One-eye, two-eyes, and three-eyes



There was once a woman who had three daughters, the eldest of whom was called One-eye, because she had only one eye in the middle of her forehead, and the second, Two-eyes, because she had two eyes like other folks, and the youngest, Three-eyes, because she had three eyes; and her third eye was also in the centre of her forehead. However, as Two-eyes saw just as other human beings did, her sisters and her mother could not endure her. They said to her, "Thou, with thy two eyes, art no better than the common people; thou dost not belong to us!" They pushed her about, and threw old clothes to her, and gave her nothing to eat but what they left, and did everything that they could to make her unhappy. It came to pass that Two-eyes had to go out into the fields and tend the goat, but she was still quite hungry, because her sisters had given her so little to eat. So she sat down on a ridge and began to weep, and so bitterly that two streams ran down from her eyes. And once when she looked up in her grief, a woman was standing beside her, who said, "Why art thou weeping, little Two-eyes?" Two-Eyes answered, "Have I not reason to weep, when I have two eyes like other people, and my sisters and mother hate me for it, and push me from one corner to another, throw old clothes at me, and give me nothing to eat but the scraps they leave? To-day they have given me so little that I am still quite hungry." Then the wise woman said, "Wipe away thy tears, Two-eyes, and I will tell thee something to stop thee ever suffering from hunger again; just say to thy goat,

"Bleat, my little goat, bleat,
Cover the table with something to eat,"

and then a clean well-spread little table will stand before thee, with the most delicious food upon it of which thou mayst eat as much as thou art inclined for, and when thou hast had enough, and hast no more need of the little table, just say,

"Bleat, bleat, my little goat, I pray,
And take the table quite away,"

and then it will vanish again from thy sight." Hereupon the wise woman departed. But Two-eyes thought, "I must instantly make a trial, and see if what she said is true, for I am far too hungry," and she said,

"Bleat, my little goat, bleat,
Cover the table with something to eat,"

and scarcely had she spoken the words than a little table, covered with a white cloth, was standing there, and on it was a plate with a knife and fork, and a silver spoon; and the most delicious food was there also, warm and smoking as if it had just come out of the kitchen. Then Two-eyes said the shortest prayer she knew, "Lord God, be with us always, Amen," and helped herself to some food, and enjoyed it. And when she was satisfied, she said, as the wise woman had taught her,

"Bleat, bleat, my little goat, I pray,
And take the table quite away,"

and immediately the little table and everything on it was gone again. "That is a delightful way of keeping house!" thought Two-eyes, and was quite glad and happy.

In the evening, when she went home with her goat, she found a small earthenware dish with some food, which her sisters had set ready for her, but she did not touch it. Next day she again went out with her goat, and left the few bits of broken bread which had been handed to her, lying untouched. The first and second time that she did this, her sisters did not remark it at all, but as it happened every time, they did observe it, and said, "There is something wrong about Two-eyes, she always leaves her food untasted, and she used to eat up everything that was given her; she must have discovered other ways of getting food." In order that they might learn the truth, they resolved to send One-eye with Two-eyes when she went to drive her goat to the pasture, to observe what Two-eyes did when she was there, and whether any one brought her anything to eat and drink. So when Two-eyes set out the next time, One-eye went to her and said, "I will go with you to the pasture, and see that the goat is well taken care of, and driven where there is food." But Two-eyes knew what was in One-eye's mind, and drove the goat into high grass and said, "Come, One-eye, we will sit down, and I will sing something to you." One-eye sat down and was tired with the unaccustomed walk and the heat of the sun, and Two-eyes sang constantly,

"One eye, wakest thou?
One eye, sleepest thou?"

until One-eye shut her one eye, and fell asleep, and as soon as Two-eyes saw that One-eye was fast asleep, and could discover nothing, she said,

"Bleat, my little goat, bleat,
Cover the table with something to eat,"

and seated herself at her table, and ate and drank until she was satisfied, and then she again cried,

"Bleat, bleat, my little goat, I pray,
And take the table quite away,"

and in an instant all was gone. Two-eyes now awakened One-eye, and said, "One-eye, you want to take care of the goat, and go to sleep while you are doing it, and in the meantime the goat might run all over the world. Come, let us go home again." So they went home, and again Two-eyes let her little dish stand untouched, and One-eye could not tell her mother why she would not eat it, and to excuse herself said, "I fell asleep when I was out."

Next day the mother said to Three-eyes, "This time thou shalt go and observe if Two-eyes eats anything when she is out, and if any one fetches her food and drink, for she must eat and drink in secret." So Three-eyes went to Two-eyes, and said, "I will go with you and see if the goat is taken proper care of, and driven where there is food." But Two-eyes knew what was in Three-eyes' mind, and drove the goat into high grass and said, "We will sit down, and I will sing something to you, Three-eyes." Three-eyes sat down and was tired with the walk and with the heat of the sun, and Two-eyes began the same song as before, and sang,

"Three eyes, are you waking?"

but then, instead of singing,

"Three eyes, are you sleeping?"

as she ought to have done, she thoughtlessly sang,

"Two eyes, are you sleeping?"

and sang all the time,

"Three eyes, are you waking?
Two eyes, are you sleeping?"

Then two of the eyes which Three-eyes had, shut and fell asleep, but the third, as it had not been named in the song, did not sleep. It is true that Three-eyes shut it, but only in her cunning, to pretend it was asleep too, but it blinked, and could see everything very well. And when Two-eyes thought that Three-eyes was fast asleep, she used her little charm,

"Bleat, my little goat, bleat,
Cover the table with something to eat,"

and ate and drank as much as her heart desired, and then ordered the table to go away again,

"Bleat, bleat, my little goat, I pray,
And take the table quite away,"

and Three-eyes had seen everything. Then Two-eyes came to her, waked her and said, "Have you been asleep, Three-eyes? You are a good care-taker! Come, we will go home." And when they got home, Two-eyes again did not eat, and Three-eyes said to the mother, "Now, I know why that high-minded thing there does not eat. When she is out, she says to the goat,

"Bleat, my little goat, bleat,
Cover the table with something to eat,"

and then a little table appears before her covered with the best of food, much better than any we have here, and when she has eaten all she wants, she says,

"Bleat, bleat, my little goat, I pray,
And take the table quite away,"

and all disappears. I watched everything closely. She put two of my eyes to sleep by using a certain form of words, but luckily the one in my forehead kept awake." Then the envious mother cried, "Dost thou want to fare better than we do? The desire shall pass away," and she fetched a butcher's knife, and thrust it into the heart of the goat, which fell down dead.

When Two-eyes saw that, she went out full of trouble, seated herself on the ridge of grass at the edge of the field, and wept bitter tears. Suddenly the wise woman once more stood by her side, and said, "Two-eyes, why art thou weeping?" - "Have I not reason to weep?" she answered. "The goat which covered the table for me every day when I spoke your charm, has been killed by my mother, and now I shall again have to bear hunger and want." The wise woman said, "Two-eyes, I will give thee a piece of good advice; ask thy sisters to give thee the entrails of the slaughtered goat, and bury them in the ground in front of the house, and thy fortune will be made." Then she vanished, and Two-eyes went home and said to her sisters, "Dear sisters, do give me some part of my goat; I don't wish for what is good, but give me the entrails." Then they laughed and said, "If that's all you want, you can have it." So Two-eyes took the entrails and buried them quietly in the evening, in front of the house-door, as the wise woman had counselled her to do.

Next morning, when they all awoke, and went to the house-door, there stood a strangely magnificent tree with leaves of silver, and fruit of gold hanging among them, so that in all the wide world there was nothing more beautiful or precious. They did not know how the tree could have come there during the night, but Two-eyes saw that it had grown up out of the entrails of the goat, for it was standing on the exact spot where she had buried them. Then the mother said to One-eye, "Climb up, my child, and gather some of the fruit of the tree for us." One-eye climbed up, but when she was about to get hold of one of the golden apples, the branch escaped from her hands, and that happened each time, so that she could not pluck a single apple, let her do what she might. Then said the mother, "Three-eyes, do you climb up; you with your three eyes can look about you better than One-eye." One-eye slipped down, and Three-eyes climbed up. Three-eyes was not more skilful, and might search as she liked, but the golden apples always escaped her. At length the mother grew impatient, and climbed up herself, but could get hold of the fruit no better than One-eye and Three-eyes, for she always clutched empty air. Then said Two-eyes, "I will just go up, perhaps I may succeed better." The sisters cried, "You indeed, with your two eyes, what can you do?" But Two-eyes climbed up, and the golden apples did get out of her way, but came into her hand of their own accord, so that she could pluck them one after the other, and brought a whole apronful down with her. The mother took them away from her, and instead of treating poor Two-eyes any better for this, she and One-eye and Three-eyes were only envious, because Two-eyes alone had been able to get the fruit, and they treated her still more cruelly.

It so befell that once when they were all standing together by the tree, a young knight came up. "Quick, Two-eyes," cried the two sisters, "creep under this, and don't disgrace us!" and with all speed they turned an empty barrel which was standing close by the tree over poor Two-eyes, and they pushed the golden apples which she had been gathering, under it too. When the knight came nearer he was a handsome lord, who stopped and admired the magnificent gold and silver tree, and said to the two sisters, "To whom does this fine tree belong? Any one who would bestow one branch of it on me might in return for it ask whatsoever he desired." Then One-eye and Three-eyes replied that the tree belonged to them, and that they would give him a branch. They both took great trouble, but they were not able to do it, for the branches and fruit both moved away from them every time. Then said the knight, "It is very strange that the tree should belong to you, and that you should still not be able to break a piece off." They again asserted that the tree was their property. Whilst they were saying so, Two-eyes rolled out a couple of golden apples from under the barrel to the feet of the knight, for she was vexed with One-eye and Three-eyes, for not speaking the truth. When the knight saw the apples he was astonished, and asked where they came from. One-eye and Three-eyes answered that they had another sister, who was not allowed to show herself, for she had only two eyes like any common person. The knight, however, desired to see her, and cried, "Two-eyes, come forth." Then Two-eyes, quite comforted, came from beneath the barrel, and the knight was surprised at her great beauty, and said, "Thou, Two-eyes, canst certainly break off a branch from the tree for me." - "Yes," replied Two-eyes, "that I certainly shall be able to do, for the tree belongs to me." And she climbed up, and with the greatest ease broke off a branch with beautiful silver leaves and golden fruit, and gave it to the knight. Then said the knight, "Two-eyes, what shall I give thee for it?" - "Alas!" answered Two-eyes, "I suffer from hunger and thirst, grief and want, from early morning till late night; if you would take me with you, and deliver me from these things, I should be happy." So the knight lifted Two-eyes on to his horse, and took her home with him to his father's castle, and there he gave her beautiful clothes, and meat and drink to her heart's content, and as he loved her so much he married her, and the wedding was solemnized with great rejoicing. When Two-eyes was thus carried away by the handsome knight, her two sisters grudged her good fortune in downright earnest. The wonderful tree, however, still remains with us," thought they, "and even if we can gather no fruit from it, still every one will stand still and look at it, and come to us and admire it. Who knows what good things may be in store for us?" But next morning, the tree had vanished, and all their hopes were at an end. And when Two-eyes looked out of the window of her own little room, to her great delight it was standing in front of it, and so it had followed her.

Two-eyes lived a long time in happiness. Once two poor women came to her in her castle, and begged for alms. She looked in their faces, and recognized her sisters, One-eye, and Three-eyes, who had fallen into such poverty that they had to wander about and beg their bread from door to door. Two-eyes, however, made them welcome, and was kind to them, and took care of them, so that they both with all their hearts repented the evil that they had done their sister in their youth.
从前有一个妇人,她有三个女儿。 大女儿叫一只眼,因为她只有一只独眼,长在额头中央;二女儿叫两只眼,因为她和普通人一样只有两只眼睛;最小的女儿叫三只眼,因为她有三只眼睛,除了和普通人一样的两只眼睛外,那第三只眼睛也同样长在额头中央。 可是,正因为两只眼和普通人长得没什么两样,她的母亲和姐妹们都很讨厌她。 她们对她说:"你长着两只眼睛,比那些普通人好不到哪儿去,你不是我们家的!"就这样,她们把她呼来唤去,只扔些破旧的衣服给她穿,让她吃她们剩下的残羹剩菜,并想方设法地折磨她。
一天,姐妹们只让两只眼吃了很少的一点东西,就叫她饿着肚子去户外放羊。 于是,她坐在田埂上伤心地哭了起来,直哭得眼泪像两条小溪似的不断地从眼睛里往下流。 当她悲伤地抬起头来的时候,发现身旁站着一个妇人,她其实是一个女巫。 只听那妇人对她说:"两只眼,你为什么要哭呢?"
小桌子,我想吃饭了。 "
这样你的面前就会出现一张铺着干净台布的桌子,上面摆满美味佳肴,你可以尽情地吃个饱。 吃完之后,你不再需要桌子了,只须说:
小桌子,请你消失掉。 '
这样,它就会在你眼前消失。 "说完,女巫就走了。
小桌子,我想吃饭了。 '
话刚一出口,一张铺着白色台布的小桌子便出现在她眼前了。 桌子上摆着一套盘子、刀叉和银汤匙,满桌的可口美味正热腾腾地冒着热气,就好像是刚从厨房里端出来的一样。
于是,两只眼念了一句她所知道的最简单的祷告词:"主啊,我真诚地感谢您,阿门!"接着便开始津津有味地吃了起来。 吃饱之后,她又按照那个女巫所教给她的那样,说道:
小桌子,请你消失掉。 "
转眼之间,小桌子和上面所有的东西都不见了。 "这样过日子倒是挺美的啊!"两只眼美滋滋地想着,心情十分舒畅。
傍晚时分,她赶着小羊儿回到家中,看到姐妹们在她的陶碗里只留下了一点点食物,便碰都没碰一下。 第二天,她又出去放羊去了,出门时并没带上留给她的面包屑。 开始几次姐妹们都没在意,可是每次都这样,她们便开始警觉起来。 她们议论道:"两只眼有些不对劲,每次碰都不碰那些食物就走了。从前她可是给她什么她都会把它吃个精光。她一定有其它的办法找吃的。"为了弄清到底是怎么回事,一只眼便决定由她跟着她去放羊,看看是不是有什么人给她送食物来。
一只眼,你睡着了吗? "
于是,一只眼便渐渐地合上了她的那只眼睛,睡着了。 这时,两只眼看到她睡得很香,再也不会发现任何秘密了,便说道:
小桌子,我想吃饭了。 "
然后她便坐到桌旁大吃了起来。 吃饱之后,她又说道:
小桌子,请你消失掉。 "
她们回到家中,两只眼又没碰一下那些食物。 可是一只眼却没法向母亲解释她为什么不吃饭,只得为自己辩解说:
可是,两只眼又看透了她的心思,便把羊赶到深草丛中,然后对她说:"我们在这儿坐一下吧,三只眼,我想为你唱只歌儿。"于是三只眼坐了下来,走了这么远的路,太阳又这么晒,她简直累坏了。 两只眼又唱起了与上次同样的歌儿:
唱着,唱着,三只眼的两只眼睛合上睡着了。 可是那歌儿没有唱到的第三只眼睛却没有睡着。 尽管那第三只眼的确合上了,但却是在狡猾地装睡,其实它正眯着眼要把一切都看得清清楚楚呢。 这时,两只眼以为三只眼已经睡着了,便又念道:
小桌子,我想吃饭了。 "
然后她便尽情地吃了起来。 之后,她又叫小桌子撤走:
小桌子,请你消失掉。 "
她们回到家中,两只眼又什么都没吃。 于是,三只眼告诉母亲说:"我现在知道那傲慢的家伙为什么不吃饭了,她在户外对着羊儿说:
小桌子,我想吃饭了。 '
小桌子,请你消失掉。 '
说完,那个女巫便不见了。 于是两只眼回到家中,对她的姐妹们说:"好姐姐,好妹妹,请你们把我的羊给我一点吧,我不要什么好东西,只要羊内脏就行了。"
第二天早上,当母女几个醒来走出家门时,便发现在她们面前挺立着一棵奇妙的树。 那棵树真是美极了,树上满是亮闪闪的银叶子和黄灿灿的金苹果,可以肯定,世界上没有比它更美丽、更珍贵的东西了。 可她们却弄不明白,一夜之间怎么会长出这么一棵树来。 只有两只眼心里清楚,这棵树是从羊内脏里长出来的,因为它正好长在她埋那些东西的地方。
这时,母亲对一只眼说:"快爬上去,孩子!替我们把树上的果子摘下来。"一只眼爬了上去,可每当她伸出手去摘那些苹果时,树枝却总是会从她的手中滑脱开去。 就这样,不管她怎么折腾,就是摘不到一只金苹果。
一只眼从树上爬下来之后,三只眼又爬了上去。 但她也不比一只眼好多少,因为不管她怎么使劲伸手去够,那些金苹果总是往后退。
最后,母亲实在是不耐烦了,便自个儿爬了上去。 可是她也和她们一样,总是一抓一个空,就是摘不着金苹果。 这时,两只眼开口说道:"让我来试试吧,没准我能行哩。"
可是两只眼已经爬了上去。 说来奇怪,这一回金苹果不再往后退了,反而好像是自己落进她的手中一样。 于是两只眼便一个接一个地摘了满满一围兜。 母亲从她手中把苹果接了过去,可她并不因此而对这可怜的姑娘好一点儿,相反,她们却因嫉妒只有她一个人能把果子摘下来,对她比以前更为狠毒。 这样,两只眼的处境就更难了。
当骑士来到她们身边时,她们发现他是一个非常英俊的小伙子。 只见他停下来观赏着这棵美妙的金果银叶树,然后向姐妹俩询问道:"这棵树是谁的?谁要是能给我一根树枝,她想要什么都行。"
一只眼和三只眼告诉他这棵树是她们的,并且她们也非常乐意折下一根树枝来送给他。 她俩便使出浑身解数想折下一根来,可是无论她们怎么使劲,就是折不到,因为树枝和果子总是从她们面前往后退开去。
姐妹俩还是坚持说这棵树是她们的,可是就在她们说话的时候,两只眼却让几只金苹果从桶下滚了出来,因为她对一只眼和三只眼不说实话感到非常生气。 那些苹果一直滚到了骑士的脚边,骑士见到金苹果后,非常吃惊。 便问这些苹果是从哪儿来的,一只眼和三只眼告诉他说,她们还有一个姊妹,可她不想让别人看见她,因为她和普通人一样有两只眼睛。 可骑士却希望见到她,便大声喊道:"两只眼姑娘,你出来吧!"
于是,两只眼姑娘放心大胆地从桶子底下钻了出来。 她的美貌让骑士惊呆了,只听他说:"两只眼姑娘,你一定能替我从树上折下一根树枝来,对吗?"
"是的,"两只眼回答道,"我想我能办到,因为这棵树是我的。"说着,她便爬了上去,轻而易举地就折下了一根长满银叶金果的树枝,把它递给了骑士。 于是他说:"两只眼姑娘,我怎样才能报答你呢?"
于是,骑士便把两只眼姑娘抱上自己的马,把她带回了父亲的城堡。 在那里,他让姑娘穿上漂亮的衣服,让她尽情地吃她想吃的一切。 并且他是那么爱她,便决定和她结婚,他们的婚礼热闹非凡。
当两只眼被英俊的骑士带走以后,姐妹俩非常嫉妒她的好运。 "不过,我们还有这棵奇树,"她们想,"即使我们摘不着果子,可任何一个人来了都会在我们面前停下,并四处传播它的美名,说不定我们也会交上好运哩!"
可是第二天早上,那棵树便不见了,她们的希望也随之破灭了。 却说当两只眼从自己的房间里向外眺望时,她惊喜地发现那棵树正站在她的面前,原来它也跟着她到了这里。
就这样,两只眼过着非常幸福的生活。 有一天,两个叫花婆来到她住的城堡,求她施舍。 当她看清了她们的面孔时,认出她们原来是自己的姐妹一只眼和三只眼,如今她们穷困至极,不得不四处流浪,挨家挨户地以乞讨为生。 然而,两只眼不仅非常欢迎她们,还十分关心、善待她们。 她们俩也从心底里对自己年轻时曾经虐待过自己的姊妹感到悔恨万分。

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