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LITTLE SNO /VDR OP
Since upon a time at the window of a grand Palace
sat a Queen. Peeping in at the window were sweet-
scented roses, pure white, and crimson. "Oh" said the
Queen, as she gazed at them, "how I
should love to have a daughter with hair
as black as my ebony
table, and a face
red and white
as my beautiful
Not long after,
the Queen's wish
was granted, for
she had a little )
baby girl given
her whose hair
7 was coal black, skin lily white,
,r and lips and cheeks rose red,
jj.: and this little baby was named
Snowdrop. Sad to say the
S Queen soon died, and after
j a while the King married
again. His second wife was
1 very beautiful, but she was
unkind and vain and could
not bear to think that any-
body was as beautiful as she. A magic mirror hung in
her chamber, and before this every day she used to
stand and say-
"Mirror, tell me true, am I not of fair the fairest?"
and the mirror answered every day-
"Your beauty, Queen most fair, is of rare the rarest."
And so the Queen was made happy for many years.
But Snowdrop grew up exquisitely lovely, much more
lovely than her stepmother, and when one day the Queen
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asked her mirror the usual
question, the mirror replied
"Fair, but Snowdrop's beauty is
of rare the rarest." ,
The Queen was dreadfully
jealous, she called a huntsman
and told him to take Snowdrop
into the forest and kill her. So the huntsman took poor
little Snowdrop but she begged so hard to be spared,
that he consented to let her go, if she would run away
and never go near the Palace again. Then he went
back to the Queen and she, thinking Snowdrop was
dead, was greatly delighted, and told him as a reward,
that he might chase the wild boar when he would, with-
out further permission.
Poor little Snowdrop was very
much frightened when she found
r- herself alone in the great big
forest. She ran on and on and
at last she came to a little house.
She knocked at the door but nobody came, so she went
in, and there she found a table on which were seven
plates and seven bowls of food, seven knives and forks
and seven glasses of wine. Snowdrop was very hungry
so she tried a little from all, but the seventh glass of
wine and the seventh bowl of food were most to her
taste, and those she emptied. Then
she went upstairs where she found
seven beds, and being tired lay
down on one of them and went to
sleep. Now this little house belonged /
to seven tiny men
they came home
soon found that
some one had
been at their
food, and when i -
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upstairs they saw Snowdrop.
She looked so beautiful lying
there with her black hair
and rosy cheeks, .
that they did not ,_5'
wake her, and in m_ _._:-. .
the morning when
she had told her '
story, they asked j ,
if she would like
to keep house for them as they were away at work all
day, and Snowdrop was very glad to do so.
Meantime the wicked Queen went to her mirror and
asked the usual question, and the mirror told her that
Snowdrop was the most beautiful
creature. So then the Queen knew
S" that she was still alive, and she
W r,.,disguised herself as an old woman
and went out to search for her.
\She wandered on till she came to
the little cottage, and there she showed Snowdrop lovely
ribbons and laces which she had to sell. Snowdrop
was charmed with the things and thought the old woman
very kind when she offered to comb her hair for her.
But the comb the Queen used was poisoned, and directly
she touched the little girl's head, poor little Snowdrop
fell down dead. The little men were dreadfully sorry
when they came home, but they found the comb and
pulled it out, and then Snowdrop sat up quite well again.
They knew the old woman must be the wicked Queen
and told Snowdrop to be more careful.
The Prince arrives in the forest.
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When the Queen found from her mirror that her
stepdaughter still lived, she poisoned an apple, on one
side only, and then went in another disguise to see. her.
She showed the apple and said "see, j will eat a part
to show you how good it is", but she eat the part which
was. not poisoned, and then Snowdrop thought the other
half must be as good as it looked, and bit it. No sooner
had she done so than she fell down dead.
Oh, how the little men cried when they came home!
They put the body in a glass coffin, and one always
stayed away from work
to take care of it.
One day a
by, and he
said that he
would give '
anything to 5
have such a
maiden to take about with him, even if she were dead.
The little men would not give her up at first, but at last
they consented. As they moved the coffin they stumbled
over a stone, and the shaking caused the piece of apple to fall
out of Snowdrop's mouth, and she sat up, quite well. So
then the Prince married her, and the little men jumped for
joy. But the wicked Queen
was so angry that she smashed
the mirror and cut herself so
badly, that she was never
beautiful any more.
A\ Grace C. Floyd./j_ I;A
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