The Baldwin Library
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WITH COLOURED ILL STATIONS BY KRONHELI1
GEORGE ROUTLEDGE AND
THE BROADWAY, LUDGATE
NEW YORK: 416 BROOME STREET
"*' The article The being prefixed to the great majority of the titles, has been
omitted in the following alphabetical arrangement.
Allerleirauh -(The Coat of all
C olours) .... .............
Almond-Tree ...... ....................
A Puzzling Tale .......................
Ball of Crystal......... ..................
B ears in ........................... .... ......
littern and the Hoopoe .............
Blue Light... .......... ....
Boots made of Buffalo Leather .....
Briar R ose ........ .....................
Bright Sun brings on the Day ......
Brother Lustig.. ........... ...........
Cat and the Mouse in Partnership...
Catherine and Frederick .............
Child's Grave ........ ..................
Cinderella ..................... .. ...........
Clever Alice ..............................
Clever G rethel..... ..... ..................
Countryman and the Evil Spirit ...
Death's Messengers ...................
Death of the Cock .......................
D iscreet H ans...........................
Doctor Know-All ....................
Dog and Sparrow .....................
Donkey Cabbages ................... ...
D rum m er .............. .................... .
Duration of Life ........................
D w arfs .......................................
Ears of Wheat......................
Evil Spirit and his Grandmother ...
Experienced Huntsman ...............
Fair Catherine and Pif-Paf Poitrie
Faithful Beasts ......... .............
Faithful John ............ ..................
Family Servants ...........................
Feather Bird ....... ...................
Ferdinand the Faithful and Ferdi-
nand the Unfaithful..............
F ir-A pple ....................................
Fisherman and his Wife...............
Flail which came from the Clouds...
Four Accomplished Brothers........
Fox and the Cat..........................
Fox and the Geese......................
Fox and Godmother-Wolf ............ 238
Fox and the Horse .................... 427
Frog Prince ................................ 9
Giant and the Tailor ................. 509
Giant with the Three Golden Hairs o02
Glass Co .......................... ..... 448
Godfather ....... ................ 154
Godfather D eath......................... 146
Going out a-travelling .............. 433
Gold Children ................... ......... 253
Golden Bird ..... ....... ......... ...... 137
Golden Goose .......... ................ 222
Golden K ey ..... .... ... ................ 557
Good Bargain ............................ 37
Goose-Girl at the Well ................. 498
Grave-Mound ............................ 542
Handless Maiden ........... ........... og
Hansel and Grethel ..................... 56
Hans in Luck ............................... 272
Hans Married .......................... 291
HI ans the IHedgehog........ ........... 354
Hfare and the liedgehog............... 510
H en-Ro.ost ............................... 46
H c-rr K)rbes ............................. r
House in the Wood ................. 463
Humility and Poverty .................. 560
HowSix Travelled through theWorld 242
Idle Spinner............. .... ....... .... 388
Iron Stove.................................... 428
Jew among Thorns ....................... 364
Jorinde and Joringel ................... 196
Jungfrau Maleen ....................... 549
King of the Golden Mountain ...... 295
King Thrush-Beard .................... 170
King W ren ................................ 471
Knapsack, the Hat, and the Horn 188
Knoist and his Three Sons............ 442
Lazy H arry ............................... 453
Lean etty ................................. 469
Legend of St. Joseph ............... 558
L little A ss ............. ..................... 445
Little Brother and Sister ............... 51
L little E lves ................................. 122
Little Farm er ............................ .. 92
Little Lamb and the Little Fish......
Little Mouse, the Little Bird, and
the Sausage ..........................
Little One-Eye, Little Two-Eyes,
and Little Three-Eyes ...............
Little Red-Cap .......................
Little Shepherd Boy .....................
Little Snow-White ........................
Love and Sorrow to Share ...........
Lyin Tale .............................
Maid of Brakel.........................
Man of Iron.............................
Master Cobblersawl .....................
Musicians of Bremen ..................
Nix of the Mill-Pond ..................
"Oh, if I could bur Shiver ......
Old Beggar-Woman .....................
O ld G griffin .................................
Old Hildebrand ...........................
Old Man and his Grandson............
Old Mother Frost .......................
O ld Sultan .................................
O ld W idow .................................
O ld W itch....................................
Old Woman in the Wood..............
Owl, The ...............................
Pack of Ragamuffins.....................
Peasant's Wise Daughter..............
Pink, The ...............................
Poor Man and the Rich Man .........
Poor Miller's Son and the Cat ......
Poor Boy in the Grave ..................
Presents of the Little Folk ............
Prince who was afraid of Nothing...
Queen Bee, The.......................
R apunzel ....................... .... ......
Raven, The ..............................
R iddle, T he .............................
Robber and his Sons..................
Rogue and his Master .................
R oland .......................................
Seven Crows ..............................
Shoes which were Danced to Pieces
Shreds, The ................................
Singing Bone ............................
Six Servants .................................
Six Swans ............ .... ......... .......
Snow-White and Rose-Red..........
Soaring Lark .............................
Sole, T he ...................................
Sparrow and his Four Children ......
Spider and the Flea ....................
Spindle, Shuttle, and Needle.........
Spirit in the Bottle.....................
Star Dollars .................................
Stolen Farthings............... ...........
Straw, the Coal, and the Bean ......
Strong H ans ............................
Sweet Soup .............................
Table, the Ass, and the Stick........
Tale of one who Travelled to learn
what Shivering Meant ..............
Tale of Schlauraffenland ...............
Three Army Surgeons ................
Three Black Princesses ...............
T three B irds ....................... ......
Three Green Twigs.................
Three Languages ......................
Three Little Men in the Wood ......
Three Little Tales about Toads ......
Three Snake-Leaves .....................
Three Spinsters .........................
T hum bling .................................
Travels of Thumbling .................
True Bride .............................
T urnip, T he ...............................
Twelve Irothers .....................
Twelve Hunters ....... ................
Two 'o Brot hers..........................
Two Kings' Children..................
Two W anderers ..........................
U ndutiful Son ..........................
Valiant Little Tailor .....................
Water of Life..........................
"W ater-Sprite ..............................
Wedding of Mrs. Fox .................
White and the Black Bride............
Wise Hans ................................
Wolf and the Fox ....................
Wolf and the Man.......................
Wolf and the Seven Little Goats ...
Wonderful Musician .....................
Woodcutter's Child ...................
Wren and the Bear .....................
Young Giant ..........................
The Frog Prince........................... 9
The Cat and the Mouse in Partner-
ship ............................. ..........
The Three Spinsters ....................
The Woodcutter's Child ..............
"Oh, if I could but Shiver!" ......
The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats
The Pack of Ragamuffins ...............
Faithful John ..............................
A Good Bargain ...........................
The Wonderful Musician...............
The Twelve Brothers ..................
"The Three Little Men in the Wood
The Little Brother and Sister........
Hansel and Grethel .....................
The Three Snake-Leaves ..............
Rapunzel ................. ..............
The W white Snake ........................
The Fisherman and his Wife .........
The Seven Crows ........................
The Valiant Little Tailor .............
The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean
Little Red-Cap .........................
Old Mother Frost....................
Cinderella ................... .... .............
T he R middle ............................ ....
The Spider and the Flea .............. 96
The Little Mouse, Bird, and Sausage 98
The Musicians of Bremen ............ 99
The Giant with the Three Golden
H airs ............a........................ . 102
The Three Languages ................. 107
The Handless Maiden .............. 109
The Singing Bone .................... 114
The Discreet H ans.................5....... I5
C lever A lice ............................... 8
The Wedding of Mrs. Fox.......... 120
The Little Elves ........... ............. 122
Thumbing ................................ 12
The Table, the Ass, and the Stick... 129
The Golden Bird........................... 137
The Travels of Thumbling .......... 142
The Godfather Death ................. 4t6
SThe Robber-Bridegroom............. 148
The O ld W itch............................. .
Herr Korbes......... ....... .......... 5
The Feather Bird .... .................... 152
The Godfather.................... ...... 54
The Six Swans ................... ...... 6
Old Sultan ....................... .. .. q5
The Almond-Tree ...................... 161
S Briar Rose .......................... 167
King Thrush-Beard ..................... 170
Rumpelstiltskin ........................... 173
Little Snow-W hite ..............,......... 176
The Dog and the Sparrow ............ 182
R land ....................................... 185
The Knapsack, the Hat, and the Horn 188
The Little Farmer ...................... 192
Jorinde and Joringel.................... 196
F ir-A pple .................................... 198
Catherine and Frederick ............... 200
The Two Brothers ........................ 205
Ths Golden Goose .... ... .............. 222
The Three Feathers ..................... 225
The Queen Bee ........................... 227
Allerleirauh (The Coat of all Colours) 229
The Twelve Hunters .................... 233
The Rogue and his Master ............ 235
The Wolf and the Fox ................... 237
The Fox and Godmother Wolf ...... 238
The Fox and the Cat..................... 239
The Three Luck-Children ............ 240
How Six Travelled through theWorld 242
The Clever Grethel ..................... 246
The Pink ............................ ...... 248
The Old Man and his Grandson...... 251
The Wolf and the Man.................. 252
The Gold Children........................ 253
The Soaring Lark ........................ 257
The Rabbit's Bride ..................... 261
The Death of the Cock ............... 262
The W ater-Sprite ........................ 264
Brother Lustig................ ............ 264
H ans in Luck ............................. 272
The Fox and the Geese ............... 277
The Goose Girl ........................... 277
The Poor Man and the Rich Man... 282
"The Young Giant ........................ 285
H ans M arrived ....... ....................... 291
The D warfs ................................. 292
The King of the Golden Mountain 295
The R aven ..................... ........... 300
Old Hildebrand .......................... 305
The Three Birds........................... 307
The W ater of Life ........................ 311
The Peasant's Wise Daughter ...... 315
Doctor Know-All ....................... 318
The Two Wanderers........ ........... 320
The Spirit in the Bottle ............... 328
The Experienced Huntsman ......... 331
B earskin ................................... 336
The Wren and the Bear ............... 340
The Sweet Soup ......................... 342
The Faithful Beasts ..................... 342
The Three Army Surgeons ............ 34
Three little Tales about Toads ...... 348
The Valiant Tailor ........................ 349
The Poor Miller's Son and the Cat 351
Hans the Hedgehog ................. 354
The Child's Grave .................. 358
The Two Kings' Children............... 358
The Jew among Thorns ............... 364
The Flail which came from the Clouds 368
The Blue Light ....... .................. 369
The Seven Swabians..................... 372
The Three Journeymen ............... 374
Ferdinand the Faithful and Ferdi-
nand the Unfaithful .................. 377
The Shoes which were Danced to
P ieces............. .......................... 380
The Bright Sun brings on the Day 383
The Prince who was afraid of Nothing 384
The Idle Spinner ........................ 388
The Three Brothers .................... 39
The Evil Spirit and his Grandmother 391
The Four Accomplished Brothers... 394
The Donkey Cabbages .................. 397
Little One-Eye, Little Two-Eyes,
and Little Three-Eyes ............... 402
The Three Black Princesses ......... 403
The Six Servants ........................ 409
The Old Woman in the Wood......... 415
The White and the Black Bride ... 416
The M an of Iron.......................... 420
The Fair Catherine and Pif-paf
P oltrie .................4........ ........ 426
The Fox and the Horse ............ 427
The Iron Stove ....................... 42
Going out a-Travelling................433
The Little Lamb and the Little Fish 433
Simeli-Mountain ................... 435
Snow-White and Rose-Red ............ 437
The Maid of Brakel .................... 442
Knoist and his Three Sons ........... 442
The Turnip ................................ 442
The Little Ass............... ........445
The Little Shepherd Boy............... 448
The Glass Coffin .......................... 448
The Undutiful SoI.... ................. 453
Lazy Harry ................................ 453
The Family Servants..................... 456
The Old Griffin ....................... 456
The Old Beggar-Woman .............. 461
The Three Sluggards................. 462
The Hen-Roost ........................ 462
The House in the Wood .............. 463
Love and Sorrow to Share ............ 467
Star Dollars ............................. .... 468
Lean Betty ................................. 469
The Bride-Choosing ................... 470
The Stolen Farthings ................470
K ing W ren ................... ............ 47
T he Sole ................................... 473
The Duration of Life..................... 474
The Bittern and the Hoopoe ........ 475
M isfortune ............................ ..... 476
T he O w l .................................... 476
T he N ail .................................... 478
Strong H ans................................ 479
The Sparrow and his Four Children 484
The Shreds .............................. 486
Death's Messengers ....................... 47
Master Cobblersawl ................... 488
The Tale of Schlauraffenland ....... 401
A Puzzling Tale .......................... 492
The Nix of the Mill-Pond ............ 492
The Presents of the Little Folk...... 496
The Goose-Girl at the Well............ 498
The Poor Boy in the Grave............ 506
The Giant and the Tailor.............. 509
The Hare and the Hedgehog........ 5o
The True Bride ........................ .. 512
The Spindle, the Shuttle, and Needle 518
The \Master-Ti chief ......................... 520
The Robber and his Sons ............ 526
W ise Hans .............................. 532
The Countryman and the Evil Spirit 533
The Lying Tale ....................... 534
The Drummer .................. ........... 534
The Ears of W heat ..................... 542
The Grave-M found ....................... 542
Old Rinkrank ............................. 545
The Ballof Crystal........................ 547
Jungfrau Maleen....................... 549
The Boots made of Buffalo-Leather 554
The Golden Key................... ..... 557
The Legend of St. Joseph in the
Forest........................ ........ .. 558
Humility and Poverty lead to Heaven 560
The Old W idow .......................... 56
The Rose ................................ 562
The Three Green Twigs ............. 563
GRIMM'S HOUSEHOLD STORIES.
THE FROG PRINCE.
N the oldei time, when wishing was having, there lived
a King, whose daughters were all beautiful; but the
youngest was so exceedingly beautiful that the Sun him-
self, although he saw her very often, was enchanted every time
she came out into the sunshine.
Near the castle of this King was a large and gloomy forest,
and in the midst stood an old lime-tree, beneath whose branches
splashed a little fountain; so, whenever it was very hot, the
King's youngest daughter ran off into this wood, and sat down
by the side of this fountain, and, when she felt dull, would often
divert herself by throwing a golden ball up in the air and catch-
ing it. And this was her favourite amusement.
Now, one day it happened that this golden ball, when the
King's daughter threw it into the air, did not fall down into her
hand, but on the grass ; and then it rolled past her into the foun-
tain. The King's daughter followed the ball with her eyes, but
it disappeared beneath the water, which was so deep that no one
could see to the bottom. Then she began to lament, and to cry
louder and louder ; and as she cried, a voice called out, Why
deepest thou, O King's daughter? thy tears would melt even a
stone to pity." And she looked around to the spot whence the
voice came, and saw a Frog stretching his thick ugly head out of
"Ah you old water-paddler," said she, "was it you that spoke?
I am weeping for my golden ball which has slipped away from
me into the water."
THE FROG PRINCE.
Be quiet, and do not cry," answered the Frog. I can give
thee good advice. But what wilt thou give me if I fetch thy
plaything up again ?"
What will you have, dear Frog?" said she. My dresses,
my pearls and jewels, or the golden crown which I wear ?-"
The Frog answered, Dresses, or jewels, or golden crowns are
not for me; but if thou wilt love me, and let me be thy com-
panion and playfellow, and sit at thy table, and eat from thy little
golden plate, and drink out of thy cup, and sleep in thy little
bed,-if thou wilt promise me all these, then will I dive down and
fetch up thy golden ball.'
Oh, I will promise you all," said she, if you will only get me
my ball." But she thought to herself, "What is the silly frog
chattering about ? Let him remain in the water with his equals ;
he cannot mix in society."
But the Frog, as soon as he had received her promise, drew
his head under the water and dived down. Presently he swam
up again with the ball in his mouth, and threw it on the grass.
The King's daughter was full of joy when she again saw her
beautiful plaything; and, taking it up, she ran off immediately.
Stop stop !" cried the Frog; take me with thee. I cannot
run as thou canst."
But all his croaking was useless : although it was loud enough,
the King's daughter did not hear it, but, hastening home, soon
forgot the poor Frog, who was obliged to leap back into the
The next day, when the King's daughter was sitting at table
with her father and all his courtiers, and was eating from her own
little golden plate, something was heard coming up the marble
stairs, splish-splash, splish-splash and when it arrived at the top,
it knocked at the door, and a voice said, Open the door, thou
youngest daughter of the King !"
So she rose and went to see who it was that called her ; but
when she opened the door and caught sight of the Frog, she shut
it again with great vehemence, and sat down at the table, look-
ing very pale. But the ing perceived that her heart was beat-
ing violently, and asked her whether it were a giant who had
come to fetch her away who stood at the door.
Oh, no answered she; it is no giant, but an ugly Frog."
"What does the Frog want with you ?" said the King.
"Oh, dear father, when I was sitting yesterday playing by the
fountain, my golden ball fell into the water, and this Frog fetched
it up again because I cried so much; but first, I must tell you,
he pressed me so much, that I promised him he should be my
companion. I never thought that he could come out of the water;
THE FlI RG PRINCE.
but somehow he has jumped out, and now he wants to come in
At that moment there was another knock, and a voice said:
King's daughter, youngest,
Open the door.
Hast thou forgotten
Thy promises made
At the fountain so clear,
"Neath the lime-tree's shade ?
King's daughter, youngest,
Open the door."
Then the King said, "What you have promised, that you must
perform: go and let him in."
So the King's daughter went and opened the door, and the
Frog hopped in after her right up to her chair; and as soon as
she was seated, the Frog said, Take me up ;" but she hesitated
so long that at last the King ordered her to obey. And as soon
as the Frog sat on the chair he jumped on to the table, and said,
" Now push thy plate near me, that we may eat together." And
she did so, but, as every one saw, very unwillingly. The Frog
seemed to relish his dinner much, but every bit that the King's
daughter ate nearly choked her, till at last the Frog said, I
have satisfied my hunger and feel very tired: wilt thou carry me
upstairs now into thy chamber, and make thy bed ready, that we
may sleep together?"
At this speech the King's daughter began to cry, for she was
afraid of the cold Frog, and dared not touch him; and besides,
he actually wanted to sleep in her own beautiful clean bed!
But her tears only made the King very angry, and he said,
" He who helped you in the time of your trouble must not now
So she took the Frog up with twvo lingers, and put him in a
corner of her chamber. But as she lay in her bed, he crept up
to it, and said, I am so very tired that I shall sleep well: do
take me up, or I will tell thy father."
This speech put the King's daughter in a terrible passion, and
catching- the Froc up, she threw him with all her strength against
the wall, saying, Now will you be quiet, you ugly Frog?"
But as he fell he was changed fromfro frog into a handsome
Prince with beautiful eyes, who after a little while became, with
her father's consent, her dear companion and betrothed. Then
he told her how he had been transformed by an evil witch, and
that no one but herself could have had the power to take him
out of the fountain; and that on the morrow they would go to-
gether into his own kingdom.
The next morning, as soon as the sun rose, a carriage drawn
12 THE CAT A ND THE MO USE IN IPA RTNERSHIIP.
by eight white horses, with ostrich feathers on their heads, and
golden bridles, drove up to the door of the palace, and behind
the carriage stood the trusty Henry, the servant of the young
Prince. When his master was changed into a frog, trusty Henry
had grieved so much that he had bound three iron bands round
his heart, for fear it should break with grief and sorrow. But
now that the carriage was ready to carry the young Prince to his
own country, the faithful Henry helped in the bride and bride-
groom, and placed himself in the seat behind, full of joy at his
master's release. They had not proceeded far when the Prince
heard a crack as if something had broken behind the carriage;
so he put his head out of the window and asked Henry what
was broken, and Henry answered, It was not the carriage, my
master, but a band which I bound round my heart when it was
in such grief because you were changed into a frog."
Twice afterwards on the journey there was the same noise, and
each time the Prince thought that it was some part of the car-
riage that had given way; but it was only the breaking of the
bands which bound the heart of the trusty Henry, who was.
thenceforward free and happy.
THE CAT AND THE MOUSE IN PARTNERSHIP.
CAT having made the acquaintance of a Mouse, told her
so much of the great love and affection that he had for
her, that the Mouse at last consented to live in the same
house with the Cat, and to have their domestic affairs in common.
" But we must provide for the winter," said the Cat," or we shall
be starved : you, little Mouse, cannot go anywhere, or you will
meet with an accident." This advice was followed, and a pot was
brought with some grease in it. However, when they had got
it, they could not imagine where it should be put; at last, after
a long consideration, the Cat said, I know no better place to
put it than in the church, for there no one dares to steal anything:
we will set it beneath the organ, and not touch it till we really
So the pot was put away in safety; but not a long while after-
wards the Cat began to wish for it again, so he spoke to the
Mouse, and said, "I have to tell you that I am asked by my aunt
to stand godfather to a little son, white with brown marks, whom
she has just brought into the world, and so I must go to the
TfHE CAA AVD) TIIE MO USE LT ll R TANERSHIP.[
"christening. Let me go out to-day, and do you stop at home
and keep house."
"Certainly," answered the Mouse; "pray go; and if you eat
anything nice, think of me. I would also willingly drink a little
of the sweet red christening wine."
But it was all a story ; for the Cat had no aunt, and had not
been asked to stand godfather. He went straight to the church,
crept up to the grease-pot, and licked it till he had eaten off
the top; then he took a walk on the roofs of the houses in the
town, thinking over his situation, and now and then stretching
himself in the sun and stroking his whiskers as often as he
thought of the pot of fat. When it was evening he went home
again, and the Mouse said, So you have come home at last:
what a charming day you must have had !"
Yes," answered the Cat; it went off very well."
What have you named the kitten?" asked the Mouse.
To'5-off!" said the Cat, very quickly.
Top of!," replied the Mouse : that is a curious and remark-
able name. Is it common in your family ?"
What does that matter ?" said the Cat ; it is not worse than
Crumb-stealer, as your children are called."
Not long afterwards the Cat felt the same longing as before.
and said to the Mouse, You must oblige me by taking care of
the house once more by yourself; I am again asked to stand
godfather, and, since the youngster has a white ring round his
neck, I cannot get off the invitation." So the good little Mouse
consented, and the Cat crept away behind the wall to the church
again, and ate half the contents of the grease-pot. Nothing
tastes better than what one eats by oneself," said he, quite con-
tented with his day's work ; and when he came home, the Mouse
asked how this child was named.
"Halfout," answered the Cat.
"Half-out / What do you mean ? I never heard such a name
before in my life: I will wager anything it is not in the calendar."
The Cat's mouth now began to water again at the recollection
of the feasting. All good things come in threes," said he to the
Mouse. I am again required to be godfather : this child is quite
black, and has little white claws, but not a single white hair on
his body; such a thing only happens once in two years, so pray
excuse me this time."
"ToJ-ojf/ Half-out answered the Mouse ; these are such
curious names, they make me a bit suspicious."
"Ah !" replied the Cat, "there you sit in your grey coat and
long tail, thinking nonsense. That comes of never going out."
The Mouse busied herself during the Cat's absence in putting
TI'IE THREE SPINSTERS.
the house in order, but meanwhile greedy Puss licked the grease-
pot clean out. When it is all done, one will rest in peace,"
thought he to himself, and as soon as night came he went home
fat and tired. The Mouse, however, again asked what name the
third child had received. It will not please you any better,"
answered the Cat, "for he is called All-o2u."
"All-out!" exclaimed the Mouse ; well, that is certainly the
most curious name by far. I have never yet seen it in print.
All-out! What can that mean ?" And, shaking her head, she
rolled herself up and went to sleep.
After that nobody else asked the Cat to stand godfather ; but
the winter had arrived, and nothing more was to be picked up
out of doors ; so the Mouse bethought herself of their store of
provision, and said, Come, friend Cat, we will gc to our grease-
pot which we laid by ; it will taste well now."
"Yes, indeed," replied the Cat; "it will taste as well as it you
stroked your tongue against the window."
So they set out on their journey; and when they arrived at the
church the pot stood in its old place-but it was empty!
Ah!" said the Mouse, I see what has happened; now I know
you are indeed a faithful friend. You have eaten the whole as you
stood godfather; first Top-off then Half-ou, then "
Will you be quiet ?" cried the Cat. "Not a word, or I '11 eat
But the poor Mouse had "All-out" at her tongue's end, and
had scarcely uttered it, when the Cat made a spring, seized her
in his mouth, and swallowed her.
This happens every day in the world.
THE THREE SPINSTERS.
HERE was once a lazy girl who would not spin, and, let
her mother say what she would, she could not get her to
work. At last the mother, getting both angry and im-
patient, gave her a blow, which made the girl cry very loud. Just
then the Queen passing by, heard the noise, and stopping the
carriage, she stepped into the house and asked the mother why
she beat her daughter in such a way that the passers-by in the
street heard her shrieks. The mother, however, was ashamed
that her daughter's laziness should be known, and said,
"I cannot make her leave off spinning; she will spin for ever
and ever, and I am so poor that I cannot procure the flax."
THEl THREE SPINSTERS.
The Queen replied, I never heard anything I like better than
spinning, and I am never more pleased than when the wheels are
whirring. Let your daughter go with me to the castle : I have
flax enough, and she may spin as much as she pleases."
The mother was very glad at heart; and the Queen took the
girl home with her. As soon as they entered the castle she led
her up into three rooms, which were all full of the finest flax from
top to bottom.
Now spin this flax for me," said the Queen ; "and, when you
have prepared it all, you shall have my eldest son for a husband.
Although you are poor, I do not despise you on that account ;
your- unwearied industry is dowry enough."
The girl, however, was inwardly frightened, for she could not
have spun the flax had she sat there from morning to night until
she was three hundred years old. When she was left alone she
began to cry, and thus she sat three days without stirring a hand.
On the third day the Queen came, and when she saw that nothing
was yet spun she wondered ; and the maiden excused herself by
saying that she had not been able to begin yet, on account of her
great sorrow at leaving her mother's house.
So the Queen was satisfied; but on leaving she said, You
must begin to work for me to-morrow."
As soon as the girl was again alone, she knew not how to act
or help herself, and in her vexation she went and looked out of
the window. She saw three women passing by ; the first of whom
had a broad flat foot, the second such a large under-lip that it
reached nearly to her chin, and the third a very big thumb. They
stopped before the window, and, looking up, asked the girl what
she wanted. She told them her trouble, and they offered her
their help, saying,
"Will you invite us to the wedding, and not be ashamed of us,
but call us your aunts, and let us sit at your table ? If you do all
these, we will spin the flax in a very short time for you."
"With all my heart," replied the girl : come in, and begin at
Then she let in these three'women, and, making a clear place
in the first room, they sat themselves down and began spinning.
One drew the thread and trod the wheel, the other moistened
the thread, and the third pressed it and beat with her fingers on
the table; and as often as she did so a pile of thread fell on the
ground, which was spun in the finest manner. The girl hid the
three spinsters, however, from the Queen, and showed her, as
often as she came, the heaps of spun yarn ; so that she received
no end of praise. When the first room was empty, the three
women went to the second, and at length to the third, so that
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soon all was cleared out. Now the three spinsters took leave,
saying to the girl,
"Do not forget what you promised us ; it will make your for-
When the girl showed the Queen the empty rooms and the
great pile of thread, the wedding was performed, and the bride-.
groom was glad that he had such a clever and industrious wife,
and praised her exceedingly.
I have three aunts," said the girl, who have done me much
service; so I would not willingly forget them in my good for-
tune. Allow me, therefore, to invite them to the wedding, and
to sit with me at table."
The Queen and the bridegroom asked, Why should we not
allow it ?"
When the feast was begun, the three old maids entered in great
splendour, and the bride said, You are welcome, dear aunts."
Ah," said the bridegroom," how do you come by such ugly
friends ?" And going up to the one with the big foot, he asked,
Why have you such a broad foot ?"
From treading, from treading," she replied.
Then he went to the second, and asked, "Why have you such
an underhanging lip ?"
From licking," she answered, from licking."
Then he asked the third, Why have you such a broad thumb?"
From pressing the thread," she replied, from pressing the
At this the Prince was frightened, and said, "Therefore my
bride shall never touch a spinning-wheel again."
And so she was set free from the unlucky flax-spinning.
THE WOODCUTTER'S CHILD.
NCE upon a time, near a large forest, there dwelt a wood-
cutter and his wife, who had only one child, a little girl
three years old; but they were so poor that they had
scarcely food sufficient for every day in the week, and often they
were puzzled to know what they should get to eat. One morning
the woodcutter, his heart full of care, went into the wood to work;
and as he chopped the trees, there stood before him a tall and
beautiful woman, having a crown of shining stars upon her head,
who thus addressed him :
THE WOOD CUTTEI R'S CHILD.
I am the Guardian Angel of every Christian child; thou art
poor and needy; bring me thy child, and I will take her with me.
I will be her mother, and henceforth she shall be under my care."
The woodcutter consented, and calling his child, gave her to
the Angel, who carried her to the land of Happiness. There
everything went happily: she ate sweet bread and drank pure
milk; her clothes were gold, and her playfellows were beautiful
children. When she attained her fourteenth year, the Guardian
Angel called her to her side, and said,
My dear child, I have a long journey for thee. Take these
keys of the thirteen doors of the land of Happiness : twelve of
them thou mayest open, and behold the glories therein ; but the
thirteenth, to which this little key belongs, thou art forbidden to
open. Beware if thou dost disobey, harm will befall thee."
The maiden promised to be obedient, and, when the Guardian
Angel was gone, began her visits to the mansions of Happiness.
Every day one door was unclosed, until she had seen all the
twelve. In each mansion there sat an angel, surrounded by a
bright light. The maiden rejoiced at the glory, and the child
who accompanied her rejoiced with her. Now the forbidden door
alone remained. A great desire possessed the maiden to know
what was hidden there ; and she said to the child,
I will not quite open it, nor will I go in, but I will only unlock
the door, so that we may peep through the chink."
No, no," said the child ; that will be a sin. The Guardian
Angel has forbidden it, and misfortune would soon fall upon us."
At this the maiden was silent, but the desire still remained in
her heart, andl tormelltel her continlully, so that .she had no
peace. )ne day, however, all the children were away, and she
thougtot, "' Now I am alone, and can peace in : no one will
know what I do;" so she found the keys, and taking them in
her hand, placed the right one in the lock and turned it around.
Then the door sprang open, and she saw three angels sitting on
a throne, surrounded by a great light. The maiden remained a
little while standing in astonishment, and then, putting her finger
in the light, she drew it back, and found it covered with gold.
Then great alarm seized her, and shutting the door hastily, she
ran away. But her fear only increased more and more, and her
heart beat so violently that she thought it would burst ; the gold
also on her finger would not come off, although she washed it
and rubbed it with all her strength.
Not long afterwards the Guardian Angel came back from her
journey, and calling the maiden to her, demanded the keys of
the mansions. As she delivered them up the Angel looked in her
face, and asked, Hast thou opened the thirteenth door?"
THE WOODCUTTER'S CHILD,
"No," answered the maiden.
Then the Angel laid her hand upon the maiden's heart, and
felt how violently it was beating, and she knew that her com-
mand had been disregarded, and that the child had opened the
door. Then she asked again, Hast thou opened the thirteenth
No," said the maiden, for the second time.
Then the Angel perceived that the child's finger had become
golden from touching the light, and she knew that the child was
guilty; and she asked her for the third time, Hast thou opened
the thirteenth door ? "
No," said the maiden again.
Then the Guardian Angel replied, Thou hast not obeyed me,
nor done my bidding, therefore thou art no longer worthy to
remain among good children."
And the maiden sank down into a deep sleep, and when she
awoke, she found herself in the midst of a wilderness. She
wished to call out, but she had lost her voice. Then she sprang
up, and tried to run away, but wherever she turned thick bushes-
held her bN k-, so that she could not escape. In the deserted
spot in which she was now enclosed there stood an old hollow
tree : this was her dwelling-place. In this place she slept by
night, and when it rained and blew she found shelter within it.
Roots and wild berries were her food, and she sought for them
as far as she could reach. In the autumn she collected the leaves
of the trees, and laid them in her hole, and when the frost and
snow of the winter came, she clothed herself with them, for her
clothes had dropped into rags. But during the sunshine she sat
outside the tree, and her long hair fell down on all sides, and
covered her like a mantle. Thus she remained a long time, ex-
periencing the misery and poverty of the world.
But once, when the trees had become green again, the King
of the country was hunting in the forest, and as a bird flew into
the bushes which surrounded the wood, he dismounted, and tear-
ing the brushwood aside, cut a path for himself with his sword.
When he had at last made his way through, he saw a beautiful
maiden, who was clothed from head to foot with her golden locks,
sitting under the tree. He stood in silence, and looked at her
for some time in astonishment. At last he said, Child, how
came you into this wilderness ?"
But the maiden answered not, for she had become dumb.
Then the King asked, Will you come with me to my castle?"
At that she nodded her head, and the King, taking her in his
arms, put her on his horse and rode away home. Then he gave
her beautiful clothing, and everything in abundance. Still she
HIE WOODCUTTER'S CHILD,
could not speak; but her beauty was so great, and so won upon
the King's heart, that after a little while he married her.
When about a year had passed away, the Queen brought a
son into the world; and the same night, while lying alone in her
bed, the Guardian Angel appeared to her, and said,
Wilt thou tell the truth, and confess that thou didst unlock
the forbidden door? For then will I open thy mouth, and give
thee again the power of speech; but if thou remainest obstinate
in thy sin, then will I take from thee thy new-born babe."
And the power to answer was given to her, but her heart was
hardened, and she said, No, I did not open the door '" and at
these words the Guardian Angel took the child out of her arms,
and disappeared with him.
The next morning, when the child was not to be seen, a mur-
mur arose among the people that their Queen was a murderess,
who had destroyed her only son ; but although .she heard every-
thing, she could say nothing. But the King did not believe the
ill report because of his great love for her.
About a year afterwards another son was born, and on the night
of his birth the Guardian Angel again appeared, and asked,
"Wilt thou confess that thou didst open the forbidden door?
Then will I restore to thee thy son, and give thee the power of
speech ; but if thou hardenest thyself in thy sin, then will I take
this new-born babe also with me."
Then the Queen answered again, No, I did not open the
door;" so the Angel took the second child out of her arms, and
bore him away.
On the morrow, when the infant could not be found, the people
said openly that the Queen had slain him, and the King's coun-
cillors advised that she should be brought to trial. But the
King's affection was still so great, that he would not believe it;
and he commanded his councillors never again to mention the
report on pain of death.
The next year a beautiful little girl was born, and for the third
time the Guardian Angel appeared and said to the Queen, 'Fol-
low me !" and taking her by the hand, she led her to the king-
dom of Happiness, and showed to her the two other children, who
were playing merrily. The Queen rejoiced at the sight, and the
Angel said, Is thy heart not yet softened? If thou wilt confess
that thou didst unlock the forbidden door, then will I restore to
thee both thy sons."
But the Queen again answered, No, I did not open it;" and
at these words she sank upon the earth, and her third child was
taken from her.
When this was rumoured abroad the next day, all the people
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exclaimed, "The Queen is a murderess she must be con-
demned!" and the King could not this time repulse his coun-
cillors. Thereupon a trial was held, and since the Queen could
make no good answer or defence, she was condemned to die
upon a funeral pile. The wood was collected, she was bound
to the stake, and the fire was lighted all around her. Then the
iron pride of her heart began to soften, and she was moved to
repentance, and she thought, Could I but now, before my death,
confess that I opened the door!" And her tongue was loosened,
and she cried aloud, Thou good Angel, I confess."
At these words the rain descended from heaven and extin-
guished the fire; then a great light shone above, and the Angel
appeared and descended upon the earth, and by her side were
the Queen's two sons, one on her right hand and the other on
her left, and in her arms she bore the new-born babe. Then the
Angel restored to the Queen her three children, and loosening
her tongue, promised her a happy future, and said, Whoever
will repent and confess their sins, they shall be forgiven."
A TALE OF ONE WHO TRAVELLED TO LEARN
WHAT SHIVERING MEANT.
FATHER had two sons, the elder of whom was forward
and clever enough to do almost anything; but the
younger was so stupid that he could learn nothing, and
when the people saw him, they said, Will thy father still keep
thee as a burden to him?" So if anything was to be done, the
elder had at all times to do it; but perhaps the father would call
him to fetch something in the dead of night, and perhaps the
way led through the churchyard or by a dismal place, and then
he used to answer, No, father, I cannot go there, I am afraid,"
for he was a coward. Or sometimes of an evening, tales were
told by the fireside which made one shudder, and the listeners
exclaimed, Oh, it makes us shiver!"
In a corner, meanwhile, sat the younger son, listening, but he
could not comprehend what was said, and he thought, They say
continually, 'Oh, it makes us shiver, it makes us shiver!' but
perhaps shivering is an art which I cannot understand." One
day, however, his father said to him,
"Do you hear, you there in the corner? You are growing
stout and big; you must learn some trade to get your living by.
" OH, IF I COULD BUT SHIVER!" 2
Do you see how your brother works ? But as for you, you are
not worth malt and hops."
"Ah, father!" answered he, I would willingly learn some-
thing. What shall I begin? I want to know what shivering
means, for of that I can understand nothing."
The elder brother laughed when he heard this speech, and
thought to himself, "Ah my brother is such a simpleton, that
he cannot earn his own living. He who would make a good
hedge must learn betimes to bend."
But the father sighed, and said, "What shivering means you
may learn soon enough, but you will never get your bread by
Soon after the parish sexton came in for a gossip, so the father
told him his troubles, and how that his younger son was such a
simpleton that he knew nothing and could learn nothing.
Just fancy, when I asked him how he intended to earn his
bread, he desired to learn what shivering meant!"
Oh, if that be all," answered the sexton, "he can learn that
soon enough with me : just send him to my place, and I will soon
The father was very glad, because he thought that it would do
the boy good; so the sexton took him home to ring the bells.
About two days afterwards he called him up at midnight to go
into the church tower to toll the bell.
"You shall soon learn what shivering means," thought the
sexton ; and getting up, he went out too.
As soon as the boy reached the belfry, and turned himself
round to seize the rope, he saw upon the stairs, near the sounding-
hole, a white figure. "Who's there?" he called out. But the
figure gave no answer, and neither stirred nor spoke. "Answer,"
said the boy, or make haste off : you have no business here
But the sexton did not stir, so that the boy might think it was
The boy called out a second time, "What are you doing here?
Speak, if you are an honest fellow, or else I will throw you down-
The sexton said to himself, That is not a bad thought;" but
he remained quiet as if he were a stone. Then the boy called
out for the third time, but it produced no effect; so, making a
spring, he threw the ghost down the stairs, so that it rolled ten
steps, and then lay motionless in a corner. Thereupon he rang
the bell, and then going home, he went to bed without saying a
word, and fell fast asleep. The sexton's wife waited some time
for her husband, but he did not come; so at last she became
IF I COULD BUT SHIVER!"
anxious, woke the boy, and asked him if he knew where her
husband was, who had gone before him to the belfry.
No," answered the boy; but there was some one standing
on the steps who would not give any answer, nor go away, so I
took him for a thief, and threw him downstairs. Go now and see
where he is: perhaps it may be he; but I should be sorry for it."
The wife ran off, and found her husband lying in a corner,
groaning, with one of his ribs broken.
She took him up and ran with loud outcries to the boy's father,
and told him," Your son has brought a great misfortune upon
us; he has thrown my husband down and broken his bones.
Take the good-for-nothing fellow from our house."
The terrified father came in haste, and scolded the boy.
"What do these wicked tricks mean? They will only bring
misfortune upon you."
Father," answered the lad, hear me I am quite innocent.
He stood there at midnight like one who had done some evil; I
did not know who it was, and cried three times, Speak, or be
"Ah!" said the father, "everything goes badly with you. Get
out of my sight; I do not wish to see you again !"
Yes, father, willingly; wait but one day, then I will go out
and learn what shivering means, that I may at least understand
one business which will support me."
Learn what you will," replied the father, "all is the same to
me. Here are fifty dollars : go forth with them into the world,
and tell no man whence you came, or who your father is, for I
am ashamed of you."
"Yes, father, as you wish; but if you desire nothing else, I
shall esteem that very lightly."
As soon as day broke, the youth put his fifty dollars into a
knapsack and went out upon the high road, saying continually,
"c Oh, if I could but shiver! "
Presently a man came up, who heard the boy talking to him-
self ; and, as they were just passing the place where the gallows
stood, the man said, "Do you see ? There is the tree where seven
fellows have married the hempen maid, and now swing to and
fro. Sit yourself down there and wait till midnight, and then
you will know what it is to shiver "
Oh, if that be all," answered the boy, I can very easily do
that. But if I learn so speedily what shivering is, then you shall
have my fifty dollars if you come again in the morning."
Then the boy went to the gallows, sat down, and waited for
evening, and as he felt cold he made a fire. But about midnight
the wind blew so sharp, that, in spite of the fire, he could not
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keep himself warm. The wind blew the bodies against one
another, so that they swung backwards and forwards; and he
thought, If I am cold here below by the fire, how must they
freeze above !" So his compassion was excited, and, contriving
a ladder, he mounted, and, unloosening them one after another,
he brought down all seven. Then he poked and blew the fire,
and set them round that they might warm themselves; but as
they sat still without moving, their clothing caught fire. So he
said, '"Take care of yourselves, or I will hang all of you up
again." The dead heard not, and silently allowed their rags to
burn. This made him so angry that he said, If you will not
hear I cannot help you; but I will not burn with you." So he
hung them up again in a row, and sitting down by the fire, he
soon went to sleep.
The next morning the man came, expecting to receive his fifty
dollars, and asked, Now do you know what shivering means ?"
"C No," he answered; how should I know? Those fellows up
there have not opened their mouths, and were so stupid that they
let the old rags on their bodies be burnt."
Then the man saw that he should not carry away the fifty
dollars that day, so he went away saying, I never met with such
a one before."
The boy also went on his way, and began again to say, "Ah,
if only I could but shiver-if I could but shiver "
A waggoner walking behind overheard him, and asked, c Who
are you ?"
I do not know," answered the boy.
The waggoner asked again, What do you here ?"
I know not."
"Who is your father ?"
"I dare not say."
"What is it you are continually grumbling about ?"
Oh," replied the youth, I wish to learn what shivering is,
but nobody can teach me."
Cease your silly talk," said the waggoner. Come with me,
and I will see what I can do for you."
So the boy went with the waggoner, and about evening-time
they arrived at an inn where they put up for the night, and while
they were going into the parlour he said, quite loud, Oh, if I
could but shiver-if I could but shiver !"
The host overheard him, and said, laughingly, Oh, if that is
all you wish, you shall soon have the opportunity."
Hold your tongue," said his wife; so many imprudent
people have already lost their lives : it were a shame and sin to
such beautiful eyes that they should not see the light again."
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But the youth said, If it were ever so difficult I would at
once learn it; for that reason I left home." And he never let
the host have any peace till he told him, that not far off stood
an enchanted castle, where any one might soon learn to shiver if
he would watch there three nights. The King had promised his
daughter in marriage to whomsoever would venture; and she
was the most beautiful young lady that the sun ever shone upon.
And he further told him that inside the castle there was an
immense amount of treasure guarded by evil spirits,-enough to
make any one free, and turn a poor man into a very rich one.
Many had, he added, already ventured into this castle, but no
one had ever come out again.
The next morning this youth went to the King, and said, If
you will allow me, I wish to watch three nights in the enchanted
The King looked at him, and because his appearance pleased
him, he said, "You may make three requests, but they must be
inanimate things you ask for, and such as you can take with you
into the castle." So the youth asked for a fire, a lathe, and a
The King let him take these things by day into the castle, and
when it was evening the youth went in and made himself a bright
fire in one of the rooms, and, placing his cutting-board and
knife near it, he sat down upon his lathe. Ah, if I could but
shiver !" said he. But even here I shall never learn."
At midnight he got up to stir the fire, and as he poked it there
shrieked suddenly in one corner, "Miau, miau! how cold I am !"
" You simpleton he exclaimed; what are you shrieking for?
If you are so cold, come and sit down by the fire and warm
yourself! As he was speaking two great black cats sprang up
to him with an immense jump, and sat down, one on each side,
looking at him quite wildly with their fiery eyes. When they
had warmed themselves for a little while, they said, Comrade,
shall we have a game of cards?" "Certainly," he replied; "but
let me see your paws first." So they stretched out their claws;
and he said, "Ah what long nails you have got. Wait a bit, I
must cut them off first;" and so saying, he caught them up by
the necks, and put them on his board, and screwed their feet
down. Since I have seen what you are about, I have lost my
relish for a game at cards," said he ; and instantly killing them,
threw them away into the water.
But no sooner had he quieted these two, and thought of sitting
down again by his fire, than there came out of every hole and
corner black cats and black dogs with glowing chains, continually
more and more, so that he could not hide himself. They howled
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fearfully, and jumped upon his fire, and scattered it about as if
they would extinguish it. He looked on quietly for some time,
but at last getting angry, he took up his knife and called out,
"Away with you, you vagabonds and chasing them about, a
part ran off, and the rest he killed and threw into the pond. As
soon as he returned he blew up the sparks of his fire again, and
warmed himself; and while he sat his eyes began to feel very
heavy, and he wished to go to sleep. So looking round, he saw
a great bed in one corner, in which he lay down; but no sooner
had he closed his eyes, than the bed began to move of itself, and
travelled all round the castle. "Just so," said he, only better
still;" whereupon the bed galloped away as if six horses pulled
it up and down steps and stairs, until at last all at once it overset
bottom upwards, and lay upon him like a mountain ; but up he
got, threw pillows and mattresses into the air, and saying, "Now,
he who wishes may travel," laid himself down by the fire and
slept till day broke.
In the morning the King came, and seeing the youth lying on
the ground, he thought that the spectres had killed him, and that
he was dead; so he said, "It is a great misfortune that the finest
men are thus killed." But the youth, hearing this, sprang up,
saying, It is not come to that with me yet !" The King was
much astonished, but still very glad, and asked him how he had
fared. Very well," replied he; as one night has passed, so
also may the other two." Soon after he met his landlord, who
opened his eyes when he saw him. I never thought to see you
alive again," said he : "have you learnt now what shivering
means ?" No," said he, "it is all of no use. Oh, if any one
would but tell me !"
The second night he went up again into the castle, and sitting
down by the fire, began his old song, If I could but shiver !"
When midnight came, a ringing and a rattling noise was heard,
gentle at first, and louder and louder by degrees; then there
was a pause, and presently with a loud outcry half a man's body
came down the chimney, and fell at his feet. Holloa !" he ex-
claimed ; only half a man answered that ringing : that is too
little." Then the ringing began afresh, and a roaring and howl-
ing was heard, and the other half fell down. Wait a bit," said
he; I will poke up the fire first." When he had done so, and
looked round again, the two pieces had joined themselves to-
gether, and an ugly man was sitting in his place. I did not
bargain for that," said the youth : "the bench is mine." The
man tried to push him away, but the youth would not let him,
and giving him a violent push, sat himself down in his old place.
Presently more men fell down the chimney, one after the other,
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who brought nine thigh-bones and two skulls, which they set up,
and then they began to play at ninepins. At this the youth
wished also to play, so he asked whether he might join them.
" Yes, if you have money," Money enough," he replied. But
your balls are not quite round;" so saying, he took up the skulls,
and placing them on his lathe, turned them round. "Ah, now
you will roll well," said he. Holloa! now we will go at it
merrily." So he played with them and lost some of his money,
but as it struck twelve everything disappeared. Then he lay
down and went to sleep quietly. On the morrow the King came
for news, and asked him how he had fared this time. I have
been playing ninepins," he replied, "and lost a couple of dollars."
" Have you not shivered?" No I have enjoyed myself very
much, but I wish some one would teach me that !"
On the third night he sat down again on his bench, saying in
great vexation, Oh, if I could only shiver !" When it grew late,
six tall men came in bearing a coffin between them. "Ah, ah !"
said he, "that is surely my little cousin who died two days ago;"
and beckoning with his finger, he called, Come, little cousin,
come!" The men set down the coffin upon the ground, and he
went up and took off the lid, and there lay a dead man within,
and as he felt the face it was as cold as ice. Stop a moment,"
he cried, "I will warm it in a trice ;" and stepping up to the fire,
he warmed his hands, and then laid them upon the face, but it
remained cold. So he took up the body, and sitting down by the
fire, he laid it on his lap and rubbed the arms, that the blood
might circulate again. But all this was of no avail, and he
thought to himself, If two lie in a bed together they warm each
other;. so he put the body in the bed, and covering it up, laid
himself down by its side. After a little while the body became
warm, and began to move about. See, my cousin!" he ex-
claimed," have I not warmed you ? But the body got up and
exclaimed, "Now I will strangle you !" Is that your gratitude?"
cried the youth. "Then you shall get into your coffin again."
And taking it up, he threw the body in, and made the lid fast.
Then the six men came in again and bore it away. Oh deary
me !" said he, I shall never be able to shiver if I stop here all
my lifetime !" At these words in came a man who was taller
than all the others, and looked more horrible; but he was very
old, and had a long white beard. Oh, you wretch !" he ex-
claimed; "now thou shalt learn what shivering means, for thou
shalt die !"
"Not so quick," answered the youth;" if I die, I must be
brought to it first."
I will quickly seize you," replied the ugly one.
"4' OH, IF I COULD BUT SHIVER "
Softly, softly be not too sure. I am as strong as you, and
That we will see," said the ugly man. If you are stronger
than I, I will let you go ; come,let us try ;" and he led him away
through a dark passage to a smith's forge. Then taking up an
axe, he cut through the anvil at one blow down to the ground.
" I can do that still better," said the youth, and went to another
anvil, while the old man followed him and watched him with his
long beard hanging down. Then the youth took up an axe, and,
splitting the anvil at one blow, wedged the old man's beard in it.
" Now I have you now death comes upon you "and, taking up
an iron bar, he beat the old man until he groaned and begged
him to stop, and he would give him great riches. So the youth
drew out the axe, and let him loose. Then the old man, leading
him back into the castle, showed him three chests full of gold in
a cellar. One share of this," said he, belongs to the poor,
another to the King, and a third to yourself." And just then it
struck twelve, and the old man vanished, leaving the youth in
the dark. I must help myself out here," said he, and groping
round, he found his way back to his room, and went to sleep by
The next morning the King came and inquired, Now have
you learnt to shiver ?" No," replied the youth ; "what is it ? My
dead cousin came here, and a bearded man, who showed me a
lot of gold down below; but what shivering means no one has
showed me !" Then the King said, You have won the castle,
and shall marry my daughter."
That is all very fine," replied the youth, "but still I don't
know what shivering means."
So the gold was fetched, and the wedding was celebrated; but
the young Prince (for the youth was a Prince now), notwithstand-
ing his love for his bride and his great contentment, was still con-
tinually crying, If I could but shiver if I could but shiver !" At
last it fell out in this wise : one of the chambermaids said to the
Princess, Let me bring in my aid to teach him what shivering
is." So she went to the brook which flowed through the garden,
and drew up a pail of water, full of little fish ; and, at night, when
the young Prince was asleep, his bride drew away the covering
and poured the pail of cold water and the little fishes over him,
so that they slipped all about him. Then the Prince woke up
directly, calling out, Oh that makes me shiver dear wife, that
makes me shiver Yes, now I know what shivering means !"
THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE GOATS.
NCE upon a time there lived an old Goat, who had seven
young ones, whom she loved as every mother loves her
children. One day she wanted to go into the forest, to
fetch them food, so calling her seven young ones together, she
said, "Dear children, I am going away into the wood; be on your
guard against the Wolf, for if he come here, he will eat you all up
-skin, hair, and all. He often disguises himself; but you may
know him by his rough voice and his black feet." The little
Goats replied, Dear mother, we will pay great attention to what
you say; you may go away without any anxiety." So the old one
bleated and ran off, quite contented, upon her road.
Not long afterwards, somebody knocked at the hut door, and
called out, Open, my dear children; your mother is here, and
has brought you each something." But the little Goats perceived
from the rough voice that it was a Wolf, and so they said, We
will not undo the door; you are not our mother; she has a gentle
and loving voice ; but yours is gruff; you are a Wolf." So the
Wolf went to a shop and bought a great piece of chalk, which he
ate, and by that means rendered his voice more gentle. Then
he came back, knocked at the hut door, and called out, Open,
my dear children ; your mother has come home, and has brought
you each something." But the Wolf had placed his black paws
upon the window-sill, so the Goats saw them, and replied, No,
we will not open the door; our mother has not black feet; you
are a Wolf." So the Wolf went to a baker, and said, I have
hurt my foot, put some dough on it." And when the baker had
done so, he ran to the miller, saying, Strew some white flour upon
my feet." But the miller, thinking he was going to deceive some-
body, hesitated, till the Wolf said, If you do not do it at once,
I will eat you." This made the miller afraid, so he powdered his
feet with flour. Such is mankind!
Now, the villain went for the third time to the hut, and, knock-
ing at the door, called out, "Open to me, my children; your dear
mother is come, and has brought with her something for each of
you out of the forest."
The little Goats exclaimed, Show us first your feet, that we
may see whether you are our mother."
So the Wolf put his feet up on the window-sill, and when they
saw that they were white, they thought it was all right, and undid
the door. But who should come in ? The Wolf. They were
terribly frightened, and tried to hide themselves. One ran under
the table, the second got into the bed, the third into the cupboard,
THIE WOLF' AND THE SE VEN LITTLE GOA TS.
the fourth into the kitchen, the fifth into the oven, the sixth into
the wash-tub, and the seventh into the clock-case. But the Wolf
found them all out, and did not delay, but swallowed them all
up one after another; only the youngest one, hid in the clock-
case, he did not discover. When the Wolf had satisfied his appe-
tite, he dragged himself out, and, lying down upon the green
meadow under a tree, went fast asleep.
Soon after the old Goat came home out of the forest. Ah,
what a sight she saw The hut door stood wide open; the table,
stools, and benches were overturned; the wash-tub was broken
to pieces, and the sheets and pillows pulled off the bed. She
sought her children, but could find them nowhere. She called
them by name one after the other, but no one answered. At last,
when she came to the name of the youngest, a little voice replied,
" Here I am, dear mother, in the clock-case." She took her out,
and heard how the Wolf had come and swallowed all the others.
You cannot think how she wept for her poor little ones.
At last she went out all in her misery, and the young Goat ran
by her side; and when they came to the meadow, there lay the
Wolf under the tree, snoring so that the boughs quivered. She
viewed him on all sides, and perceived that something moved
and stirred about in his body. "Ah, mercy !" thought she, "should
my poor children whom he has swallowed for his dinner be yet
alive !" So saying, she ran home and fetched a pair of scissors
and a needle and thread. Then she cut open the monster's hairy
coat, and had scarcely made one slit before one little Goat put
his head out, and as she cut further, out jumped one after another
all six, still alive, and without injury, for the monster, in his eager-
ne;ss, Ihad gulped them (lown (quite whole. There was a joy!
TheyC hugg(c tleirc d(c1ir n1-i(ather, and jumped about like tailors
keeping their wedding-day. But the old mother said, Go and
pick up at once some large stones, that we may fill the monster's
stomach while he lies fast asleep." So the seven little Goats
dragged up in great haste a pile of stones, and put them in the
"Wolf's stomach, as many as they could bring ; and then the old
mother went, and, looking at him in a great hurry, saw that he
was still insensible, and did not stir, and so she sewed up the slit.
When the Wolf at last woke up, he raised himself upon his
legs, and, because the stones which were lying in his stomach
made him feel thirsty, he went to a brook in order to drink. But
as he went along, rolling from side to side, the stones began to
tumble about in his body, and he called out,
What rattles, what rattles
Against my poor bones?
Not little goats, I think,
But only big stones "
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And when the Wolf came to the brook he stooped down to drink,
and the heavy stones made him lose his balance, so that he fell,
and sank beneath the water.
As soon as the seven little Goats saw this, they came running
up, singing aloud, "The Wolf is dead the Wolf is dead !" and
they danced for joy around their mother by the side of the brook.
THE PACK OF RAGAMUFFINS.
COCK once addressed his Hen thus: It is now the time
when the nuts are ripe : let us go together to the hills,
"and eat all we can before the squirrels carry them away."
Yes," answered the Hen ; let us go and enjoy ourselves."
So they went together to the hills, and as it was a bright day
they stopped till evening. Now, I do not know whether they
had eaten too much, or whether they had become proud, but the
Hen would not go home on foot, and the Cock had to build a
little carriage out of the nut-shells. As soon as it was ready, the
Hen sat herself in it, and said to the Cock, You can harness
yourself to it." "You are very kind," said he, but I would
rather walk home than harness my own self. No, we did not
agree to that. I will willingly be coachman and sit on the box;
but drag it myself I never will."
While they were quarrelling a Duck called out hard by, You
thieving folk, who asked you to come to my nut-hill ? Wait a bit,
and it shall cost you dearly." And she rushed up to the Cock
with outstretched beak. But the Cock was not idle either, and
attacked the Duck valiantly, and at last wounded her so badly
with his spur that she begged for mercy, and willingly undertook
to draw the carriage as a punishment. The Cock set himself on
the box as coachman, and off they started at a great rate, crying
out, Quick, Duck quick !" When they had gone a portion of
the way they met two walkers, a Pin and a Needle, who called
out to them to stop, and said it had become too dark to stitch,
and they could not go another step; that it was very dirty upon
the, road, and might they get in for a little way ? They had been
stopping at the door of the tailor's house drinking beer, and had
been delayed. The Cock, seeing they were thin people, who
would not take much room, let them both get up, but not till
they had promised not to tread on the toes of himself or his Hen.
Later in the evening they came to an inn, and because they
could not travel farther that evening, and because the Duck had
hurt her foot very much, and staggered from side to side, they
turned in. The landlord at first made many objections, saying
his house was already full; he thought, too, that they were no-
body of any consequence ; but at last, after they had made many
fine speeches, and promised that he should have the egg which
the Hen had laid on the road, and the one which the Duck laid
every day, he said that they might remain over the night.
So when they had refreshed themselves, they held a great revel
and tumult; but early in the morning, when everybody was asleep
and it was still dark, the Cock awoke the Hen, and fetching the
egg, they broke it, and ate it together, throwing the shell away
into the hearth. They then went to the Needle, who was still
asleep, and, taking him by the head, stuck him in the cushion of
the landlord's chair, and the Pin they put in his towel, and then
they flew off over the fields and away. The Duck, who had gone
to sleep in the open air, and had stopped in the yard, heard them
fly past, and getting up quickly, found a pond, into which she
waddled, and in which she swam much faster than she walked
when she had to pull the carriage. A couple of hours later the
landlord rose up from his feather bed, washed himself, and took
up the towel to wipe himself dry ; then the Pin, in passing over
his face, made a red scratch from one ear to the other; so he
went into the kitchen to light his pipe, but just as he stepped on
the hearth the egg-shells sprang into his eyes. This morning
everything happens unlucky to me," said he, sitting down in
vexation in his grandfather's chair ; but he quickly jumped up
again, crying, Woe's me !" for the Needle had pricked him very
badly. This drove him completely wild, and he laid the mis-
chief on the guests who had arrived so late the evening before,
and when he went out to look after them they were gone. So he
swore that he would never again take such a pack of ragamuffins
into his house, who destroyed so much, paid no reckoning, and
played mischievous tricks in the place of thanks.
N CE upon a time there lived an old King, who fell very
sick, and thought he was lying upon his death-bed ; so
he said, Let faithful John come to me." This faithful
John was his affectionate servant, and was so called because he had
32 FAITHFUL 7OHN.
been true to him all his life-time. As soon as John came to the
bed-side, the King said, My faithful John, I feel that my end
approaches, and I have no other care than about my son, who is
still so young that he cannot always guide himself aright. If you
do not promise to instruct him in everything he ought to know,
and to be his guardian, I cannot close my eyes in peace." Then
John answered, I will never leave him; I will always serve him
truly, even if it costs me my life." So the old King was com-
forted, and said, Now I can die in peace. After my death you
must show him all the chambers, halls, and vaults in the castle,
and all the treasures which are in them ; but the last room in the
long corridor you must not show him, for in it hangs the portrait
of the daughter of the King of the Golden Palace : if he sees
her picture, he will conceive a great love for her, and will fall
down in a swoon, and on her account undergo great perils, there-
fore you must keep him away." The faithful John pressed his
master's hand again in token of assent, and soon after the King
laid his head upon the pillow and expired.
After the old King had been borne to his grave, the faithful
John related to the young King all that his father had said upon
his death-bed, and declared, "All this I will certainly fulfil; I will
be as true to you as I was to him, if it costs me my life." When
the time of mourning was passed, John said to the young King,
" It is now time for you to see your inheritance : I will show you
your paternal castle." So he led the King all over it, upstairs
and downstairs, and showed him all the riches and all the splen-
did chambers ; only one room he did not open, containing the
perilous portrait, which was so placed that one saw it directly the
door was opened, and, moreover, it was so beautifully painted,
that one thought it breathed and moved; nothing in all the world
could be more lifelike or more beautiful. The young King
remarked, however, that the faithful John always passed by one
door, so he asked, Why do you not open that one?" There
is something in it," he replied, which will frighten you."
But the King said, I have seen all the rest of the castle, and
I will know what is in there ;" and he went and tried to open the
door by force. The faithful John pulled him back, and said, I
promised your father before he died that you should not see the
contents of that room; it would bring great misfortunes both upon
you and me."
Oh, no," replied the young King. If I do not go in, it will
be my certain ruin; I should have no peace night or day until I
had seen it with my own eyes. Now I will not stir from the place
till you unlock the door."
Then the faithful John saw that it was no use talking ; so, with
a heavy heart and many sighs, he picked the key out of the great
bunch. When he had opened the door, he went in first, and
thought he would cover up the picture, that the King should not
see it; but it was of no use, for the King stepped upon tiptoes
and looked over his shoulder; and as soon as he saw the portrait
of the maiden, which was so beautiful and glittered with precious
stones, he fell down on the ground insensible. The faithful John
lifted him up and carried him to his bed, and thought with great
concern, Mercy on us the misfortune has happened : what
will come of it ?" and then he gave the young King wine until he
came to himself. The first words he spoke were, Whom does
that beautiful pictui'e represent ?" "That is the daughter of the
King of the Golden Palace," was the reply.
Then," said the King, my love for her is so great, that if all
the leaves on the trees had tongues, they should not gainsay it:
my life is set upon the search for her. You are my faithful John,
and you must accompany me."
The trusty servant deliberated for a long while how to set about
this business, for it was very difficult to get into the presence of
the King's daughter. At last he bethought himself of a way,
and said to the King, Everything she has around her is of gold
-chairs, tables, dishes, bowls, and all the household utensils.
Among your treasures are five tons of gold : let one of the gold-
smiths of your kingdom manufacture vessels and utensils of all
kinds therefrom-all kinds of birds, and wild and wonderful beasts,
such as will please her ; then w\e will travel with these, and try
our luck." Then the King summoned all his goldsmiths, who
worked day and night until many very beautiful things were ready.
When all had been placed on board a ship, the faithful John put
on merchant's clothes, and the King likewise, so that they might
travel quite unknown. Then they sailed over the wide sea, and
sailed away until they came to the city where dwelt the daughter
of the King of the Golden Palace.
The faithful John told the King to remain in the ship, and wait
for him. Perhaps," said he, I shall bring the King's daughter
with me ; therefore take care that all is in order, and set out the
golden vessels and adorn the whole ship." Thereupon John placed
in a napkin some of the golden cups, stepped upon land, and went
straight to the King's palace. When he came into the castle yard,
a beautiful maiden stood by the brook, who had two golden pails
in her hand, drawing water; and when she had filled them and
turned round, she saw a strange man, and asked who he was.
Then John answered, "I am a merchant," and opening his napkin,
he showed her its contents. Then she exclaimed, Oh, what
beautiful golden things !" and, setting her pails down, she looked
34 FAITHFUL J70HN.
at the cups one after another, and said, The King's daughter
must see these; she is so pleased with anything made of gold
that she will buy all these." And taking him by the hand, she led
him in; for she was the lady's-maid. When the King's daughter
saw the golden cups, she was much pleased, and said, They are
so finely worked, that I will purchase them all." But the faithful
John replied, "I am only the servant of a rich merchant: what
I have here is nothing in comparison to those which my master
has in his ship, than which nothing more delicate or costly has
ever been worked in gold." Then the King's daughter wished to
have them all brought ; but he said, It would take many days,
and so great is the quantity, that your palace has not halls enough
in it to place them around." Then her curiosity and desire were
still more excited, and at last she said, Take me to the ship ; I
will go myself and look at your master's treasure."
The faithful John conducted her to the ship with great joy,
and the King, when he beheld her, saw that her beauty was still
greater than the picture had represented, and he thought nothing
else but that his heart would jump out of his mouth. Presently
she stepped on board, and the King conducted her below; but
the faithful John remained on deck by the steersman, and told
him to unmoor the ship and put on all the sail he could, that it
might fly as a bird does through the air. Meanwhile the King
showed the Princess all the golden treasures,--the dishes, cups,
bowls, the birds, the wild and wonderful beasts. Many hours
passed away while she looked at everything, and in her joy she
did not remark that the ship sailed on and on. As soon as she
had looked at the last, and thanked the merchant, she wished to
depart. But. when she came on deck, she perceived that they
were upon the high sea, far from the shore, and were hastening
on with all sail. Ah !" she exclaimed in affright, '"I am be-
trayed; I am carried off and taken away in the power of a strange
merchant. I would rather die !"
But the King, taking her by the hand, said, I am not a mer-
chant, but a King, thine equal in birth. It is true that I have
carried thee off; but that is because of my overwhelming love
for thee. Dost thou know that when I first saw the portrait of
thy beauteous face, I fell down in a swoon before it ?" When
the King's daughter heard these words she was reassured and
her heart was inclined towards him, so that she willingly became
his bride. While they thus wentpn their voyage on the high sea,
it happened that the faithful John, as he sat on the deck of the
ship playing music, saw three Crows in the air, who came flying
towards them. He stopped playing, and listened to what they
were saying to each other, for he understood them perfectly.
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The first one exclaimed, There he is, carrying home the daughter
of the King of the Golden Palace." But he is not home yet,"
replied the second. But he has her," said the third; she is
sitting by him in the ship." Then the first began again, and ex-
claimed, What matters that? When they go on shore, a fox-
coloured horse will spring towards them, on which he will mount;
and as soon as he is on it, it will jump up with him into the air,
so that he will never again see his bride." The second one asked,
" Is there no escape ?' "" Oh, yes : if another mounts behind
quickly, and takes out the firearms which are in the holster, and
with them shoots the horse dead, then the young King will be
saved But who knows that ? And if any one does know it, and
tells him, such a one will be turned to stone from the toe to the
knee." Then the second spoke again : I know still more : if the
horse should be killed, the young King will not then retain his
bride, for when they come into the castle, a beautiful bridal shirt
"will lie there upon a dish, and seem to be woven of gold and
silver, but it is nothing but sulphur and pitch ; and if he puts it
on, it will burn him to his marrow and bones." Then the third
Crow asked, Is there no escape ?" Oh, yes," answered the
second : if some one takes up the shirt with his gloves on, and
throws it into the fire, so that it is burnt, the young King will be
saved. But what does that signify? Whoever knows it, and
tells him, will be turned to stone from his knee to his heart."
Then the third Crow spoke. I know still more :even if the
bridal shirt be consumed, still the young King will not retain his
bride. For if, after the wedding, a dance is held, while the young
queen dances, she will suddenly turn pale, and fall down as if
dead; and if some one does not raise her up, and take three
drops of blood from her right breast and throw them away, she
will die. But whoever knows that, and tells it, will have his
whole body turned to stone, from the crown of his head to the
toes of his feet."
After tlhe Crows had thus talked with one another, they flew
away, and the trusty John, who had perfectly understood all they
had said, was from that time very quiet and sad ; for if he con-
cealed from his master what he had heard, misfortune would
happen to him, and if he told him all, he must give up his own
life. But at last he thought, I will save my master, even if I
As soon as they came on shore, it happened just as the Crow
had foretold, and an immense fox-red horse sprang up. "Capital!"
said the King; this shall carry me to my castle." And he tried
to mount ; but the faithful John came straight up, and swinging
himself quickly on, drew the firearms out of the holster and shot
36 FA 7T'HFUL JOHN.
the horse dead. Then the other servants of the King, who were
not on good terms with the faithful John, exclaimed, How shame-
ful to kill the beautiful creature, which might have borne the
King to the castle !" But the King replied, Be silent, and let
him go; he is my very faithful John : who knows the good he
may have done?" Now they went into the castle, and there
stood a dish in the hall, and the splendid bridal shirt lay in it,
and seemed nothing else than gold and silver. The young King
went up to it, and wished to take it up, but the faithful John
pushed him away, and, taking it up with his gloves on, bore it
quickly to the fire and let it burn. The other servants thereupon
began to murmur, saying, See, now he is burning the King's
bridal shirt !" But the young King replied, Who knows what
good he has done? Let him alone : he is my faithful John."
Soon after the wedding was celebrated, and a grand ball was
given, and the bride began to dance. So the faithful John paid
great attention, and watched her countenance. All at once she
grew pale, and fell, as if dead, to the ground. Then he sprang
up hastily, raised her up, and bore her to a chamber, where he
laid her down, kneelt beside her, and drawing the three drops
of blood out of her right breast, threw them away. As soon as
she breathed again she raised herself up ; but the young King
had witnessed everything, and, not knowing why the faithful John
had done this, was very angry, and called out, Throw him into
prison !" The next morning the trusty John was brought up for
trial, and led to the gallows; and as he stood upon them, and
was about to be executed, he said, Every one condemned to die
may once before his death speak. Shall I also have that privi-
lege ?" "Yes," answered the King ; "it shall be granted you."
Then the faithful John replied, I have been unrighteously judged,
and have always been true to you; and he narrated the conver-
sation of the Crows which he heard at sea, and how, in order to
save his master, he was obliged to do all he had done. Then
the King cried out, Oh, my most trusty John, pardon! pardon!
Lead him away But the trusty John had fallen down at the
last word, and was turned into stone.
At this event both the King and the Queen were in great grief,
and the King thought, "Ah, how wickedly have I rewarded his
great fidelity !" And he had the stone statue raised up and placed
in his sleeping-chamber, near his bed ; and as often as he looked
at it he wept, and said, Ah, could I bring you back to life again,
my faithful John "
After some time had passed, the Queen bore twins, two little
sons, who were her great joy. Once when the Queen was in
church, and the two children at home playing by their father's
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side, he looked up at the stone statue full of sorrow, and exclaimed
with a sigh, Ah, could I restore you to life, my faithful John !"
At these words the statue began to speak, saying, Yes, you can
make me alive again, if you will bestow on me that which is dearest
to you." The King replied, All that I have in the world I will
give up for you." The statue spake again: If you, with your own
hand, cut off the heads of both your children, and sprinkle me
with their blood, I shall be brought to life again." The King was
terrified when he heard that he must himself kill his two dear
children; but he remembered his servant's great fidelity, and
how the faithful John had died for him ; and drawing his sword,
he cut off the heads of both his children with his own hand ; and
as soon as he had sprinkled the statue with blood, life came back
to it, and the trusty John stood again alive and well before him,
and said, Your faith shall not go unrewarded;" and taking the
heads of the two children, he set them on again, and anointed
their wounds with their blood, and thereupon they healed again
in a moment, and the children sprang away and played as if
nothing had happened.
Now the King was full of happiness, and as soon as he saw the
Queen coming, he hid the faithful John and both the children in
a great closet. As soon as she came in he said to her, Have
you prayed in church ?" Yes," answered the Queen; but I
thought continually of the faithful John, who has come to such
misfortune through us." Then he replied, My dear wife, we can
restore his life again to him, but it will cost us both our little sons,
whom we must sacrifice." The Queen became pale, and was terri-
fied at heart, but she said, We are guilty of his life on account
of his great fidelity." Then he was very glad that she thought
as he did, and, going up to the closet, he unlocked it, and brought
out the children and the faithful John, saying God be praised!
he is saved, and we have still our little sons ; and then he told
her all that had happened. Afterwards they lived happily to-
gether to the end of tieir days.
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"i COUNTRYMAN drove his cow to market, and sold it
for seven dollars. On the way home he had to pass by
a pond, where he heard from a distance the Frogs croak-
ing, Ack, ack, ack, ack Yes," said he, they cry out so
Acht is the German word for eight.
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even in their owner's field ; but it is seven which I have got, not
eight." As he came up to the water he exclaimed, Stupid
creatures that you are, do you not know better ? Here are seven
dollars, and not eight !" But the Frogs still continued their
Ack, ack !" Now, if you will not believe it, I will count them
out to you ;" and, taking the money from his pocket, he counted
out the seven dollars, four and twenty groschen in each. The
Frogs, however, paid no attention to his reckoning, and kept
calling out, Ack, ackackck !" "Ah !" exclaimed the countryman,
quite angry, if you know better than I, count it yourself! and,
one by one, he threw the pieces of money into the water. He
stopped and waited till they should be ready to bring him his
own again, but the Frogs were obstinate in their opinion, and
cried continually, Ack, ack, ack !" neither did they throw the
money back. So the man waited a long while, until the evening
approached, and it was time to go home ; then he began to abuse
the Frogs, shouting out, You water-paddlers, you thick-heads,
you blind-eyes! you have indeed great mouths, and can make
noise enough to stun one's ears, but you cannot count seven dol-
lars Do you think I am going to wait here till you are ready?"
And thereupon he went away, but the Frogs cried still behind
his back, "Ack, ack, ack !" so that he reached home in a very
After a little time he again bargained for a cow, which he killed,
and then he made a calculation that, if he sold the flesh well, he
should gain as much as both the cows were worth, and should
have the skin beside. As he came to town with the flesh, a great
troop of dogs was collected before the gate, and in front was a large
Greyhound, who sprang around the flesh, snapping and barking,
Was, was, was "" As he did not cease, the Countryman said
to him, I know well you say Was, was!' because you wish for
some of the flesh; but I ought to receive something as good if I
should give it: you." The Dog replied only, Was, was 1"
Will you not let your comrades there eat with you ?" Was
was !" said the Do g.
If you stick to that, I will let you have it. I know you well
and to whom you belong ; but this I tell you, in three days I must
have my money, or it will go ill with you. You can bring it to
Thereupon he unloaded the flesh, and turned homewards again,
and the dogs gathering round it, barked loud.l, Was, was !'
The Peasant, who heard them at a distance, said, Mind, you
may share it among you, but the big one. must answer for you to
"* That, that.
A GOOD BARGAIN.
WVhen three days were passed, the Countryman ou thought to him-
self, This evening I shall have my money in my pocket," and so
made himself happy. But nobody came to pay the reckoning.
" There is no faith in any one," said he, at last, losing all patience,
and he went into the town to the butcher and demanded his money.
The butcher thought it was a joke, but the Countryman said,
"CJoking aside, I will have my money. Did not the great dog,
three days ago, bring you home a whole slaughtered cow?" This
put the butcher in a passion, and, taking up a broomstick, he
hunted the Countryman out of his doors.
Wait a bit," said the Countryman ; "justice is to be had in
the world." And he went to the King's palace and requested an
audience. So he was led before the King, who sat there with his
daughter, and asked, What misfortune has befallen you?"
Ah," said he, the frogs and the dogs have taken away my
property, and the butcher has repaid me with a stick ;" and he
narrated at length all that had happened. The King's daughter
laughed aloud at his tale, and the King said to him, I cannot
give you justice here; nevertheless, you shall have my daughter
for a wife : all her lifetime sh1e as not laughed except before you,
and I have promised her to that man who should make her laugh.
You may thank God for your luck."
Oh dear!" replied the Countryman, I do not wish it at all :
I have one wife at home, who is already too much for me." This
made the King angry, and lie said, You are an ill-bred fellow."
"Ah, my lord the King," answered the Countryman, whatt can
you'expect from an ox except beef?"
"Wait a bit," replied the King, "you shall have another reward.
Now be off at once, and return in three days, and you shall re-
ceive five hundred."
As the Countryman came to the gate, the sentinel said to him,
" Since you have made the King's daughter laugh, no doubt you
have received a great reward." "Yes, I think so," answered the
Peasant ; five hundred are to be counted out for me."
"Indeed said the soldier; give me some of it : what will
you do with all that money ?"
Since you ask me," replied the Countryman, "you shall have
two hundred : apply to the King in three days, and they will be
counted out to you." A Jew\, who stood near, and heard their
conversation, ran after the Countryman, and catching him by his
coat, cried out, Oh, wonderful what a child of fortune are you !
I will change, I will change with you in small coins What will
you do with the hard dollars ?"
You Jew !" said the Countryman, you can yet have the
three hundred; give me the same amount in small coins, and in
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three days after to-day it shall be counted out to you by the King."
The Jew rejoiced at his profit, and brought the sum in worn-out
farthings, three of which were equal to two good ones.
After the lapse of three days, the Countryman went before the
King, according to his command. The King called out, Pull off
his coat; he shall have his five hundred !" "Oh!" replied the
Countryman, they do not belong to me now : I have presented
two hundred to the sentinel, and the Jew has changed with me
for three hundred, so that rightly nothing at all belongs to me."
Meanwhile the soldier and the Jew came in, desiring their
shares for which they had bargained with the Countryman; but,
instead of dollars, each received his stripes justly measured out.
The soldier bore his patiently, having already known how they
tasted ; but the Jew behaved very badly, crying out, "Ah, woe is
me! these are hard dollars !" The King was forced to laugh at
the Countryman, and, when all his anger had passed away, he
said to him, Since you lost your reward before you received it,
I will give you compensation; so go into my treasure-chamber,
and take as much money as you wish for." The Countryman did
not stop to be told twice, but filled his deep pockets as full as they
would hold, and immediately after went to an inn, and told out
the money. The Jew sneaked after him, and overheard him
muttering to himself, "Now, that thief of a King has again
deceived me. Could he not have given me the money, and then
I should have known what I had got; but now, how can I tell
what I have by good luck put into my pocket is just ?"
"Heaven preserve us!" said the Jew to himself, "he has spoken
disrespectfully of his Majesty. I will run and inform against him,
and then I shall get a reward, and he will be punished." When
the King heard the speech of the Countryman his anger was
excited, and he bade the Jew go and fetch the offender. So the
Jew, running back to the Countryman, said to him, "You must
go before his Majesty the King, just as you are."
"I know better what is becoming," replied the Countryman. "I
must first have a new coat made. Do you think a man who has
so much money in his pocket ought to go in this old rag of a
coat ?" The Jew, perceiving that the Countryman would not stir
without a new coat, and fearing, if the King's anger should evapo-
rate, he would not get his reward nor the other the punishment,
said to him, Out of pure friendship, I will lend you a beautiful
coat for a short time. What will one not do out of pure love ?"
The Countryman, well pleased, took the coat from the Jew, and
went off straight to the King, who charged him with the speech
which the Jew had informed about.
Oh," said the Countryman, "what a Jew says is nothing, for
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not a true word comes out of his mouth : that rascal there is able
to assert, and does assert, that I have his coat on !"
Vhat is that ?" screamed the Jew ; "is not the coat mine?
Have I not lent it to you out of pure friendship, that you might
step in it before his Majesty the King?" As soon as the King
heard this he said, The Jew has deceived one of us ;" and then
he had counted out to him some more of the hard dollars.
Meanwhile the Countryman went off home in the good coat,
and with the good gold in his pocket, singing to himself, This
time I have hit it !"
THE WONDERFUL MUSICIAN.
NCE upon a time a wonderful Fiddler was travelling
through a wood, thinking of all sorts of things as he went
"along, and presently he said to himself, I have plenty
of time and space in this forest, so I will fetch a good companion ;"
and, taking the fiddle from his back, he fiddled till the trees re-
echoed. Presently a Wolf came crashing through the brushwood.
Ah here comes a wolf, for whom I have no desire," said the
Fiddler ; but the Wolf approaching nearer, said, Oh, you dear
Musician, how beautifully you play might I learn how ?"
It is soon learnt : you have only to do exactly as I tell you."
Then the Wolf replied, "I will mind you just as a schoolboy does
his master." So the Musician told the Wolf to come with him;
and when they had gone a little distance together they came to
an old oak-tree, which was hollow within and split in the middle.
" See here," said the Musician, "if you wish to learn how to fiddle,
put your fore feet in this cleft." The Wolf obeyed ; but the
Fiddler, snatching up a stone, quickly wedged both his feet so fast
with one blow that the Wolf was stuck fast, and obliged to
remain where he was. "Wait there till I come again," said the
Fiddler, and went on his way.
After awhile he said to himself a second time," I have plenty
of time and space in the forest, so I will fetch another companion."
And taking his fiddle, he played away in the wood. Presently a
Fox came sneaking through the trees.
Ah !" said the Musician, "here comes a fox whom I did not
The Fox, running up, said, "Ah, you dear Mister Musician, how
is it you fiddle so beautifully? might I learn too?"
It is soon learnt," answered he ; "but you must do all I tell
"you." "I will obey you as a schoolboy does his master," answered
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the Fox, and he followed the Musician, After they had walked
a little distance he came to a footpath, with high hedges on each
side. The Musician stopped, and pulling the bough of a hazel-
tree down to the ground on one side, he put his foot upon it, and
then bent another down on the other side, saying, Come, little
Fox, if you wish to learn something, reach me here your left fore
foot." The fox obeyed, and the Musician bound the foot to the
left bough. Now reach me the other, little Fox," said he, and
he bound that to the right bough. And as soon as he saw that
the knots were fast, he let go, and the boughs sprang back into
the air, carrying the Fox, shaking and quivering, up with them.
" Wait there till I come again," said the Musician, and went on
After a little while he said again to himself, "Time and space
are not wanting to me in this forest; I will fetch another com-
panion ;" and, taking his fiddle, he made the sound re-echo in
Aha !" said he, "a Hare! I won't have him."
Oh, you dear Musician said the Hare, "how do you fiddle
so beautifully ? Could I learn it too ?"
It is soon learnt," replied the'Musician : "only do all I tell
you." The little Hare replied, ivill obey you as a schoolboy
does his master." And they went on together till they came to
a clear space in the forest where an aspen-tree stood. The
Musician bound a long twine round the neck of the Hare, and
knotted the other end to a tree. Now, my lively little Hare,
jump twenty times round the tree," exclaimed the Musician. The
Hare obeyed ; and as he jumped round the twentieth time, the
twine had wound itself round the tree twenty times also, and made
the Hare prisoner ; and pull and tug as much as he would, the
cord only cut the deeper into his neck. Wait there till I come
again," said the Musician, and went on farther.
The Wolf, meanwhile, had been pulling, dragging, and biting
at the stone, and worked at it so long that at last he set his feet
at liberty, and drew them again out of the cleft. Then, full of
rage and anger, he hastened after the Musician, intending to tear
him into pieces. As the Fox saw him running past, he began to
groan, and shouted with all his power, Brother Wolf, come and
help me the Musician has deceived me !" So the Wolf, pulling
the branches down, bit the knot to pieces, and freed the Fox, who
went on with him in order to take revenge on the Musician. On
their way they found the Hare tied, and setting him at liberty, all
three set out in pursuit of their enemy.
The Musician, however, had once more played his fiddle and
this time had been very lucky, for the notes came to the ears of
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a poor Woodcutter, who left off his work directly, whether he
wished or not, and with his axe under his arm, came up to hear
"At last the right companion has come," said the Musician
"for I desired a man, and not a wild beast." And beginning to
play, he played so beautifully and so delightfully, that the poor
man was as if enchanted, and his heart beat for joy. While he
thus stood, the Wolf, the Fox, and the Hare came up, and he
observed directly that they had some bad design, so raising his
bright axe, he placed himself before the Musician, as if he would
say, "Who wishes to attack must take care of himself." His
looks made the animals afraid, and they ran back into the forest;
but the Musician, after playing one more tune out of gratitude to
the Woodcutter, went on his journey.
THE TWELVE BROTHERS.
SNCE upon a time there lived happily together a Queen
Sand a King, who had twelve children-all boys. One
day the King said to his Consort, If the thirteenth child
whom you are about to bring into the world should be a girl,
then shall the twelve boys die, that her riches may be great, aind
that the kingdom may fall to her alone."' He- then ordered twelve
coffins to be made, which were filled with shavings, and in each
a pillow was placed, and, all of them having been locked up in a
room, he gave the key thereof to the Queen, and bade her tell
nobody about the matter.
But the mother sat crying the whole day long, so that her
"youngest child, who was always with her, and whom she jI.ad
named Benjamin, said to her, Mothler, dear, why are you so
sorrowful ? My dearest child," she replied, I dare not tiel
you." But he let her have no peace until she went and unlocked
the room, and showed him the twelve coffins filled with shavins.
Then she said, My dearest Benjamin, these coffins your father
has had prepared for yourself and your eleven brothers, for if I
bring a little girl into the world, you will all be killed together
and buried in them." And as she wept while she spoke these
words, the son comforted her, saying, Do not cry, cear mother
vwe will help ourselves, and go away." But she said, (G' wit
your eleven brothers into the wood, and let one of you cllib into
the highest tree which is to be found, and keep watch, looki:g
towards the tower of the castle here. If I bear a little son, I will
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hang out a white flag, and you may venture home again; but if
I bear a little daughter, I will hang out a red flag, and then flee
away as quickly as you can, and God preserve you Every night
I will arise and pray for you : in winter that you may have a fire
to warm yourself, and in summer that you may not be melted
with the heat."
Soon after she gave her blessing to all her sons, and they went
away into the forest. Each kept watch in turn, sitting upon the
highest oak-tree, and looking towards the tower. When eleven
days had passed by, and it came to Benjamin's turn, he perceived
a flag hung out, but it was not the white but the red flag, which
announced that they must all die. As the brothers heard this
they became very angry, and said, Shall we suffer death on
account of a maiden ? Let us swear that we will avenge ourselves.
Wherever we find a maiden, her blood shall flow."
Thereupon they went deeper into the forest, and in the middle,
where it was most gloomy, they found a little charmed cottage
standing empty, and they said, Here we will dwell, and you,
Benjamin, as you are the youngest and the weakest, shall stop
here and keep house while we go out to fetch meat." So they set
forth into the forest, and shot hares, wild fawns, birds, and pigeons,
and what else they could find. These they brought home to
Benjamin, who cooked and dressed them for their different meals.
In this little cottage they lived ten years together, and the time
passed very quickly.
The little daughter whom their mother the Queen had borne
was now grown up. She had a kind heart, was very beautiful,
and always wore a golden star upon her brow. Once, when there
was a great wash, she saw twelve boys' shirts hanging up, and she
asked her mother, To whom do these twelve shirts belong, for
they are much too small for my father ?" Then she answered
with a heavy heart, My dear child, they belong to your twelve
brothers." The maiden replied, Where are my twelve brothers ?
I have never yet heard of them." The Queen answered, God
only knows where they are: they have wandered into the wide
world." Then she took the maiden, and, unlocking the room,
showed her twelve coffins with the shavings and pillows. These
coffins," said she, were ordered for your brothers, but they went
away secretly before you were born." And she told her how
everything had happened. Then the maiden said, Do not cry,
dear mother : I will go forth and seek my brothers." And, taking
the twelve shirts, she set out at once straight into the great forest
All day long she walked on and on, and in the evening she came
to the charmed house, into which she stepped. There she found
a young lad, who asked her," Whence dost thou come, and whither
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goest thou?" and he stood astonished to see how beautiful she
was, and at the queenly robes she wore, and the star upon her
brow. Then she answered, I am a King's daughter, and am
seeking my twelve brothers, and will go as far as heaven is blue
until I find them." And she showed him the twelve shirts that
belonged to them. Benjamin perceived at once that it was his
sister, and he said, I am Benjamin, thy youngest brother." At
his words she began to weep for joy, and Benjamin wept also, and
they kissed and embraced one another with the greatest affection.
Presently he said, Dear sister, there is one terrible condition:
we have agreed together that every maiden whom we meet shall
die, because we were obliged to leave our kingdom on account
of a maiden."
Then the maiden replied, I will willingly die if I can by that
means release my twelve brothers."
No," answered he, "thou shalt not die : hide thyself under
this tub until our eleven brothers come home, with whom I shall
then be united." She did so, and when night came the others
returned from hunting, and their dinner was made ready, and as
they sat at the table eating they asked, What is the news ?"
Benjamin said, Do you not know ?
No," they answered. Then he spoke again, You have been
in the forest, and I have stopped at home, yet I know more than
Tell us directly they exclaimed. He answered, First pro-
mise me that you will not kill the first maiden who shall meet us."
" Yes, we promise they exclaimed ; "she shall have pardon.
Now tell us at once." Then he said, "Our sister is here ; and,
lifting up the tub, the King's daughter came from beneath, looking
most beautiful, delicate, and gentle in her royal robes, and with
the golden star upon her brow. The sight gladdened them all,
and, falling upon her neck, they kissed her, and loved her with
all their hearts.
Now she stopped at home with Benjamin, and helped him in
his work, while the eleven others went into the wood and caught
wild animals, deer, birds, and pigeons for their eating, which their
sister and brother took care to make ready. The sister sought
for wood for the fire, and for the vegetables, which she dressed,
and put the pots on the fire, so that their dinner was always ready
when the eleven came home. She also kept order in the cottage,
and covered the beds with beautiful white and clean sheets, and
the brothers were always contented, and they all lived in great
One day, when the brother and sister c ad made ready a most
excellent meal, and the others had come in, they sat down and
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ate and drank, and were full of happiness. But there was a little
garden belonging to the charmed house, in which stood twelve
lilies (which one calls also African marigolds),and the sister, think-
ing to give her twelve brothers a pleasure, broke off the twelve
flowers, intending to give each of them one. But as she broke off
each flower, the twelve brothers were changed, one by one, into
twelve Crtws, and flew off into the forest, and at the same mo-
ment the house and garden both disappeared.
Thus the poor maiden was left alone in the wild forest, and as
she looked round an old woman stood near, who said," My child,
what hast thou done ? Why didst thou not leave the twelve white
flowers ? They were thy brothers, who are now changed into
Crows !" Then the maiden asked with tears," Is there no means
of saving them ?" "There is but one way in the whole world,"
said the old woman, "but that is so difficult that thou canst not
free them. Thou must be dumb for seven years : thou mayest
not speak nor laugh, and if thou speakest but a single word, even
if it wants but one hour of the seven years, all will be in vain,
and thy brothers will die at that single word."
Then the maiden said in her heart, I know for certain that I
shall free my brothers ;" and she went and found a tall tree, into
the branches of which she climbed, and passed her time spinning,
without ever speaking or laughing.
Now, it happened once that a King was hunting in the forest
who had a large greyhound, which ran to the tree on which the
maiden sat, and, springing round, barked furiously. So the King
came up and saw the beautiful girl with the golden star upon her
brow, and was so enchanted with her beauty that he asked her if
she would become his bride. To this she gave no answer, but
slightly nodded with her head; so the King, mounting the tree
himself, brought her down, and, placing her upon his horse,
carried her home.
Then the wedding was celebrated with great pomp and joy, but
the bride neither spoke nor laughed.
After they had lived contentedly together two years, the King's
mother, who was a wicked woman, began to slander the young
Queen, and said to her son, This is a common beggar girl whom
you have brought home with you: who knows what impish tricks
she practised at home? If she be dumb and not able to speak,
she might still laugh once ; but they who do not laugh have a bad
conscience." The King would not at first believe it, but the old
woman persisted in it so long, and accused the Queen of so many
wicked things, that the King at last let himself be persuaded, and
she was condemned to die.
Now a great fire was kindled in the courtyard in which she was
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to be burnt, and the King, standing above at the window, looked
on with tearful eyes, because he still loved her so much. And
now she was bound to the stake, and the fire began to lick her
clothing with its red tongues, and just at that time the last mo-
ment of the seven years expired. Then a whirring was heard in
the air, and twelve Crows came flying by, and sank down to the
earth, and as they alighted on the ground they became her twelve
brothers whom she had freed. They tore away the fire from
around her, and, extinguishing the flames, set their sister free,
and kissed and embraced her. And now, as she could open her
mouth and speak, she told the King why she was dumb, and why
she never laughed.
And the King was highly pleased when he heard she was inno-
cent, and they all lived together in great happiness to the end of
THE THREE LITTLE MEN IN THE WOOD.
NCE upon a time there lived a man whose wife had died
and a woman also who had lost her husband ; and this
man and woman had each a daughter. These two
maidens were friendly with each other, and used to walk together,
and one day they came by the widow's house. Then the widow
said to the man's daughter, Do you hear ? tell your father I wish
to marry him, and you shall every morning wash in milk and drink
wine, but my daughter shall wash in water and drink water." So
the girl went home and told her father what the woman had said,
and he replied, What shall I do ? marriage is a comfort, but it
is also a torment." At last, as he could come to no conclusion,
he drew off his boot, and said, "Take this boot, which has a hole
in the sole, and go with it out of doors, and hang it on the great
nail, and then pour water into it. If it holds the water, I will
again take a wife ; but if it runs through, I will not have her."
The girl did as he bid her, but the water drew the hole together
and the boot became full to overflowing. So she told her father
how it had happened, and he, getting up, saw it was quite true;
and going to the widow, he settled the matter, and the wedding
The next morning, when the two girls arose, milk to wash in
and wine to drink were set for the man's daughter, but only water,
both for washing and drinking, for the woman's daughter. The
nd morning, water for washing and drinking stood before
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both the man's daughter and the woman's ; and on the third
morning, water to wash in and water to drink were set before the
man's daugther, and milk to wash in and wine to drink before
the woman's daughter; and so it continued.
And soon the woman conceived a deadly hatred for her step-
daughter, and knew not how to behave badly enough to her, from
day to day. She was envious too, because her step-daughter was
beautiful and lovely, and her own daughter was ugly and hateful.
Once, in the winter-time, when the river was frozen as hard as
a stone, and hill and valley were covered with snow, the woman
made a cloak of paper, and called the maiden to her, and said,
Put on this cloak, and go away into the wood to fetch me a little
basketful of strawberries, for I have a wish for some."
"Mercy upon us !" said the maiden, in winter there are no
strawberries growing ; the ground is frozen, and the snow, too,
has covered everything. And why must I go in that paper cloak?
It is so cold out of doors that it freezes one's breath even, and if
the wind does not blow off this cloak, the thorns will tear it from
"Will you dare to contradict me?" said the stepmother. "Make
haste off, and let me not see you again until you have found me
a basket of strawberries." Then she gave her a small piece of
dry bread, saying, On that you must subsist the whole day."
But she thought-out of doors she will be frozen and starved, so
that my eyes will never see her again !
So the girl did as she was told, and put on the paper cloak,
and went away with the basket. Far and near there was nothing
but snow, and not a green blade was to be seen. When she came
to the forest she discovered a little cottage, out of which three
little Dwarfs were peeping. The girl wished them good morning,
and knocked gently at the door. They called her in, and entering
the room, she sat down on a bench by the fire to warm herself
and eat her breakfast. The Dwarfs called out, Give us some
of it!" Willingly," she replied, and, dividing her bread in two,
she gave them half. They asked, What do you do here in the
forest, in the winter-time, in this thin cloak ?"
"Ah!" she answered, "I must seek a basketful of strawberries
and I dare not return home until I can take them with me."
When she had eaten her bread, they gave her a broom, saying,
"Sweep away the snow with this from the back door." But when
she was gone out of doors, the three Dwarfs said one to another,
What shall we give her, because she is so gentle and good and
has shared her bread with us ?" Then said the first, I rant to
her that she shall become more beautiful every day." The second
said, I grant that a piece of gold shall fall out of her mouth for
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every word she speaks." The third said, I grant that a King
shall come and make her his bride."
Meanwhile, the girl had done as the Dwarfs had bidden her,
and had swept away the snow from behind the house. And what
do you think she found there ? Actually, ripe strawberries which
came quite red and sweet up under the snow. So filling her
basket in great glee, she thanked the little men and gave them
each her hand, and then ran home to take her stepmother what
she wished for. As she went in and said Good evening," a piece
of gold fell from her mouth. Thereupon she related what had
happened to her in the forest; but at every word she spoke a piece
of gold fell, so that the whole floor was covered.
"Just see her arrogance," said the step-sister, "to throw away
money in that way !" but in her heart she was jealous, and wished
to go into the forest too, to seek strawberries. Her mother said,
" No, my dear daughter; it is too cold, you will be frozen !" But
as her girl let her have no peace, she at last consented, and made
her a beautiful fur cloak to put on; she also gave her buttered
bread and cooked meat to eat on her way.
The girl went into the forest and came straight to the little
cottage. The three Dwarfs were peeping out again, but she did
not greet them; and, stumbling on without looking at them or
speaking, she entered the room, and, seating herself by the fire,
began to eat the bread and butter and meat. Give us some of
that," exclaimed the Dwarfs ; but she answered, "I have not got
enough for myself, so how can I give any away ?" When she had
finished, they said, "You have a broom there, go and sweep the
back door clean." Oh, sweep it yourself," she replied, I am
not your servant." When she saw that they would not give her
anything, she went out at the door, and the three Dwarfs said to
each other, "What shall we give her? she is so ill behaved, and
has such a bad and envious disposition, that nobody can wish
well to her." The first said, I grant that she becomes more ugly
every day." The second said, I grant that at every word she
speaks a toad shall spring out of her mouth." The third said,
" I grant that she shall die a miserable death." Meanwhile the
girl had been looking for strawberries out of doors, but as she
could find none, she went home very peevish. When she opened
her mouth to tell her mother what had happened to her in the
forest, a toad jumped out of her mouth at each word, so that every
one fled away from her in horror.
The stepmotherwas now still more vexed, and was always think-
ing how she could do the most harm to her husband's daughter,
who every day became more beautiful. At last she took a kettle,
set it on the fire, and boiled a net therein. When it was sodden,
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she hung it on the shoulder of the poor girl, and gave her an axe,
that she might go upon the frozen pond and cut a hole in the ice
to drag the net. She obeyed, and went away and cut an ice-hole;
and while she was cutting, an elegant carriage came by, in which
the King sat. The carriage stopped, and the King asked, My
child, who are you ? and what do you here ?" "I am a poor girl,
and am dragging a net," said she. Then the King pitied her, and
saw how beautiful she was, and said, "Will you go with me ?"
" Yes, indeed, with all my heart," she replied, for she was glad to
get out of the sight of her mother and sister.
So she was handed into the carriage, and driven away with the
King ; and as soon as they arrived at his castle the wedding was
celebrated with great splendour, as the Dwarfs had granted to the
maiden. After a year the young Queen bore a son; and when
the stepmother heard of her great good fortune, she came to the
castle with her daughter, and behaved as if she had come on a
visit. But one day when the King had gone out, and no one was
present, this bad woman seized the Queen by the head, and her
daughter caught hold of her feet, and raising her out of bed, they
threw her out of the window into the river which ran past. Then,
laying her ugly daughter in the bed, the old woman covered her
up, even over her head ; and when the King came back, he wished
to speak to his wife, but the old woman exclaimed, Softly softly!
do not go near her; she is lying in a beautiful sleep, and must be
kept quiet to-day." The King, not thinking of any evil design,
came again the next morning the first thing; and when he spoke
to his wife, and she answered, a toad sprang out of her mouth at
every word, as a piece of gold had done before. So he asked
what had happened, and the old woman said, "That is produced
by her weakness; she will soon lose it again."
But in the night the kitchen-boy saw a Duck swimming through
the brook, and the Duck asked,
King, King, what are you doing?
Are you sleeping, or are you waking?"
And as he gave no answer, the Duck said,
"What are my guests a-doing ?"
Then the boy answered,
"They all sleep sound."
And she asked him,
How fares my child?"
And he replied,
In his cradle he sleeps."
Then she came up in the form of the Queen to the cradle, and
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gave the child drink, shook up his bed, and covered him up, and
then swam again away as a Duck through the brook. The second
night she came again; and on the third she said to the kitchen-
boy, Go and tell the King to take his sword, and swing it thrice
over me, on the threshold." Then the boy ran and told the King,
who came with his sword, and swung it thrice over the Duck;
and at the third time his bride stood before him, bright, living,
and healthful, as she had been before.
Now the King was in great happiness, but he hid the Queen
in a chamber until the Sunday when the child was to be chris-
tened ; and when all was finished, he asked, What ought to be
done to one who takes another out of a bed and throws her into
the river?" Nothing could be more proper," said the old woman,
" than to put such an one into a cask, stuck round with nails,
and to roll it down the hill into the water." Then the King said,
" You have spoken your own sentence;" and ordering a cask to
be fetched, he caused the old woman and her daughter to be put
into it, and the bottom being nailed up, the cask was rolled down
the hill until it fell into the water.
THE LITTLE BROTHER AND SISTER.
HIERE was once a little Brother who took his Sister by the
hand, and said, Since our dear mother's death we have
not had one happy hour : our stepmother beats us every
day, and, if we come near her, kicks us away with her foot. Our
food is the hard crusts of bread which are left, and even the dog
under the table fares better than we, for he often gets a nice morsel.
Come, let us wander forth into the wide world." So the whole
day long they travelled over meadows, fields, and stony roads,
and when it rained the Sister said, It is heaven crying in sym-
pathy." By evening they came into a large forest, and were so
wearied with grief, hunger, and their long walk, that they laid
themselves down in a hollow tree and went to sleep. When they
awoke the next morning, the sun had already risen high in the
heavens, and its beams made the tree so hot, that the little boy
said to his Sister, "I am so thirsty; if I knew where there was
a brook I would go and drink. Ah I think I hear one running."
And so saying he got up, and, taking his Sister's hand, they went
in search of the brook.
The wicked stepmother, however, was a witch, and had wit-
nessed the departure of the two children ; so, sneaking after them
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secretly, as is the habit of witches, she had enchanted all the
springs in the forest.
Presently they found a brook which ran trippingly over the
pebbles, and the Brother would have drunk out of it, but the
Sister heard how it said as it ran along, Who drinks of me will
become a tiger !" So the Sister exclaimed, I pray you, Brother,
drink not, or you will become a tiger, and tear me to pieces !"
So the Brother did not drink, although his thirst was so great,
and he said, I will wait till the next brook." As they came to
the second, the Sister heard it say, Who drinks of me becomes
a wolf!" The Sister ran up, crying, Brother, do not, pray do
not drink, or you will become a wolf, and eat me up Then the
Brother did not drink, saying, I will wait until we come to the
next spring, but then I must drink, you may say what you will :
my thirst is much too great." Just as they reached the third brook
the Sister heard the voice saying, Who drinks of me will become
a fawn who drinks of me will become a fawn !" So the Sister
said, Oh, my Brother, do not drink, or you will be changed to
a faxyn, and run away from me !" But he had already knelt down
and drunk of the water, and as the first drops passed his lips,
his shape became that of a fawn.
At first the Sister cried over her little changed Brother, and
he wept too, and knelt by her very sorrowful; but at last the
maiden said, Be still, dear little Fawn, and I will never forsake
you ;" and undoing her golden garter, she put it round his neck,
and, weaving rushes, made a white girdle to lead him with. This
she tied to him, and, taking the other end in her hand, she led
him away, and they travelled deeper and deeper into the forest.
After they had walked a long distance they came to a little hut,
and the maiden, peeping in, found it empty, and thought, Here
we can stay and dwell." Then she looked for leaves and moss
to make a soft couch for the Fawn, and every morning she went
out and collected roots and berries and nuts for herself, and
tender grass for the Fawn, which he ate out of her hand, and
played happily around her. In the evening, when the Sister was
tired, and had said her prayers, she laid her head upon the back
of the Fawn, which served for a pillow, on which she slept soundly.
Had but the Brother regained his own proper form, their life
would have been happy indeed.
Thus they dwelt in this wilderness, and some time had elapsed,
when it happened that the King of the country held a great hunt
in the forest ; and now resounded through the trees the blowing
of horns, the barking of dogs, and the lusty cries of the hunters,
so that the little Fawn heard them, and wanted very much to
join. "Ah !" said he to his sister, "let me go to the hunt : I
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cannot restrain myself any longer;" and he begged so hard that
at last she consented. But," said she to him, return again in
the evening, for I shall shut my door against the wild huntsmen,
and, that I may know you, do you knock, and say,' Sister, let me
in ;' and if you do not speak, I shall not open the door." As soon
as she had said this the little Fawn sprang off, quite glad and
merry in the fresh breeze. The King and his huntsmen perceived
the beautiful animal, and pursued him; but they could not catch
him, and when they thought they had him for certain he sprang
away over the bushes, and got out of sight. Just as it was getting
dark he ran up to the hut, and, knocking, said, Sister mine, let
me in." Then she undid the little door, and he went in, and rested
all night long upon his soft couch. The next morning the hunt
was commenced again, and as soon as the little Fawn heard the
horns and the tally-ho of the sportsmen, he could not rest, and
said, Sister dear, open the door, I must be off." The Sister
opened it, saying, Return at evening, mind, and say the words
as before." When the King and his huntsmen saw again the Fawn
with the golden necklace, they followed him close, but he was too
nimble and quick for them. The whole day long they kept up
with him, but towards evening the huntsmen made a circle round
him, and one wounded him slightly in the foot behind, so that
he could only run slowly. Then one of them slipped after him
to the little hut, and heard him say, Sister, dear, open the door,"
and saw that the door was opened, and immediately shut behind.
The huntsman, having observed all this, went and told the King
what he had seen and heard, and he said, On the morrow I will
once more pursue him."
The Sister, however, was terribly frightened when she saw that
her Fawn was wounded, and, washing off the blood, she put herbs
upon the foot, and said, Go and rest upon your bed, dear Fawn,
that the wound may heal." It was so slight that the next morning
he felt nothing of it, and when he heard the hunting cries outside,
he exclaimed," I cannot stop away-I must be there, and none
shall catch me so easily again !" The Sister wept very much, and
told him, Soon they will kill you, and I shall be here all alone
in this forest, forsaken by all the world. I cannot let you go."
I shall die here in vexation," answered the Fawn, if you do
not ; for when I hear the horn I think I shall jump out of my skin."
The Sister, finding she could not prevent him, opened the door
with a heavy heart, and the Fawn jumped out, quite delighted,
into the forest. As soon as the King perceived him, he said to
his huntsmen, Follow him all day long till the evening, but let
no one do him an injury." When the sun had set, the King asked
his huntsmen to show him the hut, and as they came to it he
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knocked at the door, and said, Let me in, dear Sister." Then
the door was opened, and, stepping in, the King saw a maiden
more beautiful than he had ever before seen. She was frightened
when she saw not her Fawn, but a man step in who had a golden
crown upon his head. But the King, looking at her with a friendly
glance, reached her his hand, saying, Will you go with me to
my castle, and be my dear wife ? "Oh, yes," replied the maiden;
" but the Fawn must go too : him I will never forsake." The
King replied, He shall remain with you as long as you live, and
shall want for nothing." In the meantime the Fawn had come
in, and the Sister, binding the girdle to him, again took it in her
hand, and led him away with her out of the hut.
The King took the beautiful maiden upon his horse, and rode
to his castle, where the wedding was celebrated with great splen-
dour, and she became Queen, and they lived together a long time,
while the Fawn was taken care of and lived well, playing about
the castle garden. The wicked stepmother, however, on whose
account the children had wandered forth into the world, supposed
that long ago the Sister had been torn in pieces by the wild
beasts, and the little Brother hunted to death in his Fawn's shape
by the hunters. As soon, therefore, as she heard how happy they
had become, and how everything prospered with them, envy and
jealousy were roused in her heart, and left her no peace, and she
was always thinking in what way she could work misfortune to
them. Her own daughter, who was as ugly as night, and had
but one eye, for which she was continually reproached, said, The
luck of being a Queen has never yet happened to me." Be
quiet now," said the old woman, and make yourself contented :
when the time comes I shall be at hand." As soon then as the
time came when the Queen brought into the world a beautiful
little boy, which happened when the King was out hunting, the
old witch took the form of a chambermaid, and got into the room
where the Queen was lying, and said to her, The bath is ready,
which will restore you and give you fresh strength : be quick,
before it gets cold." Her daughter being at hand, they carried
the weak Queen between them into the room, and laid her in the
bath, and then shutting the door to, they ran off; but first they
had made up an immense fire in the stove, which must soon suffo-
cate the young Queen.
When this was done, the old woman took her daughter, and,
putting a cap on her, laid her in the bed in the Queen's place.
She gave her, too, the form and appearance of the real Queen as
far as she could, but she could not restore the lost eye, and, so
that the King might not notice it, she turned upon that side where
there was no eye. When he came home at evening, and heard
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that a son was born to him, he was much delighted, and prepared
to go to his wife's bed-side to see how she did. So the old woman
called out in a great hurry, For your life, do not undraw the
curtains : the Queen must not yet see the light, and must be kept
quiet." So the King went away, and did not discover that a false
Queen was laid in the bed.
When midnight came, and every one was asleep, the nurse, who
sat by herself, wide awake, near the cradle in the nursery, saw
the door open and the true Queen come in. She took the child
in her arms, and rocked it awhile, and then, shaking up its pillow,
laid it down in its cradle, and covered it over again. She did not
forget the Fawn either, but, going to the corner where he was,
stroked his back, and then went silently out at the door. The
nurse asked in the morning of the guards if any one had passed
into the castle during the night ; but they answered, "No, we have
seen nobody." For many nights afterwards she came constantly,
and never spoke a word, and the nurse saw her always, but she
would not trust herself to speak about it to any one.
When some time had passed away, the Queen one night began
to speak, and said,
"How fares my child ? how fares my Fawn ?
Twice more will I come, but never again."
The nurse made no reply, but, when she had disappeared, went
to the King and told him all. The King exclaimed, Oh, heavens!
what does this mean ? The next night I will watch myself by
the child." In the evening he went into the nursery, and about
midnight the Queen appeared, and said,
How fares my child? how fares my Fawn?
Once more will I come, but never again."
And she nursed the child as she was used to do, and then dis-
appeared. The King dare not speak, but he watched the following
night, and this time she said,
"How fares my child ? how fares my Fawn?
"This time have I come, but never again."
At these words the King could hold back no longer, but sprang
"up, and said, You can be no other than my dear wife !" Then
she answered, Yes, I am your dear wife." And at that moment
her life was restored by God's mercy, and she was again as
beautiful and charming as ever. She told the King the fraud
which the witch and her daughter had practised upon him, and
he had them both tried'and sentence pronounced against them.
The daughter was taken into the forest, where the wild beasts
tore her in pieces; but the old wicch was led to the fire and
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miserably burnt; and as soon as she was reduced to ashes, the
little Fawn was unbewitched, and received again his human form,
and the Brother and Sister lived happily together to the end of
HANSEL AND GRETHEL.
NCE upon a time there dwelt near a large wood a poor
Swoodcutter, with his wife, and two children by his former
marriage, a little boy called Hansel, and a girl named
Grethel. He had little enough to break or bite ; and once, when
there was a great famine in the land, he could not procure even
his daily bread; and as he lay thinking in his bed one evening,
rolling about for trouble, he sighed, and said to his wife, "What
will become of us ? How can we feed our children when we have
no more than we can eat ourselves ? "
Know, then, my husband," answered she, "we will lead them
away quite early in the morning, into the thickest part of the
wood, and there make them a fire, and give them each a little
piece of bread ; then we will go to our work and leave them alone,
so that they will not find their way home again, and we shall be
freed from them." No, wife," replied he, that I can never do :
how can you bring your heart to leave my children all alone in
the wood ? for the wild beasts will soon come and tear them to
Oh, you simpleton said she, "then we must all four die of
hunger : you had better plane the coffins for us." But she left
him no peace till he consented, saying, "Ah, but I shall regret
the poor children."
The two children, however, had not gone to sleep for very
hunger, and so they overheard what the stepmother said to their
father. Grethel wept bitterly, and said to Hansel, "What will
become of us ?" Be quiet, Grethel," said he, do not cry-I
will soon help you." And as soon as their parents had fallen
asleep, he got up, put on his coat, and unbarring the back door,
slipped out. The moon shone brightly, and the white pebbles
which lay before the door seemed like silver pieces, they glittered
so brightly. Hansel stooped down, and put as many into his
pocket as it would hold ; and then going back, he said to Grethel,
" Be comforted, dear sister, and sleep in peace; God will not
forsake us." And so saying, he went to bed again.
The next morning before the sun arose, the wife went and
awoke the two children. Get up, you lazy things we are going
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into the forest to chop wood." Then she gave them each a piece
of bread, saying, There is something for your dinner : do not
eat it before the time, for you will get nothing else." Grethel
took the bread in her apron, for Hansel's pocket was full of
pebbles ; and so they all set out upon their way. When they had
gone a little distance, Hansel stood still, and peeped back at the
house; and this he repeated several times, till his father said,
" Hansel, what are you peeping at ? and why do you lag behind ?
Take care, and remember your legs."
"Ah, father," said Hansel, I am looking at my white cat sitting
upon the roof of the house, and trying to say good bye." "You
simpleton !" said the wife, that is not a cat, it is only the sun
shining on the white chimney." But in reality Hansel was not
looking at a cat; but every time he stopped, he dropped a pebble
out of his pocket upon the path.
"When they came to the middle of the wood, the father told the
children to collect wood, and he would make them a fire, so that
they should not be cold. So Hansel and Grethel gathered
together quite a little mountain 'of twigs. Then they set fire to
them, and as the flame burnt up high, the wife said, Now, you
children, lie down near the fire and rest yourselves, whilst we go
into the forest to chop wood : when we are ready, I will come
and call you."
Hansel and Grethel sat down by the fire, and when it was noon
each ate the piece of bread; and because they could hear the
blows of an axe, they thought their father was near; but it was
not an axe, but a branch which he had bound to a withered tree,
so as to be blown to and fro by the wind. They waited so long,
that at last their eyes closed from weariness, and they fell fast
asleep. When they awoke it was quite dark, and Grethel began
to cry, How shall we get out of the wood ?" But Hansel tried
to comfort her by saying, Wait a little while till the moon rises,
and then we will quickly find the way." The moon soon shone
forth, and Hansel, taking his sister's hand, followed the pebbles,
which glittered like new-coined silver pieces, and showed them
the path. All night long they walked on, and as day broke they
came to their father's house. They knocked at the door, and
when the wife opened it and saw Hansel and Grethel, she ex-
claimed, You wicked children! why did you sleep so long in the
wood ? We thought you were never coming home again." But
their father was very glad, for it had grieved his heart to leave
them all alone.
Not long afterwards there was again great scarcity in every
corner of the land; and one night the children overheard their
mother saying to their father, Everything is again consumed:
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we have only half a loaf left, and then the song is ended-the
children must be sent away. We will take them deeper into the
wood, so that they may not find their way out again: it is the
only means of escape for us."
But her husband felt heavy at heart, and thought, It were
better to share the last crust with the children." His wife, how-
ever, would listen to nothing that he said, and scolded and
reproached him without end.
He who says A, must say B too ; and he who consents the first
time, must also the second.
The children, however, had heard the conversation as they lay
awake, and as soon as the old people went to sleep Hansel got
up, intending to pick up some pebbles as before, but the wife had
locked the door, so that he could not get out. Nevertheless, he
comforted Grethel, saying, Do not cry, sleep in quiet : the good
God will not forsake us."
Early in the morning the stepmDother came and pulled them
out of bed, and gave them each a slice of bread, which was still
smaller than the former piece. On the way, Hansel broke his in
his pocket, and stooping every novw and then, dropped a crumb
upon the path. Hansel, why do you stop and look about?" said
the father: keep in the path." I am looking at my little dove,"
answered Hansel, "nodding a good bye to me." Simpleton !"
said the wife, that is no dove, but only the sun shining on the
chimney." But Hansel kept still dropping crumbs as he went
The mother led the children deep into the wood, where they
had never been before, and there making an immense fire, she
said to them, Sit down here and rest, and when you feel tired
you can sleep for a little while. We are going into the forest to
hew wood, and in the evening when we are ready, we will come
and fetch you."
When noon came, Grethel shared her bread with Hansel, who
had strewn his on the path. Then they went to sleep ; but the
evening arrived and no one came to visit the poor children, and
in the dark night they awoke, and Hansel comforted his sister by
saying, Only wait, Grethel, till the moon comes out, then we
shall see the crumbs of bread which I have dropped, and they
will show us the way home." The moon shone, and they got up,
but they could not see any crumbs, for the thousands of birds
which had been flying about in the woods and fields had picked
them all up. Hansel kept saying to Grethel, "We will soon find
the way;" but they did not, and they walked the whole night long
and the next day, but still they did not come out of the wood;
and they got so hungry, for they had nothing to eat but the berries
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which they found upon the bushes. Soon they got so tirea tnat
they could not drag themselves along, so they lay down under a
tree and went to sleep.
It was now the third morning since they had left their father's
house, and they still walked on, but only got deeper and deeper
into the wood, and Hansel saw that if help did not come very
soon they would die of hunger. As soon as it was noon they saw
a beautiful snow-white bird sitting upon a bough, which sang so
sweetly that they stood still and listened to it. It soon left off,
and spreading its wings, flew off: they followed it until it arrived
at a cottage, upon the roof of which it perched ; and when they
went close up to it they saw that the cottage was made of bread
and cakes, and the window-panes were of clear sugar.
"We will go in there," said Hansel, "and have a glorious feast.
I will eat a piece of the roof, and you can eat the window. Will
they not be sweet ?" So Hansel reached up and broke a piece
off the roof, in order to see how it tasted, while Grethel stepped
up to the window and began to bite it. Then a sweet voice called
out in the room, Tip-tap, tip-tap, who raps at my door?" And
the children answered, The wind, the wind, the child of heaven."
And they went on eating without interruption. Hansel thought
the roof tasted very nice, and so he tore off a great piece, while
Grethel broke a large round pane out of the window, and sat
down quite contentedly. Just then the door opened, and a very
old woman, walking upon crutches, came out. Hansel and Grethel
were so frightened that they let fall what they had in their hands;
but the old woman, nodding her head, said, Ah, you dear little
children, what has brought you here ? Come in and stop with
me, and no harm shall befall you." And so saying, she took them
both by the hand and led them into her cottage. A good meal
of milk and pancakes, with sugar, apples, and nuts, was spread
on the table, and in the back room were two nice little beds,
covered with white, where Hansel and Grethel laid themselves
down, and thought themselves in heaven.
The old woman behaved very kindly to them, but in reality she
was a wicked witch who waylaid children, and built the bread
house in order to entice them in; but as soon as they were in her
power, she killed them, cooked and ate them, and made a great
festival of the day. Witches have red eyes and cannot see very
far, but they have a fine sense of smelling, like wild beasts, so
that they know when children approach them. When Hansel and
Grethel came near the witch's house, she laughed wickedly, say-
ing, Here come two who shall not escape me." And early in
the morning, before they awoke, she went up to them, and saw
how lovingly they lay sleeping, with their chubby red cheeks; and
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she mumbled to herself, That will be a good bite." Then she
took up Hansel with her rough hand, and shut him up in a little
cage with a lattice door, and although he screamed loudly, it was
of no use. Grethel came next, and shaking her till she awoke,
she said, Get up, you lazy thing, and fetch some water to cook
something good for your brother, who must remain in that stall
and get fat: when he is fat enough, I shall eat him." Grethel
began to cry, but it was all useless, for the old witch made her do
as she wished. So a nice meal was cooked for Hansel, but Grethel
got nothing else but a crab's claw.
Every morning the old witch came to the cage, and said,
" Hansel, stretch out your finger that I may feel whether you are
getting fat." But Hansel used to stretch out a bone, and the old
woman, having very bad sight, thought it was his finger, and
wondered very much that he did not get more fat. When four
weeks had passed, and Hansel still kept quite lean, she lost all
patience, and would not wait any longer. Grethel," she called
out in a passion," get some water quickly : be Hansel fat or lean,
this morning I will kill and cook him." Oh, how the poor little
sister grieved as she was forced to fetch the water, and fast the
tears ran down her cheeks Dear good God, help us now!"
she exclaimed. Had we only been eaten by the wild beasts in
the wood, then we should have died together." But the old witch
called out, Leave off that noise ; it will not help you a bit."
So early in the morning Grethel was forced to go out and fill
the kettle and make a fire. First we will bake, however," said
the old woman : I have already heated the oven and kneaded
the dough." And so saying, she pushed poor Grethel up to the
oven, out of which the flames were burning fiercely. Creep in,"
said the witch, and see if it is hot enough, and then we will put
in the bread." But she intended, when Grethel got in, to shut up
the oven and let her bake, so that she might eat her as well as
Hansel. Grethel perceived what her thoughts were, and said,
" I do not know how to do it ; how shall I get in ?" You stupid
goose," said she, the opening is big enough. See, I could even
get in myself !" And she got up and put her head into the oven.
Then Grethel gave her a push, so that she fell right in, and then
shutting the iron door, she bolted it. Oh, how horribly she
howled but Grethel ran away, and left the ungodly witch to burn
Now she ran to Hansel, and, opening his door, called out,
" Hansel, we are saved The old witch is dead !" So he sprang
out, like a bird out of his cage when the door is opened, and they
were so glad that they fell upon each other's neck and kissed each
other over and over again. And now, as there was nothing to fear,
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they went into the witch's house, where in every corner were
caskets full of pearls and precious stones. "These are better
than pebbles," said Hansel, putting as many into his pocket as it
would hold ; while Grethel thought, I will take some home too,"
and filled her apron. "We must be off now," said Hansel, "and
get out of this enchanted forest." But when they had walked
for two hours, they came to a large piece of water. We cannot
get over," said Hansel; I can see no bridge at all." And
there is no boat either," said Grethel; "but there swims a white
Duck : I will ask her to help us over." And she sang,
"Little Duck, good Little Duck,
Grethel and Hansel, here we stand ;
There is neither stile nor bridge,
Take us on your back to land."
So the Duck came to them, and Hansel sat himself on, and bade
his sister sit behind him. No," answered Grethel, "that will
be too much for the Duck ; she shall take us over one at a time."
This the good little bird did, and when both were happily arrived
on the other side, and had gone a little way, they came to a well-
known wood, which they knew the better every step they went,
and at last they perceived their father's house. Then they began
to run, and, bursting into the house, they fell on their father's
neck. He had not had one happy hour since he had left the
children in the forest, and his wife was dead. Grethel shook her
apron, and the pearls and precious stones rolled out upon the
floor, and Hansel threw down one handful after the other out of
his pocket. Then all their sorrows were ended, and they lived
together in great happiness.
My tale is done. There runs a mouse : whoever catches her
may make a great, great cap out of her fur.
THE THREE SNAKE-LEAVES.
HERE was once a poor man who was unable to feed his
only son any longer ; so the son said, My dear father,
everything goes badly with you, and I am a burden to
you: I would rather go away and try to earn my own bread."
So the father gave him his blessing, and took leave of him with
great grief. At that time the King of a powerful empire was at
war, and the youth, taking service under him, went with him to
the field. When he came in sight of the enemy, battle was given,
and he was in great peril, and the arrows flew so fast that his
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comrades fell around him on all sides; and when the Captain
was killed the rest would have taken to flight, but the youth,
stepping forward, spoke to them courageously, exclaiming, We
will not let our fatherland be ruined Then the others followed
him, and pressed on so furiously that they routed the enemy.
As soon as the King heard that he had to thank the youth for
the victory, he raised him above all the others, gave him great
treasures, and made him first in his kingdom.
Now, the King had a daughter who was very beautiful, but she
was also very whimsical. She had made a vow never to take a
lord and husband who would not promise, if she should die first,
to let himself be buried alive with her. Does he love me with
all his heart?" said she. What use to him, then, can his life
be afterwards ?" At the same time she was prepared to do the
same thing, and if her husband should die first to descend with
him to the grave. This vow had hitherto frightened away all
suitors, but the youth was so taken with her beauty that he waited
for nothing, but immediately asked her in marriage of her father.
Do you know," said the King, what you must promise?"
1 must go with her into the grave," he replied, "if I survive
her; but my love is so great that I mind not the danger." Then
the King consented, and the wedding was celebrated with great
For a long time they lived happily and contented with one
another, until it happened that the young Queen fell grievously
sick, so that no physician could cure her. When she died the
young Prince remembered his forced promise, and shuddered at
the thought of laying himself alive in the grave ; but there was
no escape, for the King had set watchers at all the doors, and it
was not possible to avoid his fate. When the day came that the
body should be laid in the royal vault, he was led away with it,
and the door closed and locked behind him. Near the coffin
stood a table, having upon it four lights, four loaves of bread, and
four bottles of wine : as soon as this supply came to an end he
must die of hunger. Full of bitterness and sorrow, he sat down,
eating each day but a little morsel of bread, and taking but one
draught of wine. Every day he saw death approaching nearer
and nearer. Whilst he thus sat gazing before him, he saw a snake
creeping out of the corner of the vault, and which approached the
dead body. Thinking that it came to feed on the body, he drew
his sword, and exclaiming, So long as I live you shall not touch
her!" he cut it in three pieces. After awhile another snake
crawled out of the corner, but when it saw the other lying dead
it went back, and returned soon with three green leaves in its
mouth. Then it took the three pieces of the snake, and, laying
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them together so as to join, it put one leaf on each wound. As
soon as the divided parts were joined the snake moved, and was
alive again, and both snakes hastened away together. The leaves
remained lying on the ground, and the unfortunate man, who had
seen all, bethought himself whether the miraculous power of the
leaves which had restored a snake to life might not help him. So
he picked up the leaves, and laid one on the mouth of the corpse
of his wife, and the other two on her eyes ; and he had scarcely
done so when the blood circulated again in the veins, and mount-
ing into the pale countenance, flushed it with colour. Then she
drew her breath, opened her eyes, and said, Ah where am I ?"
" You are with me, dear wife," he replied, and told her how every-
thing had happened, and how he had brought her to life. Then
he helped her to some w-ine and bread, and, when her strength
had returned, she raised herself up, and they went to the door,
and knocked and shouted so loudly that the watchers heard them,
and told the King. The King came down himself and opened
the door, and there found them both alive and well, and he re-
joiced with them that their trouble had passed away. But the
young Prince took away the three snake-leaves, and gave them
to his servant, saying, Preserve them carefully for me, and carry
them with you at all times. Who knows in what necessity they
may not help us ?"
A change, however, had come over the wife after she was re-
stored to life, and it was as if all love for her husband had passed
out of her heart; and when, some little time after, he wished to
make a voyage over the sea to his old father, and they had gone
on board the ship, she forgot the great love and fidelity which
he had shown, and through which he had saved her life, and dis-
closed a wicked plan to the Captain. When the young Prince
lay asleep, she called up the Captain, and taking the sleeper by
the head, while he carried the feet, they threw the Prince into the
sea; and as soon as the evil deed was done she said to the Captain,
" Now let us return home, and say that he died on the voyage.
I will so praise and commend you to my father that he shall give
you to me in marriage, and you shall sit as his heir."
But the faithful servant, who had seen all unremarked, let loose
a little boat from the ship, and getting in it himself, rowed after
his master, and let the betrayers sail away. He fished the dead
body up again, and, by the help of the three snake-leaves which
he carried with him, he brought it happily to life again. Then
they both rowed away with all their strength day and night, and
their little boat glided on so fast that they arrived before the
others at the old King's palace. He marvelled to see them
return alone, and asked what had happened. When he heard
of the wickedness of his daughter, he said, I can scarcely believe
that she has done such evil; but the truth will soon come to light."
Then he bade them both go into a secret chamber, and keep
themselves private from everybody. Soon afterwards the great
vessel came sailing up, and the godless wife appeared before her
father with a sorrowful countenance. "Why are you returned
alone ?" he asked. Where is your husband ?" Alas dear
father," she replied, I return home with great grief, for my hus-
band was suddenly taken ill during the voyage and died, and if
the good Captain had not given me his assistance, it would have
gone terribly with me. He was present at my husband's death,
and can tell you all about it." The King said, I will bring the
dead to life," and, opening the chamber, he bade the Prince and
his servant both to come forth. As soon as the wife perceived
her husband, she was struck as if by lightning, and, falling on her
knees, she begged his pardon. But the King answered, For
you there is no pardon. He was ready to die with you, and gave
you life again; but you have conspired against him in his sleep,
and shall receive your due reward." Then she was put, with her
companion in crime, on board a ship which was pierced with
holes, and drawn out into the sea, and they soon sank beneath
SNCE upon a time there lived a man and his wife, who
much wished to have a child, but for a long time in vain.
These people had a little window in the back part of their
house, out of which one could see into a beautiful garden which
was full of fine flowers and vegetables; but it was surrounded by
a high wall, and no one dared to go in, because it belonged to a
witch, who possessed great power, and who was feared by the
whole world. One day the woman stood at this window looking
into the garden, and there she saw a bed which was filled with
the most beautiful radishes, and which seemed so fresh and green
that she felt quite glad, and a great desire seized her to eat of
these radishes. This wish tormented her daily, and as she knew
that she could not have them, she fell ill, and looked very pale
and miserable. This frightened her husband, who asked her,
" What ails you, my dear wife ?"
"Ah! she replied, if I cannot get any of those radishes to
eat out of the garden behind the house, I shall die." The hus-
band, loving her very much, thought, "Rather than let my wife
die, I must fetch her some radishes, cost what they may." So,
in the gloom of the evening; he climbed the wall of the witch's
garden, and, snatching a handful of radishes in great haste,
brought them to his wife, who made herself a salad with them,
which she relished extremely. However, they were so nice and
so well flavoured, that the next day after she felt the same desire
for the third time, and could not get any rest, so that her husband
was obliged to promise her some more. So in the evening he
made himself ready, and began clambering up the wall; but, oh !
how terribly frightened he was, for there he saw the old witch
standing before him. How dare you," she began, looking at
him with a frightful scowl-" how dare you climb over into my
garden, to take away my radishes like a thief? Evil shall happen
to you for this."
Ah !" replied he, let pardon be granted before justice. I
have only done this from a great necessity. My wife saw your
radishes from her window, and took such a fancy to them that
she would have died if she had not eaten of them." Then the
witch ran after him in a passion, saying, If she behave as you
say, I will let you take away all the radishes you please; but I
make one condition : you must give me the child which your wife
will bring into the world. All shall go well with it, and I will care
for it like a mother." In his anxiety the man consented, and when
the child was born the witch appeared at the same time, gave
the child the name Rapunzel," and took it away with her.
Rapunzel grew to be the nmot beautifull child under the sun,
and when she was twelve years old the witch shut her up in a
tower which stood in a forest, and had neither stairs nor door, and
only one little window just at the top. When the witch wished
to enter, she stood beneath, and called out,
Let down your hair,"
For Rapunzel had long and beautiful hair, as fine as spun gold;
and as soon as she heard the witch's voice, she unbound her
tresses, opened the window, and then the hair fell down twenty
ells, and the witch mounted up by it.
After a couple of years had passed away it happened that the
King's son was riding through the wood, and came by the tower.
There he heard a song so beautiful that he stood still and listened.
It was Rapunzel, who, to pass the time of her loneliness away,
was exercising her sweet voice. The King's son wished to ascend
to her, and looked for a door in the tower, but he could not find
one. So he rode home, but the song had touched his heart so
much that he went every day to the forest and listened to it; and
as he thus stood one day behind a tree, he saw the witch come
up, and heard her call out,
Let down your hair."
Then Rapunzel let down her tresses, and the witch mounted up.
Is that the ladder on which one must climb? Then I will try
my luck too," said the Prince. And the following day, as he felt
quite lonely, he went to the tower, and said,
Let down your hair."
Then the tresses fell down, and he climbed up. Rapunzel was
much frightened at first when a man came in, for she had never
seen one before ; but the King's son talked in a loving way to her,
and told her how his heart had been so moved by her singing
that he had no peace until he had seen her himself. So Rapunzel
lost her terror, and when he asked her if she would have him for
a husband, and she saw that he was young and handsome, she
thought, Any one may have me rather than the old woman."
So saying Yes," she put her hand within his : I will willingly
go with you, but I know not how I am to descend. When you
come, bring with you a skein of silk each time, out of which I will
weave a ladder, and when it is ready I will come down by it, and
you must take me upon your horse." Then they agreed that they
should never meet till the evening, as the witch came in the day-
time. The old woman remarked nothing about it, until one day
Rapunzel innocently said, Tell me, mother, how it happens you
find it more difficult to come up to me than the young King's son,
who is with me in a moment ? "
Oh, you wicked child !" exclaimed the witch ; "what do I
hear? I thought I had separated you from all the world, and
yet you have deceived me." And seizing Rapunzel's beautiful
hair in a fury, she gave her a couple of blows with her left hand,
and, taking a pair of scissors in her right, snip, snap! she cut off
all her beautiful tresses, and they fell upon the ground. Then
she was so hard-hearted that she took the poor maiden into a great
desert, and left her to die in great misery and grief.
But the same day when the old witch had carried Rapunzel
off, in the evening, she made the tresses fast above to the window-
latch, and when the King's son came, and called out,
Let down your hair,"
she let them down. The Prince mounted, but when he got to the
top, he found, not his dear Rapunzel, but the witch, who looked
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at him with furious and wicked eyes. Ah !" she exclaimed,
scornfully, "you would fetch your dear wife, but the beautiful
bird sits no longer in her nest singing; the cat has taken her
away, and will now scratch out your eyes. To you Rapunzel is
lost ; you will never see her again."
The Prince lost his senses with grief at these words, and sprang
out of the window of the tower in his bewilderment. His life he
escaped with, but the thorns into which he fell put out his eyes.
So he wandered blind in the forest, eating nothing but roots and
berries, and doing nothing but weep and lament for the loss of
his dear wife. He wandered about thus, in great misery, for:some
few years, and at last arrived at the desert where Rapunzel, with
her twins, a boy and a girl, which had been born, lived in great
sorrow. Hearing a voice which he thought he knew, he followed
in its direction, and as he approached, Rapunzel recognized him,
and fell upon his neck and wept. Two of her tears moistened
his eyes, and they became clear again, so that he could see as
well as formerly.
Then he led her away to his kingdom, where he was received
with great demonstrations of joy, and where they lived long, con-
tented and happy.
What became of the old witch no one ever knew.
THE WHITE SNAKE.
LONG while ago there lived a King whose wisdom was
S world-renowned. Nothing remained unknown to him,
and it seemed as if the tidings of the most hidden things
were borne to him through the air. But he had one strange
custom : every noon-time, when the table was quite cleared, and
no one was present, his trusty servant had to bring him a dish,
which was covered up, and the servant himself did not know
what lay in it, and no man knew, for the King never uncovered
it nor ate thereof until he was quite alone. This went on for a
long time, until one day such a violent curiosity seized the servant
who, as usual, carried the dish, that he could not resist the tempta-
tion, and took the dish into his chamber. As soon as he had
carefully locked the door, he raised the cover, and there lay before
hirm a White Snake. At the sight he could not restrain the desire
to taste it; sohe cutapiece off and put it in his mouth. But scarcely
had his tongue touched it when he heard before his window a
curious whispering of lowvoices. He went and listened,and found
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that it was the Sparrows who were conversing with one another,
and relating what each had seen in field or wood. The morsel
of the Snake had given him the power to understand the speech
of animals. Now, it happened just on this day that the Queen
lost her finest ring, and suspicion fell on this faithful servant, who
had the care of all her jewels, that he had stolen it. The King
ordered him to appear before him, and threatened in angry words
that he should be taken up and tried if he did not know before
the morrow whom to name as the guilty person. He protested
his innocence in vain, and was sent away without any mitigation
of the sentence. In his anxiety and trouble he went away into
the courtyard, thinking how he might help himself. There, on a
running stream of water, the Ducks were congregated familiarly
together, and smoothing themselves down with their beaks while
they held a confidential conversation. The servant stood still and
listened to them as they narrated to each other whereabouts they
had waddled, and what nice food they had found; and one said
in a vexed tone, Something very hard is in my stomach, for in
my haste I swallowed a ring which lay under the Queen's window."
Then the servant caught the speaker up by her neck, and carried
her to the cook, saying, "Just kill this fowl: it is finely fat."
" Yes," said the cook, weighing it in her hand ; "it has spared
no trouble in cramming itself ; it ought to have ee i roasted long
ago." So saying, she chopped off its head, and when she cut it
open, in its stomach was found the Queen's ring. Now the ser-
vant was able to prove easily his innocence to the Queen; and, as
she wished to repair her injustice, she granted him her pardon,
and promised him the greatest place of honour which he wished
for at Court. The servant refused everything, and only requested
a horse and money, for he had a desire to see the world, and to
travel about it for awhile. As soon as his request was granted,
he set off on his tour, and came one day by a pond, in which he
remarked three Fishes, which were caught in the reeds and lay
gasping for water. Although men say fishes are dumb, yet he
understood their complaint, that they must soon die so miserably.
Having a compassionate heart, he dismounted, and put the three
prisoners again into the water. They splashed about for joy,
and, putting their heads above water, said to him," We shall be
grateful, and repay you for saving us." He rode onwards, and
after awhile it happened that he heard, as it were, a voice in the
sand at his feet. He listened, and perceived that an Ant King
was complaining thus : If these men could but keep away with
their great fat beasts Here comes an awkward horse treading
my people underfoot unmercifully." So he rode on to a side path,
and the Ant King called to him, We will be grateful and re-
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ward you." His way led him into a forest, and there he saw a
male and female Crow standing by their nest, and dragging their
young out. Off with you, you gallows birds !" they exclaimed;
" we can feed you no longer ; you are big enough now to help
yourselves." The poor young ones lay on the ground fluttering
and beating their wings, and crying, We helpless children, we
must feed ourselves; we, who cannot fly yet! What is left to us
but to die here of hunger ?" Then the servant dismounted, and,
killing his horse with his sword, left it for the young Crows to feed
upon. They soon hopped upon it, and when they were satisfied
they exclaimed, We will be grateful, and reward you in time of
He was obliged now to use his own legs, and after he had gone
a long way he came to a large town, where in the streets there
was a great crowd and shouting, and a man upon horseback riding
along, who proclaimed, The Princess seeks a husband, but he
who would win her must perform a difficult task, and if he should
not luckily complete it, his life will be forfeited." Many had tried
already, but in vain : their life had been forfeited. But the youth,
when he had seen the Princess, was so blinded by her beauty,
that he forgot all danger, and stepping before the King, offered
himself as a suitor. Immediately he was conducted to the sea,
and a golden ring thrown in before his eyes. Then the King bade
him fetch this ring up again from the bottom of the sea, adding,
" If you rise without the ring, you shall be thrown in again and
again, until you perish in the waves." Every one pitied the hand-
some youth, and then left him alone on the sea-shore. There
he stood considering what he should do, and presently he saw
three Fishes at once swimming towards him, and they were no
others than the three whose lives he had saved. The middle one
bore a mussel-shell in its mouth, which it laid on the shore at the
feet of the youth, who, taking it up and opening it, found the
gold ring within. Full of joy, he brought it to the King, expecting
that he should receive his promised reward. But the proud
Princess, when she saw that he was not her equal in birth, was
ashamed of him, and desired that he should undertake a second
task. She went into the garden, and strewed there ten bags of
millet-seed in the grass. "These he must pick up by the morn-
ing before the sun rise, and let him not venture to miss one grain."
The youth sat himself down in the garden, thinking how it was
possible to perform this task, but he could imagine no way, so he
sat there sorrowfully awaiting at the dawn of day to be conducted
to death. But as soon as the first rays of the sun fell on the
garden, he saw that the ten sacks were all filled and standing by
him, while not a single grain remained in the grass. The Ant
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King had come in the night with his thousands and thousands of
men, and the grateful insects had collected the millet with great
industry, and put it into the sacks. The Princess herself came
into the garden, and saw with wonder that the youth had per-
formed what was required of him. But still she could not bend
her proud heart, and she said, "Although he may have done these
two tasks, yet he shall not be my husband until he has brought
me an apple from the Tree of Life." The youth did not know
where the Tree of Life stood. He got up, indeed, and was willing
to go so long as his legs bore him, but he had no hope of finding
it. After he had wandered through three kingdoms, he came by
evening into a forest, and sitting down under a tree, he wished to
sleep, when he heard a rustling in the branches, and a golden
apple fell into his hand. At the same time three Ravens flew
down, and settled on his knee, saying, We are the three young
Ravens whom you saved from dying of hunger. When we were
grown up, and heard that you sought the golden apple, then we
flew over the sea, even to the end of the world, where stands the
Tree of Life, and we have fetched you the apple."
Full of joy, the youth set out homewards, and presented the
golden apple to the beautiful Princess, who now had no more
excuses. So they divided the Apple of Life, and ate it between
them; then her heart was filled with love towards him, and they
lived to a great age in undisturbed tranquillity.
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE.
HERE was once upon a time a Fisherman and his wife,
who lived together in a little hut near the sea, and every
day he went down to fish. There he sat with his rod,
and looked out upon the blank water, and this he did for many
a long day. One morning the line went to the bottom, and when
he drew it up a great Flounder was hooked at the end. The
Flounder said, Let me go, I pray you, Fisherman: I am not a
real fish, but an enchanted Prince. What good shall I do you if
you pull me up? I should not taste well. Put me back into the
water, and let me swim."
"Ah !' said the man, "you need not make such a palaver : a
fish which can speak I would rather let swim." And so saying, he
put the fish into the water, and as it sank to the bottom it left a
long streak of blood behind it. Then the Fisherman got up, and
went back to his wife in their hut.
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE.
"Have you caught nothing to-day, husband ?" said she. "Oh!"
he replied, I caught a Flounder, who said he was an enchanted
Prince; so I threw him again into the sea to swim."
Did you not wish first ?" she inquired. No," said he.
Ah said the wife," that is very unlucky. Is one to remain
in this hovel for ever? You might have wished for a better hut,
at least. Go again and call him : tell him we choose to have a
better hut, and for certain you'll get it."
Ah !" replied he, how shall I manage that ?" Why," said
his wife, "you must catch him again, and before you let him swim
away he will grant what you ask: be quick." The man was not
much pleased, and wished his wife farther; but, nevertheless, he
went down to the sea. When he came to the water, it was green
and yellow, and looked still more blank. He stood by it, and
said, Flounder, Flounder, in the sea,
Hither quickly come to me,
For my wife, dame Isabel,
Wishes what I dare not tell."
Then the Fish came swimming up, and said, "What do you
want with me ?" Oh !" said the man, I was to catch you again,
for my wife says I ought to have wished before. She won't stay
any longer in her hovel, and desires a cottage."
Go home again," said the Flounder: she has it already."
So the Fisherman departed, and there was his wife, no longer in
the dirty hovel, for in its place stood a clean cottage, before whose
door she sat upon a bench. She took him by the hand, saying,
" Come in now and see : is not this much better?" So in they
went, and in the cottage there was a beautiful parlour, and a fine
fire-place, and a chamber where a bed stood. There were also
a kitchen and a store-room, with nice earthenware (all of the best),
tinware and copper vessels, and everything very clean and neat.
At the back was a large yard, with hens and chickens, as well as
a nice garden full of fruit-trees and vegetables. "See," said the
wife, is not this charming ?"
Yes," said her husband, so long as it blooms you will be
very well content with it."
"We will consider about that," she replied, and they went to
Thus eight to fourteen days passed on, when the wife said,
" Husband, the hut is far too narrow for me, and the yard and
garden are so small : the Flounder may very well give us a larger
house. I wish to live in a large stone palace. Go, then, to the
Flounder, and ask him to give us a castle."
"Ah, wife !" said he, the cottage is good enough ; why should
you choose to have a castle ?"
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE.
Go along," she replied, the Flounder will soon give you that."
Nay, wife," he said, the Flounder gave us the cottage at first,
but when I go again he will perhaps be angry."
Never you mind," said she, he can do what I wish for very
easily and willingly; go and try." The husband was vexed at
heart, and did not like going, and said to himself, This is not
right." But at last he set off.
When he came to the sea, the water was quite clouded and deep
blue coloured, and black and thick. It looked green no longer,
yet it was calm. So he went and said,
Flounder, Flounder, in the sea,
Hither quickly come to me,
For my wife, dame Isabel,
Wishes what I scarce dare tell."
Now, then, what do you want ?" said the Flounder. Oh !"
said the man, half frightened," she wants to live in a great stone
castle." "Go home, and see i atat your door," replied the Fish.
The Fisherman went away, and lo where formerly his house
stood there was a great stone castle, and his wife called to him
from the steps to come in, and, taking him by the hand, she said,
Now let us look about." So they walked about, and in the castle
there was a great hall, with marble tables, and there were ever
so many servants, who ushered them through folding-doors into
rooms hung all round with tapestry, and filled with fine golden
stools and chairs, with crystal looking-glasses on the walls; and
all the rooms were similarly fitted up. Outside the house were
large courtyards, with horse and cow-stalls, and waggons, all of
the best, and besides a beautiful garden, filled with magnificent
flowers and fruit-trees, and a meadow full a mile long, covered
with deer, and oxen, and sheep, as many as one could wish for.
Is not this pretty?" said the wife. Ah !" said her husband,
"so long as the humour lasts you will be content with this, and
then you will want something else."
We will think about that," said she, and with that they went
The next morning the wife woke up just as it was day, and
looked out over the fine country which lay before her. Her hus-
band did not get up, and there she stood with her arms akimbo,
and called out, Get up, and come and look here at the window.
See, shall I not be Queen over all the land ? Go and say to the
Flounder, we choose to be King and Queen." Ah, wife!" said
he, why should I wish to be King ?" No," she replied, "you
do not wish ; so I will be Queen. Go, tell the Flounder so."
"Oh why do you wish this ? I cannot say it."
"Why not ? Go off at once : I must be Queen." The husband
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE.
set out quite stupefied, but she would have her way, and when he
came to the sea it was quite black-looking, and the water splashed
up and smelt very disagreeably. But he stood still, and repeated,
Flounder, Flounder, in the sea,
Hither quickly come to me;
For my wife, dame Isabel,
Wishes what I scarce dare tell."
What does she want now?" asked the Flounder. "Ah !"
said he, she would be Queen." Go home: she is so already,"
replied the Fish. So he departed, and when he came near the
palace, he saw it had become much larger, with a great tower and
gateway in front of it, and before the gate stood a herald, and
there were many soldiers, with kettledrums and trumpets. When
he came into the house he found everything made of the purest
marble and gold, with magnificent curtains fringed with gold.
Through the hall he went in at the doors where the great Court
apartment was, and there sat his wife upon a high throne of gold
and diamonds, having a crown of gold upon her head, and a
sceptre of precious stones in her hand, and upon each side stood
six pages in a row, each one a head taller than the other. Then
he went up, and said, Ah, wife are you Queen now ?" Yes,"
said she, now I am Queen !" There he stood looking for a long
time. At last he said, "Ah, wife how do you like being Queen ?
Now we have nothing else to choose." "No, indeed !" she replied,
I am very dissatisfied: time and tide do not wait for me; I
can bear it no longer. Go, then, to the Flounder : Queen I am;
now I must be Pope." "Ah, wife what would you? Pope thou
canst not be; the Pope is the head of Christendom ; the Flounder
cannot make you that."
I will be Pope," replied the wife, and he was obliged to go;
and when he came to the shore, the sea was running mountains
high, and the sky was so black that he was quite terrified, and
began to say in a great fright,
Flounder, Flounder, in the sea,
Quickly, quickly, come to me ;
For my wife, dame Isabel,
Wishes what I dare not tell."
"What now ? asked the Flounder. She wants to be Pope,"
said he. "Go home, and find her so," was the reply.
So he went back, and found a great church, in which she was
sitting upon a much higher throne, with two rows of candles on
each side, some as thick as towers, down to those no bigger than
rushlights, and before her footstool were Kings and Queens kneel-
ing. "Wife," said he, "now be contented: since you are Pope,
you cannot be anything else." That I will consider about," she
THE SE VE N CR O WS.
replied. And so they went to bed; but she could not sleep for
thinking what she should be next. Very early she rose, and looked
out of the window, and as she saw the sun rising, she thought to
herself, Why should I not do that ?" and so she shook her hus-
band, and called out to him, Go, tell the Flounder I want to
make the sun rise." Her husband was so frightened that he
tumbled out of bed, but she would hear nothing, and he was
obliged to go.
When he got down to the sea, a tremendous storm was raging,
and the ships and boats were tossing about in all directions.
Then he shouted out, though he could not hear his own words,
Flounder, Flounder, in the sea,
"Quickly, quickly, come to me;
For my wife, dame Isabel,
Wishes what I dare not tell."
"What would she have now ?" said the Fish. Ah !" he replied,
"she wants to be Ruler of the Universe."
Return, and find her back in her hovel," replied the Flounder.
And there the Fisherman and his wife remained for the rest of
THE SEVEN CROWS.
HERE was a man who had seven sons, but never a
daughter, although he wished very much for one. At
last his wife promised him another child, and when it
was born, lo it was a daughter. Their happiness was great, but
the child was so weak and small that, on account of its delicate
health, it had to be baptized immediately. The father sent one
of his sons hastily to a spring in order to fetch some water, but
the other six would run as well; and as each strove to be first to
fill the pitcher, between them all it fell into the water. They
stood by, not knowing what to do, and none of them dared to
go home. As they did not come back, the father became impa-
tient, saying, They have forgotten all about it in a game of play,
thegodless youths." Soon he became anxious lest the child should
die unbaptized, and in his haste he exclaimed," I would they were
all changed into crows!" Scarcely were the words out of his
mouth, when he heard a whirring over his head, and looking up
he saw seven coal-black Crows flying over the house.
The parents could not recall their curse, and grieved very much
for their lost sons; but they comforted themselves in some mea-
THE SE VEN CRO WS.
sure with their dear daughter, who soon grew strong, and became
more and more beautiful every day. For a long time she did not
know she had any'brothers, for her parents were careful not to
mention them; but one day accidentally she overheard some
people talking about her, and saying, She is certainly very
beautiful, but still the guilt of her seven brothers rests on her
head." This made her very sad, and she went to her parents and
asked whether she had any brothers, and whither they were gone.
The old people durst no longer keep their secret, but said it was
the decree of Heaven, and her birth had been the unhappy cause.
Now the maiden daily accused herself, and thought how she could
again deliver her brothers. She had neither rest nor quiet, until
she at last set out secretly, and journeyed into the wide world to
seek out her brothers, and to free them, wherever they were, cost
what it might. She took nothing with her but a ring of her parents
for a remembrance, a loaf of bread for hunger's sake, a bottle of
water for thirst's sake, and a little stool for weariness.
Now on and on went the maiden, farther and farther, even to
the world's end. Then she came to the Sun, but he was too hot
and fearful, and burnt up little children. So she ran hastily away
to the Moon, but she was too cold, and even wicked-looking, and
said, I smell, I smell man's flesh !" So she ran away quickly,
and went to the Stars, who were friendly and kind to her, each
one sitting upon his own little seat. But the Morning Star was
standing up, and gave her a crooked bone, saying, If you have
not this bone you cannot unlock the glass castle where your
The maiden took the bone, and wrapped it well up in a hand-
kerchief, and then on she went again till she came at last to the
glass castle. The door was closed, and she looked therefore for
the little bone, but when she unwrapped her handkerchief it was
empty-she had lost the present of the good Star. What was
she to do now ? She wished to save her brothers, and she had
no key to the glass castle. The good little sister bent her little
finger, and put it in the door, and luckily it unlocked it. As soon
as she entered, a little Dwarf came towards her, who said, My
child, what do you seek ?"
I seek my brothers, the seven Crows," she replied.
The Dwarf answered, My Lord Crows are not at home; but
if you wish to wait their return, come in and sit down."
Thereupon the little Dwarf carried in the food of the seven
Crows upon seven dishes and in seven cups, and the maiden ate
a little piece off each dish, and drank a little out of every cup, but
in the last cup she dropped the ring which she had brought with
76 THE VAL ANT LITTLE TAIL OR.
All at once she heard a whirring and cawing in the air, and the
Dwarf said, My Lord Crows are now flying home."
Presently they came in, and prepared to eat and drink, each
seeking his own dish and cup. Then one said to the other,
"Who has been eating off my dish ? Who has been drinking out
of my cup ? There has been a human mouth here !"
When the seventh came to the bottom of his cup, the little ring
rolled out. He looked at it, and recognized it as a ring of his
parents, and said, God grant that our sister be here ; then are
we saved! "
As the maiden, who had stood behind the door watching, heard
these words, she came forward, and immediately all the Crows
received again their human forms, and embraced and kissed
their sister, and then they all went joyfully home together.
THE VALIANT LITTLE TAILOR.
1 NE summer's morning a Tailor was sitting on his bench
by the window in very good spirits, sewing away with all
his might, and presently up the street came a peasant
woman, crying, Good preserves for sale Good preserves for
sale !" This cry sounded nice in the Tailor's ears, and, sticking
his diminutive head out of the window, he called out, Here, my
good woman, just bring your wares here The woman mounted
the three steps up to the Tailor's house with her heavy basket,
and began to unpack all the pots together before him. He looked
at them all, held them up to the light, put his nose to them, and
at last said, "These preserves appear to me to be very nice, so
you may weigh me out four half-ounces, my good woman : I don't
mind even if you make it a quarter of a pound." The woman,
who expected to have met with a good customer, gave him what
he wished, and went away grumbling, very much dissatisfied.
Now !" exclaimed the Tailor, Heaven will send me a bless-
ing on this preserve, and give me fresh strength and vigour." And,
taking the bread out of the cupboard, he cut himself a slice the
size of the whole loaf, and spread the preserve upon it. That
will taste by no means badly," said he; but before I have a bite
I will just get this waistcoat finished." So he laid the bread down
near him, and stitched away, making larger and larger stitches
every time for joy. Meanwhile the smell of the preserve mounted
to the ceiling, where flies were sitting in great numbers, and enticed
THE VALIANT LITTLE TAILOR.
them down, so that soon a regular swarm of them had settled on
the bread. Holloa who invited you ?" exclaimed the Tailor,
hunting away the unbidden guest; but the flies, not understanding
his language, would not be driven off, and came again in greater
numbers than before. This put the little man in a boiling passion,
and, snatching up in his rage a rag of cloth, he brought it down
with an unmerciful swoop upon them. When he raised it again,
he counted no less than seven lying dead before him with out-
stretched legs. What a fellow you are !" said he to himself,
wondering at his own bravery. The whole town shall know of
this." In great haste he cut himself out a band, hemmed it, and
then put on it in large characters, SEVEN AT ONE BLOW!"
" Ah said he, "not one city alone, the whole world shall know
it and his heart fluttered with joy, like a lambkin's tail.
The little Tailor bound the belt round his body, and prepared
to travel forth into the wide world, thinking his workshop too
small for his valiant deeds. Before he set out, however, he looked
round his house to see if there was anything he could take with
him; but he found only an old cheese, which he pocketed, and
remarking a bird before the door which was entangled in the
bushes, he caught it, and put that in his pocket also. Directly
after he set out bravely on his travels, and as he was light and
active, he felt no weariness. His road led him up a hill, and
when he reached the highest point of it, he found a great Giant
sitting there, who was looking about him very composedly.
The little Tailor, however, went boldly up, and said, Good
day, comrade ; in faith, you sit there and see the whole world
stretched below you. I am also on my road thither to try my
luck. Have you a mind to go with me ?"
The Giant looked contemptuously at the little Tailor, and said,
" You vagabond you miserable fellow !"
That may be," replied the Tailor; but here you may read
what sort of a man I am." And, unbuttoning his coat, he showed
the Giant his belt. The Giant read, Seven at one blow," and
thinking they were men whom the Tailor had slain, he conceived
a little respect for him. Still he wished to prove him first; so
taking up a stone, he squeezed it in his hand, so that water dropped
out of it. Do that after me," said he to the other, if you have
If it be nothing worse than that," said the Tailor," that's play
to me." And diving into his pocket, he brought out the cheese,
and squeezed it till the whey ran out of it, and said, Now, I
think that's a little better."
The Giant did not know what to say, and could not believe it
of the little man ; so taking up another stone, he threw it so high
78 THE VALIANT LITTLE TAILOR.
that one could scarcely see it with the eye, saying, There, you
mannikin do that after me."
Well done !" said the Tailor; but your stone must fall down
again to the ground. I will throw up one which shall not come
back." And dipping into his pocket, he took out the bird and
threw it into the air. The bird, rejoicing in its freedom, flew
straight up, and then far away, and did not return. How does
that little affair please you, comrade ?" asked the Tailor.
"You can throw well, certainly," replied the Giant. Now let
us see if you are in trim to carry something out of the common."
So saying, he led him to a huge oak-tree which lay upon the
ground, and said, If you are strong enough, just help me to carry
this tree out of the forest."
"With all my heart," replied the Tailor: "do you take the
trunk uponyour shoulder, and I will raise theboughs and branches,
which are the heaviest, and carry them."
The Giant took the trunk upon his shoulder, but the Tailor
placed himself on the branch, so that the Giant, who was not able
to look round, was forced to carry the whole tree and the Tailar
besides. He, being behind, was very merry, and chuckled at the
trick, and presently began to whistle the song, There rode three
tailors out at the gate," as if the carrying of trees were child's
play. The Giant, after he had staggered along a short distance
with his heavy burden, could go no farther, and shouted out," Do
you hear ? I must let the tree fall." The Tailor, springing down,
quickly embraced the tree with both arms, as if he had been
carrying it, and said to the Giant, "Are you such a big fellow,
and yet cannot you carry this tree by yourself ?"
Then they journeyed on farther, and as they came to a cherry-
tree, the Giant seized the top of the tree where the ripest fruits
hung, and, bending it down, gave it to the Tailor to hold, bidding
him eat. But the Tailor was much too weak to hold the tree
down, and when the Giant let go, the tree flew up into the air, and
the Tailor was carried with it. He came down on the other side,
however, without injury, and the Giant said, "What does that
mean ? Have you not strength enough to hold that twig ?" "My
strength did not fail me," replied the Tailor. Do you suppose
that that was any hard thing for one who has killed seven at one
blow ? I have sprung over the tree because the hunters were
shooting below there in the thicket. Spring after me if you can."
The Giant made the attempt, but could not clear the tree, and
stuck fast in the branches ; so that in this affair too the Tailor
was the better man.
After this the Giant said, Since you are such a valiant fellow,
come with me to our house, and stop a night with us." The Tailor
THE VALIANT LITTLE TAILOR.l
consented, and followed him; and when they entered the cave,
there sat by the fire two other Giants, each having a roast sheep
in his hand, of which he was eating. The Tailor sat down, think-
ing, Ah, this is much more like the world than is my workshop."
And soon the Giant showed him a bed where he might lie down
and go to sleep. The bed, however, was too big for him, so he
slipped out of it, and crept into a corner. When midnight came,
and the Giant thought the Tailor would be in a deep sleep, he
got up, and, taking a great iron bar, beat the bed right through
at one stroke, and supposed he had thereby given the Tailor his
death-blow. At the earliest dawn of morning the Giants went
forth into the forest, quite forgetting the Tailor, when presently
up he came, quite merry, and showed himself before them. The
Giants were terrified, and, fearing he would kill them all, they
ran away in great haste.
The Tailor journeyed on, always following his nose, and after
he had wandered some long distance, he came into the courtyard
of a royal palace, and as he felt rather tired, he laid himself down
on the grass and went to sleep. Whilst he laid there the people
came and viewed him on all sides, and read upon his belt, Seven
at one blow." Ah said they, what does this great warrior
here in time of peace ? This must be some mighty hero." So
they went and told the King, thinking that, should war break out,
here was an important and useful man, whom one ought not to
part with at any price. The King took counsel, and sent one of
his courtiers to the Tailor, to ask for his fighting services, if he
should be awake. The messenger stopped at the sleeper's side,
and waited till he stretched out his limbs and opened his eyes,
and then he laid before him his message. Solely on that account
did I come here," was the reply ; am quite ready to enter into
the King's service." Then he was conducted away with great
honour, and a fine house was appointed him to dwell in.
The courtiers,however, became jealous of the Tailor, and wished
he were a thousand miles away. What will happen ? said they
to one another. If we go to battle with him, when he strikes
out, seven will fall at one blow, and nothing will be left for us to
do." In their rage they came to the resolution to resign, and they
went all together to the King, and asked his permission, saying,
"" We are not prepared to keep company with a man who kills
seven at one blow." The King was grieved to lose all his faithful
servants for the sake of one, and wished that he had never seen
the Tailor, and would willingly have now been rid of him. He
dared not, however, dismiss him, because he feared the Tailor
would kill him and all his subjects, and place himself upon the
throne. For a long time he deliberated, till at last he came to a
THE VALIANT LITTLE
decision, and sending for the Tailor, he told him that, seeing he
was so great a hero, he wished to ask a favour of him. In a
certain forest in my kingdom," said the King, "there live two
Giants, who, by murder, rapine, fire, and robbery, have committed
great havoc, and no one dares to approach them without perilling
his own life. If you overcome and kill both these Giants, I will
give you my only daughter in marriage, and the half of my king-
dom for a dowry: a hundred knights shall accompany you, too,
in order to render you assistance."
Ah! that is something for such a man as I," thought the Tailor
to himself: a beautiful Princess and a half a kingdom are not
offered to one every day.--Oh, yes," he replied, "I will soon
manage these two Giants, and a hundred horsemen are not
necessary for that purpose : he who kills seven at one blow need
not fear two."
Thus talking, the little Tailor set out, followed by the hundred
knights, to whom he said as soon as they came to the borders of
the forest, Do you stay here ; I would rather meet these Giants
alone." Then he sprang off into the forest, peering about him
right and left, and after awhile he saw the two Giants lying asleep-
under a tree, snoring so loudly that the branches above them
shook violently. The Tailor, full of courage, filled both his
pockets with stones, and clambered up the tree. When he got to
the middle of it, he crept along a bough, so that he sat just above
the sleepers, and then he let fall one stone after another upon
the breast of one of them. For some time the Giant did not stir,
until, at last awaking, he pushed his companion, and said," Why
are you beating me ?"
You are dreaming," he replied ; I never hit you." They laid
themselves down again to sleep, and presently the Tailor threw
a stone down upon the other. "What is that?" he exclaimed.
"What are you knocking me for ?"
I did not touch you ; you must dream," replied the first. So
they wrangled for a few minutes, but both being very tired with
their day's work, they soon fell asleep again. Then the Tailor
began his sport again, and picking out the biggest stone, threw it
with all his force upon the breast of the first Giant. "That is
too bad !" he exclaimed ; and springing up like a madman, he
fell upon his companion, who, feeling himself equally aggrieved,
set to in such good earnest that they rooted up trees and beat
one another about until they both fell dead upon the ground.
Now the Tailor jumped down, saying, "What a piece of luck they
did not uproot the tree on which I sat, or else I must have jumped
on another like a squirrel, for I am not given to flying." Theni he
drew his sword, and, cutting a deep wound in the breast of each,
TA IL OR.
THE VALIANT LITTLE TAILOR.
he went to the horsemen, and said, The deed is done ; I have
given each his death-stroke ; but it was a hard job, for in their
necessity they uprooted trees to defend themselves with. Still,
all that is of no use when such a one as I come, who killed seven
at one stroke."
"Are you not wounded, then?" asked they.
That is not to be expected : they have not touched a hair of
my head," replied the little man. The knights could scarcely
believe him, till, riding away into the forest, they found the Giants
lying in their blood, and the uprooted trees around them.
Now the Tailor demanded his promised reward of the King,
but he repented of his promise, and began to think of some new
scheme to get rid of the hero. Before you receive my daughter
and the half of my kingdom," said he to him, you must perform
one other heroic deed. In the forest there runs wild a unicorn,
which commits great havoc, and which you must first of all catch."
I fear still less for a unicorn than I do for two Giants !
Seven at one blow! that is my motto," said the Tailor. Then he
took with him a rope and an axe, and went away to the forest,
bidding those who were ordered to accompany him to wait on the
outskirts. He had not to search long, for presently the unicorn
came near and prepared to rush at him, as if he would pierce him
on the spot. Softly softly he exclaimed ; "that is not done
so easily." And waiting till the animal was close upon him, he
-sprang nimbly behind a tree. The unicorn, rushing with all its
force against the tree, fixed his horn so fast in the trunk that it
could not draw it out again, and so it was made prisoner. Now
I have got my bird," said the Tailor; and, coming from behind
the tree, he first bound the rope around its neck, and then cutting
the horn out of the tree with his axe, he put all in order, and,
leading the animal, brought it before the King.
The King, however, would not yet deliver up the promised re-
ward, and made a third request, that before the wedding the
Tailor should catch a wild boar, which did much injury, and he
should have the huntsmen to help him. With pleasure," was
the reply ; it is mere child's play." The huntsmen, however, he
left behind, to their entire content, for this wild boar had already
so often hunted them that they had no pleasure in hunting it.
As soon as the boar perceived the Tailor, it ran at him with
gaping mouth and glistening teeth, and tried to throw him on the
ground ; but our flying hero sprang into a little chapel which was
near, and out again at a window on the other side in a trice. The
boar ran after him, but he, skipping round, shut the door behind
it, and there the raging beast was caught, for it was much too
unwieldy and heavy to jump out of the window. The Tailor
82 THE STRAW, THE COAL, AND THE BEAN.
now called the huntsmen up that they might see his prisoner
with their own eyes; but our hero presented himself before the
King, who was compelled now, whether he would or no, to keep
his promise, and surrender his daughter and the half of his kingdom.
Had he known that it was no warrior, but only a Tailor, who
stood before him, it would have gone to his heart still more.
So the wedding was- celebrated with great splendour, though
with little rejoicing, and out of a Tailor was made a King.
Some little while afterwards the young Queen heard her hus-
band talking in his sleep, and saying, Boy, make me a waistcoat,
and stitch up these trousers, or I will lay the yard-measure over
your ears Then she remarked of what condition her lord was,
and complained in the morning to her father, and begged he
would deliver her from her husband, who was nothing else than
a Tailor. The King comforted her by saying, This night leave
your chamber door open : my servants shall stand without, and
when he is asleep they shall enter, bind him, and bear him away
to a ship, which shall carry him forth into the wide world." The
wife was contented with his proposal, but the King's armour-
bearer, who had overheard all, went to the young King and dis-
closed the whole plot. I will shoot a bolt upon this affair," said
the brave Tailor. In the evening, at their usual time, they went
to bed, and when his wife believed he slept, she got up, opened
the door, and laid herself down again. The Tailor, however,
only feigned to be asleep, and began to exclaim in a loud voice,
"Boy, make me this waistcoat, and stitch up these trousers, or I
will beat the yard-measure about your ears Seven have I killed
with one blow, two Giants have I slain, a unicorn have I led cap-
tive, and a wild boar have I caught, and shall I be afraid of those
who stand without my chamber ? When the men heard these
words spoken by the Tailor, a great fear overcame them, and they
ran away, as if the wild huntsmen were behind them; neither
afterwards durst any man venture to oppose him. Thus became
the Tailor a King, and so he remained the rest of his days.
THE STRAW, THE COAL, AND THE BEAN.
N a certain village there dwelt a poor old woman, who had
gathered a dish of beans, which she wished to cook. So
she made a fire upon the hearth, and, that it might burn
the quicker, she lighted it with a handful of straw; and as she
shook the beans up in the saucepan, one fell out unperceived, and
TH'E STRA W, TYIE COAL, AN!D THIE LBEANA. 83
came down upon the ground near a straw. Soon after a glowing
coal burst out of the fire, and fell just by these two. Then the
Straw began to say, My dear friend, whence do you come?"
The Coal replied, By good luck I have sprung out of the fire,
and if I had not jumped away by force, my death had been cer-
tain, and I should have been reduced to ashes." The Bean
continued, I also have got away with a whole skin, but, had the
old woman put me in the pot with the others, I should have been
boiled to pieces, as my comrades are." "Would a better fate
have fallen to my share ? said the Straw ; for the old woman
has suffocated in fire and smoke all my brothers. Sixty has she
put on at once and deprived of life. Happily, I slipped between
But what shall we do now ? asked the Coal.
I think," answered the Bean, since we have so luckily es-
caped death, we will join in partnership, and keep together like
good companions. Lest a new misfortune overtake us, let us
wander forth, and travel into a strange country."
This proposition pleased the two others, and they set out to-
gether on their travels. Presently they came to a little stream,
over which there was no bridge nor path, and they did not know
how they should get over. The Straw gave good advice, and said,
" I will lay myself across, so that you may cross over upon me,
as upon a bridge." So the Straw stretched itself from one banlf
'to the other, and the Coal, which was of a fiery nature, tripped
lightly upon the newly-built bridge. But when it came to the
middle of it, and heard the water running along beneath, it was
frightened, and stood still, not daring to go farther. The Straw,
however, beginning to burn, broke in two, and fell into the stream,
nnd the Coal, slipping after, hissed as it reached the water, and
rft-ve up the ghost. The B-nn, vhlirch had p, dently remained
iipon the shore, was forced io la In.h at this accident, and, the joke
being so good, it laughed so ilmmoleiraely th t it blrst itself.
Now they would all have been done for alike if a tailor, who was
out on his wanderings, had not just then, by great good luck, sat
himself down near the stream. Having a commiserating heart,
he took out needle and thread, and sewed the Bean together.
The Bean thanked him exceedingly; but as the tailor used black
thread, it has happened since that time every Bean has a black
NCE upon a time there lived a sweet little girl, who was
beloved by every one who saw her; but her grandmother
was so excessively fond of her that she never knew when
she had thought and done enough for her.
One day the grandmother presented the little girl with a red
velvet cap, and as it fitted her very well, she would never wear
anything else, and so she was called Little Red--Cap. One day
her mother said to her, Come, Red-Cap, here is a piece of nice
meat, and a bottle of vine : take these to your grandmother; she
is ill and weak, and will relish them. M1iake haste, before she
gets up : go quietly and carefully, and do not run, lest you should
fall and break the bottle, and then your grandmother will get
nothing. When you go into her room do not forget to say 'Good
morning,' and do not look about in all the corners." I will do
everything as you wish," replied Red Cap, taking her mother's
The grandmother dwelt far avway in the wood, half an hour's
walk from the village, and as Little Red-Cap entered among the
trees, she met a Wolf; but she did not know what a malicious
beast it was, and so she was not at all afraid. Good day, Little
Red-Cap," he said.
"u Many thanks, Wolf," said she.
Whither away so early, Little Red-Cap ?"
To my ranclmother's,' she replied.
"WVhat are you carrying under your apron ?
Meat and wine," she answered. Yesterday we baked the
meat, that grandmother, who is ill and weak, might have some-
thing nice and strengthening.
"Where does your grandmother live ?" asked the Wolf.
A good quarter of an hour's walk farther in the forest. The
cottage stands under three great oak-trees; near it are some nut-
bushes, by which you will easily know it."
But t"he Wolf thought to himself, She is a nice tender thing,
and will taste better than the old woman: I must act craftily,
that I may snap them both up.
Presently he came up again to Little Red-Cap, and said," Just
look at the beautiful flowers which grow around you why do you
not look about you ? I believe you don't hear how beautifully the
birds sing. You walk on as if you were going to school; see how
merry everything is around you in the forest!"
So Little Red-Cap opened her eyes, and when she saw how
the sunbeams glanced and danced through the trees, and what
LITTLE RED CAP.
splendid flowers were blooming in her path, she thought, If I
take my grandmother a fresh nosegay, she will be very pleased;
and it is so very early that I can even then get there in good
time;" and running into the forest, she looked about for flowers.
But when she had once begun she did not know how to leave off,
and kept going deeper and deeper among the trees, in search of
some more beautiful flower. The Wolf, however, ran straight to
the house of the old grandmother, and knocked at the door.
"Who's there?" asked the old lady.
"Only Little Red-Cap, bringing you some meat and wine:
please open the door," replied the Wolf.
Lift up the latch," cried the grandmother; I am too weak
to get up."
So the Wolf lifted the latch, and the door flew open; and
jumping without a word on the bed, he gobbled up the poor old
lady. Then he put on her clothes, and tied her cap over his
head, got into the bed, and drew the blankets over him. All this
time Red-Cap was still gathering flowers; and when she had
plucked as many as she could carry, she remembered her grand-
mother, and made haste to the cottage. She wondered very
much to see the door wide open; and when she got into the room
she began to feel very ill, and exclaimed, How sad I feel! I
wish I had not come to-day." Then she said, Good morning,"
but received no answer. So she went up to the bed and drew
back the curtains, and there lay her grandmother, as she thought,
with the cap drawn half over her eyes, looking very fierce.
"Oh, grandmother, what great ears you have !"
The better to hear with," was the reply.
"And what great eyes you have !"
The better to see with."
"And what great hands you have!"
The better to touch you with."
But, grandmother, what great teeth you have !"
The better to eat you with !" And scarcely were the words
out of his mouth when the Wolf made a spring out of bed, and
swallowed up poor Little Red-Cap,
As soon as the Wolf had thus satisfied his appetite, he laid
himself down again in the bed, and began to snore very loudly.
A huntsman passing by overheard him, and thought, How
loudly the old woman snores I must go in and see if she wants
So he stepped into the cottage, and when he came to the bed,
he saw the Wolf lying in it. "What! do I find you here, you
old sinner? I have long sought you," exclaimed he; and taking
aim with his gun, he shot the old Wolf dead.
OLD MO THEIR FROST.
Some folks say that the last story is not the true one, but that
one day, when Red-Cap was taking some baked meats to her
grandmother's, a Wolf met her, and wanted to mislead her; but
she went straight on, and told her grandmother that she had met
a Wolf, who wished her Good day !" But he looked so wickedly
out of his great eyes, as if he would have eaten her had she not
been on the high road.
So the grandmother said, "Let us shut the door, that he may
Soon afterwards came the Wolf, who knocked and exclaimed,
" I am Red-Cap, grandmother; I bring you some roast meat."
But they kept quite still, and did not open the door; so the Wolf,
creeping several times round the house, at last jumped on the
roof, intending to wait till Red-Cap went home in the evening,
and then to sneak after her and devour her in the darkness. The
old woman, however, saw all that the rascal intended; and as
there stood before the door a great stone trough, she said to Little
Red-Cap, Take this pail, child: yesterday I boiled some sau-
sages in this water, so pour it into that stone trough." Red-Cap
poured many times, until the huge trough was quite full. Then
the Wolf sniffed the smell of the sausages, and smacked his lips,
and wished very much to taste ; and at last he stretched his neck
too far over, so that he lost his balance, and slipped quite off the
roof, right into the great trough beneath, wherein he was drowned;
and Little Red-Cap ran home in high glee, but no one sorrowed
for Mr. Wolf.
OLD MOTHER FROST.
HERE was once a widow who had two daughters, one of
whom was beautiful and industrious, and the other ugly
and lazy. She behaved most kindly, however, to the
ugly one, because she was her own daughter, and made the other
do all the hard work, and live like a kitchen-maid. The poor
maiden was forced out daily on the high road, and had to sit by
a well and spin so much that the blood ran from her fingers. Once
it happened that her spindle became quite covered with blood, so,
kneeling down by the well, she tried to wash it off, but unhappily
it fell out of her hands into the water. She ran crying to her
stepmother, and told her misfortune; but she scolded her ter-
ribly, and behaved very cruelly, and at last said, Since you have
let your spindle fall in, you must yourself fetch it out again !"
OLD A OTHER FROST.
Then the maiden went back to the well, not knowing what
to do, and in her distress of mind she jumped into the well to
fetch the spindle out. As she fell she lost all consciousness, and
when she came to herself again she found herself in a beautiful
meadow, where the sun was shining, and many thousands of
flowers blooming around her. She got up and walked along till
she came to a baker's, where the oven was full of bread, which
cried out, Draw me, draw me, or I shall be burnt! I have been
baked long enough." So she went up, and taking the bread-peel,
drew out one loaf after the other. Then she walked on farther,
and came to an apple-tree, whose fruit hung very thick, and
which exclaimed, Shake us, shake us! we apples are all ripe !"
So she shook the tree till the apples fell down like rain, and,
when none were left on, she gathered them all together in a heap,
and went farther. At last she came to a cottage, out of which
an old woman was peeping, who had such very large teeth that
the maiden was frightened and ran away. The old woman, how-
ever, called her back, saying, What are you afraid of, my child ?
Stop with me: if you will put all things in order in my house,
then shall all go well with you; only you must take care that you
make my bed well, and shake it tremendously, so that the feathers
fly; then it snows upon earth. I am 'Old Mother Frost.'"
As the old woman spoke so kindly, the maiden took courage,
and consented to engage in her service. Now, everything made
her very contented, and she always shook the bed so industriously
that the feathers blew down like flakes of snow; therefore, her
life was a happy one, and there were no evil words; and she had
roast and baked meats every day.
For some time she remained with the old woman; but all at
once she became very sad, and did not herself know what was
the matter. At last she found she was home-sick; and, although
she fared a thousand times better than when she was at home,
still she longed to go. So she told her mistress,
I wish to go home, and if it does not go so well with me below
as up here, I must return."
The mistress replied, It appeared to me that you wanted to
go home, and, since you have served me so truly, I will fetch you
up again myself."
So saying, she took her by the hand and led her before a great
door, which she undid; and when the maiden was just beneath
it, a great shower of gold fell, and a great deal stuck to her, so
that she was covered over and over with gold. That you must
have for your industry," said the old woman, giving her the spindle
which had fallen into the well. Thereupon the door was closed,
and the maiden found herself upon the earth, not far from her
OLD IMO1THER FROS7I
mother's house; and, as she came into the court, the cock sat
upon the house, and called:
Our golden maid's come home again."
Then she went in to her mother, and, because she was so covered
with gold, she was well received.
The maiden related all that had happened, and when the
mother heard how she had come by these great riches, she wished
her ugly, lazy daughter to try her luck. So she was forced to sit
down by the well and spin, and, in order that her spindle might
become bloody, she pricked her finger by running a thorn in it;
and then, throwing the spindle into the well, she jumped in after
it. Then, like the other, she came upon the beautiful meadow,
and travelled on the same path. When she arrived at the baker's,
the bread called out, Draw me out! draw me out! or I shall be
burnt. I have been baked long enough." But she answered,
" I have no wish to make myself dirty about you," and so went
on. Soon she came to the apple-tree, which called out, Shake
me shake me My apples are all quite ripe." But she answered,
" You do well to come to me; perhaps one will fall on my head."
And so she went on farther. When she came to Old Mother
Frost's" house she was not afraid of the teeth, for she had been
warned, and so she engaged herself to her. The first day she
set to work in earnest, was very industrious, and obeyed her
mistress in all she said to her, for she thought about the gold
which she would present to her. On the second day, however,
she began to idle; on the third still more so; and then she would
not get up of a morning. She did not make the beds either as
she ought, and the feathers did not fly. So the old woman got
tired, and dismissed her from her service, which pleased the lazy
one very well, for she thought, Now the gold shower will come."
Her mistress led her to the door, but when she was beneath it,
instead of gold, a tubful of pitch was poured down upon her.
" That is the reward of your service," said Old Mother Frost,"
and shut the door to. Then came Lazybones home, but she was
quite covered with pitch, and the cock upon the house, when he
saw her, cried,
Our dirty maid's come home again."
But the pitch stuck to her, and as long as she lived would never
come off again.
Bn NCE upon a time the wife of a certain rich man fell very
ill, and as she felt her end drawing nigh she called her
only daughter to her bed-side, and said," My dear child,
be pious and good, and then the good God will always protect
you, and I will look down upon you from heaven and think of
you." Soon afterwards she closed her eyes and died. Every day
the maiden went to her mother's grave and wept over it, and she
continued to be good and pious ; but when the winter came, the
snow made a white covering over the grave, and in the spring-
time, when the sun had withdrawn this covering, the father took
to himself another wife.
The wife brought home with her two daughters, who were
beautiful and fair in the face, but treacherous and wicked at
heart. Then an unfortunate era began in the poor step-child's
life. Shall the stupid goose sit in the parlour with us ?" said
the two daughters. They who would eat bread must earn it.-
Out with the kitchen-maid !" So they took off her fine clothes,
and put upon her an old grey cloak, and gave her wooden shoes
for her feet. See how the once proud princess is decked out
now," said they, and they led her mockingly into the kitchen.
Then she was obliged to work hard from morning to night, and
to go out early to fetch water, to make the fire, and cook and
scour. The sisters treated her besides with every possible insult
-derided her, and shook the peas and beans into the ashes, so
that she had to pick them out again. At night, when she was
tired, she had no bed to lie on, but was forced to sit in the ashes
on the hearth ; and because she looked dirty through this, they
named her CINDERELLA.
One day it happened that the father wanted to go to the fair,
so he asked his two daughters what he should bring them. "Some
beautiful dresses," said one; "Pearls and precious stones," replied
the other. But you, Cinderella," said he, what will you have ?"
" The first bough, father, that knocks against your hat on your
way homewards, break it off for me," she replied. So he bought
the fine dresses, and the pearls and precious stones, for his two
step-daughters ; and on his return, as he rode through a green
thicket, a hazel-bough touched his hat, which he broke off and took
with him. As soon as he got home, he gave his step-daughters
what they had wished for, and to Cinderella he gave the hazel-
branch. She thanked him very much, and going to her mother's
grave, she planted the branch on it, and wept so long that her
tears fell and watered it, so that it grew and became a beautiful
tree. Thrice a day Cinderella went beneath it to weep and pray,
and each time a little white bird flew on the tree; and if she
wished aloud, then the little bird threw down to her whatever she
After a time it fell out that the King appointed a festival, which
was to last three days, and to which all the beautiful maidens in
the country were invited, from whom his son was to choose a
bride. When the two step-daughters heard that they might also
appear, they were very glad, and calling Cinderella, they said,
" Comb our hair, brush our shoes, and fasten our buckles, for we
are going to the festival at the King's palace." Cinderella obeyed,
crying, because she wished to go with them to the dance ; so she
asked her stepmother whether she would allow her.
You, Cinderella !" said she ; you are covered with dust and
dirt-will you go to the festival ? You have no clothes or shoes,
and how can you dance?" But, as she urged her request, the
mother said at last, I have now shaken into the ashes a tubful
of beans. If you have picked them up again in two hours, you
Then the maiden left the room, and went out at the back door
into the garden, and called out, You tame pigeons and doves,
and all you birds of heaven, come and help me to gather the good
beans into the tub, and the bad ones you may eat." Presently,
in at the kitchen window came two white pigeons, and after them
the doves, and soon all the birds under heaven flew chirping in
down upon the ashes. They then began-pick, pick, pick-and
gathered all the good seeds into the tub; and scarcely an hour
had passed when all was completed, and the birds flew away
Then the maiden took the tub to the stepmother, rejoicing at
the thought that she might now go to the festival; but the step-
mother said, No, Cinderella, you have no clothes, and cannot
dance; you will only be laughed at." As she began to cry, the
stepmother said, If you can pick up quite clean two tubs of beans
which I throw amongst the ashes in one hour, you shall accom-
pany them ;" and she thought to herself, She will never manage
it." As soon as the two tubs had been shot into the ashes, Cin-
derella went out at the back door into the garden, and called out
as before, You tame pigeons and doves, and all you birds under
heaven, come and help me to gather the good ones into the tubs,
and the bad ones you may eat."
Presently, in at the kitchen window came two white pigeons,
and soon after them the doves, and soon all the birds under
heaven flew chirping in down upon the ashes. They then began
-pick, pick, pick-and gathered all the seeds into the tub ; and
scarcely had half an hour passed before all was picked up, and
off they flew again.
The maiden now took the tubs to the stepmother, rejoicing at
the thought that she could go to the festival. But the mother
said, It does not help you a bit ; you cannot go with us, for you
have no clothes, and cannot dance : we should be ashamed of
you." Thereupon she turned her back upon the maiden, and
hastened away with her two proud daughters.
As there was no one at home, Cinderella went to the mother's
grave under the hazel-tree, and said,
Rustle and shake yourself, dear tree,
And silver and gold throw down to me."
Then the bird threw down a dress of gold and silver, and
silken slippers ornamented with silver. These Cinderella put on
in great haste, and then she went to the ball. Her sisters and
stepmother did not know her at all, and took her for some foreign
Princess, as she looked so beautiful in her golden dress; for of
Cinderella they thought not but that she was sitting at home pick-
ing the beans out of the ashes. Presently the Prince came up to
her, and, taking her by the hand, led her to the dance. He would
not dance with any one else, and even would not let go her hand;
so that when any one else asked her to dance, he said, She is
They danced till evening, when she wished to go home; but
the Prince said, I will go with you, and see you safe,"-for he
wanted to see to whom the maiden belonged. She flew away
from him, however, and sprang into the pigeon-house ; so the
Prince waited till the father came, whom he told that the strange
maiden had run into the pigeon-house. Then the stepmother
thought, Could it be Cinderella?"
And they brought an axe wherewith the Prince might cut open
the door, but no one was found within. And when they came
into the house, there lay Cinderella in her dirty clothes among
the ashes, and an oil-lamp was burning in the chimney ; for she
had jumped quickly out on the other side of the pigeon-house,
and had to run to the hazel-tree, where she had taken off her fine
clothes, and laid them on the grave, and the bird had taken them
again, and afterwards she had put on her little grey cloak, and
seated herself among the ashes in the kitchen.
"The next day, when the festival was renewed and her step-
mother and her sisters had set out again, Cinderella went to the
hazel-tree and sang as before:
Rustle and shake yourself, dear tree,
And silver and gold throw down to me."
Then the bird threw down a much more splendid dress than
the former, and when the maiden appeared at the ball every one
was astonished at her beauty. The Prince, however, who had
waited till she came, took her hand, and would dance with no
one else; and if others came and asked, he replied as before,
" She is my partner." As soon as evening came she wished to
depart, and the Prince followed her, wanting to see into whose
house she went; but she sprang away from him, and ran into the
garden behind the house. Therein stood a fine large tree, on
which hung the most beautiful pears, and the boughs rustled as
though a squirrel was among them ; but the Prince could not see
whence the noise proceeded. He waited, however, till the father
came and told him, The strange maiden has escaped from me,
and I think she has climbed up into this tree." The father thought
to himself, Can it be Cinderella?" and taking an axe he chopped
down the tree, but there was no one on it. When they went into
the kitchen, there lay Cinderella among the ashes, as before, for
she had sprung down on the other side of the tree, and, having
taken her beautiful clothes again to the bird upon the hazel-tree,
she had put on once more her old grey cloak.
The third day, when her stepmother and her sisters had set
out, Cinderella went again to her mother's grave, and said,
Rustle and shake yourself, dear tree,
And silver and gold throw down to me."
Then the bird threw down to her a dress which was more
splendid and glittering than she had ever had before, and the
slippers were of pure gold. When she arrived at the ball, they
knew not what to say for wonderment, and the Prince danced
with her alone as at first, and replied to every one who asked her
hand, She is my partner." As soon as evening came she wished
to go, and as the Prince followed her, she ran away so quickly
that he could not overtake her. But he had contrived a stratagem,
and spread the whole way with pitch, so that it happened as the
maiden ran, that her left slipper came off. The Prince took it
up, and saw it was small and graceful, and of pure gold ; so the
following morning he went with it to the father, and said," M
bride shall be no other than she whose foot this golden slipper
fits." The two sisters were glad of this, for they had beautiful
feet, and the elder went with it to her chamber to try it on, while
her mother stood by. She could not, however, get her great toe
into it, and the shoe was much too small; but the mother,
reaching a knife, said, Cut off your toe, for if you are Queen
you need not go any longer on foot." The maiden cut it off, and
squeezed her foot into the shoe, and, concealing the pain she felt,
went down to the Prince. Then he placed her as his bride upon
his horse, and rode off ; and as they passed by the grave, there
sat two little Doves upon the hazel-tree, singing :
"Backwards peep, backwards peep,
There's blood upon the shoe;
The shoe 's too small, and she behind
Is not the bride for you."
Then the Prince looked behind, and saw the blood flowing;
so he turned his horse back, and took the false bride home again,
saying, she was not the right one. Then the other sister must
needs fit on the shoe, so she went to the chamber and got her
toes nicely into the shoe, but the heel was too large. The mother,
reaching a knife, said, Cut a piece off your heel, for when you
become Queen you need not go any longer on foot." She cut a
piece off her heel, squeezed her foot into the shoe, and, conceal-
ing the pain she felt, went down to the Prince. Then he put her
upon his horse as his bride, and rode off; and as they passed the
hazel-tree, there sat two little Doves, who sang :
"Backwards peep, backwards peep,
There's blood upon the shoe ;
The shoe's too small, and she behind
Is not the bride for you."
Then he looked behind, and saw the blood trickling from her
shoe, and that the stocking was dyed quite red; so he turned
his horse back, and took the false bride home again, saying,
" Neither is this one the right maiden : have you no other daugh-
ter ? No," replied the father, except little Cinderella, daugh-
ter of my deceased wife, who cannot possibly be the bride." The
Prince asked that she imght be fetched; but the stepmother said,
" Oh, no! she is much too dirty; I dare not let her be seen."
But the Prince would have his way; so Cinderella was called,
and she, first washing her hands and face, went in and curtseyed
to the Prince, who gave her the golden shoe. Cinderella sat down
on a stool, and taking off her heavy wooden shoes, put on the
slipper, which fitted her to a shade; and as she stood up, the
Prince looked in her face, and recognizing the beautiful maiden
with whom he had danced, exclaimed, This is my true bride."
The stepmother and the two sisters were amazed and white with
rage, but the Prince took Cinderella upon his horse, and rode
"away; and as they came up to the hazel-tree the two little white
Doves sang :
Backwards peep, backwards peep,
There 's no blood on the shoe;
It fits so nice, and she behind
Is the true bride for you."
And as they finished they flew down and lighted upon Cinde-
rella's shoulders, and there they remained; and the wedding was
celebrated with great festivities, and the two sisters were smitten
with blindness as a punishment for their wickedness.
NCE upon a time there was a King's son, who had a mind
to see the world; so he set forth, and took no one with him
but a faithful servant. One day he came into a great forest,
and when evening drew on he could find no shelter, and did not
know where to pass the night. Just then he perceived a maiden who
was going towards a little cottage, and as he approached he saw
that shewas youngand beautiful,so he asked herwhetherheandhis
servant could find a welcome in the cottage for the night. Yes,
certainly," replied the maiden in a sorrowful voice, "you can;
but I advise you not to enter." Why not ?" asked the Prince.
The maiden sighed, and answered, MIy stepmother practises
wicked arts; she acts not hospitably to strangers." He perceived
now that he was come to a witch's cottage; but because it was
very dark, and he could go no farther, he went in, for he was
not at all afraid. The old woman was sitting in an arm-chair by
the fire, and looked at the strangers out of her red eyes. "Good
evening," she muttered, appearing very friendly; sit yourselves
down and rest." Then, she poked up the fire on which a little pot
was boiling. The daughter warned them both to be cautious,
and neither to eat nor drink anything, for the old woman brewed
bad drinks; so they slept quietly till morning. As they made
ready for their departure, and the Prince was already mounted
on horseback, the old witch said, Wait a bit, 1 will bring you
a parting draught." While she went for it the Prince rode away ;
but the servant, who had to buckle his saddle, was left alone when
she came with the draught. "Take that to thy master," she said,
but at the same moment the glass cracked, and the poison spirted
on the horse, and so strong was it that the poor animal fell back-
wards dead. The servant ran after his master, and told him
what had occurred; but as he would not leave the saddle behind,
he went back to fetch it. As he came to the dead horse, he saw
a crow perched upon it feeding himself. "Who knows whether
we shall meet with anything better to-day?" said the servant,
and killing the crow, he took it with him. The whole day long
they journeyed on in the forest, but could not get out of it, and
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at the approach of night, finding an inn, they entered it. The
servant gave the crow to the host that he might cook it for their
supper; but they had fallen into a den of thieves, and in the
gloom of night twelve ruffians came, intending to rob and murder
the strangers. Before they began, however, they sat down to
table, and the host and the witch joined them, and then they all
partook of a dish of pottage, in which the flesh of the crow was
boiled. Scarcely had they eaten two morsels apiece when they
all fell down dead, for the poison which had killed the horse had
impregnated the flesh of the crow. There was now no one left
in the house but the daughter of the host, who seemed to be
honest, and had had no share in the wicked deeds. She opened
all the doors to the Prince, and showed him the heaped-up trea-
sure; but the Prince said she might keep it all, for he would
have none of it, and so rode on farther with his servant.
After they had wandered a long way in the world, they ca e
to a city where dwelt a beautiful but haughty Princess, who had
declared that whoever propounded to her a riddle which she
could not solve should be her husband ; but if she solved it, he
must have his head cut off. Three days was the time given to
consider, but she was always so sharp that she discovered the
proposed riddle before the appointed time. Nine suitors had
been sacrificed in this way, when the Prince arrived, and, being
blinded with her great beauty, resolved to stake his life upon her.
So he went before her and proposed his riddle : namely, What
is this-One killed no one, and yet killed twelve?" She knew
not what it was, and thought and thought, but she could not make
it out, and, although she searched through all her riddle books,
she could find nothing to help her ; in short, her wisdom was
quite at fault. At last, at her wits' ends how to help herself, she
bid her maid slip into the sleeping-room of the Prince, and there
listen to his dreams, thinking perhaps he m eight talk in his sleep
and unfold the riddle. The bold servant, however, had put him-
self instead of his master into the bed, and when the servant came
into the room, he tore off the cloak in which she had wrapped
herself, and hunted her out with a rod. The second night the
Princess sent her chambermaid to see if she could be more fortu-
nate in listening ; but the servant snatched her mantle away, and
hunted her away with a rod. The third night the Prince himself
thought he should be safe, and so he lay in his own bed, and the
Princess herself came, having on a dark grey cloak, and sat her-
self down by him. When she thought he was asleep and dreaming,
she spoke to him, hoping he would answer, as many do; but he
was awake, and heard and understood everything very well.
First she asked, One kills none; what is that ? He answered,
THE SPIDER AND THE FLEA.
"'A crow which ate of a dead and poisoned horse, and died of it."
Further she asked, "And yet killed twelve; what is that?"
"Twelve robbers who partook of the crow, and died from eating
As soon as she knew the riddle she tried to slip away, but he
held her mantle so fast that she left it behind. The following
morning the Princess announced that she had discovered the
riddle, and bade the twelve judges come and she would solve it
before them. The Prince, however, requested a hearing for him-
self, and said, She has stolen in upon me by night and asked
me, or she would never have found it out." The judges said,
" Bring us a witness." Then the servant brought up the three
mantles, and when the judges saw the dark grey cloak which the
Princess used to wear, they said, "Let the cloak be adorned with
gold and silver, that it may be a wedding garment."
S SPIDER and a Flea dwelt together in one house, and
brewed their beer in an egg-shell. One day, when the
Spider was stirring it up, she fell in and scalded herself.
Thereupon the Flea began to scream. And then the Door asked,
"Why are you screaming, Flea ?"
"Because little Spider has scalded herself in the beer-tub,"
Thereupon the Door began to creak, as if it were in
a Broom which stood in the corner asked, What are
May I not creak ?" it replied:
"The little Spider's scalt herself,
And the Flea weeps."
So the Broom began to sweep industriously, and presently a
little Cart came by, and asked the reason. May I not sweep ?"
replied the Broom :
"The little Spider's scalt herself,
And the Flea weeps ;
The little Door creaks with the pain."
Thereupon the little Cart said, So will
run very fast past a heap of Ashes, which
you run, little Cart ?"
Because," replied the Cart,
I run," and began to
cried out, "Why do