Rumpelstiltskin

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“Round about, round about, Lo and behold! Reel away, reel away, Straw into gold!” and round about the wheel went merrily; the work was quickly done, and the straw was all spun into gold. When the king came and saw this, he was greatly astonished and pleased; but his heart grew still more greedy of gain, and he shut up the poor miller’s daughter again with a fresh task. Then she knew not what to do, and sat down once more to weep; but the imp soon opened the door, and said, “What will you give me to do your task?” “The ring on my finger,” said she. So the imp took the ring, and began to work at the wheel again, and whistled and sang: “Round about, round about, Lo and behold! Reel away, reel away, Straw into gold!” till, long before morning, all was done again. [10] The king was greatly delighted to see all this glittering treasure; but still he had not enough: so he took the miller’s daughter to a yet larger heap, and said, “All this must be spun tonight; and if it is, you shall be my queen.” As soon as she was alone that imp came in, and said, “What will you give me to spin gold for you this third time?” “I have nothing left,” said she. “Then say you will give me,” said the imp, “the first little child that you may have when you are queen.” “That may never be,” thought the miller’s daughter: and as she knew no other way to get her task done, she said she would do what he asked. Round went the wheel again to the old song, and the imp once more spun the heap into gold. [15] The king came in the morning, and, finding all he wanted, was forced to keep his word; so he married the miller’s daughter, and she really became queen. 2

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