日本語

若い大男

ENGLISH

The young giant


昔、村人がいました。この村人には息子が一人いましたが、親指ぐらいの大きさで、ちっとも大きくならず、何年経っても髪の毛一本ほども太くなりませんでした。あるとき、父親が畑を耕しにでかけようとすると、この子が「お父さん、僕も一緒に行く。」と言いました。「お前が一緒に行くって?」と父親は言いました。「ここにいろ。畑へ行っても何の役にも立たないし、迷子になるかもしれないからな。」すると親指太郎は泣き出したので、なだめるために父親は息子をポケットに入れ、一緒に連れて行きました。

父親は畑に着くと息子を取り出し、作ったばかりの畝の間に置きました。太郎がそこに座っていると大きな巨人が山の向こうに出てきました。「あの大きなお化けが見えるか?」と父親は言いました。親指太郎を怖がらせておとなしくさせようと思ったのです。「あれはお前をつかまえに来てるんだぞ。」ところが、巨人は長い脚で二歩も歩かないうちに、畝の間に来ていました。

巨人は小さな親指太郎を二本の指でそっと持ち上げ、しげしげ見ていましたが、一言も言わないで太郎を連れ去りました。父親はそばに立っていましたが、恐ろしくて声が出ませんでした。そして子どもはもう亡くなって、生きてる間二度と会えないんだ、と思うしかありませんでした。

しかし、巨人は太郎を家に連れていき、自分の乳を飲ませました。すると親指太郎は大きくなって、巨人なみに背が伸び力が強くなりました。二年経ったとき、巨人は太郎を森へ連れていき、力を試そうとして、「一人で木を抜いてみろ」と言いました。すると男の子はもうかなり力があったので、若木の根ごと地面から引き抜きました。しかし、巨人は(これよりもっとよくなければならない)と考え、太郎をまた連れ戻し、さらに二年乳を飲ませました。それから太郎を試すと、とても力がついていたので、古い木を地面から引き抜くことができました。

それでも巨人には十分でありませんでした。巨人はさらに二年乳を飲ませました。それから太郎と一緒に森に行くと、「さあ、本物の木を引き抜け」と言いました。男の子は地面から一番大きい樫の木を引き抜いたので、木が裂けてめりめりと音がしました。それはほんのつまらぬことでした。「さあ、これでよい。お前は申し分ない。」と巨人は言って、前にさらっていった畑へ連れ戻しました。畑では父親が鋤(すき)で耕していました。若い大男は父親に近づいて、「お父さん、わかりますか?あんたの息子は立派な男になったでしょう?」と言いました。

お百姓は驚いて、「いいや、お前は私の息子じゃない、お前に用はない、あっちへ行ってくれ。」と言いました。「本当にあんたの息子なんだ。僕にその仕事をやらせて。お父さんと同じくらいうまく耕せるから、いや、もっとうまくやれるよ。」「いや、いや、お前は私の息子じゃないよ。それに鋤を使えないよ、あっちへ行ってくれ」ところが、父親はこの大男がこわかったので、鋤を放し、後ろに下がって畑の脇に座りました。そこで若者は鋤をとり、片手でつかんだだけなのですが、鋤が地中深く入りました。

お百姓はそれを見ていられなくて「お前が本気で耕す気なら、そんなに強く押しちゃだめだ。それじゃうまくいかない。」と声をかけました。ところが、若者は馬をはずして、自分で鋤を引っ張り、「お父さん、いいから家に帰ってよ。お母さんに、大皿いっぱい食べ物を用意するように言って。その間に僕が畑を耕すから。」と言いました。それでお百姓は家に帰り、おかみさんに食べ物を用意するように言いました。一方、若者は二エーカーの広さがある畑を全くひとりで耕し、それから馬鍬{まぐわ}を自分につないで畑全部をならしました。一度にふたつの馬鍬を使ったのです。それが終わると、森へ入って二本の樫の木を引き抜き、肩にかけると、一本には前と後ろに一つずつ馬鍬を、もう一本の前と後ろに馬をのせ、それをみんな一束のわらであるかのように両親の家へ運びました。

若者が中庭に入ると、母親は見ても息子だとわからず、「あの恐ろしく大きい男は誰なの?」と尋ねました。父親は「あれはおれたちの息子だ」と言いました。母親は「いいや、息子のわけないでしょ。うちの息子はあんな大男じゃなく、チビすけだったわ。」と言いました。母親は若者に、「出て行ってくれ、あんたに用はないよ。」と叫びました。若者は黙って馬を馬小屋に入れ、からす麦と干し草をやり、必要なことをみんなやりました。これが終わると、部屋に入り、ベンチに座って、「お母さん、食べものが欲しいんだけど、すぐできる?」と言いました。母親は「できるよ」と言って食べ物でいっぱいのすごい大皿をもってきました。それだけあればおかみさんと亭主なら一週間腹いっぱい食べるのに十分な分量でした。ところが若者はひとりで全部食べてしまい、もっと何かないのかと尋ねました。「ないよ」と母親は言いました。「それであるもの全部だよ。」「だけど、これじゃ味見にしかならないよ。どうしたってもっと食べたいよ。」

母親は逆らわず、出て行って豚の大きな飼葉桶に食べ物をいっぱい入れて火にかけました。そして出来上がると、部屋に持ってきました。「とうとう、少しかけらがきた。」と若者は言って、あるもの全部をがつがつ食いましたが、やはりすいたお腹がいっぱいにはなりませんでした。それで若者は、「お父さん、よくわかったよ、ここじゃ僕は腹いっぱい食べられないんだ。僕が膝で折れないくらい頑丈な鉄の棒をくれれば、僕は世間に出ていきます。」と言いました。お百姓は喜んで、二頭の馬に荷車をつなぎ、鍛冶屋から二頭の馬がやっと運べるくらいのとても大きく太い棒をもってきました。

若者はそれを膝にわたし、バキッ、豆のつるのように真ん中から二つに折って放り投げました。それで父親は四頭の馬をつないで行き、四頭でやっとひきずってこれるくらい長くて太い棒を持ってきました。息子はこれも膝で二つに折ってしまい、放り投げると、「お父さん、これじゃ僕の役には立たないよ。もっと馬をつないでもっと頑丈な棒を持って来なくちゃだめだよ。」と言いました。それで父親は八頭の馬をつないで行き、八頭でやっと運べる長くて太い棒をもってきました。息子はそれを手に持ち、すぐに端を折ってしまい、「お父さん、お父さんは僕が望むようなものを手にいれられないんだとわかったよ。もう僕はここにいないよ。」と言いました。

そこで若者は家を出て、自分は鍛冶屋の職人だと名乗りました。ある村に着くと鍛冶屋が住んでいましたが、この男はしみったれで人に親切な施しをすることは決してなく、何でも独り占めしたがりました。若者は鍛冶屋に入って行き、職人は要りませんか?と尋ねました。「ああ、要るよ」と鍛冶屋は言って若者を見、(こいつは力があるやつだな、ハンマーをよく打ってパンを稼ぐだろう)と思いました。そこで、「給金はいくら欲しいかね?」と聞きました。

「給金は全然要りません」と若者は答えました。「ただ二週間に一回、他の職人が給金をもらうとき、あんたを二発なぐらせてください、これは我慢していただきます」けちんぼは心の底から満足し、(そうしたらたくさんの金が節約になるぞ)と思いました。次の朝、見知らぬ職人は仕事にとりかかることになりましたが、親方が真っ赤に焼けた棒を持って来て、若者が一打ちすると、鉄がばらばらに飛び散って、かなとこが地中深くめり込んでしまい、もう取り出せなくなってしまいました。そこでけちんぼが怒って、「なんと、お前は使えないな。あまり強く打ち過ぎるんだ。このひと打ちにいくら欲しい?」と言いました。

それで若い大男は「ただあんたに軽く一発お見舞いするだけ、それだけです。」と言いました。そうして足をあげて親方をけとばしたので、親方は干し草の山四つを越えて飛んで行きました。そうして若者は鍛冶屋の一番太い棒を選び出し、それを杖にして先へ進んでいきました。

しばらく歩いたあと、若者は小さな農場にやってきて、管理人に、下男頭は要りませんか?と尋ねました。「そうだな」と管理人は言いました。「ひとり要るよ。あんたは腕がありそうだ。大したことができそうだ。給金は年にどれくらい欲しいのかね?」若者はまた、給金は何も要りませんが、毎年あんたに三発お見舞いする、それは我慢してもらわなければならない、と言いました。すると管理人は満足しました。というのはこの男も業突く張りだったからです。

次の朝、下男たちはみんな森へ行くことになり、他の下男はもう起きていましたが、下男頭はまだ寝ていました。そこで下男の一人が呼びかけて、「起きろよ、時間だぞ、おれたちは森へ行くところだ。あんたは一緒に行かなくちゃいけないよ。」と言いました。「ああ」と下男頭はすっかり荒っぽく不機嫌そうに言いました。「じゃあ、いいから行けよ。おれは誰よりも前にまた戻るから。」そこで他の下男たちは管理人のところへ行き、下男頭がまだベッドに寝ていて、一緒に森へ行こうとしないんだ、と言いました。管理人は、もう一回起こしに行って、馬を荷馬車につなげと伝えてくれ、と言いました。ところが、下男頭は、前と同じに、「いいからそこへ行け、おれは誰よりも先に戻るから」と言いました。そうしてそのあと二時間長くベッドにいました。とうとう布団から起きあがると、まず屋根裏部屋から豆を二マスとってきて、かゆを作り、ゆったりとそれを食べ、それが終わると、馬を荷馬車につなぎ、森へでかけました。

森から遠くないところに峡谷があり、そこを通らなければなりませんでした。そこで若い大男は先に馬を前に進めておいて止めると、荷車の後ろにいき、木やそだをとってきて大きな障害物をつくり、馬が通れなくしました。

森に入って行くと、下男たちは荷車にたきぎを積んで森を出て帰るところでした。そこで下男頭は下男たちに、「進め、それでもおれはお前たちよりさきに家に着くから。」と言いました。下男頭は森に深く入って行かないですぐに大きい木の二本を地面から引き抜き、荷車に投げ込み、引き返しました。障害物のところにやってくると、他の下男たちは、通れなくて、まだそこにいました。「な、わかったか?」と下男頭は言いました。「お前たちがおれと一緒にいたら、同じくらい速く帰って、もう一時間は眠っていられたのにな。」

今度は自分が進もうとしましたが、馬が通れませんでした。そこで馬をはずし荷車の上にのせ、自分の手で車の長柄(ながえ)をつかんで引っ張り通り抜けました。それをまるで羽根を積んでいるかのように軽々とやってのけました。それが終わると、「ほら、な、お前たちより速く通り抜けたぜ。」と下男たちに言って、馬を進めて行ってしまいました。下男たちは立ち往生したままでした。中庭に入り、下男頭は一本の木を手にとり、管理人にみせて、「ほら、すばらしいたきぎの束でしょう。」と言いました。それで管理人はおかみさんに「あの下男はいいぞ。確かに長く寝ていても、ほかのやつらより先に家に戻るんだからな。」と言いました。

そうして下男頭は管理人のところで一年働きました。それが終わってほかの下男たちが給金を受け取っているときに、下男頭は、おれも貰うときだ、と言いました。しかし、管理人はなぐられるのがこわいので、なんとか許してもらえないだろうか、それよりも自分が下男頭になるから、あんたが管理人になった方がいい、と熱心にお願いしました。「いいや、おれは管理人にならない。おれはずっと下男頭でいるんだ。だが、取り決めしたことはやらせてもらうぞ。」と下男頭は言いました。管理人は、欲しいものは何でもやる、と言いましたが、だめでした。管理人が何を言っても下男頭は「だめだ」の一点張りでした。

それで管理人はどうしたらよいかわからなくて、二週間待ってくれ、と頼みました。その間に何か逃れる道を見つけようと思ったのです。下男頭はこれを承知しました。管理人は、書記たちをみんな呼び集め、何とかする方法を考え出してくれ、と頼みました。書記たちは長い間考えていましたが、とうとう言いました。下男頭にやられてあなたが生きていられるか誰もわかりません、だってあの男は虫けらみたいに人を簡単に殺すでしょうからね、ですから、やつに井戸に入りきれいにしろ、と命じてください、やつが下におりたら、みんなでそこにある石臼の一つを転がしてやつの頭に投げ落すんです、そうしたら、やつは二度と日の光をおがめなくなるでしょう、ということでした。

その案は管理人の気に入りました。下男頭は井戸に下りていくことを承知しました。下男頭が井戸の底に立っていると、みんなは大きな石臼を転がして落とし、下男頭の頭をぶち割ってやった、と思いました。ところが、下男頭が「おい、にわとりを井戸から追い払ってくれ、上で砂をひっかきまわし、おれの目に砂粒が入って目が見えなくなったぞ。」と叫びました。そこで管理人は「しっしっ」と大声で言ってニワトリを追い払っているふりをしました。下男頭が仕事を終え、井戸からあがってくると、「ほら、いいネクタイをしてるだろ」と言いました。なんと、首に巻いているのは石臼でした。

今度は下男頭は給金を受け取ろうとしましたが、管理人はまたしても二週間の猶予を願いました。書記たちは集まって相談し、夜に、下男頭を化け物の出る水車小屋に小麦をひかせにやればいいですよ、なんせ、あそこからは朝誰も生きて戻った人はいませんからね、と言いました。

この案は管理人の気に入り、すぐその夜に下男頭を呼んで、水車小屋に8ブッシェルの小麦を持って行って、今夜ひいてくれ、どうしても必要なんだ、と命じました。そこで下男頭は屋根裏部屋へ行き、2ブッシェルを右のポケットに、2ブッシェルを左のポケットに入れ、4ブッシェルをずだ袋に入れて、半分は背中に半分は胸に荷を積んで、化け物の出る水車小屋に行きました。粉屋は、昼に粉をひくのはいいが、夜はだめだよ、化け物が出るからね、今まで夜に水車小屋に入ったやつはみんな、朝中で死んで見つかったよ、と言いました。下男頭は、「おれはやれるよ、あんたは行って寝てくれ」と言いました。

それから水車小屋の中へ入り、小麦をあけました。11時ころ、下男頭は粉屋の部屋に入りベンチに座りました。しばらく座っていると、戸が突然開いて、大きなテーブルが入って来ました。そのテーブルの上にワインや焼き肉がひとりでにのり出し、しかもとても上等の食べ物でしたが、なんでもひとりでに出てきました。というのは誰も運ぶ人はいなかったのですから。

このあと、椅子が動いて並びましたが誰も来ませんでした。しまいにとうとう急に指がたくさん見えて、ナイフやフォークを使って皿に食べ物をとり分けました。しかし、指だけで他には何も見えませんでした。お腹がすいていて食べ物が目の前にあるので、下男頭もテーブルに座り、指だけ見えて食べている者たちと一緒に食べ、味わいました。下男頭がお腹いっぱい食べて、他の者たちも皿をすっかり空にすると、ろうそくが全部吹き消される音がはっきり聞こえました。もう真っ暗闇になっていて、下男頭は何かが横っ面をなぐった感じがしました。そこで、「もう一度とそんなことをやったら、おれもお返しにぶつからな。」と言いました。二発目を受けたとき、下男頭も打ち返しました。

そしてそれが一晩じゅう続きました。下男頭は打たれると必ずお返しをして、さらにおまけまでつけて返し、手当たり次第に無駄なく打ちました。ところが夜明けになるとすっかり止みました。粉屋が起きて下男頭がまだ生きてるかと様子を見にきました。すると、若者は、「おれはたっぷり食ったよ。何発かくらったが、おれもお返しをしてやった。」と言いました。粉屋は喜んで、もう水車小屋は魔法から解放された、と言って、お礼にたくさんお金をあげようとしました。しかし、下男頭は、「お金は要らないよ、たくさんあるんだ。」と言いました。そうして粉を背負い、帰っていき、管理人に、言いつけられたことをやったから、もう取り決めの手当てをもらうぞ、と言いました。

管理人はそれを聞いて、本当にこわくなってすっかり取り乱しました。部屋の中をうろうろして額からは汗のしずくが流れ落ちました。そうして、すがすがしい空気を入れようと窓を開けましたが、気がつかないうちに下男頭が蹴飛ばしたので、管理人は窓から空中に飛び出して、どこまでも飛んで誰にも見えなくなりました。

すると、下男頭は管理人のおかみさんに、「だんなが戻って来ないなら、あんたがもう一発の方をうけなくちゃいけませんよ。」と言いました。おかみさんは、「だめ、だめ、私にゃ耐えられません。」と叫び、額から汗のしずくが流れ落ちていたのでもう一つの窓を開けました。その時に下男頭が蹴飛ばしたので、おかみさんも窓から飛び出ました。おかみさんの方が軽いので亭主よりずっと高く上がりました。亭主は「こっちへ来いよ」と叫びましたが、おかみさんは、「あんたがこっちへ来なさいよ、私はあんたのところへ行けないのよ。」と言いました。こうして二人は空中に浮かんでいましたが、お互いのところには行けませんでした。二人がまだ空中を漂っているかどうかは知りませんが、若い大男は鉄の棒を手に、また道を進んでいきました。
Once on a time a countryman had a son who was as big as a thumb, and did not become any bigger, and during several years did not grow one hair's breadth. Once when the father was going out to plough, the little one said, "Father, I will go out with you." - "Thou wouldst go out with me?" said the father. "Stay here, thou wilt be of no use out there, besides thou mightest get lost!" Then Thumbling began to cry, and for the sake of peace his father put him in his pocket, and took him with him. When he was outside in the field, he took him out again, and set him in a freshly-cut furrow. Whilst he was there, a great giant came over the hill. "Do thou see that great bogie?" said the father, for he wanted to frighten the little fellow to make him good; "he is coming to fetch thee." The giant, however, had scarcely taken two steps with his long legs before he was in the furrow. He took up little Thumbling carefully with two fingers, examined him, and without saying one word went away with him. His father stood by, but could not utter a sound for terror, and he thought nothing else but that his child was lost, and that as long as he lived he should never set eyes on him again.
The giant, however, carried him home, suckled him, and Thumbling grew and became tall and strong after the manner of giants. When two years had passed, the old giant took him into the forest, wanted to try him, and said, "Pull up a stick for thyself." Then the boy was already so strong that he tore up a young tree out of the earth by the roots. But the giant thought, "We must do better than that," took him back again, and suckled him two years longer. When he tried him, his strength had increased so much that he could tear an old tree out of the ground. That was still not enough for the giant; he again suckled him for two years, and when he then went with him into the forest and said, "Now just tear up a proper stick for me," the boy tore up the strongest oak-tree from the earth, so that it split, and that was a mere trifle to him. "Now that will do," said the giant, "thou art perfect," and took him back to the field from whence he had brought him. His father was there following the plough. The young giant went up to him, and said, "Does my father see what a fine man his son has grown into?"

The farmer was alarmed, and said, "No, thou art not my son; I don't want thee leave me!" - "Truly I am your son; allow me to do your work, I can plough as well as you, nay better." - "No, no, thou art not my son; and thou canst not plough go away!" However, as he was afraid of this great man, he left go of the plough, stepped back and stood at one side of the piece of land. Then the youth took the plough, and just pressed it with one hand, but his grasp was so strong that the plough went deep into the earth. The farmer could not bear to see that, and called to him, "If thou art determined to plough, thou must not press so hard on it, that makes bad work." The youth, however, unharnessed the horses, and drew the plough himself, saying, "Just go home, father, and bid my mother make ready a large dish of food, and in the meantime I will go over the field." Then the farmer went home, and ordered his wife to prepare the food; but the youth ploughed the field which was two acres large, quite alone, and then he harnessed himself to the harrow, and harrowed the whole of the land, using two harrows at once. When he had done it, he went into the forest, and pulled up two oak-trees, laid them across his shoulders, and hung on them one harrow behind and one before, and also one horse behind and one before, and carried all as if it had been a bundle of straw, to his parents' house. When he entered the yard, his mother did not recognize him, and asked, "Who is that horrible tall man?" The farmer said, "That is our son." She said, "No that cannot be our son, we never had such a tall one, ours was a little thing." She called to him, "Go away, we do not want thee!" The youth was silent, but led his horses to the stable, gave them some oats and hay, and all that they wanted. When he had done this, he went into the parlour, sat down on the bench and said, "Mother, now I should like something to eat, will it soon be ready?" Then she said, "Yes," and brought in two immense dishes full of food, which would have been enough to satisfy herself and her husband for a week. The youth, however, ate the whole of it himself, and asked if she had nothing more to set before him. "No," she replied, "that is all we have." - "But that was only a taste, I must have more." She did not dare to oppose him, and went and put a huge caldron full of food on the fire, and when it was ready, carried it in. "At length come a few crumbs," said he, and ate all there was, but it was still not sufficient to appease his hunger. Then said he, "Father, I see well that with you I shall never have food enough; if you will get me an iron staff which is strong, and which I cannot break against my knees, I will go out into the world." The farmer was glad, put his two horses in his cart, and fetched from the smith a staff so large and thick, that the two horses could only just bring it away. The youth laid it across his knees, and snap! he broke it in two in the middle like a bean-stalk, and threw it away. The father then harnessed four horses, and brought a bar which was so long and thick, that the four horses could only just drag it. The son snapped this also in twain against his knees, threw it away, and said, "Father, this can be of no use to me, you must harness more horses, and bring a stronger staff." So the father harnessed eight horses, and brought one which was so long and thick, that the eight horses could only just carry it. When the son took it in his hand, he broke off a bit from the top of it also, and said, "Father, I see that you will not be able to procure me any such staff as I want, I will remain no longer with you."

So he went away, and gave out that he was a smith's apprentice. He arrived at a village, wherein lived a smith who was a greedy fellow, who never did a kindness to any one, but wanted everything for himself. The youth went into the smithy and asked if he needed a journeyman. "Yes," said the smith, and looked at him, and thought, "That is a strong fellow who will strike out well, and earn his bread." So he asked, "How much wages dost thou want?" - "I don't want any at all," he replied, "only every fortnight, when the other journeymen are paid, I will give thee two blows, and thou must bear them." The miser was heartily satisfied, and thought he would thus save much money. Next morning, the strange journeyman was to begin to work, but when the master brought the glowing bar, and the youth struck his first blow, the iron flew asunder, and the anvil sank so deep into the earth, that there was no bringing it out again. Then the miser grew angry, and said, "Oh, but I can't make any use of you, you strike far too powerfully; what will you have for the one blow?"

Then said he, "I will only give you quite a small blow, that's all." And he raised his foot, and gave him such a kick that he flew away over four loads of hay. Then he sought out the thickest iron bar in the smithy for himself, took it as a stick in his hand and went onwards.

When he had walked for some time, he came to a small farm, and asked the bailiff if he did not require a head-servant. "Yes," said the bailiff, "I can make use of one; you look a strong fellow who can do something, how much a year do you want as wages?" He again replied that he wanted no wages at all, but that every year he would give him three blows, which he must bear. Then the bailiff was satisfied, for he, too, was a covetous fellow. Next morning all the servants were to go into the wood, and the others were already up, but the head-servant was still in bed. Then one of them called to him, "Get up, it is time; we are going into the wood, and thou must go with us." - "Ah," said he quite roughly and surlily, "you may just go, then; I shall be back again before any of you." Then the others went to the bailiff, and told him that the head-man was still lying in bed, and would not go into the wood with them. The bailiff said they were to awaken him again, and tell him to harness the horses. The head-man, however, said as before, "Just go there, I shall be back again before any of you." And then he stayed in bed two hours longer. At length he arose from the feathers, but first he got himself two bushels of peas from the loft, made himself some broth with them, ate it at his leisure, and when that was done, went and harnessed the horses, and drove into the wood. Not far from the wood was a ravine through which he had to pass, so he first drove the horses on, and then stopped them, and went behind the cart, took trees and brushwood, and made a great barricade, so that no horse could get through. When he was entering the wood, the others were just driving out of it with their loaded carts to go home; then said he to them, "Drive on, I will still get home before you do." He did not drive far into the wood, but at once tore two of the very largest trees of all out of the earth, threw them on his cart, and turned round. When he came to the barricade, the others were still standing there, not able to get through. "Don't you see," said he, "that if you had stayed with me, you would have got home just as quickly, and would have had another hour's sleep?" He now wanted to drive on, but his horeses could not work their way through, so he unharnessed them, laid them on the top of the cart, took the shafts in his own hands, and pulled it all through, and he did this just as easily as if it had been laden with feathers. When he was over, he said to the others, "There, you see, I have got over quicker than you," and drove on, and the others had to stay where they were. In the yard, however, he took a tree in his hand, showed it to the bailiff, and said, "Isn't that a fine bundle of wood?" Then said the bailiff to his wife, "The servant is a good one, if he does sleep long, he is still home before the others." So he served the bailiff for a year, and when that was over, and the other servants were getting their wages, he said it was time for him to take his too. The bailiff, however, was afraid of the blows which he was to receive, and earnestly entreated him to excuse him from having them; for rather than that, he himself would be head-servant, and the youth should be bailiff. "No," said he, "I will not be a bailiff, I am head-servant, and will remain so, but I will administer that which we agreed on." The bailiff was willing to give him whatsoever he demanded, but it was of no use, the head-servant said no to everything. Then the bailiff did not know what to do, and begged for a fortnight's delay, for he wanted to find some way of escape. The head-servant consented to this delay. The bailiff summoned all his clerks together, and they were to think the matter over, and give him advice. The clerks pondered for a long time, but at last they said that no one was sure of his life with the head-servant, for he could kill a man as easily as a midge, and that the bailiff ought to make him get into the well and clean it, and when he was down below, they would roll up one of the mill-stones which was lying there, and throw it on his head; and then he would never return to daylight. The advice pleased the bailiff, and the head-servant was quite willing to go down the well. When he was standing down below at the bottom, they rolled down the largest mill-stone and thought they had broken his skull, but he cried, "Chase away those hens from the well, they are scratching in the sand up there, and throwing the grains into my eyes, so that I can't see." So the bailiff cried, "Sh-sh," and pretended to frighten the hens away. When the head-servant had finished his work, he climbed up and said, "Just look what a beautiful neck-tie I have on," and behold it was the mill-stone which he was wearing round his neck. The head-servant now wanted to take his reward, but the bailiff again begged for a fortnight's delay. The clerks met together and advised him to send the head-servant to the haunted mill to grind corn by night, for from thence as yet no man had ever returned in the morning alive. The proposal pleased the bailiff, he called the head-servant that very evening, and ordered him to take eight bushels of corn to the mill, and grind it that night, for it was wanted. So the head-servant went to the loft, and put two bushels in his right pocket, and two in his left, and took four in a wallet, half on his back, and half on his breast, and thus laden went to the haunted mill. The miller told him that he could grind there very well by day, but not by night, for the mill was haunted, and that up to the present time whosoever had gone into it at night had been found in the morning lying dead inside. He said, "I will manage it, just you go away to bed." Then he went into the mill, and poured out the corn. About eleven o'clock he went into the miller's room, and sat down on the bench. When he had sat there a while, a door suddenly opened, and a large table came in, and on the table, wine and roasted meats placed themselves, and much good food besides, but everything came of itself, for no one was there to carry it. After this the chairs pushed themselves up, but no people came, until all at once he beheld fingers, which handled knives and forks, and laid food on the plates, but with this exception he saw nothing. As he was hungry, and saw the food, he, too, place himself at the table, ate with those who were eating and enjoyed it. When he had had enough, and the others also had quite emptied their dishes, he distinctly heard all the candles being suddenly snuffed out, and as it was now pitch dark, he felt something like a box on the ear. Then he said, "If anything of that kind comes again, I shall strike out in return." And when he had received a second box on the ear, he, too struck out. And so it continued the whole night. He took nothing without returning it, but repaid everything with interest, and did not lay about him in vain. At daybreak, however, everything ceased. When the miller had got up, he wanted to look after him, and wondered if he were still alive. Then the youth said, "I have eaten my fill, have received some boxes on the ears, but I have given some in return." The miller rejoiced, and said that the mill was now released from the spell, and wanted to give him much money as a reward. But he said, "Money, I will not have, I have enough of it." So he took his meal on his back, went home, and told the bailiff that he had done what he had been told to do, and would now have the reward agreed on. When the bailiff heard that, he was seriously alarmed and quite beside himself; he walked backwards and forwards in the room, and drops of perspiration ran down from his forehead. Then he opened the window to get some fresh air, but before he was aware, the head-servant had given him such a kick that he flew through the window out into the air, and so far away that no one ever saw him again. Then said the head-servant to the bailiff's wife, "If he does not come back, you must take the other blow." She cried, "No, no I cannot bear it," and opened the other window, because drops of perspiration were running down her forehead. Then he gave her such a kick that she, too, flew out, and as she was lighter she went much higher than her husband. Her husband cried, "Do come to me," but she replied, "Come thou to me, I cannot come to thee." And they hovered about there in the air, and could not get to each other, and whether they are still hovering about, or not, I do not know, but the young giant took up his iron bar, and went on his way.




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