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  • There was once a cook named Gretel, who wore shoes with red heels,

  • and when she walked out with them on, she turned herself this way and

  • that, was quite happy and thought: 'You certainly are a pretty girl!' And

  • when she came home she drank, in her gladness of heart, a draught of

  • wine, and as wine excites a desire to eat, she tasted the best of whatever

  • she was cooking until she was satisfied, and said: 'The cook must know

  • what the food is like.' It came to pass that the master one day said

  • to her: 'Gretel, there is a guest coming this evening; prepare me two

  • fowls very daintily.' 'I will see to it, master,' answered Gretel. She killed

  • two fowls, scalded them, plucked them, put them on the spit, and towards

  • evening set them before the fire, that they might roast. The fowls

  • began to turn brown, and were nearly ready, but the guest had not yet

  • arrived. Then Gretel called out to her master: 'If the guest does not

  • come, I must take the fowls away from the fire, but it will be a sin and a

  • shame if they are not eaten the moment they are at their juiciest.' The master

  • said: 'I will run myself, and fetch the guest.' When the master had turned

  • his back, Gretel laid the spit with the fowls on one side, and thought:

  • 'Standing so long by the fire there, makes one sweat and thirsty; who knows

  • when they will come? Meanwhile, I will run into the cellar, and

  • take a drink.' She ran down, set a jug, said: 'God bless it for you, Gretel,'

  • and took a good drink, and thought that wine should flow on, and should

  • not be interrupted, and took yet another hearty draught.

  • Then she went and put the fowls down again to the fire, basted them,

  • and drove the spit merrily round. But as the roast meat smelt so good,

  • Gretel thought: 'Something might be wrong, it ought to be tasted!' She

  • touched it with her finger, and said: 'Ah! how good fowls are! It certainly

  • is a sin and a shame that they are not eaten at the right time!' She ran to

  • the window, to see if the master was not coming with his guest, but she

  • saw no one, and went back to the fowls and thought: 'One of the wings is

  • burning! I had better take it off and eat it.' So she cut it off, ate it, and enjoyed

  • it, and when she had done, she thought: 'The other must go down

  • too, or else master will observe that something is missing.' When the two

  • wings were eaten, she went and looked for her master, and did not see

  • him. It suddenly occurred to her: 'Who knows? They are perhaps not

  • coming at all, and have turned in somewhere.' Then she said: 'Well,

  • Gretel, enjoy yourself, one fowl has been cut into, take another drink,

  • and eat it up entirely; when it is eaten you will have some peace, why

  • 96 should God's good gifts be spoilt?' So she

  • ran into the cellar again, took an enormous drink and ate up the one chicken

  • in great glee. When one of the chickens was swallowed down, and still

  • her master did not come, Gretel looked at the other and said: 'What

  • one is, the other should be likewise, the two go together; what's right

  • for the one is right for the other; I think if I were to take another draught

  • it would do me no harm.' So she took another hearty drink, and let the

  • second chicken follow the first. While she was making the most of it, her master

  • came and cried: 'Hurry up, Gretel, the guest is coming directly

  • after me!' 'Yes, sir, I will soon serve up,' answered Gretel. Meantime

  • the master looked to see what the table was properly laid, and took

  • the great knife, wherewith he was going to carve the chickens, and sharpened

  • it on the steps. Presently the guest came, and knocked politely and courteously

  • at the house-door. Gretel ran, and looked to see who was there,

  • and when she saw the guest, she put her finger to her lips and

  • said: 'Hush! hush! go away as quickly as you can, if my master catches you

  • it will be the worse for you; he certainly did ask you to supper, but his

  • intention is to cut off your two ears. Just listen how he is sharpening the

  • knife for it!' The guest heard the sharpening, and hurried down the steps again

  • as fast as he could. Gretel was not idle; she ran screaming to her master,

  • and cried: 'You have invited a fine guest!' 'Why, Gretel? What do you mean

  • by that?' 'Yes,' said she, 'he has taken the chickens which I was

  • just going to serve up, off the dish, and has run away with them!' 'That's

  • a nice trick!' said her master, and lamented the fine chickens. 'If he had

  • but left me one, so that something remained for me to eat.' He called

  • to him to stop, but the guest pretended not to hear. Then he ran after

  • him with the knife still in his hand, crying: 'Just one, just one,' meaning

  • that the guest should leave him just one chicken, and not take both. The

  • guest, however, thought no otherwise than that he was to give up one

  • of his ears, and ran as if fire were burning under him, in order to take them

  • both with him.

There was once a cook named Gretel, who wore shoes with red heels,

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Grimm's Fairy Tales | Clever Gretel

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