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The white bride and the black one

中文

白新娘和黑新娘


A woman was going about the unenclosed land with her daughter and her step-daughter cutting fodder, when the Lord came walking towards them in the form of a poor man, and asked, "Which is the way into the village?" - "If you want to know," said the mother, "seek it for yourself," and the daughter added, "If you are afraid you will not find it, take a guide with you." But the step-daughter said, "Poor man, I will take you there, come with me." Then God was angry with the mother and daughter, and turned his back on them, and wished that they should become as black as night and as ugly as sin. To the poor step-daughter, however, God was gracious, and went with her, and when they were near the village, he said a blessing over her, and spake, "Choose three things for thyself, and I will grant them to thee." Then said the maiden, "I should like to be as beautiful and fair as the sun," and instantly she was white and fair as day. "Then I should like to have a purse of money which would never grow empty." That the Lord gave her also, but he said, "Do not forget what is best of all." Said she, "For my third wish, I desire, after my death, to inhabit the eternal kingdom of Heaven." That also was granted unto her, and then the Lord left her. When the step-mother came home with her daughter, and they saw that they were both as black as coal and ugly, but that the step-daughter was white and beautiful, wickedness increased still more in their hearts, and they thought of nothing else but how they could do her an injury. The step-daughter, however, had a brother called Reginer, whom she loved much, and she told him all that had happened. Once on a time Reginer said to her, "Dear sister, I will take thy likeness, that I may continually see thee before mine eyes, for my love for thee is so great that I should like always to look at thee." Then she answered, "But, I pray thee, let no one see the picture." So he painted his sister and hung up the picture in his room; he, however, dwelt in the King's palace, for he was his coachman. Every day he went and stood before the picture, and thanked God for the happiness of having such a dear sister. Now it happened that the King whom he served, had just lost his wife, who had been so beautiful that no one could be found to compare with her, and on this account the King was in deep grief. The attendants about the court, however, remarked that the coachman stood daily before this beautiful picture, and they were jealous of him, so they informed the King. Then the latter ordered the picture to be brought to him, and when he saw that it was like his lost wife in every respect, except that it was still more beautiful, he fell mortally in love with it. He caused the coachman to be brought before him, and asked whom the portrait represented? The coachman said it was his sister, so the King resolved to take no one but her as his wife, and gave him a carriage and horses and splendid garments of cloth of gold, and sent him forth to fetch his chosen bride. When Reginer came on this errand, his sister was glad, but the black maiden was jealous of her good fortune, and grew angry above all measure, and said to her mother, "Of what use are all your arts to us now when you cannot procure such a piece of luck for me?" - "Be quiet," said the old woman, "I will soon divert it to you," and by her arts of witchcraft, she so troubled the eyes of the coachman that he was half-blind, and she stopped the ears of the white maiden so that she was half-deaf. Then they got into the carriage, first the bride in her noble royal apparel, then the step-mother with her daughter, and Reginer sat on the box to drive. When they had been on the way for some time the coachman cried,

"Cover thee well, my sister dear,
That the rain may not wet thee,
That the wind may not load thee with dust,
That thou may'st be fair and beautiful
When thou appearest before the King."
The bride asked, "What is my dear brother saying?" - "Ah," said the old woman, "he says that you ought to take off your golden dress and give it to your sister." Then she took it off, and put it on the black maiden, who gave her in exchange for it a shabby grey gown. They drove onwards, and a short time afterwards, the brother again cried,

"Cover thee well, my sister dear,
That the rain may not wet thee,
That the wind may not load thee with dust,
That thou may'st be fair and beautiful
When thou appearest before the King."
The bride asked, "What is my dear brother saying?" - "Ah," said the old woman, "he says that you ought to take off your golden hood and give it to your sister." So she took off the hood and put it on her sister, and sat with her own head uncovered. And they drove on farther. After a while, the brother once more cried,


"Cover thee well, my sister dear,
That the rain may not wet thee,
That the wind may not load thee with dust,
That thou may'st be fair and beautiful
When thou appearest before the King."
The bride asked, "What is my dear brother saying?" - "Ah," said the old woman, "he says you must look out of the carriage." They were, however, just on a bridge, which crossed deep water. When the bride stood up and leant forward out of the carriage, they both pushed her out, and she fell into the middle of the water. At the same moment that she sank, a snow-white duck arose out of the mirror-smooth water, and swam down the river. The brother had observed nothing of it, and drove the carriage on until they reached the court. Then he took the black maiden to the King as his sister, and thought she really was so, because his eyes were dim, and he saw the golden garments glittering. When the King saw the boundless ugliness of his intended bride, he was very angry, and ordered the coachman to be thrown into a pit which was full of adders and nests of snakes. The old witch, however, knew so well how to flatter the King and deceive his eyes by her arts, that he kept her and her daughter until she appeared quite endurable to him, and he really married her.

One evening when the black bride was sitting on the King's knee, a white duck came swimming up the gutter to the kitchen, and said to the kitchen-boy, "Boy, light a fire, that I may warm my feathers." The kitchen-boy did it, and lighted a fire on the hearth. Then came the duck and sat down by it, and shook herself and smoothed her feathers to rights with her bill. While she was thus sitting and enjoying herself, she asked, "What is my brother Reginer doing?" The scullery-boy replied, "He is imprisoned in the pit with adders and with snakes." Then she asked, "What is the black witch doing in the house?" The boy answered, "She is loved by the King and happy."

"May God have mercy on him," said the duck, and swam forth by the sink.

The next night she came again and put the same questions, and the third night also. Then the kitchen-boy could bear it no longer, and went to the King and discovered all to him. The King, however, wanted to see it for himself, and next evening went thither, and when the duck thrust her head in through the sink, he took his sword and cut through her neck, and suddenly she changed into a most beautiful maiden, exactly like the picture, which her brother had made of her. The King was full of joy, and as she stood there quite wet, he caused splendid apparel to be brought and had her clothed in it. Then she told how she had been betrayed by cunning and falsehood, and at last thrown down into the water, and her first request was that her brother should be brought forth from the pit of snakes, and when the King had fulfilled this request, he went into the chamber where the old witch was, and asked, What does she deserve who does this and that? and related what had happened. Then was she so blinded that she was aware of nothing and said, "She deserves to be stripped naked, and put into a barrel with nails, and that a horse should be harnessed to the barrel, and the horse sent all over the world." All of which was done to her, and to her black daughter. But the King married the white and beautiful bride, and rewarded her faithful brother, and made him a rich and distinguished man.
有一个女人带着她的女儿和养女去田里割草喂牲口,亲爱的上帝变成一个穷人向她们走来,问道:"去村里的路怎么走?"母亲说:"你自己去找吧。"她的女儿又补了句:"你要是担心找不着,就该带个向导嘛。"只有那养女说:"可怜人,我带你一程,同我一路走吧。"于是亲爱的上帝对那母女生气了,背转身诅咒她们,使她们变得和黑夜一样黑,丑得像夜叉。 相反,对可怜的养女他却很仁慈,跟着她走到村子附近时,他给了她祝福,还对她讲:"你可以任选三件事,我将满足你的愿望。"于是姑娘说:"我希望像太阳一样美丽纯洁。"话刚落音,她立刻就白了,而且美丽如同日光。 "我还要一个永远不会空的钱包。"仁慈的上帝也把钱包给了她。 "最后,我希望死后能到天国里。"上帝也答应了她这愿望,然后和她分别了。
继母和她自己的女儿回到了家里,发现她俩都已变得像煤一般黑而且丑陋;相反她的养女却又美又白,心中不禁增加了恶意,一心一意只想加害她。 但养女有个哥哥,名叫雷吉纳,她很爱他,向他讲述了所发生的一切。 有一次,雷吉纳对她说:"亲爱的妹妹,我要给你画像,使我不断地在眼前看到你,因为我这样地爱你,恨不得时刻都看见你的模样。"于是她回答:"不过,我求你莫让人看见我的像。"他画了他妹妹的像,把它挂在自己的房里。 因为他是国王的马夫,正好那国王死了妻子深感悲痛。 当侍从们发现车夫每天都站在画像前时,很妒嫉他,把一切报告了国王。 于是国王叫人把那美丽的像拿到他跟前,发现画中人竟与自己死去的王后一模一样,如果说有什么不同,那只是更加美丽,不由得爱上了她。 他叫车夫到面前来,问这是谁的像? 车夫说是他的妹妹,于是国王下决心非她不娶,马上吩咐车夫准备车马和华丽的衣服,打发他去接他妹妹来。 雷吉纳带着使命回到了家,他的妹妹自然欢喜,但是那个黑女儿嫉妒得不得了,对她的母亲说:"你的一切本事有什么用?反正你又不能给我创造幸福。"老婆子说:"别做声,我一定让国王娶你。"于是她用妖术把马车夫弄昏,使他差点没成盲人;她又塞住了白皮肤姑娘的耳朵,使她差点儿没成为聋子。 然后他们上了车,先是新娘,穿着华丽的衣裙,后是继母和她的女儿,雷吉纳坐在上面赶车。 他们在路上走了一会,车夫就叫道:
"盖好哟,我的乖妹妹。
别让雨儿淋湿了你,
别让风儿吹污了你,
漂漂亮亮到国王跟前去。
新娘问:"我哥哥在说什么?"继母连忙回答说:"哦,他说你得脱下你的金衣服给你妹妹。"于是他把它脱下来,给丑黑的妹妹穿上,她给了她一件破旧的灰褂子。 他们这样乘车向前走,过了一刻,哥哥又叫道:
"盖好哟,我的乖妹妹。
别让雨儿淋湿了你,
别让风儿吹污了你,
漂漂亮亮到国王跟前去。
新娘问:"我亲爱的哥哥说什么?"老妇说:"啊呀,他说,你得脱下你的金帽子给你的妹妹。"于是她脱下帽子,给丑黑的妹妹戴上,自己光着头坐着。 她们这样乘车朝前走,又过了一会,哥哥又叫道:
"盖好哟,我的乖妹妹。
别让雨儿淋湿了你,
别让风儿吹污了你,
漂漂亮亮到国王跟前去。
新娘问:"我亲爱的哥哥说什么?"老妇说:"啊呀,他说,叫你向车外看一下。"当时他们正在一条深水上面的桥上,当新娘站起来弯腰到车子外面看的时候,她们把她推了出去,使她落到了水中。 当她沉下去的时候,同时有一只雪白的鸭子从水面上出现,顺河游了下去。 哥哥没看见,只顾赶车向前,一直到宫殿为止。 他在那里把那个丑黑的妹妹当做他的亲妹妹引给国王,以为就是她,因为他眼睛被施了法术变得模糊了,,只能看到金衣服发光。 国王见到他的意中人是那样的丑陋无比,非常生气,吩咐把车夫扔进一个养满毒蛇的土坑里。 不过老婆子还是有办法蒙骗国王,她用妖术弄昏了国王的眼睛,使他留下了她们母女,甚至使他觉得这黑姑娘还不坏,因而当真和她结了婚。
一天晚上,当黑新娘坐在国王的怀里时,一只白鸭从下水道游进了厨房,对厨子说:"生上火,让我暖和暖和。"厨子照办了,给它生起火来。 鸭子走过去坐在火旁,一会儿抖抖身子,一会儿啄理一下羽毛。 她就这么坐着舒舒服服地烤着火,口里问:"我的哥哥雷吉纳在干什么?"厨子说:"他被关在毒蛇坑里。"她又问:"那个黑巫婆在干什么?"厨子答道:"她正坐在国王的怀里取暖儿。"鸭子又说:"上帝可怜可怜我吧!"说完就顺着下水道游走了。 第二天晚上,鸭子又来了,问了厨子同样的问题,第三天晚上又是如此。 厨子终于忍不住,报告了国王。 国王听后,想去亲眼看一看。 晚上,他等在厨房里,待鸭子一出现,他便拔出刀来砍断了它的脖子。 顿时出现了一位漂亮的少女,跟画像上那位一模一样。 国王欣喜若狂,连忙令人把华丽的衣服让她穿上。 然后,姑娘告诉了她自己是如何被欺骗,最后被推入了水中。 她要求国王释放她哥哥,国王满口答应了。 于是国王来到老巫婆那,列出了些罪状,问她应如何来惩罚,老巫婆一点没觉出是怎么回事,因而回答:"该扒光她的衣服,把她关在钉满钉子的桶里,再在前面套上一匹马,让马拉着桶到处跑。"结果国王就完全照她所说的处治了老巫婆和她的黑女儿。 国王终于同这位洁白的美女结了婚,还奖赏了那忠实的哥哥,让他成了位富有的贵族。




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