HOUSEHOLD STORIES from The BROTHERS GRIMM

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

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142                          GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES.
So Hans carried off the goat, and tied its legs together, and put it in his pocket, and by the time he got home it was suffo­cated.
" Good evening, mother."
" Good evening, Hans. Where have you been ? "
"To Grethel's, mother."
" What did you take her, Hans ? "
" I took nothing, but I brought away something."
" What did Grethel give you, Hans ? "
" A goat, mother."
" What did you do with it, Hans ? "
" Put it in my pocket, mother."
" That was very stupid of you, Hans. You should have tied a cord round its neck, and led it home."
" All right, mother! I'll do better next time."
Then when next time came,
" Where to, Hans ? "
"To Grethel's, mother."
" Manage well, Hans."
" All right ! Good-bye, mother."
" Good-bye, Hans."
Then Hans came to Grethel's.
" Good morning, Grethel."
" Good morning, Hans. What have you brought me to­day ? "
" I've brought nothing, but I want to take away some­thing."
So Grethel gave Hans a piece of bacon. Then he said, "Good-bye, Grethel."
She said, " Good-bye, Hans."
Hans took the bacon, and tied a string round it, and dragged it after him on his way home, and the dogs came and ate it up, so that when he got home he had the string in his hand, and nothing at the other end of it
" Good evening, mother."
" Good evening, Hans. Where have you been ? "
" To Grethel's, mother."
" What did you take her, Hans?"
" I took her nothing, but I brought away something."
" What did Grethel give you, Hans ? "