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THE PEASANTS CLEVER DAUGHTER. 365
drink. So the king sent for him and asked him what his daughtel had said which he wished he had listened to.
" She prophesied," he replied, " that if I took the small piece of gold to the king that we should have to give up all we found afterwards."
" Have you such a clever daughter ?" said the king, " Then send for her at once that I may see her."
So the peasant's daughter was obliged to come, and the king was so pleased with her that he talked to her quite pleasantly, and said: " People tell me that you are very clever, I will there­fore give you a riddle to guess, and if you solve it you shall be my wife."
Then she said at once that she would try. So the king said, " Come to me neither clothed nor naked, neither riding nor walking, neither on the road nor on the path; and if you can do all this I will marry you."
The maiden immediately went home, quickly stripped herself, got a large hank of yarn, placed herself in it, and wound it round and round her body till she was quite covered. Then a neigh­bour, for a small payment, lent her an ass, and she tied the end of the yarn to the ass's tail, so that he dragged her along behind him, therefore she neither rode nor drove. The ass also walked so that she was dragged along in a carriage-wheel rut, and only her great toe touched the ground, and thus she appeared before the king—neither clothed nor naked, neither riding, walk-; ig nor driving, and neither on the road nor on the path.
When the king saw her he said she had guessed the riddle, and fulfilled the contract, and therefore he was ready to make her his wife. Her father was immediately released from confinement, and the king married his daughter and bestowed upon them all the necessary kingly honours.
A year passed, and one day the king went out on the parade, in front of the castle. It happened just then that a number of peasants, of whom he had bought wood, stood with their waggons before the castle. To some of the waggons oxen were harnessed, and to others horses; among them was a peasant who had two horses and a young foal, and while they stood there the foal ran away and laid itself down between two oxen who were yoked in the waggon of another peasant. On this a dreadful quarrel arose