HOUSEHOLD STORIES from The BROTHERS GRIMM

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

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THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE.                 101
" Then, did you wish for nothing ? " said the wife.
" No," said the man; " what should I wish for ? "
" Oh dear ! " said the wife ; " and it is so dreadful always to live in this evil-smelling hovel; you might as well have wished for a little cottage; go again and call him ; tell him we want a little cottage, I daresay he will give it us; go, and be quick."
And when he went back, the sea was green and yellow, and not nearly so clear. So he stood and said,
11 O man, O man !—if man you be, Or flounder, flounder, in the sea— Such a tiresome wife I've got, For she wants what I do not."
Then the flounder came swimming up, and said,
"Now then, what does she want?"
" Oh," said the man, " you know when I caught you my wife says I ought to have wished for something. She does not want to live any longer in the hovel, and would rather have a cottage.
"Go home with you," said the flounder, "she has it already."
So the man went home, and found, instead of the hovel, a little cottage, and his wife was sitting on a bench before the door. And she took him by the hand, and said to him,
" Come in and see if this is not a great improvement."
So they went in, and there was a little house-place and a beautiful little bedroom, a kitchen and larder, with all sorts of furniture, and iron and brass ware of the very best. And at the back was a little yard with fowls and ducks, and a little garden full of green vegetables and fruit.
" Look," said the wife, " is not that nice ? "
" Yes," said the man, " if this can only last we shall be very well contented."
" We will see about that," said the wife. And after a meal they went to bed.
So all went well for a week or fortnight, when the wife said,
" Look here, husband, the cottage is really too confined, and the yard and garden are so small; I think the flounder