The griffin



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.
从前有个国王,他的王国在哪儿,他名叫什么,我都已经忘记。 他没有儿子,只有一个独生女儿,这姑娘经常生病,没有一个医生能治好她。 预言家告诉国王,他女儿要吃了苹果,才会恢复健康。 国王决定,谁给女儿吃了苹果健康起来,就让谁娶她做妻子,并且继承王位。 一对有三个儿子的夫妇听见这件事,丈夫便对大儿子说:"去园子里摘一篮漂亮的红苹果,送进宫里边,没准儿公主吃了能健康起来哩。这样你就可以娶她,并且当国王呐。"小伙子照着做了,上了路,他走了一会儿,碰见个胡子花白的小矮人儿,小矮人问他篮子里提着什么。 鸟利--小伙子叫这个名字--回答说:"蛤蟆腿儿呗。""那就让它是,而且永远是吧!"小矮人儿说完便走了。 鸟利终于到了宫门前,让人报告国王说他送来了苹果,公主吃了会变得健康起来。 国王听了很高兴,传鸟利进去,可是妈呀! 篮子一揭开,苹果已不知去向,篮里只有蛤蟆腿儿,还一抽一搐地动哩。 国王勃然大怒,下令撵他出宫。 鸟利回到家,对父亲讲了事情的经过,老头子只好再派二儿塞默去。 可塞默的遭遇跟鸟利完全一样。 他也碰上花白胡子的小矮人儿,问他篮子里提着什么,他回答:"猪鬃呗。""那就让它是,而且永远是吧!"小矮人儿说。 塞默来到宫前,卫兵说已经有人来愚弄过他们,塞默坚持请求,说他真有那样的苹果,求他们一定放他进去。 卫士终于相信了他,把他带到国王面前。 谁知他一揭开篮子,里面竟全是猪鬃! 这一来国王更气坏了,下令用鞭子把塞默抽出宫去。 到家后,他讲了事情经过。 这时被大伙儿唤做"傻瓜汉斯"的小儿子走过来,问父亲允不允许他也送苹果去。 "嗨,"父亲说,"你哪里适合哟!两个聪明的哥哥都没办到,你还能干什么?"可是小伙子不甘休:"唉,爸爸,我也想去啊!""给我走开,你这傻小子,你得变聪明了再说。"父亲回答,说完转身想走开。 汉斯却拽住他的衣服,说:"唉,爸爸,我也想去啊!""好好好,随你去吧,你也会空着手回来的!"父亲的回答已很不耐烦,小伙子却高兴得跳起来。 "瞧你一副傻样儿,而且一天比一天笨。"父亲又说,汉斯听着无动于衷,照样地非常高兴。 可是天很快黑了,汉斯想,等到明天再说吧,今天反正到不了王宫。 夜里他躺在床上睡不着,后来终于迷糊了一会儿,却做起梦来,梦见了美丽的公主、一座座宫殿、金子银子和其它珍宝。 第二天一大早他上了路,很快又碰见那个奇怪的小矮人儿,穿着件灰褂子,问他提篮里装的是什么。 汉斯回答是苹果,送去给公主治病吃的。 "喏,"小矮人儿说,"是就是,永远不变!"谁知在宫前,人家硬不放汉斯进去,因为已经来过两个家伙,说的是送苹果来,结果一个只有蛤蟆腿儿,一个只有猪鬃。 汉斯坚持不懈,说他送来的不是蛤蟆腿儿,而是全国长得最好的苹果。 他讲得那么诚恳,卫士想,这人大概不会撒谎,便放他进了宫。 他们做对了,因为汉斯当着国王的面揭开篮子,里面果然是黄黄的金苹果。 国王很高兴,马上叫人给公主送去,然后紧张地期待着送来结果,想知道效果怎么样。 没过多久,果然有人送报告来了,可请各位猜一猜:来的人是谁? 原来是公主自己! 她一吃下苹果,立刻健康地跳下了床,国王一见,高兴得没法形容。 可是现在他还不肯把公主嫁给汉斯,他要他先造一条船,这船在旱地上要比在水中驶得更灵便。 汉斯接受这个条件,回家讲了事情经过。 父亲于是派老大鸟利去林里,造这样一艘船。 鸟利努力干起来,边干边吹口哨。 中午,太阳已经当顶,那灰白胡子的小矮人儿来问他在做什么,鸟利回答:"木勺儿。""那就让它是,而且永远是吧!"小矮人说。 晚上,鸟利以为船做好了,可等他坐进去,船却完全变成了一只木勺子。 第二天,塞默去林子里,可是结果和鸟利完全一样。 第三天,傻瓜汉斯去了。 他干得十分认真,整个森林都回荡着他劈木料的有力声响,他一边干还一边快乐地唱歌和吹口哨。 中午酷热难当的时候,小矮人儿又来了,他问汉斯在干啥。 "做一艘船,一艘在旱地上比水里还更灵活的船。"汉斯回答,说他只要把船造好了,就可以娶公主做妻子。 "喏,"小矮人儿说,"那就让它是,而且永远是吧!"傍晚,夕阳美得像黄金一样时,汉斯造好了船和有关的用具。 他坐在船里划向王宫,船跑得像风一样快。 国王老远看见了,可是仍不肯把女儿嫁给汉斯,说他必须先去牧放一百只兔子,从早放到晚,如果跑丢了一只,他就甭想娶公主。 汉斯同意了,第二天便带着兔子去草地上,十分留心不让任何一只跑掉。 过了几个小时,宫里走来一个使女,叫汉斯快给她一只兔子,她要拿去招待客人。 可汉斯看透了她的用心,回答说不能给她,国王可以明天再用胡椒兔丁待客嘛。 使女再三恳求,最后竟哭了起来。 汉斯于是说,如果公主亲自来要,他愿给她一只。 使女回宫报告,公主自己果然来了。 可在这之前,那小矮人儿又来问汉斯在干什么,嗨,他说得在这儿放一百只兔子,只有一只不丢失,他才能娶公主、当国王。 "好。"小矮人儿回答,"这儿给你一支笛子,要是一只兔子跑了,你吹一下它就会回来。"公主到了草地上,汉斯给她一只兔子,放在她的围裙里。 可是她走出大约一百步,汉斯吹起了笛子,那小兔就从她围裙里跳出来,呼地一下跑回兔群里去了。 到了晚上,汉斯又吹了一次笛子,看清楚所有兔子都在,便赶它们回王宫。 国王惊讶汉斯竟然能放一百只兔子一只不丢,可尽管这样还是不肯把女儿给他,要叫他再去偷一根怪鸟格莱弗尾巴上的羽毛来。 汉斯马上动身,努力往前赶路。 傍晚他走到一座府邸前,请求借宿。 因为那时候还没有旅馆。 主人很高兴地答应了,问他去什么地方,汉斯回答:"去找怪鸟格莱弗。""噢,找怪鸟格莱弗!人说格莱弗啥都知道。我丢了一把开铁箱的钥匙,劳你驾,替我问问它在哪儿好吗?""当然可以,"汉斯回答,"我一定替你问。"第二天一早他继续往前走,半路上又到另一座宫堡投宿。 堡主听说他要去怪鸟格莱弗那儿,就讲他家的女儿病了,用尽所有的药全不见效,求他行行好,问一问格莱弗,什么才能治好女儿的病。 汉斯回答很乐意替他问,然后又继续往前走。 他走到一条河边,那儿没有渡船,只有一个大高个汉子背所有人过河去。 这汉子问汉斯去哪里,"去找怪鸟格莱弗,"汉斯回答。 "喏,"汉子说,"你到了它那里,代我问一问我为什么必须背所有的人过河。""好的,"汉斯回答,"上帝保佑,我一定代你问。"大高个儿把汉斯放在肩上,扛过河去,汉斯终于走到了格莱弗家,可只有格莱弗的妻子在家里,它自己不在。 它妻子问汉斯干什么来了,汉斯向她讲了一切:他自己要怪鸟尾巴上一根羽毛;一座府邸的主人丢了钱箱的钥匙,请他代问格莱弗钥匙在什么地方;另外一位堡主的女儿生了病,请问什么能治好她的病;离此地不远有一条河,那儿有个大汉背所有的人过河,请他问他为什么必须背。 格莱弗的妻子说:"你瞧,好朋友,没有人能和格莱弗讲话,它会把他们全吃掉。你想办成事,就只好钻到它床底下,夜里等它睡熟了,再伸手拔它一根尾巴毛;你想知道的那些事,我愿意替你问。"汉斯完全同意,便钻到了床底下。 晚上格莱弗回家来,一进屋就说:"太太,我嗅到一个基督徒的气味儿!""是的,"这妻子回答,"今天是来过一个基督徒,可他又走了。"格莱弗听了没再讲什么。 半夜,神鸟鼾声大作,汉斯伸出手来,拔了它尾巴上的一根毛。 怪鸟一下痛醒了,叫道:"太太,我嗅到一个基督徒的气味了,还觉得有谁在拽我尾巴!"它妻子回答:"你一定是在做梦,我已经告诉你,今天来过一个基督徒,可他又走了。他向我讲了各式各样的事情,说一座府邸里开钱箱的钥匙丢了,怎么找也找不着。""噢,这些傻瓜,"怪鸟格莱弗说,"钥匙在柴屋里门背后的一堆木头下边呗。""他还说一座宫堡的小姐病了,用什么办法都治不好啊。""噢,这些傻瓜,"格莱弗说,"在地窖的楼梯下有只癞蛤蟆,它用姑娘的头发做了窝。她把头发取回去,病就会好喽。"--"他还说离这儿不远有一条河,河边有个汉子不得不背所有的人过河去。""噢,这个傻瓜,"怪鸟说,"他只要有一次把背的人丢在河中间,就不用背任何人啦。"第二天一大早,格莱弗起来走了。 这时汉斯从床下爬了出来,他已得到一根美丽的羽毛,也听见了怪鸟讲的关于钥匙、病女孩和大高个儿的话。 格莱弗的妻子再对他重述了一遍,免得他忘记。 随后,他便往回走,先来到河边的大高个儿那里,大高个儿立刻问怪鸟格莱弗讲了什么,汉斯回答,他得先背他过河去,过了河他会告诉他的。 大高个儿背汉斯过去了,汉斯才对他说,他只要把随便一个人丢在河中间,就不用再背任何人了。 大高个儿非常高兴,对汉斯说为了对他表示感谢,愿意再背他一个来回。 汉斯回答,不,不劳驾了,他对大高个儿已挺满意,说完就走了。 接着他来到有小姐生病的宫堡,因为她不能走路,就背她走到地窖的楼梯下,取出底下的蛤蟆窝,把它塞进小姐手里,她马上从汉斯背上跳了下来,抢先跑上了楼梯,病完全好了。 她的父母高兴极了,要送给汉斯金子银子,他要多少就给多少。 汉斯又走到那座府邸,马上去柴屋门背后的一堆木头下找到钥匙,把它交给了主人。 主人也异常高兴,为报答汉斯,从钱箱里取出许多金子来送他,还加上母牛、绵羊、山羊等各种各样的东西。 就这样,汉斯带着钱、金子、银子、母牛、绵羊、山羊等等东西回到了国王那儿。 国王见了问这么多东西从哪儿来的,汉斯回答,格莱弗给的,要多少给多少。 国王心想,他也可以这么干呀,便马上动身去了。 谁料他走到河边,正好赶上汉斯走后的头一个,那大高个儿于是把他丢在河中间自己走了,国王被淹死在河里。 汉斯娶了公主,当上了国王。

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