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would have done, he said to himself, ' If I wake the maiden up I shall only frighten her. For to-day she shall keep the key, and when I return to-night it will be time enough to take it from her.' So he went oft' to hunt.
The moment he was safe out of the way, the girl ran upstairs and opened the door of the room, which was quite bare. The one window was closed, and she threw back the lattice and looked out. Beneath la}r a garden which belonged to the Prince, and in the garden was an ox, who was drawing up water from the well all by himself— for there was nobody to be seen anywhere. The ox raised his head at the noise the girl made in opening the lattice, and said to her, ' Good morning, O daughter of Buk Ettemsuch ! Your father is feeding you up till you are nice and fat, and then he will put you on a spit and cook you.'
These words so frightened the maiden that she burst into tears and ran out of the room. All day she wept, and when the ogre came home at night, no supper was ready for him.
'What are you crying for?' said he. ' Where is my supper, and is it you who have opened the upper chamber?'
' Yes, I opened it,' answered she.
' And what did the ox say to you? '
' He said, " Good morning, O daughter of Buk Ettemsuch. Your father is feeding you up till you are nice and fat, and then he will put you on a spit and cook you."
' Well, to-morrow you can go to the window and say, " My father is feeding me up till I am nice and fat, but he does not mean to eat me. If I had one of your eyes I would use it for a mirror, and look at myself before and behind; and your girths should be loosened, and you should be blind — seven days and seven nights."
'All right,' replied the girl, and the next morning, when the ox spoke to her, she answered him as she had