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and in the garden stood a tree which bore golden apples. but about twelve o'clock he fell asleep. Then the third son offered to keep watch. and ordered the gardener to keep watch all night under the tree. for fear some harm should come to him: however. The king became very angry at this. and at midnight he too fell asleep. and about the time when they began to grow ripe it was found that every night one of them was gone. at last he consented. and in the morning another of the apples was missing. and in the morning another apple was gone.THE BROTHERS GRIMM Clever Hans The Three Languages The Fox And The Cat The Four Clever Brothers Lily And The Lion The Fox And The Horse The Blue Light The Raven The Golden Goose The Water of Life The Twelve Huntsmen The King of The Golden Mountain Doctor Knowall The Seven Ravens The Wedding of Mrs Fox First Story Second Story The Salad The Story of The Youth Who Went Forth To Learn What Fear Was King Grisly-Beard Iron Hans Cat-Skin Snow-White And Rose-Red 8 THE BROTHERS GRIMM FAIRY TALES THE GOLDEN BIRD A certain king had a beautiful garden. These apples were always counted. Then the second son was ordered to watch. but the gardener at first would not let him. The gardener set his eldest son to watch. and the .

where the golden bird sits in a wooden cage. Time passed on again. You will reach a village in the evening.' So he sat down. I know what your business is. one of which is very pleasant and beautiful to look at: go not in there. and called to him to come in. and forgot the bird.FAIRY TALES 9 young man laid himself under the tree to watch. and if he did this. 'One feather is of no use to me. But the bird set up such a loud scream that all the soldiers awoke. and the young man sat himself down. so he went into the smart house. 'Sit upon my tail. 'Do not shoot me. for I will give you good counsel. but the other looked very dirty. The golden feather was brought to the king in the morning. only it dropped a golden feather from its tail. The next morning the court sat to judge him. he came to a wood. and then flew away. who gave him the good advice: but when he came to the two inns. As the clock struck twelve he heard a rustling noise in the air. and that you want to find the golden bird. so the fox said. 'It will be a very droll thing to bring away such a fine bird in this shabby cage'. and he could not withstand the temptation. and no tidings were heard of him. and left this charming place'. for he would not rest at home. Then the fox said. for he was very fond of his son. and when you get there. and when he had gone but a little way. Then thought he to himself. and all the council was called together. and as it was snapping at one of the apples with its beak. 'if I went to that shabby house. and prevent his coming back. you will see two inns opposite to each other. and below stood the golden cage.' Then the fox stretched out his tail again. and did not attempt his life as his brothers had done. he was to have the golden bird given him for his own. unless he should bring the king the golden horse which could run as swiftly as the wind. and ate and drank at his ease. 'Go straight forward. close by it stands a beautiful golden cage. otherwise you will repent it. . but went in. and it set up its tail above its back and ran into the wood. and the same thing happened to him. and the fox began to run. he met the fox. and the youngest son too wished to set out into the wide world to seek for the golden bird. and dancing. 'I should be very silly. so he opened the door and took hold of it and put it into the golden cage. so he took his bow and made ready to shoot at it. I must have the whole bird. and you will travel faster. and as he came to the wood. and by the side of the wood he saw a fox sitting. the gardener's son jumped up and shot an arrow at it. and without looking about him went to the shabby inn and rested there all night at his ease. and the three golden apples that had been lost were lying close by it. He met the fox. and poor. but he missed it. But he was thankful to the fox. Everyone agreed that it was worth more than all the wealth of the kingdom: but the king said. and heard the same good counsel. till you come to a castle. and a bird came flying that was of pure gold. but do not try to take the bird out of the shabby cage and put it into the handsome one. and said. and when all was heard. but rest for the night in the other. and in one of these were people singing. But the arrow did the bird no harm. but his father would not listen to it for a long while. the son followed the fox's counsel. and as the eldest son did not come back. though it may appear to you to be very poor and mean.' Then the gardener's eldest son set out and thought to find the golden bird very easily. and they took him prisoner and carried him before the king. and in the evening came to the village where the two inns were.' said he. and his country too. but go into the castle and pass on and on till you come to a room. and away they went over stock and stone so quick that their hair whistled in the wind. and feasting. and away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled in the wind. at last it was agreed he should go. When they came to the village. the second son set out. his eldest brother was standing at the window where the merrymaking was. and forgot the golden bird and his country in the same manner. Then he went his way. Time passed on. 'What can such a beast as this know about the matter?' So he shot his arrow at the fox.' But the son thought to himself. and was afraid that some ill luck might happen to him also. Before the castle gate all was as the fox had said: so the son went in and found the chamber where the golden bird hung in a wooden cage. However. before which lie a whole troop of soldiers fast asleep and snoring: take no notice of them. it sentenced him to die. In the morning came the fox again and met him as he was beginning his journey.

When you come to the king. and when he sees that it is the right horse. But when the son looked at the horse. and said. and say that you want to look at it. but take care you do not suffer her to go and take leave of her father and mother. if you will do as I bid you. but the old fox came and said. but begged with many tears that he would let her take leave of her father. you would have carried away both the bird and the horse.' Then the fox stretched out his tail. sighing.' said he.' Then the son sat down on the fox's tail. if he could bring thither the beautiful princess. and at twelve o'clock the young man met the princes going to the bath and gave her the kiss. however. and have the bird and the horse given him for his own. and the fox came and said to him. the horse. I will work for you. but how can you contrive it?' 'If you will only listen. "Here she is!" Then he will be very joyful.' Then away he went. But it was agreed.' This. and in great despair. 'When you come to the castle where the bird is. the princess. 'Well. and the king said. and you will ride in and speak to the king. 'that would be a great thing. but the moment she came to her father's house the guards awoke and he was taken prisoner again. too. they carried off the bird.' 'Ah!' said the young man. 'Why did not you listen to me? If you had. Then he went his way very sorrowful. As they came to the castle.' As he took up the golden saddle the groom awoke and cried out so loud. I will still. and so away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled again. yet will I once more give you counsel. and he asks for the beautiful princess. but you must sit still. but shake hands with the princess last. and they rode on to a great wood. 'We will have all three. and told him that now that it was removed he must give him the princess. All went right. but she wept still more and more. to see whether it is the true golden bird. 'You shall never have my daughter unless in eight days you dig away the hill that stops the view from my window. and away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled in the wind.FAIRY TALES 10 So he set out once more on his journey. and when you get it into your hand. the fox came and said. and you will mount the golden horse that they are to give you.' thought the young man. Then the fox came. ride away. Then he was brought before the king. clap your spurs to his side.' said the fox. and she agreed to run away with him. the princess mounted again. and said. and was sentenced to die. so he went merrily to the king.' All went right: then the fox said. and in the morning he was again brought before the court to be judged. 'it . and sit down by the side of no river.' But the young man refused to do it: so the fox said. and gallop away as fast as you can. 'Lie down and go to sleep. 'I will at any rate give you good counsel: beware of two things. and away went the young man and the princess.' Now this hill was so big that the whole world could not take it away: and when he had worked for seven days. till at last he consented. 'I will give him the good one. but be sure to put the old leathern saddle upon him. when on a sudden his friend the fox met him. I will stay with the princess at the door. At first he refused. 'You see now what has happened on account of your not listening to my counsel. and fell at his feet. tell you how to find the golden horse. 'it can be done. Then lift her quickly on to the horse behind you. he should live. and not the golden one that is close by it. and had done very little. he will bring out the bird. and the groom lay snoring with his hand upon the golden saddle. Then the king was obliged to keep his word.' And in the morning he awoke and the hill was gone. that. and in the evening you will arrive at a castle. and she will let you lead her away. you must say. all was as the fox had said. At twelve o'clock at night the princess goes to the bathing-house: go up to her and give her a kiss. he thought it a great pity to put the leathern saddle upon it. 'I am sure he deserves it. and cut off my head and my feet. and put out your hand to take leave of them. 'Pray kill me. happened as the fox said. ransom no one from the gallows. Go straight on. and the bird. You must go straight on till you come to the castle where the horse stands in his stall: by his side will lie the groom fast asleep and snoring: take away the horse quietly. that all the guards ran in and took him prisoner.

dragging one foot after another. a man came in sight. 'All this have we won by our labour.' So he said. Then he did not stay to think about the matter. and turned out to be the brother of the princess. but his bones were almost broken. 'Ah!' said Hans aloud. and the bird to sing. but the horse would not eat. The world may very likely not always think of them as they think of themselves. The youngest son fell to the bottom of the river's bed: luckily it was nearly dry. and he had the princess given to him again. so lay hold of my tail and hold fast. they came behind. and threw him down the bank. and said. and cut off his head and feet. And there he heard a great noise and uproar. HANS IN LUCK Some men are born to good luck: all they do or try to do comes right-. and while he suspected nothing.FAIRY TALES is no hard matter to keep that advice. they will always. otherwise no evil would have befallen him: 'Yet. saves shoe-leather. like poor puss. A long while after.' So he dressed himself as a poor man. but it is so heavy that I can't hold up my head. and when he asked what was the matter. and sat down on the side of the river. Seven long years he had worked hard for his master. but what care they for the world? what can it know about the matter? One of these lucky beings was neighbour Hans. threw it over his shoulder. the people said. 'Yes. friend. 'I have this load to carry: to be sure it is silver. 'Well. and you shall give me the . and the old fox met him. as he got upon the bank. so your pay shall be handsome. and the bank was so steep that he could find no way to get out. if they find you in the kingdom.' 11 He rode on with the princess. to eat and drink. Then the old fox came once more. 'I will give you my horse. 'I cannot leave you here.' said he. and princess left off weeping. 'what a fine thing it is to ride on horseback! There he sits as easy and happy as if he was at home. and was scarcely within the doors when the horse began to eat. 'Cannot they in any way be saved?' But the people said 'No. my time is up. the bird would not sing. 'Your brothers have set watch to kill you. And as they came to the wood where the fox first met them. he saw that the two men were his brothers. and jogged off on his road homewards. 'Two men are going to be hanged.' Then there was great rejoicing made. and went home to the king their master.' 'What do you say of making an exchange?' said the horseman. but paid what was asked. and the princess wept. and the bird. and said to him. put the piece of silver into it. Hans.' Then he pulled him out of the river.all that falls to them is so much gain--all their geese are swans--all their cards are trumps--toss them which way you will. and gets on he hardly knows how. alight upon their legs. At last he said. and besought him with tears in his eyes to kill him. Hans took out his pocket-handkerchief.' and forgot the fox's counsel. and in a moment the fox was changed into a man. and said. trotting gaily along on a capital horse. and you must know it hurts my shoulder sadly. And at last he did so. the horse. and after the king's death he was heir to his kingdom. so he said. and took the princess. and told him all his brothers' roguery.' unless he would bestow all his money upon the rascals and buy their liberty. and rest a while. and went on with him towards their home. 'Master. 'You have been a faithful and good servant.' As he came nearer. I must go home and see my poor mother once more: so pray pay me my wages and let me go. and they were seized and punished. he went to walk one day in the wood. who had been lost a great many many years. till at last he came to the village where he had left his two brothers. who had turned robbers.' And the master said. and his brothers were given up. 'Let us sit down by the side of the river. and only move on so much the faster. he trips against no stones. Then he went to the king.' Hans did not speak so softly but the horseman heard it all. in the chair by his fireside. and scolded him for not following his advice.' Then he gave him a lump of silver as big as his head. As he went lazily on. it was so cool and pleasant that the two brothers said. and came secretly to the king's court. why do you go on foot then?' 'Ah!' said he.

driving a cow. Sing neigh down derry!' After a time he thought he should like to go a little faster. holding it by the string that was tied to its leg. it would at any rate make sausages. and cheese. when one is asked to do a kind. Hans brushed his coat. and cry "Jip!"' Hans was delighted as he sat on the horse. What would I give to have such a prize!' 'Well. Hans told him what had happened. the uneasy beast began to think him very troublesome. which was to bring him milk and butter and cheese. If it were a pig now --like that fat gentleman you are driving along at his ease--one could do something with it.' said the butcher.' However. 'What a noble heart that good man has!' thought he. if a shepherd who was coming by. However. squared his elbows. drove it away. drew himself up. but not a drop was to be had. His horse would have ran off. butter. Then the shepherd jumped upon the horse. which will save you a great deal of trouble in carrying such a heavy load about with you. took the silver. eat my butter and cheese with it.' said the shepherd. which. 'if you are so fond of her.' 'Well. driving his cow towards his mother's village. I can. and have milk. and held his leathern cap to milk into. One can walk along at one's leisure behind that cow--keep good company. what will she be good for? I hate cow-beef. and rode merrily off. you see. the horseman got off. good for nothing but the slaughter-house?' 'Alas. 'now I will milk my cow and quench my thirst': so he tied her to the stump of a tree.' 'Done!' said Hans. 'No care and no sorrow. it is not tender enough for me. merrily. While he was trying his luck in milking. one minute whistling a merry tune. 'who would have thought it? What a shame to take my horse. even though I lose by it myself. To please you I will change. and taking the pig off the wheel-barrow. in this puddle. cracked his whip. had not stopped it. So on he jogged. by the by. helped Hans up. every day. 'I can find a cure for this.' 'Heaven reward you for your kindness and self-denial!' said Hans. how he was dry. smack your lips loudly together. I'm off now once for all: I like your cow now a great deal better than this smart beast that played me this trick. into the bargain.FAIRY TALES 12 silver. When he had rested himself he set off again. 'There. whenever I like. as he gave the butcher the cow. But the heat grew greater as soon as noon came on. alas!' said Hans. Hans soon came to himself. he was thrown off. and at last gave him such a kick on the head as knocked him down. but found the cow was dry too. and another singing. driving a pig in a wheelbarrow. 'If I have only a piece of bread (and I certainly shall always be able to get that). as he found himself on a wide heath that would take him more than an hour to cross. and said. and give me only a dry cow! If I kill her. smells not very like a nosegay. and all seemed now to go right with him: he had met with some misfortunes. and thought his bargain a very lucky one. sadly vexed. 'I don't like to say no. he halted. and has spoiled my best coat. and there he lay a long while senseless. 'This riding is no joke. so he smacked his lips and cried 'Jip!' Away went the horse full gallop. drink and refresh yourself. saying. rested a while. I will change my cow for your horse. and before Hans knew what he was about. A fig for the morrow! We'll laugh and be merry. neighbourly thing. Luckily a butcher soon came by. as he helped him up. I must tell you one thing--you will have a weary task to draw that silver about with you. I like to do good to my neighbours. and when I am thirsty I can milk my cow and drink the milk: and what can I wish for more?' When he came to an inn. and then drove off his cow quietly. your cow will give you no milk: don't you see she is an old beast. How could it be otherwise with such a travelling companion as he had at last . and give you my fine fat pig for the cow. he began to be so hot and parched that his tongue clave to the roof of his mouth. but he was now well repaid for all. 'When you want to go very fast. my man?' said the butcher. and away he rode. ate up all his bread. and lay on his back by the road-side. and managing the matter very clumsily. and gave away his last penny for a glass of beer. Who would have thought that this cow.' 'With all my heart. to be sure. Then the butcher gave him a flask of ale. when a man has the luck to get upon a beast like this that stumbles and flings him off as if it would break his neck. and said to the shepherd. turned out his toes. till at last. was all that time utterly dry? Hans had not thought of looking to that. and got upon his legs again. 'What is the matter with you. wiped his face and hands. gave him the bridle into one hand and the whip into the other. wished Hans and the cow good morning.' said Hans: 'but as you are so kind to me.' thought he. and wanted to milk his cow.

Your pig may get you into a scrape. and yet it is only eight weeks old. However.' said he. 'but if you talk of fat. The countryman stopped to ask what was o'clock. If you have. but he may have been the squire's for aught I can tell: you know this country better than I do. 'O'er hill and o'er dale So happy I roam. and he said to himself. indeed! Give me a fine fat goose. the rest will come of itself. take my pig and give me the goose. I know nothing of where the pig was either bred or born. and went his way with a light heart: his eyes sparkled for joy. do but work it well enough. my pig is no trifle. The countryman than began to tell his tale.' 'I ought to have something into the bargain.' 'Yes. Can you swim?' Poor Hans was sadly frightened. then the fat will find me in goose-grease for six months. and you can make an old nail cut with it.' Meantime he began to be tired. Here is one that is but little the worse for wear: I would not ask more than the value of your goose for it--will you buy?' 'How can you ask?' said Hans.' As he came to the next village.' said the grinder. so I can't help doing you a kind turn.' Then he took the string in his hand. as he gave him a common rough stone that lay by his side.' 'And the cow?' 'I gave a horse for it. and said he was going to take the goose to a christening. this led to further chat.' Meantime the countryman began to look grave. as you are in trouble. the squire has had a pig stolen out of his sty. 'mine is a golden trade. and shook his head.' cried he. but wherever it came from it has been a very good friend to me. I will put them into my pillow. and giving me good bargains.' said the countryman.' 'And where did you get the pig?' 'I gave a cow for it. 'how heavy it is. so merry as I?' Hans stood looking on for a while. 'my worthy friend. 'Good man.' Hans took the stone.' 'You have thriven well in the world hitherto. I have much the best of the bargain. How happy my mother will be! Talk of a pig. 'You must be well off. a good grinder never puts his hand into his pocket without finding money in it--but where did you get that beautiful goose?' 'I did not buy it. 'this is a most capital stone. while Hans went on the way homewards free from care.' said the other. and Hans told him all his luck. working and singing.' 'And the silver?' 'Oh! I worked hard for that seven long years. . and they catch you. 'Hark ye!' said he. People are so kind. you must turn grinder like myself. I gave a pig for it. your fortune would be made. and hungry too. 'I should be the happiest man in the world. 'Surely I must have been born in a lucky hour.' 'Now. and at last said.' 'Very true: but how is that to be managed?' 'How? Why. indeed! 'Tis not everyone would do so much for you as that. and then there are all the beautiful white feathers. I don't care whose pig it is. and drove off the pig by a side path. 'now if you could find money in your pocket whenever you put your hand in it. I was dreadfully afraid when I saw you that you had got the squire's pig. 'that chap is pretty well taken in. he saw a scissor-grinder with his wheel. everything I could want or wish for comes of itself. 'pray get me out of this scrape. it will be a bad job for you. they seem really to think I do them a favour in letting them make me rich. First there will be a capital roast.' said Hans. 'After all.' said the grinder. you seem a good sort of fellow.' said the other. 'Feel. 'you only want a grindstone. All the world is my home. 'give a fat goose for a pig. and how all the world went gay and smiling with him. as he weighed it in his hand. I will not be hard upon you. Then who so blythe.FAIRY TALES got? 13 The next man he met was a countryman carrying a fine white goose. if I could have money whenever I put my hand in my pocket: what could I want more? there's the goose. master grinder! you seem so happy at your work. Whoever roasts and eats it will find plenty of fat upon it. for he had given away his last penny in his joy at getting the cow. and then I am sure I shall sleep soundly without rocking. The least they will do will be to throw you into the horse-pond. Work light and live well. how he had so many good bargains. In the village I just came from. it has lived so well!' 'You're right.' thought he.' 'And the horse?' 'I gave a lump of silver as big as my head for it.

'The ring-dove sang from the willow spray. and in the castle lived an old fairy. that they might be alone. the last rays of the setting sun shone bright through the long stems of the trees upon the green underwood beneath. One day they went to walk in the wood. he forgot it. and all with beautiful birds in them. There were seven hundred of these cages hanging in the castle. Well-a-day!' when her song stopped suddenly. and the fairy put her into a cage. they found themselves at a loss to know what path to take. All the day long she flew about in the form of an owl. And now the sun went quite down. and they were soon to be married. Then he shrank for fear. or crept about the country like a cat. An owl with fiery eyes flew three times round them. Jorindel turned to see the reason. and both felt sad. . then sprang up and danced for joy. and Jorindel said. for the stone tired him sadly: and he dragged himself to the side of a river. Jorinda sat down to gaze upon the sun. and beheld his Jorinda changed into a nightingale. nor speak. and could not move a step till she came and set him free. When any young man came within a hundred paces of her castle. Jorindel sat by her side. 'How happy am I!' cried he. free from all his troubles. 'We must take care that we don't go too near to the fairy's castle. and rest a while. turned pale. and walked on till he reached his mother's house. Well-a-day! Well-a-day! He mourn'd for the fate of his darling mate. the owl flew into a bush. was very fond of her.' It was a beautiful evening. the gloomy night came. which she would not do till he had given her his word never to come there again: but when any pretty maiden came within that space she was changed into a bird. and again fell upon his knees and thanked Heaven. sat down close under the old walls of the castle. and already half of its circle had sunk behind the hill: Jorindel on a sudden looked behind him. that stood in the middle of a deep gloomy wood. and could neither weep. he became quite fixed. Now there was once a maiden whose name was Jorinda. that he might take a drink of water. without knowing it. and saw through the bushes that they had. with staring eyes. and a shepherd lad.FAIRY TALES 14 At last he could go no farther. whose name was Jorindel. The sun was setting fast. the ugly heavy stone. Now this fairy could take any shape she pleased. and a nose and chin that almost met one another. but it seemed as if they were to be parted from one another for ever. with tears in his eyes. and told her how very easy the road to good luck was. and hung her up in a chamber in the castle. JORINDA AND JORINDEL There was once an old castle. jug/. nor stir hand or foot. and a moment after the old fairy came forth pale and meagre. and the turtle-doves sang from the tall birches. so that her song ended with a mournful /jug. They had wandered a long way. but at night she always became an old woman again. and three times screamed: 'Tu whu! Tu whu! Tu whu!' Jorindel could not move. for its kindness in taking away his only plague. and down it rolled. they knew not why. as he stooped down to drink. So he laid the stone carefully by his side on the bank: but. pushed it a little. Jorinda was just singing. he stood fixed as a stone. She was prettier than all the pretty girls that ever were seen before.' Then up he got with a light heart. 'nobody was ever so lucky as I. For a while he watched it sinking in the deep clear water. plump into the stream. and when they looked to see which way they should go home. and trembled.

and eight long days he sought for it in vain: but on the ninth day. but she could not come within two yards of him. and said he should never see her again. He ran or flew after her. so he went to a strange village. so that they all took their old forms again. for the flower he held in his hand was his safeguard. Many a time did he walk round and round as near to the hated castle as he dared go. but . In the morning when he awoke. but was now growing old and every day more and more unfit for work. He walked nearer than a hundred paces to it. THE TRAVELLING MUSICIANS An honest farmer had once an ass that had been a faithful servant to him a great many years. 'For there. because I am old and weak. and he took Jorinda home. Then he plucked the flower. my friend?' said the ass. he could not move from the spot where he stood. then she went her way. early in the morning. seized the nightingale. Then he fell on his knees before the fairy.' thought he. many nightingales. he began to search over hill and dale for this pretty flower. Hie away! away!' On a sudden Jorindel found himself free. he spied a dog lying by the roadside and panting as if he were tired. and that everything he touched with it was disenchanted. Then he touched all the other birds with the flower. he sorrowed. There stay! Oh. so I ran away.but what could he do? He could not speak. and it sprang open. 'my master was going to knock me on the head. but alas! there were many. stay! When the charm is around her. Poor Jorindel saw the nightingale was gone-. so that he went in through the court. he wept. And the spell has bound her.FAIRY TALES She mumbled something to herself. but all in vain. took himself slyly off. and went with it in his hand into the castle. who saw that some mischief was in the wind. At last he dreamt one night that he found a beautiful purple flower. 'what will become of me?' He could not go back to his own home. he heard or saw nothing of Jorinda. and prayed her to give him back his dear Jorinda: but she laughed at him. and set out and travelled day and night.' After he had travelled a little way. but found that he could go quite close up to the door. and that in the middle of it lay a costly pearl. but the ass. and yet he did not become fixed as before. 'Alas!' he said. 'Alas!' said the dog. and lived happily together many years: and so did a good many other lads. much longer than they liked. Jorindel was very glad indeed to see this. At last the fairy came back and sang with a hoarse voice: 15 'Till the prisoner is fast. as big as a costly pearl. with the seven hundred birds singing in the seven hundred cages. and began his journey towards the great city. and was making the best of her way off through the door. where they were married. 'What makes you pant so. At last he came to the chamber where the fairy sat. and how then should he find out which was his Jorinda? While he was thinking what to do. 'I may turn musician. Then he touched the door with the flower. And her doom is cast. He prayed. and in the middle of it was a large dewdrop. and that there he found his Jorinda again. and employed himself in keeping sheep. He looked around at the birds. and threw her arms round his neck looking as beautiful as ever. His master therefore was tired of keeping him and began to think of putting an end to him. and went away with it in her hand. till he came again to the castle. he saw the fairy had taken down one of the cages. When she saw Jorindel she was very angry. and he dreamt that he plucked the flower. but all in vain. he found the beautiful purple flower. as beautiful as when they walked together in the wood. and screamed with rage. whose maidens had been forced to sing in the old fairy's cages by themselves. and Jorinda stood before him. and listened when he heard so many birds singing. and can no longer make myself useful to him in hunting. touched the cage with the flower.

As soon as they had satisfied themselves. my mistress laid hold of me.' said the cock: so they all four went on jollily together. while the cock. and was going to drown me. But about midnight. 'if we could only get in'. and the cat climbed up into the branches. In doing this. the dog barked. at any rate. marched up to the window and peeped in.' said the ass. had now no doubt that some frightful hobgoblin had broken in upon them.' 'Oh.' said the ass. with as much eagerness as if they had not expected to eat again for a month. they put out the lights. and at last they hit upon a plan. according to his custom. or a bit of meat. thinking that the higher he sat the safer he should be. flew up to the very top of the tree. and may make your fortune as a musician. for I see a light. the dog got upon his back.FAIRY TALES what can I do to earn my livelihood?' 'Hark ye!' said the ass. 'by all means go with us to the great city. so come along with us. 'I was just now saying that we should have fine weather for our washing-day. 'how can one be in good spirits when one's life is in danger? Because I am beginning to grow old. 'I should not be the worse for a bone or two. 'There must be a house no great way off. with his forefeet resting against the window. it will be better.' 'With all my heart. me!' said the cat.' said the cock. and came tumbling into the room. and joined the party. my good lady. and robbers sitting round it making merry. they saw a cock perched upon a gate. when the robbers saw from afar that the lights were out and that all seemed quiet. and the cock screamed. I do not know what I am to live upon. however.' 'If that be the case. till they at last came close to a house in which a gang of robbers lived. and then they all broke through the window at once.' added the dog. and screaming out with all his might and main. 16 They had not gone far before they saw a cat sitting in the middle of the road and making a most rueful face. 'what do you see?' 'What do I see?' replied the ass. the cat mewed.' said the ass. but threaten to cut off my head tomorrow. and they began their music. The ass brayed. and the cock perched upon a beam on the top of the house. 'come with us Master Chanticleer. The ass.' said the cock. for our lodging is not the best in the world!' 'Besides. and make broth of me for the guests that are coming on Sunday!' 'Heaven forbid!' said the ass. so they consulted together how they should contrive to get the robbers out. you make a famous noise. and scampered away as fast as they could. the cat rolled herself up on the hearth before the warm ashes. The coast once clear. he saw afar off something bright and shining and calling to his companions said. who had been not a little frightened by the opening concert. 'Well. they went into a wood to sleep. They could not. When all was ready a signal was given. as they were all rather tired with their journey. reach the great city the first day. and then. so when night came on. The donkey laid himself down upon a heap of straw in the yard. 'upon my word. and yet my mistress and the cook don't thank me for my pains. Soon afterwards. and try what you can do in the same way?' The dog said he was willing. and each once more sought out a resting-place to his own liking.' The cat was pleased with the thought. before he went to sleep. Donkey. 'I am going to the great city to turn musician: suppose you go with me. with a most hideous clatter! The robbers. as they were passing by a farmyard. I see a table spread with all kinds of good things. and the cock flew up and sat upon the cat's head.' said the ass. they soon fell asleep. you are a good night singer. and as they drew near it became larger and brighter. The ass placed himself upright on his hind legs. 'Why. 'what's the matter with you? You look quite out of spirits!' 'Ah. and. the dog stretched himself upon a mat behind the door. 'we had better change our quarters. 'Pray. and they jogged on together. and had rather lie at my ease by the fire than run about the house after the mice. 'Bravo!' said the ass. they . our travellers soon sat down and dispatched what the robbers had left. than staying here to have your head cut off! Besides. who knows? If we care to sing in tune. we may get up some kind of a concert. amongst the broken glass. being the tallest of the company. and though I have been lucky enough to get away from her. The ass and the dog laid themselves down under a great tree.' 'That would be a noble lodging for us. pray what is all this about?' 'Why. the cat scrambled up to the dog's shoulders. 'Yes.' said Chanticleer.' So they walked off together towards the spot where Chanticleer had seen the light. looked out on all sides of him to see that everything was well.

and lay it down behind the hedge in the shade while they are at work.' However. and how his master meant to kill him in the morning. 'Now. went to see what was going on. crowed with all his might. and when the wolf was busy looking out for a good fat sheep. This frightened him dreadfully. I dare say. so in the evening he went to his good friend the wolf. 'I will give you some good advice.' 'But what can we do with him?' said the shepherd. But Sultan had told his master what the wolf meant to do. and have plenty to eat. you know. who was grown very old. he has served us well a great many years.' Poor Sultan. and called Sultan 'an old rogue. and came one night to get a dainty morsel.' said the Sultan. and pretend to be watching it. and one of them.' The dog liked this plan very well. Finding everything still. but there the dog jumped up and bit him in the leg. and had lost all his teeth. Now do you lie down close by the child. and said. he had a stout cudgel laid about his back. and I will let it drop. So the next morning the wolf sent the boar to challenge Sultan to come into the wood to fight the matter. you must tell no tales. he mistook them for live coals. for he is of no use now.' said the wolf. so he took her with him. and accordingly so it was managed. but then he did it to earn his livelihood. called Sultan. he marched into the kitchen. go home. and how the devil had sat upon the top of the house and cried out. Your master. who was bolder than the rest. 'he has not a tooth in his head. the shepherd and his wife screamed out. and there they are. you must run after me as fast as you can. and stabbed him in the leg. OLD SULTAN A shepherd had a faithful dog. At this the robber ran back as fast as he could to his comrades.' So from this time forward Sultan had all that he could wish for. . then you may carry it back. and as the poor thing limped along with some trouble.' and swore he would have his revenge. and the cock. how a black monster stood in the yard and struck him with a club. goes out every morning very early with his wife into the field. and scratched at him.' But his wife said. and they take their little child with them. 'I will be true to my master. Now Sultan had nobody he could ask to be his second but the shepherd's old three-legged cat. 'I will shoot old Sultan tomorrow morning. espying the glittering fiery eyes of the cat. and the thieves don't care for him at all. who had been awakened by the noise. And one day when the shepherd and his wife were standing together before the house the shepherd said. that combed his locks for him finely. how a man with a knife in his hand had hidden himself behind the door.' 'No. and groped about till he found a match in order to light a candle. and away he ran to the back door. and as he was crossing over the yard the ass kicked him. and had spat at him and scratched his face with her long bony fingers. depend upon it. not understanding this joke. to be sure he has served us. Wife. and let him have my old cushion to sleep on as long as he lives. and told the captain how a horrid witch had got into the house. 'Pray let the poor faithful creature live. Soon afterwards the wolf came and wished him joy. tomorrow shall be his last day. 'Throw the rascal up here!' After this the robbers never dared to go back to the house. and carried the poor little thing back to his master and mistress. 'Make yourself easy. and was very much frightened to think tomorrow would be his last day. heard all that the shepherd and his wife said to one another. sprang at his face. but Sultan soon overtook him. The wolf ran with the child a little way. and we ought to give him a livelihood for the rest of his days. and held the match to them to light it. 'Old Sultan has saved our child from the wolf. Then the wolf was very angry. and then. But the cat. and told him all his sorrows. who was lying close by them. Then the shepherd patted him on the head. my good fellow. she stuck up her tail straight in the air. and give him a good dinner. and said. and I will come out of the wood and run away with it. and they will think you have saved their child. and spat. the wolf thought he was in joke. so he laid wait for him behind the barn door. and will be so thankful to you that they will take care of you as long as you live. but the musicians were so pleased with their quarters that they took up their abode there.FAIRY TALES 17 began to think that they had been in too great a hurry to run away. and therefore he shall live and be well taken care of. who lived in the wood. but turn your head the other way when I want to taste one of the old shepherd's fine fat sheep. at this very day.

all beans since then have a black seam. like my comrades. THE COAL. I should have been made into broth without any mercy. and the boar lay down behind a bush. and saw the cat's long tail standing straight in the air. but if the old woman had got me into the pan. AND THE BEAN In a village dwelt a poor old woman. they did not know how they were to get over it. seeing something move.--I should have been burnt to ashes. and soon afterwards a burning coal from the fire leapt down to the two. and took their lives. she seized sixty of them at once. and that it might burn the quicker. however. 'The old woman has destroyed all my brethren in fire and smoke. and espied the wolf sitting amongst the branches. and plenty of fine clothes to wear. began to burn. and thinking it was a mouse. from whence do you come here?' The coal replied: 'I fortunately sprang out of the fire. that had thrown itself out of the water. and every time she limped. As he had a compassionate heart he pulled out his needle and thread. It would have been all over with her. one dropped without her observing it. and then you can walk over on me as on a bridge. BRIAR ROSE A king and queen once upon a time reigned in a country a great way off. and sewed her together. and heard the water rushing beneath her. 'that as we have so fortunately escaped death. afraid.' The proposition pleased the two others. and bit and scratched it. and if I had not escaped by sheer force. hissed when she got into the water. so they said they should not like this way of fighting. . and they set out on their way together. I luckily slipped through her fingers. Sultan and the cat soon came up. by good fortune. they thought she was carrying a sword for Sultan to fight with. she lighted it with a handful of straw. we should keep together like good companions. where there were in those days fairies. and as there was no bridge or foot-plank. broke in two pieces. who was of an impetuous disposition. and they called him a cowardly rascal. and lay on the ground beside a straw. however. The bean thanked him most prettily. was unable to stop. my death would have been certain. The coal slipped after her. but as the tailor used black thread. sprang upon it.' 'But what are we to do now?' said the coal.FAIRY TALES 18 The wolf and the wild boar were first on the ground. and a coach to ride out in every day: but though they had been married many years they had no children. But one day as the queen was walking by the side of the river. and repair to a foreign country. she was after all. When she was emptying the beans into the pan. and the coal. 'I think. and ventured no farther. and when he shook one of them a little. who had prudently stayed behind on the shore.' So they looked up. and stood still. roaring out. had not sat down to rest by the brook. and lest a new mischance should overtake us here. The boar. so that the boar jumped up and grunted. and the wolf jumped up into a tree. The straw. Then the straw began and said: 'Dear friends. and said: 'I will lay myself straight across. The bean. she saw a poor little fish.' The bean said: 'I too have escaped with a whole skin. THE STRAW. had not quite hidden himself. we should go away together. a tailor who was travelling in search of work. the cat. The straw hit on a good idea. likewise. and looked about and wondered that no one was there. could not but laugh at the event. there sits the one who is to blame. and ran away. Now this king and queen had plenty of money. they thought she was picking up a stone to throw at them. for his ears stuck out of the bush. tripped quite boldly on to the newly-built bridge. and breathed her last. who had gathered together a dish of beans and wanted to cook them. and when they espied their enemies coming. and laughed so heartily that she burst. So she made a fire on her hearth. however. and would not suffer him to come down till he was heartily ashamed of himself.' The straw therefore stretched itself from one bank to the other. But when she had reached the middle. and had promised to be good friends again with old Sultan. if.' 'And would a better fate have fallen to my lot?' said the straw. 'Look up in the tree. Soon. at the bottom of the garden. and plenty of good things to eat and drink.' answered the bean. they came to a little brook. and fell into the stream. and this grieved them very much indeed.

'what are you doing there?' 'Spinning. But the queen said. So she roved about by herself. and set to work to take her revenge. another riches. till at last the old palace was surrounded and hidden.' said the old lady. that everyone who knew her loved her. in her fifteenth year. and the very flies slept upon the walls. and she was left alone in the palace. a great noise was heard in the courtyard.' Then the twelfth of the friendly fairies. and the spit that was turning about with a goose upon it for the king's dinner stood still. and nobles. as she had not been asked to the feast she was very angry. on the very day she was fifteen years old. and all their court. After many. and every year it became higher and thicker. as it were with hands. be wounded by a spindle. so her gift was. for the thorns and bushes laid hold of them. and black shoes on her feet. fell asleep with the jug at his lips: and thus everything stood still. she was not dead. to which there was a narrow staircase ending with a little door. But all the gifts of the first eleven fairies were in the meantime fulfilled. and a broomstick in her hand: and presently up she came into the dining. the spindle wounded her. It happened that. and so on till she had all that was good in the world. several kings' sons came. and tried to break through the thicket into the palace. the butler. humming a tune. who was at that moment pulling the kitchen-boy by the hair to give him a box on the ear for something he had done amiss. and show the child to all the land. and there they stuck fast. and the horses slept in the stables. with a black cap on her head. However. But scarcely had she touched it. the king hoped still to save his dear child altogether from the threatened evil. and said he would hold a great feast and make merry. Even the fire on the hearth left off blazing. so he ordered that all the spindles in the kingdom should be bought up and burnt. and good. however. 'Why. and a long white wand in her hand: and after the feast was over they gathered round in a ring and gave all their best gifts to the little princess. and the king and the queen. but that she could soften its mischief.FAIRY TALES 19 and lay gasping and nearly dead on the bank. and there sat an old lady spinning away very busily. and the cook. and went to sleep. before the fairy's prophecy was fulfilled. and wise. So she cried out. and well behaved. but as the king and queen had only twelve golden dishes for them to eat out of. from time to time. that they might be kind and good to our little daughter. for the princess was so beautiful. In the door there was a golden key. and word was brought that the thirteenth fairy was come. should not really die.' Now there were thirteen fairies in the kingdom. and slept soundly. A large hedge of thorns soon grew round the palace. and it shall be fulfilled. they were forced to leave one of the fairies without asking her. let him go. and the queen had a little girl. that the king's daughter. This. good mother.' said the princess. the pigeons on the house-top. so that not even the roof or the chimneys could be seen. none of them could ever do. So twelve fairies came. and took the spindle and began to try and spin. and died wretchedly. and threw it back again into the river. But there went a report through all the land of the beautiful sleeping Briar Rose (for so the king's daughter was called): so that. Just as eleven of them had done blessing her. and scolded the king and queen very much.' What the little fish had foretold soon came to pass. So he asked his kinsmen. and neighbours. came forward. and she fell down lifeless on the ground. the king and queen were not at home. the jack stopped. and said that the evil wish must be fulfilled. another beauty. till at last she came to an old tower. One gave her goodness. so very beautiful that the king could not cease looking on it for joy. and fall down dead. and both fell asleep. who had just come home. how now. However. Then the queen took pity on the little fish. Now. who was slyly tasting the ale. and looked at all the rooms and chambers. and red shoes with high heels on her feet. and when she turned it the door sprang open. each with a high red cap on her head. and nodded her head. 'I know what your wish is. 'How prettily that little thing turns round!' said the princess. and before it swam away it lifted its head out of the water and said. many years there came a king's son into that land: and an old man told him the story of the thicket . 'The king's daughter shall. when the spindle wounded her.hall. while buzz! went the wheel. in return for your kindness to me--you will soon have a daughter. but had only fallen into a deep sleep. 'I will have the fairies also. and friends. who had not yet given her gift. fell asleep too. and the dogs in the court. but should only fall asleep for a hundred years.

' 'If that be all. and the cook gave the boy the box on his ear. And when he came into the palace. and soon the king and queen also awoke.' said the dog. round went the jack. and round went the spit.' said the sparrow. and how a wonderful princess. seeing that the carter did not turn out of the way. 'I am very very hungry. Then he went on still farther. and gazed on each other with great wonder. At last he could bear it no longer.' When the dog had eaten this too. and the wedding feast was given. And the horses shook themselves. through which he went with ease. THE DOG AND THE SPARROW A shepherd's dog had a master who took no care of him. my friend?' 'Because. and have nothing to eat. so as to drive over him. and the cook in the kitchen was still holding up her hand. the butler finished his draught of ale.' So the dog stretched himself out on the road. and died. Whilst he slept. On the road he met a sparrow that said to him. and as the prince came to the thicket he saw nothing but beautiful flowering shrubs. and they lived happily together all their lives long. and the dogs jumped up and barked. so he took to his heels. till at last he came to the old tower. and there she lay. She looked so beautiful that he could not take his eyes off her. so come with me to the next shop. the spit was standing still. 'Well. fast asleep on a couch by the window. as if she was going to beat the boy. but as the weather was warm. with all her court. the flies on the walls buzzed again. the maid sat with a fowl in her lap ready to be plucked. they had not gone far before the dog said. And then the prince and Briar Rose were married. and the horses were standing in the stables. or it shall be the worse for you. and they shut in after him as thick as ever.' said the sparrow. . the pigeons took their heads from under their wings. and there in the court lay the dogs asleep. but would go on in the track in which the dog lay. and how a beautiful palace stood behind it. and looked about and flew into the fields. with the goose for the king's dinner upon it. so he stooped down and gave her a kiss. too.' The old man tried to hinder him. and pecked at two rolls that lay in the window. lay in it asleep. and all was so still that he could hear every breath he drew. 'come with me into the next town. the maid went on plucking the fowl. till at last down it fell. and loaded with two casks of wine. 'All this shall not frighten me.' So she took him to a baker's shop. and scrambled away with it into a corner. 'Well. she pecked and scratched at a steak that lay upon the edge of the shelf. When that was eaten. and smiled upon him. till they fell down: and as the dog still wished for more.' So the sparrow perched upon the shelf: and having first looked carefully about her to see if anyone was watching her. and I will soon find you plenty of food. called out. how he had heard from his grandfather that many. Then the young prince said. and I will peck you down another steak. the sparrow asked him whether he had had enough now. and opened the door of the little room in which Briar Rose was. my good friend. 'Stand there a little while till I peck you down a piece of meat. and on the roof sat the pigeons fast asleep. but that they had all stuck fast in it. 'Yes. Then the dog snapped it up. have you had enough now?' 'I have had plenty of meat. Now that very day the hundred years were ended. many princes had come. and they went out together. 'and now let us take a walk a little way out of the town. the fire in the kitchen blazed up. I will go and see this Briar Rose. the sparrow said to the dog. and had tried to break through the thicket. but he was bent upon going.' said he. and fell fast asleep.' answered the sparrow. 'you shall have some more if you will. 'do so.' 'Come with me then. the flies were sleeping on the walls.' answered the sparrow. 'Why are you so sad. and off he ran in a very sad and sorrowful mood. But the moment he kissed her she opened her eyes and awoke. called Briar Rose.' So they both went out upon the high road.' So on they went together into the town: and as they passed by a butcher's shop. the butler had the jug of ale at his lips. there came by a carter with a cart drawn by three horses. and all the court. 'Stop! stop! Mr Carter. Then he came at last to the palace.' But the carter.FAIRY TALES 20 of thorns. 'but I should like to have a piece of bread to eat after it.' answered he.' 'Very well. but often let him suffer the greatest hunger. with their heads under their wings. the sparrow said to him. 'and you shall soon have that too. 'I am very much tired--I should like to take a nap. she took him to another shop and pecked down some more for him. where he soon ate it all up. He told. and in the meantime I will perch upon that bush. The sparrow. going to drink a draught.

In the end. and than all the wine ran out.' But the sparrow began to flutter about.' The carter was forced at last to leave his cart behind him.' cried the sparrow. The carter ran up and struck at her again with his hatchet. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. 'You make it the worse for me. the doors were shut and locked up. and should be king after his death. 'Miserable wretch that I am!' But the sparrow answered. but killed his third horse as he done the other two. 'Unlucky wretch that I am!' said he. and cried. seized his hatchet. or where they had been. 'Unlucky wretch that I am!' cried the carter. benches. for he saw that the corn was almost all gone. and drove his cart over the poor dog. 'Carter! it shall cost thee thy life!' Then he became mad and blind with rage. indeed! what can you do?' cracked his whip. and cried. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. he drew out his hatchet and aimed a blow at the sparrow.' 'Do your worst. but every morning their shoes were found to be quite worn through as if they had been danced in all night. that if any person could discover the secret. but it missed her. and they have fallen upon our corn in the loft. with the sparrow in the midst of them. and my horses all three dead. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. and welcome.' And the wife struck. and the blow fell upon the second horse and killed him on the spot.' cried he. and the cask quite empty. 'and a wicked bird has come into the house. I will eat her. glasses. 'There. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. The carter was mad with fury. the carter and his wife were so furious. and pecked at him till he reared up and kicked. but she missed her aim. And as the carter went on with the other two horses.FAIRY TALES 21 grumbling to himself. should be put to death. that he fell down dead. and has brought with her all the birds in the world. But the sparrow crept under the tilt of the cart. he again cried out. 'thy cruelty shall cost thee they life yet!' and away she flew. and at last the walls. and hit her husband on the head so that he fell down dead. 'Alas!' said he to his wife. 'what ill luck has befallen me! --my wine is all spilt. 'that is letting her off too easily: she shall die a much more cruel death. 'Not wretch enough yet!' answered the sparrow as she flew away. the table. and stretch out her neck and cried. he should have the one he liked best for his wife. but whoever tried and did not succeed. thou hast killed my friend the dog. When the carter saw this. and saw that the cart was dripping. however. and struck the window-seat with such force that he cleft it in two: and as the sparrow flew from place to place.' said the brute. But the sparrow sat on the outside of the window. but she flew away. but away she flew. 'Unlucky wretch that I am!' cried he. chairs. . and saw thousands of birds sitting upon the floor eating up his corn.' 'Alas! husband. 'Not wretch enough yet!' and perched on the head of the second horse. and yet nobody could find out how it happened. and pecked at him too. and threw it at the sparrow. that they broke all their furniture. and pecked out the bung of the second cask. and without looking about him. and are eating it up at such a rate!' Away ran the husband upstairs. and was still not sorry for what he had done. and when they went to bed. and pecked at the bung of one of the casks till she loosened it. she began to peck him too. so that the wheels crushed him to death. went down into his kitchen. so that all the wine ran out. and to go home overflowing with rage and vexation. They slept in twelve beds all in one room. meaning to kill her. This deed of thine shall cost thee all thou art worth. and the blow fell upon the poor horse's head with such force. Now mind what I say. they caught her: and the wife said. At last he looked round. THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES There was a king who had twelve beautiful daughters. When the carter saw this. without touching the bird at all. The sparrow now hopped in. and cried 'Carter! thy cruelty shall cost thee thy life!' With that he jumped up in a rage. after three days and nights. she again crept under the tilt of the cart. and the sparrow flew quietly home to her nest. or caring what he was about. 'thou cruel villain. 'Shall I kill her at once?' 'No. struck again at the sparrow. 'what harm can you do me?' and passed on. strike at the bird and kill her in my hand. The carter seeing that he had thus lost all that he had.' replied she. but sat himself angrily and sulkily in the chimney corner. and only broke the window. 'Carter! it shall cost thee thy life yet!' With that he could wait no longer: so he gave his wife the hatchet. Then the king made it known to all the land.seat. 'Wife. perched upon the window. and perching upon the third horse. I am sure. and find out where it was that the princesses danced in the night. 'Alas! miserable wretch that I am!' cried he. without the carter seeing it. as she alighted upon the head of one of the horses. 'now will I plague and punish thee at thy own house. 'What an unlucky wretch I am!' cried he.

and took out all their fine clothes. and the soldier stepped into the same boat with the youngest. He was as well received as the others had been.' 'Well. who seemed to be waiting there for the princesses. put on the cloak which the old woman had given him. while you are so happy I feel very uneasy. 'you are always afraid. I am sure some mischance will befall us. taking care not to drink a drop. which made the youngest sister tremble with fear. But the king's son soon fell asleep. The soldier saw them going down through the trap-door one after another.' said the eldest.' said the old dame. . but in the middle of the stairs he trod on the gown of the youngest princess. and glittered and sparkled beautifully. and when the evening came he was led to the outer chamber. One of the princesses went into each boat.' When they were all ready. have you forgotten how many kings' sons have already watched in vain? And as for this soldier.' Then down they all went.' Then they came to another grove of trees. in order that nothing might pass without his hearing it. and the leaves were all of silver. He was well entertained. and the eldest went up to her own bed and clapped her hands. but they had all the same luck.' When the soldier heard all this good counsel. and the eldest said. and when he awoke in the morning he found that the princesses had all been dancing. and dressed themselves at the glass. where the leaves were all glittering diamonds. and then in time I might be a king. he jumped up. and all lost their lives in the same manner. and did not stir hand or foot: so they thought they were quite safe. and afterwards to a third. and at the side of the lake there lay twelve little boats with twelve handsome princes in them.' said the soldier. 'that is no very hard task: only take care not to drink any of the wine which one of the princesses will bring to you in the evening. the door of his chamber was left open. 'This fellow too might have done a wiser thing than lose his life in this way!' Then they rose up and opened their drawers and boxes.' 'You silly creature!' said the eldest. he met an old woman. the eldest leading the way. 'As soon as you put that on you will become invisible. and in the evening was taken to the chamber next to the one where the princesses lay in their twelve beds. or what I had better do. he would have slept soundly enough. 'I hardly know where I am going. and said. 'I am sure all is not right--did not you hear that noise? That never happened before. Just as he was going to lie down. and you will then be able to follow the princesses wherever they go. Then he laid himself down on his bed. they went and looked at the soldier. The soldier wished to take away some token of the place. But the youngest said. and at the bottom they found themselves in a most delightful grove of trees. who had been wounded in battle and could fight no longer. and skipped about as if they were eager to begin dancing. who are shouting for joy at our approach. who asked him where he was going. but he snored on. and as soon as she leaves you pretend to be fast asleep. 'I don't know how it is. 'It is only our princes. and said he was willing to undertake the task. so he broke off a little branch. but the eldest still said. and the king ordered fine royal robes to be given him. he determined to try his luck: so he went to the king.' But the eldest said. the eldest of the princesses brought him a cup of wine. When the twelve princesses heard this they laughed heartily. And the soldier broke a branch from each. it was only the princes. After him came several others. and followed them. and she cried out to her sisters. Then the youngest daughter said again. and the bed sank into the floor and a trap-door flew open. As they were rowing over the lake. for the soles of their shoes were full of holes. and there came a loud noise from the tree.FAIRY TALES 22 A king's son soon came.' 'You simpleton. So they went on till they came to a great lake. the prince who was in the boat with the youngest princess and the soldier said. and in a little while began to snore very loud as if he was fast asleep. Now it chanced that an old soldier. 'but I think I should like very well to find out where it is that the princesses dance. passed through the country where this king reigned: and as he was travelling through a wood.' Then she gave him a cloak. but the soldier threw it all away secretly. where all the leaves were of gold. and every time there was a loud noise. who were crying for joy. 'it is nothing but a nail in the wall. 'All is not right. someone took hold of my gown. The same thing happened the second and third night: so the king ordered his head to be cut off. There he was to sit and watch where they went to dance. and. even if I had not given him his sleeping draught. and thinking he had no time to lose.

I am an enchanted prince: put me in the water again. sir. in this nasty dirty pigsty. and the twelve princesses stood listening behind the door to hear what he would say. the princesses danced each time till their shoes were worn to pieces. and laid himself down. 'With twelve princes in a castle under ground. and went into the castle.' And then he told the king all that had happened. 'you need not make so many words about the matter. And when the king asked him. but the eldest always silenced her.' The fisherman did not much like the business: however. he went to the seashore. all on a sudden his float was dragged away deep into the water: and in drawing it up he pulled out a great fish. the youngest sister was terribly frightened. they confessed it all. But the fish said. on the third night the soldier carried away one of the golden cups as a token of where he had been. and the fish darted straight down to the bottom. as he sat on the shore with his rod. from which came the merry music of horns and trumpets. And the king asked the soldier which of them he would choose for his wife. looking at the sparkling waves and watching his line.'--And they were married that very day. I will have nothing to do with a fish that can talk: so swim away.' On the other side of the lake stood a fine illuminated castle. When the fisherman went home to his wife in the pigsty. The princes rowed them back again over the lake (but this time the soldier placed himself in the boat with the eldest princess). and when he came back there the water looked all yellow and green. Then the king called for the princesses. and then all their shoes were worn out.' said the princess: 'I feel it very warm too. and when any of the princesses had a cup of wine set by her. 'Where do my twelve daughters dance at night?' he answered. and asked them whether what the soldier said was true: and when they saw that they were discovered. 'Now all is quite safe'. At this. so that when she put the cup to her mouth it was empty. and then returned home. and the soldier. ho!' said the man. and how it had told him it was an enchanted prince. danced with them too. and went again the second and third night. 'Pray let me live! I am not a real fish. and as the twelve sisters slowly came up very much tired. he drank it all up. 'we live very wretchedly here. As soon as the time came when he was to declare the secret. and he answered. put away their fine clothes. too. And he stood at the water's edge. The fisherman used to go out all day long a-fishing. and went to bed. 'I am not very young. so I will have the eldest. and each prince danced with his princess. and the soldier was chosen to be the king's heir. and I am quite tired: the boat seems very heavy today. so that they were obliged to leave off. he had let it go again. and how. In the morning the soldier said nothing about what had happened. close by the seaside. he was taken before the king with the three branches and the golden cup. and on the opposite shore they took leave of each other. the princesses promising to come again the next night. and let me go!' 'Oh. They danced on till three o'clock in the morning. and one day. and every thing happened just as before. as soon as you please!' Then he put him back into the water. and left a long streak of blood behind him on the wave.' 'It is only the heat of the weather. then they undressed themselves. but though I am rowing with all my might we do not get on so fast as usual. do go back and tell the fish we want a snug little cottage. so they said. they heard him snoring in his bed. he told her how he had caught a great fish.FAIRY TALES 23 'I do not know why it is. However. who was all the time invisible. pulled off their shoes. and showed him the three branches and the golden cup which he had brought with him. THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE There was once a fisherman who lived with his wife in a pigsty. and that it was of no use to deny what had happened. the soldier ran on before the princesses. There they all landed. on hearing it speak. and said: . but determined to see more of this strange adventure. 'Did not you ask it for anything?' said the wife. When they came to the stairs.

'Well. it looked blue and gloomy. and a kitchen. but go and try! I will be king. there is not near room enough for us in this cottage. 'is not this much better than the filthy pigsty we had?' And there was a parlour. and a bedchamber.' said she. 'But. 'Husband. 'is not this grand?' With that they went into the castle together. 'Well. go along and try!' The fisherman went. I know.FAIRY TALES 24 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. 'Come in. 'she is in the cottage already!' So the man went home. he said.' 'Go home.' And when he had looked at her for a long time. 'she says that when I had caught you.' said the fisherman. the courtyard and the garden are a great deal too small. 'I don't like to go to him again. planted with all sorts of flowers and fruits. 'she is standing at the gate of it already. The next morning when Dame Ilsabill awoke it was broad daylight.' So away went the fisherman. and he went close to the edge of the waves. and full of golden chairs and tables. and hares. and then Dame Ilsabill said. come in!' said she.' 'Perhaps we may. each a head taller than the other. and saw his wife standing at the door of a nice trim little cottage. 'Well. and in the courtyard were stables and cow-houses. 'she is king already. she does not like living any longer in the pigsty. wife! what a fine thing it is to be king! Now we shall never have anything . full of sheep. 'how happily we shall live now!' 'We will try to do so.' 'Go home. 'Ah. 'Ah!' said the fisherman. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' Then the fish came swimming to him. and bestir yourself.' said the wife. then. and said: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will.' said the fisherman. what is her will? What does your wife want?' 'Ah!' said the fisherman. 'how can you be king--the fish cannot make you a king?' 'Husband. wife. 'Get up. and said. and was overspread with curling waves and the ridges of foam as he cried out: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. wife. Everything went right for a week or two. 'say no more about it.' 'Go home.' So the man went away quite sorrowful to think that his wife should want to be king. 'Ah!' said the man. and on each side of her stood six fair maidens. before we make up our minds to that.' 'Nonsense!' said the wife. and the rooms all richly furnished. and wants a snug little cottage. 'See. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'Well. for we must be king of all the land. husband.' 'Then I will.' Then the fisherman went home.' So they went to bed.' said the fisherman. at least. 'Alas!' said the poor man. and goats. and she jogged the fisherman with her elbow. and there was a courtyard behind. and said. what would she have now?' said the fish. and heard the sound of drums and trumpets. 'now we will live cheerful and happy in this beautiful castle for the rest of our lives. and as he came close to the palace he saw a troop of soldiers. for perhaps he will be angry. then. I ought to have asked you for something before I let you go. This time the sea looked a dark grey colour.' said she. 'why should we wish to be the king? I will not be king. I should like to have a large stone castle to live in: go to the fish again and tell him to give us a castle. full of ducks and chickens. and found a great many servants there. and behind the castle was a garden.' said the fish. 'but let us sleep upon it.' said she. but his heart was very heavy: and when he came to the sea. 'my wife wants to be king.' said the fish. and deer. and found his wife standing before the gate of a great castle. we ought to be easy with this pretty cottage to live in. and behind the cottage there was a little garden. with a golden crown upon her head. wife. dolefully. 'he will do it very willingly.' said the man. what does she want now?' said the fish.' 'Wife. 'my wife wants to live in a stone castle.' said the fish. And when he went in he saw his wife sitting on a throne of gold and diamonds. though it was very calm. and around it was a park half a mile long. 'I am king. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'Well.' 'Wife.' said the man.' said she. 'are you king?' 'Yes.' said his wife.

' 'What nonsense!' said she.' 'I am king. 'it is a grand thing to be pope. But when he came to the shore the wind was raging and the sea was tossed up and down in boiling waves.' So the fisherman went. 'she is pope already. and he trembled so that his knees knocked together: but still he went down near to the shore. as she woke up and looked at it through the window. 'what a fine thing it is to be emperor!' 'Husband. and dukes. And before her stood princes. 'I am emperor. but I begin to be tired of that.' said she. I am king. each one smaller than the other. but towards the south all was red.' said she. and I should not like to ask him for such a thing.' At this thought she was very angry.' 'Ah!' said the man. 'Wife. and he muttered as he went along. so go at once!' So the fisherman was forced to go.' 'But. and I think I should like to be emperor. 'the fish cannot make an emperor.' said the wife. it is too much to ask. 'Alas. he can make a pope: go and try him. of all sizes. 'she wants to be emperor. 'Wife. Then they went to bed: but Dame Ilsabill could not sleep all night for thinking what she should be next. and as he came near he saw his wife Ilsabill sitting on a very lofty throne made of solid gold.' said she. 'how can you be pope? there is but one pope at a time in Christendom. and around her stood all the pomp and power of the Church. 'never is a long time. I am sure.' said the fish. 'cannot you be easy with being pope?' 'No.' said Ilsabill. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'What would she have now?' said the fish.' He soon came to the seashore.' 'I will think about that. as he looked at all this greatness. 'I am pope. In the middle of the heavens there was a little piece of blue sky. 'This will come to no good. 'Husband.' 'Ah.' 'Alas. the greatest as large as the highest and biggest tower in the world. wife!' said he. 'if he can make an emperor. are you emperor?' 'Yes. wife!' replied the fisherman. and earls: and the fisherman went up to her and said. 'Ah!' said the fisherman. 'my wife wants to be pope. wife!' said he.' replied the husband. and the water was quite black and muddy. 'Ah!' said the fisherman. with a great crown on her head full two yards high. and the sun rose. 'Ha!' thought she. wife! why should you wish to be emperor?' said the fisherman. the fish will be tired at last. and rolled fearfully upon the tops of the billows. and found Ilsabill sitting on a throne that was two miles high. and now you must be easy. At last. And on each side of her were two rows of burning lights. and a mighty whirlwind blew over the waves and rolled them about. Go to the fish at once!' .' 'Go home. 'she is emperor already. but the thought frightened him so much that he started and fell out of bed. and the ships were in trouble. 'why should we stop at being emperor? I will be pope next. from the tallest giant down to a little dwarf no bigger than my finger. 'Husband. go to the fish and tell him I must be lord of the sun and moon. 'I am very uneasy as long as the sun and moon rise without my leave. and the least no larger than a small rushlight. as if a dreadful storm was rising.' 'Go home. but he went as near as he could to the water's brink. and wakened her husband.' said she. 'are you pope?' 'Yes.' said the fisherman. 'I will be pope this very day. for you can be nothing greater. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'What does she want now?' said the fish.' Then the fisherman went home.' 'I don't know how that may be.' said she. and said: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will.FAIRY TALES 25 more to wish for as long as we live. as he gazed upon her. 'the fish cannot make you pope.' replied he. and on each side of her stood her guards and attendants in a row. as she was dropping asleep.' The fisherman was half asleep. 'after all I cannot prevent the sun rising. wife. 'and you are my slave.' said she. it is true. morning broke.' 'Well.' 'Husband. and said.' said the fish.' 'O wife.' So he went home again. And she had three great crowns on her head. and then we shall be sorry for what we have done. At this sight the fisherman was dreadfully frightened. 'go to the fish! I say I will be emperor. and said: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will.' said she.

'but what signal shall we agree upon?' No one knew that. and . and when a short time had passed. which almost looks like a plume of red feathers. The King and Queen had just flown out. 'before whom we must bow down. 'Is that the royal palace?' cried the bear. come.' And there they live to this very day. 'to your pigsty again.FAIRY TALES 26 Then the man went shivering with fear. And the fisherman crept towards the sea. The bear. until you have settled whether we are respectable children or not. 'I should very much like to see his royal palace. but the wolf held him back by the sleeve. The willow-wren with his army also came flying through the air with such a humming. the willow-wren sent out spies to discover who was the enemy's commander-in-chief. and hornets. large and small. and all four-footed animals were summoned to take part in it. and you might have seen in the sea great black waves. But the willow-wren sent down the hornet. the bear has been here and has insulted us!' Then the old King said: 'Be easy. cows. and hid herself beneath a leaf of the tree where the password was to be announced. down to the minutest detail. that we are not! Our parents are honest people! Bear. and the thunders rolled. you must wait until the lord and lady Queen have gone away again. and as he was going down to the shore a dreadful storm arose. and you are not King's children. they were frightfully angry. the Queen arrived with some food in her beak. THE WILLOW-WREN AND THE BEAR Once in summer-time the bear and the wolf were walking in the forest. The gnat. and every other animal the earth contained. flew into the forest where the enemy was assembled. and they began to feed their young ones. 'you must wait until the Queen comes. you will have to pay for that!' The bear and the wolf grew uneasy. why have you insulted my children? You shall suffer for it--we will punish you by a bloody war. take me thither. and when their parents again brought food they said: 'We will not so much as touch one fly's leg. And all the heavens became black with stormy clouds. When day broke. she flew away again. and cried out. what bird is it that sings so well?' 'That is the King of birds. There stood the bear. 'it is a wretched palace. bees and flies had to come. 'she wants to be lord of the sun and moon. 'Ah!' said he. The bear would have liked to go at once. When the time came for the war to begin. all is going well. and he called the fox before him and said: 'Fox. run away as fast as you can. and said: 'No. so he peeped in and saw five or six young ones lying there. and the lightnings played.' In reality the bird was the willow-wren.' and he at once flew with the Queen to the bear's cave. and swarming that every one was uneasy and afraid. you shall be general and lead us. you are disreputable children!' When the young wrens heard that. but midges. went to it again. however. asses.' said the wolf. and on both sides they advanced against each other. could not rest until he had seen the royal palace.' 'Go home.' said the fox. deer. When I lift my tail up quite high. all the four-footed animals came running up with such a noise that the earth trembled.' So they took stock of the hole where the nest lay. no. however. and screamed: 'No. as well as he could: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. and revealed everything. 'IF that's the case. to the willow-wren.' 'That is not done quite as you seem to think. And the willow-wren summoned everything which flew in the air. and the bear heard a bird singing so beautifully that he said: 'Brother wolf. and trotted away. The young willow-wrens. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'What does she want now?' said the fish. and called in: 'Old Growler. with orders to settle beneath the fox's tail. and you must charge. he shall be punished.' Thus war was announced to the Bear.' When the gnat had heard that. you are the most cunning of all animals.' said the bear. and whirring. so that the trees and the very rocks shook. oxen. and turned back and went into their holes. continued to cry and scream.' 'Good. not if we were dying of hunger. and the lord King came too. swelling up like mountains with crowns of white foam upon their heads.' Soon afterwards.' said the fish. but if I let it hang down. who was the most crafty. and the battle was to begin. not only birds. so the fox said: 'I have a fine long bushy tail.' said the wolf.

And now at last the young wrens were satisfied.' said she. and said: . and still kept his tail high in the air. seeing that something had frightened her.' So the bear crept thither in the greatest fear. THE FROG-PRINCE One fine evening a young princess put on her bonnet and clogs. so deep that she could not see the bottom of it. and said. if you will bring me my ball. she heard a strange noise--tap. whom she had quite forgotten. from pain. the bear must come to the nest.' 'What nonsense. The king.' Then the princess ran to the door and opened it. why do you weep so bitterly?' 'Alas!' said she. 'what can you do for me.' Whilst she was speaking. 'Princess. When the animals saw that. Now she had a golden ball in her hand. and the ball bounded away. princess. each into his hole. 'at the door. 'this silly frog is talking! He can never even get out of the spring to visit me. 'Stay. After a time she threw it up so high that she missed catching it as it fell. and when she came to a cool spring of water. As soon as the young princess saw her ball. he could hold out no longer. which was her favourite plaything. At this sight she was sadly frightened. The frog called after her. that lifted my ball for me out of the spring this morning: I told him that he should live with me here. but there he is at the door. and said.' The frog said. they thought all was lost. eat and drink to your heart's content. and went out to take a walk by herself in a wood. 'I want not your pearls. till at last it fell down into the spring. I will bring you your ball again. and the birds had won the battle. at the third. and rolled along upon the ground. The next day. and after a little while he came up again. but ran home with it as fast as she could. before we will do that. and a little voice cried out and said: 'Open the door. and jewels. at the second sting. thinking that he could never get out of the spring. 'There is a nasty frog. and beg for pardon and say that we are honourable children.' Then the frog put his head down. that she never thought of the frog. plash--as if something was coming up the marble staircase: and soon afterwards there was a gentle knock at the door. a frog put its head out of the water.' So she said to the frog. and take me with you as you said. just as the princess had sat down to dinner.' Then the willow-wren flew to the bear's hole and cried: 'Growler. you nasty frog? My golden ball has fallen into the spring. her father. and shutting the door as fast as she could came back to her seat. and dived deep under the water. and he wants to come in. Then she began to bewail her loss. she sat herself down to rest a while. we have won the battle!' But the young wrens said: 'We will not eat yet. and began to flee. but if you will love me. and sleep upon your bed. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool.FAIRY TALES 27 sting with all his might. and there she saw the frog. and she was so overjoyed to have it in her hand again. but he bore it. my princess dear.' While she was speaking the frog knocked again at the door. and put his tail between his legs. in the greenwood shade. and fine clothes. he started so that he one leg. but it was very deep. or else every rib of your body shall be broken. and begged their pardon. asked her what was the matter. 'Alas! if I could only get my ball again. and threw it on the edge of the spring. with the ball in his mouth. though he may be able to get my ball for me. 'Well. and beg their pardon. rejoice. I will do all you ask. and everything that I have in the world. and let me live with you and eat from off your golden plate. she ran to pick it up. tap--plash. and she was always tossing it up into the air.' thought the princess. and therefore I will tell him he shall have what he asks. Then the King and Queen flew home to their children and cried: 'Children. and sat down together and ate and drank. and made merry till quite late into the night. that rose in the midst of it. and catching it again as it fell. you are to come to the nest to my children. he was forced to put it down for a moment. The princess looked into the spring after her ball. When the fox felt the first string.' But she did not stop to hear a word. I would give all my fine clothes and jewels. screamed.

little mouse.from the bottom of the room to the top. hopped downstairs. for when night came again she heard the same tapping at the door. 'at last he is gone. 'by all means go.' And when the princess opened the door the frog came in. gazing on her with the most beautiful eyes she had ever seen. and when he had eaten as much as he could. 'Pray lift me upon chair. CAT AND MOUSE IN PARTNERSHIP A certain cat had made the acquaintance of a mouse. took him up in her hand. he is white with brown spots. for no one dares take anything away from there. and not touch it until we are really in need of it. but it was not long before the cat had a great yearning for it. you may be sure.' The good advice was followed.' As soon as she had done this.' This she did. and a pot of fat was bought. and the frog came once more. though very unwilling. carry me upstairs. 'and you. and all set out. decked with plumes of feathers and a golden harness. my princess dear. 'As you have given your word you must keep it. They then took leave of the king. yes. and I shall be troubled with him no more. and has asked me to be godmother. that at length the mouse agreed that they should live and keep house together. and the frog hopped into the room. and slept upon her pillow as before. 'have broken his cruel charm. where I will marry you. so go and let him in. till the morning broke. and put me into your bed. and sleep upon her bed for three nights. But when the princess awoke on the following morning she was astonished to see. At length. or you will be caught in a trap some day. He told her that he had been enchanted by a spiteful fairy. in the greenwood shade. and there they lived happily a great many years.' answered the mouse. or else we shall suffer from hunger. but they did not know where to put it. 'Put your plate nearer to me. 'You. after much consideration. who had bewailed the misfortunes of his dear master during his enchantment so long and so bitterly.' So the pot was placed in safety. the cat said: 'I know no place where it will be better stored up than in the church. and had said so much to her about the great love and friendship she felt for her.' thought the princess. Let me go out today.FAIRY TALES 'Open the door. cannot venture everywhere. a handsome prince. We will set it beneath the altar. and got into the coach with eight horses. plash-. and you look after the house by yourself. and love you as long as you live. tap--plash. 'Now. 'Now I am tired. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool.' said he to the princess. then. my cousin has brought a little son into the world. which they reached safely.' 28 Then the king said to the young princess. that I may eat out of it.' But she was mistaken. he said. and said: 'Open the door.' 'Yes. and that he had been fated so to abide till some princess should take him out of the spring. 'But we must make a provision for winter. and went out of the house. till he came up close to the table where the princess sat. and said to the mouse: 'I want to tell you something.' The young princess.' She did so. As soon as it was light he jumped up.' said the prince. faithful Heinrich. and I am to hold him over the font at the christening. And the third night he did the same. with eight beautiful horses. who had changed him into a frog. and standing at the head of her bed. was not long in saying 'Yes' to all this.' said the cat.' And the princess. and as they spoke a gay coach drove up. in the greenwood shade. and put him upon the pillow of her own bed. and then straight on--tap. my princess dear. and let him eat from her plate. where he slept all night long. the frog said. little mouse. and behind the coach rode the prince's servant. 'and let me sit next to you. instead of the frog. for the prince's kingdom. that his heart had well-nigh burst. and if you . full of joy and merriment. and now I have nothing to wish for but that you should go with me into my father's kingdom.

stole to the pot of fat. and lay down to sleep. .' said the mouse. think of me. she was betrothed to a prince who lived a great way off. curled herself up.' The good mouse consented.off! Half-done!' answered the mouse. this only happens once every few years.' answered the cat.' During the cat's absence the mouse cleaned the house. 'Top off!' cried the mouse. and was quite satisfied with her day's work. we will go to our pot of fat which we have stored up for ourselves--we shall enjoy that. and give her into the bridegroom's hands. and not until it was evening did she return home. fine dresses. as your godchildren are called. packed up a great many costly things.' 'All-gone. 'Half-done! What are you saying? I never heard the name in my life. and was very kind to her. is it a usual one in your family?' 'What does that matter. Then she took a walk upon the roofs of the town. From this time forth no one invited the cat to be godmother. the mouse thought of their provision. cat. and gold. and I will eat you too.' said the cat. When she grew up. and it was called Falada. The child is quite black.FAIRY TALES 29 get anything very good to eat. only it has white paws.' cried the mouse 'that is the most suspicious name of all! I have never seen it in print. you will let me go. 'that is a very odd and uncommon name. 'it is no worse than Crumb-stealer. won't you?' 'Top. and her mother loved her dearly.' said she.' 'All-gone' was already on the poor mouse's lips. and then stretched herself in the sun. and once more manage the house for a day alone. 'When everything is eaten up one has some peace.' said the cat. looked out for opportunities. 'He is called All-gone. THE GOOSE-GIRL The king of a great land died. was untrue. The mouse at once asked what name had been given to the third child. who was very beautiful.' 'Yes. 'Alas!' said the mouse. 'Well. 'no doubt you have had a merry day. 'in your dark-grey fur coat and long tail.' answered the cat. And she gave her a waiting-maid to ride with her.' 'You sit at home. Verily. as the child has a white ring round its neck. and left his queen to take care of their only child. then--' 'Will you hold your tongue. All-gone. and silver.' They set out on their way. scarcely had she spoken it before the cat sprang on her. I'll wager anything it is not in the calendar!' The cat's mouth soon began to water for some more licking.' Before long the cat was seized by another fit of yearning. the pot of fat certainly was still in its place. trinkets.' 'All went off well. but the cat crept behind the town walls to the church. and as the time drew near for her to be married. 'What name did they give the child?' 'Top off!' said the cat quite coolly. and could speak. it has not a single white hair on its whole body. but when the winter had come and there was no longer anything to be found outside. the cat had no cousin.' said the cat. When she went home the mouse inquired: 'And what was the child christened?' 'Half-done. And there was a good fairy too. and are filled with fancies. I cannot refuse.' cried the cat. 'I am asked to stand godmother again. but the greedy cat entirely emptied the pot of fat. that's because you do not go out in the daytime. 'you will enjoy it as much as you would enjoy sticking that dainty tongue of yours out of the window. She said to the mouse: 'You must do me a favour. and had not been asked to be godmother. here you are again. that is the way of the world. who was fond of the princess. 'It will not please you more than the others. and swallowed her down. and said: 'Come. I am again asked to be godmother. She went straight to the church. First top off. and licked her lips whenever she thought of the pot of fat. but when they arrived.' said she.' answered the cat. seized her. This child was a daughter. and put it in order. 'All good things go in threes. and each had a horse for the journey. and well filled and fat she did not return home till night. they make me very thoughtful. but it was empty. I should like a drop of sweet red christening wine myself. Now the princess's horse was the fairy's gift.' said she to herself.' All this. 'they are such odd names. and licked the top of the fat off. 'one word more. she got ready to set off on her journey to his country. and. and devoured half the pot of fat. however. then half-done. 'Nothing ever seems so good as what one keeps to oneself. began to lick at it. Then the queen her mother. jewels. and in short everything that became a royal bride. but with that exception. and helped her mother to watch over her. now it comes to light! You a true friend! You have devoured all when you were standing godmother. what can that mean?' and she shook her head. 'now I see what has happened.

'Pray get down. and she wept and said. when they came to a river. and at last.' Then she was so thirsty that she got down. sadly.' And as she leaned down to drink. pray do me one piece of kindness. and she saw that the poor bride would be in her power.' The old king could not for some time think of any work for her to do. he went up into the royal chamber to ask the bride who it was she had brought with her.maid any longer. 'if you are thirsty. and lifted the maid from her horse. but I shall not be your waiting-maid. 'I shall ride upon Falada. 'I brought her with me for the sake of her company on the road. for it was very unruly.' said the prince. the maid said. and fetch me some water in my golden cup out of yonder brook. but got upon her horse again. 'Pray get down.' said she. Then all rode farther on their journey. was Curdken. that she may not be idle. Now she was so frightened that she did not see it. and said. and even spoke more haughtily than before: 'Drink if you will. and gave it to the princess. and cut off a lock of her hair. but the true princess was told to stay in the court below. and too delicate for a waiting-maid. and floated away with the water. As she looked very pretty. the lock of hair fell from her bosom. dear child. But the false bride said to the prince. 'What will become of me?' And the lock of hair answered her again: 'Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. she forgot her maid's rude speech. There was great joy at their coming. this treacherous servant threatened to kill her mistress if she ever told anyone what had happened. and she put the lock of hair into her bosom. as they drew near the end of their journey. and said. 'Then tell one of your slaughterers to cut off the head of the horse I rode upon. Sadly. and stoop down by the water and drink. for she knew the charm. she may go and help him. sadly. so she said nothing to her maid's ill behaviour. as they were riding along by a brook. 'Alas! what will become of me?' And the lock answered her. and set off on her journey to her bridegroom's kingdom. the fairy went into her bed. would she rue it. thinking she was the one who was to be his wife.' 'Nay. 'I have a lad who takes care of my geese. and the sun so scorching.' said the maid. and cried and said. would she rue it. now that she had lost the hair. for it is a charm that may be of use to you on the road. 'pray give the girl some work to do.chamber. and knelt over the little brook. and took a little knife. and lay down.' Now the name of this lad. so she was forced to give up her horse. 'Dear husband. and was very glad. looking at what was going on. Now the old king happened just then to have nothing else to do. and held her head over the running stream. and marked it well. and drank. and the prince flew to meet them. got upon her horse. till the day grew so warm. and they went on in this way till at last they came to the royal court. so he amused himself by sitting at his kitchen window. Sadly.' Then they all took a sorrowful leave of the princess. 'Take care of it. At last. that was thus left standing in the court below. But Falada saw it all.' But the princess was very gentle and meek. the princess began to feel very thirsty: and she said to her maid. for she was frightened. and said: 'Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. So when the bride had done drinking. but her maid saw it. that the real bride was to help in watching the king's geese.' But the maid answered her. and would have got upon Falada again. I shall not be your waiting. and soon afterwards to take off her royal clothes and put on her maid's shabby ones. and you may have my horse instead'. for I want to drink. and the real bride rode upon the other horse.' Then the princess was so thirsty that she got off her horse. and dared not bring out her golden cup.' 'That I will. Then the waiting-maid got upon Falada. get off yourself. and fetch me some water to drink in my golden cup. that the bride began to feel very thirsty again. but at last he said. and he saw her in the courtyard.FAIRY TALES 30 When the time came for them to set out. . and she was led upstairs to the royal chamber. One day.

Sadly.FAIRY TALES 31 and plagued me sadly on the road'. so that he had to run after it. she said sorrowfully: 'Falada. and all was safe. and begged the man to nail up Falada's head against a large dark gate of the city. she was very much afraid lest Falada should some day or other speak. sadly. breezes. and when Curdken saw it glitter in the sun. after they came home. and nailed it up under the dark gate. she cries and talks with the head of a horse that hangs upon the wall. 'I cannot have that strange girl to help me to keep the geese any longer. but she cried out quickly: 'Blow. would she rue it. till. as they were going through the dark gate. blow! Let Curdken's hat go! Blow. breezes. Curdken went to the old king. and sat down again in the meadow. and off it flew a great way. and rocks. and said. 'Because. And Curdken said. but the truth was. and then drove them homewards. Falada. and would not speak to her at all. and drove the geese on. Then he was very angry and sulky. and wanted to take hold of it. and cried: 'Falada.' 'Why?' said the king. but she cried: 'Blow. and Curdken ran up to her. And when she came to the meadow. by the time he came back. there thou hangest!' and the head answered: 'Bride. over the hills and far away. So they watched the geese till it grew dark.' Then she drove on the geese. there thou hangest!' and the head answered: 'Bride. Early the next morning. sadly. so strong that it blew off Curdken's hat. instead of doing any good. she had done combing and curling her hair. and began to comb out her hair as before. Away be it whirl'd Till the silvery locks Are all comb'd and curl'd! Then the wind came and blew away his hat. dales.' Then the king made him tell him what had happened. Falada.' Then they went out of the city. bride. but when the true princess heard of it. Sadly. breezes. he ran up. the poor girl looked up at Falada's head. she sat down upon a bank there. and when he came back she had bound up her hair again. bride. as she and Curdken went out through the gate. and away it flew over the hills: and he was forced to turn and run after it. blow! Let him after it go! O'er hills. and says: . In the evening. which were all of pure silver. she does nothing but tease me all day long. and had put it up again safe. and the faithful Falada was killed. would she rue it. dales. Away be it whirl'd Till the silvery locks Are all comb'd and curl'd! Then there came a wind. but they watched the geese until it grew dark in the evening. there thou gangest! Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. she wept. breezes. Then the slaughterer said he would do as she wished. blow! Let Curdken's hat go! Blow. and rocks. and tell all she had done to the princess. that there she might still see him sometimes. through which she had to pass every morning and evening. The next morning. blow! Let him after it go! O'er hills. She carried her point. and cut off the head. 'When we go in the morning through the dark gate with our flock of geese. and let down her waving locks of hair. and would have pulled some of the locks out. there thou gangest! Alas! alas! if they mother knew it.

while the true bride stood by. and he soon saw with his own eyes how they drove the flock of geese. for when she had done the king ordered royal clothes to be put upon her. and said. and hid himself in a bush by the meadow's side. and carried away Curdken's hat. blow! Let Curdken's hat go! Blow. as if it was one that he had once heard. 'suppose we go together to the mountains. and gazed on her with wonder.' 32 And Curdken went on telling the king what had happened upon the meadow where the geese fed. And then he heard her say: 'Blow. they took it into their heads that it did not become them to go home on foot. and how Falada answered.' 'With all my heart. Partlet jumped into it and sat . with the false princess on one side. 'than that she should be thrown into a cask stuck round with sharp nails. and the true one on the other. and should drag it from street to street till she was dead. from beginning to end. before the squirrel takes them all away. and heard how meek and patient she had been. Then he went into the field. how his hat was blown away. But the old king told the boy to go out again the next day: and when morning came. now that she had her brilliant dress on.FAIRY TALES 'Falada. so shall it be done to thee. All this the old king saw: so he went home without being seen.' said this false bride. bride. And the young king rejoiced when he saw her beauty. the king ordered a great feast to be got ready for all his court. would she rue it. and asked her why she did so: but she burst into tears. dales. she was so beautiful. sadly. and that two white horses should be put to it. or I shall lose my life. after a little time. breezes.' said Partlet. Away be it whirl'd Till the silvery locks Are all comb'd and curl'd! And soon came a gale of wind. HOW THEY WENT TO THE MOUNTAINS TO EAT NUTS 'The nuts are quite ripe now.' But the old king begged so hard. or whether they were lazy and would not. they stayed there till the evening. and told all the story of the princess.' And the young king was then married to his true wife. Now. and without saying anything to the false bride. and the good fairy came to see them. and to leave his flock of geese to themselves. and as it was a lovely day. while the girl went on combing and curling her hair. whether it was that they had eaten so many nuts that they could not walk. and when the little goose-girl came back in the evening he called her aside. and how. So Chanticleer began to build a little carriage of nutshells: and when it was finished. there thou gangest! Alas! alas! if they mother knew it. and were very merry. but nobody knew her again. THE ADVENTURES OF CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET 1. So he began. 'let us go and make a holiday of it together. 'That I must not tell you or any man. Falada. for that she was merely a waiting-maid. she let down her hair that glittered in the sun. and he asked the true waiting-maid what she thought ought to be done to anyone who would behave thus. word for word. and she did not seem at all like the little goose-girl. blow! Let him after it go! O'er hills. The bridegroom sat at the top. for her beauty was quite dazzling to their eyes. and heard how she spoke to Falada. Then he called his son and told him that he had only a false bride. the old king said he would tell them a tale. and restored the faithful Falada to life again. And it was very lucky for her that she did so. and rocks. that she had no peace till she had told him all the tale.' 'Thou art she!' said the old king.' said Chanticleer to his wife Partlet. he placed himself behind the dark gate. When they had eaten and drank. I do not know: however. there thou hangest!' and the head answers: 'Bride. and eat as many as we can. breezes. and they reigned over the kingdom in peace and happiness all their lives. Sadly. and away went Curdken after it. 'Nothing better. and how he was forced to run after it.' So they went to the mountains. 'and as thou has judged thyself.

and said his house was full. This she agreed to do. so he swore that he never again would take in such a troop of vagabonds. suspecting the company who had come in the night before. told them they might ride. and the duck seemed much tired. stuck one into the landlord's easy chair and the other into his handkerchief. they made up their minds to fix their quarters there: but the landlord at first was unwilling. who ate a great deal. and. 'Now. but they were all off. Chanticleer awakened his wife. and this time the pain was not in his head. but when he stirred it up the eggshells flew into his eyes. and said they would give him the duck. An hour or two afterwards the landlord got up.' While this was passing. and gave him the egg which Partlet had laid by the way. he threw himself sulkily into his easy chair. be ready. stop!' and said it was so dark that they could hardly find their way. 'Stop. . the duck. but made them promise not to dirty the wheels of the carriage in getting in. who slept in the open air in the yard. but the pin ran into him and pricked him: then he walked into the kitchen to light his pipe at the fire. and. And. mice.' Chanticleer said. duck. and spent the evening very jollily. thinking they might not be very respectable company: however. But Chanticleer was no coward. 'no. Nor dirty my pretty red wheels so fine! Now. and. and away they drove.' Then the cat said. Chanticleer and Partlet wished to ride out together. and said. and such dirty walking they could not get on at all: he told them that he and his friend. and threw the shells into the fireplace: they then went to the pin and needle. and waddled about a good deal from one side to the other. what business have you in my grounds? I'll give it you well for your insolence!' and upon that she fell upon Chanticleer most lustily. 'You thieving vagabonds. if you like. soon swam out of their reach. the fox. He now flew into a very great passion. and they bespoke a handsome supper. and be sure you do not fall off. After they had travelled along a little way. fetching the egg. who were fast asleep. ate it up. they met a needle and a pin walking together along the road: and the needle cried out. Soon afterwards a cat met them. they crept away as softly as possible. 'Where are you going?' And Chanticleer replied. and harnessed six mice to it. 'all the world seems to have a design against my head this morning': and so saying. having done this. 'All on our way A visit to pay To Mr Korbes.' And away they went at a pretty good pace. paid no reckoning. heard them coming. and seizing them by the heads. However. a duck came quacking up and cried out. 'Take me with you. HOW CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET WENT TO VIST MR KORBES Another day. so Chanticleer built a handsome carriage with four red wheels. the pin. and not likely to take up much room. that will never do. he went to look after them. but. today. and when nobody was stirring in the inn. 'That's a good joke!' said Chanticleer. Early in the morning. and Chanticleer got upon the box. Chanticleer observing that they were but thin fellows.FAIRY TALES 33 down. and gave him nothing for his trouble but their apish tricks. and drove. I'll sit on the box and be coachman. crying. he begged therefore that the travellers would be so kind as to give them a lift in their carriage. and returned the duck's blows with his sharp spurs so fiercely that she soon began to cry out for mercy. 2. nor to tread on Partlet's toes. before it was quite light. who was in the habit of laying one every day: so at last he let them come in. they spoke civilly to him. Late at night they arrived at an inn. but I'll not draw. and as it was bad travelling in the dark. 'With all my heart: get up behind. and bid Chanticleer harness himself to it and draw her home.' 'Take care of this handsome coach of mine. and almost blinded him. get on as fast as you can. and then he and Partlet got into the carriage. and took his handkerchief to wipe his face. I had rather by half walk home. which was only granted her upon condition that she would draw the carriage home for them. and had sat drinking till they had forgotten how late it was. they pecked a hole in it. oh dear! the needle ran into him. had been at a public-house a few miles off. and jumping into the brook which ran close by the inn. 'Bless me!' said he.

and bring me my garland that is hanging on a willow in the garden. and Chanticleer drove them. the fox. and when it was ready they harnessed themselves before it. but the fox and the other mourners. he went to the fireplace to make a fire. Thus Chanticleer was left alone with his dead Partlet. and it was settled that all the nuts which they found should be shared equally between them. and when he tried to wipe himself. who lies on the mountain. and the river gave him water. would have run out of the house. 'I am big enough.FAIRY TALES wheels. he laid her in it.' So he laid himself down. Then he was very angry. a duck. give me some water. When they arrived at Mr Korbes's house. but in the meantime she was choked by the great nut. Chanticleer and Partlet flew upon a beam. HOW PARTLET DIED AND WAS BURIED. 'How shall we get over?' said Chanticleer. the bear.' 34 Soon after came up a millstone.' said the other. AND HOW CHANTICLEER DIED OF GRIEF Another day Chanticleer and Partlet agreed to go again to the mountains to eat nuts. and never moved any more. were too heavy. and said. What was to be done? Then a large log of wood came and said. and it stuck in her throat. the goat. the millstone fell down on his head. who were sitting behind. 'To bury my Partlet. but there the duck splashed all the water in his face. came up and kindly offered to help poor Chanticleer by laying himself across the stream. and Chanticleer gave them all leave to get into the carriage and go with them. the straw slipped away and fell into the water. 'River. So on they went till they came to a rapid stream. the duck got into the washing cistern. and presently the wolf.' Then Chanticleer ran to the garden. 'Pray run as fast as you can. 'I will lay myself across.' Chanticleer ran to the bride. Then said a straw. but when he came to the door. and the water I will carry to Partlet. and the egg rolled himself up in the towel. but when he laid his head on the pillow. and he carried the water to Partlet.' The river said. the pin stuck himself into the bed pillow. On the way they met the fox. and all the beasts came and wept with him over poor Partlet. and cried bitterly. 'Yes. or my horses will not be able to draw you. Then she was in a great fright. for then the river will give me water. When Mr Korbes came home. and fetch me some water. and this time he got safely to the other side with the hearse. 'Run first. and killed him on the spot. and then the bride gave him the silken cord. I will lay myself across the stream. and kept it all to herself: however. an egg. 'Bride. and . the cat sat down in the fireplace. and fell back into the water and were all carried away by the stream and drowned. and will be choked by a great nut. you must give me a silken cord. and the six mice all fell in and were drowned. jumping up.' Chanticleer ran as fast as he could to the river. Now Partlet found a very large nut. and ask her for a silken cord to draw up the water. who saw what had happened. but they managed so clumsily. and you shall pass over upon me. and all the beasts of the wood. and you may pass over upon me. but you must get up behind. and a pin. the egg broke to pieces in the towel all over his face and eyes. run steady! For we are going a visit to pay To Mr Korbes. 3. and cried out to Chanticleer. and will be choked by a great nut. the pin ran into his cheek: at this he became quite furious. and took the garland from the bough where it hung. And six mice built a little hearse to carry her to her grave. it was so big that she could not swallow it. but the cat threw all the ashes in his eyes: so he ran to the kitchen to wash himself. Then Chanticleer was very sorry. 'Where are you going. today.' Then the fox got up behind. that the log of wood fell in and was carried away by the stream. and he took the silken cord to the river. Then a stone. and lay quite dead. and managed to get Partlet out of it. the millstone laid himself over the house door. and went without his supper to bed. came and climbed upon the hearse. but she said nothing about it to Chanticleer. he was not at home. for Partlet lies in the mountain. and brought it to the bride. 'May I go with you?' said the fox.' But as the mice were going over. so the mice drew the carriage into the coach-house. or I shall be choked. and having dug a grave for her. 'Run first to the bride. Chanticleer?' said he. and said. and.' But the bride said.

however. 'let mercy take the place of justice. and when she heard the voice of the enchantress she unfastened her braided tresses. Rapunzel. It was. and took it away with her. Let down your hair to me. and when the woman was brought to bed.' Then the enchantress allowed her anger to be softened. fine as spun gold. who loved her. and no one dared to go into it because it belonged to an enchantress. and ate it greedily. and had neither stairs nor door. it came to pass that the king's son rode through the forest and passed by the tower. she placed herself beneath it and cried: 'Rapunzel. who had great power and was dreaded by all the world.' she replied. In the gloom of evening therefore. Then he sat down by the grave. she quite pined away. and began to look pale and miserable. and said to him: 'If the case be as you say. and I will care for it like a mother. This was Rapunzel.' said he.' At twilight. and the enchantress climbed up to her. which is in the garden behind our house. My wife saw your rampion from the window. you must give me the child which your wife will bring into the world. She at once made herself a salad of it. and the enchantress climbed up by it. wound them round one of the hooks of the window above. At length the woman hoped that God was about to grant her desire. surrounded by a high wall. and felt such a longing for it that she would have died if she had not got some to eat. it shall be well treated. He rode home.' said she with angry look. and took it to his wife. which was full of the most beautiful flowers and herbs. when she saw a bed which was planted with the most beautiful rampion (rapunzel). If he was to have any rest. Let down your hair to me. After a year or two. Rapunzel grew into the most beautiful child under the sun. 'How can you dare. When she was twelve years old. he went to the tower and cried: . It tasted so good to her--so very good. The king's son wanted to climb up to her. who in her solitude passed her time in letting her sweet voice resound. Then her husband was alarmed.' Then Rapunzel let down the braids of her hair. Then he heard a song. 'descend into my garden and steal my rampion like a thief? You shall suffer for it!' 'Ah. dear wife?' 'Ah. till at last he died too. 'If that is the ladder by which one mounts. These people had a little window at the back of their house from which a splendid garden could be seen. for he saw the enchantress standing before him. that every day he went out into the forest and listened to it. RAPUNZEL 35 There were once a man and a woman who had long in vain wished for a child. her husband must once more descend into the garden. but when he had clambered down the wall he was terribly afraid. and then the hair fell twenty ells down. but quite at the top was a little window.' Rapunzel had magnificent long hair. Once when he was thus standing behind a tree. 'if I can't eat some of the rampion. and it looked so fresh and green that she longed for it.' The man in his terror consented to everything. Rapunzel. which lay in a forest. which was so charming that he stood still and listened. and wept and mourned. and looked for the door of the tower.' answered he. I shall die. gave the child the name of Rapunzel. and he heard how she cried: 'Rapunzel. but none was to be found. and the next day when it began to grow dark. I will allow you to take away with you as much rampion as you will. only I make one condition. bring her some of the rampion yourself. hastily clutched a handful of rampion. I only made up my mind to do it out of necessity. I too will try my fortune. he saw that an enchantress came there. One day the woman was standing by this window and looking down into the garden. and so all were dead. and asked: 'What ails you. the enchantress appeared at once. he let himself down again. When the enchantress wanted to go in. the enchantress shut her into a tower. but the singing had so deeply touched his heart.FAIRY TALES made a little hillock over her.' The man. let it cost what it will. that the next day she longed for it three times as much as before. thought: 'Sooner than let your wife die. he clambered down over the wall into the garden of the enchantress.

ate nothing but roots and berries. Rapunzel. which she had cut off. and at the top of this a little child was sitting. Fundevogel and Lina loved each other so dearly that when they did not see each other they were sad. the enchantress fastened the braids of hair. 'you would fetch your dearest. and the lovely braids lay on the ground. because a bird had carried it away. but I do not know how to get down. Bring with you a skein of silk every time that you come. you will never see her again. and will scratch out your eyes as well. Thus he roamed about in misery for some years. but the beautiful bird sits no longer singing in the nest. and told her that his heart had been so stirred that it had let him have no rest.' she let the hair down. The forester climbed up.' He took it home. brought the child down. for the mother had fallen asleep under the tree with the child. FUNDEVOGEL There was once a forester who went into the forest to hunt. 'Aha!' she cried mockingly.' 'Ah! you wicked child. he found the enchantress. He followed the sound. seized a pair of scissors with the right. Lina saw this and said. and snip. Let down your hair to me. Let down your hair to me. the cat has got it. but the king's son began to talk to her quite like a friend. until once Rapunzel said to her: 'Tell me. for the old woman came by day. who one evening took two pails and began to fetch water. and in his despair he leapt down from the tower. such as her eyes had never yet beheld. On the same day that she cast out Rapunzel. a boy and a girl. 36 At first Rapunzel was terribly frightened when a man. and the two children grew up together. to the hook of the window. and thought to himself: 'You will take him home with you. had flown down. and it seemed so familiar to him that he went towards it. out to the spring. and bring him up with your Lina.' Immediately the hair fell down and the king's son climbed up. they were cut off. 'Listen. happy and contented. and did naught but lament and weep over the loss of his dearest wife.' The king's son was beside himself with pain. and as he entered it he heard a sound of screaming as if a little child were there. but the thorns into which he fell pierced his eyes. she thought: 'He will love me more than old Dame Gothel does'. and she saw that he was young and handsome. and I will weave a ladder with it. and yet you have deceived me!' In her anger she clutched Rapunzel's beautiful tresses. Two of her tears wetted his eyes and they grew clear again. Dame Gothel. and a bird of prey had seen it in her arms. She said: 'I will willingly go away with you. and at last came to a high tree. The king's son ascended. lived in wretchedness. He escaped with his life. Rapunzel knew him and fell on his neck and wept. and you will take me on your horse. Rapunzel is lost to you. but many times. and did not go once only.' cried the enchantress. Now the forester had an old cook. which he had found on a tree was called Fundevogel. He led her to his kingdom where he was joyfully received. and when that is ready I will descend. The enchantress remarked nothing of this. Then Rapunzel lost her fear. how it happens that you are so much heavier for me to draw up than the young king's son--he is with me in a moment. Rapunzel. snatched it away. Then he wandered quite blind about the forest. and at length came to the desert where Rapunzel. why are you fetching . and when he asked her if she would take him for her husband. and she said yes. and when the king's son came and cried: 'Rapunzel. came to her. however.FAIRY TALES 'Rapunzel. And the one. old Sanna. and when he approached. with the twins to which she had given birth. and he could see with them as before. who gazed at him with wicked and venomous looks. and set it on the high tree. and they lived for a long time afterwards. 'What do I hear you say! I thought I had separated you from all the world.' They agreed that until that time he should come to her every evening. And she was so pitiless that she took poor Rapunzel into a desert where she had to live in great grief and misery. He heard a voice. and laid her hand in his. but instead of finding his dearest Rapunzel. wrapped them twice round her left hand. snap. and he had been forced to see her. therefore.

I will heat the water. I will throw in Fundevogel. and at length said: 'The jam seems to me to be good. and called: 'Come up here.' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now.' and they went home and told the cook that they had seen nothing in the forest but a little rose-bush with one rose on it. and have broken off the rose and brought it home with you. Then the children went home together. throw you into it and boil you. and go away together. and were heartily delighted. came up to them. I will tell you why. never leave me. cut . however. go.' When the three servants came to the forest. and went to the beds. But when she came in.' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now. and if it is a quarter of a pound that is of no consequence. Then said they: 'There is nothing to be done here. and I'll be the chandelier in it. but the children were nowhere. they had found nothing but a church. and there was a chandelier in it. 'and give me health and strength'. Then the old cook scolded and said: 'You simpletons. you should have cut the rose-bush in two. and he made her unpack all the pots for him. nor ever. never leave me. seized her head in its beak and drew her into the water. nor ever. and I will never leave you. dress ourselves. they are living still. the cook asked if they had not found them.' Then the cook sent three servants after them. and went away. let us go home. and went with the three servants in pursuit of the children. They said therefore to each other: 'What can we do here. and she said that early tomorrow morning when father was out hunting. so he brought the bread out of the cupboard. however. and there the old witch had to drown. and I will never leave you. nothing was there but a church. and was about to drink it up.' The woman who had hoped to find a good sale. he was in good spirits.' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now. and she said to herself: 'What shall I say now when the forester comes home and sees that the children are gone? They must be followed instantly to get them back again. this jam shall be blessed by God. saw them coming from a distance. I too will never leave you. THE VALIANT LITTLE TAILOR One summer's morning a little tailor was sitting on his table by the window. but we will get up quickly. and I the rose upon it.FAIRY TALES 37 so much water?' 'If you will never repeat it to anyone. And the cook scolded them and said: 'You fools! why did you not pull the church to pieces. But the duck swam quickly to her. Then she was terribly alarmed.' So when the three servants came.' The woman came up the three steps to the tailor with her heavy basket. and she said that if I would promise not to tell anyone. and if they have not died. both the children were gone.' cried the little tailor. and I will never leave you. and when it is boiling in the kettle. and when she saw the pond she lay down by it. and I will be the duck upon it.' Early next morning the forester got up and went out hunting. Then Lina said: 'Fundevogel. Then Lina said to Fundevogel: 'If you will never leave me. however. dear woman. The children. cheap!' This rang pleasantly in the tailor's ears. the cook went into the bedroom to fetch Fundevogel and throw him into it. 'Now. nothing was there but a rose-tree and one rose on it. Then said Lina: 'Fundevogel.' Then said Fundevogel: 'Neither now. The children. so they said no.' They had therefore to go out and look for the second time. He inspected each one. and when they saw from afar the three servants running. nor ever. Then came a peasant woman down the street crying: 'Good jams. with a chandelier in it. Last night. gave him what he desired. cheap! Good jams. old Sanna carried so many buckets of water into the house that I asked her why she was doing that. no. dear woman.' Said Lina: 'Be a fishpond.' The cook.' Then said Lina: 'Do you become a rose-tree. and the cook waddling after them. however. when the forester is out hunting.' When they got home.' Then said Lina: 'Then will I tell you.' Said Lina: 'Then do you become a church. and bring the chandelier home with you?' And now the old cook herself got on her legs. she would never repeat it to anyone. and then the cook said: 'Early tomorrow morning.' So Lina said. and sewed with all his might. who were to run and overtake the children. so weigh me out four ounces. and when he was gone the children were still in bed. The children. were sitting outside the forest. When the water in the kettle was boiling. and do it at once. but went away quite angry and grumbling. and will boil him in it. he stretched his delicate head out of the window. here you will get rid of your goods. saw from afar that the three servants were coming. lifted it up. she would set the kettle full of water. put his nose to it. Lina said to Fundevogel: 'Never leave me.' The two children therefore got up. nor ever will I leave you. dressed themselves quickly.

wasn't it?' The giant did not know what to say. 'Are you a fellow of that sort?' said he. 'Do you think that could be anything to a man who has struck down seven at one blow? I leapt over the tree because the huntsmen are shooting down there in the thicket. indeed?' answered the little tailor. help me to carry the tree out of the forest. Jump as I did. and began to feel a little respect for the tiny fellow. The giant. there sat a powerful giant looking peacefully about him. and in his joy.' The giant took the trunk on his shoulder. 'Now. rose.' He took the little tailor to a mighty oak tree which lay there felled on the ground. and said: 'If you are strong enough. 'but after all the stone came down to earth again. I shall have to let the tree fall!' The tailor sprang nimbly down. dead and with legs stretched out. was quite merry and happy. and took a stone in his hand and squeezed it together so that water dropped out of it. 'that is child's play with us!' and put his hand into his pocket. and could not help admiring his own bravery. The road led him up a mountain. sewed on. delighted with its liberty. In front of the door he observed a bird which had caught itself in the thicket.' 'Readily. The little tailor at last lost all patience. bent it down.' as if carrying the tree were child's play. and when he had reached the highest point of it.' answered the little man. It had to go into his pocket with the cheese.' 'Is that all?' said the tailor. and bade him eat.' said the giant. flew away and did not come back. after all. 'that was a little better. 'The whole town shall know of this!' And the little tailor hastened to cut himself a girdle. and drew a piece of cloth from the hole under his work-table. 'You can certainly throw. 'How does that shot please you. 'Faith. he wished to try him first.' He laid the bread near him. and whistled the song: 'Three tailors rode forth from the gate. and showed the giant the girdle. would not be turned away. brought out the soft cheese. and said to the giant: 'You are such a great fellow. When he drew it away and counted. But the little tailor was much too weak to hold the tree. When he had fallen down again without injury. seized the tree with both arms as if he had been carrying it. and the little tailor into the bargain: he behind. and want to try my luck. The little tailor went bravely up.' said he. could go no further. after he had dragged the heavy burden part of the way. he found nothing but an old cheese. they are the heaviest. however. 'Do that likewise. however.' and thought that they had been men whom the tailor had killed. little mite of a man. and cried: 'Hark you. and embroidered on it in large letters: 'Seven at one stroke!' 'What. The bird. made bigger and bigger stitches. 'take you the trunk on your shoulders. stitched it. and as he was light and nimble. and pressed it until the liquid ran out of it. who could not look round. and yet cannot even carry the tree!' They went on together. The flies. and said: 'You ragamuffin! You miserable creature!' 'Oh. it sprang back again. and when the giant let it go. do that likewise. and that he put in his pocket. and the giant.' The giant made the attempt . and drove the unbidden guests away.' struck it mercilessly on them. but came back again in ever-increasing companies.FAIRY TALES 38 himself a piece right across the loaf and spread the jam over it.' 'Well thrown. comrade?' asked the tailor. I will throw you one which shall never come back at all. he sought about in the house to see if there was anything which he could take with him. 'but I will just finish the jacket before I take a bite. the town!' he continued. Have you any inclination to go with me?' The giant looked contemptuously at the tailor. there lay before him no fewer than seven.' answered the little tailor. and I will give it to you. 'if you have strength.' said he. had to carry away the whole tree. The tailor put on the girdle. 'there may you read what kind of a man I am!' The giant read: 'Seven at one stroke. In the meantime the smell of the sweet jam rose to where the flies were sitting in great numbers. and unbuttoned his coat. and threw it into the air. and they were attracted and descended on it in hosts. and the tailor was tossed into the air with it. if you can do it. because he thought his workshop was too small for his valour. Before he went away. Then the giant picked up a stone and threw it so high that the eye could scarcely follow it. and resolved to go forth into the world. took out the bird.' and he put his hand into his pocket.' said the tailor. and as they passed a cherry-tree. Now he took to the road boldly. and could not believe it of the little man. so you are sitting there overlooking the wide-spread world! I am just on my way thither. the giant said: 'What is this? Have you not strength enough to hold the weak twig?' 'There is no lack of strength. spoke to him. Nevertheless. and I will raise up the branches and twigs. and said: 'Good day. 'the whole world shall hear of it!' and his heart wagged with joy like a lamb's tail. 'but now we will see if you are able to carry anything properly.' said the giant. gave it into the tailor's hand. the giant laid hold of the top of the tree where the ripest fruit was hanging. and saying: 'Wait. 'This won't taste bitter. comrade. he felt no fatigue. 'Hi! who invited you?' said the little tailor. who understood no German. but the tailor seated himself on a branch.

and with these climbed up the tree. he who can hit seven with one blow has no need to be afraid of two. and would willingly have been rid of him again. however. and followed him. likewise one hundred horsemen should go with him to assist him. come with me into our cavern and spend the night with us. not one of us can stand against him. When he was halfway up. was too big for the little tailor. and at last found good counsel. and then the tailor threw a stone down on the second. In a forest of his country lived two giants. he did not lie down in it. and read on his girdle: 'Seven at one stroke. he slipped down by a branch. I alone will soon finish off the giants. pushed his comrade. If the tailor conquered and killed these two giants.' The giant showed him a bed. waited until he stretched his limbs and opened his eyes. 'I am not knocking you. But he did not venture to give him his dismissal. took a great iron bar. For a long time the giant felt nothing. and then conveyed to him this proposal. gathered two pocketsful of stones. and the giant thought that the little tailor was lying in a sound sleep. so that in this also the tailor kept the upper hand. and each of them had a roasted sheep in his hand and was eating it. The little tailor went onwards. The soldiers. betook themselves in a body to the king. They lay sleeping under a tree. The little tailor looked round and thought: 'It is much more spacious here than in my workshop. the people came and inspected him on all sides. ravaging. The counsel pleased the king. The bed. other giants were sitting there by the fire. 'That would indeed be a fine thing for a man like me!' thought the little tailor.' the tailor replied. 'what does the great warrior want here in the midst of peace? He must be a mighty lord. were set against the little tailor. they were afraid that he would strike them all dead. and begged for their dismissal. until he sat just above the sleepers. 'We are not prepared. and do not require the help of the hundred horsemen to do it. he got up. and said he was to lie down in it and sleep.' He was therefore honourably received. not idle. and said: 'Why are you knocking me?' 'You must be dreaming.' They went and announced him to the king. 'What is to be the end of this?' they said among themselves. and wished him a thousand miles away. he said to his followers: 'Just stay waiting here. The giant said: 'If you are such a valiant fellow. and remained hanging in the branches. 'I am ready to enter the king's service. he lay down on the grass and fell asleep. 'to stay with a man who kills seven at one stroke. 'I will soon subdue the giants. and gave it as their opinion that if war should break out. but crept into a corner. however. 'If we quarrel with him. When they went into the cave. yes. he had one request to make to him. and he sent one of his courtiers to the little tailor to offer him military service when he awoke. 'What is the meaning of this?' cried the other . He thought about it for a long time. After he had walked for a long time. and then let one stone after another fall on the breast of one of the giants. The ambassador remained standing by the sleeper.' The little tailor went forth. and thought he had finished off the grasshopper for good. cut through the bed with one blow.' 'Ah!' said they. and snored so that the branches waved up and down. he would give him his only daughter to wife. and no one could approach them without putting himself in danger of death.' said the other. Whilst he lay there. but at last he awoke. He sent to the little tailor and caused him to be informed that as he was a great warrior.' he replied. When it was midnight. and a special dwelling was assigned him. and place himself on the royal throne. The little tailor. he came to the courtyard of a royal palace. seven of us will fall at every blow.FAIRY TALES 39 but he could not get over the tree. when all at once he walked up to them quite merrily and boldly. this would be a weighty and useful man who ought on no account to be allowed to depart. The giants were terrified. and as he felt weary. and burning. and the hundred horsemen followed him. always following his own pointed nose. 'One is not offered a beautiful princess and half a kingdom every day of one's life!' 'Oh. When he came to the outskirts of the forest.' said they.' The king was sorry that for the sake of one he should lose all his faithful servants. and ran away in a great hurry.' The little tailor was willing. murdering. With the earliest dawn the giants went into the forest. for he dreaded lest he should strike him and all his people dead.' They laid themselves down to sleep again. and half of his kingdom as a dowry. and he strikes about him. who caused great mischief with their robbing. wished that he had never set eyes on the tailor. and had quite forgotten the little tailor.' They came therefore to a decision.' Then he bounded into the forest and looked about right and left. 'For this very reason have I come here. After a while he perceived both giants.

The wedding was held with great magnificence and small joy. and their eyes closed once more.' 'I fear one unicorn still less than two giants. but all that is to no purpose when a man like myself comes. it ran on him with foaming mouth and whetted tusks. and threw it with all his might on the breast of the first giant. that at last they both fell down dead on the ground at the same time. The unicorn ran against the tree with all its strength. softly. and gave his daughter and the half of his kingdom. and patch the pantaloons. went forth into the forest. and the half of my kingdom. and made a third demand. but as they were weary they let the matter rest. and defended themselves with them. Before the wedding the tailor was to catch him a wild boar that made great havoc in the forest.' said he to him. there they found the giants swimming in their blood. The king still would not give him the promised reward. The hero. and again bade those who were sent with him to wait outside. and then went out to the horsemen and said: 'The work is done. The little tailor demanded of the king the promised reward. and begged him to help her to get rid of her husband. At night he went to bed with his wife at the usual time.' answered the tailor. but the king's armour-bearer. The little tailor began his game again.' Then she discovered in what state of life the young lord had been born. When the boar perceived the tailor. which was much too heavy and awkward to leap out of the window. and then sprang nimbly behind the tree. and out of a tailor a king was made. Had he known that it was no warlike hero. who had heard all. 'Before you receive my daughter. and take him on board a ship which shall carry him into the wide world. 'you must perform one more heroic deed. who was nothing else but a tailor. was friendly with the young lord.' said the tailor. however.' said he. 'they have not bent one hair of mine. but a little tailor who was standing before him. he.' The horsemen would not believe him.' said the little tailor. but the tailor ran round outside and shut the door behind it. and sprang up like a madman. 'That is too bad!' cried he. and thus it was caught. The king comforted her and said: 'Leave your bedroom door open this night. and you must catch it first. In the forest roams a unicorn which does great harm. picked out the biggest stone. 'Now. she got . for the wild boar had several times received them in such a manner that they had no inclination to lie in wait for him. and was about to throw him to the ground. and stuck its horn so fast in the trunk that it had not the strength enough to draw it out again. obliged to keep his promise.' 'But are you not wounded?' asked the horsemen. and the huntsmen should give him their help. growling. 'It is a lucky thing. who was now. is my kind of affair. and in one bound out again. and again bethought himself how he could get rid of the hero. 'Willingly.' answered the first. and my servants shall stand outside. He had not long to seek. 'I'll put a screw into that business. 'that they did not tear up the tree on which I was sitting. and rushed directly on the tailor. make me the doublet. but we tailors are nimble. and all round about lay the torn-up trees.' said the tailor.' He took a rope and an axe with him. Seven at one blow. and then with his axe he hewed the horn out of the tree. and came out from behind the tree and put the rope round its neck. and when he has fallen asleep shall go in.' said he. but the hero fled and sprang into a chapel which was near and up to the window at once.' The woman was satisfied with this. The boar ran after him. and they got into such a rage that they tore up trees and belaboured each other so long. as if it would gore him with its horn without more ado. it can't be done as quickly as that. and then the raging beast. and when all was ready he led the beast away and took it to the king. who can kill seven at one blow. however. and they were well pleased that he did not. and informed him of the whole plot. 'Softly. They disputed about it for a time. The unicorn soon came towards him. whether he liked it or not. 'that is child's play!' He did not take the huntsmen with him into the forest. The other paid him back in the same coin. and stood still and waited until the animal was quite close.' He drew out his sword and gave each of them a couple of thrusts in the breast. I have got the bird. it would have gone to his heart still more than it did. and pushed his companion against the tree until it shook. After some time the young queen heard her husband say in his dreams at night: 'Boy. or I should have had to sprint on to another like a squirrel. went to the king. repented of his promise. and when she thought that he had fallen asleep. bind him. Then the little tailor leapt down. The little tailor called the huntsmen thither that they might see the prisoner with their own eyes. but it was hard work! They tore up trees in their sore need. I have finished both of them off. 'You need not concern yourself about that. and rode into the forest. or else I will rap the yard-measure over your ears.FAIRY TALES 40 'Why are you pelting me?' 'I am not pelting you. was caught. and next morning complained of her wrongs to her father.

he could no longer procure even daily bread. dear little sister. I brought away one unicorn. he groaned and said to his wife: 'What is to become of us? How are we to feed our poor children. the woman said: 'Now. and said: 'There is something for your dinner. and caught a wild boar. I will soon find a way to help us. we will go into the forest and cut some wood.' And when the old folks had fallen asleep. children.' 'Be quiet. The boy was called Hansel and the girl Gretel. which is sitting up on the roof.' Hansel and Gretel sat by the fire. however. I killed two giants.' said Hansel.' and he lay down again in his bed. and none of them would venture anything further against him. I smote seven at one blow. for you will get nothing else.' 'O. pile up some wood. When they had walked a short time. and we shall be rid of them. 'I am looking at my little white cat. He had little to bite and to break. 'I will not do that. Gretel began to cry and said: 'How are we to get out of the forest now?' But . Gretel wept bitter tears. and did so again and again. and crept outside.' Hansel. and as they heard the strokes of the wood-axe they believed that their father was near. The brushwood was lighted. Now when he thought over this by night in his bed. His father said: 'Hansel. and give each of them one more piece of bread. but a branch which he had fastened to a withered tree which the wind was blowing backwards and forwards.' 'Ah. Then they all set out together on the way to the forest. father. put on his little coat.' When these men heard the tailor speaking thus. the woman came and awoke the two children. opened the door. When at last they awoke. and the white pebbles which lay in front of the house glittered like real silver pennies. wife. as high as a little hill. however. but do not eat it up before then.' said the man. 'But I feel very sorry for the poor children. you sluggards! we are going into the forest to fetch wood. and sleep in peace. When we have done. he got up. Gretel. 'then we must all four die of hunger. each ate a little piece of bread. HANSEL AND GRETEL Hard by a great forest dwelt a poor wood-cutter with his wife and his two children. and when noon came.' answered the woman. The little tailor. saying: 'Get up. When they had reached the middle of the forest. Hansel stood still and peeped back at the house. And as they had been sitting such a long time. and once when great dearth fell on the land. make me the doublet and patch me the pantaloons.' Gretel took the bread under her apron. you may as well plane the planks for our coffins. 'early tomorrow morning we will take the children out into the forest to where it is the thickest. and tossed about in his anxiety.' said the man. began to cry out in a clear voice: 'Boy. and wants to say goodbye to me. when we no longer have anything even for ourselves?' 'I'll tell you what. Hansel stooped and stuffed the little pocket of his coat with as many as he could get in. So the little tailor was and remained a king to the end of his life. and they fell fast asleep. The two children had also not been able to sleep for hunger. how can I bear to leave my children alone in the forest?--the wild animals would soon come and tear them to pieces. children.' 'No. It was not the axe. and had heard what their stepmother had said to their father. They will not find the way home again. as Hansel had the pebbles in his pocket. the father said: 'Now.FAIRY TALES 41 up. but before the sun had risen. and then we will go to our work and leave them alone. opened the door below. lay yourselves down by the fire and rest. that is the morning sun which is shining on the chimneys. we will come back and fetch you away. The moon shone brightly. and ran as if the wild huntsman were behind them.' The wife said: 'Fool. they were overcome by a great dread. you fool!' said she. and then lay down again.' Hansel and Gretel gathered brushwood together. and when the flames were burning very high. what are you looking at there and staying behind for? Pay attention. there we will light a fire for them. all the same. it was already dark night. but had been constantly throwing one of the white pebble-stones out of his pocket on the road. or I will rap the yard-measure over your ears. When day dawned. God will not forsake us.' She gave each a little piece of bread. 'do not distress yourself. and am I to fear those who are standing outside the room.' and she left him no peace until he consented. had not been looking back at the cat. and do not forget how to use your legs. Then he went back and said to Gretel: 'Be comforted. husband.' said Hansel. and I will light a fire that you may not be cold. that is not your little cat. who was only pretending to be asleep. their eyes closed with fatigue. and said to Hansel: 'Now all is over with us.

The children must go. but it was still smaller than the time before. he had to do so a second time also. and when the woman opened it and saw that it was Hansel and Gretel. and Gretel leant against the window and nibbled at the panes. she said: 'You naughty children. Nevertheless he comforted his little sister. 'We will set to work on that. The children. we are going into the forest to cut wood. Gretel shared her piece of bread with Hansel. and took the children out of their beds. and the children heard their mother saying at night to their father: 'Everything is eaten again. for it had cut him to the heart to leave them behind alone.' When the moon came they set out. Not long afterwards.' And when the full moon had risen. and by break of day came once more to their father's house. And as they were so weary that their legs would carry them no longer. however. rejoiced. until the moon rises. who had scattered his by the way. we will come and fetch you away. 'and have a good meal. the good God will help us. and Hansel comforted his little sister and said: 'Just wait. and often stood still and threw a morsel on the ground. but they found no crumbs. why have you slept so long in the forest?--we thought you were never coming back at all!' The father.' 'I am looking back at my little pigeon which is sitting on the roof. it will taste sweet. and then we will soon find the way. 42 They walked the whole night long. but they did not get out of the forest. and that is the end. and Hansel could not get out.' said Hansel. that is the morning sun that is shining on the chimney. were still awake and had heard the conversation. which sang so delightfully that they stood still and listened to it. He who says A must say B. why do you stop and look round?' said the father. Then a soft voice cried . and they followed it until they reached a little house.' but they did not find it. where they had never in their lives been before. 'go on. they saw a beautiful snow-white bird sitting on a bough. there was once more great dearth throughout the land. and the mother said: 'Just sit there.' The woman. and when they approached the little house they saw that it was built of bread and covered with cakes. but the woman had locked the door. and wanted to go out and pick up pebbles as he had done before.' Early in the morning came the woman. and then we shall see the crumbs of bread which I have strewn about. and if help did not come soon. for the many thousands of birds which fly about in the woods and fields had picked them all up. On the way into the forest Hansel crumbled his in his pocket.' answered Hansel. When it was mid-day. there is no other means of saving ourselves!' The man's heart was heavy. but that the windows were of clear sugar. The woman led the children still deeper into the forest.' Hansel.' Hansel reached up above. they will show us our way home again. you children. but scolded and reproached him. and in the evening when we are done. for they had nothing to eat but two or three berries. Then they fell asleep and evening passed. I will eat a bit of the roof. it spread its wings and flew away before them. and were very hungry. we have one half loaf left. 'Hansel. Hansel said to Gretel: 'We shall soon find the way. They walked the whole night and all the next day too from morning till evening. Gretel. however. and showed them the way. so that they will not find their way out again. 'that is not your little pigeon. until the moon has risen. and followed the pebbles which shone like newly-coined silver pieces. and as he had yielded the first time. can eat some of the window. however little by little. and he thought: 'It would be better for you to share the last mouthful with your children. When the old folks were asleep. but no one came to the poor children. and broke off a little of the roof to try how it tasted. Hansel again got up. they lay down beneath a tree and fell asleep. go to sleep quietly. and said: 'Do not cry. Then a great fire was again made. and wants to say goodbye to me. and you Gretel. likewise. would listen to nothing that he had to say. we will take them farther into the wood. threw all the crumbs on the path. Hansel took his little sister by the hand. and when you are tired you may sleep a little. Gretel. It was now three mornings since they had left their father's house. They began to walk again. but they always came deeper into the forest.' When it was noon. on the roof of which it alighted. they must die of hunger and weariness. They knocked at the door. 'Fool!' said the woman. which grew on the ground.FAIRY TALES Hansel comforted her and said: 'Just wait a little. They did not awake until it was dark night. Their piece of bread was given to them. however. And when its song was over.

she intended to shut the oven and let her bake in it. and said: 'I do not know how I am to do it. but they have a keen scent like the beasts. she was in reality a wicked witch.' Gretel began to weep bitterly.' she cried to the girl.' Early in the morning. Hansel and Gretel were so terribly frightened that they let fall what they had in their hands. cooked and ate it. sat down. Suddenly the door opened. nibble. and when she saw both of them sleeping and looking so pretty.' Hansel. it would not help him. When a child fell into her power. they shall not escape me again!' Early in the morning before the children were awake. 'I have already heated the oven. and cried: 'Hansel. could not see it. 'The door is big enough. 'Now. milk and pancakes. you dear children. but Gretel ran away and the godless witch was miserably burnt to death. and are aware when human beings draw near. The old woman. Witches have red eyes. how the poor little sister did lament when she had to fetch the water. who lay in wait for children. with sugar. and cried: 'Get up. and fastened the bolt. gnaw. and thought they were in heaven. do help us. When Hansel and Gretel came into her neighbourhood. tomorrow I will kill him. then. and that was a feast day with her. she was seized with impatience and would not wait any longer. and cook him. stretch out your finger that I may feel if you will soon be fat. and said mockingly: 'I have them.' She took them both by the hand. and Hansel still remained thin. Scream as he might. and kneaded the dough. who had dim eyes. Oh! then she began to howl quite horribly. who has brought you here? do come in. 'it won't help you at all. how do I get in?' 'Silly goose. and Hansel and Gretel lay down in them.' said the old woman. When he is fat. and shut the iron door. we should at any rate have died together. he is in the stable outside. . 'We will bake first. so that we can put the bread in. The heaven-born wind. she killed it. When four weeks had gone by. and bring some water. shook her till she awoke. 'If the wild beasts in the forest had but devoured us. and enjoyed herself with it. nodded her head. however. and cannot see far. 'and see if it is properly heated. she laughed with malice. and Gretel pushed out the whole of one round window-pane. and cook something good for your brother. and a woman as old as the hills. No harm shall happen to you. and was astonished that there was no way of fattening him. came creeping out. tore down a great piece of it. and nuts. Every morning the woman crept to the little stable. apples.' Ah.FAIRY TALES from the parlour: 'Nibble. I can get in myself!' and she crept up and thrust her head into the oven.' said the old woman. with their plump and rosy cheeks she muttered to herself: 'That will be a dainty mouthful!' Then she seized Hansel with her shrivelled hand. Gretel had to go out and hang up the cauldron with the water. Hansel. who liked the taste of the roof. from which flames of fire were already darting. and locked him in behind a grated door. and how her tears did flow down her cheeks! 'Dear God. she was already up. stretched out a little bone to her. and light the fire. fetch some water. Afterwards two pretty little beds were covered with clean white linen. But Gretel saw what she had in mind. the wind. too.' And once Gretel was inside. I will eat him. and thought it was Hansel's finger. and had only built the little house of bread in order to entice them there. who supported herself on crutches. however. and led them into her little house. and stay with me.' 'Just keep your noise to yourself. Then she went to Gretel. The old woman had only pretended to be so kind. Let Hansel be fat or lean.' said the witch. Then Gretel gave her a push that drove her far into it. but Gretel got nothing but crab-shells. just look. and then she would eat her. for she was forced to do what the wicked witch commanded. And now the best food was cooked for poor Hansel.' 43 and went on eating without disturbing themselves. and is to be made fat.' She pushed poor Gretel out to the oven. 'stir yourself. Who is nibbling at my little house?' The children answered: 'The wind. Gretel.' she cried.' said the old woman. but it was all in vain. Then good food was set before them. lazy thing. 'Creep in. carried him into a little stable. and the old woman. and said: 'Oh.

she shall take us across. He had not flown far. the forest seemed to be more and more familiar to them. 'I see no foot-plank. she will help us over. and a sausage. My tale is done. the mouse fetched the water. and they lived together in perfect happiness. and it fell to the sausage to bring in the wood.' 'And there is also no ferry. and threw themselves round their father's neck. too. But the other bird sneered at him for being a poor simpleton. there runs a mouse. ran like lightning to Hansel. and when it was near dinner-time. and salted. Take us across on thy back so white. met a fellow bird. How they did rejoice and embrace each other.' said Hansel. 'that will be too heavy for the little duck. she could retire into her little room and rest until it was time to set the table. . and to the bird to fetch the water. the bird next morning refused to bring in the wood. they sat down to table. however. 'that we may get out of the witch's forest. The bird's duty was to fly daily into the wood and bring in fuel. entered into partnership and set up house together. that the bird.' and filled her pinafore full. 'but a white duck is swimming there: if I ask her. and thrust into his pockets whatever could be got in. and ready to be served. that they became uneasy. when the mouse had made the fire and fetched in the water. and the mouse put on the pot. and the sausage saw to the cooking. and Hansel threw one handful after another out of his pocket to add to them. and at length they saw from afar their father's house.FAIRY TALES 44 Gretel. Beg and pray as the mouse and the sausage might.' replied Gretel. and there they were. Then. they could sleep their fill till the following morning: and that was really a very delightful life. while out one day. and when they had finished their meal. and dance about and kiss each other! And as they had no longer any need to fear her. they came to a great stretch of water. and to try some other way of arranging the work.' The duck came to them. rushed into the parlour. Then they began to run. they went into the witch's house.' The good little duck did so. AND THE SAUSAGE Once upon a time. was dead. They therefore drew lots. For a long time all went well. they lived in great comfort. little duck. The sausage had only to watch the pot to see that the food was properly cooked. For. And now what happened? The sausage started in search of wood. and prospered so far as to be able to add considerably to their stores. and in every corner there stood chests full of pearls and jewels. or rolled in and out among the vegetables three or four times. a bird. Gretel emptied her pinafore until pearls and precious stones ran about the room. the woman. dost thou see. and the bird flew out to meet him.' answered Gretel. or bridge in sight. and that it was now time to make a change. whosoever catches it. But the sausage remained so long away. however. The man had not known one happy hour since he had left the children in the forest. When people are too well off they always begin to long for something new. Hansel and Gretel are waiting for thee? There's never a plank.' said Hansel. THE BIRD. the bird remained master of the situation.' When they had walked for two hours. we are saved! The old witch is dead!' Then Hansel sprang like a bird from its cage when the door is opened. the bird made the fire. and then these two waited till the sausage returned with the fuel for the following day. who did all the hard work. and told his sister to sit by him. 'But now we must be off. opened his little stable. it was of no use. and cried: 'Hansel. 'We cannot cross. and no bridge. and the venture had to be made. And so it came to pass. 'These are far better than pebbles!' said Hansel. he just threw himself into the broth. and had been a fool into the bargain. and when they were once safely across and had walked for a short time. may make himself a big fur cap out of it. buttered. when the bird came home and had laid aside his burden. THE MOUSE. to the mouse to cook. and Gretel said: 'I. one after the other. to whom he boastfully expatiated on the excellence of his household arrangements. while the other two stayed at home and had a good time of it. Then all anxiety was at an end.' Then she cried: 'Little duck. a mouse. telling the others that he had been their servant long enough. will take something home with me. 'No. and Hansel seated himself on its back. Influenced by those remarks.

or alas! we shall be burnt to a cinder.' So she shook the tree. and he after it. had regarded him as his legitimate booty. and at last in her distress she jumped into the water after the spindle. and told the mouse all he had seen and heard. and flew sadly home.' The girl went back to the well not knowing what to do. Then some of the wood that had been carelessly thrown down. with such large teeth. You must be very careful.' The old woman spoke so kindly. But the old woman called after her. The mother. and that was the reason his life had been forfeited. he threw the wood here and there about the floor. The bird hastened to fetch some water. was made to do all the work of the house. he was drowned.' So she took the bread-shovel and drew them all out. but he could nowhere see the cook. by rolling in and out among the vegetables to salt and butter them. In his alarm and flurry. and turned to run away.FAIRY TALES 45 however. and so seized and swallowed him. but also with life. said unkindly. She ran home crying to tell of her misfortune. for I wish you always to shake it thoroughly. full of sunshine. we were baked through long ago. take us out. to make my bed in the right way. and the mouse looked after the food and. and as the girl stopped over the well to wash it off. and the apples came falling down upon her like rain. but his pail fell into the well. for I am Mother Holle. She walked over the meadow. shake me. The next thing she came to was a little house. who was only her stepdaughter. and presently she came upon a baker's oven full of bread. He picked up the wood. but she stopped short long before she reached the bottom. however. I pray. but nothing he said was of any avail. having met the sausage. She remembered nothing more until she awoke and found herself in a beautiful meadow. because she was her own daughter. Now it chanced one day that some blood fell on to the spindle. 'Take us out. So now the bird set the table. and with countless flowers blooming in every direction. loved the ugly and lazy one best. but agreed to make the best of things and to remain with one another. so that the feathers fly about. she jumped into the pot. I will make you very happy. there to spin until she made her fingers bleed. having already parted not only with her skin and hair. 'Shake me. down there in the world. then they say. that she was terrified. however. and there she saw an old woman looking out. and as he was unable to recover himself. Then she carefully gathered the apples together in a heap and walked on again. The bird complained to the dog of this bare-faced robbery. are ripe. dear child? Stay with me. that the girl summoned up courage and agreed to enter into . and was quite the Cinderella of the family. for the dog answered that he found false credentials on the sausage. the spindle suddenly sprang out of her hand and fell into the well. but her stepmother spoke harshly to her. 'What are you afraid of. one and all.' cried the tree. MOTHER HOLLE Once upon a time there was a widow who had two daughters. if you will do the work of my house properly for me. till she came to a free full of apples. but she continued shaking until there was not a single apple left upon it. when he came across a dog who. one of them was beautiful and industrious. called and searched. Presently the bird came in and wanted to serve up the dinner. and after giving her a violent scolding. 'my apples. and the loaves cried out to her. 'As you have let the spindle fall into the well you may go yourself and fetch it out. She went on a little farther. caught fire and began to blaze. They were both very unhappy. that it is snowing. wishing to prepare it in the same way as the sausage. but no cook was to be found. and so the other. Her stepmother sent her out every day to sit by the well in the high road. the other ugly and lazy.

lazy daughter to go and try her fortune. and jumped in herself. they gave her a warm welcome. As she entered the courtyard. and the third day she was more idle still. The gate was opened. she was not afraid of them. After waiting awhile. I will take you home myself. and forgot to shake it so that the feathers might fly about. I must return to my own people. 'That is a reward for your industry. 'A nice thing to ask me to do. are ripe. called out: 'Cock-a-doodle-doo! Your golden daughter's come back to you. so that she might drop some blood on to the spindle. The gate was then closed. She could not at first tell why she felt sad. So she made the sister go and sit by the well and spin. So Mother Holle very soon got tired of her. and thought to herself. The lazy girl was delighted at this. But she only answered. although she was a thousand times better off with Mother Holle than with her mother and sister. and told her she might go.' Then she went in to her mother and sister. one of the apples might fall on my head. 'I am pleased that you should want to go back to your own people.' said Mother Holle. for although I am so happy here. and gave her roast and boiled meats every day. the cock who was perched on the well.' it cried. At last she came to Mother Holle's house. she began to dawdle over her work. that I cannot stay with you any longer. The first day she was very obedient and industrious. and as she spoke she handed her the spindle which she had dropped into the well.' cried the loaves as before. as she had led her sister. The next day. and the girl pricked her finger and thrust her hand into a thorn-bush. we were baked through long ago. a shower of gold fell upon her.' Mother Holle led her. and walked over it till she came to the oven. my apples. She took care to do everything according to the old woman's bidding and every time she made the bed she shook it with all her might. 'I am so homesick. Worse still. and exerted herself to please Mother Holle. take us out. and engaged herself without delay to the old woman.FAIRY TALES her service. a great bucketful of pitch came pouring over her. 46 So she stayed on with Mother Holle for some time. shake me. . 'Shake me. and as the girl passed through. but she became conscious at last of great longing to go home. however. she went to Mother Holle and said. then she threw it into the well. one and all. and as you have served me so well and faithfully. Like her sister she awoke in the beautiful meadow.' Then Mother Holle said. and then she began to grow unhappy. to the broad gateway. She related to them all that had happened. she thought she should like her ugly.' and passed on. 'Do you think I am going to dirty my hands for you?' and walked on. and when the mother heard how she had come by her great riches. The old woman was as good as her word: she never spoke angrily to her. instead of the shower of gold. 'Take us out. but as she was passing through. 'The gold will soon be mine.' Thereupon she led the girl by the hand up to a broad gateway. then she began to lie in bed in the mornings and refused to get up. and as she had heard all about the large teeth from her sister. I pray. But the lazy girl answered. then she knew she was homesick. so that she was covered with it from head to foot. or alas! we shall be burnt to a cinder. Presently she came to the apple-tree. and the gold clung to her. she neglected to make the old woman's bed properly. for she thought of the gold she should get in return. and as she was so richly covered with gold. so that the feathers flew about like so many snowflakes. and the girl found herself back in the old world close to her mother's house.

and then he said: 'See.' said the old woman. or you may fall and break the bottle. walk nicely and quietly and do not run off the path. Little Red-Cap. Red-Cap did not know what a wicked creature he was. so she was always called 'Little Red. Little Red-Cap. Little Red-Cap. her house stands under the three large oak-trees. I must act craftily. that you do not hear how sweetly the little birds are singing. the nut-trees are just below. so as to catch both. Little Red-Cap?' 'To my grandmother's.' 'What have you got in your apron?' 'Cake and wine. she could not get the pitch off and it stuck to her as long as she lived. and just as Little Red-Cap entered the wood. try what she would.' replied Little Red-Cap. too. she is ill and weak. and gave her hand on it. So the lazy girl had to go home covered with pitch. and was not at all afraid of him. and they will do her good.' said he. take them to your grandmother. "Good morning". so poor sick grandmother is to have something good. and she shut the gate. yesterday was baking-day. you surely must know it. wolf. Set out before it gets hot. and there was nothing that she would not have given to the child.' 'I will take great care. which suited her so well that she would never wear anything else. don't forget to say. to make her stronger. The grandmother lived out in the wood.' Little Red-Cap raised her eyes. and when you are going. LITTLE RED-CAP [LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD] 47 Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her. how pretty the flowers are about here--why do you not look round? I believe.' said Little Red-Cap to her mother. 'Thank you kindly. half a league from the village. Once she gave her a little cap of red velvet. The wolf thought to himself: 'What a tender young creature! what a nice plump mouthful--she will be better to eat than the old woman. and when she saw the sunbeams dancing here and there through the trees. while everything else out here in the wood is merry. Little Red-Cap?' 'A good quarter of a league farther on in the wood. that would . and the cock on the well called out as she saw her: 'Cock-a-doodle-doo! Your dirty daughter's come back to you.FAIRY TALES 'That is in return for your services. and don't peep into every corner before you do it. and when you go into her room. a wolf met her.' 'Whither away so early.' So he walked for a short time by the side of Little Red-Cap. 'Good day. and then your grandmother will get nothing.' One day her mother said to her: 'Come.Cap. but most of all by her grandmother. and pretty flowers growing everywhere.' But. here is a piece of cake and a bottle of wine. she thought: 'Suppose I take grandmother a fresh nosegay.' 'Where does your grandmother live. you walk gravely along as if you were going to school.

and after that the aged grandmother came out alive also. and when she went into the room. you old sinner!' said he. so she went to the bed and drew back the curtains. And whenever she had picked one. open the door. my child. crying: 'Ah. 'She is bringing cake and wine.' she said. Then he put on her clothes. but scarcely able to breathe. and at other times I like being with grandmother so much. 'But. and ran after it. however. fell asleep and began to snore very loud. 'I am too weak. had been running about picking flowers.' 'Lift the latch.FAIRY TALES 48 please her too. Little Red-Cap. and set out on the way to her. and cannot get up. and when he came to the bed. it occurred to him that the wolf might have devoured the grandmother.' The wolf lifted the latch. and when she had gathered so many that she could carry no more. The huntsman was just passing the house. 'I have long sought you!' Then just as he was going to fire at him. and thought to himself: 'How the old woman is snoring! I must just see if she wants anything. and then he made two snips more. and the little girl sprang out. he saw the little Red-Cap shining. There lay her grandmother with her cap pulled far over her face. how frightened I have been! How dark it was inside the wolf'. and so got deeper and deeper into the wood.' She called out: 'Good morning. Red-Cap. she fancied that she saw a still prettier one farther on. When he had made two snips. grandmother. than with one bound he was out of bed and swallowed up Red-Cap.' 'But. She was surprised to find the cottage-door standing open. my dear. 'Oh! grandmother. she had such a strange feeling that she said to herself: 'Oh dear! how uneasy I feel today. he lay down again in the bed. and without saying a word he went straight to the grandmother's bed. grandmother. 'Do I find you here. grandmother. what big eyes you have!' she said. however. dressed himself in her cap laid himself in bed and drew the curtains. and looking very strange. and so she ran from the path into the wood to look for flowers. Meanwhile the wolf ran straight to the grandmother's house and knocked at the door. she remembered her grandmother. 'what big ears you have!' 'The better to hear you with. what a terrible big mouth you have!' 'The better to eat you with!' And scarcely had the wolf said this. so he did not fire. and devoured her. but took a pair of scissors. and began to cut open the stomach of the sleeping wolf. what large hands you have!' 'The better to hug you with.' replied the wolf.' called out the grandmother.' 'Oh! but. It is so early in the day that I shall still get there in good time'. 'Who is there?' 'Little Red-Cap. he saw that the wolf was lying in it. When the wolf had appeased his appetite. quickly .' was the reply.' but received no answer. 'The better to see you with. the door sprang open.' So he went into the room. and that she might still be saved.

and she could not look at him nor think of him without an inward shudder. But the grandmother saw what was in his thoughts. I have already invited guests for that day. In front of the house was a great stone trough. She walked the whole day until she came to the deepest. She did not feel that she could trust him. There she saw a lonely house. but the stones were so heavy that he collapsed at once.' . and that she might be able to find her path again. turn back. to run into the wood. Again it cried: 'Turn back. and as he appeared to be very rich and the miller could see nothing in him with which to find fault. that he may not come in.' It also related that once when Red-Cap was again taking cakes to the old grandmother. however. She tried to excuse herself by saying that she would not be able to find the way thither. or open the door. I made some sausages yesterday.' When Sunday came. and cried: 'Open the door. that it did not please her at all. and no one ever did anything to harm her again. and a great silence reigned throughout. young maiden fair. Her betrothed only replied. 'I will give her to the first suitable man who comes and asks for her hand. But Red-Cap went joyously home. looking so grim and mysterious. Red-Cap. The huntsman drew off the wolf's skin and went home with it.' she answered. 49 Then all three were delighted. Linger not in this murderers' lair.' he said. he betrothed his daughter to him. although we have been betrothed for some time. and am bringing you some cakes. and as she was grown up. 'You have not yet paid me a visit.' Red-Cap carried until the great trough was quite full. I will never by myself leave the path.FAIRY TALES fetched great stones with which they filled the wolf's belly. and that he had said 'good morning' to her. when my mother has forbidden me to do so. but Red-Cap thought to herself: 'As long as I live.' The girl looked up and saw that the voice came from a bird hanging in a cage on the wall. she filled her pockets with peas and lentils to sprinkle on the ground as she went along. another wolf spoke to her. and tried to entice her from the path. throwing down some peas on either side of her at every step she took. and revived. 'You must come and see me next Sunday.' Not long after a suitor appeared. he was anxious that she should be well married and provided for. that if they had not been on the public road she was certain he would have eaten her up. grandmother. THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM There was once a miller who had one beautiful daughter. and went straight forward on her way. She stepped inside. and these she followed. and he sniffed and peeped down. Linger not in this murderers' lair. so she said to the child: 'Take the pail. and told her grandmother that she had met the wolf. and at last jumped on the roof. Suddenly a voice cried: 'Turn back. turn back. young maiden fair. but with such a wicked look in his eyes. intending to wait until Red-Cap went home in the evening.' said the grandmother. and at last stretched out his neck so far that he could no longer keep his footing and began to slip.' But they did not speak. One day he said to her. a feeling of dread came over her which she could not explain. and that you may not mistake the way. so the grey-beard stole twice or thrice round the house. Red-Cap. But the girl did not care for the man as a girl ought to care for her betrothed husband. so carry the water in which I boiled them to the trough. He said to himself. On reaching the entrance to the forest she found the path strewed with ashes. I am Little Red-Cap. darkest part of the forest.' 'I do not know where your house is.' Soon afterwards the wolf knocked. the grandmother ate the cake and drank the wine which Red-Cap had brought. he wanted to run away. and when he awoke. and was drowned. and then to steal after her and devour her in the darkness. I will strew ashes along the path. 'My house is out there in the dark forest. 'we will shut the door. 'Well. was on her guard. but not a soul was to be seen. Then the smell of the sausages reached the wolf. and it was time for the girl to start. and slipped down from the roof straight into the great trough. and fell dead.

but the finger sprang into the air. you poor child. and grown sufficiently above the ground. They found the ashes scattered by the wind.' 'I will tell you a dream. The day came that had been fixed for the marriage. and there sat a very. The poor betrothed girl crouched trembling and shuddering behind the cask.' said the robbers. fast asleep and snoring. The bridegroom arrived and also a large company of guests. Tonight. she came from behind the cask. when the robbers are all asleep. for they are eaters of men. do you see that large cauldron of water which I am obliged to keep on the fire! As soon as they have you in their power they will kill you without mercy. 'what a place for you to come to! This is a murderers' den. and let the thing be till tomorrow. and every moment she was filled with renewed dread lest she should awaken them.FAIRY TALES 50 The girl passed on. 'Keep as still as a mouse. or it will be all over with you. 'is there no tale you know? Tell us something.' Thereupon the old woman led her behind a large cask. you would be lost. 'I went alone through a forest and came at last to a house. one of white wine. so that she passed safely over them. They gave her wine to drink. going from room to room of the house. At last she came to the cellar. and as he could not draw it off easily. She was obliged to step over the bodies of the sleepers. 'And you. three glasses full.' said the bride. he took a hatchet and cut off the finger. we will flee together. for the miller had taken care to invite all his friends and relations. which quite hid her from view. and before long they were all lying on the floor of the cellar. 'Come and eat your suppers. to guide them in the moonlight along the path.' she said. and hastened as fast as they could from the murderers' den. and they ceased looking for the finger and sat down. and that your marriage will soon take place.' 'The old woman is right. but he could not find it. but a bird that was hanging in a cage on the wall cried: 'Turn back. but it is with death that you will keep your marriage feast. As they sat at the feast. As soon as the girl was assured of this. Then the girl told her father all that had happened. All night long they walked. 'do not move or speak. for she saw what a terrible fate had been intended for her by the robbers. and one of yellow. but the peas and lentils had sprouted. and cook and eat you. who could not keep her head from shaking. If I did not take pity on you and save you. You think yourself a promised bride. young maiden fair. I have long been waiting for an opportunity to escape.' . The old woman then mixed a sleeping draught with their wine. laid her on a table. and fell behind the cask into the lap of the girl who was hiding there.' asked the girl. 'Can you tell me. and sprinkled salt upon it. but they were all empty.' and again a second time it said these words. dragging another young girl along with them.' said the bridegroom. 'Have you looked behind the large cask?' said one of the others. and then she and the old woman went upstairs. turning to her. The robber took a light and began looking for it. and paid no heed to her cries and lamentations. who were lying close together. then. and it was morning before they reached the mill. one of red.' The words were hardly out of her mouth when the godless crew returned. Look.' answered the old woman. and with that her heart gave way and she died. and cut her beautiful body into pieces. opened the door. very old woman. the finger won't run away. my love. the bride sat still and did not say a word. not a soul could I find within. One of them now noticed a gold ring still remaining on the little finger of the murdered girl. each guest in turn was asked to tell a tale. But God helped her. Then they tore of her dainty clothing. Linger not in this murderers' lair. turn back. They were all drunk. But the old woman called out. and still she saw no one. 'if my betrothed husband lives here?' 'Ah.

' Then the woodman laughed. you poor child.' said the father. he said. and she answered. you are come to a murderers' den.' said the wife. white. who was quite healthy and strong. she had a little boy. for.FAIRY TALES 'My darling. but kept just the same size as he had been when he was born. 'Well. They gave him plenty of food. just in the very way she had wished it. father. 'How lonely it is. but they were all empty. he took a hatchet and cut off her finger.' 'Then they tore off her dainty clothing. and said. and he soon showed himself to be a clever little fellow. without any children to play about and amuse us while other people seem so happy and merry with their children!' 'What you say is very true.' 'Oh.' 'And one of the robbers saw that there was a gold ring still left on her finger. I will get into his ear and tell him which way to go. who during this recital had grown deadly pale. and as it was difficult to draw off.' said Tom."' 'My darling. 'if my mother will only harness the horse. So they said. and. 'for you and me to sit here by ourselves. the cart shall be in the wood by the time you want it. but the guests seized him and held him fast. yet for all they could do he never grew bigger. but he will kill you without mercy and afterwards cook and eat you. And here is the finger with the ring. 'how happy should I be if I had but one child! If it were ever so small--nay. dragging a young girl along with them. 'we will try for once.' And they called him Thomas Thumb. smoking his pipe by the fireside. not long afterwards. as the woodman was getting ready to go into the wood to cut fuel. we cannot say we have not got what we wished for. if it were no bigger than my thumb--I should be very happy. and there sat a very. as he puffed out a long curl of smoke. I asked her if my betrothed lived here. and yellow. this is only a dream. who could not keep her head still. this is only a dream. your betrothed does indeed live here.' 'The old woman hid me behind a large cask. while his wife sat by his side spinning. The bridegroom. this is only a dream. this is only a dream. 'I will take care of that. but was not much bigger than my thumb. and turning round her wheel. who always knew well what he was about. wife. and scarcely had she done this when the robbers returned home. Still. and with that she died. TOM THUMB A poor woodman sat in his cottage one night. we will love him dearly. One day.' 'My darling. and love it dearly. "Ah. for I want to make haste. his eyes were sharp and sparkling. and cut her beautiful body into pieces and sprinkled salt upon it. At last I went down to the cellar. They delivered him up to justice.' 'Well.' cried Tom.' and with these words the bride drew forth the finger and shewed it to the assembled guests. 'How can that be? you cannot reach up to the horse's bridle. red. 'I wish I had someone to bring the cart after me.' said he. and everything was so grim and mysterious. sighing. but the finger sprang into the air and fell behind the great cask into my lap. and he and all his murderous band were condemned to death for their wicked deeds. father. little as he is.' Now--odd as you may think it--it came to pass that this good woman's wish was fulfilled. very old woman.' 'Never mind that.' 51 'I went on through the house from room to room. up and tried to escape.' .' 'My darling. They gave her three kinds of wine to drink.

'You little urchin!' they said.' When they came to the parson's house. Tom only crawled farther and farther in. At last one took the other aside. 'I'm sure I heard someone speak. and one said to the other. and then the little man said.' At last the thieves found him out. and I'll soon show you how to get the parson's money. put me on the rim of your hat.' They stood still listening. and asked him what he would take for the little man. Tom slipped through the window. and said. 'What an odd thing that is!' said one: 'there is a cart going along. and put him down on a clod of earth. here I am with the cart. by good luck. I'll soon come back to you. and Tom said. and put Tom into his ear. and put him down upon a straw. Meantime the thieves were frightened. and I hear a carter talking to the horse. and throw you out whatever you want. he heard two men passing by. Just as he was falling asleep. 'What noise was that?' said the thief.' But Tom. 'How can we rob that rich parson's house of his silver and gold?' 'I'll tell you!' cried Tom. 'my own flesh and blood is dearer to me than all the silver and gold in the world. and as he sat there the little man told the beast how to go. 'Take me with you. we shall see what you can do. and when Tom had taken leave of his father they took him away with them. father. 'Where would you like to sit?' said one of them. and lifted him up in their hands. The two strangers were all this time looking on. 'Gently! gently!' two strangers came up.' So they did as he wished. 'let us follow the cart.' So they went up to the woodman. but all in vain.' At last. and said. 'That little urchin will make our fortune. and with the other took his son out of the horse's ear. 'How much will you have? Shall I throw it all out?' Now the cook lay in the next room. 'I'm off! mind and look sharp after me the next time. I should undoubtedly break my neck. 'and listen where the sound comes from.' said the thieves. and bawled out again.' 'I won't sell him at all. and at last it became quite dark. 'The little urchin is only trying to make fools of us. till at last they came to the place where the woodman was.' said he. 'with us than with you. crept up his father's coat to his shoulder and whispered in his ear. 'in this ploughed field! If I were to fall from one of these great clods. and carry him about from town to town as a show. crying out.' said he. 'Will you have all that is here?' At this the thieves were frightened.' said they.bars into the room. in a ploughed field by the side of the road. But Tom ran about amongst the furrows. 'come along. 'Let me get down. 'Go on!' and 'Stop!' as he wanted: and thus the horse went on just as well as if the woodman had driven it himself into the wood. 'Good night. 'This is lucky. if we can get him. and see where it goes.' answered he. When Tom found they were gone. cried out. so that they were forced to go their way without their prize. indeed. They journeyed on till it began to be dusky. he found a large empty snail-shell. he came out of his hiding-place. as sulky as could be. we must buy him. saying. and said.' 'That's a good thought.' 'But where are you?' said they. It happened that as the horse was going a little too fast. where he sat as merry as you please. that you may not awaken anybody. 'I can sleep here very well'.' Then they ran at once to the place.' So they came back and whispered softly to him. but yet I can see no one.' said the other.' So the woodman at last said he would sell Tom to the strangers for a large piece of gold. but at last they plucked up their hearts. and they paid the price. 'Now let us have no more of your . and then called out as loud as he could bawl. I can get between the iron window-bars of the parson's house.' So they went on into the wood. frightened. chatting together. and hearing a noise she raised herself up in her bed and listened. 'Look about on the ground. 'He will be better off.' said the father. and poked the ends of their sticks into the mouse-hole. and Tom was calling out. that will be a nice gallery for me. and did not know what to say for wonder. father. 'Take the money.' So the man took off his hat. seeing his father. Then Tom Thumb.' But Tom seemed as if he did not understand them. softly! Speak low. and at last slipped into an old mouse-hole. all right and safe! now take me down!' So his father took hold of the horse with one hand. hearing of the bargain they wanted to make. and let them have me. 'Softly. and in he crept.FAIRY TALES 52 When the time came the mother harnessed the horse to the cart. and ran off a little way. 'What dangerous walking it is. 'what can you do for us?' 'Why. my masters!' said he.' 'That is queer. 'See. 'Oh. I'm tired. I can walk about there and see the country as we go along.

and overset the milk-pail. and when she had looked about and searched every hole and corner. and at last found a snug place to finish his night's rest in. that more and more hay was always coming down. and going straight to the hay-loft. thou art surely mad!' However.' Though he made the best of his bad luck.' 'Where's that?' said the wolf. she was so frightened that she fell off her stool. so that very night he went to the house and crawled through the drain into the kitchen. and he . ham. she ran off as fast as she could to her master the parson. describing his own father's house. to feed the cows. roast pig. with Tom in it. for the cook had put the hay into the cow's rick. As soon as she could pick herself up out of the dirt. I can show you a famous treat. thinking she must have been dreaming with her eyes open. so he laid himself down. told his man to kill her on the spot. the cow is talking!' But the parson said. Tom. 'In such and such a house. At last he cried out as loud as he could. and ran away. when Tom called out. and said. and ate and drank there to his heart's content. carried away a large bundle of hay. and so be crushed to death. went away for a light. however. At last down he went into her stomach. that he might not get between the cow's teeth. he did not like his quarters at all. which was not a very easy task. at one gulp. he called out. and then into the pantry. The little man crawled about in the hay-loft. she went to bed. sir. 'Don't bring me any more hay! Don't bring me any more hay!' The maid happened to be just then milking the cow. and there you will find cakes. in which Tom lay. Scarcely had they set foot on the threshold. 'you'll awaken everybody in the house if you make such a clatter.' The wolf did not want to be asked twice. however. cold chicken. having groped about and found nothing. and thinking the wolf would not dislike having some chat with him as he was going along. 'how came I to tumble into the mill?' But he soon found out where he really was. and the worst of it was. beef. and hearing someone speak. and the space left for him became smaller and smaller. 'Woman. slept on. but throw us out some of the money. so she sprang out of bed. and the stomach. just as he had made room to get his head out. 'they forgot to build windows in this room to let the sun in. to try and see what was the matter. 'Sir. As soon as he had had enough he wanted to get away. A hungry wolf sprang out. Tom had slipped off into the barn. before daybreak. and everything that your heart can wish. now I've a mind to be merry myself'. fresh ill-luck befell him. and found nobody. 'Don't bring me any more hay!' Then the parson himself was frightened.' 'What's that to me?' said the little man. but he had eaten so much that he could not go out by the same way he came in. was thrown out upon a dunghill. 'My good friend.' said he. meaning to sleep till daylight. and thinking the cow was surely bewitched. and the cow had taken Tom up in a mouthful of it. 'you have had your frolic. The thieves ran off as if a wolf was at their tails: and the maid. and then find his way home to his father and mother. and now he began to set up a great shout. 'Good lack-a-day!' said he.FAIRY TALES 53 roguish jokes. He still. and cut up. By the time she came back. but at last. 'Will you be easy?' said the wolf.' The cook heard this quite plain. fast asleep. So the cow was killed. and ran to open the door. 'Very well! hold your hands! here it comes. and yet being quite sure it was the same voice that she had heard in the night. But alas! how woefully he was undone! what crosses and sorrows happen to us all in this world! The cook got up early. and did not awake till he found himself in the mouth of the cow. but seeing nobody. a candle would be no bad thing. This was just what Tom had reckoned upon. 'You can crawl through the drain into the kitchen and then into the pantry.' Then Tom called out as loud as he could. was still not disheartened.' said Tom. 'It is rather dark. and swallowed up the whole stomach. and was forced to have all his wits about him. apple-dumplings. making all the noise he could. with the little man in the middle of it. he went with her into the cow-house. Tom soon set himself to work to get out.

and gave him plenty to eat and drink. and sat down once more to weep. you must know. and he sent for the girl to be brought before him. 'I must spin this straw into gold. Now this king was very fond of money. and gave his wife a scythe. in one way or other.' And his father said. and the woodman ran for his axe. and then they fetched new clothes for him. and whistled and sang: 'Round about. very shrewd and clever. When the king came and saw this. and whistled and sang: 'Round about. but when they saw a wolf was there. since we parted. in a country a long way off.' Tom heard all this. and a droll-looking little man hobbled in. and the straw was all spun into gold. 54 The woodman and his wife. 'I have been in a mouse-hole--and in a snail-shell--and down a cow's throat-.' said the hobgoblin. and sat himself down to the wheel. round about.' said they. for his old ones had been quite spoiled on his journey. my good lass. So her little friend took the ring. reel away. but the dwarf soon opened the door. the work was quickly done. He took her at her word. and he shut up the poor miller's daughter again with a fresh task.' 'Why. for he was very hungry. 'I have travelled all over the world. safe and sound. he was greatly astonished and pleased.' replied the maiden. peeped through a crack in the door. and she was left alone. 'Do you stay behind.' said she. Lo and behold! Reel away. and we will not sell you again for all the riches in the world.' answered he. I think. 'What will you give me to do your task?' 'The ring on my finger.' It was in vain that the poor maiden said that it was only a silly boast of her father. after all. that his daughter could spin gold out of straw. being awakened by the noise. 'All this must be spun into gold before morning. and now I am very glad to come home and get fresh air again. there's no place like HOME! RUMPELSTILTSKIN By the side of a wood. and cried out. and said. the wolf has swallowed me. 'what fears we have had for you!' 'Yes. and killed him on the spot! and when he was dead they cut open his body. Then she knew not what to do. and I know not how. 'Good morrow to you. 'Father. and had done and seen so many fine things. reel away. moreover. She sat down in one corner of the room. what are you weeping for?' 'Alas!' said she. for though he had been so great a traveller. when on a sudden the door opened. where have you been?' said his father. Straw into gold!' And round about the wheel went merrily.' said the woodman. who used to come and hunt in the wood. you may well suppose that they were sadly frightened.and in the wolf's belly. and said. 'Ah!' said the father. and the miller was so proud of her. and when he heard the miller's boast his greediness was raised. father! I am here. and was fond enough of telling the whole story. and he told his wife not to use the scythe for fear she should hurt him. Then he aimed a great blow. he always agreed that. in peace. but his heart grew still more greedy of gain. and set Tommy free. had a very beautiful daughter. singing and shouting as loud as he could. 'and when I have knocked him on the head you must rip him up with the scythe. The miller's house was close by.' Then they hugged and kissed their dear little son. 'to do it for you?' 'My necklace.FAIRY TALES began.' 'Well. 'Heaven be praised! we have found our dear child again'. and began to bewail her hard fate. and yet here I am again. that he one day told the king of the land. round about. father. Then he led her to a chamber in his palace where there was a great heap of straw. Straw into gold!' . and began to work at the wheel again. for that she could do no such thing as spin straw into gold: the chamber door was locked. ran a fine stream of water. and upon the stream there stood a mill. Lo and behold! Reel away. and gave her a spinning-wheel. She was. and the miller. 'you are come back. and said. So Master Thumb stayed at home with his father and mother. and struck the wolf on the head. as you love your life.' 'What will you give me.

HUNCHBACK. CROOK-SHANKS. 'Then say you will give me. tomorrow bake. For next day will a stranger bring. But one day he came into her room. and if it is. and dashed his right foot in a rage so deep into the floor. in her gladness of heart. and said. but still he had not enough: so he took the miller's daughter to a yet larger heap. madam!' 'Is it JEMMY?' 'It is not. Mr RUMPLESTILTSKIN!' CLEVER GRETEL There was once a cook named Gretel. and as wine excites a desire to eat. 'Madam. till at last her tears softened him. 'Now. Then he made the best of his way off. 'Madam. and called all her court round to enjoy the fun. and said. and she really became queen.' said the little man. and put her in mind of it. 'What will you give me to spin gold for you this third time?' 'I have nothing left. lady. 'I will give you three days' grace. and said she would give him all the wealth of the kingdom if he would let her off.some witch told you that!' cried the little man. long before morning. and she began with TIMOTHY. 'Some witch told you that!-. and if during that time you tell me my name. while the nurse laughed and the baby crowed. and a merry feast. and when she walked out with them on. 'No. and. that is not my name. to take home with him to his hut in the woods. as I was climbing a high hill. she . madam!' 'Is it TOM?' 'No.' The third day one of the messengers came back. where she was sitting playing with her baby. and the manikin once more spun the heap into gold. and she sent messengers all over the land to find out new ones. who wore shoes with red heels. The next day the little man came. but to all and each of them he said. was forced to keep his word. Today I'll brew. and all the court jeered at him for having had so much trouble for nothing. and before the hut burnt a fire. JEREMIAH. ICHABOD. that he was forced to lay hold of it with both hands to pull it out. Little does my lady dream Rumpelstiltskin is my name!"' When the queen heard this she jumped for joy. and all the names she could remember. Merrily I'll dance and sing. Then she grieved sorely at her misfortune. The king came in the morning. among the trees of the forest where the fox and the hare bid each other good night. 55 The king was greatly delighted to see all this glittering treasure. and so on. you shall be my queen. a draught of wine.' Now the queen lay awake all night. she said she would do what he asked. I saw a little hut. BENJAMIN. and singing: '"Merrily the feast I'll make. and he cried out. and as soon as her little friend came she sat down upon her throne. and said. Then the little man began to chuckle at the thought of having the poor child. Round went the wheel again to the old song. all was done again. that is not my name.FAIRY TALES till. but yesterday.' 'That may never be.' thought the miller's daughter: and as she knew no other way to get her task done. and what she had said.' As soon as she was alone that dwarf came in.' 'Can your name be RUMPELSTILTSKIN?' said the lady slyly.' The second day she began with all the comical names she could hear of. as if it was quite ready to be given up. and forgot the dwarf. 'I have travelled two days without hearing of any other names. and the nurse stood by her side with the baby in her arms. you shall keep your child. and he said. 'All this must be spun tonight. and said. finding all he wanted. so he married the miller's daughter. At the birth of her first little child she was very glad. and round about the fire a funny little dwarf was dancing upon one leg. thinking of all the odd names that she had ever heard.' said she. but in vain. but the little gentleman still said to every one of them. was quite happy and thought: 'You certainly are a pretty girl!' And when she came home she drank. she turned herself this way and that. BANDY-LEGS. what is my name?' 'Is it JOHN?' asked she. 'We wish you a very good morning. 'the first little child that you may have when you are queen.

The fowls began to turn brown.' Then she said: 'Well. THE OLD MAN AND HIS GRANDSON There was once a very old man. Presently the guest came. ate it. when it is eaten you will have some peace. but she saw no one.' It came to pass that the master one day said to her: 'Gretel.' answered Gretel.' meaning that the guest should leave him just one chicken. and took yet another hearty draught. Then Gretel called out to her master: 'If the guest does not come. and let the second chicken follow the first.' So she took another hearty drink. and still her master did not come. But as the roast meat smelt so good. however. She killed two fowls. Then he ran after him with the knife still in his hand. off the dish. and towards evening set them before the fire. his knees trembled. or else master will observe that something is missing. and when he sat at table he could hardly hold the spoon. whose eyes had become dim. who knows when they will come? Meanwhile. there is a guest coming this evening. Gretel ran. she ran screaming to her master. took an enormous drink and ate up the one chicken in great glee. and took the great knife.' and took a good drink.' When the two wings were eaten.' The master said: 'I will run myself. and looked to see who was there. I will run into the cellar. prepare me two fowls very daintily. and hurried down the steps again as fast as he could. Meantime the master looked to see what the table was properly laid. but his intention is to cut off your two ears. I think if I were to take another draught it would do me no harm. Gretel? What do you mean by that?' 'Yes.' said she. and fetch the guest. 'If he had but left me one.' answered Gretel. and said: 'Ah! how good fowls are! It certainly is a sin and a shame that they are not eaten at the right time!' She ran to the window. Gretel looked at the other and said: 'What one is. and thought: 'Standing so long by the fire there. the two go together. makes one sweat and thirsty. scalded them. so that something remained for me to eat. Then she went and put the fowls down again to the fire. I must take the fowls away from the fire.' So she cut it off. and when she had done. and knocked politely and courteously at the house-door.' 'I will see to it. but the guest pretended not to hear. master. one fowl has been cut into. what's right for the one is right for the other. wherewith he was going to carve the chickens. plucked them.' He called to him to stop. the other should be likewise. the guest is coming directly after me!' 'Yes. Gretel. and went back to the fowls and thought: 'One of the wings is burning! I had better take it off and eat it. but it will be a sin and a shame if they are not eaten the moment they are at their juiciest. Gretel. The guest. Just listen how he is sharpening the knife for it!' The guest heard the sharpening. take another drink. and has run away with them!' 'That's a nice trick!' said her master. that they might roast. I will soon serve up. Gretel laid the spit with the fowls on one side. and were nearly ready. and sharpened it on the steps. and have turned in somewhere. and eat it up entirely. enjoy yourself. sir. and cried: 'You have invited a fine guest!' 'Why. said: 'God bless it for you. she thought: 'The other must go down too. Gretel. just one. and drove the spit merrily round. It suddenly occurred to her: 'Who knows? They are perhaps not coming at all. it ought to be tasted!' She touched it with her finger.' She ran down. his ears dull of hearing. thought no otherwise than that he was to give up one of his ears. Gretel thought: 'Something might be wrong. to see if the master was not coming with his guest. 'he has taken the chickens which I was just going to serve up. When one of the chickens was swallowed down. and did not see him. why should God's good gifts be spoilt?' So she ran into the cellar again.' When the master had turned his back. her master came and cried: 'Hurry up. if my master catches you it will be the worse for you.FAIRY TALES 56 tasted the best of whatever she was cooking until she was satisfied. he certainly did ask you to supper. put them on the spit. and said: 'The cook must know what the food is like. she went and looked for her master. and enjoyed it. and not take both. in order to take them both with him. and when she saw the guest. and ran as if fire were burning under him. basted them. While she was making the most of it. and should not be interrupted. crying: 'Just one. and spilt the broth upon the table-cloth or let it run out of . but the guest had not yet arrived. and thought that wine should flow on. and take a drink. and lamented the fine chickens. set a jug. she put her finger to her lips and said: 'Hush! hush! go away as quickly as you can. Gretel was not idle.

and set it among the grass. But as the weather grew so bad and there was a storm of rain and wind. the wine under the pillow. there is our gossip the carpenter. The cow-herd answered: 'It is still standing out there eating. Next morning when the cows were being driven out.' and took it in his arms and carried it to the pasture. he said to the calf: 'If you can stand there and eat your fill.' the woman also liked the idea. so it soon had to be killed. and the cow-herd said: 'It will soon run by itself. The cow-herd said: 'It must have run away. said: 'Don't tell me that. and the peasant went into the town and wanted to sell the skin there. the cakes under it. On the way he passed by a mill.' The peasant. . and paint it brown. He had not even so much as a cow. so that it looks like any other. but they had no food for it. And now the little peasant and his wife had the cow for which they had so long wished. The miller's wife was alone in the house. he could go no farther. It would not stop and come with us. but it is still small and has to be carried. and likewise said nothing if he did spill a little of anything. Then they brought him a wooden bowl for a few half-pence. They were once sitting thus when the little grandson of four years old began to gather together some bits of wood upon the ground. and said to the peasant: 'Lay yourself on the straw there. and out of pity he took him and wrapped him in the skin. One day he said to her: 'Listen. and painted it as it ought to be. And he used to look towards the table with his eyes full of tears. Then the woman served up four different things. just look how it eats already!' At night when he was going to drive the herd home again. he shall make us a wooden calf. and still less money to buy one. and turned back to the mill and begged for shelter. and the calf was missing. and made it with its head hanging down as if it were eating.' The man and his wife looked at each other for a while. whom they called the little peasant. I don't care to drag you home again in my arms. there was a knocking outside. and they were heartily glad. so we will have a feast. and the woman thought: 'He is tired and has gone to sleep. the miller's wife received him well.' But the little peasant stood at his door.' The peasant listened. the salad on the bed. his trembling hands could not hold the bowl. and the parson in the closet on the porch. and lay down with his skin beside him. and not even enough of it. and in time it will certainly get big and be a cow. and presently began to cry. roast meat. The little calf always remained standing like one which was eating. however. His son and his son's wife were disgusted at this. who for his carelessness condemned him to give the peasant a cow for the calf which had run away. The young wife scolded him.FAIRY TALES 57 his mouth. The woman said: 'Oh. and said: 'My husband is out.' answered the child. I have a little calf there. The peasant ate it. but he said nothing and only sighed. Once. and their gossip the carpenter cut and planed the calf. They salted the flesh. and when he heard them talk about feasting he was vexed that he had been forced to make shift with a slice of bread and cheese. and when the cow-herd drove the cows through the village.' Then they went back to the meadow together. Then she opened the door for her husband. and wine. 'for father and mother to eat out of when I am big. I have a good idea. 'What are you doing there?' asked the father. and henceforth always let him eat with them. you can also go on your four legs. but someone had stolen the calf. and there sat a raven with broken wings. too.' and gave him a slice of bread and cheese. and waited for his little calf. heavens! It is my husband!' she quickly hid the roast meat inside the tiled stove. so that he might buy a new calf with the proceeds. so the old grandfather at last had to sit in the corner behind the stove. and just one poor one. and could give it nothing to eat.' In the meantime came the parson. out of which he had to eat.' and led the cow-herd before the mayor. but I must have my beast back again. salad. cakes. and it was gone. and they gave him his food in an earthenware bowl. and yet he and his wife did so wish to have one.' But the little peasant said: 'Oh. and it fell to the ground and broke. Just as they were about to sit down and eat. he inquired where it was. Then they took the old grandfather to the table. the little peasant called the cow-herd in and said: 'Look.' The cow-herd said: 'All right. 'I am making a little trough. THE LITTLE PEASANT There was a certain village wherein no one lived but really rich peasants.

it looks as if the world were coming to an end. and after that they bargained how much the miller was to give for the fifth prophecy.' The woman said: 'But I have nothing but bread and cheese. and was to be rolled into the water.' When the peasants heard that.' 'That would be a fine thing!' cried the miller. and people carry the gold home in shovels. he did not give her more than two talers for a skin. however. and said: 'Let him foretell something for once. for three hundred talers.' The miller saw the peasant lying on the straw. he says that there is some salad on the bed. krr. The peasant made the raven croak again.' The shepherd said: 'If nothing more than that is needful in order to be mayor. At home the small peasant gradually launched out. lying on the ground. I saw the black rascal with my own eyes. made off next morning by daybreak with the three hundred talers. At last the peasant pinched the raven once more till he croaked.' Then the peasant pinched the raven's head. the very shepherd whom the peasant knew had long been wishing to be mayor.' The shepherd was willing. he says that there is some roast meat in the tiled stove. and went there and found the wine. The miller would have liked much to know the fifth. and found the cakes. bread and cheese will do. so he cried with all his might: 'No. 'the poor knave came in the storm and rain. he says that there is some wine hidden under the pillow. He said to him: 'I set you free from the closet. and when the peasant looked at the priest.' Then the small peasant was brought before the mayor. The miller asked: 'What did he say?' The peasant replied: 'He says that the Devil is hiding outside there in the closet on the porch. he says that there are some cakes under the bed. and showed him where the straw was. and said: 'Fourthly. and said: 'In the second place. but the miller's wife was frightened to death. 'Now go on. he recognized the man who had been with the miller's wife. The mayor.' and looked at the peasant and said: 'Come and eat some more with me. so that he croaked and made a noise like krr. and the peasant unlocked the closet.' The peasant.' When she came to the merchant in the town.' 'Can he foretell anything to me?' said the miller. and asked. He was led forth. but I will not do it. And now the two sat down to the table together. and begged for shelter. for the fifth is something bad. and said: 'Thirdly. and the miller said: 'It was true. and got in.' The miller said: 'The Devil must go out. but be quick and get me something to eat.FAIRY TALES 58 and said: 'Thank heaven. with a flock of sheep. and asked: 'What are you about? What is it that you will not do?' The peasant said: 'They want to make me mayor. 'so far as I am concerned.' and opened the house-door. in a barrel pierced full of holes. killed all their cows. and accused him of this treachery before the major. and said: 'What can I do with all these skins?' Then the peasants were vexed that the small peasant should have thus outwitted them.' said the wife. and the peasant shut . you will be mayor.' 'Bless me!' cried the miller. but the little peasant said: 'First.' The miller was curious.' replied the husband. 'Why not?' answered the peasant: 'but he only says four things. and when the others came.' 'That would be a fine thing!' cried the miller. so I gave him a bit of bread and cheese. set me free from the barrel. said: 'But my servant must go first. Then the peasant once more pinched the raven's head till he croaked loudly. wanted to take vengeance on him. The miller said: 'What did he say?' The peasant answered: 'In the first place. and went thither.' The man said: 'I have no objection. After this the miller saw the skin in which the raven was. and stripped off their skins in order to sell them in the town to the greatest advantage. I will not do it. if I will but put myself in the barrel. The innocent little peasant was unanimously sentenced to death. he built a beautiful house. I will not do it!' The shepherd hearing that.' 'Upon my word!' cried the miller. The parson ran out as fast as he could. however. they too wished to enjoy this great profit. and went there and found the salad. and ran home. you are back again! There is such a storm. The peasant made the raven prophesy still more. but got up and ate. and bidden to say from whence his wealth came. I would get into the barrel at once. 'What is that fellow doing there?' 'Ah. and asked: 'What have you there?' The peasant answered: 'I have a soothsayer inside it. and looked there.' The peasant said: 'If you will get in.' The peasant did not require to be invited twice. and found the roast meat. He answered: 'I sold my cow's skin in the town.' 'I am contented with anything.' said he. then the woman was forced to give up the keys. and the fifth he keeps to himself. and the peasants said: 'The small peasant has certainly been to the place where golden snow falls. he did not give them so much. came up to him. we will quickly eat the four things. The others were all obliged to retire to a distance. and went to bed and took all the keys with her.' At this same moment up came. and a priest was brought who was to say a mass for his soul.' So they ate. if the whole world insists on it. until they agreed on three hundred talers.

'how could you do all this?' Why did you leave the steak to fry. 'that we kept that meal! we have now a good use for it. the ale ran out. One day Frederick said. and "what can't be cured must be endured".' said Catherine. and looks so clean!' 'Kate. it sounded as if he were calling them. Catherine took a nice steak. but the mayor said: 'I come first. and from thence I brought this flock away with me. and was quite pleased with her cleverness. and drove it away. 'It's all gone. Then the peasants were astonished. When the barrel began to roll. So she turned round. 'How very neat and clean it looks!' At noon Frederick came home. and put it on the fire to fry. and away ran the dog across the field: but he ran faster than she. and said: 'Peasant.' Said the peasants: 'Are there any more there?' 'Oh. 'what shall I do to keep Frederick from seeing all this slopping about?' So she thought a while.' said she. 'when one goes another may as well follow. yes. 'what have you for dinner?' 'O Frederick!' answered she. which are called little lambs. and as she had run a good way and was tired. When she got to the cellar stairs she saw what had happened. and to crackle in the pan. and that if she sprinkled this over the floor it would suck up the ale nicely. 'My stars!' said she. then he took the shepherd's flock for himself. when I come back I shall be hungry so let me have something nice cooked.' said she.' When dinner-time drew nigh. for Catherine had not turned the cock.' So they went to the water together. and as they were entering the village. and answered: 'That is what we intend. and then spoil all the meal?' 'Why. became a rich man. I upset the jug: but the cellar is now quite dry. splash! went the water. but first you shall look about you a little down below there. Then they came and rolled the barrel towards the water. and crept out. and look about me. After that the peasants went home.FAIRY TALES 59 the top down on him. Then the entire village was dead.' Then the peasants made up their minds that they too would fetch some sheep for themselves. truly. and declared that the mass had been said. Kate. deep down. whereupon the peasants cried: 'We already see the sheep down below!' The mayor pressed forward and said: 'I will go down first. and while I ran after him.' They believed no otherwise than that it was the peasant who was saying this. but while I went down to draw the ale. from whence do you come? Have you come out of the water?' 'Yes. and they had not long been married. and was making off with it. wife. and the whole crowd plunged in after him as one man. FREDERICK AND CATHERINE There was once a man called Frederick: he had a wife whose name was Catherine. as sole heir.' Then she strewed the meal all about the cellar. and just then there were some of the small fleecy clouds in the blue sky. 'The steak is almost ready.' said he. 'Now. 'The dog is not shut up--he may be running away with the steak. and there were pretty meadows on which a number of lambs were feeding. a flock apiece. and thus all the ale that had been saved was set swimming on the floor also. she walked home leisurely to cool herself.' said . and said. 'it shall all be ready.' So up she ran from the cellar. I may as well go to the cellar for the ale. 'I sank deep. the shepherd cried: 'I am quite willing to be mayor.' said she. the dog ran away with it. I pushed the bottom out of the barrel.' So he jumped in. Away ran Catherine. The beer ran into the jug and Catherine stood looking on. and stuck close to the steak. and sure enough the rascally cur had got the steak in his mouth. which was all the meat she had. and the small peasant. and upset it.' 'Very well. 'I was cooking you a steak. and if things promise well I'll call you.' said he.' replied the peasant. and when I went to dry up the ale with the sack of meal that we got at the fair. and the ale to run. and a good draught of ale. 'Ah! well. The parson went to the crowd. At last it popped into her head. The steak soon began to look brown.' So away she went for it: but she managed to set it down just upon the great jug full of beer. and Catherine stood by with a fork and turned it: then she said to herself. Now all this time the ale was running too. and they were reflected in the water. 'Kate! I am going to work in the fields. the small peasant also came quietly in. 'more than I could want. driving a flock of sheep and looking quite contented. until at last I got to the bottom. that's well thought of.' and they rolled the barrel down into the water. and at last remembered that there was a sack of fine meal bought at the last fair.' So she left the pan on the fire and took a large jug and went into the cellar and tapped the ale cask. 'What a lucky thing. Frederick. and when the jug was full the liquor ran upon the floor till the cask was empty.' cried he.

and thought to herself by the way. 'I am sure you never told me not. but take care that you never go near or meddle with them. but surely it can nowhere be so safe if I take it with me. and left her plenty of plates and dishes. but I have no money: if you had any use for yellow buttons.' 'Well.' said Frederick.' So she took her time by the way. Frederick. we will soon get the gold back: let us run after the thieves. Frederick. but I don't think he is very fond of butter and cheese: I'll bring him a bag of fine nuts. 'you did not tell me.' said she. 'It does not matter. 'Kate.' So she took pity on them.' As soon as he was gone. 'If my wife manages matters thus.' 60 The husband thought to himself. I must look sharp myself. 'There. Catherine looked. and would follow her.' 'Alas! alas!' said he. 'How can you say so?' said she.' answered she.FAIRY TALES she. so that the wheels might not hurt them so much.' When she reached home. wife. 'I used the butter to grease those poor trees that the wheels chafed so: and one of the cheeses ran away so I sent the other after it to find it.' answered he.' 'No. While she was doing this kind office one of her cheeses fell out of the basket. he has younger legs than I have. and made use of the butter to grease them all. and I suppose they are both on the road together somewhere. and away it went. see now. 'Where are the butter and cheese?' said he.' 'Wife. you should have told me before. I shall be so much nearer home than he. who desired her to give him something to eat. and do it now before we go any farther. 'that I never will.' said Frederick. but could not see where it had gone. Then she set them all about the house for a show: and when Frederick came back. we will try. he cried out. and Frederick said. 'What pretty yellow buttons these are! I shall put them into a box and bury them in the garden. there is the door itself. Frederick. and rolled down the hill.' 'Then go home.' Then she rolled the other cheese after it. 'Kate. what have you been doing?' 'See. 'I did not know I was doing wrong.' Catherine did as he told her.' said she.' 'Go into the garden and dig where I tell you. and she could not stay there all day waiting for them. 'Frederick told me to lock the door. you may watch it as carefully as you please. he left his wife some way behind. and the vinegar.' 'Very well. she bolted the back door.' So the rogues went: and when they found what these yellow buttons were.' Catherine stood musing for a while. but the front door she took off the hinges. so she said. 'and bring with you something to eat. so that everybody may go in and out as they . there came by some pedlars with earthenware plates and dishes. they will never get well. 'Hark ye. you should have told me. 'but take some butter and cheese with you. 'Frederick wants something to eat. 'I did not know there was any harm in it.' answered she. and at last said to her husband.' Now he had a good deal of gold in the house: so he said to Catherine. 'Oh dear me.' thought she: 'when we turn back.' They ate the dry bread together. that we may have something to eat by the way. 'Well.' said she. and they asked her whether she would buy.' said she.' 'What a goose you are to do such silly things!' said the husband. 'what a clever wife I have! I sent you to make the house fast. 'Oh!' answered she. But she said she supposed that they knew the road.' 'No. Then she gave him the dry bread. the pedlars went themselves and dug them up. 'how they have bruised and wounded those poor trees. and they set out: and as Frederick walked the fastest. I hope you locked the door safe when you came away. down the hill. 'I have bought all these with your yellow buttons: but I did not touch them myself. for I have often seen him take some. they took them all away. I suppose the other will go the same way and find you. 'Ah.' Presently she came to the top of a hill.' 'Yellow buttons!' said they: 'let us have a look at them. and you will find the yellow buttons: I dare not go myself. down the side of which there was a road so narrow that the cart wheels always chafed the trees on each side as they passed. 'what a pretty piece of work you have made! those yellow buttons were all my money: how came you to do such a thing?' 'Why. and when she overtook her husband she cried out. nobody knows where. At last she overtook Frederick. and said. I might deal with you. and you take the door away. I should like to buy very much.

tonight when she is asleep I will come and cut her head off. So when Frederick and Catherine came down. When daylight comes.' said the old woman. who was called Roland. . When he came out. it is hailing. 'Frederick. I must let the nuts go. and when bedtime had come. and push her well to the front. which the other fancied so much that she became envious. 'It must be near morning. Catherine thought the door was still very heavy: so she whispered to Frederick. and one beautiful and good. 'it will discover us. All day long she dared not go out of doors. the girl got up and went to her sweetheart. 'and you shall have it.' The maiden fetched the magic wand. and they set off into the wood to look for the thieves.' said she: and down went the door with such a clatter upon the thieves. 'I'll carry the door. then.' answered he. my child. and cut her own child's head off.' said she. and felt with her left to see if anyone were lying at the outside. and she sees what she has done. or we cannot escape if she pursues us. 'What a heavy dew there is!' At last it popped into Catherine's head that it was the door itself that was so heavy all the time: so she whispered. Your stepsister has long deserved death. that they cried out 'Murder!' and not knowing what was coming.' said Roland. but they could not find them: and when it grew dark. SWEETHEART ROLAND There was once upon a time a woman who was a real witch and had two daughters. but I'll not carry the nuts and vinegar bottle also--that would be too much of a load.' 'I can't help that. if you will. they climbed up into a tree to spend the night there. but has struck her own child.' 'Well. she said to him: 'Listen. so if you please. we must fly in all haste. and knocked at his door. we shall be lost. one ugly and wicked. for he was sure it would betray them. When she had gone away. and this one she hated. the witch's daughter got into bed first.' It would have been all over with the poor girl if she had not just then been standing in a corner. and she took the dead girl's head and dropped three drops of blood on the ground.' A little while after. who had the door on her shoulder. 'Bless me. and belonged to that class of people who find things before they are lost. ran away as fast as they could. I'll fasten them to the door. began to be very tired. for the wind shakes the fir-apples down. as you have brought the door. so they sat down and made a fire under the very tree where Frederick and Catherine were. make haste and throw them down. In the night. Then he climbed up again.' 'I can't help that: they must go. one in the kitchen. and tried to hit the thieves on the head with them: but they only said. 'go it must. Frederick slipped down on the other side. but she thought it was the nuts upon it that were so heavy: so she said softly.' 'But. Only be careful that you are at the far side of the bed. 'I must throw the vinegar down.' So she poured all the vinegar down. 'not now. and left all the gold. close by the wall. the old woman came creeping in. than who should come by but the very rogues they were looking for. and this one she loved because she was her own daughter.' 'No. because she was her stepdaughter. 'Frederick.' 'Very well. I must throw the door down soon. the other pushed her gently to the front. Then she hurried away with her lover.' Frederick of course made no objection to that plan.' Catherine. one in front of the bed. and told her mother that she must and would have that apron.' answered he. you shall carry it about with you for your pains. They were in truth great rascals. dearest Roland. however. and picked up some stones. 'Here goes. The stepdaughter once had a pretty apron. Scarcely were they up. 'I counsel you first to take away her magic wand.' answered she. and took for herself the place at the back. 'Be quiet. so as to lie at the far side. they will discover us. they were tired. and the thieves said.' Then away rattled the nuts down among the boughs and one of the thieves cried. she held an axe in her right hand. and one on the stairs.' 'Pray don't. my stepmother wanted to kill me.FAIRY TALES 61 please--however. there they found all their money safe and sound.' But he begged and prayed her not to do so. but when she was asleep. and then she grasped the axe with both hands. and heard everything.

' She put on her many-league boots. Roland said: 'Now I will go to my father and arrange for the wedding. She told him her story. bathed in her blood. and they walked on the whole night until daybreak. she called her daughter. It was not long before the witch came striding up towards them. The faster he played. And now the time drew near when Roland's wedding was to be celebrated. but saw no one on the stairs. The witch fell into a passion. and then the magic will be stopped. but at length. here in the bed. The old woman went out. threw breadcrumbs in. listen very early some morning if anything is moving in the room. She went into the room to the bed. she was sad. As they were now set free.' he replied. however. when he came home. she perceived her stepdaughter hurrying away with her sweetheart Roland. I am sweeping.' 'Then in the meantime I will stay here and wait for you. however.' Then Roland went away. the fire in the hearth was lighted. the table and benches cleaned. the more violent springs was she forced to make. and at noon. and went to endless trouble to entice the duck.' It befell. and wanted to give her the apron. and trample me down. knowing perfectly well who the flower was. I am warming myself. and that up to this time she had attended to his house-keeping. She went into the kitchen.' As she was hastily creeping into the hedge and was just going to pluck the flower. The girl. and no one could have concealed himself in it. who admitted to him that she had been the flower. and the girl stood like a red landmark in the field and waited for her beloved. and as she pleased him he asked her if she would marry him. and if you see anything. but found no one. for it was a magical dance. Nevertheless. Then she cried again: 'Where are you?' 'Ah. you shall still not escape me. on the stairs. whose head she had cut off. and threw a white cloth over it. The wise woman said: 'There is some enchantment behind it. and changed herself into a flower. Then the witch cried: 'Where are you?' 'Here. he fell into the snares of another. she was forced to dance. and then. and herself into a duck swimming in the middle of it. and whether she would or not. all the work was already done. for he never saw a human being in his house. The poor girl remained there a long time. and cried again: 'Where are you?' 'Here in the kitchen. From that time forth. may I pluck that beautiful flower for myself?' 'Oh. but the duck did not let herself be enticed. Then the maiden changed herself into a beautiful flower which stood in the midst of a briar hedge.' cried the second drop of blood. and the thorns tore her clothes from her body. He could not conceive how this came to pass. I will change myself into a red stone landmark. when she saw the old woman striding towards her. that a shepherd kept his sheep in the field and saw the flower. according to an old . her sweetheart Roland into a lake.' answered the first drop of blood. the room was swept.' cried the third drop of blood. He was certainly pleased with this good attendance. 'That shall not help you. he saw the chest open. 'I will play to you while you do it. and the old woman had to go home at night as she had come.FAIRY TALES 62 When the old witch got up next morning.' said the girl. strange things happened in the shepherd's house. At this the girl and her sweetheart Roland resumed their natural shapes again. and next morning just as day dawned. who so fascinated him that he forgot the maiden. and as she could look forth quite far into the world. with her magic wand. and said to the musician: 'Dear musician. although he had deserted her. and the water was fetched. 'even if you have got a long way off. and a good dinner served. but she did not come. and the flower come out. changed. What did she see there? Her own child. he began to play. Instantly the transformation came to an end. but she answered: 'No. and laid it away in his chest. but to continue keeping house for the shepherd. but still at last he was so afraid that he went to a wise woman and asked for her advice. Swiftly he sprang towards it. and it was not long before she overtook them. no matter what it is. The witch placed herself on the shore.' for she wanted to remain faithful to her sweetheart Roland. and pricked her and wounded her till she bled. plucked it. and as it was so pretty. sprang to the window. in which she covered an hour's walk at every step. I am sleeping. she had to dance till she lay dead on the ground. 'and that no one may recognize me. the table was laid. took it with him. and her sweetheart Roland into a fiddler. and a beautiful girl stood before him. But when Roland got home.' The shepherd did as she bade him.' cried she. yes. throw a white cloth over it. When he arose in the morning. and as he did not stop. she promised not to go away. and thought: 'Someone will surely come this way. as he did not return at all.

The frame of the window was made of fine black ebony. When it came to her turn to sing. and she would not go thither. she pricked her finger. and her hair as black as ebony.' So he left her by herself. and three drops of blood fell upon it. that is the true bride. she stepped back. till at last the seventh suited her: and there she laid herself down and went to sleep. as red as that blood.FAIRY TALES 63 custom in the country. and say: 'Tell me. and called to one of her servants. that I may never see her any more. it was announced that all the girls were to be present at it. Then she gazed thoughtfully upon the red drops that sprinkled the white snow. and he said. tell me. and it reached Roland's ears. art fair. In the evening she came to a cottage among the hills. But when she began her song. Then poor Snowdrop wandered along through the wood in great fear. and said. and after that she thought she would lie down and rest. and sing in honour of the bridal pair. queen. thou pretty child. to which she used to go. SNOWDROP It was the middle of winter.' But Snowdrop grew more and more beautiful. and as black as this ebony windowframe!' And so the little girl really did grow up. Who is fairest. and was very beautiful. seven little loaves. and seven little glasses with wine in them. and said. So she tried all the little beds. her skin was as white as snow. and by the wall stood seven little beds. and when she was seven years old she was as bright as the day. and which had vanished from his mind. and went in to rest. and she was called Snowdrop. when she went to look in it as usual: 'Thou. but his heart melted when Snowdrop begged him to spare her life. who became queen. and the king soon married another wife. who?' And the glass had always answered: 'Thou. But this queen died. She had a fairy looking-glass. had suddenly come home again to his heart. with the chance of someone finding and saving her. and there were seven little plates. Then the glass one day answered the queen. until at last she was the only one left.' Then the servant led her away. 'Take Snowdrop away into the wide wood. for her little feet would carry her no further. she grew so sad that she thought her heart would break. and then she would gaze upon herself in it. her cheeks as rosy as the blood. Then the faithful maiden held her wedding with her sweetheart Roland. But Snowdrop is lovelier far than thee!' When she heard this she turned pale with rage and envy. but one was too long. he felt as if a great weight were taken off his heart when he had made up his mind not to kill her but to leave her to her fate. 'Would that my little daughter may be as white as that snow. and though he thought it most likely that the wild beasts would tear her in pieces. and beauteous to see. As she was very hungry. when the broad flakes of snow were falling around. . glass. Everything was spruce and neat in the cottage: on the table was spread a white cloth. and fairer than the queen herself. I will have no other!' Everything he had forgotten. she picked a little piece of each loaf and drank a very little wine out of each glass. but none did her any harm. but the other girls came and took her. When the faithful maiden heard of this. and then she could not refuse. and the wild beasts roared about her. and seven knives and forks laid in order. but so vain that she could not bear to think that anyone could be handsomer than she was. that the queen of a country many thousand miles off sat working at her window. tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land. and another was too short. art the fairest in all the land. and grief came to an end and joy began. 'I will not hurt you. and as she sat looking out upon the snow. he sprang up and cried: 'I know the voice. queen.

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By and by in came the masters of the cottage. Now they were seven little dwarfs, that lived among the mountains, and dug and searched for gold. They lighted up their seven lamps, and saw at once that all was not right. The first said, 'Who has been sitting on my stool?' The second, 'Who has been eating off my plate?' The third, 'Who has been picking my bread?' The fourth, 'Who has been meddling with my spoon?' The fifth, 'Who has been handling my fork?' The sixth, 'Who has been cutting with my knife?' The seventh, 'Who has been drinking my wine?' Then the first looked round and said, 'Who has been lying on my bed?' And the rest came running to him, and everyone cried out that somebody had been upon his bed. But the seventh saw Snowdrop, and called all his brethren to come and see her; and they cried out with wonder and astonishment and brought their lamps to look at her, and said, 'Good heavens! what a lovely child she is!' And they were very glad to see her, and took care not to wake her; and the seventh dwarf slept an hour with each of the other dwarfs in turn, till the night was gone. In the morning Snowdrop told them all her story; and they pitied her, and said if she would keep all things in order, and cook and wash and knit and spin for them, she might stay where she was, and they would take good care of her. Then they went out all day long to their work, seeking for gold and silver in the mountains: but Snowdrop was left at home; and they warned her, and said, 'The queen will soon find out where you are, so take care and let no one in.' But the queen, now that she thought Snowdrop was dead, believed that she must be the handsomest lady in the land; and she went to her glass and said: 'Tell me, glass, tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land, Who is fairest, tell me, who?' And the glass answered: 'Thou, queen, art the fairest in all this land: But over the hills, in the greenwood shade, Where the seven dwarfs their dwelling have made, There Snowdrop is hiding her head; and she Is lovelier far, O queen! than thee.' Then the queen was very much frightened; for she knew that the glass always spoke the truth, and was sure that the servant had betrayed her. And she could not bear to think that anyone lived who was more beautiful than she was; so she dressed herself up as an old pedlar, and went her way over the hills, to the place where the dwarfs dwelt. Then she knocked at the door, and cried, 'Fine wares to sell!' Snowdrop looked out at the window, and said, 'Good day, good woman! what have you to sell?' 'Good wares, fine wares,' said she; 'laces and bobbins of all colours.' 'I will let the old lady in; she seems to be a very good sort of body,' thought Snowdrop, as she ran down and unbolted the door. 'Bless me!' said the old woman, 'how badly your stays are laced! Let me lace them up with one of my nice new laces.' Snowdrop did not dream of any mischief; so she stood before the old woman; but she set to work so nimbly, and pulled the lace so tight, that Snowdrop's breath was stopped, and she fell down as if she were dead. 'There's an end to all thy beauty,' said the spiteful queen, and went away home. In the evening the seven dwarfs came home; and I need not say how grieved they were to see their faithful Snowdrop stretched out upon the ground, as if she was quite dead. However, they lifted her up, and when they found what ailed her, they cut the lace; and in a little time she began to breathe, and very soon came to life again. Then they said, 'The old woman was the queen herself; take care another time, and let no one in when we are away.' When the queen got home, she went straight to her glass, and spoke to it as before; but to her great grief it still said: 'Thou, queen, art the fairest in all this land: But over the hills, in the greenwood shade, Where the seven dwarfs their dwelling have made, There Snowdrop is hiding her head; and she Is lovelier far, O queen! than

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Then the blood ran cold in her heart with spite and malice, to see that Snowdrop still lived; and she dressed herself up again, but in quite another dress from the one she wore before, and took with her a poisoned comb. When she reached the dwarfs' cottage, she knocked at the door, and cried, 'Fine wares to sell!' But Snowdrop said, 'I dare not let anyone in.' Then the queen said, 'Only look at my beautiful combs!' and gave her the poisoned one. And it looked so pretty, that she took it up and put it into her hair to try it; but the moment it touched her head, the poison was so powerful that she fell down senseless. 'There you may lie,' said the queen, and went her way. But by good luck the dwarfs came in very early that evening; and when they saw Snowdrop lying on the ground, they thought what had happened, and soon found the poisoned comb. And when they took it away she got well, and told them all that had passed; and they warned her once more not to open the door to anyone. Meantime the queen went home to her glass, and shook with rage when she read the very same answer as before; and she said, 'Snowdrop shall die, if it cost me my life.' So she went by herself into her chamber, and got ready a poisoned apple: the outside looked very rosy and tempting, but whoever tasted it was sure to die. Then she dressed herself up as a peasant's wife, and travelled over the hills to the dwarfs' cottage, and knocked at the door; but Snowdrop put her head out of the window and said, 'I dare not let anyone in, for the dwarfs have told me not.' 'Do as you please,' said the old woman, 'but at any rate take this pretty apple; I will give it you.' 'No,' said Snowdrop, 'I dare not take it.' 'You silly girl!' answered the other, 'what are you afraid of? Do you think it is poisoned? Come! do you eat one part, and I will eat the other.' Now the apple was so made up that one side was good, though the other side was poisoned. Then Snowdrop was much tempted to taste, for the apple looked so very nice; and when she saw the old woman eat, she could wait no longer. But she had scarcely put the piece into her mouth, when she fell down dead upon the ground. 'This time nothing will save thee,' said the queen; and she went home to her glass, and at last it said: 'Thou, queen, art the fairest of all the fair.' And then her wicked heart was glad, and as happy as such a heart could be. When evening came, and the dwarfs had gone home, they found Snowdrop lying on the ground: no breath came from her lips, and they were afraid that she was quite dead. They lifted her up, and combed her hair, and washed her face with wine and water; but all was in vain, for the little girl seemed quite dead. So they laid her down upon a bier, and all seven watched and bewailed her three whole days; and then they thought they would bury her: but her cheeks were still rosy; and her face looked just as it did while she was alive; so they said, 'We will never bury her in the cold ground.' And they made a coffin of glass, so that they might still look at her, and wrote upon it in golden letters what her name was, and that she was a king's daughter. And the coffin was set among the hills, and one of the dwarfs always sat by it and watched. And the birds of the air came too, and bemoaned Snowdrop; and first of all came an owl, and then a raven, and at last a dove, and sat by her side. And thus Snowdrop lay for a long, long time, and still only looked as though she was asleep; for she was even now as white as snow, and as red as blood, and as black as ebony. At last a prince came and called at the dwarfs' house; and he saw Snowdrop, and read what was written in golden letters. Then he offered the dwarfs money, and prayed and besought them to let him take her away; but they said, 'We will not part with her for all the gold in the world.' At last, however, they had pity on him, and gave him the coffin; but the moment he lifted it up to carry it home with him, the piece of apple fell from between her lips, and Snowdrop awoke, and said, 'Where am I?' And the prince said, 'Thou art quite safe with me.' Then he told her all that had happened, and said, 'I love you far better than all the world; so come with me to my father's palace, and you shall be my wife.' And Snowdrop consented, and went home with the prince; and everything was got ready with great pomp and splendour for their wedding.

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To the feast was asked, among the rest, Snowdrop's old enemy the queen; and as she was dressing herself in fine rich clothes, she looked in the glass and said: 'Tell me, glass, tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land, Who is fairest, tell me, who?' And the glass answered: 'Thou, lady, art loveliest here, I ween; But lovelier far is the new-made queen.' When she heard this she started with rage; but her envy and curiosity were so great, that she could not help setting out to see the bride. And when she got there, and saw that it was no other than Snowdrop, who, as she thought, had been dead a long while, she choked with rage, and fell down and died: but Snowdrop and the prince lived and reigned happily over that land many, many years; and sometimes they went up into the mountains, and paid a visit to the little dwarfs, who had been so kind to Snowdrop in her time of need. THE PINK There was once upon a time a queen to whom God had given no children. Every morning she went into the garden and prayed to God in heaven to bestow on her a son or a daughter. Then an angel from heaven came to her and said: 'Be at rest, you shall have a son with the power of wishing, so that whatsoever in the world he wishes for, that shall he have.' Then she went to the king, and told him the joyful tidings, and when the time was come she gave birth to a son, and the king was filled with gladness. Every morning she went with the child to the garden where the wild beasts were kept, and washed herself there in a clear stream. It happened once when the child was a little older, that it was lying in her arms and she fell asleep. Then came the old cook, who knew that the child had the power of wishing, and stole it away, and he took a hen, and cut it in pieces, and dropped some of its blood on the queen's apron and on her dress. Then he carried the child away to a secret place, where a nurse was obliged to suckle it, and he ran to the king and accused the queen of having allowed her child to be taken from her by the wild beasts. When the king saw the blood on her apron, he believed this, fell into such a passion that he ordered a high tower to be built, in which neither sun nor moon could be seen and had his wife put into it, and walled up. Here she was to stay for seven years without meat or drink, and die of hunger. But God sent two angels from heaven in the shape of white doves, which flew to her twice a day, and carried her food until the seven years were over. The cook, however, thought to himself: 'If the child has the power of wishing, and I am here, he might very easily get me into trouble.' So he left the palace and went to the boy, who was already big enough to speak, and said to him: 'Wish for a beautiful palace for yourself with a garden, and all else that pertains to it.' Scarcely were the words out of the boy's mouth, when everything was there that he had wished for. After a while the cook said to him: 'It is not well for you to be so alone, wish for a pretty girl as a companion.' Then the king's son wished for one, and she immediately stood before him, and was more beautiful than any painter could have painted her. The two played together, and loved each other with all their hearts, and the old cook went out hunting like a nobleman. The thought occurred to him, however, that the king's son might some day wish to be with his father, and thus bring him into great peril. So he went out and took the maiden aside, and said: 'Tonight when the boy is asleep, go to his bed and plunge this knife into his heart, and bring me his heart and tongue, and if you do not do it, you shall lose your life.' Thereupon he went away, and when he returned next day she had not done it, and said: 'Why should I shed the blood of an innocent boy who has never harmed anyone?' The cook once more said: 'If you do not do it, it shall cost you your own life.' When he had gone away, she had a little hind brought to her, and ordered her to be killed, and took her heart and tongue, and laid them on a plate, and when she saw the old man coming, she said to the boy: 'Lie down in your bed, and draw the clothes over you.' Then the wicked wretch came in and said: 'Where are the boy's heart and tongue?' The girl reached the plate to him, but the king's son threw off the quilt, and said: 'You old sinner, why did you want to kill me? Now will I pronounce thy sentence. You shall become a black poodle and have a gold collar

and the huntsmen shot them. followed her body and seated themselves on her grave. and wished that one of the king's principal servants would begin to speak of her. I am a poor huntsman. And he went with them and made them form a great circle. and took her with him. and I was not carried away by wild beasts.' The son said: 'Most gracious father.' Then the huntsman arose and said: 'Gracious lord father she is alive still. and shall eat burning coals. and wished him back into the form of the cook. and as it was so high.' She lived three days more. and went to his father. and she stood there looking so beautiful that no painter could have made her look more so. will you see the maiden who brought me up so tenderly and who was afterwards to murder me. Lady Queen. the two white doves which had brought her food to the tower. Then the huntsman promised to procure as much game for him as he could possibly use at the royal table. Then the huntsman spoke further and said: 'Father. you shall sit by me. Now the king felt great joy at this.' she replied. if he was skilful and could get game for him. He went to the tower in which his mother was confined. until the flames broke forth from his throat. Whilst he was sitting there. but I am alive still. and the cooks were ordered to bring up some live coals. and these he ate. till the flames burst forth from your throat. When the king saw him he fell into a passion. So he summoned all the huntsmen together.' for she thought the angels were there.FAIRY TALES 67 round your neck. and if she were alive still.' 'Ah. and sprinkled her apron with the blood of a chicken.' And when he had spoken these words.' until he did it. and ordered him to be cast into the deepest dungeon. Said he: 'I am your dear son. Hardly had he formed the wish than the marshal began. I will show her to you in the form of a beautiful flower. after having had none at all for years.' and he thrust his hand into his pocket and brought forth the pink. The king said yes. and placed it on the royal table. and am still satisfied. and will soon set you free. in the which he stood immediately. open at one end where he stationed himself. are you still alive. Then they were all placed on sixty country carts. he should come to him. but how is the queen living in the tower? Is she still alive. 'the way is so long. if you will go with me. and were angels of heaven. we live joyously here. he wished that she might be changed into a beautiful pink. Two hundred deer and more came running inside the circle at once. But when she was led in she ate nothing. and said: 'The gracious and merciful God who has supported me in the tower. and driven home to the king. At length he said to the maiden: 'I will go home to my own country. and as they could not be parted from each other. The aged king ordered the cook to be torn in four . and then died happily. and would ask how it was faring with the queen in the tower.' and wished that she might become a maiden. The king's son remained there a short while longer.' But the king insisted on it. I will not have her named. whom the wild beasts were said to have torn from your arms. and bade them go out into the forest with him. and began to wish. with his white apron.' He replied: 'Lord King. he wished for a ladder which would reach up to the very top. and wondered if she were still alive. and had a gold collar round his neck. and cried: 'Beloved mother. and commanded that his entire household should eat with him next day. and said: 'Your majesty. though her own life depended on it?' The king replied: 'Yes. and what shall I do in a strange land where I am unknown?' As she did not seem quite willing. or are you dead?' She answered: 'I have just eaten. will soon set me free. Then he mounted up and looked inside. until flames burst forth from its throat. but that deer had never taken up their quarters in any part of the district or country. he said to the huntsman: 'As you are so clever. but did not do it. and for once he was able to deck his table with game. and it was so beautiful that the king had never seen one to equal it. but by that wretch the old cook. and said: 'That is the wretch!' and caused live coals to be brought. the old man was changed into a poodle dog. and these the dog was compelled to devour before the sight of all. And the king sent two waiting-maids and two attendants into the tower. or had perished. and said: 'You shall sit by me. and the poodle had to run after him. When they were all assembled together. to fetch the queen and bring her to the royal table. Then the son said: 'Now will I show her to you in her own form. or has she died?' But the king replied: 'She let my dear son be torn to pieces by wild beasts. I will provide for you. and made a great feast. Then he went away to his own country.' Thereupon he took the dog with the golden collar. I would like to see her. and I am her son. and asked if he could offer him service. and caused himself to be announced as a strange huntsman. your majesty must excuse me. On this the huntsman asked the king if he would like to see the dog in his true shape. he thought of his dearest mother. who tore me from her arms when she was asleep.' Then he descended again. and he thought of his mother. and when she was buried. and his knife by his side.

'Oh. the mother said: 'Elsie.' When he got down. and kill him. but as his wife did not come back and his thirst grew ever greater. Those upstairs waited for the drink. 'she has plenty of good sense'. and those upstairs were thirsty for the beer. and whether they are still alive or not. then the pick-axe will fall on his head and kill him. and the mother said: 'Oh.' said the mother. what a clever Elsie!' and sat down. if he should happen to be sitting beneath it. dear Hans. so have we not reason to weep?' 'Come. saw a pick-axe exactly above her. drawing beer just at the very time when it fell down.' Then said the boy: 'What a clever Elsie we have!' and sat down by her. 'What misfortune has happened then?' asked he. and after much peering here and there. but as he still did not return. and we have a child. and turned the tap. I will have you. which the masons had accidentally left there. then as no one would come back he thought: 'They must be waiting for me below: I too must go there and see what they are about.' The boy went down. Then he asked: 'Why are you weeping?' 'Ah. 'have I not reason to weep? If I get Hans. 'Ah.' said the father. as you are such a clever Elsie. took her upstairs with him. and we perhaps send him here to draw something to drink.' 'Yes. and set it before the barrel so that she had no need to stoop. so that the time might not appear long. and he is big. who was called Hans. she can see the wind coming up the street. when it grew big and had to draw beer. 'if we marry each other and have a child. and likewise wept with them. the man said to the woman: 'Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie is!' The woman went down. and that he might be killed by the pick-axe. His son married the beautiful maiden whom he had brought with him as a flower in his pocket. . and the Elsie might perhaps bring one into the world some day. and the pick-axe fell down. and inquired what was the cause.' said Hans. And when she had grown up her father said: 'We will get her married. but grief consumed the king's own heart. and we have a child. and likewise began to howl loudly.doing the other. Upstairs they waited for the boy. and he grows big. The man upstairs waited a short time.' Then Clever Elsie took the pitcher from the wall. he cried: 'Oh. 'more understanding than that is not needed for my household.' The maid went and found her sitting in front of the barrel.' Then said the maid: 'What a clever Elsie we have!' and sat down beside her and began loudly to weep over the misfortune. Then said the mother likewise: 'What a clever Elsie we have!' and sat down and wept with them. 'if only someone would come who would have her. the pick-axe will perhaps fall on his head. The bridegroom stayed upstairs alone for along time. and married her. the man said to the boy: 'Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie and the girl are.' But when he got into the cellar. and we send him into the cellar here to draw beer. 'have I not reason to weep? If I get Hans. the five of them were sitting screaming and lamenting quite piteously. over the misfortune which lay before her. I won't have her. 'Ah. each out. 'Elsie why do you weep?' asked the maid.FAIRY TALES 68 pieces. then Elsie told her also that her future child was to be killed by the pick-axe. but Clever Elsie still did not come. Then Clever Elsie began to weep and said: 'If I get Hans. When she was below she fetched herself a chair. the pick-axe will fall on his head and kill him. as the maid did not come back. After a while. and he grows big. and did not hurt her back or do herself any unexpected injury.' said Hans. and hear the flies coughing. and he grows big. and has to draw beer here. and tapped the lid briskly as she went.' said Elsie.' Then she sat and wept and screamed with all the strength of her body. Then the woman said to the servant: 'Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie is. and there sat Clever Elsie and the girl both weeping together.' At length a man came from a distance and wooed her.' and seized her hand. went into the cellar. and found all three in the midst of their lamentations.' When they were sitting at dinner and had eaten. go into the cellar and fetch some beer. and has to draw beer here. but looked up at the wall. Then she placed the can before her. and they were all sitting together crying. screaming loudly.' 'Well. then the pick-axe which has been left up there might dash his brains out if it were to fall down.' said Elsie. and we have a child. and while the beer was running she would not let her eyes be idle. is known to God. and he heard the reason. CLEVER ELSIE There was once a man who had a daughter who was called Clever Elsie.' she answered. and he soon died. 'if she is not really smart. he said: 'I must go into the cellar myself and see where Elsie is. but he stipulated that Clever Elsie should be really smart. and that Elsie's child was the cause.

and said. and sat down in his chair and worked. a little dwarf met him. and said. and said to himself. so he gave him the bow and fiddle.' 'How much may it come to?' said the little man. so he took out threepence. and gave him all he had. a fiddle that will set everyone dancing that hears me play upon it. 'she is within. so that the blood ran down. Our honest friend journeyed on his way too. he was now ten times more so. 'As you have such a kind honest heart. Then Hans hastened home and brought a fowler's net with little bells and hung it round about her. roaming over hill and valley.' replied the countryman. and make myself merry. 'I like many things better than money: first. Then she was alarmed. I will do that. so choose whatever you like. What have I done to deserve this?' 'Thou hast shaved many a poor soul close enough.' answered Hans. dear Hans.' 'Yes. At last it came into the man's head that he would not go on thus without pay any longer. she cooked herself some good broth and took it into the field with her. The poor fellow thought it was a great deal of money to have. He had not gone far before he met an old miser: close by them stood a tree. what should I care for? I have saved up my three years' earnings and have it all safe in my pocket. and he himself was all scratched and wounded. Hans went out to see what she had cut. shut the house-door. but directly he had got into the middle.' said the countryman. 'I wish you would give them to me. and the bells rang at each step which she took. but nothing was cut. I am going out to work and earn some money for us. shall I cut first. At length. and stood for a time in doubt. then said he: 'What a clever Elsie I have. is Elsie within?' 'Yes. and down fell the thrush into the bushes at the foot of the tree. 'Oh. but it was shut. and the little dwarf said in return. 'I have worked hard for you a long time.FAIRY TALES 69 After Hans had had her some time. I should like that everyone should grant what I ask. 'Why.' The dwarf said he should have his three wishes.' Then she lay down among the corn and fell asleep. and if he was merry before. The thorns soon began to tear his clothes till they all hung in rags about him. what should make me down-hearted?' said he. and gave him for every year's service a penny. and the miser began to dance and spring about.' Then he took up his bow.' After Hans had gone away. When she came to the field she said to herself: 'What shall I do. heavens! Then it is not I. for heaven's sake!' cried the miser. As he jogged along over the fields. singing and dancing.' Hereupon she was terrified. his companion took up his fiddle and played away. they will be sure to know. 'Master! master! pray let the fiddle alone.' She ran to the door of her own house. or shall I sleep first? I will sleep first. and went his way. I will have a bow that will bring down everything I shoot at. Hans had been at home for a long time. 'I would give a great deal of money to have such a one. she is so industrious that she does not even come home to eat. I will trust to you to give me what I deserve to have for my trouble. Then she ran out of the village.' Then the countryman rejoiced at his good luck. and no one has seen her since. he said: 'Wife. or is it not I?' But she knew not what answer to make to this. but when the people heard the jingling of the bells they would not open it.' Then the man pitied him. and said: 'Ah. The miser crept into the bush to find it. and knew that his man was very simple-hearted. go into the field and cut the corn that we may have some bread. and said: 'Is it I. and live here on bad fare any longer? I can now travel into the wide world.' The farmer was a sad miser. she once more said: 'What shall I do? Shall I cut first. but Elsie did not come. Then he ran home. 'Why should I work hard. 'I am very poor. 'I will soon bring it down. so he went to his master. and set out.' said the other. I will grant you three wishes--one for every penny. and asked him what made him so merry. then she knocked at the window and cried: 'Hans. secondly.' With that he put his money into his purse. I will eat first.' But when evening came and she still stayed away. Clever Elsie awoke and when she got up there was a jingling all round about her. and she could get in nowhere.' and went to another door. capering higher and higher in the air. at length she thought: 'I will go home and ask if it be I. without having been paid any wages. who had worked hard for him three years. and on the topmost twig sat a thrush singing away most joyfully. what a pretty bird!' said the miser. and she still went on sleeping. and she was lying among the corn asleep. 'Oh. and became uncertain whether she really was Clever Elsie or not. or if it be not I. and thirdly.' said the other. 'I am sound in health and rich in purse. or shall I eat first? Oh. 'Full threepence. when it was quite dark. THE MISER IN THE BUSH A farmer had a faithful and diligent servant. 'thou art only meeting thy reward': so he .' 'If that's all.' Then she drank her cup of broth and when she was fully satisfied.

that she brought home with her. and cut the matter short by ordering him off to the gallows. and he was soon caught and brought up to be tried. Then the miser began to beg and promise. and struck up a tune. till the judge not only gave him his life. and offered money for his liberty. 'I acknowledge that I stole it. and I will look down from heaven and watch over you. no! no! for heaven's sake don't listen to him! don't listen to him!' But the judge said. There she was forced to do hard work. and laughed at her. and said he had been robbed of his money.' replied the other. but the judge told him that was not likely. and left the miser to take his place at the gallows.' said the miser in the presence of all the people. and he danced him along brisker and brisker. Then he called to the miser. they began to cry out. but when it had gone on a while. grant me one last request. and gave her an old grey frock to put on. and beg him to leave off. they were fair in face but foul at heart. This new wife had two daughters of her own. clerks. to rise early before daylight. on account of the dwarf's third gift. and travelled on very pleased with his bargain. Meanwhile the miser crept out of the bush half-naked and in a piteous plight. he said. 'It is only this once. and began to ponder how he should take his revenge. and all the people who had followed to look on. he could not refuse the request. 'No. and turned her into the kitchen. and by the time he had played the first bar of the tune. but was made to lie by the hearth among the ashes. and danced also. At first the thing was merry and pleasant enough. and had just gained by cheating some poor fellow. And the snow fell and spread a beautiful white covering over the grave. she called her only daughter to her bed-side. put up his fiddle. all were dancing together--judge. 'I will agree to your proposal. but promised to return him the hundred florins. and no one could hold the miser. he will soon have done. to cook and to wash.' Soon afterwards she shut her eyes and died. her father had married another wife.' The fact was. you gave it me for playing a tune to you. and that the fellow who did it carried a bow at his back and a fiddle hung round his neck. and that you earned it fairly. she had no bed to lie down on. all began capering.' said he. and serve his late companion some trick. and complained that a rascal had robbed him of his money.' 'Anything but thy life. or I shall play on for your amusement only.' So he took the purse. The miser began to tell his tale. and the miser bid higher and higher. to bring the water. and at the first note judge. and beaten him into the bargain. When the countryman saw so much money. and said. and jailer were in motion.FAIRY TALES 70 played up another tune. and miser. 'Always be a good girl. At the second note the hangman let his prisoner go. ASHPUTTEL The wife of a rich man fell sick. 'Bind me fast. but by the time the spring came. Besides that.' Then the countryman stopped his fiddle. court. 'What does the good-for-nothing want in the parlour?' said they. 'Oh. till at last he offered a round hundred of florins that he had in his purse. the sisters plagued her in all sorts of ways. Then the miser said. for pity's sake.' 'I stole it.' But the countryman seized his fiddle. bind me fast. to make the fire. but he stopped not a whit the more for their entreaties.' said the countryman. and said. and the little girl went every day to her grave and wept. and when she felt that her end drew nigh. 'My Lord Judge. So away he was taken. 'they who would eat bread should first earn it. 'Tell us now. 'No. and there seemed to be no end of playing or dancing. and was always good and kind to all about her. and the sun had melted it away again. and it was now a sorry time for the poor little girl. where you got that gold. At last he went to the judge. but he did not come up to the musician's price for some time. and laughed at her. you vagabond. In the evening when she was tired. but as he stood on the steps he said.' The miser cried out. and was buried in the garden. only to let me play upon my fiddle for the last time. away with the kitchen-maid!' Then they took away her fine clothes. and as . 'I do not ask my life. Then the judge sent out his officers to bring up the accused wherever they should find him.

Ashputtel's two sisters were asked to come. made her always dusty and dirty. brush our shoes. Now it happened that the king of that land held a feast. and talked with her. 'No.' And thus she thought she should at least get rid of her. for she thought to herself. and there it grew and became a fine tree.' cried the second. pick. And then Ashputtel took the dishes to her mother. next came two turtle-doves. pick!' Then first came two white doves in at the kitchen window. thrush. of course.FAIRY TALES this. Then Ashputtel brought the dish to her mother. you have no clothes. 'If you can in one hour's time pick two of those dishes of peas out of the ashes. 'I will throw this dishful of peas into the ash-heap. flying in at the kitchen window. so they called her up. 'Now. you shall go too. Three times every day she went to it and cried. pick. hither. Before half an hour's time all was done. pick. and left all the ashes. hither. and cannot dance. she said at last. quick! Haste ye. she should so have liked to have gone with them to the ball. 'what will you have?' 'The first twig. you have no clothes. and after them came all the little birds under heaven. for we are going to dance at the king's feast. 'Pearls and diamonds. Hither. through the sky. Then he bought for the first two the fine clothes and pearls and diamonds they had asked for: and on his way home. pick!' Then first came two white doves. no! you slut.' And when Ashputtel begged very hard to go. and cried so much that it was watered with her tears. and chaffinch gay. you cannot go. pick. you shall not go.' said the first. and soon a little bird came and built its nest upon the tree. and who cannot even dance--you want to go to the ball? And when she kept on begging. Hither. Then she took it. a hazel twig brushed against him. haste ye!--pick. But her mother said. but when all was done she could not help crying. pick. child. and put it into a dish but left the ashes. they called her Ashputtel. and out of those who came to it his son was to choose a bride for himself. and cried out as before: 'Hither. 'you who have nothing to wear. and watched over her. hither. and cannot dance.' said he to his own daughter. But the mother said.' Then she did as she was told. Long before the end of the hour the work was quite done. and brought her whatever she wished for.' said she. and almost pushed off his hat: so he broke it off and brought it away. hither. pick. And the little doves stooped their heads down and set to work. which was to last three days. But the little maiden went out into the garden at the back of the house. and asked his wife's daughters what he should bring them. pick. 'Fine clothes. pick. next came two turtle-doves. comb our hair. 'It is all of no use. dear father. pick: and among them all they soon picked out all the good grain. as he rode through a green copse. and chaffinch gay. and all flew out again at the windows. chirping and fluttering in: and they flew down into the ashes. 'You. So she shook two dishes of peas into the ashes. you shall go to the feast too. and then the others began to pick. and they put all the good grain into the dishes. she said. and the little doves put their heads down and set to work. and went to her mother's grave and planted it there. chirping and hopping about. . pick. quick! Haste ye. and then the others began pick. no clothes at all. and if in two hours' time you have picked them all out. rejoicing to think that she should now go to the ball. and out they flew again. 71 It happened once that the father was going to the fair. fly! Blackbird. and after them came all the little birds under heaven. fly! Blackbird. and at last she begged her mother very hard to let her go. haste away! One and all come help me. but the little maiden ran out at the back door into the garden. overjoyed at the thought that now she should go to the ball. Ashputtel!' said she. and said. And they flew down into the ashes. through the sky. and tie our sashes for us. and when he got home he gave it to his daughter. pick. pick. and cried out: 'Hither. that brushes against your hat when you turn your face to come homewards. Turtle-doves and linnets. haste ye!--pick. haste away! One and all come help me. 'Now. thrush. to get rid of her.' Then she threw the peas down among the ashes. Turtle-doves and linnets.

and as they came back into the house. For she had run as quickly as she could through the pigeon-house and on to the hazel-tree. hazel-tree.FAIRY TALES and you would only put us to shame': and off she went with her two daughters to the ball. taking it for granted that she was safe at home in the dirt. and said: 'Shake. who had been at the feast. and brought a gold and silver dress for her. who was waiting for her. she jumped up into the pigeon-house and shut the door. Then the king's son lost sight of her. The king's son soon came up to her. 'Can it be Ashputtel?' So he had an axe brought. and then she wanted to go home: and the king's son said. jumped up into it without being seen. had hid herself in the pigeon-house. but waited till her father came home. and Ashputtel. when her father and mother and sisters were gone. And when she came in it to the ball. and ran off towards home. shake. and put them beneath the tree. and no one else: and he never left her hand. but when anyone else came to ask her to dance. 'I shall go and take care of you to your home'. there lay Ashputtel among the ashes. and followed her sisters to the feast. In this garden stood a fine large pear-tree full of ripe fruit. that the bird might carry them away. not knowing where to hide herself. Ashputtel went to the hazel-tree. Gold and silver over me!' And the bird came and brought a still finer dress than the one she had worn the day before. shake. and said to him. But she slipped away from him. as she always did. And when they came back into the kitchen. Ashputtel was lying. and when anyone asked her to dance. took her by the hand.' When night came she wanted to go home. and her father. and her dim little lamp was burning in the chimney. and had there taken off her beautiful clothes. and the king's son followed here as before. in her dirty frock by the ashes. everyone wondered at her beauty: but the king's son. and slippers which were all of . but found no one upon it.' Thus they danced till a late hour of the night. unawares. she went again into the garden. and danced with her. 'This lady is dancing with me. and nobody left at home. he said. for he wanted to see where the beautiful maiden lived.' The father thought to himself. he said as before. and took her by the hand and danced with her. Now when all were gone. and slippers of spangled silk. that he might see into what house she went: but she sprang away from him all at once into the garden behind her father's house. and as the prince followed her. for she had slipped down on the other side of the tree. and I think she must have sprung into the pear-tree. The next day when the feast was again held. Gold and silver over me!' Then her kind friend the bird brought a dress still finer than the former one. and then put on her little grey frock. But when they had broken open the door they found no one within. and they never once thought of Ashputtel. and they cut down the tree. and told him that the unknown maiden. and cried out: 'Shake. The third day. hazel-tree. 'This lady is dancing with me. But they did not know her. and sisters were gone. and thought it must be some strange princess. and carried her beautiful clothes back to the bird at the hazel-tree. 'The unknown lady who danced with me has slipped away. and she put them on. and could not find out where she was gone. Gold and silver over me!' 72 Then her friend the bird flew out of the tree. Ashputtel went sorrowfully and sat down under the hazel-tree. and had lain down again amid the ashes in her little grey frock. Then he waited till her father came home. shake. mother. hazel-tree. and said: 'Shake. she looked so fine and beautiful in her rich clothes.

and he reached her the golden slipper. sir. 'This is not the true bride. and took her to the king's son: and he set her as his bride by his side on his horse. And when they came to the hazel-tree. But on their way home they had to pass by the hazel-tree that Ashputtel had planted. Then the mother gave her a knife. cut it off. and set her beside him on his horse. and the king's son would go with her. But her great toe could not go into it. 'have you no other daughters?' 'No. when you are queen you will not care about toes. and said. what a trick she had played him. But her mother squeezed it in till the blood came. and then went in and curtsied to him. For she's not the true one that sits by thy side. and put on the golden slipper.' So the silly girl cut off her great toe. and it fitted her as if it had been made for her. I am sure she cannot be the bride. and she first washed her face and hands. and the shoe was altogether much too small for her. and not made for you! Prince! prince! look again for thy bride. For she's not the true one that sits by thy side. But the mother said. he said. and wanted to try it on. 'This lady is /my/ partner. you will not want to walk. and not made for you! Prince! prince! look again for thy bride. and when anyone else asked her to dance.' However.' Then the prince got down and looked at her foot. The prince took the shoe. and perched upon her right shoulder.' said he to the father. 'No. and saw that the blood streamed so much from the shoe. but. no. and said to himself. that her white stockings were quite red.' Then both the sisters were overjoyed to hear it.FAIRY TALES 73 gold: so that when she came to the feast no one knew what to say. she is much too dirty. 'This is the right bride. though in such a hurry that she dropped her left golden slipper upon the stairs. for wonder at her beauty: and the king's son danced with nobody but her. and went to the king's son. Then he took her for his bride. and so went home with her. for they had beautiful feet. all but the heel. the white dove sang: 'Home! home! look at the shoe! Princess! the shoe was made for you! Prince! prince! take home thy bride. 'I will not lose her this time'. she will not dare to show herself. and had no doubt that they could wear the golden slipper. and on the branch sat a little dove singing: 'Back again! back again! look to the shoe! The shoe is too small. let the other sister try and put on the slipper. and said. 'Never mind. however. and brought the false bride back to her home. and turned pale with anger as he took Ashputtel on his horse. So he turned his horse and brought her also back again. For she is the true one that sits by thy side!' And when the dove had done its song. and rode away with her. and rode away with her homewards.' But the mother and both the sisters were frightened. and he saw.' Then she went into the room and got her foot into the shoe. The eldest went first into the room where the slipper was. and said. and sang: 'Back again! back again! look to the shoe! The shoe is too small. she again slipped away from him. the prince would have her come. and went the next day to the king his father. THE WHITE SNAKE . and the mother stood by. 'This is not the right bride. So he turned his horse round. and said. the child of my first wife. by the blood that streamed from it.' said he. which was too large. 'there is only a little dirty Ashputtel here. it came flying. and thus squeezed on the shoe.' The prince told him to send her. 'I will take for my wife the lady that this golden slipper fits. and rode away with her. Then she took her clumsy shoe off her left foot.' Then he looked down. And when he drew near and looked at her face he knew her. But when they came to the hazel-tree the little dove sat there still.' When night came she wanted to go home.

with their clumsy beasts. neither did anyone know. When his request was granted he set out on his way. and throwing out their young ones. to make amends for the wrong. has been treading down my people without mercy!' So he turned on to a side path and the ant-king cried out to him: 'We will remember you--one good turn deserves another!' The path led him into a wood. they were having a confidential conversation together. and there he saw two old ravens standing by their nest. but lie here and starve?' So the good young fellow alighted and killed his horse with his sword. the queen's ring was found inside her. But when he saw it he could not deny himself the pleasure of tasting it. so he cut of a little bit and put it into his mouth. and what good food they had found. and even the servant did not know what was in it. Now it so happened that on this very day the queen lost her most beautiful ring. when the table was cleared. The servant refused everything. he got off his horse and put the three prisoners back into the water. satisfied their hunger. and as she was being dressed for the spit. carried her to the kitchen. 'we cannot find food for you any longer.' The servant at once seized her by the neck. as he had a mind to see the world and go about a little.' 'Yes. They were telling one another of all the places where they had been waddling about all the morning. you idle. and after a while it seemed to him that he heard a voice in the sand at his feet. and can provide for yourselves. It was covered. good-for-nothing creatures!' cried they. The servant stood by and listened.' But the poor young ravens lay upon the ground. They leapt with delight. and saw a white snake lying on the dish. kill her. and one day came to a pond. as I was eating in haste I swallowed a ring which lay under the queen's window. He listened. and the king. and one said in a pitiful tone: 'Something lies heavy on my stomach. flapping their wings. 'Out with you. and threatened with angry words that unless he could before the morrow point out the thief. and. every day after dinner. and only asked for a horse and some money for travelling. This had gone on for a long time. and no one else was present. he lifted up the cover. But he had a strange custom. what helpless chicks we are! We must shift for ourselves.' said the cook. The servant could now easily prove his innocence. put out their heads. and has been waiting to be roasted long enough. Now.' So he cut off her head. and. whilst they were making their feathers smooth with their bills. was overcome with such curiosity that he could not help carrying the dish into his room. who was allowed to go everywhere. you are big enough. though it is said that fishes are dumb. and promised him the best place in the court that he could wish for. He went and listened. No sooner had it touched his tongue than he heard a strange whispering of little voices outside his window. 'she has spared no trouble to fatten herself. When he had carefully locked the door. a trusty servant had to bring him one more dish. and yet we cannot fly! What can we do. where he saw three fishes caught in the reeds and gasping for water. Eating the snake had given him power of understanding the language of animals. he heard them lamenting that they must perish so miserably. he was dismissed with no better answer. and . Nothing was hidden from him. pray. and gave it to them for food. and telling one another of all kinds of things which they had seen in the fields and woods. with his heavy hoofs. The king ordered the man to be brought before him. for the king never took off the cover to eat of it until he was quite alone. and suspicion of having stolen it fell upon this trusty servant. who took away the dish. keep off our bodies? That stupid horse. and crying: 'Oh. In vain he declared his innocence. as he had a kind heart. and said to the cook: 'Here is a fine duck. and heard an ant-king complain: 'Why cannot folks. allowed him to ask a favour. and weighed her in his hand. and then noticed that it was the sparrows who were chattering together. however.FAIRY TALES 74 A long time ago there lived a king who was famed for his wisdom through all the land. and cried to him: 'We will remember you and repay you for saving us!' He rode on. and it seemed as if news of the most secret things was brought to him through the air. Then they came hopping up to it. In his trouble and fear he went down into the courtyard and took thought how to help himself out of his trouble. he himself should be looked upon as guilty and executed. Now some ducks were sitting together quietly by a brook and taking their rest. when one day the servant.

I have to go into the forest. perched themselves upon his knee. and the grateful creatures had by great industry picked up all the millet-seed and gathered them into the sacks. hair. he came one evening to a wood. be on your guard against the wolf. but you will know him .' The youth. So he was led out to the sea. went before the king.FAIRY TALES cried: 'We will remember you--one good turn deserves another!' 75 And now he had to use his own legs. crying aloud: 'The king's daughter wants a husband. After he had wandered through three kingdoms. when suddenly he saw three fishes come swimming towards him. though he had no hope of finding it. he shall not be my husband until he had brought me an apple from the Tree of Life. but he could think of nothing. and if he does not succeed he will forfeit his life. then she said: 'Tomorrow morning before sunrise these must be picked up. One day she wanted to go into the forest and fetch some food. but whoever seeks her hand must perform a hard task. then they went away. and have brought you the apple. he will devour you all--skin. we flew over the sea to the end of the world. But he heard a rustling in the branches. and there he sat sorrowfully awaiting the break of day. then the king ordered him to fetch this ring up from the bottom of the sea. when we had grown big.' The youth did not know where the Tree of Life stood. and was amazed to see that the young man had done the task she had given him. and heard that you were seeking the Golden Apple. which it laid on the shore at the youth's feet.' Many had already made the attempt. The wretch often disguises himself. But she could not yet conquer her proud heart. The one in the middle held a mussel in its mouth. and said: 'Although he has performed both the tasks. THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS There was once upon a time an old goat who had seven little kids. and loved them with all the love of a mother for her children. if he comes in. At the same time three ravens flew down to him. and not a single grain was missing. and not a single grain be wanting. but he set out. and a golden apple fell into his hand.' All the people grieved for the handsome youth. full of joy. but in vain. and declared himself a suitor. who had now no more excuses left to make. There was a great noise and crowd in the streets. Presently the king's daughter herself came down into the garden. But as soon as the first rays of the sun shone into the garden he saw all the ten sacks standing side by side. and they lived in undisturbed happiness to a great age. and when he had taken it up and opened it. and a gold ring was thrown into it. she scorned him. She went down into the garden and strewed with her own hands ten sacksful of millet-seed on the grass. They cut the Apple of Life in two and ate it together. and said: 'We are the three young ravens whom you saved from starving. and a man rode up on horseback. and when he had walked a long way. where the Tree of Life stands.' The youth sat down in the garden and considered how it might be possible to perform this task. when he should be led to death. Full of joy he took it to the king and expected that he would grant him the promised reward. So she called all seven to her and said: 'Dear children. quite full. and lay down under a tree to sleep. and would have gone on for ever. set out homewards. he came to a large city. there lay the gold ring in the shell. The ant-king had come in the night with thousands and thousands of ants. nevertheless when the youth saw the king's daughter he was so overcome by her great beauty that he forgot all danger. leaving him alone by the sea. and required him first to perform another task. as long as his legs would carry him. and then her heart became full of love for him. before his eyes. and took the Golden Apple to the king's beautiful daughter. and everything. But when the proud princess perceived that he was not her equal in birth. and added: 'If you come up again without it you will be thrown in again and again until you perish amid the waves. He stood on the shore and considered what he should do. and they were the very fishes whose lives he had saved.

pleasant voice. the third into the stove. and has brought every one of you something back from the forest with her. and began to sleep. the washing-bowl lay broken to pieces. was the only one he did not find. the sixth under the washing-bowl. and made his paws white for him. and went on her way with an easy mind. and hardly had she made one cut.' Then the miller was afraid. and a needle and thread. When the wolf at length had had his fill of sleep. The table. who was in the clock-case. Soon afterwards the old goat came home again from the forest. can be still alive?' Then the kid had to run home and fetch scissors. It was not long before someone knocked at the house-door and called: 'Open the door. ate this and made his voice soft with it. When the wolf had satisfied his appetite he took himself off. however.' And when the baker had rubbed his feet over. we will take good care of ourselves.' The little kids cried: 'First show us your paws that we may know if you are our dear little mother. But the wolf found them all. 'is it possible that my poor children whom he has swallowed down for his supper. the fifth into the cupboard. and when she had cut farther. and as the stones in his stomach made him very thirsty. than one little kid thrust its head out. and called: 'Open the door. She sought her children. But who should come in but the wolf! They were terrified and wanted to hide themselves. the stones in his stomach knocked against each other and rattled. and opened the door.' But the little kids knew that it was the wolf.' She took the kid out. What rejoicing there was! They embraced their dear mother. I will devour you. our mother has not black feet like you: you are the wolf!' Then the wolf ran to a baker and said: 'I have hurt my feet.FAIRY TALES 76 at once by his rough voice and his black feet. rub some dough over them for me. and the youngest kid ran with her. and jumped like a tailor at his wedding. and the mother sewed him up again in the greatest haste. said: 'Now go and look for some big stones. She looked at him on every side and saw that something was moving and struggling in his gorged belly.' cried they. knocked at it and said: 'Open the door for me. She called them one after another by name. heavens. and it told her that the wolf had come and had eaten all the others. one after the other he swallowed them down his throat. they believed that all he said was true. She has a soft. your mother is here and has brought something back with her for each of you. But when he began to walk and to move about. a soft voice cried: 'Dear mother. dear children. knocked at the door of the house. One sprang under the table. and were all still alive. when she came to the youngest. he got on his legs.' Then the old one bleated. Truly. and we will fill the wicked beast's stomach with them while he is still asleep.' Then he put his paws in through the window and when the kids saw that they were white. and the children saw them and cried: 'We will not open the door. When they came to the meadow. and the seventh into the clock-case. and the quilts and pillows were pulled off the bed. 'Ah. At last. children. dear children. Then you may imagine how she wept over her poor children. but your voice is rough. The mother. and had suffered no injury whatever. and used no great ceremony.' The kids said: 'Dear mother. So now the wretch went for the third time to the house-door. the second into the bed. by the rough voice.' and refused. for in his greediness the monster had swallowed them down whole. all six sprang out one after another. 'We will not open the door.' Then the seven kids dragged the stones thither with all speed. and benches were thrown down.' The miller thought to himself: 'The wolf wants to deceive someone. there lay the wolf by the tree and snored so loud that the branches shook. but they were nowhere to be found. this is the way of mankind. The youngest.' But the wolf had laid his black paws against the window. he wanted to go to a well to drink. but the wolf said: 'If you will not do it. At length in her grief she went out. you are the wolf!' Then the wolf went away to a shopkeeper and bought himself a great lump of chalk. Then cried he: . and put as many of them into this stomach as they could get in. I am in the clock-case. he ran to the miller and said: 'Strew some white meal over my feet for me. your mother is here. and the goat cut open the monster's stomach.' she said. the fourth into the kitchen. Then he came back. so that he was not aware of anything and never once stirred. chairs. your dear little mother has come home. 'you are not our mother. Ah! what a sight she saw there! The house-door stood wide open. laid himself down under a tree in the green meadow outside. but no one answered. you may go away without any anxiety. and has brought something back with her for each of you.

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And when he got to the well and stooped over the water to drink, the heavy stones made him fall in, and he drowned miserably. When the seven kids saw that, they came running to the spot and cried aloud: 'The wolf is dead! The wolf is dead!' and danced for joy round about the well with their mother. THE QUEEN BEE Two kings' sons once upon a time went into the world to seek their fortunes; but they soon fell into a wasteful foolish way of living, so that they could not return home again. Then their brother, who was a little insignificant dwarf, went out to seek for his brothers: but when he had found them they only laughed at him, to think that he, who was so young and simple, should try to travel through the world, when they, who were so much wiser, had been unable to get on. However, they all set out on their journey together, and came at last to an ant- hill. The two elder brothers would have pulled it down, in order to see how the poor ants in their fright would run about and carry off their eggs. But the little dwarf said, 'Let the poor things enjoy themselves, I will not suffer you to trouble them.' So on they went, and came to a lake where many many ducks were swimming about. The two brothers wanted to catch two, and roast them. But the dwarf said, 'Let the poor things enjoy themselves, you shall not kill them.' Next they came to a bees'-nest in a hollow tree, and there was so much honey that it ran down the trunk; and the two brothers wanted to light a fire under the tree and kill the bees, so as to get their honey. But the dwarf held them back, and said, 'Let the pretty insects enjoy themselves, I cannot let you burn them.' At length the three brothers came to a castle: and as they passed by the stables they saw fine horses standing there, but all were of marble, and no man was to be seen. Then they went through all the rooms, till they came to a door on which were three locks: but in the middle of the door was a wicket, so that they could look into the next room. There they saw a little grey old man sitting at a table; and they called to him once or twice, but he did not hear: however, they called a third time, and then he rose and came out to them. He said nothing, but took hold of them and led them to a beautiful table covered with all sorts of good things: and when they had eaten and drunk, he showed each of them to a bed-chamber. The next morning he came to the eldest and took him to a marble table, where there were three tablets, containing an account of the means by which the castle might be disenchanted. The first tablet said: 'In the wood, under the moss, lie the thousand pearls belonging to the king's daughter; they must all be found: and if one be missing by set of sun, he who seeks them will be turned into marble.' The eldest brother set out, and sought for the pearls the whole day: but the evening came, and he had not found the first hundred: so he was turned into stone as the tablet had foretold. The next day the second brother undertook the task; but he succeeded no better than the first; for he could only find the second hundred of the pearls; and therefore he too was turned into stone. At last came the little dwarf's turn; and he looked in the moss; but it was so hard to find the pearls, and the job was so tiresome!--so he sat down upon a stone and cried. And as he sat there, the king of the ants (whose life he had saved) came to help him, with five thousand ants; and it was not long before they had found all the pearls and laid them in a heap. The second tablet said: 'The key of the princess's bed-chamber must be fished up out of the lake.' And as the dwarf came to the brink of it, he saw the two ducks whose lives he had saved swimming about; and they dived down and soon brought in the key from the bottom.

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Then came the queen of the bees, who had been saved by the little dwarf from the fire, and she tried the lips of all three; but at last she sat upon the lips of the one that had eaten the honey: and so the dwarf knew which was the youngest. Thus the spell was broken, and all who had been turned into stones awoke, and took their proper forms. And the dwarf married the youngest and the best of the princesses, and was king after her father's death; but his two brothers married the other two sisters. THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER There was once a shoemaker, who worked very hard and was very honest: but still he could not earn enough to live upon; and at last all he had in the world was gone, save just leather enough to make one pair of shoes. Then he cut his leather out, all ready to make up the next day, meaning to rise early in the morning to his work. His conscience was clear and his heart light amidst all his troubles; so he went peaceably to bed, left all his cares to Heaven, and soon fell asleep. In the morning after he had said his prayers, he sat himself down to his work; when, to his great wonder, there stood the shoes all ready made, upon the table. The good man knew not what to say or think at such an odd thing happening. He looked at the workmanship; there was not one false stitch in the whole job; all was so neat and true, that it was quite a masterpiece. The same day a customer came in, and the shoes suited him so well that he willingly paid a price higher than usual for them; and the poor shoemaker, with the money, bought leather enough to make two pairs more. In the evening he cut out the work, and went to bed early, that he might get up and begin betimes next day; but he was saved all the trouble, for when he got up in the morning the work was done ready to his hand. Soon in came buyers, who paid him handsomely for his goods, so that he bought leather enough for four pair more. He cut out the work again overnight and found it done in the morning, as before; and so it went on for some time: what was got ready in the evening was always done by daybreak, and the good man soon became thriving and well off again. One evening, about Christmas-time, as he and his wife were sitting over the fire chatting together, he said to her, 'I should like to sit up and watch tonight, that we may see who it is that comes and does my work for me.' The wife liked the thought; so they left a light burning, and hid themselves in a corner of the room, behind a curtain that was hung up there, and watched what would happen. As soon as it was midnight, there came in two little naked dwarfs; and they sat themselves upon the shoemaker's bench, took up all the work that was cut out, and began to ply with their little fingers, stitching and rapping and tapping away at such a rate, that the shoemaker was all wonder, and could not take his eyes off them. And on they went, till the job was quite done, and the shoes stood ready for use upon the table. This was long before daybreak; and then they bustled away as quick as lightning. The next day the wife said to the shoemaker. 'These little wights have made us rich, and we ought to be thankful to them, and do them a good turn if we can. I am quite sorry to see them run about as they do; and indeed it is not very decent, for they have nothing upon their backs to keep off the cold. I'll tell you what, I will make each of them a shirt, and a coat and waistcoat, and a pair of pantaloons into the bargain; and do you make each of them a little pair of shoes.' The thought pleased the good cobbler very much; and one evening, when all the things were ready, they laid them on the table, instead of the work that they used to cut out, and then went and hid themselves, to watch what the little elves would do.

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Then they dressed themselves in the twinkling of an eye, and danced and capered and sprang about, as merry as could be; till at last they danced out at the door, and away over the green. The good couple saw them no more; but everything went well with them from that time forward, as long as they lived. THE JUNIPER-TREE Long, long ago, some two thousand years or so, there lived a rich man with a good and beautiful wife. They loved each other dearly, but sorrowed much that they had no children. So greatly did they desire to have one, that the wife prayed for it day and night, but still they remained childless. In front of the house there was a court, in which grew a juniper-tree. One winter's day the wife stood under the tree to peel some apples, and as she was peeling them, she cut her finger, and the blood fell on the snow. 'Ah,' sighed the woman heavily, 'if I had but a child, as red as blood and as white as snow,' and as she spoke the words, her heart grew light within her, and it seemed to her that her wish was granted, and she returned to the house feeling glad and comforted. A month passed, and the snow had all disappeared; then another month went by, and all the earth was green. So the months followed one another, and first the trees budded in the woods, and soon the green branches grew thickly intertwined, and then the blossoms began to fall. Once again the wife stood under the juniper-tree, and it was so full of sweet scent that her heart leaped for joy, and she was so overcome with her happiness, that she fell on her knees. Presently the fruit became round and firm, and she was glad and at peace; but when they were fully ripe she picked the berries and ate eagerly of them, and then she grew sad and ill. A little while later she called her husband, and said to him, weeping. 'If I die, bury me under the juniper-tree.' Then she felt comforted and happy again, and before another month had passed she had a little child, and when she saw that it was as white as snow and as red as blood, her joy was so great that she died. Her husband buried her under the juniper-tree, and wept bitterly for her. By degrees, however, his sorrow grew less, and although at times he still grieved over his loss, he was able to go about as usual, and later on he married again. He now had a little daughter born to him; the child of his first wife was a boy, who was as red as blood and as white as snow. The mother loved her daughter very much, and when she looked at her and then looked at the boy, it pierced her heart to think that he would always stand in the way of her own child, and she was continually thinking how she could get the whole of the property for her. This evil thought took possession of her more and more, and made her behave very unkindly to the boy. She drove him from place to place with cuffings and buffetings, so that the poor child went about in fear, and had no peace from the time he left school to the time he went back. One day the little daughter came running to her mother in the store- room, and said, 'Mother, give me an apple.' 'Yes, my child,' said the wife, and she gave her a beautiful apple out of the chest; the chest had a very heavy lid and a large iron lock. 'Mother,' said the little daughter again, 'may not brother have one too?' The mother was angry at this, but she answered, 'Yes, when he comes out of school.' Just then she looked out of the window and saw him coming, and it seemed as if an evil spirit entered into her, for she snatched the apple out of her little daughter's hand, and said, 'You shall not have one before your

' she said. and he never even said goodbye to me!' 'Well. then she set the boy's head again on his shoulders. 'Brother. and her tears fell into the pot. 'Mother. and she wept no more. and bound it with the handkerchief so that nothing could be seen.' she thought. 'My son. and out of the fire there flew a beautiful bird.' 'What has he gone there for. give him a box on the ear. 'but no one must know about it.' Then he asked his wife for more pudding. Little Marleen went upstairs and took her best silk handkerchief out of her bottom drawer. But Marleen stood looking on. little Marleen came up to her mother who was stirring a pot of boiling water over the fire. 'in case it should not be all right. give me that apple. Then she was overwhelmed with fear at the thought of what she had done. we will make him into puddings. and said. he asked. . 'Little Marleen. and then together again.' And she took the little boy and cut him up. So she went upstairs to her room. 'he is gone into the country to his mother's great uncle.' She threw the apple into the chest and shut it to. and when it could no more be seen. and as he ate. and that frightened me. he is going to stay there some time.' said the boy.' And as he bent over to do so. but gave him a large dish of black pudding. and in the midst of it there was a burning as of fire.' 'Go to him again. 'If only I can prevent anyone knowing that I did it. and he told me he should be away quite six weeks. that rose high into the air. 'I have knocked off brother's head. 'how dreadful you look! Yes. After this a mist came round the tree. 'What have you done!' said her mother. Soon after this. the juniper-tree stood there as before. will you have an apple?' but she gave him a wicked look. so that there was no need of salt. why do you weep? Brother will soon be back. and said. then she gave him a box on the ear. and when I asked him to give me the apple.' With this he went on with his dinner. then all her sadness seemed to leave her.' but he did not say a word. that she ran crying and screaming to her mother. and the evil spirit in the wife made her say kindly to him. 'Where is my son?' 'Oh. brother is sitting by the door with an apple in his hand.' and then she wept and wept. and all the time she did nothing but weep. 'and if he does not answer. and took a white handkerchief out of her top drawer. and wept and wept. The little boy now came in. and in it she wrapped all the bones from under the table and carried them outside. singing magnificently. And now the juniper-tree began to move. 'Mother.FAIRY TALES 80 brother.' So little Marleen went. Then she laid them in the green grass under the juniper. so you must keep silence. and he ought to have said goodbye to me. and his head rolled off. the evil spirit urged her. made him into puddings. and off went the little boy's head.' said her mother. Presently the father came home and sat down to his dinner. 'Come with me. and said. and he looks so pale. he is well looked after there. 'Oh!' she said. first away from one another. he threw the bones under the table. and the branches waved backwards and forwards. he did not answer.' answered the wife. She was so terrified at this. and put him in the pot. as it might be someone clapping their hands for joy. and nothing would stop her. 'take one out for yourself. give me an apple.' 'I feel very unhappy about it. 'Where is my son?' The mother said nothing. and she had no sooner done so. and the silk handkerchief and the bones were gone. he likes being there. and she lifted up the lid of the chest. and crash! down went the lid. The father again asked. what is done can't be undone.' The thought came to her that she would kill him.tree. and placed him on a chair by the door with an apple in his hand.' said the husband. and Marleen still wept without ceasing.

and stood looking up at the bird on the roof with his hand over his eyes to keep himself from being blinded by the sun. take it. and he jumped up and ran out in his shirt.' he said. My sister loved me best of all. Kywitt.' 'Nay. here is a bird.' answered the bird. and I will sing it you again. and eyes like two bright stars in its head. come out. when he heard the song of the bird on his roof. 'Bird. 'sing me that song again. 'I do not sing twice for nothing. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt.FAIRY TALES Little Marleen now felt as lighthearted and happy as if her brother were still alive. 'Only sing me that again. My sister loved me best of all. 'Bird. what a beautiful bird am I!' The goldsmith was in his workshop making a gold chain. 'how beautifully you sing! Sing me that song again. But he ran on into the middle of the street.' The bird flew down and took the red shoes in his left claw. on the upper shelf you will see a pair of red shoes. Kywitt.' The wife went in and fetched the shoes. and still held the gold chain and the pincers in his hands. bring them to me.' said the man. Give that gold chain. 'Bird. My father grieved when I was gone. Kywitt. He thought it so beautiful that he got up and ran out. and they all ran up the street to look at the bird. 'I do not sing twice for nothing. then the apprentices. what a beautiful bird am I!' Then he flew away.sleeves. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. and saw how splendid it was with its red and green feathers. 'go into the garret.' 'Here is the chain. and settled on the roof of a shoemaker's house and sang: 'My mother killed her little son.' said the shoemaker. 'now sing me that song again.' 'Wife. and she went back to the house and sat down cheerfully to the table and ate. She laid her kerchief over me. what a beautiful bird am I!' The shoemaker heard him. and then he alighted again in front of the goldsmith and sang: 'My mother killed her little son. My father grieved when I was gone.' said the bird. She laid her kerchief over me. you must give me something. She laid her kerchief over me. and then he went back to the roof and sang: .' Then he called his daughter and the children. My father grieved when I was gone.' said the shoemaker. The bird flew away and alighted on the house of a goldsmith and began to sing: 81 'My mother killed her little son. and so he stood gazing up at the bird. he still had on his apron. while the sun came shining brightly down on the street. 'how beautifully you sing!' Then he called through the door to his wife: 'Wife. and as he crossed the threshold he lost one of his slippers. come and look at it and hear how beautifully it sings. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. 'There. girls and boys.' he said. with a slipper on one foot and a sock on the other. My sister loved me best of all.' said the goldsmith.' The bird flew down and took the gold chain in his right claw. and its neck like burnished gold.' 'Nay. bird.

And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. My father grieved when I was gone. click clack. click clack. click clack. what a beautiful bird am I!' then he looked up and the last one had left off work. yes. what a beautiful bird am I!' When he had finished. he flew away. He had the chain in his right claw and the shoes in his left. Kywitt. two more men left off and listened. My sister loved me best of all. And took my bones that they might lie now there were only eight at work. 'you should have it. My sister loved me best of all. and flew back with it to the tree and sang-'My mother killed her little son. and all the twenty millers set to and lifted up the stone with a beam. give me that millstone.FAIRY TALES 82 'My mother killed her little son. and now only one.' answered the bird.' he said. then four more left off. 'what a beautiful song that is you sing! Let me hear it too. then one of the men left off. hick hack. My sister loved me best of all. Underneath And now only five. and the mill went 'Click clack. My father grieved when I was gone. 'Bird. Kywitt.' Inside the mill were twenty of the miller's men hewing a stone. then the bird put his head through the hole and took the stone round his neck like a collar.' said the others: 'if he will sing again. She laid her kerchief over me. hick hack.' the mill went 'Click clack. Kywitt. the juniper-tree. sing it again. and I will sing it again. She laid . She laid her kerchief over me.' said the man.' 'If it belonged to me alone. click clack.' The bird settled on a lime-tree in front of the mill and sang: 'My mother killed her little son.' The bird came down.' 'Nay. he can have it. 'I do not sing twice for nothing.' 'Yes. My father grieved when I was gone. and he flew right away to a mill. and as they went 'Hick hack.

what a splendid bird that is. and with the chain in his right claw. I feel just as if I were going to see an old friend again. He went inside.' said the man. Kywitt. so that it fitted him exactly. but there was a roaring sound in her ears like that of a violent storm. 'I must go outside and see the bird nearer. She laid her kerchief over me. what a beautiful bird am I!' With that the bird let fall the gold chain. 'Look.' 'And I. that she might see and hear nothing. the mother shut her eyes and her ears. 'I do feel so happy.' said the mother. and little Marleen were having their dinner. and I feel as if there were a fire in my veins. the mother. and how warm and bright the sun is. do not go!' cried the wife. he spread his wings. and the plate on her knees was wet with her tears. 'at the beautiful bird that is singing so magnificently. and what a delicious scent of spice in the air!' My sister loved me best of all. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt.' said the father. and looks so beautiful himself. what a beautiful bird am I!' And when he had finished his song. and the millstone round his neck. and in her eyes a burning and flashing like lightning: My father grieved when I was gone. he flew right away to his father's house. and said. 'so pleased and cheerful.FAIRY TALES 83 her kerchief over me.' . 'How lighthearted I feel. the shoes in his left. 'See.' 'Ah!' said the wife. Kywitt. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. and it fell just round the man's neck. Then the bird came flying towards the house and settled on the roof. as if a heavy thunderstorm were coming.' But little Marleen sat and wept and wept.' said the man. The father. 'Ah.' said the father.' and she tore open her dress. then little Marleen laid her head down on her knees and sobbed. mother. The bird now flew to the juniper-tree and began singing: 'My mother killed her little son. he has given me this beautiful gold chain. and all the while little Marleen sat in the corner and wept. 'and how beautifully the sun shines. 'I feel as if the whole house were in flames!' But the man went out and looked at the bird. 'and I am so full of distress and uneasiness that my teeth chatter. 'I feel so uneasy.

When the seed came up. nor whether it would be a blessing or a curse to him.' The wife sprang up. The poor man thought he would try to better himself. that I might not hear that song. One day he said to himself. 'I will go out too and see if the bird will give me anything. and it kept getting larger and larger.' My father grieved when I was gone. and for eating. that is indeed a splendid bird. but that has all passed away. pulling off his red coat. then the woman fell down again as if dead. 'and see if it will lighten my misery. and two oxen could hardly draw it. what a beautiful bird am I!' 84 And she now felt quite happy and lighthearted. and dug his ground well. 'when I came out. so. My sister loved me best of all. 'What shall I do with it? if I sell it. At last it was so big that it filled a cart. it will bring no more than another.' But as she crossed the threshold. the best thing perhaps is to carry it and give it to the king as a mark of respect.' So she went out. and went inside together and sat down to their dinners and ate. THE TURNIP There were two brothers who were both soldiers. and her cap fell from her head. the one was rich and the other poor. 'Ah me!' cried the wife. there stood the little brother. and when these had passed. The father and little Marleen heard the sound and ran out. Kywitt. with her hair standing out from her head like flames of fire. then they all three rejoiced. he became a gardener. and he took the father and little Marleen by the hand. She laid her kerchief over me. and the gardener knew not what in the world to do with it. that she fell on the floor. 'Well.FAIRY TALES But the wife was in such fear and trouble. there was one plant bigger than all the rest. And took my bones that they might lie and he threw down the shoes to her. the little turnips are better than this. she put on the shoes and danced and jumped about in them. and he has given me a pair of red shoes. 'I was so miserable. crash! the bird threw the millstone down on her head.' . for I feel as if the world were coming to an end.' she said. Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. so that it might have been called the prince of turnips for there never was such a one seen before. 'Then I will go out too.' she said. and she was crushed to death. Then the bird began again: 'My mother killed her little son. and never will again. but they only saw mist and flame and fire rising from the spot. and seemed as if it would never cease growing. 'if I were but a thousand feet beneath the earth. and sowed turnips.' said little Marleen.

and at length wicked thoughts came into his head. for behold here I sit in the sack of wisdom. my friend!' The student looked about everywhere. and got together a rich present of gold and fine horses for the king. Here I discern the signs and motions of the heavens and the stars. and having shown them where to lie in ambush. and said. if thou wilt reward me well and entreat me kindly. 'You shall be poor no longer. and gave it to the king. Meantime he worked and worked away. However. When he reached home. and said. and your majesty knows him well. Compared to this seat.FAIRY TALES 85 Then he yoked his oxen. the number of the sands on the seashore. and made him so rich that his brother's fortune could not at all be compared with his. and then thou shalt . the healing of the sick. who was journeying along on his nag. As soon as the man in the sack saw him passing under the tree. and as they were travelling along. they heard the trampling of a horse at a distance. tilling the ground. so I laid aside my red coat. and shall come forth wiser than the wisest of mankind. the laws that control the winds.' Then he gave him gold and lands and flocks. but because I am poor. a merry fellow. 'A little space I may allow thee to sit here. but thou must tarry yet an hour below. where they left him dangling. and he begged earnestly that he might ascend forthwith. till he made a hole large enough to put out his head. Where did you get the seed? or is it only your good luck? If so. and of precious stones. 'Who calls me?' Then the man in the tree answered. and drew the turnip to the court. you are a true child of fortune. and share it between us. in a short time.' So the student sat himself down and waited a while. and swung him up by a cord to the tree. and singing as he went. for if his brother had received so much for only a turnip. though wouldst feel and own the power of knowledge. and thought he must have a much larger gift in return. I have found a hidden treasure. 'Dear brother. but such a monster as this I never saw. and drag it home with him. which so frightened them that they pushed their prisoner neck and shoulders together into a sack. and bethought himself how he could contrive to get the same good fortune for himself. he went to his brother. what must his present be wroth? The king took the gift very graciously. bound him. But whilst they were getting all ready. 'Thou must let the sack of wisdom descend.' 'Ah. he determined to manage more cleverly than his brother. he cried out. A little longer. no!' answered the gardener. I am a poor soldier. When the brother heard of all this. my friend. 'Blessed be the day and hour when I found you. The student listened to all this and wondered much. till I have learnt some little matters that are yet unknown to me. at last he said. everybody forgets me. Wert thou but once here. the murderers rushed out upon him. here have I. all the learning of the schools is as empty air. and he resolved to kill his brother. 'I have seen many strange things.' The other had no suspicions of his roguery: so they went out together.' The king then took pity on him. and set to work. I will give you so much that you shall be even richer than your brother. who never could get enough to live upon. cried out. and said. but the time hung heavy upon him. cannot you contrive to let me into the sack for a little while?' Then the other answered. 'Good morning! good morning to thee. and were going to hang him on a tree. When the horseman came up. 'What a wonderful thing!' said the king. he proved to be a student. as if very unwillingly. by untying yonder cord. and ran away. So he hired some villains to murder him. and all the world knows him. 'I am no child of fortune. and how a turnip had made the gardener so rich. the virtues of all simples. who is rich. so the soldier was forced to put it into a cart. for his thirst for knowledge was great. and seeing no one. I have a brother. learned great and wondrous things. of birds. Then the other pretended to give way. and said he knew not what to give in return more valuable and wonderful than the great turnip. he envied him sorely. 'Lift up thine eyes. let us go and dig it up. and I shall know all that man can know. and not knowing where the voice came from. he knew not upon whom to vent his rage and spite.

she gave me something. Goodbye. Hans. mother. mother.' 'Goodbye. Gretel.' What did you take her?' 'Took her nothing.' 'Oh. 'Good day.' 'Behave well. he trotted off on the student's nag. Gretel.' 'Goodbye. Hans. 'Goodbye.' 'Behave well.' 'Never mind.' Hans comes to Gretel.' 'Where is the bacon.' 'What did you take her?' 'Took nothing. Hans. I'll behave well. Hans. and drags it away behind him.' 'That was ill done. 'Goodbye. 'Goodbye. she gave me something.' 'Behave well. Hans?' 'To Gretel. and soon swung up the searcher after wisdom dangling in the air.' 'Goodbye. mother.' cried he.' 'Whither away. ties it to a rope. Hans.' 'Oh. I want to have something given me. You should have stuck the needle in your sleeve.' 'What did you take her?' 'Took nothing.' So saying.' Hans comes to Gretel.' Gretel presents Hans with a piece of bacon. Hans. Hans. Hans?' 'To Gretel. Hans.' 'Behave well. mother. Hans. mother. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. and follows the cart home. Gretel.' 'Good day. I'll do better next time. tied up the sack. Hans.' 'Where is the needle.' 'Good day.' Gretel presents Hans with a young goat. Hans.' 'Good day. Hans?' 'Stuck in my sleeve. Hans. 'Good day. sticks it into a hay-cart. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. Hans. The dogs come and devour the bacon. mother. 'dost thou not feel that wisdom comes unto thee? Rest there in peace. 'Good day. and left the poor fellow to gather wisdom till somebody should come and let him down.' So the student let him down. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. Hans?' 'I tied it to a rope. Hans. mother. and set him free. Hans.' 'Good evening. 'Good evening.' 'Good day. Hans?' 'Stuck in the hay-cart. Hans. Hans.' Gretel presents Hans with a needle. she gave me something.' 'Good evening. Gretel. 'How is it with thee. will do better next time.' 'Goodbye. you should have put a rope round the goat's neck. and goes home. ties its legs. Goodbye. you should have put the knife in your pocket.' Hans comes to Gretel.' .' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'Gave me a needle.' As he began to put himself into the sack heels first.' 'Never mind. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. you should have carried the bacon on your head.' said the gardener. and puts it in his pocket. Hans. What do you bring that is good?' 'I bring nothing. What do you bring that is good?' 'I bring nothing.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'Gave me a knife. 'Good evening.' 'Oh. 'Wait a while. 'Good day. Hans?' 'Put it in my pocket. will do better next time. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing.' 'Goodbye. opened the sack.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'Gave me a bit of bacon. and there is no longer anything hanging on to it. 'that is not the way. Gretel.FAIRY TALES 86 enter.' 'Good evening. will do better next time. brought it home.' 'Whither away. 'Good evening. dogs took it. he has the rope in his hand.' 'Goodbye.' 'That was ill done. friend?' said he. Hans.' 'Where is the goat. Hans. Hans says: 'Goodbye. I'll behave well.' Hans takes the knife. Hans?' 'To Gretel. When he gets home.' 'Good evening.' 'Goodbye. Gretel.' Hans comes to Gretel. When he gets home it is suffocated. mother. 'Now then. mother. I want something given me. Hans. Hans. I want something given me.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'She gave me a goat. Gretel.' 'That's ill done.' Gretel presents Hans with a knife. till thou art a wiser man than thou wert. Goodbye. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing.' 'Whither away.' 'Never mind. I'll behave well.' Hans takes the bacon. I'll behave well.' 'Where is the knife. 'let me ascend quickly. Hans. mother.' Hans takes the needle. Hans.' Hans takes the goat. I want to have something given to me. mother.' 'Never mind.' Then he pushed him in head first.' 'What did you take her?' 'I took her nothing. Hans?' Hans answered: 'To Gretel.' 'That was ill done. 'Good evening.' 'Oh. sticks it in his sleeve.' 'Goodbye. had something given me. Goodbye. CLEVER HANS The mother of Hans said: 'Whither away. Gretel.

to another master. Gretel. I have learnt what the birds say. and after some time came to a fortress where he begged for a night's lodging. mother.' Hans takes the calf. Goodbye. and command you to take him out into the forest. Goodbye. I have learnt what the dogs say when they bark. Then said the father: 'Hark you. You must go from hence. and threw them in Gretel's face.' 'Whither away. mother. they could not do it for pity. 'Good day. 'Yes. Hans. who had an only son.' The whole district was in sorrow and dismay because of them. 'Good evening. my son. will do better. puts it on his head.' 'Goodbye.' 'I'll behave well.' Gretel says to Hans: 'I will go with you. she came with me. 'Goodbye.' 'Behave well. and was no longer the bride of Hans. mother.' They took him forth.' 'Goodbye.' 'Goodbye. I will no longer be your father. The youth. tied her to the rack. Then Hans goes to his mother. you lost man.FAIRY TALES 87 'Whither away. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. and scattered some grass for her. and put it in the stall. and his father asked: 'Now. but if you learn nothing this time also.' 'I'll behave well. mother.' 'Never mind.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'A calf. and kill him.' The youth was sent into a strange town.' Hans takes Gretel. Hans. it is at the peril of your life. and binds her fast. they will do . Hans.' 'Good day. try as I will I can get nothing into your head. and let him go.' 'Good day.' Hans went into the stable. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. whom they at once devour. and when he came home again.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'She gave me nothing.' said the lord of the castle.' 'Where have you the calf. 'Good evening. and yet no one could do anything to stop this. but I warn you. and said: 'Just let me go down to the barking dogs.' Gretel presents Hans with a calf.' Then the father fell into the most furious anger. Hans?' 'To Gretel. Hans.' The youth remained a whole year with the third master also. and said: 'This man is no longer my son. but would have something given. Hans.' 'What did you take her?' 'I took her nothing. who shall see what he can do with you. Hans. and remained a whole year with the master. what have you learnt?' 'Father. Hans.' The youth was taken thither.' Hans comes to Gretel.' 'What did you take her?' 'I took nothing. for it is full of wild dogs. called his people thither.' 'That was ill done. but would have something given. Hans?' 'To Gretel. I will give you into the care of a celebrated master. When he came back the father again asked: 'My son. THE THREE LANGUAGES An aged count once lived in Switzerland. are you not ashamed to appear before my eyes? I will send you to a third master. and at certain hours a man has to be given to them. however.' 'Behave well. cut out all the calves' and sheep's eyes.' 'Good evening. which bark and howl without stopping. mother. what have you learnt?' he answered: 'Dear father. will do better next time. and the calf kicks his face. go thither.' 'Good evening. and his father inquired: 'My son. Hans?' 'I set it on my head and it kicked my face. but when they should have killed him. was without fear. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing. you should have cast friendly eyes on her. At the end of this time. I drive him forth. I have this year learnt what the frogs croak. 'if you will pass the night down there in the old tower. sprang up. and they cut the eyes and tongue out of a deer that they might carry them to the old man as a token.' 'Never mind.' Then the father fell into a rage and said: 'Oh. and stayed a year with this master likewise. and give me something that I can throw to them. what have you learnt?' He answered: 'Father. but had something given me. Hans. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing. Hans. but he was stupid. Gretel. leads her to the rack. you should have led the calf. 'Good day. Gretel.' 'That was ill done. Then Gretel became angry. Hans.' 'Lord have mercy on us!' cried the father. he came home again. mother. The youth wandered on. you have spent the precious time and learnt nothing. ties her to a rope. my son. Hans. and could learn nothing. 'is that all you have learnt? I will send you into another town. tore herself loose and ran away.' 'Where have you left Gretel?' 'I led her by the rope.' Hans comes to Gretel.

and are obliged to watch over a great treasure which is below in the tower. and at length he said yes. each leading to a different country. what can you be thinking of? Have you the cheek to ask how I am getting on? What have you learnt? How many arts do you understand?' 'I understand but one. they had disappeared. but the two doves sat continually on his shoulders. you would not have lost your life.' So the four brothers took their walking-sticks in their hands. in which a number of frogs were sitting croaking. He was undecided. 'I have nothing to give you. Then was he anointed and consecrated. and I have likewise learnt. The cat sprang nimbly up a tree. and did not know one word of it. he came out again safe and unharmed. and led him down to the tower. And just as that was decided on. the young count entered into the church. They at length agreed that the person should be chosen as pope who should be distinguished by some divine and miraculous token. and thus was fulfilled what he had heard from the frogs on his way. When he went inside. how are you? How is all with you? How are you getting on in these hard times?' The fox. and as she thought to herself: 'He is clever and full of experience. that he was to be his Holiness the Pope.' said a poor man to his four sons. THE FOX AND THE CAT It happened that the cat met the fox in a forest.' she spoke to him in a friendly way. and suddenly two snow-white doves flew on his shoulders and remained sitting there. you hungry mouse-hunter. Then he had to sing a mass. and the country was freed from the trouble.' Then all who heard this rejoiced. full of all kinds of arrogance. but this day four years we will come back to this spot. 'Ah. He listened to them. and there was great doubt among the cardinals as to whom they should appoint as his successor. and when he became aware of what they were saying. and after bidding their father goodbye. you piebald fool. He went down again. At last he said: 'Oh. and bring evil on the land. how that is to be done.' Just then came a hunter with four dogs. modestly. but the dogs had already seized him. but wagged their tails quite amicably around him.' cried the cat to him. Mr Fox. Then the eldest said. and they can have no rest until it is taken away. At last he arrived in Rome. and sat down at the top of it.' THE FOUR CLEVER BROTHERS 'Dear children. and for a long time did not know whether he would give any answer or not. and their little bundles on their shoulders. Begin by learning some craft or another. went all out at the gate together. ate what he set before them. you must go out into the wide world and try your luck. from their discourse. and as he knew what he had to do. open your sack. 'What art is that?' asked the fox. Mr Fox. the dogs did not bark at him.FAIRY TALES 88 nothing to harm me. where the Pope had just died. Next morning. and were holding him fast. After some time he took it in his head that he would travel to Rome.' 'Is that all?' said the fox.' replied the cat. 'Open your sack. 'When the hounds are following me. and brought a chest full of gold out with him. why they dwell there.' . and asked him on the spot if he would be pope. 'You with your hundred arts are left in the lurch! Had you been able to climb like me. which had so affected him. and have into the bargain a sackful of cunning. they gave him some food for the wild animals. where the branches and foliage quite concealed her. I can spring into a tree and save myself. and see how you can get on. I will teach you how people get away from the hounds. and much esteemed in the world.' cried the cat. You make me sorry for you. The ecclesiastics recognized therein the token from above. On the way he passed by a marsh. he grew very thoughtful and sad. and did not hurt one hair of his head. 'Good day. 'I am master of a hundred arts. in their own language. but the doves counselled him to do it. and said to the lord of the castle: 'The dogs have revealed to me. you wretched beard-cleaner. 'Here we must part. looked at the cat from head to foot. to the astonishment of everyone. he did it thoroughly. and said it all in his ear.' As he himself would have it so. come with me. dear Mr Fox. When they had got on some way they came to four crossways. They are bewitched. and the lord of the castle said he would adopt him as a son if he accomplished it successfully. and knew not if he were worthy of this. and in the meantime each must try what he can do for himself. The howling of the wild dogs was henceforth heard no more.

'Well done. and wanted to leave his master.' said the father to the eldest son. 'I should like to try what each of you can do in this way. It is a noble art.FAIRY TALES 89 So each brother went his way. and he soon became such a skilful star-gazer. and sewed the eggs as he was told. 'Five. and be a star-gazer. the thief was sent to take them back to the nest. and when he left his master he gave him a bow. when he found out what he was setting out upon. 'that is not an honest calling.' Then the tailor took his needle.' After the space of four years. and put them under the bird without its knowing it. 'Now comes your turn. and learnt something worth the knowing. Then. and had only a little red streak across their necks. and asked him where he was going. 'At the top of this tree there is a chaffinch's nest. and said to the huntsman. Then the father took the eggs.' said the man. Then she went on sitting.' The huntsman took up his bow. 'take away the eggs without letting the bird that is sitting upon them and hatching them know anything of what you are doing. and it never saw or felt what he was doing. for I will only teach you to steal what will be fair game: I meddle with nothing but what no one else can get or care anything about. looked up. working backwards and forwards with a needle and goose. 'you need not fear the gallows. for nothing can be hidden from you. Oh. and said to the second son. that nothing could escape him that he had once set his mind upon. 'You can sew anything with this.' answered he. The second brother also met a man. be it as soft as an egg or as hard as steel.' said he to the young tailor. 'that is not my sort of tailoring. and hatched them: and in a few days they crawled out. 'to be a tailor?' 'Oh. sons!' said the old man. will never suit me. asked him what craft he meant to follow.' So he looked up. and as the eldest was hastening on a man met him. who. that when he had served out his time.' 'No. at the time agreed upon. and nothing can be hidden from you. and how each had learned some craft. and at one shot struck all the five eggs as his father wished. as they were sitting before the house under a very high tree. and said. when once you understand the stars. where the tailor had sewn them together. come with me. 'Whatever you shoot at with this bow you will be sure to hit.' said he. 'you have made good use of your time. and learnt tailoring from the beginning. and you will learn quite another kind of craft from that. and should like to begin by learning some art or trade. who took him with him. 'sitting cross-legged from morning to night. he gave him a glass. 'With this you can see all that is passing in the sky and on earth.' 'Oh!' answered the man. and said. and taught him so well all that belonged to hunting. and where no one can find you out.' Not knowing what better to do. 'sew the eggs and the young birds in them together again. and brought away to his father the five eggs from under the bird. and the joint will be so fine that no seam will be seen. 'Would not you like. and having welcomed each other. tell me how many eggs there are in it. and when he had done. 'Then. and I will teach you to become the cunningest thief that ever was.' said the other. where they told him all that had happened to them. that a time might soon come for you to turn your skill to some account!' . and he soon showed himself so clever.' 'Now. 'Then come with me. the father said. he came into the plan. 'I do not know yet. and what he wanted.' said he. but kept sitting on at its ease. and said.' The star-gazer took his glass.' So the young man agreed to follow his trade. so neatly that the shot shall have done them no harm. and said. he gave him a needle.' The third brother met a huntsman. 'go with me. and what can one look to earn by it in the end but the gallows?' 'Oh!' said the man. and put one on each corner of the table.' So the cunning thief climbed up the tree. that he became very clever in the craft of the woods.' The plan pleased him much. 'I am going to try my luck in the world. and when he left his master. the four brothers met at the four cross-roads. and the fifth in the middle. but I am sure I do not know which ought to have the prize.' The youngest brother likewise met a man who asked him what he wished to do. one day. 'Cut all the eggs in two pieces at one shot. set off towards their father's home. no!' said the young man.

FAIRY TALES 90 Not long after this there was a great bustle in the country. 'If I had not found the princess out. So he kissed all three. the second for jewels. therefore she ought to be mine.' Then the king put in a word. the huntsman took up his bow and shot him straight through the heart so that he fell down dead.' Then he went to the king. her father said he would try what he could do.' And they agreed to see whether they could not set the princess free. 'you would all have been drowned.' 'Then I will try my skill. and they had to swim in the open sea upon a few planks. .' Now it was no easy task to find a rose. and wanted to pounce upon them and carry off the princess. and took good care of their father. and the dragon was lying asleep. yet as she was his prettiest daughter.' 'No. there is somebody she likes a great deal better. and somebody took better care of the young lady. was once setting out upon a journey. 'One of you shall marry her. and they then reached the ship and got home safe. and made it known that whoever brought her back to him should have her for a wife. 'Here is a chance for us. so quietly and gently that the beast did not know it. and they lived very happily the rest of their days. On one side the finest flowers were in full bloom. 'if I had not taken her away from the dragon. 'Each of you is right. but you must settle amongst yourselves which it is to be. after all. said. But when he got over the boat.' 'Your seeing her would have been of no use. 'Dear father. Then the four brothers said to each other. and I can spy the dragon close by.' said the thief. And the king then gave to each half a kingdom. The eldest wished for pearls. therefore she ought to be mine. and as all cannot have the young lady. sitting upon a rock in the sea. the people laughed at him. and bring him away one of the finest flowers. and sailed about and gathered up all pieces of the boat. have torn you and the princess into pieces. Then away they hastened with her full of joy in their boat towards the ship. in one half of which it seemed to be summer-time and in the other half winter. he had bought pearls and jewels for the two eldest.' Then there arose a quarrel between them. but before he went he asked each daughter what gift he should bring back for her. he would.' 'And if I had not sewn the boat together again. and said.' So the brothers agreed that this plan would be much better than either quarrelling or marrying a lady who had no mind to have them. half a kingdom.' said the huntsman. for it was the middle of winter. on the rock. 'I see her afar off. and they sailed together over the sea. but soon came the dragon roaring behind them through the air. 'I dare not shoot at him. and the king mourned over his loss day and night. with his head upon her lap. and went and stole her away from under the dragon. for he was such a great beast that in his fall he overset the boat. the best way is for neither of you to have her: for the truth is. When they had brought home the princess to her father. for he awoke and missed the princess. but he had sought everywhere in vain for the rose. So the tailor took his needle. This grieved him very much.' said the star-gazer. and when he went into any garden and asked for such a thing. 'I will soon find out where she is. but went on snoring. But to make up for your loss. And when the time came for him to go home. bring me a rose. as the star-gazer had said. There they found the princess sitting. and was very fond of flowers. and around the castle was a garden.' said the thief. and asked him whether he thought roses grew in snow. all your skill would have been of no use. however. who had three daughters.' said the huntsman. and with a few large stitches put some of the planks together. They were still not safe. for the king's daughter had been carried off by a mighty dragon. and as he was journeying home. and he sat down upon these. and then tacked them together so quickly that the boat was soon ready. as he had said. but the third. 'for I should kill the beautiful young lady also. there was great rejoicing. who was called Lily. till they came to the right place. therefore she is mine. and asked for a ship for himself and his brothers. than to let either the dragon or one of the craftsmen have her again. as he called to his servant. she is mine. LILY AND THE LION A merchant. as he looked through his glass. let us try what we can do. and bid them goodbye.' said the tailor. 'for if I had not killed the dragon. and told him to go to a beautiful bed of roses that was there. and he said to the four brothers. thinking what he should bring her. 'A lucky hit!' said he. as a reward for his skill. he came to a fine castle. I will give each of you. guarding her. and on the other everything looked dreary and buried in the snow. for Lily was his dearest child. and the star-gazer said. and he soon cried out.

'Thou shinest everywhere. and said she would take care no light should fall upon him.' The next morning she asked the way she was to go. and thought to herself that the time was fast coming when all her troubles should end. she was still more glad. but. After some time he said to her. and always runs to meet me when I go home. 'Whoever has stolen my roses shall be eaten up alive!' Then the man said.' This said. he welcomed her so courteously that she agreed to marry him. and every now and then a white feather fell. and looked neither to the right hand nor to the left. Thus she went roving on through the wide world. and eat you. and took with them their little child. and she chose a large hall with thick walls for him to sit in while the wedding-torches were lighted.' Then the servant was greatly frightened. the word you have given must be kept. and took the rose. The wedding-feast was held. she knew not whither.' Then he told her all that had happened. and they lived happily together a long time. if you agree to this. and at last you may overtake and set me free. And when Lily came to the castle. he will tear you in pieces. And as he came near home. and when he has you. my dearest child! I have bought this flower at a high price. but in the evening they took their right forms again. on the hill's top and the valley's depth--hast thou anywhere seen my white dove?' . 'Dear father. 'I knew not that the garden belonged to you. 'Seven years must I fly up and down over the face of the earth. But she comforted him. for they had thought her dead long since. for if the least ray of the torch-light should fall upon him his enchantment would become still worse. and said that it would be a very hazardous thing. but every now and then I will let fall a white feather. By day he and all his court were lions. and if you wish to go and visit her my lions shall lead you thither. 'It may perhaps be only a cat or a dog. when up sprang a fierce lion. and everyone was overjoyed to see her. for your eldest sister is to be married. and said. But the lion was an enchanted prince. and to weep. and be forced to wander about the world for seven long years. and when Lily was asked to go to the wedding. but every morning he left his bride. and kissed him. for one day as she was travelling on she missed the white feather. 'Tomorrow there will be a great feast in your father's house. and welcomed him home. and set out with the lions. and took leave of her father. and then he held his court. and then went back to the wood. nor took any rest. and stayed till the feast was over. but as the train came from the church. and said he would give the lion whatever should meet him first on his return. for I have said I would give you to a wild lion.' But he would not. that will show you the way I am going. saying. and said.' But the man was unwilling to do so and said. no one saw that there was a crack in the door. 'no aid of man can be of use to me. it was Lily. 'It may be my youngest daughter.FAIRY TALES 91 This done. I will go to the lion. So at last they set out together. I will give you your life. and showed her the way she was to journey. his youngest and dearest daughter. till the night came again. a very small ray of light fell upon the prince. and the rose too for your daughter. follow it.' Then she rejoiced much at the thoughts of seeing her father once more. 'Now. However. for he should be changed into a dove. they were riding away well pleased. and when she lifted up her eyes she could nowhere see the dove. 'Alas. he flew out at the door. The prince was only to be seen as soon as evening came. and passed with the torches before the hall.' thought she to herself. and roared out. and it said to her. 'I will not go alone this time--you must go with me. she said to the prince. she gave him no rest.' And at last the man yielded with a heavy heart. who loves me most. and said she should not go. for seven years. and went away by himself. can nothing save my life?' 'No!' said the lion. and when she saw that he had brought her the rose. unless you undertake to give me whatever meets you on your return home. In a moment he disappeared. and when his wife came in and looked for him. she found only a white dove. let what would happen. Then she began to be glad. and poor Lily followed. But her father began to be very sorrowful. 'nothing. Her second sister was soon after married. and soothe him: perhaps he will let me come safe home again. unluckily. she came running. yet repose was still far off. But she told them how happy she was. and went forth with a bold heart into the wood. that met him. Then the wedding was held with great pomp.' So she went to the sun and said.

' 92 So she thanked the sun. but for flesh and blood: let me again this evening speak with the bridegroom in his chamber. and found that within it lay a dress as dazzling as the sun itself. and said. sitting by the Red Sea. 'I cannot help thee but I will give thee an egg-. who seeks to separate him from you. and I will give thee the dress. for the seven years are passed away. perhaps they have seen it. and she took the casket that the sun had given her.' continued the night-wind. and all the people gazed upon her. and seemed like the whistling of the wind among the fir-trees. 'Thou shinest through the night. Wilt thou then forget me quite?' But the prince all the time slept so soundly. jump on to his back with thy beloved one as quickly as possible. throw it down. and when thou comest to the eleventh. he will let you both fall into the sea. and smite the dragon with it. and she sat herself down at his feet. and said. till I find him once again. but she told her chamberlain to give the prince a sleeping draught.' said the moon. otherwise he would not have the strength to bear you the whole way. Thus the unhappy traveller was again forsaken and forlorn. till the bride saw them from her window. 'As far as the wind blows. 'Thou blowest through every tree and under every leaf--hast thou not seen my white dove?' 'No. Go to the Red Sea. break it off. and went off carrying the prince away with her. and the dress pleased the bride so much that she asked whether it was to be sold. 'but I will ask three other winds. and at last I have helped thee to overcome the dragon. than she seized the prince by the arm and sprang on to the griffin's back. but I will give thee a casket--open it when thy hour of need comes. and agreed to what she asked: but when the prince went to his chamber he asked the chamberlain why the wind had whistled so in the night. and so long as the cock crows.' She went on for a long. but she took heart and said. And the chamberlain told . till at length she came to the castle whither the princess had carried the prince. therefore.' The princess asked what she meant. and sat herself down and wept.' said she.' So our poor wanderer went forth.' At last the princess agreed. and the night-wind. Then poor Lily was led away. But no sooner was the princess released from the spell. 'but for flesh and blood.' Then the night-wind said. and the prince had fallen asleep. and when the moon arose. I will journey on. and smote the dragon. and went into the palace. 'Not for gold or silver. that her voice only passed over him. and out of the waters will immediately spring up a high nut-tree on which the griffin will be able to rest. and is changed once more into a lion. And she rose up and drove them before her. if. she was led into his chamber.' Then the princess thought to betray her as before. 'Let me speak with the bridegroom this night in his chamber. and was so pleased that she came forth and asked her if she would sell the brood. on the right shore stand many rods--count them. long way. But as she sat she bethought herself of the egg that the moon had given her. and the lion forthwith became a prince. 'Not for gold and silver.break it when need comes. and there he is fighting with a dragon. 'I have not seen it. 'I will give thee counsel. but the south wind said. When evening came. 'Heaven aid me now!' said she. and found all as the night-wind had said. and when she saw that there was no help for her.FAIRY TALES 'No. there ran out a hen and twelve chickens of pure gold. so as to form the most beautiful sight in the world. and she plucked the eleventh rod. over field and grove--hast thou nowhere seen my white dove?' 'No. and she raised up her voice to it. So she put it on. 'When you are half-way over. and both of them will appear to you in their own forms. and she said. and went on till the night-wind blew.' said the sun. and he will carry you over the waters to your home.' Then she thanked the moon. and went on her way till eventide. she cried unto it. and then nestled under the old one's wings. and when she broke it. she went out into a meadow. and there was a feast got ready. and so the lion will have the victory. the moon. and said: 'I have followed thee seven years. to seek thee. that he might not hear or see her. and the dragon is an enchanted princess. and forced to give up the golden dress. Then look round and thou wilt see a griffin. winged like bird. thou dost forget to throw down the nut. I have been to the sun. and she heard that the wedding was about to be held. 'I have seen the white dove--he has fled to the Red Sea. and said they too had not seen it. I will also give thee this nut. and the dragon a princess again.' said the night-wind.' Then the east wind and the west wind came. that played about. and I will give thee the whole brood.

' Then he opened the door and turned him adrift. and said.' Then the soldier did not know how to earn a living. so that I had altogether forgotten you.' And so the poor old horse had plenty to eat.' The lion was greatly pleased. or he would not talk so. went away greatly troubled. THE FOX AND THE HORSE A farmer had a horse that had been an excellent faithful servant to him: but he was now grown too old to work. 'I have got the better of him': and when the farmer saw his old servant. 'I will help you. and says unless I become stronger than a lion he will not take me back again. But the fox managed to tie his legs together and bound all so hard and fast that with all his strength he could not set himself free. come with me and you may make an excellent meal of his carcase. so he laid himself down quietly for the fox to make him fast to the horse.' The horse did as he was told. master. whereon the griffin rested for a while. so the farmer would give him nothing more to eat. and lived--till he died. 'Thou shalt stay in thy stable and be well taken care of. and seated themselves on the griffin. the fox said. There they found their child. but Heaven hath sent you to me in a lucky hour. and he said. When they were half-way across Lily let the nut fall into the water. the fox bid him be of good cheer. and walked the whole day. and moved off. and then you can draw him to your den. lie down there. till all the birds of the wood flew away for fright. When . and made his way quietly over the fields to his master's house. I shall not take you back again until you are stronger than a lion. until in the evening he entered a forest. I'll tell you what--I will tie you fast to his tail. and said. 'I want you no longer. Then the prince took care to throw away the sleeping draught. and wandered up and down in the wood. 'A little way off lies a dead horse. and when they came to the horse. and because I can no longer work he has turned me adrift. and then carried them safely home. When the work was done. 'justice and avarice never dwell in one house. now grown up to be comely and fair. my friend?' said he.' However. The beast began to roar and bellow. The king said to him: 'You may return to your home. and was to come again that night. and you will not receive any more money. 'You will not be able to eat him comfortably here. and how a poor maiden had come and spoken to him in his chamber. he knew his beloved wife's voice. and said. Presently a fox met him: 'What's the matter. and sprang up. for he only receives wages who renders me service for them. dragging the lion behind him. so take yourself off out of my stable. but when the war came to an end could serve no longer because of the many wounds which he had received. 'Here he is. and set off immediately. and eat him at your leisure. what chance can I have of that? he knows I have none. and said. and immediately a large nut-tree arose from the sea. THE BLUE LIGHT There was once upon a time a soldier who for many years had served the king faithfully. I need you no longer. The poor horse was very melancholy.' And they stole away out of the palace by night unawares. but the horse let him sing on.' said he.FAIRY TALES 93 him all--how he had given him a sleeping draught. and the fox went straight to the lion who lived in a cave close by. seeking some little shelter from the cold wind and rain. the fox clapped the horse on the shoulder. 'why do you hang down your head and look so lonely and woe-begone?' 'Ah!' replied the horse.' This advice pleased the lion. stretch yourself out quite stiff. 'Jip! Dobbin! Jip!' Then up he sprang. his heart relented. for the strange princess had thrown a spell around me. and how faithful and true to him she had been. and pretend to be dead. and said to him. 'You have awakened me as from a dream. and after all their troubles they lived happily together to the end of their days. and when Lily came and began again to tell him what woes had befallen her. who flew back with them over the Red Sea. my master has forgotten all that I have done for him so many years.

' said the little man.shut eyes. What further commands has my lord?' inquired the dwarf. however. and do all kinds of menial work. he ordered her to come to his chair. The soldier returned to the town from which he come. When the smoke had circled about the cavern.' In a short time she came by like the wind. and chop it small. but of what use was that to him? He saw very well that he could not escape death. 'At this moment. but could not finish it by the evening. 'I was carried through the streets with the rapidity of lightning. 'get to your work at once! Fetch the broom and sweep the chamber.' said he to her. 'and the witch is already hanging on the gallows. into which my light has fallen. and led him through an underground passage. 'that you can do no more today. and never goes out.' When twelve o'clock had struck. She. When the first cock crowed. without opposition. which he went up to.' 'Nothing more is needed than that you should light your pipe at the blue light.' When she had done this. and told him that she had had a very strange dream. and the blue light went on burning.' The little man took him by the hand.' 'The dream may have been true. and the manikin carried in the princess. silently and with half. 'then in the first place help me out of this well. which was still half full. and clean and brighten them. and came to a house wherein lived a witch. 'or I shall starve.' The manikin said: 'That is an easy thing for me to do. it burns blue.' Next day the old woman took him to the well. and now I want to take my revenge. clean his boots. and next day laboured with all his strength.' said the soldier. tomorrow. and let him down in a basket. but when he came near the edge. and I will appear before you at once. and take you in. 'That you should dig all round my garden for me.' thought he. and I had to wait upon him like a servant. and said: 'Lord. He found the blue light. and a little to eat and drink.' 'What am I to do?' asked the little man.' said the king. and in the evening the witch proposed that he should stay one night more. He sat for a while very sorrowfully. It was only a dream. he said to the little man: 'Now go and bind the old witch. perceiving her evil intention. the manikin carried her back to the royal palace. but I will keep you yet another night. and then bade the landlord furnish him a room as handsome as possible. and make a small hole . let him fall again into the well.' The soldier consented. there is an old dry well. she stretched down her hand and wanted to take the blue light away from him. and the soldier took as much gold as he could carry. for if it is discovered. but he has dismissed me. when the king's daughter is in bed. did everything he bade her.' Thereupon he vanished from his sight. and yet I am just as tired as if I really had done everything. She did draw him up. 'I see well enough.' said he. and made her pick them up again. bring her here in her sleep.' said she. and laid her in her bed. 'Do give me one night's lodging. and you shall bring it up again. 'and taken into a soldier's room. you shall only do me a very trifling piece of work. sweep his room.FAIRY TALES 94 darkness came on. he summoned the little black manikin and said: 'I have served the king faithfully.' The soldier spent the whole day in doing it. then suddenly he felt in his pocket and found his tobacco pipe. none. what are your commands?' 'What my commands are?' replied the soldier.' answered the soldier. 'I will give you a piece of advice. On the way the dwarf showed him the treasures which the witch had collected and hidden there. but a very dangerous thing for you. riding on a wild tom-cat and screaming frightfully. 'who gives anything to a run-away soldier? Yet will I be compassionate. only be at hand immediately. but he did not forget to take the blue light with him. The poor soldier fell without injury on the moist ground. and then he stretched out his feet and said: 'Pull off my boots. Nor was it long before the little man reappeared. if I summon you.' The witch fell into a passion. the door sprang open. 'No. and went away. 'Good. When he was above. 'I will not give you the light until I am standing with both feet upon the ground. ordered himself handsome clothes. 'you can return home. in payment for which you must tomorrow chop me a load of wood. she shall do servant's work for me.' and then he threw them in her face. When it was ready and the soldier had taken possession of it. pulled it out.' said he. Behind my house.' said the witch. 'Late at night. he saw a light. 'I must do everything you bid me. 'Tomorrow. Next morning when the princess arose she went to her father. 'This shall be my last pleasure.' 'What do you wish?' said the soldier. 'Aha! are you there?' cried the soldier. and made her a signal to draw him up again. lit it at the blue light and began to smoke. if you will do what I wish. you will fare ill. 'It is all done.' 'Oho!' she answered. Fill your pocket full of peas. suddenly a little black dwarf stood before him. and left me to hunger. quite astonished. He went to the best inn. and carry her before the judge.

set me free. gave him his kingdom for his own. and told him that he knew of no expedient to counteract this stratagem. for in every street poor children were sitting.' 'What am I to do?' he asked. and merely to be allowed to live at all. wherein lives an old woman. only take the blue light with you. last night. but you must not take of either. and said: 'I wish you were a raven and would fly away. And now loaded with chains. she will offer you food and drink. And again the princess was compelled to do servant's work until cock-crow.' 'You may smoke three. and the last by four black horses. Next morning the king had the entire town searched for his daughter's shoe. The king was terrified. Next morning the king sent his people out to seek the track. picking up peas. and before you come back from the place where you are taken. when he chanced to see one of his comrades passing by. he was standing at the window of his dungeon. still too young to run alone.' The black manikin heard this plot. the first day it will be drawn by four white. She grew impatient. the second by four chestnut. and heard all. darting this way and that way. a man was making his way through the wood when he heard a raven calling. hide one of them there. and will not be able to help me. and spare not the king who has treated me so ill.' 'We must think of something else. 'Go farther into the wood until you come to a house. and again this third night the princess was obliged to work like a servant. said to him: 'Be so kind as to fetch me the small bundle I have left lying in the inn. and as soon as a few wreaths of smoke had ascended. for the crafty manikin had just before scattered peas in every street there was. I will soon contrive to find it. and that if the shoe were found in the soldier's house it would go badly with him. you will fall into a deep sleep. the raven said. she opened the window. he begged a last favour of the king. As he drew near. and he followed the sound of the voice. he threw himself on the soldier's mercy. however. the manikin was standing beside him when he said that. The bird took its flight to a dark wood and remained there for a long time.' His comrade ran thither and brought him what he wanted. and the soldier himself. and his constable. she hid her shoe under the bed. The soldier tapped at the pane of glass. the blue light and the gold. but am now under the spell of some enchantment. and the mother could not quiet it.' Next day the soldier was tried. the judge condemned him to death.' said the king. but before she went away. he lighted his pipe and summoned the black manikin. but it was all in vain. and said: 'What does my lord command?' 'Strike down to earth that false judge there. and his daughter to wife. when the child in her arms was turned into a raven. and I will give you a ducat for doing it. they will fall out and leave a track in the streets.' Then the soldier pulled out his pipe and lighted it at the blue light.FAIRY TALES 95 in the pocket. 'I am by birth a king's daughter.' Scarcely were the words out of her mouth. She replied. THE RAVEN There was once a queen who had a little daughter. and did not venture to stir again. and let them do what they will. I shall drive there in my carriage at two o'clock in the afternoon for three successive days.' Then the manikin fell on them like lightning. and seeing the ravens flying round the castle. As soon as the soldier was alone again. At night when the sleeping princess was again carried through the streets. and thrown into prison. When he was led forth to die. Long after this. and when this man came up. who at the entreaty of the dwarf had gone outside the gate. and had only one ducat in his pocket. and though he had done nothing wicked. 'but do not imagine that I will spare your life. 'Have no fear. and then if you are carried away again. if you do. and at night when the soldier again ordered him to bring the princess. revealed it to him. then I should have a little peace. do what she would.' said the latter to his master. and saying: 'It must have rained peas. and on that you must stand and watch for me.' But unseen by the king. was soon brought back. 'keep your shoes on when you go to bed.' replied the soldier. but if you fail to keep .' answered the king. 'Go wheresoever they take you. some peas certainly did fall out of her pocket. One day the child was very troublesome. and flew away from her through the open window. you can. In his flight he had forgotten the most valuable things he had. 'Do what I bid you. 'What is it?' asked the king. In the garden behind the house is a large tan-heap. and whosoever was so much as touched by his cudgel fell to earth. and meanwhile the parents could hear nothing of their child. the manikin was there with a small cudgel in his hand. It was found at the soldier's. 'That I may smoke one more pipe on my way. but they made no track.

'I will neither eat not drink. As it drew towards the appointed hour. were black. drawn by her four white horses. At last. 'If you will not eat anything. and put it upon one of his.' She went as before to look for him. She got out of her carriage and went to him. and drank. as well as her horses. after giving him particulars of the food and drink she had left for him. and unable to resist it. and said.' But she would not leave him alone. but he felt even more overcome with weariness than on the two previous days. sighing.' The man assured her again that he would on no account touch a thing to eat or drink. At two o'clock the raven could be seen approaching. he was unable to resist the temptation. he lifted the glass and drank again. but in another minute his eyes closed of their own accord. When the hour came round again he went as usual on to the tan-heap in the garden to await the king's daughter. She was sadder than ever as she drove along. she said to herself. but it was all in vain. he slept like a log. she said sorrowfully to herself. fully determined. he lay down for a little while. off her finger. and he fell into such a deep sleep. and all her efforts to awaken him were of no avail. After that she drew a gold ring. and a flask of wine. they would never grow less. 'I know he has fallen asleep. and he could not stand upright any longer. of such a kind. and urged him saying. at least you might take a draught of wine. however. if. and took a deep draught. on which her name was engraved. there she found him as she had feared. Suddenly a feeling of fatigue came over him.' The man promised to do all that she wished. Finally. He had not been there long before he began to feel so tired that his limbs seemed hardly able to support him. As the raven drove along her four chestnut horses. and some meat. and throwing himself down. 'I know he has fallen asleep. and this time her coachman and everything about her. I shall not be set free. so again he lay down and fell fast asleep. 'Alas! I know even now that you will take something from the woman and be unable to save me. lying on the tan-heap. she called him and shook him. and it was impossible to awaken him. however. in which.' 'No. you still wish to do so.' She found him sleeping heavily. she laid a letter near him. but the raven said.' and at last he allowed himself to be persuaded. the old woman met him. Then she placed beside him a loaf. he went outside into the garden and mounted the tan-heap to await the raven.' answered the man. 'Poor man! how tired you are! Come in and rest and let me give you something to eat and drink. do you want to kill yourself?' He answered. The next day at noon. 96 When he came to the house and went inside. Towards two o'clock he went into the garden and on to the tan-heap to watch for the raven. and when he smelt the wine. At two o'clock the raven came driving along. the old woman came to him again with food and drink which he at first refused. he still continued sleeping. fast asleep. 'What is this? You are not eating or drinking anything. 'I know he has fallen asleep.' When she entered the garden.FAIRY TALES awake and I find you sleeping. The following day the old woman said to him. 'I may not and will not either eat or drink.' But she put down the dish of food and the glass of wine in front of him. that however much he took of them. overcome by her persistent entreaties that he would take something. but he slept. she finished with the following words: 'I see that as long as you remain here you will never be able to set me free. and said mournfully. to keep awake. come to the . one drink counts for nothing. but even before she reached the spot. that all the noises in the world would not have awakened him. and will not be able to set me free.

he lay down as before. 'for I do not willingly give myself up to be eaten. When the brother came home. we will look on those.' he said. 'How shall I be able to get there?' asked the man. but the castle was not to be found. on a glass mountain. 'I have two hours to spare.' said the giant. on it are marked all the towns. eager to start on his way and to reach the castle of Stromberg. who was away in search of provisions. he was grieved at heart. 'I will leave you in peace. when he had finished his supper. but it was many thousand miles away. he read the letter. and wine. I can have you now for my supper. and he told them he would look on his own maps as soon as he had eaten and appeased his hunger. after a while he summoned up courage and went forward. but looking round and seeing nobody. 'God be with you. and houses. this is well within your power to accomplish. When he had finished his supper the man asked him if he could direct him to the castle of Stromberg. but could not find it. 'Never mind. He thought to himself. and longed to get to the top of the mountain. 'I will look on my map. The giant was pleased with the good cheer. for I have not had anything to eat for a long time. meat.' so he built himself a little hut. I must then return to look after the child who is in our care.' said the man. 'and I will carry you into the neighbourhood of the castle.' The man journeyed on day and night till he reached the golden castle of Stromberg. and then seeing a little glimmer ahead of him. Accordingly. they all went up together to his room and looked through his maps. but seeing no one went back to their fighting. 'God be with you. for the castle was not marked even on these. He was overjoyed to see her.FAIRY TALES golden castle of Stromberg. he called out.' However. He rose up without delay. but still was unable to get nearer to her. which now became more furious. but he had no idea in which direction he ought to go. and again they paused and looked about. my life will not be worth much. The man now thought he should like to continue his journey.' Then his eyes fell on the things which were lying beside him. and ate and drank to his heart's content. and the man brought out the bread. He found it situated. 'God be with you.' but they searched in vain. were still unconsumed. I only thought of eating you because I had nothing else. and knew from it all that had happened. When he saw that it was impossible to reach her.' So he fetched his map. and said. however. and worn out he lay down under a bush and fell asleep. 'She has no doubt been here and driven away again. he went towards it. and looked for the castle. 97 When the man awoke and found that he had been sleeping.' So they went indoors together and sat down. but the giant begged him to remain for a day or two longer until the return of his brother. and it is now too late for me to save her. Looking out from his hut one day he saw three robbers fighting and he called out to them. they went on again with their fighting. Once more the night came on. through which he went on walking for fourteen days and still could not find a way out. The giant said. but the sides were so slippery that every time he attempted to climb he fell back again.' he cried again. and that evening. and there he sat and watched for a whole year. and said to himself.' She then returned to her carriage and drove to the golden castle of Stromberg. When the giant saw him. villages. Again the next day he pursued his way through the forest. thinking to rest again. carried the man to within about a hundred leagues of the castle. A third time he called out. He travelled about a long time in search of it and came at last to a dark forest. he was greatly grieved. He waited till it was darker and people had begun to light up their houses. and looking up from the foot he saw the enchanted maiden drive round her castle and then go inside. He found that the light came from a house which looked smaller than it really was. if you are wanting food I have enough to satisfy your hunger.' 'I would rather you let that alone. where he left him. they asked him about the castle of Stromberg. 'It is lucky for that you have come. which although he had eaten and drunk of them. 'If the giant sees me going in.' The giant.' replied the giant. saying.' They stopped when they heard the call. Then he fetched other older maps. 'I have larger maps upstairs in the cupboard. and every day he saw the king's daughter driving round her castle. 'You will be able to walk the remainder of the way yourself. 'I will remain here and wait for her. thereupon.' and . from the contrast of its height with that of an immense giant who stood in front of it.' 'If that is so. and they went on looking for the castle until at last they found it. but he heard such a howling and wailing that he found it impossible to sleep.

and let me have a draught of your wine. when he had made a few blows at the tree he struck himself in the leg. do let me go and cut wood. I must first. and the third had caught a horse which would carry its rider over any obstacle.' and he left the little man standing and went on. He took the ring which she had given him off his finger. and sneered at on every occasion. leave it alone. or whether they would separate. the man said. and his mother gave him.' THE GOLDEN GOOSE There was a man who had three sons. it was not long before he made a false stroke. and with it a bottle of sour beer. are you satisfied now!' After this he rode up the glass mountain. and it immediately flew open. too. however. and before he went his mother gave him a beautiful sweet cake and a bottle of wine in order that he might not suffer from hunger or thirst. 'I will give you something in exchange for those three things.' she exclaimed. and said. and said: 'Do give me a piece of cake out of your pocket. he found it closed. and when he had put this round him he was no longer visible.' She sought for him about the castle. and it flew wide open at once and he passed through. be off with you. made him get on the horse.' The father answered: 'Your brothers have hurt themselves with it.' His mother gave him a cake made with water and baked in the cinders. you do not understand anything about it. She could not see him for he still wore his cloak.' But the clever son answered: 'If I give you my cake and wine. 'Now you have indeed set me free. so that he had to be carried home. for that I have not got. But the second son. and asked him for a piece of cake and a drink of wine. 'and if that is so the man must also be here who is coming to set me free. with a golden goblet full of wine in front of her. and that he had but to strike it against any door through which he wished to pass. Another told him that he had found a cloak which rendered its wearer invisible. When therefore she came to the castle gate she saw him. a cake and a bottle of wine. be off!' and he left the little man standing and went on. and tomorrow we will celebrate our marriage. you have got what you deserve. Then he fell upon them with the stick and beat them one after another. not money. the youngest of whom was called Dummling. but could find him nowhere. One of them said that he had found a stick. Then he dismounted and took her in his arms. On hearing this. 'There. and she kissed him. you idle vagabonds. and the axe cut him in the arm. He mounted the steps and entered the room where the maiden was sitting. But when he began to hew down a tree.' The robbers. . but he gave it a blow with his stick. however. And this was the little grey man's doing. he went out and asked them why they were fighting so angrily with one another. like the eldest. you will get wiser by hurting yourself.[*] and was despised. The little old grey man met him likewise. prove whether all you have told me about your three things is true. mocked. When he entered the forest he met a little grey-haired old man who bade him good day. said sensibly enough: 'What I give you will be taken away from myself. crying. Then Dummling said: 'Father. It happened that the eldest wanted to go into the forest to hew wood. 'That is my own ring. so that he had to go home and have it bound up.FAIRY TALES 98 then thinking he should like to know the cause of dispute between the three men. and cried aloud for joy. so that it rang as it touched the bottom. When he reached the gate of the castle. I am so hungry and thirsty. and handed him the stick and the cloak. After this the second son went into the forest. and threw it into the goblet. and even up the glass mountain. therefore. I shall have none for myself. but something that is of far more value. His punishment. was not delayed. They had been unable to decide whether they would keep together and have the things in common. Meanwhile he had gone outside again and mounted his horse and thrown off the cloak.' But Dummling begged so long that at last he said: 'Just go then.

At last the third also came with the like intent. now right. Now the host had three daughters. and you will find something at the roots. he saw a man sitting. cold water I cannot stand. the parson. but she had scarcely touched her sister than she was held fast. Soon afterwards he came to a city. the parson called out to them and begged that they would set him and the sexton free. two labourers came with their hoes from the fields. we will sit down and eat. and as soon as she saw the seven people running on and on.' So they sat down.' and as soon as Dummling had gone out she seized the goose by the wing. and greeting him. So he had put forth a decree that whosoever should be able to make her laugh should marry her. He was astonished at this and called out: 'Hi! your reverence. The eldest thought: 'I shall soon find an opportunity of pulling out a feather. and was himself obliged to run behind. where a king ruled who had a daughter who was so serious that no one could make her laugh. Dummling asked him what he was taking to heart so sorely. but the king did not like the son-in. Dummling went and cut down the tree. you good-for-nothing girls. But they had scarcely touched the sexton when they were held fast. who saw the goose and were curious to know what such a wonderful bird might be. Thereupon Dummling asked to have her for his wife. Dummling thought of the little grey man. it was a fine sweet cake. but that to me . and the sour beer had become good wine. 'I may as well be there too. There stands an old tree. I am so hungry and thirsty. and now there were seven of them running behind Dummling and the goose. who could certainly help him. and the others screamed out: 'Keep away. and when he saw the procession he said: 'For shame. running behind three girls.' and ran to them. a barrel of wine I have just emptied. and made all manner of excuses and said he must first produce a man who could drink a cellarful of wine. He lifted her up. wherever his legs took him. he went with his goose and all her train before the king's daughter. The next morning Dummling took the goose under his arm and set out. went to an inn where he thought he would stay the night. one behind the other. who had a very sorrowful face. so he went into the forest. 'The others are there. and he answered: 'I have such a great thirst and cannot quench it.' Dummling answered: 'I have only cinder-cake and sour beer.law. The second came soon afterwards. for goodness' sake keep away!' But she did not understand why she was to keep away. why are you running across the fields after this young man? Is that seemly?' At the same time he seized the youngest by the hand in order to pull her away. she began to laugh quite loudly. and as if she would never stop.' Then the little man took leave of him. and when Dummling pulled out his cinder-cake. I will give you good luck. When Dummling heard this. Whilst the five were trotting thus one behind the other. cut it down. now left. and are willing to divide what you have. if that pleases you. but as soon as he touched her he likewise stuck fast. Before long the sexton came by and saw his master. but her finger and hand remained sticking fast to it. she remained sticking fast to her. In the middle of the fields the parson met them. and after that the little man said: 'Since you have a good heart. but was also held fast to it. but as soon as she had touched her sister. thinking only of how she might get a feather for herself.' she thought. and taking her with him. So they had to spend the night with the goose. So they ate and drank. whither away so quickly? Do not forget that we have a christening today!' and running after him he took him by the sleeve. and when it fell there was a goose sitting in the roots with feathers of pure gold.FAIRY TALES 99 When he came to the forest the little old grey man met him likewise. said: 'Give me a piece of your cake and a drink out of your bottle. and would have liked to have one of its golden feathers. without troubling himself about the three girls who were hanging on to it. They were obliged to run after him continually. and in the same place where he had felled the tree.

but what good is that when one has such a hunger as I? My stomach remains empty.' Dummling went straight into the forest. The man from the forest stood before it. He next tried to get off his horse and make his way on foot.' said the king. The wedding was celebrated. in a country a great way off. he will make me sole heir to his kingdom. When he heard what Dummling wanted.' Then he gave him the ship which could sail on land and water. I will give you the ship. and before the day was out he had emptied all the barrels. and he made a new condition. but went straight into the forest. and the man bent over the huge barrels. and I must tie myself up if I am not to die of hunger. should take away his daughter. But the dwarf was enraged at his behaviour. and as he looked around. 'you shall have my daughter for wife.' Then the eldest son said. Dummling did not think long. 'As soon as you come sailing back in it. and drank and drank till his loins hurt. a little old man met them and asked what was the matter. Dummling inherited his kingdom and lived for a long time contentedly with his wife. whither so fast?' 'What is that to thee. and begged that he might go in search of the Water of Life. 'I will soon find it': and he went to the sick king. 'just come with me and you shall be satisfied. 'it is the Water of Life. and he found . and as they were walking together very mournfully in the garden of the palace. and that they were afraid nothing could save him. and found that the path was closed behind him. 'If I bring my father this water. and rode on. whom everyone called Dummling. His sons were very much grieved at their father's sickness.' 100 He led him into the king's cellar. you ugly imp?' said the prince haughtily.' But he begged so hard that the king let him go.' said Dummling. and when the king saw that. as it was the only thing that could save him. and the dwarf called to him and said. I can help you. you shall eat yourself full. and saying: 'I have eaten a whole ovenful of rolls. They told him that their father was very ill.' said the little old man.' Then he set out: and when he had gone on his way some time he came to a deep valley. with a sugarloaf cap and a scarlet cloak. where in the same place there sat a man who was tying up his body with a strap. 'No. This king once fell very ill--so ill that nobody thought he could live. 'I know what would. and at last the way was so straitened that he could not go to step forward: and when he thought to have turned his horse round and go back the way he came. [*] Simpleton THE WATER OF LIFE Long before you or I were born. he saw standing above him on one of the rocks a little ugly dwarf. and there sat the little grey man to whom he had given his cake. but the king was vexed that such an ugly fellow.' He led him to the king's palace where all the flour in the whole Kingdom was collected. and said: 'Get up and come with me. he must first find a man who could eat a whole mountain of bread. he could no longer prevent him from having his daughter. overhung with rocks and woods. and after the king's death. there reigned. 'I had rather die than place you in such great danger as you must meet with in your journey. he said: 'Since you have given me to eat and to drink. but again the laugh rang in his ears. and I do all this because you once were kind to me.' At this Dummling was glad. he heard a loud laugh ringing round him. a king who had three sons.' said he. but it is very hard to get. Then Dummling for the third time asked for his bride. If he could have a draught of it he would be well again. so that as he rode on the mountain pass became narrower and narrower. and from it he caused a huge mountain of bread to be baked.FAIRY TALES is like a drop on a hot stone!' 'There. but the king again sought a way out. and making an awful face. began to eat. 'Prince. Then Dummling asked once more for his bride. and ordered a ship which could sail on land and on water. and the prince thought to himself. and laid a fairy spell of ill-luck upon him. so that he was shut in all round. and by the end of one day the whole mountain had vanished.

till he came to his journey's end.' Then the prince thanked his little friend with the scarlet cloak for his friendly aid. 'Father. and went travelling on and on. if he would set her free from the spell that bound her. strike the iron door of the castle three times with the wand. but if you throw them the bread they will let you pass. ran to the well. and aid me if you can!' 'Do you know where it is to be found?' asked the dwarf. and the kingdom will fall to me if I find the water. and found everything to be as the dwarf had told him. 101 Meantime the old king was lingering on in daily hope of his son's return. he passed by the little dwarf. and bade him make haste. filled a cup that was standing by him full of water.FAIRY TALES himself unable to move a step. and it will open: two hungry lions will be lying down inside gaping for their prey. But the dwarf put the same spell upon him as he put on his elder brother. and rode on. and as he walked through beautiful gardens he came to a delightful shady spot in which stood a couch. and trusted he should soon be able to make his father well again. I will give you an iron wand and two little loaves of bread. whither so fast?' 'Mind your own affairs. as before. then he pulled off their rings and put them on his own fingers. Around it he saw several knights sitting in a trance. and he. 'My dear friend. the youngest son said he would go and search for the Water of Life. as he felt tired. So he set out. and when the lions were quieted he went on through the castle and came at length to a beautiful hall. and the door fell so quickly upon him that it snapped off a piece of his heel. I will go in search of the Water of Life.' Then the prince thought to himself. and. and the dwarf met him too at the same spot in the valley. prince. and said. among the mountains.' The king was at first very unwilling to let him go. 'Prince. then hasten on to the well. and sleep fell upon him unawares. I will tell you how and where to go. saying. too. 'I am going in search of the Water of Life. if he would come back in a year and marry her.' said the prince. and she welcomed him joyfully. He walked on. and take some of the Water of Life before the clock strikes twelve. 'My brother is surely dead. 'I do not. who think themselves above everyone else. and never came back?' 'I have shut them up by a charm between two mountains. In another room he saw on a table a sword and a loaf of bread. and he thought to himself. and hastened to get away in time. and met with the same elf. that you may be able to reach it in safety. Thus it is with proud silly people. the kingdom should be his. and like to die: can you help me? Pray be kind. When the second prince had thus been gone a long time. who. and gaze on the lovely scenes around him. Just as he was going out of the iron door it struck twelve.' The prince begged so hard for his brothers. was at last obliged to take up his abode in the heart of the mountains. and are too proud to ask or take advice. and as he was going on his way homewards. till at last the second son said. which he also took. Pray tell me if you know. The water you seek springs from a well in an enchanted castle.' For he thought to himself. 'because they were proud and ill-behaved. When he found himself safe. who set out in search of the Water of Life before me. So he laid himself down. for if you tarry longer the door will shut upon you for ever. he was overjoyed to think that he had got the Water of Life. so that he did not wake up till the clock was striking a quarter to twelve. and took the wand and the bread. and said. said. that he would rest himself for a while. and thus he was forced to abide spellbound. because my father is ill. 'No.' 'Then as you have spoken to me kindly. that . 'You have made a noble prize. 'I cannot go home to my father without my brothers'. and draw what he wanted before the clock struck twelve. who stopped him at the same spot in the mountains. when he saw the sword and the loaf. Further on he came to a room where a beautiful young lady sat upon a couch. Then he sprang from the couch dreadfully frightened. and scorned to ask advice. and the bread will never fail you. whither so fast?' And the prince said. 'Prince. Then she told him that the well that held the Water of Life was in the palace gardens. busybody!' said the prince scornfully. with the sword you can at a blow slay whole armies. and are wise enough to seek for advice. over sea and over land. so he said. So he set out and followed the same road which his brother had done. but at last yielded to his wish. The door flew open at the third stroke of the wand. cannot you tell me where my two brothers are.' said the dwarf.

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the dwarf at last set them free, though unwillingly, saying, 'Beware of them, for they have bad hearts.' Their brother, however, was greatly rejoiced to see them, and told them all that had happened to him; how he had found the Water of Life, and had taken a cup full of it; and how he had set a beautiful princess free from a spell that bound her; and how she had engaged to wait a whole year, and then to marry him, and to give him the kingdom. Then they all three rode on together, and on their way home came to a country that was laid waste by war and a dreadful famine, so that it was feared all must die for want. But the prince gave the king of the land the bread, and all his kingdom ate of it. And he lent the king the wonderful sword, and he slew the enemy's army with it; and thus the kingdom was once more in peace and plenty. In the same manner he befriended two other countries through which they passed on their way. When they came to the sea, they got into a ship and during their voyage the two eldest said to themselves, 'Our brother has got the water which we could not find, therefore our father will forsake us and give him the kingdom, which is our right'; so they were full of envy and revenge, and agreed together how they could ruin him. Then they waited till he was fast asleep, and poured the Water of Life out of the cup, and took it for themselves, giving him bitter sea-water instead. When they came to their journey's end, the youngest son brought his cup to the sick king, that he might drink and be healed. Scarcely, however, had he tasted the bitter sea-water when he became worse even than he was before; and then both the elder sons came in, and blamed the youngest for what they had done; and said that he wanted to poison their father, but that they had found the Water of Life, and had brought it with them. He no sooner began to drink of what they brought him, than he felt his sickness leave him, and was as strong and well as in his younger days. Then they went to their brother, and laughed at him, and said, 'Well, brother, you found the Water of Life, did you? You have had the trouble and we shall have the reward. Pray, with all your cleverness, why did not you manage to keep your eyes open? Next year one of us will take away your beautiful princess, if you do not take care. You had better say nothing about this to our father, for he does not believe a word you say; and if you tell tales, you shall lose your life into the bargain: but be quiet, and we will let you off.' The old king was still very angry with his youngest son, and thought that he really meant to have taken away his life; so he called his court together, and asked what should be done, and all agreed that he ought to be put to death. The prince knew nothing of what was going on, till one day, when the king's chief huntsmen went a-hunting with him, and they were alone in the wood together, the huntsman looked so sorrowful that the prince said, 'My friend, what is the matter with you?' 'I cannot and dare not tell you,' said he. But the prince begged very hard, and said, 'Only tell me what it is, and do not think I shall be angry, for I will forgive you.' 'Alas!' said the huntsman; 'the king has ordered me to shoot you.' The prince started at this, and said, 'Let me live, and I will change dresses with you; you shall take my royal coat to show to my father, and do you give me your shabby one.' 'With all my heart,' said the huntsman; 'I am sure I shall be glad to save you, for I could not have shot you.' Then he took the prince's coat, and gave him the shabby one, and went away through the wood. Some time after, three grand embassies came to the old king's court, with rich gifts of gold and precious stones for his youngest son; now all these were sent from the three kings to whom he had lent his sword and loaf of bread, in order to rid them of their enemy and feed their people. This touched the old king's heart, and he thought his son might still be guiltless, and said to his court, 'O that my son were still alive! how it grieves me that I had him killed!' 'He is still alive,' said the huntsman; 'and I am glad that I had pity on him, but let him go in peace, and brought home his royal coat.' At this the king was overwhelmed with joy, and made it known thoughout all his kingdom, that if his son would come back to his court he would forgive him. Meanwhile the princess was eagerly waiting till her deliverer should come back; and had a road made leading up to her palace all of shining gold; and told her courtiers that whoever came on horseback, and rode straight

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up to the gate upon it, was her true lover; and that they must let him in: but whoever rode on one side of it, they must be sure was not the right one; and that they must send him away at once. The time soon came, when the eldest brother thought that he would make haste to go to the princess, and say that he was the one who had set her free, and that he should have her for his wife, and the kingdom with her. As he came before the palace and saw the golden road, he stopped to look at it, and he thought to himself, 'It is a pity to ride upon this beautiful road'; so he turned aside and rode on the right-hand side of it. But when he came to the gate, the guards, who had seen the road he took, said to him, he could not be what he said he was, and must go about his business. The second prince set out soon afterwards on the same errand; and when he came to the golden road, and his horse had set one foot upon it, he stopped to look at it, and thought it very beautiful, and said to himself, 'What a pity it is that anything should tread here!' Then he too turned aside and rode on the left side of it. But when he came to the gate the guards said he was not the true prince, and that he too must go away about his business; and away he went. Now when the full year was come round, the third brother left the forest in which he had lain hid for fear of his father's anger, and set out in search of his betrothed bride. So he journeyed on, thinking of her all the way, and rode so quickly that he did not even see what the road was made of, but went with his horse straight over it; and as he came to the gate it flew open, and the princess welcomed him with joy, and said he was her deliverer, and should now be her husband and lord of the kingdom. When the first joy at their meeting was over, the princess told him she had heard of his father having forgiven him, and of his wish to have him home again: so, before his wedding with the princess, he went to visit his father, taking her with him. Then he told him everything; how his brothers had cheated and robbed him, and yet that he had borne all those wrongs for the love of his father. And the old king was very angry, and wanted to punish his wicked sons; but they made their escape, and got into a ship and sailed away over the wide sea, and where they went to nobody knew and nobody cared. And now the old king gathered together his court, and asked all his kingdom to come and celebrate the wedding of his son and the princess. And young and old, noble and squire, gentle and simple, came at once on the summons; and among the rest came the friendly dwarf, with the sugarloaf hat, and a new scarlet cloak. And the wedding was held, and the merry bells run. And all the good people they danced and they sung, And feasted and frolick'd I can't tell how long. THE TWELVE HUNTSMEN There was once a king's son who had a bride whom he loved very much. And when he was sitting beside her and very happy, news came that his father lay sick unto death, and desired to see him once again before his end. Then he said to his beloved: 'I must now go and leave you, I give you a ring as a remembrance of me. When I am king, I will return and fetch you.' So he rode away, and when he reached his father, the latter was dangerously ill, and near his death. He said to him: 'Dear son, I wished to see you once again before my end, promise me to marry as I wish,' and he named a certain king's daughter who was to be his wife. The son was in such trouble that he did not think what he was doing, and said: 'Yes, dear father, your will shall be done,' and thereupon the king shut his eyes, and died. When therefore the son had been proclaimed king, and the time of mourning was over, he was forced to keep the promise which he had given his father, and caused the king's daughter to be asked in marriage, and she was promised to him. His first betrothed heard of this, and fretted so much about his faithfulness that she nearly died. Then her father said to her: 'Dearest child, why are you so sad? You shall have whatsoever you will.' She thought for a moment and said: 'Dear father, I wish for eleven girls exactly like myself in face, figure, and size.' The father said: 'If it be possible, your desire shall be fulfilled,' and he caused a search to be

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made in his whole kingdom, until eleven young maidens were found who exactly resembled his daughter in face, figure, and size. When they came to the king's daughter, she had twelve suits of huntsmen's clothes made, all alike, and the eleven maidens had to put on the huntsmen's clothes, and she herself put on the twelfth suit. Thereupon she took her leave of her father, and rode away with them, and rode to the court of her former betrothed, whom she loved so dearly. Then she asked if he required any huntsmen, and if he would take all of them into his service. The king looked at her and did not know her, but as they were such handsome fellows, he said: 'Yes,' and that he would willingly take them, and now they were the king's twelve huntsmen. The king, however, had a lion which was a wondrous animal, for he knew all concealed and secret things. It came to pass that one evening he said to the king: 'You think you have twelve huntsmen?' 'Yes,' said the king, 'they are twelve huntsmen.' The lion continued: 'You are mistaken, they are twelve girls.' The king said: 'That cannot be true! How will you prove that to me?' 'Oh, just let some peas be strewn in the ante-chamber,' answered the lion, 'and then you will soon see. Men have a firm step, and when they walk over peas none of them stir, but girls trip and skip, and drag their feet, and the peas roll about.' The king was well pleased with the counsel, and caused the peas to be strewn. There was, however, a servant of the king's who favoured the huntsmen, and when he heard that they were going to be put to this test he went to them and repeated everything, and said: 'The lion wants to make the king believe that you are girls.' Then the king's daughter thanked him, and said to her maidens: 'Show some strength, and step firmly on the peas.' So next morning when the king had the twelve huntsmen called before him, and they came into the ante-chamber where the peas were lying, they stepped so firmly on them, and had such a strong, sure walk, that not one of the peas either rolled or stirred. Then they went away again, and the king said to the lion: 'You have lied to me, they walk just like men.' The lion said: 'They have been informed that they were going to be put to the test, and have assumed some strength. Just let twelve spinning-wheels be brought into the ante- chamber, and they will go to them and be pleased with them, and that is what no man would do.' The king liked the advice, and had the spinning-wheels placed in the ante-chamber. But the servant, who was well disposed to the huntsmen, went to them, and disclosed the project. So when they were alone the king's daughter said to her eleven girls: 'Show some constraint, and do not look round at the spinning-wheels.' And next morning when the king had his twelve huntsmen summoned, they went through the ante-chamber, and never once looked at the spinning-wheels. Then the king again said to the lion: 'You have deceived me, they are men, for they have not looked at the spinning-wheels.' The lion replied: 'They have restrained themselves.' The king, however, would no longer believe the lion. The twelve huntsmen always followed the king to the chase, and his liking for them continually increased. Now it came to pass that once when they were out hunting, news came that the king's bride was approaching. When the true bride heard that, it hurt her so much that her heart was almost broken, and she fell fainting to the ground. The king thought something had happened to his dear huntsman, ran up to him, wanted to help him, and drew his glove off. Then he saw the ring which he had given to his first bride, and when he looked in her face he recognized her. Then his heart was so touched that he kissed her, and when she opened her eyes he said: 'You are mine, and I am yours, and no one in the world can alter that.' He sent a messenger to the other bride, and entreated her to return to her own kingdom, for he had a wife already, and someone who had just found an old key did not require a new one. Thereupon the wedding was celebrated, and the lion was again taken into favour, because, after all, he had told the truth. THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN There was once a merchant who had only one child, a son, that was very young, and barely able to run alone. He had two richly laden ships then making a voyage upon the seas, in which he had embarked all his wealth, in the hope of making great gains, when the news came that both were lost. Thus from being a rich man he

At the sight of this he was overjoyed. he said that he had. but as no gold was come. to make a sort of drawn battle of the matter. that he might sell it and raise a little money. and that the twelve years were coming round when he must keep his word. whatever meets you first on your going home. and he did not choose to be given up to his hump-backed friend. he made himself easy by thinking that it was only a joke that the dwarf was playing him. and there. I have paid my money. 'only undertake to bring me here. he saw a large pile of gold lying on the floor. 'so please to step in here. 'Who knows but I may?' said the little man: 'tell me what ails you. 105 One day. 'I come to talk with your father. and how he had nothing left but that little plot of land. so he agreed to the bargain.' When the time came. and your father has had it. at any rate. that it would most likely be his dog or his cat. 'Have you anything to say to us. all on a sudden there stood before him a little. however.' The old man grinned. but his father would not tell for some time.' Then the merchant told him how all his wealth was gone to the bottom of the sea. and forgetting all about his son. and saw what it was that he had bound himself to do. sold him for gold to a little. The little black dwarf soon came. and he either could not. friend.' The merchant thought this was no great thing to ask. that the father should push him off with his own hand. his little boy was so glad to see him that he crept behind him.' said the merchant. or dared not. they came to terms. 'what is it you take so deeply to heart?' 'If you would do me any good I would willingly tell you. and there he often went in an evening to take his walk. but Heinel said again. my friend. but could not find any way to get into it. and laid fast hold of his legs. after a long talk. 'Oh.' said the son. why so sorrowful?' said he to the merchant. thinking with no great comfort on what he had been and what he now was. went into trade again. and walked round and round about the circle. 'pray give him up his bond at once. so be so good as to let me have what I paid it for. as he was roaming along in a brown study. and looked up in his face and laughed. if he followed his own course. So. when the money came. 'Father. and would not take it in. the father and son went out together to the place agreed upon: and the son drew a circle on the ground. Then the father started.' said the little old man.FAIRY TALES became all at once so very poor that nothing was left to him but one small plot of land. and signed and sealed the bond to do what was asked of him.' 'You must have my consent to that first. The old man held his tongue. black dwarf. The boy one day asked what was the matter. rough-looking. and perhaps you will find I may be of some use.' said Heinel. I shall be too much for the little man. But as he drew near home. 'Have you brought me what you said you would?' said the dwarf to the merchant. without knowing it. 'Prithee. and had told him what to do.' 'You have cheated and taken in my father. 'right is right. who seemed so anxious for his company. but forgot his little boy Heinel. ugly-looking. and showed his teeth. as if he should have been very glad to get into the circle if he could. At last the boy said to him. and set himself and his father in the middle of it. for this fairy knew what good luck was in store for him. and that. it was settled that Heinel should be put into an open boat. the fairy had told Heinel what fortune was in store for him. on the other hand. and became very sad and thoughtful. Then at last. so that care and sorrow were written upon his face. and as the end of the twelve years drew near the merchant began to call to mind his bond. Meantime little Heinel grew up. he should see the bearer. Then Heinel said. and I will give you as much as you please. trouble not yourself about that. and let us talk it over. and that so far the dwarf should have his way: but. not with you. jump over it. Heinel agreed that his father must give him up. 'What do you want here?' The dwarf said. and was like to be. or what do you want?' Now Heinel had found a friend in a good fairy. black dwarf. that was fond of him. give yourself very little trouble about that.' 'Fair and softly.' said the dwarf. and became a richer merchant than before. and ease his mind of a little of his trouble. trembling with fear and horror. and that he should thus be . at last. and spent it. twelve years hence. instead of his iron. About a month afterwards he went upstairs into a lumber-room to look for some old iron. that lay on the sea-shore hard by. or something of that sort.

and said. Then he took leave of his father. The king. 'that can never be true. Now the white snake was an enchanted princess. but before it got far off a wave struck it. for the good fairy took care of her friend. and thus passed unknown into the town. where a shepherd dwelt. still vowed that he was his son. turned his ring. thinking that at any rate he had had his revenge. only promise never to make use of it to bring me hence to your father's house. The second night twelve others will come: and the third night twenty-four. and bad luck would follow.' As soon as he had fallen asleep. Then he sat himself down. and said. and the third night the princess came. and they knew that what he had said was true. he said he was his son.' Then he said he would do what she asked. and fell on his neck and kissed him. and I shall be free. whip. But the queen was against his going. He next told them how he was king of the Golden Mountain. and saw that the ring was gone from his finger. and she was very glad to see him. And when he awoke he found himself alone. 'Is there no mark by which you would know me if I am really your son?' 'Yes. and spoke not a word. But the merchant said. And thus eight years had passed over their heads. 'our Heinel had a mark like a raspberry on his right arm. 'I know well that misfortunes will come upon us if you go. however. He did all he could to soothe her. and it went safely on. 'Are you at last come to set me free? Twelve long years have I waited here for the fairy to bring you hither as she promised. but she was not so in truth. till at length it ran ashore upon an unknown land. but give no answer. he gave her no rest till she agreed.' said his mother. and forgetting his word. and he was crowned king of the Golden Mountain. and wished for his queen and son.' And all came to pass as she had said. Heinel bore all. and went home very sorrowful. and at twelve o'clock they must go away. did not sink. As he jumped upon the shore he saw before him a beautiful castle but empty and dreary within. whatever you wish it will bring you. and crept softly away. So he went up to a neighbouring hill. I will rest my head in your lap. and let them do what they will--beat. and will come and bring you the Water of Life. he must be a fine king truly who travels about in a shepherd's frock!' At this the son was vexed. but at the twelfth hour of that night their power is gone. while the dwarf went his way. and bring you back to life and health. however. and she at last seemed to be appeased. This night twelve men will come: their faces will be black. and will wash you with it. and said he had had but one son. pinch. she drew the ring from his finger. and set himself in the boat. who he knew was long since dead: and as he was only dressed like a poor shepherd. and said. and the queen had a son. but the merchant would not believe him. who will even cut off your head. but the guards would not let him go in. and borrowed his old frock. but the queen wept. 'must I find the prize the good fairy told me of. however. 'Take this ring. and left to the bad or good luck of wind and weather. The boat. or torment you--bear all. only speak not a word. and was only thinking how she should punish him.' So he once more searched the whole palace through. 'Here. lying coiled up on a cushion in one of the chambers. till at last he found a white snake. When he came to his father's house. and wished herself and her son at home in their kingdom. and was married to a princess. and showed her the spot where the boat was set adrift upon the wide waters.' Then he showed them the mark. and said he had broken his word. sit by me. and put the ring on his finger. and soon raised the boat up again. and said. They lived together very happily. for it was enchanted. and said. for you alone can save me. and it fell with one side low in the water. his poor Heinel. and put it on your finger. prick. 'I can never go back to my father's . At his going away she gave him a wishing-ring. They will ask what you do here. he would not even give him anything to eat. The young man sat safe within.' said he to himself. the wedding was celebrated. and they will be dressed in chain armour. and wished himself near the town where his father lived. Heinel found himself at the gates in a moment.FAIRY TALES 106 set adrift. so the merchant thought that poor Heinel was lost. In an instant they stood before him. and had a son seven years old. and he began to long to see him once again. One day he took her to walk with him out of the town. Joy and gladness burst forth throughout the castle. because he was so strangely clad.' However. 'I am very much tired. when the king thought of his father. and sleep a while.

and when a glass of wine was handed to her. Then he was told about Doctor Knowall who lived in such and such a village. and whatsoever else pertains to medicine. and he wished himself a fly. and get yourself some clothes. who drove with two oxen a load of wood to the town. and as they saw him pass they cried out and said. 'Heads Off!' cried he. the table was spread.' said they.' said the doctor. and placed himself by the side of the queen. 'Little men have sharp wits. Then they gave him the cloak. thirdly. 'One indeed came who set thee free. though they kept on giving her meat and drink. have a sign painted for yourself with the words: "I am Doctor Knowall. and must know what had become of the money.' said he: 'now give me the sword. must go too. it so happened that the doctor was sitting at table. "Heads off!" for if you do we are all dead men. and thus. But when anything to eat was put upon her plate. fear and remorse came over her. he would enter into no parley with them. However. and the people around told him that his queen was about to marry another husband." and have that nailed up above your house-door. 'In the first place buy yourself an A B C book of the kind which has a cock on the frontispiece. and sold it to a doctor for two talers.' The lord was willing. 'The cloak is very well. and she went into her chamber alone. but not long. Then he was to go with him and bring back the stolen money.FAIRY TALES house. Upon this. DOCTOR KNOWALL There was once upon a time a poor peasant called Crabb. but how have you used him? Ought he to have had such treatment from thee?' Then he went out and sent away the company. 'not unless you undertake not to say. he said. Heinel said they must first let him try these wonderful things. and there he was at once. Then he threw his cloak around him. my wife. and let both of them have a seat in the carriage. he took it and drank it. And when the first servant came with a dish of delicate fare. then he might know how to set a value upon them. charging him to try it on a tree. he took it away and ate it himself. So he remained standing a while. and sat there weeping. He next asked for the boots also. the peasant nudged his wife. turn your cart and your two oxen into money. and they all drove away together. and Crabb was told to sit down and eat. but only asked them if they would go in peace or not. But the princes. but he drew his sword. her plate and cup were always empty. a cloak that made the owner invisible. and when the peasant saw how well he ate and drank. peers. 'was I not once set free? Why then does this enchantment still seem to bind me?' 'False and fickle one!' said he. he shall part the goods between us. and he seated himself with her at the table. he wished himself at the Golden Mountain. and at length inquired if he too could not be a doctor.' The peasant did everything that he had been told to do. When they came to the nobleman's castle. 'Oh. and he followed her there. and with the word the traitors' heads fell before him. So the giants were left behind with no goods to share or quarrel about. a rich and great lord had some money stolen. and said the wedding was at an end. So the lord had the horses harnessed to his carriage. and passed through the castle hall. 'Alas!' said she to herself.' So they gave it him. Yes. where no one saw him. and the moment he had all three in his power. and would willingly have been a doctor too. and asked Crabb if he were Doctor Knowall. 'they would say I am a sorcerer: I will journey forth into the world. in the second. for that he was come back to the kingdom. that .' said he. 'Oh. As Heinel came near his castle he heard the sound of merry music. or gave him any form he pleased. and great men mocked at him. yes.' Now there was a sword that cut off an enemy's head whenever the wearer gave the words. Then they turned upon him and tried to seize him.' said he. too. When the money was being counted out to him. 'Heads off!'.' 107 So saying he set out and travelled till he came to a hill. till I come again to my kingdom. 'that is soon managed.' 'No.' 'What must I do?' asked the peasant. When he had doctored people awhile. Grete. he was. but Grete. yes. and a pair of boots that carried the wearer wherever he wished. and in a moment he was a fly. but my wife. 'Yes. and Heinel was once more king of the Golden Mountain. drove out to the village. and said: 'Grete. his heart desired what he saw. where three giants were sharing their father's goods. and he is now near thee again.

Each wanted to be first at drawing the water. who soon became stronger and every day more beautiful. She took nothing with her but a little ring which her father and mother had given her. crying: 'That man knows everything!' Then Doctor Knowall showed the lord where the money was. and thought herself bound to do all she could to bring her brothers back. With this the doctor was satisfied.' meaning that was the servant who brought the first dish.' said he. As he could not find it immediately he said: 'I know you are there. he was terrified. had no idea what to say. and that her birth was only the innocent cause of it. for the peasant again said: 'Grete. and so they were in such a hurry that all let their pitchers fall into the well.' When the lord heard that. and did not know what to do. that is the third. but did not say who had stolen it. poor Crabb. the peasant nudged his wife. The servant. and looked up and saw seven ravens as black as coal flying round and round. thought he intended by that to say: 'That is the first thief. 'she is beautiful indeed. crept into the stove to hear if the doctor knew still more. but said it was the will of Heaven. that is the second. turned the pages backwards and forwards. and when he had waited still longer and they yet did not come. and comforted himself as well as he could for the loss of his seven sons with his dear little daughter. and received from both sides much money in reward. and she had neither rest nor ease. and what had become of them. and free them. and full of terror. and said: 'My lord. and returned to the hall. In the meantime the father was uneasy. The third fared no better.' and as he actually was so. and a little stool to rest upon when . Although the little girl was very pretty. and said: 'Grete. and asked if she had any brothers. When therefore he went out. They led him to the spot where the money was concealed. So when he went in with his dish. and said to his comrade outside: 'The doctor knows all: we shall fare ill. he did not know how what was done could be undone. Actually. and he got out as fast as he could.FAIRY TALES 108 was the first. he said I was the first. Sorry as he was to see his wish so fulfilled. THE SEVEN RAVENS There was once a man who had seven sons. sprang out.' Then she was much grieved. now will I search in my book where the gold is hidden. but still 'tis a pity that her brothers should have been lost for her sake. but the little girl mourned sadly about it every day. and cried: 'Ah.' The second did not want to go in at all. and the lord told the doctor that he was to show his skill. so you had better come out!' Then the fellow in the stove thought that the doctor meant him. sat down to the table. and they stood very foolishly looking at one another.' This servant was equally alarmed. he cried: 'There! he knows it. So they dared no longer hide the truth from her. he flew into a rage and wished them all turned into ravens. she was so weak and small that they thought she could not live. and went to her father and mother. 'Yes.' said they. and could not tell what made the young men stay so long. till at length one day she stole away. he must also know who has the money!' On this the servants looked terribly uneasy. but the other six ran with him. however. wherever they might be. but was forced. and set out into the wide world to find her brothers. 'the whole seven must have forgotten themselves over some game of play'. for none dared go home. 'Surely. and became a renowned man. and made a sign to the doctor that they wished him to step outside for a moment. for her father and mother took care not to speak of them before her: but one day by chance she heard the people about her speak of them. if he would not denounce them. a little pitcher of water in case she should be thirsty. there were crabs. The doctor looked at the dish. whatever it might cost her. all four of them confessed to him that they had stolen the money. But the doctor sat still and opened his A B C book. for if he did they would be hanged. but they said she should at once be christened.' The fourth had to carry in a dish that was covered. and looked for the cock. So the father sent one of his sons in haste to the spring to get some water. a loaf of bread in case she should be hungry.' The fifth servant. and last of all one daughter. and guess what was beneath the cover. Scarcely had he spoken these words when he heard a croaking over his head. For a long time she did not know that she had ever had any brothers. and said that they would willingly restore it and give him a heavy sum into the bargain. however.

and put it in the door and opened it. shut herself in. 'Here come my masters. but she let the ring that she had brought with her fall into the last glass. When it became known that the old fox was dead.' answered she. but the sun looked much too hot and fiery. the seven ravens. he looked at it. and there your brothers live. and went merrily home.' The little girl took the piece of wood. 'If you have not this little piece of wood. and said. THE WEDDING OF MRS FOX FIRST STORY There was once upon a time an old fox with nine tails. 'Who has eaten from my little plate? And who has been drinking out of my little glass?' 'Caw! Caw! well I ween Mortal lips have this way been. On a sudden she heard a fluttering and croaking in the air. then she came to the sun. and looked for their little plates and glasses. and knew that it was his father's and mother's. Miss Cat.' Now the little dwarf was getting their dinner ready. 'I smell flesh and blood this way!' so she took herself away in a hurry and came to the stars. and the stars were friendly and kind to her. and found there the ring. What was to be done? She wanted to save her brothers. 'O that our little sister would but come! then we should be free. and in an instant all the ravens took their right form again. and out of each little plate their sister ate a small piece.FAIRY TALES 109 she should be weary. Thus she went on and on. they wanted to eat and drink. that was just the size of the piece of wood she had lost. and wished to put her to the test. and the dwarf said. she ran forward. and it was a young fox. you cannot unlock the castle that stands on the glass-mountain. and said. and had no key of the castle of the glass-mountain. and all hugged and kissed each other. pray step in. Then she felt for the little piece of wood. and set them upon the table. but the moon was cold and chilly. and their drink in seven little glasses. He stretched himself out under the bench. who believed that his wife was not faithful to him. I am waking. and he brought their food upon seven little plates. and her maid.' When the seventh came to the bottom of his glass. so she ran away quickly to the moon. The maid heard someone standing at the house. and out of each little glass she drank a small drop. and did the cooking. Miss Cat? Do you sleep or do you wake?' She answered: 'I am not sleeping.' When the little girl heard this (for she stood behind the door all the time and listened). but when she unwrapped the cloth it was not there. Would you know what I am making? I am boiling warm beer with butter. As she went in. and went on again until she came to the glass-mountain. Mrs Fox went up to her room. and said. 'What are you seeking for?' 'I seek for my brothers. She went and opened it. knocking.' When they came in. suitors presented themselves. and each star sat upon his own little stool. sat by the fire. who said: 'What may you be about. did not move a limb. Then said one after the other. but the morning star rose up and gave her a little piece of wood. a little dwarf came up to her. Will you be my guest for supper?' . and she saw she had lost the gift of the good stars. but if you will wait till they come. and found the door shut. 'My masters are not at home. so this faithful little sister took a knife out of her pocket and cut off her little finger. and behaved as if he were stone dead. Then the dwarf said. and journeyed till she came to the world's end. rolled it up in a little cloth.door. and said.

Then will it please her to step below?' The cat runs quickly up the stair. 'Then he won't do for me. yes. like old Mr Fox. are you inside?' 'Oh. The door she knocks at tap. no.' she cried.' The cat goes up the stairs trip. each with one tail more than the other. Soon afterwards there was another knock. 'A wooer he stands at the door out there. With her five gold rings at the door she knocks: 'Are you within. 'what is Mrs Fox doing?' The maid replied: 110 'She is sitting in her room. 'Mistress Fox.' The wolf answered: 'If she's in want of a husband now. The wolf greeted her. How comes it that alone you sit? What are you making good?' The cat replied: 'In milk I'm breaking bread so sweet. young sir.' 'Do just tell her.' Miss Cat went downstairs and sent the wooer away. but he did not fare better than the first. And carry old Mr Fox outside. and eat?' 'No. Moaning in her gloom. and another fox was at the door who wished to woo Mrs Fox. Bewailing her trouble so sore. 'he has only one. the wolf came as a suitor.' said the fox. and has he a pointed mouth?' 'No. tap. but they were all turned away. SECOND STORY When old Mr Fox was dead. a bear. Because old Mr Fox is dead.' 'Certainly. and drove them and Mrs Fox out of the house. my little cat. thank you. old Mr Fox stirred under the bench. He had two tails. trap. a stag. came a dog. good Mistress Fox? If you're in want of a husband now. thank you. and all the beasts of the forest. a hare. tap. and the cat who was servant to Mrs Fox.' But just as the wedding was going to be solemnized. and knocked at the door.' 'Then I will not have him. When the widow heard that. she said joyfully to the cat: 'Now open the gates and doors all wide. For old Mr Fox is no more. my dear?' 'Has he nine as beautiful tails as the late Mr Fox?' 'Oh. that a young fox is here. miss. until at last one came who had nine tails. opened it for him.' answered the wolf. Until she comes to the parlour door.FAIRY TALES 'No. After this still more came. and cudgelled all the rabble. Then will it please you to step below? Mrs Fox asked: 'Has the gentleman red stockings on. Bewailing her sorrowful doom. a lion. Mrs Cat. 'Is Mrs Fox not at home?' The cat said: 'She sits upstairs in her room. who would like to woo her.' 'What does he look like. and said: 'Good day. miss. Will you be my guest.' answered the cat. one after . Mrs Cat of Kehrewit. And lets her tail fly here and there.' answered the cat.' When the wolf was gone. Weeping her little eyes quite red.

and at one of the windows stood an old woman with a very beautiful young lady by her side looking about them. and said.' Meantime the huntsman came nearer and looked at the lady.FAIRY TALES 111 the other. and you will find a piece of gold under your pillow every morning when you rise. but he was so much in love that he never missed his prize. but the real reason was. we must get it away from him. 'Sweep me the room as clean as you can. and he never found any more gold under his pillow. go your way. and hung his bag and bow about his neck. Cut open the dead bird. and said to him. to what I am going to tell you. 'Good day. and went his way. and one will fall down dead: the cloak will fall too. they are dancing still.' Then the wedding was solemnized with young Mr Fox. and doing everything that she wished. At length came a young fox.' So the lady stole it away. and after a little time you will come to a tree where you will see nine birds sitting on a cloak. 'this is wonderful. and said to himself. take out its heart and keep it. It so happened that his road one day led through a thick wood. it will be a fine thing for me. but one fell down dead. and was welcomed kindly.' 'Then let him come upstairs. for it lay now under the young lady's. The next morning when he awoke he lifted up his pillow. Then the old woman said. my friend. the same happened next day. but she took hold of him. THE SALAD As a merry young huntsman was once going briskly along through a wood. But one of the good qualities which old Mr Fox had possessed.' said Mrs Fox. 'he has. and when you wear it you will find yourself at any place where you may wish to be. and the cat had continually to send the suitors away. 'If all this does happen. Then the huntsman did as the old woman told him. Then Mrs Fox said: 'Has the gentleman red stockings on. Up with the window. for I have money enough to pay for anything I want'. then he shot into the midst of them so that their feathers flew all about. my dear child. do pray give me something to eat. and at last thought to himself. and the old woman took it away every morning. and carried the cloak home with him. and if they have not left off. and it was not long before he was so much in love that he thought of nothing else but looking at the lady's eyes. was always lacking. Shoot into the midst of them. fling out my old man! For many a fine fat mouse he brought.' The huntsman thanked her. . and ordered the servant to prepare the wedding feast. for it is more fit for us than for him. 'Now is the time for getting the bird's heart. 'Listen.' Then he took leave of his friends. and tugging at each other as if each wished to have it himself. take it. But ate up every one he caught. It is the bird's heart that will bring you this good luck. it is a wishing-cloak. 'I have been travelling so long that I should like to go into this castle and rest myself. and there lay the piece of gold glittering underneath. that he wanted to see more of the beautiful lady. fighting. 'Of what use is this gold to me whilst I am at home? I will go out into the world and look about me. and there was much rejoicing and dancing. good day. Off went the flock chattering away. took out the heart. at the end of which was a large castle in a green meadow. and indeed every day when he arose. this happens just as the old woman said'.' said the cat. I will reward you for your kindness. there came up a little old woman. screaming. Yet of his wife he never thought. He has a bird's heart that brings a piece of gold under his pillow every morning. He heaped up a great deal of gold. Then he wanted to go his way. 'Well. Then he went into the house. but I am hungry and thirsty. and thought to himself. cut open the bird. and looked up and saw a flock of birds pulling a cloak with their bills and feet. he heard a screaming and chirping in the branches over him.' said the huntsman.' The huntsman took pity on her. you seem merry enough.' When he had gone a hundred steps or so. Now the old woman was a witch. and said to the young lady. and the cloak with it. and put his hand in his pocket and gave her what he had. and has a little pointed mouth?' 'Yes. 'There is a young man coming out of the wood who carries a wonderful prize.

' answered he. 'who are you? and what is your business?' 'I am.' said the third. he'll go climbing higher up the mountain. Now this rock belonged to fierce giants who lived upon it. and he laid his head in her lap and fell asleep.' said the young lady. the first pushed him with his foot. 'yonder lies the granite rock where all the costly diamonds grow. 'that I can go no farther. Then the witch herself took it into the kitchen to be dressed. When he awoke and found that his lady had tricked him. but the heat of the sun scorches so that it begins to wither. hung it on her own. and I must and will have it. was going to carry it up. but took a few leaves immediately and put them in her mouth. and said. but scarcely had he swallowed two bites when he felt himself quite changed. However. 'I can only save myself by feigning to be asleep'. and when he awoke the next morning he broke off a head both of the good and the bad salad. till it settled in a garden.' said the witch. and went into the castle and asked for a lodging. When the giants came up to him. he climbed to the top of the mountain. 'he has already lost his wealth. and caught him in a whirlwind and bore him along for some time.' 'To be sure. if not I shall be worse off than before.' So he picked out a fine head and ate of it.' Then the witch was very angry.' At last he thought to himself. so she also was turned into an ass and ran after the other. and the salad tasted very nice. and scarcely were they swallowed when she lost her own form and ran braying down into the court in the form of an ass. nor any kind of fruits. 'Let us sit down and rest ourselves a little. 'Dear countryman. so he laid himself down as if he were in a sound sleep. that whenever I think of it I cannot help being sorrowful.' When the witch and the young lady heard of his beautiful salad. 'I wish I had something to eat. Then he looked around him.' said the old witch.' So they sat down. and the moment he wished to be on the granite mountain they were both there.' said the second. Then he stained his face all over brown. and whilst he was sleeping on she took the cloak from his shoulders. he still felt very hungry. 'What worm is this that lies here curled up?' 'Tread upon him and kill him.' said she. The diamonds glittered so on all sides that they were delighted with the sight and picked up the finest. so that even his mother would not have known him. for here I see neither apples nor pears. and scarcely had he tasted it when he felt another change come over him. and will give you one'.' And they passed on. and said. and have brought it with me. 'It's not worth the trouble. and said. he said. for who can reach it? only the birds and the flies--man cannot. 'I have two heads of it with me. and as soon as they were gone.' 'Let us leave him that.' So she did as the old woman told her. they longed to taste it. not knowing what to do. and he said to the young lady. and when it was ready she could not wait till it was carried up. 'we have got the bird's heart. 'a messenger sent by the king to find the finest salad that grows under the sun.' said he. then the huntsman said. and as he saw three of them striding about. and he fell quite gently to the ground amongst the greens and cabbages.FAIRY TALES 112 'Well. and seeing the salad ready. and wished herself home again. But the huntsman had heard all they said. But the old witch made a deep sleep come upon him. and saw with horror that he was turned into an ass. 'let him live. and some cloud will come rolling and carry him away. Now the servant-maid came into the kitchen. and ate some leaves. and when he had sat there a short time a cloud came rolling around him. and left him alone on the wild rock. and looked about the country and seemed very sorrowful. and enable me to pay off some folks for their treachery. so he drew her under his cloak. Then he laid himself down and slept off a little of his weariness. 'I'll take there with all my heart'. I am so tired that I cannot stand any longer. it will refresh and strengthen me.' 'Countryman. and I want so much to go there. but on the way she too felt a wish to taste it as the old woman had done. 'Alas! what roguery there is in the world!' and there he sat in great grief and fear. and thought to himself. 'I am so tired. and set herself at the window. so he opened his bag and gave them the bad. 'What makes you so sad?' 'Alas! dear sir. but not the wishing-cloak yet. let us just taste it. 'This will help me to my fortune again. 'Such a cloak is a very rare and wonderful thing. 'I can eat salad.' So he went away to try and find the castle of his friends. and after wandering about a few days he luckily found it. and that we must also get.' 'If that's all your grief. and I don't know that I can carry it farther. and soon saw that he was lucky enough to have found his old shape again. so he ate on till he came to another kind of salad. and said. nothing but vegetables. he thought to himself.' said he. I have been lucky enough to find it. picked up the diamonds. letting the dish with the salad fall on the .' said the huntsman.

'Give the old one stripes three times a day and hay once. you are growing tall and strong. Look how your brother works. 'They are always saying: "It makes me shudder. for I mean to make you my wife. no father.' Then he thought something must have happened. and the way led through the churchyard. The messenger sat all this time with the beautiful young lady. and you too must learn something by which you can earn your bread. saying. or in the night-time. and as nobody came with the salad and she longed to taste it.' But he said.indeed. the elder of who was smart and sensible. must be an art of which I understand nothing!' Now it came to pass that his father said to him one day: 'Hearken to me. it makes us shudder!' The younger sat in a corner and listened with the rest of them. it makes me shudder!" It does not make me shudder. 'All right!' said he. and lived together very happily till they died. 'I bring you the dish myself that you may not wait any longer. but are so sorrowful that they cannot last long. 'I have three tiresome beasts here.' he replied.' 'With all my heart. and the salad lying on the ground. and told the miller to drive them back to him. my mother forced me to it.' The elder brother smiled when he heard that. too. After this he went back to the castle. but you will not earn your bread by that. Then the huntsman washed his face and went into the court that they might know him. I'll not go there.FAIRY TALES 113 ground. and answered him: 'You shall soon learn what it is to shudder. I will give it you too.' said the other.' said he. and when they came. and thought to himself: 'Goodness. it will be just the same thing. Or when stories were told by the fire at night which made the flesh creep. and treat them as I tell you. where he found everything he wanted.' thought he.' said he. but the younger was stupid and could neither learn nor understand anything. and give the youngest (who was the beautiful lady) hay three times a day and no stripes': for he could not find it in his heart to have her beaten.' The father sighed. and could do everything.' And as he went he saw two asses in the court running about. Some days after. give the next (who was the servant-maid) stripes once a day and hay three times. and said. he answered: 'Oh. I don't understand that at all yet. I should like to learn how to shudder. THE STORY OF THE YOUTH WHO WENT FORTH TO LEARN WHAT FEAR WAS A certain father had two sons. the listeners sometimes said: 'Oh.' Then the huntsman pitied them. 'I am quite willing to learn something-. and tied them all three to a rope and took them along with him till he came to a mill and knocked at the window.' So they were married. 'I don't know where the salad can be. 'That. but if his father bade him fetch anything when it was late.' Then he took up the rest of the leaves. father. 'Now you shall be paid for your roguery.' So she ate of it. for I always loved you very much. the miller came to him and told him that the old ass was dead. you fellow in the corner there. and like the others ran off into the court braying away. 'I will go into the kitchen and see. it makes me shudder!' for he was afraid. she said. but you do not even earn your salt. what a blockhead that brother of mine is! He will never be good for anything as long as he lives! He who wants to be a sickle must bend himself betimes. 'if you will take them.' said the miller. Your wishing-cloak hangs up in the closet. if it could but be managed. give them food and room. laid them on the dish and brought them to the young lady. he gave them some of the good salad to eat. 'What's the matter?' said the miller. 'but how shall I treat them?' Then the huntsman said. And the beautiful young lady fell upon her knees before him. 'those two have had their share. 'The other two. and when people saw him they said: 'There's a fellow who will give his father some trouble!' When anything had to be done.' 'Well. 'Keep it.' . or any other dismal place. it was always the elder who was forced to do it. 'are alive and eat. I will pay you whatever you ask. 'O dearest huntsman! forgive me all the ill I have done you. and as for the bird's heart. and said. and could not imagine what they could mean. it was against my will.

and climbed up. and wait till night comes. 'but someone was standing by the sounding hole on the other side of the steps. and as that was also to no purpose. I am quite innocent. however. or I will throw you down the steps!' The sexton thought: 'He can't mean to be as bad as his words. and set them all round it to . and bade him arise and go up into the church tower and ring the bell.FAIRY TALES 114 Soon after this the sexton came to the house on a visit.' uttered no sound and stood as if he were made of stone. so that it fell down the ten steps and remained lying there in a corner.' 'Yes. I can easily keep it in mind. but he did not come back. he actually wanted to learn to shudder. went home. he thought to himself: 'If you shiver below by the fire. and went forth on the great highway. Take the good-for-nothing fellow out of our house.' cried she. 'Just think. 'do listen to me. 'You shall soon learn what shuddering is. I will see you no more. I should be sorry if it were. he lighted himself a fire. 'Who is there?' cried he. but if I learn how to shudder as fast as that. but the figure made no reply. and when the boy was at the top of the tower and turned round. Just come back to me early in the morning. Take these and go into the wide world. 'has been the cause of a great misfortune! He has thrown my husband down the steps so that he broke his leg. Thereupon he rang the bell. right willingly. The boy cried a second time: 'What do you want here?--speak if you are an honest fellow. and threw him downstairs. he ran against him and pushed the ghost down the stairs. and tell no one from whence you come. Here are fifty talers for you. Go out of my sight. The sexton's wife waited a long time for her husband.' said the father. for I have reason to be ashamed of you. 'I have nothing but unhappiness with you. and continually said to himself: 'If I could but shudder! If I could but shudder!' Then a man approached who heard this conversation which the youth was holding with himself.' thought he. how those up above must freeze and suffer!' And as he felt pity for them. and are now learning how to fly. Then the boy called to him for the third time. Just go there and you will see if it was he. you have no business here at night. 'Your boy. father. and when they had walked a little farther to where they could see the gallows. he raised the ladder. She carried him down. and who is your father. and you will soon learn how to shudder. who was lying moaning in the corner. you shall have my fifty talers. and wakened the boy. and secretly went there before him. sat down beneath it. If you desire nothing more than that. blew it. He was standing there by night like one intent on doing evil.' answered the youth. At length she became uneasy. unbound one of them after the other. and had broken his leg.' The sexton therefore took him into his house. and told him how his younger son was so backward in every respect that he knew nothing and learnt nothing.' Then the youth went to the gallows. and did not move or stir. I did not know who it was. and then with loud screams she hastened to the boy's father.' replied the sexton. and as he would neither gave an answer nor go away. 'it is easily done. I took him for a scoundrel.' The father was terrified. the sexton awoke him at midnight. Send him to me.' 'Father. 'or take yourself off. Then he stoked the fire.' The woman ran away and found her husband. I don't know. father. and I entreated him three times either to speak or to go away. and was just going to take hold of the bell rope.' The sexton. 'The devil must have put them into your head. and brought down all seven. and they moved backwards and forwards. and the father bewailed his trouble. 'it is all the same to me.' spoke the father. 'Give an answer.' 'If that be all. understand one art which will support me. he saw a white figure standing on the stairs opposite the sounding hole.' he replied. it shall be as you will.' 'Learn what you will. and then I shall.' said he. and without saying a word went to bed.' replied the boy. And as the wind knocked the hanged men against each other. and fell asleep. 'he can learn that with me. wait only until it is day. 'when I asked him how he was going to earn his bread. Then will I go forth and learn how to shudder. and asked: 'Do you know where my husband is? He climbed up the tower before you did. 'What wicked tricks are these?' said he.' 'No. and ran thither and scolded the boy.' The father was glad to do it. And as he was cold. therefore. and he had to ring the church bell.' cried the boy. Sit down beneath it. the man said to him: 'Look. there is the tree where seven men have married the ropemaker's daughter. he could not get warm. the boy put his fifty talers into his pocket.' 'If that is all that is wanted. and I will soon polish him.' 'Yes.' 'Ah. After a day or two. but at midnight the wind blew so sharply that in spite of his fire. at any rate. remained standing motionless that the boy might think he was a ghost. for he thought: 'It will train the boy a little. and waited till evening came.' When the day dawned.

until the latter told him. and the next morning the man came to him and wanted to have the fifty talers. and was about to sit down again by his fire.' Then he answered: 'Then I ask for a fire. The king had promised that he who would venture should have his daughter to wife. and were so stupid that they let the few old rags which they had on their bodies get burnt. I will not be burnt with you.' Then the man saw that he would not get the fifty talers that day.' The youth likewise went his way. After a short time. and the fire caught their clothes. and cried: 'Away with you.' and began to cut them down. 'so many prying persons have already lost their lives. and let their rags go on burning. Some of them ran away.' He let the host have no rest.' The king had these things carried into the castle for him during the day. I will learn it. and once more began to mutter to himself: 'Ah.' Thereupon he seized them by the throats. and said: 'Well do you know how to shudder?' 'No.' Towards midnight he was about to poke his fire. But they sat there and did not stir. . When night was drawing near. two great black cats came with one tremendous leap and sat down on each side of him. miau! how cold we are!' 'You fools!' cried he. but at last when they were going too far. if I could but shudder!' A waggoner who was striding behind him heard this and asked: 'Who are you?' 'I don't know. and tried to put it out.' 'Who is your father?' 'That I may not tell you. and she was the most beautiful maiden the sun shone on.' answered the youth. and would make a poor man rich enough. laughed and said: 'If that is your desire. and they yelled horribly. For this purpose indeed have I journeyed forth. 'but I shall not learn it here either. and these treasures would then be freed. there ought to be a good opportunity for you here. Then at the entrance of the parlour the youth again said quite loudly: 'If I could but shudder! If I could but shudder!' The host who heard this. when they had warmed themselves. and more and more of them came until he could no longer move. but were quite silent. When he came back he fanned the embers of his fire again and warmed himself.' But the youth said: 'However difficult it may be. He watched them for a while quietly. and a cutting-board with the knife. So he said: 'Take care. and looked savagely at him with their fiery eyes. and as the youth pleased him. it would be a pity and a shame if such beautiful eyes as these should never see the daylight again.' 'Ah. 'Come. Then he sat down by his fire and fell asleep. out from every hole and corner came black cats and black dogs with red-hot chains. 'I have looked at your fingers. I must first cut them for you. did not hear. I cannot help you. I will see about a place for you. But when he had made away with these two. come and take a seat by the fire and warm yourselves. however. put them on the cutting-board and screwed their feet fast. And as he thus sat.' said he. I will willingly watch three nights in the haunted castle. if he would but watch in it for three nights. the others he killed. a turning lathe. Then the youth went next morning to the king.FAIRY TALES 115 warm themselves. and seated himself by the turning-lathe.' answered he. 'but just show me your paws. he seized his cutting-knife. if I could but shudder! Ah.' said the waggoner. Already many men had gone into the castle. or I will hang you up again. and as he was blowing it. which were guarded by evil spirits. they said: 'Comrade. if I could but shudder!' said he. that not far from thence stood a haunted castle where anyone could very easily learn what shuddering was. At this he grew angry.' 'What is it that you are always muttering between your teeth?' 'Ah. but they must be things without life. shall we have a game of cards?' 'Why not?' he replied. be silent.' said the hostess.' said he.' and he struck them dead and threw them out into the water. 'Oh.' The king looked at him. placed the cutting-board and knife beside it. 'how should I know? Those fellows up there did not open their mouths. and threw out into the fish-pond. and in the evening they arrived at an inn where they wished to pass the night. and went away saying: 'Such a youth has never come my way before.' Then they stretched out their claws. 'what are you crying about? If you are cold. go with me. Likewise in the castle lay great treasures.' 'Enough of your foolish chatter.' The youth went with the waggoner. and said: 'If it be allowed.' replied the youth. 'and my fancy for card-playing has gone. pulled it to pieces. and said: 'If you will not take care. the youth went up and made himself a bright fire in one of the rooms. something cried suddenly from one corner: 'Au. 'what long nails you have! Wait. vermin.' And when he had said that. but as yet none had come out again.' and he hung them up again each in his turn. 'I do so wish I could shudder. 'Ah. and got on his fire. Then the waggoner asked: 'From whence do you come?' 'I know not. he said: 'You may ask for three things to take into the castle with you.' The dead men. but no one can teach me how.

that is certainly my little cousin. 'you shall soon learn what it is to shudder. and he felt a desire to sleep. the two pieces were joined together.' Then he went to the innkeeper. and sat down by the fire and laid him on his breast and rubbed his arms that the blood might circulate again. Then he took him out. and looked terrible. now they will roll better!' said he. 'the bench is mine.FAIRY TALES 116 his eyes would keep open no longer. but he went to it and took the lid off. and went over the whole of the castle. 'I have been playing at nine. sat down by the fire. and set them up and played at nine-pins with them. If someone would but tell me!' The second night he again went up into the old castle. can I join you?' 'Yes.' When it grew late. but he remained cold. and a dead man lay therein. 'I have had a wonderful time! If I did but know what it was to shudder!' The third night he sat down again on his bench and said quite sadly: 'If I could but shudder.' answered he. 'You wretch. and began to move. 'one night is past. and when he saw him lying there on the ground. and said: 'I never expected to see you alive again! Have you learnt how to shudder yet?' 'No. an uproar and noise of tumbling about was heard. Then came the six men and carried him away again. however. The youth also wanted to play and said: 'Listen you. one after the other. little cousin. 'I will warm you a little. got up.' Then he took the skulls and put them in the lathe and turned them till they were round. if you have any money. over thresholds and stairs.' said he. have I not warmed you?' The dead man. But he threw quilts and pillows up in the air. but very glad. at first it was low. the youth. I shall have to have a say in it. may drive. but thrust him off with all his strength.' 'Have you not shuddered then?' 'What?' said he. 'but your balls are not quite round. After a short time the dead man became warm too. He was old. 'That is no part of our bargain. but when it struck twelve. 'it is all in vain. and seated himself again in his own place. would not allow that. but it was cold as ice. he thought the evil spirits had killed him and he was dead. 'There. there was a roaring and howling.' When he had done that and looked round again.' 'Money enough. and once more began his old song: 'If I could but shudder!' When midnight came.' 'What!' said he. but suddenly hop. everything vanished from his sight. 'and have lost a couple of farthings. 'but go faster. . however. 'Hullo!' cried he. but it grew louder and louder. 'See. he thought to himself: 'When two people lie in bed together. 'Wait. covered him over and lay down by him. and said: 'It has not come to that yet. who died only a few days ago. In the morning the king came. Then it was quiet for a while.--for so handsome a man. He felt his face. Then said the youth.' replied he. 'another half belongs to this. This is not enough!' Then the uproar began again. six tall men came in and brought a coffin. the two others will pass likewise.pins. got out and said: 'Now anyone who likes.' said the youth. and at length with a loud scream. and had a long white beard.' Then the king was astonished. 'Hurrah! now we'll have fun!' He played with them and lost some of his money.' replied the youth. and the other half fell down likewise. 'Wait. however. 'is that the way you thank me? You shall at once go into your coffin again.' and carried him to the bed.' Then the bed rolled on as if six horses were harnessed to it. they warm each other. and shut the lid.' and he beckoned with his finger.' said the fiend.' and lay down by his fire. and asked how he had fared. up and down. threw him into it. Next morning the king came to inquire after him. 'Softly.' said he.' Then a man entered who was taller than all others.' and he took him up. Then he said: 'Ha.' said he. they brought nine dead men's legs and two skulls. come. 'If I am to die. 'I shall never learn it here as long as I live. When he was just going to shut his eyes. and slept till it was day. 'Very well indeed. 'I will just stoke up the fire a little for you. 'I cannot manage to shudder.' and went to the fire and warmed his hand and laid it on the dead man's face. for you shall die. and cried: 'Come.' said he. hop. Then still more men fell down. and a hideous man was sitting in his place. ha. it turned over upside down. got up and cried: 'Now will I strangle you. and got into it. however. Then he looked round and saw a great bed in the corner. 'How has it fared with you this time?' asked he.' cried he. who opened his eyes very wide.' They placed the coffin on the ground.' 'Not so fast. and lay on him like a mountain. As this also did no good. 'That is the very thing for me. 'That's right. He lay down and quietly fell asleep.' said he.' 'I will soon seize you.' he answered.' said he. half a man came down the chimney and fell before him. Then said he: 'After all it is a pity.' The man wanted to push him away.' The youth heard it. little cousin. the bed began to move of its own accord.

he shall soon learn what it is to shudder. and shall marry my daughter. Next morning the king came and said: 'Now you must have learnt what shuddering is?' 'No. and he vowed that. 'Now get ready to go--you must not stay here--you must travel on with your husband. and dukes. Her waiting-maid said: 'I will find a cure for him. and however happy he was. 'Let him come in.' 'That is all very well. he begged a boon. so that the youth stood in darkness. 'his beard is like an old mop. 'Now I have you. and princes. that had been laid to dry over a baker's oven.' The fifth was too red. 'I have sworn to give you to the first comer.' he answered. he shall be called Grisly-beard. took an axe. and had a whole bucketful of gudgeons brought to her. the third yours.' Then he seized an iron bar and beat the old man till he moaned and entreated him to stop.what makes me shudder so. and went to the other anvil. Then the king said. and in it caught the old man's beard. I am as strong as you are. 'Of these.' The princess begged and prayed. and perhaps even stronger. 'one part is for the poor. and as she passed by them she had something spiteful to say to every one.' said the youth.' She went out to the stream which flowed through the garden. 'Look at him. I will let you go--come. and she called him 'Wallface. and asked thither all her suitors. When this was over the king said. the parson was sent for. and a bearded man came and showed me a great deal of money down below. 'Now it is your turn to die. that came to the door.FAIRY TALES 117 softly. found the way into the room. 'You have sung so well. 'If you are stronger. do not talk so big. and I will keep my word. Once upon a time the king held a great feast. and the spirit disappeared. who began to play under the window and beg alms. And thus she had some joke to crack upon every one: but she laughed more than all at a good king who was there. and knights. and they all sat in a row. 'you have saved the castle. and his white beard hung down. and she only made sport of them. so she called him 'Coxcomb.' In the meantime it struck twelve. ranged according to their rank --kings. and when he had sung before the king and the princess. but no one told me what it was to shudder. when he would give him great riches.' said he. and she was married to the fiddler.' Then he led him by dark passages to a smith's forge. and conceited. The fourth was too pale. and counts. we will try. The youth drew out the axe and let him go. be he prince or beggar. and earls. Then he woke up and cried: 'Oh. and when the king heard him. The next was too short: 'What a dumpling!' said she.' said he. But the old king was very angry when he saw how his daughter behaved. what makes me shudder so?-. Then the princess came in. 'what can it be? My dead cousin was here. Two days after there came by a travelling fiddler. but so proud. and haughty. he said.' So words and tears were of no avail.' said he. that I will give you my daughter for your wife. but howsoever much the young king loved his wife.' said the old man. the other for the king. that none of the princes who came to ask her in marriage was good enough for her. and felt about. dear wife? Ah! now I know what it is to shudder!' KING GRISLY-BEARD A great king of a land far away in the East had a daughter who was very beautiful. The old man led him back into the castle. The first was too fat: 'He's as round as a tub.' said the king. 'I can do better than that. his wife was to draw the clothes off him and empty the bucket full of cold water with the gudgeons in it over him. 'but still I do not know what it is to shudder!' Then the gold was brought up and the wedding celebrated. Then the youth seized the axe. willing or unwilling. so that the little fishes would sprawl about him. she should marry the first man. and barons.' The sixth was not straight enough. but the king said. The next was too tall: 'What a maypole!' said she.' . and in a cellar showed him three chests full of gold. and how she ill-treated all his guests.' said she. The old man placed himself near and wanted to look on. At night when the young king was sleeping.' 'Then.' So they brought in a dirty-looking fellow.' 'We shall see. and slept there by his fire.' And this at last angered her.' said the youth.' said she.' So the king got the nickname of Grisly-beard. so she said he was like a green stick. and with one blow struck an anvil into the ground. split the anvil with one blow. he still said always: 'If I could but shudder--if I could but shudder. 'I shall still be able to find my way out.

and then her husband bought a fresh lot of ware. 'Whose is this noble city?' said she. spending money and earning nothing. At first the trade went well. I see you are not fit for this sort of work. for many people. hadst thou taken him.' Thus the princess became a kitchen-maid. 'if any of my father's court should pass by and see me standing in the market. All on a sudden. and there you will have plenty to eat. 'you must do for yourself whatever is to be done. and paid their money without thinking of taking away the goods. 'See now. and asked if they did not want a kitchen-maid. who was making sport of her. and you shall stand in the market and sell them. You must learn to weave baskets. 'you are good for nothing. Then she bitterly grieved for the pride and folly which had brought her so low. and she sat herself down with it in the corner of the market. She had not been there long before she heard that the king's eldest son was passing by. but a drunken soldier soon came by. how they will laugh at me!' But her husband did not care for that. if she did not wish to die of hunger. they had all been thine. 'Whose are these beautiful green meadows?' said she. but the fiddler called her up very early in the morning to clean the house. it had all been thine. and she went to one of the windows and looked out. Thus they lived for two days: and when they had eaten up all there was in the cottage. so that the meats in it fell about.' So she sat down and tried to spin. 'Who would have thought you would have been so silly.' said the fiddler. where everybody passes? but let us have no more crying. he took her by the hand. I'll try and set up a trade in pots and pans. in came the king's son in golden clothes. Then everybody laughed and jeered at her. which she put into her basket to take home. She sprang to the door to run away.' 'Ah! unlucky wretch that I am!' sighed she. going to be married. and put on water and cook my supper. that she wished herself a thousand feet deep in the earth. and helped the cook to do all the dirtiest work. 'to whom does that little dirty hole belong?' Then the fiddler said. we can't go on thus. 'They belong to King Grisly-beard.' said he.' 'Where are your servants?' cried she. and knew not what to do. However. but on the steps King Grisly-beard overtook her. 'would that I had married King Grisly-beard!' Next they came to some fine meadows. They lived on this as long as it lasted.' said he: 'try and spin. for she saw that it was King Grisly-beard.' But the princess knew nothing of making fires and cooking. 'Wife. Everything was ready. Now make the fire. 'hadst thou taken him. and they say they will take you.FAIRY TALES 118 Then the fiddler went his way. and the fiddler was forced to help her. and she was so abashed. 'Ah! what will become of me?' said she. and said she should be his partner in the dance. and said she must work.' 'Ah! unlucky wretch that I am!' said she. 'That is your and my house. 'It belongs to King Grisly-beard. and the cover of the basket came off. so I have been to the king's palace.' answered he.' Then he went out and cut willows. And the servants gave her some of the rich meats. the man said. but she was allowed to carry home some of the meat that was left. and led her in. hadst thou taken him. as she was going out. 'as to put an earthenware stall in the corner of the market. 'would that I had married King Grisly-beard!' Then they came to a great city. went to buy her wares. and brought her back and . seeing such a beautiful woman. but the threads cut her tender fingers till the blood ran. and on this they lived. and when he saw a beautiful woman at the door. and broke all her goods into a thousand pieces. you can do no work: what a bargain I have got! However. 'What do we want with servants?' said he. perhaps you will do that better. 'I see this work won't do. for I am very tired.' 'Alas!' sighed she. 'what will my husband say?' So she ran home and told him all. all had been thine. and all the pomp and brightness of the court was there. and they soon came to a great wood. and brought them home. and took her with him. Then she began to cry. When they had eaten a very scanty meal they went to bed.' said the fiddler: 'why should you wish for another husband? Am not I good enough for you?' At last they came to a small cottage. he kept fast hold. 'What a paltry place!' said she. but she trembled for fear. 'why did I not marry King Grisly-beard?' 'That is no business of mine.' 'Ah! wretch that I am!' sighed she. and rode his horse against her stall. 'whose is this wood?' 'It belongs to King Grisly-beard. where we are to live. but it made her fingers very sore. 'Pray. and she began to weave.' said she.

From that time forth. and said: 'Scour the whole forest through. and nothing was seen of it. and I only wish that you and I had been of the party. and a naked arm stretched itself out of the water. and it is time to hold our marriage feast. The next day he again went and asked for his ball. for I have not the key. This lasted for many years. you shall fare well. no one would any longer venture into the forest. Joy was in every face and every heart. and you would never come out again. his golden ball fell into the cage. The feast was grand. The boy had become afraid. and it lay there in deep stillness and solitude. If you do all I bid you. none came home again.' The huntsman replied: 'Lord. The king sent out people to seek for him in the fields. They bound him with cords. Of treasure and gold have I . gave him the golden ball. and brought the key. do not go away. 'No. cast all thought to the winds.' Then the wild man said: 'It lies under your mother's pillow. When the huntsman saw that. who wanted to have his ball back. and the queen herself was to take the key into her keeping. and to show you the folly of your ill-treatment of me. Then he could easily guess what had happened. or I shall be beaten!' The wild man turned back. the king has forbidden it. could go no farther. for you have set me free. set him on his shoulder. none were seen again. and wanted to pursue it. who was once playing in the courtyard.' said the boy.' said the king. Now all is over: you have learnt wisdom. and the next day he sent out two more huntsmen who were to search for him. and asked the queen how that had happened. but I will keep you with me. The king had a son of eight years. took him up. but no one answered. On the third day the king had ridden out hunting. IRON HANS There was once upon a time a king who had a great forest near his palace. had him put in an iron cage in his courtyard. and said: 'It is not safe in there. and the boy pinched his fingers.' but the boy would not. he observed the empty cage. and her father and his whole court were there already. but he did not come back. however. but hardly had the dog run two steps when it stood before a deep pool. I fear it would fare with you no better than with the others. And from this time forth everyone could again go into the forest with safety. Then on the third day. and went with hasty steps into the forest.' The boy. and while he was playing.' But of these also. he took the boy down from his shoulder. would not give his consent. I will venture it at my own risk. wild man.' 'Not till you have opened the door for me. I brought you there because I really loved you. but it was gone. and led him away to the castle. seized it. and hurried away.' Then the chamberlains came and brought her the most beautiful robes. The king. When they could see to the bottom there lay a wild man whose body was brown like rusty iron. and offered to go into the dangerous forest. I am also the soldier that overset your stall. he sent for all his huntsmen. and I have compassion on you. and forbade the door to be opened on pain of death. One day he sent out a huntsman to shoot him a roe. It was not long before the dog fell in with some game on the way. 'I will not do that.' answered the man. the king. and whose hair hung over his face down to his knees. he called and cried after him: 'Oh. and said to him: 'You will never see your father and mother again. When it was open the wild man stepped out. When the king came home. 'Perhaps some accident has befallen him. and sought the key. There was great astonishment over the wild man. She called the boy. however. but sometimes an eagle or a hawk flying over it. and welcomed her home on her marriage. full of all kinds of wild animals.FAIRY TALES 119 said. The door opened with difficulty. of fear I know nothing. When the wild man had once more reached the dark forest. She knew nothing about it. The boy ran thither and said: 'Give me my ball out. 'Fear me not! I am the fiddler who has lived with you in the hut. the wild man said: 'Open my door. and the boy went once more and said: 'I cannot open the door even if I wished. but they too stayed away. they danced and sang. I have done all this only to cure you of your silly pride. and drew it under. all were merry. and do not give up until you have found all three.' and ran away. you can get it there. but they did not find him. he went back and fetched three men to come with buckets and bale out the water. when an unknown huntsman announced himself to the king as seeking a situation. and much grief reigned in the royal court.' The huntsman therefore betook himself with his dog to the forest.

and then unhappily a hair fell down into the well. As the sun shone on his hair it glittered and flashed so that the rays fell into the bedroom of the king's daughter. His finger hurt him again and he passed it over his head. 'You have let a hair fall into the well. there is one thing I will grant you. had pity on him. and held his finger behind his back. and gathered wild field-flowers and bound them together. At length the cook took him into his service. but as he did not like to let his golden hair be seen. the boy sat by the well. but she . or it will be polluted. 'the wild ones have more scent. and get another. this time it may pass. but it was already quite gilded. his long hair fell down from his shoulders into the water. but they liked him. and I have gold and silver in abundance. He raised himself up quickly. and he said: 'When you come to the royal table you must take your hat off. the day was so warm he took his little cap off that the air might cool him.' She. but take care you do not again let anything go in.' On the third day. In the evening Iron Hans came back. it was of no use. Then she saw the boy. Once when it so happened that no one else was at hand. and said: 'What has happened to the well?' 'Nothing nothing. looked at the boy. you shall sit beside it. the cook ordered him to carry the food to the royal table.' He again said: 'I may not. if you fall into any difficulty. The cook.' The boy placed himself by the brink of the well. and rake the cinders together. Such a thing as that had never yet come under the king's notice. He took it quickly out. and it was splendid to behold. I cannot. however. and will please her better. Lord. no.' 'Oh. and told him to stay. and let the boy excuse himself as he might. but if this happens for the third time then the well is polluted and you can no longer remain with me. and trying to look straight into the eyes. But the time was long to him. My power is great. the gold well is as bright and clear as crystal. greater than you think. but the whole of the hair of his head was already golden and shone like the sun. and more than anyone in the world. and already knew what had happened. And now the boy had to plant and water the garden.' By daybreak the boy was already sitting by the well and watching it.' He made a bed of moss for the boy on which he slept. and he learnt nothing by which he could help himself. and exchanged him for the gardener's boy. he kept his little cap on. and that he was to send him away at once. the king's daughter said: 'Take your cap off. I have a sore head. He drew it quickly out again.' Then the golden hair streamed forth. bring me a wreath of flowers. and cried to him: 'Boy. Iron Hans came.FAIRY TALES 120 enough. there you will learn what poverty is. As he was thus sitting.' replied the boy. and whatsoever pains he took to wash the gold off again. the gardener met him. At length he went to the palace. But as you have not a bad heart.' Then the king's son left the forest. 'You have not stood the trial and can stay here no longer. He wanted to run out. in order that the man might not see it. and seek out the prettiest and rarest. Go forth into the world. There he looked for work. and asked if they would take him in. that the man might not see it. but could find none. his finger hurt him so violently that he involuntarily put it in the water. Once in summer when he was working alone in the garden. caught at his cap and pulled it off. and as I mean well by you. it is not seemly to keep it on in my presence. but saw that it was quite gilded. and often saw a golden fish or a golden snake show itself therein. and walked by beaten and unbeaten paths ever onwards until at length he reached a great city. hoe and dig. and said he might carry wood and water. You can imagine how terrified the poor boy was! He took his pockethandkerchief and tied it round his head. and asked how he could take such a boy as that into his service.' Then the king had the cook called before him and scolded him. come to the forest and cry: "Iron Hans. But he said: 'You have dipped your finger into the water. however. 'I will allow you to watch by it once more. and did not stir his finger. and up she sprang to see what that could be. and took care that nothing fell in. And as he still bent down more and more while he was doing so.' When he got into the room. and bear the wind and bad weather. and said: 'Take the handkerchief off.' he answered." and then I will come and help you. and then his golden hair rolled down on his shoulders. and said: 'How can you take the king's daughter a garland of such common flowers? Go quickly. The people about court did not at all know what use they could make of him. and said: 'Behold. all was to no purpose. and the next morning the man took him to a well. When he came he already knew everything.' He answered: 'Ah. I will come every evening to see if you have obeyed my order.' He put his cap on with all haste. however much it hurt him. and take care that nothing falls into it.' said he. I have a bad sore place on my head. and he looked at the reflection of his face on the surface of the water. When he was ascending the stairs with them.

and it was not long before a stable-boy came out of it.' Then the wild man went back into the forest. and wished him joy of his victory. and little was wanting to make the rest give way. But when he was riding off with it. Instead of returning to the king. but he would not keep them. and the others have been mocking him. for I am going to the wars. and was recognized by no one. Again he was the only one who caught the apple. and gave him a handful of ducats. but he held it fast with both hands. and said: 'Seek one for yourself when we are gone. and wanted to take it away from him.' The daughter wanted to hear who the strange knight was. When he got near the battlefield a great part of the king's men had already fallen. The king gathered together his people. and called forth Iron Hans. The youth made over his three-legged horse to the stable-boy.' The others laughed. who led a horse that snorted with its nostrils. and ride on a spirited chestnut-horse. but the youth pursued. and called Iron Hans. On the third day. and gave them to the gardener for playthings for his children. 'Take back your horse and your troops. the country was overrun by war. his daughter went to meet him. he received from Iron Hans a suit of black armour and a black horse.' She inquired of the gardener where his boy was.legged horse. and threw a golden apple to the knights. 'You shall likewise have a suit of red armour for the occasion. and never stopped. the youth galloped to the spot. and led the horse out. and could hardly be restrained. but he smiled. hobblety jib. but galloped off with it. we will leave one behind us in the stable for you. and did not know whether or not he could offer any opposition to the enemy. Then the youth galloped thither with his iron soldiers. The king grew angry. 'I am not the one who carried away the victory. When he came to the outskirts. 'What do you desire?' asked he. and said: 'He has just come home on his three. On the second day Iron Hans equipped him as a white knight. but the king did not know. and rode at the head of the soldiers.' He gave the order that if the knight who caught the apple.' 'That you shall have. they can play with them. until there was not a single man left. and it would have gone badly without me. who was superior in strength and had a mighty army. only give me a horse. and their swords flashed in the sun. and still more than you ask for. and if he would not come back willingly. he conducted his troop by byways back to the forest. On the third day things went just the same.' The king said to his daughter: 'I will proclaim a great feast that shall last for three days. he went into the stable. and rode away to the dark forest. Thereupon the wild man appeared immediately.' said Iron Hans. 'but a strange knight who came to my assistance with his soldiers. he called 'Iron Hans' three times so loudly that it echoed through the trees. and limped hobblety jib. mounted the other. She again gave him a handful of ducats." And then he was still more ridiculed. and behind them followed a great troop of warriors entirely equipped in iron.' When they had gone forth. He took them to the gardener. took his place amongst the knights. too: "Under what hedge have you been lying sleeping all the time?" So he said: "I did the best of all. and give me my three-legged horse again. and will go to the wars also. but he cared nothing for the gold pieces.' said he.' 'It is as safe as if you had it already. he must appear before me and tell his name. and he did not linger an instant.' All that he asked was done. broke like a hurricane over the enemy. should go away again they should pursue him. and then he went in with it. Perhaps the unknown man will show himself.' The following day the king's daughter again called to him that he was to bring her a wreath of field-flowers. and said: 'What do you desire?' 'I want a strong steed. and I did not see him again. 'That I may catch the king's daughter's golden apple. and soon he was riding on his three-legged horse. and you shall throw a golden apple. they were to cut him down and stab him. When the king returned to his palace. only as soon as he had it he galloped away. Not long afterwards. the youth went out to the forest. and he would not have her money. however. and beat down all who opposed him. she could not get his cap away from him. and again he caught the apple.FAIRY TALES 121 held him by the arm. she instantly snatched at his cap. and said: 'He followed the enemy. and one of them got so near him . They began to flee. Then said the gardener's boy: 'I am grown up. The king's daughter came forward. and said: 'I present them to your children. and gave him a white horse. and crying: "Here comes our hobblety jib back again!" They asked. but none of them caught it but he. it was lame of one foot. 'What do you desire?' asked the wild man. and said: 'That is not allowed. With these he departed. nevertheless he mounted it.' When the day came. the king's attendants pursued him.' When the feast was announced.

but you have set me free. 'Promise me that you will never marry again. and for a long time never thought of taking another wife. The following day the king's daughter asked the gardener about his boy.' answered he. and a stately king came in with a great retinue. and said. you are no gardener's boy. and a third sparkling. 'If you desire further proof. I want a mantle of a thousand different kinds of fur put together. his wise men said.' When the courtiers heard this they were shocked. for they had given up all hope of ever seeing their dear son again.' 'If you can perform such deeds as that. still there was not one to be found who had golden hair. tell me. another silvery.' The king had him summoned into his presence. she shut her eyes and died. 'Before I marry anyone I must have three dresses: one must be of gold. like the stars: and his hunters were told to hunt out all the beasts in his kingdom. and who has golden hair like mine. 'and here the apples are. unless you meet with a wife who is as beautiful as I am. and a third must be dazzling as the stars: besides this. and he came and again had his little cap on his head. the king looked at her and saw that she was just like this late queen: then he said to his courtiers.' And thus she though he would think of the matter no more. that we may have a queen. But the king's daughter went up to him and took it off. like the sun. and had the same golden hair. and gold have I in plenty as great as I require. and returned them to the king. Now the king had a daughter. you may see the wound which your people gave me when they followed me. like the moon. But the king made the most skilful workmen in his kingdom weave the three dresses: one golden. I shall not find any bride upon the whole earth. 'He is at work in the garden.' Then when the king in his grief promised all she asked. He went up to the youth. But this beautiful queen fell ill. But there was no princess in the world so beautiful. At last. but hoped the king would soon give up such thoughts.FAIRY TALES 122 that he wounded the youth's leg with the point of his sword. like the sun. His father and mother came to the wedding. and only came home yesterday evening. and who caught the three golden apples?' asked the king. but his horse leapt so violently that the helmet fell from the youth's head.' 'I well see. and if there had been. and you say there must be a queen. to which every beast in the kingdom must give a part of his skin.' and he took them out of his pocket. 'Are you the knight who came every day to the festival.' and then she went and kissed him. . who was just as beautiful as her mother. 'Yes. and had had all their trouble for nothing. the queer creature has been at the festival too. 'May I not marry my daughter? She is the very image of my dead wife: unless I have her. the music suddenly stopped. all the treasures which I possess. And when she was grown up. who is your father?' 'My father is a mighty king. so she said to him. and when she felt that her end drew near she called the king to her and said. and then his golden hair fell down over his shoulders. Give me your daughter to wife.' CAT-SKIN There was once a king. and were in great delight. and they could see that he had golden hair.' said the king. whose queen had hair of the purest gold. But I am likewise the knight who helped you to your victory over your enemies. 'that indeed you can.' answered he. like the moon. always in different colours. but I have already seen by his golden hair that he was no gardener's boy. another must be of shining silver. the doors opened.' So messengers were sent far and wide. and said: 'He does not stand much on ceremony. 'Heaven forbid that a father should marry his daughter! Out of so great a sin no good can come. The youth nevertheless escaped from them. 'this will not do. But the king was not to be comforted. he has likewise shown my children three golden apples which he has won. and was by enchantment a wild man. and to take the finest fur out of their skins: and thus a mantle of a thousand furs was made. the king must marry again. shall be your property. can I do anything to please you?' 'Yes. So the messengers came home. And as they were sitting at the marriage-feast. embraced him and said: 'I am Iron Hans. They rode back and announced this to the king.' And his daughter was also shocked. however. and was so beautiful that her match was not to be met with on the whole face of the earth. and he was so handsome that all were amazed.' The maiden laughed. 'that I owe my thanks to you. to seek for a bride as beautiful as the late queen.

and held out his hand and danced with her.' 'See. Everyone made way for her. 'That is not true. I should like to run up now and give a peep: but take care you don't let a hair fall into it. till at last she came to a large wood. sift the ashes. 'Cat-skin. and wrapped herself up in the mantle made of all sorts of fur. 'what will now become of thee?' But it happened one day that a feast was to be held in the king's castle. and made to fetch wood and water. so she said to the cook. and besmeared her face and hands with soot. As she was very tired.' And she was sent into the kitchen. that he thought he had never tasted any so good before. Now as the king to whom the wood belonged was hunting in it.' As soon as the cook went away. Cat-skin heated the king's soup. She next opened her nutshell.FAIRY TALES 123 When all were ready. and he thought in his heart.skin again. Then she threw herself upon Heaven for help in her need. if it be so. as nicely as ever she could.' And the cook said. 'Yes. and journeyed on the whole night. and so went to the feast. and went into her cabin. and the maiden awoke and was greatly frightened. such as we never saw before. and began to snuff about. But the king said. At the bottom he saw a gold ring lying. and the stars--up in a nutshell. blackened her face and hands.' Then she took her little lamp.' said she.' When the dance was at an end she curtsied. and do all the dirty work. 'and see what sort of game lies there. pick the herbs.' 'But how did you get the ring that was in the soup?' asked the king. 'Ah! pretty princess!' thought she. and when the king looked round for her. and heat the king's soup. she went and looked in the cabin for her little golden ring. where no light of day ever peeped in. a golden ring. 'I am a poor child that has neither father nor mother left. and took her home to the king's palace. and said.' 'Then let Cat-skin come up. he ordered the cook to be sent for. 'Yes. 'but to be scullion-girl.' So the huntsmen took it up. you can sweep up the ashes. 'I am good for nothing. to blow the fire. or you will run a chance of never eating again. and to have boots and shoes thrown at my head. she was gone. 'In the hollow tree there lies a most wonderful beast. and run round and round. to rake out the ashes.' said the king: and when she came he said to her. 'if you can catch it alive.' answered the cook. and he asked him who had cooked the soup. she sat herself down in the hollow of a tree and soon fell asleep: and there she slept on till it was midday. have pity on me and take me with you. the king sent them to her. The cook was frightened when he heard the order. The truth was. and packed the three dresses--of the sun. and when it was ready. but Cat-skin did. for nobody knew her.' And the huntsmen went up to the tree. . Miss Cat-skin. and brought out of it the dress that shone like the sun. that she had run into her little cabin. a golden necklace.' Then they said. the moon. and said. you may go. When she went into the kitchen to her work. put on the fur-skin cloak. you may lie and sleep there. 'I did. and we will take it with us. so that her beauty shone forth like the sun from behind the clouds. you will do for the kitchen. and it pleased him so well. and took off the fur skin.' Then he answered. and do things of that sort.' So they put her into the coach. But the king came up to her. and was Cat. and as he could not make out how it had got there. 'May I go up a little while and see what is going on? I will take care and stand behind the door. and a golden brooch.' 'How came you in my palace?' asked he. Then they showed her a little corner under the staircase. you will have a good beating. no one knew wither. and they thought she could be no less than a king's daughter. 'You must have let a hair fall into the soup. and took three of her trinkets. the king ordered his soup to be brought in. it was better done than you could do it. When the dance was over.' said she. its skin seems to be of a thousand kinds of fur. 'Who are you?' 'I am a poor child. so the king sent her away again about her business.' said the king. 'that has lost both father and mother. and went away. 'I never saw any one half so beautiful. and put it into the dish in which the soup was. Then she would not own that she knew anything about the ring.' Then he went before the king. his dogs came to the tree. but there it lies fast asleep. and said to Cat-skin. 'Look sharp!' said the king to the huntsmen. and when they came back again said. the cook said. and began to rake the ashes. pulled off her dress. but be back again in half an hour's time. 'Let that alone till the morning. 'To tell the truth I did not cook it. pluck the poultry. Thus Cat-skin lived for a long time very sorrowfully. The guards that stood at the castle gate were called in: but they had seen no one. and bark. but she got up in the night when all were asleep. and toasted a slice of bread first. and washed the soot from off her face and hands.

Cat. and ordered that the dance should be kept up a long time.' And the wedding feast was held. and a merry day it was. she put the golden brooch into the dish. he ordered Cat-skin to be called once more. and helped her with her housework. and put it on. and one was called Snow-white. and took her dress out which was silvery as the moon. and in her haste did not blacken herself all over with soot. the stag leapt merrily by them. and kept fast hold of it. and Cat-skin asked the cook to let her go up and see it as before. and threw her fur mantle over it. and the other Rose. and her golden hair and beautiful form were seen. But this time she kept away too long. 'but come again in half an hour. the king went up to her. and when she wanted to loose herself and spring away. the roe grazed by their side. he would have held her fast by the hand. When the king got to the bottom. one of which bore white and the other red roses. Rose-red liked better to run about in the meadows and fields seeking flowers and catching butterflies.FAIRY TALES 124 After a time there was another feast. and when she went in. and when Snow. he let her go up as before.red. and made herself into Cat-skin again. she got the golden necklace and dropped it into the soup. but she still told him that she was only fit to have boots and shoes thrown at her head. or read to her when there was nothing to do. and soon saw the white finger. but left one of her fingers white. and the birds sat still upon the boughs. They were as good and happy. and no beasts did them any harm. but she sprang into her little cabin. So whilst he was dancing with her. washed herself quickly. or indeed in any other.' Rose-red answered: 'Never so long as we live. Whilst the cook was above stairs. and when the dance began he danced with her. 'for you always put something into your soup. who was again forced to tell him that Cat-skin had cooked it. so slyly that the king did not see where she was gone. The little hare would eat a cabbage-leaf out of their hands. 'Yes. The two children were so fond of one another that they always held each other by the hand when they went out together. so he sent for the cook. but she slipped away.' However. the fur cloak fell off a little on one side.' said he. After the dance was at an end she managed to slip out. 'You must be a witch.' and their mother would add: 'What one has she must share with the other. and as soon as the cook was gone. so that it pleases the king better than mine. Cat-skin was brought again before the king. and cook the king the soup that he likes so much. and went into the kitchen to cook the soup. it happened just the same as before. but Snow-white sat at home with her mother. She had two children who were like the two rose-trees. and went into the ball-room in it. and sprang so quickly through the crowd that he lost sight of her: and she ran as fast as she could into her little cabin under the stairs. and sang whatever they knew. he put a gold ring on her finger without her seeing it. 'You are my beloved bride. then it was brought to the king. who ate it. But the king said. and cooked the king's soup. Then he got hold of the fur and tore it off.' They often ran about the forest alone and gathered red berries. as ever was heard of or seen in that country. only Snow-white was more quiet and gentle than Rose-red. and the starry dress sparkled underneath it. . When it was at an end. looking like a king's daughter. so she had not time to take off her fine dress. and the king danced with her again. and the ring that he had put on it whilst they were dancing: so he seized her hand. In front of the cottage was a garden wherein stood two rose-trees. and it pleased him as well as before.' said the cook. But when the king had ordered a feast to be got ready for the third time. SNOW-WHITE AND ROSE-RED There was once a poor widow who lived in a lonely cottage. Then she ran into the kitchen. Then she put on her dress which sparkled like the stars. and we will never more be parted from each other.' Then she ran to her little cabin. and she could no longer hide herself: so she washed the soot and ashes from her face. and showed herself to be the most beautiful princess upon the face of the earth. and stayed beyond the half-hour. but came close to them trustfully.skin. and rejoiced at seeing her again. as busy and cheerful as ever two children in the world were.white said: 'We will not leave each other. and thought she had never looked so beautiful as she did then.

' So they both came out. the dove fluttered. and every morning laid a wreath of flowers by her mother's bed before she awoke.' and then they sat round the hearth. laid himself down by the hearth. Once when they had spent the night in the wood and the dawn had roused them. and they got so used to him that the doors were never fastened until their black friend had arrived. In the winter. Will you beat your wooer dead?' When it was bed-time.' As soon as day dawned the two children let him out. Rose-red.' 'Poor bear. the bear will do you no harm. One evening. but now. and then you will be safe from the cold and the bad weather. and behind them upon a perch sat a white dove with its head hidden beneath its wings.' Then she cried: 'Snow-white. knock the snow out of my coat a little'. as they were thus sitting comfortably together. the bear said one morning to Snow-white: 'Now I must go away. Henceforth the bear came every evening at the same time. the lamb bleated. 'Snow-white. In the evening. someone knocked at the door as if he wished to be let in. Rose. and were not afraid of him. dear bear?' asked Snowwhite.white. he means well.' 'Where are you going. He got up and looked quite kindly at them. and cannot come back for the whole summer. they laid themselves down near one another upon the moss. when the snowflakes fell.FAIRY TALES 125 No mishap overtook them.' said the mother. and let the children amuse themselves with him as much as they liked. they are obliged to stay below and cannot work their way through. and Snow-white hid herself behind her mother's bed. and bolt the door. and played tricks with their clumsy guest.' Rose-red went and pushed back the bolt. and when he growled they laughed. come out. in which was a rose from each tree. they break through it. It was not long before they grew quite at home. or they took a hazel-switch and beat him. and he stretched himself by the fire and growled contentedly and comfortably. and the others went to bed. But the bear took it all in good part. but it was not. put their feet upon his back and rolled him about. Rose-red screamed and sprang back. when the sun has thawed and warmed the earth. And their mother told them that it must have been the angel who watches over good children. Rose-red. the mother said to the bear: 'You can lie there by the hearth. In the summer Rose-red took care of the house. only take care that you do not burn your coat. Snow. And close by them lay a lamb upon the floor. And when they looked round they found that they had been sleeping quite close to a precipice. I will do you no harm! I am half-frozen. and the mother took her spectacles and read aloud out of a large book. the mother said: 'Go. 'I must go into the forest and guard my treasures from the wicked dwarfs. it was a bear that stretched his broad. and night came on.red. only when they were too rough he called out: 'Leave me alive. open the door. and the two girls listened as they sat and spun. children. and by-and-by the lamb and dove came nearer. and come out to pry and steal. They tugged his hair with their hands. so brightly was it polished. it must be a traveller who is seeking shelter. In the winter Snow-white lit the fire and hung the kettle on the hob. Snow-white and Rose-red kept their mother's little cottage so neat that it was a pleasure to look inside it. thinking that it was a poor man. then. so they brought the broom and swept the bear's hide clean. and he trotted across the snow into the forest. but said nothing and went into the forest. they saw a beautiful child in a shining white dress sitting near their bed. 'lie down by the fire. and their mother knew this and did not worry on their account. and what once gets into . The bear said: 'Here. and only want to warm myself a little beside you. if they had stayed too late in the forest. and slept until morning came. When spring had come and all outside was green. The mother said: 'Quick. But the bear began to speak and said: 'Do not be afraid. children. and would certainly have fallen into it in the darkness if they had gone only a few paces further. black head within the door. when the earth is frozen hard. The kettle was of brass and shone like gold.

The road led them across a heath upon which huge pieces of rock lay strewn about. and which was full of gold.' said Rose-red. you toadstool. so now it is tight and I cannot get away. grumbling to himself: 'Uncouth people. They ran to it and found it was the dwarf. and unluckily the wind had tangled up his beard with the fishing-line. a moment later a big fish made a bite and the feeble creature had not strength to pull it out. and was in urgent danger of being dragged into the water. It happened that soon afterwards the mother sent the two children to the town to buy needles and thread. and lifted it up. to cut off a piece of my fine beard.' and she pulled her scissors out of her pocket.FAIRY TALES their hands. but they could not make out what it was. and went off without even once looking at the children. beard and line were entangled fast together. greedy folk. but they could not pull the beard out. As they came near the brook they saw something like a large grasshopper jumping towards the water. The little bit of food that we people get is immediately burnt up with heavy logs. I wish you had been made to run the soles off your shoes!' Then he took out a sack of pearls which lay in the rushes. 'You stupid. A short time afterwards the mother sent her children into the forest to get firewood. I had just driven the wedge safely in. The girls came just in time. flying slowly round and round above them. he caught against the bolt and a piece of his hairy coat was torn off. to disfigure a man's face? Was it not enough to clip off the end of my beard? Now you have cut off the best part of it. There they found a big tree which lay felled on the ground. 'don't you see that the accursed fish wants to pull me in?' The little man had been sitting there fishing. There they noticed a large bird hovering in the air. and close by the trunk something was jumping backwards and forwards in the grass. and it seemed to Snow-white as if she had seen gold shining through it. and the tree closed so quickly that I could not pull out my beautiful white beard. 'I will help you. whereby a small part of it was lost. but the cursed wedge was too smooth and suddenly sprang out. and the little fellow was jumping about like a dog tied to a rope. 'I will run and fetch someone. 'Where are you going?' said Rose-red. it sank lower and . sleek.' 126 Snow-white was quite sorry at his departure. and the silly. When they came nearer they saw a dwarf with an old withered face and a snow-white beard a yard long. milk-faced things laugh! Ugh! how odious you are!' The children tried very hard. it was caught too fast. but it was of little good. 'why should you fetch someone? You are already two too many for me. 'You senseless goose!' snarled the dwarf. as if it were going to leap in. When the dwarf saw that he screamed out: 'Is that civil. and was soon out of sight behind the trees. for he was forced to follow the movements of the fish. and in their caves. and cut off the end of the beard. and everything was going as I wished. can you not think of something better?' 'Don't be impatient. I cannot let myself be seen by my people. but all in vain. prying goose!' answered the dwarf: 'I was going to split the tree to get a little wood for cooking. The end of the beard was caught in a crevice of the tree. 'you surely don't want to go into the water?' 'I am not such a fool!' cried the dwarf. and as she unbolted the door for him. does not easily see daylight again. The bear ran away quickly. Bad luck to you!' and then he swung the bag upon his back. the fish kept the upper hand and pulled the dwarf towards him. As soon as the dwarf felt himself free he laid hold of a bag which lay amongst the roots of the tree. There was nothing to do but to bring out the scissors and cut the beard. and the bear was hurrying out. and laces and ribbons. they held him fast and tried to free his beard from the line. He glared at the girls with his fiery red eyes and cried: 'Why do you stand there? Can you not come here and help me?' 'What are you up to. we do not swallow so much as you coarse. He held on to all the reeds and rushes. and did not know what to do. little man?' asked Rose-red.' said Snow-white. and without another word he dragged it away and disappeared behind a stone. but she was not sure about it. Some time afterwards Snow-white and Rose-red went to catch a dish of fish.

and Rose-red to his brother. the beautiful jewels lying there! Grant me my life. As soon as the dwarf had recovered from his first fright he cried with his shrill voice: 'Could you not have done it more carefully! You dragged at my brown coat so that it is all torn and full of holes. ****** The Brothers Grimm. who had stolen my treasures. who had emptied out his bag of precious stones in a clean spot. Immediately they heard a loud. Come. full of pity. This was in part due to Edgar Taylor. The children. piteous cry. but he could not reach his cave. but gave the wicked creature a single blow with his paw. they glittered and sparkled with all colours so beautifully that the children stood still and stared at them. But they were best (and universally) known for the collection of over two hundred folk tales they made from oral sources and published in two volumes of 'Nursery and Household Tales' in 1812 and 1814. and when he came up to them suddenly his bearskin fell off. were born in Hanau. and he did not move again. and his ashen. clothed all in gold. and at last settled near a rock not far away. 'Why do you stand gaping there?' cried the dwarf. they are tender morsels for you.' They have been an essential ingredient of children's reading ever since. Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859). look. and he stood there a handsome man. at once took tight hold of the little man. 'I am a king's son. white and red. Now he has got his well-deserved punishment. Although their intention was to preserve such material as part of German cultural and literary history. Throughout their lives they remained close friends.' Then they recognized his voice and waited. I will give you all my treasures. Snow-white was married to him. not completed until a century after their deaths. you clumsy creatures!' Then he took up a sack full of precious stones. The evening sun shone upon the brilliant stones. who made the first English translation in 1823. She took the two rose-trees with her.grey face became copper-red with rage. They ran up and saw with horror that the eagle had seized their old acquaintance the dwarf. and every year bore the most beautiful roses. and a black bear came trotting towards them out of the forest. in the German state of Hesse. went on their way and did their business in town. As they crossed the heath again on their way home they surprised the dwarf. who by this time were used to his ingratitude. wait. I have had to run about the forest as a savage bear until I was freed by his death. and was going to carry him off. The girls had run away. and had not thought that anyone would come there so late. and pulled against the eagle so long that at last he let his booty go. I will come with you. fat as young quails.' he said. near Frankfurt. The dwarf sprang up in a fright. selecting about fifty stories 'with the amusement of some young friends principally in view. Then in the dread of his heart he cried: 'Dear Mr Bear. He was still cursing when a loud growling was heard. what do you want with such a slender little fellow as I? you would not feel me between your teeth.FAIRY TALES 127 lower. The old mother lived peacefully and happily with her children for many years. and they stood before her window. and both studied law at Marburg University. 'and I was bewitched by that wicked dwarf. and they divided between them the great treasure which the dwarf had gathered together in his cave. and their collection was first published with scholarly notes and no illustration. Jacob was a pioneer in the study of German philology. take these two wicked girls. and although Wilhelm's work was hampered by poor health the brothers collaborated in the creation of a German dictionary. and slipped away again under the rock into his hole. do not be afraid. The girls.net/ . for the bear was already close. the tales soon came into the possession of young readers. End of The Project Gutenberg Etext Fairy Tales. for mercy's sake eat them!' The bear took no heed of his words. by the Grimm Brothers Grimms' Fairy Tales from http://manybooks. spare me. but the bear called to them: 'Snow-white and Rose-red.

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