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Jorinda And Jorindel

By Itellyouastory

There was once an old  castle, that stood in the  middle of a deepgloomy wood, and in the castle lived an old fairy. Now this fairy couldtake  any shape she pleased. All the day long she flew about in the formof an  owl, or crept about the country like a  cat; but at night shealways became  an old woman again. When  any young man  came within ahundred paces of  her castle, he became quite fixed, and could not movea step till she came and set him free; which she would not do till hehad given her his word  never to come there again: but when any prettymaiden came within that space she was changed into a bird, and the fairyput her into a cage, and hung  her up in a chamber  in the castle.There were seven  hundred of these  cages hanging in the castle, and allwith beautiful birds in them.

Now there was once a maiden whose name was Jorinda. She was prettierthan all the pretty girls that ever were seen before, and a shepherdlad, whose name was Jorindel, was very fond of her, and they were soonto be married. One day they  went to  walk in  the wood, that  theymight  be alone;  and Jorindel said, «We must take care that we don’t gotoo near to the fairy’s castle.» It was  a beautiful  evening; the lastrays of  the setting  sun shone bright through the long stems of thetrees upon the green  underwood beneath, and the turtle-doves sang fromthe tall birches.


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