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Tue, 06 Jan 2009
Another little look at one of my favourite Grimm's Fairy Tale Collection.
Jacob Grimm the older brother by a yearWilhelm Grimm,
although younger he passed away a few years before

                         I have just changed the Video clips.
I thought being as we're in storyland we better have some
Brothers Grimm

The House in the Wood
from Grimms' Fairy Tales

There was a poor wood-cutter who lived with his wife and three young daughters in a little hut on the edge of a large forest. Sometimes, when he was cutting down the trees near his cottage the girls would take him his dinner, and gather up small branches, make them into faggots before dragging them home. The children thought it was great fun; but very often he had to work further inside the forest, sometimes even at the other side, then his wife would wrap up his dinner in a cloth and he carried it with him to eat at noon-day.
The Wood-cutter did not earn high wages, so his family were very poor. But the simple food and the fresh air made the girls strong and healthy, and they grew up to be young women and able to help there parents more and more.
One morning  when he was going to his usual work, he said to his wife, 'Let our eldest daughter bring me my lunch into the wood; and so that she shall not lose her way, I will take a bag of millet with me, and sprinkle the seed on the path.'
So when the sun had risen high over the forest, the girl set out with a jug of soup. But the field and wood sparrows, the larks and finches, blackbirds and green finches had picked up the millet many hours earlier and the girl could not find her way anywhere.

She went on and on, till the sun set and night clouds crossed the sky came on. The trees rustled in the darkness, the owls hooted, and she began to be very, very frightened. Then she saw in the distance a light that twinkled between the trees. There must be people living yonder,' she thought, 'who will take me in for the night,' and she began walking towards it.

She knocked at the door, and a gruff voice called, 'Come in!'

She opened the door and there, sitting at the table was an old man. His face was buried in his hands and his white beard was flowing down over the table and onto the ground.

On the hearth lay three animals, a hen, a cock, and a brindled cow. The girl told the old man her story, and asked would it be possible for her to stay the night

The man turned to the creatures and said:- 

Pretty Hen. Pretty Cock. And you, pretty brindled Cow. What do you say now?

'Cluck! answered the animals; and that must have meant, "We are happy with that"  for the old man said, "alright there is food in abundance, go into the back kitchen and cook us a supper."

The girl found plenty of food in the kitchen, and cooked them a good meal, but thought nothing about the animals.

Posted 13:15

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