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The mother, however, now sat and lamented all day long, until the youngest son, who was always with her, and whom she had named Benjamin, from the Bible, said to her, 鈥淒ear mother, why art thou so sad?鈥濃淲hat art thou saying there?鈥 asked the King鈥檚 son. 鈥淣othing,鈥 she replied, 鈥淚 was only thinking of Maid Maleen.鈥 鈥淒ost thou know Maid Maleen?鈥 鈥淣o,鈥 she answered, 鈥渉ow should I know her; I have only heard of her.鈥 When they came to the church-door, she said once more,鈥淚 will take great care,鈥 said Little Red-Cap to her mother, and gave her hand on it.

But the youngest brother was not dead. By good fortune the well was dry, and he fell upon soft moss without being hurt, but he could not get out again. Even in this strait the faithful Fox did not leave him: it came and leapt down to him, and upbraided him for having forgotten its advice. 鈥淏ut yet I cannot give it up so,鈥 he said; 鈥淚 will help you up again into daylight.鈥 He bade him grasp his tail and keep tight hold of it; and then he pulled him up.路过爱 歌词 Brother Lustig travelled about with his money, and squandered and wasted what he had as before. When at last he had no more than four kreuzers, he passed by an inn and thought, 鈥淭he money must go,鈥 and ordered three kreuzers鈥 worth of wine and one kreuzer鈥檚 worth of bread for himself. As he was sitting there drinking, the smell of roast goose made its way to his nose. Brother Lustig looked about and peeped, and saw that the host had two geese standing in the oven. Then he remembered that his comrade had said that whatsoever he wished to have in his knapsack should be there, so he said, 鈥淥h, ho! I must try that with the geese.鈥 So he went out, and when he was outside the door, he said, 鈥淚 wish those two roasted geese out of the oven and in my knapsack,鈥 and when he had said that, he unbuckled it and looked in, and there they were inside it. 鈥淎h, that鈥檚 right!鈥 said he, 鈥渘ow I am a made man!鈥 and went away to a meadow and took out the roast meat. When he was in the midst of his meal, two journeymen came up and looked at the second goose, which was not yet touched, with hungry eyes. Brother Lustig thought to himself, 鈥淥ne is enough for me,鈥 and called the two men up and said, 鈥淭ake the goose, and eat it to my health.鈥 They thanked him, and went with it to the inn, ordered themselves a half bottle of wine and a loaf, took out the goose which had been given them, and began to eat. The hostess saw them and said to her husband, 鈥淭hose two are eating a goose; just look and see if it is not one of ours, out of the oven.鈥 The landlord ran thither, and behold the oven was empty! 鈥淲hat!鈥 cried he, 鈥測ou thievish crew, you want to eat goose as cheap as that? Pay for it this moment; or I will wash you well with green hazel-sap.鈥 The two said, 鈥淲e are no thieves, a discharged soldier gave us the goose, outside there in the meadow.鈥 鈥淵ou shall not throw dust in my eyes that way! the soldier was here but he went out by the door, like an honest fellow. I looked after him myself; you are the thieves and shall pay!鈥 But as they could not pay, he took a stick, and cudgeled them out of the house.真人线上博彩评级The second said, 鈥淚 have a horse to look after, but I leave the bit in his mouth, and if I do not want to do it, I give him no food, and I say he has had it already. I, however, lay myself in the oat-chest and sleep for four hours. After this I stretch out one foot and move it a couple of times over the horse鈥檚 body, and then he is combed and cleaned. Who is going to make a great business of that? Nevertheless service is too toilsome for me.鈥澱嫒讼呱喜┎势兰禩he cat鈥檚 mouth soon began to water for some more licking. 鈥淎ll good things go in threes,鈥 said she, 鈥淚 am asked to stand godmother again. The child is quite black, only it has white paws, but with that exception, it has not a single white hair on its whole body; this only happens once every few years, you will let me go, won鈥檛 you?鈥 鈥淭op-off! Half-done!鈥 answered the mouse, 鈥渢hey are such odd names, they make me very thoughtful.鈥 鈥淵ou sit at home,鈥 said the cat, 鈥渋n your dark-grey fur coat and long tail, and are filled with fancies, that鈥檚 because you do not go out in the daytime.鈥 During the cat鈥檚 absence the mouse cleaned the house, and put it in order but the greedy cat entirely emptied the pot of fat. 鈥淲hen everything is eaten up one has some peace,鈥 said she to herself, and well filled and fat she did not return home till night. The mouse at once asked what name had been given to the third child. 鈥淚t will not please you more than the others,鈥 said the cat. 鈥淗e is called All-gone.鈥 鈥淎ll-gone,鈥 cried the mouse, 鈥渢hat is the most suspicious name of all! I have never seen it in print. All-gone; what can that mean?鈥 and she shook her head, curled herself up, and lay down to sleep.真人线上博彩评级

真人线上博彩评级There was once upon a time a princess, who, high under the battlements in her castle, had an apartment with twelve windows, which looked out in every possible direction, and when she climbed up to it and looked around her, she could inspect her whole kingdom. When she looked out of the first, her sight was more keen than that of any other human being; from the second she could see still better, from the third more distinctly still, and so it went on, until the twelfth, from which she saw everything above the earth and under the earth, and nothing at all could be kept secret from her. Moreover, as she was haughty, and would be subject to no one, but wished to keep the dominion for herself alone, she caused it to be proclaimed that no one should ever be her husband who could not conceal himself from her so effectually, that it should be quite impossible for her to find him. He who tried this, however, and was discovered by her, was to have his head struck off, and stuck on a post. Ninety-seven posts with the heads of dead men were already standing before the castle, and no one had come forward for a long time. The princess was delighted, and thought to herself, 鈥淣ow I shall be free as long as I live.鈥 Then three brothers appeared before her, and announced to her that they were desirous of trying their luck. The eldest believed he would be quite safe if he crept into a lime-pit, but she saw him from the first window, made him come out, and had his head cut off. The second crept into the cellar of the palace, but she perceived him also from the first window, and his fate was sealed. His head was placed on the nine and ninetieth post. Then the youngest came to her and entreated her to give him a day for consideration, and also to be so gracious as to overlook it if she should happen to discover him twice, but if he failed the third time, he would look on his life as over. As he was so handsome, and begged so earnestly, she said, 鈥淵es, I will grant thee that, but thou wilt not succeed.鈥澱嫒讼呱喜┎势兰禬hen he reached home, his brothers had built themselves a handsome house with their silver and gold, and were living in clover. He went to see them, but as he came in a ragged coat, with his shabby hat on his head, and his old knapsack on his back, they would not acknowledge him as their brother. They mocked and said, 鈥淭hou givest out that thou art our brother who despised silver and gold, and craved for something still better for himself. He will come in his carriage in full splendour like a mighty king, not like a beggar,鈥 and they drove him out of doors. Then he fell into a rage, and tapped his knapsack until a hundred and fifty men stood before him armed from head to foot. He commanded them to surround his brothers鈥 house, and two of them were to take hazel-sticks with them, and beat the two insolent men until they knew who he was. A violent disturbance arose, people ran together, and wanted to lend the two some help in their need, but against the soldiers they could do nothing. News of this at length came to the King, who was very angry, and ordered a captain to march out with his troop, and drive this disturber of the peace out of the town; but the man with the knapsack soon got a greater body of men together, who repulsed the captain and his men, so that they were forced to retire with bloody noses. The King said, 鈥淭his vagabond is not brought to order yet,鈥 and next day sent a still larger troop against him, but they could do even less. The youth set still more men against them, and in order to be done the sooner, he turned his hat twice round on his head, and heavy guns began to play, and the king鈥檚 men were beaten and put to flight. 鈥淎nd now,鈥 said he, 鈥淚 will not make peace until the King gives me his daughter to wife, and I govern the whole kingdom in his name.鈥 He caused this to be announced to the King, and the latter said to his daughter, 鈥淣ecessity is a hard nut to crack, what remains to me but to do what he desires? If I want peace and to keep the crown on my head, I must give thee away.鈥滺e glared at the girls with his fiery red eyes and cried, 鈥淲hy do you stand there? Can you not come here and help me?鈥 鈥淲hat are you about there, little man?鈥 asked Rose-red. 鈥淵ou stupid, prying goose!鈥 answered the dwarf; 鈥淚 was going to split the tree to get a little wood for cooking. The little bit of food that one of us wants gets burnt up directly with thick logs; we do not swallow so much as you coarse, greedy folk. I had just driven the wedge safely in, and everything was going as I wished; but the wretched wood was too smooth and suddenly sprang asunder, and the tree closed so quickly that I could not pull out my beautiful white beard; so now it is tight in and I cannot get away, and the silly, sleek, milk-faced things laugh! Ugh! how odious you are!鈥澱嫒讼呱喜┎势兰

鈥淲hat!鈥 said he, 鈥渋s that the way thou thankest me? Thou shalt at once go into thy coffin again,鈥 and he took him up, threw him into it, and shut the lid. Then came the six men and carried him away again. 鈥淚 cannot manage to shudder,鈥 said he. 鈥淚 shall never learn it here as long as I live.鈥漈hey went farther, and then St. Peter caused a great stream of water to flow right across their path, and they were obliged to pass through it. Said St. Peter, 鈥淒o thou go first.鈥 鈥淣o,鈥 answered Brother Lustig, 鈥渢hou must go first,鈥 and he thought, 鈥渋f the water is too deep I will stay behind.鈥 Then St. Peter strode through it, and the water just reached to his knee. So Brother Lustig began to go through also, but the water grew deeper and reached to his throat. Then he cried, 鈥淏rother, help me!鈥 St. Peter said, 鈥淭hen wilt thou confess that thou hast eaten the lamb鈥檚 heart?鈥 鈥淣o,鈥 said he, 鈥淚 have not eaten it.鈥 Then the water grew deeper still and rose to his mouth. 鈥淗elp me, brother,鈥 cried the soldier. St. Peter said, 鈥淭hen wilt thou confess that thou hast eaten the lamb鈥檚 heart?鈥 鈥淣o,鈥 he replied, 鈥淚 have not eaten it.鈥 St. Peter, however, would not let him be drowned, but made the water sink and helped him through it.真人线上博彩评级The Thief and his Master真人线上博彩评级

When day broke, the master galloped to the castle on the stolen horse. The count had just got up, and was looking out of the window. 鈥淕ood morning, Sir Count,鈥 he cried to him, 鈥渉ere is the horse, which I have got safely out of the stable! Just look, how beautifully your soldiers are lying there sleeping; and if you will but go into the stable, you will see how comfortable your watchers have made it for themselves.鈥 The count could not help laughing, then he said, 鈥淔or once thou hast succeeded, but things won鈥檛 go so well the second time, and I warn thee that if thou comest before me as a thief, I will handle thee as I would a thief.鈥 When the countess went to bed that night, she closed her hand with the wedding-ring tightly together, and the count said, 鈥淎ll the doors are locked and bolted, I will keep awake and wait for the thief, but if he gets in by the window, I will shoot him.鈥 The master-thief, however, went in the dark to the gallows, cut a poor sinner who was hanging there down from the halter, and carried him on his back to the castle. Then he set a ladder up to the bedroom, put the dead body on his shoulders, and began to climb up. When he had got so high that the head of the dead man showed at the window, the count, who was watching in his bed, fired a pistol at him, and immediately the master let the poor sinner fall down, and hid himself in one corner. The night was sufficiently lighted by the moon, for the master to see distinctly how the count got out of the window on to the ladder, came down, carried the dead body into the garden, and began to dig a hole in which to lay it. 鈥淣ow,鈥 thought the thief, 鈥渢he favourable moment has come,鈥 stole nimbly out of his corner, and climbed up the ladder straight into the countess鈥檚 bedroom. 鈥淒ear wife,鈥 he began in the count鈥檚 voice, 鈥渢he thief is dead, but, after all, he is my godson, and has been more of a scape-grace than a villain. I will not put him to open shame; besides, I am sorry for the parents. I will bury him myself before daybreak, in the garden that the thing may not be known, so give me the sheet, I will wrap up the body in it, and bury him as a dog burries things by scratching.鈥 The countess gave him the sheet. 鈥淚 tell you what,鈥 continued the thief, 鈥淚 have a fit of magnanimity on me, give me the ring too,鈥-the unhappy man risked his life for it, so he may take it with him into his grave.鈥 She would not gainsay the count, and although she did it unwillingly she drew the ring from her finger, and gave it to him. The thief made off with both these things, and reached home safely before the count in the garden had finished his work of burying.真人线上博彩评级On this the bird let the golden chain fall, and it fell exactly round the man鈥檚 neck, and so exactly round it that it fitted beautifully. Then he went in and said, 鈥淛ust look what a fine bird that is, and what a handsome gold chain he has given me, and how pretty he is!鈥 But the woman was terrified, and fell down on the floor in the room, and her cap fell off her head. Then sang the bird once more,真人线上博彩评级The first said, 鈥淲ho has been sitting on my chair?鈥

Next day when they were driving the geese out through the dark gateway, the maiden said,李章洙视频 After some time the King returned to his palace and saw that the prophecy was fulfilled, and the luck-child married to his daughter. 鈥淗ow has that come to pass?鈥 said he; 鈥淚 gave quite another order in my letter.鈥澱嫒讼呱喜┎势兰禩his story, my dear young folks, seems to be false, but it really is true, for my grandfather, from whom I have it, used always, when relating it, to say complacently, 鈥淚t must be true, my son, or else no one could tell it to you.鈥 The story is as follows. One Sunday morning about harvest time, just as the buckwheat was in bloom, the sun was shining brightly in heaven, the east wind was blowing warmly over the stubble-fields, the larks were singing in the air, the bees buzzing among the buckwheat, the people were all going in their Sunday clothes to church, and all creatures were happy, and the hedgehog was happy too.真人线上博彩评级Then said the King, 鈥淭hat which thou hast promised must thou perform. Go and let him in.鈥 She went and opened the door, and the frog hopped in and followed her, step by step, to her chair. There he sat and cried, 鈥淟ift me up beside thee.鈥 She delayed, until at last the King commanded her to do it. When the frog was once on the chair he wanted to be on the table, and when he was on the table he said, 鈥淣ow, push thy little golden plate nearer to me that we may eat together.鈥 She did this, but it was easy to see that she did not do it willingly. The frog enjoyed what he ate, but almost every mouthful she took choked her. At length he said, 鈥淚 have eaten and am satisfied; now I am tired, carry me into thy little room and make thy little silken bed ready, and we will both lie down and go to sleep.鈥

真人线上博彩评级He went back again, and he was in great fear, and he dropped the water on their faces as they were sleeping, and they all turned half-white. Then all the three princesses sprang up, and said, 鈥淭hou accursed dog, our blood shall cry for vengeance on thee! Now there is no man born in the world, nor will any ever be born who can set us free! We have still three brothers who are bound by seven chains they shall tear thee to pieces.鈥 Then there was a loud shrieking all over the castle, and he sprang out of the window, and broke his leg, and the castle sank into the earth again, the mountain shut to again, and no one knew where the castle had stood.鈥淣eedle, my needle, sharp-pointed and fine, Prepare for a wooer this house of mine.鈥漈hen Faithful John saw that there was no help for it now, and with a heavy heart and many sighs, sought out the key from the great bunch. When he had opened the door, he went in first, and thought by standing before him he could hide the portrait so that the King should not see it in front of him, but what availed that? The King stood on tip-toe and saw it over his shoulder. And when he saw the portrait of the maiden, which was so magnificent and shone with gold and precious stones, he fell fainting to the ground. Faithful John took him up, carried him to his bed, and sorrowfully thought, 鈥淭he misfortune has befallen us, Lord God, what will be the end of it?鈥 Then he strengthened him with wine, until he came to himself again. The first words the King said were, 鈥淎h, the beautiful portrait! whose it it?鈥 鈥淭hat is the princess of the Golden Dwelling,鈥 answered Faithful John. Then the King continued, 鈥淢y love for her is so great, that if all the leaves on all the trees were tongues, they could not declare it. I will give my life to win her. Thou art my most Faithful John, thou must help me.鈥

The wizard raised the basket on his back and went away with it, but it weighed him down so heavily that the perspiration streamed from his face. Then he sat down and wanted to rest awhile, but immediately one of the girls in the basket cried, 鈥淚 am looking through my little window, and I see that thou art resting. Wilt thou go on at once?鈥 He thought it was his bride who was calling that to him; and got up on his legs again. Once more he was going to sit down, but instantly she cried, 鈥淚 am looking through my little window, and I see that thou art resting. Wilt thou go on directly?鈥 And whenever he stood still, she cried this, and then he was forced to go onwards, until at last, groaning and out of breath, he took the basket with the gold and the two maidens into their parents鈥 house. At home, however, the bride prepared the marriage-feast, and sent invitations to the friends of the wizard. Then she took a skull with grinning teeth, put some ornaments on it and a wreath of flowers, carried it upstairs to the garret-window, and let it look out from thence. When all was ready, she got into a barrel of honey, and then cut the feather-bed open and rolled herself in it, until she looked like a wondrous bird, and no one could recognize her. Then she went out of the house, and on her way she met some of the wedding-guests, who asked,真人线上博彩评级The Three Brothers真人线上博彩评级Once on a time the fox was talking to the wolf of the strength of man; how no animal could withstand him, and how all were obliged to employ cunning in order to preserve themselves from him. Then the wolf answered, 鈥淚f I had but the chance of seeing a man for once, I would set on him notwithstanding.鈥 鈥淚 can help thee to do that,鈥 said the fox. 鈥淐ome to me early to-morrow morning, and I will show thee one.鈥 The wolf presented himself betimes, and the fox took him out on the road by which the huntsmen went daily. First came an old discharged soldier. 鈥淚s that a man?鈥 inquired the wolf. 鈥淣o,鈥 answered the fox, 鈥渢hat was one.鈥 Afterwards came a little boy who was going to school. 鈥淚s that a man?鈥 鈥淣o, that is going to be one.鈥 At length came a hunter with his double-barrelled gun at his back, and hanger by his side. Said the fox to the wolf, 鈥淟ook, there comes a man, thou must attack him, but I will take myself off to my hole.鈥 The wolf then rushed on the man. When the huntsman saw him he said, 鈥淚t is a pity that I have not loaded with a bullet,鈥 aimed, and fired his small shot in his face. The wolf pulled a very wry face, but did not let himself be frightened, and attacked him again, on which the huntsman gave him the second barrel. The wolf swallowed his pain, and rushed on the huntsman, but he drew out his bright hanger, and gave him a few cuts with it right and left, so that, bleeding everywhere, he ran howling back to the fox. 鈥淲ell, brother wolf,鈥 said the fox, 鈥渉ow hast thou got on with man?鈥 鈥淎h!鈥 replied the wolf, 鈥淚 never imagined the strength of man to be what it is! First, he took a stick from his shoulder, and blew into it, and then something flew into my face which tickled me terribly; then he breathed once more into the stick, and it flew into my nose like lightning and hail; when I was quite close, he drew a white rib out of his side, and he beat me so with it that I was all but left lying dead.鈥 鈥淪ee what a braggart thou art!鈥 said the fox. 鈥淭hou throwest thy hatchet so far that thou canst not fetch it back again!鈥澱嫒讼呱喜┎势兰


The Iron StoveThe King, who had a bad heart, and was angry about the prophecy, went to the parents, and, seeming quite friendly, said, 鈥淵ou poor people, let me have your child, and I will take care of it.鈥 At first they refused, but when the stranger offered them a large amount of gold for it, and they thought, 鈥淚t is a luck-child, and everything must turn out well for it,鈥 they at last consented, and gave him the child.


So St. Peter said to the Lord, 鈥淟ord, this thing must not go on. People no longer die; we must go ourselves.鈥 And they went themselves, and the Lord commanded Hansel to let Death come down. So Hansel went at once to Death and said to him, 鈥淐ome down,鈥 and Death took him directly and put an end to him. They went away together and came to the next world, and then Gambling Hansel made straight for the door of Heaven, and knocked at it. 鈥淲ho is there?鈥 鈥淕ambling Hansel.鈥 鈥淎h, we will have nothing to do with him! Begone!鈥 So he went to the door of Purgatory, and knocked once more. 鈥淲ho is there?鈥 鈥淕ambling Hansel.鈥 鈥淎h, there is quite enough weeping and wailing here without him. We do not want to gamble, just go away again.鈥 Then he went to the door of Hell, and there they let him in. There was, however, no one at home but old Lucifer and the crooked devils who had just been doing their evil work in the world. And no sooner was Hansel there than he sat down to gamble again. Lucifer, however, had nothing to lose, but his mis-shapen devils, and Gambling Hansel won them from him, as with his cards he could not fail to do. And now he was off again with his crooked devils, and they went to Hohenfuert and pulled up a hop-pole, and with it went to Heaven and began to thrust the pole against it, and Heaven began to crack. So again St. Peter said, 鈥淟ord, this thing cannot go on, we must let him in, or he will throw us down from Heaven.鈥 And they let him in. But Gambling Hansel instantly began to play again, and there was such a noise and confusion that there was no hearing what they themselves were saying. Therefore St. Peter once more said, 鈥淟ord, this cannot go on, we must throw him down, or he will make all Heaven rebellious.鈥 So they went to him at once, and threw him down, and his soul broke into fragments, and went into the gambling vagabonds who are living this very day.Hans went on, and thought to himself how everything was going just as he wished; if he did meet with any vexation it was immediately set right. Presently there joined him a lad who was carrying a fine white goose under his arm. They said good morning to each other, and Hans began to tell of his good luck, and how he had always made such good bargains. The boy told him that he was taking the goose to a christening-feast. 鈥淛ust lift her,鈥 added he, and laid hold of her by the wings; 鈥渉ow heavy she is 鈥-she has been fattened up for the last eight weeks. Whoever has a bit of her when she is roasted will have to wipe the fat from both sides of his mouth.鈥 鈥淵es,鈥 said Hans, as he weighed her in one hand, 鈥渟he is a good weight, but my pig is no bad one.鈥


When the mother came to the place, there was a large fish-pond, and in the midst of it a fish was leaping about and peeping out of the water, and it was quite merry. She wanted to catch the fish, but she could not. Then she was very angry, and drank up the whole pond in order to catch the fish, but it made her so ill that she was forced to vomit, and vomited the whole pond out again. Then she cried, 鈥淚 see very well that nothing can be done now,鈥 and said that now they might come back to her. Then the King鈥檚 daughter went back again, and the Queen gave her daughter three walnuts, and said, 鈥淲ith these thou canst help thyself when thou art in thy greatest need.鈥 So the young folks went once more away together. And when they had walked quite ten miles, they arrived at the castle from whence the King鈥檚 son came, and close by it was a village. When they reached it, the King鈥檚 son said, 鈥淪tay here, my dearest, I will just go to the castle, and then will I come with a carriage and with attendants to fetch thee.鈥滻t happened that the cat met the fox in a forest, and as she thought to herself, 鈥淗e is clever and full of experience, and much esteemed in the world,鈥 she spoke to him in a friendly way. 鈥淕ood-day, dear Mr. Fox, how are you? How is all with you? How are you getting through this dear season?鈥 The fox, full of all kinds of arrogance, looked at the cat from head to foot, and for a long time did not know whether he would give any answer or not. At last he said, 鈥淥h, thou wretched beard-cleaner, thou piebald fool, thou hungry mouse-hunter, what canst thou be thinking of? Dost thou venture to ask how I am getting on? What hast thou learnt? How many arts dost thou understand?鈥 鈥淚 understand but one,鈥 replied the cat, modestly. 鈥淲hat art is that?鈥 asked the fox. 鈥淲hen the hounds are following me, I can spring into a tree and save myself.鈥 鈥淚s that all?鈥 said the fox. 鈥淚 am master of a hundred arts, and have into the bargain a sackful of cunning. Thou makest me sorry for thee; come with me, I will teach thee how people get away from the hounds.鈥 Just then came a hunter with four dogs. The cat sprang nimbly up a tree, and sat down on top of it, where the branches and foliage quite concealed her. 鈥淥pen your sack, Mr. Fox, open your sack,鈥 cried the cat to him, but the dogs had already seized him, and were holding him fast. 鈥淎h, Mr. Fox,鈥 cried the cat. 鈥淵ou with your hundred arts are left in the lurch! Had you been able to climb like me, you would not have lost your life.鈥


A man and his wife were once sitting by the door of their house, and they had a roasted chicken set before them, and were about to eat it together. Then the man saw that his aged father was coming, and hastily took the chicken and hid it, for he would not permit him to have any of it. The old man came, took a drink, and went away. Now the son wanted to put the roasted chicken on the table again, but when he took it up, it had become a great toad, which jumped into his face and sat there and never went away again, and if any one wanted to take it off, it looked venomously at him as if it would jump in his face, so that no one would venture to touch it. And the ungrateful son was forced to feed the toad every day, or else it fed itself on his face; and thus he went about the world without knowing rest.A father was one day sitting at dinner with his wife and his children, and a good friend who had come on a visit was with them. And as they thus sat, and it was striking twelve o鈥檆lock, the stranger saw the door open, and a very pale child dressed in snow-white clothes came in. It did not look around, and it did not speak; but went straight into the next room. Soon afterwards it came back, and went out at the door again in the same quiet manner. On the second and on the third day, it came also exactly in the same way. At last the stranger asked the father to whom the beautiful child that went into the next room every day at noon belonged? 鈥淚 have never seen it,鈥 said he, neither did he know to whom it could belong. The next day when it again came, the stranger pointed it out to the father, who however did not see it, and the mother and the children also all saw nothing. On this the stranger got up, went to the room door, opened it a little, and peeped in. Then he saw the child sitting on the ground, and digging and seeking about industriously amongst the crevices between the boards of the floor, but when it saw the stranger, it disappeared. He now told what he had seen and described the child exactly, and the mother recognized it, and said, 鈥淎h, it is my dear child who died a month ago.鈥 They took up the boards and found two farthings which the child had once received from its mother that it might give them to a poor man; it, however, had thought, 鈥淭hou canst buy thyself a biscuit for that,鈥 and had kept the farthings, and hidden them in the openings between the boards; and therefore it had had no rest in its grave, and had come every day at noon to seek for these farthings. The parents gave the money at once to a poor man, and after that the child was never seen again.


Then four more stopped,Twelve servants who had done nothing all the day would not exert themselves at night either, but laid themselves on the grass and boasted of their idleness. The first said, 鈥淲hat is your laziness to me, I have to concern myself about mine own? The care of my body is my principal work, I eat not a little and drink still more. When I have had four meals, I fast a short time until I feel hunger again, and that suits me best. To rise betimes is not for me; when it is getting near mid 鈥 day, I already seek out a resting-place for myself. If the master call, I do exactly as if I had not heard him, and if he call for the second time, I wait awhile before I get up, and go to him very slowly. In this way life is endurable.鈥


But I must once more tell of the King and Queen, who had journeyed forth with the count in order to seek out the old woman in the wilderness. The count had strayed away from them in the wood by night, and had to walk onwards alone. Next day it seemed to him that he was on the right track. He still went forward, until darkness came on, then he climbed a tree, intending to pass the night there, for he feared that he might lose his way. When the moon illumined the surrounding country he perceived a figure coming down the mountain. She had no stick in her hand, but yet he could see that it was the goose-girl, whom he had seen before in the house of the old woman. 鈥淥ho,鈥 cried he, 鈥渢here she comes, and if I once get hold of one of the witches, the other shall not escape me!鈥 But how astonished he was, when she went to the well, took off the skin and washed herself, when her golden hair fell down all about her, and she was more beautiful than any one whom he had ever seen in the whole world. He hardly dared to breathe, but stretched his head as far forward through the leaves as he dared, and stared at her. Either he bent over too far, or whatever the cause might be, the bough suddenly cracked, and that very moment the maiden slipped into the skin, sprang away like a roe, and as the moon was suddenly covered, disappeared from his eyes. Hardly had she disappeared, before the count descended from the tree, and hastened after her with nimble steps. He had not been gone long before he saw, in the twilight, two figures coming over the meadow. It was the King and Queen, who had perceived from a distance the light shining in the old woman鈥檚 little house, and were going to it. The count told them what wonderful things he had seen by the well, and they did not doubt that it had been their lost daughter. They walked onwards full of joy, and soon came to the little house. The geese were sitting all round it, and had thrust their heads under their wings and were sleeping, and not one of them moved. The King and Queen looked in at the window, the old woman was sitting there quite quietly spinning, nodding her head and never looking round. The room was perfectly clean, as if the little mist men, who carry no dust on their feet, lived there. Their daughter, however, they did not see. They gazed at all this for a long time, at last they took heart, and knocked softly at the window. The old woman appeared to have been expecting them; she rose, and called out quite kindly, 鈥淐ome in,鈥 I know you already.鈥 When they had entered the room, the old woman said, 鈥淵ou might have spared yourself the long walk, if you had not three years ago unjustly driven away your child, who is so good and lovable. No harm has come to her; for three years she has had to tend the geese; with them she has learnt no evil, but has preserved her purity of heart. You, however, have been sufficiently punished by the misery in which you have lived.鈥 Then she went to the chamber and called, 鈥淐ome out, my little daughter.鈥 Thereupon the door opened, and the princess stepped out in her silken garments, with her golden hair and her shining eyes, and it was as if an angel from heaven had entered.When a year was ended, his master gave him no wages, for he said to himself, 鈥淭hat is the cleverest way; for I shall save something, and he will not go away, but stay quietly in my service. The servant said nothing, but did his work the second year as he had done it the first; and when at the end of this, likewise, he received no wages, he made himself happy, and still stayed on.


In the meantime the youngest huntsman was wandering about the three chambers in great trouble, fully expecting to have to end his days there, when he saw, hanging on the wall, a flute; then said he, 鈥淲hy dost thou hang there, no one can be merry here?鈥 He looked at the dragons, heads likewise and said, 鈥淵ou too cannot help me now.鈥 He walked backwards and forwards for such a long time that he made the surface of the ground quite smooth. But at last other thoughts came to his mind, and he took the flute from the wall, and played a few notes on it, and suddenly a number of elves appeared, and with every note that he sounded one more came. Then he played until the room was entirely filled. They all asked what he desired, so he said he wished to get above ground back to daylight, on which they seized him by every hair that grew on his head, and thus they flew with him onto the earth again. When he was above ground, he at once went to the King鈥檚 palace, just as the wedding of one princess was about to be celebrated, and he went to the room where the King and his three daughters were. When the princesses saw him they fainted. Hereupon the King was angry, and ordered him to be put in prison at once, because he thought he must have done some injury to the children. When the princesses came to themselves, however, they entreated the King to set him free again. The King asked why, and they said that they were not allowed to tell that, but their father said that they were to tell it to the stove. And he went out, listened at the door, and heard everything. Then he caused the two brothers to be hanged on the gallows, and to the third he gave his youngest daughter, and on that occasion I wore a pair of glass shoes, and I struck them against a stone, and they said, 鈥淜link,鈥 and were broken.鈥淔oot-bridge, do not break, I am not the true bride.鈥