The skilful huntsman



There was once a young fellow who had learnt the trade of locksmith, and told his father he would now go out into the world and seek his fortune. "Very well," said the father, "I am quite content with that," and gave him some money for his journey. So he travelled about and looked for work. After a time he resolved not to follow the trade of locksmith any more, for he no longer liked it, but he took a fancy for hunting. Then there met him in his rambles a huntsman dressed in green, who asked whence he came and whither he was going? The youth said he was a locksmith's apprentice, but that the trade no longer pleased him, and he had a liking for huntsmanship, would he teach it to him? "Oh, yes," said the huntsman, "if thou wilt go with me." Then the young fellow went with him, bound himself to him for some years, and learnt the art of hunting. After this he wished to try his luck elsewhere, and the huntsman gave him nothing in the way of payment but an air-gun, which had, however, this property, that it hit its mark without fail whenever he shot with it. Then he set out and found himself in a very large forest, which he could not get to the end of in one day. When evening came he seated himself in a high tree in order to escape from the wild beasts. Towards midnight, it seemed to him as if a tiny little light glimmered in the distance. Then he looked down through the branches towards it, and kept well in his mind where it was. But in the first place he took off his hat and threw it down in the direction of the light, so that he might go to the hat as a mark when he had descended. Then he got down and went to his hat, put it on again and went straight forwards. The farther he went, the larger the light grew, and when he got close to it he saw that it was an enormous fire, and that three giants were sitting by it, who had an ox on the spit, and were roasting it. Presently one of them said, "I must just taste if the meat will soon be fit to eat," and pulled a piece off, and was about to put it in his mouth when the huntsman shot it out of his hand. "Well, really," said the giant, "if the wind has not blown the bit out of my hand!" and helped himself to another. But when he was just about to bite into it, the huntsman again shot it away from him. On this the giant gave the one who was sitting next him a box on the ear, and cried angrily, Why art thou snatching my piece away from me?" - "I have not snatched it away," said the other, "a sharpshooter must have shot it away from thee." The giant took another piece, but could not, however, keep it in his hand, for the huntsman shot it out. Then the giant said, "That must be a good shot to shoot the bit out of one's very mouth, such an one would be useful to us." And he cried aloud, "Come here, thou sharpshooter, seat thyself at the fire beside us and eat thy fill, we will not hurt thee; but if thou wilt not come, and we have to bring thee by force, thou art a lost man!" On this the youth went up to them and told them he was a skilled huntsman, and that whatever he aimed at with his gun, he was certain to hit. Then they said if he would go with them he should be well treated, and they told him that outside the forest there was a great lake, behind which stood a tower, and in the tower was imprisoned a lovely princess, whom they wished very much to carry off. "Yes," said he, "I will soon get her for you." Then they added, "But there is still something else, there is a tiny little dog, which begins to bark directly any one goes near, and as soon as it barks every one in the royal palace wakens up, and for this reason we cannot get there; canst thou undertake to shoot it dead?" - "Yes," said he, "that will be a little bit of fun for me." After this he got into a boat and rowed over the lake, and as soon as he landed, the little dog came running out, and was about to bark, but the huntsman took his air-gun and shot it dead. When the giants saw that, they rejoiced, and thought they already had the King's daughter safe, but the huntsman wished first to see how matters stood, and told them that they must stay outside until he called them. Then he went into the castle, and all was perfectly quiet within, and every one was asleep. When he opened the door of the first room, a sword was hanging on the wall which was made of pure silver, and there was a golden star on it, and the name of the King, and on a table near it lay a sealed letter which he broke open, and inside it was written that whosoever had the sword could kill everything which opposed him. So he took the sword from the wall, hung it at his side and went onwards: then he entered the room where the King's daughter was lying sleeping, and she was so beautiful that he stood still and, holding his breath, looked at her. He thought to himself, "How can I give an innocent maiden into the power of the wild giants, who have evil in their minds?" He looked about further, and under the bed stood a pair of slippers, on the right one was her father's name with a star, and on the left her own name with a star. She wore also a great neck-kerchief of silk embroidered with gold, and on the right side was her father's name, and on the left her own, all in golden letters. Then the huntsman took a pair of scissors and cut the right corner off, and put it in his knapsack, and then he also took the right slipper with the King's name, and thrust that in. Now the maiden still lay sleeping, and she was quite sewn into her night-dress, and he cut a morsel from this also, and thrust it in with the rest, but he did all without touching her. Then he went forth and left her lying asleep undisturbed, and when he came to the gate again, the giants were still standing outside waiting for him, and expecting that he was bringing the princess. But he cried to them that they were to come in, for the maiden was already in their power, that he could not open the gate to them, but there was a hole through which they must creep. Then the first approached, and the huntsman wound the giant's hair round his hand, pulled the head in, and cut it off at one stroke with his sword, and then drew the rest of him in. He called to the second and cut his head off likewise, and then he killed the third also, and he was well pleased that he had freed the beautiful maiden from her enemies, and he cut out their tongues and put them in his knapsack. Then thought he, "I will go home to my father and let him see what I have already done, and afterwards I will travel about the world; the luck which God is pleased to grant me will easily find me."
从前,有一个年轻的锁匠,他对父亲说他要离开家到世界上闯荡,寻找他的幸福。 "很好呀,"父亲答道,"我非常赞同你的想法。"随后给他一些旅费,于是他走遍各处,四处寻找工作。 过了一段时间,他决定不再作锁匠了,因为他已经厌烦,并开始对狩猎感上兴趣。 一次在途中,他遇到了一个穿绿衣的猎人,猎人问他从哪儿来到何处去。 年轻人回答他是一个正在学徒的锁匠,可是他对这一行已经失去了兴趣,狩猎成了他喜欢的工作,他因而要求猎人教他打猎。 "哦,好啊。"猎人说,"如果你愿意跟我走的话。"年轻人跟他去苦练了多年,学成后,他希望能到别处施展本领。 猎人没有别的什么东西可送给他,只将一杆汽枪赠给了他作为礼物,用这杆枪他可以任何时候都百发百中。 他带着枪出发到了一座森林,这座大森林非常之大,一天都走不到头。 入夜,为了防止野兽的袭击,他爬上一棵高树。 到了午夜,他发现远处有一点亮光在闪烁,透过密密的树枝仔细观察,他将亮光的方向牢记在脑子里。 然后他摘下帽子,朝着亮光扔去,这样可以从树上下来,按着帽子的方向走。 他爬下树来捡起帽子,戴在头上,然后一直地住前走去。 发现越往前走亮光越大,当靠近的时候,他看见有一堆很大的篝火,旁边坐着三个巨人,火上架着铁叉,他们正在烤一只牛。 这时一个巨人说:"我先尝尝这肉熟了没有。"说完撕了一块,正要往嘴里放,猎人一枪把肉从他手里打掉了。 "啊哈,"巨人说,"好大的风呀,把肉从我手中给刮掉啦!"说完他又拿了一块准备咬,猎人又是一枪给射飞了。 巨人回手给旁边的另一个巨人一记耳光,恼怒地嚷道:"你为何把我的肉给打掉?""不是我打的,"另一个辩解,"一定是个神枪手给射掉的。"巨人又拿起一块,猎人又是一枪从他手中射飞。 这时巨人说:"能从我嘴里!把肉射掉,那一定是个神枪手了,这人将对我们有用。"随后他大声叫道:"神枪手,出来吧,到火边同我们坐在一起,饱餐一顿,我们不会伤害你的;如果你不出来,我们可就要动武了,那你就死定啦!"听到此话年轻人走出来,跟他们说他是个技艺高超的猎人,无论什么东西只要他瞄准,就百发百中。 于是他们表示如果他能入伙,他们决不会错待他。 并告诉他林子外边有一个大湖,湖后面有一座塔,塔里关着一位可爱的公主,他们非常想把公主抢出来。 "可以呀,"他答应,"我这就把她给你们救出来。"然后他们又叮嘱道:"可还有点事,那里有只小狗,只要有人走近它就叫。它一叫,王宫里的所有人就都醒啦,这就是我们到不了近前的原因,你能把它给打死吗?""没问题,"他说,"这对我来说,小事一桩。"吃完肉,他登上一条船,划向湖的对岸。 他一上岸小狗就跑了过来,它刚要叫的时候,猎人举起枪把它射死了。 巨人们看在眼里,十分兴奋,就好像他们已经顺利地得到了国王的女儿。 可是猎人希望自己首先将情况了解清楚,并告诫他们守在外边,没有他的信号,不要轻举妄动。 他走进城堡,发现里面静悄悄地毫无声响,大家都在梦乡之中。 他打开第一间屋的门,墙上挂着一把纯银锻造的剑,上面镶刻着一颗金星和国王的名字。 在旁边的一张桌子上有一封密封着的信,他打开信,发现里面写着无论是谁得到这把宝剑,用它能够杀死任何敌人。 于是他从墙上摘下剑来,挂在自己的腰边,继续往前走。 他接着进入国王女儿的卧室,她正在里面睡觉,她那美如天仙的身姿,不由地使猎人停住脚步。 他屏住呼吸,一动不动地注视着她。 他暗暗地想:"我怎能把如此天真无辜的姑娘交给野蛮的巨人们,任他们蹂躏呢?他们不怀好意。"他又看了看四周,发现床底下有一双拖鞋,右边那只上绣着他父亲的名字和一颗星,左边那只上绣着她自己的名字和一颗星。 她围着一条真丝的大围巾,上面用金线绣着花,右边是她父亲的名字,左边是她自己的名字,所有字母都是用金线绣上去的。 他拿起一把剪刀,剪下右边一块放进他的背包中,然后又拿起绣着她父亲名字的拖鞋,也放进背包中。 姑娘仍旧睡得很香,她全身裹在睡衣中,他又从睡衣上面剪下一块,同其它的东西放在一起,可是他没有碰姑娘一下。 在姑娘香甜的梦乡中,他轻手轻脚地离开了。 当他到了大门旁,巨人们仍旧在外边等着他,他们以为他会把公主带出来。 他叫他们进来,说姑娘已经在他们的控制之下,可是他无法把门打开,不过有一个洞他们可以钻进来。 第一个走过来,猎人抓住巨人的头发,把他的脑袋揪了进来,然后用他的剑一下子给砍了下来,又将身子拉了进去。 他又叫第二个过来,用同样的方法砍下他的头,随后他又杀死了第三个。 此时他感到一阵欣慰,因为他把美丽的姑娘从她敌人的手中解救了出来,随后他把巨人的舌头割下来装进背包里。 现在他想到:"我要回家去看父亲,让他知道我取得的成绩,然后我就走遍世界。愿我能一帆风顺地得到上帝的恩典。"

But when the King in the castle awoke, he saw the three giants lying there dead. So he went into the sleeping-room of his daughter, awoke her, and asked who could have killed the giants? Then said she, "Dear father, I know not, I have been asleep." But when she arose and would have put on her slippers, the right one was gone, and when she looked at her neck-kerchief it was cut, and the right corner was missing, and when she looked at her night-dress a piece was cut out of it. The King summoned his whole court together, soldiers and every one else who was there, and asked who had set his daughter at liberty, and killed the giants? Now it happened that he had a captain, who was one-eyed and a hideous man, and he said that he had done it. Then the old King said that as he had accomplished this, he should marry his daughter. But the maiden said, "Rather than marry him, dear father, I will go away into the world as far as my legs can carry me." But the King said that if she would not marry him she should take off her royal garments and wear peasant's clothing, and go forth, and that she should go to a potter, and begin a trade in earthen vessels. So she put off her royal apparel, and went to a potter and borrowed crockery enough for a stall, and she promised him also that if she had sold it by the evening, she would pay for it. Then the King said she was to seat herself in a corner with it and sell it, and he arranged with some peasants to drive over it with their carts, so that everything should be broken into a thousand pieces. When therefore the King's daughter had placed her stall in the street, by came the carts, and broke all she had into tiny fragments. She began to weep and said, "Alas, how shall I ever pay for the pots now?" The King had, however, wished by this to force her to marry the captain; but instead of that, she again went to the potter, and asked him if he would lend to her once more. He said, "No," she must first pay for the things she had already had. Then she went to her father and cried and lamented, and said she would go forth into the world. Then said he, "I will have a little hut built for thee in the forest outside, and in it thou shalt stay all thy life long and cook for every one, but thou shalt take no money for it." When the hut was ready, a sign was hung on the door whereon was written, "To-day given, to-morrow sold." There she remained a long time, and it was rumored about the world that a maiden was there who cooked without asking for payment, and that this was set forth on a sign outside her door. The huntsman heard it likewise, and thought to himself, "That would suit thee. Thou art poor, and hast no money." So he took his air-gun and his knapsack, wherein all the things which he had formerly carried away with him from the castle as tokens of his truthfulness were still lying, and went into the forest, and found the hut with the sign, "To-day given, to-morrow sold." He had put on the sword with which he had cut off the heads of the three giants, and thus entered the hut, and ordered something to eat to be given to him. He was charmed with the beautiful maiden, who was indeed as lovely as any picture. She asked him whence he came and whither he was going, and he said, "I am roaming about the world." Then she asked him where he had got the sword, for that truly her father's name was on it. He asked her if she were the King's daughter. "Yes," answered she. "With this sword," said he, "did I cut off the heads of three giants." And he took their tongues out of his knapsack in proof. Then he also showed her the slipper, and the corner of the neck-kerchief, and the bit of the night-dress. Hereupon she was overjoyed, and said that he was the one who had delivered her. On this they went together tothe old King, and fetched him to the hut, and she led him into her room, and told him that the huntsman was the man who had really set her free from the giants. And when the aged King saw all the proofs of this, he could no longer doubt, and said that he was very glad he knew how everything had happened, and that the huntsman should have her to wife, on which the maiden was glad at heart. Then she dressed the huntsman as if he were a foreign lord, and the King ordered a feast to be prepared. When they went to table, the captain sat on the left side of the King's daughter, but the huntsman was on the right, and the captain thought he was a foreign lord who had come on a visit. When they had eaten and drunk, the old King said to the captain that he would set before him something which he must guess. "Supposing any one said that he had killed the three giants and he were asked where the giants' tongues were, and he were forced to go and look, and there were none in their heads, how could that happen?" The captain said, "Then they cannot have had any." - "Not so," said the King. "Every animal has a tongue," and then he likewise asked what any one would deserve who made such an answer? The captain replied, "He ought to be torn in pieces." Then the King said he had pronounced his own sentence, and the captain was put in prison and then torn in four pieces; but the King's daughter was married to the huntsman. After this he brought his father and mother, and they lived with their son in happiness, and after the death of the old King he received the kingdom.
当王宫里的国王醒来时,他发现了三具巨人的尸体。 他到女儿的卧室唤醒了她,问是谁把巨人杀了? 她回答:"亲爱的父亲,我一直在睡觉,所以我不清楚。"可当她起来要穿拖鞋时,发现右脚的鞋没了,再看围巾被剪去了右边的一角,睡衣也被剪去一块。 国王下令全体王宫的人员、士兵和所有在场的人集合,问是谁救了他的女儿,并杀死了巨人。 这时站出一名队长,他是一个长着一只眼睛而且相貌丑陋的人,他报告说是他干的。 老国王听后说鉴于他立下了大功,觉得应该娶他的女儿为妻。 没想到公主却说:"亲爱的父亲,如果我嫁给他,还不如我自己远走高飞呢。"可是国王一意孤行,说如果公主不愿意下嫁与他,那么她就得脱下皇家的服装,换上农民的衣服,离开王宫,还命令她找一个陶匠,去卖陶器。 于是她脱下华丽的宫服,找到一个陶匠,赊买出许多陶器,摆摊叫卖,答应陶匠如果傍晚时卖掉陶器就还他钱。 国王让她在一个街角摆摊卖陶器,又安排一些农民驾着马车将陶器压成碎片。 当国王的女儿在街上摆好摊时,常常会冲过来几辆马车,将她所有的陶器压得粉碎。 这时她会哭着说:"天哪,我可怎么赔呀?"国王以为这样就可以强迫女儿嫁给队长,不料她又找到那个陶匠请求他再次赊卖些给她。 他说不行,她必须首先将以前的债还清。 没有办法她就去找她的父亲,哭诉着心里的悲伤,恳求让她远走他乡。 他说:"我在远方的森林里给你盖一个小棚子,你得在那里呆一辈子并且为每个人做饭,但是不许收钱。"小棚子盖好了,在门上挂了个牌子,上面写着:"今天免费,明天收钱。"她在那里住了很长时间,于是便有消息传开说那里有个姑娘做饭不要钱,她门上的那块招牌就是这样写的。 猎人听说后心想:"这倒挺适合你的,你是个穷光蛋,而且身无分文。"于是,他扛着他的汽枪和背包,里面仍旧装着他从王宫中拿走的所有物证,走进了森林,找到了那座小棚子。 他挎上那把曾砍下三个巨人脑袋的宝剑,走进棚子里,要一些吃的东西。 他被那个漂亮的姑娘迷住了,姑娘长得确实是如花似玉。 她问他从那里来到何处去,他答道:"我是浪迹天涯。"然后她又问他从那里搞到那把宝剑的,因为她父亲的名字镶刻在上面。 他好奇地反问她是不是国王的女儿。 "是的。"她回答。 他说:"我用这把宝剑砍下了三个巨人的头。"然后他从背包里取出他们的舌头以示证明。 接着他又给她看拖鞋,围巾的一角和一片睡衣。 见到这些,她欣喜万分,原来他就是她的救命恩人。 于是他们一同去见国王,把国王带到小棚子里,公主将国王领进自己的屋内,告诉他猎人就是将她从巨人手中救出来的人。 当国王见到所有的物证时,他已不再怀疑了,并且表示他非常高兴了解了事情的经过,猎人应该娶她为妻。 姑娘打心眼里乐意,她把猎人装扮成一个外国阔佬,国王命令设宴款待。 他们在餐桌旁落座,队长坐在国王女儿的左边,猎人坐在右边,队长以为他是一个到访的外国贵族。 在他们饭饱酒足后,老国王让队长猜几样东西:"假如有人说他杀死了三个巨人,当他被问到巨人的舌头在哪里,他不得不去看巨人的嘴,可是巨人的嘴里没有舌头,你说这是怎么一回事?"队长回答:"那么他们根本就没长着舌头。""不对,"国王反驳,"每种动物都有舌头。"他接着又问做出这样答复的人应该如何处置,队长回答:"应该碎尸万段。"于是国王便说,他宣布了对自己的判决。 队长于是被投入监狱,后来又被尸分成四块。 猎人成了国王女儿的夫婿,在此之后,他将他的父母带来同住,他们一起生活得非常美满幸福。 老国王去世后,他继承了王位。

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