The griffin


L'oiseau griffon

There was once upon a time a King, but where he reigned and what he was called, I do not know. He had no son, but an only daughter who had always been ill, and no doctor had been able to cure her. Then it was foretold to the King that his daughter should eat herself well with an apple. So he ordered it to be proclaimed throughout the whole of his kingdom, that whosoever brought his daughter an apple with which she could eat herself well, should have her to wife, and be King. This became known to a peasant who had three sons, and he said to the eldest, "Go out into the garden and take a basketful of those beautiful apples with the red cheeks and carry them to the court; perhaps the King's daughter will be able to eat herself well with them, and then thou wilt marry her and be King." The lad did so, and set out.
When he had gone a short way he met a little iron man who asked him what he had there in the basket, to which replied Uele, for so was he named, "Frogs' legs." On this the little man said, "Well, so shall it be, and remain," and went away. At length Uele arrived at the palace, and made it known that he had brought apples which would cure the King's daughter if she ate them. This delighted the King hugely, and he caused Uele to be brought before him; but, alas! when he opened the basket, instead of having apples in it he had frogs' legs which were still kicking about. On this the King grew angry, and had him driven out of the house. When he got home he told his father how it had fared with him. Then the father sent the next son, who was called Seame, but all went with him just as it had gone with Uele. He also met the little iron man, who asked what he had there in the basket. Seame said, "Hogs' bristles," and the iron man said, "well, so shall it be, and remain." When Seame got to the King's palace and said he brought apples with which the King's daughter might eat herself well, they did not want to let him go in, and said that one fellow had already been there, and had treated them as if they were fools. Seame, however, maintained that he certainly had the apples, and that they ought to let him go in. At length they believed him, and led him to the King. But when he uncovered the basket, he had but hogs' bristles. This enraged the King most terribly, so he caused Seame to be whipped out of the house. When he got home he related all that had befallen him, then the youngest boy, whose name was Hans, but who was always called Stupid Hans, came and asked his father if he might go with some apples. "Oh!" said the father, "thou wouldst be just the right fellow for such a thing! If the clever ones can't manage it, what canst thou do?" The boy, however, did not believe him, and said, "Indeed, father, I wish to go." - "Just get away, thou stupid fellow, thou must wait till thou art wiser," said the father to that, and turned his back. Hans, however, pulled at the back of his smock- frock and said, "Indeed, father, I wish to go." - "Well, then, so far as I am concerned thou mayst go, but thou wilt soon come home again!" replied the old man in a spiteful voice. The boy, however, was tremendously delighted and jumped for joy. "Well, act like a fool! thou growest more stupid every day!" said the father again. Hans, however, did not care about that, and did not let it spoil his pleasure, but as it was then night, he thought he might as well wait until the morrow, for he could not get to court that day. All night long he could not sleep in his bed, and if he did doze for a moment, he dreamt of beautiful maidens, of palaces, of gold, and of silver, and all kinds of things of that sort. Early in the morning, he went forth on his way, and directly afterwards the little shabby-looking man in his iron clothes, came to him and asked what he was carrying in the basket. Hans gave him the answer that he was carrying apples with which the King's daughter was to eat herself well. "Then," said the little man, "so shall they be, and remain." But at the court they would none of them let Hans go in, for they said two had already been there who had told them that they were bringing apples, and one of them had frogs' legs, and the other hogs' bristles. Hans, however, resolutely maintained that he most certainly had no frogs' legs, but some of the most beautiful apples in the whole kingdom. As he spoke so pleasantly, the door-keeper thought he could not be telling a lie, and asked him to go in, and he was right, for when Hans uncovered his basket in the King's presence, golden-yellow apples came tumbling out. The King was delighted, and caused some of them to be taken to his daughter, and then waited in anxious expectation until news should be brought to him of the effect they had. But before much time had passed by, news was brought to him: but who do you think it was who came? it was his daughter herself! As soon as she had eaten of those apples, she was cured, and sprang out of her bed. The joy the King felt cannot be described! but now he did not want to give his daughter in marriage to Hans, and said he must first make him a boat which would go quicker on dry land than on water. Hans agreed to the conditions, and went home, and related how it had fared with him. Then the father sent Uele into the forest to make a boat of that kind. He worked diligently, and whistled all the time. At mid-day, when the sun was at the highest, came the little iron man and asked what he was making? Uele gave him for answer, "Wooden bowls for the kitchen." The iron man said, "So it shall be, and remain." By evening Uele thought he had now made the boat, but when he wanted to get into it, he had nothing but wooden bowls. The next day Seame went into the forest, but everything went with him just as it had done with Uele. On the third day Stupid Hans went. He worked away most industriously, so that the whole forest resounded with the heavy strokes, and all the while he sang and whistled right merrily. At mid-day, when it was the hottest, the little man came again, and asked what he was making? "A boat which will go quicker on dry land than on the water," replied Hans, " and when I have finished it, I am to have the King's daughter for my wife." - "Well," said the little man, "such an one shall it be, and remain." In the evening, when the sun had turned into gold, Hans finished his boat, and all that was wanted for it. He got into it and rowed to the palace. The boat went as swiftly as the wind. The King saw it from afar, but would not give his daughter to Hans yet, and said he must first take a hundred hares out to pasture from early morning until late evening, and if one of them got away, he should not have his daughter. Hans was contented with this, and the next day went with his flock to the pasture, and took great care that none of them ran away.

Before many hours had passed came a servant from the palace, and told Hans that he must give her a hare instantly, for some visitors had come unexpectedly. Hans, however, was very well aware what that meant, and said he would not give her one; the King might set some hare soup before his guest next day. The maid, however, would not believe in his refusal, and at last she began to get angry with him. Then Hans said that if the King's daughter came herself, he would give her a hare. The maid told this in the palace, and the daughter did go herself. In the meantime, however, the little man came again to Hans, and asked him what he was doing there? He said he had to watch over a hundred hares and see that none of them ran away, and then he might marry the King's daughter and be King. "Good," said the little man, "there is a whistle for thee, and if one of them runs away, just whistle with it, and then it will come back again." When the King's daughter came, Hans gave her a hare into her apron; but when she had gone about a hundred steps with it, he whistled, and the hare jumped out of the apron, and before she could turn round was back to the flock again. When the evening came the hare-herd whistled once more, and looked to see if all were there, and then drove them to the palace. The King wondered how Hans had been able to take a hundred hares to graze without losing any of them; he would, however, not give him his daughter yet, and said he must now bring him a feather from the Griffin's tail. Hans set out at once, and walked straight forwards. In the evening he came to a castle, and there he asked for a night's lodging, for at that time there were no inns. The lord of the castle promised him that with much pleasure, and asked where he was going? Hans answered, "To the Griffin." - "Oh! to the Griffin! They tell me he knows everything, and I have lost the key of an iron money-chest; so you might be so good as to ask him where it is." - "Yes, indeed," said Hans, "I will do that." Early the next morning he went onwards, and on his way arrived at another castle in which he again stayed the night. When the people who lived there learnt that he was going to the Griffin, they said they had in the house a daughter who was ill, and that they had already tried every means to cure her, but none of them had done her any good, and he might be so kind as to ask the Griffin what would make their daughter healthy again? Hans said he would willingly do that, and went onwards. Then he came to a lake, and instead of a ferry-boat, a tall, tall man was there who had to carry everybody across. The man asked Hans whither he was journeying? "To the Griffin," said Hans. "Then when you get to him," said the man, "just ask him why I am forced to carry everybody over the lake." - "Yes, indeed, most certainly I'll do that," said Hans. Then the man took him up on his shoulders, and carried him across. At length Hans arrived at the Griffin's house, but the wife only was at home, and not the Griffin himself. Then the woman asked him what he wanted? Thereupon he told her everything;--that he had to get a feather out of the Griffin's tail, and that there was a castle where they had lost the key of their money-chest, and he was to ask the Griffin where it was?--that in another castle the daughter was ill, and he was to learn what would cure her?--and then not far from thence there was a lake and a man beside it, who was forced to carry people across it, and he was very anxious to learn why the man was obliged to do it. Then said the woman, "But look here, my good friend, no Christian can speak to the Griffin; he devours them all; but if you like, you can lie down under his bed, and in the night, when he is quite fast asleep, you can reach out and pull a feather out of his tail, and as for those things which you are to learn, I will ask about them myself." Hans was quite satisfied with this, and got under the bed. In the evening, the Griffin came home, and as soon as he entered the room, said, "Wife, I smell a Christian." - "Yes," said the woman, "one was here to-day, but he went away again;" and on that the Griffin said no more.

In the middle of the night when the Griffin was snoring loudly, Hans reached out and plucked a feather from his tail. The Griffin woke up instantly, and said, "Wife, I smell a Christian, and it seems to me that somebody was pulling at my tail." His wife said, "Thou hast certainly been dreaming, and I told thee before that a Christian was here to-day, but that he went away again. He told me all kinds of things that in one castle they had lost the key of their money-chest, and could find it nowhere." - "Oh! the fools!" said the Griffin; "the key lies in the wood- house under a log of wood behind the door." - "And then he said that in another castle the daughter was ill, and they knew no remedy that would cure her." - "Oh! the fools!" said the Griffin; "under the cellar-steps a toad has made its nest of her hair, and if she got her hair back she would be well." - "And then he also said that there was a place where there was a lake and a man beside it who was forced to carry everybody across." - "Oh, the fool!" said the Griffin; "if he only put one man down in the middle, he would never have to carry another across." Early the next morning the Griffin got up and went out. Then Hans came forth from under the bed, and he had a beautiful feather, and had heard what the Griffin had said about the key, and the daughter, and the ferry-man. The Griffin's wife repeated it all once more to him that he might not forget it, and then he went home again. First he came to the man by the lake, who asked him what the Griffin had said, but Hans replied that he must first carry him across, and then he would tell him. So the man carried him across, and when he was over Hans told him that all he had to do was to set one person down in the middle of the lake, and then he would never have to carry over any more. The man was hugely delighted, and told Hans that out of gratitude he would take him once more across, and back again. But Hans said no, he would save him the trouble, he was quite satisfied already, and pursued his way. Then he came to the castle where the daughter was ill; he took her on his shoulders, for she could not walk, and carried her down the cellar-steps and pulled out the toad's nest from beneath the lowest step and gave it into her hand, and she sprang off his shoulder and up the steps before him, and was quite cured. Then were the father and mother beyond measure rejoiced, and they gave Hans gifts of gold and of silver, and whatsoever else he wished for, that they gave him. And when he got to the other castle he went at once into the wood- house, and found the key under the log of wood behind the door, and took it to the lord of the castle. He also was not a little pleased, and gave Hans as a reward much of the gold that was in the chest, and all kinds of things besides, such as cows, and sheep, and goats. When Hans arrived before the King, with all these things--with the money, and the gold, and the silver and the cows, sheep and goats, the King asked him how he had come by them. Then Hans told him that the Griffin gave every one whatsoever he wanted. So the King thought he himself could make such things useful, and set out on his way to the Griffin; but when he got to the lake, it happened that he was the very first who arrived there after Hans, and the man put him down in the middle of it and went away, and the King was drowned. Hans, however, married the daughter, and became King.
Il était une fois un roi. Où il régnait et comment il s'appelait, je n'en sais plus rien. Il n'avait pas de fils, mais une fille unique. Elle était toujours malade et aucun docteur ne pouvait la guérir. Quelqu'un dit au roi qu'elle retrouverait la santé si elle mangeait des pommes. Le roi fit savoir dans tout le pays que celui qui apporterait à sa fille des pommes qui la guériraient la recevrait en mariage et serait fait roi. Parmi ceux qui en entendirent parler se trouvait un paysan qui avait trois fils:
- Va sur nos terres, remplis un panier de belles pommes aux joues rouges et porte-les au château. Peut-être la fille du roi en guérira-t-elle; tu l'épouseras et deviendras roi.
Le jeune homme fit ce qu'on lui disait et se mit en route. Au bout de quelque temps, il rencontra un petit homme vêtu de gris. Celui-ci lui demanda ce qu'il portait dans son panier. Uli - c'est ainsi que se nommait le jeune homme - lui répondit:
- Des cuisses de grenouilles!
Le petit homme dit alors:
- Eh bien! qu'elles le soient et qu'elles le demeurent!
Et il s'en alla. Finalement, Uli arriva au château et se fit annoncer. Il avait des pommes, dit-il, qui guériraient la princesse si elle en mangeait. Le roi se réjouit fort et fit amener le jeune homme aussitôt. Mais, oh! surprise, quand il ouvrit le panier, il était plein de cuisses de grenouilles et non de pommes. Et les cuisses remuaient encore. Le roi se mit en colère et le fit chasser du château. Quand Uli fut de retour à la maison, il raconta à son père ce qui lui était arrivé.
Le père envoya alors son second fils, qui s'appelait Samuel. Il lui arriva la même chose qu'à Uli. Il rencontra également le petit homme en gris qui lui demanda ce qu'il avait dans son panier. Samuel dit: - Des soles de porc.
Le petit homme gris dit:
- Eh bien! qu'elles le soient et le demeurent!
Quand Samuel arriva au château et qu'il eut fait annoncer qu'il apportait des pommes susceptibles de guérir la princesse, on ne voulut tout d'abord pas le laisser entrer. On lui dit qu'il était déjà venu quelqu'un qui les avait pris pour des fous. Samuel insista. Il avait vraiment des pommes; il fallait le laisser entrer. Mais quand il ouvrit son panier, il était plein de soles de porc. Le roi se mit tellement en colère qu'il fit jeter Samuel à la porte à coups de cravache. Quand le garçon fut rentré chez lui, il raconta ce qui lui était arrivé.
Le plus jeune, celui qu'on appelait Jeannot le Bêta, s'approcha d'eux. Il demanda à son père s'il ne pourrait pas lui permettre de porter lui aussi des pommes au roi.
- Toi, dit le père, tu es vraiment l'homme qu'il faut pour cela! Si ceux qui sont intelligents n'y arrivent pas, que pourrais-tu bien faire!
Mais le jeune homme insista.
- Père, j'aimerais essayer moi aussi!
- Tais-toi donc, imbécile! attends d'être devenu plus malin! répondit le père en lui tournant le dos.
Jeannot le tira par les basques:
- Père, je voudrais essayer moi aussi!
- Eh bien! si tu veux, vas-y! Tu finiras bien par revenir. Le garçon en sauta de joie.
- C'est ça, fais le fou! dit le père. Tu deviens plus stupide de jour en jour!
Mais Jeannot s'en moquait. Rien ne pouvait ternir sa joie.
Comme la nuit allait bientôt tomber, il décida d'attendre le lendemain. D'abord il ne trouva pas le sommeil. Finalement, il s'assoupit et rêva de jolies jeunes filles, de château d'or, d'argent et de bien d'autres choses encore. Dès l'aube, il se mit en route et avant peu rencontra le petit homme morose dans son habit gris qui lui demanda ce qu'il portait dans son panier. Jeannot lui répondit que c'était des pommes qui devaient redonner la santé à la fille du roi.
- Eh bien! dit le petit homme, qu'elles le soient et le demeurent!
Au château, on ne voulut pas le laisser entrer. On lui dit qu'il en était déjà venu deux autres qui prétendaient apporter des pommes. Le premier avait des cuisses de grenouilles, le second des soies de porc. Jeannot affirma solennellement qu'il apportait bien des pommes et pas des cuisses de grenouilles, les plus belles pommes du royaume. Comme il semblait sincère le portier finit par se dire . « Celui-là ne ment pas! » Et il le laissa entrer. Il avait eut raison. Quand Jeannot ouvrit son panier devant le roi, il était plein de pommes jaune d'or. Le roi était très content. Il fit aussitôt porter des pommes à sa fille et attendit avec impatience de savoir ce qui en résulterait. Bientôt quelqu'un vint lui donner des nouvelles. Et qui était-ce, à votre avis? La fille du roi elle même! À peine avait-elle goûté aux pommes qu'elle avait bondi hors de son lit, guérie! Combien fut grande la joie du roi, on ne peut le décrire.
Cependant, le roi ne voulait pas encore donner tout de suite sa fille en mariage à Jeannot. Il lui demanda de construire d'abord une nacelle qui naviguât sur terre encore mieux que sur l'eau. Jeannot n'y trouva rien à redire. Il rentra à la maison et raconta aux siens ce qui s'était passé. Le père envoya Uli au bois pour qu'il y construisit la nacelle demandée. Tout en sifflotant une chanson, le garçon y mit beaucoup de zèle. Vers midi, quand le soleil fut au plus haut, le petit homme en gris arriva et lui demanda ce qu'il faisait là. Uli lui répondit:
- Des ustensiles en bois!
Le petit homme dit:
- Eh bien! qu'il en soit ainsi et que cela le reste!
Le soir, Uli pensa qu'il avait construit une nacelle. Mais quand il voulut s'y asseoir, elle vola en éclats et des ustensiles en bois se répandirent partout.
Le lendemain, ce fut au tour de Samuel d'aller à la forêt. Il ne lui arriva rien d'autre qu'à Uli. Le troisième jour, Jeannot le Bêta s'y rendit à son tour. Il travailla d'arrache-pied. La forêt résonnait tout entière des coups qu'il assenait. En même temps, il chantait et sifflait joyeusement. Quand arriva midi, le petit homme apparut de nouveau et lui demanda ce qu'il faisait:
- Une nacelle qui aille encore mieux sur terre que sur l'eau, répondit Jeannot.
Et il expliqua que quand il aurait réussi à la construire, il obtiendrait la fille du roi pour épouse.
- Eh bien! dit le petit homme, qu'il en soit ainsi et que cela le reste!
Le soir, quand le soleil se coucha, brillant comme de l'or pur, Jeannot avait achevé de construire sa nacelle et tous les accessoires nécessaires. Il y prit place et rama en direction du château royal. La nacelle filait comme le vent. Le roi le vit arriver de loin, mais il n'accepta pas encore de lui donner sa fille. Il lui demanda de garder auparavant un troupeau de cent lièvres du matin jusqu'au soir. S'il s'en échappait un seul, il n'épouserait pas sa fille. Jeannot, là encore, se déclara d'accord. Dès le lendemain, il partit par les prés avec son troupeau, en prenant bien garde qu'aucun lièvre ne s'échappât. Bientôt arriva une servante du château qui le pria de vite lui en donner un. On attendait un invité de marque. Mais Jeannot comprenait fort bien où l'on voulait en venir. Il répondit qu'il ne donnerait pas de lièvre. Le roi n'avait qu'à attendre le lendemain pour offrir un civet à son hôte. Mais la servante n'en démordait pas. Jeannot lui dit alors qu'il ne donnerait un lièvre que si le roi venait en personne le lui demander. La servante fit part de cette réponse au château. La fille du roi vint alors elle-même. Entre-temps, Jeannot avait rencontré le petit homme qui lui avait demandé ce qu'il faisait là. Il lui fallait garder cent lièvres, lui avait-il répondu, et veiller à ce qu'aucun ne s'enfuit. S'il réussissait, il épouserait la princesse et deviendrait roi.
- Bien, avait dit le petit homme voici un sifflet. Si l'un des lièvres se sauve, tu n'auras qu'à souffler dedans et il reviendra.
Quand la fille du roi arriva, Jeannot déposa un lièvre dans son tablier. Mais à peine eut-elle parcouru une centaine de mètres qu'il porta son sifflet à ses lèvres et - pas vu, pas pris! - le lièvre sautait du tablier et rejoignait le troupeau. Quand vint le soir, Jeannot siffla une dernière fois, s'assura qu'il ne manquait aucun lièvre et ramena son troupeau au château. Le roi s'émerveilla de ce que Jeannot eût pu garder cent lièvres sans en perdre un seul. Mais il ne voulut toujours pas lui donner sa fille. Il exigea de Jeannot qu'il lui apportât une plume de la queue du Griffon.
Jeannot se mit aussitôt en route et il marchait à grands pas. Au soir, il arriva devant un château et il demanda l'hospitalité pour la nuit, car à cette époque, il n'existait pas encore d'hôtels. Le seigneur du château accepta avec joie et lui demanda où il allait. Jeannot répondit:
- Chez le Griffon.
- Chez le Griffon? répéta le seigneur. On dit qu'il sait tout. J'ai perdu la clé de mon coffre-fort; aurais-tu l'amabilité de demander au Griffon où elle se trouve?
- Bien sûr! répondit Jeannot. Je le ferai.
Le lendemain matin, très tôt, il reprit son chemin et, le soir, il arrivait à un autre château où il passa la nuit. Quand on apprit qu'il était à la recherche du Griffon, on lui dit que la fille de la maison était fort malade; on avait déjà tout tenté, mais rien n'y faisait. Accepterait-il de demander au Griffon ce qui rendrait la santé à la jeune fille? Jeannot répondit qu'il le ferait avec plaisir et poursuivit sa route. Il arriva au bord d'une large rivière. Au lieu d'un bac pour la traverser, il vit un homme très grand qui portait les gens de l'autre côté. L'homme lui demanda où il allait:
- Chez le Griffon, répondit-il.
- Eh bien quand vous serez auprès de lui, dit l'homme, demandez-lui donc pourquoi il me faut porter les gens de l'autre côté de l'eau.
Jeannot répondit:
- Par Dieu, oui! Je le lui demanderai.
L'homme le prit sur ses épaules et le porta sur l'autre rive. Finalement Jeannot arriva à la maison du Griffon. Mais seule sa femme y était. Le Griffon était sorti. Sa femme demanda à Jeannot ce qu'il voulait. Et Jeannot lui raconta tout: qu'il devait ramener une plume de la queue du Griffon; qu'il devait lui demander où se trouvait la clé du coffre du château; qu'il voulait savoir ce qui rendrait la santé à la fille du seigneur du second château et pourquoi l'homme devait porter les gens de l'autre côté de la rivière. La femme dit alors:
- Mais, mon bon ami, aucun chrétien ne peut parler avec le Griffon! Il les mange tous. Cependant, si vous voulez, vous pouvez vous coucher sous son lit. Et pendant la nuit, quand il dormira bien fort, vous tendrez la main vers lui et vous lui arracherez une plume. Pour le reste, je le lui demanderai moi-même.
Jeannot trouva tout cela fort bien et il s'allongea sous le lit. Le soir, le Griffon rentra à la maison. Dès qu'il eut pénétré dans la chambre, il dit:
- Femme, ça sent le chrétien!
- Oui, répondit-elle, il en est venu un aujourd'hui, mais il est reparti.
Le Griffon se tut. Au milieu de la nuit, alors qu'il ronflait comme un sonneur, Jeannot avança la main vers le lit et lui arracha une plume de sa queue. L'oiseau se réveilla en sursaut et dit:
- Femme, ça sent le chrétien! et j'ai comme l'impression qu'il y en a un qui a plumé ma queue.
Sa femme répondit:
- Tu as certainement rêvé. Je t'ai déjà dit qu'il en est venu un aujourd'hui, mais qu'il est reparti. Il m'a raconté toutes sortes de choses. Il paraît qu'au château on aurait perdu la clé d'un coffre et qu'on n'arrive pas à la retrouver.
- Quels fous! dit le Griffon. La clé se trouve au bûcher, derrière la porte, sous une pile de bois.
- Il a dit aussi que dans un second château il y a une jeune fille bien malade, que personne ne sait comment guérir.
- Quels fous! dit le Griffon. Sous l'escalier de la cave, un crapaud a bâti son nid avec les cheveux de la jeune fille. Si elle les récupère, elle retrouvera la santé.
- Ensuite, il a dit qu'il y a un homme au bord de l'eau qui doit porter les gens sur l'autre rive.
- Quel fou! dit le Griffon. S'il en laissait tomber un seul au beau milieu de l'eau, il n'en aurait plus jamais à porter d'autre.
Tôt le matin, le Griffon se leva et partit. Jeannot sortit de sous le lit, tenant la jolie plume. Il avait entendu ce que le Griffon avait dit de la clé, de la princesse et de l'homme. Pour qu'il n'oublie rien, la femme du Griffon lui répéta tout ce qu'avait dit son mari. Alors il prit le chemin du retour. Il arriva d'abord auprès de l'homme du bord de l'eau. Celui-ci lui demanda tout de suite quelle avait été la réponse du Griffon. Jeannot lui dit de le transporter d'abord: il le lui dirait une fois de l'autre côté. L'homme le porta et Jeannot lui rapporta que s'il laissait tomber un seul de ses passagers au milieu de l'eau, il n'aurait plus jamais à en transporter. Le passeur se réjouit fort et offrit à Jeannot, en manière de remerciement, de lui faire effectuer un aller et retour. Jeannot refusa, disant qu'il ne voulait pas lui causer cette fatigue, qu'il était bien content comme ça. Et il s'en alla. Il arriva au château où la fille du roi était malade. Il la prit sur ses épaules (elle ne pouvait pas marcher), la porta au bas de l'escalier de la cave et retira le nid du crapaud de sous la dernière marche. Il le mit dans la main de la princesse. Elle sauta de ses épaules et remonta l'escalier devant lui. Elle était guérie. Son père et sa mère en furent très heureux. Ils firent cadeau à Jeannot d'or et d'argent et lui donnèrent tout ce qu'il désirait. Quand le garçon arriva au premier château, il se rendit tout droit au bûcher, trouva la clé derrière la porte, sous la pile de bois et l'apporta au seigneur. Celui-ci en fut bien content. En récompense, il lui donna une grande partie de l'argent qui était dans le coffre et, par-dessus le marché, des vaches, des moutons, des chèvres et toutes sortes d'autres choses.
Quand Jeannot arriva chez le roi avec l'or, l'argent, les vaches, les moutons et les chèvres, celui-ci lui demanda d'où il tenait tout ça. Jeannot lui répondit que le Griffon donnait à quiconque ce que quiconque désirait. Le roi se dit qu'il pourrait bien en profiter lui aussi et il se mit en route pour aller chez l'oiseau. Quand il arriva au bord de l'eau, personne ne s'y était encore présenté depuis le passage de Jeannot. Le porteur le laissa tomber au beau milieu et s'en alla. Le roi se noya. Quant à Jeannot, il épousa la princesse et devint roi.

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