The glass coffin


Racla de clestar

Let no one ever say that a poor tailor cannot do great things and win high honors; all that is needed is that he should go to the right smithy, and what is of most consequence, that he should have good luck. A civil, adroit tailor's apprentice once went out travelling, and came into a great forest, and, as he did not know the way, he lost himself. Night fell, and nothing was left for him to do, but to seek a bed in this painful solitude. He might certainly have found a good bed on the soft moss, but the fear of wild beasts let him have no rest there, and at last he was forced to make up his mind to spend the night in a tree. He sought out a high oak, climbed up to the top of it, and thanked God that he had his goose with him, for otherwise the wind which blew over the top of the tree would have carried him away.
After he had spent some hours in the darkness, not without fear and trembling, he saw at a very short distance the glimmer of a light, and as he thought that a human habitation might be there, where he would be better off than on the branches of a tree, he got carefully down and went towards the light. It guided him to a small hut that was woven together of reeds and rushes. He knocked boldly, the door opened, and by the light which came forth he saw a little hoary old man who wore a coat made of bits of colored stuff sewn together. "Who are you, and what do you want?" asked the man in a grumbling voice. "I am a poor tailor," he answered, "whom night has surprised here in the wilderness, and I earnestly beg you to take me into your hut until morning." - "Go your way," replied the old man in a surly voice, "I will have nothing to do with runagates; seek for yourself a shelter elsewhere." After these words he was about to slip into his hut again, but the tailor held him so tightly by the corner of his coat, and pleaded so piteously, that the old man, who was not so ill-natured as he wished to appear, was at last softened, and took him into the hut with him where he gave him something to eat, and then pointed out to him a very good bed in a corner.

The weary tailor needed no rocking; but slept sweetly till morning, but even then would not have thought of getting up, if he had not been aroused by a great noise. A violent sound of screaming and roaring forced its way through the thin walls of the hut. The tailor, full of unwonted courage, jumped up, put his clothes on in haste, and hurried out. Then close by the hut, he saw a great black bull and a beautiful stag, which were just preparing for a violent struggle. They rushed at each other with such extreme rage that the ground shook with their trampling, and the air resounded with their cries. For a long time it was uncertain which of the two would gain the victory; at length the stag thrust his horns into his adversary's body, whereupon the bull fell to the earth with a terrific roar, and was thoroughly despatched by a few strokes from the stag.

The tailor, who had watched the fight with astonishment, was still standing there motionless, when the stag in full career bounded up to him, and before he could escape, caught him up on his great horns. He had not much time to collect his thoughts, for it went in a swift race over stock and stone, mountain and valley, wood and meadow. He held with both hands to the tops of the horns, and resigned himself to his fate. It seemed, however, to him just as if he were flying away. At length the stag stopped in front of a wall of rock, and gently let the tailor down. The tailor, more dead than alive, required a longer time than that to come to himself. When he had in some degree recovered, the stag, which had remained standing by him, pushed its horns with such force against a door which was in the rock, that it sprang open. Flames of fire shot forth, after which followed a great smoke, which hid the stag from his sight. The tailor did not know what to do, or whither to turn, in order to get out of this desert and back to human beings again. Whilst he was standing thus undecided, a voice sounded out of the rock, which cried to him, "Enter without fear, no evil shall befall you thee." He hesitated, but driven by a mysterious force, he obeyed the voice and went through the iron-door into a large spacious hall, whose ceiling, walls and floor were made of shining polished square stones, on each of which were cut letters which were unknown to him. He looked at everything full of admiration, and was on the point of going out again, when he once more heard the voice which said to him, "Step on the stone which lies in the middle of the hall, and great good fortune awaits thee."

His courage had already grown so great that he obeyed the order. The stone began to give way under his feet, and sank slowly down into the depths. When it was once more firm, and the tailor looked round, he found himself in a hall which in size resembled the former. Here, however, there was more to look at and to admire. Hollow places were cut in the walls, in which stood vases of transparent glass which were filled with colored spirit or with a bluish vapour. On the floor of the hall two great glass chests stood opposite to each other, which at once excited his curiosity. When he went to one of them he saw inside it a handsome structure like a castle surrounded by farm-buildings, stables and barns, and a quantity of other good things. Everything was small, but exceedingly carefully and delicately made, and seemed to be cut out by a dexterous hand with the greatest exactitude.

He might not have turned away his eyes from the consideration of this rarity for some time, if the voice had not once more made itself heard. It ordered him to turn round and look at the glass chest which was standing opposite. How his admiration increased when he saw therein a maiden of the greatest beauty! She lay as if asleep, and was wrapped in her long fair hair as in a precious mantle. Her eyes were closely shut, but the brightness of her complexion and a ribbon which her breathing moved to and fro, left no doubt that she was alive. The tailor was looking at the beauty with beating heart, when she suddenly opened her eyes, and started up at the sight of him in joyful terror. "Just Heaven!" cried she, "my deliverance is at hand! Quick, quick, help me out of my prison; if thou pushest back the bolt of this glass coffin, then I shall be free." The tailor obeyed without delay, and she immediately raised up the glass lid, came out and hastened into the corner of the hall, where she covered herself with a large cloak. Then she seated herself on a stone, ordered the young man to come to her, and after she had imprinted a friendly kiss on his lips, she said, "My long-desired deliverer, kind Heaven has guided thee to me, and put an end to my sorrows. On the self- same day when they end, shall thy happiness begin. Thou art the husband chosen for me by Heaven, and shalt pass thy life in unbroken joy, loved by me, and rich to overflowing in every earthly possession. Seat thyself, and listen to the story of my life:

"I am the daughter of a rich count. My parents died when I was still in my tender youth, and recommended me in their last will to my elder brother, by whom I was brought up. We loved each other so tenderly, and were so alike in our way of thinking and our inclinations, that we both embraced the resolution never to marry, but to stay together to the end of our lives. In our house there was no lack of company; neighbors and friends visited us often, and we showed the greatest hospitality to every one. So it came to pass one evening that a stranger came riding to our castle, and, under pretext of not being able to get on to the next place, begged for shelter for the night. We granted his request with ready courtesy, and he entertained us in the most agreeable manner during supper by conversation intermingled with stories. My brother liked the stranger so much that he begged him to spend a couple of days with us, to which, after some hesitation, he consented. We did not rise from table until late in the night, the stranger was shown to room, and I hastened, as I was tired, to lay my limbs in my soft bed. Hardly had I slept for a short time, when the sound of faint and delightful music awoke me. As I could not conceive from whence it came, I wanted to summon my waiting-maid who slept in the next room, but to my astonishment I found that speech was taken away from me by an unknown force. I felt as if a mountain were weighing down my breast, and was unable to make the very slightest sound. In the meantime, by the light of my night-lamp, I saw the stranger enter my room through two doors which were fast bolted. He came to me and said, that by magic arts which were at his command, he had caused the lovely music to sound in order to awaken me, and that he now forced his way through all fastenings with the intention of offering me his hand and heart. My repugnance to his magic arts was, however, so great, that I vouchsafed him no answer. He remained for a time standing without moving, apparently with the idea of waiting for a favorable decision, but as I continued to keep silence, he angrily declared he would revenge himself and find means to punish my pride, and left the room. I passed the night in the greatest disquietude, and only fell asleep towards morning. When I awoke, I hurried to my brother, but did not find him in his room, and the attendants told me that he had ridden forth with the stranger to the chase by daybreak.

"I at once suspected nothing good. I dressed myself quickly, ordered my palfrey to be saddled, and accompanied only by one servant, rode full gallop to the forest. The servant fell with his horse, and could not follow me, for the horse had broken its foot. I pursued my way without halting, and in a few minutes I saw the stranger coming towards me with a beautiful stag which he led by a cord. I asked him where he had left my brother, and how he had come by this stag, out of whose great eyes I saw tears flowing. Instead of answering me, he began to laugh loudly. I fell into a great rage at this, pulled out a pistol and discharged it at the monster; but the ball rebounded from his breast and went into my horse's head. I fell to the ground, and the stranger muttered some words which deprived me of consciousness.

"When I came to my senses again I found myself in this underground cave in a glass coffin. The magician appeared once again, and said he had changed my brother into a stag, my castle with all that belonged to it, diminished in size by his arts, he had shut up in the other glass chest, and my people, who were all turned into smoke, he had confined in glass bottles. He told me that if I would now comply with his wish, it was an easy thing for him to put everything back in its former state, as he had nothing to do but open the vessels, and everything would return once more to its natural form. I answered him as little as I had done the first time. He vanished and left me in my prison, in which a deep sleep came on me. Amongst the visions which passed before my eyes, that was the most comforting in which a young man came and set me free, and when I opened my eyes to-day I saw thee, and beheld my dream fulfilled. Help me to accomplish the other things which happened in those visions. The first is that we lift the glass chest in which my castle is enclosed, on to that broad stone."

As soon as the stone was laden, it began to rise up on high with the maiden and the young man, and mounted through the opening of the ceiling into the upper hall, from whence they then could easily reach the open air. Here the maiden opened the lid, and it was marvellous to behold how the castle, the houses, and the farm buildings which were enclosed, stretched themselves out and grew to their natural size with the greatest rapidity. After this, the maiden and the tailor returned to the cave beneath the earth, and had the vessels which were filled with smoke carried up by the stone. The maiden had scarcely opened the bottles when the blue smoke rushed out and changed itself into living men, in whom she recognized her servants and her people. Her joy was still more increased when her brother, who had killed the magician in the form of the bull, came out of the forest towards them in his human form, and on the self-same day the maiden, in accordance with her promise, gave her hand at the altar to the lucky tailor.
S-a intamplat odata ca un croitor sa plece in lume. Si-ntr-o buna zi s-a nimerit sa ajunga intr-o padure intinsa. Nimeni sa nu spuna ca un biet croitor nu poate sa ajunga departe si la mare cinste, ca mare gre­seala ar face!... Si cum nu cunostea drumurile prin pa­dure, la un moment dat s-a ratacit. Peste putin timp s-a lasat noaptea si, de voie de nevoie, a trebuit sa-si caute un culcus in singuratatea aceea. Si era o bezna ca nu vedeai la doi pasi site apucau fiorii.

Acu , nu-i vorba, i-ar fi fost placut sa doarma pe muschiul moale, dar teama de fiarele salbatice nu-i dadea pace. Intr-un sfirsit, se hotari sa petreaca noaptea intr-un copac. Cauta el, pe dibuite, un copac inalt si, catarindu-se pana in virf, ii multumi Domnului ca avea cu el fierul de calcat. Ca de nu l-ar fi avut, vintul, care sufla naprasnic printre cren­gile copacilor, l-ar fi dus cu el cine stie unde. Dupa ce stata vreo citeva ore bune pe culcusul acela de frunzare, cu inima cit un purice si abia tinindu-se sa nu cada, numai ce zari licarind o luminita ce parea ca vine de foarte aproape. Si socotind ca acolo trebuie sa fie o ase­zare omeneasca si ca s-ar simti mult mai bine intr-un ungher cit de mic decat pe crengile unui copac, se dadu jos cu bagare de seama si-o lua pe urmele razei aceleia de lumina. Si calauza asta luminoasa il duse la o cascioara impletita din trestie si papura. Isi facu el inima si batu cu curaj la usa, si usa odata se dadu de perete. Si-n lumina care veni dinauntru, croitorul nostru vazu un omulet batrin si incaruntit, care purta un gheroc din petice de toate culorile.

- Cine esti si ce cauti pe-aici?!... se facu auzit glasul hirsiit al mosneagului.
- sunt un biet croitor pe care l-a prins noaptea in salbaticimea asta, si te-as ruga din suflet sa ma adapos­testi pana dimineata in coliba, mneatale primitoare.
- Vezi-ti mai bine de drumul tau, raspunse batrinul, morocanos, ca nu vreau sa am de-a face cu ai de hoina­resc fara nici un capatii!... Cauta-ti culcus in alta parte!

Nici nu-si termina bine vorbele, ca si vru sa-i trin-teasca usa in nas. Dar croitorul il apuca de pulpana gherocului si incepu a-l ruga atit de staruitor, ca mos­neagul, care nu era chiar atit de hain la inima pe cit voia sa para, se invoi, in cele din urma, si-l lasa in coliba. Apoi ii dadu sa manince si-i facu intr-un coltisor un culcus cum nu se mai poate de bun. Si fiindca era trudit tare si abia-si simtea oasele, croitorasul adormi somn fara vise, pana dimineata. Si poate ca nu s-ar fi sculat nici atunci, de n-ar fi sarit din somn, speriat de-o larma infioratoare. Prin peretii sub­tiri ai cascioarei razbateau tot soiul de strigate si de mugete puternice, ca te prindea groaza, nu alta... Apu­cat de-un curaj neasteptat, croitorasul sari din asternut si, imbracindu-se in graba, dadu buzna afara. Si ce credeti ca-i fu dat sa vada? Un coscogea taur, negru cum ii smoala, si-o mindrete de cerb inclestati intr-o lupta apriga!... Si cu atita furie se repezeau unul asupra celui­lalt, ca pamintul se cutremura si duduia de tropotul lor si vazduhul rasuna de racnetele lor turbate. Se batura ei asa care pe care, multa vreme, si croitorasul nu putu sa-si dea seama care din ei doi o sa iasa invingator. Dar, in cele din urma, cerbul fu mai ager si-l strapunse pe taur cu coarnele. Cu un muget ingrozitor, taurul se prabusi la pamint, dar cerbul nu-l slabi citusi de putin, ci-i mai dadu citeva lovituri, pana ce-l vazu dindu-si sufletul.

Croitorasul inca nu-si revenise din uimire si statea locului, parca incremenit, cand, deodata, il vazu pe cerb venind inspre el in salturi mari... Si mai inainte de-a putea fugi, cerbul se repezi la croitoras si aproape ca-l lua in furculita cu coarnele lui mari. Si-apoi, pun-te pe fuga!... Si goni cerbul peste bolovani si ponoare, si trecu vai, si dealuri, si paduri, si cimpii, parca mincind pamintul... Ca sa nu cada cumva, croitorasul se incles­tase cu amindoua miinile de capetele coarnelor, dar de gindit, la nimic nu se mai gindea... Se lasase in voia sortii. Si tot timpul i se parea ca zboara... intr-un sfirsit, cerbul se opri in fata unui perete de stinca si, incetisor, il lasa pe croitoras pe-o movilita. Si multa vreme ii trebui croitorasului pana sa-si vina in fire, ca era mai mult mort decat viu din pricina hur­ducaturilor si-a groazei prin care trecuse. Dupa ce-l vazu ca si-a revenit oarecum, cerbul isi repezi coarnele intr-o usa care se afla in stinca, si-o izbi atit de puternic, ca odata sari usa in laturi. Si ce sa vezi, limbi groase de flacari izbucnira dinauntru, urmate de valuri-valuri de aburi desi, care-l invaluira pe cerb, ascunzindu-l privi­rilor!... Acu , croitorasul nu stia ce sa faca si incotro sa se indrepte, ca sa iasa din acea pustietate si sa ajunga iar intre oameni. Si-n timp ce statea el asa, cu inima indoita, si nu era in stare sa ia vreo hotarire, numai ce auzi un glas care venea parca din stinca.

Si-i striga glasul acela: - Hai, intra fara teama, ca n-o sa patesti nimic! La inceput, croitorasul sovai, dar mai apoi, minat parca de o putere ascunsa, de un indemn launtric, se supuse acelui glas imbietor. Pasi pragul usii de fier si curind ajunse intr-o sala larga, ca abia ii puteai da de capat. Acoperisul si peretii, si dusumelele salii asteia erau din bucati patrate de marmura care, de slefuite ce erau, scinteiau de-ti luau ochii. Si pe fiecare patrat se aflau sapate niste semne necunoscute. Croitorasul cata cu de-amanuntul la toate, mut de uimire, si tocmai se pregatea sa iasa afara, cand auzi din nou glasul acela. Si-i spuse glasul:

- De vei pasi pe piatra ce se afla in mijlocul salii, sa stii ca vei avea parte de o mare fericire! Cum lepadase frica si-si simtea batindu-i in piept o inima viteaza, croitorasul dadu urmare poruncii. Sub picioarele lui lespedea incepu parca sa se desprinda de celelalte si apoi cobori incet in adincime. cand lespedea se opri, croitorasul isi arunca privirea de jur imprejur si se vazu intr-o sala la fel de lunga si de spatioasa ca si cea de sus. Numai ca aici erau mai multe la care sa-ti ramina ochii si inima... In pereti erau sapate nenumarate firide si-n firidele astea stateau niste carafe de sticla stravezie, pline c-un fel de licoare colorata, ori c-un fum albastrui... Pe pardoseala salii se inaltau, una in fata alteia, doua sipete mari de clestar, si sipetele astea indata ii stirnira curiozitatea. Si-n timp ce se indrepta spre unul din ele, numai ce zari inauntru o cladire frumoasa, care semana c-un castel, inconjurata de tot felul de acareturi, de grajduri si hambare si de o multime de alte lucruri care-ti incintau ochii.

Totul era nespus de mic si lucrat intr-un chip atragator si cu foarte multa grija, de parca ar fi iesit din mina iscusita a unui mare mester, care sculptase fiecare lucrusor cu cea mai mare exactitate. De nu s-ar fi auzit inca o data glasul acela, croitorasul ar mai fi zabovit inca multa vreme sa priveasca aceste minunatii nemaivazute. Vezi insa ca glasul ii porunci sa se intoarca si sa-si indrepte privirile spre celalalt sipet de clestar. Acu , nici nu va pot spune cit de nemar­ginita ii fu mirarea cand vazu inauntru o fata dc-o rara frumusete... Si cum sedea ea cu gura usor intredeschisa, parea ca doarme. Si era toata infasurata in parul ei lung si auriu, ca-ntr-o mantie de pret... Ochii ii erau inchisi, dar culoarea vie si insufletita a fetei si o panglica pe care rasuflarea o facea sa freamate nu lasau nici o indo­iala asupra faptului ca traieste. Croitorasul cata la fata cea frumoasa, cu inima batindu-i de uimire si incintare... Si numai ce deschise ea ochii. Si cand il vazu pe flacau, tresari si dadu un tipat de spaima si de bucurie. - O, Doamne, striga fata, se apropie ceasul izbavirii mele!... Hai repede, repede, ajuta-ma sa scap din tem­nita asta!... Daca tragi zavorul raclei asteia de clestar, atunci sunt scapata! Croitorul o asculta fara sovaire, si de indata ce nu se mai afla sub lacata, fata cea frumoasa ridica usurel ca­pacul de clestar si se salta din racla. Apoi fugi intr-un ungher al salii si se infasura intr-o mantie larga. Dar nu statu mult acolo si, asezindu-se pe-o lespede, il indemna pe flacau sa se apropie de ea. Si dupa ce flacaul ii veni in preajma, fata il saruta prieteneste si-i spuse:

Izbavitorul meu cel mult dorit, Cerul te-a indrep­tat spre mine ca sa pui capat suferintelor pe care le in­dur de atita amar de vreme. Si din ziua cand ele or lua sfirsit, or incepe sa curga zilele fericirii tale. Cerul mi te-a harazit ca sot si-ti vei petrece viata alaturi de mine, care te-oi iubi pana la moarte. Si vei fi incarcat de toate bunurile pamintesti, si-o netulburata bucurie iti va umple inima. Da acum asaza-te langa mine, ca a venit timpul sa asculti povestea vietii mele. Sint fiica unui conte cu stare, si am avut nenorocul sa ramin orfana la o virsta tare frageda. Si cand au inchis ochii parintii mei, ultima lor dorinta a fost sa fiu data in grija fratelui meu mai mare, care m-a si crescut, dealtfel. Ne iubeam mult si atit de bine ne po­triveam la gusturi si-n felul de-a gindi, ca am luat ho-tarirea sa nu ne casatorim niciodata, ci sa raminem im­preuna pana la sfirsitul vietii. Din casa noastra nu lip­seau niciodata musafirii, si megiesii si prietenii ne cal­cau adesea pragul. Si fata de toti eram la fel de ospi­talieri. Si se intimpla ca intr-o seara sa vina calare un strain si sa bata la poarta castelului. Si sub motiv ca-i e fugarul obosit si nu mai poate ajunge pana la satul vecin, ne ruga sa-l adapostim peste noapte. Om esti, nu poti lasa pe-un drumet in ulita, fara adapost, si i-am indeplinit rugamintea cu toata cuviinta cuvenita. Acu , omul era istet la minte si priceput la povesti... Si-n timpul cinei ne tinu de urit cu tot felul de povestiri, in chipul cel mai placut cu putinta. Si atit de mult ii placu fratelui meu, ca nu se indura sa-l lase sa plece, si-l ruga sa mai ramina la noi citeva zile. Si dupa citeva clipe de sovaiala, oaspetele incuviinta. Am stat noi la masa pana seara tirziu si intr-un sfirsit a venit vremea sa ne ducem la culcare. Fratele meu l-a condus pe strain in camera lui, iar eu m-am grabit sa ajung la iatacul meu, ca eram obosita grozav si ardeam de dorinta de a-mi odihni cit mai curind ma­dularele pe pernele cele moi. Abia atipisem si deodata am fost trezita de dulceata unui cintec armonios si plin de farmec. Si cum nu ma dumeream de unde poate sa vina, am dat s-o strig pe slujnica mea de credinta, care dormea in incaperea vecina. Dar, spre mirarea mea, mi-am dat seama ca-mi este peste putinta s-o fac.

O greutate, de parca ar fi fost o lespede, ma apasa cu putere pe piept si-o forta necunoscuta ma robea ei cu totul, ca nu mai eram in stare sa scot nici cel mai mic sunet, necum sa vorbesc. Si chiar in acelasi timp am des­lusit la lumina opaitului chipul strainului. Pasamite, se strecurase inauntru, trecind prin cele doua usi care erau strasnic zavorite... Strainul nu intirzie sa se apropie de mine si-mi spuse ca, prin vrajile diavolesti care-i stateau in putinta, a facut sa rasune pana la mine in incapere acea muzica dulce. Si ca ea avusese darul de a ma trezi. Si mai adauga el ca patrunsese prin toate broastele si zavoarele in iatac, arzind de dorinta de a-mi oferi inima si mina lui...

Si atit de mare era dezgustul pe care-l simteam fata de vrajile lui, ca mi s-a pecetluit gura si nu i-am putut da nici un raspuns. Un timp el ramase nemiscat, de parca ar fi fost o stana de piatra, si parca astepta de la mine un raspuns care sa-i fie pe plac. Da cum eu nu-mi des-clestam gura si taceam chitic, incepu sa strige la mine, furios, ca o sa se razbune cumplit si c-o sa gaseasca. destule mijloace ca sa-mi infringa trufia. Si dupa ce facu spume la gura de furie, se facu nevazut. Am pe­trecut o noapte plina de zbucium si abia spre dimi­neata am pus capul jos si-am atipit. cand m-am trezit, am dat fuga la fratele meu ca sa-i aduc la cunostinta cele intimplate, dar nu l-am mai aflat in camera lui.

L-am intrebat atunci pe slujitorul lui unde e, si acesta mi-a spus ca plecase in zori la vinatoare, impreuna cu oaspetele strain. Si odata mi-a trecut un fior prin inima si ceva imi spunea c-o sa se intimple o nenorocire. M-am imbracat repede si-am poruncit sa mi se insaueze calul pe care calaream de obicei. Apoi, insotita doar de-un slujitor, am pornit in galop inspre padure. Si, ca un fa­cut, calul slujitorului se poticni de o buturuga si-si rupse un picior. Omul nu mai putu sa ma urmeze si mi-am continuat drumul singura, gonind fara conte­nire. Si dupa o rariste de fagi, numai ce-l zarii pe oas­petele cel strain venind inspre mine si ducind dupa el o mindrete de cerb. Il intrebai unde l-a lasat pe fratele meu si cum de-a izbutit sa prinda vietatea asta din ochii careia siruiau lacrimile... Da in loc sa-mi raspunda omeneste, strainul incepu a ride in hohote, de haui padurea. Atunci m-a apucat si pe mine furia si, scotind un pistol ce-l aveam la mine, l-am indreptat spre fiara de om si am tras in el. Dar, ca un facut, dupa ce se izbi de pieptul lui, glontul sari inapoi si intra in capul fugarului meu... M-am prabusit la pamint si-n ast timp strainul prinse sa murmure citeva cuvinte care ma facura sa nu mai stiu de mine, si ramasei in nesimtire, de parca eram moarta. cand mi-am revenit, ma aflam in cavoul asta subpamintean, zavorita in sicriul de clestar.

Vrajitorul imi mai aparu o data si-mi spuse ca pe fratele meu l-a prefacut intr-un cerb si ca palatul si toate celelalte care-mi apartineau le facuse de-o schioapa si le inchisese in celalalt sipet de clestar. Iar pe slujitorii mei ii trans­formase intr-un soi de fum si-i virise in niste carafe de sticla. Si mai adause el ca de-as vrea sa ma supun, in sfirsit, vointei lui, usor i-ar fi sa le aduca pe toate la starea dinainte, ca pentru asta ar trebui numai ca sa deschida sipetul de clestar si carafele... Dar si de data asta i-am lasat fara raspuns... Daca vazu ca ma inversunam in hotarirea mea, odata se facu nevazut si ma lasa in inchisoarea asta, cuprinsa de-un somn adinc. Vezi insa ca cugetul meu era treaz, cu toate ca dormeam, si printre imaginile care mi se perindau prin minte, imi aparu si chipul mingiietor al unui tinar care venea sa ma scape de sub vraja... Si azi, cand mi-a fost dat sa deschid ochii, dupa atita vreme, l-am vazut aievea pe cel din vis. Si acela erai tu!... Si mi-am vazut visul implinit. Acu , ajuta-ma sa indepli­nesc mai departe ceea ce am intrezarit in visarile mele...

Si primul lucru pe care trebuie sa-l facem, e sa asezam sipetul de clestar in care e inchis castelul pe acea lespede lata ce e in mijlocul salii. Indata ce-l asezara, lespedea se ridica impreuna cu fata cea frumoasa si tinarul croitoras, si trecu catre incaperea de sus, printr-o deschizatura ce se casca in tavan. Iar de aici, usor le fu ca sa poata ajunge afara. Fata nu intirzie nici o clipa sa deschida capacul sipetului, si era uimitor sa privesti cum se mareau si se tot mareau castelul, grajdurile, hambarele si toate celelalte acare­turi, revenindu-si cu repeziciune la marimea lor de mai inainte. Dupa asta, cei doi tineri se intoarsera in pestera sub-paminteana si, tot cu ajutorul acelei lespezi, scoasera la lumina zilei carafele umplute cu fum. Si cum des­chise fata carafele, fumul cel albastriu iesi afara si se prefacu in oameni. Si oamenii nu erau altii decat sluji- torii si curtenii contesei. Dar nici nu pot sa va spun cit de mare fu bucuria fetei cand din padure isi facu aparitia frate-sau, avind iarasi infatisare omeneasca. Pasamite el fusese cerbul care-i venise de hac vrajitorului intruchi­pat in acel taur salbatic... Si chiar in aceeasi zi, fata cea frumoasa isi tinu fagaduiala si se cununa cu fericitul croitoras, care nu-si mai incapea in piele de bucurie ca daduse peste un aseme­nea noroc.

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