中文

强盗新郎

ENGLISH

The robber bridegroom


从前,有一个磨坊老板,有一个很漂亮的女儿。 随着女儿长大,做父亲的心里开始想:"如果有一个能让我满意的人来娶她作妻子,我就把她嫁给他,这样让她也有一个好的归宿。"不久,来了一个求婚者,看起来很富有,举止也非常得体,磨坊老板从他身上找不到自己不满意的地方,就答应把女儿嫁给他。 但是,女儿并不像新娘爱新郎一样爱他,而且过了不久以后,当她看见他或想到他时,心里总感觉怕得发抖。
有一天,他对她说:"你是我的未婚妻,为什么不来我家看看呢?"姑娘说:"我不知道你家在哪儿呀?"她的未婚夫说:"我家就在那片茂密的森林里。"姑娘的本意并不想去,又不好直接拒绝,只好找借口说:"我不知道去你家的路。"未婚夫说道:"这样吧!下周星期天,你一定要来看我,我邀请了一些客人,他们都想看看你。我沿路撒一些灰,你走进森林可以循着灰迹找到我家。"
到了第二个星期天,姑娘想了想还是出门了,可她总觉得非常不安,就多了一个心眼,在两个口袋里装了满满的两口袋碗豆和蚕豆。 她来到森林边,找到撒了灰烬的路,并循着灰迹走了进去。 但她每走一步,就在路的右边扔下一颗碗豆,在左边扔下一颗蚕豆。 这样一磨蹭,她用了一整天才走到黑暗森林里的一幢屋子前。 进了屋子,她发现整个屋子里静悄悄的,里面空无一人,她正感到有点恐慌,突然一个声音传了过来:
"转回去,美丽的新娘!
转回家里去!
快离开这强盗窝,
快离开这儿回到家里去! "
她转过头一看,发现在门的上方挂着一个鸟笼,笼子里关着一只小鸟,它拍了拍翅膀,接着又叫道:
"转回去,美丽的新娘!
转回家里去!
快离开这强盗窝,
快离开这儿回到家里去! "
姑娘听了以后,仍然走了进去,从一间房子走到另一间房子,她看完了所有的房间,发现里面全是空的。 最后来到地下室,才看见一个老态龙钟的老太婆坐在里面。 姑娘开口问道:"对不起!老奶奶,您能告诉我,我的未婚夫是住在这里吗?"老太婆回答说:"唉--!我可爱的孩子,你现在已经落入他们为你设的圈套了,你的婚礼就是你的葬礼。因为那些强盗要夺去你的生命,如果我不救你,你就死定了!"说完,她把姑娘藏在一个大木桶里面,然后对她说:"千万不要动弹,否则,你就会大祸临头。等强盗们睡着以后,我们再逃走,我早就想离开这儿了。"
姑娘刚藏好身子,强盗们就进屋来了,他们还带来了另一个姑娘,那姑娘也是被他们骗来的。 进来后,他们开始又吃又喝,对那个姑娘的哭叫和呻吟充耳不闻,无动于衷,还给她灌了三杯葡萄酒,一杯白色的,一杯红色的,一杯黄色的,喝完之后,她就倒下死了。 姑娘躲在后面开始恐惧起来,心想下一个死的一定轮到她了。 这时,她那个所谓的新郎看见那个被她们害死的姑娘的小手指上有一个金戒指,他走过去想用劲把它拔下来,可用力过猛,戒指一下子飞脱出来,掠过空中掉到了木桶后面,正好落在她这位未婚妻的裙摆上面。 他端起一盏灯在房子里到处寻找,可怎么也找不到。 另一个强盗说:"你到那木桶后面找了吗?"那老太婆连忙说道:"哼!快坐在这儿吃你的晚饭吧,我保证戒指掉在这儿不会自己跑掉的,明天再找也不迟。"
她这一说,强盗们也就不再找了,继续大吃大喝起来,老太婆趁机在他们的酒里面下了安眠药。 不久,他们都躺下睡着了,个个鼾声如雷。 姑娘听到鼾声从木桶后走出来,蹑手蹑脚地从那些横七竖八的瞌睡虫身上跨过去,生怕把他们惊醒了。 真是上帝保佑,她很快脱离了险境,与老婆走上楼梯,一起逃出了这个杀人魔窟。
此时,沿路所撒的灰烬都已被风吹散,到处找不到灰迹,但姑娘所扔的碗豆和蚕豆都生根发芽了,正好给她们指示了逃走的路径。 借着月光,她们一步一步地走了整整一晚,才在第二天早晨回到了磨坊,她伤心欲绝地把她的经历一古脑儿都告诉了自己的父亲。
举行婚礼的日子很快就到了,新郎来到新娘的家里,磨坊老板邀请了他所有的朋友和亲戚来参加婚礼。 等大家都入席后,有位朋友提议每一个到来的客人都应该讲一个故事。 当轮到新娘讲时,新郎对新娘说:"喂,我亲爱的,你不知道吗?该由你给我们讲故事了。"新娘回答说:"好吧,我可以给你们讲一个我做过的梦。"接着,她把在森林里的一切经过细细讲了出来:
"有一次,我梦见自己在森林里走啊,走啊!走了很久才来到一幢空无一人的屋子里。我一进门,挂在门上一只鸟笼里的小鸟连着两次喊道:
'转回去,美丽的新娘!
转回家里去!
快离开这强盗窝,
快离开这儿回到家里去! '
--我的爱人,我只是梦见这些。 接着,我走过了所有房间,它们全是空的,最后我来到一间地下室,里面坐着一个老太婆。 我对她说:'我的新郎住在这儿吗? '她回答说:'哎! 我可爱的孩子,你落进了他们为你设计的一个圈套,你的新郎官一定会杀死你。 '--我的爱人,我只是梦见这些。 但那老太婆却把我藏在了一个大木桶后面,我刚藏好,强盗们就拖了一个姑娘进来了。 他们给她灌了白、红、黄三种葡萄酒之后,她便倒在地上死去了。 --我的爱人,我只是梦见这些。 他们干完这些坏事后,有一个强盗看见那姑娘的小手指上有一个金戒指,就走上前去用劲拔取,结果戒指飞到房顶,正好跳到我躲藏的那个大木桶后面,掉在了我的裙摆上,这就是那个戒指! "她说着,拿出了那个戒指给在坐的客人们看。
那个强盗新郎看到戒指,听到她说的这些,吓得面如死灰,站起身来想立即逃走,但客人们很快抓住了他,把他押送到了法庭。 他和他那帮作恶多端的强盗最终都受到了应有的惩罚。
There was once a miller who had a beautiful daughter, and when she was grown up he became anxious that she should be well married and taken care of; so he thought, "If a decent sort of man comes and asks her in marriage, I will give her to him." Soon after a suitor came forward who seemed very well to do, and as the miller knew nothing to his disadvantage, he promised him his daughter. But the girl did not seem to love him as a bride should love her bridegroom; she had no confidence in him; as often as she saw him or thought about him, she felt a chill at her heart. One day he said to her, "You are to be my bride, and yet you have never been to see me." The girl answered, "I do not know where your house is." Then he said, "My house is a long way in the wood." She began to make excuses, and said she could not find the way to it; but the bridegroom said, "You must come and pay me a visit next Sunday; I have already invited company, and I will strew ashes on the path through the wood, so that you will be sure to find it."

When Sunday came, and the girl set out on her way, she felt very uneasy without knowing exactly why; and she filled both pockets full of peas and lentils. There were ashes strewed on the path through the wood, but, nevertheless, at each step she cast to the right and left a few peas on the ground. So she went on the whole day until she came to the middle of the wood, where it was the darkest, and there stood a lonely house, not pleasant in her eyes, for it was dismal and unhomelike. She walked in, but there was no one there, and the greatest stillness reigned. Suddenly she heard a voice cry,

"Turn back, turn back, thou pretty bride,
Within this house thou must not bide,
For here do evil things betide."

The girl glanced round, and perceived that the voice came from a bird who was hanging in a cage by the wall. And again it cried,

"Turn back, turn back, thou pretty bride,
Within this house thou must not bide,
For here do evil things betide."

Then the pretty bride went on from one room into another through the whole house, but it was quite empty, and no soul to be found in it. At last she reached the cellar, and there sat a very old woman nodding her head. "Can you tell me," said the bride, "if my bridegroom lives here?" - "Oh, poor child," answered the old woman, "do you know what has happened to you? You are in a place of cutthroats. You thought you were a bride, and soon to be married, but death will be your spouse. Look here, I have a great kettle of water to set on, and when once they have you in their power they will cut you in pieces without mercy, cook you, and eat you, for they are cannibals. Unless I have pity on you, and save you, all is over with you!"

Then the old woman hid her behind a great cask, where she could not be seen. "Be as still as a mouse," said she; "do not move or go away, or else you are lost. At night, when the robbers are asleep, we will escape. I have been waiting a long time for an opportunity." No sooner was it settled than the wicked gang entered the house. They brought another young woman with them, dragging her along, and they were drunk, and would not listen to her cries and groans. They gave her wine to drink, three glasses full, one of white wine, one of red, and one of yellow, and then they cut her in pieces. The poor bride all the while shaking and trembling when she saw what a fate the robbers had intended for her. One of them noticed on the little finger of their victim a golden ring, and as he could not draw it off easily, he took an axe and chopped it off, but the finger jumped away, and fell behind the cask on the bride's lap. The robber took up a light to look for it, but he could not find it. Then said one of the others, "Have you looked behind the great cask?" But the old woman cried, "Come to supper, and leave off looking till to-morrow; the finger cannot run away."

Then the robbers said the old woman was right, and they left off searching, and sat down to eat, and the old woman dropped some sleeping stuff into their wine, so that before long they stretched themselves on the cellar floor, sleeping and snoring. When the bride heard that, she came from behind the cask, and had to make her way among the sleepers lying all about on the ground, and she felt very much afraid lest she might awaken any of them. But by good luck she passed through, and the old woman with her, and they opened the door, and they made all haste to leave that house of murderers. The wind had carried away the ashes from the path, but the peas and lentils had budded and sprung up, and the moonshine upon them showed the way. And they went on through the night, till in the morning they reached the mill. Then the girl related to her father all that had happened to her.

When the wedding-day came, the friends and neighbours assembled, the miller having invited them, and the bridegroom also appeared. When they were all seated at table, each one had to tell a story. But the bride sat still, and said nothing, till at last the bridegroom said to her, "Now, sweetheart, do you know no story? Tell us something." She answered, "I will tell you my dream. I was going alone through a wood, and I came at last to a house in which there was no living soul, but by the wall was a bird in a cage, who cried,

"Turn back, turn back, thou pretty bride,
Within this house thou must not bide,
For evil things do here betide."

And then again it said it. Sweetheart, the dream is not ended. Then I went through all the rooms, and they were all empty, and it was so lonely and wretched. At last I went down into the cellar, and there sat an old old woman, nodding her head. I asked her if my bridegroom lived in that house, and she answered, ' Ah, poor child, you have come into a place of cut-throats; your bridegroom does live here, but he will kill you and cut you in pieces, and then cook and eat you.' Sweetheart, the dream is not ended. But the old woman hid me behind a great cask, and no sooner had she done so than the robbers came home, dragging with them a young woman, and they gave her to drink wine thrice, white, red, and yellow. Sweetheart, the dream is not yet ended. And then they killed her, and cut her in pieces. Sweetheart, my dream is not yet ended. And one of the robbers saw a gold ring on the finger of the young woman, and as it was difficult to get off, he took an axe and chopped off the finger, which jumped upwards, and then fell behind the great cask on my lap. And here is the finger with the ring!" At these words she drew it forth, and showed it to the company.

The robber, who during the story had grown deadly white, sprang up, and would have escaped, but the folks held him fast, and delivered him up to justice. And he and his whole gang were, for their evil deeds, condemned and executed.




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