DANSK

Brudeskuet

ENGLISH

Brides on their trial


Der var engang en ung hyrde, som havde lyst til at gifte sig. Han kendte tre søstre, men da de allesammen var lige smukke, vidste han ikke, hvem han skulle give fortrinet. Han spurgte derfor sin mor til råds, og hun sagde: "Indbyd dem alle tre og sæt ost for dem, og læg mærke til, hvordan de skærer af den." Han gjorde, som hun havde sagt. Den første spiste osten med skorpe og det hele, den anden skar skorpen af i en fart, så en hel mængde af den gode ost gik til spilde, den tredie tog hverken for lidt eller for meget af. Hyrden fortalte det til sin mor og hun sagde straks: "Gift dig med den tredie." Det gjorde han, og levede mange år lykkeligt med hende.
There was once a young shepherd who wished much to marry, and was acquainted with three sisters who were all equally pretty, so that it was difficult to him to make a choice, and he could not decide to give the preference to any one of them. Then he asked his mother for advice, and she said, "Invite all three, and set some cheese before them, and watch how they eat it." The youth did so; the first, however, swallowed the cheese with the rind on; the second hastily cut the rind off the cheese, but she cut it so quickly that she left much good cheese with it, and threw that away also; the third peeled the rind off carefully, and cut neither too much nor too little. The shepherd told all this to his mother, who said, "Take the third for thy wife." This he did, and lived contentedly and happily with her.





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