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The poor woodcutter said to his wife, "What are we to do? There is only one loaf of bread left and I fear we shall starve."
"We must get rid of the children," answered his wife. "Tomorrow we will take them into the wood and leave them there. They will never be able to find their way home."
"Oh no!" said the father, "I could not leave them there to starve." "Well, we shall all starve together if they stay with us," answered his wife, "so it will come to the same thing in the end."
And she talked to her husband until she made him promise to do as she had said. Hansel was terrified after listen to this words. He thought of Gretel and felt pity for her. He was determined to protect her and himself too. He entered the kitchen when the parents went to sleep and grabbed a piece of bread. He was planning to leave a trail of crumbs behind him to mark the way while they were going through the forest, so he would find his way back home at night. The next morning the wife came and woke the children very early. She told them they must get up and dress themselves quickly.
"You shall go with us to the forest today, while your father cuts wood," she said. Hansel crumbled the bread into small pieces, and these he dropped along the way. When the children were tired, after walking through the forest, their father told them to gather wood so he could make them a fire.
"You can rest until we come back," he said, so they rested by the fire. At a certain point, the two children found they really were alone. Night fell but the woodcutter and the stepmother did not return. Gretel began to sob bitterly. Hansel too felt scared but he tried to hide his feelings and comfort his sister.
"Don't cry, trust me! I swear I'll take you home even if Father doesn't come back for us!"
Hansel and Gretel (I)
Jul 4, 2012 by narro
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