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put it round the fawn's neck, and gathered some rushes, and made a flexible rope, which she fastened to the collar, and thus led the little animal along, and went deeper into the forest. And after going a long, long way, she at last found an empty hut, where she thought they might live. She then went and fetched leaves and moss to make a soft bed for the fawn ; and every morning she gathered roots, berries, or nuts for her own nourishment, and fresh grass for the fawn, who ate out of her hand, and frisked about as if he were pleased. When evening came, and the sister felt tired, she said her prayers, and then pillowed her head on the little fawn's back, and went to sleep. In short, they might have been very happy, if the brother had but retained his natural shape.
They had lived a long while in the wilderness, when it happened one day that the king went a hunting in the forest. The fawn, hearing the sound of the horn, the yelping of the hounds, and the hallooing of the huntsmen, longed to be present, and said to his sister, “Let me join the hunt, for I can keep away no longer.” And he begged and begged, till at last she consented. “Only, pray, come back again tonight,” said she ; "and, as I shall shut my door against the huntsmen, mind you knock, and say, Sister, let me in ;' for if you do not say so, I shall not open the door."
The fawn now darted away, and was delighted to scent the
fresh air as he bounded along. The king and his huntsmen saw
the beautiful animal, and gave chase, but were unable to overtake it ; and when they thought themselves certain of their prey, it suddenly disappeared within the thicket. It was now dark, and the fawn ran home, and knocked at the door, saying, “Sister, let me in.” The little door was immediately opened, and in jumped her companion, and rested all night on his soft couch.
The next day the hunt was again abroad, and no sooner did the fawn hear the horn and the huntsmen's halloo, than he could not rest, but said to his sister, “Pray, sister, open the door, for I must be off.” The sister accordingly opened the door, saying, “ But remember to come back at night, and repeat the same words." When the king and the huntsmen again caught sight of the fawn, with his golden collar, they all pursued him ; but he was too swift for them, and evaded them all day long : towards evening, however, they managed to surround him, and one of the hunters wounded him slightly in the foot, so that he limped as he went along, and was obliged to return home very slowly. This enabled one of the huntsmen to watch him to the hut, when he heard him crying out,
Sister, let me in,” and saw the door was opened, and immediately closed again. . The huntsman then went back, and told the king all he had seen and heard; and the monarch said that they should hunt again on the following day.
The sister was very much alarmed when the fawn came
back wounded ; but she washed off the blood, and bound some
simples on the wound, and said, “Go and lie down, dear fawn, that you may get cured.” The wound was so slight that it had healed by the next morning ; and when the fawn again heard the huntsmen in the forest, he said, “I can't keep away, I must be after them ; but they shall not catch me so easily again.” The sister shed tears, and said, “ They will certainly kill you ; so I will not let you go.”
" Then if you prevent my going, I shall die of grief here instead,” answered the fawn; “ for when I hear the sound of the horn, I feel as if I wanted to jump out. of my shoes.” So the sister could not help opening the door, though she did it with a heavy heart ; and the fawn bounded gaily across the forest. When the king saw him, he said to his huntsmen, “Now we must hunt him till evening, only mind nobody hurts him.” Towards sunset the king said to the huntsman who had followed the fawn the day before, “Come now, and show me the hut where he dwells.” On reaching the door, he knocked, and said, “Dear sister, let me come in.” The door flew open, and the king walked in, and beheld the most beautiful maiden he had ever seen. But the poor girl was very much frightened when she saw the king with his golden crown on his head instead of her beloved fawn. Then the king looked at her in a kindly manner, and held out his hand to her, saying, “Will you accompany me to my