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BC: Fairy tales becomes real

FC: Gretel | Hansel | and

1: Once upon a time in the borders of a dark forest, far away, lived a woodcutter with his wife and two children. The woodcutter was very poor indeed, and the children, who were called Hansel and Gretel, had often not enough bread to eat. Their mother had died when they were very little and the woodcutter's new wife did not care for children, so times were hard for Hansel and Gretel. | Once upon a time in a dark forest, far away, lived a woodcutter with his wife and two children. The woodcutter was very poor, and the children, who were called Hansel and Gretel, had not enough bread to eat. Their mother had died when they were very little and the woodcutter's new wife did not care for children. | "There is not enough food in the house for us all. There are too many mouths to feed! We must get rid of the two children," said the woman. And she tries to persuade her husband to abandon his children in the forest. | Life was hard for Hansel and Gretel!

2: "Take them miles from home, so far that they can never find their way back! Maybe someone will find them and give them a home." The woodcutter didn't know what to do. Hansel who, one evening, had overheard his parents' conversation, comforted Gretel: "Don't worry! If they do leave us in the forest, we'll find the way home," he said. | Then he went to the garden and Hansel filled his pockets with many white pebbles, and then went back to bed.

3: All night long, the woodcutter's wife harped on at her husband till, at dawn, he led Hansel and Gretel away into the forest. But as they went into the depths of the trees, Hansel dropped a little white pebble here and there on the green ground. At a certain point, the two children found they really were alone, the woodcutter was gone. Night fell but the woodcutter did not return. Gretel began to cry. Hansel too felt scared but he tried to hide his feelings and comfort his sister.

4: "Don't cry, trust me! I'll take you home even if Father doesn't come back for us!" Luckily the moon was full that night and Hansel waited till its cold light filtered through the trees. "Now give me your hand!" he said. "We'll get home safely, you'll see!" The tiny white pebbles gleamed in the moonlight, and the children found their way home. They crept through a half open window, without wakening their parents. Cold, tired but thankful to be home again, they slept into bed.

5: Next day, when their stepmother discovered that Hansel and Gretel had returned, she went into a rage. She locked her bedroom door, reproaching her husband for failing to carry out her orders. The weak woodcutter protested, torn as he was between shame and fear of disobeying his cruel wife. The stepmother kept Hansel and Gretel under lock and key all day with nothing for supper but a sip of water and some hard bread. All night, husband and wife quarreled, and when dawn came, the woodcutter led the children out into the forest again. | The stepmother was a bad person!

6: Hansel and Gretel are very scared | Hansel, had not eaten his bread, and as he walked through the trees, he left a trail of crumbs behind him to mark the way. But the hungry birds that lived in the forest ate all the crumbs. Again the woodcutter left his two children in the forest. "I've left a trail, like last time!" Hansel said to Gretel. But when night fell, they saw that all the crumbs had gone. "I'm frightened!" wept Gretel. "I'm cold and hungry and I want to go home!"

7: They love each other! | "Don't be afraid. I'm here to look after you!" Hansel tried to encourage his sister, but he too scared when he saw frightening shadows and evil eyes around them in the darkness. All night the two children huddled together at the foot of a large tree.

8: Next day they started to walk about the forest. They were well and truly lost. On they walked and walked, till suddenly they came upon a strange cottage in the middle of forest. "This is chocolate!" said Hansel as he broke plaster from the wall. "And this is ice!" exclaimed Gretel, putting another piece of wall in her mouth. Starving but delighted, the children began to eat pieces of candy broken off the cottage.

9: Little girls have a magic all their own. | A house made of candies!

10: "Isn't this delicious?" said Gretel, with her mouth full. "We'll stay here," Hansel declared. They were just about to try a piece of the biscuit door when it quietly swung open. "Well, well!" said an old woman, peering out with a crafty look. "And haven't you children a sweet tooth?" "Come in! Come in, you've nothing to fear!" said the old woman. Unluckily for Hansel and Gretel, the sugar candy cottage belonged to an old witch, her trap for catching victims!

11: Hansel and Gretel are very intelligent . | "You're nothing but skin and bones!" said the witch, locking Hansel into a cage. I shall fatten you up and eat you!" "You can do the housework," she told Gretel, "I'll make a meal of you!" As luck would have it, the witch had very bad eyesight "Let me feel your finger!" said the witch to Hansel every day to check if he was getting fatter. Now, Gretel had brought her brother a chicken bone, and when the witch went to touch his finger, Hansel held out the bone.

12: "You're still much too thin!" she said. When will you become plump?" One day the witch grew tired of waiting. "Light the oven," she told Gretel. "We're going to have a tasty roasted boy today!" A little later, hungry and impatient, she said: "Run and see if the oven is hot enough." Gretel returned, saying: "I can't tell if it is hot enough or not." Angrily, the witch screamed at the little girl: "Useless child! All right, I'll see for myself." But when the witch bent down to peer inside the oven and checks the heat, Gretel gave her a tremendous push and slammed the oven door shut. Gretel ran to set her brother free and they made quite sure that the oven door was tightly shut behind the witch. Indeed, just to be on the safe side, they fastened it firmly with a large padlock. Then they stayed for several days to eat some more of the house, till they discovered the witch's belongings, a huge chocolate egg. Inside lay a casket of gold coins.

13: The witch has a terrible ending

14: "The witch is now burnt to a cinder," said Hansel, "so we'll take this treasure with us." They filled a large basket with food and set off into the forest to search for the way home. This time, luck was with them, and on the second day, they saw their father come out of the house towards them, weeping. "Your stepmother is dead. Come home with me now, my dear children!" The two children hugged the woodcutter. "Promise you'll never ever desert us again," said Gretel, throwing her arms round her father's neck. Hansel opened the casket. "Look, Father! We're rich now . . . You'll never have to chop wood again." And they all lived happily together ever after. | "The witch is now burnt to a cinder," said Hansel, "so we'll take this treasure with us." They filled a large basket with food and set off into the forest to search for the way home. This time, luck was with them, and on the second day, they saw their father come out of the house towards them, weeping. "Your stepmother is dead. Come home with me now, my dear children!" The two children hugged the woodcutter. "Promise you'll never ever desert us again," said Gretel, throwing her arms round her father's neck. Hansel opened the casket. "Look, Father! We're rich now . . . You'll never have to chop wood again." And they all lived happily together ever after. | "The witch is now burnt to a cinder," said Hansel, "so we'll take this treasure with us." They filled a large basket with food and set off into the forest to search for the way home. This time, luck was with them, and on the second day, they saw their father come out of the house towards them, weeping. | "Your stepmother is dead. Come home with me now, my dear children!" The two children hugged the woodcutter. "Promise you'll never ever desert us again," said Gretel, throwing her arms round her father's neck. Hansel opened the casket: "Look, Father! We're rich now...You'll never have to chop wood again." | And they all lived happily together ever after.

15: Girls are made of angel's wings and giggles and a firefly's glow. | The End

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