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In it the names are, Just-begun, Half-eaten, and Cleaned-out.

The negro story of the Hen and Cat, No. From Hesse. According to another story, the poor man goes into a forest and is about to hang himself because he cannot support his children. Then comes a black carriage with four black horses; a beautiful maiden dressed in black, alights from it, and tells him that in a thicket in front of his house, he will find a bag of money, and, in return for that, he must give her what is concealed in his house.

The man consents, and finds the money, but the thing which is concealed is his yet unborn child. When it is born, the maiden comes and wants to carry it away, but as the mother begs so hard, the maiden leaves it until its twelfth year.


Then she takes it away to a black castle, which is furnished magnificently, and the child may go into every part of it except one chamber. For four years the girl is obedient, then she can no longer resist the torment of curiosity, and peeps into the chamber through a crack. She sees four black maidens, who absorbed in reading, appear alarmed at the instant, but her foster-mother comes out, and says, "I must drive thee away; what wilt thou lose most willingly? She gives her such a blow on the mouth that the blood streams out, and drives her forth.

She has to pass the night under a tree, and next morning the King's son finds her there, takes her away with him, and against his mother's will, marries the dumb beauty. When the first child comes into the world, the wicked mother-in-law takes it and throws it into the water, sprinkles the sick Queen with blood, and gives out that she has devoured her own child.

Thus it happens twice more, and then the innocent Queen, who cannot defend herself, is to be burnt. She is already standing in the fire when the black carriage comes; the maiden steps out of it, and goes through the flames, which instantly sink down and are extinguished; reaches the Queen, smites her on the month, and thus restores her speech; the other three maidens bring the three children whom they have rescued from the water, the treachery comes to light, and the wicked stepmother is put into a barrel filled with snakes and poisonous adders, and rolled down a bill.

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The legend of St. In the Pentamerone 1. The root-idea of many doors which may be opened and one which may not, often re-appears and with various introductions, as in Fitcher's Vogel No. As regards each apostle being placed in a shining dwelling, compare the Hymn in praise of St. Anno , verse , where it is said that the bishops were sitting together in heaven like stars.

It is an old incident that maidens who are robbed of their clothes should cover themselves with their long hair, it is related of St. Agnes in the Bibl.

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Magdalen, by Petrarch, in Latin verse, and there is a picture of the latter in the Magasin pittoresque , 1. In an old Spanish romance a King's daughter sits in an oak, and her long hair covers the whole tree. Diez's Ancient Spanish Romances , Geibel's Volkslieder und Romanzen der Spanier , pp. This story is generally told in other places with new, or differently arranged, trials of courage, and is allied to the sagas Brother Lustig and Spielhansl , Nos.

Parzival goes in an enchanted bed through the castle, , , in the same way as the youth who had no fear. The root of this is a Mecklenburgh story. The game of skittles played with dead men's bones, is inserted from a story from the district of Schwalm, 1 in Hesse. In another from Zwehrn it is related that ghosts come and invite the youth to play a game with nine bones and a dead man's head, which he fearlessly accepts, but in which he loses all his money.

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At midnight the spectres disappear of their own accord. From this also is taken the incident of the corpse being brought in, which he warms in bed. It contains, however, no further trials, and it lacks the jesting conclusion, which, on the other hand, appears in a third Hessian story, where the youth is a tailor, and his master's wife pours a bucket of cold water over him as he is lying in bed, in a fourth tale, this great bravery is ascribed to a youth from the Tyrol. He takes counsel with his father as to what trade will be most profitable for him, and at last resolves to learn how to fear.

A new feature in this is, that a spirit comes in by night who is entirely covered with knives, and orders the Tyrolese youth to sit down and have his beard shaved by him, as in the story Stumme Liebe , by Musaus, 4. The youth does it without fear, but the ghost when he has shaved him wants to cut his throat as well, but at that very moment the clock strikes twelve, and the ghost disappears.

In this part there is a connection with the story of the youth who kills the dragon and cuts out its tongue, by means of which he afterwards makes himself known to be the victor, and wins the King's daughter, as is fully detailed in the story of The Gold Children No. A fifth story from Zwehrn deserves to be given here at full length. A certain man once lived in the world whose father was a smith, who carried the youth to the grave-yard and to every place where it was terrible, but he never knew what fear was.

Then his father said, "When once thou goest out into the world thou wilt soon learn it.

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And as he saw a man hanging there, he spoke to him, and said, "Why art thou hanging there? The schoolmaster stole the little bell of the alms-bag, and denounced me as the thief. If thou wilt help me to a decent burial, I will present thee with a staff, with which thou caust drive away all spirits. The schoolmaster has concealed the little bell under a great stone in his cellar. The schoolmaster got up, but would not open his door, because he was afraid, but the other cried, "If thou dost not open the door, I will break it open.

Then he cried aloud, "Open your door, I am bringing a thief. Then the judge pronounced the sentence, that the innocent man should be taken down from the gallows, and honourahly buried, and that the thief should be hanged in his place. The next night when the innocent man was already lying in a Christian grave, the young smith went out once more.

Then the spirit came, and presented him with the staff which he had promised him. Said the smith, "Now I will go out into the world, and look for the "Scare-me-well. It so happened that he arrived in a town where there was a bewitched castle, which no one ever dared to enter. When the King heard that a man had arrived who was afraid of nothing, he caused him to be summoned, and said," If thou wilt deliver this castle for me, I will make thee so rich that thou shalt know no end to thy possessions. He opened the first inside door, and as it opened, the spirits came against him.

One of them had horns, another spat fire, and all were black as coal. Then he said, "What queer folks are these! They might be the devil himself! They may all go home with me, and mend my father's fire for him.

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Then he took the keys in his hand again, and opened the second door. There stood a coffin, and a dead man lay in it, and on the ground beside it, was a great black poodle which had a burning chain round its neck. So he went up to it, and struck the coffin with his staff; and said, "Why art thou lying in there, old charcoal-burner? Then he returned and caught hold of the burning chain, and wound it round himself, crying, "Away with thee!

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  • Then said he, "If thou canst do that, there is all the more reason for taking thee with me. Thou also shalt help my father to light his fire. Now he had still one little key for the last door. As he opened that, twelve black spirits which had horns and breathed fire rushed on him, but he struck them with his staff, dragged them out, and threw them into a water-cistern, the cover of which he shut fast. But the King said, "I should just like to know how he has got on," and sent his confessor thither, for no one else dared to trust himself in that bewitched castle.

    When the confessor, who was crooked and hump-backed, came to the castle and knocked the young smith opened the door for him, but when he saw him in all his deformity, and in his black gown, he cried, "After all, there is another of them left. What dost thou want, thou crooked old devil? So the King waited one day longer, but as the confessor did not return at all, he sent a number of warriors who were to make their way into the castle by force.

    The smith said, "Here are some men coming, so I wilt gladly let them in. And why did he come here in his black gown? When the King heard that, he came full of joy, and found great possessions in jewels, silver-work, and old wine, all of which were once more in his power. Then he ordered a coat to be made for the young smith, which was entirely of gold. But the young smith said, "That is too heavy for me!

    The young smith looked at it well and went round about it, and asked what kind of a thing that was?