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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the butler.' What the little fish had foretold soon came to pass. 'How prettily that little thing turns round!' said the princess. and well behaved. she was not dead. and the king and the queen. In the door there was a golden key. for the princess was so beautiful. but that she could soften its mischief. but as the king and queen had only twelve golden dishes for them to eat out of.FAIRY TALES 19 and lay gasping and nearly dead on the bank. and wise. each with a high red cap on her head. After many. and show the child to all the land. who had not yet given her gift. the king hoped still to save his dear child altogether from the threatened evil. and fall down dead. Then the queen took pity on the little fish.' said the princess. 'The king's daughter shall. for the thorns and bushes laid hold of them. when the spindle wounded her. and both fell asleep. who was slyly tasting the ale. as she had not been asked to the feast she was very angry. 'I know what your wish is. So he asked his kinsmen. who had just come home. from time to time. so very beautiful that the king could not cease looking on it for joy. fell asleep too. so he ordered that all the spindles in the kingdom should be bought up and burnt. 'Why. and she fell down lifeless on the ground. as it were with hands. This. Just as eleven of them had done blessing her. and the spit that was turning about with a goose upon it for the king's dinner stood still. and scolded the king and queen very much. be wounded by a spindle. and threw it back again into the river. fell asleep with the jug at his lips: and thus everything stood still. 'I will have the fairies also. and good. So twelve fairies came. in her fifteenth year. and she was left alone in the palace. and went to sleep. and word was brought that the thirteenth fairy was come. so her gift was. 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. many years there came a king's son into that land: and an old man told him the story of the thicket . and nodded her head. with a black cap on her head. till at last she came to an old tower. However. So she roved about by herself. and when she turned it the door sprang open. and the very flies slept upon the walls. however. the jack stopped. A large hedge of thorns soon grew round the palace. another beauty. before the fairy's prophecy was fulfilled. and said he would hold a great feast and make merry. and there they stuck fast. that everyone who knew her loved her. how now. But scarcely had she touched it. Now. and red shoes with high heels on her feet. should not really die. and a broomstick in her hand: and presently up she came into the dining. on the very day she was fifteen years old. and took the spindle and began to try and spin. and neighbours. 'what are you doing there?' 'Spinning. and friends. till at last the old palace was surrounded and hidden. and black shoes on her feet. to which there was a narrow staircase ending with a little door.hall. It happened that.' Then the twelfth of the friendly fairies.' Now there were thirteen fairies in the kingdom. and all their court. another riches. in return for your kindness to me--you will soon have a daughter. and slept soundly. and the cook. and the dogs in the court. several kings' sons came. the spindle wounded her. came forward. good mother. the king and queen were not at home. and died wretchedly. But all the gifts of the first eleven fairies were in the meantime fulfilled. 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. and tried to break through the thicket into the palace. humming a tune. a great noise was heard in the courtyard. However.' said the old lady. and there sat an old lady spinning away very busily. but had only fallen into a deep sleep. and every year it became higher and thicker. but should only fall asleep for a hundred years. the pigeons on the house-top. none of them could ever do. while buzz! went the wheel. and the horses slept in the stables. So she cried out. that they might be kind and good to our little daughter. who was at that moment pulling the kitchen-boy by the hair to give him a box on the ear for something he had done amiss. and set to work to take her revenge. But the queen said. and nobles. and said that the evil wish must be fulfilled. One gave her goodness. that the king's daughter. let him go. and looked at all the rooms and chambers. and a long white wand in her hand: and after the feast was over they gathered round in a ring and gave all their best gifts to the little princess. and the queen had a little girl. Even the fire on the hearth left off blazing. and it shall be fulfilled. and so on till she had all that was good in the world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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