51 Tales translated to English by Lucy Crane & Illustrated by Walter Crane

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CLEVER GRETHEL.                             n
came the guest, knocking very genteelly and softly at the front door. Grethel ran and looked to see who it was, and when she caught sight of the guest she put her finger on her lip say­ing, " Hush ! make the best haste you can out of this, for if my master catches you, it will be bad for you; he asked you to come to supper, but he really means to cut off your ears! Just listen how he is sharpening his knife !"
The guest, hearing the noise of the sharpening, made off as fast as he could go. And Grethel ran screaming to her master. " A pretty guest you have asked to the house !" cried she.
"How so, Grethel? what do you mean?" asked he.
" What indeed!" said she; " why, he has gone and run away with my pair of fowls that I had just dished up."
" That's pretty sort of conduct!" said the master, feeling very sorry about the fowls; " he might at least have left me one, that I might have had something to eat." And he called out to him to stop, but the guest made as if he did not hear him; then he ran after him, the knife still in his hand, crying out, " Only one ! only one !" meaning that the guest should let him have one of the fowls and not take both, but the guest thought he meant to have only one of his ears, and he ran so much the faster that he might get home with both of them safe.