Fairy Tale - My Le

Fairy Tale - My Le - My P Le WG211 JP 2011 The Ugly Beauty...

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My P Le WG211 – JP 2011 The Ugly Beauty Once upon a time when wishing still helped one, hard by a great forest dwelt a poor farmer with his wife. They prayed everyday "If only we had a child!" But for a long time they had none. One day, as the farmer’s wife was collecting chestnut in the wood, she suddenly craved for water. There was no lake nearby, so she drank three dewdrops from a red maple leaf. Before a year had passed the farmer’s wife had a baby girl. Overwhelmed with joy, she named the child Beauty, in hope that the child would grow up as beautiful as the crystal sparkling dewdrops on the red maple leaf. But God didn’t grant the mother’s wish. The little girl, whose name was Beauty, grew up uglier and uglier. However, to make up for her dreadful look, Beauty was blessed with a golden heart. No child was more pious than her, no child was merrier than her, and no child ever cherished flowers and small creatures the way she did. Though upset by her look, the farmer and his wife loved their child dearly. When Beauty turned seven, heaven, which seemed to mingle good with evil, suddenly permitted a bitter illness to the farmer and his wife. The farmer soon passed away, followed by his wife. All alone, in a small house at the end of the village, dwelt an old woman. She was the oldest
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woman in the village, thus the wisest. The old woman took the forlorn child to live with her, kept her to her work, and educated her in all that was good. She taught Beauty how to make analgesic from the sap of gum trees, to brew antidote from venom and to heal pruritus with mimosa petals. She showed Beauty how to weave the cloths as light and shiny as cobwebs, and how to bake the bread as soft and white as clouds. She told Beauty the tales of the sun, the moon and the stars. She taught Beauty how to read and write. When the girl was fifteen years old, the old woman became ill, called the child to her bedside, and said: “My dear daughter, I feel my end drawing near. I leave you this little house, which will protect you from wind and weather. I leave you my skills, with which you can earn your bread. I leave you my wisdom, which will protect you from evils in life.” Then she laid her hands on the girl's head, blessed her, and said, “Preserve the goodness in your heart, and all will go well with you.” Thereupon she closed her eyes, and when she was laid in the earth, the maiden followed the coffin, weeping bitterly, and paid her the last mark of respect. And now the girl lived quite alone in the little house. She continued the life that the old woman taught her. She read books, wrote poems and painted. She came to the woods and meadows to collect plants for her healing potions. She delivered the women with breech births, she dressed the hunters’ wounds, she made porridge for the ailing elder and gave young girls wise advice on their behavior. Soon she earned the respect of the elder and the young, men and women, just like the old woman. Children loved to gather around to listen to her tales, the farm wives brought her
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