Fairy Tales Essay

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The following is an annotated version of the fairy tale. I recommend reading the entire story before exploring the annotations, especially if you have not read the tale recently. ONCE upon a time there was a poor husbandman1 who had many children2 and little to give them in the way either of food or clothing.3 They were all pretty, but the prettiest of all was the youngest daughter,4 who was so beautiful that there were no bounds to her beauty.5 So once -- it was late on a Thursday evening6 in autumn,7 and wild weather outside, terribly dark, and raining so heavily and blowing so hard8 that the walls of the cottage shook again -- they were all sitting together by the fireside, each of them busy with something or other, when suddenly some one rapped three times9 against the window- pane.10 The man went out to see what could be the matter, and when he got out there stood a great big white bear.11 "Good-evening to you," said the White Bear.12 "Good-evening," said the man. "Will you give me your youngest daughter?"13 said the White Bear; "if you will, you shall be as rich as you are now poor. Truly the man would have had no objection to be rich, but he thought to himself: "I must first ask my daughter about this,"14 so he went in and told them that there was a great white bear outside who had faithfully promised to make them all rich if he might but have the youngest daughter. She said no,15 and would not hear of it; so the man went out again, and settled with the White Bear that he should come again next Thursday evening, and get her answer. Then the man persuaded her, and talked so much to her about the wealth16 that they would have, and what a good thing it would be for herself, that at last she made up her mind to go, and washed and mended all her rags, made herself as smart as she could,17 and held herself in readiness to set out. Little enough

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