Hansel and Gretel

In a great forest dwelt a poor wood-cutter with his wife and his two children. The boy was called Hansel and the girl Gretel. They had almost no food, and once when great scarcity fell on the land, he could no longer procure daily bread. Now when he thought over this by night in his bed, and tossed about in his anxiety. He asked his wife for counsel and the she proposed to leave the children to the forest to die. The man was against but the wife was persistent and eventually he had to give in.

The two children had also not been able to sleep for hunger, and heard of the wicked plan. Gretel cried because of distress but Hansel comforted her and promised her a plan. And when the old folks had fallen asleep, he got up, put on his little coat, opened the door below, and crept outside. The moon shone brightly, and the white pebbles which lay in front of the house glittered like real silver pennies. Hansel stooped and put as many of them in the little pocket of his coat as he could possibly get in. Then he went back and reassured Gretel. When day dawned, but before the sun had risen, the woman came and awoke the two children. She gave each a little piece of bread. Gretel took the bread under her apron, as Hansel had the stones in his pocket. Then they all set out together on the way to the forest. When they had walked a short time, Hansel stood still and peeped back at the house, and did so again. His father noticed it and reprimanded him for staying behind and Hansel gave an alibi about a little cat. Hansel, however, had not been looking back at the cat, but had been constantly throwing one of the white pebble-stones out of his pocket on the road.

Posted 2011-01-29 and updated on Jun 08, 2011 3:44pm by crisd

 Jun 08, 2011 3:44pmWhat a joy to find such clear thinking. Thanks for psonitg! by Alexavier
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