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

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RUMPELSTILTSKIN.                             229
the wheel, and whirr, whirr, whirr ! three times round and the bobbin was full; then he took up another, and whirr, whirr, whirr ! three times round, and that was full; and so he went on till the morning, when all the straw had been spun, and all the bobbins were full of gold. At sunrise came the king, and when he saw the gold he was astonished and very much re­joiced, for he was very avaricious. He had the miller's daughter taken into another room filled with straw, much bigger than the last, and told her that as she valued her life she must spin it all in one night. The girl did not know what to do, so she began to cry, and then the door opened, and the little man appeared and said,
" What will you give me if I spin all this straw into gold ? "
" The ring from my finger," answered the girl.
So the little man took the ring, and began again to send the wheel whirring round, and by the next morning all the 1 straw was spun into glistening gold. The king was rejoiced beyond measure at the sight, but as he could never have enough of gold, he had the miller's daughter taken into a still larger room full of straw, and said,
" This, too, must be spun in one night, and if you accom­plish it you shall be my wife." For he thought, " Although she is but a miller's daughter, I am not likely to find any one 1 richer in the whole world."
As soon as the girl was left alone, the little man appeared for the third time and said,
" What will you give me if I spin the straw for you this time ? "
" I have nothing left to give," answered the girl.
" Then you must promise me the first child you have after you are queen," said the little man.
" But who knows whether thatwill happen?" thought the girl j but as she did not know what else to do in her necessity, she : promised the little man what he desired, upon which he began , to spin, until all the straw was gold. And when in the morn­ing the king came and found all done according to his wish, he caused the wedding to be held at once, and the miller's pretty daughter became a queen.
In a year's time she brought a fine child into the world,