Ганзель и Гретель

Hardbyagreatforestdweltapoorwood-cutterwithhiswifeandhistwochildren. TheboywascalledHanselandthegirlGrethel. Hehadlittletobiteandtobreak,andoncewhengreatscarcityfellontheland,hecouldnolongerprocuredailybread. Nowwhenhethoughtoverthisbynightinhisbed,andtossedaboutinhisanxiety,hegroanedandsaidtohiswife, "Whatistobecomeofus?Howarewetofeedourpoorchildren,whenwenolongerhaveanythingevenforourselves?" "I’lltellyouwhat,husband,"answeredthewoman,"Earlyto-morrowmorningwewilltakethechildrenoutintotheforesttowhereitisthethickest,therewewilllightafireforthem,andgiveeachofthemonepieceofbreadmore,andthenwewillgotoourworkandleavethemalone.Theywillnotfindthewayhomeagain,andweshallberidofthem." "No,wife,"saidtheman,"Iwillnotdothat;howcanIbeartoleavemychildrenaloneintheforest?thewildanimalswouldsooncomeandtearthemtopieces." "O,thoufool!"saidshe,"Thenwemustallfourdieofhunger,thoumayestaswellplanetheplanksforourcoffins,"andshelefthimnopeaceuntilheconsented. "ButIfeelverysorryforthepoorchildren,allthesame,"saidtheman. 

Thetwochildrenhadalsonotbeenabletosleepforhunger,andhadheardwhattheirstep-motherhadsaidtotheirfather.Grethelweptbittertears,andsaidtoHansel, "Nowallisoverwithus." "Bequiet,Grethel,"saidHansel,"donotdistressthyself,Iwillsoonfindawaytohelpus." 

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