Fair Katrinelje and Pif-Paf-Poltrie

This entry is part 110 of 208 in the series Grimm's Fairy Tales

“Good-day, father hollenthe.” “Many thanks, pif-paf-poltrie.” “May I be allowed to have your daughter?” “Oh, yes, if mother malcho milchcow, brother high-and-mighty, sister kasetraut, and fair katrinelje are willing, you can have her.” “Where is mother malcho, then?” “She is in the cow-house, milking the cow.”

“Good-day, mother malcho.” “Many thanks, pif-paf-poltrie.” “May I be allowed to have your daughter?” “Oh, yes, if father hollenthe, brother high-and-mighty, sister kasetraut, and fair katrinelje are willing, you can have her.” “Where is brother high-and-mighty, then?” “He is in the room chopping some wood.”

“Good-day, brother high-and-mighty.” “Many thanks, pif-paf-poltrie.” “May I be allowed to have your sister?” “Oh, yes, if father hollenthe, mother malcho, sister kasetraut, and fair katrinelje are willing, you can have her.” “Where is sister kasetraut, then?” “She is in the garden cutting cabbages.”

“Good-day, sister kasetraut.” “Many thanks, pif-paf-poltrie.” “May I be allowed to have your sister?” “Oh, yes, if father hollenthe, mother malcho, brother high-and-mighty, and fair katrinelje are willing, you may have her.” “Where is fair katrinelje, then.” “She is in the room counting out her farthings.”

“Good day, fair katrinelje.” “Many thanks, pif-paf-poltrie.” “Will you be my bride?” “Oh, yes, if father hollenthe, mother malcho, brother high-and-mighty, and sister kasetraut are willing, I am ready.”

“Fair katrinelje, how much dowry do you have?” “Fourteen farthings in ready money, three and a half groschen owing to me, half a pound of dried apples, a handful of pretzels, and a handful of roots. And many other things are mine, Have I not a dowry fine?”

“Pif-paf-poltrie, what is your trade? Are you a tailor?” “Something better.” “A shoemaker?” “Something better.” “A husbandman?” “Something better.” “A joiner?” “Something better.” “A smith?” “Something better.” “A miller?” “Something better.” “Perhaps a broom-maker?” “Yes, that’s what I am, is it not a fine trade?”

Fair Katrinelje and Pif-Paf-Poltrie

Grimm Brothers

Grimms' Fairy Tales, originally known as the Children's and Household Tales, is a collection of fairy tales by the Grimm brothers or "Brothers Grimm", Jakob and Wilhelm, first published on 20 December 1812. The first edition contained 86 stories, and by the seventh edition in 1857, had 211 unique fairy tales.

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