以前有个叫汉斯的年轻农夫，他的舅舅想给他找个阔媳妇。 所以他让汉斯坐在炉子后面，并把火生得旺旺的，然后拿来一壶牛奶和许多白面包，将一枚亮晶晶的新硬币递到汉斯的手里并嘱咐道："汉斯，赶紧握住这枚硬币，把白面包掰碎了泡在牛奶里，坐着别动，我回来之前你千万别站起来。""好吧。"汉斯答应道，"我照您说的做。"然后舅舅穿上一条打着补丁的旧裤子，去旁村见一位富家的女儿，并问道："能嫁给我的外甥汉斯吗？他既老实又通情达理，你一定觉得非常合适。"那位贪婪的父亲问："他有些什么财产？他拿什么招待客人？""亲爱的朋友，"舅舅回答，"我那年轻的外甥有一个温暖的店铺，手里有亮晶晶的钱，有许多面包等着招待宾客，另外他和我一样有很多农田，"（他一边说着一边拍着他的裤子，在那个地区小块农田被称做补丁）。 "如果您不嫌麻烦就请和我一起回家，您马上就会看到我说的一切都是真的。"那守财奴可不愿意失掉这个好机会，马上说："真是如此的话，我决不会反对这门婚姻。"
There was once upon a time a young peasant named Hans, whose uncle wanted to find him a rich wife. He therefore seated Hans behind the stove, and had it made very hot. Then he fetched a pot of milk and plenty of white bread, gave him a bright newly-coined farthing in his hand, and said, "Hans, hold that farthing fast, crumble the white bread into the milk, and stay where you are, and do not stir from that spot till I come back." - "Yes," said Hans, "I will do all that." Then the wooer put on a pair of old patched trousers, went to a rich peasant's daughter in the next village, and said, "Won't you marry my nephew Hans -- you will get an honest and sensible man who will suit you?" The covetous father asked, "How is it with regard to his means? Has he bread to break?" - "Dear friend," replied the wooer, "my young nephew has a snug berth, a nice bit of money in hand, and plenty of bread to break, besides he has quite as many patches as I have," (and as he spoke, he slapped the patches on his trousers, but in that district small pieces of land were called patches also.) "If you will give yourself the trouble to go home with me, you shall see at once that all is as I have said." Then the miser did not want to lose this good opportunity, and said, "If that is the case, I have nothing further to say against the marriage."
So the wedding was celebrated on the appointed day, and when the young wife went out of doors to see the bridegroom's property, Hans took off his Sunday coat and put on his patched smock-frock and said, "I might spoil my good coat." Then together they went out and wherever a boundary line came in sight, or fields and meadows were divided from each other, Hans pointed with his finger and then slapped either a large or a small patch on his smock-frock, and said, "That patch is mine, and that too, my dearest, just look at it," meaning thereby that his wife should not stare at the broad land, but look at his garment, which was his own.
"Were you indeed at the wedding?" - "Yes, indeed I was there, and in full dress. My head-dress was of snow; then the sun came out, and it was melted. My coat was of cobwebs, and I had to pass by some thorns which tore it off me, my shoes were of glass, and I pushed against a stone and they said, "Klink," and broke in two.