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By Itellyouastory

There were once a man and a woman who had long in vain wished for achild. At length the woman hoped  that God was about  to grant herdesire.  These people had  a little  window  at the  back of  theirhouse from  which  a splendid garden  could be  seen,  which was  fullof the  most  beautiful flowers and herbs. It was, however, surroundedby a high wall, and no  one dared to go into it because it  belonged toan enchantress, who had  great power and was dreaded by all the world.One day the woman was standing  by this window and looking down into thegarden, when she saw a bed which was planted with the most beautifulrampion (rapunzel), and it looked so fresh and green that she longed forit, she quite pined away, and began to  look pale and miserable.

Thenher husband was alarmed,  and asked: «What  ails you, dear wife?» «Ah,’she replied, «if  I can’t eat some of the  rampion, which is in thegarden behind our house, I shall die.» The man, who  loved her, thought:«Sooner than  let your  wife  die, bring  her some  of  the rampionyourself, let  it cost what  it will.» At  twilight, he  clambered downover the wall into the garden of the enchantress, hastily clutched  ahandful of rampion, and took  it to his wife. She  at once made herselfa salad of it, and ate it greedily. 


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