GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES.
gave her also the Queen's form and countenance, only she could not restore the lost eye. So, in order that the King might not remark it, she had to lie on the side where there was no eye. In the evening, when the King came home and heard that a little son was born to him, he rejoiced with all his heart, and was going at once to his dear wife's bedside to see how she did. Then the old woman cried hastily,
" For your life, do not draw back the curtains, to let in the light upon her; she must be kept quiet." So the King went away, and never knew that a false Queen was lying in the bed.
Now, when it was midnight, and every one was asleep, the nurse, who was sitting by the cradle in the nursery and watching there alone, saw the door open, and the true Queen come in. She took the child out of the cradle, laid it in her bosom, and fed it. Then she shook out its little pillow, put the child back again, and covered it with the coverlet. She did not forget the fawn either : she went to him where he lay in the corner, and stroked his back tenderly. Then she went in perfect silence out at the door, and the nurse next morning asked the watchmen if any one had entered the castle during the night, but they said they had seen no one. And the Queen came many nights, and never said a word ; the nurse saw her always, but she did not dare speak of it to any one.
After some time had gone by in this manner, the Queen seemed to find voice, and said one night,
" My child my fawn twice more I come to see, Twice more I come, and then the end must be."
The nurse said nothing, but as soon as the Queen had disappeared she went to the King and told him all. The King said,
" Ah, heaven ! what do I hear ! I will myself watch by the child to-morrow night."
So at evening he went into the nursery, and at midnight the Queen appeared, and said,
" My child my fawn once more I come to see, Once more I come, and then the end must be."
And she tended the child, as she was accustomed to do,