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Clever Elsie

By Itellyouastory

There was once a man who had  a daughter who was called Clever Elsie.And when she had grown up her father  said: «We will get her married.’«Yes,» said the  mother, «if  only someone  would come  who would  haveher.»  At length a man came from a distance and wooed her, who wascalled Hans;  but he stipulated that  Clever Elsie should  be reallysmart.  «Oh,» said  the father, «she has plenty of good sense’; and themother said: «Oh, she  can see the wind coming up the  street, and hearthe flies coughing.»  «Well,» said Hans, «if she is not really smart, Iwon’t have her.» When they  were sitting at dinner  and had  eaten, themother  said: «Elsie,  go into  the cellar and fetch some beer.» ThenClever Elsie took the pitcher from  the wall, went into the  cellar, andtapped  the lid briskly  as she went,  so that the  time might  notappear  long.  When she  was below  she  fetched herself a chair, andset it before the  barrel so that she had no need  to stoop, and did nothurt her back or do herself any unexpected injury. Then she placed thecan before her, and turned the tap, and while the beer  was running shewould not let her eyes be idle, but looked up at the wall, and aftermuch peering here and there, saw a pick-axe exactly above her, which themasons had accidentally left there.


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