THE THREE DWARFS
and determined that she too would go to the wood and look for strawberries. But her mother refused to let her go, Baying:
' My dear child, it is far too eold; you might freeze to death.'
The girl however left her no peace, so she was forced at last to give in, but she insisted on her putting on a beautiful fur cloak, and she gave her bread and butter and cakes to eat on the way.
The girl went straight to the little house in the wood, and as before the three little men were looking out of the window. She took no notice of them, and without as much as ' By your leave,' or ' With your leave,' she flounced into the room, sat herself down at the fire, and began to eat her bread and butter and cakes.
' Give us some,' cried the Dwarfs.
But she answered : ' No, I won't, it's hardly enough for myself; so catch me giving you any.'
When she had finished eating they said:
' There's a broom for you, go and clear up our back door.'
' I'll see myself further,' she answered rudely. ' Do it yourselves; I'm not your servant.'
When she saw that they did not mean to give her anything, she left the house in no amiable frame of mind. Then the three little men consulted what they should do to her, because she was so bad and had such an evil, covetous heart, that she grudged everybody their good fortune.
The first said : ' She shall grow uglier every day.'
The second : ' Every time she speaks a toad shall jump out of her mouth.'
And the third : ' She shall die a most miserable death.'
The girl searched for strawberries, but she found none, and returned home in a very bad temper. When she opened her mouth to tell her mother what had befallen her in the wood, a toad jumped out, so that everyone was (mite disgusted with her.
Then the stepmother was more furious than ever, and did nothing but plot mischief against the man's daughter, who wa daily growing more and more beautiful. At last, one day the wicked woman took a large pot, put it on the fire and boiled some yarn in it. When it was well scalded she hung it round the poor girl's shoulder, and giving her an axe, she bade her break a hole in the frozen river, and rinse the yarn in it. Her stepdaughter obeyed as usual, and went and broke a hole in the ice. When she was in the act of wringing out the yarn a magnificent carriage passed, and tne King sat inside. The carriage stood still, and the King asked her :