Let your children see fairy tales

Fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm

Once upon a time there was a man and a woman who had long wanted a child in vain. Finally the woman hoped that God would grant her wish. The couple had a small window in their back house, from which one could see into a splendid garden, which was full of the most beautiful flowers and herbs. But it was surrounded by a high wall, and no one dared go inside because it belonged to a sorceress who had great power and was feared by all the world.

One day the woman was standing at this window and looking down into the garden. Then she saw a bed that was planted with the most beautiful Rapunzel. They looked so fresh and green that she felt the greatest need to eat from the Rapunzel. The need increased every day, and knowing that she couldn't get any of them, she became emaciated, pale and miserable looking. Then the man was frightened and asked: “What is wrong with you, dear woman?” “Oh,” she replied, “if I can't eat Rapunzeln from the garden behind our house, I'll die.” The man who loved her , thought: "Before you let your wife die, get her from the Rapunzel, it may cost what it wants."

In the evening he climbed over the wall into the garden of the sorceress and fetched a handful of Rapunzel for his wife. She immediately made a salad out of it and eaten it eagerly. But she had liked them so much that the next day she got three times as much in the mood for them. So the man went down again that evening. But when he had climbed down the wall, he was terrified because he saw the sorceress standing in front of him. “How dare you,” she said with an angry look, “to go into my garden and steal my Rapunzel like a thief? That should be bad for you! ”“ Oh, ”replied the man,“ please forgive me, I only decided to do it out of necessity. My wife saw your Rapunzel out of the window and felt such a great desire that she would die if she didn't get something to eat from it. "Then the enchantress let up in her anger and said to him:" It is as it is you say, I will allow you to take Rapunzel with you as much as you want; but I have one condition: you have to give me the child that your wife will give birth to. He should be fine and I want to look after the child like a mother. ”In his fear, the man agreed to everything, and when the woman had given birth to a girl, the sorceress appeared immediately, gave the child the name Rapunzel and took it away with him.

Rapunzel became the most beautiful child under the sun. When it was twelve years old, the sorceress locked it up in a tower that lay in a forest and had neither stairs nor doors; only at the top was a small window. When the sorceress wanted to go in, she stood down below and called out:

"Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
let me down your hair! "

Rapunzel had long, splendid hair, as fine as spun gold. When she heard the voice of the sorceress, she untied her braids, wrapped them around a window hook, and then the hair fell twelve meters down and the sorceress climbed it.

After a few years it happened that the king's son rode through the forest and passed the tower. Then he heard a song that was so lovely that he stopped and listened. That was Rapunzel, who in her loneliness passed the time letting out her sweet voice. The king's son wanted to go up to her and looked for a door to the tower: but none could be found. He rode home. But the singing had touched his heart so much that he went out into the forest every day and listened. Once, when he was standing behind a tree like this, he saw a sorceress approaching and heard her cry out:

"Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
let me down your hair! "

Rapunzel let down the braids of hair and the sorceress climbed up to her. "If that is the ladder one comes up on, I want to try my luck", thought the king's son. And the following day, when it was getting dark, he went to the tower and shouted:

"Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
let me down your hair! "

Immediately the hair fell down and he climbed up.
At first Rapunzel was terrified when a man came in to her like her eyes had never seen one before. But the king's son began to talk to her in a very friendly way and told her that his heart had been moved so much by her singing that he could not be left in peace and had to see her for himself. Rapunzel lost her fear and when he asked her if she wanted to take him as a husband, and she saw that he was young and beautiful, she thought: “He will love me better than old Frau Gotel, and said 'Yes '”And put her hand in his hand. She said: “I would like to go with you. When you come, bring a strand of silk with you every time, I will weave a ladder out of it, and when it is finished I will climb down and you will take me on your horse. ”They agreed that he would go up every evening until then she was supposed to come, for the old woman came by day.

The sorceress didn't notice anything either until Rapunzel started and said to her: "Tell me, Frau Gotel, how come, you are much more difficult to pull up than the young king's son, he'll be with me in a moment." Oh you godless child! ", Cried the sorceress," what do I have to hear from you. I thought I had divorced you from all the world and you cheated on me after all! ”In her anger, she grabbed Rapunzel's beautiful hair, slapped it a few times around her left hand, grabbed a pair of scissors with her right, and, ritsch, ratsch, they were cut off, and the beautiful lichens lay on the ground. And she was so ruthless that she took poor Rapunzel into a desert where she had to live in great misery and misery.

But on the same day that she had cast Rapunzel out, in the evening the sorceress fastened the cut braids to the top of the window hook, and when the prince came and cried:

"Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
let me down your hair! "

so she let her hair down. The king's son climbed up, but he did not find his dearest Rapunzel up there, but the sorceress who looked at him with evil and venomous eyes. “Aha,” she called scornfully, “you want to fetch the woman, dearest, but the beautiful bird no longer sits in the nest and no longer sings, the cat has fetched him and will scratch your eyes out too. Rapunzel is lost to you, you will never see her again! "

The prince was beside himself with pain, and in desperation he jumped down the tower. He got away with life, but the thorns into which he fell stung his eyes. Then he wandered blindly in the forest, ate nothing but roots and berries and did nothing but moan and cry about the loss of his dearest wife. So he wandered around in misery for a few years and finally got into the desert, where Rapunzel lived miserably with the twins she had borne, a boy and a girl.

He heard a voice and it looked so familiar. Then he went up to it and as he approached, Rapunzel recognized him and fell on his neck and wept. But two of her tears wet his eyes, then they became clear again, and he could see with them as usual. He led them into his kingdom, where they were received with joy, and they lived happily ever after.