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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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