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East of the Sun and West of the Moon part 4

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Narrator 4: So she did this, and journeyed to the South Wind, neither was she very long on the way. When they had got there, the West Wind asked the South Wind if he could tell her the way to the castle that lay east of the sun and west of the moon, for she was the girl who ought to marry the Prince who lived there.

South Wind: “Oh, indeed! Is that she?

Narrator 1: Said the South Wind.

South Wind: Well, I have wandered about a great deal in my time, and in all kinds of places, but I have never blown so far as that. If you like, however, I will go with you to my brother, the North Wind; he is the oldest and strongest of all of us, and if he does not know where it is no one in the whole world will be able to tell you. You may sit upon my back, and then I will carry you there.”

Narrator 2: Adelante seated herself on his back, and off he went from his house in great haste, and they were not long on the way. When they came near the North Wind’s dwelling, he was so wild and frantic that they felt cold gusts a long while before they got there.

North Wind: “What do you want?”

Narrator 3: the North Wind roared out from afar, and they froze as they heard his voice. Said the South Wind:

South Wind: “It is I, and this is she who should have had the Prince who lives in the castle which lies east of the sun and west of the moon. And now she wishes to ask you if you have ever been there, and can tell her the way, for she would gladly find him again.”

North Wind: “Yes,”

Narrator 4: said the North Wind,

North Wind: “I know where it is. I once blew an aspen leaf there, but I was so tired that for many days afterward I was not able to blow at all. However, if you really are anxious to go there, and are not afraid to go with me, I will take you on my back, and try as hard as I can to blow you there.”

Adelante: “Get there I must,”

Narrator 1: said she to the North Wind.

Adelante: “and if there is any way of going I will; and I have no fear, no matter how fast you go.”

North Wind: “Very well then, but you must sleep here to-night, for if we are ever to get there we must have the whole day before us.”

Narrator 2: said the North Wind. He woke her early next morning, and puffed himself up, and made himself so big and so strong that it was frightful to see him, and away they went, high up through the air, as if they would not stop until they had reached the very end of the world. Down below there was such a storm! It blew down woods and houses, and when they were above the sea the ships were wrecked by hundreds.

Narrator 3: And thus they tore on and on, and a long time went by, and then yet more time passed, and still they were above the sea, and the North Wind grew tired, and more tired, and at last so utterly weary that he was scarcely able to blow any longer, and he sank and sank, lower and lower, until at last he went so low that the waves dashed against the heels of the poor girl he was carrying. To the girl he said,

North Wind: “Art thou afraid?”

Adelante: “I have no fear,”

Narrator 4: said she; and it was true. But they were not very, very far from land, and there was just enough strength left in the North Wind to enable him to throw her on to the shore, immediately under the windows of a castle which lay east of the sun and west of the moon; but then he was so weary and worn out that he was forced to rest for several days before he could go to his own home again.

Narrator 1: Next morning she sat down beneath the walls of the castle to play with the golden apple, and the first person she saw was the maiden with the long nose, who was to have the Prince, and who said to her after opening a window,

Princess: “How much do you want for that gold apple of yours, girl?”

Adelante: “It can’t be bought either for gold or money.”

Narrator 2: Said the girl, and the long nosed princess asked her,

Long Nose: “If it cannot be bought either for gold or money, what will buy it? You may say what you please.”

Adelante: “Well, if I may go to the Prince who is here, and be with him to-night, you shall have it.”

Narrator 3: said the girl who had come with the North Wind.

Princess: “You may do that,”

Narrator 4: said the Princess, for she had made up her mind what she would do.

Narrator 1: So the Princess got the golden apple, but when the girl went up to the Prince’s apartment that night he was asleep, for the Princess had so contrived it. The poor girl called to him, and shook him, and between whiles she wept; but she could not wake him. In the morning, as soon as day dawned, in came the Princess with the long nose, and drove her out again.

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