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Hansel And Gretel

By Itellyouastory

Hard by a great forest dwelt a poor wood-cutter with his wife and histwo children. The boy was called Hansel and the girl Gretel. He hadlittle  to bite and to break, and once when  great dearth fell on theland, he  could no longer procure even daily bread. Now when he thoughtover this by night in his bed, and tossed  about in his anxiety, hegroaned and said to  his wife: «What is to become of us? How are we tofeed our poor children, when we no  longer have  anything even  forourselves?»  «I’ll tell  you  what, husband,» answered the  woman,«early  tomorrow morning we  will take  the children out into the forestto where it is  the thickest; there we  will light a fire for them, andgive each of them one more piece of bread,  and then we will go to ourwork and  leave them alone. They will not find  the way home again, andwe shall be rid of them.» «No, wife,» said the man, «I will not  dothat;  how can  I  bear to  leave my  children alone  in  theforest?—the wild animals would soon come and tear them to pieces.» «O,you fool!» said she, «then  we must all  four die of hunger,  you may aswell plane the planks  for our coffins,»  and she  left him no  peaceuntil  he consented. «But I feel  very sorry for the  poor children, allthe  same,» said the man.


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