1- WHY WERE THE QUEEN AND THE KING SAD?
2- COULD THEY FINALLY HAVE A BABY?
3- WHAT WERE THE GIFTS THAT THE FAIRIES GAVE THE PRINCESS?
4- WHY WAS THE OLD FAIRY ANGRY?
5- WHAT COURSE DID SHE DECREE UPON THE PRINCESS?
6- HOW DID THE YOUNG FAIEY HELP THE PRINCESS?
“Oh, what fun” said the princess “how do you do it? Can I try it?”
At that moment the beautiful princess pricked her hand and fall down in a sleep.
The king remembered the fairy prophecy and he gave orders to place sleeping princess upon a bed made of gold and silver.
“My daughter fell in a course. I want my daughter to sleep in her room peacefully. Nobody must disturb her”
The prince felt curious and decided to take a step towards to the wood. In the distance he saw the castle and he entered. The place was silent and smelled like death. The prince realized that the people around were not dead but they were just asleep. He continued walking to the room where the princess was, and there he saw her, the most beautiful princess he has ever seen.
Trembling in his admiration he went on his knees beside her and kissed her. At that moment the princess woke up.
“Is it you my dear prince?” “You have been long in coming”
The prince declared that he loved her more than he loved himself.
At that moment the whole palace woke up and everyone went back to their activities.
The prince and the princess had supper together and the servants play music remarkably well. A little later when supper was over the chaplain married them in the castle chapel and after the ceremony they retired to rest.
As soon as morning came the prince returned to the city and told his father, the king, that he had been hunting in the forest and that he had spent the night at the house of a man who had offered him help.
His father believed him but his mother was not so easy to cheat, she noticed that he started to go hunting every day and that he always had an excuse to sleep out of his castle. She felt that he had some love affair.
Two years passed since the marriage and during that time they had two children. The first, a daughter, was called “Dawn” and the second, a boy, was called “Day” because he looked even more beautiful than her sister.
The queen told her son that he had to settle down. She wanted the prince to trust her but he did not dare to tell her his secret. Despite the affection that he had for his mother, he was afraid of her because she came of a race of ogres, and the king had only married her for her wealth.
It was whispered that she had ogrish instincts and that when little children were near her she had greatest difficulty to keep herself from pouncing on them.
At the end of two years the king died and the prince found himself on the throne. He then made public the announcement of his marriage and took his wife and sons to the castle.
Some time after that the king declared war on his neighbor, the emperor Cantalabutte. The king entrusted his wife and kids to his mother´s care. He expected to be away at the war for the entire summer.
As soon as the king left the queen mother sent her daughter in law and grandchildren to mansion in the forest. She did this to be able to gratify her horrible longings. A few days later she went there and in the evening she told the chief steward “tomorrow for my dinner I want to eat little Dawn.”
“Oh Madam” exclaimed the steward.
“This is my will” said the Queen in the tones of an ogre.
“You will serve her with piquant sauce” she added.
The poor man took his knife and went to Dawn´s bedroom. She was at that time four years old and when she came running with a smile to him and hug him he burst into tears and left the knife fall from his hands.
He went down to the yard behind the house and slaughtered a young lamb which he served to the Queen for dinner. The servant took little dawn to his wife and hide her in the quarters that they had below the yard.
Eight days later the Queen ordered the servant to prepare little Day for dinner.
“For my supper I will eat little Day”
The steward made no answer, he decides to trick her again. He took little Day with his wife and hid him. To the ogress the steward served a young goat which the Queen found delicious.
So far so good, but there came an evening when this evil Queen told her servant that she wanted to eat her daughter in law.
“I want to eat the queen with the same sauce that you served her children”
The poor steward started to think which animal he could serve this time to trick the ogress but nothing came to his mind. The man decided that if he wanted to save his life he had to kill the queen, and he went upstairs to her apartment. When the queen saw his intentions she said “Do it, please do it, then I will see my children my poor children that I loved so much.” Nobody had told her that the children were hidden and she thought that they were dead.
But the steward was overcome by compassion “No, no Madam” “You will not die but you will see your children again, in my quarters where I have hidden them.” “I will make the queen eat a young hind instead of you; I will trick her once more.”
The man took the princess to his quarters where she met her children.
After that he cooked a hind for the queen who felt very satisfied and planned to tell the king, on his return, that savage wolves had devoured his wife and kids.
One evening the queen mother was walking around the alleys of the mansion and she heard the little Day crying and Dawn talking at the same time. The ogress recognized the voices and discovered that she had been tricked.
The next morning she ordered to fill a big vat with snakes and serpents of every kind in order to put the queen, her children and the steward with his wife in it with their hands tied behind their backs.
The queen´s minions were about to through them into the vat when the king appeared.
The king demanded to know what this horrible spectacle meant. None dared tell him and at that moment the ogress threw herself into the vat and was devoured on the instant by the creatures.
The king was sorry, after all she was his mother, but he found consolation in his beautiful wife and children.