Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s “Fair Katrinelje and Pif-Paf-Poltrie”

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“Good-day, Father Hollenthe.” “Many thanks, Pif-Paf-Poltrie.” “May I be allowed to have your daughter?” “Oh, yes, if Mother Malcho Milchcow, Brother High-and-Mighty, Sister Kasetraut, and Fair Katrinelje are willing, you can have her.” “Where is Mother Malcho, then?” “She is in the cow-house, milking the cow.”

“Good-day, Mother Malcho.” “Many thanks, Pif-Paf-Poltrie.” “May I be allowed to have your daughter?” “Oh, yes, if Father Hollenthe, Brother High-and-Mighty, Sister Kasetraut, and Fair Katrinelje are willing, you can have her.” “Where is Brother High-and-Mighty, then?” “He is in the room chopping some wood.”

“Good-day, Brother High-and-Mighty.” “Many thanks, Pif-Paf-Poltrie.” “May I be allowed to have your sister?” “Oh, yes, if Father Hollenthe, Mother Malcho, Sister Kasetraut, and Fair Katrinelje are willing, you can have her.” “Where is Sister Kasetraut, then?” “She is in the garden cutting cabbages.”

“Good-day, Sister Kasetraut.” “Many thanks, Pif-Paf-Poltrie.” “May I be allowed to have your sister?” “Oh, yes, if Father Hollenthe, Mother Malcho, Brother High-and-Mighty, and Fair Katrinelje are willing, you may have her.” “Where is Fair Katrinelje, then.” “She is in the room counting out her farthings.”

“Good day, Fair Katrinelje.” “Many thanks, Pif-Paf-Poltrie.” “Will you be my bride?” “Oh, yes, if Father Hollenthe, Mother Malcho, Brother High-and-Mighty, and Sister Kasetraut are willing, I am ready.”

“Fair Katrinelje, how much dowry do you have?” “Fourteen farthings in ready money, three and a half groschen owing to me, half a pound of dried apples, a handful of pretzels, and a handful of roots.

And many other things are mine, Have I not a dowry fine?

Pif-Paf-Poltrie, what is your trade? Are you a tailor?” “Something better.” “A shoemaker?” “Something better.” “A husbandman?” “Something better.” “A joiner?” “Something better.” “A smith?” “Something better.” “A miller?” “Something better.” “Perhaps a broom-maker?” “Yes, that’s what I am, is it not a fine trade?”

 

Sorry I’m a little late with this. I’ve been really busy working on last-minute adjustments to my book The Prince of Prophecy Vol. I: Destined which will be released on June 21, 2014 (a little less than two weeks from now). You can read the first 12 chapters of the book right HERE for free until the 20th (that’s when I’ll be taking the chapters down), so read them while you can!

I hope you enjoyed Fair Katrinelje and Pif-Paf-Poltrie, and if you want more fairy tales, follow this blog for updates every Wednesday and Saturday!

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