East of the Sun and West of the Moon Part 5
Part 5 of 5
Narrator 2: In the daytime the Princess sat down once more beneath the windows of the castle, and began to card with her golden carding-comb; and then all happened as it had happened before. The Princess asked her what she wanted for it, and she replied that it was not for sale, either for gold or money, but that if she could get leave to go to the Prince, and be with him during the night, the Princess should have it.
Narrator 3: But when she went up to the Prince’s room he was again asleep, and, let her call him, or shake him, or weep as she would, he still slept on, and she could not put any life in him. When daylight came in the morning, the Princess with the long nose came too, and once more drove her away.
Narrator 4: When day had quite come, Adelante seated herself under the castle windows, to spin with her golden spinning-wheel, and the Princess with the long nose wanted to have that also. So she opened the window, and asked what she would take for it. The girl said what she had said on each of the former occasions -- that it was not for sale either for gold or for money, but if she could get leave to go to the Prince who lived there, and be with him during the night, she should have it.
Narrator 1: said the Princess,
Princess: “I will gladly consent to that.”
Narrator 2: But in that place there were some peasant folk who had been carried off, and they had been sitting in the chamber which was next to that of the Prince, and had heard how a woman had been in there who had wept and called on him two nights running, and they told the Prince of this. So that evening, when the Princess came once more with her sleeping-drink, he pretended to drink, but threw it away behind him, for he suspected that it was a sleeping-drink.
Narrator 3: So, when Adelante went into the Prince’s room this time he was awake, and she had to tell him how she had come there. And he said to her,
Prince: “You have come just in time, for I should have been married tomorrow; but I will not have the long-nosed Princess, and you alone can save me. I will say that I want to see what my bride can do, and bid her wash the shirt which has the three drops of tallow on it. This she will consent to do, for she does not know that it is you who let them fall on it; but no one can wash them out but one born of peasant folk: it cannot be done by one of a pack of trolls; and then I will say that no one shall ever be my bride but the woman who can do this, and I know that you can.”
Narrator 4: There was great joy and gladness between them all that night, but the next day, when the wedding was to take place, the Prince said,
Prince: “I must see what my bride can do.”
Stepmother: “That you may do,”
Narrator 1: said the stepmother.
Prince: “I have a fine shirt which I want to wear as my wedding shirt, but three drops of tallow have got upon it which I want to have washed off, and I have vowed to marry no one but the woman who is able to do it. If she cannot do that, she is not worth having.”
Narrator 2: Well, that was a very small matter, they thought, and agreed to do it. The Princess with the long nose began to wash as well as she could, but, the more she washed and rubbed, the larger the spots grew.
Stepmother: “Ah! you can’t wash at all,”
Narrator 3: said the old troll-hag, who was her mother.
Stepmother: “Give it to me.”
Narrator 4: But she too had not had the shirt very long in her hands before it looked worse still, and, the more she washed it and rubbed it, the larger and blacker grew the spots.
Narrator 1: So the other trolls had to come and wash, but, the more they did, the blacker and uglier grew the shirt, until at length it was as black as if it had been up the chimney.
Narrator 2: cried the Prince,
Prince: “not one of you is good for anything at all! There is a beggar-girl sitting outside the window, and I’ll be bound that she can wash better than any of you! Come in, you girl there!”
Narrator 3: cried the prince. And so Adelante came in.
Prince: “Can you wash this shirt clean?”
Narrator 4: the prince asked of her, with a twinkle in his eye that only she could see.
Adelante: “Oh! I do not know,”
Narrator 1: she said.
Adelante: “but I will try.”
Narrator 2: And no sooner had she taken the shirt and dipped it in the water than it was white as driven snow, and even whiter than that.
Prince: “I will marry you.”
Narrator 3: said the prince, as he took the shirt from her.
Narrator 4: Then the old troll-hag flew into such a rage that she burst, and the Princess with the long nose and all the little trolls must have burst too, for they have never been heard of since.
Narrator 1: The Prince and his bride set free all the peasant folk who were imprisoned there, and took away with them all the gold and silver that they could carry, and moved far away from the castle which lay east of the sun and west of the moon.