Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Old Witch (A Halloween Tale)

The Old Witch
by The Brothers Grimm

There was once a little girl who was very willful and who never obeyed when her elders spoke to her - so how could she be happy?

One day she said to her parents, "I have heard so much of the old witch that I will go and see her. People say she is a wonderful old woman, and has many marvelous things in her house, and I am very curious to see them."'

But her parents forbade her going, saying, "The witch is a wicked old woman, who performs many godless deeds - and if you go near her, you are no longer a child of ours."

The girl, however, would not turn back at her parents' command, but went to the witch's house. When she arrived there the old woman asked her:

"Why are you so pale?"

"Ah," she replied, trembling all over, "I have frightened myself so with what I have just seen."

"And what did you see?" inquired the old witch.

"I saw a black man on your steps."

"That was a collier," replied she.

"Then I saw a gray man."

"That was a sportsman," said the old woman.

"After him I saw a blood-red man."

"That was a butcher," replied the old woman.

"But, oh, I was most terrified," continued the girl, "when I peeped through your window, and saw not you, but a creature with a fiery head."

"Then you have seen the witch in her proper dress," said the old woman. "For you I have long waited, and now you shall give me light."

So saying the witch changed the little girl into a block of wood, and then threw it on the fire. When it was fully alight, she sat down on the hearth and warmed herself, saying:

"How good I feel! The fire has not burned like this for a long time!"

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Blogger PEA said...

Remind me never to go visit that witch! lol I'm so loving your Halloween stories, puts us in the mood:-) xox

October 22, 2007 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger peppylady said...

Love this story and it tell you to respect your elders.

October 22, 2007 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Julie Marie said...

Those "Grimms Fairy Tales" were certainly grim, weren't they. No sugar coating for them!

Thank you, thank you, for the Halloween swap box. I ate the candies last night. They were delish.


October 22, 2007 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger *~*Cece*~* said...

I love a nice warm fire! lol

October 22, 2007 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Sacred Suzie said...

Woah! I guess that witch was definitely a wicked one, LOL.

October 22, 2007 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

If you look at it at a deeper level then it could be a story about transformation and igniting the creative fire.

October 23, 2007 at 6:19 AM  

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