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THE CLE VER HUNTER,
made her go and stand in a corner of the market-place to sell her goods, close to the road where waggons were constantly passing, for he wanted to make her position as unhappy as he could, and he knew that if they drove by quickly, her goods would be soon shaken to a thousand pieces.
The poor maiden took her basket to the corner, as the king had desired her to do, knowing nothing of the waggons. Consequently, one soon drove by, and smashed her goods to atoms. Then she began to weep and cry: " Oh, how shall I pay the potter ?"
The king, however, who still wanted her to marry the captain, sent for the potter, and asked him not to lend her another basket of goods, and so when she went to him the next morning, he refused to let her have any more. Then she went to her fether weeping and lamenting sadly, and declaring that she would go out into the world and wander about by herself, rather than be married to the captain. Her father then told her that he would have a small cottage built for her in the wood, where she could live all her life by herself, and cook for any one who passed by, but receive no money for it
As soon as the house was finished, a sign was hung up over the door, on which was written : " For nothing to-day, to-morrow we pay." She lived in this cottage for a long time, and it was soon noised abroad in the world that a maiden lived there who cooked for nothing, and that over the door of her cottage hung a sign. The hunter who had killed the giants heard of this, and thought to himself: "That is the very place for me to have my dinner cooked ; I am hungry, and have not much money."
So he took his air-gun and his knapsack wherein everything still remained which he had taken from the castle as proofs of what he had done, and going to the forest soon found the tiny house and read the words upon the sign, "For nothing to-day, to-morrow we pay." He carried also the sword with which he had cut off the heads of the three giants. So he went in like a traveller, and asked for something to eat.
He was quite delighted to find such a beautiful maiden there; for indeed she was as beautiful as a picture. She asked him where he came from; and he replied that he was travelling about the world. After he had eaten and drank they began to talk again; and she told him a]iout the three giants being killed at the castl