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The Beetle who went on his Travels

There was once an Emperor who had a horse and black shells on their backs, and delicate
shod with gold. He had a golden shoe on each wings, were flying about, and one of them
foot, and why was this? He was a beautiful said, "Is it not sweet and lovely here? Oh, how
creature, with slender legs, bright, intelligent beautiful everything is."
eyes, and a mane that hung down over his "I am accustomed to better things," said
neck like a veil. He had carried his master the beetle. "Do you call this beautiful? Why,
through fire and smoke in the battle-field, with there is not even a dung heap." Then he went
the bullets whistling round him; he had kicked on, and under the shadow of a large haystack
and bitten, and taken part in the fight, when he found a caterpillar crawling along. "How
the enemy advanced; and, with his master on beautiful this world is!" said the caterpillar.
his back, he had dashed over the fallen foe, "The sun is so warm, I quite enjoy it. And
and saved the golden crown and the Emperor's soon I shall go to sleep, and die as they call it,
life, which was of more value than the but I shall wake up with beautiful wings to fly
brightest gold. This is the reason of the with, like a butterfly."
Emperor's horse wearing golden shoes.
"How conceited you are!" exclaimed
A beetle came creeping forth from the stable, the beetle. "Fly about as a butterfly, indeed!
where the farrier had been shoeing the horse. what of that. I have come out of the Emperor's
"Great ones, first, of course," said he, "and stable, and no one there, not even the
then the little ones; but size is not always a Emperor's horse, who, in fact, wears my
proof of greatness." He stretched out his thin cast-off golden shoes, has any idea of flying,
leg as he spoke. excepting myself. To have wings and fly! why,
"And pray what do you want?" asked I can do that already;" and so saying, he
the farrier. spread his wings and flew away. "I don't want
"Golden shoes," replied the beetle. to be disgusted," he said to himself, "and yet I
can't help it." Soon after, he fell down upon an
"Why, you must be out of your senses," extensive lawn, and for a time pretended to
cried the farrier. "Golden shoes for you, sleep, but at last fell asleep in earnest.
indeed!"
Suddenly a heavy shower of rain came
"Yes, certainly; golden shoes," replied falling from the clouds. The beetle woke up
the beetle. "Am I not just as good as that great with the noise and would have been glad to
creature yonder, who is waited upon and creep into the earth for shelter, but he could
brushed, and has food and drink placed before not. He was tumbled over and over with the
him? And don't I belong to the royal stables?" rain, sometimes swimming on his stomach
"But why does the horse have golden and sometimes on his back; and as for flying,
shoes?" asked the farrier; "of course you that was out of the question. He began to
understand the reason?" doubt whether he should escape with his life,
so he remained, quietly lying where he was.
"Understand! Well, I understand that it After a while the weather cleared up a little,
is a personal slight to me," cried the beetle. "It and the beetle was able to rub the water from
is done to annoy me, so I intend to go out into his eyes, and look about him. He saw
the world and seek my fortune." something gleaming, and he managed to make
"Go along with you," said the farrier. his way up to it. It was linen which had been
laid to bleach on the grass.
"You're a rude fellow," cried the beetle,
as he walked out of the stable; and then he He crept into a fold of the damp linen,
flew for a short distance, till he found himself which certainly was not so comfortable a
in a beautiful flower garden, all fragrant with place to lie in as the warm stable, but there
roses and lavender. The lady-birds, with red was nothing better, so he remained lying there
for a whole day and night, and the rain kept on charming this is for a mother, is it not Mr.
all the time. Towards morning he crept out of Beetle?" for she knew the stranger by his
his hiding place, feeling in a very bad temper horny coat.
with the climate. Two frogs were sitting on the "You are both quite right," said he; so
linen, and their bright eyes actually glistened they begged him to walk in, that is to come as
with pleasure. far as he could under the broken piece of
"Wonderful weather this," cried one of earthenware.
them, "and so refreshing. This linen holds the "Now you shall also see my little
water together so beautifully, that my hind earwigs," said a third and a fourth mother,
legs quiver as if I were going to swim." "they are lovely little things, and highly
"I should like to know," said another, "If amusing. They are never ill-behaved, except
the swallow who flies so far in her many when they are uncomfortable in their inside,
journeys to foreign lands, ever met with a which unfortunately often happens at their
better climate than this. What delicious age."
moisture! It is as pleasant as lying in a wet Thus each mother spoke of her baby,
ditch. I am sure any one who does not enjoy and their babies talked after their own fashion,
this has no love for his fatherland." and made use of the little nippers they have in
"Have you ever been in the Emperor's their tails to nip the beard of the beetle.
stable?" asked the beetle. "There the moisture "They are always busy about something,
is warm and refreshing; that's the climate for the little rogues," said the mother, beaming
me, but I could not take it with me on my with maternal pride; but the beetle felt it a
travels. Is there not even a dunghill here in bore, and he therefore inquired the way to the
this garden, where a person of rank, like nearest dung heap.
myself, could take up his abode and feel at
home?" But the frogs either did not or would "That is quite out in the great world, on
not understand him. the other side of the ditch," answered an
earwig, "I hope none of my children will ever
"I never ask a question twice," said the go so far, it would be the death of me."
beetle, after he had asked this one three times,
and received no answer. Then he went on a "But I shall try to get so far," said the
little farther and stumbled against a piece of beetle, and he walked off without taking any
broken crockery ware, which certainly ought formal leave, which is considered a polite
not to have been lying there. But as it was thing to do.
there, it formed a good shelter against wind When he arrived at the ditch, he met
and weather to several families of earwigs several friends, all them beetles; "We live
who dwelt in it. Their requirements were not here," they said, "and we are very comfortable.
many, they were very sociable, and full of May we ask you to step down into this rich
affection for their children, so much so that mud, you must be fatigued after your
each mother considered her own child the journey."
most beautiful and clever of them all.
"Certainly," said the beetle, "I shall be
"Our dear son has engaged himself," most happy; I have been exposed to the rain,
said one mother, "dear innocent boy; his and have had to lie upon linen, and cleanliness
greatest ambition is that he may one day creep is a thing that greatly exhausts me; I have also
into a clergyman's ear. That is a very artless pains in one of my wings from standing in the
and lovable wish; and being engaged will draught under a piece of broken crockery. It is
keep him steady. What happiness for a really quite refreshing to be with one's own
mother!" kindred again."
"Our son," said another, "had scarcely "Perhaps you came from a dunghill,"
crept out of the egg, when he was off on his observed the oldest of them.
travels. He is all life and spirits, I expect he
will wear out his horns with running. How "No, indeed, I came from a much
grander place," replied the beetle; "I came been journeying on the other side. In the
from the emperor's stable, where I was born, morning two persons came up to the ditch.
with golden shoes on my feet. I am traveling When they saw him they took him up and
on a secret embassy, but you must not ask me turned him over and over, looking very
any questions, for I cannot betray my secret." learned all the time, especially one, who was a
Then the beetle stepped down into the boy. "Allah sees the black beetle in the black
rich mud, where sat three young lady beetles, stone, and the black rock. Is not that written in
who tittered, because they did not know what the Koran?" he asked.
to say. Then he translated the beetle's name
"None of them are engaged yet," said into Latin, and said a great deal upon the
their mother, and the beetle maidens tittered creature's nature and history. The second
again, this time quite in confusion. person, who was older and a scholar, proposed
to carry the beetle home, as they wanted just
"I have never seen greater beauties, such good specimens as this. Our beetle
even in the royal stables," exclaimed the considered this speech a great insult, so he
beetle, who was now resting himself. flew suddenly out of the speaker's hand. His
"Don't spoil my girls," said the mother; wings were dry now, so they carried him to a
"and don't talk to them, pray, unless you have great distance, till at last he reached a
serious intentions." hothouse, where a sash of the glass roof was
partly open, so he quietly slipped in and
But of course the beetle's intentions were buried himself in the warm earth. "It is very
serious, and after a while our friend was comfortable here," he said to himself, and
engaged. The mother gave them her blessing, soon after fell asleep. Then he dreamed that
and all the other beetles cried "hurrah." the emperor's horse was dying, and had left
Immediately after the betrothal came him his golden shoes, and also promised that
the marriage, for there was no reason to delay. he should have two more. All this was very
The following day passed very pleasantly, and delightful, and when the beetle woke up he
the next was tolerably comfortable; but on the crept forth and looked around him.
third it became necessary for him to think of What a splendid place the hothouse was!
getting food for his wife, and, perhaps, for At the back, large palm trees were growing;
children. and the sunlight made the leaves- look quite
"I have allowed myself to be taken in," glossy; and beneath them what a profusion of
said our beetle to himself, "and now there's luxuriant green, and of flowers red like flame,
nothing to be done but to take them in, in yellow as amber, or white as new fallen snow!
return." "What a wonderful quantity of plants," cried
the beetle; "how good they will taste when
No sooner said than done. Away he they are decayed! This is a capital store-room.
went, and stayed away all day and all night, There must certainly be some relations of
and his wife remained behind a forsaken mine living here; I will just see if I can find
widow. any one with whom I can associate. I'm proud,
"Oh," said the other beetles, "this fellow certainly; but I'm also proud of being so.
that we have received into our family is Then he prowled about in the earth, and
nothing but a complete vagabond. He has thought what a pleasant dream that was about
gone away and left his wife a burden upon our the dying horse, and the golden shoes he had
hands." inherited. Suddenly a hand seized the beetle,
"Well, she can be unmarried again, and and squeezed him, and turned him round and
remain here with my other daughters," said round. The gardener's little son and his
the mother. "Fie on the villain that forsook playfellow had come into the hothouse, and,
her!" seeing the beetle, wanted to have some fun
with him. First, he was wrapped, in a vine leaf,
In the mean time the beetle, who had
and put into a warm trousers' pocket. He
sailed across the ditch on a cabbage leaf, had
twisted and turned about with all his might, This vexes me more than anything. But
but he got a good squeeze from the boy's hand, it is useless to look for sympathy in this world.
as a hint for him to keep quiet. My career has been very interesting, but
Then the boy went quickly towards a what's the use of that if nobody knows
lake that lay at the end of the garden. Here the anything about it? The world does not deserve
beetle was put into an old broken wooden to be made acquainted with my adventures,
shoe, in which a little stick had been fastened for it ought to have given me golden shoes
upright for a mast, and to this mast the beetle when the emperor's horse was shod, and I
was bound with a piece of worsted. Now he stretched out my feet to be shod, too. If I had
was a sailor, and had to sail away. The lake received golden shoes I should have been an
was not very large, but to the beetle it seemed ornament to the stable; now I am lost to the
an ocean, and he was so astonished at its size stable and to the world. It is all over with me."
that he fell over on his back, and kicked out But all was not yet over. A boat, in
his legs. which were a few young girls, came rowing
Then the little ship sailed away; up. "Look, yonder is an old wooden shoe
sometimes the current of the water seized it, sailing along," said one of the younger girls.
but whenever it went too far from the shore "And there's a poor little creature bound
one of the boys turned up his trousers, and fast in it," said another.
went in after it, and brought it back to land.
But at last, just as it went merrily out again, The boat now came close to our beetle's
the two boys were called, and so angrily, that ship, and the young girls fished it out of the
they hastened to obey, and ran away as fast as water. One of them drew a small pair of
they could from the pond, so that the little ship scissors from her pocket, and cut the worsted
was left to its fate. It was carried away farther without hurting the beetle, and when she
and farther from the shore, till it reached the stepped on shore she placed him on the grass.
open sea. This was a terrible prospect for the "There," she said, "creep away, or fly, if thou
beetle, for he could not escape in consequence canst. It is a splendid thing to have thy
of being bound to the mast. Then a fly came liberty." Away flew the beetle, straight through
and paid him a visit. "What beautiful the open window of a large building; there he
weather," said the fly; "I shall rest here and sank down, tired and exhausted, exactly on
sun myself. You must have a pleasant time of the mane of the emperor's favorite horse, who
it." was standing in his stable; and the beetle
found himself at home again.
"You speak without knowing the facts,"
replied the beetle; "don't you see that I am a For some time he clung to the mane,
prisoner?" that he might recover himself. "Well," he said,
"here I am, seated on the emperor's favorite
"Ah, but I'm not a prisoner," remarked horse, sitting upon him as if I were the
the fly, and away he flew. emperor himself. But what was it the farrier
"Well, now I know the world," said the asked me? Ah, I remember now, that's a good
beetle to himself; "it's an abominable world; thought,- he asked me why the golden shoes
I'm the only respectable person in it. First, were given to the horse. The answer is quite
they refuse me my golden shoes; then I have clear to me, now. They were given to the horse
to lie on damp linen, and to stand in a draught; on my account." And this reflection put the
and to crown all, they fasten a wife upon me. beetle into a good temper. The sun's rays also
Then, when I have made a step forward in the came streaming into the stable, and shone
world, and found out a comfortable position, upon him, and made the place lively and
just as I could wish it to be, one of these bright. "Traveling expands the mind very
human boys comes and ties me up, and leaves much," said the beetle. "The world is not so
me to the mercy of the wild waves, while the bad after all, if you know how to take things
emperor's favorite horse goes prancing about as they come.
proudly on his golden shoes.
The Emperor's New Clothes
Many years ago, there was an Emperor, who would prefer sending somebody else, to bring
was so excessively fond of new clothes, that him intelligence about the weavers, and their
he spent all his money in dress. He did not work, before he troubled himself in the affair.
trouble himself in the least about his soldiers; All the people throughout the city had heard
nor did he care to go either to the theater or of the wonderful property the cloth was to
the chase, except for the opportunities then possess; and all were anxious to learn how
afforded him for displaying his new clothes. wise, or how ignorant, their neighbors might
He had a different suit for each hour of the prove to be.
day; and as of any other king or emperor, one "I will send my faithful old minister to
is accustomed to say, "he is sitting in council," the weavers," said the Emperor at last, after
it was always said of him, "The Emperor is some deliberation, "he will be best able to see
sitting in his wardrobe." how the cloth looks; for he is a man of sense,
Time passed merrily in the large town which and no one can be more suitable for his office
was his capital; strangers arrived every day at than be is."
the court. So the faithful old minister went into
One day, two rogues, calling themselves the hall, where the knaves were working with
weavers, made their appearance. They gave all their might, at their empty looms. "What
out that they knew how to weave stuffs of the can be the meaning of this?" thought the old
most beautiful colors and elaborate patterns, man, opening his eyes very wide. "I cannot
the clothes manufactured from which should discover the least bit of thread on the looms."
have the wonderful property of remaining However, he did not express his thoughts
invisible to everyone who was unfit for the aloud.
office he held, or who was extraordinarily The impostors requested him very
simple in character. courteously to be so good as to come nearer
"These must, indeed, be splendid their looms; and then asked him whether the
clothes!" thought the Emperor. "Had I such a design pleased him, and whether the colors
suit, I might at once find out what men in my were not very beautiful; at the same time
realms are unfit for their office, and also be pointing to the empty frames. The poor old
able to distinguish the wise from the foolish! minister looked and looked, he could not
This stuff must be woven for me discover anything on the looms, for a very
immediately." And he caused large sums of good reason, viz: there was nothing there.
money to be given to both the weavers in "What!" thought he again. "Is it possible that I
order that they might begin their work am a simpleton? I have never thought so
directly. myself; and no one must know it now if I am
So the two pretended weavers set up so. Can it be, that I am unfit for my office? No,
two looms, and affected to work very busily, that must not be said either. I will never
though in reality they did nothing at all. They confess that I could not see the stuff."
asked for the most delicate silk and the purest "Well, Sir Minister!" said one of the
gold thread; put both into their own knapsacks; knaves, still pretending to work. "You do not
and then continued their pretended work at the say whether the stuff pleases you."
empty looms until late at night. "Oh, it is excellent!" replied the old
"I should like to know how the weavers minister, looking at the loom through his
are getting on with my cloth," said the spectacles. "This pattern, and the colors, yes, I
Emperor to himself, after some little time had will tell the Emperor without delay, how very
elapsed; he was, however, rather embarrassed, beautiful I think them."
when he remembered that a simpleton, or one "We shall be much obliged to you," said
unfit for his office, would be unable to see the the impostors, and then they named the
manufacture. To be sure, he thought he had different colors and described the pattern of
nothing to risk in his own person; but yet, he
the pretended stuff. The old minister listened
attentively to their words, in order that he the same time they pointed to the empty
might repeat them to the Emperor; and then frames; for they imagined that everyone else
the knaves asked for more silk and gold, could see this exquisite piece of workmanship.
saying that it was necessary to complete what "How is this?" said the Emperor to
they had begun. However, they put all that himself. "I can see nothing! This is indeed a
was given them into their knapsacks; and terrible affair! Am I a simpleton, or am I unfit
continued to work with as much apparent to be an Emperor? That would be the worst
diligence as before at their empty looms. thing that could happen--Oh! The cloth is
The Emperor now sent another officer charming," said he, aloud. "It has my
of his court to see how the men were getting complete approbation." And he smiled most
on, and to ascertain whether the cloth would graciously, and looked closely at the empty
soon be ready. It was just the same with this looms; for on no account would he say that he
gentleman as with the minister; he surveyed could not see what two of the officers of his
the looms on all sides, but could see nothing at court had praised so much. All his retinue now
all but the empty frames. strained their eyes, hoping to discover
"Does not the stuff appear as beautiful something on the looms, but they could see no
to you, as it did to my lord the minister?" more than the others; nevertheless, they all
asked the impostors of the Emperor's second exclaimed, "Oh, how beautiful!" and advised
ambassador; at the same time making the his majesty to have some new clothes made
same gestures as before, and talking of the from this splendid material, for the
design and colors which were not there. approaching procession. "Magnificent!
Charming! Excellent!" resounded on all sides;
"I certainly am not stupid!" thought the and everyone was uncommonly gay. The
messenger. "It must be, that I am not fit for Emperor shared in the general satisfaction;
my good, profitable office! That is very odd; and presented the impostors with the riband of
however, no one shall know anything about an order of knighthood, to be worn in their
it." And accordingly he praised the stuff he button-holes, and the title of "Gentlemen
could not see, and declared that he was Weavers."
delighted with both colors and patterns.
"Indeed, please your Imperial Majesty," said The rogues sat up the whole of the night
he to his sovereign when he returned, "the before the day on which the procession was to
cloth which the weavers are preparing is take place, and had sixteen lights burning, so
extraordinarily magnificent." that everyone might see how anxious they
were to finish the Emperor's new suit. They
The whole city was talking of the pretended to roll the cloth off the looms; cut
splendid cloth which the Emperor had ordered the air with their scissors; and sewed with
to be woven at his own expense. needles without any thread in them. "See!"
And now the Emperor himself wished to cried they, at last. "The Emperor's new clothes
see the costly manufacture, while it was still are ready!"
in the loom. Accompanied by a select number And now the Emperor, with all the
of officers of the court, among whom were the grandees of his court, came to the weavers;
two honest men who had already admired the and the rogues raised their arms, as if in the
cloth, he went to the crafty impostors, who, as act of holding something up, saying, "Here are
soon as they were aware of the Emperor's your Majesty's trousers! Here is the scarf!
approach, went on working more diligently Here is the mantle! The whole suit is as light
than ever; although they still did not pass a as a cobweb; one might fancy one has nothing
single thread through the looms. at all on, when dressed in it; that, however, is
"Is not the work absolutely the great virtue of this delicate cloth."
magnificent?" said the two officers of the "Yes indeed!" said all the courtiers,
crown, already mentioned. "If your Majesty although not one of them could see anything
will only be pleased to look at it! What a of this exquisite manufacture.
splendid design! What glorious colors!" and at
"If your Imperial Majesty will be office.
graciously pleased to take off your clothes, we So now the Emperor walked under his
will fit on the new suit, in front of the looking high canopy in the midst of the procession,
glass." through the streets of his capital; and all the
The Emperor was accordingly people standing by, and those at the windows,
undressed, and the rogues pretended to array cried out, "Oh! How beautiful are our
him in his new suit; the Emperor turning Emperor's new clothes! What a magnificent
round, from side to side, before the looking train there is to the mantle; and how gracefully
glass. the scarf hangs!" in short, no one would allow
"How splendid his Majesty looks in his that he could not see these much-admired
new clothes, and how well they fit!" everyone clothes; because, in doing so, he would have
cried out. "What a design! What colors! These declared himself either a simpleton or unfit for
are indeed royal robes!" his office. Certainly, none of the Emperor's
various suits, had ever made so great an
"The canopy which is to be borne over impression, as these invisible ones.
your Majesty, in the procession, is waiting,"
announced the chief master of the ceremonies. "But the Emperor has nothing at all on!"
said a little child.
"I am quite ready," answered the
Emperor. "Do my new clothes fit well?" asked "Listen to the voice of innocence!"
he, turning himself round again before the exclaimed his father; and what the child had
looking glass, in order that he might appear to said was whispered from one to another.
be examining his handsome suit. "But he has nothing at all on!" at last
The lords of the bedchamber, who were cried out all the people. The Emperor was
to carry his Majesty's train felt about on the vexed, for he knew that the people were right;
ground, as if they were lifting up the ends of but he thought the procession must go on now!
the mantle; and pretended to be carrying And the lords of the bedchamber took greater
something; for they would by no means betray pains than ever, to appear holding up a train,
anything like simplicity, or unfitness for their although, in reality, there was no train to hold.

The End
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Beauty and the Beast
Once upon a time as a merchant set off for near, he saw that it was a castle, bathed in
market, he asked each of his three daughters light.
what she would like as a present on his return. "I hope I'll find shelter there for the
The first daughter wanted a brocade dress, the night," he said to himself. When he reached
second a pearl necklace, but the third, whose the door, he saw it was open, but though he
name was Beauty, the youngest, prettiest and shouted, nobody came to greet him. Plucking
sweetest of them all, said to her father: up courage, he went inside, still calling out to
"All I'd like is a rose you've picked attract attention. On a table in the main hall, a
specially for me!" splendid dinner lay already served. The
When the merchant had finished his business, merchant lingered, still shouting for the owner
he set off for home. However, a sudden storm of the castle. But no one came, and so the
blew up, and his horse could hardly make starving merchant sat down to a hearty meal.
headway in the howling gale. Cold and weary, Overcome by curiosity, he ventured
the merchant had lost all hope of reaching an upstairs, where the corridor led into
inn when he suddenly noticed a bright light magnificent rooms and halls. A fire crackled
shining in the middle of a wood. As he drew in the first room and a soft bed looked very
inviting. It was now late, and the merchant doom as it had done with her father, it was
could not resist. He lay down on the bed and surprisingly pleasant.
fell fast asleep. When he woke next morning, In the beginning, Beauty was frightened
an unknown hand had placed a mug of of the Beast, and shuddered at the sight of it.
steaming coffee and some fruit by his bedside. Then she found that, in spite of the monster's
The merchant had breakfast and after awful head, her horror of it was gradually
tidying himself up, went downstairs to thank fading as time went by. She had one of the
his generous host. But, as on the evening finest rooms in the Castle, and sat for hours,
before, there was nobody in sight. Shaking his embroidering in front of the fire. And the
head in wonder at the strangeness of it all, he Beast would sit, for hours on end, only a short
went towards the garden where he had left his distance away, silently gazing at her. Then it
horse, tethered to a tree. Suddenly, a large rose started to say a few kind words, till in the end,
bush caught his eye. Beauty was amazed to discover that she was
Remembering his promise to Beauty, he actually enjoying its conversation. The days
bent down to pick a rose. Instantly, out of the passed, and Beauty and the Beast became
rose garden, sprang a horrible beast, wearing good friends. Then one day, the Beast asked
splendid clothes. Two bloodshot eyes, the girl to be his wife.
gleaming angrily, glared at him and a deep, Taken by surprise, Beauty did not know
terrifying voice growled: "Ungrateful man! I what to say. Marry such an ugly monster? She
gave you shelter, you ate at my table and slept would rather die! But she did not want to
in my own bed, but now all the thanks I get is hurt the feelings of one who, after all, had
the theft of my favorite flowers! I shall put been kind to her. And she remembered too that
you to death for this slight!" Trembling with she owed it her own life as well as her father's.
fear, the merchant fell on his knees before the "I really can't say yes," she began shakily.
Beast. "I'd so much like to..." The Beast interrupted
"Forgive me! Forgive me! Don't kill me! her with an abrupt gesture.
I'll do anything you say! The rose wasn't for "I quite understand! And I'm not
me, it was for my daughter Beauty. I promised offended by your refusal!" Life went on as
to bring her back a rose from my journey!" usual, and nothing further was said. One day,
The Beast dropped the paw it had clamped on the Beast presented Beauty with a magnificent
the unhappy merchant. magic mirror. When Beauty peeped into it, she
"I shall spare your life, but on one could see her family, far away.
condition, that you bring me your daughter!"
"You won't feel so lonely now," were the
The terror-stricken merchant, faced with words that accompanied the gift. Beauty
certain death if he did not obey, promised that stared for hours at her distant family. Then she
he would do so. When he reached home in began to feel worried. One day, the Beast
tears, his three daughters ran to greet him. found her weeping beside the magic mirror.
After he had told them of his dreadful
adventure, Beauty put his mind at rest "What's wrong?" he asked, kindly as
immediately. always.
"Dear father, I'd do anything for you! "My father is gravely ill and close to dying!
Don't worry, you'll be able to keep your Oh, how I wish I could see him again, before
promise and save your life! Take me to the it's too late!" But the Beast only shook its
castle. I'll stay there in your place!" The head.
merchant hugged his daughter. "No! You will never leave this castle!"
"I never did doubt your love for me. For And off it stalked in a rage. However, a little
the moment I can only thank you for saving later, it returned and spoke solemnly to the
my life." So Beauty was led to the castle. The girl.
Beast, however, had quite an unexpected "If you swear that you will return here in
greeting for the girl. Instead of menacing
seven days time, I'll let you go and visit your whipping her steed onwards towards the castle,
father!" Beauty threw herself at the Beast's afraid that she might arrive too late. She
feet in delight. rushed up the stairs, calling, but there was no
"I swear! I swear I will! How kind you reply. Her heart in her mouth, Beauty ran into
are! You've made a loving daughter so the garden and there crouched the Beast, its
happy!" In reality, the merchant had fallen ill eyes shut, as though dead. Beauty threw
from a broken heart at knowing his daughter herself at it and hugged it tightly.
was being kept prisoner. When he embraced "Don't die! Don't die! I'll marry you . . ."
her again, he was soon on the road to recovery. At these words, a miracle took place. The
Beauty stayed beside him for hours on end, Beast's ugly snout turned magically into the
describing her life at the Castle, and face of a handsome young man.
explaining that the Beast was really good and "How I've been longing for this
kind. The days flashed past, and at last the moment!" he said. "I was suffering in silence,
merchant was able to leave his bed. He was and couldn't tell my frightful secret. An evil
completely well again. Beauty was happy at witch turned me into a monster and only the
last. However, she had failed to notice that love of a maiden willing to accept me as I was,
seven days had gone by. could transform me back into my real self. My
Then one night she woke from a terrible dearest! I'll be so happy if you'll marry me."
nightmare. She had dreamt that the Beast was The wedding took place shortly after and,
dying and calling for her, twisting in agony. from that day on, the young Prince would
"Come back! Come back to me!" it was have nothing but roses in his gardens. And
pleading. The solemn promise she had made that's why, to this day, the castle is known as
drove her to leave home immediately. the Castle of the Rose.
"Hurry! Hurry, good horse!" she said,

The End
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Cinderella
Once upon a time... there lived an unhappy said, "Miaow", which really meant, "Cheer up!
young girl. Unhappy she was, for her mother You have something neither of your
was dead, her father had married another stepsisters have and that is beauty."
woman, a widow with two daughters, and her It was quite true. Cinderella, even
stepmother didn't like her one little bit. All the dressed in rags with a dusty gray face from the
nice things, kind thoughts and loving touches cinders, was a lovely girl. While her
were for her own daughters. And not just the stepsisters, no matter how splendid and
kind thoughts and love, but also dresses, shoes, elegant their clothes, were still clumsy, lumpy
shawls, delicious food, comfy beds, as well as and ugly and always would be.
every home comfort. All this was laid on for
her daughters. But, for the poor unhappy girl, One day, beautiful new dresses arrived
there was nothing at all. No dresses, only her at the house. A ball was to be held at Court
stepsisters' hand-me-downs. No lovely dishes, and the stepsisters were getting ready to go to
nothing but scraps. No nice rests and comfort. it. Cinderella, didn't even dare ask, "What
about me?" for she knew very well what the
For she had to work hard all day, and only answer to that would be:
when evening came was she allowed to sit for
a while by the fire, near the cinders. That is "You? My dear girl, you're staying at
how she got her nickname, for everybody home to wash the dishes, scrub the floors and
called her Cinderella. Cinderella used to spend turn down the beds for your stepsisters. They
long hours all alone talking to the cat. The cat will come home tired and very sleepy."
Cinderella sighed at the cat. again and the coachman will turn back into a
"Oh dear, I'm so unhappy!" and the cat mouse... and you will be dressed again in rags
murmured "Miaow". and wearing clogs instead of these dainty little
slippers! Do you understand?" Cinderella
Suddenly something amazing happened. smiled and said,
In the kitchen, where Cinderella was sitting all
by herself, there was a burst of light and a "Yes, I understand!"
fairy appeared. When Cinderella entered the ballroom
"Don't be alarmed, Cinderella," said the at the palace, a hush fell. Everyone stopped in
fairy. "The wind blew me your sighs. I know mid-sentence to admire her elegance, her
you would love to go to the ball. And so you beauty and grace.
shall!" "Who can that be?" people asked each
"How can I, dressed in rags?" other. The two stepsisters also wondered who
Cinderella replied. "The servants will turn me the newcomer was, for never in a month of
away!" The fairy smiled. With a flick of her Sundays, would they ever have guessed that
magic wand... Cinderella found herself the beautiful girl was really poor Cinderella
wearing the most beautiful dress, the loveliest who talked to the cat!
ever seen in the realm. When the prince set eyes on Cinderella,
"Now that we have settled the matter of he was struck by her beauty. Walking over to
the dress," said the fairy, "we'll need to get her, he bowed deeply and asked her to dance.
you a coach. A real lady would never go to a And to the great disappointment of all the
ball on foot!" young ladies, he danced with Cinderella all
evening.
"Quick! Get me a pumpkin!" she
ordered. "Who are you, fair maiden?" the Prince
kept asking her. But Cinderella only replied:
"Oh of course," said Cinderella,
rushing away. Then the fairy turned to the cat. "What does it matter who I am! You
will never see me again anyway."
"You, bring me seven mice!"
"Oh, but I shall, I'm quite certain!" he
"Seven mice!" said the cat. "I didn't replied.
know fairies ate mice too!"
Cinderella had a wonderful time at the
"They're not for eating, silly! Do as you ball... But, all of a sudden, she heard the sound
are told!... and, remember they must be alive!" of a clock: the first stroke of midnight! She
Cinderella soon returned with a fine remembered what the fairy had said, and
pumpkin and the cat with seven mice he had without a word of goodbye she slipped from
caught in the cellar. the Prince's arms and ran down the steps. As
she ran she lost one of her slippers, but not for
"Good!" exclaimed the fairy. With a a moment did she dream of stopping to pick it
flick of her magic wand... wonder of wonders! up! If the last stroke of midnight were to
The pumpkin turned into a sparkling coach sound... oh... what a disaster that would be!
and the mice became six white horses, while Out she fled and vanished into the night.
the seventh mouse turned into a coachman, in
a smart uniform and carrying a whip. The Prince, who was now madly in love
Cinderella could hardly believe her eyes. with her, picked up her slipper and said to his
ministers,
"I shall present you at Court. You will
soon see that the Prince, in whose honor the "Go and search everywhere for the girl
ball is being held, will be enchanted by your whose foot this slipper fits. I will never be
loveliness. But remember! You must leave the content until I find her!" So the ministers tried
ball at midnight and come home. For that is the slipper on the foot of all the girls... and on
when the spell ends. Your coach will turn back Cinderella's foot as well... Surprise! The
into a pumpkin, the horses will become mice slipper fitted perfectly.
"That awful untidy girl simply cannot appeared in a splendid dress, shining with
have been at the ball," snapped the stepmother. youth and beauty. Her stepmother and
"Tell the Prince he ought to marry one of my stepsisters gaped at her in amazement, and the
two daughters! Can't you see how ugly ministers said,
Cinderella is! Can't you see?" "Come with us, fair maiden! The Prince
Suddenly she broke off, for the fairy awaits to present you with his engagement
had appeared. ring!" So Cinderella joyfully went with them,
"That's enough!" she exclaimed, raising and lived happily ever after with her Prince.
her magic wand. In a flash, Cinderella And as for the cat, he just said "Miaow"!

The End
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Sleeping Beauty
A long time ago there were a king and queen They were all shocked, but the twelfth,
who said every day, "Ah, if only we had a whose good wish still remained unspoken,
child," but they never had one. came forward, and as she could not undo the
But it happened that once when the queen was evil sentence, but only soften it, she said, it
bathing, a frog crept out of the water on to the shall not be death, but a deep sleep of a
land, and said to her, "Your wish shall be hundred years, into which the princess shall
fulfilled, before a year has gone by, you shall fall.
have a daughter." The king, who would fain keep his dear
What the frog had said came true, and the child from the misfortune, gave orders that
queen had a little girl who was so pretty that every spindle in the whole kingdom should be
burnt. Meanwhile the gifts of the wise women
the king could not contain himself for joy, and
ordered a great feast. He invited not only his were plenteously fulfilled on the young girl,
kindred, friends and acquaintances, but also for she was so beautiful, modest, good-natured,
the wise women, in order that they might be and wise, that everyone who saw her was
kind and well disposed towards the child. bound to love her.
There were thirteen of them in his kingdom, It happened that on the very day when she
but, as he had only twelve golden plates for was fifteen years old, the king and queen were
them to eat out of, one of them had to be left not at home, and the maiden was left in the
at home. palace quite alone. So she went round into all
The feast was held with all manner of sorts of places, looked into rooms and
splendor and when it came to an end the wise bed-chambers just as she liked, and at last
women bestowed their magic gifts upon the came to an old tower. She climbed up the
baby - one gave virtue, another beauty, a third narrow winding staircase, and reached a little
riches, and so on with everything in the world door. A rusty key was in the lock, and when
that one can wish for. she turned it the door sprang open, and there
in a little room sat an old woman with a
When eleven of them had made their spindle, busily spinning her flax.
promises, suddenly the thirteenth came in. She
wished to avenge herself for not having been "Good day, old mother," said the king's
invited, and without greeting, or even looking daughter, "what are you doing there?"
at anyone, she cried with a loud voice, "The "I am spinning," said the old woman, and
king's daughter shall in her fifteenth year prick nodded her head.
herself with a spindle, and fall down dead." "What sort of thing is that, that rattles
And, without saying a word more, she turned round so merrily," said the girl, and she took
round and left the room. the spindle and wanted to spin too. But
scarcely had she touched the spindle when the good old man might dissuade him as he would,
magic decree was fulfilled, and she pricked he did not listen to his words.
her finger with it. But by this time the hundred years had just
And, in the very moment when she felt the passed, and the day had come when Briar
prick, she fell down upon the bed that stood Rose was to awake again. When the king's son
there, and lay in a deep sleep. And this sleep came near to the thorn hedge, it was nothing
extended over the whole palace, the king and but large and beautiful flowers, which parted
queen who had just come home, and had from each other of their own accord, and let
entered the great hall, began to go to sleep, him pass unhurt, then they closed again
and the whole of the court with them. The behind him like a hedge. In the castle yard he
horses, too, went to sleep in the stable, the saw the horses and the spotted hounds lying
dogs in the yard, the pigeons upon the roof, asleep, on the roof sat the pigeons with their
the flies on the wall, even the fire that was heads under their wings. And when he entered
flaming on the hearth became quiet and slept, the house, the flies were asleep upon the wall,
the roast meat left off frizzling, and the cook, the cook in the kitchen was still holding out
who was just going to pull the hair of the his hand to seize the boy, and the maid was
scullery boy, because he had forgotten sitting by the black hen which she was going
something, let him go, and went to sleep. And to pluck.
the wind fell, and on the trees before the castle He went on farther, and in the great hall he
not a leaf moved again. saw the whole of the court lying asleep, and
But round about the castle there began to up by the throne lay the king and queen. Then
grow a hedge of thorns, which every year he went on still farther, and all was so quiet
became higher, and at last grew close up that a breath could be heard, and at last he
round the castle and all over it, so that there came to the tower, and opened the door into
was nothing of it to be seen, not even the flag the little room where Briar Rose was sleeping.
upon the roof. But the story of the beautiful There she lay, so beautiful that he could
sleeping Briar Rose, for so the princess was not turn his eyes away, and he stooped down
named, went about the country, so that from and gave her a kiss. But as soon as he kissed
time to time kings' sons came and tried to get her, Briar Rose opened her eyes and awoke,
through the thorny hedge into the castle. But and looked at him quite sweetly.
they found it impossible, for the thorns held
fast together, as if they had hands, and the Then they went down together, and the
youths were caught in them, could not get king awoke, and the queen, and the whole
loose again, and died a miserable death. court, and looked at each other in great
astonishment. And the horses in the courtyard
After long, long years a king's son came stood up and shook themselves, the hounds
again to that country, and heard an old man jumped up and wagged their tails, the pigeons
talking about the thorn hedge, and that a castle upon the roof pulled out their heads from
was said to stand behind it in which a under their wings, looked round, and flew into
wonderfully beautiful princess, named Briar the open country, the flies on the wall crept
Rose, had been asleep for a hundred years, again, the fire in the kitchen burned up and
and that the king and queen and the whole flickered and cooked the meat, the joint began
court were asleep likewise. He had heard, too, to turn and sizzle again, and the cook gave the
from his grandfather, that many kings, sons boy such a box on the ear that he screamed,
had already come, and had tried to get through and the maid finished plucking the fowl.
the thorny hedge, but they had remained
sticking fast in it, and had died a pitiful death. And then the marriage of the king's son
with Briar Rose was celebrated with all
Then the youth said, "I am not afraid, I splendor, and they lived contented to the end
will go and see the beautiful Briar Rose." The of their days.

The End
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Once upon a time in a great castle, a Prince's walked along it, hopefully. On she walked till
daughter grew up happy and contented, in she came to a clearing. There stood a strange
spite of a jealous stepmother. She was very cottage, with a tiny door, tiny windows and a
pretty, with blue eyes and long black hair. Her tiny chimney pot. Everything about the
skin was delicate and fair, and so she was cottage was much tinier than it ought to be.
called Snow White. Everyone was quite sure Snow White pushed the door open.
she would become very beautiful. Though her "l wonder who lives here?" she said to
stepmother was a wicked woman, she too was herself, peeping round the kitchen. "What tiny
very beautiful, and the magic mirror told her plates! And spoons! There must be seven of
this every day, whenever she asked it. them, the table's laid for seven people."
"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the Upstairs was a bedroom with seven neat little
loveliest lady in the land?" The reply was beds. Going back to the kitchen, Snow White
always; "You are, your Majesty," until the had an idea.
dreadful day when she heard it say, "Snow "I'll make them something to eat. When
White is the loveliest in the land." they come home, they'll be glad to find a meal
The stepmother was furious and, wild with ready." Towards dusk, seven tiny men
jealousy, began plotting to get rid of her rival. marched homewards singing. But when they
Calling one of her trusty servants, she bribed opened the door, to their surprise they found a
him with a rich reward to take Snow White bowl of hot steaming soup on the table, and
into the forest, far away from the Castle. Then, the whole house spick and span. Upstairs was
unseen, he was to put her to death. The greedy Snow White, fast asleep on one of the beds.
servant, attracted to the reward, agreed to do The chief dwarf prodded her gently.
this deed, and he led the innocent little girl "Who are you?" he asked. Snow White
away. However, when they came to the fatal told them her sad story, and tears sprang to the
spot, the man's courage failed him and, dwarfs' eyes. Then one of them said, as he
leaving Snow White sitting beside a tree, he noisily blew his nose:
mumbled an excuse and ran off. Snow White
was all alone in the forest. "Stay here with us!"
Night came, but the servant did not "Hooray! Hooray!" they cheered,
return. Snow White, alone in the dark forest, dancing joyfully round the little girl. The
began to cry bitterly. She thought she could dwarfs said to Snow White:
feel terrible eyes spying on her, and she heard "You can live here and tend to the house
strange sounds and rustlings that made her while we're down the mine. Don't worry about
heart thump. At last, overcome by tiredness, your stepmother leaving you in the forest. We
she fell asleep curled under a tree. love you and we'll take care of you!" Snow
Snow White slept fitfully, wakening White gratefully accepted their hospitality,
from time to time with a start and staring into and next morning the dwarfs set off for work.
the darkness round her. Several times, she But they warned Snow White not to open the
thought she felt something, or somebody door to strangers.
touch her as she slept. Meanwhile, the servant had returned to
At last, dawn woke the forest to the the castle, with the heart of a roe deer. He
song of the birds, and Snow White too, awoke. gave it to the cruel stepmother, telling her it
A whole world was stirring to life and the belonged to Snow White, so that he could
little girl was glad to see how silly her fears claim the reward. Highly pleased, the
had been. However, the thick trees were like a stepmother turned again to the magic mirror.
wall round her, and as she tried to find out But her hopes were dashed, for the mirror
where she was, she came upon a path. She replied: "The loveliest in the land is still Snow
White, who lives in the seven dwarfs' cottage, Now chuckling evilly, the wicked
down in the forest." The stepmother was stepmother hurried off. But as she ran back
beside herself with rage. across the swamp, she tripped and fell into the
"She must die! She must die!" she quicksand. No one heard her cries for help,
screamed. Disguising herself as an old peasant and she disappeared without a trace.
woman, she put a poisoned apple with the Meanwhile, the dwarfs came out of the
others in her basket. Then, taking the quickest mine to find the sky had grown dark and
way into the forest, she crossed the swamp at stormy. Loud thunder echoed through the
the edge of the trees. She reached the bank valleys and streaks of lightning ripped the sky.
unseen, just as Snow White stood waving Worried about Snow White they ran as
goodbye to the seven dwarfs on their way to quickly as they could down the mountain to
the mine. the cottage.
Snow White was in the kitchen when There they found Snow White, lying
she heard the sound at the door: KNOCK! still and lifeless, the poisoned apple by her
KNOCK! side. They did their best to bring her around,
"Who's there?" she called suspiciously, but it was no use.
remembering the dwarfs advice. They wept and wept for a long time.
"I'm an old peasant woman selling Then they laid her on a bed of rose petals,
apples," came the reply. carried her into the forest and put her in a
crystal coffin.
"I don't need any apples, thank you,"
she replied. Each day they laid a flower there.

"But they are beautiful apples and ever Then one evening, they discovered a
so juicy!" said the velvety voice from outside strange young man admiring Snow White's
the door. lovely face through the glass. After listening
to the story, the Prince (for he was a prince!)
"I'm not supposed to open the door to made a suggestion.
anyone," said the little girl, who was reluctant
to disobey her friends. "If you allow me to take her to the
Castle, I'll call in famous doctors to waken her
"And quite right too! Good girl! If you from this peculiar sleep. She's so lovely I'd
promised not to open up to strangers, then of love to kiss her!" He did, and as though by
course you can't buy. You are a good girl magic, the Prince's kiss broke the spell. To
indeed!" Then the old woman went on. everyone's astonishment, Snow White opened
"And as a reward for being good, I'm her eyes. She had amazingly come back to life!
going to make you a gift of one of my Now in love, the Prince asked Snow White to
apples!" Without a further thought, Snow marry him, and the dwarfs reluctantly had to
White opened the door just a tiny crack, to say good bye to Snow White.
take the apple.
"There! Now isn't that a nice apple?" From that day on, Snow White lived
Snow White bit into the fruit, and as she did, happily in a great castle. But from time to time,
fell to the ground in a faint: the effect of the she was drawn back to visit the little cottage
terrible poison left her lifeless instantaneously. down in the forest.

The end
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Hansel and Gretel

Once upon a time a very poor woodcutter through a half open window, without
lived in a tiny cottage in the forest with his wakening their parents. Cold, tired but
two children, Hansel and Gretel. His second thankful to be home again, they slipped into
wife often ill-treated the children and was bed.
forever nagging the woodcutter. Next day, when their stepmother
"There is not enough food in the house discovered that Hansel and Gretel had
for us all. There are too many mouths to feed! returned, she went into a rage. Stifling her
We must get rid of the two brats," she declared. anger in front of the children, she locked her
And she kept on trying to persuade her bedroom door, reproaching her husband for
husband to abandon his children in the forest. failing to carry out her orders. The weak
"Take them miles from home, so far that they woodcutter protested, torn as he was between
can never find their way back! Maybe shame and fear of disobeying his cruel wife.
someone will find them and give them a The wicked stepmother kept Hansel and
home." Gretel under lock and key all day with nothing
for supper but a sip of water and some hard
The downcast woodcutter didn't know what to bread. All night, husband and wife quarreled,
do. Hansel who, one evening, had overheard and when dawn came, the woodcutter led the
his parents' conversation, comforted Gretel. children out into the forest.
"Don't worry! If they do leave us in the
forest, we'll find the way home," he said. And
slipping out of the house he filled his pockets Hansel, however, had not eaten his bread,
with little white pebbles, then went back to and as he walked through the trees, he left a
bed. trail of crumbs behind him to mark the way.
But the little boy had forgotten about the
All night long, the woodcutter's wife hungry birds that lived in the forest. When
harped on and on at her husband till, at dawn, they saw him, they flew along behind and in
he led Hansel and Gretel away into the forest. no time at all, had eaten all the crumbs. Again,
But as they went into the depths of the trees, with a lame excuse, the woodcutter left his
Hansel dropped a little white pebble here and two children by themselves.
there on the mossy green ground. At a certain
point, the two children found they really were "I've left a trail, like last time!" Hansel
alone: the woodcutter had plucked up enough whispered to Gretel, consolingly. But when
courage to desert night fell, they saw to their horror, that all the
crumbs had gone.
them, had mumbled an excuse and was gone.
"I'm frightened!" wept Gretel bitterly.
Night fell but the woodcutter did not "I'm cold and hungry and I want to go home!"
return. Gretel began to sob bitterly. Hansel too
felt scared but he tried to hide his feelings and "Don't be afraid. I'm here to look after
comfort his sister. you!" Hansel tried to encourage his sister, but
he too shivered when he glimpsed frightening
"Don't cry, trust me! I swear I'll take you shadows and evil eyes around them in the
home even if Father doesn't come back for darkness. All night the two children huddled
us!" Luckily the moon was full that night and together for warmth at the foot of a large tree.
Hansel waited till its cold light filtered
through the trees. When dawn broke, they started to wander
about the forest, seeking a path, but all hope
"Now give me your hand!" he said. soon faded. They were well and truly lost. On
"We'll get home safely, you'll see!" The tiny they walked and walked, till suddenly they
white pebbles gleamed in the moonlight, and came upon a strange cottage in the middle of a
the children found their way home. They crept glade.
"This is chocolate!" gasped Hansel as he complained. When will you become plump?"
broke a lump of plaster from the wall. One day the witch grew tired of waiting.
"And this is icing!" exclaimed Gretel, "Light the oven," she told Gretel. "We're
putting another piece of wall in her mouth. going to have a tasty roasted boy today!" A
Starving but delighted, the children began to little later, hungry and impatient, she went on:
eat pieces of candy broken off the cottage. "Run and see if the oven is hot enough."
"Isn't this delicious?" said Gretel, with Gretel returned, whimpering: "I can't tell if it
her mouth full. She had never tasted anything is hot enough or not." Angrily, the witch
so nice. screamed at the little girl: "Useless child! All
right, I'll see for myself." But when the witch
"We'll stay here," Hansel declared, bent down to peer inside the oven and check
munching a bit of nougat. They were just the heat, Gretel gave her a tremendous push
about to try a piece of the biscuit door when it and slammed the oven door shut. The witch
quietly swung open. had come to a fit and proper end. Gretel ran to
"Well, well!" said an old woman, peering set her brother free and they made quite sure
out with a crafty look. "And haven't you that the oven door was tightly shut behind the
children a sweet tooth?" witch. Indeed, just to be on the safe side, they
fastened it firmly with a large padlock. Then
"Come in! Come in, you've nothing to they stayed for several days to eat some more
fear!" went on the old woman. Unluckily for of the house, till they discovered amongst the
Hansel and Gretel, however, the sugar candy witch's belongings, a huge chocolate egg.
cottage belonged to an old witch, her trap for Inside lay a casket of gold coins.
catching unwary victims. The two children
had come to a really nasty place. "The witch is now burnt to a cinder," said
Hansel, "so we'll take this treasure with us."
"You're nothing but skin and bones!" said They filled a large basket with food and set off
the witch, locking Hansel into a cage. I shall into the forest to search for the way home.
fatten you up and eat you!" This time, luck was with them, and on the
"You can do the housework," she told second day, they saw their father come out of
Gretel grimly, "then I'll make a meal of you the house towards them, weeping.
too!" As luck would have it, the witch had "Your stepmother is dead. Come home
very bad eyesight, an when Gretel smeared with me now, my dear children!" The two
butter on her glasses, she could see even less. children hugged the woodcutter.
"Let me feel your finger!" said the witch "Promise you'll never ever desert us
to Hansel every day to check if he was getting again," said Gretel, throwing her arms round
any fatter. Now, Gretel had brought her her father's neck. Hansel opened the casket.
brother a chicken bone, and when the witch
went to touch his finger, Hansel held out the "Look, Father! We're rich now . . . You'll
bone. never have to chop wood again."
"You're still much too thin!" she And they all lived happily together ever
after.

The End
The Three Little Pigs

Once upon a time there were three little pigs, It was the wisest little pig that found the
who left their mummy and daddy to see the tracks of a big wolf in the neighborhood.
world. The little pigs rushed home in alarm.
All summer long, they roamed through Along came the wolf, scowling fiercely at the
the woods and over the plains, playing games laziest pig's straw hut.
and having fun. None were happier than the "Come out!" ordered the wolf, his mouth
three little pigs, and they easily made friends watering. I want to speak to you!"
with everyone. Wherever they went, they were
given a warm welcome, but as summer drew "I'd rather stay where I am!" replied the
to a close, they realized that folk were drifting little pig in a tiny voice.
back to their usual jobs, and preparing for "I'll make you come out!" growled the
winter. Autumn came and it began to rain. wolf angrily, and puffing out his chest, he took
The three little pigs started to feel they needed a very deep breath. Then he blew with all his
a real home. Sadly they knew that the fun was might, right onto the house. And all the straw
over now and they must set to work like the the silly pig had heaped against some thin
others, or they'd be left in the cold and rain, poles, fell down in the great blast. Excited by
with no roof over their heads. They talked his own cleverness, the wolf did not notice
about what to do, but each decided for himself. that the little pig had slithered out from
The laziest little pig said he'd build a straw underneath the heap of straw, and was dashing
hut. towards his brother's wooden house. When he
realized that the little pig was escaping, the
"It will only take a day,' he said. The wolf grew wild with rage.
others disagreed.
"Come back!" he roared, trying to catch
"It's too fragile," they said disapprovingly, the pig as he ran into the wooden house. The
but he refused to listen. Not quite so lazy, the other little pig greeted his brother, shaking
second little pig went in search of planks of like a leaf.
seasoned wood.
"I hope this house won't fall down! Let's
"Clunk! Clunk! Clunk!" It took him two lean against the door so he can't break in!"
days to nail them together. But the third little
pig did not like the wooden house. Outside, the wolf could hear the little
pigs' words. Starving as he was, at the idea of
"That's not the way to build a house!" he a two course meal, he rained blows on the
said. "It takes time, patience and hard work to door.
build a house that is strong enough to stand up
to wind, rain, and snow, and most of all, "Open up! Open up! I only want to speak
protect us from the wolf!" to you!"
The days went by, and the wisest little Inside, the two brothers wept in fear and
pig's house took shape, brick by brick. From did their best to hold the door fast against the
time to time, his brothers visited him, saying blows. Then the furious wolf braced himself a
with a chuckle. new effort: he drew in a really enormous
breath, and went ... WHOOOOO! The wooden
"Why are you working so hard? Why house collapsed like a pack of cards.
don't you come and play?" But the stubborn
bricklayer pig just said "no". Luckily, the wisest little pig had been
watching the scene from the window of his
"I shall finish my house first. It must be own brick house, and he rapidly opened the
solid and sturdy. And then I'll come and play!" door to his fleeing brothers. And not a
he said. "I shall not be foolish like you! For he
moment too soon, for the wolf was already
who laughs last, laughs longest!"
hammering furiously on the door. This time,
the wolf had grave doubts. This house had a The flames licked his hairy coat and his
much more solid air than the others. He blew tail became a flaring torch.
once, he blew again and then for a third time. "Never again! Never again will I go
But all was in vain. For the house did not down a chimney" he squealed, as he tried to
budge an inch. The three little pigs watched put out the flames in his tail. Then he ran
him and their fear began to fade. Quite away as fast as he could.
exhausted by his efforts, the wolf decided to
try one of his tricks. He scrambled up a nearby The three happy little pigs, dancing
ladder, on to the roof to have a look at the round and round the yard, began to sing.
chimney. However, the wisest little pig had "Tra-la-la! Tra-la-la! The wicked black wolf
seen this ploy, and he quickly said. will never come back...!"
"Quick! Light the fire!" With his long From that terrible day on, the wisest little
legs thrust down the chimney, the wolf was pig's brothers set to work with a will. In less
not sure if he should slide down the black hole. than no time, up went the two new brick
It wouldn't be easy to get in, but the sound of houses. The wolf did return once to roam in
the little pigs' voices below only made him the neighborhood, but when he caught sight of
feel hungrier. three chimneys, he remembered the terrible
pain of a burnt tail, and he left for good.
"I'm dying of hunger! I'm going to try
and get down." And he let himself drop. But Now safe and happy, the wisest little pig
landing was rather hot, too hot! The wolf called to his brothers. "No more work! Come
landed in the fire, stunned by his fall. on, let's go and play!"

The End