DIAMONDS AND TOADS.
O NCE upon a time, in the days of the Fairies, there
lived, on the borders of a great wood, a widow who
had two daughters. She was a silly, ill-tempered woman,
very proud and disagreeable. Her elder daughter, who
was like her in temper, was her favorite child; and she
spoiled her by constant praise and petting, till the girl grew
so proud and rude, that no one loved her except her mother.
The younger daughter was sweet-tempered, gentle, and
kind; but her foolish mother did not love her, and treated
her very unkindly. She made her live in the kitchen, and
work all day with the servants, One of the girl's tasks was
to draw water twice a day from a fountain, more than a mile
and a half distant from the house, in the midst of the wood.
One days just as she had filled her pitcher, an old woman
came up to her, and asked her to give her a draught of
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me hold the
jug for you, for it is very heavy."
As soon as
the old dame
said to Rose,
"Thank you, my dear; you are so kind, and you speak
so sweetly, that I mean to bestow a gift
time you speak there shall drop from yo
i rose, a
diamond, and a pearl."
Then the old woman disappeared.
in disguise, who had wished to try
She was really
young girl was civil and kind.
Rose reached her home, her mother met her at
the door, and began to scold her for staying so long at the
"I am very sorry: I beg your pardon, mother," she said
meekly, for not coming home sooner." A
there fell from her lips two pearls, three
nd as she spoke
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" What do I see ? what is this ?"
cried the mother; "she
drops diamonds and pearls from her lips! My child"---(this
first time that she had ever called her "my child")
----" how did this happen ?"
Then the poor girl told her mother all that had befallen
her at the fountain, dropping pearls and
her mouth all the time she was speaking.
How very fortunate!" said the old lady: "I must send my
darling thither directly.
your sister's lips when
Fanny! do you see what falls from
Should you not like
such a gift?
Well, you must go to the fountain, and when
a poor woman asks you for water, you must grant her
request in the most civil manner."
"Indeed;" answered the proud girl, "I shall do no such
I do not choose to be servant to any one.
" But you shall go," said
her mother; and for
made her disobedient child obey her.
But Fanny took the
best silver tankard, instead of the brown pitcher.
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She had no sooner reached the fountain, than a lady most
magnificently dressed came out of the woodland
to give her some water.
This was the same
Fairy who had before appeared as a poor old woman; and
she came for the same purpose, that was, to try whether the
young girl was kind and obliging; but lest she should only
goodness in order to gain
Fairy appeared in a different form.
"I did not come here to draw water for strangers," said
Fanny, scornfully; "I suppose you think the best silver tank-
ard was brought on purpose for your ladyship!
you may drink out of it if you have a fancy."
"You are not very obliging,"
you have behaved with so little civility, I will bestow a gift
t on you which shall be your punishment.
speak, there shall drop from your lips a viper or a toad."
Having said these words she disappeared; and Fanny
went home very sullen and angry. As soon as her mother
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saw her coming, she ran to meet her, and exclaimed eagerly,
"Well, daughter ?"
the girl, and two.toads and
two vipers dropped from her mouth as she spoke!
"Ah-h-h what is this ?"
sister's doing, no doubt.
cried the mother; "it is all your
I'll make her suffer for her wick-
And she instantly went in
innocent girl, that she might beat her severely.
But Rose, in great fear, ran out of the
house into the
forest, where she wandered about, weeping very bitterly.
Towards evening, the
King's son, who was returning trom
hunting, came that way, and seeing a poor girl
in great trouble, he alighted from his horse, and asked
why she wept; for he was very kind and good-hearted.
sobbing, 'my mother is so cruel to
me that I have been obliged to leave my home."
The king's son was astonished to see roses, pearls, and
diamonds Tall from her lips as she spoke, and asked her the
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befallen her at the fountain.
he girl then related all that had
The Prince was charmed with
her innocence and gentleness, and fell in love with her.
saw that, although she was only a poor girl, she possessed
a valuable gift which
would make him and his people very
rich; so he took her back to the palace of the King his
father, who, anxious to have such a daughter-in-law, imme-
diately gave his consent to their marriage, and the
Rose became a great Queen.
As for her sister, the toads and vipers she
so dreadful, that her selfish
and cruel mother soon grew
tired of having her in the house, and turned her out of doors.
As she had not improved, but wasworse tempered than
ever, no one would take her in, and be troubled with toads
So she was obliged to wander about in the
woods,all alone; and there she soon died of grief and hunger.
*4in wo s are as precious as pearls and diamonds, and
s sws~ s. Cross, unkind words are as bad as toads
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