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54 Snow Maiden and the Fox 34. There lived and dwelt an old man and his old woman, and they had this granddaughter, Snow Maiden. All her girl friends got together to go into the forest to pick berries, and they came to invite her to go along with them. For a long time, the old folks wouldn’t agree, but after much begging they let Snow Maiden go and told her not to lag behind her friends. Walking through the forest and picking berries, tree-by-tree and bushby -bush, Snow Maiden got separated from her friends. They called out to her and called out, but Snow Maiden didn’t hear them. It got dark, and the girl friends went home. Snow Maiden, seeing that she had been left alone, climbed up a tree and began crying bitterly, all the while intoning, “Oh, oh, Snow Maiden, oh, oh, my little dove! Grandfather and grandmother had a granddaughter, Snow Maiden. The girls lured her into the forest, and when they’d lured her there, they left her.” A bear came along and asked, “What are you crying about, Snow Maiden?” “Oh, Father Bear! How should I not cry? I am the only child of grandfather and grandmother, just the granddaughter, Snow Maiden. The girls lured me into the forest, and having lured me there, they left me.” “Come down, I’ll carry you back.” “No, I’m afraid of you, you’ll eat me up!” The bear went away. She started crying again, all the while intoning, “Oh, oh, Snow Maiden, oh, oh, my little dove.” Then a wolf came by and asked,“What are you crying about, Snow Maiden?” She answered it the same way she had the bear. “Come down, I’ll carry you back.”“No, I’m afraid of you, you’ll eat me up!” The wolf went away, and she started crying again, all the while intoning,“Oh, oh, Snow Maiden, oh, oh, my little dove.” Then along came a fox and asked,“What are you crying about, Snow Maiden?”“Oh Foxy, how should I not cry? Some girls lured me into the forest, and having lured me there, they left me.”“Come down, I’ll carry you back.” Snow Maiden came down, got on the fox’s back, and the fox rushed away with her. She ran home and began knocking at the gate with her tail. “Who’s there?” The fox answered that she had brought the old Snow Maiden and the Fox h 55 man and old woman their granddaughter, Snow Maiden.“Oh, my dear, you old so-and-so, you old devil! Come right into our hut! Where should we sit you down and what can we treat you to?”They brought some milk, eggs, and curd cheese and began repaying the fox for her deed. The fox requested that as a reward they give her a hen and let her go back to the field. The old couple took their leave of the fox, put a hen in one bag, and a dog in another, and they carried them off to the appointed place. They let out the hen. The fox was about to pounce on it when they let out the dog. Seeing the dog, the fox took off for the forest—and so she got away. ...

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ISBN
9781626740549
Related ISBN
9781628460933
MARC Record
OCLC
878813021
Pages
560
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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