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

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74                             GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES.
ing there under a tree, he saw the witch come up, and list­ened while she called out,
" O Rapunzel, Rapunzel! let down your hair."
Then he saw how Rapunzel let down her long tresses, and how the witch climbed up by it and went in to her, and he said to himself,
" Since that is the ladder I will climb it, and seek my fortune." And the next day, as soon as it began to grow dusk, he went to the tower and cried,
" O Rapunzel, Rapunzel! let down your hair."
And she let down her hair, and the King's son climbed up by it.
Rapunzel was greatly terrified when she saw that a man had come in to her, for she had never seen one before; but the King's son began speaking so kindly to her, and told how her singing had entered into his heart, so that he could have no peace until he had seen her herself. Then Rapunzel for­got her terror, and when he asked her to take him for her husband, and she saw that he was young and beautiful, she thought to herself,
" I certainly like him much better than old mother Gothel," and she put her hand into his hand, saying,
" I would willingly go with thee, but I do not know how I shall get out. When thou comest, bring each time a silken rope, and I will make a ladder, and when it is quite ready I will get down by it out of the tower, and thou shalt take me away on thy horse." They agreed that he should come to her every evening, as the old woman came in the day-time. So the witch knew nothing of all this until once Rapunzel said to her unwittingly,
" Mother Gothel, how is it that you climb up here so slowly, and the King's son is with me in a moment ?"
" O wicked child," cried the witch, " what is this I hear ! I thought I had hidden thee from all the world, and thou hast betrayed me !"
In her anger she seized Rapunzel by her beautiful hair, struck her several times with her left hand, and then grasping a pair of shears in her right—snip, snap—the beautiful locks lay on the ground. And she was so hard-hearted that she took Rapunzel and put her in a waste and desert place, where she lived in great woe and misery.