Brother and Sister

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Part 201 of total 208 stories in the book Grimm's Fairy Tales.
  1. The Golden Key
  2. The Boots of Buffalo-Leather
  3. The Grave-Mound
  4. The Crumbs on the Table
  5. The Heavenly Wedding
  6. The Aged Mother
  7. Our Lady’s Little Glass
  8. God’s Food
  9. The Peasant and the Devil
  10. The Hare and the Hedgehog
  11. The Nail
  12. The Giant and the Tailor
  13. The Little Folks’ Presents
  14. Master Pfriem
  15. Death’s Messengers
  16. The Duration of Life
  17. The Moon
  18. The Owl
  19. The Bittern and the Hoopoe
  20. The Sole
  21. Sharing Joy and Sorrow
  22. Lean Lisa
  23. The Peasant in Heaven
  24. The Wise Servant
  25. A Riddling Tale
  26. The Ditmarsch Tale of Wonders
  27. The Story of Schlauraffen Land
  28. Odds and Ends
  29. The Old Beggar-Woman
  30. The Beam
  31. The Lord’s Animals and the Devil’s
  32. The Fox and the Horse
  33. The Lazy Spinner
  34. The Three Apprentices
  35. The Seven Swabians
  36. The Three Army-Surgeons
  37. The Flail from Heaven
  38. The Jew Among Thorns
  39. Doctor Knowall
  40. Old Hildebrand
  41. The Poor Man and the Rich Man
  42. The Fox and the Geese
  43. Gambling Hansel
  44. The Death of the Little Hen
  45. Clever Grethel
  46. The Fox and the Cat
  47. The Wolf and the Fox
  48. The Wolf and the Man
  49. Jorinda and Joringel
  50. The Little Peasant
  51. Frederick and Catherine
  52. The Dog and the Sparrow
  53. Herr Korbes
  54. The Elves And The Shoemaker
  55. The Wedding of Mrs. Fox
  56. The Tailor in Heaven
  57. The Louse and the Flea
  58. The Bremen Town-Musicians
  59. The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage
  60. The Fisherman and His Wife
  61. The Pack of Ragamuffins
  62. Cat and Mouse in Partnership
  63. The Hazel-Branch
  64. The Wonderful Musician
  65. The Three Green Twigs
  66. Poverty and Humility Lead to Heaven
  67. The Rose
  68. The Twelve Apostles
  69. St. Joseph in the Forest
  70. Maid Maleen
  71. The Crystal Ball
  72. Old Rinkrank
  73. The Ear of Corn
  74. The Drummer
  75. The Master Thief
  76. The Sea Hare
  77. The Spindle, The Shuttle, and The Needle
  78. The True Sweetheart
  79. The Poor Boy in the Grave
  80. The Nix of the Mill-Pond
  81. Eve’s Various Children
  82. The Goose Girl at the Well
  83. The Hut in the Forest
  84. Strong Hans
  85. The Griffin
  86. Lazy Harry
  87. The Glass Coffin
  88. Snow-White and Rose-Red
  89. The Sparrow and His Four Children
  90. Brides On Their Trial
  91. The Stolen Farthings
  92. The Star Money
  93. The Shepherd Boy
  94. The Three Sluggards
  95. The Old Man Made Young Again
  96. The Turnip
  97. The Ungrateful Son
  98. The Donkey
  99. Going A-Travelling
  100. Simeli Mountain
  101. The Lambkin and the Little Fish
  102. Domestic Servants
  103. The Maid of Brakel
  104. Knoist and His Three Sons
  105. The Three Black Princesses
  106. Iron John
  107. The White Bride and the Black One
  108. The Six Servants
  109. The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces
  110. Fair Katrinelje and Pif-Paf-Poltrie
  111. One-Eye, Two-Eyes, and Three-Eyes
  112. The Four Skillful Brothers
  113. The Iron Stove
  114. Ferdinand the Faithful
  115. The Devil and His Grandmother
  116. The Three Brothers
  117. The Old Woman in the Wood
  118. Donkey Cabbages
  119. The King’s Son Who Feared Nothing
  120. The Willful Child
  121. The Blue Light
  122. The Bright Sun Brings It to Light
  123. The Cunning Little Tailor
  124. The Two Kings’ Children
  125. The Skillful Huntsman
  126. The Shroud
  127. Hans the Hedgehog
  128. The Two Travelers
  129. The Poor Miller’s Boy and the Cat
  130. Stories About Snakes
  131. Wise Folks
  132. Sweet Porridge
  133. The Willow-Wren and the Bear
  134. Bearskin
  135. The Devil’s Sooty Brother
  136. The Spirit in the Bottle
  137. The Water of Life
  138. The Three Little Birds
  139. The Peasant’s Wise Daughter
  140. The Raven
  141. The King of the Golden Mountain
  142. The Elves
  143. The Goose Girl
  144. The Young Giant
  145. The Singing, Soaring Lark
  146. The Gold-Children
  147. Hans Married
  148. Hans in Luck
  149. Brother Lustig
  150. The Water-Nix
  151. The Old Man and His Grandson
  152. The Pink
  153. Gossip Wolf and the Fox
  154. How Six Men Got On in the World
  155. The Three Sons of Fortune
  156. The Thief and His Master
  157. The Twelve Huntsmen
  158. The Hare’s Bride
  159. Allerleirauh
  160. The Golden Goose
  161. The Three Feathers
  162. The Queen Bee
  163. The Two Brothers
  164. The Golden Bird
  165. Sweetheart Roland
  166. Rumpelstiltskin
  167. The Knapsack, The Hat, and The Horn
  168. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  169. King Thrushbeard
  170. Fundevogel
  171. Little Briar-Rose
  172. The Six Swans
  173. Old Sultan
  174. The Juniper-Tree
  175. Fitcher’s Bird
  176. Thumbling as Journeyman
  177. Godfather’s Death
  178. Frau Trude
  179. The Godfather
  180. The Robber Bridegroom
  181. Thumbling
  182. The Wishing-Table, The Gold-Ass, and The Cudgel in the Sack
  183. Clever Elsie
  184. The Three Languages
  185. Clever Hans
  186. The Girl Without Hands
  187. The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs
  188. The Singing Bone
  189. Little Red-Cap
  190. The Seven Ravens
  191. Mother Holle
  192. The Riddle
  193. Cinderella
  194. The Valiant Little Tailor
  195. The White Snake
  196. The Three Snake-Leaves
  197. Hansel and Grethel
  198. The Three Spinners
  199. The Three Little Men in the Wood
  200. Rapunzel
  201. Brother and Sister
  202. The Twelve Brothers
  203. The Good Bargain
  204. Faithful John
  205. The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids
  206. A Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was
  207. Our Lady’s Child
  208. The Frog King, or Iron Henry

Little brother took his little sister by the hand and said, since our mother died we have had no happiness. Our step-mother beats us every day, and if we come near her she kicks us away with her foot. Our meals are the hard crusts of bread that are left over. And the little dog under the table is better off, for she often throws it a choice morsel. God pity us, if our mother only knew. Come, we will go forth together into the wide world.

They walked the whole day over meadows, fields, and stony places. And when it rained the little sister said, heaven and our hearts are weeping together. In the evening they came to a large forest, and they were so weary with sorrow and hunger and the long walk, that they lay down in a hollow tree and fell asleep. The next day when they awoke, the sun was already high in the sky, and shone down hot into the tree. Then the brother said, sister, I am thirsty. If I knew of a little brook I would go and just take a drink. I think I hear one running. The brother got up and took the little sister by the hand, and they set off to find the brook. But the wicked step-mother was a witch, and had seen how the two children had gone away, and had crept after them secretly, as witches creep, and had bewitched all the brooks in the forest.

Now when they found a little brook leaping brightly over the stones, the brother was going to drink out of it, but the sister heard how it said as it ran, who drinks of me will be a tiger. Who drinks of me will be a tiger. Then the sister cried, pray, dear brother, do not drink, or you will become a wild beast, and tear me to pieces. The brother did not drink, although he was so thirsty, but said, I will wait for the next spring.

When they came to the next brook the sister heard this also say, who drinks of me will be a wolf. Who drinks of me will be a wolf. Then the sister cried out, pray, dear brother, do not drink, or you will become a wolf, and devour me. The brother did not drink, and said, I will wait until we come to the next spring, but then I must drink, say what you like. For my thirst is too great. And when they came to the third brook the sister heard how it said as it ran, who drinks of me will be a roebuck. Who drinks of me will be a roebuck. The sister said, oh, I pray you, dear brother, do not drink, or you will become a roebuck, and run away from me. But the brother had knelt down at once by the brook, and had bent down and drunk some of the water, and as soon as the first drops touched his lips he lay there in the form of a young roebuck.

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And now the sister wept over her poor bewitched brother, and the little roe wept also, and sat sorrowfully near to her. But at last the girl said, be quiet, dear little roe, I will never, never leave you.

Then she untied her golden garter and put it round the roebuck’s neck, and she plucked rushes and wove them into a soft cord. This she tied to the little animal and led it on, and she walked deeper and deeper into the forest.

And when they had gone a very long way they came at last to a little house, and the girl looked in. And as it was empty, she thought, we can stay here and live. Then she sought for leaves and moss to make a soft bed for the roe. And every morning she went out and gathered roots and berries and nuts for herself, and brought tender grass for the roe, who ate out of her hand, and was content and played round about her. In the evening, when the sister was tired, and had said her prayer, she laid her head upon the roebuck’s back – that was her pillow, and she slept softly on it. And if only the brother had had his human form it would have been a delightful life. For some time they were alone like this in the wilderness. But it happened that the king of the country held a great hunt in the forest. Then the blasts of the horns, the barking of dogs and the merry shouts of the huntsmen rang through the trees, and the roebuck heard all, and was only too anxious to be there.

Oh, said he, to his sister, let me be off to the hunt, I cannot bear it any longer, and he begged so much that at last she agreed. But, said she to him, come back to me in the evening. I must shut my door for fear of the rough huntsmen, so knock and say, my little sister, let me in, that I may know you. And if you do not say that, I shall not open the door. Then the young roebuck sprang away. So happy was he and so merry in the open air. The king and the huntsmen saw the lovely animal, and started after him, but they could not catch him, and when they thought that they surely had him, away he sprang through the bushes and vanished. When it was dark he ran to the cottage, knocked, and said, my little sister, let me in. Then the door was opened for him, and he jumped in, and rested himself the whole night through upon his soft bed. The next day the hunt began again, and when the roebuck once more heard the bugle-horn, and the ho. Ho. Of the huntsmen, he had no peace, but said, sister, let me out, I must be off.

His sister opened the door for him, and said, but you must be here again in the evening and say your pass-word. When the king and his huntsmen again saw the young roebuck with the golden collar, they all chased him, but he was too quick and nimble for them. This lasted the whole day, but by the evening the huntsmen had surrounded him, and one of them wounded him a little in the foot, so that he limped and ran slowly. Then a hunter crept after him to the cottage and heard how he said, my little sister, let me in, and saw that the door was opened for him, and was shut again at once. The huntsman took notice of it all, and went to the king and told him what he had seen and heard. Then the king said, to-morrow we will hunt once more. The little sister, however, was dreadfully frightened when she saw that her fawn was hurt. She washed the blood off him, laid herbs on the wound, and said, go to your bed, dear roe, that you may get well again. But the wound was so slight that the roebuck, next morning, did not feel it any more. And when he again heard the sport outside, he said, I cannot bear it, I must be there.

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They shall not find it so easy to catch me. The sister cried, and said, this time they will kill you, and here am I alone in the forest and forsaken by all the world. I will not let you out. Then you will have me die of grief, answered the roe. When I hear the bugle-horns I feel as if I must jump out of my skin. Then the sister could not do otherwise, but opened the door for him with a heavy heart, and the roebuck, full of health and joy, bounded into the forest. When the king saw him, he said to his huntsmen, now chase him all day long till night-fall, but take care that no one does him any harm. As soon as the sun had set, the king said to the huntsman, now come and show me the cottage in the wood. And when he was at the door, he knocked and called out, dear little sister, let me in. Then the door opened, and the king walked in, and there stood a maiden more lovely than any he had ever seen. The maiden was frightened when she saw, not her little roe, but a man come in who wore a golden crown upon his head. But the king looked kindly at her, stretched out his hand, and said, will you go with me to my palace and be my dear wife. Yes, indeed, answered the maiden, but the little roe must go with me, I cannot leave him. The king said, it shall stay with you as long as you live, and shall want nothing. Just then he came running in, and the sister again tied him with the cord of rushes, took it in her own hand, and went away with the king from the cottage.

The king took the lovely maiden upon his horse and carried her to his palace, where the wedding was held with great pomp. She was now the queen, and they lived for a long time happily together. The roebuck was tended and cherished, and ran about in the palace-garden. But the wicked step-mother, because of whom the children had gone out into the world, had never thought but that the sister had been torn to pieces by the wild beasts in the wood, and that the brother had been shot for a roebuck by the huntsmen. Now when she heard that they were so happy, and so well off, envy and jealousy rose in her heart and left her no peace, and she thought of nothing but how she could bring them again to misfortune. Her own daughter, who was ugly as night, and had only one eye, reproached her and said, a queen. That ought to have been my luck. Just be quiet, answered the old woman, and comforted her by saying, when the time comes I shall be ready. As time went on the queen had a pretty little boy, and it happened that the king was out hunting. So the old witch took the form of the chamber maid, went into the room where the queen lay, and said to her, come the bath is ready. It will do you good, and give you fresh strength. Make haste before it gets cold. Her daughter also was close by. So they carried the weakly queen into the bath-room, and put her into the bath.

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Then they shut the door and ran away. But in the bath-room they had made a fire of such hellish heat that the beautiful young queen was soon suffocated. When this was done the old woman took her daughter, put a nightcap on her head, and laid her in bed in place of the queen. She gave her too the shape and look of the queen, only she could not make good the lost eye. But in order that the king might not see it, she was to lie on the side on which she had no eye. In the evening when he came home and heard that he had a son he was heartily glad, and was going to the bed of his dear wife to see how she was. But the old woman quickly called out, for your life leave the curtains closed. The queen ought not to see the light yet, and must have rest. The king went away, and did not find out that a false queen was lying in the bed. But at midnight, when all slept, the nurse, who was sitting in the nursery by the cradle, and who was the only person awake, saw the door open and the true queen walk in. She took the child out of the cradle, laid it on her arm, and suckled it. Then she shook up its pillow, laid the child down again, and covered it with the little quilt.

And she did not forget the roebuck, but went into the corner where it lay, and stroked its back. Then she went quite silently out of the door again. The next morning the nurse asked the guards whether anyone had come into the palace during the night, but they answered, no, we have seen no one. She came thus many nights and never spoke a word. The nurse always saw her, but she did not dare to tell anyone about it. When some time had passed in this manner, the queen began to speak in the night, and said, how fares my child, how fares my roe. Twice shall I come, then never more. The nurse did not answer, but when the queen had gone again, went to the king and told him all. The king said, ah, God. What is this. To-morrow night I will watch by the child. In the evening he went into the nursery, and at midnight the queen again appeared and said, how fares my child, how fares my roe.

Once will I come, then never more. And she nursed the child as she was wont to do before she disappeared. The king dared not speak to her, but on the next night he watched again. Then she said, how fares my child, how fares my roe. This time I come, then never more. Then the king could not restrain himself. He sprang towards her, and said, you can be none other than my dear wife. She answered, yes, I am your dear wife, and at the same moment she received life again, and by God’s grace became fresh, rosy and full of health. Then she told the king the evil deed which the wicked witch and her daughter had been guilty of towards her. The king ordered both to be led before the judge, and the judgment was delivered against them. The daughter was taken into the forest where she was torn to pieces by wild beasts, but the witch was cast into the fire and miserably burnt. And as soon as she was burnt to ashes, the roebuck changed his shape, and received his human form again, so the sister and brother lived happily together all their lives.

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