ESPAÑOL

La hilandera holgazana

ENGLISH

The lazy spinner


Vivían en un pueblo un hombre y su mujer, la cual era holgazana en extremo, y no había modo de hacerla trabajar. Lo que su marido le daba para hilar, lo dejaba a medio hacer, y lo que hilaba, lo liaba de cualquier modo, en vez de devanarlo. Si su esposo la reñía, ella tenía siempre la respuesta a punto.
- ¡Cómo voy a devanar - replicóle en una ocasión - si no tengo devanadera! Ve tú al bosque y hazme una.
- Si sólo es eso - dijo el marido -, iré al bosque a buscar madera y te haré una.
Temió la mujer que, una vez su esposo tuviese el material, le hiciese, en efecto, una devanadera y la obligase a hilar de nuevo. Estuvo pensando un poco, hasta que se le ocurrió una buena idea. Siguió secretamente al hombre y, al subirse éste a un árbol para escoger una rama y cortarla, disimulándose ella entre las matas de modo que no pudiese ser vista, gritó:
"El que corte madera, morirá;
quien devane con ella, se perderá."
Al oírlo el marido, dejó el hacha unos momentos, pensando en lo que podría significar aquello.
- ¡Bah! - exclamó al fin -. ¡Qué puede ser! Un ruido cualquiera. Sería un tonto si me preocupase -. Y, empuñando de nuevo el hacha, volvió a su trabajo. Pero oyó la misma voz:
"El que corte madera, morirá;
quien devane con ella, se perderá."
Detúvose él, sintió miedo y quedó reflexionando. Pero, al cabo de un rato, tomó nuevos ánimos, volvió a coger el hacha... y ¡dale! Y he aquí que por tercera vez repitieron en alta voz, desde el bosque:
"El que corte madera, morirá;
quien devane con ella, se perderá."
Aquello era ya demasiado, se le pasaron al hombre todas las ganas; bajó del árbol más que deprisa y emprendió el camino de su casa. La mujer regresó también, corriendo por atajos, para llegar antes. Cuando el hombre entró en la casa, allí estaba ella con aire inocente, como si nada hubiese ocurrido, y le preguntó:
- ¿Qué? ¿Traes una buena devanadera?
- No - respondió él -. Tendrás que dejar el devanado - y, contándole lo que había sucedido en el bosque, la dejó en paz en adelante.
Sin embargo, pronto volvió el marido a quejarse del desorden que reinaba en la casa.
- Mujer - díjole -, es una vergüenza que el lino hilado siga ahí en madejas, de cualquier manera.
- ¿Sabes qué? - respondió la mujer -; ya que no has podido hacerte con una devanadera, tú te subes al desván y yo me colocaré abajo; te echaré el hilo hacia arriba y tú me lo vuelves a echar abajo, y de este modo saldrá una madeja.
- Bueno - dijo el marido; y lo hicieron así. Y cuando hubieron terminado, prosiguió él:
- Bien, ya tenemos el hilo enmadejado; ahora hace falta cocerlo.
A la mujer aquello le venía también cuesta arriba, pero respondió:
- Sí, mañana de madrugada lo coceremos - e imaginó un nuevo truco.
Levantóse a primera hora, encendió fuego y puso el caldero; pero en vez del hilo, echó dentro un montón de estopa, dejando que cociese. Luego fue a ver a su marido, que se estaba aún en la cama, y le dijo:
- Tengo que salir; levántate y vigila el hilo, que se está cociendo en el caldero. Mas procura no dormirte y estar al tanto, pues si cuando cante el gallo no vigilas, en vez de hilo tendremos estopa.
El hombre, deseoso de hacer bien las cosas y no descuidar ningún detalle, levantóse y se vistió con toda diligencia, bajando, acto seguido, a la cocina. Pero al llegar al caldero y echar una mirada a su interior, vio con espanto una masa de estopa. El infeliz no dijo nada, pensando que la desgracia era culpa de descuido, y jamás volvió a mentar el hilo ni la hilatura. Pero ¡hay que ver la mala pieza que era aquella mujer!
In a certain village there once lived a man and his wife, and the wife was so idle that she would never work at anything; whatever her husband gave her to spin, she did not get done, and what she did spin she did not wind, but let it all remain entangled in a heap. If the man scolded her, she was always ready with her tongue, and said, "Well, how should I wind it, when I have no reel? Just you go into the forest and get me one." - "If that is all," said the man, "then I will go into the forest, and get some wood for making reels." Then the woman was afraid that if he had the wood he would make her a reel of it, and she would have to wind her yarn off, and then begin to spin again. She bethought herself a little, and then a lucky idea occurred to her, and she secretly followed the man into the forest, and when he had climbed into a tree to choose and cut the wood, she crept into the thicket below where he could not see her, and cried,

"He who cuts wood for reels shall die,
And he who winds, shall perish."
The man listened, laid down his axe for a moment, and began to consider what that could mean. "Hollo," he said at last, "what can that have been; my ears must have been singing, I won't alarm myself for nothing." So he again seized the axe, and began to hew, then again there came a cry from below:

"He who cuts wood for reels shall die,
And he who winds, shall perish."
He stopped, and felt afraid and alarmed, and pondered over the circumstance. But when a few moments had passed, he took heart again, and a third time he stretched out his hand for the axe, and began to cut. But some one called out a third time, and said loudly,

"He who cuts wood for reels shall die,
And he who winds, shall perish."
That was enough for him, and all inclination had departed from him, so he hastily descended the tree, and set out on his way home. The woman ran as fast as she could by by-ways so as to get home first. So when he entered the parlour, she put on an innocent look as if nothing had happened, and said, "Well, have you brought a nice piece of wood for reels?" - "No," said he, "I see very well that winding won't do," and told her what had happened to him in the forest, and from that time forth left her in peace about it. Neverthless after some time, the man again began to complain of the disorder in the house. "Wife," said he, "it is really a shame that the spun yarn should lie there all entangled!" - "I'll tell you what," said she, "as we still don't come by any reel, go you up into the loft, and I will stand down below, and will throw the yarn up to you, and you will throw it down to me, and so we shall get a skein after all." - "Yes, that will do," said the man. So they did that, and when it was done, he said, "The yarn is in skeins, now it must be boiled." The woman was again distressed; She certainly said, "Yes, we will boil it next morning early." but she was secretly contriving another trick.
Early in the morning she got up, lighted a fire, and put the kettle on, only instead of the yarn, she put in a lump of tow, and let it boil. After that she went to the man who was still lying in bed, and said to him, "I must just go out, you must get up and look after the yarn which is in the kettle on the fire, but you must be at hand at once; mind that, for if the cock should happen to crow, and you are not attending to the yarn, it will become tow." The man was willing and took good care not to loiter. He got up as quickly as he could, and went into the kitchen. But when he reached the kettle and peeped in, he saw, to his horror, nothing but a lump of tow. Then the poor man was as still as a mouse, thinking he had neglected it, and was to blame, and in future said no more about yarn and spinning. But you yourself must own she was an odious woman!




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