ask of
me? "
Then the queen told him all the fairies had foreseen for
Rosette, and asked what she should do, and the hermit an-
swered that she must shut the princess up in a tower and
never let her come out of it again. The queen thanked and
rewarded him, and hastened back to the castle to tell the
king. When he heard the news he had a great tower built
as quickly as possible, and there the princess was shut up,
and the king and queen and her two brothers went to see her
every day that she might not be dull. The eldest brother
was called "the great prince," and the second "the little
prince." They loved their sister dearly, for she was the
sweetest, prettiest princess who was ever seen, and the least
little smile from her was worth more than a hundred pieces
of gold. When Rosette was fifteen years old the great prince
went to the king and asked if it would not soon be time for
her to be married, and the little prince put the same question
to the queen.
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Their majesties were amused at them for thinking of it,
but did not make any reply, and soon after both the king
and the queen were taken ill, and died on the same day.
Everybody was sorry, Rosette especially, and all the bells
in the kingdom were tolled.
Then all the dukes and counselors put the great prince
upon a golden throne, and crowned him with a diamond
crown, and they all cried, Long live the king And after
that there was nothing but feasting and rejoicing.
The new king and his brother said to one another:
"Now that we are masters, let us take our sister out of
that dull tower which she is so tired of."
They had only to go across the garden to reach the tower,
which was very high, and stood up in a corner. Rosette was
busy at her embroidery, but when she saw her brothers she
got up, and taking the king's hand cried:
Good morning, dear brother. Now that you are king,
please take me out of this dull tower, for I am so tired of it."
Then she began to cry, but the king kissed her and told
her to dry her tears, as that was just what they had come
for, to take her out of the tower and bring her to their beau-
tiful castle, and the prince showed her the pocketful of
sugar-plums he had brought for her, and said:
"Make haste, and let us get away from this ugly tower,
and very soon the king will arrange a grand marriage for
you."
When Rosette saw the beautiful garden, full of fruit and
flowers, with green grass and sparkling fountains, she was
so astonished that not a word could she say, for she had
never in her life seen anything like it before. She looked
about her and ran hither and thither gathering fruit and
flowers, and her little dog Frisk, who was bright green all
over, and had but one ear, danced before her, crying "Bow-
wow-wow," and turning head over heels in the most en-
chanting way.
Everybody was amused at Frisk's antics, but all of a sud-
den he ran away into a little wood, and the princess was
following, him, when, to her great delight, she saw a peacock,
who was spreading his tail in the sunshine. Rosette thought
she had never seen anything so pretty. She could not take
her eyes off him, and there she stood entranced until the
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king and prince came up and asked what was amusing her
so much. She showed them the peacock, and asked what it
was, and they answered that it was a bird which people some-
times ate.
"What!" said the princess, "do they dare to kill that
beautiful creature and eat it? I declare that I will never
marry anyone but the king of the peacocks, and when I am
queen I will take very good care that nobody eats any of
my subjects."
At this the king was very much astonished.
"But, little sister," said he, "where shall we find the
king of the peacocks? "
Oh! wherever you like, sire," she answered, but I will
never marry anyone else."
After this they took Rosette to the beautiful castle, and
the peacock was brought with her, and told to walk about on
the terrace outside her windows, so that she might always see
him, and then the ladies of the court came to see the prin-
cess, and they brought her beautiful presents-dresses and
ribbons and sweetmeats, diamonds and pearls and dolls and
embroidered slippers, and she was so well brought up, and
said, "Thank you!" so prettily, and was so gracious, that
everyone went away delighted with her.
Meanwhile the king and the prince were considering how
they should find the king of the peacocks, if there was such
a person in the world. And first of all they had a portrait
made of the princess, which was so like her that you really
would not have been surprised if it had spoken to you. Then
they said to her:
"Since you will not marry'anyone but the king of the
peacocks, we are going out together into the wide world to
search for him. If we find him for you we shall be very
glad. In the meantime, mind you take good care of our
kingdom."
Rosette thanked him for all the trouble they were taking
on her account, and promised to take great care of the king-
dom, and only to amuse herself by looking at the peacock,
and making Frisk dance while they were away.
So they set out and asked everyone they met:
"Do you know the king of the peacocks ?"
But the answer was always, No, no."
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Then they went on and on, so far that no one has ever
been further, and at last they came to the kingdom of the
cockchafers.
They had never before seen such a number of cockchafers,
and the buzzing was so loud that the king was afraid he
should be deafened by it. He asked the most distinguished-
looking cockchafer they met if he knew where they could
find the king of the peacocks.
"Sire," replied the cockchafer, "his kingdom is thirty
thousand leagues from this; you have come the longest way."
And how do you know that ?" said the king.
"OhI" said the cockchafer, "we all know you very well,
since we spend two or three months in your garden every
year."
Thereupon the king and the prince made great friends
with him, and they all walked arm in arm and dined to-
gether, and afterward the cockchafer showed them all the
curiosities of his strange country, where the tiniest green
leaf costs a gold piece and more. Then they set out again to
finish their journey, and this time, as they knew the way,
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they were not long upon the road. It was easy to guess that
they had come to the right place, for they saw peacocks in
every tree, and their cries could be heard a long way off.
When they reached the city they found it full of men and
women who were dressed entirely in peacock's feathers,
which were evidently thought prettier than anything else
They soon met the king, who was driving about in a beau-
tiful little golden carriage which glittered with diamonds,
and was drawn at full speed by twelve peacocks. The king
and prince were delighted to see that the king of the pea-
cocks was as handsome as possible. He had curly golden
hair and was very pale, and he wore a crown of peacocks'
feathers.
When he saw Rosette's brothers he knew at once that they
were strangers, and stopping his carriage he sent for them
to speak to them. When they had greeted him they said:
"Sire, we have come from very far away to show you a
beautiful portrait."
So saying they drew from their traveling bag the picture
of Rosette.
The king looked at it in silence a long time, but at last
he said:
"I could not have believed that there was such a beau-
tiful princess in the world!"
"She is really a hundred times as pretty as that," said
her brothers.
"I think you must be making fun of me," said the king
of the peacocks.
Sire," said the prince, "my brother is a king, like your-
self. He is called 'the king,' I am called 'the prince,'
and that is the portrait of our sister, the Princess Rosette.
We have come to ask you if you would like to marry her.
She is as good as she is beautiful, and we will give her a
bushel of gold pieces for her dowry."
Oh! with all my heart," replied the king, "and I will
make her very happy. She shall have whatever she likes,
and I shall love her dearly; only I warn you.that if she is
not as pretty as you have told me, I will have your heads cut
off."
"Oh! certainly, we quite agree to that," said the brothers
in one breath.
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Very well. Off with you into prison, and stay there until
the princess arrives," said the king of the peacocks.
And the princes were so sure that Rosette was far pret-
tier than her portrait that they went without a murmur.
They were very kindly treated, and that they might not feel
dull the king came often to see them. As for Rosette's por-
trait, that was taken up to the palace, and the king did noth-
ing but gaze at it all day and all night.
As the king and prince had to stay in prison, they sent a
letter to the princess telling her to pack up all her treasures
as quickly as possible, and come to them, as the king of the
peacocks was waiting to marry her; but they did not say
that they were in prison, for fear of making her uneasy.
When Rosette received the letter she was so delighted that
she ran about telling everyone that the king of the peacocks
was found, and she was going to marry him.
Guns were fired, and fireworks let off. Everyone had as
many cakes and sweetmeats as he wanted. And for three
days everybody who came to see the princess was presented
with a slice of bread and jam, a nightingale's egg, and some
hippocras. After having thus entertained her friends, she
distributed her dolls among them, and left her brother's
kingdom to the care of the wisest old men of the city, telling
them to take charge of everything, not to spend any money,
but save it all up until the king should return, and, above
all, not to forget to feed her peacock. Then she set out, only
taking with her her nurse, and the nurse's daughter, and the
little green dog, Frisk.
They took a boat and put out to sea, carrying with them
the bushel of gold pieces and enough dresses to last the prin-
cess ten years if she wore two every day, and they did noth-
ing but laugh and sing. The nurse asked the boatman:
Can you take us, can you take us to the kingdom of the
peacocks ?"
But he answered:
"Oh, no I oh, no "
Then she said:
You must take us, you must take us."
And he answered:
Very soon, very soon."
Then the nurse said:
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"Will you take us? will you take us?"
And the boatman answered:
Yes, yes."
Then she whispered in his ear:
Do you want to make your fortune ?"
And he said:
"Certainly, I do."
"I can tell you how to get a bag of gold," said she.
"I ask nothing better," said the boatman.
"Well," said the nurse, "to-night, when the princess is
asleep, you must help me to throw her into the sea, and when
she is drowned I will put her beautiful clothes upon my
daughter, and we will take her to the king of the peacocks,
who will be only too glad to marry her, and as your reward
you shall have your boat full of diamonds."
The boatman was very much surprised at this proposal,
and said:
"But what a pity to drown such a pretty princess!"
However, at last, the nurse persuaded him to help her,
and when the night came and the princess was fast asleep
as usual, with Frisk curled up on his own cushion at the foot
of her bed, the wicked nurse fetched the boatman and her
daughter, and between them they picked up the princess,
feather bed, mattress, pillows, blankets, and all, and threw
her into the sea, without even waking her. Now, luckily,
the princess' bed was entirely stuffed with phoenix feathers,
which are very rare, and have the property of always float-
ing upon water, so Rosette went on swimming about as if
she had been in a boat. After awhile she began to feel
very cold, and turned round so often that she waked Frisk,
who started up, and having a very good nose, smelled the
soles and herrings so close to him that he began to bark. He
barked so long and so loud that he woke all the other fish,
who came swimming up around the princess' bed, and pok-
ing at it with their heads. As for her, she said to herself:
"How our boat does rock upon the water! I am really
glad that I am not often as uncomfortable as I have been to-
night."
The wicked nurse and the boatman, who were by this time
quite a long way off, heard Frisk barking, and said to each
other:
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"That horrid little animal and his mistress are drinking
our health in sea water now. Let us make haste to land, for
we must be quite near the city of the king of the peacocks."
The king had sent a hundred carriages to meet them,
drawn by every kind of strange animal. There were lions,
bears, wolves, stags, horses, buffaloes, eagles, and peacocks.
The carriage intended for the Princess Rosette had six blue
monkeys which could turn somersaults, and dance on a tight-
rope, and do many other charming tricks. Their harness was
all of crimson velvet with golden buckles, and behind the car-
riage walked sixty beautiful ladies chosen by the king to
wait upon Rosette and amuse her.
The nurse had taken all the pains imaginable to deck out
her daughter. She put on her Rosette's prettiest frock, and
covered her with diamonds from head to foot. But she was
so ugly that nothing could make her look nice, and, what was
worse, she was sulky and ill-tempered, and did nothing but
grumble all the time.
When she stepped from the boat and the escort sent by the
king of the peacocks caught sight of her they were so sur-
prised that they could not say a single word.
"Now then, look alive," cried the false princess. "If you
don't bring me something to eat, I will have all your hears
cut off! "
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Then they whispered one to another:
"Here's a pretty state of things! she is as wicked as she
is ugly. What a bride for our poor king! She certainly was
not worth bringing from the other end of the world! "
But she went on ordering them all about, and for no fault
at all would give slaps and pinches to everyone she could
reach.
As the procession was so long it advanced but slowly, and
the nurse's daughter sat up in her carriage trying to look
like a queen. But the peacocks, who were seated upon every
tree, waiting to salute her, and who had made up their minds
to cry, "Long live our beautiful queen! when they caught
sight of the false bride could not help crying instead:
"Oh! how ugly she is!"
Which offended her so much that she said to the guards:
Make haste and kill all these insolent peacocks who have
dared to insult me."
But the peacocks only flew away, laughing at her.
The rogue of a boatman, who noticed all this, said softly
to the nurse:
"This is a bad business for us, gossip; your daughter
ought to have been prettier."
But she answered:
Be quiet, stupid, or you will spoil everything."
Now they told the king that the princess was approaching.
"Well," said he, "did her brothers tell me truly? Is she
prettier than her portrait?"
Sire," they answered, "if she were as pretty that would
do very well."
That's true," said the king; "I for one will be quite sat-
isfied if she is. Let us go and meet her." For they knew by
the uproar that she had arrived, but they could not tell what
all the shouting was about. The king thought he could hear
the words:
"How ugly she is! How ugly she is!" and he fancied
they must refer to some dwarf the princess was bringing
with her. It never occurred to him that they could apply to
the bride herself.
The Princess Rosette's portrait was carried at the head of
the procession, and after it walked the king surrounded
by his courtiers. He was all impatience to see the lovely
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princess, but when he caught sight of the nurse's daughter
he was furiously angry, and would not advance another step.
For she was really ugly enough to have frightened anybody.
What! he cried, "have the two rascals who are my pris-
oners dared to play me such a trick as this? Do they pro-
pose that I shall marry this hideous creature? Let her be
shut up in my great tower with her nurse and those who
brought her here; and as for them, I will have their heads
cut off."
Meanwhile, the king and the prince, who knew that their
sister must have arrived, had made themselves smart and
sat expecting every minute to be summoned to greet he'.
So when the jailer came with soldiers and carried them down
into a black dungeon which swarmed with toads and bats,
and where they were up to their necks in water, nobody could
have been more surprised and dismayed than they were.
This is a dismal kind of wedding," they said; "what can
have happened that we should be treated like this? They
must mean to kill us."
And this idea annoyed them very much. Three days
passed before they heard any news, and then the king of the
peacocks came and berated them through a hole in the wall.
"You have called yourselves king and prince," he cried,
"to try and make me marry your sister, but you are nothing
but beggars, not worth the water you drink. I mean to make
short work with you, and the sword is being sharpened that
will cut off your heads! "
King of the peacocks," answered the king angrily, "you
had better take care what you are about. I am as good a
king as yourself, and have a splendid kingdom, and robes
and crowns, and plenty of good red gold to do what I like
with. You are pleased to jest about having our heads cut off;
perhaps you think we have stolen something from you "
At first the king of the peacocks was taken aback by this
bold speech, and had half a mind to send them all away;
but his prime minister declared that it would never do to let
such a trick as that pass unpunished, everybody would laugh
at him; so the accusation was drawn up against them, that
they were impostors, and that they had promised the king a
beautiful princess in marriage, who, when she arrived, proved
to be an ugly peasant girl.
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This accusation was read to the prisoners, who cried out
that they had spoken the truth, that their sister was indeed
a princess more beautiful than the day, and that there was
some mystery about all this which they could not fathom.
Therefore they demanded seven days in which to prove their
innocence. The king of the peacocks was so angry that he
would hardly even grant them this favor, but at last he was
persuaded to do so.
While all this was going on at court, let us see what had
been happening to the real princess. When the day broke
she and Frisk were equally astonished at finding themselves
alone upon the sea, with no boat and no one to help them.
The princess cried and cried, until even the fishes were sorry
for her.
Alas I" she said, the king of the peacocks must have or-
dered me to be thrown into the sea because he had changed
his mind and did not want to marry me. But how strange
of him, when I should have loved him so much, and we should
have been so happy together!"
And then she cried harder than ever, for she could not
help still loving him. So for two days they floated up and
down the sea, wet and shivering with the cold, and so hungry
that when the princess saw some oysters she caught them,
and she and Frisk both ate some, though they didn't like
them at all. When night came the princess was so fright-
ened that she said to Frisk:
"Oh! Do please keep on barking for fear the soles should
come and eat us up! "
Now it happened that they had floated close in to the
shore, where a poor old man lived all alone in a little cottage.
When he heard Frisk's barking he thought to himself:
"There must have been a shipwreck!" (for no dogs ever
passed that way by any chance) and he went out to see if he
could be of any use. He soon saw the princess and Frisk
floating up and down, and Rosette, stretching out her hands
to him, cried:
"Oh! Good old man, do save me, or I shall die of cold
and hunger!"
When he heard her cry out so piteously he was very sorry
for her, and ran back into his house to fetch a long boat-hook.
Then he waded into the water up to his chin, and after be-
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ing nearly drowned once or twice he at last succeeded in
getting hold of the princess' bed and dragging it on shore.
Rosette -and Frisk were joyful enough to find themselves
once more on dry land, and the princess thanked the old
man heartily; then, wrapping herself up in her blankets, she
daintily picked her way up to the cottage on her little bare
feet. There the old man lighted a fire of straw, and then
drew from an old box his wife's dress and shoes, which the
princess put on, and thus roughly clad looked as charming
as possible, and Frisk danced his very best to amuse her.
The old man saw that Rosette must be some great lady, for
her bed coverings were all of satin and gold. He begged that
she would tell him all her history, as she might safely trust
him. The princess told him everything, weeping bitterly
again at the thought that it was by the king's orders that
she had been thrown overboard.
"And now, my daughter, what is to be done?" said the
old man. "You are a great princess, accustomed to fare
daintily, and I have nothing to offer you but black bread
and radishes, which will not suit you at all. Shall I go and
tell the king of the peacocks that you are here? If he sees
you he will certainly wish to marry you."
"Oh, no!" cried Rosette, "he must be wicked, since he
tried to drown me. Don't let us tell him, but if you have a
little basket give it to me."
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The old man gave her a basket, and tying it around Frisk's
neck she said to him: "Go and find out the best cooking-pot
in the town and bring the contents to me."
Away went Frisk, and as there was no better dinner cook-
ing in all the town than the king's, he adroitly took the cover
off the pot and brought all it contained to the princess, who
said:
"Now go back to the pantry and bring the best of every-
thing you find there."
So Frisk went back and filled his basket with white bread
and red wine, and every kind of sweetmeat, until it was
almost too heavy for him to carry.
When the king of the peacocks wanted his dinner there
was nothing in the pot and nothing in the pantry. All
the courtiers looked at one another in dismay, and the king
was terribly cross.
Oh, well! he said, "if there is no dinner I cannot dine,
but take care that plenty of things are roasted for supper."
When evening came the princess said to Frisk:
"Go into the town and find out the best kitchen, and
bring me all the nicest morsels that are being roasted upon
the spit."
Frisk did as he was told, and as he knew of no better
kitchen than the king's, he went in softly, and when the
cook's baek was turned took everything that was upon the
spit. As it happened it was all done to a turn, and looked
so good that it made him hungry only to see it. He carried
his basket to the princess, who at once sent him back to the
pantry to bring all the tarts and sugar-plums that had been
prepared for the king's supper.
The king, as he had had no dinner, was very hungry and
wanted his supper early, but when he asked for it, lo, and
behold, it was all gone, and he had to go to bed half-starved
and in a terrible temper. The next day the same thing hap-
pened, and the next, so that for three days the king got noth-
ing at all to eat, because just when the dinner or supper
was ready to be served it mysteriously disappeared. At last
the prime minister began to be afraid that the king would
be starved to death, so he resolved to hide himself in some
dark corner of the kitchen, and never take his eyes off the
cooking pot. His surprise was great when he presently saw
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a little green dog with one ear slip softly into the kitchen,
uncover the pot, transfer all its contents to his basket, and
run off. The prime minister followed hastily and tracked
him all through the town to the cottage of the good old man;
then he ran back to the king and told that he had found out
where all his dinners and suppers went. The king, who was
very much astonished, said he would like to go and see for
himself. So he set out, accompanied by the prime minister
and a guard of archers, and arrived just in time to find the
old man and the princess finishing his dinner.
The king ordered that they should be seized and bound
with ropes, and Frisk also.
When they were brought back to the palace someone told
the king, who said:
"To-day is the last day of the respite granted to those im-
postors; they shall have their heads cut off at the same time
as these stealers of my dinner." Then the old man went
down on his knees before the king and begged for time to
tell him everything. While he spoke the king looked for the
first time attentively at the princess, because he was sorry
to see how she cried, and when he heard the old man saying
that her name was Rosette, and that she had been treach-
erously thrown into the sea, he turned head over heels three
times without stopping, in spite of being quite weak from
hunger, and ran to embrace her, and untied the ropes which
bound her with his own hands, declaring that he loved her
with all his heart.
Messengers were sent to bring the princes out of prison,
and they came very sadly, believing that they were to be ex-
ecuted at once; the nurse and her daughter and the boat-
man were brought also. As soon as they came in Rosette
ran to embrace her brothers, while the traitors threw them-
selves down before her and begged for mercy. The king and
the princess were so happy that they freely forgave them,
and as for the good old man he was splendidly rewarded, and
spent the rest of his days in the palace. The king of the
peacocks made ample amends to the king and prince for the
way in which they had been treated, and did everything in
his power to show how sorry he was.
The nurse restored to Rosette all her dresses and jewels,
and the bushel of gold pieces; the wedding was held at once,
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and they all lived happily ever after--even to Frisk, who
enjoyed the greatest luxury, and never had anything worse
than the wing of a partridge for his dinner all the rest of
his life.
THE ENCHANTED PIG.*
Once upon a time there lived a king who had three
daughters. Now it happened that he had to go out to bat-
tle, so he called his daughters and said to them:
"My dear children, I am obliged to go to the wars. The
enemy is approaching us with a large army. It is a great
grief to me to leave you all. During my absence take care
of yourselves and be good girls; behave well and look after
everything in the house. You may walk in the garden and
you may go into all the rooms in the palace, except the room
at the back in the right-hand corner; into that you must not
enter, for harm would befall you."
"You may keep your mind easy, father," they replied.
"We have never been disobedient to you. Go in peace, and
may Heaven give you a glorious victory!"
When everything was ready for his departure -the king
gave them the keys of all the rooms and reminded them once
more of what he had said. His daughters kissed his hands
with tears in their eyes, and wished him prosperity, and he
gave the eldest the keys.
Now when the girls found themselves alone they felt so
sad and dull they did not know what to do. So, to pass the
time, they decided to work for part of the day, to read for
part of the day, and to enjoy themselves in the garden for
part of the day. As long as they did this all went well with
them. But this happy state of things did not last long.
Every day they grew more and more curious, and you will
see what the end of that was.
" Sisters," said the eldest princess, "all day long we sew,
spin, and read. We have been several days quite alone,
and there is no corner of the garden we have not explored.
We have been in all the rooms of our father's palace and
have admired the rich and beautiful furniture: why should
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we not go into the room that our father forbade us to
enter?"
Sister," said the youngest, I cannot think how you can
tempt us to break our father's command. When he told us
,not to go into that room he must have known what he was
saying, and have had good reason for saying it."
Surely the sky won't fall about our heads if we do go in,"
said the second princess. "Dragons and such like monsters
that will devour us will not be hidden in the room. And how
will our father ever find out that we have gone in ?"
While they were speaking thus, encouraging each other,
they had reached the room; the eldest fitted the key into the
lock, and snap! the door stood open.
The three girls entered, and what do you think they saw?
The room was quite empty, and without any ornament, but
in the middle stood a large table, with a gorgeous cloth, and
on it lay a big open book.
Now the princesses were curious to know what was writ-
ten in the book, especially the eldest, and this is what she
read:
"The eldest daughter of this king will marry a prince
from the east."
Then the second girl stepped forward, and turning over
the page she read:
"The second daughter of this king will marry a prince
from the west."
The girls were delighted, and laughed and teased each
other.
But the youngest princess did not want to go near the
table or to open the book. Her elder sisters, however, left
her no peace, and will she, nill she, they dragged her up to
the table, and in fear and trembling she turned over the
page and read:
"The youngest daughter of this king will be married to
a pig from the north."
Now if a thunderbolt had fallen upon her from heaven
it would not have frightened her more.
She almost died of misery, and if her sisters had not held
her up, she would have sunk to the ground and cut her head
open.
When she came out of the fainting fit into which she
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had fallen in her terror, her sisters tried to comfort her, say-
ing:
"How can you believe such nonsense? When did it ever
happen that a king's daughter married a pig ? "
"What a baby you are!" said the other sister; "has not
our father enough soldiers to protect you, even if the dis-
gusting creature did come to woo you?"
The youngest princess would fain have let herself be con-
vinced by her sister's words, and have believed what they
said, but her heart was heavy. Her thoughts kept turning to
the book, in which stood written that great happiness waited
her sisters, but that a fate was in store for her such as had
never before been known in the world.
Besides, the thought weighed on her heart that she had
been guilty of disobeying her father. She began to get
quite ill, and in a few days she was so changed that it was
difficult to recognize her; formerly she had been rosy and
merry, but now she was pale, and nothing gave her any
pleasure. She gave up playing with her sisters in the gar-
den, ceased to gather flowers to put in her hair, and never
sang when they sat together at their spinning and sewing.
In the meantime the king won a great victory, and having
completely defeated and driven off the enemy, he hurried
home to his daughters, to whom his thoughts had constantly
turned. Everyone went out to meet him with cymbals and
fifes and drums, and there was great rejoicing over his vic-
torious return. The king's first act on reaching home was
to thank heaven for the victory he had gained over the ene-
mies who had risen against him. He then entered his palace
and the three princesses stepped forward to meet him. His
joy was great when he saw that they were all well, for the
youngest did her best not to appear sad.
In spite of this, however, it was not long before the king
noticed that his third daughter was getting very thin and
sad-looking. And all of a sudden he felt as if a hot iron
were entering his sou', for it flashed through his mind that
she had disobeyed his word. He felt sure he was right; but
to be quite certain he called his daughters to him, questioned
them, and ordered them to speak the truth. They confessed
everything, but took good care not to say which had led the
other two into temptation.
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The king was so distressed when he heard it that he was
almost overcome by grief. But he took heart and tried to
comfort his daughters, who looked frightened to death. He
saw that what had happened had happened, and that a thou-
sand words would not alter matters by a hair's-breadth.
Well, these events had almost been forgotten when one fine
day a prince from the east appeared at the court and asked
the king for the hand of his eldest daughter. The king
gladly gave his consent. A great wedding banquet was pre-
pared, and after three days of feasting the happy pair were
accompanied to the frontier with much ceremony and re-
joicing.
After some time the same thing befell the second daugh-
ter, who was wooed and won by a prince from the west.
Now when the young princess saw that everything fell out
exactly as had been written in the book, she grew very sad.
She refused to eat, and would not put on her fine clothes nor
go out walking, and declared that she would rather die than
become a laughing-stock to the world. But the king would
not allow her to do anything so wrong, and he comforted
her in all possible ways.
So the time passed, till, lo, and behold! one fine day an
enormous pig from the north walked into the palace, and go,
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ing straight up to the king said, "Hail, oh king! May your
life be as prosperous and bright as sunrise on a clear
day!"
"I am glad to see you well, friend," answered the king,
"but what wind has brought you hither?"
"I come a-wooing," replied the pig.
Now the king was astonished to hear so fine a speech from
a pig, and at once it occurred to him that something strange
was the matter. He would gladly have turned the pig's
thoughts in another direction, as he did not wish to give him
the princess for a wife; but when he heard that the court
and the whole street were full of all the pigs in the world, he
saw that there was no escape, and that he must give his con-
sent. The pig was not satisfied with mere promises, but in-
sisted that the wedding should take place within a week, and
would not go away until the king had sworn a royal oath
upon it.
The king then sent for his daughter and advised her to
submit to fate, as there was nothing else to be done. And he
added:
"My child, the words and whole behavior of this pig are
quite unlike those of other pigs. I do not myself believe
that he always was a pig. Depend upon it, some magic or
witchcraft has been at work. Obey him and do everything
that he wishes, and I feel sure that heaven will shortly send
you release."
"If you wish me to do this, dear father, I will do it," re-
plied the girl.
In the meantime the wedding-day drew near. After the
marriage, the pig and his bride set out for his home in one of
the royal carriages. On the way they passed a great bog, and
the pig ordered the carriage to stop, and got out and rolled
about in the mire till he was covered with mud from head
to foot; then he got back into the carriage and told his wife
to kiss him. What was the poor girl to do? She bethought
herself of her father's words, and pulling out her pocket
handkerchief she gently wiped the pig's snout and kissed it.
By the time they reached the pig's dwelling, which stood
in a thick wood, it was quite dark. They sat down quietly
for a while as they were tired after their drive; then they
had supper together and lay down to rest. During the night
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the princess noticed that the pig had changed into a man.
She was not a little surprised, but remembering her father's
words, she took courage, determined to wait and see what
would happen.
And now she noticed that every night the pig became a
man, and every morning he was changed into a pig before
she awoke. This happened several nights running, and the
princess could not understand it at all. Clearly her hus-
band must be bewitched. In time she grew quite fond of
him, he was so kind and gentle.
One fine day as she was sitting alone she saw an old witch
go past. She felt quite excited, as it was so long since she
had seen a human being, and she called out to the old woman
to come and talk to her. Among other things the witch told
her that she understood all magic arts, and that she could
foretell the future and knew the healing powers of herbs
and plants.
"I shall be grateful to you all my life, old dame," said the
princess, if you will tell me what is the matter with my
husband. Why is he a pig by day and a human being by
night? "
"I was just going to tell you that one thing, my dear, to
show you what a good fortune-teller I am. If you like, I
will give you an herb. to break the spell."
"If you will only give it to me," said the princess, I will
give you anything you choose to ask for, for I cannot bear
to see him in this state."
"Here, then, my dear child," said the witch, "take this
thread, but do not let him know about it, for if he did it
would lose its healing power. At night, when he is asleep,
you must get up very quietly and fasten the thread round
his left foot as firmly as possible; and you will see in the
morning he will not have changed back into a pig, but will
still be a man. I do not want any reward. I shall be suffi-
ciently repaid by knowing that you are happy. It almost
breaks my heart to think of all you have suffered, and I only
wish I had known it sooner, as I should have come to your
rescue at once."
When the old witch had gone away the princess hid the
thread very carefully, and at night she got up quietly, and
with a beating heart she bound the thread round her hus.
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band's foot. Just as she was pulling the knot tight there was
a crack and the thread broke, for it was rotten.
Her husband awoke with a start, and said to her, "Un-
happy woman, what have you done? Three days more and
this unholy spell would have fallen from me, and now, who
knows how long I may have to go about in this disgusting
shape? I must leave you at once and we will not meet
again until you have worn out three pairs of iron shoes and
blunted a steel staff in your search for me." So saying, he
disappeared.
Now, when the princess was left alone she began to weep
and moan in a way that was pitiful to hear; but when she
saw that her tears and groans did her no good she got up,
determined to go wherever fate should lead her.
On reaching a town the first thing she did was to order
three pairs of iron sandals and a steel staff, and having made
these preparations for her journey she set out in search of
her husband. On and on she wandered over nine seas and
across nine continents; through forests with trees whose
stems were as thick as beer barrels; stumbling and knock-
ing herself against the fallen branches, then picking herself
up and going on; the boughs of the trees hit her face, and
the shrubs tore her hands, but on she went, and never looked
back. At last, wearied with her long journey and worn out
and overcome with sorrow, but still with hope at her heart,
she reached a house.
Now who do you think lived there? The moon.
The princess knocked at the door and begged to be let in
that she might rest a little. The mother of the moon, when
she saw her sad plight, felt a great pity for her, and took her
in and nursed and tended her. And while she was here the
princess had a little baby.
One day the mother of the moon asked her:
"How was it possible for you, a mortal, to get hither to
the house of the moon?"
Then the poor princess told her all that happened to her,
and added: "I shall always be thankful to heaven for lead-
ing me hither, and grateful to you that you took pity on me
and on my baby, and did not leave us to die. Now I beg one
last favor of you; can your daughter, the moon, tell me
where my husband is ?"
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"She cannot tell you that, my child," replied the goddess,
"but if you will travel toward the east, until you reach the
dwelling of the sun, he may be able to tell you something."
Then she gave the princess a roast chicken to eat, and
warned her to be very careful not to lose any of the bones,
because they might be of great use to her.
When the princess had thanked her once more for her hos-
pitality and for her good advice, and had thrown away one
pair of shoes that were worn out, and had put on a second
pair, she tied up the chicken bones in a bundle, and taking
her baby in her arms and her staff in her hand, she set out
once more on her wanderings.
On and on and on she went across bare sandy deserts,
where the roads were so heavy that for every two steps she
took forward she fell back one; but she struggled on till she
had passed these dreary plains; next she crossed high, rocky
mountains, jumping from crag to crag and from peak to
peak. Sometimes she would rest for a little on a mountain,
and then start afresh always further and further on. She
had to cross swamps and to scale mountain peaks covered
with flints, so that her feet and knees and elbows were all torn
and bleeding, and sometimes she came to a precipice across
which she could not jump, and she had to crawl round on
hands and knees, helping herself along with her staff. At
length, wearied to death, she reached the palace in which
the sun lived. She knocked and begged for admission. The
mother of the sun opened the door and was astonished at be-
holding a mortal from the distant earthly shores, and wept
with pity when she heard of all she had suffered. Then, hav-
ing promised to ask her son about the princess's husband, she
hid her in the cellar, so that the sun might notice nothing
on his return home, for he was always in a bad temper when
he came in at night.
The next day the princess feared that things would not
go well with her, for the sun had noticed that someone from
the other world had been in the palace. But the mother had
soothed him with soft words, assuring him that this was not
so. So the princess took heart when she saw how kindly
she was treated, and asked:
"But how in the world is it possible for the sun to be
angry He is so beautiful and so good to mortals."
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"This is how it happens," replied the sun's mother. "In
the morning when he stands at the gates of paradise he is
happy, and smiles on the whole world, but during the day he
gets cross because he sees all the evil deeds of men, and that
is why his heat becomes so scorching; but in the evening he
is both sad and angry, for he stands at the gates of death;
that is his usual course. From there he comes back here."
She then told the princess that she had asked about her
husband, but that her son had replied that he knew nothing
about him, and that her only hope was to go and inquire of
the wind.
Before the princess left the mother of the sun gave her
a roast chicken to eat, and advised her to take great care of
the bones, which she did,
wrapping them up in a bun-
dle. She then threw away
her second pair of shoes,
which were quite worn out,
and with her child on her
arm and her staff in her
hand, she set forth on her
way to the wind.
In these wanderings she
met with even greater diffi-
culties than before, for she
came upon one mountain of
flints after another, out of
which tongues of fire would
flame up; she passed through
woods which had never been
trodden by human foot, and
had to cross fields of ice and
avalanches of snow. The
poor woman nearly died of
these hardships, but she kept a brave heart, and at length she
reached an enormous cave in the side of the mountain. This
was where the wind lived. There was a little door in the rail-
ing in front of the cave, and here the princess knocked and
begged for admission. The mother of the wind had pity on
her and took her in, that she might rest a little. Here, too,
she was hidden away, so that the wind might not notice her.
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The next morning the mother of the wind told her that
her husband was living in a thick wood, so thick that no ax
had been able to cut a way through it; here he had built him-
self a sort of house by placing trunks of trees together and
fastening them with withes, and here he lived alone, shun-
ning human kind.
After the mother of the wind had given the princess a
chicken to eat, and had warned her to take care of the bones,
she advised her to go by the Milky Way, which at night lies
across the sky, and to wander on till she reached her goal.
Having thanked the old woman with tears in her eyes for
her hospitality, and for the good news she had given her, the
princess set out on her journey and rested neither night nor
day, so great was her longing to see her husband again. On
and on she walked until her last pair of shoes fell in pieces.
So she threw them away, and went on with bare feet, not
heeding the bogs nor the thorns that wounded her nor the
stones that bruised her At last she reached a beautiful
green meadow on the edge of a wood. Her heart was cheered
by the sight of the flowers and the soft cool grass, and she sat
down and rested for a little. But hearing the birds chirping
to their mates among the trees made her think with long-
ing of her husband, and she wept bitterly, and taking her
child in her arms, and her bundle of chicken bones on her
shoulder, she entered the wood.
For three days and three nights she struggled through it,
but could find nothing. She was quite worn out with weari-
ness and hunger, and even her staff was no further help to
her, for in her many wanderings it had become quite blunted.
She almost gave up in despair, but made one last great
effort, and suddenly in a thicket she came upon the sort of
house that the mother of the wind had described. It had no
windows, and the door was up in the roof. ,Round the house
she went in search of steps, but could find none. What was
she to do? How was she to get in? She thought and
thought, and tried in vain to climb up to the door. Then
suddenly she bethought her of the chicken bones that she
had dragged all that weary way, and she said to herself:
"' They would not all have told me to take such good care of
these bones if they had not had some reason for doing so.
Perhaps now, in my hour of need, they may be of use to me."
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So she took the bones out of her bundle, and having
thought for a moment she placed the two ends together. To
her surprise they stuck tight; then she added the other bones
till she had two long poles the height of the house; these she
placed against the wall at a distance of a yard from one an-
other. Across them she placed the other bones, piece by
piece, like the steps of a ladder. As soon as one step was
finished she stood upon it and made the next one, and then
the next, till she was close to the door. But just as she got
near the top she noticed that there were no bones left for
the last rung of the ladder. What was she to do ? Without
that last step the whole ladder was useless. She must have
lost one of the bones. Then sud-
denly an idea came to her. Taking
a knife she chopped off her little
finger, and placing it on the last
step, it stuck as the bones had
done. The ladder was complete,
and with her child on her arm she
entered the door of the house.
Here she found everything in per-
fect order. Having taken some
food, she laid the child down to
sleep in a trough, and sat down
herself to rest.
When her husband, the pig,
came back to his house, he was
startled by what he saw. At first
he could not believe his eyes, and
stared at the ladder of bones, and
at the little finger on top of it. He
felt that some fresh magic must be
at work, and in his terror he almost
turned away from the house; but
then a better idea came to him and
he changed himself into a dove, so that no witchcraft could
have power over him, and flew into the room with out touch-
ing the ladder. Here he found a woman rocking a child. At
the sight of her, looking so changed by all that she had suf-
fered for his sake, his heart was moved by such love and
pity that he suddenly became a man.
The Norka
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The princess stood up when she saw him, and her heart
beat with fear, for she did not know him. But when he had
told her who he was, in her great joy she forgot all her suf-
ferings, and they seemed as nothing to her. He was a very
handsome man, as straight as a fir tree. They sat down to-
gether and she told him all her adventures, and he wept at
the tale. And then he told her his own history.
I am a king's son. Once when my father was fighting
against some dragons who were the scourge of our country,
I slew the youngest dragon. His mother, who was a witch,
cast a spell over me and changed me into a pig. It was she
who in the disguise of an old woman gave you the thread to
bind round ms foot. So that instead of the three days that
had to run before the spell was broken, I was forced to re-
main a pig for three more years. Now that we have suffered
for each other and have found each other again, let us for-
get the past."
Next morning they set out early to return to his father's
kingdom. Great was the rejoicing of all the people when
they saw him and his wife; his father and his mother em-
braced them both, and there was feasting in the palace
for three days and three nights.
Then they set out to see her father. The old king nearly
went out cf his mind with joy at seeing his daughter again.
When she had told him all her adventures, he said to her:
Did I not tell you that I was quite sure that that creature
who wooed and won you as his wife had not been born a
pig You see, my child, how wise you were in doing what I
told you."
And as the king was old and had no heirs, he put them
on the throne in his place. And they ruled as only kings
rule who have suffered many things. And if they are not
dead they are still living and ruling happily.
THE NORKA.
Once upon a time there lived a king and queen. They had
three sons, two of them with their wits about them, but the
third a simpleton. Now the king had a deer park in which
were quantities of wild animals of different kinds. Into that
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park there used to come a huge beast-norka was its name-
and do fearful mischief, devouring some of the animals every
night. The king did all he could, but was unable to destroy
it. So at last he called his sons together and said: Who-
ever will destroy the norka, to him will I give the half of
my kingdom."
Well, the eldest son undertook the task. As soon as it was
night he took his weapons and set out. But before he reached
the park he went into a traktir (tavern), and there he spent
the whole night in revelry. When he came to his senses
it was too late, the day had already dawned. He felt himself
disgraced in the eyes of his father, but there was no help for
it. The next day the second son went, and did just the same.
Their father scolded them both soundly and there was an
end of it.
Well, on the third day the youngest son undertook the
task. They all laughed him to scorn because he was so stu-
pid, feeling sure he wouldn't do anything. But he took his
arms and went straight into the park and sat down on the
grass in such a position that the moment he went asleep his
weapons would prick him, and he would awake.
Presently the midnight hour sounded. The earth began
to shake, and the norka came rushing up and burst right
through the fence into the park, so huge was it.
The prince pulled himself together, leaped to his feet,
crossed himself and went straight at the beast. It fled back
and the prince ran after it. But he soon saw that he couldn't
catch it on foot, so he hastened off to the stable, laid his
hands on the best horse there, and set off in pursuit. Pres-
ently he came up with the beast and they began a fight. They
fought and fought; the prince gave the beast three wounds.
At last they were both utterly exhausted, so they lay down to
take a short rest. But the moment the prince closed his
eyes, up jumped the beast and took to flight. The prince's
horse awoke him; up he jumped again in a moment, and set
off again in pursuit, caught up the beast and began fighting
with it. Again the prince gave the beast three wounds, and
then he and the beast lay down again to rest. Thereupon
away fled the beast as before. The prince caught it up and
again gave it three wounds. But all of a sudden, just as the
prince began chasing it for the fourth time, the beast fled
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to a great white stone, tilted it up and escaped into the other
world, crying out to the prince: Then only will you over-
come me when you enter here."
The prince went home, told his father all that had hap-
pened, and asked him to have a leather rope plaited long
enough to reach to the other world. His father ordered this
to be done. When the rope was made the prince called for
his brothers, and he and they, having taken servants with
them, and everything that was needed for a whole year, set
out for the place where the beast had disappeared under the
stone, When they got there they built a palace on the spot,
and lived in it for some time. But when everything was
ready the youngest brother said to the others: "Now,
brothers, who is going to lift this stone? "
Neither of them could as much as stir it, but as soon as
he touched it, away it flew to a distance, though it was ever
so big-big as a hill. And when he had flung the stone
aside, he spoke a second time to his brothers, saying:
"Who is going into the other world to overcome the
norka?"
Neither of them offered to do so. Then he laughed at them
for being such cowards, and said:
"Well, brothers, farewell! Lower me into the other world
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and don't go away from here, but as soon as the cord is
jerked, pull it up."
His brothers lowered him accordingly, and when he had
reached the other world underneath the earth, he went on his
way. He walked and walked. Presently he espied a horse
with rich trappings, and it said to him:
"Hail, Prince Ivan ILong have I awaited thee! "
He mounted the horse and rode on-rode and rode, until
he saw a palace before him made of copper. He entered
the court-yard, tied up his horse, and went indoors. In one
of the rooms a dinner was laid out. He sat down and dined
and then went into a bedroom. There he found a bed, on
which he lay down to rest. Presently there came a lady, more
beautiful than can be imagined anywhere but in a fairy
tale, who said:
Thou who art in my house, name thyself! If thou art
an old man thou shalt be my father; if a middle-aged man,
my brother; but if a young man thou shalt be my husband
dear. And if thou art a woman, and an old one, thou shalt
be my grandmother; if middle-aged, my mother; and if a
girl, thou shalt be my own sister."
Thereupon he came forth. And when she saw him she
was delighted with him, and said:
"Wherefore, O Prince Ivan-my husband dear shalt thou
be!--wherefore hast thou come hither?"
Then he told her all that had happened, and she said:
That beast which thou wishest to overcome is my
brother. He is staying just now with my second sister, who
lives not far from here in a silver palace. I bound up three
of the wounds which thou didst give him."
Well, after this they drank and enjoyed themselves, and
held sweet converse together, and then the prince took leave
of her and then went on to the second sister, the one who
lived in the silver palace, and with her also he stayed awhile.
She told him that her brother norka was then at her young-
est sister's. So he went on to the youngest sister, who lived
in a golden palace. She told him that her brother was at
that time asleep on the blue sea, and she gave him a sword
of steel and a draught of the water of strength, and she told
him to cut off her brother's head at a single stroke. And
when he had heard these things he went his way.
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And when the prince had come to the blue sea, he looked-
there slept the norka on a stone in the middle of the sea;
and when it snored the water was agitated for seven miles
around. The prince crossed himself, went up to it, and
smote it on the head with his sword. The head jumped off,
saying the while, "Well, I'm done for now!" and rolled
far away into'the sea.
After killing the beast the prince went back again, picking
up all the three sisters by the way, with the intention of
taking them out into the upper world: for they all loved him
and would not be separated from him. Each of them turned
her palace into an egg-for they were all enchantresses-
and they taught him how to change the eggs into palaces,
and back again, and they handed over the eggs to him. And
they all went to the place from which they had to be hoisted
into the upper world. And when they came to where the
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rope was the prince took hold of it and made the maidens
fast to it. Then he jerked at the rope and his brothers be-
gan to haul it up. And when they had hauled it up and had
set eyes on the wondrous maidens, they went aside and said:
"Let's lower the rope, pull our brother part of the way up,
and then cut the rope. Perhaps he'll be killed; but then if
he isn't he'll never give us these beauties as wives."
So when they had agreed on this they lowered the rope.
But their brother was no fool; he guessed what they were at,
so he fastened the rope to a stone, and then gave it a pull.
His brothers hoisted the stone to a great height, and then cut
the rope. Down fell the stone and broke in pieces; the prince
poured forth tears and went away. Well, he walked and
walked. Presently a storm arose; the lightning flashed, the
thunder roared, the rain fell in torrents. He went up to a
tree in order to take shelter under it, and on that tree he
saw some young birds which were being thoroughly
drenched. So he took off his coat and covered them over
with it, and he himself sat down under the tree. Presently
there came a flying bird-such a big one that the light was
blotted out by it. It had been dark there before, but now
it became darker still. Now this was the mother of those
small birds which the prince had covered up. And when the
bird had come flying up, she perceived that her little ones
were covered over, and she said: Who has wrapped up my
nestlings?" and presently, seeing the prince, she added:
"Didst thou do that? Thanks! In return, ask of me any-
thing thou desirest. I will do anything for thee."
Then carry me into the other world," he replied.
Make me a large vessel with a partition in the middle,"
she said; "catch all sorts of game and put them into one
half of it, and into the other half pour water; so that there
may be meat and drink for me."
All this the prince did. Then the bird-having taken
the vessel on her back, with the prince sitting in the mid-
dle of it-began to fly. And after flying some distance she
brought him to his journey's end, took leave of him, and
flew away back. But he went to the house of a certain tailor
and engaged himself as his servant. So much the worse for
wear was he, so. thoroughly had he altered in appearance,
-that nobody would have suspected him of being a prince.
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Having entered into the service of this master, the prince
began to ask what was going on in that country. And his
master replied: Our two princes-for the third one has dis-
appeared-have brought away brides from the other world,
and want to marry them, but those brides refuse. For they
insist on having all their wedding-clothes made for them
first, exactly like those which they used to have in the other
world, and that without being measured for them. The king
has called all the workmen together, but not one of them
will undertake to do it."
The prince, having heard all this, said: "Go to the king,
master, and tell him that you will provide everything that's
in your line."
"How can I undertake to make clothes of that sort? I
work for quite common folks," says his master.
"Go along, master I will answer for everything," says
the prince.
So the tailor went. The king was delighted that at least
one good workman had been found, and gave him as much
money as ever he wanted. When his tailor had settled
everything, he went home. And the prince said to him:
"Now then, pray to God, and lie down to sleep; to-morrow
all will be ready." And the tailor followed his lad's advice
and went to bed.
Midnight sounded. The prince arose, went out of the city
into the fields, took out of his pocket the eggs which the
maidens had given him, and, as they had taught him, turned
them into three palaces. Into each of these he entered, took
the maidens' robes, went out again, turned the palaces back
into eggs, and went home. And when he got there he hung
up the robes on the wall and lay down to sleep.
Early in the morning his master awoke, and, behold! there
hung such robes as he had never seen before, all shining with
gold and silver and precious stones. He was delighted, and
he seized them and carried them off to the king. When the
princesses saw that the clothes were those which had been
theirs in the other world, they guessed that Prince Ivan was
in this world, so they exchanged glances with each other,
but they held their peace. And the master, having handed
over the clothes, went home, but he no longer found his dear
journeyman there. For the prince had gone to a shoemaker'd
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and him, too, he sent to work for the king; and in the same
way he went the round of all the artificers, and they all
proffered him thanks, inasmuch as through him they were
enriched by the king.
By the time the princely workman had gone the round of
all the artificers the princesses had received what they had
asked for; all their clothes were just like what they had been
in the other world. Then they wept bitterly because the
prince had not come, and it was impossible for them to hold
out any longer; it was necessary that they should be mar-
ried. But when they were ready for the wedding, the young-
est bride said to the king:
Allow me, my father, to go and give alms to the beggars."
He gave her leave, and she went and began bestowing alms
upon them, and examining them closely. And when she had
come to one of them, and was going to give him some money
she caught sight of the ring which she had given to the
prince in the other world, and her sister's rings too-for it
really was he. So she seized him by the hand, and brought
him into the hall, and said to the king:
"Here is he who brought us out of the other world. His
brothers forbade us to say that he was alive, threatening to
slay us if we did."
Then the king was wrath with those sons, and punished
them as he thought best. And afterward three weddings
were celebrated.
THE WONDERFUL BIRCH.*
Once upon a time there were a man and a woman, who had
an only daughter. Now it happened that one of their sheep
went astray, and they set out to look for it, and searched,
each in a different part of the wood. Then the good wife met
a witch, who said to her:
If you spit, you miserable creature, if you spit into the
sheath of my knife, or if you run between my legs, I shall
change you into a black sheep."
The woman neither spat, nor did she run between her legs,
but yet the witch changed her into a sheep. Then she made
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herself look exactly like the woman, and called out to the
good man:
"Ho, old man, halloo! I have found the sheep already 1"
The man thought the witch was really his wife, and he did
not know that his wife was the sheep; so he went home with
her, glad at heart because his sheep was found. When they
were safe at home the witch said to the man:
"Look here, old man, we must really kill that sheep lest
it run away to the wood again."
The man, who was a peaceable, quiet sort of fellow, made
no objection, but simply said:
Good, let us do so."
The daughter, however, overheard their talk, and she ran
to the flock and lamented aloud:
"Oh, dear little mother, they are going to slaughter you "
"Well, then, if they do slaughter me," was the black
sheep's answer, eat you neither the meat nor the broth that
is made of me, but gather all my bones and bury them by
the edge of the field."
Shortly after this they took the black sheep from the flock
and slaughtered it. The witch made pea soup of it and set it
before the daughter. But the girl remembered her mother's
warning. She did not touch the soup, but she carried the
bones to the edge of the field and buried them there; and
there sprahg up on the spot a birch tree-a very lovely birch
tree.
Some time had passed away-who can tell how long they
might have been living there?--when the witch, to whom a
child had been born in the meantime, began to take an ill-
will to the man's daughter, and to torment her in all sorts
of ways.
Now it happened that a great festival was to be held at
the palace, and the king had commanded that all the people
should be invited, and that this proclamation should be
made:
Come, people all!
Poor and wretched, one and all!
Blind and crippled though ye be,
Mount your steeds or come by sea."
And so they drove to the king's feast all the outcasts, and
the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. In the good man's
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house, too, preparations were made to go to the. palace. The
witch said to the man:
"Go you on in front, old man, with our youngest; I will
give the elder girl work to keep her from being dull in our
absence."
So the man took the child and set out. But the witch
kindled a fire on the hearth, threw a potful of barleycorns
among the cinders, and said to the girl:
If you have not picked the barley out of the ashes and
put it all back in the pot before nightfall, I shall eat you
up! "
Then she hastened after the others, and the poor girl
litayed at home and wept. She tried to be sure to pick up
the grains of barley, but she soon saw how useless her labor
was; and so she went in her sore trouble to the birch tree on
her mother's grave, and cried and cried, because her mother
lay dead beneath the sod and could help her no longer. In
the midst of her grief she suddenly heard her mother's
voice speak from the grave and say to her:
"Why do you weep, little daughter?"
"The witch has scattered barleycorns on the hearth, and
bid me pick them out of the ashes," said the girl; "that is
why I weep, dear little mother."
Do not weep," said her mother consolingly. "Break off
one of my branches and strike the hearth with it crossways,
and all will be put right."
The girl did so. She struck the hearth with the birchen
branch, and lo! the barleycorns flew into the pot, and the
hearth was clean. Then she went back to the birch tree and
laid the branch upon the grave. Then her mother bade her
bathe on one side of the stem, dry herself on another, and
dress on the third. When the girl had done all that she had
grown so lovely that no one on earth could rival her. Splen-
did clothing was given to her, and a horse, with hair partly
of gold, partly of silver, and partly of something more pre-
cious still. The girl sprang into the saddle, and rode as
swift as an arrow to the palace. As she turned into the
court-yard of the castle the king's son came out to meet her,
tied her steed to a pillar, and led her in. He never left her
side as they passed through the castle rooms; and all the
people gazed at her, and wondered who the lovely maiden
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was, and from what castle she came; but no one knew her-
no one knew anything about her. At the banquet the prince
invited her to sit next to him in the place of honor; but the
witch's daughter gnawed the bones under the table. The
prince did not see her, and thinking it was a dog, he gave
her such a push with his foot that her arm was broken. Are
you not sorry for the witch's daughter? It was not her fault
that her mother was a witch.
Toward evening the good man's daughter thought it was
time to go home; but as she went her ring caught on the
latch of the door, for the king's son had had it smeared
with tar. She did not take time to pull it off, but, hastily
unfastening her horse from the pillar, she rode away beyond
the castle walls as swift as an arrow. Arrived at home she
took off her clothes by the birch tree, left her horse standing
there, and hastened to her place behind the stove. In a short
time the man and the woman came home again too, and the
witch said to the girl:
"Ahi you poor thing, there you are, to be sure! You
don't know what fine times we have had at the palace! The
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king's son carried my daughter about, but the poor thing
fell and broke her arm."
The girl knew well how matters really stood, but she pre-
tended to know nothing about it, and sat dumb behind the
stove.
The next day they were invited again to the king's ban-
quet.
"Hey, old man," said the witch, "get on your clothes as
quick as you can; we are bidden to the feast. Take you the
child; I will give the other one work, lest she weary."
She kindled the fire, threw a potful of hemp seed among
the ashes, and said to the girl:
If you do not get this sorted, and all the seed back into
the pot, I shall kill you!"
The girl wept bitterly; then she went to the birch tree,
washed herself on one side of it and dried herself on the
other; and this time still finer clothes were given to her,
and a very beautiful steed. She broke off a branch of the
birch tree, struck the hearth with it, so that the seeds flew
into the pot, and then hastened to the castle.
Again the king's son came out to meet her, tied her horse
to a pillar, and led her into the banqueting hall. At the feast
the girl sat next him in the place of honor, as she had done
the day before. But the witch's daughter gnawed bones un-
der the table, and the prince gave her a push by mistake,
which broke her leg-he had never noticed her crawling
about among the people's feet. She was very unlucky!
The good man's daughter hastened home again betimes,
but the king's son had smeared the door-posts with tar, and
the girl's golden circlet stuck to it. She had not time to
look for it, but sprang to the saddle and rode like an arrow
to the birch tree. There she left her horse and her fine
clothes, and said to her mother:
"I have lost my circlet at the castle; the door-post was
tarred, and it stuck fast."
"And even had you lost two of them," answered her
mother, I would give you finer ones."
Then the girl hastened home, and when her father came
home from the feast with the witch, she was in her usual
place behind the stove. Then the witch said to her:
You poor thing! what is there to see here compared with
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what we have seen at the palace? The king's son carried my
daughter from one room to another; he let her fall, 'tis
true, and my child's foot was broken."
The man's daughter held her peace all the time, and
busied herself about the hearth.
The night passed, and when the day began to dawn, the
witch awakened her husband, crying:
Hi! get up, old man I We are bidden to the banquet."
So the old man got up. Then the witch gave him the
child, saying:
"Take you the little one; I will give the other girl work
to do, else she will weary at home alone."
She did as usual. This time it was a dish of milk she
poured upon the ashes, saying:
"If you do not get all the milk into the dish again before
I come home, you will suffer for it."
How frightened the girl was this time! She ran to the
birch tree, and by its magic power her task was accom-
plished; and then she rode away to the palace as before.
When she got to the court-yard she found the prince waiting
for her. He led her into the hall, where she was highly
honored; but the witch's daughter sucked the bones under
the table, and crouching at the people's feet she got an eye
knocked out, poor thing Now no one knew any more than
before about the good man's daughter, no one knew whence
she came; but the prince had had the threshold smeared with
tar, and as she fled her gold slippers stuck to it. She reached
the birch tree and laying aside her finery, she said:
"Alas l dear little mother, I have lost my gold slippers "
"Let them be," was her mother's reply; if you need them
I shall give you finer ones."
Scarcely was she in her usual place behind the stove when
her father came home with the witch. Immediately the
witch began to mock her, saying:
Ah! you poor thing, there is nothing for you to see
here, and we-ah! what great things we have. seen at the
palace! My little girl was carried about again, but had the
ill-luck to fall and get her eye knocked out. You stupid
thing, you, what do you know about anything?"
"Yes, indeed, what can I know? replied the girl; "I had
enough to do to get the hearth clean."
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Now the prince had kept all the things the girl had lost,
and he soon set about finding the owner of them. For this
purpose a great banquet was given on the fourth day, and all
the people were invited to the palace. The witch got ready
to go too. She tied a wooden beetle on where her child's
foot should have been, a log of wood instead of an arm, and
stuck a bit of dirt in the empty socket for an eye, and took
the child with her to the castle. When all the people were
gathered together the king's son stepped in among the crowd
and cried:
The maiden whose finger this ring slips over, whose head
this golden hoop encircles, and whose foot this shoe fits, shall
be my bride."
What a great trying on there was now among them all!
The things would fit no one, however.
"The cinder wench is not here," said the prince at last;
"go and fetch her and let her try on the things."
So the girl was fetched, and the prince was just going to
hand the ornaments to her, when the witch held him back,
saying:
"Don't give them to her; she soils everything with cin-
ders; give them to my daughter, rather."
Well, then the prince gave the witch's daughter the ring,
and the woman filed and pared away at her daughter's finger
till the ring fitted. It was the same with the circlet and
shoes of gold. The witch would not allow them to be handed
to the cinder wench; she worked at her own daughter's head
and feet till she got the things forced on. What was to be
done now? The prince had to takeN the witch's daughter for
his bride, whether he would or no; he sneaked away to her
father's house with her, however, for he was ashamed to
hold the wedding festivities at the palace with so strange a
bride. Some days passed, and at last he had to take his
bride home to the palace, and he got ready to do so. Just as
they were taking leave the kitchen wench sprang down from
her place by the stove, on the pretext of fetching some-
thing from the cow-house, and in going by she whispered in
the prince's ear as he stood in the yard:
"Alas, dear prince, do not rob me of my silver and my
gold."
Thereupon the king's son recognized the cinder wench;
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so he took both the girls with him, and set out. After they
had gone some little way they came to the bank of a
river, and the prince threw the witch's daughter across to
serve as a bridge, and so got over with the cinder wench.
There lay the witch's daughter, then, like a bridge over the
river, and could not stir, though her heart was consumed
with grief. No help was near, so she cried at last in her
anguish:
"May there grow a golden hemlock out of my body! per-
haps my mother will know me by that token."
Scarcely had she spoken when a golden hemlock sprang up
from her, and stood upon the bridge.
Now, as soon as the prince had got rid of the witch's
daughter he greeted the cinder wench as his bride, and they
wandered together to the birch tree which grew upon the
mother's grave. There they received all sorts of treasures
and riches, three sacks full of gold, and as much silver, and
a splendid steed which bore them home to the palace. There
they lived a long time together, and the young wife bore a
son to the prince. Immediately word was brought to the
witch that her daughter had borne a son-for they all be-
lieved the young king's wife to be the witch's daughter.
"So, so," said the witch to herself; "I had better away
with my gift for the infant then."
And so saying, she set out. Thus it happened that she
came to the bank of the river, and there she saw the beautiful
golden hemlock growing in the middle of the bridge, and
when she began to cut it down to take to her grandchild, she
heard a voice moaning:
Alas dear mother, do not cut me so!"
"Are you here?" demanded the witch.
Indeed I am, dear little mother," answered the daughter.
" They threw me across the river to make a bridge of
me."
In a moment the witch had the bridge shivered to atoms,
and then she hastened away to the palace. Stepping up to
the young queen's bed she began to try her magic arts upon
her, saying:
"Spit, you wretch, on the blade of my knife; bewitch my
knife blade for me, and I shall change you into a reindeer
of the forest."
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"Are you there again to bring trouble upon me?" said
the young woman.
She neither spat nor did anything else, but still the witch
changed her into a reindeer, and smuggled her own daughter
into her place as the prince's wife. But now the child giw
restless and cried, because it missed its mother's care. They
took it to the court and tried to pacify it in every conceiv-
able way, but its crying never ceased.
"What makes the child so restless?" asked the prince,
and he went to a wise widow woman to ask her advice.
Aye, aye, your own wife is not at home," said the widow
woman; she is living like a reindeer in the wood; you have
the witch's daughter for a wife now, and the witch herself
for a mother-in-law."
"Is there any way of getting my own wife back from the
wood again? asked the prince.
Give me the child," answered the widow woman. "I'll
take it with me to-morrow when I go to drive the cows to
the wood. I'll make a rustling among the birch leaves and
a trembling among the aspens-perhaps the boy will grow
quiet when he hears it."
"Yes, take the child away, take it to the wood with you
to quiet it," said the prince, and led the widow woman into
the castle.
"How now? you are going to send the child away to the
wood?" said the witch in a suspicious tone, and tried to in-
terfere.
But the king's son stood firm by what he had commanded,
and said:
Carry the child about the wood; perhaps that will pacify
it."
So the widow woman took the child to the wood. She
came to the edge of a marsh and seeing a herd of reindeer
there she began all at once to sing:
"Little Bright-eyes, little Redskin,
Come nurse the child you bore!
That blood-thirsty monster,
That man-eater grim,
Shall nurse him, shall tend him no more.
They may threaten and force as they will,
He turns from her, shrinks from her still."
And immediately the reindeer drew near and nursed and
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tended the child the whole day long; but at nightfall it had
to follow the herd, and said to the widow woman:
"Bring me the child to-morrow, and again the following
day; after that I must wander with the herd far away to
other lands."
The following morning the widow woman went back to the
castle to fetch the child. The witch interfered, of course,
but the prince said:
"Take it, and carry it about in the open air; the boy is
quieter at night, to be sure, when he has been in the wood
all day."
So the widow woman took the child in her arms and car-
ried it to the marsh in the forest. There she sung, as on the
preceding day:
Little Bright-eyes, little Redskin,
Come nurse the child you bore!
That blood-thirsty monster,.
That man-eater grim,
Shall nurse him, shall tend him no more.
They may threaten and force as they will,
He turns from her, shrinks from her still."
And immediately the reindeer left the herd and came to the
child, and tended it as on the day before. And so it was that
the child throve, till not a finer boy was to be seen anywhere.
But the king's son had been pondering over all these things,
and he said to the widow woman:
"Is there no way of changing the reindeer into a human
being again "
"I don't rightly know," was her answer. "Come to the
wood with me, however; when the woman puts off her rein-
deer skin I shall comb her head for her; while I am doing
so you must burn the skin."
Thereupon they both went to the wood with the child;
scarcely were they there when the reindeer appeared and
nursed the child as before. Then the widow woman said to
the reindeer:
Since you are going far away to-morrow, and I shall not
see you again, let me comb your head for the last time, as a
remembrance of you."
Good; the young woman stripped off the reindeer skin, and
let the widow woman do as she wished. In the meantime the
king's son threw the reindeer skin into the fire unobserved,
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"What smells of singeing here ?" asked the young woman,
and looking round she saw her own husband. "Woe is me!
you have burned my skin. Why did you do that ?"
"To give you back your human form again."
"Alack-a-day! I have nothing to cover me now, poor
creature that I am!" cried the young woman, and trans-
formed herself first into a distaff, then into a wooden beetle,
then into a spindle, and into all imaginable shapes. But all
these shapes the king's son went on destroying till she stood
before him in human form again.
"Alas! wherefore take me home with you again," cried
the young woman, "since the witch is sure to eat me up ?"
"She will not eat you up," answered her husband; and
they started for home with the child.
But when the witch wife saw them she ran away with
her daughter, and if she has not stopped she is running
still, though at a great age. And the prince, and his wife,
and the baby lived happy ever afterward.
Jack and the Beanstalk
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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK.
JACK SELLS THE COW.
Once upon a time there was a poor widow who lived in a
little cottage with her only son Jack.
Jack was a giddy, thoughtless boy, but very kind-hearted
and affectionate. There had been a hard winter, and after
it the poor woman had suffered from fever and ague. Jack
did no work as yet, and by degrees they grew dreadfully poor.
The widow saw that there was no means of keeping Jack
and herself from starvation but by selling her cow, so one
morning she said to her son: I am too weak to go myself,
Jack, so you must take the cow to market for me, and sell
her."
Jack liked going to market to sell the cow very much; but
as he was on his way he met a butcher who had some beau-
tiful beans in his hand. Jack stopped to look at them,
and the butcher told the boy that they were of great value,
and persuaded the silly lad to sell the cow for these beans.
When he brought them home to his mother instead of the
money she expected for her nice cow, she was very vexed,
and shed many tears, scolding Jack for his folly. He was
very sorry, and mother and son went to bed very sadly that
night; their last hope seemed gone.
At daybreak Jack rose and went out into the garden.
"At least," he thought, "I will sow the wonderful beans.
Mother says that they are just plain scarlet-runners, and
nothing else; but I may as well sow them."
So he took a piece of stick and made some holes in the
ground, and put in the beans.
That day they had very little dinner, and went sadly to
bed, knowing that for the next day there would be none;
and Jack, unable to sleep from grief and vexation, got up
at day-dawn and went out into the garden.
What was his amazement to find that the beans had grown
up in the night, and climbed up and up till they covered the
high cliff that sheltered the cottage, and disappeared above
it The stalks had twined and twisted themselves until they
formed quite a ladder.
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"It would be easy to climb it," thought Jack.
And having thought of the experiment he at once re-
solved to carry it out, for Jack was a good climber. How-
ever, after his late mistake about the cow, he thought he had
better consult his mother first.
WONDERFUL GROWTH OF THE BEANSTALK.
So Jack called his mother, and they both gazed in silent
wonder at the beanstalk, which was not only of great height,
but was thick enough to bear Jack's weight.
"I wonder where it ends," said Jack to his mother; "I
think I will climb up and see."
His mother wished him not to venture up this strange
ladder, but Jack coaxed her to give her consent to the at-
tempt, for he was certain there must be something won-
derful in the beanstalk; so at last she yielded to his wishes.
Jack instantly began to climb, and went up and up on the
ladder-like stalk till everything he had left behind him-the
cottage, the village, and even the tall church tower-looked
quite little, and still he could not see the top of the bean-
stalk.
Jack felt a little tired, and thought for a moment that he
would go back again; but he was a very persevering boy,
and he knew that the way to succeed in anything is not to
give up. So, after resting for a moment, he went on.
After climbing higher and higher, till he grew afraid to
look down for fear he should be giddy, Jack at last reached
the top of the beanstalk, and found himself in a beautiful
country, finely wooded, with beautiful meadows covered
with sheep. A crystal stream ran through the pastures; not
far from the place where he had got off the beanstalk stood
a fine, strong castle.
Jack wondered very much that he had never heard of or
seen this castle before; but when he reflected on the sub-
ject, he saw that it was as much separated from the village
by the perpendicular rock on which it stood, as if it were
in another land.
While Jack was standing looking at the castle a very
strange-looking woman came out of the wood, and advanced
toward him.
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She wore a pointed cap of quilted red satin turned up
with ermine, her hair streamed loose over her shoulders, and
she walked with a staff. Jack took off his cap and made her
a bow.
If you please, ma'am," said he, is this your house ?"
"No," said the old lady. Listen, and I will tell you the
story of that castle:
"Once upon a time there was a noble knight who lived in
this castle, which is on the borders of fairyland. He had a
fair and beloved wife and several lovely children: and as
his neighbors the little people were very friendly toward
him, they bestowed on him many excellent and precious
gifts.
"Rumors whispered of these treasures; and a monstrous
giant, who lived at no great distance, and who was a very
wicked being, resolved to obtain possession of them.
So he bribed a false servant to let him inside the castle,
when the knight was in bed and asleep, and he killed himn
as he lay. Then he went to the part of the castle which was
the nursery, and also killed all the poor little ones he found
there.
"Happily for her, the lady was not to be found. She had
gone with her infant son, who was only two or three months
old, to visit her old nurse, who lived in the valley; and she
had been detained all night there by a storm.
"The next morning, as soon as it was light, one of the
servants at the castle, who had managed to escape, came to
tell the poor lady of the sad fate of her husband and her
pretty babes. She could scarcely believe him at first, and
was eager at once to go back and share the fate of her dear
ones; but the old nurse with many tears besought her to re-
member that she had still a child, and that it was her duty
to-preserve her life for the sake of the poor innocent.
The lady yielded to this reasoning and consented to re-
main at her nurse's house as the best place of concealment;
for the servant had told her that the giant had vowed, if he
could find her, he would kill both her and her baby. Years
rolled on. The old nurse died, leaving her cottage and the
few articles of furniture it contained to her poor lady, who
dwelt in it, working as a peasant for her daily bread. Her
spinningwheel and the milk of a cow, which she had pur-
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chased with the little money she had with her, sufficed for
the scanty subsistence of herself and her little son. There
was a nice little garden attached to the cottage, in which
they cultivated peas, beans, and cabbages, and the lady was
not ashamed to go out at harvest time, and glean in the fields
to supply her little son's wants.
"Jack, that poor lady is your mother. This castle was
once your father's, and must again be yours."
Jack uttered a cry of surprise.
"My mother! Oh, madam, what ought I to do My poor
father My dear mother!"
Your duty requires you to win it back for your mother.
But the task is a very difficult one, and full of peril, Jack.
Have you the courage to undertake it ?"
I fear nothing when I am doing right," said Jack.
"Then," said the lady in the red cap, "you are one of
those who slay giants. You must get into the castle, and if
possible possess yourself of a hen that lays golden eggs, and
a harp that talks. Remember, all the giant possesses is really
yours." As she ceased speaking, the lady of the red hat sud-
denly disappeared, and of course Jack knew she was a fairy.
Jack determined at once to undertake the adventure; so
he advanced and blew the horn which hung at the castle por-
tal. The door was opened in a minute or two by a frightful
giantess, with one great eye in the middle of her forehead.
As soon as Jack saw her he turned to run away, but she
caught him and dragged him into the castle.
"Ho, ho!" she laughed terribly. "You didn't expect to
see me here, that is clear! No, I shan't let you go again. I
am weary of my life. I am so overworked, I don't see
why I should not have a page as well as other ladies. And
you shall be my boy. You shall clean the knives and black
the boots, and make the fires, and help me generally when
the giant is out. When he is at home I must hide you, for
he has eaten up all my pages, hitherto, and you would be a
dainty morsel, my little lad."
While she spoke she dragged Jack right into the castle.
The poor boy was very much frightened, as I am sure you
and I would have been in his place. But he remembered that
fear disgraces a man; so he struggled to be brave and make
the best of things.
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"I am quite ready to help you, and do all I can to serve-
you, madam," he said, "only I beg you will be good enough
to hide me from your husband, for I should not like to be-
eaten at all."
"That's a good boy," said the giantess, nodding her head;
"it is lucky for you that you did not scream out when you
saw me, as the other boys who have been here did, for if you
had done so my husband would have awakened and have
eaten you, as he did them, for breakfast. Come here, child;
go into my wardrobe: he never ventures to open that; you
will be safe there."
And she opened a huge wardrobe which stood in the great
hall, and shut him into it. But the keyhole was so large
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that it admitted plenty of air, and he could see everything
that took place through it. By and by he heard a heavy
tramp on the stairs, like the lumbering along of a great can-
non, and then a voice like thunder cried out:
Fe, fa, fl-fo-fum,
I smell the breath of an Englishman.
Let him be alive or let him be dead,
I'll grind his bones to make my bread."
"Wife," cried the giant, "there is a man in the castle.
let me have him for breakfast."
You are grown old and stupid," cried the lady in her
loud tones. "It is only a nice fresh steak off an elephant,
that I have cooked for you, which you smell. There, sit
,down and make a good breakfast."
And she placed a huge dish before him of savory steaming
~neat, which greatly pleased him and made him forget his
idea of an Englishman being in the castle. When he had
breakfasted he went out for a walk; and then the giantess
opened the door, and made Jack come out to help her. He
helped her all day. She fed him well, and when evening
came put him back in the wardrobe.
THE HEN THAT LAYS GOLDEN EGGS.
The giant came in to supper. Jack watched him through
the keyhole, and was amazed to see him pick a wolf's bone
and put half a fowl at a time into his capacious mouth.
When the supper was ended he bade his wife bring him his
hen that laid the golden eggs.
"It lays as well as it did when it belonged to that paltry
knight," he said; "indeed, I think the eggs are heavier than
ever."
The giantess went away, and soon returned with a little
brown hen, which she placed on the table before her husband.
" And now, my dear," she said, "I am going for a walk, if
you don't want me any longer."
"Go," said the giant; "I shall be glad to have a nap by
and by."
Then he took up the brown hen and said to her:
"Lay And she instantly laid a golden egg.
"Lay!" said the giant again. And she laid another.
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Lay he repeated the third time. And again a golden
egg lay on the table.
Now Jack was sure this hen was that of which the fairy
had spoken.
By and by the giant put the hen down on the floor, and
soon after went fast asleep, snoring so loud that it sounded
like thunder.
Directly Jack perceived that the giant was fast asleep, he
pushed open the door of the wardrobe and crept out; very
softly he stole across the room, and, picking up the hen,
made haste to quit the apartment. He knew the way to the
kitchen, the door of which he found was left ajar; he opened
it, shut and locked it after him, and flew back to the bean-
stalk, which he descended as fast as his feet would move.
When his mother saw him enter the house she wept for
joy, for she had feared that the fairies had carried him away
or that the giant had found him. But Jack put the brown
hen down before her, and told her how he had been in the
giant's castle, and all his adventures. She was very glad to
see the hen, which would make them rich once more.
THE MONEY BAGS.
Jack made another journey up the beanstalk to the giant's
castle one day while his mother had gone to market; but
first he dyed his hair and disguised himself. The old
woman did not know him again, and dragged him in as she
had done before to help her to do the work; but she heard
her husband coming, and hid him in the wardrobe, not
thinking that it was the same boy who had stolen the hen.
She bade him stay quite still there, or the giant would eat
him.
Then the giant came in, saying:
"Fe, fa, fl-fo-fum,
I smell the breath of an Englishman.
Let him be alive or let him be dead,
I'll grind his bones to make my bread."
"Nonsense I said the wife, "it is only a roasted bullock
that I thought would be a tit-bit for your supper; sit down
and I will bring it up at once." The giant sat down, and
soon his wife brought up a roasted bullock on a large dish,
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and they began their supper. Jack was amazed to see them
pick the bones of the bullock as if it had been a lark. As
soon as they had finished their meal the giantess rose and
said:
"Now, my dear, with your leave I am going up to my
room to finish the story I am reading. If you want me call
for me."
"First," answered the giant, "bring me my money bags,
that I may count my golden pieces before I sleep." The
giantess obeyed. She went and soon returned with two large
bags over her shoulders, which she put down by her hus-
band.
There," she said: that is all that is left of the knight's
money. When you have spent it you must go and take an-
other baron's castle."
That he shan't, if I can help it," thought Jack.
The giant, when his wife was gone, took out heaps and
heaps of golden pieces, and counted them, and put them in
piles, till he was tired of the amusement. Then he swept
them all back into their bags, and leaning back in his chair
fell fast asleep, snoring so loud that no other sound was
audible.
Jack stole softly out of the wardrobe, and taking up the
bags of money (which were his very own, because the giant
had stolen them from his father), he ran off, and with
great difficulty descending the beanstalk, laid the bags of
gold on his mother's table. She had just returned from
town, and was crying at not finding Jack.
"There, mother, I have brought you the gold that my
father lost."
"Oh, Jack! you are a very good boy, but I wish you would
not risk your precious life in the giant's castle. Tell me
how you came to go there again."
And Jack told her all about it.
Jack's mother was very glad to get the money, but she did
not like him to run any risk for her.
But after a time Jack made up his mind to go again to
the giant's castle.
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THE TALKING HARP.
So he climbed the beanstalk once more, and blew the horn
at the giant's gate. The giantess soon opened the door; she
was very stupid, and did not know him again, but she stopped
a minute before she took him in. She feared another rob-
bery; but Jack's fresh face looked so innocent that she could
not resist him, and so she bade him come in, and again hid
him away in the wardrobe.
By and by the giant came home, and as soon as he had
crossed the threshold he roared out:
Fe, fa, fi-fo-fum,
I smell the breath of an Englishman.
Let him be alive or let him be dead,
I'll grind his bones to make my bread."
"You stupid old giant," said his wife, "you only smell a
nice sheep, which I have grilled for your dinner."
And the giant sat down, and his wife brought up a whole
sheep for his dinner. When he had eaten it all up, he said:
"Now bring me my harp, and I will have a little music
while you take your walk."
The giantess obeyed and returned with a beautiful harp.
The framework was all sparkling with diamonds and rubies,
and the strings were all of gold.
"This is one of the nicest things I took from the knight,"
said the giant. "I am very fond of music, and my harp is a
faithful servant."
So he drew the harp toward him and said:
"Play!"
And the harp played a very soft, sad air.
"Play something merrier said the giant.
And the harp played a merry tune.
"Now play me a lullaby," roared the giant; and the harp
played a sweet lullaby, to the sound of which its master fell
asleep.
Then Jack stole softly out of the wardrobe, and went
into the huge kitchen to see if the giantess had gone out;
he found no one there, so he went to the door and opened
it softly, for he thought he could not do so with the harp in
his hand.
Then he entered the giant's room and seized the harp
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and ran away with it; but as he jumped over the threshold
the harp called:
"Master Master!"
And the giant woke up.
With a tremendous roar he sprang from his seat, and in
two strides had reached the door.
But Jack was very nimble. He fled like lightning with the
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harp, talking to it as he went (for he saw it was a fairy),
and telling it he was the son of its old master, the knight.
Still the giant came on so fast that he was quite close to
poor Jack, and had stretched out his great hand to catch
him. But, luckily, just at that moment he stepped upon a
loose stone, stumbled, and fell flat on the ground, where he
lay at his full length.
This accident gave Jack time to get on the beanstalk and
hasten down it; but just as he reached their own garden he
beheld the giant descending after him.
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Mother! mother!" cried Jack, "make haste and give
me the ax."
His mother ran to him with a hatchet in her hand, and
Jack with one tremendous blow cut through all the bean-
stalks except one.
"Now, mother, stand out of the way I" said he.
THE GIANT BREAKS HIS NECK.
Jack's mother shrank back, and it was well she did so,
for just as the giant took hold of the last branch of the
beanstalk, Jack cut the stem quite through and darted from
the spot.
Down came the giant with a terrible crash, and as he fell
on his head he broke his neck, and lay dead at the feet of
the woman he had so much injured.
Before Jack and his mother had recovered from their
alarm and agitation, a beautiful lady stood before them.
"Jack," said she, "you have acted like a brave knight's
son, and deserve to have your inheritance restored to you,
Dig a grave and bury the giant, and then go and kill the
giantess."
But," said Jack, I could not kill anyone unless I were
fighting with him; and I could not draw my sword upon a
woman. Moreover, the giantess was very kind to me."
The fairy smiled on Jack.
I am very much pleased with your generous feeling," she
said. "Nevertheless, return to the castle, and act as you
will find needful."
Jack asked the fairy if she would show him the way to the
castle, as the beanstalk was now down. She told him that
she would drive him there in her chariot, which was'drawn
by two peacocks. Jack thanked her, and sat down in the
chariot with her.
The fairy drove him a long distance round, till they
reached a village which lay at the bottom of the hill. Here
they found a number of miserable-looking men assembled.
The fairy stopped her carriage and addressed them.
My friends," said she, the cruel giant who oppressed
you and ate up all your flocks and herds is dead, and this
young gentleman was the means of your being delivered
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from him, and is the son of your kind old master, the
knight."
The men gave a loud cheer at these words, and pressed
forward to say that they would serve Jack as faithfully as
they had served his father. The fairy bade them follow her
to the castle, and they marched thither in a body, and Jack
blew the horn and demanded admittance.
The old giantess saw them coming from the turret loop-
hole. She was very much frightened, for she guessed that
something had happened to her husband; and as she came
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downstairs very fast she caught her foot in her dress, and
fell from the top to the bottom and broke her neck.
When the people outside found that the door was not
opened to them, they took crowbars and forced the portal.
Nobody was to be seen, but on leaving the hall they found
the body of the giantess at the foot of the stairs.
Thus Jack took possession of the castle. The fairy went
and brought his mother to him, with the hen and the harp.
He had the giantess buried and endeavored as much as lay
in his power to do right to those whom the giant had robbed.
Before her departure for fairyland, the fairy explained t6
Jack that she had sent the butcher to meet him with the
beans, in order to try what sort of lad he was.
If you had looked at the gigantic beanstalk and only
stupidly wondered about it," she said, "I should have left
you where misfortune had placed you, only restoring her cow
to your mother. But you showed an inquiring mind, a great
courage and enterprise, therefore you deserve to rise; and
whPn you mounted the beanstalk you climbed the ladder of
fortune."
She then took her leave of Jack and his mother.
THE LITTLE GOOD MOUSE.*
Once upon a time there lived a king and queen who loved
each other so much that they were never happy unless they
were together. Day after day they went out hunting or fish-
ing; night after night they went to balls or to the opera;
they sang, and danced, and ate sugar-plums, and were the
gayest of the gay, and all their subjects followed their ex-
ample, so that the kingdom was called the Joyous Land.
Now, in the next kingdom everything was as different as
it could possibly be. The king was sulky and savage, and
never enjoyed himself at all. He looked so ugly and cross
that all his subjects feared him, and he hated the sight of a
cheerful face; so if he ever caught anyone smiling he had
his head cut off that very minute. This kingdom was very ap-
propriately called the Land of Tears. Now when this wicked
king heard of the happiness of the jolly king, he was so
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jealous that he collected a great army and set out to fight
him, and the news of his approach was soon brought to the
king and queen. The queen, when she heard of it, was
frightened out of her wits, and began to cry bitterly. Sire,
she said, "let us collect all our riches and run away as far
as ever we can, to the other side of the world."
But the king answered:
"Fie, madam I am far too brave for that. It is better
to die than to be a coward."
Then he assembled all his armed men, and after bidding
the queen a tender farewell, he mounted his splendid horse
and rode away. When he was lost to sight the queen could
do nothing but weep, and wring her hands, and cry:
"Alas! If the king is killed, what will become of me
and of my little daughter ?" and she was so sorrowful that
she could neither eat nor sleep.
The king sent her a letter every day, but at last, one
morning, as she looked out of the palace window, she saw a
messenger approaching in hot haste.
"What news, courier? What news?" cried the queen,
and he answered:
The battle is lost. and the king is dead, and in another
moment the enemy will be here."
The poor queen fell back insensible, and all her ladies
carried her to bed, and stood round her weeping and wailing.
Then began a tremendous noise and confusion, and they
knew that the enemy had arrived, and very soon they heard
the king himself stamping about the palace seeking the
queen. Then the ladies put the little princess into her arms,
and covered her up, head and all, in the bedclothes, and ran
for their lives, and the poor queen lay there shaking, and
hoping she would not be found. But very soon the wicked
king clattered into the room, and in a fury because the
queen would not answer when he called to her he tore back
her silken coverings and tweaked off her lace cap, and when
all her lovely hair came tumbling down over her shoulders,
he wound it three times round his hand and threw her over
his shoulder, where he carried her like a sack of flour.
The poor queen held her little daughter safe in her arms
and shrieked for mercy, but the wicked king only mocked
her and begged her to go on shrieking, as it amused him,
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and so mounted his great black horse and rode back to his
own country. When he got there he declared that he would
have the queen and the little princess hanged on the nearest
tree; but his courtiers said that seemed a pity, for when
the baby grew up she would be a very nice wife for the king's
only son.
The king was rather pleased with this idea, and shut the
queen up in the highest room of a tall tower, which was
very tiny, and miserably furnished with a table and a very
hard bed upon the floor. Then he sent for a fairy who lived
near his kingdom, and after receiving her with more polite-
ness than he generally showed, and entertaining her at a
sumptuous feast, he took her up to see the queen. The fairy
was so touched by the sight of her misery that when she
kissed her hand she whispered:
Courage, madam! I think I see a way to help you."
The queen, a little comforted by these words, received the
graciously, and begged her to take pity upon the poor little
princess, who had met with such a sudden reverse of for-
tune. But the king got very cross when he saw them
whispering together, and cried harshly:
"Make an end of these fine speeches, madam. I brought
you here to tell me if the child will grow up pretty and for-
tunate."
Then the fairy answered that the princess would be as
pretty, and clever, and well brought up as it was possi-
ble to be, and the old king growled to the queen that it was
lucky for her that it was so, as they would certainly have
been hanged if it were otherwise. Then he stamped off, tak-
ing the fairy with him, and leaving the poor queen in tears.
How can I wish my daughter to grow up pretty if she is
to be married to that horrid little dwarf, the king's son,"
she said to herself, "and yet, if she is ugly we shall both be
killed. If I could only hide her away somewhere, so that the
cruel king could never find her."
As the days went on the queen and the little princess grew
thinner and thinner, for their hard-hearted jailer gave them
every day only three boiled peas and a tiny morsel of black
bread, so they were always terribly hungry.
At last, one evening as the queen sat at her spinning-
wheel-for the king was so avaricious that she was made to
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work day and night-she saw a tiny, pretty little mouse creep
out of a hole, and said to it:
Alas, little creature! what are you coming to look for
here? I have only three peas for my day's provision, so un-
less you wish to fast, you must go elsewhere."
But the mouse ran hither and thither, and danced and ca-
pered so prettily that at last the queen gave it her last pea,
which she was keeping for her supper, saying: Here, little
one, eat it up; I have nothing better to offer you, but I give
this willingly in return for the amusement I have had from
you."
She had hardly spoken when she saw upon the table a
delicious little roast partridge, and two dishes of preserved
fruit. "Truly," said she, "a kind action never goes unre-
warded "; and she and the little princess ate their supper with
great satisfaction, and then the queen gave what was left
to the little mouse, who danced better than ever afterward.
The next morning came the jailer with the queen's allow-
ance of three peas, which he brought in upon a large dish
to make them look smaller; but as soon as he set it down
the little mouse came and ate up all three, so that when the
queen wanted her dinner there was nothing left for her.
Then she was quite provoked, and said:
What a bad little beast that mouse must be! If it goes on
like this I shall be starved." But when she glanced at the
dish again it was covered with all sorts of nice things to eat,
and the queen made a very good dinner, and was gayer than
usual over it. But afterward, as she sat at her spinning-
wheel she began to consider what would happen if the little
princess did not grow up pretty enough to please the king,
and she said to herself:
Oh! if I could only think of some way of escaping."
As she spoke she saw the little mouse playing in a corner
with some long straws. The queen took them and began to
plait them, saying:
"If I only had straws enough I would make a basket with
them, and let my baby down in it from the window to any
kind passer-by who would take care of her."
By the time the straws were all plaited the little mouse
had dragged in more and more, until the queen had plenty
to make her basket, and she worked at it day and night,
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while the little mouse danced for her amusement; and at
dinner and supper time the queen gave it the three peas and
the bit of black bread, and always found something good in
the dish in their place. She really could not imagine where
all the nice things came'from. At last one day when the
basket was finished, the queen was looking out of the win-
dow to see how long a cord she must make to lower it to the
bottom of the tower, when she noticed a little old woman
who was leaning on her stick and looking up at her. Pres-
ently she said:
"I know your trouble, madam. If you like, I will help
you."
Oh! my dear friend," said the queen, if you really
wish to be of use to me you will come at the time that I will
appoint, and I will let down my poor little baby in a basket.
If you will take her and bring her up for me, when I am rich
I will reward you splendidly."
"I don't care about the reward," said the old woman, "but
there is one thing I should like. You must know that I am
very particular about what I eat, and if there is one thing
that I fancy above all others, it is a plump, tender little
mouse. If there is such a thing in your garret just throw
it down to me, and in return I will promise that your daugh-
ter will be well taken care of."
The queen, when she heard this, began to cry, but made
no answer, and the old woman, after waiting a few min-
utes, asked her what was the matter.
"Why," said the queen, "there is only one mouse in this
garret, and that is such a dear, pretty little thing that I
cannot bear to think of its being killed."
"What!" cried the old woman, in a rage. "Do you care
more for a miserable mouse than for your own baby? Good-
by, madam I I leave you to enjoy its company, and for my
own part I thank my stars that I can get plenty of mice
without troubling you to give them to me."
And she hobbled off, grumbling and growling. As to the
queen, she was so disappointed that, in spite of finding a
better dinner than usual, and seeing the little mouse danc-
ing in its merriest mood, she could do nothing but cry. That
night when the baby was fast asleep she packed it into the
basket, and wrote on a slip of paper, "This unhappy little
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girl is called Delicia!" This she pinned to its robe, and
then very sadly she was shutting the basket, when in sprang
the little mouse and sat on the baby's pillow.
Ah! little one," said the queen, it cost me dear to save
your life. How shall I know now whether my Delicia is be-
ing taken care of or no Anyone else would have let the
greedy old woman have you, and eat you up, but I could not
bear to do it." Whereupon the mouse answered:
"Believe me, madam, you will never repent of your kind-
ness."
The queen was immensely astonished when the mouse be-
gan to speak, and still more so when she saw its little sharp
nose turn to a beautiful face, and its paws to hands and
feet; then it suddenly grew tall, and the queen recognized
the fairy who had come with the wicked king to visit her.
The fairy smiled at her astonished look, and said:
I wanted to see if you were faithful and capable of feel-
ing a real friendship for me, for you see we fairies are rich
in everything but friends, and those are hard to find."
"It is not possible that you should want for friends, you
charming creature," said the queen, kissing her.
Indeed it is so," the fairy said. For those who are only
friendly with me for their own advantage I do not count
at all. But when you cared for the poor little mouse you
could not have known there was anything to be gained by it,
and to try you further I took the form of the old woman
whom you talked to from the window, and then I was con-
vinced that you really loved me." Then turning to the little
princess, she kissed her rosy lips three times, saying:
"Dear little one, I promise that you shall be richer than
your father, and shall live a hundred years, always pretty
and happy, without fear of old age and wrinkles."
The queen, quite delighted, thanked the fairy gratefully,
and begged her to take charge of the little Delicia and
bring her up as her own daughter. This she agreed to do,
and then they shut the basket and lowered it carefully, baby
and all, to the ground at the foot of the tower. The fairy
then changed herself back into the form of a mouse, and
this delayed her a few seconds, after which she ran nimbly
down the straw rope, but only to find when she got to the
bottom that the baby had disappeared.
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In the greatest terror she ran up to the queen, crying:
All is lost! my enemy Cancaline has stolen the princess
away. You must know that she is a cruel fairy who hates.
me, and as she is older than I am and has more power, I can
do nothing against her. I know of no way of rescuing De-
licia from her clutches."
When the queen heard this terrible news she was heart-
broken, and begged the fairy to do all she could to get the
poor little princess back again. At this moment in came the
jailer, and when he missed the little princess he at once told
the king, who came in a great fury asking what the queen
had done with her, She answered that a fairy, whose name
she did not know, had come and carried her off by force.
Upon this the king stamped upon the ground, and cried in a
terrible voice:
"You shall be hung! I always told you you should.'"
And without another word he dragged the unlucky queen
out into the nearest wood, and climbed up into a tree to look
for a branch to which he could hang her. But when he was
quite high up, the fairy, who had made herself invisible and
followed them, gave him a sudden push, which made him lose
his footing and fall to the ground with a crash and break
four of his teeth, and while he was trying to mend them the
fairy carried the queen off in her flying chariot to a beautiful
castle, where she was so kind to her that but for the loss
of Delicia the queen would have been perfectly happy. But
though the good little mouse did her very utmost, they could
not find out where Cancaline had hidden the little princess.
Thus fifteen years went by and the queen had somewhat
recovered from her grief, when the news reached her that
the son of the wicked king wished to marry the little maiden
who kept the turkeys, and that she had refused him; the
wedding dresses had been made, nevertheless, and the festivi-
ties were to be so splendid that all the people for leagues
around were flocking in to be present at them. The queen
felt quite curious about a little turkey-maiden who did not
wish to be a queen, so the little mouse conveyed herself to
the poultry yard to find out what she was like.
She found the turkey-maiden sitting upon a big stone,
barefooted, and miserably dressed in an old coarse linen
gown and cap; the ground at her feet was all strewn with.
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robes of gold and silver, ribbons and laces, diamonds and
pearls, over which the turkeys were stalking to and fro, while
the king's ugly, disagreeable son stood opposite her, declaring
angrily that if she would not marry him she should be
killed.
The turkey-maiden answered proudly:
"I never will marry you! you are too ugly and too much
like your cruel father. Leave me in peace with my turkeys,
which I like far better than all your fine gifts."
The little mouse watched her with the greatest admira-
tion, for she was as beautiful as the spring; and as soon as
the wicked prince was gone, she took the form of an old
peasant woman and said to her:
"Good-day, my pretty one! you have a fine flock of tur-
keys there."
The young turkey-maiden turned her gentle eyes upon
the old woman and answered:
"Yet they wish me to leave them to become a miserable
queen! What is your advice upon the matter? "
My child," said the fairy, a crown is a very pretty thing,
but you know neither the price nor the weight of it."
I know so well that I have refused tc wear one," said the
little maiden, "though I don't know who was my father, or
who was my mother, and I have not a friend in the world."
You have goodness and beauty, which are of more value
than ten kingdoms," said the wise fairy. But tell me, child,
how came you here, and how is it you have neither father,
nor mother, nor friend? "
A fairy called Cancaline is the cause of my being here,"
answered she, for while I lived with her I got nothing but
blows and harsh words, until at last I could bear it no longer,
and ran away from her without knowing where I was going,
and as I came through a wood the wicked prince met me,
and offered me charge of the poultry-yard. I accepted
gladly, not knowing that I should have to see him day by
day. And now he wants to, marry me, but that I will never
consent to."
Upon hearing this the fairy became convinced that the
little turkey-maiden was none other than the Princess De-
licia.
"What is your name, my little one ?" said she.
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"I am called Delicia, if it please you," she answered.
Then the fairy threw her arms round the princess' neck,
and nearly smothered her with kisses, saying:
"Ah, Delicia! I am a very old friend of yours, and I am
truly glad to find you at last; but you might look nicer than
you do in that old gown, which is only fit for a kitchen maid.
T| ---
Take this pretty dress and let us see the difference it will
make."
So Delicia took off the ugly cap and shook out all her fair
shining hair, and bathed her hands and face in clear water
from the nearest spring till her cheeks were like roses, and
when she was adorned with the diamonds and the splendid
robe which the fairy had given her, she looked the most
beautiful princess in the world, and the fairy with great
delight cried:
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"Now you look as you ought to look, Delicia: what do
you think about it yourself ?"
And Delicia answered:
"I feel as if I were the daughter of some great king."
And would you be glad if you were?" said the fairy.
"Indeed I should," answered she.
Ah, well, said the fairy, "to-morrow I may have some
pleasant news for you."
So she hurried back to her castle, where the queen sat busy
with her embroidery, and cried:
"Well, madam! will you wager your thimble and your
golden needle that I am bringing you the best news you
,could possibly hear ? "
"Alas!" sighed the queen, "since the death of the jolly
king and the loss of my Delicia, all the news in the world is
not worth a pin to me."
"There, there, don't be melancholy," said the fairy. I
assure you the princess is quite well, and I have never seen
her equal for beauty. She might be a queen to-morrow if she
chose"; and then she told all that had happened, and the
queen first rejoiced over the thought of Delicia's beauty, and
then wept at the idea of her being a turkey-maiden.
"I will not hear of her being made to marry the wicked
king's son," she said. "Let us go at once and bring her
here."
In the meantime the wicked prince, who was very angry
with Delicia, had sat himself down under a tree, and cried
and howled with rage and spite until the king heard him,
and cried out from the window:
"What is the matter with you, that you are making all
this disturbance?"
The prince replied:
It is all because that turkey-maiden of ours will not love
me !"
"Won't love you, eh? said the king. "We'll see about
that!" So he called his guards and told them to go and
fetch Delicia. "See if I don't make her change her mind
pretty soon! said the wicked king, with a chuckle.
Then the guards began to search the poultry-yard, and
could find nobody there but Delicia, who, with her splendid
dress, and her crown of diamonds, looked such a lovely
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princess that they hardly dared to speak to her. But she said
to them very politely:
"Pray tell me what you are looking for here?"
"Madam," they answered, "we are sent for an insignifi-
cant little person called Delicia."
Alas! said she, that is my name. What can you want
with me?"
So the guards tied her hands and feet with thick ropes,
for fear she might run away, and brought her to the king,
who was waiting with his son.
When he saw her he was very much astonished at her
beauty, which would have made anyone less hard-hearted
sorry for her. But the wicked king only laughed and mocked
at her, and cried: Well, little fright, little toad I why don't
you love my son, who is far too handsome and too good for
you? Make haste and begin to love him this instant, or
you shall be tarred and feathered."
Then the poor little princess, shaking with terror, went
down on her knees, crying:
Oh, don't tar and feather me, please! It would be so
uncomfortable. Let me have two or three days to make up
my mind, and then you shall do as you like with me."
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The wickedly prince would have liked very much to see her
tarred and feathered, but the king ordered that she should be
shut up in a dark dungeon. It was just at this moment that
the queen and the fairy arrived in the flying chariot, and the
queen was dreadfully distressed at the turn affairs had taken,
and said miserably, that she was destined to be unfortunate
all her days. But the fairy bade her take courage.
"I'll pay them out yet," said she, nodding her head with
an air of great, determination.
That very same night, as soon as the wicked king had
gone to bed, the fairy changed herself into the little mouse,
and creeping up on to his pillow nibbled his ear, so that he
squealed out quite loudly and turned over on his other side;
but that was no good, for the little mouse only set to work
and gnawed away at the second ear until it hurt more than
the first one.
Then the king cried "Murder!" and "Thieves!" and all
his guards ran out to see what was the matter, but they
could find nothing and nobody, for the little mouse had run
off to the prince's room and was serving him in exactly the
same way. All night long she ran from one to the other,
until at last, driven quite frantic by terror and want of
sleep, the king rushed out of the palace crying:
"Help! help! I am pursued by rats."
The prince when he heard this, got up also, and ran after
the king, and they had not gone far when they both fell into
the river and were never heard of again.
Then the good fairy ran to tell the queen, and they went
together to the black dungeon where Delicia was imprisoned.
The fairy touched each door with her wand, and it sprang
open instantly, but they had to go through forty before they
came to the princess, who was sitting on the floor looking
very dejected. But when the queen rushed in and kissed
her twenty times in a minute, and laughed, and cried, and
told Delicia all her history, the princess was wild with de-
light. Then the fairy showed her all the wonderful dresses
and jewels she had brought for her, and said:
"Don't let us waste time; we must go and harangue the
people."
So she walked first, looking very serious and dignified, and
wearing a dress the train of which was at least ten ells long.
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Behind her came the queen wearing a blue velvet robe em-
broidered with gold, and a diamond crown that was brighter
than the sun itself. Last of all walked Delicia, who was so
beautiful that it was nothing short of marvelous.
They proceeded through the streets, returning the saluta-
tions of all they met, great or small, and all the people
turned and followed them, wondering who these noble ladies
could be.
When the audience hall was quite full, the fairy said to
the subjects of the wicked king that if they would accept De-
licia, who was the daughter of the jolly king, as their queen,
she would undertake to find a suitable husband for her, and
would promise that during their reign there should be noth-
ing but rejoicing and merry-making, and all dismal things
should be entirely banished. Upon this the people cried
with one accord: "We will, we will! we have been gloomy
and miserable too long already." And they all took hands
and danced around the queen, and Delicia, and the good
fairy, singing: "Yes, yes; we will, we will!"
Then there were feasts and fireworks in every street in the
town, and early the next morning the fairy, who had been
all over the world in the night, brought back with her, in her
flying chariot, the most handsome and good-tempered prince
she could find anywhere. He was so charming that De-
licia loved him from the moment their eyes met, and as for
him, of course he could not help thinking himself the luckiest
prince in the world. The queen felt that she had really come
to the end of her misfortunes at last, and they all lived hap-
pily ever after.
GRACIOSA AND PERCINET.*
Once upon a time there lived a king and queen who had
one charming daughter. She was so graceful and pretty and
clever that she was called Graciosa, and the queen was so
fond of her that she could think of nothing else.
Every day she gave the princess a lovely new frock of gold
brocade, or satin, or velvet, "and when she was hungry she
had bowls full of sugar plums, and at least twenty pots of
Craoieuse et Peroinet. Madame d'Aulnoy.
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jam. Everybody said she was the happiest princess in the
world. Now there lived at this same court a rich old duchess
whose name was Grumbly. She was more frightful than
tongue can tell; her hair was red as fire, and she had but one
eye, and that not a pretty one Her face was as broad as a
full moon, and her mouth was so large that everybody who
met her would have been afraid they were going to be eaten
up, only she had no teeth. As she was as cross as she was
ugly, she could not bear to hear anyone saying how pretty
and how charming Graciosa was; so she presently went away
from the court to her own castle, which was not far off. But
if anybody who went to see her happened to mention the
charming princess, she would cry angrily:
"It's not true that she is lovely. I have more beauty in
my little finger than she has in her whole body."
Soon after this, to the great grief of the princess, the
queen was taken ill and died, and the king became so mel-
ancholy that for a whole year he shut himself up in his
palace. At last, his physicians, fearing that he would fall
ill, ordered that he should go out and amuse himself; so a
hunting party was arranged, but as it was very hot weather
the king soon got tired, and said he would dismount and rest
at a castle which they were passing.
This happened to be the Duchess Grumbly's castle, and
when she heard that the king was coming she went out to
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meet him, and said that the cellar was the coolest place
in the whole castle, if he would condescend to come down
into it. So down they went together, and the king seeing
about two hundred great casks ranged side by side, asked if
it was for herself that she had this immense store of wine.
"Yes, sire," answered she, "it is for myself alone, but I
shall be most happy to let you taste some of it. Which do
you like, canary, St. Julien, champagne, hermitage, sack,
raisin, or cider ?"
Well," said the king, "since you are so kind as to ask
me, I prefer champagne to anything else."
Then Duchess Grumbly took up a little hammer and
tapped upon the cask twice, and out came at least a thou-
sand crowns.
"What is the meaning of this?" said she, smiling.
Then she tapped the next cask, and out came a bushel
of gold pieces.
"I don't understand this at all," said the duchess, smiling
more than before.
Then she went on to the third cask, tap, tap, and out came
such a stream of diamonds and pearls that the ground was
covered with them.
Ah! she cried, "" this is altogether beyond my compre-
hension, sire. Someone must have stolen my good wine and
put all this rubbish in its place."
"Rubbish, do you call it, Madam Grumbly?" cried the
king. "Rubbish! why, there is enough there to buy ten
kingdoms."
"Well," said she, "you must know that all those casks are
full of gold and jewels, and if you like to marry me it shall
all be yours."
Now the king loved money more than anything else in
the world, so he cried joyfully:
Marry you? why, with all my heart! to-morrow if you
like."
"But I make one condition," said the duchess; "I must
have entire control of your daughter, to do as I please with
her."
"Oh, certainly, you shall have your own way; let us shake
hands upon the bargain," said the king.
So they shook hands and went up out of the cellar of
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treasure together, and the duchess locked the door and gave
the key to the king.
When he got back to his own palace Graciosa ran out to
meet him, and asked if he had had good sport.
"I have caught a dove," answered he.
Oh! do give it to me," said the princess, "and I will
keep it and take care of it."
"I can hardly do that," said he, "for, to speak more
plainly, I mean that I met the Duchess Grumbly, and have
promised to marry her."
"And you call her a dove?" cried the princess, "I should
have called her a screech-owl."
Hold your tongue," said the king very crossly. I intend
you to behave prettily to her. So now go and make yourself
fit to be seen, for I am going to take you to visit her."
So the princess went very sorrowfully to her own room,
and her nurse seeing her tears, asked what was vexing her.
"Alas! who would not be vexed ?" answered she, for the
king intends to marry again, and has chosen for his new
bride my enemy, the hideous Duchess Grumbly."
"Oh, well!" answered the nurse, "you must remember
that you are a princess, and are expected to set a good ex-
ample in making the best of whatever happens. You must
promise me not to let the duchess see how much you dis-
like her."
At first the princess would not promise, but the nurse
showed her so many good reasons for it that in the end
she agreed to be amiable to her stepmother.
Then the nurse dressed her in a robe of pale green and
gold brocade, and combed out her long fair hair until it
floated round her like a golden mantle, and put on her head
a crown of roses and jasmine with emerald leaves.
When she was ready nobody could have been prettier, but
she still could not help looking sad.
Meanwhile the Duchess Grumbly was also occupied in at-
tiring herself. She had one of her shoe heels made an inch
or so higher than the other, so that she might not limp so
much, and put in a cunningly made glass eye in the place
of the one she had lost. She dyed her red hair black, and
painted her face. Then she put on a gorgeous robe of lilac
satin, lined with blue, and a yellow petticoat trimmed with
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violet ribbons, and because she had heard that queens always
rode into their new dominions, she ordered a horse to bp
made ready for her to ride.
While Graciosa was waiting until the king should be ready
to set out, she went down all alone through the garden into
a little wood, where she sat down upon a mossy bank and be-
gan to think. And her thoughts were so doleful that very
soon she began to cry, and she cried, -and cried, and forgot
all about going back to the palace, until she suddenly saw
a handsome page standing before her. He was dressed in
green, and the cap which he held in his hand was adorned
with white plumes. When Graciosa looked at him he went
down on one knee and said to her:
"Princess, the king awaits you."
The princess was surprised, and, if the truth must be
told, very much delighted at the appearance of this charm-
ing page, whom she could not remember to have seen be-
fore. Thinking he might belong to the household of the
duchess, she said:
How long have you been one of the king's pages ? "
"I am not in the service of the king, madam," answered
he, "but in yours."
"In mine ?" said the princess, with great surprise. "Then
how is it that I have never seen you before?"
Ah, princess!" said he, "I have never before dared to
present myself to you, but now the king's marriage threatens
you with so many dangers that I have resolved to tell you
at once how much I love you already, and I trust that in
time I may win your regard. I am Prince Percinet, of whose
riches you may have heard, and whose fairy gift will, I hope,
be of use to you in all your difficulties, if you will permit
me to accompany you under this disguise."
"Ah, Percinet!" cried the princess, "is it really you? I
have so often heard of you and wished to see you. If you
will indeed be my friend, I shall not be afraid of that wicked
old duchess any more."
They went back to the palace together, and there Graciosa
found a beautiful horse which Percinet had brought for her
to ride. As it was very spirited, he led it by the bridle, and
this arrangement enabled him to turn and look at the prin-
cess often, which he did not fail to do. Indeed, she was so
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pretty that it was a real pleasure to look at her. When the
horse which the duchess was to ride appeared beside Gra-
ciosa's it looked no better than an old cart horse, and as to
their trappings, there was simply no comparison between
them, as the princess' saddle and bridle were one glittering
mass of diamonds. The king had so many other things to
think of that he did not notice this, but all of his courtiers
were entirely taken up with admiring the princess and her
charming page in green, who was more handsome and dis-
tinguished-looking than all the rest of the court put to-
gether.
When they met the Duchess Grumbly she was seated in
an open carriage, trying in vain to look dignified. The king
and the princess saluted her, and her horse was brought
forward for her to mount. But when she saw Graciosa's
she cried angrily:
"If that child is to have a better horse than mine, I will
go back to my own castle this very minute. What is the
good of being a queen if one is to be slighted like this ? "
Upon this the king commanded Graciosa to dismount and
to beg the duchess to honor her by mounting her horse. The
princess obeyed in silence, and the duchess, without looking
at her or thanking her, scrambled up upon the beautiful
horse, where she sat looking like a bundle of clothes, and
eight officers had to hold her up for fear she should fall off.
Even then she was not satisfied, and was still grumbling
and muttering, so they asked her what was the matter.
"I wish that page in green to come and lead the horse, as
he did when Graciosa rode it," she said very sharply.
And the king ordered the page to come and lead the
queen's horse. Percinet and the princess looked at one an-
other, but said never a word, and then he did as the king
commanded, and the procession started in great pomp. The
duchess was greatly elated, and as she sat there in state,
would not have wished to change places even with Graciosa.
But at the moment when it was least expected, the beauti-
ful horse began to plunge and rear and kick, and, finally, to
run away at such a pace that it was impossible to stop him.
At first the duchess clung to the saddle, but she was very
soon thrown off and fell in a heap among the stones and
thorns, and there they found her, shaken to a jelly, and col-
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elected what was left of her as if she had been a broken
glass. Her bonnet was here and her shoes there, her face
was scratched and her fine clothes were covered with mud.
Never was a bride in such a dismal plight. They carried
her back to the palace and put her to bed, but as soon as
she recovered enough to be able to speak, she began to scold
and rage, and declared that the whole affair was Graciosa's
fault, that she had contrived it on purpose to try and get rid
of her, and that if the king would not have her punished,
she would go back to her castle and enjoy her riches by her-
self.
At this the king was terribly frightened, for he did not
want to lose all those barrels of gold and jewels. So he has-
tened to appease the duchess, and told her she might punish
Graciosa in any way she pleased.
Thereupon she sent for Graciosa, who turned pale and
trembled at the summons, for she guessed that it promised
nothing agreeable for her. She looked all about for Percinet
but he was nowhere to be seen; so she had no choice but to
go to the Duchess Grumbly's room. She had hardly got in-
side the door when she was seized by four waiting-women,
who looked so tall and strong and cruel that the princess
shuddered at the sight of them, and still more when she saw
them arming themselves with great bundles of rods, and
heard the duchess call out to them from her bed to beat the
princess without mercy. Poor Graciosa wished miserably
that Percinet could only know what was happening and
come to rescue her. But no sooner did they begin to beat
her than she found, to her great relief, that the rods had
changed to bundles of peacock's feathers, and though the
duchess' women went on until they were so tired that they
could no longer raise their arms from their sides, yet she
was not hurt in the least. However, the duchess thought
she must be black and blue after such a beating; so Gra-
ciosa, when she was released, pretended to feel very bad, and
went away into her own room, where she told her nurse all
that had happened, and then the nurse left her, and when the
princess turned round there stood Percinet beside her. She
thanked him gratefully -for helping her so cleverly, and they
laughed and were very merry over the way they had taken
in the duchess and her waiting-maids; but Percinet advised
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her still to pretend to be ill for a few days, and after prom-
ising to come to her aid whenever she needed him, he dis-
appeared as suddenly as he had come.
The duchess was so delighted at the idea that Graciosa
was really ill that she herself recovered twice as fast as she
would have done otherwise, and the wedding was held with
great magnificence. Now as the king knew that, above all
other things, the queen loved to be told that she was beau-
tiful, he ordered that her portrait should be painted, and
that a tournament should be held, against which all the
bravest knights of his court should maintain against all
comers that Grumbly was the most beautiful princess in all
the world.
Numbers of knights came from far and wide to accept
the challenge, and the hideous queen sat in great state in
a balcony hung with cloth of gold, to watch the contests,
and Graciosa had to stand up behind her, where her love-
liness was so conspicuous that the combatants could not
keep their eyes off her. But the queen was so vain that she
thought all their admiring glances were for herself, espe-
cially as, in spite of the badness of their cause, the king's
knights were so brave that they were the victors in every
combat.
However, when nearly all the strangers had been defeated,
a young unknown knight presented himself. He carried a
portrait, inclosed in a box incrusted with diamonds, and he
declared himself willing to maintain against them all that
the queen was the ugliest creature in the world, and that
the princess whose portrait he carried was the most beau-
tiful.
So one by one the knights came out against him, and one
by one he vanquished them all, and then he opened the box,
and said that, to console them, he would show them the por-
trait of his queen of beauty, and when he did so, everyone
recognized the Princess Graciosa. The unknown knight
then saluted her gracefully and retired, without telling his
name to anybody. But Graciosa had no difficulty in guess-
ing that it was Percinet.
As to the queen, she was so furiously angry that she
could hardly speak; but she soon recovered her voice, and
overwhelmed Graciosa with a torrent of reproaches.
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What!" she said, do you dare to dispute with me for
the prize of beauty, and expect me to endure this insult to
my knights? But I will not bear it, proud princess. I will
have my revenge."
"I assure you, madam," said the princess, "that I had
nothing to do with it and am quite willing that you shall
be declared queen of. beauty."
"Ah! you are pleased to jest, popinjay!" said the queen,
"but it will be my turn soon! "
The king was speedily told what had happened, and how
the princess was in terror of the angry queen, but he only
said:
"The queen must do as she pleases. Graciosa belongs to
her!"
The wicked queen waited impatiently until night fell, and
then she ordered her carriage to be brought. Graciosa, much
against her will, was forced into it, and away they drove,
and never stopped until they reached a great forest a hun-
dred leagues from the palace. This forest was so gloomy
and so full of lions, tigers, bears, and wolves, that nobody
dared pass through it even by daylight, and here they set
down the unhappy princess in the middle of the black night,
and left her in spite of all her tears and entreaties. The
princess stood quite still at first from sheer bewilderment,
but when the last sound of the retreating carriages died
away in the distance, she began to run aimlessly hither and
thither, sometimes knocking herself against a tree, some-
times tripping over a stone, fearing every minute that she
would be eaten up by the lions. Presently she was too tired
to advance another step, so she threw herself down upon the
ground and cried miserably:
Oh, Percinet! where are you? Have you forgotten me
altogether? "
She had hardly spoken when all the forest was lighted up
with a sudden glow. Every tree seemed to be sending out
a soft radiance, which was clearer than moonlight and softer
than daylight, and at the end of a long avenue of trees op-
posite to her the princess saw a palace of clear crystal which
blazed like the sun. At that moment a slight sound behind
her made her start round, and there stood Percinet himself.
"Did I frighten you, my princess?" said he. "I come
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to bid you welcome to our fairy palace in the name of the
queen, my mother, who is prepared to love you as much as
I do." The princess joyfully mounted with him into a little
sledge drawn by two stags, which bounded off and drew them
swiftly to the wonderful palace, where the queen received
her with the greatest kindness, and a splendid banquet was
served at once. Graciosa was so happy to have found Per-
cinet, and to have escaped from the gloomy forest and all
its terrors, that she was very hungry and very merry, and
they were a gay party. After supper they went into another
lovely room, where the crystal walls were covered with pic-
tures, and the princess saw with great surprise that her
own history was represented, even down to the moment when
Percinet found her in the forest.
"Your painters must indeed be diligent," she said, point-
ing out the last picture to the prince.
"They are obliged to be, for I will not have anything for-
gotten that happens to you," he answered.
When the princess grew sleepy, twenty-four charming
maidens put her to bed in the prettiest room she had ever
seen, and then sang to her so sweetly that Graciosa's dreams
were all of mermaids, and cool sea waves, and caverns, in
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which she wandered with Percinet; but when she woke up
again her first thought was that, delightful as this fairy pal-
ace seemed to her, yet she could not stay in it, but must
go back to her father. When she had been dressed by the
twenty-four maidens in a charming robe which the queen
had sent fur her, and in which she looked prettier than ever,
Prince Percinet came to see her, and was bitterly disap-
pointed when she told him what she had been thinking. He
begged her to consider again how unhappy the wicked queen
would make her, and how, if she would but marry him, all
the fairy palace would be hers, and his one thought would
be to please her. But, in spite of everything he could say,
the princess was quite determined to go back, though he at
last persuaded her to stay eight days, which were so full of
pleasure and amusement that they passed like a few hours.
On the last day, Graciosa, who had often felt anxious to
know what was going on in her father's palace, said to Per-
cinet that she was sure that he could find out for her, if he
would, what reason the queen had given her father for her
sudden disappearance. Percinet at first offered to send his
courier to find out, but the princess said:
Oh! Is there not some quicker way of knowing than
that ? "
Very well," said Percinet, "you shall see for yourself."
So up they went together to the top of a very high tower,
which, like the rest of the castle, was built entirely of rock-
crystal.
There the prince held Graciosa's hand in his, and made
her put the tip of her little finger into her mouth, and look
toward the town, and immediately she saw the wicked queen
go to the king, and heard her say to him: That miserable
princess is dead, and no great loss, either. I have ordered
that she shall be buried at once."
And then the princess saw how she dressed up a log of
wood and had it buried, and how the old king cried, and all
the people murmured that the queen had killed Graciosa
with her cruelties, and that she ought to have her head cut
off. When the princess saw that the king was so sorry for
her pretended death that he could neither oat nor dink, she
cried:
"Ah, Percinet! take me back quickly if you love me."
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And so, though he did not want to at all, he was obliged
to promise that he would let her go.
You may not regret me, princess," he said sadly, "for I
fear that you do not love me well enough; but I foresee that
you will more than once regret that you left this fairy palace
where we have been so happy."
But, in spite of all he could say, she bade farewell to the
queen, his mother, and prepared to set out; so Percinet, very
unwillingly, brought the little sledge with the stags and she
mounted beside him. But they had hardly gone twenty
yards when a tremendous noise behind her made Graciosa
look back, and she saw the palace of crystal fly into a million
splinters, like the spray of a fountain, and vanish.
"Oh, Percinet! she cried, "what has happened? The
palace is gone."
"Yes," he answered, "my palace is a thing of the past;
you will see it again, but not until after you have been
buried."
"Now you are angry with me," said Graciosa in her most
coaxing voice, "though after all I am more to be pitied
than you are."
When they got near the palace the prince made the sledge
and themselves invisible, so the princess got in unobserved,
and ran up to the great hall where the king was sitting all
by himself. At first he was very much startled by Gra-
ciosa's sudden appearance, but she told him how the queen
had left her out in the forest, and how she had caused a log
of wood to be buried. The king, who did not know what to
think, sent quickly and had it dug up, and, sure enough,
it was as the princess had said. Then he caressed Gra-
ciosa and made her sit down to supper with him, and they
were as happy as possible. But someone had by this time
told the wicked queen that Graciosa had come back, and was
at supper with the king, and in she flew in a terrible fury.
The poor old king quite trembled before her, and when she
declared that Graciosa was not the princess at all, but a
wicked impostor, and that if the king did not give her up
at once she would go back to her own castle and never see
him again, he had not a word to say, and really seemed to
believe it was not Graciosa after all. So the queen in great
triumph sent for her waiting-women, who dragged the un-
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happy princess away and shut her up in a garret; they took
away all her jewels and her pretty dress, and gave her a
rough cotton frock, wooden shoes, and a little cloth cap.
There was some straw in a corner, which was all she had
for a bed, and they gave her a very little bit of black bread
to eat. In this miserable plight Graciosa did indeed regret
the fairy palace, and she would have called Percinet to her
aid, only she felt sure he was still vexed with her for leav-
ing him, and thought that she could not expect him to come.
Meanwhile the queen had sent for an old fairy as mali-
cious as herself, and said to her:
You must find me some task for this fine princess which
she cannot possibly do, for I mean to punish her, and if she
does not do what I order, she will not be able to say that I
am unjust." So the old fairy said she would think it over,
and come again the next day. When she returned she
brought with her a skein of thread three times as big as her-
self; it was so fine that a breath of air would break it, and
so tangled that it was impossible to see the beginning or the
end of it.
The queen sent for Graciosa, and said to her:
"Do you see this skein ? Set your clumsy fingers to work
upon it, for I must have it disentangled by sunset, and if
you break a single thread it will be the worse for you." So
saying she left her, locking the door behind her with three
keys.
The princess stood dismayed at the sight of the terrible
skein. If she did but turn it over to see where to begin,
she broke a thousand threads, and not one could she disen-
tangle. At last she threw it into the middle of the floor, cry-
ing:
"Oh, Percinet! this fatal skein will be the death of
me if you will not forgive me and help me once more."
And immediately in came Percinet as easily as if he had
all the keys in his own possession.
"Here I am, princess, as much as ever at your service,"
said he, "though really you are not very kind to me."
Then he just stroked the skein with his wand, and all the
broken threads joined themselves together, and the whole
skein wound itself smoothly off in the most surprising man-
ner, and the prince, turning to Graciosa, asked if there was
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nothing else that she wished him to do for her, and if the
time would never come when she would wish for him for his
own sake.
Don't be vexed with me, Percinet," she said. "I am un-
happy enough without that."
But why should you be unhappy, my princess ? cried he.
"Only come with me and we shall be as happy as the day is
long together."
"But suppose you get tired of me? said Graciosa.
The prince was so grieved at this want of confidence that
he left her without another word.
The wicked queen was in such a hurry to punish Graciosa
that she thought the sun would never set; and indeed it was
before the appointed time that she came with her four fairies
and as she fitted the three keys into the locks she said:
"I'll venture to say that the idle minx has not done any-
thing at all-she prefers to sit with her hands before her
to keep them white."
But as soon as she entered Graciosa presented her with the
ball of thread in perfect order, so that she had no fault to
find, and could only pretend to discover that it was soiled,
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for which imaginary fault she gave Graciosa a blow on each
cheek, that made her white-and-pink skin turn green and
yellow. And then she sent her back to be locked into the
garret once more.
Then the queen sent for the fairy again and scolded her
furiously. "Don't make such a mistake again; find me
something that it will be quite impossible for her to do," she
said.
So the next day the fairy appeared with a huge barrel full
of the feathers of all sorts of birds. There were nightin-
gales, canaries, goldfinches, linnets, tomtits, parrots, owls,
sparrows, doves, ostriches, bustards, peacocks, larks, par-
tridges, and everything else that you can think of. These
feathers were all mixed up in such confusion that the birds
themselves could not have chosen out their own. "Here,"
said the fairy, "is a little task which it will take all your
prisoner's skill and patience to accomplish. Tell her to pick
out and lay in a separate heap the feathers of each bird. She
would need to be a fairy to do it."
The queen was more than delighted at the thought of the
despair this task would cause the princess. She sent
for her, and with the same threats as before locked her up
with the three keys, ordering that all the feathers should be
sorted by sunset. Graciosa set to work at once, but before
she had taken out a dozen feathers she found it was per-
fectly impossible to know one from another.
Ah! well," she sighed, "the queen wishes to kill me, and
if I must die, I must.. I cannot ask Percinet to help me again,
for if he really loved me he would not wait till I called him,
he would come without that."
"I am here, my Graciosa," cried Percinet, springing out
of the barrel, where he had been hiding. "How can you
still doubt that I love you with all my heart ?"
Then he gave three strokes of his wand upon the barrel,
and all the feathers flew out in a cloud and settled down in
neat little separate heaps all round the room.
"What should I do without you, Percinet said Gra-
ciosa gratefully. Still she could not quite make up her mind
to go with him and leave her father's kingdom forever; so
she begged him to give her more time to think of it, and he
had to go away disappointed once more.
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When the wicked queen came at sunset she was amazed
and infuriated to find the task done. However, she com-
plained that the heaps of feathers were badly arranged, and
for that the princess was beaten and sent back to her garret.
Then the queen sent for the fairy once more, and scolded
her until she was fairly terrified, and promised to go home
and think of another task for Graciosa, worse than either
of the others.
At the end of three days she came again, bringing with
her a box.
"Tell your slave," said she, "to carry this wherever you
please, but on no account to open it. She will not be able
to help doing so, and then you will be quite satisfied with the
result." So the queen came to Graciosa and said:
"Carry this box to my castle and place it on the table
in my own room. But I forbid you, on pain of death, to
look at what it contains."
Graciosa set out, wearing her little cap and wooden shoes,
and the old cotton frock, but even in this disguise she was
so beautiful that all the passers-by wondered who she could
be. She had not gone far before the heat of the sun and the
weight of the box tired her so much that she sat down to
rest in the shade of a little wood which lay on one side of
a green meadow. She was carefully holding the box on her
lap when suddenly she felt the greatest desire to open it.
"What could possibly happen if I did she said to her-
self. "I should not take anything out. I should only just
see what was there."
And without further hesitation she lifted the cover.
Instantly out came swarms of little men and women, no
taller than her finger, and scattered themselves all over the
meadow, singing and dancing, and playing the merriest
games, so that at first Graciosa was delighted, and watched
them with much amusement. But presently, when she was
rested and wished to go on her way, she found that, do what
she would, she could not get them back into their box. If she
chased them in the meadow they fled into the wood, and if
she pursued them into the wood they dodged round trees and
behind sprigs of moss, and with peals of elfin laughter scam-
pered back again into the meadow.
At last, weary and terrified, she sat down and cried.
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"It is my own fault," she said sadly. "Percinet, if you
can still care for such an imprudent princess, do come and
help me once more."
Immediately Percinet stood before her.
Ah, Princess! he said, but for the wicked queen I fear
you would never think of me at all."
"Indeed I should," said Graciosa; "I am not so ungrate-
ful as you think. Only wait a little and I believe I shall
love you quite dearly."
Percinet was pleased at this, and with one stroke of his
wand compelled all the willful little people to come back to
their places in the box, and then rendering the princess in-
visible he took her with him in his chariot to the castle.
When the princess presented herself at the door, and said
that the queen had ordered her to place the box in her own
room, the governor laughed heartily at the idea.
No, no, my little shepherdess," said he, "that is not the
place for you. No wooden shoes have ever been over that
floor yet."
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Then Graciosa begged him to give her a written message
telling the ueen that he had refused to admit her. This he
did, and she went back to Percinet, who was waiting for her,
and they set out together for the palace. You may imagine
that they did not go the shortest way, but the princess did
not find it too long, and before they parted she had promised
that if the queen was still cruel to her, and tried again to
play her any spiteful trick, she would leave her and come
to Percinet forever.
When the queen saw her returning she fell upon the fairy,
whom she had kept with her, and pulled her hair and
scratched her face, and would really have killed her if a
fairy could be killed. And when the princess presented the
letter and the box she threw them both upon the fire with-
out opening them, and looked very much as if she would
like to throw the princess after them. However, what she
really did do was to have a great hole as deep as a well dug
in her garden, and the top of it covered with a flat stone.
Then she went out and walked near it, and said to Graciosa
and all her ladies who were with her:
"I am told that a great treasure lies under that stone; let
us see if we can lift it."
They all began to push and pull at it, and Graciosa among
the others, which was just what the queen wanted; for as
soon as the stone was lifted high enough she gave the prin-
cess a push which sent her down to the bottom of the well,
and then the stone was let fall again, and there she was,
a prisoner. Graciosa felt that now indeed she was hopelessly
lost; surely not even Percinet could find her in the heart of
the earth.
This is like being buried alive," she said with a shudder.
" Oh, Pereinet! if you only knew how I am suffering for my
want of trust in you! But how could I be sure that you
would not be like other men and tire of me from the mo-
ment you were sure I loved you ? "
As she spoke she suddenly saw a little door open, and the
sunshine blazed into the dismal well. Graciosa did not hesi-
tate an instant, but passed through into a charming garden.
Flowers and fruit grew on every side, fountains plashed, and
birds sang in the branches overhead, and when she reached
a great avenue of trees and looked up to see where it would
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lead her, she found herself close to the palace of crystal.
Yes! there was no mistaking it, and the queen and Per-
cinet were coming to meet her.
"Ah, princess" said the queen, "don't keep this poor
Percinet in suspense any longer. You little guess the anxi-
ety he has suffered while you were in the power of that mis-
erable queen."
The princess kissed her gratefully, and promised to do as
she wished in everything, and holding out her hand to Per-
cinet, with a smile, she said:
"Do you remember telling me that I should not see your
palace again until I had been buried? I wonder if you
guessed then that when that happened I should tell you that
I love you with all my heart, and will marry you whenever
you like? "
Prince Percinet joyfully took the hand that was.given
him, and, for fear the princess should change her mind,
the wedding was held at once, with the greatest splendor,
and Graciosa and Percinet lived happily ever after.
THE THREE PRINCESSES OF WHITELAND.*
There was once upon a time a fisherman who lived hard by
a palace, and fished for the king's table. One day he was out
fishing, but caught nothing at all. Let him do what he might
with rod and line, there was never even so much as a sprat
upon his hook; but when the day was well-nigh over a head
rose up out of the water and said:
"If you will give me what your wife shows you when you
go home, you shall catch fish enough."
So the man said Yes in a moment, and then he caught
fish in plenty; but when he got home at night, and his wife
showed him a baby which had just been born, and fell
a-weeping and wailing when he told her of the promise which
he had given, he was very unhappy.
All this was soon told to the king up at the palace, and
when he heard what sorrow the woman was in, and the rea-
son of it, he said that he himself would take the child and
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see if he could not save it. The baby was a boy, and the king
took him at once and brought him up as his own son until
the lad grew up. Then one day he begged to have leave to
go out with his father to fish; he had a strong desire to do
this, he said. The king was very unwilling to permit it, but
at last the lad got leave. He stayed with his father, and
all went prosperously and well with them the whole day,
until they came back to land in the evening. Then the lad
found that he had lost his pocket-handkerchief, and would
go out in the boat after it; but no sooner had he got into the
boat than it began to move off with him so quickly that the
water foamed all round about, and all that the lad did to
keep the boat back with the oars was done to no purpose,
for it went on and on the whole night through, and at
last he came to a white strand that lay far, far away.
There he landed, and when he had walked on for some dis-
tance he met an old man with a long white beard.
"What is the name of this country ?" said the youth.
"Whiteland," answered the man, and then he begged the
youth to tell him whence he came, and what he was going to
do, and the youth did so.
Well, then," said the man, if you walk on further along
the seashore here, you will come to three princesses who are
standing in the earth so that their heads alone are out of
it. Then the first of them will call you--she is the eldest-
and will beg you very prettily to come to her and help her,
and the second will do the same, but you must not go near
either of them. Hurry past, as if you neither saw nor heard
them; but you shall go to the third and do what she bids
you; it will bring you good fortune."
When the youth came to the first princess she called to
him and begged him to come to her very prettily, but he
walked on as if he did not even see her, and he passed by the
second in the same way, but he went up to the third.
"If thou wilt do what I tell thee, thou shalt choose among
us three," said the princess.
So the lad said that he was most willing, and she told him
that three trolls had planted them all three there in the
earth, but formerly they had dwelt in the castle which he
could see at some distance in the wood.
"Now," she said, "thou shalt go into the castle, and let
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the trolls beat thee one night for each of us, and if thou
canst but endure that, thou wilt set us free."
"Yes." answered the lad, "I will certainly try to do so."
"WheL thou goest in," continued the princess, "two lions
will stand by the doorway, but if thou only goest straight
between them they will do thee no harm; go straight for-
ward into a small dark chamber; there thou shalt lie down.
Then the troll will come and beat thee, but thou shalt take
the flask which is hanging on the wall, and anoint thyself
wheresoever he has wounded thee, after which thou shalt be
as well as before. Then lay hold of the sword which is hang
ing by the side of the flask, and smite the troll dead."
So he did what the princess had told him. He walked
straight in between the lions just as if he did not see them,
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and then into the small chamber, and lay down on the
bed.
The first night a troll came with three heads and three
rods, and beat the lad most unmercifully; but he held out
until the troll was done with him, and then he took the flask
and rubbed himself. Having done this he grasped the sword
and smote the troll dead.
In the morning when he went to the seashore the prin-
cesses were out of the earth as far as their waists.
The next night everything happened in the same way, but
the troll who came then had six heads and six rods, and he
beat him much more severely than the first had done, but
when the lad went out of doors next morning, the prin-
cesses were out of the earth as far as their knees.
On the third night a troll came who had nine heads and
nine rods, and he struck the lad and flogged him so long,
that at last he swooned away; so the troll took him up and
flung him against the wall, and this made the flask of oint-
ment fall down, and it splashed all over him, and he became
.as strong as ever again.
Then, without loss of time, he grasped the sword and
struck the troll dead, and in the morning when he went out
of the castle the princesses were standing there entirely out
of the earth. So he took the youngest for his queen, and
lived with her very happily for a long time.
At last, however, he took a fancy to go home for a short
time to see his parents. His queen did not like this, but
when his longing grew so great that he told her he must and
would go, she said to him:
"One thing shalt thou promise me, and that is, to do
what thy father bids thee, but not what thy mother bids
thee," and this he promised.
So she gave him a ring which enabled him who wore it to
obtain two wishes.
He wished himself at home, and instantly found him-
self there; but his parents were so amazed at the splendor
of his apparel that their wonder never ceased.
When he had been at home for some days his mother
wanted him to go up to the palace, to show the king what a
great man he had become.
The father said, "No; he must not do that, for if he
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does we shall have no more delight in him this time";
but he spoke in vain, for the mother begged and prayed until
at last he went.
When he arrived there he was more splendid, both in rai-
ment and in all else, than the other king, who did not like
it and said:
Well, you can see what kind of queen mine is, but I can't
see yours. I do not believe you have such a pretty queen
as I have."
"Would to Heaven she were standing here, and then you
would be able to see! said the young king, and in an instant
she was standing there.
But she was very sorrowful, and said to him: "Why
didst thou not remember my words, and listen only to what
thy father said? Now must I go home again at once, and
thou hast wasted both thy wishes."
Then she tied a ring in his hair, which had her name upon
it, and wished herself at home again.
And now the young king was deeply afflicted, and day out
and day in went thinking 'of naught else but how to get
back again to his queen. "I will try to see if there is any
place where I can learn how to find Whiteland," he thought,
and journeyed forth out into the world.
When he had gone some distance he came to a mountain,
where he met a man who was lord over all the beasts in
the forest-for they all came to him when he blew a horn
which he had. So the king asked where Whiteland was.
"I do not know that," he answered, "but I will ask my
beasts." Then he blew his horn and inquired whether any
of them knew where Whiteland lay, but there was not one
who knew that.
So the man gave him a pair of snowshoes. "When you
have these on," he said, "you will come to my brother, who
lives hundreds of miles from here; he is lord over all the
birds in the air-ask him. When you have got there, just
turn the shoes so that the toes point this way, and then they
will come home again of their own accord."
When the king arrived there he turned the shoes as the
lord of the beasts had bidden him, and they went back.
And now once more he asked after Whiteland, and the
man summoned all the birds together, and inquired if any
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of them knew where Whiteland lay. No one knew this.
Long after the others there came an old eagle. He had been
absent ten whole years, but he too knew no more than the
rest.
"Well, well," said the man, then you shall have the loan
of a pair of snowshoes of mine. If you wear them you will
get to my brother, who lives hundreds of miles from here.
He is lord of all the fish in the sea-you can ask him. But
do not forget to turn the shoes round."
The king thanked him, put on the shoes, and when he had
got to him who was lord of all the fish in the sea, he turned
the snowshoes round, and back they went just as the others
had gone, and he asked once more where Whiteland was.
The man called the fish together with his horn, but none
of them knew anything about it. At last came an old, old
pike, which he had great difficulty in bringing home to him.
When he asked the pike, it said: "Yes, Whiteland is well
known to me, for I have been cook there these ten years. To-
morrow morning I have to go back there, for now the queen,
whose king is staying away, is to marry someone else."
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If that be the case I will give you a piece of advice," said
the man. "Not far from here on a moor stand three
brothers, who have stood there a hundred years fighting for
a hat, a cloak, and a pair of boots; if anyone has these three
things he can make himself invisible, and if he desires to go
to any place, he has but to wish, and he is there. You may
tell them that you have a desire to try these things, and then
you will be able to decide which of the men is to have them."
So the king thanked him and went, and did what he had
said.
"What is this that you are standing fighting about for-
ever and ever?" said he to the brothers; "let me make a
trial of these things, and then I will judge between you."
They willingly consented to this, but when he had got
the hat, the cloak, and the boots, he said, "Next time we
meet you shall have my decision," and hereupon he wished
himself away.
While he was going quickly through the air he fell in
with the north wind.
"And where may you be going ?" said the north wind.
To Whiteland," said the king, and then he related what
had happened to him.
"Well," said the north wind, "you can easily go a little
quicker than I can, for I have to puff and blow into every
corner; but when you get there, place yourself on the stairs
by the side of the door, and then I will come blustering in
as if I wanted to blow down the whole castle, and when the
prince who is to have your queen comes out to see what is
astir, just take him by the throat and fling him out, and
then I will try to carry him away from court:"
As the north wind had said, so did the king. He stood
on the stairs, and when the north wind came howling and
roaring, and caught the roof and walls of the castle till
they shook again, the prince went out to see what was the
matter; but as soon as he came the king came and took
him by the neck and flung him out, and then the north wind
laid hold of him and carried him off. And when he was rid
of him the king went into the castle. At first the queen
did not know him, because he had grown so thin and pale
from having traveled so long and so sorrowfully; but when
she saw her ring she was heartily glad, and then the right-
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ful wedding was held, and held in such a way that it was
talked about far and wide.
THE VOICE OF DEATH.*
Once upon a time there lived a man whose one wish and
prayer was to get rich. Day and night he thought of noth-
ing else, and at last his prayers were granted, and he be-
came very wealthy. Now being so rich, and having so much
to lose, he felt that it would be a terrible thing to die and
leave all his possessions behind; so he made up his mind to
set out in search of a land where there was no death. He
got ready for his journey, took leave of his wife, and started.
Whenever he came to a new country the first question that he
asked was whether people died in that land, and when he
heard that they did, he set out again on his quest. At last
he reached a country where he was told that the people did
not even know the meaning of the word death. Our traveler
was delighted when he heard this, and said:
But surely there are great numbers of people in your
land, if no one ever dies ?"
No," they replied, "there are not great numbers, for
you see from time to time a voice is heard calling first one
and then another, and whoever hears that voice gets up and
goes away, and never comes back."
And do they see the person who calls them," he asked,
" or do they only hear his voice "
"They both see and hear him," was the answer.
Well, the man was amazed when he heard that the people
were stupid enough to follow the voice, though they knew
that if they went when it called them they would never re-
turn. And he went back to his own home and got all his pos-
sessions together, and, taking his wife and family, he set out
resolved to go and live in that country where the people did
not die, but where instead they heard a voice calling them,
which they followed into a land from which they never re-
turned. For he had made up his own mind that when he or
any of his family heard that voice they would pay no heed
to it, however loudly it called.
Roumanian Tales from the German of Mite Thremnitz.
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After he had settled down in his new home, and had got
everything in order about him, he warned his wife and
family that, unless they wanted to die, they must on no ac-
count listen to a voice which they might some day hear
calling them.
For some years everything went well with them, and they
lived happily in their new home. But one day, while they
were all sitting together round the table, his wife suddenly
started up, exclaiming in a loud voice:
"I am coming! I am coming!"
And she began to look round for her fur coat, but her
husband jumped up, and taking firm hold of her by the hand,
held her fast, and reproached her, saying:
"Don't you remember what I told you? Stay where you
are unless you wish to die."
But don't you hear that voice calling me? she answered.
"I am merely going to see why I am wanted. I shall come
come back directly."
So she fought and struggled to get away from her hus-
band, and to go where the voice summoned. But he would
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not let her go, and had all the doors of the house shut and
bolted. When she saw that he had done this, she said:
Very well, dear husband, I shall do what you wish, and
remain where I am."
So her husband believed that it was all right, and that
she had thought better of it, and had got over her mad im-
pulse to obey the voice. But in a few minutes later she made
a dash for one of the doors, opened it and darted out, fol-
lowed by her husband. He caught her by the fur coat, and
begged and implored her not to go, for if she did she would
never return. She said nothing but let her arms fall
backward, and suddenly bending herself forward, she slipped
out of the coat, leaving it in her husband's hands. He, poor
man, seemed turned to stone as he gazed after her hurrying
away from him, and calling at the top of her voice as she ran:
"I am coming! I am coming!"
When she was quite out of sight her husband recovered
his wits and went back into the house, murmuring:
"If she is so foolish as to wish to die, I can't help it. I
warned and implored her to pay no heed to that voice, how-
ever loudly it might call."
Well, days and weeks and months and years passed, and
nothing happened to disturb the peace of the household.
But one day the man was at the barber's as usual, being
shaved. The shop was full of people, and his chin had just
been covered with a lather of soap, when, suddenly starting
up from the chair, he called out in a loud voice:
"I won't come, do you hear? I won't come!"
The barber and the other people in the shop listened to
him with amazement. But again looking toward the door,
he exclaimed:
I tell you, once and for all, I do not mean to come, so go
away."
And a few minutes later he called out again:
Go away, I tell you, or it will be the worse for you. You
may call as much as you like, but you will never get me to
come."
And he got so angry that you might have thought that
someone was actually standing at the door, tormenting him.
At last he jumped up, and caught the razor out of the bar-
.ber's hand, exclaiming;
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"Give me that razor, and I'll teach him to let people
alone for the future."
And he rushed out of the house as if he were running
after someone, whom no one else saw. The barber, deter-
mined not to lose his razor, pursued the man, and they
both continued running at full speed till they had got well
out of the town, when all of a sudden the man fell head
foremost down a precipice, and never was seen again. So
he too, like the others, had been forced against his will to
follow the voice that called him.
The barber, who went home whistling and congratulating
himself on the escape he had made, described what had hap-
pened, and it was noised abroad in the country that the peo-
ple who had gone away, and had never returned, had all fal-
len into that pit; for till then they had never known what
had happened to those who had heard the voice and obeyed
its call.
But when crowds of people went out from the town to
examine the ill-fated pit that had swallowed up such num-
bers, and yet never seemed to be full, they could discover
nothing. All that they could see was a vast plain, that
looked as if it had been there since the beginning of the
world. And from that time the people began to die like ordi-
nary mortals the world over.
THE SIX SILLIES.*
Once upon a time there was a young girl who reached the
age of thirty-seven without ever having had a lover, for she
was so foolish that no one wanted to marry her.
One day, however, a young man arrived to pay his ad-
dresses to her, and her mother, beaming with joy, sent her
daughter down to the cellar to draw a jug of beer.
As the girl never came back the mother went down to
see what had become of her, and found her sitting on the
stairs, her head in her hands, while by her side the beer
was running all over the floor, as she-had forgotten to close
the tap. "What are you doing there?" asked the mother.
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I was thinking what I shall call my first child after I am
married to that young man. All the names in the calendar
are taken already."
The mother sat down on the stairway beside her daugh-
ter and said: I will think about it with you, my dear."
The father, who had stayed upstairs with the young man,
was surprised that neither his wife nor his daughter came
back, and in his turn went down to look for them. He
found them both sitting on the stairs, while beside them
the beer was running all over the ground from the tap,
which was wide open.
"What are you doing there? The beer is running all
over the cellar."
We were.thinking what we shall call the children that our
daughter will have when she marries that young man. All
the names in the calendar are taken already."
Well," said the father, I will think about it with you."
As neither mother nor daughter nor father came upstairs
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again, the lover grew impatient, and went down into the cel-
lar to see what they could all be doing. He found them all
three sitting on the stairs, while beside them the beer was
running all over the ground from the tap, which was wide
open.
What in the world are you all doing that you don't come
upstairs, and that you let the beer run all over the cellar? "
"Yes, I know, my boy," said the father, but if you marry
our daughter what shall you call your children? All the
names in the calendar are taken."
When the young man heard this answer he replied:
"Well! good-by, I am going away. When I shall have
found three people sillier than you I will come back and
marry your daughter."
So he continued his journey, and after walking a long
way he reached an orchard. There he saw some people knock-
ing down walnuts, and trying to throw them into a cart with
a fork.
What are you doing there? he asked.
"We want to load the cart with our walnuts, but we can't
manage to do it."
The lover advised them to get a. basket and to put the
walnuts in it, so as to turn them into the cart.
"Well," he said to himself, I have already found some-
one more foolish than those three."
So he went on his way, and by and by he came to a wood.
There he saw a man who wanted to give his pig some acorns
to eat, and was trying with all his might to make him climb
up the oak tree.
What are you doing, my good man ?" asked he.
"I want to make my pig eat some acorns, and I can't
get him to go up the tree."
"If you were to climb up and shake down the acorns the
pig would pick them up."
"Oh, I never thought of that."
Here is the second idiot," said the lover to himself.
Some way further along the road he came upon a man
who had never worn any trousers, and who was trying to put
on a pair. So he had fastened them to a tree and was
jumping with all his might up in the air so that he should
hit the two legs of the trousers as he came down.
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It would be much better if you held them in your hands,"
said the young man, "and then put your legs one after the
other in each hole."
"Dear me, to be sure! You are sharper than I am, for
that never occurred to me."
And having found three people more foolish than his
bride or her father or her mother, the lover went back to
marry the young lady.
And in the course of time they had a great many children.
KARI WOODENGOWN.*
There was once upon a time a king who had become a
widower. His queen had left one daughter behind her, and
she was so wise and so pretty that it was impossible for any-
one to be wiser or prettier. For a long time the king went
sorrowing for his wife, for he had loved her exceedingly;
but at last he grew tired of living alone, and married a
queen who was a widow, and she also had a daughter, who
was just as ill-favored and wicked as the other was good and
beautiful. The stepmother and her daughter were envious
of the king's daughter because she was so pretty, but so long
as the king was at home they dared do her no harm, be-
cause his love for her was so great.
Then there came a time when he made war on another
king and went out to fight, and then the new queen thought
that she could do what she liked; so she both hungered and
beat the king's daughter and chased her about into every
corner. At last she thought that everything was too good
for her, and set her to work to look after the cattle. So she
went about with the cattle, and herded them in the woods
and in the fields. Of food she got little or none, and grew
pale and thin, and was nearly always weeping and sad.
Among the herd there was a great blue bull, which always
kept itself very smart and sleek, and often came to the
king's daughter and let her stroke him. So one day, when
she was again sitting crying and sorrowing, the bull came up
to her and asked why she was always so full of care? She
made no answer, but continued to weep.
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"Well," said the bull, "I know what it is, though you will
not tell me; you are weeping because the queen is unkind
to you, and because she wants to starve you to death. But
you need be under no concern about food, for in my left ear
there lies a cloth, and if you will but take it and spread it
out, you can have as many dishes as you like."
So she did this, and took the cloth and spread it out upon
the grass, and then it was covered with the daintiest dishes
that anyone could desire, and there were wine, and mead, and
cake. And now she became brisk and well again, and grew
so rosy, and plump, and fair that the queen and her scraggy
daughter turned blue and white with vexation at it. The
queen could not imagine how her stepdaughter could look
so well on such bad food, so she ordered one of her hand-
maidens to follow her into the wood and watch her,
and see how it was, for she thought that some of
the servants must be giving her food. So the maid
followed her into the wood and watched, and saw how
the stepdaughter took the cloth out of the blue bull's ear,
and spread it out, and how the cloth was then covered with
the most delicate dishes, which the stepdaughter ate and re-
galed herself with. So the waiting-maid went home and told
the queen.
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And now the king came home, and he had conquered the
other king with whom he had been at war. So there was.
great gladness in the palace, but no one was more glad than
the king's daughter. The queen, however, pretended to be
ill, and gave the doctor much money to say that she would
never be well again unless she had some of the flesh of the
blue bull to eat. Both the king's daughter and the people
in the palace asked the doctor if there were no other means
of saving her, and begged for the bull's life, for they were
fond of him, and they all declared that there was no such
bull in the whole country; but it was all in vain, he was to,
be killed, and should be killed, and nothing else would serve.
When the king's daughter heard it she was full of sorrow,
and went down to the byre to the bull. He too was standing
there hanging his head, and looking so downcast that she fell
a-weeping over him.
What are you weeping for ? said the bull.
So she told him that the king had come home again, and
that the queen had pretended to be ill, and that she had
made the doctor say that she could never be well again un-
less some of the flesh of the blue bull was given her to eat,
and that now he was to be killed.
"When once they have taken my life they will soon kill
you also," said the bull. "If you are of the same mind with
me, we will take our departure this very night."
The king's daughter thought it was bad to go and leave
her father, but that it was worse still to be in the same house
with the queen, so she promised the bull that she would
come.
At night, when all the others had gone to bed, the king's.
daughter stole softly down to the byre to the bull, and he
took her on his back and got out of the courtyard as quickly
as he could. So at cock-crow next morning, when the peo-
ple came to kill the bull, he was gone, and when the king got
up and asked for his daughter she was gone too. He sent
forth messengers to all parts of the kingdom to search for
them, and published his loss in all the parish churches, but
there was no one who had seen anything of them.
In the meantime the bull traveled through many lands
with the king's daughter on his back, and one day they came
to a great copper wood, where the trees, and the branches,
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and the leaves, and the flowers, and everything else were of
copper.
But before they entered the wood the bull said to the
king's daughter:
When we enter this wood, you must take the greatest
care not to touch a leaf of it, or all will be over both with me
and with you, for a troll with three heads, who is the owner
of the wood, lives here."
So she said she would be on her guard, and not touch any-
thing. And she was very careful, and bent herself out of
the way of the branches, and put them aside with her hands;
but it was so thickly wooded that it was all but impossible
to get forward, and do what she might, she somehow or other
tore off a leaf which got into her hand.
Oh! oh! What have you done now?" said the bull
" It will now cost us a battle for life or death; but do be care-
ful to keep the leaf! "
Very soon afterward they came to the end of the wood,
and the troll with three heads came rushing up to them.
"Who is that who is touching my wood ?" said the troll.
"The wood is just as much mine as yours said the bull.
"We shall have a tussle for that! shrieked the troll.
"That may be," said the bull.
So they rushed on each other and fought, and as for the
bull, he butted and kicked with all the strength of his body,
but the troll fought quite as well as he did, and the whole
day went by before the bull put an end to him, and then he
himself was so full of wounds and so worn out that he was
scarcely able to move. So they had to wait a day, and the
bull told the king's daughter to take the horn of ointment
which hung at the troll's belt, and rub him with it; then he
was himself again, and the next day they set off once more.
And now they journeyed on for many, many days, and then
after a long, long time they came to a silver wood. The
trees, and the boughs, and the leaves, and the flowers, and
everything else were of silver.
Before the bull went into the wood, he said to the king's
daughter: "When we enter into this wood you must, for
Heaven's sake, be very careful not to touch anything at
all, and not to pluck even so much as one leaf, or else all will
be over both with you and me. A troll with six heads
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lives here, who is the owner of the wood, and I do not think
I should be able to overcome him."
Yes," said the king's daughter, "I will take good care
not to touch what you do not wish me to touch."
But when they got into the wood it was so crowded, and
the trees so close together, that they could scarcely get for-
ward. She was as careful as she could be, and bent aside to
get out of the way of the branches, and thrust them away
from before her with her hands; but every instant a branch
struck against her eyes, and in spite of all her care, she hap-
pened to pull off one leaf.
Oh! oh! What have you done now? said the bull. It
will now cost us a battle for life or death, for this troll has
six heads and is twice as strong as the other, but do be care-
ful to keep the leaf."
Just as he said this along came the troll. "Who is that
who is touching my wood ?" he said.
"It is just as much mine as yours!"
"We shall have a tussle for that!" screamed the troll.
"That may be," said the bull, and rushed at the troll,
and gored out his eyes, and drove his horns right through
him so that his entrails gushed out, but the troll fought
just as well as he did, and it was three whole days before the
bull got the life out of him. But the bull was then so weak
and worn out that it was only with pain and effort that he
could move, and so covered with wounds that the blood
streamed from him. So he told the king's daughter to take
the horn that was hanging at the troll's belt, and anoint him
with it. She did this, and then he came to himself again,
but they had to stay there and rest for a week before the bull
was able to go any further.
At last they set forth on their way again, but the bull
was still weak, and at first could not go quickly. The king's
daughter wished to spare him, and said that she was so
young and light of foot that she would willingly walk, but he
would not give her leave to do that, and she was forced to
seat herself on his back again. So they traveled for a long
time, and through many lands, and the king's daughter did
not at all know where he was taking her, but after a long,
long time they came to a gold wood. It was so golden that
the gold dripped off it, and the trees, and the branches, and
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the flowers, and the leaves were all of pure gold. Here all
happened just as it had happened in the copper wood and
silver wood. The bull told the king's daughter that on no
account was she to touch it, for there was a troll with nine
heads who was the owner, and that he was much larger and
stronger than both the others put together, and that he did
not believe that he could overcome him. So she said that
she would take great care not to touch anything, and he
should see that she did. But when they got into the wood it
was still thicker than the silver wood, and the further they
got into it the worse it grew. The wood became thicker and
thicker, and closer and closer, and at last she thought there
was no way whatsoever by which they could get forward;
she was so terrified lest she should break anything off that
she sat and twisted and turned herself on this side and on
that, to get out of the way of the branches, and pushed them
away from her with her hands, but every moment they struck
against her eyes, so that she could not see what she was
clutching at, and before she knew what she was doing she
had a golden apple in her hands. She was now in such ter-
ror that she began to cry, and wanted to throw it away, but
the bull said that she was to keep it, and take the greatest
care of it, and comforted her as well as he could, but he be-
lieved that it would be a hard struggle, and he doubted
whether it would go well with him.
Just then the troll with nine heads came, and he was so
frightful that the king's daughter scarcely dared to look at
him.
"Who is this who is breaking my wood ?" he screamed.
"It is as much mine as yours!" said the bull.
We shall have a tussle for that!" screamed the troll.
That may be," said the bull; so they rushed at each other,
and fought, and it was such a dreadful sight that the king's
daughter very nearly swooned. The bull gored the troll's
eyes out and ran his horns right through him, but the troll
fought as well as he did, and when the bull had gored one
head to death the,other heads breathed life into it again,
so it was a whole week before the bull was able to kill him.
But then he himself was so worn out and weak that he could
not move at all. His body was all one wound, and he could
not even so much as tell the king's daughter to take the horn
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of ointment out of the troll's belt and rub him with it. She
did this without being told; so he came to himself again,
but he had to lie there for three weeks and rest before he
was in a state to move.
Then they journeyed onward by degrees, for the bull said
that they still had a little further to go, and in this way they
crossed many high hills and thick woods. This lasted for
awhile, and then they came upon the fells.
"Do you see anything?" asked the bull.
"No, I see nothing but the sky above and the wild fell
side," said the king's daughter.
Then they climbed up higher, and the fell grew more
level, so that they could see further around them.
Do you see anything now?" said the bull.
"Yes, I see a small castle, far, far away," said the prin-
cess.
S"It is not so very little after all," said the bull.
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After a long, long time they came to a high hill, where
there was a precipitous wall of rock.
"Do you see nothing now?" said the bull.
Yes, now I see the castle quite near, and now it is much,
much larger," said the king's daughter.
"Thither shall you go," said the bull; "immediately be-
low the castle there is a pig-sty, where you, shall dwell
When you get there you will find a wooden gown which you
are to put on, and then go to the castle and say that you
are called Kari Woodengown, and that you are seeking a
place. But now you must take out your little knife and cut
off my head with it, and then you must flay me and roll up
my hide and put it there under the rock, and beneath the
hide you must lay the copper leaf, and the silver leaf, and
the golden apple. Close beside the rock a stick is standing,
and when you want me for anything you have only to knock
at the wall of rock with that."
At first she would not do it, but when the bull said that
this was the only reward that he would have for what he
had done for her, she could not do otherwise. So though
she thought it very cruel, she slaved on and cut at the great
animal with the knife till she had cut off his head and hide,
and then she folded up the hide and laid it beneath the
mountain wall, and put the copper leaf, and the silver leaf,
and the golden apple inside of it.
When she had done that she went away to the pig-sty,
but all the way as she went she wept, and was very sorrow-
ful. Then she put on the wooden gown, and walked to the
king's palace. When she got there she went into the kitchen
and begged for a place, saying that her name was Kari
Woodengown.
The cook told her that she might have a place and leave
to stay there at once and wash up, for the girl who had done
that before had just gone away. "And as soon as you get
tired of being here you will likewise take yourself off too,"
said he.
"No," said she, "that I shall certainly not."
And then she washed up, and did it very tidily.
On Sunday some strangers were coming to the king's
palace, so Kari begged to have leave to carry up the water
for the prince's bath, but the others laughed at her and said,
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"What do you want there? Do you think the prince will
ever look at such a fright as you ?"
She would not give it up, however, but went on begging
until at last she got leave. When she was going upstairs
her wooden gown made such a clatter that the prince came
out and said: What sort of a creature may you be?"
"I was to take this water to you," said Kari.
"Do you suppose that I will have any water that you
bring?" said the prince, and emptied it over her.
She had to bear that, but then she asked permission to go
to church. She got that, for
the church was very near.
I- But first she went to the rock
Sand knocked at it with the
V 'stick which was standing
.. there, as the bull had told her
I to do. Instantly a man came
forward and asked her what
sh e wanted. The king's
daughter said that she had
got leave to go to church and
S listen to the priest, but that
she had no clothes to go in.
So he brought her a gown
that was as bright as the cop-
per wood, and she got a horse
and saddle too from him.
When she reached the church
she was so pretty and so
--) splendidly dressed that every-
JF- ,'*' '-^ one wondered who she could
be, and hardly anyone lis-
tened to what the priest was saying, for they were all
looking far too much at her, and the prince himself
liked her so well that he could not take his eyes off
her for an instant. As she was walking out of the church
the prince followed her and shut the church door after her,
and thus he kept one of her gloves in his hand. Then she
went away and mounted her horse again; the prince again
followed her, and asked her whence she came.
"Oh! I am from Bathland," said Kari. And when the
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prince took out the glove and wanted to give it back to her,
she said:
Darkness behind me, but light on my way,
That the Prince may not see where I'm going to-day!"
The prince had never seen the equal of that glove, and
he went far and wide, asking after the country which the
proud lady, who rode away without her glove, had said that
she came from, but there was no one who could tell him.
Next Sunday someone had to take up a towel to the
prince.
Ah! may I have leave to go up with that?" said Kari.
"What would be the use of that?" said the others who
were in the kitchen; "you saw what happened last time."
Kari would not give in, but went on begging for leave till
she got it, and then she ran up the stairs so that her wooden
gown clattered again. Out came the prince, and when he
saw that it was Kari, he snatched the towel from her and
flung it right into her eyes.
"Be off at once, you ugly troll," said he; do you think
that I will have a towel handled by your dirty fingers ?"
After that the prince went to church, and Kari also asked
leave to go. They all asked how she could want to go to
church when she had nothing to wear but that wooden gown,
which was so black and hideous. But Kari said she thought
the priest was such a good man at preaching that she got
much benefit from what he said, so at last she got leave.
She went to the rock and knocked, whereupon out came
the man and gave her a gown which was much more mag-
nificent than the first. It was embroidered with silver all
over, and it shone like the silver wood, and he gave her also
a most beautiful horse, with housings embroidered with
silver, and a bridle of silver too.
When the king's daughter got to church all the people
were standing outside upon the hillside, and all of them
wondered who on earth she could be, and the prince was on
the alert in a moment, and came and wanted to hold her
horse while she alighted. But she jumped off and said that
there was no need for that, for the horse was so well broken
in that it stood still when she bade it and came when she
called it. So they all went into the church together, but
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there was scarcely anyone who listened to what the priest was
saying, for they were all looking far too much at her, and
the prince fell much more deeply in love with her than he
had been before.
When the sermon was over and she went out of the church,
and was just going to mount her horse, the prince again
came and asked her where she came from.
I am from Towelland," said the king's daughter, and
as she spoke she dropped her riding-whip, and while the
prince was stooping to pick it up she said:
Darkness behind me, but light on my way,
That the Prince may not see where I'm going to-day!"
And she was gone again, neither could the prince see what
had become of her. He went far and wide to inquire for
that country from whence she had said that she came, but
there was no one who could tell him where it lay, so he was
forced to have patience once more.
Next Sunday someone had to go to the prince with a
comb. Kari begged leave to go with it, but the others re-
minded her of what had happened last time, and scolded
her for wanting to let the prince see her when she was so
black and so ugly in her wooden gown, but she would not
give up asking until they gave her leave to go up to the
prince with the comb. When she went clattering up the
stairs again, out came the prince and took the comb and
flung it at her, and ordered her to be off as fast as she could.
After that the prince went to church, and Kari also begged
for leave to go. Again they all asked what she would do
there, she who was so black and ugly, and had no clothes that
she could be seen in by other people. The prince or some-
one else might very easily catch sight of her, they said, and
then both she and they would suffer for it; but Kari said
that they had something else to do than to look at her, and
she never ceased begging until she got leave to go.
And now all happened just as it had happened twice al-
ready. She went away to the rock and knocked at it with
the stick, and then the man came out and gave her a gown
which was very much more magnificent than either of the
others. It was almost entirely made of pure gold and dia-
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monds, and she also got a noble horse with housings em-
broidered with gold, and a golden bridle.
When the king's daughter came to the church the priest
and people were all standing on the hillside waiting for
her, and the prince ran up and wanted to hold the horse,
but she jumped off, saying:
"No, thank you, there is no need; my horse is so well
broken in that it will stand still when I bid it."
So they all hastened into the church together and the
priest got into the pulpit, but no one listened to what he
said, for they were looking far too much at her and wonder-
ing whence she came; and the prince was far more in love
than he had been on either of the former occasions; he was
mindful of nothing but looking at her.
When the sermon was over and the king's daughter was
about to leave the church, the prince had caused a firkin
of tar to be emptied out in the porch in order that he might
go to help her over it; she, however, did not trouble her-
self in the least about the tar, but set her foot down in the
middle of it and jumped over it, and thus one of her gold
shoes was left sticking in it. When she had seated herself
on the horse the prince came running out of the church and
asked her whence she came.
"From Combland," said Kari. But when the prince
wanted to reach her her gold shoe, she said:
Darkness behind me, but light on my way,
That the Prince may not see where I'm going to-day"
The prince did not know what had become of her, so
he traveled for a long and wearisome time all over the
world, asking where Combland was, but when no one could
tell him where that country was, he caused it to be
made known everywhere that he would marry any woman
who could put on the gold shoe. So fair maidens and ugly
maidens came thither from all regions, but there was none
who had a foot so small that she could put on the gold
shoe. After a long, long while came Kari Woodengown'r
wicked stepmother, with her daughter too, and the shoe
fitted her. But she was so ugly and looked so loathsome
that the prince was very unwilling to do what he had
promised. Nevertheless all was got ready for the wedding,
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and she was decked out as a bride, but as they were riding
to church a little bird sat upon a tree and sang:
A slice off her heel
And a slice off her toes,
Kari Woodengown's shoe
Fills with blood as she goes! "
And when they looked to it the bird had spoken the truth,
for blood was trickling out of the shoe. So all the waiting-
maids, and all the womenkind in the castle had to come and
try on the shoe, but there was not one whom it would fit.
"But where is Kari Woodengown, then?" asked the
prince, when all the others had tried on the shoe, for he
understood the song of birds and it came to his mind what
the bird had said.
"Oh! that creature!" said the others; "it's not the
least use for her to come here, for she has feet like a horse! "
"That may be," said the prince, "but as all the others
have tried it, Kari may try it too. Kari!" he called out
through the door, and Kari came upstairs, and her wooden
gown clattered as if a whole regiment of dragoons were
coming up.
"Now you are to try on the gold shoe and be a princess,"
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said the other servants, and they laughed at her and mocked
her. Kari took up the shoe, put her foot into it as easily
as possible, and then threw off her wooden gown, and there
she stood in the golden gown, which flashed like rays of sun-
shine, and on her other foot she had the fellow to the gold
shoe. The prince knew her in a moment, and was so glad
that he ran and took her in his arms and kissed her, and
when he heard that she was a king's daughter he was gladder
still, and then they had the wedding.
DRAKESTAIL.*
Drakestail was very little, that is why he was called'
Drakestail; but tiny as he was he had brains, and he knew
what he was about, for having begun with nothing he ended
by amassing a hundred crowns. Now the king of the coun-
try, who was very extravagant and never kept any money,
having heard that Drakestail had some, went one day in
his own person to borrow his hoard, and, my word, in those
days Drakestail was not a little proud of having lent money
to the king. But after the first and second year, seeing that.
they never even dreamed of paying the interest, he became
uneasy, so much so that at last he resolved to go and see his
majesty himself, and get repaid. So one fine morning
Drakestail, very spruce and fresh, takes the road, singing:
"Quack, quack, quack, when shall I get my money back?"
He had not gone far when he met friend Fox, on his
rounds that way.
"Good-morning, neighbor," says the friend; "where are
you off to so early ?"
I am going to the king for what he owes me."
"Oh! take me with theel "
Drakestail said to himself: "One can't have too many
friends." Aloud says he, "I will, but going on all fours
you will soon be tired. Make yourself quite small, get into
my throat-go into my gizzard and I will carry you."
"Happy thought I" says friend Fox.
Oontes of Oh. Marelles.
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He takes bag and baggage, and, presto! is gone like a let-
ter into the post.
And Drakestail is off again, all spruce and fresh, still sing-
ing: "Quack, quack, quack, when shall I have my money
back?"
He had not gone far when he met his lady friend, Ladder,
leaning on her wall.
"Good-morning, my duckling," says the lady friend,
"whither away so bold?"
I am going to the king for what he owes me."
"Oh! take me with thee!"
Drakestail said to himself: "One can't have too many
friends." Aloud says he: "I will, but then with your
wooden legs you will soon be tired. Make yourself quite
small, get into my throat-go into my gizzard and I will
carry you."
"Happy thought!" says my friend, Ladder, and nimble,
bag and baggage, goes to keep company with friend Fox.
And "Quack, quack, quack," Drakestail is off again, sing-
ing and spruce as before. A little further he meets his
sweetheart, my friend River, wandering quietly in the sun-
shine.
"Thou, my cherub," says she, "whither so lonesome, with
arching tail, on this muddy road ?"
"I am going to the king, you know, for what he owes me."
"Oh! take me with thee!"
Drakestail said to himself: "We can't have too many
friends." Aloud says he: I will, but you who sleep while
you walk will soon get tired. Make yourself quite small,
get into my throat-go into my gizzard and I will carry you."
"Ah! happy thought!" says my friend River.
She takes bag and baggage, and glou, glou, glou she takes
her place between friend Fox and my friend Ladder.
And Quack, quack, quack," Drakestail is off again sing-
ing.
-A little further on he meets comrade Wasp's-nest, ma-
neuvering his wasps.
"Well, good-morning, friend Drakestail," said comrade
Wasp's-nest, where are we bound for, so spruce and fresh "
"I am going to the king for what he owes me."
"Oh! take me with thee!"
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Drakestail said to himself, "One can't have too many
friends." Aloud says he: "I will, but then with your bat-
talion to drag along, you will soon be tired. Make your-
self quite small, go into my throat-get into my gizzard and
I will carry you."
"By Jove! that's a good idea!" says comrade Wasp's-
nest.
And left file! he takes the same road to join the others
with all his party. There was not much room, but by closing
up a bit they managed. And Drakestail is off again singing.
He arrived thus at the capital, and threaded his way
straight up the High Street, still running and singing
"Quack, quack, quack, when shall I get my money back?"
to the great astonishment of the good folks, till he came to
the king's palace.
He strikes with the knocker: "Tool toc!"
"Who is there?" asks the porter, putting his head out of
the wicket.
"'Tis I, Drakestail. I wish to speak to the king."
"Speak to the king! That's easily said. The king is din-
ing, and will not be disturbed."
"Tell him that it is I, and I have come he well knows
why."
The porter shuts his wicket and goes up to say it to the
king, who was just sitting down to dinner with a napkin
round his neck, and all his ministers.
Good, good said the king, laughing. "I know what
it is! Make him come in, and put him with the turkeys and
chickens."
The porter descends.
"Have the goodness to enter."
Good I" says Drakestail to himself, "I shall now see how
they eat at court."
"This way, this way," says the porter. "One step- fur-
ther. There, there you are."
"How? what? in the poultry-yard?"
Fancy how vexed Drakestail was!
"Ah! so that's it," says he. "Wait! I will compel you
to receive me. Quack, quack, quack, when shall I get my
money back ?" But turkeys and chickens are creatures who
don't like people that are not as themselves. When they saw
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the new-comer and how he was made, and when they heard
him crying too, they began to look black at him.
What is it ? what does he want ?"
Finally they rushed at him altogether, to overwhelm him
with pecks.
"I am lost!" said Drakestail to himself, when by good
luck he remembers his comrade friend Fox, and he cries:
Reynard, Reynard, come out of your earth,
Or Drakestail's life is of little worth."
Then friend Fox, who was only waiting for these words,
hastens out, throws himself on the wicked fowls, and quick!
quack! he tears them to pieces; so much so that at the end
of five minutes there was not one left alive. And Drakes-
tail, quite content, began to sing again, "Quack, quack,
quack, when shall I get my money back ?"
When the king, who was still at table, heard this refrain,
and the poultry-woman came to tell him what had been go-
ing on in the yard, he was terribly annoyed.
He ordered them to throw this tail of a drake into the
well, to make an end of him.
And it was done as he commanded. Drakestail was in de-
spair of getting himself out of such a deep hole, when he re-
membered his lady friend Ladder.
Ladder, Ladder, come out of thy hold,
Or Drakestail's days will soon be told."
My friend Ladder, who was only waiting for these words,
hastens out, leans her two arms on the edge of the well,
then Drakestail climbs nimbly on her back, and hop! he is in
the yard, where he begins to sing louder than ever.
When the king, who was still at table and laughing at the
good trick he had played his creditor, heard him again re-
claiming his money, he became livid with rage.
He commanded that the furnace should be heated, and
this tail of a drake thrown into it, because he must be a
sorcerer.
The furnace was soon hot, but this time Drakestail was
not so afraid; he counted on his sweetheart, my friend
River.
River, River. outward flow,
Or to death Drakestail must go."
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Drakeetail Meeting his Various Friends on his Journey to the
King's Palace.
My friend River hastens out, and errouf! throws herself
into the furnace, which she floods, with all the people who
had lighted it; after which she flowed growling into the hall
of the palace to the height of more than four feet.
And Drakestail, quite content, begins to swim, singing
deafeningly, "Quack, quack, quack, when shall I get my
money back "
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The king was still at table, and thought himself quite
sure of his game; but when he heard Drakestail singing
again, and when they told him all that had passed, he be-
came furious and got up from the table brandishing his
fists.
Bring him here, and I'll cut his throat I Bring him here
quick! cried he.
And quickly two footmen ran to fetch Drakestail.
"At last," said the poor chap, going up the great stairs,
"they have decided to receive me."
Imagine his terror when on entering he sees the king as
red as a turkey cock, and all his ministers attending him
standing sword in hand, He thought this time it was all
up with him. Happily he remembered that there was still
one remaining friend, and he cried with dying accents:
"Wasp's nest, Wasp's nest, make a sally,
Or Drakestail nevermore may rally."
Hereupon the scene changes.
Bs, bs, bayonet them!" The brave Wasp's-nest rushes
out with all his wasps. They threw themselves on the in-
furiated king and his ministers, and stung them so fiercely
in the face that they lost their heads, and not knowing
where to hide themselves they all jumped pell-mell from
the window and broke their necks on the pavement.
Behold Drakestail much astonished, all alone in the big
saloon and master of the field. He could not get over it.
Nevertheless, he remembered shortly what he had come
for to the palace, and improving the occasion, he set to
work to hunt for his dear money. But in vain he rum-
maged in all the drawers; he found nothing; all had been
spent.
And ferreting thus from room to room he came at last
to the one with the throne in it, and feeling fatigued, he
sat himself down on it to think over his adventure. In
the meanwhile the people had found their king and his min-
isters with their feet in the air on the pavement, and they
had gone into the palace to know how it had occurred. On
entering the throne-room, when the crowd saw that there
was already someone on the royal seat, they broke out in
r, cries of surprise and joy:
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"The King is dead, long live the King!
Heaven has sent us down this thing."
Drakestail, who was no longer surprised at anything,
received the acclamations of the people as if he had never
,done anything else all his life.
A few of them certainly murmured that a Drakestail
would make a fine king; those who knew him replied that
a knowing Drakestail was a more worthy king than a
spendthrift like him who was lying on the pavement. In
short, they ran and took the crown off the head of the
deceased, and placed it on that of Drakestail, whom it fitted
like wax.
Thus he became king.
And now," said he after the ceremony, "ladies and gen-
tlemen, let's go to supper. I am so hungry!"
THE RATCATCHER.*
A very long time ago the town of Hamel in Germany
was invaded by bands of rats, the like of which had never
been seen before nor will ever be again.
Oh. Marelles.
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They were great black creatures that ran boldly in broad
daylight through the streets, and swarmed so, all over the
houses, that people at last could not put their hand or foot
down anywhere without touching one. When dressing in the
morning they found them in their breeches and petticoats,
in their pockets and in their boots; and when they wanted
a morsel to eat, the voracious horde had swept away every-
thing from cellar to garret. The night was even worse. As
soon as the lights were out, these untiring nibblers set to
work. And everywhere, in the ceilings, in the floors, in
the cupboards, at the doors, there were a chase and a rum-
mage, and so furious a noise of gimlets, pinchers, and saws
that a deaf man could not have rested for one hour together.
Neither cats nor dogs, nor poison nor traps, nor prayers
nor candles burned to all the saints-nothing would do any-
thing. The more they killed the more came. And the in-
habitants of Hamel began to go to the dogs (not that they
were of much use), when one Friday there arrived in the
town a man with a queer face, who played the bagpipes
and sang this refrain:
Qui vivra verra:
Le voil,,
Le preneur des rats."
He was a great gawky fellow, dry and bronzed, with a
crooked nose, a long rat-tail mustache, two great yellow
piercing and mocking eyes, under a large felt hat set off
by a scarlet cock's feather. He was dressed in a green jacket
with a leather belt and red breeches, and on his feet were
sandals fastened by thongs passed round his legs in the
gypsy fashion.
That is how he may be seen to this day, painted on a
window of the cathedral of Hamel.
He stopped on the great market-place before the town
hall, turned his back to the church, and went on with his
music, singing:
Who lives shall see:
This he is,
The ratcatcher.
The town council had just assembled to consider once
more this plague of Egypt, from which no one could save the
town.
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The stranger sent word to the councilors that, if they
would make it worth his while, he would rid them of all
their rats before night, down to the very last.
Then he is a sorcerer!" cried the citizens with one
voice; "we must beware of him."
The town counselor, who was considered clever, reas-
sured them.
He said: "Sorcerer or no, if this bagpiper speaks the
truth, it was he who sent us this horrible vermin that he
wants to rid us of to-day for money. Well, we must learn
to catch the devil in his own snares. You leave it to me."
"Leave it to the town counselor," said the citizens one
to another.
And the stranger was brought before them.
"Before night," said he, "I shall have dispatched all the
rats in Hamel if you will pay me a gros a head."
A gros a head! cried the citizens, but that will come
to millions of florins! "
The town counselor simply shrugged his shoulders and
said to the stranger:
"A bargain! To work; the rats will be paid one gros
a head as you ask."
The bagpiper announced that he would operate that very
evening when the moon rose. He added that the inhabi-
tants should at that hour leave the streets free, and content
themselves with looking out of their windows at what was
passing, and that it would be a pleasant spectacle. When
the people of Hamel heard of the bargain, they too ex-
claimed: "A gros a head but this will cost us a deal of
money I"
"Leave it to the town counselor," said the town council
with a malicious air. And the good people of Hamel re-
peated with their councilors, "Leave it to the town coun-
selor."
Toward nine at night the bagpiper appeared on the market-
place. He turned, as at first, his back to the church, and the
moment the moon rose on the horizon, Trarira, trari I" the
bagpipes resounded.
It was first a slow, caressing sound, then more and more
lively and urgent, and so sonorous and piercing that it pene-
trated as far as the furthest alleys and retreats of the town.
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Soon from the bottom of the cellars, the top of the garrets,
from under all the furniture, from all the nooks and corners
of the houses, out come the rats, search for the door, fling
themselves into the street, and trip, trip, trip, begin to run
in file toward the front of the town hall, so squeezed together
that they covered the pavement like the waves of flooded tor-
rents.
When the square was quite full the bagpiper faced about,.
and, still playing briskly, turned toward the river that runs.
at the foot of the walls of Hamel.
Arrived there he turned round; the rats were following.
"Hop! hop he cried, pointing with his finger to the
middle of the stream, where the water whirled and was.
drawn down as if through a funnel. And hop l hop without
hesitating, the rats took the leap, swam straight to the fun-
nel, plunged in head foremost and disappeared.
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The plunging continued thus without ceasing till mid-
night.
At last, dragging himself with difficulty, came a big rat,
white with age, and stopped on the bank.
It was the king of the band.
"Are they all there, friend Blanchet?" asked the bag-
piper.
They are all there," replied friend Blanchet.
And how many were they ? "
"Nine hundred and ninety thousand, nine hundred and
ninety-nine."
"Well reckoned?"
"Well reckoned."
"Then go and join them, old sire, and au revoir."
Then the old white rat sprang in his turn into the river,
swam to the whirlpool and disappeared.
When the bagpiper had thus concluded his business he
went to bed at his inn. And for the first time during three
months the people at Hamel slept quietly through the
night.
The next morning, at nine o'clock, the bagpiper repaired
to the town hall, where the town council awaited him.
All your rats took a jump into the river yesterday,"
said he to the councilors, "and I guarantee that not one
of them comes back. They were nine hundred and ninety
thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine, at one gros a
head. Reckon I"
"Let us reckon the heads first. One gros a head is one
head the gros. Where are the heads?"
The ratcatcher did not expect this treacherous stroke
He paled with anger and his eyes flashed fire.
"The heads!" cried he; "if you care about them, go
arid find them in the river."
"So," replied the town counselor, you refuse to hold to
the terms of your agreement? We ourselves could refuse
you all payment. But you have been of use to us, and we
will not let you go without recompense," and he offered him
fifty crowns.
"Keep your recompense for yourself," replied the rat-
catcher proudly. "If you do not pay me I will be paid by
your heirs."
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Thereupon he pulled his hat down over his eyes, went
hastily out of the hall, and left town without speaking to a
soul.
When the Hamel people heard how the affair had ended
they rubbed their hands, and with no more scruple than their
town counselor, they laughed over the ratcatcher, who, they
said, was caught in his own trap. But what made them
laugh above all was his threat of getting himself paid by
their heirs. Ha! they wished that they only had such credi-
tors for the rest of their lives.
Next day, which was a Sunday, they all went gayly to
church, thinking that after Mass they would at last be able
to eat some good thing that the rats had not tasted before
them.
They never suspected the terrible surprise that awaited
them on their return home. No children anywhere, they had
all disappeared!
Our children! where are our poor children?" was the
cry that was soon heard in all the streets.
Then through the east door of the town came three
little boys, who cried and wept, and this is what they told:
While the parents were at church a wonderful music had
resounded. Soon all the little boys and all the little girls
that had been left at home had gone out, attracted by the
magic sounds, and had rushed to the great market-place.
There they found the ratcatcher playing his bagpipes at
the same spot as the evening before. Then the stranger had
begun to walk quickly, and they had followed, running,
singing, and dancing to the sound of the music, as far as
the foot of the mountain which one sees on entering Hamel.
At their approach the mountain had opened' a little, and
the bagpiper had gone in with them, after which it had
closed again. Only the three little ones who told the ad-
venture had remained outside, as if by a miracle. One was
bandy-legged and could not run fast enough; the other, who
had left the house in haste, one foot shod, the other bare,
had hurt himself against a big stone and could not walk
without difficulty; the third had arrived in time, but in
hurrying to go in with the others had struck so violently
against the wall of the mountain that he fell backwards at
the moment it closed upon his comrades.
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At this story the parents redoubled their lamentations.
They ran with their pikes and mattocks to the mountain, and
searched till evening to find the opening by which their
children had disappeared, without being able to find it. At
last, the night falling, they returned desolate to Hamel.
But the most unhappy of all was the town counselor, for
he had lost three little boys and two pretty little girls, and
to crown all, the people of Hamel overwhelmed him with
reproaches, forgetting that the evening before they had all
agreed with him.
What had become of all these unfortunate children
The parents always hoped they were not dead, and that
the ratcather, who certainly must have come out of the
mountain, would have taken them with him to his country.
That is why for several years they sent in search of them to
different countries, but no one ever came on the trace of the
poor little ones.
It was not till much later that anything was to be heard of
them.
About one hundred and fifty years after the event, when
there was no longer one left of the fathers, mothers, brothers,
or sisters of that day, there arrived one evening in Hamel
some merchants of Bremen returning from the East, who
asked to speak with the citizens. They told that they, in
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crossing Hungary, had sojourned in a mountainous coun-
try called Transylvania, where the inhabitants only spoke
German, while all around them nothing was spoken but
Hungarian. These people also declared that they came
from Germany, but they did not know-how they chanced to
be in this strange country. "Now," said the merchants of
Bremen, "these Germans cannot be other than the de-
scendants of the lost children of Hamel."
The people of Hamel did not doubt it; and since that
day they regard it as certain that the Transylvanians of
Hungary are their country folk, whose ancestors, as children,
were brought there by the ratcatcher. There are more diffi-
cult things to believe than that.
TRUE HISTORY OF LITTLE GOLDEN HOOD.*
You know the tale of poor Little Red Riding Hood, that
the wolf deceived and devoured, with her cake, her little
butter can, and her grandmother; well, the true story hap-
pened quite differently, as we know now. And first of all
the little girl was called and is still called Little Golden
Hood; secondly, it was not she, nor the good granddame,
but the wicked wolf who was, in the end, caught and de-
voured.
Only listen.
The story begins something like the tale.
There was once a little peasant girl, pretty and nice as
a star in its season. Her real name was Blanchette, but
she was more often called Little Golden Hood, on account
of a wonderful little cloak with a hood, gold and fire colored,
which she always had on. This little hood was given her by
her grandmother, who was so old that she did not know her
age; it ought to bring her good luck, for it was made of a
ray of sunshine, she said. And as the good old woman was
considered something of a witch, everyone thought the little
hood rather bewitched too.
And so it was, as you will see.
One day the mother said to the child: "Let us see, my
little Golden Hood, if you know now how to find your way by
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yourself. You shall take this good piece of cake to your
grandmother for a Sunday treat to-morrow. You will ask
her how she is, and come back at once, without stopping to
chatter on the way with people who don't know. Do you
quite understand?"
"I quite understand," replied Blanchette gayly. And
off she went with the cake, quite proud of her errand.
But the grandmother lived in another village, and there
was a big wood to cross before getting there. At a turn of
the road under the trees, suddenly "Who goes there?"
"Friend Wolf."
He had seen the child start alone, and the villain was wait-
ing to devour her, when at the same moment he perceived
some wood-cutters who might observe him, and he changed
his mind. Instead of falling upon Blanchette he came frisk-
ing up to her like a good dog.
"'Tis you! my nice Little Golden Hood," said he. So the
little girl stops to talk with the wolf, who, for all that, she
did not know in the least.
"You know me, then!" said she; "what is your name?"
My name is friend Wolf. And where are you going thus,
my pretty one, with your little basket on your arm? "
"I am going to my grandmother, to take her a good piece
of cake for her Sunday treat to-morrow."
"And where does she live, your grandmother?"
She lives at the other side of the wood, in the first
house in the village, near the windmill, you know."
Ah yes! I know now," said the wolf. "Well, that's just
where I'm going; I shall get there before you, no doubt, with
your little bits of legs, and I'll tell her you're coming to see
her; then she'll wait for you."
Thereupon the wolf cuts across the wood, and in five min-
utes arrives at the grandmother's house.
He knocks at the door: toc, toe.
No answer.
He knocks louder.
Nobody.
Then he stands up on end, puts his two fore paws on the
latch, and the door opens.
Not a soul in the house.
The old woman had risen early to sell herbs in the town,
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and she had gone off in such haste that she had left her
bed unmade, with her great night-cap on the pillow.
"Good! said the wolf to himself, "I know what I'll do."
He shuts the door, pulls on the grandmother's night-cap
down to his eyes, then he lies down all his length in the bed
and draws the curtains.
In the meantime the good Blanchette went quietly on her
way, as little girls do, amusing herself here and there by
picking Easter daisies, watching the little birds making
their nests, and running after the butterflies which flut-
tered in the sunshine.
At last she arrives at the door.
Knock, knock.
"Who is there?" says the wolf, softening his rough
voice as best he can.
"It's me, granny, your Little Golden Hood. I'm bring-
ing you a big piece of cake for your Sunday treat to-mor-
row."
"Press your finger on the latch, then push and the door
opens."
Why, you've got a cold, granny," said she, coming in.
"Ahem! a little, my dear, a little," replies the wolf,
pretending to cough. "Shut the door well, my little lamb.
Put your basket on the table, and then take off your frock
and come and lie down by me; you shall rest a little."
The good child undresses, but observe this! She kept her
little hood upon her head. When she saw what a figure
her granny cut in bed, the poor little thing was much sur-
prised.
Oh! cries she, how like you are to friend Wolf, grand-
mother!"
"That's on account of my night-cap, child," replies the
wolf.
"Oh! what hairy arms you've got, grandmother!"
"All the better to hug you, my child."
Oh! what a big tongue you've got, grandmother "
"All the better for answering, child."
"Oh! what a mouthful'of great white teeth you have,
grandmother!"
"That's for crunching little children with!" And the
wolf opened his jaws wide to swallow Blanchette.
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But she put down her head, crying:
"Mamma! mamma!" and the wolf only caught her little
hood.
Thereupon, oh, dear! oh, dear! he draws back, crying and
shaking his jaw as if he had swallowed red-hot coals.
It was the little fire-colored hood that had burnt his
tongue right down his throat.
The little hood, you see, was one of those magic caps
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that they used to have in former times, in the stories, for
making one's self invisible or invulnerable.
So there was the wolf with his throat burned, jumping
off the bed and trying to find the door, howling and howl-
ing as if all the dogs in the country were at his heels.
Just at this moment the grandmother arrives, returning
from the town with her long sack empty on her shoulder.
"A h, brigand!" she cries, "wait a bit Quickly she
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opens her sack wide across the door, and the maddened wolf
springs in head downward.
It is he now that is caught, swallowed like a letter in the
post.
For the bravo old dame shuts her sack, so; and she runs
and empties it in the well, where the vagabond, still'howling,
tumbles in and is drowned.
Ah, scoundrel! you thought you would crunch my little
grandchild! Well, to-morrow we will make her a muff of
your skin, and you yourself shall be crunched, for we will
give your carcass to the dogs."
Thereupon the grandmother hastened to dress poor
Blanchette, who was still trembling with fear in the bed.
"Well," she said to her, "without my little hood where
would you be now, darling ?" And, to restore heart and legs
to the child, she made her eat a good piece of her cake, and
drink a good draught of wine, after which she took her by
the hand and led her back to the house.
And then, who was it who scolded her when she knew all
that had happened?
It was the mother.
But Blanchette promised over and over again that she
would never more stop to listen to a wolf, so that at last
the mother forgave her.
And Blanchette, the Little Golden Hood, kept her word.
And in fine weather she may still be seen in the fields with
her pretty little hood, the color of the sun.
But to see her you must rise early.
THE GOLDEN BRANCH.*
Once upon a time there was a king who was so morose and
disagreeable that he was feared by all his subjects, and with
good reason, as for the most trifling offenses he would have
their heads cut off. This King Grumpy, as he was called,
had one son, who was as different from his father as he could
possibly be. No prince equaled him in cleverness and kind-
ness of heart, but unfortunately he was most terribly ugly.
He had crooked legs and squinting eyes, a large mouth all on
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one side, and a humped back. Never was there such a beau-
tiful soul in such a frightful little body, but in spite of his
appearance everybody loved him. The queen, his mother,
called him Curlicue, because it was a name she rather liked,
and it seemed to suit him.
King Grumpy, who cared a great deal more for his own
grandeur than for his son's happiness, wished to betroth
the prince to the daughter of a neighboring king, whose
great estates joined his own, for he thought that this alliance
would make him more powerful than ever, and as for the
princess, she would do very well for Prince Curlicue, for
she was as ugly as himself. Indeed, though she was the
most amiable creature in the world, there was no concealing
the fact that she was frightful, and so lame that she always
went about with a crutch, and people called her Princess
Cabbage-Stalk.
The king, having asked for and received a portrait of this
princess, had it placed in his great hall under a canopy, and
sent for Prince Curlicue, to whom he said that as this was
the portrait of his future bride, he hoped the prince found
it charming.
The prince after one glance at it turned away with a dis-
dainful air, which greatly offended his father.
Am I to understand that you are not pleased ?" he said
very sharply.
"No, sire," replied the prince. "How could I be pleased
to marry an ugly, lame princess?"
"Certainly it is becoming in you to object to that," said
King Grumpy, "since you are ugly enough to frighten any-
one yourself."
"That is the very reason," said the prince, "that I wish
to marry someone who is not ugly. I am quite tired enough
of seeing myself."
"I tell you that you shall marry her," cried King Grumpy
angrily.
And the prince, seeing that it was of no use to remon-
strate, bowed and retired.
As King Grumpy was not used to being contradicted in
anything, he was very much displeased with his son, and
ordered that he should be imprisoned in the tower that was
kept on purpose for rebellious princes, but had not been used
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for about two hundred years, because there had not been
any. The prince thought all the rooms looked strangely
old-fashioned, with their antique furniture, but as there was
a good library he was pleased, for he was very fond of read-
ing, and he soon got permission to have as many books as he
liked. But when he looked at them he found that they were
written in a forgotten language, and he could not understand
a single word, though he amused himself with trying.
King Grumpy was so convinced that Prince Curlicue
would soon get tired of being in prison, and so consent to
marry the Princess Cabbage-Stalk, that he sent ambassa-
dors to her father proposing that she should come and be
married to his son, who would make her perfectly happy.
The king was delighted to receive so good an offer for his
unlucky daughter, though, to tell the truth, he found it im-
possible to admire the prince's portrait which had been sent
to him. However, he had it placed in as favorable a light
as possible, and sent for the princess, but the moment she
caught sight of it she looked the other way and began to
cry. The king, who was very much annoyed to see how
greatly she disliked it, took a mirror, and holding it up be-
fore the unhappy princess, said:
"I see you do not think the prince handsome, but look at
yourself, and see if you have any right to complain about
that."
Sire," she answered, "I do not wish to complain, only I
beg of you do not make me marry at all. I would rather
be the unhappy Princess Cabbage-Stalk all my life than in-
flict the sight of my ugliness on anyone else."
But the king would not listen to her, and sent her away
with the ambassadors.
In the meantime the prince was kept safely locked up
in his tower, and, that he might be as dull as possible, King
Grumpy ordered that no one should speak to him, and that
they should give him next to nothing to eat. But all the
prince's guards were so fond of him that they did everything
they dared, in spite of the king, to make the time pass
pleasantly.
One day, as the prince was walking up and down the great
gallery, thinking how miserable it was to be ugly, and to be
forced to marry an equally frightful princess, he looked up
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suddenly and noticed that the painted windows were particu-
larly bright and beautiful, and for the sake of doing some-
thing that would change his sad thoughts he began to exam-
ine them attentively. He found that the pictures seemed to
be scenes from the life of a man who appeared in every win-
dow, and the prince, fancying that he saw in this man some
resemblance to himself, began to be deeply interested. In
the first window there was a picture of him in one of the
turrets of the tower, further on he was seeking something
in a chink in the wall, in the next picture he was opening
an old cabinet with a golden key, and so it went on through
numbers of scenes, and presently the prince noticed that
another figure occupied the most important place in each
scene, and this time it was a tall, handsome young man;
poor Prince Curlicue found it a pleasure to look at him, he
was so straight and strong. By this time it had grown dark,
and the prince had to go back to his own room, and to amuse
himself he took up a quaint old book and began to look at
the pictures. But his surprise was great to find that they
represented the same scenes as the windows of the gallery,
and what was more, that they seemed to be alive. In look-
ing at pictures of musicians he saw their hands move and
heard sweet sounds; there was a picture of a ball, and the
prince could watch the little dancing people come and go.
He turned a page, and there was an excellent smell of
savory dinner, and one of the figures who sat at the feast
looked at him and said:
"We drink your health, Curlicue. Try to give us our
queen again, for if you do you will be rewarded; if not, it
will be the worse for you."
At these words the prince, who had been growing more and
more astonished, was fairly terrified, and dropping the book
with a crash he sank back insensible. The noise he made
brought his guards to his aid, and as soon as he revived they
asked him what was the matter. He answered that he was
so faint and giddy with hunger that he had imagined he saw
and heard all sorts of strange things. Thereupon in spite
of the king's orders the guards gave him an excellent sup-
per, and when he had eaten it he gain opened his book,
but could see none of the wonderful pictures, which con-
vinced him that he must have been dreaming before.
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However, when he went into the gallery next day and
looked at the painted windows again, he found that they
moved, and the figures came and went as if they had been
alive, and after watching the one who was like himself
find the key in the crack of the turret wall and open the old
cabinet, he determined to go and examine the place him-
self, and try to find out what the mystery was. So he went
up into the turret and began to search about and tap upon the
walls, and all at once he came upon a place that sounded
hollow. Taking a hammer he broke away a bit of the stone,
and found behind it a little golden key. The next thing
to do was to find the cabinet, and the prince soon came to it,
hidden away in a dark corner, though indeed it was so old
and battered-looking that he would never have noticed it
of his own accord. At first he could not see any keyhole, but
after a careful search he found one hidden in the carving,
and the golden key just fitted it; so the prince gave it a
vigorous turn and the doors flew open.
Ugly and old as the cabinet was outside, nothing could
have been more rich and beautiful than what met the
prince's astonished eyes. Every drawer was made of crystal,
of amber, or of some precious stone, and was quite full of
every kind of treasure. Prince Curlicue was delighted; he
opened one after another, until at last he came to one tiny
drawer which contained only an emerald key.
"I believe that this must open that little golden door in
the middle," said the prince to himself. And he fitted in
the little key and turned it. The tiny door swung back,
and a soft crimson light gleamed over the whole cabinet.
The prince found that it proceeded from an immense glowing
carbuncle, made into a box, which lay before him. He lost
no time in opening it, but what was his horror when he
found that it contained a man's hand, which was holding
a portrait. His first thought was to put back the terrible
box and fly from the turret; but a voice in his ear said:
" This hand belonged to one whom you can help and re-
store. Look at this beautiful portrait, the original of which
was the cause of all my misfortunes, and if you wish to help
me, go without a moment's delay to the great gallery, no-
lice where the sun's rays fall most brightly, and if you seek
there you will find my treasure."
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The voice ceased, and though the prince in his bewilder-
ment asked various questions, he received no answer. So he
put back the box and locked the cabinet up again, and, hav-
ing replaced the key in the crack in the wall, hastened down
to the gallery.
When he entered it all the windows shook and clattered
in the strangest way, but the prince did not heed them;
he was looking so carefully for the place where the sun
shone most brightly, and it seemed to him that it was upon
the portrait of a most splendidly handsome and well-dressed
young man.
He went up and examined it, and found that it rested
against the ebony and gold paneling, just like any of the
other pictures in the gallery. He was puzzled, not knowing
what to do next, until it occurred to him to see if the win-
dows would help him, and, looking at the nearest, he saw a
picture of himself lifting the picture from the wall.
The prince took the hint, and lifting aside the picture with-
out difficulty, found himself in a marble hall adorned with
statues; from this he passed on through numbers of splen-
did rooms, until at last he reached one all hung with blue
gauze. The walls were of turquoises, and upon a low couch
lay a lovely lady, who seemed to be asleep. Her hair, black
as ebony, was spread across the pillows, making her face look
ivory-white, and the prince noticed that she was unquiet;
and when he softly advanced, fearing to wake her, he could
hear her sigh, and murmur to herself:
Ahl how dared you think to win my love by separating
me from my beloved Florimond, and in my presence cutting
off that dear hand that even you should have feared and
honored "
And then the tears rolled slowly down the lovely lady's
cheeks, and Prince Curlicue began to comprehend that she
was under an enchantment, and that it was the hand of
her lover that he had found.
At this moment a huge eagle flew into the room, holding
in its talons a golden branch, upon which were growing
what looked like clusters of cherries, only every cherry was
a single glowing ruby.
This he presented to the prince, who guessed by this time
that he was in some way to break the enchantment that
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surrounded the sleeping lady. Taking the branch he touched
her lightly with it, saying:
"Fair one, I know not by what enchantment thou art
bound, but in the name of thy beloved Florimond I conjure
thee to come back to the life which thou hast lost, but not
forgotten."
Instantly the lady opened her lustrous eyes, and saw the
eagle hovering near.
"Ah! stay, dear love, stay," she cried. But the eagle,
uttering a dolorous cry, fluttered his broad wings and disap-
peared. Then the lady turned to Prince Curlicue, and said:
"I know that it is to you I owe my deliverance from an
enchantment which has held me for two hundred years. If
there is anything I can do for you in return, you have only
to tell me, and all my fairy power shall be used to make you
happy."
Madam," said Prince Curlicue, "I wish to be allowed to
restore your beloved Florimond to his natural form, since I
cannot forget the tears you shed for him."
That is very amiable of you, dear prince," said the fairy,
"but it is reserved for another person to do that. I cannot
explain more at present. But is there nothing you wish for
yourself?"
Madam," cried the prince, flinging himself down at her
feet, only look at my ugliness. I am called Curlicue, and
am an object of derision; I entreat you to make me less
ridiculous."
"Rise, prince," said the fairy, touching him with the
golden branch. "Be as accomplished as you are handsome,
and take the name of Prince Peerless, since that is the only
title which will suit you now."
Silent from joy, the prince kissed her hand to express his
thanks, and when he rose and saw his new reflection in
the mirrors which surrounded him, he understood that Cur-
licue was indeed gone forever.
"How I wish," said the fairy, "that I dared to tell you
what is in store for you, and warn you of the traps which
lie in your path, but I must not. Fly from the tower, prince,
and remember that the fairy Douceline will be your friend
always."
When she had finished speaking the prince, to his great
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astonishment, found himself no longer in the tower, but set
down in a thick forest at least a hundred leagues away from
it. And there we must leave him for the present, and see
what is happening elsewhere.
When the guards found that the prince did not ask for
his supper as usual, they went into his room, and not finding
him there, were very much alarmed, and searched the tower
from turret to dungeon, but without success. Knowing that
the king would certainly have their heads cut off for allowing
the prince to escape, they then agreed to say that he was ill,
and after making the smallest among them look as much like
Prince Curlicue as possible, they put him into his bed and
sent to inform the king.
King Grumpy was quite delighted to hear that his son
was ill, for he thought that he would all the sooner be
brought to do as he wished, and marry the princess. So
he sent back to the guards to say that the prince was to be
treated as severely as before, which was just what they had
hoped he would say. In the meantime the Princess Cab-
bage-Stalk had reached the palace, traveling in a litter.
King Grumpy went out to meet her, but when he saw her,
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with a sWhk like a tortoise's, her thick eyebrows meeting
above her large nose, and her mouth from ear to ear, he
could not help crying out:
"Well, I must say Curlicue is ugly enough, but I don't
think you need have thought twice before consenting to
marry him."
Sire," she replied, "I know too well what I am like to
be hurt by what you say, but I assure you that I have no
wish to marry your son. I had rather be called Princess
Cabbage-Stalk than Queen Curlicue."
This made King Grumpy very angry.
"Your father has sent you here to marry my son," he
said, "and you may be sure that I am not going to offend
him by altering his arrangements." So the poor princess
was sent away in disgrace to her own apartments, and the
ladies who attended upon her were charged to bring her to a
better mind.
At this juncture the guards, who were in great fear that
they would be found out, sent to tell the king that his son
was dead, which annoyed him very much. He at once made
up his mind that it was entirely the princess' fault, and
gave orders that she should be imprisoned in the tower in
Prince Curlicue's place. The Princess Cabbage-Stalk was
immensely astonished at this unjust proceeding, and sent
many messages of remonstrance to King Grumpy, but he
was in such a temper that no one dared to deliver them,
or to send the letters which the princess wrote to her father.
However, as she did not know this, she lived in hope of soon
going back to her own country, and tried to amuse herself as
well as she could until the time should come. Every day
she walked up and down the long gallery, until she too was
attracted by the ever-changing pictures in the windows, and
recognized herself in one of the figures. They seem to have
taken a great delight in painting me since I came to this
country," she said to herself. One would think that I and
my crutch were put in on purpose to make that slim, charm-
ing young shepherdess in the next picture look prettier by
contrast. Ah how nice it would be to be as pretty as that."
And then she looked at herself in a mirror, and turned away
quickly with tears in her eyes from the doleful sight. All
at once she became aware that she was not alone, for be-
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hind her stood a tiny old woman in a cap, who was as ugly
again as herself and quite as lame.
"Princess," she said, "your regrets are so piteous that
I have come to offer you the choice of goodness or beauty.
If you wish to be pretty you shall have your way, but you
will also be vain, capricious, and frivolous. If you remain
as you are now, you shall be wise and amiable and modest."
Alas! madam," cried the princess, "is it impossible
to be at once wise and beautiful?"
No, child," answered the old woman, "only to you it is
decreed that you must choose between the two. See, I have
brought with me my white-and-yellow muff. Breathe upon
the yellow side and you will become like the pretty shep-
herdess you so much admire, and you will have won the love
of the handsome shepherd whose picture I have already seen
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you studying with interest. Breathe upon the white side
and your looks will not alter, but you will grow better and
happier day by day. Now you may choose."
Ah, well," said the princess, "I suppose one can't have
everything, and it's certainly better to be good than pretty."
And so she breathed upon the white side of the muff
and thanked the old fairy, who immediately disappeared.
The Princess Cabbage-Stalk felt very forlorn when she was
gone, and began to think that it was quite time her father
sent an army to rescue her.
If I could but get up into the turret," she thought, to
see if anyone is coming." But to climb up there seemed im-
impossible. Nevertheless she presently hit upon a plan.
The great clock was in the turret, as she knew, though the
weights hung down into the gallery. Taking one of them off
the rope, she tied itself on in its place, and when the clock
was wound, up she went triumphantly into the turret. She
looked out over the country the first thing, but seeing noth-
ing she sat down to rest a little, and accidentally leaned back
against the wall which Curlicue, or rather Prince Peerless,
had so hastily mended. Out fell the broken stone, and with
it the golden key. The clatter it made upon the floor at-
tracted the Princess Cabbage-Stalk's attention.
She picked it up, and after a moment's consideration de-
cided that it must belong to the curious cabinet in the cor-
ner, which had no visible keyhole. And then it was not
long before she had it open, and was admiring the treasures
it contained as much as Prince Peerless had done before her,
and at last she came to the carbuncle box. No sooner had she
opened it than with a shudder of horror she tried to throw it
down, but found that some mysterious power compelled her
to hold it against her will. And at this moment a voice in
her ear said softly:
"Take courage, princess; upon this adventure your fu-
ture happiness depends."
What am I to do ?" said the princess, trembling.
"Take the box," replied the voice, "and hide it under
your pillow, and when you see an eagle, give it to him with-
out losing a moment."
Terrified as the princess was, she did not hesitate to obey,
and hastened to put back all the other precious things pre-
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cisely as she had found them. By this time her guards were
seeking her everywhere, and they were amazed to find her
up in the turret, for they said she could have only got
there by magic. For three days nothing happened, but at
last in the night the princess heard something flutter against
her window, and drawing back the curtains she saw in the
moonlight that it was an eagle.
Limping across at her utmost speed she threw the window
open, and the great eagle sailed in, beating with his wings
for joy. The princess lost no time in offering it the carbnucle
box, which it grasped in its talons, and instantly disappeared,
leaving in its place the most beautiful prince she had ever
seen, who was splendidly dressed, and wore a diamond
crown.
Princess," said he, for two hundred years has a wicked
enchanter kept me here. We both loved the same fairy,
but she preferred me. However, he was more powerful than
I, and succeeded, when for a moment I was off my guard, in
changing me into an eagle, while my queen was left in an
enchanted sleep. I knew that after two hundred years a
prince would recall her to the light of day, and a princess, in
restoring to me the hand which my enemy had cut off, would
give me back my natural form. The fairy who watches over
your destiny told me this, and it was she who guided you to
the cabinet in the turret, where she had placed my hand.
It is she also who permits me to show my gratitude to you
by granting whatever favor you may ask of me. Tell me,
princess, what is it that you wish for most? Shall I make
you as beautiful as you deserve to be?"
Ah, if you only would!" cried the princess, and at the
same moment she heard a crick-cracking in all her bones.
She grew tall and straight and pretty, with eyes like shining
stars, and a skin as white as milk.
"Oh, wonderful! can this really be my poor little self?"
she exclaimed, looking down in amazement at her tiny worn-
out crutch as it lay upon the floor.
"Indeed, princess," replied Florimond, "it is yourself,
but you must have a new name, since the old one does not
suit you now. Be called Princess Sunbeam, for you are
bright and charming enough to deserve the name."
And so saying he disappeared, and the princess, without
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knowing how she got there, found herself walking under
shady trees by a clear river. Of course, the first thing she
did was to look at her own reflection in the water, and she
was extremely surprised to find that she was exactly like the
shepherdess she had so much admired, and wore the same
white dress and flowery wreath that she had seen in the
painted windows. To complete the resemblance, her flock
of sheep appeared, grazing round her, and she found a gay
crook adorned with flowers upon the bank of the river.
Quite tired out by so many new and wonderful experiences,
the princess sat down to rest at the foot of a tree, and there
she fell fast asleep. Now it happened that it was in this
very country that Prince Peerless had been set down, and
while the Princess Sunbeam was still .sleeping peacefully,
he came strolling along in search of a shady pasture for
his sheep.
The moment he caught sight of the princess he recognized
her as the charming shepherdess whose picture he had so
often seen in the tower, and as she was far prettier than he
had remembered her, he was delighted that chance led him
that way.
He was still watching her admiringly when the princess
opened her eyes, and as she also recognized him they were
soon great friends. The princess asked Prince Peerless, as
he knew the country better than she did, to tell her of some
peasant who would give her a lodging, and he said he knew
of an old woman whose cottage would be the very place for
her, it was so nice and so pretty. So they went there to-
gether, and the princess was charmed with the old woman
and everything belonging to her. Supper was soon spread
for her under a shady tree, and she invited the prince to
share the cream and brown bread which the old woman pro-
vided. This he was delighted to do, and having first fetched
from his own garden all the strawberries, cherries, nuts, and
flowers he could find, they sat down together and were very
merry. After this they met every day as they guarded their
flocks, and were so happy that Prince Peerless begged the
princess to marry him, so that they might never be parted
again. Now though the Princess Sunbeam appeared to be
only a poor shepherdess she never forgot that she was a real
princess, and she was not at all sure that she ought to marry
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a humble shepherd, though she knew she would like to do so
very much.
So she resolved to consult an enchanter of whom she had
heard a great deal since. she had been a shepherdess, and
without saying a word to anybody she set out to find the
castle in which he lived with his sister, who was a powerful
fairy. The way was long, and lay through a thick wood,
where the princess heard strange voices calling to her from
every side, but she was in such a hurry that she stopped for
nothing, and at last she came to the court-yard of the en-
chanter's castle.
The grass and briers were growing as high as if it were a
hundred years since anyone had set foot there, but the
princess got through at last, though she gave herself a good
many scratches by the way, and then she went into a dark,
gloomy hall, where there was but one tiny hole in the wall
through which the daylight could enter. The hangings were
all of bats' wings, and from the ceiling hung twelve cats,
who filled the hall with their ear-piercing yells. Upon the
long table twelve mice were fastened by the tail, and just
in front of each one's nose, but quite beyond its reach, lay
a tempting morsel of fat bacon. So the cats could always
see the mice, but could not touch them, and the hungry mice
were tormented by the sight and smell of the delicious mor-
sels which they could never seize.
The princess was looking at the poor creatures in dis-
may, when the enchanter suddenly entered, wearing a long
black robe and with a crocodile upon his head. In his hand
he carried a whip made of twenty long snakes, all alive and
writhing, and the princess was so terrified at the sight that
she heartily wished she had never come. Without saying
a word she ran to the door, but it was covered with a thick
spider's web, and when she broke it she found another, and
another, and another. In fact there was no end to them;
the princess' arms ached with tearing them down, and yet
she was no nearer to getting out, and the wicked enchanter
behind her laughed maliciously. At last he said:
"You might spend the rest of your life over that with-
out doing any good, but as you are young, and quite the
prettiest creature I have seen for a long time, I will marry
you if you like, and I will give you those cats and mice
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that you see there for your own. They are princes and prin-
cesses who have happened to offend me. They used to love
one another as much as they now hate one another. Aha!
It's a pretty little revenge to keep them like that."
"Oh! If you would only change me into a mouse too,"
cried the princess.
"Oh! so you won't marry me?" said he. "Little sim-
pleton, you should have everything heart can desire."
"No, indeed; nothing should make me marry you; in
fact, I don't think I shall ever love anyone," cried the
princess.
"In that case," said the enchanter, touching her, "you
had better become a particular kind of creature that is
neither fish nor fowl; you shall be light and airy, and as
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green as the grass you live in. Off with you, Madam Grass-
hopper." And the princess, rejoiced to find herself free once
more, skipped out into the garden, the prettiest little green
grasshopper in the world. But as soon as she was safely out
she began to be rather sorry for herself.
Ah! Florimond," she sighed, "is this the end of your
gift? Certainly beauty is short-lived, and this funny little
face and a green crape dress are a comical end to it. I had
better have married my amiable shepherd. It must be for
my pride that I am condemned to be a grasshopper, and
sing day and night in the grass by this brook, when I feel
far more inclined to cry."
In the meantime Prince Peerless had discovered the prin-
cess' absence, and was lamenting over it by the river's
brim, when he suddenly became aware of the presence of a
little old woman. She was quaintly dressed in a ruff and
farthingale, and a velvet hood covered her snow-white hair.
"You seem sorrowful, my son," she said. "What is the
matter?"
Alas! mother," answered the prince, "I have lost my
sweet shepherdess, but I am determined to find her again,
though I should have to traverse the whole world in search of
her."
"Go that way, my son," said the old woman, pointing
toward the path that led to the castle. "I have an idea
that you will soon overtake her."
The prince thanked her heartily and set out. As he met
with no hindrance, he soon reached the enchanted wood
which surrounded the castle, and there he thought he saw
the Princess Sunbeam gliding before him among the trees.
Prince Peerless hastened after her at the top of his speed,
but could not get any nearer; then he called to her:
"Sunbeam, my darling-only wait for me a moment."
But the phantom did but fly the faster, and the prince
spent the whole day in this vain pursuit. When night came
he saw the castle before him all lighted up, and as he imag-
ined that the princess must be in it, he made haste to get
there too. He entered without difficulty, and in the hall
the terrible old fairy met him. She was so thin that the light
shone through her, and her eyes glowed like lamps; her skin
was like a shark's, her arms were thin as laths, and her fingers
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like spindles. Nevertheless she wore rouge and patches, a
mantle of silver brocade and a crown of diamonds, and her
dress was covered with jewels and green and pink ribbons.
At last you have come to see me, prince," said she.
SDon't waste another thought upon that little shepherdess,
who is unworthy of your notice. I am the queen of the
comets, and can bring you to great honor if you will marry
me."
Marry you, madam!" cried the prince in horror. No,
I will never consent to that."
Thereupon the fairy, in a rage, gave two strokes of her
wand and filled the gallery with horrid goblins, against whom
the prince had to fight for his life. Though he had only
his dagger, he defended himself so well that he escaped with-
out any harm, and presently the old fairy stopped the fray
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and asked the prince if he was still of the same mind. When
he answered firmly that he was, she called up the appearance
of the Princess Sunbeam to the other end of the gallery, and
said:
"You see your beloved there? Take care what you are
about, for if you again refuse to marry me she shall be torn
in pieces by two tigers."
The prince was distracted, for he fancied he heard his dear
shepherdess weeping and begging him to save her. In de-
spair he cried:
"Oh, Fairy Douceline, have you abandoned me after so
many promises of friendship? Help, help us now "
Immediately a soft voice said in his ear:
"Be firm, happen what may, and seek the golden branch."
Thus encouraged, the prince persevered in his refusal, and
at length the old fairy in her fury cried:
"Get out of my sight, obstinate prince. Become a
cricket! "
And instantly the handsome Prince Peerless became a poor
little black cricket, whose only idea would have been to
find a cozy cranny behind some blazing hearth, if he had
not luckily remembered Fairy Douceline's injunction to
seek the golden branch.
So he hastened to depart from the fatal castle, and sought
shelter in a hollow tree, where he found a forlorn-looking
little grasshopper crouching in a corner, too miserable to
sing.
Without in the least expecting an answer, the prince
asked it:
And where may you be going, Gammer Grasshopper ?"
"Where are you going yourself, Gaffer Cricket? replied
the grasshopper.
"What! can you speak?" said he.
Why should I not speak as well as you? Isn't a grass-
hopper as good as a cricket?" said she.
"I can talk because I was a prince," said the cricket.
And for that very same reason I ought to be able to talk
more than you, for I was a princess," replied the grasshopper.
Then you have met with the same fate as I have," said
he. But where are you going now Cannot we journey to-
gether ?"
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"I seemed to hear a voice in the air which said: 'Be
firm, happen what may, and seek the golden branch,'" an-
swered the grasshopper, and I thought the command must
be for me, so I started at once, though I don't know the way."
At this moment their conversation was interrupted by two
mice, who, breathless from running, flung themselves head-
long through the hole into the tree, nearly crushing the
grasshopper and the cricket, though they got out of the way
as fast as they could and stood up in a dark corner.
Ah, madam," said the fatter of the two, "I have such a
pain in my side from running so fast. How does your high-
ness find yourself ? "
"I have pulled my tail off," replied the younger mouse,
"but as I should be on the sorcerer's table unless I had,
I do not regret it. Are we pursued, think you? How lucky
we were to escape "
I only trust that we may escape cats and traps, and reach
the golden branch soon," said the fat mouse.
You know the way then ?" said the other.
"Oh, dear, yes! as well as the way to my own house,
madam. This golden branch is indeed a marvel; a single
leaf from it makes one rich forever. It breaks enchantments,
and makes all who approach it young and beautiful. We
must set out for it at the break of day."
"May we have the honor of traveling with you-this re-
spectable cricket and myself said the grasshopper, step-
ping forward. "We also are on a pilgrimage to the golden
branch."
The mice courteously assented, and after many polite
speeches the whole party fell asleep. With the earliest dawn
they were on their way, and though the mice were in con-
stant fear of being overtaken or trapped, they reached the
golden branch in safety.
It grew in the midst of a wonderful garden, all the paths
of which were strewn with pearls as big as peas. The roses
were crimson diamonds, with emerald leaves. The pome-
granates were garnets, the marigolds topazes, the daffodils
yellow diamonds, the violets sapphires, the cornflowers tur-
quoises, the tulips amethysts, opals, and diamonds, so that
the garden borders blazed like the sun. The golden branch
itself had become as tall as a forest tree, and sparkled with
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ruby cherries to its topmost twig. No sooner had the grass-
hopper and the cricket touched it than they were restored to
their natural forms, and their surprise and joy were great
when they recognized each other. At this moment Flori-
mond and Fairy Douceline appeared in great splendor, and
the fairy, as she descended from her chariot, said with a
smile:
"So you two have found one another again, I see, but
I have still a surprise left for you. Don't hesitate, prin-
cess, to tell your devoted shepherd how dearly you love him,
as he is the very prince your father sent you to marry. So
come here both of you and let me crown you, and we will
have the wedding at once."
The prince and princess thanked her with all their hearts,
and declared that to her they owed all their happiness,
and then the two princesses who had so lately been
mice came and begged that the fairy would use her power
to release their unhappy friends who were still under the en-
chanter's spell.
Really," said Fairy Douceline, on this happy occasion I
cannot find it in my heart to refuse you anything." And she
gave three strokes of her wand upon the golden branch, and
immediately all the prisoners in the enchanter's castle found
themselves free, and came with all speed to the wonderful
garden, where one touch of the golden branch restored each
one to his natural form, and they greeted one another with
many rejoicings. To complete her generous work the fairy
presented them with the wonderful cabinet and all the treas-
ures it contained, which were worth at least ten kingdoms.
But to Prince Peerless and the Princess Sunbeam she gave
the palace and garden of the golden branch, where, im-
mensely rich and greatly beloved by all their subjects, they
liver happily ever after.
THE THREE DWARFS.*
There was once upon a time a man who lost his wife, and
a woman who lost her husband; and the man had a daughter
and so had the woman. The two girls were great friends and
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used often to play together. One day the woman turned to
the man's daughter and said:
"Go and tell your father that I will marry him, and then
you shall wash in milk and drink wine, but my own daughter
shall wash in water and drink it too."
The girl went straight home and told her father what the
woman had said.
"What am I to do?" he answered. "Marriage is either
a success or it is a failure."
At last, being of an undecided character and not being
able to make up his mind, he took off his boot, and hand-
ing it to his daughter, said:
"Take this boot which has a hole in the sole, and hang it
up on a nail in the hay-loft, and pour water into it. If it
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holds water I will marry again, but if it doesn't I won't."
The girl did as she was bid, but the water drew the hole
together and the boot filled up to the very top. So she went
and told her father the result. He got up and went to see
for himself, and when he saw that it was true and no mistake,
he accepted his fate, proposed to the widow, and they were
married at once.
On the morning after the wedding, when the two girls
awoke, milk was standing for the man's daughter to wash
in and wine for her to drink; but for the woman's daughter,
only water to wash in and only water to drink. On the
second morning, water to wash in and water to drink was
standing for the man's daughter as well. And on the third
morning, water to wash in and water to drink was standing
for the man's daughter, and milk to wash in and wine to
drink for the woman's daughter; and so it continued ever
after. The woman hated her stepdaughter from the bottom
of her heart, and did all she could to make her life miserable.
She was as jealous as she could possibly be, because the girl
was so beautiful and charming, while her own daughter was
both ugly and repulsive.
One winter's day when there was a hard frost, and
mountain and valley were covered with snow, the woman
made a dress of paper, and calling the girl to her said:
There, put on this dress and go out into the wood and
fetch me a basket of strawberries! "
"Now Heaven help us," replied her stepdaughter; straw-
berries don't grow in winter; the earth is all frozen and the
snow has covered up everything; and why send me in a
paper dress? It is so cold outside that one's very breath
freezes; the wind will whistle through my dress, and the
brambles tear it from my body."
"How dare you contradict me!" said her stepmother;
"be off with you at once, and don't show your face again
till you have filled the basket with strawberries."
Then she gave her a hard crust of bread, saying:
"That will be enough for you to-day," and she thought
to herself: "The girl will certainly perish of hunger and
cold outside, and I shan't be bothered with her any more."
The girl was so obedient that she put on the paper dress
and set out with her little basket. There was nothing but
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snow far and near, and not a green blade of grass to be seen
anywhere. When she came to the wood she saw a little
house, and out of it peeped three little dwarfs. She wished
them good-day, and knocked modestly at the door. They
called out to her to enter, so she stepped in and sat down on
a seat by the fire, wishing to warm herself and eat some
breakfast. The dwarfs said at once: Give us some of your
food!"
Gladly," she said, and breaking her crust in two, she
gave them the half.
Then they asked her what she was doing in the depths
of winter in her thin dress.
"Oh," she answered, "I have been sent to get a basketful
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of strawberries; and I aren't show my face again at home
till I bring them with me."
When she had finished her bread they gave her a broom
and told her to sweep away the snow from the back door.
As soon as she left the room the three little men consulted
what they should give her as a reward for being so sweet
and good, and for sharing her last crust with them.
The first said: "Every day she shall grow prettier."
The second: "Every time she opens her mouth a piece
of gold shall fall out."
And the third: "A king shall come and marry her."
The girl in the meantime was doing as the dwarfs had
bidden her, and was sweeping the snow away from the
back door, and what do you think she found there? Heaps
of fine ripe strawberries that showed out dark red against
the white snow. She joyfully picked enough to fill her
basket, thanked the little men for their kindness, shook
hands with them, and ran home to bring her stepmother
what she had asked for. When she walked in and said
"Good-evening," a piece of gold fell out of her mouth.
Then she told what had happened to her in the wood, and
at every word pieces of gold dropped from her mouth, so
that the room was soon covered with them.
"She's surely more money than wit to throw gold about
like that," said her stepsister, but in her secret heart she
was very jealous, and determined that she too would go
to the wood and look for strawberries. But her mother re-
fused to let her go, saying:
"My dear child, it is far too cold; you might freeze to
death."
The girl, however, left her no peace, so she was forced at
last to give in, but she insisted on her putting on a beautiful
fur cloak, and she gave her bread-and-butter and cakes to
eat on the way.
The girl went straight to the little house in the wood,
and as before the three little men were looking out of the
window. She took no notice of them, and without as
much as "By your leave," or "With your leave," she
flounced into the room, sat herself down at the fire, and
began to eat her bread-and-butter and cakes.
Give us some," cried the dwarfs.
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But she answered: "No, I won't, it's hardly enough for
myself; so catch me giving you any."
When she had finished eating they said:
There's a broom for you, go and clear up our back door."
"I'll see myself further," she answered rudely. "Do it
yourselves; I'm not your servant."
When she saw that they did not mean to give her any-
thing, she left the house in no amiable frame of mind.
Then the three little men consulted what they should do
to her, because she was so bad and had such an evil, covetous
heart that she grudged everybody their good fortune.
The first said: She shall grow uglier every day."
The second: Every time she speaks a toad shall jump
out of her mouth."
And the third: "She shall die a most miserable death."
The girl searched for strawberries, but she found none,
and returned home in a very bad temper. When she opened
her mouth to tell her mother what had befallen her in the
wood, a toad jumped out, so that everyone was quite dis-
gusted with her.
Then the stepmother was more furious than ever, and
did nothing but plot mischief against the man's daughter,
who was daily growing more and more beautiful. At last,
one day the wicked woman took a large pot, put it on the
fire, and boiled some yarn in it. When it was well scalded
phe hung it round the poor girl's shoulder, and giving her
an ax, she bade her break a hole in the frozen river, and
rinse the yarn in it. Her stepdaughter obeyed as usual,
and went and broke a hole in the ice. When she was in the
act of wringing out the yarn a magnificent carriage passed,
and the king sat inside. The carriage stood still, and the
king asked her:
My child, who are you, and what in the wide world are
you doing here?"
I am only a poor girl," she answered, "and am rinsing
out my yarn in the river." Then the king was sorry for her,
and when he saw how beautiful she was he said:
"Will you come away with me?"
"Most gladly," she replied, for she knew how willingly
she would leave her stepmother and sister, and how glad
they would be to be rid of her.
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So she stepped into the carriage and drove away with
the king, and when they reached his palace the wedding was
celebrated with much splendor. So all turned out just as
the three little dwarfs had said. After a year the queen
gave birth to a little son. When her stepmother heard of
her good fortune she came to the palace with her daughter
by way of paying a call, and took up her abode there. Now
one day, when the king was out and nobody else near, the bad
woman took the queen by her head, and the daughter took
her by her heels, and they dragged her from her bed, and
flung her out of the window into the stream which flowed
beneath it. Then the stepmother laid her ugly daughter
in the queen's place, and covered her up with the clothes,
so that nothing of her was seen. When the king came home
and wished to speak to his wife the woman called out:
Quietly, quietly! this will never do; your wife is very
ill, you must let her rest all to-day." The king suspected
no evil, and didn't come again until next morning. When
he spoke to his wife and she answered him, instead of the
usual piece of gold a toad jumped out of her mouth. Then
he asked what it meant, and the old woman told him it was
nothing but weakness, and that she would soon be all right
again.
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But that same evening the scullion noticed a duck swim-
ming up the gutter, saying as it passed:
What does the King, I pray you tell,
Is he awake or sleeps he well?"
and receiving no reply it continued:
And all my guests, are they asleep?
and the scullion answered:
Yes, one and all they slumber deep."
Then the duck went on:
And what about my baby dear? "
and he answered:
Oh, it sleeps soundly, never fear."
Then the duck assumed the queen's shape, went up to
the child's room, tucked him up comfortably in his cradle,
and then swam back down the gutter again, in the like-
ness of a duck. This was repeated for two nights, and on
the third the duck said to the scullion:
"Go and tell the king to swing his sword three times
over me on the threshold."
The scullion did as the creature bade him, and the king
came with his sword and swung it three times over the
bird, and lo and behold! his wife stood before him once
more, alive, and as blooming as ever.
The king rejoiced greatly, but he kept the queen in hiding
till the Sunday on which the child was to be christened.
After the christening he said:
"What punishment does that person deserve who drags
another out of bed, and throws him or her, as the case may
be, into the water?"
Then the wicked stepmother answered:
"No better fate than to be put in a barrel lined with
sharp nails, and to be rolled in it down the hill into the
water."
"You have pronounced your own doom," said the king;
and he ordered a barrel to be made lined with sharp nails,
and in it he put the bad old woman and her daughter. Then
it was fastened down securely, and the barrel was rolled
down the hill till it fell into the river.
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DAPPLEGRIM.*
There was once upon a time a couple of rich folks who
had twelve sons, and when the youngest was grown up he
would not stay at home any longer, but he would go out into
the world and seek his fortune. His father and mother
said that they thought he was very well off at home, and
that he was welcome to stay with them; but he could not
rest, and said that he must and would go, so at last they
had to give him leave. When he had walked a long way,
he came to a king's palace. There he asked for a place
and got it.
Now the daughter of the king of that country had been
carried off into the mountains by a troll, and the king had
no other children, and for this cause both he and all his
people were full of sorrow and affliction, and the king had
promised the princess and half his kingdom to anyone
who would set her free; but there was no one who could
do it, though a great number had tried. So when the youth
had been there for the space of a year or so, he wanted to
go home again to pay his parents a visit; but when he got
there his father and mother were dead, and his brothers had
divided everything that their parents possessed between
themselves, so that there was nothing at all left for him.
Shall I, then, receive nothing at all of my inheritance ?"
asked the youth.
Who could know that you were still alive-you who
have been a wanderer so long?" answered the brothers.
"However, there are twelve mares upon the hills which we
have not yet divided among us, and if you would like to
have them for your share, you may take them."
So the youth, well pleased with this, thanked them, and
at once set off to the hill where the twelve mares were at
pasture. When he got up there and found them, each mare
had her foal, and by the side of one of them was a big
dapple-gray foal as well, which was so sleek that it shone
again.
"Well, my little foal, you are a fine fellow!" said the
youth.
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Yes, but if you will kill all the other little foals so that
I can suck all the mares for a year, you shall see how big
and handsome I shall be then I said the foal.
So the youth did this-he killed all the twelve foals, and
then wont back again.
Next year, when he came home again to look after his
mares and the foal, it was as fat as it could be, and its
coat shone with brightness, and it was so big that the lad
had the greatest difficulty in getting on its back, and each
of the mares had another foal.
"Well, it's very evident that I have lost nothing by let-
ting you suck all my mares," said the lad to the yearling;
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"but now you are quite big enough, and must come away
with me."
"No," said the colt, "I must stay here another year;
kill the twelve little foals, and then I can suck all the mares
this year also, and you shall see how big and handsome
I shall be by summer."
So the youth did it again, and when he went up on the
hill next year to look after his colt and mares, each of the
mares had her foal again; but the dappled colt was so big
that when the lad wanted to feel its neck to see how fat it
was, he could not reach up to it, it was so high, and it was so
bright that the light glanced off its coat. "Big and hand-
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some you were last year, my colt, but this year you are ever
so much handsomer," said the youth; "in all the king's
court no such horse is to be found. But now you shall come
away with me."
"No," said the dappled colt once more; "here I must
stay for another year. Just kill the twelve little foals
again, so that I can suck the mares this year also, and then
come and look at me in the summer."
So the youth did it-he killed all the little foals, and
then went home again.
But next year, when he returned to look after the dap-
pled colt and the mares, he was quite appalled. He had
never imagined that any horse could become so big and over-
grown, for the dappled horse had to lie down on all fours
before the youth could get on his back, and it was very hard
to do that even when it was lying down, and it was so plump
that its coat shone and glistened just as if it had been a
looking-glass. This time the dappled horse was not unwill-
ing to go away with the youth, so he mounted it, and when he
came riding home to his brothers they all smote their hands
together and crossed themselves, for never in their lives
had they either seen or heard tell of such a horse as that.
"If you will procure me the best shoes for my horse,
and the most magnificent saddle and bridle that can be
found," said the youth, "you may have all my twelve mares
just as they are standing out on the hill, and their twelve
foals into the bargain." For this year also each mare had
her foal. The brothers were quite willing to do this; so the
lad got such shoes for his horse that the sticks and stones
flew high up into the air as he rode away over the hills, and
such a gold saddle and such a gold bridle that they could be
seen glittering and glancing from afar.
And now we will go to the king's palace," said Dapple-
grim-that was the horse's name, "but bear in mind that
you must ask the king for a good stable and excellent fodder
for me."
So the lad promised not to forget to do that. He rode
to the palace, and it will be easily understood that with
such a horse as he had he was not long on the way.
When he arrived there the king was standing out on the
steps, and how he did stare at the man who came riding up!
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Nay," said he, never in my whole life have I seen such
a man and such a horse."
And when the youth inquired if he could have a place in
the king's palace, the king was so delighted that he could
have danced on the steps where he was standing, and there
and then the lad was told that he should have a place.
"Yes; but I must have a good stable and most excellent
fodder for my horse," said he.
So they told him that he should have sweet hay and
oats, and as much of them as the dappled horse chose to
have, and all the other riders had to take their horses out
of the stable that Dapplegrim might stand alone and really
have plenty of room.
But this did not last long, for the other people in the
king's court became envious of the lad, and there was no
bad thing that they would not have done to him if they
had but dared. At last they bethought themselves of telling
the king that the youth had said that, if he chose, he was
quite able to rescue the princess who had been carried off
into the mountain a long time ago by the troll.
The king immediately summoned the lad into his pres-
ence, and said that he had been informed that he had said
that it was in his power to rescue the princess, so he was
now to do it. If he succeeded in this he no doubt knew
that the king had promised his daughter and half the king-
dom to anyone who set her free, which promise should be
faithfully kept, but if he failed he should be put to death.
The youth denied that he had said this, but all to no pur-
pose, for the king was deaf to all his words; so there was
nothing to be done but say that he would make the attempt.
He went down into the stable, and very sad and full of
care he was. Then Dapplegrim inquired why he was so
troubled, and the youth told him, and said that he did not
know what to do, "for as to setting the princess free, that
was downright impossible."
Oh, but it might be done," said Dapplegrim. "I will
help you; but you must first have me well shod. You must
ask for ten pounds of iron and twelve pounds of steel for
the shoeing, and one smith to hammer and one to hold."
So the youth did this, and no one said him nay. He got
both the iron and the steel and the smiths, and thus was
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Dapplegrim shod strongly and well, and when the youth
went out of the king's palace a cloud of dust rose up behind
him. But when he came to the mountain into which the
princess had been carried, the difficulty was to ascend the
precipitous wall of rock by which he was to get on to the
mountain beyond, for the rock stood right up on end, as
steep as a house side and as smooth as a sheet of glass.
The first time the youth rode at it he got a little way up
the precipice, but then both Dapplegrim's fore legs slipped,
and down came horse and rider with a sound like thunder
among the mountains. The next time that he rode at it he
got a little further up, but then one of Dapplegrim's fore
legs slipped, and down they went with the sound of a land-
slip. But the third time Dapplegrim said, "Now we must
show what we can do," and went at it once more till the
stones sprang up sky-high, and thus they got up. Then the
lad rode into the mountain cleft at full gallop and caught
up the princess on his saddle-bow, and then out again
before the troll even had time to stand up, and thus the
princess was set free.
When the youth returned to the palace the king was both
happy and delighted to get his daughter back again, as
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may easily be believed, but somehow or other the people
about the court had so worked on him that he was angry
with the lad too. "Thou shalt have my thanks for setting
my princess free," he said, when the youth came into the
palace with her, and was then about to go away.
She ought to be just as much my princess as she is
yours now, for you are a man of your word," said the
youth.
"Yes, yes," said the king. "Have her thou shalt, as I
have said it; but first of all thou must make the sun shine
into my palace here."
For there was a large and high hill outside the windows
which overshadowed the palace so much that the sun could
not shine in.
"That was no part of our bargain," answered the youth.
"But as nothing that I can say will move you, I suppose I
shall have to try to do my best, for the princess I will
have."
So he went down to Dapplegrim again and told him what
the king desired, and Dapplegrim thought that it might
easily be done; but first of all he must have new shoes, and
ten pounds of iron and twelve pounds of steel must go to
the making of them, and two smiths were also necessary,
one to hammer and one to hold, and then it would be very
easy to make the sun shine into the king's palace.
The lad asked for these things and obtained them in-
stantly, for the king thought that for very shame he could
not refuse to give them, and so Dapplegrim got new shoes,
and they were good ones. The youth seated himself on
him, and once more they went their way, and for each hop
that Dapplegrim made, down went the hill fifteen ells into
the earth, and so they went on until there was no hill left
for the king to see.
When the youth came down again to the king's palace
he asked the king if the princess should not at last be his,
for now no one could say that the sun was not shining into
the palace. But the other people in the palace had again
stirred up the king, and he answered that the youth should
have her, and that he had never intended that he should not;
but first of all he must get her quite as good a horse to ride
to the wedding on as that which he had himself. The youth
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said that the king had never told him he was to do'
that, and it seemed to him that he had now really earned
the princess; but the king stuck to what he had said, and if
the youth were unable to do it he was to lose his life, the
king said. The youth went down to the stable again, and
very sad and sorrowful he was, as anyone may well imagine.
Then he told Dapplegrim that the king had now required
that he should get the princess as good a bridal horse as
that which the bridegroom had, or he should lose his life.
"But that will be no easy thing to do," said he, "for your
equal is not to be found in all the world."
"Oh, yes, there is one to match me," said Dapplegrim.
"But it will not be easy to get him, for he is underground.
However, we will try. Now you must go up to the king and
ask for new shoes for me, and for them we must again have
ten pounds of iron, twelve pounds of steel, and two smiths,
one to hammer and one to hold, but be very particular to
see that the hooks are very sharp. And you must also ask
for twelve barrels of rye, and twelve slaughtered oxen must
we have with us, and all the twelve ox-hides with twelve hun-
dred spikes set in each of them; all these things must we
have, likewise a barrel of tar with twelve tons of tar in it."
The youth went to the king and asked for all the things that
Dapplegrim had named, and once more, as the king thought
that it would be disagreeable to refuse them to him, he ob-
tained them all.
So he mounted Dapplegrim and rode away from the court,
and when he had ridden for a long, long time over hills and
moors, Dapplegrim asked: "Do you hear anything?"
"Yes; there is such a dreadful whistling up above in the
air that I think I am growing quite alarmed," said the
youth.
That is all the wild birds in the forest flying about;
they are sent to stop us," said Dapplegrim. "But just cut
a hole in the corn sacks, and then they will be so busy with
the corn that they will forget us."
The youth did it. He cut holes in the corn sacks so that
barley and rye ran out on every side, and all the wild birds
that were in the forest came in such numbers that they dark-
ened the sun. But when they caught sight of the corn
they could not refrain from it, but flew down and began to
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scratch and pick at the corn and rye, and at last they began
to fight among themselves, and forgot all about the youth
and Dapplegrim, and did them no harm.
And now the youth rode onward for a long, long time,
over hill and dale, over rocky places and morasses, and
then Dapplegrim began to listen again, and asked the youth
if he heard anything now.
"Yes; now I hear such a dreadful crackling and crash-
ing in the forest on every side that I think I shall be really
afraid," said the youth.
"That is all the wild beasts of the forest," said Dapple-
grim; "they are sent out to stop us. But just throw out
the twelve carcasses of the oxen, and they will be so much
occupied with them that they will quite forget us." So the
youth threw out the carcasses of the oxen, and then all the
wild beasts in the forest, both bears and wolves, and lions,
and grim beasts of all kinds came. But when they caught
sight of the carcasses of the oxen they began to fight for
them until the blood flowed, and they entirely forgot Dap-
plegrim and the youth.
So the youth rode onward again, and many and many
were the new scenes they saw, for traveling on Dapplegrim's
back was not traveling slowly, as may be imagined, and then
Dapplegrim neighed.
"Do you hear anything?" he said.
"Yes; I heard something like a foal neighing quite
plainly a long way off," answered the youth.
"That's a full-grown colt," said Dapplegrim, "if you hear
it so plainly when it is so far away from us."
So they traveled onward a long time, and saw one new
scene after another once more. Then Dapplegrim neighed
again.
"Do you hear anything now ?" said he.
"Yes; now I heard it quite distinctly, and it neighed
like a full-grown horse," answered the youth.
Yes, and you will hear it again very soon," said Dapple-
grim; "and then you will hear what a voice it has."
So they traveled on through many more different kinds
of country, and then Dapplegrim neighed for the third
time; but before he could ask the youth if he heard anything,
there was such a neighing on the other side of the heath
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that the youth thought that the hills and rocks would be
rent in pieces.
"Now he is here!" said Dapplegrim. "Be quick, and
fling over me the ox-hides that have spikes in them, throw
the twelve tons of tar over the field, and climb up into that
great spruce fir tree. When he comes, fire will spurt out
of both nostrils, and then the tar will catch fire. Now mark
what I say-if the flame ascends I conquer, and if it sinks
I fail; but if you see that I am winning, fling the bridle,
which you must take off me, over his head, and then he will
become quite gentle."
Just as the youth had flung all the hides with the spikes
over Dapplegrim, and the tar over the field, and had got
safely up into the spruce fir, a horse came with flame spout-
ing from his nostrils, and the tar caught fire in a moment;
and Dapplegrim and the horse began to fight until the
stones leaped up to the sky. They bit, and they fought
with their fore legs and their hind legs, and sometimes the
youth looked at them, and sometimes he looked at the tar,
but at last the flames began to rise, for wheresoever the
strange horse bit or wheresoever he kicked he hit upon the
spikes in the hides, and at length he had to yield. When
the youth saw that, he was not long in getting down from the
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tree and flinging the bridle over the horse's head, and then
he became so tame that he might have been led by a thin
string.
This horse was dappled too, and so like Dapplegrim that
no one could distinguish the one from the other. The
youth seated himself on the dappled horse which he had
captured, and rode home again to the king's palace, and
Dapplegrim ran loose by his side. When he got there, the.
king was standing outside in the court-yard.
"Can you tell me which is the horse I have caught, and
which is the one I had before?" said the youth. "If you
can't, I think your daughter is mine."
The king went and looked at both the dappled horses; he
looked high and he looked low, he looked before and he
looked behind, but there was not a hair's difference between
the two.
"No," said the king; "that I cannot tell thee, and as
thou hast procured such a splendid bridal horse for my
daughter thou shalt have her; but first we must have one
more trial, just to see if thou art fated to have her. She
shall hide herself twice, and then thou shalt hide thyself"
twice. If thou canst find her each time that she hides her-
self, and if she cannot find thee in thy hiding-places, then
it is fated, and thou shalt have the princess."
That, too, was not in our bargain," said the youth. "But
we will make this trial since it must be so."
So the king's daughter was to hide herself first.
Then she changed herself into a duck and lay swimming
in a lake that was just outside the palace. But the youth
went down into the stable and asked Dapplegrim what she
had done with herself.
"Oh, all that you have to do is to take your gun, and go
down to the water and aim at the duck which is swimming
about there, and she will soon discover herself," said Dap-
plegrim.
The youth snatched up his gun and ran to the lake. "I
will just have a shot at that duck," said he, and began to aim
at it.
Oh, no, dear friend, don't shoot! It is I," said the prin-
cess. So he had found her once.
The second time the princess changed herself into a loaf,
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and laid herself on the table among four other loaves; and
she was so like the other loaves that no one could see any
difference between them.
But the youth again went down to the stable to Dapple-
grim, and told him that the princess had hidden herself
again, and that he had not the least idea what had become
of her.
"Oh, just take a very large bread-knife, sharpen it, and
pretend that you are going to cut straight through the third
of the four loaves which are lying on the kitchen table in
the king's palace-count them from right to left-and you
will soon find her," said Dapplegrim.
So the youth went up to the kitchen, and began to sharpen
the largest bread-knife that he could find; then he caught
hold of the third loaf on the left-hand side, and put
the knife to it as if he meant to cut it straight in
two. I will have a bit of this bread for myself," said he.
No, dear friend, don't cut, it is I!" said the princess
again; so he had found her the second time.
And now it was his turn to go and hide himself; but
Dapplegrim had given him such good instructions that it
was not easy to find him. First he turned himself into a
horse-fly, and hid himself in Dapplegrim's left nostril. The
princess went poking about and searching everywhere, high
and low, and wanted to go into Dapplegrim's stall too, but
he began to bite and kick about so that she was afraid to
go there, and could not find the youth. Well," said she, as
I am unable to find you, you must show yourself;" where-
upon the youth immediately appeared, standing there on the
stable floor.
Dapplegrim told him what he was to do the second time,
and he turned himself into a lump of earth, and stuck him-
self between the hoof and the shoe on Dapplegrim's left
fore foot. Once more the king's daughter went and sought
everywhere, inside and outside, until at last she came into
the stable, and wanted to go into the stall beside Dapple-
grim. So this time he allowed her to go into it, and she
peered about high and low, but she could rot look under his
hoofs, for he stood much too firmly on his legs for that, and
ahe could not find the youth.
"Well, you will just have to show where you are your-
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self, for I can't find you," said the princess, and in an in-
stant the youth was standing by her side on the floor of the
stable.
Now you are mine! said he to the princess. Now you
can see that it is fated that she should be mine," he said to
the king.
"Yes, fated it is," said the king. "So what must be,
must."
Then everything was made ready for the wedding with
great splendor and promptitude, and the youth rode to
church on Dapplegrim, and the king's daughter on the other
horse. So everyone must see that they could not be long on
their way thither.
THE ENCHANTED CANARY.*
I.
Once upon a time in the reign of King Gambrinus,
there lived at Avesnes one of his lords, who was the finest
man-by which I mean the fattest-in the whole country of
Flanders. He ate four meals a day, slept twelve hours
out of the twenty-four, and the only thing he ever did was
to shoot at small birds with his bow and arrow.
Still, with all his practice he shot very badly, he was so
fat and heavy, and as he grew daily fatter, he was obliged
to give up walking, and be dragged about in a wheel-chair,
and the people made fun of him, and gave him the name of
my Lord Tubby.
Now, the only trouble that Lord Tubby had was about his
son, whom he loved very much, although they were not in the
least alike, for the young prince was as thin as a cuckoo.
And what vexed him more than all was, that though the
young ladies throughout all his lands did their best to make
the prince fall in love with them, he would have nothing to
say to any of them, and told his father he did not wish to
marry.
Instead of chatting to them in the dusk, he wandered
about in the woods, whispering to the moon. No wonder the
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young ladies thought him very odd, but they liked him all
the better for that; and as he had received at his birth the
name of Desire, they all called him d'Amour Desire.
"What is the matter with you?" his father often said to
him. "You have everything you can possibly wish for; a
good bed, good food, and tuns full of beer. The only thing
you want, in order to become as fat as a pig, is a wife that
can bring you broad, rich lands. So marry, and you will be
perfectly happy."
"I ask nothing better than to marry," replied Desire,
"but I have never seen a woman that pleases me. All the
girls here are pink and white, and I am tired to death of
their eternal lilies and roses."
My faith!" cried Tubby; "do you want to marry a
negress, and give me grandchildren as ugly as monkeys and
as stupid as owls ? "
"No, father, nothing of the sort. But there must be
women somewhere in the world who are neither pink nor
white, and I tell you, once for all, that I will never marry
until I have found one exactly to my taste."
II.
Some time afterward, it happened that the prior of the
Abbey of Saint Amand sent to the Lord of Avesnes a
basket of oranges, with a beautifully written letter saying
that these golden fruit, then unknown in Flanders, came
straight from a land where the sun always shone.
That evening Tubby and his son ate the golden apples at
supper, and thought them delicious.
Next morning as the day dawned, Desire went down to
the stable and saddled his pretty white horse. Then he
went, all dressed for a journey, to the bedside of Tubby, and
found him smoking his first pipe.
"Father," he said gravely, "I have come to bid you fare-
well. Last night I dreamed I was walking in a wood, where
the trees were covered with golden apples. I gathered one
of them, and when I opened it there came out a lovely
princess with a golden skin. That is the wife I want, and
I am going to look for her."
The Lord of Avesnes was so much astonished that he let
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his pipe fall to the ground; then he became so diverted at
the notion of his son marrying a yellow woman, and a
woman shut up inside an orange, that he burst into fits of
laughter,
Desire waited to bid him good-by until he was quiet
again; but as his father went on laughing and showed no
signs of stopping, the young man took his hand, kissed it
tenderly, opened the door, and in the twinkling of an eye
was at the bottom of the staircase. He jumped lightly
on his horse, and was a mile from home before Tubby had
ceased laughing.
"A yellow wife! He must be mad fit for a strait
waistcoat," cried the good man, when he was able to speak.
"Here! quick! bring him back to me."
The servants mounted their horses and rode after the
prince; but as they did not know which road he had taken,
they went all ways except the right one, and instead of bring-
ing him back they returned themselves when it grew dark.
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II.
When Desire thought they could no longer catch him,
ihe pulled his horse into a walk, like a prudent man who
knows he has far to go. He traveled in this way for many
weeks, passing by villages, towns, mountains, valleys, and
plains, but always pushing south, where every day the sun
seemed hotter and more brilliant.
At last, one day at sunset, Desire felt the sun so warm
that he thought that he must now be near the place of his
dream. He was at that moment close to the corner of a
wood where stood a little hut, before the door of which his
horse stopped of his own accord. An old man with a
white beard was sitting on the doorstep, enjoying the fresh
air. The prince got down from his horse and asked leave
to rest.
"Come in, my young friend," said the old man; "my
house is not large, but it is big enough to hold a stranger."
The traveler entered, and his host put before him a
simple meal. When his hunger was satisfied the old man
said to him:
"If I do not mistake, you come from far. May I ask
where you are going?"
"I will tell you," answered Desire, "though most likely
you will laugh at me. I dreamed that in the land of the
sun there was a wood full of orange-trees, and that in one
of the oranges I should find a beautiful princess who is to
be my wife. It is she I am seeking."
Why should I laugh? asked the old man. Madness in
youth is true wisdom. Go, young man, follow your dream,
and if you do not find the happiness that you seek, at any
rate you will have had the happiness of seeking it."
IV.
The next day the prince arose early and took leave of his
host.
"The wood that you saw in your dream is not far from
here," said the old man. It is in the depth of a forest, and
this road will lead you there. You will come to a vast park
surrounded by high walls. In the middle of the park is a
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castle, where dwells a horrible witch who allows no living
being to enter the doors. Behind the castle is the orange
grove. Follow the wall till you come to a heavy iron gate.
Don't try to press it open, but oil the hinges with this," and
the old man gave him a small bottle.
"The gate will open of itself," he continued, "and a huge
dog which guards the castle will come to you with his
mouth wide open, but just throw him this oat cake. Next,
you will see a baking-woman leaning over her heated oven.
Give her this brush. Lastly, you will find a well on your
left; do not forget to take the cord off the bucket and spread
it in the sun. When you have done this do not enter the cas-
tle, but go round and enter the orange grove. Then gather
three oranges, and get back to the gate as fast as you can.
Once out of the gate, leave the forest by the opposite side.
"Now, attend to this: whatever happens, do not open
your oranges till you reach the bank of a river, or a foun-
tain. Out of each orange will come a princess, and you
can choose which you like for your wife. Your choice once
made, be very careful never to leave your bride for an in-
stant, and remember that the danger which is most to be
feared is never the danger we are most afraid of."
V.
Desire thanked his host warmly, and took the road he
pointed out. In less than an hour he arrived at the wall,
which was very high indeed. He sprang to the ground,
fastened his horse to a tree, and soon found the iron gate.
Then he took out his bottle and oiled the hinges, when
the gate opened of itself, and he saw an old castle standing
inside. The prince entered boldly into the court-yard.
Suddenly he heard fierce howls, and a dog as tall as a don-
key, with eyes like billiard balls, came toward him, showing
his teeth, which were like the prongs of a fork. Desire
flung him the oat cake, which the great dog instantly
snapped up, and the young prince passed quietly on.
A few Yyards further he saw a huge oven, with a wide,
red-hot gaping mouth. A woman as tall as a giant was
leaning over the oven. Desire gave her the brush, which
she took in silence.
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Then he went on to the well, drew up the cord, which
was half-rotten, and stretched it out in the sun.
Lastly he went round the castle, and plunged into the
orange grove. There he gathered the three most beautiful
oranges he could find, and turned to go back to the gate.
But just at this moment the sun was darkened, the earth
trembled, and Desire heard a voice crying:
"Baker, baker, take him by his feet, and throw him into
the oven!"
"No," replied the baker; "a long time has passed since
I first began to scour this oven with my own flesh. You
never cared to give me a brush; but he has given me one,
and he shall go in peace."
Rope, oh, rope 1" cried the voice again, "twine your-
self round his neck and strangle him."
"No," replied the rope; "you have left me for many
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years past to fall to pieces with the damp., He has stretched
me out in the sun. Let him go in peace."
"Dog, my good dog," cried the voice, more and more
angry, "jump at his throat and eat him up."
"No," replied the dog; "though I have served you long,
you never gave me any bread. He has given me as much
as I want. Let him go iii peace."
"Iron gate, iron gate," cried the voice, growling like
thunder, "fall on him and grind him to powder."
"No," replied the gate; "it is a hundred years since you
left me to rust, and he has oiled me. Let him go in peace."
VI.
Once outside, the young adventurer put his oranges into
a bag that hung from his saddle, mounted his horse, and
rode quickly out of the forest.
Now, as he was longing to see the princesses, he was
anxious to come to a river or a fountain, but, though he
rode for hours, a river or a fountain was nowhere to be
seen. Still his heart was light, for he felt that he had got
through the most difficult part of his task, and the rest was
easy.
About mid-day he reached a sandy plain, scorching in
the sun. Here he was seized with dreadful thirst; he took
his gourd and raised it to his lips.
But the gourd was empty; in the excitement of his joy
he had forgotten to fill it. He rode on, struggling with
his sufferings, but at last he could bear it no longer.
He let himself slide to the earth, and lay down beside his
horse, his throat burning, his chest heaving, and his head
going round. Already he felt that death was near him,
when his eyes fell on the bag where the oranges peeped out.
Poor Desire, who had braved so many dangers to win the
lady of his dreams, would have given at this moment all
the princesses in the world, were they pink or golden, for
a single drop of water.
Ah! he said to himself. "If only these oranges were
real fruit-fruit as refreshing as what I ate in Flanders!
And, after all, who knows ?"
This idea put some life into him. He had the strength
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to lift himself up and put his hand into his bag. He drew
out an orange and opened it with his knife.
Out of it flew the prettiest little female canary that ever
was seen.
Give me something to drink, I am dying of thirst," said
the golden bird.
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"Wait a minute," replied Desire, so much astonished that
ihe forgot his own sufferings; and to satisfy the bird he took
a second orange, and opened it without thinking what he was
doing. Out of it flew another canary, and she too began to
cry:
"I am dying of thirst; give me something to drink."
Then Tubby's son saw his folly, and while the two canaries
flew away he sank on the ground, where, exhausted by his
last effort, he lay unconscious.
VII.
When he came to himself, he had a pleasant feeling of
freshness all about him. It was night, the sky was spark-
ling with stars, and the earth was covered with a heavy dew.
The traveler, having recovered, mounted his horse, and at
the first streak of dawn he saw a stream dancing in front of
him, and stooped down and drank his fill.
He hardly had courage to open his last orange. Then
he remembered that the night before he had disobeyed the
orders of the old man. Perhaps his terrible thirst was a
trick of the old witch, and suppose, even though he opened
the orange on the banks of the stream, that he did not find in
it the princess that he sought?
He took his knife and cut it open. Alas! out of it flew a
little canary, just like the others, who cried:
I am thirsty; give me something to drink."
Great was the disappointment of Desire. However, he
was determined not to let this bird fly away; so he took up
some water in the palm of his hand and held it to its beak.
Scarcely had the canary drank when she became a beau-
tiful girl, tall and straight as a poplar tree, with black eyes
and a golden skin. Desire had never seen anyone half so
lovely, and he stood gazing at her in delight.
On her side she seemed quite bewildered, but she looked
about her with happy eyes. and was not at all afraid of her
deliverer.
He asked her name. She answered that she was called
the Princess Zizi; she was about sixteen years old, and
-for ten years of that time the witch had kept her shut up in
an orange, in the shape of a canary.
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"Well, then, my charming Zizi," said the young prince,
who was longing to marry her, "let us ride away quickly so,
as to escape from the wicked witch."
But Zizi wished to know where he wished to take her.
"To my father's castle," he said.
He mounted his horse and took her in front of him,
and, holding her carefully in his arms, they began their
journey.
VIII.
Everything the princess saw was new to her, and in pass-
ing through the mountains, valleys, and towns, she asked a
thousand questions. Desire was charmed to answer them.
It is so delightful to teach those one loves!
Once she inquired what the girls in his country were
like.
"They are pink and white," he replied, "and their eyes
are blue.
"Do you like blue eyes?" said the princess; but Desire
thought it was a good opportunity to find out what was in
her heart, so he did not answer. "And no doubt," went on
the princess, "one of them is your intended bride?"
Still he was silent, and Zizi drew herself up proudly.
"No," he said at last. "None of the girls of my own
country are beautiful in my eyes, and that is why I came to
look for a wife in the land of the sun. Was I wrong, my
lovely Zizi? "
This time it was Zizi's turn to be silent.
IX.
Talking in this way they drew near the castle. When,
they were about four stone-throws from the gates they
dismounted in the forest, by the edge of a fountain.
"My dear Zizi," said Tubby's son, "we cannot present
ourselves before my father like two common people who-
have come back from a walk. We must enter the castle with.
more ceremony. Wait for me here, and in an hour I will
return with carriages and horses fit for a princess."
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"Don't be long," replied Zizi, and she watched him go
with wistful eyes.
When she was left by herself the poor girl began to feel
afraid. She was alone for the first time in her life, and in
the middle of a thick forest.
Suddenly she heard a noise among the trees. Fearing
lest it should be a wolf, she hid herself in the hollow trunk
of a willow tree which hung over the fountain. It was big
enough to hold her altogether, but she peeped out, and her
pretty head was reflected in the clear water.
Then there appeared, not a wolf, but a creature quite
as wicked and quite as ugly. Let us see who this creature
was.
X.
Not far from the fountain there lived a family of
bricklayers. Now, fifteen years before this time, the father
in walking through the forest found a little girl, who had
been deserted by the gypsies. He carried her home to his
wife, and the good woman was sorry for her, and brought
her up with her own sons. As she grew older, the little
gypsy became much more remarkable for strength and
cunning than for sense or beauty. She had a low forehead,
a flat nose, thick lips, coarse hair, and a skin not golden like
that of Zizi, but the color of clay.
As she was always being teased about her complexion,
she got as noisy and cross as a titmouse. So they used to
call her Titty.
Titty was often sent by the bricklayer to fetch water
from the fountain, and as she was very proud and lazy the
gypsy disliked this very much.
It was she who had frightened Zizi by appearing with
her pitcher on her shoulder. Just as she was stooping to
fill it, she saw reflected in the water the lovely image of the
princess.
"What a pretty face!" she exclaimed. "Why, it must
be mine! How in the world can they call me ugly? I am
certainly much too pretty to be their water-carrier "
So saying, she broke her pitcher and went home.
"Where is your pitcher?" asked the bricklayer.
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"Well, what do you expect? The pitcher may go many
times to the well--"
"But at last it is broken. Well, here is a bucket that
will not break."
The gypsy returned to the fountain, and addressing once
more the image of Zizi, she said:
"No; I don't mean to be a beast of burden any longer."
And she flung the bucket so high in the air that it stuck
in the branches of an oak.
"I met a wolf," she told the bricklayer, "and I broke
the bucket across his nose."
The bricklayer asked her no more questions, but took
down a broom and gave her such a beating that her pride
was humbled a little.
Then he handed to her an old copper milk-can, and said:
"If you don't bring it back full, your bones shall suffer
for it."
XI.
Titty went off rubbing her sides; but this time she did
not dare to disobey, and in a very bad temper stooped down
over the well. It was not at all easy to fill the milk-can,
which was large and round. It would not go down into
the well, and the gypsy had to try again and again.
At last her arms grew so tired that when she did manage
to get the can properly under the water she had no strength
to pull it up, and it rolled to the bottom.
On seeing the can disappear, she made such a miserable
face that Zizi, who had been watching her all this time,
burst into fits of laughter.
Titty turned round and perceived the mistake she had
made; and she felt so angry that she made up her mind to
be revenged at once.
"What are you doing there, you lovely creature?" she
said to Zizi.
"I am waiting for my lover," Zizi replied; and then,
with a simplicity quite natural in a girl who so lately had
been a canary, she told all her story.
The gypsy had often seen the young prince pass by, with
his gun on his shoulder, when he was going after crows.
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She was too ugly and ragged for him ever to have noticed
her, but Titty on her side had admired him, though she
thought he might well have been a little fatter.
"Dear, dear!" she said to herself. "So he likes yellow
women! Why, I am yellow too, and if I could only think
of a way--"
It was not long before she did think of it.
What!" cried the sly Titty, "they are coming with
great pomp to fetch you, and you are not afraid to show
yourself to so many fine lords and ladies with your hair
down like that? Get down at once, my poor child, and let
me dress your hair for you!"
The innocent Zizi came down at once, and stood by
Titty. The gypsy began to comb her long brown locks,
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when suddenly she drew a pin from her stays, and, just as
the titmouse digs its beak into the heads of linnets and
larks, Titty dug the pin into the head of Zizi.
No sooner did Zizi feel the prick of the pin than she
became a bird again, and, spreading her wings, she flew
away.
"That was neatly done," said the gypsy. "The prince
will be clever if he finds his bride." And, arranging her
dress, she seated herself on the grass to await Desire.
XII.
Meanwhile the prince was coming as fast as his horse
could carry him. He was so impatient that he was always
full fifty yards in front of the lords and ladies sent by
Tubby to bring back Zizi.
At the sight of the hideous gypsy he was struck dumb
with surprise and horror.
Ah, me!" said Titty, "so you don't know your poor
Zizi? While you were away the wicked witch came, and
turned me into this. But if you only have the courage to
marry me I shall get back my beauty." And she began
to cry bitterly.
Now the good-natured Desire was as soft-hearted as he
was brave. "Poor girl," he thought to himself. "It is
not her fault, after all, that she has grown so ugly, it is
mine. Oh! why did I not follow the old man's advice?
Why did I leave her alone? And besides, it depends on
me to break the spell, and I love her too much to let her
remain like this."
So he presented the gypsy to the lords and ladies of the
court, explaining to them the terrible misfortune which
had befallen his beautiful bride.
They all pretended to believe it, and the ladies at once
put on the false princess the rich dresses they had brought
for Zizi.
She was then perched on the top of a magnificent ambling
palfrey, and they set forth to the castle.
But unluckily the rich dress and jewels only made Titty
look uglier still, and Desire could not help feeling hot
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and uncomfortable when he made his entry with her into
the city.
Bells were pealing, chimes ringing, and the people filling
the streets and standing at their doors to watch the pro-
cession go by, and they could hardly believe their eyes as
they saw what a strange bride their prince had chosen.
In order to do her more honor, Tubby came to meet her
at the foot of the great marble staircase. At the sight of
the hideous creature he almost fell backward.
"What!" he cried. "Is this the wonderful beauty?"
"Yes, father, it is she," replied Desire with a sheepish
look. "But she has been bewitched by a wicked sorceress,
and will not regain her beauty until she is my wife."
"Does she say so? Well, if you believe that, you may
drink cold water and think it bacon," the unhappy Tubby
answered crossly.
But all the same, as he adored his son, he gave the gypsy
his hand and led her to the great hall, where the bridal feast
was spread.
XIII.
The feast was excellent, but Desire hardly touched any-
thing. However, to make up, the other guests ate greedily,
and as for Tubby, nothing ever took away his appetite.
When the moment arrived to serve the roast goose, there
was a pause, and Tubby took the opportunity to lay down
his knife and fork for a little. But as the goose gave no
sign of appearing, he sent his head carver to find out what
was the matter in the kitchen.
Now this was what had happened.
While the goose was turning on the spit, a beautiful little
canary hopped on to the sill of the open window.
"Good-morning, my fine cook," she said in a silvery voice
to the man who was watching the roast.
"Good-morning, lovely golden bird," replied the chief of
the scullions, who had been well brought up.
"I pray that Heaven may send you to sleep," said the
golden bird, "and that the goose may burn, so that there
may be none left for Titty."
And instantly the chief of the scullions fell fast asleep,
and the goose was burned to a cinder.
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When he awoke he was horrified, and gave orders to
pluck another goose, to.stuff it with chestnuts, and put it
on the spit.
While it was browning at the fire, Tubby inquired for
his goose a second time. The master cook himself mounted
to the hall to make his excuses, and to beg his lord to have
a little patience. Tubby showed his patience by abusing his
son.
As if it wasn't enough," he grumbled between his teeth,
"that the boy should pick up a hag without a penny, but
the goose must go and burn now. It isn't a wife he has
brought me, it is Famine herself."
XIV.
While the master cook was upstairs, the golden bird
came again to perch on the window-sill, and called in her
clear voice to the head scullion, who was watching the spit:
"Good-morning, my fine scullion I"
"Good-morning, lovely golden bird," replied the scullion,
whom the master cook had forgotten in his excitement to
warn.
"I pray Heaven," went on the canary, "that it will send
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you to sleep, and that the goose may burn, so that there
may be none left for Titty."
And the scullion fell fast asleep, and when the master
cook came back he found the goose as black as the chimney.
In a fury he woke the scullion, who in order to save him-
self from blame told the whole story.
"That accursed bird," said the cook; "it will end by
getting me sent away. Come, some of you, and hide your-
selves, and if it comes again, catch it and wring its neck."
He spitted a third goose, lit a huge fire, and seated himself
by it.
The bird appeared a third time, and said: "Good-morn-
ing, my fine cook."
Good-morning, lovely golden bird," replied the cook, as
if nothing had happened, and at the moment that the
canary was beginning, "I pray Heaven that it may send,"
a scullion who was hidden outside rushed out and shut the
shutters. The bird flew into the kitchen. Then all the
cooks and scullions sprang after it, knocking at it with
their aprons. At length one of them caught it just at the
very moment that Tubby entered the kitchen, waving his
scepter. He had come to see for himself why the goose had
never made its appearance.
The scullion stopped at once, just as he was about to wring
the canary's neck.
XV.
"Will someone be kind enough to tell me the meaning
of all this? cried the Lord of Avesnes.
Your excellency, it is the bird," replied the scullion, and
he placed it in his hand.
"Nonsense! What a lovely bird!" said Tubby, and in
stroking its head he touched a pin that was sticking between
its feathers. He pulled it out, and lo! the canary at once
became a beautiful girl with a golden skin who jumped
lightly to the ground.
"Gracious! what a pretty girl! said Tubby.
"Father! it is she! it is Zizil" exclaimed Desire, who
entered at this moment.
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And he took her in his arms, crying: "My darling Zizi,
how happy I am to see you once more I"
"Well, and the other one?" asked Tubby.
The other one was stealing quietly to the door.
"Stop her!" called Tubby. "We will judge her cause at
once."
And he seated himself solemnly on the oven, and con-
demned Titty to be burned alive. After which the lords
and cooks formed themselves in lines, and Tubby betrothed
Desire to Zizi.
XVI.
The marriage took place a few days later. All the boys
in the countryside were there, armed with wooden swords,
and decorated with epaulets made of gilt paper.
Zizi obtained Titty's pardon, and she was sent back to the
brick-fields, followed and hooted at by all the boys, and this
is why to-day the country boys always throw stones at a
titmouse.
On the evening of the wedding-day all the larders, cel-
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lars, cupboards, and tables of the people, whether rich or
poor, were loaded as if by enchantment with bread, wine,
beer, cakes and tarts, roast larks, and even geese, so that
Tubby could not complain any more that his son had married
Famine.
Since that time there has always been plenty to eat in
that country, and since that time, too, you see in the midst
of the fair-haired blue-eyed women of Flanders a few beauti-
ful girls, whose eyes are black and whose skins are the color
of gold. They are the descendants of Zizi.
THE TWELVE BROTHERS.*
There were once upon a time a king and a queen who
lived happily together, and they had twelve children, all
of whom were boys. One day the king said to his wife:
"If our thirteenth child is a girl, all her twelve brothers
must die, so that she may be very rich and the kingdom hers
alone."
Then he ordered twelve coffins to be made, and filled them
with shavings, and placed a little pillow in each. These he
put away in an empty room, and giving the key to his wife,
he bade her tell no one of it.
The queen grieved over the sad fate of her sons and re-
fused to be comforted, so much so that the youngest boy, who
was always with her, and whom she had christened Benja-
min, said to her one day:
"Dear mother, why are you so sad ?"
My child," she answered, "I may not tell you the reason."
But he left her no peace, till she went and unlocked the
room and showed him the twelve coffins filled with shav-
ings, and with the little pillow laid in each.
Then she said: "My dearest Benjamin, your father has
had these coffins made for you and your eleven brothers,
because if I bring a girl into the world you are all to be
killed and buried in them."
She wept bitterly as she spoke, but her son comforted her
and said:
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"Don't cry, dear mother; we'll manage to escape some-
how, and will fly for our lives."
"Yes," replied his mother, "that is what you must do-
go with your eleven brothers out into the wood, and let one
of you always sit on the highest tree you can find,
keeping watch on the tower of the castle. If I give birth
to a little son I will wave a white flag, and then you may
safely return; but if I give birth to a little daughter I will
wave a red flag, which will warn you to fly away as quickly
as you can, and may the kind Heaven have pity on you.
Every night I will get up and pray for you, in winter that
you may always have a fire to warm yourselves by, and in
summer that you may not languish in the heat."
Then she blessed her sons and they set out into the wood.
They found a very high oak tree, and there they sat, turn
about, keeping their eyes always fixed on the castle tower.
On the twelfth day when the turn came to Benjamin, he no-
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ticed a flag waving in the air, but alas! it was not white,
but blood-red, the sign which told them they must all die.
When the brothers heard this they were very angry, and
said:
Shall we forsooth suffer death for the sake of a wretched
girl? Let us swear vengeance, and vow that wherever and
wherever we shall meet one of her sex, she shall die at our
hands."
Then they went their way deeper into the wood, and in
the middle of it, where it was thickest and darkest, they
came upon a little enchanted house which stood empty.
"Here," they said, "let us take up our abode, and you,
Benjamin, you are the youngest and weakest, you shall stay
at home and keep house for us; we others will go out and
fetch food." So they went forth into the wood, and shot
hares and roe-deer, birds and wood-pigeons, and any other
game they came across. They always brought their spoils
home to Benjamin, who soon learned to make them into
dainty dishes. So they lived for ten years in this little
house, and the time slipped merrily away.
In the meantime their little sister at home was growing
up quickly. She was kind-hearted and of a fair countenance,
and she had a gold star right in the middle of her forehead.
One day a big washing was going on at the palace, and the
girl looking down from her window saw twelve m"en's shirts
hanging up to dry, and asked her mother:
"Who in the world do these shirts belong to? Surely
they are far too small for my father?"
And the queen answered sadly: "Dear child, they belong
to your twelve brothers."
"But where are my twelve brothers?" said the girl. "I
have never even heard of them."
Heaven alone knows in what part of the wide world they
are wandering," replied her mother.
Then she took the girl and opened the locked-up room;
she showed her the twelve coffins filled with shavings,
and with the little pillow laid in each.
"These coffins," she said, "were intended for your
brothers, but they stole secretly away before you were born."
Then she proceeded to tell her all that had happened,
and when she had finished her daughter said:
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"Do not cry, dearest mother; I will go forth and seek my
brothers till I find them."
So she took the twelve shirts and went on straight into
the middle of the big wood. She walked all day long, and
came in the evening to the little enchanted house. She
stepped in and found a youth who, marveling at her beauty,
at the royal robes she wore, and at the golden star on her
forehead, asked her where she came from and whither she
was going.
"I am a princess," she answered, "and am seeking for
my twelve brothers. I mean to wander as far as the blue
sky stretches over the earth till I find them."
Then she showed him the twelve shirts which she had
taken with her, and Benjamin saw that it must be his
sister, and said:
"I am Benjamin, your youngest brother."
So they wept for joy, and kissed and hugged each other
again and again. After a time Benjamin said:
"Dear sister, there is still a little difficulty, for we had
all agreed that any girl we met should die at our hands,
because it was for the sake of a girl that we had to leave
our kingdom."
But," she said, I will gladly die if by that means I can
restore my twelve brothers to their own."
"No," he answered, "there is no need for that; only go
and hide under that tub till our eleven brothers come in,
and I'll soon make matters right with them."
She did as she was bid, and soon the others came home
from the chase and sat down to supper.
"Well, Benjamin, what's the news?" they asked.
But he replied: "I like that; have you nothing to tell
me? "
"No," they answered.
Then he said: Well, now, you've been out in the wood all
the day and I've stayed quietly at home, and all the same
I know more than you do."
"Then tell us," they cried.
But he answered: "Only on condition that yon promise
faithfully that the first girl we meet shall not be killed."
"She shall be spared," they promised, "only tell us the
news."
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Then Benjamin said: "Our sister is here'" and he
lifted up the tub and the princess stepped forward, with
her royal robes and with the golden star on her forehead,
looking so lovely and sweet and charming that they all fell
in love with her on the spot.
They arranged that she should stay at home with Benja-
min and help him in the housework, while the rest of the
brothers went out into the wood and shot hares and roe-
deer, birds and wood-pigeons. And Benjamin and his sis-
ter cooked their meals for them. She gathered herbs to
cook the vegetables in, fetched the wood, and watched the
pots on the fire, and always when her eleven brothers re-
turned she had their supper ready for them. Besides this,
she kept the house in order, tidied all the rooms, and made
herself so generally useful that her brothers were delighted,
and they all lived happily together.
One day the two at home prepared a fine feast, and when
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they were all assembled they sat down and ate and drank
and made merry.
Now there was a little garden round the enchanted house,
in which grew twelve tall lilies. The girl, wishing to please
her brothers, plucked the twelve flowers, meaning to present
one to each of them as they sat at supper. But hardly had
she plucked the flowers when her brothers were turned into
twelve ravens, who flew croaking over the wood, and the
house and garden vanished also.
So the poor girl found herself left all alone in the wood,
and as she looked around her she noticed an old woman
standing close beside her, who said:
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"My child, what have you done? Why didn't you leave
the flowers alone? They were your twelve brothers. Now
they are changed forever into ravens."
The girl asked, sobbing: "Is there no means of setting
them free?"
"No," said the old woman, "there is only one way in
the whole world, and that is so difficult that you won't free
them by it, for you would have to be dumb and not laugh for
seven years, and if you spoke a single word, though but an
hour were wanting to the time, your silence would all have
been in vain, and that one word would slay your brothers."
Then the girl said to herself: "If that is all I am quite
sure I can free my brothers." So she searched for a high
tree, and when she found one she climbed up it and spun all
day long, never laughing nor speaking one word.
Now it happened one day that a king who was hunting
in the wood had a large greyhound, who ran sniffing to the
tree on which the girl sat, and jumped round it, yelping and
barking furiously. The king's attention was attracted, and
when he looked up and beheld the beautiful princess with
the golden star on her forehead, he was so enchanted by her
beauty that he asked her on the spot to be his wife. She
gave no answer, but nodded slightly with her head. Then
he climbed up the tree himself, lifted her down, put her on
his horse, and bore her home to his palace.
The marriage was celebrated with much pomp and cere-
mony, but the bride neither spoke nor laughed.
When they had lived a few years happily together, the
king's mother, who was a wicked old woman, began to slander
the young queen, and said to the king:
"She is only a low-born beggar maid that you have mar-
ried; who knows what mischief she is up to? If she is
deaf and can't speak, she might at least laugh; depend upon
it, those who don't laugh have a bad conscience."
At first the king paid no heed to her words, but the old
woman harped so long on the subject, and accused the young
,queen of so many bad things, that at last he let himself be
talked over, and condemned his beautiful wife to death.
So a great fire was lit in the court-yard of the palace,
where she was to be burned, and the king watched the pro-
ceedings from an upper window, crying bitterly the while,
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for he still loved his wife dearly. But just as she had been
bound to the stake, and the flames were licking her garments
with their red tongues, the very last moment of the seven
years had come. Then a sudden rushing sound was heard in
the air, and twelve ravens were seen flying overhead. They
swooped downward, and as soon as they touched the ground
they turned into her twelve brothers, and she knew that she
had freed them.
They quenched the flames and put out the fire, and, un-
binding their dear sister from the stake, they kissed and
hugged her again and again. And now that she was able
to open her mouth and speak, she told the king why she had
been dumb and not able to laugh.
The king rejoiced greatly when he heard she was inno-
cent, and they all lived happily ever afterward.
RAPUNZEL.*
Once upon a time there lived a man and his wife who
were very unhappy because they had no children. These
good people had a little window at the back of their house,
which looked into the most lovely garden, full of all manner
of beautiful flowers and vegetables; but the garden was sur-
rounded by a high wall, and no one dared to enter it, for
it belonged to a witch of great power, who was feared by the
whole world. One day the woman stood at the window
overlooking the garden, and saw there a bed full of the
finest rampion: the leaves looked so fresh and green that. she
longed to eat them. The desire grew day by day, and just
because she knew she couldn't possibly get any, she pined
away and became quite pale and wretched. Then her hus-
band grew alarmed and said:
What ails you, dear wife ?"
"Oh," she answered, "if I don't get some rampion to
eat out of the garden behind the house, I know I shall die."
The man, who loved her dearly, thought to himself:
"Come! rather than let your wife die you shall fetch her
some rampion, no matter what the cost." So at dusk he
climbed over the wall into the witch's garden, and, hastily
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gathering a handful of rampion leaves, he returned with
them to his wife. She made them into a salad, which tasted
so good that her longing for the forbidden food was greater
than ever. If she were to know any peace of mind, there
was nothing for it but that her husband should climb over
the garden wall again, and fetch her some more. So at dusk
over he got, but when he reached the other side he drew back
in terror, for there, standing before him, was the old witch.
"How dare you," she said, with a wrathful glance, climb
into my garden and steal my rampion like a common thief?
You shall suffer for your foolhardiness."
Oh!" he implored, "pardon my presumption; neces-
sity alone drove me to the deed. My wife saw your rampion
from'her window, and conceived such a desire for it that
she would certainly have died if her wish had not been
gratified." Then the witch's anger was a little appeased,
and she said:
"If it's as you say, you may take as much rampion away
with you as you like, but on one condition only-that you
give me the child your wife will shortly bring into the
world. All shall go well with it, and I will look after it like
a mother."
The man in his terror agreed to everything she asked,
and as soon as the child was born the witch appeared, and
having given it the name of Rapunzel, which is the same
as rampion, she carried it off with her.
Rapunzel was the most beautiful child under the sun.
When she was twelve years old the witch shut her up in a
tower, in the middle of a great wood, and the tower had
neither stairs nor doors, only high up at the very top a
small window. When the old witch wanted to get in she
stood underneath and called out:
Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
Let down your golden hair,"
for Rapunzel had wonderful long hair, and it was as fine as
spun gold. Whenever she heard the witch's voice she un-
loosed her plaits, and let her hair fall down out of the win-
dow about twenty yards below, and the old witch climbed up
by it.
After they had lived like this for a few years, it happened
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one day that a prince was riding through the wood and
passed by the tower. As he drew near it he heard someone
singing so sweetly that he stood still spell-bound and listened.
It was Rapunzel in her loneliness trying to while away the
time by letting her sweet voice ring out into the wood. The
prince longed to see the owner of the voice, but he sought
in vain for a door in the tower. He rode home, but he was so
haunted by the song he had heard that he returned every
day in the wood and listened. One day, when he was stand-
ing thus behind a tree, he saw the old witch approach and
heard her call out:
Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
Let down your golden hair,"
Then Rapunzel let down her plaits, and the witch climbed
up by them.
"So that's the staircase, is it?" said the prince. "Then
I too will climb it and try my luck."
So on the following day, at dusk, he went to the foot of
the tower and cried:
Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
Let down your golden hair,"
and as soon as she had let it down the prince climbed up.
At first Rapunzel was terribly frightened when a man
came in, for she had never seen one before; but the prince
spoke to her so kindly, and told her at once that his heart
had been so touched by her singing, that he felt he should
know no peace of mind till he had seen her. Very soon
Rapunzel forgot her fear, and when he asked her to marry
him she consented at once. "For," she thought, "he is
young and handsome, and I'll certainly be happier with
him than the old witch." So she put her hand in his
and said:
"Yes, I will gladly go with you, only how am I to get
down out of the tower? Every time you come to see me
you must bring a skein of silk with you, and I will make
a ladder of them, and when it is finished I will climb down
by it, and you will take me away on your horse."
They arranged that, till the ladder was ready, he was to
come to her every evening, because the old woman was with
her during the day. The old witch, of course, knew nothing
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of what was going on, till one day Rapunzel, not thinking
of what she was about, turned to the witch and said:
"How is it, good mother, that you are so much harder to
pull up than the young prince? He is always with me in
a moment."
Oh! you wicked child," cried the witch. "What is this
I hear? I thought I had hidden you safely from the whole
world, and in spite of it you have managed to deceive me."
In her wrath she seized Rapunzel's beautiful hair, wound
it round and round her left hand, and then grasping a pair
of scissors in her right, snip snap, off it came, and the beau-
tiful plaits lay on the ground. And, worse than this, she
was so hard-hearted that she took Rapunzel to a lonely
desert place, and there left her to live in loneliness and
misery.
But on the evening of the day in which she had driven
poor Rapunzel away, the witch fastened the plaits on to a
hook in the window, and when the prince came and called
out:
Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
Let down your golden hair,"
she let them down, and the prince climbed up as usual, but
instead of his beloved Rapunzel he found the old witch,
who fixed her evil, glittering eyes on him, and cried mock-
ingly:
"Ah, ah! you thought to find your lady-love, but the
pretty bird has flown and its song is dumb; the cat caught
it, and will scratch out your eyes too. Rapunzel is lost to
you forever-you will never see her more."
The prince was beside himself with grief, and in his de-
spair he jumped right down from the tower, and, though
he escaped with his life, the thorns among which he fell
pierced his eyes out. Then he wandered, blind and miser-
able, through the wood, eating nothing but roots and ber-
ries, and weeping and lamenting the loss of his lovely bride.
So he wandered about for some years, as wretched and un-
happy as he could well be, and at last he came to the desert
place where Rapunzel was living. Of a sudden he heard a
voice which seemed strangely familiar to him. He walked
eagerly in the direction of the sound, and when he was
quite close, Rapunzel recognized him and fell on his neck
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and wept. But two of her tears touched his eyes, and in a
moment they became quite clear again, and he saw as well
as he had ever done. Then he led her to his kingdom, where
they were received and welcomed with great joy, and they
lived happily ever after.
THE NETTLE SPINNER.*
I.
Once upon a time there lived at Quesnoy, in Flanders,
a great lord whose name was Burchard, but whom the
country people called Burchard the Wolf. Now Burchard
had such a wicked, cruel heart that it was whispered how
he used to harness his peasants to the plow, and force them
by blows from his whip to till his land with naked feet.
His wife, on the other hand, was always tender and pitiful
to the poor and miserable.
Every time that she heard of another misdeed of her
husband's she secretly went to repair the evil, which caused
her name to be blessed throughout the whole country side.
This countess was adored as much as the count was hated.
II.
One beautiful day when the count was out hunting he
passed through a forest, and at the door of a beautiful cot-
tage he saw a beautiful girl spinning hemp.
"What is your name?" he asked her.
"Renelde, my lord."
"You must get tired of staying in such a lonely place?"
"I am accustomed to it, my lord, and I never get tired
of it."
"That may be so; but come to the castle, and I will make
you lady's-maid to the countess."
"I cannot do that, my lord. I have to look after my
grandmother, who is very helpless."
"Come to the castle, I tell you. I shall expect you this
evening," and he went on his way.
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But Renelde, who was betrothed to a young wood-cutter
called Guilbert, had no intention of obeying the count, and
she had, besides, to take care of her grandmother.
Three days later the count again passed by.
"Why didn't you come?" he asked the pretty spinner.
"I told you, my lord, that I have to look after my grand-
mother."
Come to-morrow, and I will make you lady-in-waiting
to the countess," and he went on his way.
This offer produced no more effect than the other, and
Renelde did not go to the castle.
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"If you will only come," said the count to her when next
he rode by, "I will send away the countess, and will marry
you."
But two years before, when Renelde's mother was dying
of a long illness, the countess had not forgotten them, but
had given help when they sorely needed it. So even if
the count had really wished to marry Renelde, she would
always have refused.
II.
Some weeks passed before Burchard appeared again.
Renelde hoped she had got rid of him, when one day he
stopped at the door, his duck-gun under his arm and his
game-bag on his shoulder. This time Renelde was spinning
not hemp, but flax.
"What are you spinning? he asked in a rough voice.
My wedding-shift, my lord."
You are going to be married, then ?"
Yes, my lord, by your leave."
For at that time no peasant could marry without the
leave of his master.
"I will give you leave on one condition. Do you see
those tall nettles that grow on the tomb in the church-
yard? Go gather them and spin them into two fine shifts.
One shall- be your bridal shift, and the other shall be my
shroud. For you shall be married the day that I am laid
in my grave." And the count turned away with a mocking
laugh.
Renelde trembled. Never in all Locquignol had such a
thing been heard of as the spinning of nettles.
And besides, the count seemed made of iron and was
very proud of his strength, often boasting that he should
live to be a hundred.
Every evening, when his work was done, Guilbert came
to visit his future bride. This evening he came as usual,
and Renelde told him what Burchard had said.
"Would you like me to watch for the Wolf, and split
his skull with a blow from my ax?"
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my bridal bouquet. And then we must not hurt the count.
Remember how good the countess was to my mother."
An old, old woman now spoke: she was the mother of
Renelde's grandmother, and was more than ninety years
old. All day long she sat in her chair nodding her head and
never saying a word.
"My children," she said, "all the years that I have lived
in the world, I have never heard of a shift spun from nettles.
But what God commands, man can do. Why should not
Renelde try it?"
IV.
Renelde did try, and to her great surprise the nettles
when crushed and prepared gave a good thread, soft and light
and firm. Very soon she had spun the first shift, which was
for her own wedding. She wove and cut it out at once, hop-
ing that the count would not force her to begin the other.
Just as she had finished sewing it, Burchard the Wolf
passed by.
"Well," said he, "how are the shifts getting on?"
"Here, my lord, is my wedding-garment," answered
Renelde, showing him the shift, which was the finest and
whitest ever seen.
The count grew pale, but he replied roughly: Very good.
Now begin the other."
The spinner set to work. As the count returned to the
castle a cold shiver passed over him, and he felt, as the
saying is, that someone was walking over his grave. He
tried to eat his supper, but could not; he went to bed shak-
ing with fever. But he did not sleep, and in the morning
could not manage to rise.
This sudden illness, which every instant became worse,
made him very uneasy. No doubt Renelde's spinning-wheel
knew all about it. Was it not necessary that his body, as
well as his shroud, should be ready for his burial?
The first thing Burchard did was to send to Renelde and
to stop her wheel.
Renelde obeyed, and that evening Guilbert asked her:
"Has the count given his consent to our marriage?"
"No," said Renelde.
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"Continue your work, sweetheart. It is the only way of
gaining it. You know he told you. so himself."
V.
The following morning, as soon as she had put the house
in order, the girl sat down to spin. Two hours after there
arrived some soldiers, and when they saw her spinning they
seized her, tied her arms and legs, and carried her to the
bank of the river, which was swollen by the late rains.
When they reached the bank they flung her in, and watched
her sink, after which they left her. But Renelde rose to the
surface, and though she could not swim she struggled to
land.
Directly she got home she sat down and began to spin.
Again came the two soldiers to the cottage and seized
the girl, carried her to the river bank, tied a stone to her
neck, and flung her into the water.
The moment their backs were turned the stone untied
itself. Renelde waded the ford, returned to the hut, and
sat down to spin.
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This time the count resolved to go to Locquignol him-
self; but, as he was very weak and unable to walk, he had
himself borne in a litter. And still the spinner spun.
When he saw her he fired a shot at her, as he would have
fired at a wild beast. The bullet rebounded without harm-
ing the spinner, who still spun on.
Burchard fell into such a violent rage that it nearly
killed him. He broke the wheel into a thousand pieces,
and then fell fainting on the ground. He was carried back
to the castle, unconscious.
The next day the wheel was mended, and the spinner sat
down to spin. Feeling that while she was spinning he
was dying, the count ordered that her hands should be tied,
and that they should not lose sight of her one instant.
But the guards fell asleep, the bonds loosed themselves,
and the spinner spun on.
Burchard had every nettle rooted up for three leagues
round. Scarcely had they been torn from the soil when
they sowed themselves afresh, and grew as you were looking
at them.
They sprang up even in the well-trodden floor of the cot-
tage, and as fast as they were uprooted the distaff gathered
to itself a supply of nettles, crushed, prepared, and ready
for spinning.
And every day Burchard grew worse, and watched his
end approaching.
VI.
Moved by pity for her husband, the countess at last found
out the cause of his illness, and entreated him to allow him-
self to be cured. But the count in his pride refused more
than ever to give his consent to the marriage.
So the lady resolved to go without his knowledge to pray
for mercy from the spinner, and in the name of Renelde's
dead mother, she besought her to spin no more. Renelde
gave her promise, but in the evening Guilbert arrived at the
cottage. Seeing that the cloth was no further advanced
than it was the evening before, he inquired the reason.
Renelde confessed that the countess had prayed her not to
let her husband die.
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"Will he consent to our marriage?"
No."
"Let him die, then."
"But what will the countess say?"
"The countess will understand that it is not your fault;
the count alone is guilty of his own death."
Let us wait a little. Perhaps his heart may be softened."
So they waited for one month, for two, for six, for a
year. The spinner spun no more. The count had ceased
to persecute her, but he still refused his consent to the mar-
riage. Guilbert became impatient.
The poor girl loved him with her whole soul, and she was
more unhappy than she had been before, when Burchard was
only tormenting her body.
"Let us have done with it," said Guilbert.
"Wait a little still," pleaded Renelde.
But the young man grew weary. He came more rarely
to Locquignol, and very soon he did not come at all. Renelde
felt as if her heart would break, but she held firm.
One day she met the count. She clasped her hands as
if in prayer, and cried:
My lord, have mercy!"
Burchard the Wolf turned away his head and passed on.
She might have humbled his pride had she gone to her
spinning-wheel again, but she did nothing of the sort.
Not long after this she learned that Guilbert had left the
country. He did not even come to say good-by to her,
but, all the same, she knew the day and hour of his de-
parture, and hid herself on the road to see him once more.
When she came in she put her silent wheel into a corer
and cried for three days and three nights.
VII.
So another year went by. Then the count fell ill, and the
countess supposed that Renelde, weary of waiting, had be-
gun her spinning anew; but when she came to the cottage
to see, she found the wheel silent.
However, the count grew worse and worse till he was
given up by the doctors. The passing bell was rung, and he
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lay expecting death to come for him. But death was not so
near as the doctors thought, and still he lingered.
He seemed in a desperate condition, but he got neither
better nor worse. He could neither live nor die; he suffered
horribly, and called loudly on death to put an end to his
pains.
In this extremity he remembered what he had told the
little spinner long ago. If death was so slow in coming, it
was because he was not ready to follow him, having no
shroud for his burial.
He sent to fetch Renelde, placed her by his bedside, and
ordered her at once to go on spinning his shroud.
Hardly had the spinner begun to work when the count
began to feel his pains grow less.
Then at last his heart melted; he was sorry for all the
evil he had done out of pride, and implored Renelde to for-
give him. So Renelde forgave him, and went on spinning
night and day.
When the thread of the nettles was spun she wove it with
her shuttle, and then she cut the shroud and began to sew it.
And as before, when she sewed the count felt his pains
grow less, and the life sinking within him, and when the
needle made the last stitch he gave his last sigh.
VIII.
At the same hour Guilbert returned to the country, and,
as he had never ceased to love Renelde, he married her eight
days later.
He had lost two years of happiness, but comforted him-
self with thinking that his wife was a clever spinner, and
what was much more rare, a brave and good woman.
FARMER WEATHERBEARD.*
There were once upon a time a man and a woman who
had an only son, and he was called Jack. The. woman
thought that it was his duty to go out to service, and told
her husband that he was to take him somewhere.
*From P. C. Asbjornsen.
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"You must get him such a good place that he will be-
come master of all masters," she said, and then she put some
food and a roll of tobacco into a bag for them.
Well, they went to a great many masters, but all said
that they could make the lad as good as they were them-
selves, but better than that they could not make him. When
the man came home to the old woman with this answer,
she said: "I shall be equally well pleased whatever you do
with him; but this I do say, that you are to have him made
a master over all masters." Then she once more put some
food and a roll of tobacco into the bag, and the man and
his son had to set out again.
When they had walked some distance they got upon the
ice, and there they met a man in a carriage who was driving
a black horse.
"Where are you going? he asked.
"I have to go and get my son apprenticed to someone who
will be able to teach him a trade, for my old woman comes
of such well-to-do folk that she insists on his being taught
to be master of all masters," said the man.
"We are not ill met, then," said the man who was driv-
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ing, "for I am the kind of a man who can do that, and I
am just looking out for such an apprentice. Get up be-
hind with you," he said to the boy, and off the horse went
with him straight up into the air.
"No, no, wait a little!" screamed the father of the boy.
"I ought to know what your name is and where you live."
Oh, I am at home both in the north and the south and
the east and the west, and I am called Farmer Weather-
beard," said the master. "You may come here again in a
year's time, and then I will tell you if the lad suits me."
And then they set off again and were gone.
When the man got home the old woman inquired what
had become of her son.
Ah! Heaven only knows what has become of him!"
said the man. They went up aloft." And then he told
her what had happened.
But when the woman heard that, and found that the man
did not at all know either when their son would be out of his
apprenticeship, or where he had gone, she packed him off
again to find out, and gave him a bag of food and a roll of
tobacco to take with him.
When he had walked for some time he came to a great
wood, and it stretched before him all day long as he went
on, and when night began to fall he saw a great light, and
went toward it. After a long, long time he came to a small
hut at the foot of a rock, outside which an old woman was
standing drawing water up from a well with her nose, it
was so long.
"Good-evening, mother," said the man.
"Good-evening to you too," said the old woman. "No
one has called me mother this hundred years."
Can I lodge here to-night? said the man.
"No," said the old woman. But the man took out his
roll of tobacco, lighted it, and then gave her a whiff. Then
she was so delighted that she began to dance, and thus the
man got leave to stay the night there. It was not long before
he asked about Farmer Weatherbeard.
She said that she knew nothing about him, but that she
ruled over all the four-footed beasts, and some of them might
know him. So she gathered them all together by blowing
a whistle which she had, and questioned them, but there was
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not one of them which knew anything about Farmer Weather-
beard.
Well," said the old woman, "there are three of us sis-
ters; it may be that one of the other two knows where he is
to be found. You shall have the loan of my horse and car-
riage, and then you will get there by night; but her house is
three hundred miles off, go the nearest way you will."
The man set out and got there at night. When he ar-
rived, this old woman also was standing drawing water out
of the well with her nose.
"Good-evening, mother," said the man.
"Good-evening to you," said the old woman. "No one
has ever called me mother this hundred years."
"Can I lodge here to-night? said the man.
"No," said the old woman.
Then he took out the roll of tobacco, took a whiff, and
gave the old woman some snuff on the back of her hand.
Then she was so delighted that she began to dance, and
the man got leave to stay all night. It was not long before he
began to ask about Farmer Weatherbeard.
She knew nothing about him, but she ruled over all the
fishes, she said, and perhaps some of them might know some-
thing. So she gathered them all together by blowing a
whistle which she had, and questioned them, but there
was not one of them which knew anything about Farmer
Weatherbeard.
"Well," said the old woman, "I have another sister;
perhaps she may know something about him. She lives
six hundred miles off, but you shall have my horse and car-
riage, and then you will get there by nightfall."
So the man set off and he got there by nightfall. The
old woman was standing raking the fire, and she was doing
it with her nose, so long it was.
"Good-evening, mother," said the man.
"Good-evening to you," said the old woman. "No one
has called me mother this hundred years."
Can I lodge here to-night ?" said the man.
"No," said the old woman. But the man pulled out
his roll of tobacco again, and filled his pipe with some of it,
and gave the old woman enough snuff to cover the back of
her hand. Then she was so delighted that she began to
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dance, and the man got leave to stay in her house. It was
not long before he asked about Farmer Weatherbeard. She
knew nothing at all about him, she said, but she governed
all the birds; and she gathered them together with her whis-
tle. When she questioned them all the eagle was not there,
but it came soon afterward, and when asked it said that
it had just come from Farmer Weatherbeard's. Then the
old woman said that it was to guide the man to him. But
the eagle would have something to eat first, and then it
wanted to wait until the next day, for it was so tired with
the long journey that it was scarcely able to rise from the
earth.
When the eagle had had plenty of food and rest, the old
woman plucked a feather out of its tail, and set the man in
the feather's place, and then the bird flew away with him,
but they did not get to Farmer Weatherbeard's before mid-
night.
When they got there the eagle said: There are a great
many dead bodies lying outside the door, but you must not
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concern yourself about them. The people who are inside
the house are all so sound asleep that it will not be easy to
awake them; but you must go straight to the table-drawer,
and take out three bits of bread, and if you hear anyone
snoring, pluck three feathers from his head; he will not
waken for that."
The man did this; when he had got the bits of bread he
first plucked out one feather.
"Oof! screamed Farmer Weatherbeard.
So the man plucked out another, and then Farmer Weather-
beard shrieked Oof! again; but when the man had plucked
the third, Farmer Weatherbeard screamed so that the man
thought that brick and mortar would be rent in twain, but
for all that he went on sleeping. And now the eagle told the
man what he was to do next, and he did it. He went to the
stable door, and there he stumbled against a hard stone,
which he picked up, and beneath it lay three splinters of
wood, which he also picked up. He knocked at the stable
door and it opened at once. He threw down the three little
bits of bread and a hare came out and ate them. He caught
the hare. Then the eagle told him to pluck three feathers
out of its tail, and put in the hare, the stone, the splinters
of wood and himself instead of them, and then he would
be able to carry them all home.
When the eagle had flown a long way it alighted on a
stone.
Do you see anything ? it asked.
Yes; I see a flock of crows coming flying after us," said
the man.
Then we shall do well to fly on a little further," said the
eagle, and off it set.
In a short time it asked again: "Do you see anything
now?"
"Yes; now the crows are close behind us," said the man.
"Then throw down the three feathers which you plucked
out of his head," said the eagle.
So the man did this, and no sooner had he flung them
down than the feathers became a flock of ravens, which
chased the crows home again. Then the eagle flew on much
further with the man, but at length it alighted on a stone
for awhile.
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"Do you see anything?" it said.
"I am not quite certain," said the man, "but I think I
see something coming in the far distance."
"Then we shall do well to fly on a little further," said
the eagle, and away it went.
"Do you see anything now?" it said, after some time
had gone by.
"Yes; now they are close behind us," said the man.
Then throw down the splinters of wood which you took
from beneath the gray stone by the stable door," said the
eagle. The man did this, and no sooner had he flung them
down than they grew up into a great thick wood, and Far-
mer Weatherbeard had to go home for an ax to cut his way
through it. So the eagle flew on a long, long way, but then
it grew tired and sat down on a fir tree.
"Do you see anything?" it asked.
Yes; I am not quite certain," said the man, but I think
I can catch a glimpse of something far, far away."
"Then we shall do well to fly on a little further," said
the eagle, and it set off again.
"Do you see anything now ?" it said after some time had
gone by.
"Yes; he is close behind us now," said the man.
"Then you must fling down the great stone which you
took away from the stable door," said the eagle.
The man did so, and it turned into a great high mountain
of stone, which Farmer Weatherbeard had to break his way
through before he could follow them. But when he had got
to the middle of the mountain he broke one of his legs, so
that he had to go home to get it put right.
While he was doing this the eagle flew off to the man's
home with him, and with the hare, and when they had got
home the man went to the churchyard, and had some Chris-
tian earth laid upon the hare, and then it turned into his son
Jack.
When the time came for the fair the youth turned him-
self into a light-colored horse, and bade his father go to
the market with him. If anyone should come who wants
to buy me," said he, "you are to tell him that you want a
hundred dollars for me; but you must not forget to take off
the halter, for if you do I shall never be able to get away
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from Farmer Weatherbeard, for he is the man who will come
and bargain for me."
And thus it happened. A horse dealer came who had a
great fancy to bargain for the horse, and the man got a hun-
dred dollars for it, but when the bargain was made, and
Jack's father had got the money, the horse dealer wanted
to have the halter.
That was no part of our bargain," said the man, and
the halter you shall not have, for I have other horses which
I shall have to sell."
So each of them went his way. But the horse dealer had
not got very far with Jack before he resumed his own
form again, and when the man got home he was sitting
on the bench by the stove.
The next day he changed himself into a brown horse
and told his father that he was to set off to market with
him. "If a man should come who wants to buy me," said
Jack, "you are to tell him that you want two hundred dol-
lars, for that he will give, and treat you besides; but what-
soever you drink, and whatsoever you do, don't forget to take
the halter off me, or you will never see me more."
And thus it happened. The man got his two hundred dol-
lars for the horse, and was treated as well, and when they
parted from each other it was just as much as he could do to
remember to take off the halter. But the buyer had not
gone far on his way before the youth took his own form
again, and when the man reached home Jack was already
sitting on the bench by the stove.
On the third day all happened in the same way. The
youth changed himself into a great black horse, and told
his father that if a man came and offered him three hun-
dred dollars and treated him well and handsomely into the
bargain, he was to sell him, but whatsoever he did, or how
much soever he drank, he must not forget to take off the
halter, or else he himself would never get away from Farmer
Weatherbeard as long as he lived.
"No," said the man, "I will not forget."
When he got to the market, he received the three hun-
dred dollars, but Farmer Weatherbeard treated him so hand-
somely that he quite forgot to take off the halter; so Farmer
Weatherbeard went away with the horse.
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When he had got some distance he had to go into an inn
to get some more brandy; so he set a barrel full of red-
hot nails under his horse's nose, and a trough filled with
oats beneath its tail, and then he tied the halter fast to a
hook and went away into the inn. So the horse stood there
stamping and kicking, and snorting, and rearing, and out
came a girl who thought it a sin and a shame to treat a
horse so ill.
Ah, poor creature, what a master you must have to treat
you thus!" she said, and pushed the halter off the hook so
that the horse might turn round and eat the oats.
"I am here! shrieked Farmer Weatherbeard, rushing out
of doors. But the horse had already shaken off the halter
and flung himself into a goose-pond, where he changed him-
self into a little fish. Farmer Weatherbeard went after him,
and changed himself into a great pike. So Jack turned him-
self into a dove, and Farmer Weatherbeard turned himself
into a hawk, and flew after the dove and struck it. But a
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princess was standing at a window in the king's palace
watching the struggle.
"If thou didst but know as much as I know, thou wouldst
fly in to me through the window," said the princess to the
dove.
So the dove came flying in through the window and
changed itself into Jack again, and told her all as it had
happened.
"Change thyself into a gold ring, and set thyself on my
finger," said the princess.
"No, that will not do," said Jack, "for then Farmer
Weatherbeard will make the king fall sick, and there will
be no one who can make him well again before Farmer
Weatherbeard comes and cures him, and for that he will de-
mand the gold ring."
"I will say that it was my mother's, and that I will not
part with it," said the princess.
So Jack changed himself into a gold ring, and set himself
on the princess' finger, and Farmer Weatherbeard could
not get at him there. But then all that the youth foretold
came to pass.
The king became ill, and there was no doctor who could
cure him till Farmer Weatherbeard arrived, and he de-
manded the ring which was on the princess' finger as a
reward.
So the king sent a messenger to the princess for the ring.
She, however, refused to part with it, because she had in-
herited it from her mother. When the king was informed
of this he fell into a rage, and said that he would have the
ring, let her have inherited it from whom she might.
"Well, it's of no use to be angry about it," said the
princess, "for I can't get it off. If you want the ring you
will have to take the finger too! "
"I will try, and then the ring will very soon come off,"
said Farmer Weatherbeard.
"No, thank you, I will try myself," said the princess,
and she went away to the fireplace and put some ashes on
the ring.
So the ring came off and was lost among the ashes.
Farmer Weatherbeard changed himself into a hare, which
scratched and scraped about in the fireplace after the ring
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until the ashes went up to its ears. But Jack changed him-
self into a fox, and bit the hare's head off, and if Farmer
Weatherbeard was possessed of the evil one all was now over
with him.
MOTHER HOLLE.*
Once upon a time there was a widow who had two daugh-
ters; one of them was pretty and clever, and the other ugly
and lazy. But as the ugly one was her own daughter, she
liked her far the best of the two, and the pretty one had to
do all the work of the house, and was in fact the regular
maid-of-all-work. Every day she had to sit by a well on the
high-road, and spin till her fingers were so sore that they
often bled. One day some drops of blood fell on her spindle,
so she dipped it into the well meaning to wash it, but, as
luck would have it, it dropped from her hand and fell right
in. She ran weeping to her stepmother, and told her what
had happened, but she scolded her harshly, and was so mer-
ciless in her anger that she said:
"Well, since you've dropped the spindle down, you must
just go after it yourself, and don't let me see your face again
until you bring it with you."
Then the poor girl returned to the well, and not know-
ing what she was about, in the despair and misery of her
heart she sprang into the well and sank to the bottom. For
a time she lost all consciousness, and when she came to her-
self again she was lying in a lovely meadow, with the sun
shining brightly overhead, and a thousand flowers blooming
at her feet. She rose up and wandered through this en-
chanted place, till she came to a baker's oven full of bread,
and the bread called out to her as she passed:
Oh! take me out, take me out, or I shall be burned to a
cinder. I am quite done enough."
So she stepped up quickly to the oven and took out all
the loaves one after the other. Then she went on a little
further and came to a tree loaded with beautiful rosy-
cheeked apples, and as she passed by it called out:
"Oh! shake me, shake me, my apples are all quite ripe."
She did as she was asked, and shook the tree till the
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apples fell like rain and none were left hanging. When
she had gathered them all up into a heap she went on her
way again, and came at length to the little house, at the door
of which sat an old woman. The old dame had such large
teeth that the girl felt frightened and wanted to run away,
but the old woman called after her:
"What are you afraid of, dear child? Stay with me
and be my little maid, and if you do your work well I will
reward you handsomely; but you must be very careful how
you make my bed-you must shake it well till the feathers
fly; then people in the world below say it snows, for I am
Mother Holle."
She spoke so kindly that the girl took heart and agreed
readily to enter her service. She did her best to please the
old woman, and shook her bed with such a will that the
feathers flew about like snow-flakes; so she led a very easy
life, was never scolded, and lived on the fat of the land.
But after she had been some time with Mother Holle she
.grew sad and depressed, and at first she hardly knew herself
what was the matter. At last she discovered that she was
homesick, so she went to Mother Holle and said:
"I know I am a thousand times better off here than I
ever was in my life before, but notwithstanding, I have a
great longing to go home, in spite of all your kindness to
me. I can remain with you no longer, but must return to
my own people."
"Your desire to go home pleases me," said Mother Holle,
"and because you have served me so faithfully, I will show
you the'way back into the world myself."
So she took her by the hand and led her to an open door,
and as the girl passed through it there fell a heavy shower
of gold all over her, till she was covered with it from top to
toe.
That's a reward for being such-a good little maid," said
Mother Holle, and she gave her the spindle too that had
fallen into the well. Then she shut the door, and the girl
found herself back in the world again, not far from her own
house; and when she came to the court-yard the old hen,
who sat on the top of the wall, called out:
Click, clock, clack,
Our golden maid's come back."
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Then she went in to her stepmother, and as she had re-
turned covered with gold she was welcomed home.
She proceeded to tell all that had happened to her, and
when the mother heard how she had come by her riches,
she was most anxious to secure the same luck for her own
idle, ugly daughter; so she told her to sit at the well and
spin. In order to make her spindle bloody, she stuck her
hand into a hedge.of thorns and pricked her finger. Then
she threw the spindle into the well, and jumped in herself
after it. Like her sister she came to the beautiful meadow,
and followed the same path. When she reached the baker's
oven the bread called out as before:
Oh! take me out, or I shall be burned to a cinder. I am
quite done enough."
But the good-for-nothing girl answered:
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"A pretty joke, indeed; just as if I should dirty my
hands for you!"
And on she went. Soon she came to the apple-tree,
which cried:
"Oh! shake me, shake me, my apples are all quite ripe."
I'll see myself further," she replied; "one of them might
fall on my head."
And so she pursued her way. When she came to Mother
Holle's house she wasn't the least afraid, for she had been
warned about her big teeth, and she readily agreed to be-
come her maid. The first day she worked very hard, and
did all her mistress told her, for she thought of the gold she
would give her; but on the second day she began to be lazy,
and on the third she wouldn't even get up in the morning.
She didn't make Mother Holle's bed as she ought to have-
done, and never shook it enough to make the feathers fly.
So her mistress soon grew weary of her, and dismissed her,
much to the lazy creature's delight.
"For now," she thought, the shower of golden rain will
come."
Mother Holle led her to the same door as she had done
her sister, but when she passed through it, instead of the
gold rain a kettle full of pitch came showering over her.
"That's a reward for your service," said Mother Holle,
and she closed the door behind her.
So the lazy girl came home all covered with pitch, and
when the old hen on top of the wall saw her, it called out:
Click, clock, clack,
Our dirty maid's come back."
But the pitch remained sticking to her, and never as long
as she lived could it be got off.
MINNIKIN.*
There was once upon a time a couple of needy folk who
lived in a wretched hut, in which there was nothing but
black want; so they had neither food to eat nor wood to
burn. But if they had next to nothing of all else they had
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the blessing of God so far as children were concerned, and
every year brought them one more. The man was not over-
pleased at this. He was always going about grumbling and
growling, and saying that it seemed to him that there might
be such a thing as having too many of these good gifts; so
shortly before another baby was born he went into the wood
for some firewood, saying that he did not want to see the
new child; he would hear him quite soon enough when he
began to squall for some food.
As soon as this baby was born it began to look about the
room. "Ah, my dear mother!" said he, "give me some
of my brothers' old clothes, and food enough for a few days,
and I will go out into the world and seek my fortune, for,
so far as I can see, you have children enough."
"Heaven help thee, my son! said the mother, "that will
never do; thou art still far too little."
But the little creature was determined to do it, and begged
and prayed so long that the mother was forced to let him
have some old rags and tie up a little food for him, and then
gayly and happily he went out into the world.
But almost before he was out of the house another boy
was born, and he too looked about him, and said, "Ah, my
dear mother! give me some of my brothers' old clothes, and
food for some days, and then I will go out into the world and
find my twin brother, for you have children enough."
Heaven help thee, little creature! thou art far too little
for that," said the woman; "it would never do."
But she spoke to no purpose, for the boy begged and
prayed until he had got some old rags and a bundle of pro-
visions, and then he set out manfully into the world to find
his twin brother.
When the younger had walked for some time he caught
sight of his brother a short distance in front of him, and
called to him and made him to stop.
"Wait a minute," he said; "you are walking as if for a
wager, but you ought to have stayed to see your younger
brother before you hurried off into the world."
So the elder stood still and looked back, and when the
younger had got up to him, and had told him that he was
his brother, he said: But now, let us sit down and see what
kind of food our mother has given us," and that they did.
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When they had walked on a little further they came to a
brook which ran through a green meadow, and there the
younger said they ought to christen each other. As we had
to make such haste, and had no time to do it at home, we
may as well do it here," said he.
"What will you be called?" asked the elder.
"I will be called Minnikin," answered the second; "and
you, what will you be called ? "
"I will be called King Pippin," answered the elder.
They christened each other and then went onward. When
they had walked for some time they came to a cross-way,
and there they agreed to part, and each take his own road.
This they did, but no sooner had they walked a short dis-
tance than they met again. So they parted once more, and
each took his own road, but in a very short time the same
thing happened again-they met each other before they were
at all aware, and so it happened the third time also. Then
they arranged with each other that each should choose his
own quarter and one should go east and the other west.
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"But if ever you fall into any need or trouble," said the
elder, "call me thrice and I will come and help you; only
you must not call me until you are in the utmost need."
"In that case we shall not see each other for some time,"
said Minnikin; so they bade farewell to each other and
Minnikin went east and King Pippin went west.
When Minnikin had walked a long way alone he met an
old, old crook-backed hag, who had only one eye. Minnikin
stole it.
Oh! oh!" cried the old hag, what has become of my
eye?"
"What will you give me to get your eye back?" said
Minnikin.
"I will give thee a sword which is such a sword that it
can conquer a whole army, let it be ever so great," replied
the woman.
Let me have it, then," said Minnikin.
The old hag gave him the sword, so she got her eye back.
Then Minnikin went onward, and when he had wandered on
for some time he again met an old, old crook-backed hag,
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who had only one eye. Minnikin stole it before she was
aware.
"Oh! oh! what has become of my eye?" cried the old
hag.
"What will you give me to get your eye back?" said
Minnikin.
"I will give thee a ship which can sail over fresh water
and salt water, over high hills and deep dales," answered
the old woman.
Let me have it, then," said Minnikin.
So the old woman gave him a little bit of a ship which
was no bigger than he could put in his pocket, and then she
got her eye back, and she went her way and Minnikin his.
When he had walked on for a long time he met for the third
time an old, old crook-backed hag, who had only one eye.
This eye also Minikin stole, and when the woman screamed
and lamented, and asked what had become of her eye, Min-
nikin said: "What will you give me to get your eye back ?"
"I will give thee the art to brew a hundred lasts of malt
in one brewing."
So, for teaching that art, the old hag got her eye back,
and they both went away by different roads.
But when Minnikin had walked a short distance, it
seemed to him that it might be worth while to see what his
ship could do; so he took it out of his pocket, and first he
put one foot into it, and then the other, and no sooner had
he put one foot into the ship than it became much larger,
and when he set the other foot into it, it grew as large as
ships that sail on the sea.
Then Minnikin said: "Now go over fresh water and
salt water, over high hills and deep dales, and do not stop
until thou comest to the king's palace."
And in an instant the ship went away as swiftly as any
bird in the air till it got just below the king's palace, and
there it stood still.
From the windows of the king's palace many persons had
seen Minnikin come sailing thither, and had stood to watch
him; and they were all so astounded that they ran down to
see what manner of man this could be who came sailing
in a ship through the air. But while they were running
down from the king's palace, Minnikin had got out of the
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ship and had put it in his pocket again; for the moment he
got out of it, it once more became as small as it had been
when he got it from the old woman, and those who came
from the king's palace could see nothing but a ragged little
boy who was standing down by the seashore. The king
asked where he had come from, but the boy said he did not
know, nor yet could he tell them how he had got there, but
he begged very earnestly and prettily for a place in the king's
palace. If there was nothing else for him to do, he said, he
would fetch wood and water for the kitchen-maid, and that
he obtained leave to do.
When Minnikin went up to the king's palace he saw that
everything there was hung with black both outside and in-
side, from the bottom to the top; so he asked the kitchen-
maid what that meant.
Oh, I will tell you that," answered the kitchen-niaid.
"The king's daughter was long ago promised away to three
trolls, and next Thursday evening one of them is to come to
fetch her. Ritter Red has said that he will be able to set
her free, but who knows whether he will be able to do it so
you may easily imagine what grief and distress we are in
here."
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So when Thursday evening came, Ritter Red accompanied
the princess to the seashore; for there she was to meet the
troll, and Ritter Red was to stay with her and protect her.
He, however, was very unlikely to do the troll much injury,
for no sooner had the princess seated herself by the seashore
than Ritter Red climbed up into a great tree which was
standing there, and hid himself as well as he could among
the branches.
The princess wept, and begged him most earnestly not to
go and leave her; but Ritter Red did not concern himself
about that. "It is better that one should die than two,"
said he.
In the meantime Minnikin begged the kitchen-maid very
prettily to give him leave to go down to the strand for a
short time.
Oh, what could you do down to the strand?" said the
kitchen-maid. You have nothing to do there."
"Oh, yes, my dear, just let me go," said Minnikin. "I
should like to go and play with the other children."
Well, well, go then I" said the kitchen-maid, "but don't
let me find you staying there over the time when the pan has
to be set on the fire for supper, and the roast put on the
spit; and mind you bring back a good armful of wood for
the kitchen."
Minnikin promised'this, and ran down to the seashore.
Just as he got to the place where the king's daughter was
sitting, the troll came rushing up with a great whistling
and whirring, and he was so big and stout that he was
terrible to see, and he had five heads.
"Fire!" screeched the troll.
Fire yourself I" said Minnikin.
Can you fight B" roared the troll.
"If not, I can learn," said Minnikin.
So the troll struck at him with a great thick iron bar
which he had in his fist, till the sods flew five yards up into
the air.
"Fie said Minnikin. "That was not much of a blow.
Now you shall see one of mine."
So he grasped the sword which he had got from the old
crook-backed woman, and slashed at the troll, so that all
five heads went flying away over the sands.
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When the princess saw that she was delivered she was so
delighted that she did not know what she was doing, and
skipped and danced.
"Come and sleep a bit with your head in my lap," she
said to Minnikin, and as he slept she put a golden dress
on him.
But when Ritter Red saw that there was no longer any
danger afoot, he lost no time in creeping down from the
tree. He then threatened the princess, until at length she
was forced to promise to say that it was he who had rescued
her, for he told her if she did not he would kill her. Then
he took the troll's lungs and tongue and put them in his
pocket-handkerchief, and led the princess back to the king's
palace; and whatsoever had been lacking to him in the way
of honor before was lacking no longer, for the king did not
know how to exalt him enough, and always set him on his
own right hand at table.
As for Minnikin, first he went out on the troll's ship and
took a great quantity of gold and silver hoops away with
him, and then he trotted back to the king's palace.
When the kitchen-maid caught sight of all this gold and
silver she was quite amazed, and said: My dear friend
Minnikin, where have you got all that from? for she was
half-afraid that he had not come by it honestly.
"Oh," answered Minnikin, "I have been home awhile,
and these hoops had fallen off some of our buckets, so I
brought them away with me for you."
So when the kitchen-maid heard that they were for her,
she asked no more questions about the matter. She thanked
Minnikin, and everything was right again at once.
Next Thursday evening all went just the same, and every-
one was full of grief and affliction, but Ritter Red said that
he had been able to deliver the king's daughter from one
troll, so that he could very easily deliver her from another,
and he led her down to the seashore. But he did not do
much harm to this troll either, for when the time came when
the troll might be expected, he said as he had said before:
" It is better that one should die than two," and then climbed
up into the tree again.
Minnikin once more begged the cook's leave to go down
to the seashore for a short time.
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Oh, what can you do there ?" said the cook.
"My dear, do let me go!" said Minnikin; "I should so
like to go down there and amuse myself a little with the
other children."
So this time also she said that he should have leave to go,
but he must first promise that he would be back by the time
the joint was turned, and that he would bring a great arm-
ful of wood with him.
No sooner had Minnikin got down to the strand than the
troll came rushing along with a great whistling and whirr-
ing, and he was twice as big as the first troll, and he had
ten heads.
"Fire!" shrieked the troll.
"Fire yourself I" said Minnikin.
"Can you fight?" roared the troll.
"If not, I can learn," said Minnikin.
So the troll struck at him with his iron club-which was
still bigger than that which the first troll had had-so that
the earth flew ten yards up in the air.
"Fie! said Minnikin. "That was not much of a blow.
Now you shall see one of my blows."
Then he grasped his sword and struck at the troll, so that
all his ten heads danced away over the sands.
And again the king's daughter said to him, Sleep awhile
on my lap," and while Minnikin lay there she drew some
silver raiment over him.
As soon as Ritter Red saw that there was no longer any
danger afoot, he crept down from the tree and threatened
the princess, until at last she was again forced to promise
to say that it was he who had rescued her; after which he took
the tongue and lungs of the troll and put them in his
pocket-handkerchief, and then he conducted the princess
back to the palace. There was joy and gladness in the
palace, as may be imagined, and the king did not know how
to show enough honor and respect to Ritter Red.
Minnikin, however, took home with him an armful of
gold and silver hoops from the troll's ship. When he came
back to the king's palace the kitchen-maid clapped her hands
and wondered where he could have got all that gold and sil-
ver; but Minnikin answered that he had been home for a
short time, and that it was only the hoops which had fallen
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off some pails, and that he had brought them away for
the kitchen-maid.
When the third Thursday evening came, everything hap-
pened exactly as it had happened on the two former occa-
sions. Everything in the king's palace was hung with black,
and everyone was sorrowful and distressed; but Ritter Red
said that he did not think that they had much reason to be
afraid-he had delivered the king's daughter from two
trolls, so he could easily deliver her from the third as
well.
He led her down to the strand, but when the time drew
near for the troll to come, he climbed into the tree again
and hid himself.
The princess wept and entreated him to stay, but all to
no purpose. He stuck to his old speech, It is better that one
life should be lost than two."
This evening also Minnikin begged leave to go down to
the seashore.
"Oh, what can you do there?" answered the kitchen-
maid.
However, he begged until at last he got leave to go, but
he was forced to promise that he would be back again in
the kitchen when the roast had to be turned.
Almost immediately after he had got down to the sea-
shore the troll came with a great whizzing and whirring, and
he was much, much bigger than either of the two former
ones, and he had fifteen heads.
"Fire!" roared the troll.
Fire yourself I" said Minnikin.
Can you fight ?" screamed the troll.
"If not, I can learn," said Minnikin.
"I will teach you," yelled the troll, and struck at him
with his iron club so that the earth flew up fifteen yards high
into the air.
"Fie!" said Minnikin. "That was not much of a blow.
Now I will let you see one of my blows."
So saying he grasped his sword, and cut at the troll in
such a way that all his fifteen heads danced away over
the sands.
Then the princess was delivered, and she thanked Min-
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"Sleep awhile now on my lap," said she, and while he lay
there she put a garment of brass upon him.
But now, how shall we have it made known that it was.
you who saved me?" said the king's daughter.
That I will tell you," answered Minnikin. "When.
Ritter Red has taken you home again, and given out that
it was he who rescued you, he will, as you know, have you
to wife, and half the kingdom. But when they ask you on
your wedding-day whom you will have to be your cup-bearer,
you must say, 'I will have the ragged boy who is in the kit-
chen, and carries wood and water for the kitchen-maid';
and when I am filling your cups for you, I will spill a drop
upon his plate but none upon yours, and then he will be
angry and strike me, and this will take place thrice. But
the third time you must say, 'Shame on you thus to smite
the beloved of mine heart. It is he who delivered me from
the trolls, and he is the one whom I will have.'"
Then Minnikin ran back to the king's palace as he had
done before, but first he went on board the troll's ship and
took a great quantity of gold and silver and other precious
things, and out of these he once more gave to the kitchen-
maid a whole armful of gold and silver hoops.
No sooner did Ritter Red see that all danger was over
than he crept down from the tree, and threatened the king's
daughter till he made her promise to say that he had rescued
her. Then he conducted her back to the king's palace, and
if honor enough had not been done him before it was cer-
tainly done now, for the king had no other thought than
how to make much of the man who had saved his daughter
from the three trolls; and it was settled then that Ritter
Red should marry her, and receive half the kingdom.
On the wedding-day, however, the princess begged that
she might have the little boy who was in the kitchen, and
carried wood and water for the kitchen-maid, to fill the wine-
cups at the wedding feast.
"Oh, what can you want with that dirty, ragged boy in
here?" said Ritter Red, but the princess said that she in-
sisted on having him as cup-bearer and would have no
one else; and at last she got leave, and then everything was
done as had been agreed on between the princess and Minni-
kin. He spilled a drop on Ritter Red's plate, but none upon
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hers, and each time that he did it Ritter Red fell into a
rage and struck him. At the first blow all the ragged gar-
ments which he had worn in the kitchen fell from off Min-
nikin, at the second blow the brass garments fell off, and at
the third the silver raiment, and there he stood in the
Golden raiment, which was so bright and splendid that light
flashed from it.
Then the king's daughter said: "Shame on you thus to
smite the beloved of my heart. It is he who delivered me
from the trolls, and he is the one whom I will have."
Ritter Red swore that he was the man who had saved her,
but the king said: "He who delivered my daughter must
have some token in proof of it."
So Ritter Red ran off at once for his handkerchief with
the lungs and tongue, and Minnikin went and brought all
the gold and silver and precious things which he had taken
out of the troll's ships; and they each of them laid these to-
kens before the king.
"He who has such precious things in gold and silver and
diamonds," said the king, "must be the one who killed the
trolls, for such things are not to be had anywhere else."
So Ritter Red was thrown into the snake-pit, and Minni-
kin was to have the princess and half the kingdom.
One day the king went out walking with Minnikin, and
Minnikin asked him if he had never had any other children.
"Yes," said the king, "I had another daughter, but the
troll carried her away because there was no one who could
deliver her. You are going to have one daughter of mine,
but if you can set free the other, who has been taken by the
troll, you shall willingly have her too, and the other half of
the kingdom as well."
"I may as well make the attempt," said Minnikin, "but
I must have an iron rope which is five hundred ells long,
and then I must have five hundred men with me, and pro-
visions for five weeks, for I have a long voyage before me."
So the king said he should have these things, but the
king was afraid that he had no ship large enough to carry
them all.
"But I have a ship of my own," said Minnikin, and he
took the one which the old woman had given him out of
his pocket. The king laughed at him and thought that
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it was only one of his jokes, but Minnikin begged him just
to give him what he asked for, and then he should see some-
thing. Then all that Minnikin had asked for was brought;
and first he ordered them to lay the cable in the ship, but
there was no one who was able to lift it, and there was only
room for one or two men at a time in the little bit of a ship.
Then Minnikin himself took hold of the cable, and laid one
or two links of it into the ship, and as he threw the links
into it the ship grew bigger and bigger, and at last it was
so large that the cable, and the five hundred men, and pro-
visions, and Minnikin himself, had room enough.
"Now go over fresh water and salt water, over hill and
dale, and do not stop until thou comest to where the king's
daughter is," said Minnikin to the ship, and off it went in
a moment over land and water till the wind whistled and
moaned all round about it.
When they had sailed thus a long, long way, the ship
stopped short in the middle of the sea.
Ah, now we have got there," said Minnikin, but how
we are to get back again is a very different thing."
Then he took the cable and tied one end of it round his
body. Now I must go to the bottom," he said, "but when
I give a good jerk to the cable and want to come up again,
you must all pull like one man, or there will be an end of
all life both for you and for me." So saying he sprang into
the water, and yellow bubbles rose up all around him. He
sank lower and lower, and at last he came to the bottom.
There he saw a large hill with a door in it, and in he went.
When he had got inside he found the other princess sitting
sewing, but when she saw Minnikin she joyfully clapped her
hands.
"Ah, Heaven be praised!" she said. "I have not seen a
Christian man since I came here."
"I have come for you," said Minnikin.
"Alas! you will not be able to get me," said the king's
daughter. "It is of no use even to think of that; if the troll
catches sight of you he will take your life."
"You had better tell me about him," said Minnikin.
"Where is he gone? It would be amusing to see him."
So the king's daughter told Minnikin that the troll was
out trying to get hold of someone who could brew a hundred
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lasts of malt at one brewing, for there was to be a feast at
the troll's, at which less than that would not be drunk.
"I can do that," said Minnikin.
Ah! if only the troll were not so quick-tempered I might
have told him that," answered the princess, but he is so
ill-natured that he will tear you to pieces, I fear, as soon as
he comes in. But I will try to find some way of doing it.
Can you hide yourself here in the cupboard? and then we
will see what happens."
Minnikin did this, and almost before he had crept into
the cupboard and hidden himself, came the troll.
"Hufl What a smell of Christian man's blood!" said
the troll.
Yes, a bird flew over the roof with a Christian man's.
bone in his bill, and let it fall down our chimney," answered
the princess. "I made haste enough to get it away again,
but it must be that which smells so, notwithstanding."
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"Yes, it must be that," said the troll.
Then the princess asked if he had got hold of anyone
who could brew a hundred lasts of malt at one brewing.
"No, there is no one who can do it," said the troll.
"A short time since there was a man here who said he
could do it," said the king's daughter.
"How clever you always are!" said the troll. "How
could you let him go away? You must have known that
I was just wanting a man of that kind."
Well, but I didn't let him go, after all," said the princess;
"but father is so quick-tempered, so I hid him in the cup-
board, but if father has not found anyone then the man is
still here."
"Let him come in," said the troll.
When Minnikin came, the troll asked if it were true that
he could brew a hundred lasts of malt at one brewing.
Yes," said Minnikin, it is."
"It is well, then, that I have lighted on thee," said the
troll. "Fall to work this very minute, but Heaven help
thee if thou dost not brew the ale strong."
Oh, it shall taste well," said Minnikin, and at once set
himself to work to brew. "But I must have more trolls to
help to carry what is wanted," said Minnikin; "these that
I have are good for nothing."
So he got more and so many that there was a swarm of
them, and then the brewing went on. When the sweet-
wort was ready, they were all, as a matter of course, anxious
to taste it, first the troll himself and then the others; but
Minnikin had brewed the wort so strong that they all fell
down dead like so many flies as soon as they had drunk of it.
At last there was no one left but one wretched old hag who
was lying behind the stove.
Oh, poor old creature I" said Minnikin, you shall have
a taste of the wort too like the rest." So he went away and
scooped up a little from the bottom of the brewing vat in
a milk pan, and gave it to her, and then he was quit of the
whole of them.
While Minnikin was now standing there looking about
him, he cast his eye on a large chest. This he took and
filled it with gold and silver, and then tied the cable round
himself and the princess and the chest, and tugged at the
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rope with all his might, whereupon his men drew them up
safe and sound.
As soon as Minnikin had got safely on his ship again, he
said: "Now go over salt water and fresh water, over hill
and dale, and do not stop until thou comest unto the king's
palace." And in a moment the ship went up so fast that
the yellow foam rose up all round about it.
When those who were in the king's palace saw the ship,
they lost no time in going to meet him with song and music,
and thus they marched up toward Minnikin with great re-
joicings; but the gladdest of all was the king, for now he
had got his other daughter back again.
But now Minnikin was not happy, for both the princesses
wanted to have him, and he wanted to have none other than
the one whom he had first saved, and she was the younger.
For this cause he was continually walking backward and
forward, thinking how he could contrive to get her, and yet
do nothing that was unkind to her sister.
One day when he was walking about and thinking of this,
it came into his mind that if he only had his brother, King
Pippin, with him, who was so like himself that no one
could distinguish the one from the other, he could let him
have the elder princess and half the kingdom; for himself
the other half was enough. As soon as this thought occurred
to him he went outside the palace and called King Pippin,
but no one came. So he called a second time, and a little
louder, but no one came. So Mannikin called for the third
time, and with all his might, and there stood his brother by
his side.
"I told you that you were not to call me unless you were
in the utmost need," he said to Minnikin, and there is not
even so much as a midge here who can do you any harm!"
and with that he gave Minnikin such a blow that he rolled
over on the grass.
"Shame on you to strike me!" said Minnikin. "First
have I won one princess and half the kingdom, and then
the other princess and the other half of the kingdom; and
now, when I was just thinking that I would give you one
of the princesses and one of the halves of the kingdom, do
you think you have any reason to give me such a blow ? "
When King Pippin heard that he begged his brother's
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pardon, and they were reconciled at once and became good
friends.
Now, as you know," said Minnikin, we are so like each
other that no one can tell one of us from the other; so just
change clothes with me and go up to the palace, and then
the princesses will think that I am coming in, and the one
who kisses you first shall be yours, and I will have the other."
For he knew that the elder princess was the stronger, so
he could very well guess how things would go.
King Pippin at once agreed to this. He changed clothes
with his brother, and went into the palace. When he en-
tered the princesses' apartments they believed that he was
Minnikin, and both of them ran up to him at once; but the
elder, who was bigger and stronger, pushed her sister aside,
and threw her arms around King Pippin's neck and kissed
him; so he got her to wife, and Minnikin the younger sister.
It will be easy to understand that two weddings took place,
and they were so magnificent that they were heard of and
talked about all over seven kingdoms.
BUSHY BRIDE.*
There was.once upon a time a widower who had a son and
a daughter by his first wife. They were both good children,
and loved each other with all their hearts. After some time
had gone by the man married again, and he chose a
widow with one daughter who was ugly and wicked,
and her mother was ugly and wicked too. From the
very day that the new wife came into the house there
was no peace for the man's children, and not a corner to
be found where they could get any rest; so the boy thought
that the best thing he could do was to go out into the world
and try to earn his own bread.
When he had roamed about for some time he came to the
king's palace, where he obtained a place under the coachman;
and very brisk and active he was, and the horses that he
looked after were so fat and sleek that they shone again.
But his sister, who was still at home, fared worse and
worse. Both her stepmother and her stepsister were always
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finding fault with her, whatsoever she did and whitherso-
ever she went, and they scolded her and abused her so that
she never had an hour's peace. They made her do all the
hard work, and hard words fell to her lot early and late,
but little enough food accompanied them.
One day they sent her to the brook to fetch some water
home, and an ugly and horrible head rose up out of the
water and said: "Wash me, girl!"
Yes, I will wash you with pleasure," said the girl, and
began to wash and scrub the ugly face, but she couldn't help
thinking that it was a very unpleasant piece of work. When
she had done it, and done it well, another head rose up out
of the water, and this one was uglier still.
"Brush me, girl!" said the head.
"Yes, I will brush you with pleasure," said the girl, and
set to work with the tangled hair, and, as may be easily
imagined, this too was by no means pleasant work.
When she had got it done, another and a much more ugly
and horrible head rose up out of the water.
Kiss me, girl! said the head.
"Yes, I will kiss you," said the man's daughter, and she
did it, but she thought it was the worst bit of work that she
had ever had to do in her life.
So the heads all began to talk to each other, and to ask
what they should do for this girl who was so full of kind-
liness.
She shall be the prettiest girl that ever was, and fair and
bright as the day," said the first head.
Gold shall drop from her hair whenever she brushes it,"
said the second.
"Gold shall drop from her mouth whenever she speaks,"
said the third head.
So when the man's daughter went home, looking as beau-
tiful and bright as day, the stepmother and her daughter
grew much more ill-tempered, and it was worse still when
she began to talk, and they saw that golden coins dropped
from her mouth. The stepmother fell into such a towering
passion that she drove the man's daughter into the pig-stye-
she might stay there with her fine show of gold, the step-
mother said, but she should not be permitted to set foot in
the house.
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It was not long before the mother wanted her own daughter
to go to the stream to fetch some water.
When she got there with her pails, the first head rose up
out of the water close to the bank. "Wash me, girl!"
it said.
Wash yourself I" answered the woman's daughter.
Then the second head appeared.
"Brush me, girl!" said the head.
Brush yourself said the woman's daughter.
So down it went to the bottom and the third head came up.
Kiss me, girl!" said the head.
As if I would kiss your ugly mouth! said the girl.
So again the heads talked together about what they should
do for this girl who was so ill-tempered and full of her own
importance, and they agreed that she should have a nose
that was four ells long, and a jaw that was three ells, and
a fir bush in the middle of her forehead, and every time
she spoke ashes should fall from her mouth.
When she came back to the cottage door with her pails,
she called to her mother who was inside, "Open the door! "
"Open the door yourself, my own dear child!" said the
mother.
"I can't get near, because of my nose," said the daughter.
When the mother came and saw her you may imagine
what a state of mind she was in, and how she screamed and
lamented, but neither the nose nor the jaw grew any the
less for that.
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Now the brother, who was in service in the king's palace,
had taken a portrait of his sister, and he had carried the
picture away with him, and every morning and evening
he knelt down before it and prayed for his sister, so dearly
did he love her.
The other stable boys had heard him doing this, so they
peeped through the keyhole into his room, and saw that he
was kneeling there before a picture; so they told everyone
that every morning and evening the youth knelt down and
prayed to an idol which he had; and at last they went to the
king himself, and begged that he too would peep through the
keyhole, and see for himself what the youth did. At first the
king would not believe this, but after a long, long time, they
prevailed with him, and he crept on tiptoe to the door, peeped
through, and saw the youth on his knees, with his hands
clasped together before a picture which was hanging on the
wall.
"Open the door!" cried the king, but the youth did not
hear.
So the king called to him again, but the youth was pray-
ing so fervently that he did not hear him this time either.
"Open the door, I say!" cried the king again. "It is I!
I want to come in."
So the youth sprang to the door and unlocked it, but in
his haste he forgot to hide the picture.
When the king entered and saw it, he stood still as if he
were in fetters, and could not stir from the spot, for the
picture seemed to him so beautiful.
There is nowhere on earth so beautiful a woman as this! "
said the king.
But the youth told him that she was his sister, and that
he had painted her, and that if she was not prettier than the
picture she was at all events not uglier.
"Well, if she is as beautiful as that, I will have her for
my queen," said the king, and he commanded the youth to
go home and fetch her without a moment's delay, and to
lose no time in coming back. The youth promised to make
all the haste he could, and set forth from the king's palace.
When the brother arrived at home to fetch his sister, her
stepmother and stepsister would go too. So they all set
out together, and the man's daughter took with her a casket
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in which she kept her gold, and a dog which she called
Little Snow. These two things were all that she had in-
herited from her mother. When they had traveled for some
time they had to cross the sea, and the brother sat down at
the helm, and the mother and the two half-sisters went to the
forward part of the vessel, and they sailed a long, long way.
At last they came in sight of land.
"Look at that white strand there; that is where we shall
land," said the brother, pointing across the sea.
"What is my brother saying?" inquired the man's
daughter.
He says that you are to throw your casket out into the
sea," answered the stepmother.
"Well, if my brother says so, I must do it," said the
man's daughter, and she flung her casket into the sea.
When they had sailed for some time longer, the brother
once more pointed over the sea. "There you may see the
palace to which we are bound," said he.
"What is my brother saying?" asked the man's daughter.
Now he says that you are to throw your dog into the sea,"
answered the stepmother.
The man's daughter wept, and was sorely troubled, for
Little Snow was the dearest thing she had on earth, but at
last she threw him overboard.
"If my brother says that I must do it, but Heaven knows
how unwilling I am to throw thee out, Little Snow!" said
she.
So they sailed onward a long way further.
"There may'st thou see the king coming out to meet
thee," said the brother, pointing to the seashore.
What is my brother saying? asked his sister again.
Now he says that you are to make haste and throw your-
self overboard," answered the stepmother.
She wept and she wailed, but as her brother had said
that, she thought she must do it; so she leaped into the
sea.
But when they arrived at the palace, and the king beheld
the ugly bride with a nose that was four ells long, a jaw
that was three ells, and a forehead that had. a bush in the
middle of it, he was quite terrified; but the wedding feast
was all prepared, as regarded brewing and baking, and all
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the wedding guests were waiting, so, ugly as she was, the
king was forced to take her.
But he was very wroth, and none can blame him for that;
so he caused the brother to be thrown into a pit full of
snakes.
On the first Thursday after this a beautiful maiden came
into the kitchen of the palace, and begged the kitchen-
maid, who slept there, to lend her a brush. She begged
very prettily, and got it, and then she brushed her hair,
and the gold dropped from it.
A little dog was with her, and she said to it: "Go out,
Little Snow, and see if it will soon be day."
This she said thrice, and the third time that she sent out
the dog to see, it was near dawn. Then she was forced to
depart, but as she went she said:
Out on thee, ugly Bushy Bride,
Sleeping so soft by the young King's side,
On sand and stones my bed I make,
And my brother sleeps with the cold snake,
Unpitied and unwept.
I shall come twice more, and then never again," said she.
In the morning the kitchen-maid related what she had
seen and heard, and the king said that next Thursday night
he himself would watch in the kitchen and see if this
were true, and when it had begun to grow dark he went
out into the kitchen to the girl. But though he rubbed
his eyes and did everything he could to keep himself awake
it was all in vain, for the bushy bride crooned and sang till
his eyes were fast closed, and when the beautiful young
maiden came he was sound asleep and snoring.
This time also, as before, she borrowed a brush and
brushed her hair with it, and the gold dropped down as
she did it; and again she sent the dog out three times, and
when the day dawned she departed, but as she was going she
said as she said before: "I shall come once more, and then
never again."
On the third Thursday night the king once more insisted
on keeping watch. Then he set two men to hold him;
eabh of them was to take an arm, and shake him and jerk
him by the arm whenever he seemed to be going to fall
asleep; and he set two men to watch his bushy bride,
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But as the night wore on the bushy bride again began to.
croon and to sing, so that his eyes began to close ancd
The Bleeping King, Guided by his Attendants, Cuts the Finger of
the Beautiful Maiden.
his head to droop on one side. Then came the lovely
maiden, and got the brush and brushed her hair till the.
gold dropped from it, and then she sent her Little Snow
out to see if it would soon be day, and this she did three!
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times. The third time it was just beginning to grow light,
.and then she said:
Out on thee, ugly Bushy Bride,
Sleeping so soft by the young King's side,
On sand and stones my bed I make,
And my brother sleeps with the cold snake,
Unpitied and unwept."
Now I shall never come again," she said, and then she
turned to go. But the two men who were holding the
-king by the arms seized his hands and forced a knife into
his grasp, and then made him cut her' little finger just
enough to make it bleed.
Thus the true bride was freed. The king then awoke,
and she told him all that had taken place, and how her
stepmother and stepsister had betrayed her. Then the
brother was at once taken out of the snake-pit-the snakes
had never touched him-and the stepmother and stepsister
were flung down into it instead of him.
No one can tell how delighted the king was to get rid
of that hideous bushy bride, and get a queen who was
bright and beautiful as day itself.
And now the real wedding was held, and held in such a
way that it was heard of and spoken about all over seven
kingdoms. The king and his bride drove to church, and
Little Snow was in the carriage too. When the blessing
was given they went home again, and after that I saw no
:more of them.
SNOWDROP.*
Once upon a time, in the middle of winter when the
*snow-flakes were falling like feathers on the earth, a queen
sat at a window framed in black ebony, and sewed. And
as she sewed and gazed out to the white landscape, she
pricked her finger with the needle, and three drops of blood
fell on the snow outside, and because the red showed out
'so well against the white she thought to herself:
"Oh! what wouldn't I give to have a child as white as
snow, as red as blood, and as black as ebony I"
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And her wish was granted, for not long after a little.
daughter was born to her, with a skin as white as snow,
lips and cheeks as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony.
They called her Snowdrop, and not long after her birth the-
queen died.
After a year the king married again. His new wife was
a beautiful woman, but so proud and overbearing that she
couldn't stand any rival to her beauty. She possessed a
magic mirror, and when she used to stand before it gazing
at her own reflection and asked,
Mirror, mirror, hanging there,
Who in all the land's most fair?"
it always replied:
You are most fair, my Lady Queen.
None fairer in the land, I ween."
Then she was quite happy, for she knew the mirror
always spoke the truth.
But Snowdrop was growing prettier and prettier every
day, and when she was seven years old she was as beautiful
as she could be, and fairer even than the queen herself.
One day when the latter asked her mirror the usual question,
it replied:
My Lady Queen, you are fair, 'tis true,
But Snowdrop is fairer far than you."
Then the queen flew into the most awful passion, and
turned every shade of green in her jealousy. From this
hour she hated poor Snowdrop like poison, and every day
her envy, hatred, and malice grew, for envy and jealousy
are like evil weeds which spring up and choke the heart.
At last she could endure Snowdrop's presence no longer,
and, calling a huntsman to her, she said:
"Take the child out into the wood, and never let me see
her face again. You must kill her, an'd bring me back
her lungs and liver, that I may know for certain she is
dead."
The huntsman did as he was told and led Snowdrop out
into the wood, but as he was in the act of drawing out his
knife to slay her, she began to cry, and said:
Oh, dear huntsman, spare my life, and I will promise to
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fly forth into the wide wood and never to return home
Gainn"
And because she was so young and pretty the huntsman
had pity on her, and said:
"Well, run along, poor child." For he thought to him-
self, The wild beasts will soon eat her up."
And his heart felt lighter because he hadn't had to do
the deed himself. And as he turned away a young boar
came running past, so he shot it, and brought its lungs and
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liver home to the queen as a proof that Snowdrop was really
dead. And the wicked woman had them stewed in salt, and
ate them up, thinking that she had made an end of Snow-
drop forever.
Now when the poor child found herself alone in the big
wood the very trees around her seemed to assume strange
shapes, and she felt so frightened that she didn't know what
to do. Then she began to run over the sharp stones, and
through the bramble bushes, and the wild beasts ran past
her, but they did her no harm. She ran as far as her legs
would carry her, and as evening approached she saw a little
house, and she stepped inside to rest. Everything was very
small in the little house, but cleaner and neater than any-
thing you can imagine. In the middle of the room there
stood a table, covered with a white table-cloth, and seven
little plates and forks and spoons and knives and tumblers.
Side by side against the wall there were seven little beds, cov-
ered with snow-white counterpanes. Snowdrop felt so hun-
gry and so thirsty that she ate a bit of bread and a little
porridge from each plate, and drank a drop of wine out of
each tumbler. Then feeling tired and sleepy she lay down
on one of the beds, but it wasn't comfortable; then she tried
all the others in turn, but one was too long, and another too
short, and it was only when she got to the seventh that
she found one to suit her exactly. So she lay down upon it,
said her prayers like a good child, and fell fast asleep.
When it got quite dark the masters of the little house
returned. They were seven dwarfs who worked in the mines,
right down deep in the heart of the mountain. They lighted
their seven little lamps, and as soon as their eyes got accus-
tomed to the glare they saw that someone had been in the
room, for all was not in the same order as they had left it.
The first said:
Who's been sitting on my little chair ?"
The second said:
"Who's been eating my little loaf?"
The third said:
"Who's been tasting my porridge?"
The fourth said:
"Who's been eating out of my little plate?"
The fifth said:
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Who's been using my little fork ?"
The sixth said:
Who's been cutting with my little knife?"
The seventh said:
"Who's been drinking out of my little tumbler "
Then the first dwarf looked round and saw a little hollow
in his bed, and he asked again:
Who's been lying on my bed ?"
The others came running round, and cried when they saw
their beds:
Somebody has lain on ours too."
But when the seventh came to his bed he started back
in amazement, for there he beheld Snowdrop fast asleep.
Then he called the others, who turned their little lamps
full on the bed, and when they saw Snowdrop lying there
they nearly fell down with surprise.
"Goodness gracious!" they cried, "what a beautiful
child!"
And they were so enchanted by her beauty that they did
not wake her, but let her sleep on in the little bed. But the
seventh dwarf slept with his companions one hour in each
bed, and in this way he managed to pass the night.
In the morning Snowdrop awoke, but when she saw the
seven little dwarfs she felt very frightened. But they
were so friendly, and asked her what her name was in such
a kind way, that she replied:
"I am Snowdrop."
Why did you come to our house? continued the dwarfs.
Then she told them how her stepmother had wished her
put to death, and how the huntsman had spared her life,
and how she had run the whole day till she had come to
their little house. The dwarfs, when they had heard her sad
story, asked her:
"Will you stay and keep house for us, cook, make the
beds, do the washing, sew and knit? And if you give satis-
faction and keep everything neat and clean, you shall want
for nothing."
"Yes," answered Snowdrop, "I will gladly do all you
ask."
And so she took up her abode with them. Every morn-
ing the dwarfs went into the mountain, to dig for gold, and
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in the evening, when they returned home, Snowdrop always
had their supper ready for them. But during the day the
girl was left quite alone, so the good dwarfs warned her,
saying:
Beware of your stepmother. She will soon find out you
are here, and whatever you do don't let anyone into the
house."
Now the queen, after she thought she had eaten Snow-
drop's lungs and liver, never dreamed but that she was
once more the most beautiful woman in the world; so step-
ping before her mirror one day she said:
Mirror, mirror hanging there,
Who in all the land's most fair?"
and the mirror replied:
"My Lady Queen, you are fair, 'tis true,
But Snowdrop is fairer far than you.
Snowdrop, who dwells with the seven little men,
Is as fair as you, as fair again."
When the queen heard these words she was nearly struck
dumb with horror, for the mirror always spoke the truth,
and she knew now that the huntsman must have deceived
her, and that Snowdrop was still alive. She pondered day
and night how she might destroy her, for as long as she felt
she had a rival in the land her jealous heart left her no rest.
At last she hit upon a plan. She stained her face and dressed
herself up as an old peddler wife, so that she was quite un-
recognizable. In this guise she went over the seven hills
till she came to the house of the seven dwarfs. Then she
knocked at the door, calling out at the same time:
"Fine wares to sell, fine wares to sell! "
Snowdrop peeped out of the window, and called out:
Good-day, mother, what have you to sell? "
"Good wares, fine wares," she answered; "laces of every
shade and description," and she held up one that was made
of some gay-colored silk.
Surely I can let the honest woman in," thought Snow-
drop; so she unbarred the door and bought the pretty lace.
"Good gracious! child," said the old woman, what a
figure you've got. Come! I'll lace you up properly for once."
Snowdrop, suspecting no evil, stood before her and let
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her lace her bodice up, but the old woman laced her so
quickly and so tightly that it took Snowdrop's breath away,
and she fell down dead.
Now you are no longer the fairest," said the wicked old
woman, and then she hastened away.
In the evening the seven dwarfs came home, and you
may think what a fright they got when they saw their dear
Snowdrop lying on the floor, as still and motionless as a
dead person. They lifted her up tenderly, and when they
saw how tightly laced she was they cut the lace in two, and
she began to breathe a little and gradually came back to
life. When the dwarfs heard what had happened, they said:
"Depend upon it, the old peddler wife was none other
than the old queen. In future you must be sure to let no
one in, if we are not at home."
As soon as the wicked old queen got home she went straight
to her mirror, and said:
Mirror, mirror hanging there,
Who in all the land's most fair?"
and the mirror answered as before:
"My Lady Queen, you are fair, 'tis true,
But Snowdrop is fairer far than you.
Snowdrop, who dwells with the seven little men,
Is as fair as you, as fair again."
When she heard this she became as pale as death, be-
cause she saw at once that Snowdrop must be alive again.
"This time," she said to herself, "I will think of some-
thing that will make an end of her once and for all."
And by the witchcraft which she understood so well she
made a poisonous comb; then she dressed herself up and
assumed the form of another old woman. So she went over
the seven hills till she reached the house of the seven dwarfs,
and knocking at the door she called out:
Fine wares for sale."
Snowdrop looked out of the window and said:
You must go away, for I may not let anyone in."
"But surely you are not forbidden to look out ?" said the
old woman, and she held up the poisonous comb for her to
see.
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It pleased the girl so much that she let herself be taken in,
and opened the door. When they had settled their bargain
the old woman said:
Now I'll comb your hair properly for you, for once in
the way."
Poor Snowdrop thought no evil, but hardly had the comb
touched her hair than the poison worked and she fell down
unconscious.
"Now, my fine lady, you're really done for this time," said
the wicked woman, and she made her way home as fast as
she could.
Fortunately it was now near evening, and the seven
dwarfs returned home. When they saw Snowdrop lying
dead on the ground, they at once suspected that her wicked
stepmother had been at work again; so they searched till
they found the poisonous comb, and the moment they pulled
it out of her head Snowdrop came to herself again, and told
them what had happened. Then they warned her once more
to be on her guard, and to open the door to no one.
As soon as the queen got home she went straight to her
mirror, and asked:
Mirror, mirror, hanging there,
Who in all the land's most fair?"
and it replied as before:
My Lady Queen, you are fair, 'tis true.
But Snowdrop is fairer far than you.
Snowdrop, who dwells with the seven little men,
Is as fair as you, as fair again."
When she heard these words she literally trembled and
shook with rage.
"Snowdrop shall die," she cried; "yes, though it cost me
my own life."
Then she went to the little secret chamber, which no one
knew of but herself, and there she made a poisonous apple.
Outwardly it looked beautiful, white with red cheeks, so that
everyone who saw it longed to eat it, but anyone who might
do so would certainly die on the spot. When the apple was
quite finished she stained her face and dressed herself up
as a peasant, and so she went over the seven hills to the
seven dwarfs'. She knocked at the door, as usual, but Snow-
drop put her head out of the window and called out:
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"I may not let anyone in: the seven dwarfs have for-
bidden me to do so."
Are you afraid of being poisoned asked the old
woman. See, I will cut this apple in half. I'll eat the
white cheek and you can eat the red."
But the apple was so cunningly made that only the
red cheek was poisonous. Snowdrop longed to eat the
tempting fruit, and when she saw the peasant woman
was eating it herself, she couldn't resist the temptation any
longer, and stretching out her hand she took the poisonous
half. But hardly had the first bite passed her lips than
she fell down dead on the ground. Then the eyes of the
cruel queen sparkled with glee, and laughing aloud she
cried:
As white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as ebony,
this time the dwarfs won't be able to bring you back to
life."
When she got home she asked the mirror:
Mirror, mirror hanging there,
Who in all the land's most fair?"
and this time it replied:
"You are most fair, my Lady Queen,
None fairer in the land, I ween."
Then her jealous heart was at rest-at least, as much at
rest as a jealous heart can ever be.
When the little dwarfs came home in the evening they
found little Snowdrop lying on the ground, and she neither
breathed nor stirred. They lifted her up, and looked round
everywhere to see if they could find anything poisonous
about. They unlaced her bodice, combed her hair, washed
her with water and wine, but all in vain; the child was dead
and remained dead. Then they placed her on a bier, and all
the seven dwarfs sat round it, weeping and sobbing for three
whole days. At last they made up their minds to bury her,
but she looked as blooming as a living being, and her cheeks
were still such a lovely color that they said:
"We can't hide her away in the black ground."
So they had a coffin made of transparent glass, and they
laid her in it, and wrote on the lid in golden letters that
she was a royal princess. Then they put the coffin on the
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top of the mountain, and one of the dwarfs always re-
mained beside it and kept watch over it. And the very
birds of the air came and bewailed Snowdrop's death, first
an owl, and then a raven, and last of all a little dove.
Snowdrop lay a long time in the coffin, and she always
looked the same, just as if she were fast asleep, and she re-
mained as white as snow, as red as blood, and her hair as
black as ebony.
Now it happened one day that a prince came to the
wood and passed by the dwarfs' house. He saw the coffin
on the hill, with the beautiful Snowdrop inside it, and when
he had read what was written on it in golden letters, he said
to the dwarf:
"Give me the coffin. I'll give you whatever you like
for it."
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But the dwarf said: "No; we wouldn't part with it for
all the gold in the world."
Well, then," he replied, give it to me, because I can't
live without Snowdrop. I will cherish and love it as my
dearest possession."
He spoke so sadly that the good .dwarfs had pity on him,
and gave him the coffin, and the prince made his servants
bear it away on their shoulders. Now it happened that as
they were going down the hill they stumbled over a bush,
and jolted the coffin so violently that the poisonous bit of
apple Snowdrop had swallowed fell out of her throat. She
gradually opened her eyes, lifted up the lid of the coffin,
and sat up alive and well.
Oh! dear me, where am I? she cried.
The prince answered joyfully, You are with me," and
he told her all that had happened, adding, I love you better
than anyone in the whole wide world. Will you come with
me to my father's palace and be my wife ?"
Snowdrop consented, and went with him, and the marriage
was celebrated with great pomp and splendor.
Now Snowdrop's wicked stepmother was one of the guests
invited to attend the wedding feast. When she had dressed
herself very gorgeously for the occasion, she went to the
mirror, and said:
Mirror, mirror, hanging there
Who in all the land's most fair? "
and the mirror answered:
My Lady Queen, you are fair, 'tis true,
But Snowdrop is fairer far than you."
When the wicked woman heard these words she uttered
a curse, and was beside herself with rage and mortification.
At first she didn't want to go to the wedding at all, but at
the same time she felt that she would never be happy till
she had seen the young queen. As she entered Snowdrop
recognized her, and nearly fainted with fear; but red-hot
iron shoes had been prepared for the wicked old queen, and
she was made to get into them and dance till she fell down
dead.
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THE GOLDEN GOOSE.*
There was once a man who had three sons. The youngest
of them was called Dullhead, and was sneered and jeered
at and snubbed on every possible opportunity.
One day it happened that the eldest son wished to go into
the forest to cut wood, and before he started his mother
gave him a fine rich cake and a bottle of wine, so that he
might be sure not to suffer from hunger or thirst.
When he reached the forest he met a little old gray man
who wished him Good-morning," and said: "Do give
me a piece of that cake you have got in your pocket, and
let me have a draught of your wine-I am so hungry and
thirsty."
But this clever son replied: "If I give you my cake and
wine I shall have none left for myself: you just go your own
way"; and he left the little man standing there and went
further into the forest. There he began to cut down a tree,
but before long he made a false stroke with his ax, and cut
his own arm so badly, that he was obliged to go home and
have it bound up.
Then the second son went to the forest, and his mother
gave him a good cake and a bottle of wine as she had to his
elder brother. He too met the little old gray man, who
begged him for a morsel of cake and a draught of wine.
But the second son spoke most sensibly too, and said:
"Whatever I give to you I deprive myself of. Just go your
own way, will you? Not long after his punishment over-
took him, for no sooner had he struck a couple of blows on
a tree with his ax, than he cut his leg so badly that he had to
be carried home.
So then Dullhead said: "Father, let me go out and cut
wood."
But his father answered: "Both your brothers have in-
jured themselves. You had better leave it alone; you know
nothing about it."
But Dullhead begged so hard to be allowed to go that at
last his father said: "Very well, then-go. Perhaps when
you have hurt yourself, you may learn to know better." His
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mother only gave him a very plain cake made with water
and baked in cinders, and a bottle of sour beer.
When he got to the forest, he too met the little old gray
man, who greeted him and said: "Give me a piece of your
cake and a draught from your bottle; I am so hungry and
thirsty."
And Dullhead replied: "I've only got a cinder-cake and
some sour beer, but if you care to have that, let us sit down
and eat."
So they sat down, and when Dullhead brought out his
cake he found it had turned into a fine rich cake, and the
sour beer into excellent wine. Then they ate and drank,
and when they had finished the little man said: "Now I
will bring you luck, because you have a kind heart and are
willing to share what you have with others. There stands
an old tree; cut it down, and among its roots you'll find
something." With that the little man took leave.
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Then Dullhead fell to at once to hew down the tree, and
when it fell he found among its roots a goose, whose
feathers were all of pure gold. He lifted it out, carried it
off, and took it with him to an inn where he meant to spend
the night.
Now the landlord of the inn had three daughters, and
when they saw the goose they were filled with curiosity as
to what this wonderful bird could be, and each longed to
have one of its golden feathers.
The eldest thought to herself: "No doubt I shall soon
find a good opportunity to pluck out one of its feathers,"
and the first time Dullhead happened to leave the room
she caught hold of the goose by its wing. But, lo and be-
hold! her fingers seemed to stick fast to the goose, and she
could not take her hand away.
Soon after the second daughter came in, and thought to
pluck a golden feather for herself too; but hardly had she
touched her sister than she stuck fast as well. At last the
third sister came with the same intentions, but the other
two cried: Keep off! for Heaven's sake, keep offI "
The younger sister could not imagine why she was to
keep off, and thought to herself: "If they are both there,
why should not I be there too ?"
So she sprang to them; but no sooner had she touched one
of them than she stuck fast to her. So they all three had
to spend the night with the goose.
Next morning Dullhead tucked the goose under his arm
and went off, without in the least troubling himself about
the three girls who were hanging on to it. They just had to
run after him right or left as best they could. In the middle
of a field they met a parson, and when he saw this proces-
sion he cried: "For shame, you bold girls! What do you
mean by running after a young fellow through the fields
like that? Do you call that proper behavior?" And with
that he caught the youngest girl by the hand to try and
draw her away. But directly he touched her he hung on him-
self, and had to run along with the rest of them.
Not long after the clerk came that way, and was much
surprised to see the parson following the footsteps of three
girls. Why, where is your reverence going so fast?" cried
he; don't forget there is to be a christening to-day"; and
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he ran after him, caught him by the sleeve, and hung on to
it himself. As the five of them trotted along in this fashion
one after the other, two peasants were coming from their
work with their hoes. On seeing them the parson called out
and begged them to come and rescue him and the clerk. But
no sooner did they touch the clerk than they stuck on too,
and so there were seven of them running after Dullhead and
his goose.
After a time they all came to a town where a king reigned
whose daughter was so serious and solemn that no one could
ever manage to make her laugh. So the king had decreed
that whoever should succeed in making her laugh should
marry her.
When Dullhead heard this he marched before the princess
with his goose and its appendages, and as soon as she saw
these seven people continually running after each other she
burst out laughing, and could not stop herself. Then Dull-
head claimed her as his bride, but the king, who did not
much fancy him as a son-in-law, made all sorts of objections,
and told him he must first find a man who could drink up a
whole cellarful of wine.
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Dullhead bethought him of the little gray man, who could,
he felt sure, help him; so he went off to the forest, and on
the very spot where he had cut down the tree he saw a man
sitting with a most dismal expression of face.
Dullhead asked him what he was taking so much to heart,
and the man answered: "I don't know how I am ever to
quench the terrible thirst I am suffering from. Cold water
doesn't suit me at all. To be sure I've emptied a whole bar-
rel of wine, but what is one drop on a hot stone ?"
"I think I can help you," said Dullhead. "Come with
me, and you shall drink to your heart's content." So he took
him to the king's cellar, and the man sat down before the
huge casks and drank and drank till he drank up the whole
contents of the cellar before the day closed.
Then Bullhead asked once more for his bride, but the
king felt vexed at the idea of a stupid fellow whom people
called "Dullhead" carrying off his daughter, and he began
to make fresh conditions. He required Dullhead to find a
man who could eat a mountain of bread. Bullhead did not
wait to consider long, but went straight off to the forest, and
there on the same spot sat a man who was drawing in a
strap as tight as he could round his body, and making a
most woeful face the while. Said he: "I've eaten up a
whole oven full of loaves, but what's the good of that to
anyone who is as hungry as I am? I declare my stomach
feels quite empty, and I must draw my belt tight if I'm not
to die of starvation."
Bullhead was delighted, and said: "Get up and come
with me, and you shall have plenty to eat," and he brought
him to the king's court.
Now the king had given orders to have all the flour in his
kingdom brought together, and to have a huge mountain
baked of it. But the man from the wood just took up his
stand before the mountain and began to eat, and in one day
it had all vanished.
For the third time Bullhead asked for his bride, but again
the king tried to make some evasion, and demanded a ship
"which could sail on land and water. When you come sail-
ing in such a ship," said he, "you shall have my daughter
without further delay."
Again Bullhead started off to the forest, and there he
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found the little old gray man with whom he had shared his
cake, and who said: "I have eaten and I have drunk for
you, and now I will give you the ship. I have done all this
for you because you were kind and merciful to me."
Then he gave Dullhead a ship which could sail on land
or water, and when the king saw it he felt he could no longer
refuse him his daughter.
So they celebrated the wedding with great rejoicings;
and after the king's death Dullhead succeeded to the king-
dom, and lived happily with his wife for many years after.
THE SEVEN FOALS.*
There was once upon a time a couple of poor folks who
lived in a wretched hut, far away from everyone else, in a
wood. They only just managed to live from hand to mouth,
and had great difficulty in doing even so much as that, but
they had three sons, and the youngest of them was called
Cinderlad, for he did nothing else but lie and poke about
among the ashes.
One day the eldest lad said that he would go out to earn
his living; he soon got leave to do that, and set out on his
-way into the world. He walked on and on for the whole
day, and when night was beginning to fall he came to a
royal palace. The king was standing outside on the steps,
and asked where he was going.
"Oh, I am just going about seeking a place, my father,"
said the youth.
"Wilt thou serve me, and watch my seven foals?" asked
the king. If thou canst watch them for a whole day and
tell me at night what they eat and drink, thou shalt have the
princess and half\my kingdom, but if thou canst not, I will
cut three red stripes on thy back."
The youth thought that it was very easy work to watch
the foals, and that he could do it well enough.
Next morning, when day was beginning to dawn, the king's
master of the horse let out the seven foals; and they ran
away, and the youth after them just as it chanced, over hill
and dale, through woods and bogs. When the youth had run
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thus for a long time he began to be tired, and when he had
held on a little longer he was heartily weary of watching at
all, and at the same moment he came to a cleft in a rock
where an old woman was sitting spinning with her distaff in
her hand.
As soon as she caught sight of the youth, who was running
after the foals till the perspiration streamed down his face,
she cried:
Come hither, come hither, my handsome son, and let me
comb your hair for you."
The lad was willing enough, so he sat down in the cleft
of the rock beside the old hag, and laid his head on her knees,
and she combed his hair all day while he lay there and gave
himself up to idleness.
When evening was drawing near, the youth wanted to go.
I may just as well go straight home again," said he, for
it is no use to go to the king's palace."
"Wait till it is dusk," said the old hag, "and then the
king's foals will pass by this place again, and you can run
home with them; no one will ever know that you have been
lying here all day instead of watching the foals."
So when they came she gave the lad a bottle of water
and a bit of moss, and told him to show these to the king
and say this was what his seven foals ate and drank.
"Hast thou watched faithfully and well the whole day
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long?" said the king, when the lad came into his presence
in the evening.
Yes, that I have said the youth.
"Then you are able to tell me what it is that my seven
foals eat and drink," said the king.
So the youth produced a bottle of water and a bit of moss
which he had got from the old woman, saying:
Here you see their meat, and here you see their drink."
Then the king knew how his watching had been done, and
fell into such a rage that he ordered his people to chase
the youth back to his own home at once; but first they were
to cut three red stripes in his back, and rub salt into them.
When the youth reached home again, anyone can imagine
what a state of mind he was in. He had gone out once to
seek a place, he said, but never would he do such a thing
again.
Next day the second son said that he would now go out
into the world to seek his fortune. His father and mother
said "No," and bade him look at his brother's back, but
the youth would not give up his design, and stuck to it,
and after a long, long time he got leave to go, and set
forth on his way. When he had walked all day he too came
to the king's palace, and the king was standing outside on the
steps, and asked where he was going; and when the youth
replied that he was going about in search of a place, the
king said that he might enter into his service and watch
his seven foals. Then the king promised him the same pun-
ishment and the same reward that he had promised his
brother.
The youth at once consented to this and entered into
the king's service, for he thought he could easily watch the
foals and inform the king what they ate and drank.
In the gray light of dawn the master of the horse let out
the seven foals, and off they went again over hill and dale,
and off went the lad after them. But all went with him as it
had gone with his brother. When he had run after the
foals for a long, long time and was hot and tired, he passed
by a cleft in the rock where an old woman was sitting spin-
ning with a distaff, and she called to him:
Come hither, come hither, my handsome son, and let
me comb your hair."
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The youth liked the thought of this, and let the foals run
where they chose, and seated himself in the cleft of the rock
by the side of the old hag. So there he sat with his head on
her lap, taking his ease the livelong day.
The foals came back in the evening, and then he too got
a bit of moss and a bottle of water from the old hag, which
things he was to show to the king. But when the king asked
the youth: "Canst thou tell me what my seven foals eat
and drink ?" and the youth showed him the bit of moss and
the bottle of water, and said: "Yes, here may you behold
their meat, and here their drink," the king once more became
wroth, and commanded that three red stripes should be cut
on the lad's back, that salt should be strewn upon them,
and that he should then be instantly chased back to his own
home. So when the youth got home again he too related
all that had happened to him, and he too said that he had
gone out in search of a place once, but that never would he
do it again.
On the third day Cinderlad wanted to set out. He had
a fancy to try to watch the seven foals himself, he said.
The two others laughed at him and mocked him.
" What! when all went so ill with us, do you suppose that you
are going to succeed? You look like succeeding-you who
have never done anything else but lie and poke about among
the ashes," said they.
"Yes, I will go too," said Cinderlad, "for I have taken
it into my head."
The two brothers laughed at him, and his father and
mother begged him not to go, but all to no purpose, and
Cinderlad set out on his way. So when he had walked the
whole day, he too came to the king's palace as darkness be-
gan to fall.
There stood the king outside on the steps, and he asked
whither he was bound.
"I am walking about in search of a place," said Cinder-
lad.
"From whence do you come, then?" inquired the king,
for by this time he wanted to know a little more about the
men before he took any of them into his service.
So Cinderlad told him whence he came, and that he was
brother to the two who had watched the seven foals for the
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king, and then he inquired if he\might be allowed to try to
watch them on the following day.
"Oh, shame on them said the king, for it enraged him
even to think of them. "If thou art brother to those two,
thou too art not good for much. I have had enough of such
fellows."
"Well, but as I have come here, you might just give me
leave to make the attempt," said Cinderlad.
"Oh, very well, if thou art absolutely determined to have
thy back flayed, thou may'st have thine own way if thou wilt,"
said the king.
"I would much rather have the princess," said Cinderlad.
Next morning in the gray light of dawn, the master of the
horse let out the seven foals again, and off they set over hill
and dale, through woods and bogs, and off went Cinderlad
after them. When he had run thus for a long time, he too
came to the cleft in the rock. There the old hag was once
more sitting spinning from her distaff, and she cried to Cin-
derlad:
"Come hither, come hither, my handsome son, and let me
comb your hair for you."
"Come to me, then; come to me!" said Cinderlad, as he
passed by jumping and running, and keeping tight hold of
one of the foals' tails.
When he had got safely past the cleft in the rock, the
youngest foal said:
"Get on my back, for we have still a long way to go."
So the lad did this.
And thus they journeyed onward a long, long way.
"Dost thou see anything now?" said the foal.
"No," said Cinderlad.
So they journeyed onward a good bit further.
Dost thou see anything now? asked the foal.
"Oh, no," said the lad.
When they had gone thus for a long, long way, the foal
again asked:
"Dost thou see anything now?"
Yes, now I see something that is white," said Cinderlad.
"It looks like the trunk of a great thick birch tree."
"Yes, that is where we are to go in," said the foal.
When they got to the trunk, the eldest foal broke it down
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on one side, and then they saw a door where the trunk had
bqen standing, and inside this there was a small room, and
in the room there was scarcely anything but a small fireplace
and a couple of benches, but behind the door hung a great
rusty sword and a small pitcher.
f' Canst thou wield that sword asked the foal.
Cinderlad tried, but could not do it; so he had to take a
draught from the pitcher, and then one more, and after
that still another, and then he was able to wield the sword
with perfect ease.
"Good," said the foal; "and now thou must take the
sword away with thee, and with it shalt thou cut off the
heads of all seven of us on thy wedding-day, and then we
shall become princes again as we were before. For we are
brothers of the princess whom thou art to have when thou
canst tell the king what we eat and drink, but there is a
mighty troll who has cast a spell over us. When thou hast
cut off our heads, thou must take the greatest care to lay
each head at the tail of the body to which it belonged be-
fore, and then the spell which the troll has cast upon us will
lose all its power."
Cinderlad promised to do this, and then they went on
further.
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When they had traveled a long, long way, the foal said:
"Dost thou see anything?"
"No," said Cinderlad.
So they went on a great distance further.
And now," inquired the foal, "seest thou nothing
now?"
Alas! no," said Cinderlad.
So they traveled onward again, for many and many a mile,
over hill and dale.
Now, then," said the foal, dost thou not see anything
now?"
Yes," said Cinderlad; now I see something like a bluish
streak, far, far away."
That is a river," said the foal, "and we have to cross it."
There was a long, handsome bridge over the river, and
when they had got to the other side of it the again traveled
on a long, long way, and then once more the foal inquired
if Cinderlad saw anything. Yes, this time he saw something
that looked black, far, far away, and was rather like a church
tower.
"Yes," said the foal, "we shall go into that."
When the foals got into the churchward they turned into
men again, and looked like the sons of a king, and their
clothes were so magnificent that they shone with splendor,
and they went into the church and received bread and wine
from the priest, who was standing before the altar, and Cin-
derlad went in too. But when the priest had laid his hands
on the princes and read the blessing, they went out of the
church again, and Cinderlad went out too, but he took with
him a flask of wine and some.consecrated bread. No sooner
had the seven princes come out into the churchyard than
they became foals again, and Cinderlad got upon the back of,
the youngest, and they returned by the way they had come,
only they went much, much faster.
First they went over the bridge, and then past the trunk of
the birch tree, and then past the old hag who sat in the
cleft of the rock spinning, and they went by so fast that
Cinderlad could not hear what the old hag screeched after
him, but just heard enough to understand that she was terri-
bly enraged.
It was all but dark when they got back to the king at night-
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fall, and he himself was standing in the court-yard waiting
for them.
"Hast thou watched well and faithfully the whole day?"
said the king to Ginderlad.
"I have done my best," replied Cinderlad.
"Then thou canst tell me what my seven foals eat and
drink? asked the king.
So Cinderlad pulled out the consecrated bread and the
flask of wine, and showed them to the king. "Here may you
behold their meat, and here their drink," said he.
"Yes, diligently and faithfully hast thou watched," said
the king, "thou shalt have the princess and half the king-
dom."
So all was made ready for the wedding, and the king said
that it was to be so stately and magnificent that everyone
should hear of it, and everyone inquire about it.
SBut when they sat down to the marriage-feast, the bride-
groom arose and went down to the stable, for he said that he
had forgotten something which he must go and look to.
When he got there he did what the foals had bidden him,
and cut off the heads of all the seven. First the eldest, and
then the second, and so on according to their age, and he was
extremely careful to lay each head at the tail of the foal to
which it had belonged, and when that was done, all the foals
became princes again. When he returned to the marriage-
feast with the seven princes, the king was so joyful that he
both kissed Cinderlad and clapped him on the back, and his
bride was still more delighted with him than she had been
before.
"Half my kingdom is thine already," said the king, "and
the other half shall be thine after my death, for my sons
can get countries and kingdoms for themselves now that
they have become princes again."
Therefore, as all may well believe, there were joy and mer-
riment at that wedding.
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THE MARVELOUS MUSICIAN.*
There was once upon a time a marvelous musician. One
day he was wandering through a wood all by himself, think-
ing now of one thing, now of another, till there was nothing
else left to think about. Then he said to himself:
"Time hangs very heavily on my hands when I'm all
alone in the wood. I must try and find a pleasant com-
panion."
So he took his fiddle out, and fiddled till he woke the echoes
round. After a time a wolf came through the thicket and
trotted up to the musician.
"Oh! it's a wolf, is it?" said he. "I've not the smallest
wish for his society."
But the wolf approached him and said:
"Oh, my dear musician, how beautifully you play! I
wish you'd teach me how it's done."
"That's easily learned," answered the fiddler; "you must
only do exactly as I tell you."
"Of course I will," replied the wolf. "I can promise
that you will find me a most apt pupil."
So they joined company and went on their way together,
and after a time they came to an old oak tree, which was
hollow and had a crack in the middle of the trunk.
Now," said the musician, "if you want to learn to fiddle,
here's your chance. Lay your front paws in this crack."
The wolf did as he was told, and the musician quickly
seized a stone, and wedged both his fore paws so firmly into
the crack that he was held there, a fast prisoner.
"Wait there till I return," said the fiddler, and he went
on his way.
After a time he said to himself again:
Time hangs very heavily on my hands when I'm all alone
in the wood; I must try and find a companion."
So he drew out his fiddle, and fiddled away lustily. Pres-
ently a fox slunk through the trees.
"Aha! what have we here?" said the musician. "A fox;
well, I haven't the smallest desire for his company."
The fox came straight up to him and said:
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"My dear friend, how beautifully you play the fiddle; I
would like to learn how you do it."
"Nothing easier," said the musician, "if you'll promise
to do exactly as I tell you."
"Certainly," said the fox, you have only to say the word."
"Well, then, follow me," replied the fiddler.
When they had gone a bit of the way, they came to a path
with high trees on each side. Here the musician halted,
bent a stout hazel bough down to the ground from one side
of the path, and put his foot on the end of it to keep it down.
Then he bent a branch down from the other side and said:
"Give me your left front paw, my little fox, if you really
wish to learn how it's done."
The fox did as he was told, and the musician tied his
front paw to the end of one of the branches.
"Now, my friend," he said, "give me your right paw."
This he bound to the other branch, and having carefully
seen that his knots were all secure, he stepped off the ends of
the branches, and they sprang back, leaving the poor fox
suspended in mid-air.
"Just you wait where you are till I return," said the
musician, and he went on his way again.
Once more he said to himself:
"Time hangs heavily on my hands when I'm all alone
in the wood; I must try and find another companion."
So he took out his fiddle and played as merrily as before.
This time a little hare came running up at the sound.
"Oh! here comes a hare," said the musician; "I've not
the smallest desire for his company."
"How beautifully you play, dear Mr. Fiddler," said the
little hare. "I wish I could learn how you do it."
It's easily learned," answered the musician; just do ex-
actly as I tell you."
That I will," said the hare. You will find me a most at-
tentive pupil."
They went on a bit together, till they came to a thin part
of the wood, where they found an aspen tree growing. The
musician bound a long cord round the little hare's neck,
the other end of which he fastened to the tree.
"Now, my merry little friend," said the musician, "run
twenty times round the tree."
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The little hare obeyed, and when it had run twenty times
round the tree, the cord had twisted itself twenty times round
the trunk, so that the poor little beast was held a fast pris-
oner, and it might bite and tear as much as it liked, it
couldn't free itself, and the cord only cut its tender neck.
Wait there till I return," said the musician, and went on
his way.
In the meantime the wolf had pulled and bitten and
scratched at the stone, till at last he succeeded in getting
his paws out. Full of anger, he hurried after the musician,
determined when he met him to tear him to pieces. When
the fox saw him running by, he called out as loud as he could:
"Brother Wolf, come to my rescue; the musician has de-
ceived me, too."
The wolf pulled the branches down, bit the cord in two,
and set the fox free. So they went on their way together,
both vowing vengeance on the musician. They found the
poor imprisoned little hare, and having set him free also,
they all set out to look for their enemy.
During this time the musician had once more played his
fiddle, and had been more fortunate in the result. The
sounds pierced to the ears of a poor woodman, who instantly
left his work, and with his hatchet under his arm came to
listen to the music.
"At last I've got a proper sort of companion," said the
musician, "for it was a human being I wanted all along,
and not a wild animal."
And he began playing so enchantingly that the poor man
stood there as if bewitched, and his heart leaped for joy as
he listened.
And as he stood thus, the wolf and fox and little hare
came up, and the woodman saw at once that they meant mis-
chief. He lifted his glittering ax and placed himself in
front of the musician, as much as to say: "If you touch a
hair of his head, beware, for you will have to answer for it
to me."
Then the beasts were frightened, and they all three ran
back into the wood, and the musician played the woodman
one of his best tunes, by way of thanks, and then continued
his way.
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The Story of Sigurd
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THE STORY OF SIGURD.*
[This is a very old story: the Danes who used to fight with the English
is ing Alfred's time knew this story. They have carved on the rocks
pictures of some of the things that happen in the tale, and those carvings
may still be seen. Because it is so old and so beautiful the story is told
here again, but it has a sad ending-indeed it is all sad, and all about
fighting and killing, as might be expected from the Danes.]
Once upon a time there was a king in the north who had
won many wars, but now he was old. Yet he took a new
wife, and then another prince, who wanted to have married
her, came up against him with a great army. The old king
went out and fought bravely, but at last his sword broke,
and he was wounded and his men fled. But in the night,
when the battle was over, his young wife came out and
searched for him among the slain, and at last she found him,
and asked whether he might be healed. But he said "No,"
his luck was gone, his sword was broken, and he must die.
And he told her that she would have a son, and that son
would be a great warrior, and would avenge him on the
other king, his enemy. And he bade her keep the broken
pieces of the sword, to make a new sword for his son, and
that blade should be called Gram.
Then he died. And his wife called her maid to her and
said: Let us change clothes, and you shall be called by my
name, and I by yours, lest the enemy find us."
So this was done, and they hid in a wood, but there some
strangers met them and carried them off in a ship to Den-
mark. And when they were brought before the king, he
thought the maid looked like a queen and the queen like a
maid. So he asked the queen: "How do you know in
the dark of night whether the hours of night are wearing
to the morning?"
And she said:
"I know because, when I was younger, I used to have to
rise and light the fires, and still I waken at the same time."
A strange queen to light the fires," thought the king.
Then he asked the queen, who was dressed like a maid:
"How do you know in the dark of night whether the hours
are wearing near the dawn ?"
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"My father gave me a gold ring," said she, "and always,
ere the dawning, it grows cold on my finger."
A rich house where the maids wore gold," said the king.
"Truly you are no maid, but a king's daughter."
So he treated her royally, and as time went on she had a
son called Sigurd, a beautiful boy and very strong. He had
a tutor to be with him, and once the tutor bade him go to
the king and ask for a horse.
"Choose a horse for yourself," said the king; and -Sigurd
went to the wood, and there he met an old man with a white
beard, and said: "Come! help me in horse-choosing."
Then the old man said: "Drive all the horses into the
river, and choose the one that swims across."
So Sigurd drove them, and only one swam across. Sigurd
chose him; his name was Grani, and he came of Sleipnir's
breed, and was the best horse in the world. For Sleipnir was
the horse of Odin, the God of the North, and was as swift as
the wind.
But a day or two later his tutor said to Sigurd: "There
is a great treasure of gold hidden not far from here, and
it would become you to win it."
But Sigurd answered: "I have heard stories of that
treasure, and I know that the dragon Fafnir guards it, and
he is so huge and wicked that no man dares to go near
him."
"He is no bigger than other dragons," said the tutor,
"and if you were as brave as your father you would not
fear him."
"I am no coward," says Sigurd; "why do you want me to
fight the dragon ?"
Then his tutor, whose name was Regin, told him that all
this great hoard of gold had once belonged to his own
father. And his father had three sons-the first was Fafnir,
the dragon; the next was Otter, who could put on the shape
of an otter when he liked; and the next was himself, Regin,
and he was a great smith and maker of swords.
Now there was at that time a dwarf called Andvari, who
lived in a pool beneath a waterfall, and there he had hidden
a great hoard of gold. And one day Otter had been fishing
there, and had killed a salmon and eaten it, and was sleep-
ing, like an otter, on a stone. Then someone came by and
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threw a stone at the otter and killed it, and flayed off the
skin, and took it to the house of Otter's father. Then he
knew his son was dead, and to punish the person who had
killed him he said he must have the otter's skin filled with
gold, and covered all over with red gold, or it should go worse
with him. Then the person who had killed Otter went down
and caught the dwarf who owned all the treasure and took it
from him.
Only one ring was left, which the dwarf wore, and even
that was taken from him.
Then the poor dwarf was very angry, and he prayed that
the gold might never bring any but bad luck to all the men
who might own it, forever.
Then the otter skin was filled with gold and covered with
gold, all but one hair, and that was covered with the poor
dwarf's last ring.
But it brought good luck to nobody. First Fafnir, the
dragon, killed his own father, and then he went and wal-
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lowed on the gold, and would let his brother have none, and.
no man dared go near it.
When Sigurd heard the story he said to Regin:
Make me a good sword that I may kill this dragon."
So Regin made a sword, and Sigurd tried it with a blow
on a lump of iron, and the sword broke.
Another sword he made, and Sigurd broke that too.
Then Sigurd went to his mother, and asked for the broken
pieces of his father's blade, and gave them to Regin. And
he hammered and wrought them into a new sword, so sharp
that fire seemed to burn along its edges.
Sigurd tried this blade on the lump of iron, and it did not
break, but split the iron in two. Then he threw a lock of
wool into the river, and when it floated down against the
sword it was cut into two pieces. So Sigurd said that sword
would do. But before he went against the dragon he led an
army to fight the men who had killed his father, and he slew
their king, and took all his wealth, and went home.
When he had been at home a few days, he rode out with
Regin one morning to the heath where the dragon used to
lie. Then he saw the track which the dragon made when he
went to a cliff to drink, and the track was as if a great river
had rolled along and left a deep valley.
Then Sigurd went down into that deep place, and dug
many pits in it, and in one of the pits he lay hidden with his
sword drawn. There he waited, and presently the earth be-
gan to shake with the weight of the dragon as he crawled
to the water. And a cloud of venom flew before him as he
snorted and roared, so that it would have been death to stand
before him.
But Sigurd waited till half of him had crawled over the
pit, and then he thrust the sword Gram right into his very
heart.
Then the dragon lashed with his tail till stones broke and
trees crashed about him.
Then he spoke, as he died, and said:
"Whoever thou art that has slain me, this gold shall be
thy ruin, and the ruin of all who own it."
Sigurd said:
"I would touch none of it if by losing it I should never
die. But all men die, and no brave man lets death frighten
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him from his desire. Die thou, Fafnir," and then Fafnir
died.
And after that Sigurd was called Fafnir's Bane, and
Dragon-slayer.
Then Sigurd rode back, and met Regin, and Regin asked
him to roast Fafnir's heart and let him taste of it.
So Sigurd put the heart of Fafnir on a stake, and roasted
it. But it chanced that he touched it with his finger, and
it burned him. Then he put his finger in his mouth, and so
tasted the heart of Fafnir.
Then immediately he understood the language of birds,
_and he heard the woodpeckers say:
"There is Sigurd roasting Fafnir's heart for another,
when he should taste of it himself and learn all wisdom."
The next bird said:
"There lies Regin, ready to betray Sigurd, who trusts
him."
The third bird said:
"Let him cut off Regin's head, and keep all the gold to
himself."
The fourth bird said:
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." That let him do, and then ride over Hindfell, to the
place where Brynhild sleeps."
When Sigurd heard all this, and how Regin was plotting
to betray him, he cut off Regin's head with one blow of the
sword Gram.
Then all the birds broke out singing:
We know a fair maid,
A fair maiden sleeping;
Sigurd, be not afraid;
Sigurd, win thou the maid
Fortune is keeping.
High over Hindfell
Red fire is flaming,
There doth the maiden dwell
She that should love thee wel,
Meet for thy taming.
"There must she sleep till thou
Comest for her waking,
Rise up and ride, for now
Sure she will swear the vow
Fearless of breaking."
Then Sigurd remembered how the story went that some-
where, far away, there was a beautiful lady enchanted.
She was under a spell, so that she must always sleep in a
castle surrounded by flaming fire; there she must sleep for-
ever till there came a knight who would ride through the
fire and waken her. There he determined to go, but first he
rode right down the horrible trail of Fafnir. And Fafnir
had lived in a cave with iron doors, a cave dug deep down
in the earth, and full of gold bracelets, and crowns, and
rings; and there, too, Sigurd found the helm of dread, a
golden helmet, And whoever wears it is invisible. All these
he piled on the back of the good horse Grani, and then he
rode south to Hindfell.
Now it was night, and or the crest of the hill Sigurd saw
a red fire blazing up into the sky, and within the flame a
castle, and a banner on the topmost tower. Then he set
the horse Grani at the fire, and he leaped through it lightly,
as if it had been through the heather. So Sigurd went
within the castle door, and there he saw someone sleeping,
clad all in armor. Then he took the helmet off the head of
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the sleeper, and behold, she was a most beautiful lady. And
she wakened and said: "Ah! is it Sigurd, Sigmund's son,
who has broken the curse, and comes here to waken me at
last? "
This curse came upon her when the thorn of the tree of
sleep ran into her hand long ago as a punishment because
she had displeased Odin the god. Long ago, too, she had
-'
vowed never to marry a man who knew fear, and dared not
ride through the fence of flaming fire. For she was a war-
rior maid herself, and went armed into the battle like a man.
But now she and Sigurd loved each other and promised to
be true to each other, and he gave her a ring, and it was the
last ring taken from the dwarf Andvari. Then Sigurd rode
away, and he came to the house of a king who had a fair
*daughter. Her name was Gudrun, and her mother was a
'witch. Now Gudrun fell in love with Sigurd, but he was
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always talking of Brynhild, how beautiful she was and how
dear. So one day Gudrun's witch mother put poppy and
forgetful drugs in a magical cup, and bade Sigurd drink to
her health, and he drank, and instantly he forgot poor Bryn-
hild and he loved Gudrun, and they were married with great
rejoicings.
Now the witch, the mother of Gudrun, wanted her son
Gunnar to marry Brynhild, and she bade him ride out with
Sigurd and go and woo her. So forth they rode to her
father's house, for Brynhild had quite gone out of Sigurd's
mind by reason of the witch's wine, but she remembered
him and loved him still. Then Brynhild's father told Gun-
nar that she would marry none but him who could ride the
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flame in front of her enchanted tower, and thither they rode,
and Gunnar set his horse at the flame, but he would not face
it. Then Gunnar tried Sigurd's horse Grani, but he would
not move with Gunnar on his back. Then Gunnar remem-
bered witchcraft that his mother had taught him, and by
his magic he made Sigurd look exactly like himself, and he
looked exactly like Gunnar. Then Sigurd, in the shape of
Gunnar and in his mail, mounted on Grani, and Grani
leaped the fence of fire, and Sigurd went in and found
Brynhild; but he did not remember her yet, because of the
forgetful medicine in the cup of the witch's wine.
Now Brynhild had no help but to promise she would be
his wife, the wife of Gunnar as she supposed, for Sigurd
wore Gunnar's shape and she had sworn to wed whoever
should ride the flames. And he gave her a ring, and she
gave him back the ring he had given her before in his own
shape as Sigurd, and it was the last ring of that poor dwarf
Andvari. Then he rode out again, and he and Gunnar
changed shapes, and each was himself again, and they went
home to the witch queen's, and Sigurd gave the dwarf's ring
to his wife, Gudrun. And Brynhild went to her father, and
said that a king had come called Gunnar, and had ridden
the fire, and she must marry him. "Yet I thought," she
said, "that no man could have done this deed but Sigurd,
Fafnir's bane, who was my true love. But he has forgotten
me, and my promise I must keep."
So Gunnar and Brynhild were married, though it was not
Gunnar, but Sigurd in Gunnar's shape, that had ridden the
fire.
And when the wedding was over and all the feast, then
the magic of the witch's wine went out of Sigurd's brain,
and he remembered all. He remembered how he had freed
Brynhild from the spell, and how she was his own true love,
and how he had forgotten and had married another woman,
and won Brynhild to be the wife of another man.
But he was brave, and he spoke not a word of it to the
others to make them unhappy. Still he could not keep away
the curse which was to come on everyone who owned the
treasure of the dwarf Andvari, and his fatal golden ring.
And the curse soon came upon all of them. For one day,
-then Brynhild and Gudrun were bathing, Brynhild waded
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furthest out into the river, and said she did that to show she
was Gudrun's superior. For her husband, she said, had rid-
den through the flame when no other man dared face it.
Then Gudrun was very angry, and said that it was Sigurd,
not Gunnar, who had ridden the flame, and had received
from Brynhild that fatal ring, the ring of the dwarf
Andvari.
-Then Brynhild saw the ring which Sigurd had given to
Gudrun, and she knew it and knew all, and she turned as
pale as a dead woman, and went home. All that evening she
never spoke. Next day she told Gunnar, her husband, that
he was a coward and a liar, for he had never ridden the
flame, but had sent Sigurd to do it for him, and pretended
that he had done it himself. And she said he would never
see her glad in his hall, never drinking wine, never playing
chess, never embroidering with the golden thread, never
speaking words of kindness. Then she rent all her needle-
work asunder and wept aloud, so that everyone in the house
heard her. For her heart was broken, and her pride was
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broken in the same hour. She had lost her true love, Sigurd,
the slayer of Fafnir, and she was married to a man who was
a liar.
Then Sigurd came and tried to comfort her, but she would
not listen, and said she wished the sword stood fast in his
heart.
Not long to wait," he said, "till the bitter sword stands
fast in my heart, and thou wilt not live long when I am
dead. But, dear Brynhild, live and be comforted, and love
Gunnar thy husband, and I will give thee all the gold, the
treasure of the dragon Fafnir."
Brynhild said:
"It is too late."
Then Sigurd was so grieved and his heart so swelled in
his breast that it burst the steel rings of his shirt of mail.
Sigurd went out and Brynhild determined to slay him.
She mixed serpent's venom and wolf's flesh, and gave them
in one dish to her husband's younger brother, and when he
had tasted them he was mad, and he went into Sigurd's
chamber while he slept and pinned him to the bed with a
sword. But Sigurd woke, and caught the sword Gram in
his hand, and threw it at the man as he fled, and the sword
cut him in twain. Thus died Sigurd, Fafnir's bane, whom
no ten men could have slain in fair fight. Then Gudrun
wakened and saw him dead, and she moaned aloud, and
Brynhild heard her and laughed; but the kind horse Grani
lay down and died of very grief. And then Brynhild fell
a-weeping till her heart broke. So they attired Sigurd in
all his golden armor, and built a great pile of wood on board
his ship, and at night laid on it the dead Sigurd and the
dead Brynhild, and the good horse Grani, and set fire to it,
and launched the ship. And the wind bore it blazing out to
sea, flaming into the dark. So there were Sigurd and Bryn-
hild burned together, and the curse of the dwarf Andvari
was fulfilled.
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