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PREFACE is usually an excrescence on a
good book, and a vain apology for a
worthless one; but in the present instance
a few explanatory words seem necessary.
This is meant to be the best collection attainable of
that delight of all children, and of many grown people
who retain the child-heart still, -the old-fashioned,
time-honored classic fairy-tale. It has been compiled
from all sources far-off and familiar; when familiar,
the stories have been traced with care to their original
form, which, if. foreign, has been re-translated, con-
densed, and in any other needful way made suitable for
modern British children. Perrault, Madame d'Aulnois,
and Grimm have thus been laid under contribution.
Where it was not possible to get at the original of a
tale, its various versions have been collated, compared,
and combined; and in some instances, where this still
proved unsatisfactory, the whole story has been writ-
ten afresh. The few real old English fairy tales,
such as Jack the Giant Killer," "Tom Thumb,"
etc., whose authorship is lost in obscurity, but whose
charming Saxon simplicity of style and intense
realism of narration make for them an ever green
immortality, these have been left intact; for no later
touch would improve them. All modern stories have
Of course, in fairy tales instruction is not expected;
we find there only the rude moral of virtue rewarded
and vice punished. But children will soon discover
for themselves that in real life all beautiful people
are not good, nor all ugly ones wicked; that every
elder sister is not ungenerous, nor every stepmother
cruel. The tender young heart is often reached as
soon by the imagination as by the intellect; and with-
out attempting any direct appeal to either reason or
conscience, the Editor of this collection has been
especially careful that it should contain nothing
which could really harm a child.
She therefore trusts that, whatever its defects, this
Fairy Book will not deserve a criticism, almost the
sharpest that can be given to any work, that it
would have been better if the author had taken more
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY IN THE WOOD .. 9
HoP-O'-MY-THUMB . . . 16
CINDERELLA; OR, THE LITTLE GLASS SLIPPER .. 27
ADVENTURES OF JOHN DIETRICH . .. .35
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST . . 54
LITTLE ONE EYE, LITTLE TWO EYES, AND LITTLE
THREE EYES. . . . ... 70
JACK THE GIANT-KILLER . . ... .78
TOM THUMB . . . .. .94
RUMPELSTILZCHEN. . . . .102
FORTUNATUS . . . 105
THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS . .. .117
RIQUET WITH THE TUFT . . .. 121
HOUSE ISLAND . . . 126
SNOW-WHITE AND ROSE-RED .. .137
JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK . . .. .144
GRACIOSA AND PERCINET . . .. 155
THE IRON STOVE . . 168
THE INVISIBLE PRINCE . . ... .175
THE WOODCUTTER'S DAUGHTER . ... .205
BROTHER AND SISTER .. . . 227
LITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD . . .. 234
Puss IN BOOTS .. . . 236
THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN YOUNG GOSLINGS . 243
THE FAIR ONE WITH GOLDEN LOCK .
THE BUTTERFLY .........
THE FROG-PRINCE . .
THE WHITE CAT . . .
PRINCE CHERRY . . .
LITTLE SNOWDROP . .
THE BLUE BIRD .........
THE YELLOW DWARF . .
THE SIX SWANS .........
THE PRINCE WITH THE NOSE .. ..
THE HIND OF THE FOREST . .
THE JUNIPER-TREE . .
CLEVER ALICE . . .
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THE FAIRY BOOK.
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY IN THE WOOD.
NCE there was a royal couple who grieved
excessively because they had no chil-
dren. When at last, after long wait-
ing, the queen presented her husband
with a little daughter, his majesty
showed his joy by giving a christening feast so grand
that the like of it was never known. He invited all
the fairies in the land -there were seven altogether
- to stand godmothers to the little princess; hoping
that each might bestow on her some good gift, as was
the custom of good fairies in those days.
After the ceremony all the guests returned to the
palace, where there was set before each fairy god-
mother a magnificent covered dish, with an embroid-
ered table-napkin, and a knife and fork of pure gold,
studded with diamonds and rubies. But alas! as
they placed themselves at table, there entered an old
fairy who had never been invited, because more than
fifty years since she had left the king's dominion on
a tour of pleasure, and had not been heard of until
this day. His majesty, much troubled, desired a
cover to be placed for her, but it was of common delf,
for he had ordered from his jeweller only seven
gold dishes for the seven fairies aforesaid. The
elderly fairy thought herself neglected, and muttered
angry menaces, which were overheard by one of the
younger fairies, who chanced to sit beside her. This
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good godmother, afraid of harm to the pretty baby,
hastened to hide herself behind the tapestry in the
hall. She did this because she wished all the others
to speak first so that if any ill gift were bestowed
on the child, she might be able to counteract it.
The six now offered their good wishes--which,
unlike most wishes, were sure to come true. The
fortunate little princess was to grow up the fairest
woman in the world; to have a temper sweet as an
angel; to be perfectly graceful and gracious; to sing
like a nightingale; to dance like a leaf on a tree; and
to possess every accomplishment under the sun.
Then the old fairy's turn came. Shaking her head
spitefully, she uttered the wish that when the baby
grew up into a young lady, and learned to spin, she
might prick her finger with the spindle and die of the
At this terrible prophecy all the guests shuddered;
and some of the more tender-hearted began to weep.
The lately happy parents were almost out of their
wits with grief. Upon which the wise young fairy
appeared from behind the tapestry, saying cheerfully,
" Your majesties may comfort yourselves; the prin-
cess shall not die. I have no power to alter the ill-
fortune just wished her by my ancient sister-her
finger must be pierced; and she shall then sink, not
into the sleep of death, but into a sleep that will last
a hundred years. After that time is ended, the son
of a king will find her, awaken her, and marry her."
Immediately all the fairies vanished.
The king, in the hope of avoiding his daughter's
doom, issued an edict, forbidding all persons to spin,
and even to have spinning-wheels in their houses, on
pain of instant death. But it was in vain. One day,
when she was just fifteen years of age, the king and
queen left their daughter alone in one of their castles,
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY IN THE WOOD. 11
when, wandering about at her will, she came to an
ancient donjon tower, climbed to the top of it, and
there found a very old woman -so old and deaf that
she had never heard of the king's edict busy with
What are you doing, good old woman ? said the
I'm spinning, my pretty child."
"Ah, how charming Let me try if I can spin also."
She had no sooner taken up the spindle than, being
lively and obstinate, she handled it so awkwardly and
carelessly that the point pierced her finger. Though
it was so small a wound, she fainted away at once,
and dropped silently down on the floor. The poor
frightened old woman called for help; shortly came
the ladies in waiting, who tried every means to re-
store their young mistress, but all their care was use-
less. She lay, beautiful as an angel, the color still
lingering in her lips and cheeks; her fair bosom
softly stirred with her breath; only her eyes were
fast closed. When the king her father and the queen
her mother beheld her thus, they knew regret was
idle- all had happened as the cruel fairy meant.
But they also knew that their daughter would not
sleep forever, though after one hundred years it was
not likely they would either of them behold her awak-
ening. Until that happy hour should arrive, they
determined to leave her in repose. They sent away
all the physicians and attendants, and themselves sor-
rowfully laid her upon a bed of embroidery, in the
most elegant apartment of the palace. There she
slept and looked like a sleeping angel still.
When this misfortune happened, the kindly young
fairy who had saved the princess by changing her
sleep of death into this sleep of a hundred years was
twelve thousand leagues away in the kingdom of
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Mataquin. But being informed of everything, she
arrived speedily, in a chariot of fire drawn by drag-
ons. The king was somewhat startled by the sight,
but nevertheless went to the door of his palace, and,
with a mournful countenance, presented her his hand
The fairy condoled with his majesty, and approved
of all he had done. Then, being a fairy of great
common-sense and foresight, she suggested that the
princess, awakening after a hundred years in this
ancient castle, might be a good deal embarrassed,
especially with a young prince by her side, to find
herself alone. Accordingly, without asking any one's
leave, she touched with her magic wand the entire
population of the palace except the king and
queen; governesses, ladies of honor, waiting-maids,
gentlemen ushers, cooks, kitchen girls, pages, footmen,
down to the horses that were in the stables and the
grooms that attended them, she touched each and
all. Nay, with kind consideration for the feelings of
the princess, she even touched the little fat lap-dog,
Puffy, who had laid himself down beside his mistress
on her splendid bed. He, like all the rest, fell fast
asleep in a moment. The very spits that were before
the kitchen fire ceased turning, and the fire itself
went out, and everything became as silent as if it
were the middle of the night, or as if the palace were
a palace of the dead.
The king and queen having kissed their daughter
and wept over her a little, but not much, she looked
so sweet and content departed from the castle,
giving orders that it was to be approached no more.
The command was unnecessary; for in one quarter of
an hour there sprung up around it a wood so thick
and thorny that neither beasts nor men could attempt
to penetrate there. Above this dense mass of forest
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could only be perceived the top of the high tower
where the lovely princess slept.
A great many changes happen in a hundred years.
The king, who never had a second child, died, and his
throne passed into another royal family. So entirely
was the story of the poor princess forgotten that
when the reigning king's son, being one day out hunt-
ing and stopped in the chase by this formidable wood,
inquired what wood it was and what were those tow-
ers which he saw appearing out of the midst of it, no
one could answer him. At length an old peasant was
found who remembered having heard his grandfather
say to his father that in this tower was a princess,
beautiful as the day, who was doomed to sleep there
for one hundred years, until awakened by a king's
son, her destined bridegroom.
At this the young prince, who had the spirit of a
hero, determined to find out the truth for himself.
Spurred on by both generosity and curiosity, he leaped
from his horse and began to force his way through the
thick wood. To his amazement the stiff branches all
gave way, and the ugly thorns sheathed themselves of
their own accord, and the brambles buried themselves
in the earth to let him pass. This done, they closed
behind him, allowing none of his suite to follow; but,
ardent and young, he went boldly on alone.
The first thing he saw was enough to smite him with
fear. Bodies of men and horses lay extended on the
ground; but the men had faces, not death-white, but
red as peonies, and beside them were glasses half filled
with wine, showing that they had gone to sleep drink-
ing. Next he entered a large court, paved with marble,
where stood rows of guards presenting arms, but
motionless as if cut out of stone; then he passed
through many chambers where gentlemen and ladies,
all in the costume of the past century, slept at their
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ease, some standing, some sitting. The pages were
lurking in corners, the ladies of honor were stooping
over their embroidery frames or listening apparently
with polite attention to the gentlemen of the court,
but all were as silent as statues and as immovable.
Their clothes, strange to say, were fresh and new as
ever; and not a particle of dust or spider-web had
gathered over the furniture, though it had not known
a broom for a hundred years. Finally the astonished
prince came to an inner chamber, where was the fair-
est sight his eyes had ever beheld.
A young girl of wonderful beauty lay asleep on an
embroidered bed, and she looked as if she had only
just closed her eyes. Trembling, the prince approached
and knelt beside her. Some say he kissed her, but as
nobody saw it and she never told, we cannot be quite
sure of the fact. However, as the end of the enchant-
ment had come, the princess awakened at once, and
looking at him with eyes of the tenderest regard, said
drowsily, "Is it you, my prince ? I have waited for
you very long."
Charmed with these words, and still more with the
tone in which they were uttered, the prince assured
her that he loved her more than his life. Neverthe-
less, he was the more embarrassed of the two; for,
thanks to the kind fairy, the princess had plenty of
time to dream of him during her century of slumber,
while he had never even heard of her till an hour
before. For a long time did they sit conversing, and
yet had not said half enough. Their only interruption
was the little dog Puffy, who had awakened with his
mistress, and now began to be exceedingly jealous that
the princess did not notice him as much as she was
wont to do.
Meantime all the attendants, whose enchantment
was also broken, not being in love, were ready to die
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of hunger after their fast of a hundred years. A lady
of honor ventured to intimate that dinner was served;
whereupon the prince handed his beloved princess at
once to the great hall. She did not wait to dress for
dinner, being already perfectly and magnificently
attired, though in a fashion somewhat out of date.
However, her lover had the politeness not to notice
this, nor to remind her that she was dressed exactly
like her royal grandmother, whose portrait still hung
on the palace walls.
During the banquet a concert took place by the
attendant musicians, and considering they had not
touched their instruments for a century, they played
extremely well. They ended with a wedding march:
for that very evening the marriage of the prince and
princess was celebrated, and though the bride was
nearly one hundred years older than the bridegroom,
it is remarkable that the fact would never have been
discovered by any one unacquainted therewith.
After a few days they went together out of the castle
and enchanted wood, both of which immediately van-
ished, and were never more beheld by mortal eyes.
The princess was restored to her ancestral kingdom,
but it was not generally declared who she was, as
during a hundred years people had grown so very
much cleverer that nobody then living would ever
have believed the story. So nothing was explained,
and nobody presumed to ask any questions about her,
for ought not a prince to be able to marry whomsoever
he pleases ?
Nor whether or not the day of fairies was over -
did the princess ever see anything further of her seven
godmothers. She lived a long and happy life, like any
other ordinary woman, and died at length, beloved,
regretted, but, the prince being already no more,
THE FAIRY BOOK.
THERE once lived in a village a faggot-maker and
his wife, who had seven children, all boys; the eldest
was no more than ten years old, and the youngest was
only seven. It was odd enough, to be sure, that they
should have so many children in such a short time; but
the truth is, the wife always brought him two and once
three at a time. This made him very poor, for not one
of these boys was old enough to get a living; and what
was still worse, the youngest was a puny little fellow
who hardly ever spoke a word. Now this, indeed, was
a mark of his good sense, but it made his father and
mother suppose him to be silly, and they thought that
at last he would turn out quite a fool. This boy was
the least size ever seen; for when he was born he was
no bigger than a man's thumb, which made him be
christened by the name of Hop-o'-my-Thumb. The
poor child was the drudge of the whole house, and
always bore the blame of everything that was done
wrong. For all this, Hop-o'-my-Thumb was far more
clever than any of his brothers; and though he spoke
but little, he heard and knew more than people thought.
It happened just at this time that for want of rain the
fields had grown but half as much corn and potatoes
as they used to grow; so that the faggot-maker and his
wife could not give the boys the food they had before,
which was always either bread or potatoes.
After the father and mother had grieved some time,
they thought that as they could contrive no other way
to live, they must somehow get rid of their children.
One night when the boys were gone to bed, and the
faggot-maker and his wife were sitting over a few
lighted sticks to warm themselves, the husband sighed
deeply and said, "You see, my dear, we cannot main-
tain our children any longer, and to see them die of
hunger before my eyes is what I could never bear. I
will, therefore, to-morrow morning take them to the
forest and leave them in the thickest part of it, so that
they will not be able to find their way back; this will
be very easy, for while they amuse themselves with
tying up the faggots, we need only slip away when
they are looking some other way."
"Ah! husband," cried the poor wife, "you cannot,
no, you never can consent to be the death of your own
The husband in vain told her to think how very poor
The wife replied "that this was true, to be sure;
but if she was poor, she was still their mother;" and
then she cried as if her heart would break. At last
she thought how shocking it would be to see them
starved to death before their eyes; so she agreed to
what her husband had said, and then went sobbing to
Hop-o'-my-Thumb had been awake all the time; and
when he heard his father talk very seriously, he
slipped away from his brothers' side, and crept under
his father's bed, to hear all that was said without
When his father and mother had left off talking he
got back to his own place, and passed the night in
thinking what he should do the next morning.
He rose early and ran to the river's side, where he
filled his pockets with small white pebbles, and then
went back home. In the morning they all set out, as
their father and mother had agreed on ; and Hop-o'-my-
Thumb did not say a word to any of his brothers about
what he had heard. They came to a forest that was
so very thick that they could not see each other a few
yards off. The faggot-maker set to work cutting down
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wood; and the children began to gather the twigs, to
make faggots of them.
When the father and mother saw that the young
ones were all very busy, they slipped away without
being seen. The children soon found themselves
alone, and began to cry as loud as they could. Hop-
o'-my-Thumb let them cry on, for he knew well enough
how to lead them safe home, as he had taken care to
drop the white pebbles he had in his pocket along all
the way he had come. He only said to them, "Never
mind it, my lads; father and mother have left us here
by ourselves, but only take care to follow me, and I
will lead you back again."
When they heard this they left off crying, and fol-
lowed Hop-o'-my-Thumb, who soon brought them to
their father's house by the very same path which they
had come along. At first they had not the courage to
go in, but stood at the door to hear what their parents
were talking about. Just as the faggot-maker and his
wife had come home without their children, a great
gentleman of the village sent to pay them two guineas,
for work they had done for him, which he had owed
them so long that they never thought of getting a
farthing of it. This money made them quite happy;
for the poor creatures were very hungry, and had no
other way of getting anything to eat.
The faggot-maker sent his wife out immediately to
buy some meat; and as it was a long time since she
had made a hearty meal, she bought as much meat as
would have been enough for six or eight persons. The
truth was, when she was thinking what would be
enough for dinner, she forgot that her children were
not at home; but as soon as she and her husband had
done eating, she cried out, Alas where are our poor
children ? How they would feast on what we have
left! It was all your fault, husband! I told you we
should repent leaving them to starve in the forest -
Oh, mercy! perhaps they have already been eaten by
the hungry wolves The poor woman shed plenty
of tears: "Alas alas!" said she, over and over
again, "what is become of my dear children ?"
The children, who were all at the door, cried out
together, "Here we are, mother, here we are !"
She flew like lightning to let them in, and kissed
every one of them.
The faggot-maker and his wife were charmed at
having their children once more with them, and their
joy for this lasted till their money was all spent; but
then they found themselves quite as ill off as before.
So by degrees they again thought of leaving them in
the forest; and that the young ones might not come
back a second time, they said they would take them a
great deal farther than they did at first. They could
not talk about this matter so slyly but that Hop-o'-
my-Thumb found means to hear all that passed be-
tween them ; but he cared very little about it, for he
thought it would be easy for him to do just the same
as he had done before. But though he got up very
early the next morning to go to the river's side to get
the pebbles, a thing which he had not thought of
hindered him; for he found that the house door was
double-locked. Hop-o'-my-Thumb was now quite at a
loss what to do; but soon after this his mother gave
each of the children a piece of bread for breakfast,
and then it came into his head that he could make
his share do as well as the pebbles, by dropping
crumbs of it all the way as he went. So he did not
eat his piece, but put it into his pocket.
It was not long before they all set out, and their
parents took care to lead them into the very thickest
and darkest part of the forest. They then slipped
away by a by-path as before, and left the children by
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themselves again. All this did not give Hop-o'-my-
Thumb any concern, for he thought himself quite sure
of getting back by means of the crumbs that he had
dropped by the way; but when he came to look for
them he found that not a crumb was left, for the
birds had eaten them all up.
The poor children were now sadly off, for the
further they went the harder it was for them to get
out of the forest. At last night came on, and the
wind among the trees seemed to them like the howl-
ing of wolves, so that every moment they thought
they should be eaten up. They hardly dared to
speak a word, or to move a limb, for fear. Soon after
there came a heavy rain, which wetted them to the
very skin, and made the ground so slippery that they
fell down almost at every step, and got dirty all over.
Before it was quite dark, Hop-o'-my-Thumb climbed
up to the top of a tree, and looked round on all sides
to see if he could find any way of getting help. He
saw a small light, like that of a candle, but it was a
very great way off, and beyond the forest. He then
came down from the tree, to try to find the way to it;
but he could not see it when he was on the ground,
and he was in the utmost trouble what to do next.
They walked on towards the place where he had seen
the light, and at last reached the end of the forest,
and got sight of it again. They now walked faster;
and after being much tired and vexed (for every time
they got into lower ground they lost sight of the
light) came to the house it was in. They knocked at
the door, which was opened by a very good-natured-
looking lady, who asked what brought them there.
Hop-o'-my-Thumb told her that they were poor chil-
dren who had lost their way in the forest, and begged
that she would give them a bed till morning, When
the lady saw that they had such pretty faces, she
began to shed tears, and said, "Ah my poor children,
you do not know what place you are come to. This
is the house of an Ogre, who eats up little boys and
"Alas! madam," replied Hop-o'-my-Thumb, who
trembled from head to foot, "what shall we do ? If
we go back to the forest, we are sure of being torn
to pieces by the wolves; we would rather, therefore,
be eaten by the gentleman. Besides, when he sees
us, perhaps he may take pity on us and spare our
The Ogre's wife thought she could contrive to hide
them from her husband till morning; so she let them
go in and warm themselves by a good fire, before
which there was a whole sheep roasting for the Ogre's
supper. When they had stood a short time by the
fire, there came a loud knocking at the door: this was
the Ogre come home. His wife hurried the children
under the bed, and told them to lie still, and she then
let her husband in.
The Ogre asked if supper were ready, and if the
wine were fetched from the cellar; and then he sat
down at the table. The sheep was not quite done,
but he liked it much better half raw. In a minute or
two the Ogre began to snuff to his right and left, and
said he smelt child's flesh.
"It must be this calf which has just been killed,"
said his wife.
"I smell child's flesh, I tell thee once more," cried
the Ogre, looking all about the room ; I smell child's
flesh; there is something going on that I do not know
As soon as he had spoken these words, he rose from
his chair and went towards the bed.
"Ah! madam," said he, "you thought to cheat
me did you ? Wretch,! thou art old and tough thy-
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self, or else I would eat thee up too. But come,
come, this is lucky enough; for the brats will make
a nice dish for three Ogres, who are my particular
friends, and who are to dine with me to-morrow !"
He then drew them out one by one from under the
bed. The poor children fell on their knees and
begged his pardon as humbly as they could; but this
Ogre was the most cruel of all Ogres, and instead of
feeling any pity, he only began to think how sweet
and tender their flesh would be; so he told his wife
they would be nice morsels, if she served them up
with plenty of sauce. He then fetched a large knife,
and began to sharpen it on a long whetstone that he
held in his left hand; and all the while he came
nearer and nearer to the bed. The Ogre took up one
of the children, and was going to set about cutting
him to pieces; but his wife said to him, "What in
the world makes you take the trouble of killing them
to-night? Will it not be time enough to-morrow
morning ? "
Hold your prating," replied the Ogre; they will
grow tender by being kept a little while after they
"But," said his wife, "you have got so much meat
in the house already; here is a calf, two sheep, and a
half a pig."
"True," said the Ogre, so give them all a good
supper, that they may not get lean, and then send
them to bed."
The good creature was quite glad at this. She gave
them plenty for their supper, but the poor children
were so terrified that they could not eat a bit.
The Ogre sat down to his wine, very much pleased
with the thought of giving his friends such a dainty
dish; this made him drink rather more than common,
and he was soon obliged to go,to bed himself. Now
the Ogre had seven daughters, who were all very
young, like Hop-o'-my-Thumb and his brothers. These
young Ogresses had fair skins, because they fed on
raw meat like their father; but they had small gray
eyes, quite round and sunk in their heads, hooked
noses, wide mouths, and very long sharp teeth stand-
ing a great way off each other. They were too young
as yet to do much mischief; but they showed that if
they lived to be as old as their father, they would
grow quite as cruel as he was, for they took pleasure
already in biting young children, and sucking their
blood. The Ogresses had been put to bed very early
that night; they were all in one bed, which was very
large, and every one of them had a crown of gold on
her head. There was another bed of the same size in
the room, and in this the Ogre's wife put the seven
little boys, and then went to bed herself along with
Now Hop-o'-my-Thumb was afraid that the Ogre
would wake in the night and kill him and his
brothers while they were asleep. So he got out of
bed in the middle of the night as softly as he could,
took off all his brothers' nightcaps and his own, and
crept with them to the bed that the Ogre's daughters
were in; he then took off their crowns, and put the
nightcaps on their heads instead; next he put the
crowns on his brothers' heads and his own, and got
into bed again; expecting, after this, that, if the Ogre
should come, he would take him and his brothers for
his own children. Everything turned out as he
wished. The Ogre waked soon after midnight, and
began to be very sorry that he had put off killing the
boys till the morning; so he jumped out of bed, and
took hold of his large knife. Let me see," said he,
" what the young rogues are about, and do the busi-
ness at once." He then walked softly to the room
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where they all slept, anm went up to the bed the boys
were in, who were all asi ep except Hop-o'-my-Thumb.
He touched their heads ( .e at a time, and feeling the
crowns of gold, said to hiAself, "Oh, oh! I had like
to have made such a mistake. I must have drunk
too much wine last night?;'
He went next to the bed aat his own little Ogresses
were in, and when he fe' the nightcaps he said,
Ah! here you are, my 1. is," and so in a moment
he cut the throats of all his daughters.
He was very much pleased when he had done this,
and then went back to his owi bed. As soon as Hop-
o'-my-Thumb heard him snork he awoke his brothers,
and told them to put on their clothes quickly
and follow him. They stolh down softly into the
garden, and then jumped from the wall into the road;
they ran as fast as their legs could carry them, but
were so much afraid all the while that they hardly
knew which way to take. WL -n the Ogre waked in
the morning he said to his wife, grinning, "My dear,
go and dress the young rogues I saw last night."
The wife was quite surprised at hearing her hus-
band speak so kindly, and did not dream of the real
meaning of his words. She supposed he wanted her
to help them to put on their clothes; so she went
upstairs, and the first thing she saw was her seven
daughters with their throats cut, and all over blood.
This threw her into a fainting fit. The Ogre was
afraid his wife might be too long in doing what he
had set her about, so he went himself to help her;
but he was as much socked as she had been at the
dreadful sight of his bleeding children. "Ah what
have I done ? he cried; "but the little rascals shall
pay for it, I warrant them."
He first threw some water on his wife's face; and,
as soon as she came to herself, he said to her: Bring
"HOP-O'-MY-TIHUMB PUT TIE OGRE'S SEVEN-LEAGUE BOOTS ON
HIS OWN LEGS."
me quickly my seven-league boots, that I may go and
catch the little vipers."
The Ogre then put on these boots and set out with
all speed. He strided over many parts of the country,
and at last turned into the -very road in which the
poor children were. For they had set off towards the
faggot-maker's cottage, which they had almost reached.
They watched the Ogre stepping from mountain to
mountain at one step, and crossing rivers as if they
had been tiny brooks. At this Hop-o'-my-Thumb
thought a little what was to be done; and spying a
hollow place under a large rock, he made his brothers
get into it. He then crept in himself, but kept his
eye fixed on the Ogre, to see what he would do next.
The Ogre found himself quite weary with the
journey he had gone, for seven-league boots are very
tiresome to the person who wears them; so he now
began to think of resting, and happened to sit down
on the very rock where the poor children were hid.
As he was so tired and it was a very hot day, he fell
fast asleep, and soon began to snore so loud that the
little fellows were terrified.
When Hop-o'-my-Thumb saw this he said to his
brothers," Courage, my lads Never fear! You have
nothing to do but to steal away and get home while the
Ogre is fast asleep, and leave me to shift for myself."
The brothers now were very glad to do whatever
he told them, and so they soon came to their father's
house. In the meantime Hop-o'-my-Thumb went up
to the Ogre softly, pulled off his seven-league boots
very gently, and put them on his own legs; for
though the boots were very large, yet being fairy
boots they could make themselves small enough to fit
any leg they pleased.
As soon as ever Hop-o'-my-Thumb had made sure of
the Ogre's seven-league boots, he went at once to the
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palace and offered his services to carry orders from
the king to his army, which was a great way off, and
to bring back the quickest accounts of the battle they
were just at that time fighting with the enemy. In
short, he thought he could be of more use to the king
than all his mail-coaches, and so should make his
fortune in this manner. He succeeded so well that
in a short time he made money enough to keep him-
self, his father, mother, and six brothers, without the
trouble of working, for the rest of their lives. Hav-
ing done this, he went back to his father's cottage,
where all the family were delighted to see him again.
As the great fame of his boots had been talked of at
court in this time, the king sent for him, and indeed
employed him very often in the greatest affairs of the
state, so that he became one of the richest men in the
And now let us see what became of the wicked
Ogre. He slept so soundly that he never discovered
the loss of his boots; but having an evil conscience
and bad dreams, he fell in his sleep from the corner
of the rock where Hop-o'-my-Thumb and his brothers
had left him, and bruised himself so much from head
to foot that he could not stir; so he was forced to
stretch himself out at full length and wait for some
one to come and help him.
Now a good many faggot-makers passed near the
place where the Ogre lay; and when they heard him
groan they went up to ask him what was the matter.
But the Ogre had eaten such a great number of chil-
dren in his lifetime that he had grown so very big
and fat that these men could not even have carried
one of his legs; so they were forced to leave him
there. At last night came on, and then a large ser-
pent came out of a wood just by, and stung him, so
that he died in great pain.
By and by Hop-o'-my-Thumb, who had become the
king's first favorite, heard of the Ogre's death; and the
first thing he did was to tell his majesty all that
the good-natured Ogress had done to save the lives of
himself and brothers. The king was so much pleased
at what he heard that he asked Hop-o'-my-Thumb if
there was any favor he could bestow upon her.
Hop-o'-my-Thumb thanked the king, and desired that
the Ogress might have the noble title of Duchess of
Draggletail given to her, which was no sooner asked
than granted. The Ogress then came to court and
lived very happily for many years, enjoying the vast
fortune she had found in the Ogre's chests. As for
Hop-o'-my-Thumb, he every day grew more witty and
brave; till at last the king made him the greatest lord
in the kingdom, and set him over all his affairs.
CINDERELLA, OR THE LITTLE GLASS
THERE was once an honest gentleman who took for
his second wife a lady, the proudest and most disagree-
able in the whole country. She had two daughters
exactly like herself in all things. He also had one
little girl, who resembled her dead mother, the best
woman in all the world. Scarcely had the second mar-
riage taken place than the stepmother became jealous
of the good qualities of the little girl, who was so great
a contrast to her own two daughters. She gave her all
the menial occupations of the house; compelled her to
wash the floors and staircases, to dust the bedrooms
and clean the grates; and while her sisters occupied
carpeted chambers hung with mirrors, where they could
see themselves from head to foot, this poor little
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damsel was sent to sleep in an attic, on an old straw
mattress, with only one chair, and not a looking-glass
in the room.
She suffered all in silence, not daring to complain to
her father, who was entirely ruled by his new wife.
When her daily work was done, she used to sit down
in the chimney-corner among the ashes; from which
the two sisters gave her the nickname of Cinderella.
But Cinderella, however shabbily clad, was handsomer
than they were with all their fine clothes.
It happened that the king's son gave a series of balls,
to which were invited all the rank and fashion of the
city, and among the rest the two elder sisters. They
were very proud and happy, and occupied their whole
time in deciding what they should wear a source of
new trouble to Cinderella, whose duty it was to get up
their fine linen and laces, and who never could please
them, however much she tried. They talked of noth-
ing but their clothes.
I," said the elder, shall wear my velvet gown and
my trimmings of English lace."
"And I," added the younger, "will have but my or-
dinary silk petticoat, but I shall adorn it with an upper
skirt of flowered brocade, and shall put on my dia-
mond tiara, which is a great deal finer than anything
Here the elder sister grew angry, and the dispute
began to run so high that Cinderella, who was known
to have excellent taste, was called upon to decide be-
tween them. She gave them the best advice she could,
and gently and submissively offered to dress them her-
self, and especially to arrange their hair, an accom-
plishment in which she excelled many a noted coiffeur.
The important evening came, and she exercised all her
skill to adorn the two young ladies. While she was
combing out the elder's hair, this ill-natured girl said
sharply, Cinderella, do you not wish you were going
to the ball ? "
Ah, madam (they obliged her always to say mad-
am), you are only mocking me; it is not my fortune
to have any such pleasure."
"You are right; people would only laugh to see a
little cinder-wench at a. ball."
Any other than Cinderella would have dressed the
hair all awry; but she was good, and dressed it per-
fectly even and smooth, and as prettily as she could.
The sisters had scarcely eaten for two days, and had
broken a dozen stay-laces a day in trying to make
themselves slender; but to-night they broke a dozen
more, and lost their tempers over and over again be-
fore they had completed their toilette. When at last
the happy moment arrived, Cinderella followed them
to the coach; after it had whirled them away, she sat
down by the kitchen fire and cried.
Immediately her godmother, who was a fairy, ap-
peared beside her. What are you crying for, my
Oh, I wish I wish Her sobs stopped her.
"You wish to go to the ball. Is n't it so ?"
"Well, then, be a good girl and you shall go.
First run into the garden and fetch me the largest
pumpkin you can find."
Cinderella did not comprehend what this had to do
with her going to the ball, but, being obedient and
obliging, she went. Her godmother took the pump-
kin, and having scooped out all its inside, struck it
with her wand: it became a splendid gilt coach lined
with rose-colored satin.
"Now fetch me the mouse-trap out of the pantry,
Cinderella brought it. It contained six of the fattest,
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sleekest mice. The fairy lifted up the wire door, and
as each mouse ran out she struck it and changed it
into a beautiful black horse.
"But what shall I do for your coachman, Cinder-
Cinderella suggested that she had seen a large
black rat in the rat-trap, and he might do for want of
"You are right. Go and look again for him."
He was found, and the fairy made him into a most
respectable coachman, with the finest whiskers imagi-
nable. She afterwards took six lizards from behind
the pumpkin frame, and changed them into six foot-
men, all in splendid livery, who immediately jumped
up behind the carriage, as if they had been footmen
all their days. "Well, Cinderella, now you can go to
"What, in these clothes ?" said Cinderella pite-
ously, looking down on her ragged frock.
Her godmother laughed, and touched her also with
the wand; at which her wretched threadbare jacket
became stiff with gold and sparkling with jewels;
her woollen petticoat lengthened into a gown of sweep-
ing satin, from underneath which peeped out her little
feet, no longer bare, but covered with silk stockings
and the prettiest glass slippers in the world. Now,
Cinderella, depart; but remember, if you stay one
instant after midnight your carriage will become
a pumpkin, your coachman a rat, your horses mice,
and your footmen lizards; while you yourself will be
the little cinder-wench you were an hour ago."
Cinderella promised without fear, her heart was so
full of joy.
Arrived at the palace, the king's son, whom some
one, probably the fairy, had told to await the coming
of an uninvited princess whom nobody knew, was
standing at the entrance, ready to receive her. He
offered her his hand and led her with the utmost
courtesy through the assembled guests, who stood
aside to let her pass, whispering to one another, "Oh,
how beautiful she is!" It might have turned the
head of any one but poor Cinderella, who was so used
to be despised that she took it all as if it were some-
thing happening in a dream.
Her triumph was complete; even the old king said
to the queen that never since her majesty's young
days had he seen so charming and elegant a person.
All the court ladies scanned her eagerly, clothes and
all, determining to have theirs made next day of
exactly the same pattern. The king's son himself led
her out to dance, and she danced so gracefully that he
admired her more and more. Indeed, at supper,
which was fortunately early, his admiration quite
took away his appetite. For Cinderella herself, with
an involuntary shyness she sought out her sisters,
placed herself beside them and offered them all sorts
of civil attentions, which, coming as they supposed
from a stranger and so magnificent a lady, almost
overwhelmed them with delight.
While she was talking with them she heard the
clock strike a quarter to twelve, and making a cour-
teous adieu to the royal family she reintered her car-
riage, escorted tenderly by the king's son, and arrived
in safety at her own door. There she found her god-
mother, who smiled approval; and of whom she begged
permission to go to a second ball the following night,
to which the queen had earnestly invited her.
While she was talking the two sisters were heard
knocking at the gate, and the fairy godmother vanished,
leaving Cinderella sitting in the chimney-corner, rub-
bing her eyes and pretending to be very sleepy.
"Ah," cried the eldest sister maliciously, "it has
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been the most delightful ball, and there was present
the most beautiful princess I ever saw, who was so
exceedingly polite to us both."
"Was she?" said Cinderella indifferently; "and
who might she be ? "
Nobody knows, though everybody would give their
eyes to know, especially the king's son."
"Indeed! replied Cinderella, a little more inter-
ested. "I should like to see her. Miss Javotte," -
that was the elder sister's name, will you not let
me go to-morrow, and lend me your yellow gown that
you wear on Sundays?"
"What, lend my yellow gown to a cinder-wench I
am not so mad as that; at which refusal Cinderella
did not complain, for if her sister really had lent her
the gown she would have been considerably embar-
The next night came, and the two young ladies,
richly dressed in different toilets, went to the ball.
Cinderella, more splendidly attired and beautiful than
ever, followed them shortly after. Now remember
twelve o'clock," was her godmother's parting speech;
and she thought she certainly should. But the prince's
attentions to her were greater even than the first even-
ing, and in the delight of listening to his pleasant
conversation time slipped by unperceived. While
she was sitting beside him in a lovely alcove, and
looking at the moon from under a bower of orange
blossoms, she heard a clock strike the first stroke of
twelve. She started up and fled away as lightly as
Amazed, the prince followed, but could not catch
her. Indeed, he missed his lovely princess altogether,
and only saw running out of the palace doors a little
dirty lass whom he had never beheld before, and of
whom he certainly would never have taken the least
notice. Cinderella arrived at home breathless and
weary, ragged and cold, without carriage, or footmen,
or coachman; the only remnant of her past magnifi-
cence being one of her little glass slippers,- the
other she had dropped in the ballroom as she ran
When the two sisters returned they were full of this
strange adventure, how the beautiful lady had appeared
at the ball more beautiful than ever, and enchanted
every one who looked at her; and how as the clock
was striking twelve she had suddenly risen up and
fled through the ballroom, disappearing no one knew
how or where, and dropping one of her glass slippers
behind her in her flight. How the king's son had
remained inconsolable until he chanced to pick up the
little glass slipper, which he carried away in his
pocket, and was seen to take it out continually and
look at it affectionately, with the air of a man very
much in love; in fact, from his behavior during the
remainder of the evening, all the court and royal
family were convinced that he had become desperately
enamoured of the wearer of the little glass slipper.
Cinderella listened in silence, turning her face to
the kitchen fire, and perhaps it was that which made
her look so rosy; but nobody ever noticed or admired
her at home, so it did not signify, and next morning
she went to her weary work again just as before.
A few days after, the whole city was attracted by
the sight of a herald going round with a little glass
slipper in his hand, publishing, with a flourish of
trumpets, that the king's son ordered this to be fitted
on the foot of every lady in the kingdom, and that he
wished to marry the lady whom it fitted best, or to
whom it and the fellow slipper belonged. Princesses,
duchesses, countesses, and simple gentlewomen all
tried it on, but being a fairy slipper, it fitted nobody;
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and beside, nobody could produce its fellow slipper,
which lay all the time safely in the pocket of Cinder-
ella's old linsey gown.
At last the herald came to the house of the two
sisters, and though they well knew neither of them-
selves was the beautiful lady, they made every at-
tempt to get their clumsy feet into the glass slipper,
but in vain.
Let me try it on," said Cinderella from the chim-
What, you ? cried the others, bursting into shouts
of laughter; but Cinderella only smiled and held out
Her sisters could not prevent her, since the com-
mand was that every young maiden in the city should
try on the slipper, in order that no chance might be
left untried, for the prince was nearly breaking his
heart; and his father and mother were afraid that,
though a prince, he would actually die for love of the
beautiful unknown lady.
So the herald bade Cinderella sit down on a three-
legged stool in the kitchen, and himself put the slip-
per on her pretty little foot, which it fitted exactly;
she then drew from her pocket the fellow slipper,
which she also put on, and stood up, -for with the
touch of the magic shoes all her dress was changed
likewise, no longer the poor, despised cinder-wench,
but the beautiful lady whom the king's son loved.
Her sisters recognized her at once. Filled with
astonishment, mingled with no little alarm, they threw
themselves at her feet, begging her pardon for all
their former unkindness. She raised and embraced
them; told them she forgave them with all her heart,
and only hoped they would love her always. Then
she departed with the herald to the king's palace, and
told her whole story to his majesty and the royal
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family, who were not in the least surprised, for every-
body believed in fairies, and everybody longed to have
a fairy godmother.
For the young prince, he found her more lovely and
lovable than ever, and insisted upon marrying her
immediately. Cinderella never went home again, but
she sent for her two sisters to the palace, and with the
consent of all parties married them shortly after to
two rich gentlemen of the court.
ADVENTURES OF JOHN DIETRICH.
THERE once lived in Rambin, a town near the Baltic
sea, an honest, industrious man named James Die-
trich. He had several children, all of a good disposi-
tion, especially the youngest, whose name was John.
John Dietrich was a handsome, smart boy, diligent at
school and obedient at home. His great passion was
for hearing stories, and whenever he met any one who
was well stored with such, he never let him go till he
had heard them all.
When John was about eight years old he was sent
to spend a summer with his uncle, a farmer in Roden-
kirchen. Here he had to keep cows with other boys,
and they used to drive them to graze about the Nine-
hills, where an old cowherd, one Klas Starkwolt,
frequently came to join the lads, and then they would
sit down all together and tell stories. Consequently
Klas became John's best friend, for he knew stories
without end. He could tell all about the Nine-hills,
and the underground folk who inhabited them; how
the giants disappeared from the country, and the
dwarfs or little people came in their stead. These tales
John swallowed so eagerly that he thought of nothing
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else, and was forever talking of golden cups, and
crowns, and glass shoes, and pockets full of ducats,
and gold rings, and diamond coronets, and snow-white
brides, and the like. Old Klas used often to shake his
head at him and say, John! John! what are you
about ? The spade and scythe will be your sceptre and
crown, and your bride will wear a garland of rosemary
and a gown of striped drill."
Still John almost longed to get into the Nine-hills, for
Klas had told him that any one who by luck or cunning
should get the cap of one of the little people might go
down with safety, and instead of becoming their slave,
he would be their master. The fairy whose cap he
got would be his servant, and obey all his commands.
Midsummer-eve, when the days are longest and the
nights shortest, was now come. In the village of
Rambin old and young kept the holiday, had all sorts
of plays, and told all kinds of stories. John, who
knew that this season was the time for all fairy people
to come abroad, could now no longer contain himself,
but the day after the festival he slipped away to the
Nine-hills, and when it grew dark laid himself down
on the top of the highest of them, which Klas had told
him was the principal dancing-ground of the under-
ground people. John lay quite still from ten till twelve
at night. At last it struck twelve. Immediately there
was a ringing and a singing in the hills, and then a
whispering and a lisping and a whiz and a buzz all
about him, for the little people were now come out,
some whirling round and round in the dance, and
others sporting and tumbling about in the moonshine,
and playing a thousand merry pranks. He felt a secret
dread creep over him at this whispering and buzzing,
for he could see nothing of them, as the caps they wore
made them invisible; but he lay quite still, with his
face in the grass and his eyes fast shut, snoring a little
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just as if he was asleep. Yet now and then he vent-
ured to open his eyes a little and peep out, but not
the slightest trace of them could he see, though it was
It was not long before three of the underground
people came jumping up to where he was lying; but
they took no heed of him, and flung their brown caps
up into the air, and caught them from one another.
At length one snatched the cap out of the hand. of
another and flung it away. It flew direct, and fell
upon John's head. He could feel, though he could not
see it; and the moment he did feel it, he caught hold
of it. Starting up, he swung it about for joy, and
made the little silver bell of it tingle, then set it upon
his head, and oh, wonderful to relate that instant
he saw the countless and merry swarm of the little
The three little men came slyly up to him, and
thought by their nimbleness to get back the cap, but
he held his prize fast, and they saw clearly that
nothing was to be done in this way with him, for in
size and strength John was a giant in comparison of
these little fellows, who hardly reached his knee.
The owner of the cap now came up very humbly to
the finder, and begged, in as supplicating a tone as if
his life depended upon it, that he would give him
back his cap. No," said John, you sly little rogue,
you'll get the cap no more. That's not the sort of
thing. I should be in a nice perplexity if I had not
something of yours; now you have no power over
me, but must do what I please. And I will go down
with you, and see how you live below, and you shall
be my servant. Nay, no grumbling; you know you
must. And I know it too, just as well as you do, for
Klas Starkwolt told it to me often and often."
The little man made as if he had not heard or
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understood one word of all this; he began all his
crying and whining over again, and wept, and
screamed, and howled most piteously for his little
cap. But John cut the matter short by saying to
him, "Have done; you are my servant, and I intend
to take a trip with you." So the underground man
gave up the point, especially as he well knew there
was no remedy.
John now flung away his old hat and put on the
cap, and set it firmly on his head lest it should slip
off or fly away, for all his power lay in it. He lost
no time in trying its virtues, but commanded his new
servant to fetch him food and drink. The servant
ran away like the wind, and in a second was there
again with bottles of wine, and bread, and rich fruits.
So John ate and drank, and looked on at the sports
and the dancing of the little people, and it pleased
him right well, and he behaved himself stoutly and
wisely, as if he was a born master.
When the cock had now crowed for the third time,
and the little larks had made their first flutter in the
sky, and the daybreak appeared in slender white
streaks in the east, then there went a whisper, hush,
hush, hush, through the bushes, and flowers, and
trees; and the hills rang again and opened up, and
the little men stole down and disappeared. John
gave close attention to everything, and found that it
was exactly as he had been told. And behold! on
the top of the hill where they had just been dancing,
and which was now full of grass and flowers, as people
see it by day, there rose, of a sudden, a small-glass
door. Whosoever wanted to go in stepped upon this;
it opened and he glided gently in, the glass closing
again after him; and when they had all entered it
vanished, and there was no farther trace of it to be
seen. Those who descended through the glass door
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sank quite gently into a wide silver tun or barrel,
which held them all, and could easily have harbored
a thousand such little people. John and his man
went down also, along with several others, all of
whom screamed out and prayed him not to tread on
them, for if his weight came on them they were dead
men. He was, however, careful, and acted in a very
friendly way towards them. Several barrels of this
kind went up and down after each other, until all
were in. They hung by long silver chains, which
were drawn and guided from below.
In his descent John was amazed at the wonderful
brilliancy of the walls between which the tun glided
down. They seemed all studded with pearls and
diamonds, glittering and sparkling brightly, while
below him he heard the most beautiful music tink-
ling at a distance, so that he did not know what he
was about, and from excess of pleasure he fell fast
He slept a long time, and when he awoke he found
himself in the most beautiful bed that could be, such
as he had never seen in his father's or any other
house. It was also the prettiest little chamber in the
world, and his servant was beside him with a fan to
keep away the flies and gnats. He had hardly opened
his eyes when his little servant brought him a basin
and towel, and held ready for him to put on his nicest
new clothes of brown .silk, most beautifully made;
with these was a pair of new black shoes with red
ribbons, such as John had never beheld in Rambin or
in Rodenkirchen either. There were also there several
pairs of glittering glass shoes, such as are only used
on great occasions. John was, we may well suppose,
delighted to have such clothes to wear, and he put
them on joyfully. His servant then flew like light-
ning and returned with a fine breakfast of wine and
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milk, and delicate white bread and fruits, and such
other things as little boys are fond of. He now per-
ceived, every moment, more and more, that Klas
Starkwolt, the old cowherd, knew what he was talking
about, for the splendor and magnificence here sur-
passed anything John had ever dreamt of. His
servant, too, was the most obedient one possible; a
nod or a sign was enough for him, for he was as wise
as a bee, as all these little people are by nature.
John's bedroom was all covered with emeralds and
other precious stones, and in the ceiling was a diamond
as big as a nine-pin bowl, that gave light to the whole
chamber. In this place they have neither sun, nor
moon, nor stars to give them light; neither do they
use lamps or candles of any kind; but they live in
the midst of precious stones, and have the purest of
gold and silver in abundance, from which they man-
age to obtain light both by day and by night, though
indeed, properly speaking, as there is no sun here,
there is no distinction of day and night, and they
reckon only by weeks. They set the brightest and
clearest precious stones in their dwellings, and in the
ways and passages leading under the ground, and in
the places where they have their large halls, and their
dances and feasts; and the sparkle of these jewels
makes a sort of silvery twilight which is far more
beautiful than common day.
When John had finished his breakfast his servant
opened a little door in the wall, where was a closet
with silver and gold cups and dishes and other vessels,
and baskets filled with ducats, and boxes of jewels
and precious stones. There were also charming pict-
ures, and the most delightful story-books he had seen
in the whole course of his life.
John spent the morning looking at these things,
and when it was mid-day a bell rung, and his servant
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said, "Will you dine alone, sir, or with the large
With the large company, to be sure," replied
John. So his servant led him out. John, however,
saw nothing but solitary halls, lighted up with pre-
cious stones, and here and there little men and women,
who appeared to him to glide out of the clefts and fis-
sures of the rocks. Wondering what it was the bells
rang for, he said to his servant, "But where is the
company ?" And scarcely had he spoken when the
hall they were in opened out to a great extent, and a
canopy set with diamonds and precious stones was
drawn over it. At the same moment he saw an
immense throng of nicely dressed little men and
women pouring in through several open doors; the
floor opened in several places, and tables, covered
with the most beautiful ware, and the most luscious
meats, and fruits, and wines, arranged themselves in
rows, and the chairs arranged themselves along beside
the tables, and then the men and women took. their
The principal persons now came forward, bowed
toJohn, and led him to their table, where they placed
him among their most beautiful maidens, a distinction
which pleased John well. The party too was very
merry, for the underground people are extremely lively
and cheerful, and can never Mtay long quiet. Then
the most charming music sounded over their heads;
and beautiful birds, flying about, sung sweetly: these
were not real, but artificial birds, which the little men
make so ingeniously that they can fly about and sing
like natural ones.
The servants.of both sexes, who waited at table, and
handed about the gold cups, and the silver and crystal
baskets with fruit, were mortal children, whom some
misfortune had thrown among the underground people,
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and who, having come down without securing any
pledge, such as John's cap, had fallen into their power.
These were differently clad from their masters. The
boys and girls were dressed in snow-white coats and
jackets, and wore glass shoes, so thin that their steps
could never be heard, with blue caps on their heads,
and silver belts round their waists.
John at first pitied them, seeing how they were
forced to run about and wait on the little people; but
as they looked cheerful and happy, and were hand-
somely dressed and had such rosy cheeks, he said to
himself, "After all, they are not so badly off, and I
was myself much worse when I had to be running
after the cows and bullocks. To be sure, I am now a
master here, and they are servants; but there is no
help for it; why were they so foolish as to let them-
selves be taken and not get some pledge beforehand ?
At any rate, the time must come when they shall be
set at liberty, and they will certainly not be longer
than fifty years here." With these thoughts he con-
soled himself, and sported and played away with his
little playfellows, and ate, and drank, and made his
servant and the others tell him stories, for he always
liked to hear something strange, and to get to the
bottom of everything.
They sat at table about two hours. The principal
person then rang a little bell, and the tables and chairs
all vanished in a whiff, leaving the company standing
on their feet. The birds now struck up a most lively
air, and the little people began to dance, jumping and
leaping and whirling round and round, as if the world
were grown dizzy. And the pretty little girls that sat
next John caught hold of him and whirled him about;
and, without making any resistance, he danced with
them for two good hours. Every afternoon while he
remained there he used to do the same; and, to the
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last hour of his life, he always spoke of it with the
When the music and dancing were over, it might be
about four o'clock. The little people then disappeared,
and went each about their work or their pleasure.
After supper they sported and danced in the same
way; and at midnight, especially on starlight nights,
they slipped out of their hills to dance in the open air.
John used then, like a good boy, to say his prayers
and go to sleep, a duty he never neglected either in
the evening or in the morning.
For the first week that John was in the glass-hill he
only went from his chamber to the great hall and back
again. After then, however, he began to walk about,
making his servant show and explain everything to
him. He found that there were here most beautiful
walks, in which he might ramble along for miles, in
all directions, without ever finding an end of them, so
immensely large Was the hill that the little people
lived in; and yet outwardly it seemed but a little hill,
with a few bushes and trees growing on it.
He found also meadows and lanes, islands and lakes,
where the birds sang sweeter and the flowers were
more brilliant and fragrant than anything he had ever
seen on earth. There was a breeze, and yet one did
not feel the wind; it was quite clear and bright, but
there was no heat; the waves were dashing, still there
was no danger; and the most beautiful little barks
and canoes came, like white swans, when one wanted
to cross the water, and went backwards and forwards
of their own accord. Whence all this came nobody
knew, nor could his servant tell anything about it.
These lovely meads and plains were, for the most
part, all solitary. Few of the underground people
were to be seen upon them, and those that were just
ghled across them, as if in the greatest hurry. It
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very rarely happened that any of them danced out here
in the open air; sometimes about three of them did
so, at the most half a dozen; John never saw a greater
number together. The meadows never seemed cheer-
ful, except when the earth-children, who were kept
as servants, were let out to walk. This, however,
happened but twice a week, for they were mostly kept
employed in the great hall and adjoining apartments,
or at school.
For John soon found they had schools there also.
He had been there about ten months, when one day
he saw something snow-white gliding into a rock, and
disappearing. "What! said he to his servant; are
there some of you too that wear white, like the ser-
vants ?" He was informed that there were; but
they were few in number, and never appeared at the
large tables or the dances, except once a year, on the
birthday of the great Hill-king, who dwelt many thou-
sand miles below in the great deep. These were the
oldest men among them, some being many thousand
years old; they knew all things, and could tell of
the beginning of the world, and were called the Wise.
They lived all alone, and only left their chambers to
instruct the underground children and the attendants
of both sexes.
John was greatly interested by this news, and he
determined to take advantage of it; so next morning
he made his servant conduct him to the school, and
was so well pleased with it that he never missed a
day. The scholars were taught reading, writing, and
accounts, to compose and relate histories and stories,
and many elegant kinds of work; so that many
came out of the hills very prudent and learned. The
biggest, and those of best capacity, received instruc-
tion in natural science and astronomy, and in poetry
and riddle-making arts highly esteemed by the little
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people. John was very diligent, and soon became a
clever painter; he wrought, too, most ingeniously in
gold, and silver, and stones; and in verse and riddle-
making he had no fellow.
John had spent many a happy year here without
ever thinking of the upper world, or of those he had
left behind, so pleasantly passed the time, so many
an agreeable playfellow had he among the children.
Of all his playfellows there was none of whom he
was so fond as of a little fair-haired girl, named
Elizabeth Krabbin. She was from his own village,
and was the daughter of Frederick Krabbe, the min-
ister of Rambin. She was but four years old when
she was taken away, and John had often heard tell
of her. She was not, however, stolen by the little
people, but came into their power in this manner:
One day in summer she, with other children, ran
out into the fields; in their rambles they went to the
Nine-hills, where little Elizabeth fell asleep, and was
forgotten by the rest. At night, when she awoke,
she found herself under the ground among the little
people. It was not merely because she was from his
own village that John was so fond of Elizabeth, but
she was a most beautiful child, with clear blue eyes
and ringlets of fair hair, and a most angelic smile.
Time flew away unperceived; John was now eigh-
teen, and Elizabeth sixteen. Their childish fondness
was now become love, and the little people were
pleased to see it, thinking that by means of her they
might get John to renounce his power and become
their servant; for they were fond of him, and would
willingly have had him to wait upon them; the love
of dominion is their vice. But they were mistaken;
John had learned too much from his servant to be
caught in that way.
John's chief delight was walking about alone with
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Elizabeth; for he now knew every place so well that
he could dispense with the attendance of his servant.
In these rambles he was always gay and lively, but
his companion was frequently sad and melancholy,
thinking of the land above, where men lived, and
where the sun, moon, and stars shine. Now it hap-
pened in one of their walks that as they talked of
their love, and it was after midnight, they passed
under the place where the tops of the glass hills used
to open and let the underground people in and out.
As they went along they heard of a sudden the crow-
ing of several cocks above. At this sound, which she
had not heard for twelve years, little Elizabeth felt
her heart so affected that she could contain herself
no longer, but throwing her arms about John's neck,
she bathed his cheeks with her tears. At length she
Dearest John," said she, everything down here is
very beautiful, and the little people are kind and do
nothing to injure me, but still I have always been
uneasy, nor ever felt any pleasure till I began to love
you; and yet that is not pure pleasure, for this is not
a right way of living, such as it should be for human
beings. Every night I dream of my dear father and
mother, and of our churchyard, where the people
stand so piously at the church-door waiting for my
father, and I could weep tears of blood that I cannot
go into the church with them, and worship God as a
human being should; for this is no Christian life we
lead down here, but a delusive half-heathen one. And
only think, dear John, that we can never marry, as
there is no priest to join us. Do, then, plan some
way for us to leave this place; for I cannot tell you
how I long to get once more to my father, and among
John too had not been unaffected by the crowing of
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the cocks, and he felt what he had never felt here
before, a longing after the land where the sun shines.
Dear Elizabeth, all you say is true, and I now
feel that it is a sin for Christians to stay here; and it
seems to me as if our Lord said to us in that cry of
the. cocks, Come up, ye Christian children, out of
those abodes of illusion and magic; come to the light
of the stars, and act as children of light.' I now feel
that it was a great sin for me to come down here, but
I trust I shall be forgiven on account of my youth;
for I was a child and knew not what I did. But now
I will not stay a day longer. They cannot keep me
At these last words Elizabeth turned pale, for she
recollected that she was a servant, and must serve her
fifty years. "And what will it avail me," cried she,
that I shall continue young and be but as twenty
years old when I go out, for my father and mother
will be dead, and all my companions old and gray;
and you, dearest John, will be old and gray also,"
cried she, throwing herself on his bosom.
John was thunderstruck at this, for it had never
before occurred to him; he, however, comforted her
as well as he could, and declared he would never
leave the place without her. He spent the whole
night in forming various plans; at last he fixed on
one, and in the morning he dispatched his servant to
summon to his apartment six of the principal of the
little people. When they came, John thus mildly
My friends, you know how I came here, not as a
prisoner or servant, but as a lord and master over one
of you, and, consequently, over all. You have now
for the ten years I have been with you treated me
with respect and attention, and for that I am your
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debtor. But you are still more my debtors, for I
might have given you every sort of annoyance and
vexation, and you must have submitted to it. I have,
however, not done so, but have behaved as your equal,
and have sported and played with you rather than
ruled over you. I now have one request to make.
There is a girl among your servants whom I love,
Elizabeth Krabbin, of Rambin, where I was born.
Give her to me, and let us depart. For I will re-
turn to where the sun shines and the plough goes
through the land. I ask to take nothing with me
but her, and the ornaments and furniture of my
He spoke in a determined tone, and they hesitated
and cast their eyes to the ground ; at last the eldest
of them replied:
Sir, you ask what we cannot grant. It is a fixed
law that no servant should leave this place before
the appointed time. Were we to break through this
law, our whole subterranean empire would fall. Any-
thing else you desire, for we love and respect you,
but we cannot give up Elizabeth."
You can and you shall give her up," cried John in
a rage; go think of it till to-morrow. Return here at
this hour. I will show you whether or no I can triumph
over your hypocritical and cunning stratagems."
The six retired. Next morning, on their return,
John addressed them in the kindest manner, but to
no purpose; they persisted in their refusal. He gave
them till the following day, threatening them severely
in case of their still proving refractory.
Next day, when the six little people appeared before
him, John looked at them sternly, and made no reply
to their salutations, but said to them shortly, Yes or
no?" And they answered with one voice, "No."
He then ordered his servant to summon twenty-four
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more of the principal persons, with their wives and
children. When they came they were in all five
hundred, men, women, and children. John ordered
them forthwith to go and fetch pickaxes, spades, and
bars, which they did in a second.
He now led them out to a rock in one of the fields,
and ordered them to fall to work at blasting, hewing,
and dragging stones. They toiled patiently, and made
as if it was only sport to them. From morning till
night their taskmaster made them labor without ceas-
ing, standing over them constantly to prevent their
resting. Still their obstinacy was inflexible; and at
the end of some weeks his pity for them was so great
that he was obliged to give over.
He now thought of a new species of punishment for
them. He ordered them to appear before him next
morning, each provided with a new whip. They
obeyed, and John commanded them to strip and lash
one another till the blood should run down on the
ground, while he stood looking on as grim and cruel
as an Eastern tyrant. Still the little people cut and
slashed themselves, and mocked at John, and refused
to comply with his wishes. This he did for three or
Several other courses did he try, but all in vain; his
temper was too gentle to struggle with their obstinacy,
and he began now to despair of ever accomplishing
his dearest wish. He began to hate the little people
whom he was before so fond of; he kept away from
their banquets and dances, associated only with Eliza-
beth, and ate and drank quite solitary in his chamber.
In short, he became almost a perfect hermit, and sank
into moodiness and melancholy.
While in this temper, as he was taking a solitary
walk in the evening, and, to divert his melancholy,
was flinging the stones that lay in his path against
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each other, he happened to break a tolerably large one,
and out of it jumped a toad. The moment John saw
the ugly animal he caught him up in ecstasy, and put
him into his pocket and ran home, crying, "Now I
have her! I have my Elizabeth! Now you shall catch
it, you little mischievous rascals! And on getting
home he put the toad into a costly silver casket, as if
it was the greatest treasure.
To account for John's joy you must know Klas
Starkwolt had often told him that the underground
people could not endure any ill odor, and that the sight
or even the smell of a toad made them faint and suffer
the most dreadful tortures, so that, by means of these
animals, one could compel them to anything. Hence
there are no bad smells to be found in the whole glass
empire, and a toad is a thing unheard of there; this
toad must therefore have been inclosed in the stone
from the Creation, as it were for the sake of John and
Resolved to try the effect of his toad, John took the
casket under his arm and went out, and on the way he
met two of the little people in a lonesome place. The
moment he approached them they fell to the ground,
and whimpered and howled most lamentably as long
as he was near them.
Satisfied now of his power, he next morning sum-
moned the fifty principal persons, with their wives
and children, to his apartment. When they came he
addressed them, reminding them once again of his
kindness and gentleness towards them, and of the
good terms on which they had hitherto lived together.
He reproached them with their ingratitude in refusing
him the only favor he had ever asked of them, but
firmly declared he would not give way to their obsti-
nacy. Wherefore," said he, for the last time I
warn you; think for a minute, and if you then say
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'No,' you shall feel that pain which is to you and
your children the most terrible of all sufferings."
They did not take long to deliberate, but unani-
mously replied "No;" for they thought to them-
selves, What new scheme has the youth hit on, with
which he thinks to frighten wise ones like us ?" and
they smiled when they said No." Their smiling
enraged John above all, and he ran back to where he
had laid the casket with the toad under a bush.
He was hardly come within a hundred paces of
them when they all fell to the ground as if struck
with a thunderbolt, and began to howl and whimper,
and to writhe as if suffering the most excruciating
pain. They stretched out their hands and cried,
" Have mercy have mercy We feel you have a toad,
and there is no escape for us. Take the odious beast
away, and we will do all you require." He let them
kick a few seconds longer, and then took the toad
away. They then stood up and felt no more pain.
John let all depart but the six chief persons, to whom
"This night, between twelve and one, Elizabeth
and I will depart. Load then for me three wagons
with gold, and silver, and precious stones. I might,
you know, take all that is in the hill, and you deserve
it, but I will be merciful. Farther, you must put all
the furniture of my chamber in two wagons, and get
ready for me the handsomest travelling carriage that
is in the hill, with six black horses. Moreover, you
must set at liberty all the servants who have been so
long here that on earth they would be twenty years
old and upwards, and you must give them as much
silver and gold as will make them rich for life, and
make a law that no one shall be detained here longer
than his twentieth year."
The six took the oath and went away quite melan-
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choly, and John buried his toad deep in the ground.
The little people labored hard according to his bid-
ding. At midnight everything was out of the hill, and
John and Elizabeth got into the silver tun and were
It was then one o'clock and midsummer-eve, the
very time that twelve years before John had gone
down into the hill. Music sounded around them, and
they saw the glass hill open, and the rays of the light
of heaven shine on them for the first time after so
many years; and when they got out they saw the
streaks of dawn already in the east. Crowds of the
underground people were around them busied about
the wagons. John bade them a last farewell, waved
his brown cap three times in the air, and then flung
it among them. And at the same moment he ceased
to see them; he beheld nothing but a green hill and
the well-known bushes and fields, and heard the
church-clock of Rambin strike two. When all was
still, save a few larks who were tuning their morning
songs, they both fell on their knees and worshipped
God, resolving henceforth to lead a pious and a Chris-
When the sun rose John and his Elizabeth, with
the children whom they had saved from the under-
ground people, set out for Rambin. Every well-
known object that they saw awakened pleasing recol-
lections; and as they passed by Rodenkirchen John
recognized, among the people that gazed at and fol-
lowed them, his old friend Klas Starkwolt, the cow-
herd, and his dog Speed. It was four in the morning
when they entered Rambin, and they halted in the
middle of the village, about twenty paces from the
house where John was born. The whole village
poured out to gaze on these Asiatic princes; for such
the old Sexton, who had in his youth been at Moscow
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and Constantinople, said they were. There John saw
his father and mother, and his brother Andrew, and
his sister Trine. The old minister, Krabbe, stood
there too, in his black slippers and white nightcap,
gaping and staring with the rest.
John discovered himself to his parents, and Eliza-
beth to hers, and the wedding-day was soon fixed, and
such a wedding was never seen before or since in the
island of Rugen; for John sent to Stralsund and
Greifswald for whole boat-loads of wine and sugar
and coffee, and whole herds of oxen, sheep, and pigs.
The quantity of harts, and roes, and hares that were
shot on the occasion it were vain to attempt to tell,
or to count the fish that were caught. There was not
a musician in Rugen and Pomerania that was not
engaged, for John was immensely rich, and he wished
to display his wealth.
John did not neglect his old friend Klas Starkwolt,
the cowherd. He gave him enough to make him com-
fortable for the rest of his days, and insisted on his
coming and staying with him as often and as long as
After his marriage John made a progress through
the country with his beautiful Elizabeth, and they pur-
chased towns and villages and lands, until he became
master of nearly half Rugen, and a very considerable
portion of the country. His father, old James Dietrich,
was made a nobleman, and his brothers and sisters gen-
tlemen and ladies, for what cannot money do ?
John and his wife spent their days in acts of piety
and charity. They built several churches, they had
the blessings of every one that knew them, and died
universally lamented. It was Count John Dietrich
who built and richly endowed the present church of
Rambin. He built it on the site of his father's house,
and presented to it several of the cups and plates
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made by the underground people, and his own and
Elizabeth's glass shoes, in memory of what had befallen
them in their youth. But they were all taken away
in the time of the great Charles the Twelfth of
Sweden, when the Russians came on the island, and
the Cossacks plundered even the churches, and took
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
THERE was once a very rich merchant, who had six
children, three boys and three girls. As he was him-
self a man of great sense, he spared no expense for
their education. The three daughters were all hand-
some, but particularly the youngest; indeed, she was
so very beautiful that in her childhood every one
called her the Little Beauty; and being equally lovely
when she was grown up, nobody called her by any
other name, which made her sisters very jealous of
her. This youngest daughter was not only more hand-
some than her sisters, but also was better tempered.
The two eldest were vain of their wealth and position.
They gave themselves a thousand airs, and refused to
visit other merchants' daughters; nor would they con-
descend to be seen except with persons of quality.
They went every day to balls, plays, and public walks,
and always made game of their youngest sister for
spending her time in reading or other useful employ-
ments. As it was well known that these young ladies
would have large fortunes, many great merchants
wished to get them for wives; but the two eldest
always answered that, for their parts, they had no
thoughts of marrying any one below a duke or an earl
at least. Beauty had quite as many offers as her
sisters, but she always answered, with the greatest
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civility, that though she was much obliged to her
lovers, she would rather live some years longer with
her father, as she thought herself too young to marry.
It happened that, by some unlucky accident, the
merchant suddenly lost all his fortune, and had noth-
ing left but a small cottage in the country. Upon this
he said to his daughters, while the tears ran down his
cheeks, "My children, we must now go and dwell in
the cottage, and try to get a living by labor, for we
have no other means of support." The two eldest
replied that they did not know how to work, and would
not leave town ; for they had lovers enough who would
be glad to marry them, though they had no longer any
fortune. But in this they were mistaken; for when
the lovers heard what had happened, they said,
"The girls were so proud and ill-tempered that all we
wanted was their fortune; we are not sorry at all to
see their pride brought down; let them show off their
airs to their cows and sheep." But everybody pitied
poor Beauty, because she was so sweet-tempered and
kind to all, and several gentlemen offered to marry
her, though she had not a penny; but Beauty still
refused, and said she could not think of leaving her
poor father in this trouble. At first Beauty could not
help sometimes crying in secret for the hardships she
was now obliged to suffer; but in a very short time
she said to herself, All the crying in the world will
do me no good, so I will try to be happy without a
When they had removed to their cottage, the mer-
chant and his three sons employed themselves in
ploughing and sowing the fields and working in the
garden. Beauty also did her part, for she rose by four
o'clock every morning, lighted the fires, cleaned the
house, and got ready the breakfast for the whole
family. At first she found all this very hard; but
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she soon grew quite used to it and thought it no hard-
ship; indeed, the work greatly benefited her health.
When she had done, she used to amuse herself with
reading, playing her music, or singing while she spun.
But her two sisters were at a loss what to do to pass
the time away; they had their breakfast in bed, and
did not rise till ten o'clock. Then they commonly
walked out, but always found themselves very soon
tired, when they would often sit down under a shady
tree, and grieve for the loss of their carriage and fine
clothes, and say to each other, What a mean-spirited
poor stupid creature our young sister is, to be so
content with this low way of life!" But their father
thought differently, and loved and admired his young-
est child more than ever.
After they had lived in this manner about a year
the merchant received a letter, which informed him
that one of his richest ships, which he thought was
lost, had just come into port. This news made the
two eldest sisters almost mad with joy; for they
thought they should now leave the cottage and have
all their finery again. When they found that their
father must take a journey to the ship, the two eldest
begged he would not fail to bring them back some
new gowns, caps, rings, and all sorts of trinkets.
But Beauty asked for nothing; for she thought in
herself that all the ship was worth would hardly buy
everything her sisters wished for. Beauty," said
the merchant, how comes it that you ask for noth-
ing ? What can I bring you, my child ? "
Since you are so kind as to think of me, dear
father," she answered, I should be glad if you
would bring me a rose, for we have none in our
garden." Now Beauty did not indeed wish for a
rose nor anything else, but she only said this that
she might not affront her sisters; otherwise they
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would have said she wanted her father to praise her
for desiring nothing. The merchant took his leave of
them, and set out on his journey; but when he got to
the ship, some persons went to law with him about
the cargo, and after a deal of trouble he came back to
his cottage as poor as he had left it. When he was
within thirty miles of his home, and thinking of the
joy of again meeting his children, he lost his way in
the midst of a dense forest. It rained and snowed
very hard, and, besides, the wind was so high as to
throw him twice from his horse. Night came on, and
he feared he should die of cold and hunger, or be torn
to pieces by the wolves that he heard howling round
him. All at once he cast his eyes towards a long
avenue, and saw at the end a light, but it seemed a
great way off. He made the best of his way towards
it and found that it came from a splendid palace, the
windows of which were all blazing with light. It
had great bronze gates, standing wide open, and fine
court yards, through which the merchant passed; but
not a living soul was to be seen. There were stables
too, which his poor starved horse, less scrupulous
than himself, entered at once, and took a good meal
of oats and hay. His master then tied him up and
walked towards the entrance hall, but still without see-
ing a single creature. He went on to a large dining-
parlor, where he found a good fire and a table covered
with some very nice dishes, but only one plate with
a knife and fork. As the snow and rain had wetted
him to the skin, he went up to the fire to dry himself.
" I hope," said he, the master of the house or his
servants will excuse me, for it surely will not be long
now before I see them." He waited some time, but
still nobody came. At last the clock struck eleven, and
the merchant, being quite faint for the want of food,
helped himself to a chicken, and to a few glasses of
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wine, yet all the time trembling with fear. He sat
till the clock struck twelve, and then, taking courage,
began to think he might as well look about him; so
he opened a door at the end of the hall, and went
through it into a very grand room, in which there
was a fine bed; and as he was feeling very weary, he
shut the door, took off his clothes, and got into it.
It was ten o'clock in the morning before he awoke,
when he was amazed to see a handsome new suit of
clothes laid ready for him, instead of his own, which
were all torn and spoiled. To be sure," said he to
himself, this place belongs to some good fairy, who
has taken pity on my ill-luck." He looked out of the
window, and instead of the snow-covered wood, where
he had lost himself the previous night, he saw the
most charming arbors covered with all kinds of
flowers. Returning to the hall where he had supped,
he found a breakfast table, ready prepared. In-
deed, my good fairy," said the merchant aloud, "I
am vastly obliged to you for your kind care of me."
He then made a hearty breakfast, took his hat, and
was going to the stable to pay his horse a visit; but as
he passed under one of the arbors, which was loaded
with roses, he thought of what Beauty had asked him
to bring back to her, and so he took a bunch of roses
to carry home. At the same moment he heard a loud
noise, and saw coming towards him a beast so fright-
ful to look at that he was ready to faint with fear.
" Ungrateful man said the beast in a terrible voice,
" I have saved your life by admitting you into my
palace, and in return you steal my roses, which I
value more than anything I possess. But you shall
atone for.your fault: you shall die in a quarter of an
The merchant fell on his knees, and clasping his
hands said, Sir, I humbly beg your pardon; I did
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not think it would offend you to gather a rose for one
of my daughters, who had entreated me to bring her
one home. Do not kill me, my lord "
I am not a lord, but a beast," replied the monster;
"I hate false compliments; so do not fancy that you
can coax me by any such ways. You tell me that you
have daughters; now I will suffer you to escape if
one of them will come and die in your stead. If not,
promise that you will yourself return in three months,
to be dealt with as I may choose."
The tender-hearted merchant had no thoughts of
letting any one of his daughters die for his sake; but
he knew that if he seemed to accept the beast's terms,
he should at least have the pleasure of seeing them
once again. So he gave his promise, and was told he
might then set off as soon as he liked. But," said
the beast, I do not wish you to go back empty-
handed. Go to the room you slept in, and you will
find a chest there; fill it with whatsoever you like best,
and I will have it taken to your own house for you."
When the beast had said this he went away. The
good merchant, left to himself, began to consider that
as he must die for he had no thought of breaking a
promise, made even to a beast he might as well
have the comfort of leaving his children provided for.
He returned to the room he had slept in and found there
heaps of gold pieces lying about. He filled the chest
with them to the very brim, locked it, and mounting his
horse left the palace as sorrowful as he had been glad
when he first beheld it. The horse took a path across
the forest of his own accord, and in a few hours they
reached the merchant's house. His children came run-
ning round him, but, instead of kissing them with joy,
he could not help weeping as he looked at them. He
held in his hand the bunch of roses, which he gave to
Beauty, saying, Take these roses, Beauty; but little
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do you think how dear they have cost your poor
father; and then he gave them an account of all that
he had seen or heard in the palace of the beast.
The two eldest sisters now began to shed tears, and
to lay the blame upon Beauty, who, they said, would be
the cause of her father's death. See," said they,
"what happens from the pride of the little wretch;
why did not she ask for such things as we did ? But,
to be sure, Miss must not be like other people; and
though she will be the cause of her father's death,
yet she does not shed a tear."
It would be useless," replied Beauty, for my
father shall not die. As the beast will accept of one
of his daughters, I will give myself up, and be only
too happy to prove my love for the best of fathers."
No, sister," said the three brothers with one voice,
"that cannot be; we will go in search of this monster,
and either he or we will perish."
Do not hope to kill him," said the merchant ; "his
power is far too great. But Beauty's young life
shall not be sacrificed; I am old and cannot expect
to live much longer; so I shall but give up a few years
of my life, and shall only grieve for the sake of my
"Never, father cried Beauty. If you go back to
the palace, you cannot hinder my going after you;
though young, I am not over-fond of life; and I would
much rather be eaten up by the monster than die of
grief for your loss."
The merchant in vain tried to reason with Beauty,
who still obstinately kept to her purpose; which, in
truth, made her two sisters glad, for they were jealous
of her because everybody loved her.
The merchant was so grieved at the thoughts of los-
ing his child that he never once thought of the chest
filled with gold, but at night, to his great surprise, he
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found it standing by his bedside. He said nothing
about his riches to his eldest daughters, for he knew
very well it would at once make them want to return
to town; but he told Beauty his secret, and she then
said that, while he was away, two gentlemen had been
on a visit at their cottage, who had fallen in love with
her two sisters. She entreated her father to marry
them without delay, for she was so sweet-natured she
only wished them to be happy.
Three months went by, only too fast, and then the
merchant and Beauty got ready to set out for the palace
of the beast. Upon this the two sisters rubbed their
eyes with an onion, to make believe they were crying;
both the merchant and his sons cried in earnest. Only
Beauty shed no tears. They reached the palace in a
very few hours, and the horse, without bidding, went
into the same stable as before. The merchant and
Beauty walked towards the large hall, where they
found a table covered with every dainty, and two plates
laid ready. The merchant had very little appetite;
but Beauty, that she might the better hide her grief,
placed herself at the table and helped her father; she
then began to eat herself, and thought all the time
that to be sure the beast had a mind to fatten her
before he ate her up, since he had provided such good
cheer for her. When thgy had done their supper they
heard a great noise, and the good old man began to bid
his poor child farewell, for he knew it was the beast
coming to them. When Beauty first saw that fright-
ful form she was very much terrified, but tried to hide
her fear. The creature walked up to her and eyed
her all over, then asked her in a dreadful voice if she
had come quite of her own accord.
"Yes," said Beauty.
"Then you are a good girl, and I am very much
obliged to you."
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This was such an astonishingly civil answer that
Beauty's courage rose; but it sank again when the
beast, addressing the merchant, desired him to leave
the palace the next morning and never return to it
again. "And so good-night, merchant. And good-
Good-night, beast," she answered, as the monster
shuffled out of the room.
Ah! my dear child," said the merchant, kissing
his daughter, "I am half dead already at the thought
of leaving you with this dreadful beast; you shall go
back and let me stay in your place."
"No," said Beauty boldly, "I will never agree to
that; you must go home to-morrow morning."
They then wished each other good-night and went
to bed, both of them thinking they should not be able
to close their eyes; but as soon as ever they had lain
down they fell into a deep sleep, and did not awake
till morning. Beauty dreamed that a lady came up to
her, who said, I am very much pleased, Beauty, with
the goodness you have shown, in being willing to give
your life to save that of your father. Do not be afraid
of anything; you shall not go without a reward."
As soon as Beauty awoke she told her father this
dream; but though it gave him some comfort, he
was a long time before he eduld be persuaded to leave
the palace. At last Beauty succeeded in getting him
When her father was out of sight, poor Beauty
began to weep sorely; still, having naturally a coura-
geous spirit, she soon resolved not to make her sad case
still worse by sorrow, which she knew was vain, but
to wait and be patient. She walked about to take a
view of all the palace, and the elegance of every part
of it much charmed her.
But what was her surprise when she came to a
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door on which was written, BEAUTY'S ROOM! She
opened it in haste, and her eyes were dazzled by the
splendor and taste of the apartment. What made
her wonder more than all the rest was a large library
filled with books, a harpsichord, and many pieces of
music. "The beast surely does not mean to eat me
up immediately," said she, since he takes care I
shall not be at a loss how to amuse myself." She
opened the library, and saw these verses written in
letters of gold on the back of one of the books:
Beauteous lady, dry your tears,
Here's no cause for sighs or fears.
Command as freely as you may;
For you command and I obey."
Alas !" said she, sighing; I wish I could only
command a sight of my poor father, and to know
what he is doing at this moment." Just then, by
chance, she cast her eyes on a looking-glass that stood
near her, and in it she saw a picture of her old home,
and her father riding mournfully up to the door.
Her sisters came out to meet him, and, although they
tried to look sorry, it was easy to see that in their
hearts they were very glad. In a short time all this
picture disappeared, but it caused Beauty to think
that the beast, besides being very powerful, was also
very kind. About the middle of the day she found a
table laid ready for her, and a sweet concert of music
played all the time she was dining, without her see-
ing anybody. But at supper, when she was going to
seat herself at table, she heard the noise of the beast,
and could not help trembling with fear.
Beauty," said he, will you give me leave to see
you sup ? "
"That is as you please," answered she, very much
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"Not in the least," said the beast; "you alone
command in this place. If you should not like my
company, you need only say so, and I will leave you
that moment. But tell me, Beauty, do you not think
me very ugly ?"
Why, yes," said she, for I cannot tell a falsehood;
but then I think you are very good."
Am I ? sadly replied the beast; "yet, besides
being ugly, I am also very stupid. I know well
enough that I am but a beast."
Very stupid people," said Beauty, "are never
aware of it themselves."
At which kindly speech the beast looked pleased, and
replied, not without an awkward sort of politeness,
" Pray do not let me detain you from supper, and be
sure that you are well served. All you see is your
own, and I should be deeply grieved if you wanted for
You are very kind so kind that I almost forgot
you are so ugly," said Beauty earnestly.
"Ah, yes!" answered the beast with a great sigh; "I
hope I am good-tempered, but still I am only monsterr"
There is many a monster who wears the form of a
man; it is better of the two to have the heart of a man
and the form of a monster."
I would thank you, Beauty, for this speech, but I
am too senseless to say anything that would please
you," returned the beast in a melancholy voice; and
altogether he seemed so gentle and so unhappy that
Beauty, who had the tenderest heart in the world, felt
her fear of him gradually vanish.
She ate her supper with a good appetite, and con-
versed in her own sensible and charming. way, till at
last, when the beast rose to depart, he terrified her
more than ever by saying abruptly, in his gruff voice,
Beauty, will you marry me ?"
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Now Beauty, frightened as she was, would speak
only the exact truth; besides, her father had told her
that the beast liked only to have the truth spoken to
him. So she answered, in a very firm tone, "No,
He did not go into a passion, or do anything but
sigh deeply and depart.
When Beauty found herself alone, she began to feel
pity for the poor beast. Oh!" said she, "what a
sad thing it is that he should be so very frightful,
since he is so good-tempered!"
Beauty lived three months in this palace, very well
pleased. The beast came to see her every night, and
talked with her while she supped; and though what
he said was not very clever, yet, as she saw in him
every day some new goodness, instead of dreading the
time of his coming she soon began continually looking
at her watch to see if it were nine o'clock; for that
was the hour when he never failed to visit her. One
thing only vexed her, which was that every night,
before he went away, he always made it a rule to ask
her if she would be his wife, and seemed very much
grieved at her steadfastly replying 1"No." At last, one
night, she said to him, You wound me greatly, beast,
by forcing me to refuse you so often; I wish I could
take such a liking to you as to agree to marry you;
but I must tell you plainly that I do not think it will
ever happen. I shall always be your friend; so try
to let that content you."
I must," sighed the beast, for I know well enough
how frightful I am; but I love you better than myself.
Yet I think I am very lucky in your being pleased to
stay with me; now promise me, Beauty, that you will
never leave me."
Beauty would almost have agreed to this, so sorry
was she for him, but she had that day seen in her
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magic glass, which she looked at constantly, that her
father was dying of grief for her sake.
"Alas !" she said, "I long so much to see my father
that if you do not give me leave to visit him, I shall
break my heart."
I would rather break mine, Beauty," answered
the beast; I will send you to your father's cottage;
you shall stay there, and your poor beast shall die of
No," said Beauty, crying, "I love you too well to be
the cause of your death; I promise to return in a week.
You have shown me that my sisters are married and
my brothers are gone for soldiers, so that my father is
left all alone. Let me stay a week with him."
You shall find yourself with him to-morrow morn-
ing," replied the beast; "but mind, do not forget your
promise. When you wish to return, you have nothing
to do but to put your ring on a table when you go to
bed. Good-by, Beauty!" The beast sighed as he
said these words, and Beauty went to bed very sorry
to see him so much grieved. When she awoke in the
morning she found herself in her father's cottage.
She rang a bell that was at her bedside, and a servant
entered; but as soon as she saw Beauty, the woman
gave a loud shriek; upon which the merchant ran up-
stairs, and when he beheld his daughter he ran to her
and kissed her a hundred times. At last Beauty began
to remember that she had brought no clothes with her
to put on; but the servant told her she had just
found in the next room a large chest full of dresses,
trimmed all over with gold, and adorned with pearls
Beauty, in her own mind, thanked the beast for his
kindness, and put on the plainest gown she could find
among them all. She then desired the servant to lay
the rest aside, for she intended to give them to her
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sisters; but as soon as she had spoken these words,
the chest was gone out of sight in a moment. Her
father then suggested, perhaps the beast chose for her
to keep them all for herself; and as soon as he had
said this, they saw the chest standing again in the
same place. While Beauty was dressing herself, a
servant brought word to her that her sisters were come
with their husbands to pay her a visit. They both
lived unhappily with the gentlemen they had married.
The husband of the eldest was very handsome, but
was so proud of this that he thought of nothing else
from morning till night, and did not care a pin for the
beauty of his wife. The second had married a man
of great learning; but he made no use of it, except to
torment and affront all his friends, and his wife more
than any of them. The two sisters were ready to
burst with spite when they saw Beauty dressed like a
princess, and looking so very charming. All the kind-
ness that she showed them was of no use; for they
were vexed more than ever when she told them how
happy she lived at the palace of the beast. The spite-
ful creatures went by themselves into the garden,
where they cried to think of her good fortune.
"Why should the little wretch be better off than
we?" said they. "We are much handsomer than
Sister !" said the eldest, a thought has just
come into my head : let us try to keep her here longer
than the week for which the beast gave her leave,
and then he will be so angry that perhaps when she
goes back to him he will eat her up in a moment."
"That is well thought of," answered the other;
"but to do this we must pretend to be very kind."
They then went to join her in the cottage, where
they showed her so much false love that Beauty could
not help crying for joy.
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When the week was ended, the two sisters began to
pretend such grief at the thought of her leaving them
that she agreed to stay a week more; but all that time
Beauty could not help fretting for the sorrow that
she knew her absence would give her poor beast;
for she tenderly loved him, and much wished for his
company again. Among all the grand and clever
people she saw she found nobody who was half so
sensible, so affectionate, so thoughtful, or so kind.
The tenth night of her being at the cottage she
dreamed she was in the garden of the palace, that the
beast lay dying on a grass-plot, and with his last
breath put her in mind of her promise, and laid his
death to her forsaking him. Beauty awoke in a great
fright, and burst into tears. Am not I wicked,"
said she, "to behave so ill to a beast who has shown
me so much kindness ? Why will not I marry
him ? I am sure I should be more happy with him
than my sisters are with their husbands. He shall
not be wretched any longer on my account; for I
should do nothing but blame myself all the rest of
She then rose, put her ring on the table, got into
bed again, and soon fell asleep. In the morning she
with joy found herself in the palace of the beast.
She dressed herself very carefully, that she might
please him the better, and thought she had never
known a day pass away so slowly. At last the
clock struck nine, but the beast did not come. Beauty,
dreading lest she might truly have caused his death,
ran from room to room, calling out, "Beast, dear
beast; but there was no answer. At last she
remembered her dream, rushed to the grass-plot, and
there saw him lying apparently dead beside the foun-
tain. Forgetting all his ugliness, she threw herself
upon his body, and finding his heart still beat, she
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fetched some water and sprinkled it over him, weeping
and sobbing the while.
The beast opened his eyes: "You forgot your
promise, Beauty, and so I determined to die; for I
could not live without you. I have starved myself
to death, but I shall die content since I have seen your
face once more."
No, dear beast," cried Beauty passionately, "you
shall not die; you shall live to be my husband. I
thought it was only friendship I felt for you, but now
I know it was love."
The moment Beauty had spoken these words the
palace was suddenly lighted up, and all kinds of
rejoicings were heard around them, none of which she
noticed, but hung over her dear beast with the utmost
tenderness. At last, unable to restrain herself, she
dropped her head over her hands, covered her eyes,
and cried for joy; and when she looked up again,
the beast was gone. In his stead she saw at her feet
a handsome, graceful young prince, who thanked her
with the tenderest expressions for having freed him
But where is my poor beast ? I only want him
and nobody else," sobbed Beauty.
"I am he," replied the prince. A wicked fairy con-
demned me to this form, and forbade me to show that
I had any wit or sense till a beautiful lady should
consent to marry me. You alone, dearest Beauty,
judged me neither by my looks nor by my talents, but
by my heart alone. Take it then, and all that I have
besides, for all is yours."
Beauty, full of surprise, but very happy, suffered the
prince to lead her to his palace, where she found her
father and sisters, who had been brought there by the
fairy-lady whom she had seen in a dream the first night
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Beauty," said the fairy, "you have chosen well,
and you have your reward, for a true heart is better
than either good looks or clever brains. As for you,
ladies," and she turned to the two elder sisters, I
know all your ill deeds, but I have no worse punish-
ment for you than to see your sister happy. You shall
stand as statues at the door of her palace, and when
you repent of and have amended your faults, you shall
become women again. But, to tell you the truth, I
very much fear you will remain statues forever."
LITTLE ONE EYE, LITTLE TWO EYES, AND
LITTLE THREE EYES.
THERE was a woman who had three daughters, the
eldes tof whom was called Little One Eye, because she
had only one eye in the middle of her forehead; the
second, Little Two Eyes, because she had two eyes like
other people; and the youngest, Little Three Eyes, be-
cause she had three eyes, one of them being also in the
middle of the forehead. But because Little Two Eyes
looked no different from other people, her sisters and
mother could not bear her. They said, You with
your two eyes are no better than anybody else; you do
not belong to us." They knocked her about, and gave
her shabby clothes, and food which was left over from
their own meals; in short, they vexed her whenever
It happened that Little Two Eyes had to go out
into the fields to look after the goat; but she was still
quite hungry, because her sisters had given her so
little to eat. She sat down on a hillock and began to
cry, and cried so much that two little streams ran down
out of each eye. And as she looked up once in her
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sorrow, a woman stood near her, who asked, Little
Two Eyes, why do you cry ?"
Little Two Eyes answered, "Have I not need to
cry? Because I have two eyes, like other people,
my sisters and my mother cannot bear me; they push
me out of one corner into the other, give me shabby
clothes, and nothing to eat but what they leave. To-
day they have given me so little that I am still quite
The wise woman said, "Little Two Eyes, dry your
eyes, and I will tell you something which will keep
you from ever being hungry more. Only say to your
goat, Little goat, bleat; little table, rise,' and a neatly
laid table will stand before you with the most delicious
food on it, so that you can eat as much as you like.
And when you are satisfied and do not want the table
any more, only say, 'Little goat, bleat; little table,
away,' and it will all disappear before your eyes."
Then the wise woman went out of sight.
Little Two Eyes thought, "I must try directly if it
is true what she has said, for I am much too hungry
to wait." So she said, Little goat, bleat; little
table, rise; and scarcely had she uttered the words
when there stood before her a little table, covered with
a white cloth, on which was laid a plate, knife and
fork, and silver spoon. The most delicious food was
there also, and smoking hot, as if just come from the
kitchen. Then Little Two Eyes said the shortest
grace that she knew, Lord God, be our Guest at all
times Amen," began to eat, and found it very good.
And when she had had enough, she said as the wise
woman had taught her, "Little goat, bleat; little
table, away." In an instant the little table, and all
that stood on it, had disappeared again. That is a
beautiful, easy way of housekeeping," thought Little
Two Eyes, and was quite happy and merry.
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In the evening, when she came home with her goat,
she found a little earthern dish with food, which her
sisters had put aside for her, but she did not touch
anything she had no need. On the next day she
went out again with her goat, and let the few crusts
that were given her remain uneaten. The first time
and the second time the sisters took no notice; but
when the same thing happened every day, they
remarked it, and said, All is not right with Little
Two Eyes; she always leaves her food, and she used
formerly to eat up everything that was given her; she
must have found other ways of dining."
In order to discover the truth, they resolved that
Little One Eye should go with Little Two Eyes when
she drove the goat into the meadow, and see what she
did there, and whether anybody brought her anything
to eat and drink. So when Little Two Eyes set out
again, Little One Eye came to her and said, I will
go with you into the field, and see that the goat is
taken proper care of, and driven to good pasture."
But Little Two Eyes saw what Little One Eye had in
her mind, and drove the goat into long grass, saying,
" Come, Little One Eye, we will sit down; I will sing
you something." Little One Eye sat down, being tired
from the unusual walk and from the heat of the sun,
and Little Two Eyes kept on singing, Are you
awake, Little One Eye? Are you asleep, Little One
Eye ? Then Little One Eye shut her one eye and
fell asleep. And when Little Two Eyes saw that
Little One Eye was fast asleep, and could not betray
anything, she said, Little goat, bleat; little table,
rise," and sat herself at her table, and ate and drank
till she was satisfied; then she called out again,
" Little goat, bleat; little table, away," and instantly
Little Two Eyes now woke Little One Eye, and
"LITTLE GOAT, BLEAT; LITTLE TABLE, RISE."
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said, "Little One.Eye, you pretend to watch, and fall
asleep over it, and in the meantime the goat could
have run all over the world; come, we will go home."
Then they went home, and Little Two Eyes let her
little dish again stand untouched; and Little One
Eye, who could not tell the mother why her sister
would not eat, said, as an excuse, "Oh, I fell asleep
The next day the mother said to Little Three Eyes,
"This time you shall go and see if Little Two Eyes
eats out-of-doors, and if anyone brings her food and
drink, for she must eat and drink secretly."
Then Little Three Eyes went to Little Two Eyes,
and said, "I will go with you and see whether the
goat is taken proper care of, and driven to good
pasture." But Little Two Eyes saw what Little
Three Eyes had in her mind, and drove the goat into
long grass, and said as before, "We will sit down
here, Little Three Eyes; I will sing you something."
Little Three Eyes seated herself, being tired from the
walk and the heat of the sun, and Little Two Eyes
began the same song again, and sang, "Are you
awake, Little Three Eyes ? But instead of singing
then as she should, Are you asleep, Little Three
Eyes?" she sang, through carelessness, "Are you
asleep, Little Two Eyes?" and went on singing,
"Are you awake, Little Three Eyes ? Are you asleep,
Little Two Eyes ? So the two eyes of Little Three
Eyes fell asleep, but the third did not go to sleep,
because it was not spoken to by the verse. Little
Three Eyes, to be sure, shut it, and made believe to
go to sleep, but only through slyness ; for she winked
with it, and could see everything quite well. And
when Little Two Eyes thought that Little Three
Eyes was fast asleep, she said her little sentence,
"Little goat, bleat; little table, rise," ate and drank
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heartily, and then told the little table to go away
again: "Little goat, bleat; little table, away." But
Little Three Eyes had seen everything. Then Little
Two Eyes came to her, woke her, and said, Ah !
Little Three Eyes, have you been asleep ? You keep
watch well! Come, we will go home." And when
they got home, Little Two Eyes again did not eat,
and Little Three Eyes said to the mother, I know
why the proud thing does not eat: when she says to
the goat out there, 'Little goat, bleat; little table,
rise,' there stands a table before her, which is covered
with the very best food, much better than we have
here; and when she is satisfied, she says, Little goat,
bleat; little table, away,' and everything is gone again;
I have seen it all exactly. She put two of my eyes to
sleep with her little verse, but the one on my forehead
luckily remained awake."
Then the envious mother cried out, Shall she be
better off than we are ? fetched a butcher's knife and
stuck it into the goat's heart, so that it fell down dead.
When Little Two Eyes saw that, she went out full
of grief, seated herself on a hillock, and wept bitter
tears. All at once the wise woman stood near her
again, and said, Little Two Eyes, why do you cry ? "
Shall I not cry ?" answered she. "The goat
who every day, when I said your little verse, laid the
table so beautifully has been killed by my mother;
now I must suffer hunger and thirst again."
The wise woman said, Little Two Eyes, I will give
you some good advice : beg your sisters to give you
the heart of the murdered goat, and bury it in the
ground before the house door, and it will turn out
lucky for you." Then she disappeared, and Little
Two Eyes went home and said to her sisters, "Dear
sisters, give me some part of my goat; I don't ask
for anything good, only give me the heart."
LITTLE ONE EYE.
Then they laughed, and said, "You can have that,
if you do not want anything else." Little Two Eyes
took the heart, and buried it quietly in the evening
before the house door, after the advice of the wise
Next morning, when the sisters woke and went to
the house door together, there stood a most wonderful,
splendid tree, with leaves of silver, and fruit of gold
hanging between them. Nothing more beautiful or
charming could be seen in the wide world. But they
did not know how the tree had come there in the
night. Little Two Eyes alone noticed that it had
grown out of the heart of the goat, for it stood just
where she had buried it in the ground.
Then the mother said to Little One Eye, Climb up,
my child, and gather us some fruit from the tree."
Little One Eye climbed up, but when she wanted to
seize a golden apple, the branch sprang out of her
hand. This happened every time, so that she could not
gather a single apple, though she tried as much as she
Then the mother said, "Little Three Eyes, do you
climb up; you can see better about you with your
three eyes than Little One Eye can."
Little One Eye scrambled down, and Little Three
Eyes climbed up. But Little Three Eyes was no
cleverer, and might look about her as much as she
liked the golden apples always sprang back from
her grasp. At last the mother became impatient and
climbed up herself, but could touch the fruit just as
little as Little One Eye or Little Three Eyes; she
always grasped the empty air.
Then Little Two Eyes said," I will go up myself;
perhaps I shall prosper better."
You cried the sisters. With your two eyes,
what can you do ? "
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But Little Two Eyes climbed up, and the golden
apples did not spring away from her, but dropped of
themselves into her hand, so that she could gather
one after the other, and brought down a whole apron
full. Her mother took them from her, and instead of
her sisters, Little One Eye and Little Three Eyes,
behaving better to poor Little Two Eyes for it, they
were only envious because she alone could get the
fruit, and behaved still more cruelly to her.
It happened, as they stood together by the tree one
day, that a young knight came by.
Quick, Little Two Eyes," cried the two sisters,
"creep under, so that we may not be ashamed of
you;" and threw over poor Little Two Eyes, in a
great hurry, an empty cask that stood just by the
tree, and pushed also beside her the golden apples
which she had broken off.
Now, as the knight came nearer he proved to be
a handsome prince, who stood still, admired the beau-
tiful tree of gold and silver, and said to the two sis-
To whom does this beautiful tree belong ? She
who gives me a branch of it shall have whatever she
Then Little One Eye and Little Three Eyes an-
swered that the tree was theirs, and they would
break off a branch for him. They both of them
gave themselves a great deal of trouble, but it was no
use, for the branches and fruit sprang back from them
every time. Then the knight said:
"It is very wonderful that the tree belongs to you,
and yet you have not the power of gathering anything
They insisted, however, that the tree was their own
property. But as they spoke Little Two Eyes rolled
a few golden apples from under the cask, so that they
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ran to the feet of the knight; for Little Two Eyes
was angry that Little One Eye and Little Three Eyes
did not tell the truth.
When the knight saw the apples he was astonished,
and asked where they came from. Little One Eye
and Little Three Eyes answered that they had an-
other sister, who might not, however, show herself,
because she had only two eyes, like other common
people. But the knight desired to see her, and called
out, "Little Two Eyes, come out." Then Little Two
Eyes came out of the cask quite comforted, and the
knight was astonished at her great beauty, and
You, Little Two Eyes, can certainly gather me a
branch from the tree?"
Yes," answered Little Two Eyes, I can do that,
for the tree belongs to me." And she climbed up
and easily broke off a branch, with its silver leaves
and golden fruit, and handed it to the knight.
Then the knight said, Little Two Eyes, what
shall I give you for it ? "
Oh," answered Little Two Eyes, I suffer hunger
and thirst, sorrow and want, from early morning till
late evening; if you would take me with you and
free me, I should be happy."
Then the knight lifted Little Two Eyes on to his
horse, and took her home to his paternal castle; there
he gave her beautiful clothes, food and drink as much
as she wanted, and because he loved her so much he
married her, and the marriage was celebrated with
Now, when Little Two Eyes was taken away by the
handsome knight, the two sisters envied her very
much her happiness. "The wonderful tree remains
for us, though," thought they; "and even though we
cannot gather any fruit off it, every one will stand
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still before it, come to us, and praise it." But the
next morning the tree had disappeared, and all their
hopes with it.
Little Two Eyes lived happy a long time. Once
two poor women came to her at the castle and begged
alms. Then Little Two Eyes looked in their faces
and recognized her sisters, Little One Eye and Little
Three Eyes, who had fallen into such poverty that
they had to wander about and seek their bread from
door to door. Little Two Eyes, however, bade them
welcome, and was very good to them, and took care
of them; for they both repented from their hearts the
evil they had done to their sister in their youth.
JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
IN the reign of the famous King Arthur there
lived, near the Land's End of England, in the county
of Cornwall, a worthy farmer, who had an only son
named Jack. Jack was a boy of a bold temper; he
took pleasure in hearing or reading stories of wizards,
conjurors, giants, and fairies, and used to listen
eagerly while his father talked of the great deeds of
the brave knights of King Arthur's Round Table.
When Jack was sent to take care of the sheep and
oxen in the fields, he used to amuse himself with
planning battles, sieges, and the means to conquer or
surprise a foe. He was above the common sports of
children, but hardly any one could equal him at
wrestling; or, if he met with a match for himself in
strength, his skill and address always made him the
victor. In those days there lived on St. Michael's
Mount, of Cornwall, which rises out of the sea at
some distance from the mainland, a huge giant. He
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was eighteen feet high and three yards round; and
his fierce and savage looks were the terror of all his
neighbors. He dwelt in a gloomy cavern on the very
top of the mountain, and used to wade over to the
mainland in search of his prey. When he came near,
the people left their houses; and after he had glutted
his appetite upon their cattle, he would throw half a
dozen oxen upon his back, and tie three times as
many sheep and hogs round his waist, and so march
back to his own abode. The giant had done this for
many years, and the coast of Cornwall was greatly
hurt by his thefts, when Jack boldly resolved to
destroy him. He therefore took a horn, a shovel, a
pickaxe, and a dark lantern, and, early in a long
winter's evening, he swam to the Mount. There he
fell to work at once, and before morning he had dug
a pit twenty-two feet deep and almost as many broad.
He covered it over with sticks and straw, and strewed
some of the earth over them, to make it look just like
solid ground. He then put his horn to his mouth,
and blew such a loud and long tantivy that the giant
awoke and came towards Jack, roaring like thunder;
"You saucy villain, you shall pay dearly for breaking
my rest; I will broil you for my breakfast." He had
scarcely spoken these words, when he came advancing
one step further; but then he tumbled headlong into
the pit, and his fall shook the very mountain.
Oh, ho, Mr. Giant! said Jack, looking into the
pit, "have you found your way so soon to the bottom ?
How is your appetite now ? Will nothing serve you
for breakfast this cold morning but broiling poor
Jack ? "
The giant now tried to rise, but Jack struck him a
blow on the crown of the head with his pickaxe, which
killed him at once. Jack then made haste back, to
rejoice his friends with the news of the giant's death.
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When the justices of Cornwall heard of this valiant
action, they sent for Jack and declared that he should
always be called Jack the Giant Killer; and they
also gave him a sword and belt, upon which was
written, in letters of gold :
'' This is the valiant Cornishman
Who slew the giant Cormoran."
The news of Jack's exploits soon spread over the
western parts of England; and another giant, called
Old Blunderbore, vowed to have revenge on Jack, if it
should ever be his fortune to get him into his power.
The giant kept an enchanted castle in the midst of a
lonely wood. About four months after the death of
Cormoran, as Jack was taking a journey into Wales
he passed through this wood; and as he was very
weary, he sat down to rest by the side of a pleasant
fountain, and there he fell into a deep sleep. The
giant came to the fountain for water just at this time,
and found Jack there; and as the lines on Jack's belt
showed who he was, the giant lifted him up and laid
him gently upon his shoulder, to carry him to his
castle; but as he passed through the thicket, the
rustling of the leaves waked Jack ; and he was sadly
afraid when he found himself in the clutches of
Blunderbore. Yet this was nothing to his fright soon
after; for when they reached the castle, he beheld the
floor covered all over with the skulls and bones of
men and women. The giant took him into a large
room, where lay the hearts and limbs of persons who
had been lately killed; and he told Jack, with a
horrid grin, that men's hearts, eaten with pepper and
vinegar, were his nicest food, and also that he
thought he should make a dainty meal on his heart.
When he had said this, he locked Jack up in that
room, while he went to fetch another giant, who lived
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in the same wood, to enjoy a dinner off Jack's flesh
with him. While he was away, Jack heard dreadful
shrieks, groans, and cries from many parts of the
castle; and soon after he heard a mournful voice
repeat these lines:
Haste, valiant stranger, haste away,
Lest you become the giant's prey;
On his return he'll bring another,
Still more savage than his brother:
A horrid, cruel monster, who,
Before he kills, will torture you.
Oh, valiant stranger haste away,
Or you '11 become these giants' prey."
This warning was so shocking to poor Jack that he
was ready to go mad. He ran to the window, and
saw the two giants coming along arm in arm. This
window was right over the gates of the castle.
" Now," thought Jack, either my death or freedom
is at hand."
There were two strong cords in the room. Jack
made a large noose, with a slip-knot at the ends, of
both these, and as the giants were coining through
the gates, he threw the ropes over their heads. He
then made the other ends fast to a beam in the ceil-
ing, and pulled with all his might, till he had almost
strangled them. When he saw that they were both
quite black in the face, and had not the least strength
left, he drew his sword and slid down the ropes; he
then killed the giants, and thus saved himself from a
cruel death. Jack next took a great bunch of keys
from the pocket of Blunderbore, and went into the castle
again. He made a strict search through all the rooms,
and in them found three ladies tied up by the hair
of their heads, and almost starved to death. They
told him that their husbands had been killed by the
giants, who had then condemned them to be starved
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to death, because they would not eat the flesh of
their own dead husbands.
Ladies," said Jack, "I have put an end to the
monster and his wicked brother; and I give you this
castle and all the riches it contains, to make you
some amends for the dreadful pains you have felt."
He then very politely gave them the keys of the
castle, and went further on his journey to Wales.
As Jack had not taken any of the giant's riches
for himself, and had very little money of his own,
he thought it best to travel as fast as he could. At
length he lost his way; and when niglit came on, he
was in a lonely valley between two lofty mountains.
There he walked about for some hours without seeing
any dwelling-place, so he thought himself very lucky
at last in finding a large and handsome house. He
went up to it boldly and knocked loudly at the gate,
when, to his great terror and surprise, there came
forth a monstrous giant with two heads. He spoke
to Jack very civilly, for he was a Welsh giant, and all
the mischief he did was by private and secret malice,
under the show of friendship and kindness. Jack
told him that he was a traveller who had lost his
way; on which the huge monster made him welcome,
and led him into a room where there was a good bed
in which to pass the night. Jack took off his clothes
quickly; but though he was so weary, he could not go
to sleep. Soon after this, he heard the giant walking
backward and forward in the next room, and saying
Though here you lodge with me this night,
You shall not see the morning light;
My club shall dash your brains out quite."
Say you so ? thought Jack. Are these your
tricks upon travellers ? But I hope to prove as cun-
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ning as you." Then, getting out of bed, he groped
about the room, and at last found a large thick billet
of wood; he laid it in his own place in the bed, and hid
himself in a dark corner of the room. In the middle
of the night the giant came with his great club, and
struck many heavy blows on the bed, in the very
place where Jack had laid the billet, and then he
went back to his own room, thinking he had broken
all his bones. Early in the morning Jack put a bold
face upon the matter, and walked into the giant's
room to thank him for his lodging.
The giant started when he saw him, and he began
to stammer out, Oh, dear me Is it you ? Pray how
did you sleep last night ? Did you hear or see any-
thing in the dead of the night ?"
Nothing worth speaking of," said Jack care-
lessly; a rat, I believe, gave three or four slaps with
his tail and disturbed me a little, but I soon went to
The giant wondered more and more at this; yet he
did not answer a word, and went to bring two great
bowls of hasty-pudding for their breakfast.
Jack wished to make the giant believe that he
could eat as much as himself; so he contrived to button
a leather bag inside his coat, and slipped the hasty-
pudding into this bag, while he seemed to put it into
his mouth. When breakfast was over he said to the
giant, Now I will show you a fine trick; I can cure
all wounds with a touch; I could cut off my head one
minute, and the next put it sound again on my
shoulders. You shall see an example." He then took
hold of the knife, ripped up the leather bag, and all
the hasty-pudding tumbled out upon the floor.
Ods splutter hur nails," cried the Welsh giant, who
was ashamed to be outdone by such a little fellow as
Jack; "hur can do that hurself." So he snatched up
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the knife, plunged it into his stomach, and in a moment
dropped down dead.
As soon as Jack had thus tricked the Welsh monster,
he went further on his journey; and a few days after,
he met with King Arthur's only son, who had got his
father's leave to travel into Wales, to deliver a beauti-
ful lady from the power of a wicked magician, by whom
she was held in enchantment. When Jack found that
the young prince had no servants with him, he begged
leave to attend him; and the prince at once agreed to
this, and gave Jack many thanks for his kindness.
King Arthur's son was a handsome, polite, and brave
knight, and so good-natured that he gave money to
everybody he met. At length he gave his last penny
to an old woman, and then turned to Jack, How shall
we be able to get food for ourselves the rest of our
"Leave that to me, sir," replied Jack; "I will
provide for my prince."
Night now came on, and the prince began to grow
uneasy at thinking where they should lodge.
Sir," said Jack, be of good heart; two miles
further there lives a large giant, whom I know well;
he has three heads, and will fight five hundred men,
and make them fly before him."
Alas !" cried the king's son, we had better never
have been born than meet with such a monster."
"My lord, leave me to manage him, and wait here
in quiet till I return."
The prince now stayed behind, while Jack rode on
at full speed; and when he came to the gates of the
castle, he gave a loud knock. The giant, with a voice
like thunder, roared out, "Who is there ?"
Jack made answer, and said, "No one but your poor
"Well," said the giant, "what news, cousin Jack ?"
JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
"Dear uncle," said Jack, "I have heavy news."
Pooh! said the giant, what heavy news can come
to me ? I am a giant with three heads, and can fight
five hundred men, and make them fly before me."
"Alas! said Jack, "here is the king's son coming
with two thousand men to kill you, and to destroy the
castle and all that you have."
Oh, cousin Jack," said the giant, "this is heavy
news indeed But I have a large cellar underground,
where I will hide myself, and you shall lock, bolt, and
bar me in, and keep the keys till the king's son is
Now, when Jack had barred the giant fast in the
vault, he went back and fetched the prince to the castle.
They both made themselves merry with the wine and
other dainties that were in the house. So that night
they rested very pleasantly, while the poor giant lay
trembling and shaking with fear in the cellar under-
ground. Early in the morning Jack gave the king's
son gold and silver out of the giant's treasure, and
accompanied him three miles forward on his journey.
The prince then sent Jack to let his uncle out of the
hole, who asked him what he should give him as a
reward for saving his castle.
"Why, good uncle," said Jack, "I desire nothing
but the old coat and cap, with the old rusty sword and
slippers, which are hanging at your bed's head."
Then," said the giant, you shall have them; and
pray keep them for my sake, for they are things of
great use. The coat will keep you invisible, the cap
will give you knowledge, the sword will cut through
anything, and the shoes are of vast swiftness; they
may be useful to you in all times of danger, so take
them with all my heart."
Jack gave many thanks to the giant, and then set off
to the prince. When he had come up with the king's
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son, they soon arrived at the dwelling of the beautiful
lady who was under the power of a wicked magician.
She received the prince very politely, and made a noble
feast for him; when it was ended she rose, and, wiping
her mouth with a fine handkerchief, said, My lord,
you must submit to the custom of my palace; to-morrow
morning I command you to tell me on whom I bestow
this handkerchief, or lose your head." She then left
The young prince went to bed very mournful, but
Jack put on his cap of knowledge, which told him that
the lady was forced, by the power of enchantment, to
meet the wicked magician every night in the middle of
the forest. Jack now put on his coat of darkness and
his shoes of swiftness, and was there before her. When
the lady came, she gave the handkerchief to the magi-
cian. Jack, with his sword of sharpness, at one blow
cut off his head; the enchantment was then ended in
a moment, and the lady was restored to her former
virtue and goodness. She was married to the prince
on the next day, and soon after went back, with her
royal husband and a great company, to the court of
King Arthur, where they were received with loud and
joyful welcomes; and the valiant hero Jack, for the
many great exploits he had done for the good of his
country, was made one of the Knights of the Round
As Jack had been so lucky in all his adventures, he
resolved not to be idle for the future, but still to do
what services he could for the honor of the king and
'the nation. He therefore humbly begged his majesty
to furnish him with a horse and money, that he might
travel in search of new and strange exploits. For,"
said he to the king, there are many giants yet living
in the remote parts of Wales, to the great terror and
distress of your majesty's subjects; therefore, if it
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please you, sire, to favor me in my design, I will soon
rid your kingdom of these giants and monsters in
Now when the king heard his offer, and began to
think of the cruel deeds of these bloodthirsty giants
and savage monsters, he gave Jack everything proper
for such a journey. After this Jack took leave of the
king, the prince, and all the knights, and set off, tak-
ing with him his cap of knowledge, his sword of sharp-
ness, his shoes of swiftness, and his invisible coat, the
better to perform the great exploits that might fall in
his way. He went along over hills and mountains,
and on the third day he came to a wide forest. He
had hardly entered it, when on a sudden he heard
dreadful shrieks and cries, and forcing his way through
the trees, saw a monstrous giant dragging along, by
the hair of their heads, a handsome knight and a
beautiful lady. Their tears and cries melted the heart
of honest Jack; he alighted from his horse, and, tying
him to an oak-tree, put on his invisible coat, under
which he carried his sword of sharpness.
When he came up to the giant, he made several
strokes at him, but could not reach his body, on
account of the enormous height of the terrible creature;
but he wounded his thighs in several places; and at
length, putting both hands to his sword, and aiming
with all his might, he cut off both the giant's legs just
below the garter ; and the trunk of his body, tumbling
to the ground, made not only the trees shake, but the
earth itself tremble, with the force of his fall. Then
Jack, setting his foot upon his neck, exclaimed:
"Thou barbarous and savage wretch, behold, I come
to execute upon thee the just reward for all thy
crimes; and instantly plunged his sword into the
giant's body. The huge monster gave a groan, and
yielded up his life into the hands of the victorious Jack
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the Giant-Killer, whilst the noble knight and the virt-
uous lady were both joyful spectators of his sudden
death. They not only returned Jack hearty thanks
for their deliverance, but also invited him to their house
to refresh himself after his dreadful encounter, as like-
wise to receive a reward for his good service.
"No," said Jack, "I cannot be at ease till I find
out the den that was the monster's habitation."
The knight, on hearing this, grew very sorrowful,
and replied: "Noble stranger, it is too much to run a
second hazard. This monster lived in a den under
yonder mountain, with a brother of his more fierce
and cruel than himself; therefore, if you should go
thither and perish in the attempt, it would be a heart-
breaking thing to me and my lady; so let me persuade
you to go back with us, and desist from any farther
Nay," answered Jack, if there be another, even if
there were twenty, I would shed the last drop of blood
in my body before one of them should escape. When
I have finished this task I will come and pay my re-
spects to you."
So when they had told him where to find them
again, he got on his horse and went after the dead
Jack had not ridden a mile and a half before he
came in sight of the mouth of the cavern; and nigh
the entrance of it, he saw the other giant sitting on a
huge block of timber, with a knotted iron club lying
by his side, waiting for his brother. His eyes looked
like flames of fire, his face was grim and ugly, and his
cheeks were like two flitches of bacon; the bristles of
his beard seemed to be thick rods of iron wire; and
his long locks of hair hung down upon his broad
shoulders like curling snakes. Jack got down from
his horse and turned him into a thicket; then he put
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JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
on his coat of darkness and drew a little nearer to
behold this figure, and said softly, Oh, monster are
you there ? It will not be long before I shall take
you fast by the beard."
The giant all this while could not see him, by reason
of his invisible coat; so Jack came quite close to him,
and struck a blow at his head with his sword of sharp-
ness ; but he missed his aim and only cut off his nose,
which made him roar like loud claps of thunder. He
rolled his glaring eyes round on every side, but could
not see who had given him the blow; so he took up
his iron club, and began to lay about him like one that
was mad with pain and fury.
"Nay," said Jack, if this be the case, I will kill
you at once." So saying, he slipped nimbly behind
him, and jumping upon the block of timber as the
giant rose from it, he stabbed him in the back, when,
after a few howls, he dropped down dead. Jack cut
off his head and sent it, with the head of his brother,
to King Arthur, by a wagon which he had hired for
that purpose. When Jack had thus killed these two
monsters, he went into their cave in search of their
treasure. He passed through many turnings and wind-
ings, which led him to a room paved with freestone;
at the end of it was a boiling caldron, and on the
right hand stood a large table, where the giants used
to dine. He then came to a window that was secured
with iron bars, through which he saw a number of
wretched captives, who cried out when they saw Jack :
"Alas! alas young man, you are come to be one among
us in this horrid den."
"I hope," said Jack, you will not stay here long;
but pray tell me what is the meaning of your being
here at all? "
"Alas !" said one poor old man, "I will tell you,
sir. We are persons that have been taken by the
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giants who hold this cave, and are kept till they choose
to have a feast; then one of us is to be killed, and
cooked to please their taste. It is not long since they
took three for the same purpose."
"Well," said Jack, "I have given them such a
dinner that it will be long enough before they have
The captives were amazed at his words.
You may believe me," said Jack, "for I have
killed them both with the edge of this sword, and have
sent their large heads to the court of King Arthur, as
marks of my great success."
To show that what he said was true, he unlocked
the gate and set the captives all free. Then he led
them to the great room, placed them round the table,
and placed before them two quarters of beef, with
bread and wine, upon which they feasted their fill.
When supper was over they searched the giants' cof-
fers, and Jack divided among them all the treasures.
The next morning they set off to their homes, and Jack
to the knight's house, whom he had left with his lady
not long before.
He was received with the greatest joy by the thank-
ful knight and his lady, who, in honor of Jack's ex-
ploits, gave a grand feast, to which all the nobles and
gentry were invited. When the company were assem-
bled, the knight declared to them the great actions of
Jack, and gave him, as a mark of respect, a fine ring,
on which was engraved the picture of the giant drag-
ging the knight and lady by the hair, with this motto
Behold, in dire distress were we,
Under a giant's fierce command;
But gain'd our lives and liberty
From valiant Jack's victorious hand."
Among the guests then present were five aged gen-
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tlemen, who were fathers to some of those captives
who had been freed by Jack from the dungeon of the
giants. As soon as they heard that he was the person
who had done such wonders, they pressed round him
with tears of joy, to return him thanks for the happi-
ness he had caused them. After this the bowl went
round, and every one drank the health and long life
of the gallant hero. Mirth increased, and the hall was
filled with peals of laughter. But, on a sudden, a
herald, pale and breathless, rushed into the midst of
the company, and told them that Thundel, a savage
giant with two heads, had heard of the death of his
two kinsmen, and was come to take his revenge on
Jack, and that he was now within a mile of the house,
the people flying before him like chaff before the
wind. At this news the very boldest of the guests
trembled; but Jack drew his sword, and said, "Let
him come, I have a rod for him also. Pray, ladies and
gentlemen, do me the favor to walk into the garden,
and you shall soon behold the giant's defeat and
To this they all agreed, and heartily wished him
success in his dangerous attempt.
The knight's house stood in the middle of a moat,
thirty feet deep and twenty wide, over which lay a
drawbridge. Jack set men to work to cut the bridge
on both sides, almost to the middle, and then dressed
himself in his coat of darkness and went against the
giant with his sword of sharpness. As he came close
to him, though the giant could not see him for his in-
visible coat, yet he found some danger was near, which
made him cry out:
"Fa, fe, fi, fo, fum,
I smell the blood of an Englishman;
Let him be alive, or let him be dead,
I'11 grind his bones to make me bread."
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Say you so, my friend ?" said Jack; you are a
monstrous miller, indeed !"
Art thou," cried the giant, the villain that killed
my kinsmen ? Then I will tear thee with my teeth,
and grind thy bones to powder."
You must catch me first," said Jack; and throwing
off his coat of darkness and putting on his shoes of
swiftness, he began to run, the giant following him like
a walking castle, making the earth shake at every step.
Jack led him round and round the walls of the
house, that the company might see the monster; then,
to finish the work, he ran over the drawbridge, the
giant going after him with his club; but when he
came to the middle, where the bridge had been cut on
both sides, the great weight of his body made it break,
and he tumbled into the water, where he rolled about
like a large whale. Jack now stood by the side of the
moat, and laughed and jeered at him, saying, "I think
you told me you would grind my bones to powder;
when will you begin ?"
The giant foamed at both his horrid mouths with
fury, and plunged from side to side of the moat; but
he could not get out to have revenge on his little foe.
At last Jack ordered a cart-rope to be brought to him;
he then drew it over his two heads, and by the help
of a team of horses dragged him to the edge of the
moat, where he cut off his heads, and before he
either ate or drank sent them both to the court of
King Arthur. He then went back to the table with
the company, and the rest of the day was spent in
mirth and good cheer.
After staying with the knight for some time, Jack
grew weary of such an idle life, and set out again in
search of new adventures. He went over hills and
dales without meeting any, till he came to the foot of
a very high mountain. Here he knocked at the door
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of a small and lonely house, and an old man, with a
head as white as snow, let him in.
Good father," said Jack, can you lodge a trav-
eller who has lost his way?"
Yes," said the hermit, I can, if you will accept
such fare as my poor house affords."
Jack entered, and the old man set before him some
bread and fruit for his supper. When Jack had
eaten as much as he chose, the hermit said: My
son, I know you are the famous conqueror of giants.
Now, at the top of this mountain is an enchanted castle,
kept by a giant named Galligantus, who, by the help
of a vile magician, gets many knights into his castle,
where he changes them into the shape of beasts.
Above all, I lament the hard fate of a duke's daughter,
whom they seized as she was walking in her father's
garden, and brought hither through the air in a chariot
drawn by two fiery dragons, and turned her into the
shape of a deer. Many knights have tried to destroy
the enchantment and deliver her, yet none have been
able to do it, by reason of two fiery griffins who guard
the gate of the castle, and destroy all who come nigh;
but as you, my son, have an invisible coat, you may
pass by them without being seen; and on the gates of
the castle you will find engraved by what means the
enchantment may be broken."
Jack promised that in the morning, at the risk of
his life, he would break the enchantment; and after
a sound sleep he arose early, put on his invisible
coat, and got ready for the attempt. When he had
climbed to the top of the mountain he saw the two
fiery griffins; but he passed between them without the
least fear of danger, for they could not see him
because of his invisible coat. On the castle gate he
found a golden trumpet, under which were written
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Whoever can this trumpet blow
Shall cause the giant's overthrow."
As soon as Jack had read this, he seized the trum-
pet and blew a shrill blast, which made the gates fly
open and the very castle itself tremble. The giant
and the conjurer now knew that their wicked course
was at an end, and they stood biting their thumbs
and shaking with fear. Jack, with his sword of
sharpness, soon killed the giant, and the magician
was then carried away by a whirlwind. All the
knights and beautiful ladies, who had been changed
into birds and beasts, returned to their proper shapes.
The castle vanished away like smoke, and the head of
the giant Galligantus was sent to King Arthur. The
knights and ladies rested that night at the old man's
hermitage, and next day they set out for the court.
Jack then went up to the king, and gave his majesty
an account of all his fierce battles. Jack's fame had
spread through the whole country, and at the king's
desire the duke gave him his daughter in marriage,
to the joy of all the kingdom. After this the king
gave him a large estate, on which he and his lady
lived the rest of their days in joy and content.
IN the days of King Arthur, Merlin, the most
learned enchanter of his time, was on a journey; and
being very weary, stopped one day at the cottage of
an honest ploughman to ask for refreshment. The
ploughman's wife, with great civility, immediately
brought him some milk in a wooden bowl, and some
brown bread on a wooden platter. Merlin could not
help observing that although everything within the