ESPAÑOL

Una muchacha hacendosa

ENGLISH

Odds and ends


Érase una muchacha hermosa, pero holgazana y descuidada. Le repugnaba tanto hilar, que cuando aparecía un grumo en el lino, por pequeño que fuese, antes que deshacerlo arrancaba un puñado de lino, que tiraba al suelo. Tenía una criada que era, en cambio, muy trabajadora. Recogía el lino que su ama desperdiciaba y, después de limpiarlo, lo hilaba; y con aquellos restos llegó a hacerse un lindo vestido. Un joven había pedido la mano de la perezosa señorita, y se acercaba el día de la boda. La víspera de la fiesta, la hacendosa criada salió a bailar, engalanada con su bonito vestido, y la novia hizo el siguiente comentario:

"¡Cómo salta la doncella
en un traje que no es de ella!."

Oyólo el prometido y le preguntó qué quería significar con eso. La novia le contó que la criada llevaba un vestido confeccionado con el lino que ella había tirado. Al saberlo el muchacho, comprobó la holgazanería de la señorita y la laboriosidad de la pobre sirvienta, por lo cual plantó a la primera y eligió por esposa a la segunda.
There was once on a time a maiden who was pretty, but idle and negligent. When she had to spin she was so out of temper that if there was a little knot in the flax, she at once pulled out a whole heap of it, and strewed it about on the ground beside her. Now she had a servant who was industrious, and gathered together the bits of flax which were thrown away, cleaned them, span them fine, and had a beautiful gown made out of them for herself. A young man had wooed the lazy girl, and the wedding was to take place. On the eve of the wedding, the industrious one was dancing merrily about in her pretty dress, and the bride said,-
"Ah, how that girl does jump about, dressed in my odds and ends."

The bridegroom heard that, and asked the bride what she meant by it? Then she told him that the girl was wearing a dress make of the flax which she had thrown away. When the bridegroom heard that, and saw how idle she was, and how industrious the poor girl was, he gave her up and went to the other, and chose her as his wife.




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