Mother Holle

Mother Holle

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Yves Forbes Flores By YvesFlores3 Updated Jan 04, 2015

Once upon a time there was a widow who had two daughters; one of them was beautiful and industrious, the other ugly and lazy. 

The mother, however, loved the ugly and lazy one best,because she was her own daughter.

So the other daughter,who was only her stepdaughter,was made to do all the work of the house and she was quite the Cinderella of the family. 

Her stepmother sent her out every day to sit by the well in the high road, there to spin until she made her fingers bleed. 

Now it chanced one day that some blood fell on to the spindle, and as the girl stopped over the well to wash it off, the spindle suddenly sprang out of her hand and fell into the well. 

She ran home crying to tell of her misfortune, but her stepmother spoke harshly to her.

After giving her a violent scolding, said unkindly, 'As you have let the spindle fall into the well you may go yourself and fetch it out.'

The girl went back to the well not knowing what to do, and at last in her distress she jumped into ...

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