Wednesday, 11th October 2017
11 October 2017
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The goose girl

Goose girl

Once upon a time there was a very rich kingdom but the king died when his daughter was young so the queen was forced to bring up the child alone. There was one good fairy who loved the child so much so she helped the queen to take care of the child in her absence. The fairy showered her love and affection on the child and the child grew up into a beautiful damsel.

The queen mother then decided to marry her daughter. The marriage got fixed to a prince of a distant rich kingdom bigger than theirs. When the day of marriage started approaching the queen starting packing jewels made of gold and silver and gave the princess royal robes which no one had ever seen. The fairy on her part also gave wonderful things as gift for the princess.

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On the day of the journey the queen called for a waiting maid so that she would help the princess on her long journey to the distant kingdom. The fairy mother gave the girl a beautiful horse called Falada which could talk and go as swift as the wind. The fairy then took the princess to her room and cut of a lock of her own hair and gave it to the princess and told the princess to take care of that hair for it would help her in case of any calamity on her way. The princess came out and put the hair in her bossom and this was seen by the maid. They then started on their journey the princess on Falada and the maid on her own horse.

The maid spoke to the princess and asked her about the hair she put in her bossom. The princess beleiving her told that it was the fairy’s hair and it had a charm and the person who holds it will be saved from all calamities

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As they travelled the princess became thirsty so she told the maid, “Pray get down, and fetch me some water in my golden cup out of yonder brook, for I want to drink.’ ‘Nay,’ said the maid, ‘if you are thirsty, get off yourself, and stoop down by the water and drink; I shall not be your waiting- maid any longer.’ Then she was so thirsty that she got down, and knelt over the little brook, and drank; for she was frightened, and dared not bring out her golden cup; and she wept and said, ‘Alas! what will become of me?’ And the lock answered her and said:

‘Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it,
Sadly, sadly, would she rue it.’

But the princess was a very good girl and she forgot all that maid had behaved and continued her journey and it became afternoon. Again the princess started feeling thirsty so forgetting her maid’s harsh talks again she requested her

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‘Pray get down, and fetch me some water to drink in my golden cup.’ But the maid answered her, and even spoke more haughtily than before: ‘Drink if you will, but I shall not be your waiting-maid.’ Then the princess was so thirsty that she got off her horse, and lay down, and held her head over the running stream, and cried and said, ‘What will become of me?’ And the lock of hair answered her again:

‘Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it,
Sadly, sadly, would she rue it.’

And as she leaned down to drink, the lock of hair fell from her bosom, and floated away with the water. Now she was so frightened that she did not see it; but her maid saw it, and was very glad, for she knew the charm; and she saw that the poor bride would be in her power, now that she had lost the hair.

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When the princess came back to ride her horse the maid asked her to take the maid’s horse and she herself climbed on to Falada and then she told the princess that in their next stop they should exchange their dresses and that she would go there as the princess and the princess as her maid and threatened the princess that if she refused she would kill her. The princess being a meek and silent girl agreed to all her demands, but Falada was watching all that was happening

So they exchanged their costumes and continued their journey and reached the kingdom. There was so much pomp and show in the kingdom for the arrival of their new princess. The prince was waiting in the doorway of the palace and when they entered the gate the prince came down and lifted the maid from Falada thinking she was his bride and carried her away to her royal bedroom while the princess was made to stay in the court down.

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In the evening the princess went into the garden and was crying and the king happened to gaze out of his window and saw this girl. He found her so beautiful and dainty and thought how such an elegant girl can be a maid. He went to the fake princess and asked her about the girl who accompanied her for that the fake girl told¬†‘I brought her with me for the sake of her company on the road,’ said she; ‘pray give the girl some work to do, that she may not be idle.’ The old king could not for some time think of any work for her to do; but at last, he said, ‘I have a lad who takes care of my geese; she may go and help him.’ Now the name of this lad, that the real bride was to help in watching the king’s geese, was Curdken.

So now the princess became the goose girl. The fake girl told the prince that the horse in which she traveled was very unruly and tried to kill her on her journey and so better to kill it for she was scared that one-day Falada might speak the truth to all. The prince was ready to do anything for his new bride and ordered his men to cut off the head of Falada. Knowing this the goose girl ran to the slaughterer and told him to hang the head of Falada on the top of the dark gate so that every day when she passes through that gate she can see the head for she loved the horse so much. The slaughterer agreed and after he cut of Falada’s head hung the head on the top of the dark gate.

Every day the goose girl and Curdken went passed the dark gate to graze their geese. On passing through the gate the goose girl told

‘Falada, Falada, there thou hangest!’

and the head answered:

‘Bride, bride, there thou gangest!
Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it,
Sadly, sadly, would she rue it.’

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Then they went out of the city and drove the geese on. And when she came to the meadow, she sat down upon a bank there, and let down her waving locks of hair, which were all of the pure silver; and when Curdken saw it glitter in the sun, he ran up, and would have pulled some of the locks out, but she cried:

‘Blow, breezes, blow!
Let Curdken’s hat go!
Blow, breezes, blow!
Let him after it go!
O’er hills, dales, and rocks,
Away be it whirl’d
Till the silvery locks
Are all comb’d and curl’d!

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Then there came a wind, so strong that it blew off Curdken’s hat; and away it flew over the hills: and he was forced to turn and run after it; till, by the time he came back, she had done combing and curling her hair, and had put it up again safe. Then he was very angry and sulky, and would not speak to her at all; but they watched the geese until it grew dark in the evening, and then drove them homewards.

The next morning, as they were going through the dark gate, the poor girl looked up at Falada’s head, and cried:

‘Falada, Falada, there thou hangest!’

and the head answered:

‘Bride, bride, there thou gangest!
Alas! alas! if they mother knew it,
Sadly, sadly, would she rue it.’

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Then she drove on the geese, and sat down again in the meadow, and began to comb out her hair as before; and Curdken ran up to her, and wanted to take hold of it, but she cried out quickly:

‘Blow, breezes, blow!
Let Curdken’s hat go!
Blow, breezes, blow!
Let him after it go!
O’er hills, dales, and rocks,
Away be it whirl’d
Till the silvery locks
Are all comb’d and curl’d!

Then the wind came and blew away his hat; and off it flew a great way, over the hills and far away, so that he had to run after it; and when he came back she had bound up her hair again, and all was safe. So they watched the geese till it grew dark.

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In the evening, after they came home, Curdken went to the old king, and said, ‘I cannot have that strange girl to help me to keep the geese any longer.’ ‘Why?’ said the king. ‘Because, instead of doing any good, she does nothing but tease me all day long.’ Then the king made him tell him what had happened. And Curdken said, ‘When we go in the morning through the dark gate with our flock of geese, she cries and talks with the head of a horse that hangs upon the wall, and says:

‘Falada, Falada, there thou hangest!’

and the head answers:

‘Bride, bride, there thou gangest!
Alas! alas! if they mother knew it,
Sadly, sadly, would she rue it.’

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And Curdken went on telling the king what had happened upon the meadow where the geese fed; how his hat was blown away; and how he was forced to run after it and to leave his flock of geese to themselves. But the old king told the boy to go out again the next day: and when morning came, he placed himself behind the dark gate, and heard how she spoke to Falada, and how Falada answered. Then he went into the field, and hid in a bush by the meadow’s side; and he soon saw with his own eyes how they drove the flock of geese; and how, after a little time, she let down her hair that glittered in the sun. And then he heard her say:

‘Blow, breezes, blow!
Let Curdken’s hat go!
Blow, breezes, blow!
Let him after it go!
O’er hills, dales, and rocks,
Away be it whirl’d
Till the silvery locks
Are all combat and curled!

And soon came a gale of wind, and carried away Curdken’s hat, and away went Curdken after it, while the girl went on combing and curling her hair. All this the old king saw: so he went home without being seen; and when the little goose-girl came back in the evening he called her aside, and asked her why she did so: but she burst into tears, and said, ‘That I must not tell you or any man, or I shall lose my life.’

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But the old king begged so hard, that she had no peace till she had told him all the tale, from beginning to end, word for word. And it was very lucky for her that she did so, for when she had done the king ordered royal clothes to be put upon her, and gazed on her with wonder, she was so beautiful. Then he called his son and told him that he had only a false bride; for that, she was merely a waiting-maid, while the true bride stood by. And the young king rejoiced when he saw her beauty and heard how meek and patient she had been; and without saying anything to the false bride, the king ordered a great feast to be got ready for all his court. The bridegroom sat at the top, with the false princess on one side, and the true one on the other; but nobody knew her again, for her beauty was quite dazzling to their eyes; and she did not seem at all like the little goose-girl, now that she had her brilliant dress on.

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When they had eaten and drank and were very merry, the old king said he would tell them a tale. So he began, and told all the story of the princess as if it was one that he had once heard; and he asked the true waiting-maid what she thought ought to be done to anyone who would behave thus. ‘Nothing better,’ said this false bride, ‘than that she should be thrown into a cask stuck round with sharp nails, and that two white horses should be put to it, and should drag it from street to street till she was dead.’ ‘Thou art she!’ said the old king; ‘and as thou has judged thyself, so shall it be done to thee.’ And the young king was then married to his true wife, and they reigned over the kingdom in peace and happiness all their lives, and the good fairy came to see them and restored the faithful Falada to life again.

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