Thursday, 11 February 2016

Neither Driving Nor Riding

There was once a king's son who had proposed to a girl. But when they had become good friends, he thought it no matter; he did not want her, for she was not fine enough for him. And then he thought he might try to be rid of her, so he said he would have her, regardless, if she could come to him —

Neither driving
Nor riding
Neither walking
Nor sliding
Neither hungry
Nor sated
Neither naked
Nor clothed
Neither by day
Nor by night

— for he thought she would never manage it.

She took three grains of barley and bit on them, so she was not hungry, but neither was she fasting; and then she threw a woollen net over herself, so that the was —

Neither naked
Nor clothed

She then took a ram and sat on it, so that her legs dragged upon the ground, and she shuffled forwards, so that she was —

Neither driving
Nor riding
Neither walking
Nor sliding

And it was twilight between night and day.

When she came to the guards, she asked to speak to the prince; but they would not open up to her, for she was a sight to behold. But the prince awoke from all the noise, and came to the window. Then she shuffled over, and twisted one of the ram's horns off. Taking it, she stood on the back and banged on the window. So they had to open up and make her a princess.

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