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166 The Little Red Cow 101. In no certain tsardom, in no certain country, there lived and dwelt a tsar and his tsaritsa, and they had just one daughter, Maria Tsarevna. But when the tsaritsa died, the tsar took another wife, Yagishna.1 Yagishna gave birth to two daughters. One had two eyes, but the second three. Her stepmother didn’t like Maria Tsarevna and sent her out to herd the little red cow, and she gave her a dried crust of bread. The tsarevna went out into the steppe, bowed down to the right leg of the little red cow Burënushka, and ate and drank her fill. And was she smartly attired! The entire day she looked after the little cow Burenushka , just like a proper young lady. The day passed, and she again bowed to the right leg, was dressed as before, went home, and brought the crust of bread back and put it on the table.“What does that bitch live on?” thought Yagishna. The next day she gave Maria Tsarevna the same crust of bread and sent her older daughter with her:“Look and see what Maria Tsarevna is living on.” They came out into the open steppe.Maria Tsarevna said,“Let me,Sister , search your head.”[For lice–JVH] She began searching, and chanted, “Sleep, sleep, Sister! Sleep, sleep, my own. Sleep, sleep, eye! Sleep, sleep, the other eye!”Her sister fell asleep, and Maria Tsarevna got up and went up to the little cow Burenushka, bowed to her right leg, ate and drank her fill, and was smartly attired! And she went about the whole day dressed as a proper young lady. Evening came. Maria Tsarevna dressed as before, and said,“Get up, Sister! Get up, my own one! Let’s go home.”“Oh no, I’ve slept all day and seen nothing. Now mother will scold me!” she said woefully. They came home. Her mother asked her,“What did Maria Tsarevna drink, what did she eat?”“I didn’t see anything.” Yagishna swore at her. In the morning she got up and sent her three-eyed daughter: “Go and watch, see what that bitch eats and drinks.” The girls went out into the pen steppe to pasture Burenushka. Maria Tsarevna said,“Sister! Let me search your head.”“Search, Sister, search, my own one!” Maria Tsarevna 1.  From the Russian Yaga, the witch. The Little Red Cow h 167 began searching and chanting,“Sleep, sleep, Sister! Sleep, sleep, my own one! Sleep, sleep eye! Sleep, sleep, second eye!” But she forgot about the third eye. That third eye watched and watched to see what Maria Tsarevna did. She ran up to Burenushka, bowed to the right leg, drank and ate her fill, and was smartly attired! The sun began setting, and she once more bowed to the little red cow Burenushka, was dressed as before, and went to awaken the three-eyed one:“Get up, Sister! Get up, my own one! Let’s go home.” Maria Tsarevna came home and put her dried crust on the table. The mother began asking her own daughter,“What does she drink and eat?” The three-eyed one told her everything. Yagishna gave the order: “Old man, slaughter that little cow, that Burenushka.”The old man slaughtered her. Maria Tsarevna asked,“My dear Father, give me at least some of the guts.” The old man tossed her a piece. She took it and planted it next to a post, and a willow bush grew up there, and on it were sweet berries. And various little birds perched on it and sang both royal and peasant songs. Ivan Tsarevich heard about Maria Tsarevna and came to her stepmother . He placed a dish on the table:“The maid who picks me a full dish of berries will be the one I shall marry.”Yagishna sent her older daughter to pick the berries, but the birds wouldn’t let her get close. Just see—they would peck out her eyes! She sent the second daughter, but they wouldn’t let that one either. Finally she sent out Maria Tsarevna. Maria Tsarevna took the dish and went to get the berries. She picked, and the little birds picked two or three times more berries and placed them on the dish. She came back, put the dish on the table, and gave the tsarevich a bow. Then there was a happy little feast and the wedding. Ivan Tsarevich married Maria Tsarevna, and...

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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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