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33o THE MILLERS BOY AND HIS CAT
that one was blind and the other lame. Then she desired her servants to bring the horse which was intended for Hans; and when it was brought into the court, and the miller had looked at it, the princess said, " That horse is for your youngest apprentice." "'Then," said the miller, " he must have the mill." "No," said the princess, "he will not need it; you may keep the mill and the horse also." And then Hans appeared splendidly dressed, and she desired him to take a seat in her carriage, and they drove away together.
They went first to the small house which Hans had built with the silver tools, it was now a beautiful castle all shining with gold and silver. They were soon after married, and Hans became so rich that he never wanted anything again as long as he lived. No one, therefore, can ever say that because a man is silly he will never be rich.
It is as easy for mountain and valley to meet as for mankind to be good and wicked at the same time. It happened once that a shoemaker and a tailor went on a friendly journey together: it came about in this way. The tailor was a good-looking little fellow, always good-tempered and merry; and one day he met the shoemaker in the village, and saw that he carried his box of tools with him, so he cried out jocosely, in the words of a merry songó-
" Sew well your seams, Draw out your thread, Rub it right and left with wax, Work till 'tis time to go to bed."
The shoemaker, however, would not stop, but he made a wry face as if he had been drinking vinegar, and looked as if he were going to collar the tailor. The merry little fellow, however, only laughed, and holding up a bottle to him, said, " I did not mean any harm ; friend, just have a drink, it will help you to swallow down the bile."
The shoemaker did not refuse, and took such a large draught