So on the following day, at dusk, he went to the foot of the tower and cried:
' Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your golden hair,'
and as soon as she had let it down the Prince climbed up.
At first Rapunzel was terribly frightened when a man came in, for she had never seen one before; but the Prince spoke to her so kindly, and told her at once that his heart had been so touched by her singing, that he felt he should know no peace of mind till he had seen her. Very soon Rapunzel forgot her fear, and when he asked her to marry him she consented at once. ' For,' she thought, ' he is young and handsome, and I'll certainly be happier with him than with the old Witch.' So she put her hand in his and said :
' Yes, I will gladly go with you, only how am I to get down out of the tower ? Every time you come to see me you must bring a skein of silk with you, and I will make a ladder of them, and when it is finished I will climb down by it, and you will take me away on your horse.'
They arranged that, till
the ladder was ready, he was
to come to her every evening, because the old woman was with her
during the day. The old Witch, of course, knew nothing of what