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disappeared, she went and told the king what she had heard. “Gracious heaven!” exclaimed the king, “what can all this mean? To-morrow night I will keep watch myself by the baby's cradle.” And, accordingly, when evening came, the king went into the nursery, and towards midnight the queen appeared again, and murmured,—
“Say, how is my baby, and how is my fawn?
Once more will I come, and then vanish at dawn.''
And she then nursed the baby as she was wont to do before she disappeared. The king did not venture to speak to her, but on the following night he sat up again, when she came, and said once more,
"Say, how is my baby, and how is my fawn?
For the last time I come, and shall vanish at dawn."
The king could now restrain himself no longer, and jumped up, crying, “ You can be no other than
my dear wite." "Yes," replied she, “ I am your dear wite ;" and at the same moment, through Providence, she was restored to life, and was once more rosy and tull ot health. She then related to the king the crime the abominable witch and her daughter had committed. The king caused them both to be delivered up to justice, and the daughter was condemned to be carried into the forest, where the wild beasts tore her to pieces the moment they saw her, while the wicked old hag was burnt for a witch. And no sooner had the flames consumed her, than the fawn recovered his human shape, and the brother and sister were happy ever after, to the end of their days.
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 sistershed 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
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