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and in the morning another of the apples was missing. at last he consented. and at midnight he too fell asleep. Then the third son offered to keep watch. and the . The gardener set his eldest son to watch. but the gardener at first would not let him. and about the time when they began to grow ripe it was found that every night one of them was gone. These apples were always counted. and ordered the gardener to keep watch all night under the tree. Then the second son was ordered to watch. The king became very angry at this. and in the garden stood a tree which bore golden apples. but about twelve o'clock he fell asleep.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. and in the morning another apple was gone. for fear some harm should come to him: however.

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

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

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

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

' 'And the horse?' 'I gave a lump of silver as big as my head for it. 'mine is a golden trade.' said the grinder. so merry as I?' Hans stood looking on for a while. working and singing. 'Good man. the squire has had a pig stolen out of his sty.FAIRY TALES got? 13 The next man he met was a countryman carrying a fine white goose. but he may have been the squire's for aught I can tell: you know this country better than I do. 'that chap is pretty well taken in. Your pig may get you into a scrape. for he had given away his last penny in his joy at getting the cow. I have much the best of the bargain.' 'Now. Work light and live well. 'now if you could find money in your pocket whenever you put your hand in it. but wherever it came from it has been a very good friend to me. I gave a pig for it. and then I am sure I shall sleep soundly without rocking.' said the other. and they catch you. First there will be a capital roast. 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. .' 'Yes. 'Hark ye!' said he. he saw a scissor-grinder with his wheel. 'but if you talk of fat.' said he. it will be a bad job for you. 'this is a most capital stone. and said he was going to take the goose to a christening. I don't care whose pig it is. they seem really to think I do them a favour in letting them make me rich. as you are in trouble. take my pig and give me the goose. if I could have money whenever I put my hand in my pocket: what could I want more? there's the goose. how he had so many good bargains. and Hans told him all his luck.' Then he took the string in his hand.' 'And the silver?' 'Oh! I worked hard for that seven long years. 'After all. indeed! 'Tis not everyone would do so much for you as that. People are so kind. you must turn grinder like myself.' cried he. 'my worthy friend. you seem a good sort of fellow. 'I should be the happiest man in the world. Whoever roasts and eats it will find plenty of fat upon it.' 'I ought to have something into the bargain. do but work it well enough. and drove off the pig by a side path. 'O'er hill and o'er dale So happy I roam. and he said to himself. then the fat will find me in goose-grease for six months. 'pray get me out of this scrape. indeed! Give me a fine fat goose. and then there are all the beautiful white feathers. it has lived so well!' 'You're right. 'give a fat goose for a pig.' As he came to the next village. In the village I just came from. However. this led to further chat. and you can make an old nail cut with it. I will put them into my pillow. Can you swim?' Poor Hans was sadly frightened. and at last said. 'Feel.' said the other. and how all the world went gay and smiling with him. All the world is my home. How happy my mother will be! Talk of a pig. and went his way with a light heart: his eyes sparkled for joy. my pig is no trifle.' Meantime he began to be tired. The least they will do will be to throw you into the horse-pond. 'You must be well off.' thought he. I was dreadfully afraid when I saw you that you had got the squire's pig. 'how heavy it is. so I can't help doing you a kind turn.' said Hans. while Hans went on the way homewards free from care.' Meantime the countryman began to look grave.' said the countryman. The countryman stopped to ask what was o'clock.' 'And the cow?' 'I gave a horse for it. and giving me good bargains. I will not be hard upon you.' 'And where did you get the pig?' 'I gave a cow for it.' 'You have thriven well in the world hitherto. and hungry too.' Hans took the stone. Then who so blythe. 'Surely I must have been born in a lucky hour. and shook his head. 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.' 'Very true: but how is that to be managed?' 'How? Why.' said the grinder. and yet it is only eight weeks old. as he weighed it in his hand. I know nothing of where the pig was either bred or born. your fortune would be made. the rest will come of itself. 'you only want a grindstone. If you have. everything I could want or wish for comes of itself. as he gave him a common rough stone that lay by his side. The countryman than began to tell his tale. master grinder! you seem so happy at your work.

he became quite fixed. and down it rolled. then sprang up and danced for joy. but at night she always became an old woman again. and the fairy put her into a cage. She was prettier than all the pretty girls that ever were seen before. All the day long she flew about in the form of an owl. that stood in the middle of a deep gloomy wood. Well-a-day! Well-a-day! He mourn'd for the fate of his darling mate. free from all his troubles. Jorinda sat down to gaze upon the sun. and could not move a step till she came and set him free. The sun was setting fast. and trembled. JORINDA AND JORINDEL There was once an old castle. For a while he watched it sinking in the deep clear water. they found themselves at a loss to know what path to take. and beheld his Jorinda changed into a nightingale. 'nobody was ever so lucky as I. he forgot it. the gloomy night came. and three times screamed: 'Tu whu! Tu whu! Tu whu!' Jorindel could not move. the ugly heavy stone. and Jorindel said. Now this fairy could take any shape she pleased. for the stone tired him sadly: and he dragged himself to the side of a river. or crept about the country like a cat. One day they went to walk in the wood. pushed it a little. Now there was once a maiden whose name was Jorinda. for its kindness in taking away his only plague. Jorindel sat by her side. was very fond of her. and told her how very easy the road to good luck was. whose name was Jorindel. the last rays of the setting sun shone bright through the long stems of the trees upon the green underwood beneath. 'We must take care that we don't go too near to the fairy's castle. turned pale. and a moment after the old fairy came forth pale and meagre. and again fell upon his knees and thanked Heaven. . Then he shrank for fear. and they were soon to be married. and rest a while. nor speak. Jorindel turned to see the reason. and the turtle-doves sang from the tall birches. and both felt sad. jug/. And now the sun went quite down. he stood fixed as a stone. and could neither weep. 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 saw through the bushes that they had. sat down close under the old walls of the castle. and all with beautiful birds in them. There were seven hundred of these cages hanging in the castle. and when they looked to see which way they should go home. So he laid the stone carefully by his side on the bank: but. the owl flew into a bush. and hung her up in a chamber in the castle.FAIRY TALES 14 At last he could go no farther. and in the castle lived an old fairy. as he stooped down to drink. nor stir hand or foot. 'The ring-dove sang from the willow spray. that they might be alone. 'How happy am I!' cried he. they knew not why. and already half of its circle had sunk behind the hill: Jorindel on a sudden looked behind him. Well-a-day!' when her song stopped suddenly.' It was a beautiful evening. without knowing it. so that her song ended with a mournful /jug. plump into the stream.' Then up he got with a light heart. When any young man came within a hundred paces of her castle. that he might take a drink of water. They had wandered a long way. and walked on till he reached his mother's house. and a shepherd lad. and a nose and chin that almost met one another. An owl with fiery eyes flew three times round them. with tears in his eyes. Jorinda was just singing. but it seemed as if they were to be parted from one another for ever. with staring eyes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

which quite hid her from view. the bride sat still and did not say a word. she came from behind the cask. One of them now noticed a gold ring still remaining on the little finger of the murdered girl.' answered the old woman. we will flee together.' The words were hardly out of her mouth when the godless crew returned. and one of yellow. They gave her wine to drink. dragging another young girl along with them. 'Come and eat your suppers. Linger not in this murderers' lair. Tonight. but he could not find it. and then she and the old woman went upstairs. Then they tore of her dainty clothing. not a soul could I find within. he took a hatchet and cut off the finger. The robber took a light and began looking for it. young maiden fair.' Thereupon the old woman led her behind a large cask. but the finger sprang into the air. 'is there no tale you know? Tell us something. 'if my betrothed husband lives here?' 'Ah. for they are eaters of men. 'Can you tell me. but a bird that was hanging in a cage on the wall cried: 'Turn back. then. three glasses full. laid her on a table. and before long they were all lying on the floor of the cellar.' and again a second time it said these words. but the peas and lentils had sprouted. for the miller had taken care to invite all his friends and relations. They found the ashes scattered by the wind. my love. 'Keep as still as a mouse.' said the robbers. and that your marriage will soon take place. But God helped her. who could not keep her head from shaking. fast asleep and snoring. turn back. but they were all empty. and sprinkled salt upon it. 'Have you looked behind the large cask?' said one of the others. each guest in turn was asked to tell a tale. and let the thing be till tomorrow. The day came that had been fixed for the marriage. Look. As soon as the girl was assured of this. and there sat a very. and they ceased looking for the finger and sat down. 'I went alone through a forest and came at last to a house. and every moment she was filled with renewed dread lest she should awaken them.' said the bridegroom. and still she saw no one. but it is with death that you will keep your marriage feast. you would be lost. one of red.' said the bride. opened the door. and cut her beautiful body into pieces. If I did not take pity on you and save you. But the old woman called out. I have long been waiting for an opportunity to escape. going from room to room of the house. and grown sufficiently above the ground. so that she passed safely over them. and hastened as fast as they could from the murderers' den. She was obliged to step over the bodies of the sleepers.' 'I will tell you a dream. They were all drunk. At last she came to the cellar. very old woman. when the robbers are all asleep. The old woman then mixed a sleeping draught with their wine.' asked the girl. who were lying close together. All night long they walked. and fell behind the cask into the lap of the girl who was hiding there. As they sat at the feast.' . 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. and it was morning before they reached the mill.' she said.FAIRY TALES 50 The girl passed on. The bridegroom arrived and also a large company of guests. and paid no heed to her cries and lamentations. to guide them in the moonlight along the path. one of white wine. 'do not move or speak. 'And you. and with that her heart gave way and she died. or it will be all over with you. The poor betrothed girl crouched trembling and shuddering behind the cask. You think yourself a promised bride. and as he could not draw it off easily. turning to her. for she saw what a terrible fate had been intended for her by the robbers. 'what a place for you to come to! This is a murderers' den. the finger won't run away. Then the girl told her father all that had happened.' 'The old woman is right. you poor child. and cook and eat you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

pray. 'we cannot find food for you any longer. he heard them lamenting that they must perish so miserably. carried her to the kitchen. keep off our bodies? That stupid horse. Then they came hopping up to it. He listened. and yet we cannot fly! What can we do. and saw a white snake lying on the dish. and throwing out their young ones. But when he saw it he could not deny himself the pleasure of tasting it. he lifted up the cover. satisfied their hunger. who took away the dish. as I was eating in haste I swallowed a ring which lay under the queen's window. In his trouble and fear he went down into the courtyard and took thought how to help himself out of his trouble. Nothing was hidden from him. what helpless chicks we are! We must shift for ourselves. but lie here and starve?' So the good young fellow alighted and killed his horse with his sword.FAIRY TALES 74 A long time ago there lived a king who was famed for his wisdom through all the land. was overcome with such curiosity that he could not help carrying the dish into his room. and as she was being dressed for the spit. and no one else was present. when one day the servant. and suspicion of having stolen it fell upon this trusty servant. Eating the snake had given him power of understanding the language of animals. and cried to him: 'We will remember you and repay you for saving us!' He rode on. as he had a mind to see the world and go about a little. The king ordered the man to be brought before him. so he cut of a little bit and put it into his mouth. 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.' said the cook. flapping their wings.' So he cut off her head. as he had a kind heart. they were having a confidential conversation together. and what good food they had found. with his heavy hoofs. the queen's ring was found inside her. and crying: 'Oh.' The servant at once seized her by the neck. The servant could now easily prove his innocence. and gave it to them for food. and it seemed as if news of the most secret things was brought to him through the air. every day after dinner. neither did anyone know. and weighed her in his hand. It was covered. and. and has been waiting to be roasted long enough. with their clumsy beasts. a trusty servant had to bring him one more dish. though it is said that fishes are dumb. They were telling one another of all the places where they had been waddling about all the morning. 'she has spared no trouble to fatten herself. Now. good-for-nothing creatures!' cried they. and only asked for a horse and some money for travelling. They leapt with delight. and can provide for yourselves. No sooner had it touched his tongue than he heard a strange whispering of little voices outside his window. and after a while it seemed to him that he heard a voice in the sand at his feet. and threatened with angry words that unless he could before the morrow point out the thief. and said to the cook: 'Here is a fine duck. and . he was dismissed with no better answer. This had gone on for a long time. and one day came to a pond. When his request was granted he set out on his way. and. you are big enough. to make amends for the wrong. He went and listened. The servant refused everything. But he had a strange custom. when the table was cleared. When he had carefully locked the door. and heard an ant-king complain: 'Why cannot folks. he himself should be looked upon as guilty and executed. and one said in a pitiful tone: 'Something lies heavy on my stomach. who was allowed to go everywhere.' 'Yes. you idle. however. and promised him the best place in the court that he could wish for. and there he saw two old ravens standing by their nest. The servant stood by and listened. kill her. allowed him to ask a favour. 'Out with you. and then noticed that it was the sparrows who were chattering together. where he saw three fishes caught in the reeds and gasping for water. whilst they were making their feathers smooth with their bills. and the king. In vain he declared his innocence.' But the poor young ravens lay upon the ground. and telling one another of all kinds of things which they had seen in the fields and woods. Now some ducks were sitting together quietly by a brook and taking their rest. put out their heads. Now it so happened that on this very day the queen lost her most beautiful ring. for the king never took off the cover to eat of it until he was quite alone. and even the servant did not know what was in it. he got off his horse and put the three prisoners back into the water.

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

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

FAIRY TALES 'What rumbles and tumbles Against my poor bones? I thought 'twas six kids, But it feels like big stones.'


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.

FAIRY TALES The third task was the hardest. It was to choose out the youngest and the best of the king's three daughters. Now they were all beautiful, and all exactly alike: but he was told that the eldest had eaten a piece of sugar, the next some sweet syrup, and the youngest a spoonful of honey; so he was to guess which it was that had eaten the honey.


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.

FAIRY TALES About midnight in they came, dancing and skipping, hopped round the room, and then went to sit down to their work as usual; but when they saw the clothes lying for them, they laughed and chuckled, and seemed mightily delighted.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'this is wonderful. then he shot into the midst of them so that their feathers flew all about.' said the huntsman.' Then he took leave of his friends. It is the bird's heart that will bring you this good luck.' When he had gone a hundred steps or so. and went his way. it will be a fine thing for me. and when you wear it you will find yourself at any place where you may wish to be. and tugging at each other as if each wished to have it himself. 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. and indeed every day when he arose. but I am hungry and thirsty. and said. Then he went into the house. but one fell down dead. Off went the flock chattering away. THE SALAD As a merry young huntsman was once going briskly along through a wood. my dear child.FAIRY TALES 111 the other. 'he has. I will reward you for your kindness. we must get it away from him. that he wanted to see more of the beautiful lady. and at one of the windows stood an old woman with a very beautiful young lady by her side looking about them. 'Listen. Up with the window. 'If all this does happen. cut open the bird. It so happened that his road one day led through a thick wood. at the end of which was a large castle in a green meadow. But ate up every one he caught. do pray give me something to eat. you seem merry enough. and one will fall down dead: the cloak will fall too.' The huntsman took pity on her. Cut open the dead bird. He heaped up a great deal of gold. Yet of his wife he never thought. and has a little pointed mouth?' 'Yes.' 'Then let him come upstairs. the same happened next day. Then Mrs Fox said: 'Has the gentleman red stockings on. and said to himself. and there was much rejoicing and dancing. my friend. for I have money enough to pay for anything I want'. this happens just as the old woman said'. and the cloak with it. 'There is a young man coming out of the wood who carries a wonderful prize. and was welcomed kindly. fighting. fling out my old man! For many a fine fat mouse he brought. he heard a screaming and chirping in the branches over him. At length came a young fox. took out the heart. and there lay the piece of gold glittering underneath.' The huntsman thanked her. and carried the cloak home with him. and looked up and saw a flock of birds pulling a cloak with their bills and feet. for it is more fit for us than for him. He has a bird's heart that brings a piece of gold under his pillow every morning. 'I have been travelling so long that I should like to go into this castle and rest myself. and said to the young lady. and put his hand in his pocket and gave her what he had. to what I am going to tell you. Then he wanted to go his way. and ordered the servant to prepare the wedding feast. 'Now is the time for getting the bird's heart. it is a wishing-cloak. and thought to himself. and you will find a piece of gold under your pillow every morning when you rise. and hung his bag and bow about his neck. but the real reason was. and the cat had continually to send the suitors away. good day. Then the huntsman did as the old woman told him. take it.' Meantime the huntsman came nearer and looked at the lady. for it lay now under the young lady's. But one of the good qualities which old Mr Fox had possessed. Shoot into the midst of them. was always lacking.' So the lady stole it away. 'Sweep me the room as clean as you can. but he was so much in love that he never missed his prize. go your way. 'Good day. and if they have not left off. and at last thought to himself. take out its heart and keep it. The next morning when he awoke he lifted up his pillow.' Then the wedding was solemnized with young Mr Fox. and doing everything that she wished. Then the old woman said. 'Well.' said Mrs Fox. and said to him. screaming. there came up a little old woman. . and he never found any more gold under his pillow. 'Of what use is this gold to me whilst I am at home? I will go out into the world and look about me. Now the old woman was a witch. and after a little time you will come to a tree where you will see nine birds sitting on a cloak.' said the cat. but she took hold of him. and the old woman took it away every morning. they are dancing still.

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

'I have three tiresome beasts here. she said. saying. and when people saw him they said: 'There's a fellow who will give his father some trouble!' When anything had to be done. the listeners sometimes said: 'Oh. but are so sorrowful that they cannot last long.' said the other. and said. and lived together very happily till they died. I will give it you too. he gave them some of the good salad to eat. 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. he answered: 'Oh. it was against my will. no father. 'The other two. and said.' So she ate of it. the miller came to him and told him that the old ass was dead.' said the miller. it was always the elder who was forced to do it.' 'Well. and when they came. 'I am quite willing to learn something-.' The father sighed. Look how your brother works. and told the miller to drive them back to him. 'I bring you the dish myself that you may not wait any longer. it makes us shudder!' The younger sat in a corner and listened with the rest of them. where he found everything he wanted.' And as he went he saw two asses in the court running about. father.' said he. and treat them as I tell you. and thought to himself: 'Goodness. 'They are always saying: "It makes me shudder. Your wishing-cloak hangs up in the closet.' So they were married. 'That. it will be just the same thing. Or when stories were told by the fire at night which made the flesh creep. but you do not even earn your salt.' thought he. you fellow in the corner there. you are growing tall and strong. THE STORY OF THE YOUTH WHO WENT FORTH TO LEARN WHAT FEAR WAS A certain father had two sons. and the way led through the churchyard. the elder of who was smart and sensible. it makes me shudder!' for he was afraid. 'Keep it. and could not imagine what they could mean. but you will not earn your bread by that.' he replied. 'if you will take them. 'those two have had their share. or any other dismal place. 'but how shall I treat them?' Then the huntsman said. 'I will go into the kitchen and see. I'll not go there. 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. 'What's the matter?' said the miller. 'Give the old one stripes three times a day and hay once. and like the others ran off into the court braying away. I don't understand that at all yet. 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. but if his father bade him fetch anything when it was late.' The elder brother smiled when he heard that. for I always loved you very much. and could do everything. and answered him: 'You shall soon learn what it is to shudder. And the beautiful young lady fell upon her knees before him.' Then he thought something must have happened. and as nobody came with the salad and she longed to taste it. laid them on the dish and brought them to the young lady. Some days after. and you too must learn something by which you can earn your bread.' Then he took up the rest of the leaves. it makes me shudder!" It does not make me shudder. I will pay you whatever you ask.' 'With all my heart. or in the night-time.' . 'I don't know where the salad can be. I should like to learn how to shudder.' But he said. 'are alive and eat. 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. my mother forced me to it. and the salad lying on the ground. give them food and room. too. if it could but be managed. but the younger was stupid and could neither learn nor understand anything.' said he.FAIRY TALES 113 ground. Then the huntsman washed his face and went into the court that they might know him.indeed. give the next (who was the servant-maid) stripes once a day and hay three times. 'All right!' said he. for I mean to make you my wife.' Then the huntsman pitied them. 'Now you shall be paid for your roguery. The messenger sat all this time with the beautiful young lady. and as for the bird's heart. After this he went back to the castle. 'O dearest huntsman! forgive me all the ill I have done you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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