Rapunzel

Onceuponatimetherewasamanandawomanwhohadlong,buttonoavail,wishedforachild.FinallythewomancametobelievethatthegoodLordwouldfulfillherwish.Throughthesmallrearwindowofthesepeople’shousetheycouldseeintoasplendidgardenthatwasfilledwiththemostbeautifulflowersandherbs.Thegardenwassurroundedbyahighwall,andnoonedaredenter,becauseitbelongedtoasorceresswhopossessedgreatpowerandwasfearedbyeveryone.

Onedaythewomanwasstandingatthiswindow,andshesawabedplantedwiththemostbeautifulrapunzel.Itlookedsofreshandgreenthatshelongedforsome.Itwashergreatestdesiretoeatsomeoftherapunzel.Thisdesireincreasedwitheveryday,andnotknowinghowtogetany,shebecamemiserablyill.

Herhusbandwasfrightened,andaskedher,"Whatailsyou,dearwife?"

"Oh,"sheanswered,"ifIdonotgetsomerapunzelfromthegardenbehindourhouse,Ishalldie."

Theman,wholovedherdearly,thought,"Beforeyouletyourwifedie,youmustgethersomeoftherapunzel,whateverthecost."

Sojustasitwasgettingdarkheclimbedoverthehighwallintothesorceress’sgarden,hastilydugupahandfulofrapunzel,andtookittohiswife.Sheimmediatelymadeasaladfromit,whichshedevouredeagerly.Ittastedsoverygoodtoherthatbythenextdayherdesireformorehadgrownthreefold.Ifsheweretohaveanypeace,themanwouldhavetoclimbintothegardenonceagain.

Thushesetforthonceagainjustasitwasgettingdark.Butnosoonerthanhehadclimbedoverthewallthan,tohishorror,hesawthesorceressstandingtherebeforehim.

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