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Table of Content

CHAPTER 1 - THE GOLDEN BIRD
CHAPTER 2 - HANS IN LUCK
CHAPTER 3 - JORINDA AND JORINDEL
CHAPTER 4 - HE TRAVELLING MUSICIANS
CHAPTER 5 - OLD SULTAN
CHAPTER 6 -THE STRAW, THE COAL, AND THE BEAN
CHAPTER 7 - BRIAR ROSE
CHAPTER 8 -THE DOG AND THE SPARROW
CHAPTER 9 - THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES
CHAPTER 10 - HE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE
CHAPTER 11 - THE WILLOW-WREN AND THE BEAR
CHAPTER 12 -THE FROG-PRINCE
CHAPTER 13 - CAT AND MOUSE IN PARTNERSHIP
CHAPTER 14 - THE GOOSE-GIRL
CHAPTER 15 - THE ADVENTURES OF CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET
CHAPTER 16 - RAPUNZEL
CHAPTER 17 - FUNDEVOGEL
CHAPTER 18 - THE VALIANT LITTLE TAILOR
CHAPTER 19 - HANSEL AND GRETEL
CHAPTER 20 - THE MOUSE, THE BIRD, AND THE SAUSAGE
CHAPTER 21 - MOTHER HOLLE
CHAPTER 22 - LITTLE RED-CAP [LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD]
CHAPTER 23 - THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM
CHAPTER 24 - TOM THUMB
CHAPTER 25 - RUMPELSTILTSKIN
CHAPTER 26 - CLEVER GRETEL
CHAPTER 27 - THE OLD MAN AND HIS GRANDSON
CHAPTER 28 - THE LITTLE PEASANT
CHAPTER 29 - FREDERICK AND CATHERINE
CHAPTER 30 - SWEETHEART ROLAND
CHAPTER 31 - SNOWDROP
CHAPTER 32 - THE PINK
CHAPTER 32 - CLEVER ELSIE
CHAPTER 33 - THE MISER IN THE BUSH
CHAPTER 34 - ASHPUTTEL
CHAPTER 35 - THE WHITE SNAKE
CHAPTER 36 - THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS
CHAPTER 37 - THE QUEEN BEE
CHAPTER 38 - THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER
CHAPTER 39 - THE JUNIPER-TREE
CHAPTER 40 - THE TURNIP
CHAPTER 41 - CLEVER HANS
CHAPTER 42 - THE THREE LANGUAGES
CHAPTER 43 - THE FOX AND THE CAT
CHAPTER 44 - THE FOUR CLEVER BROTHERS
CHAPTER 45 - LILY AND THE LION
CHAPTER 46 - THE FOX AND THE HORSE
CHAPTER 47 - THE BLUE LIGHT
CHAPTER 48 - THE RAVEN
CHAPTER 49 - THE GOLDEN GOOSE
CHAPTER 50 - THE WATER OF LIFE
CHAPTER 51 - THE TWELVE HUNTSMEN
CHAPTER 52 - THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN
CHAPTER 53 - DOCTOR KNOWALL
CHAPTER 54 - THE SEVEN RAVENS
CHAPTER 55 - THE WEDDING OF MRS FOX
CHAPTER 56 - THE SALAD
CHAPTER 57 - THE STORY OF THE YOUTH WHO WENT FORTH TO LEARN WHAT FEAR WAS
CHAPTER 58 - KING GRISLY-BEARD
CHAPTER 59 - IRON HANS
CHAPTER 60 - CAT-SKIN
CHAPTER 61 - SNOW-WHITE AND ROSE-RED

Grimm's Fairy Tales Text

fairy tales - किस्से

Grimm - ग्रिम

CHAPTER 1 - THE GOLDEN BIRD

Chapter - अध्याय

Golden - महतपूर्ण, अच्छा, शुभ, सोने का

A certain king had a beautiful garden, and in the garden stood a tree which bore golden apples. These apples were always counted, and about the time when they began to grow ripe it was found that every night one of them was gone. The king became very angry at this, and ordered the gardener to keep watch all night under the tree.

ripe - पका हुआ

gardener - माली, बाग़बान

The gardener set his eldest son to watch; but about twelve o’clock he fell asleep, and in the morning another of the apples was missing. Then the second son was ordered to watch; and at midnight he too fell asleep, and in the morning another apple was gone.

set - घटना, करना, अटल, निश्चित करना

Then the third son offered to keep watch; but the gardener at first would not let him, for fear some harm should come to him: however, at last he consented, and the young man laid himself under the tree to watch.

offered - देना, अर्पण करना, बलि देना

harm - नुक़सान, checkहानि

consented - स्वीकृति, सहमति, अनुमति देना

laid - करना, गिरा देना, देना, संभोग

As the clock struck twelve he heard a rustling noise in the air, and a bird came flying that was of pure gold; and as it was snapping at one of the apples with its beak, the gardener’s son jumped up and shot an arrow at it. But the arrow did the bird no harm; only it dropped a golden feather from its tail, and then flew away.

struck - बजना, आक्रमण, निकालना

rustling - सरसराहट, पशु चोरी

pure - शुद्ध

Snapping - स्नैपिंग, (snap) स्नैपिंग

beak - चोंच, चंचु

shot - मार, (shoot) मार

arrow - तीर

feather - पंख, पर

tail - पूंछ

flew away - उड़ गया

The golden feather was brought to the king in the morning, and all the council was called together. Everyone agreed that it was worth more than all the wealth of the kingdom: but the king said, ‘One feather is of no use to me, I must have the whole bird.’

Council - परिषद, मजलिस

called together - संयुक्त किया

worth - मूल्य

wealth - धन, संपत्ति

Kingdom - राज्य, बादशाहत, सल्तनत

Then the gardener’s eldest son set out and thought to find the golden bird very easily; and when he had gone but a little way, he came to a wood, and by the side of the wood he saw a fox sitting; so he took his bow and made ready to shoot at it. Then the fox said, ‘Do not shoot me, for I will give you good counsel; I know what your business is, and that you want to find the golden bird.

fox - लोमड़ी

bow - झुकना, झुकाना

shoot - दागना

counsel - वकील

You will reach a village in the evening; and when you get there, you will see two inns opposite to each other, one of which is very pleasant and beautiful to look at: go not in there, but rest for the night in the other, though it may appear to you to be very poor and mean.’ But the son thought to himself, ‘What can such a beast as this know about the matter?

Inns - सराय, धर्मशाला, पांथशाला

opposite to - विरुद्ध

pleasant - सुखद

though - यद्यपि, भले ही, मगर, हालाँकि

beast - वहश, जानवर, हैवान, जंतु

’ So he shot his arrow at the fox; but he missed it, and it set up its tail above its back and ran into the wood. Then he went his way, and in the evening came to the village where the two inns were; and in one of these were people singing, and dancing, and feasting; but the other looked very dirty, and poor.

feasting - भोजन, (feast) भोजन

‘I should be very silly,’ said he, ‘if I went to that shabby house, and left this charming place’; so he went into the smart house, and ate and drank at his ease, and forgot the bird, and his country too.

silly - मूर्ख

shabby - अनुचित, जीर्ण शीर्ण

charming - रुशील, जादुई, मनोरम, आकर्षक

smart - साफ-सुथरा, सुव्यवस्थित, बना-ठना

ease - शांत करना, आराम, हल्का करना

Time passed on; and as the eldest son did not come back, and no tidings were heard of him, the second son set out, and the same thing happened to him.

tidings - समाचार, ख़बर

He met the fox, who gave him the good advice: but when he came to the two inns, his eldest brother was standing at the window where the merrymaking was, and called to him to come in; and he could not withstand the temptation, but went in, and forgot the golden bird and his country in the same manner.

merrymaking - मस्ती, आमोद प्रमोद, खुशी मनाना

withstand - सामना करना, सहन करना

temptation - प्रलोभन, लुभाने का तरीका

Time passed on again, and the youngest son too wished to set out into the wide world to seek for the golden bird; but his father would not listen to it for a long while, for he was very fond of his son, and was afraid that some ill luck might happen to him also, and prevent his coming back.

seek - ढूँढ़ना, ढूँढना, खोजना

fond - प्रिय

However, at last it was agreed he should go, for he would not rest at home; and as he came to the wood, he met the fox, and heard the same good counsel. But he was thankful to the fox, and did not attempt his life as his brothers had done; so the fox said, ‘Sit upon my tail, and you will travel faster.

thankful - कृतज्ञ, एहसानमंद, शुक्रगुज़ार

attempt - कोशिश करना

upon - पर, नज़दीक, के ऊपर/ऊँचा/पर

’ So he sat down, and the fox began to run, and away they went over stock and stone so quick that their hair whistled in the wind.

stock - भंडार, संचय, संग्रह

whistled - चहचहाहट

wind - हवा

When they came to the village, the son followed the fox’s counsel, and without looking about him went to the shabby inn and rested there all night at his ease.

Inn - सराय, धर्मशाला

In the morning came the fox again and met him as he was beginning his journey, and said, ‘Go straight forward, till you come to a castle, before which lie a whole troop of soldiers fast asleep and snoring: take no notice of them, but go into the castle and pass on and on till you come to a room, where the golden bird sits in a wooden cage; close by it stands a beautiful golden cage; but do not try to take the bird out of the shabby cage and put it into the handsome one, otherwise you will repent it.’ Then the fox stretched out his tail again, and the young man sat himself down, and away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled in the wind.

troop - दल, स्काउट दल, टुकड़ी

snoring - खर्राटे, खर्राटा

cage - क़फ़स, पिंजड़ा, कफस, पिंजरा

handsome - ख़ूबसूरत

otherwise - अन्यथा, नहीं तो

repent - पछताना

stretched - फैलाना, फैल जाना, पंक्ति

Before the castle gate all was as the fox had said: so the son went in and found the chamber where the golden bird hung in a wooden cage, and below stood the golden cage, and the three golden apples that had been lost were lying close by it.

chamber - सभा, सदन, कमरा, कचहरी, कोठरी

hung - लटकना, टाम्गना, छाना, लटक्ना

Then thought he to himself, ‘It will be a very droll thing to bring away such a fine bird in this shabby cage’; so he opened the door and took hold of it and put it into the golden cage. But the bird set up such a loud scream that all the soldiers awoke, and they took him prisoner and carried him before the king.

droll - oddly humorous, whimsical

bring away - ले जाओ

scream - चीखना, चिल्लाना

awoke - जगा हुआ, जागरूक, जगाना, जागना

prisoner - बंदी, क़ैदी, बद्धक

The next morning the court sat to judge him; and when all was heard, it sentenced him to die, unless he should bring the king the golden horse which could run as swiftly as the wind; and if he did this, he was to have the golden bird given him for his own.

Court - आंगन, प्राङ्गण

judge - निर्णय लेना

Unless - जब तक

Swiftly - तेज़ी से, तेज़ी से

So he set out once more on his journey, sighing, and in great despair, when on a sudden his friend the fox met him, and said, ‘You see now what has happened on account of your not listening to my counsel. I will still, however, tell you how to find the golden horse, if you will do as I bid you.

sighing - साँस लेना, तरसना, आह भरना

despair - निराशा, मायूसी

sudden - आकस्मिक, अचानक, शीघ्र, औचक

account - खाता

bid - बोली बोलना

You must go straight on till you come to the castle where the horse stands in his stall: by his side will lie the groom fast asleep and snoring: take away the horse quietly, but be sure to put the old leathern saddle upon him, and not the golden one that is close by it.’ Then the son sat down on the fox’s tail, and away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled in the wind.

straight on - सीधे

stall - थान

groom - साईस

saddle - काठी, जीन, चारजामा पल्याण

All went right, and the groom lay snoring with his hand upon the golden saddle. But when the son looked at the horse, he thought it a great pity to put the leathern saddle upon it. ‘I will give him the good one,’ said he; ‘I am sure he deserves it.

lay - रखना

pity - दया, खैद का विषय, स्नेह, लज्जा

deserves - योग्य होना, पात्र होना

’ As he took up the golden saddle the groom awoke and cried out so loud, that all the guards ran in and took him prisoner, and in the morning he was again brought before the court to be judged, and was sentenced to die. But it was agreed, that, if he could bring thither the beautiful princess, he should live, and have the bird and the horse given him for his own.

guards - पहरेदार, बचाव, रक्षण करना

judged - निर्णायक, अस्थाई न्यायाधिकारी

thither - उधर

princess - राजकुमारी, शहज़ादी, राजकन्या

Then he went his way very sorrowful; but the old fox came and said, ‘Why did not you listen to me? If you had, you would have carried away both the bird and the horse; yet will I once more give you counsel. Go straight on, and in the evening you will arrive at a castle.

sorrowful - उदास, शोकसंतृप्त

At twelve o’clock at night the princess goes to the bathing-house: go up to her and give her a kiss, and she will let you lead her away; but take care you do not suffer her to go and take leave of her father and mother.’ Then the fox stretched out his tail, and so away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled again.

kiss - चूमना, सहलाना

lead - नेता

suffer - सहना, उठाना, सहन करना

take leave - छुट्टी लें

As they came to the castle, all was as the fox had said, and at twelve o’clock the young man met the princess going to the bath and gave her the kiss, and she agreed to run away with him, but begged with many tears that he would let her take leave of her father.

begged - विनती करना, प्रार्थना करना

Tears - करना, आँसू, खींच लेना, चीरा

At first he refused, but she wept still more and more, and fell at his feet, till at last he consented; but the moment she came to her father’s house the guards awoke and he was taken prisoner again.

refused - अग्राह्य करना, अस्वीकार करना

wept - बहना, रोना, विलाप करना, रोदन

Then he was brought before the king, and the king said, ‘You shall never have my daughter unless in eight days you dig away the hill that stops the view from my window.’ Now this hill was so big that the whole world could not take it away: and when he had worked for seven days, and had done very little, the fox came and said. ‘Lie down and go to sleep; I will work for you.

dig - खोदना

’ And in the morning he awoke and the hill was gone; so he went merrily to the king, and told him that now that it was removed he must give him the princess.

merrily - बेध्यानी से, प्रसन्नतापूर्वक

Then the king was obliged to keep his word, and away went the young man and the princess; and the fox came and said to him, ‘We will have all three, the princess, the horse, and the bird.’ ‘Ah!’ said the young man, ‘that would be a great thing, but how can you contrive it?’

obliged - नैतिक नियमों से मज़बूर करना

contrive - बनाना, कोशिश करना, उपाय निकालना

‘If you will only listen,’ said the fox, ‘it can be done. When you come to the king, and he asks for the beautiful princess, you must say, "Here she is!" Then he will be very joyful; and you will mount the golden horse that they are to give you, and put out your hand to take leave of them; but shake hands with the princess last.

joyful - खुश, हर्षित, मुदिता

mount - चढ़ना

shake hands - हाथ मिलाएं

Then lift her quickly on to the horse behind you; clap your spurs to his side, and gallop away as fast as you can.’

clap - ताली बजाना

spurs - प्रेरित करना

gallop - सरपट चाल, सरपट दौड़ना

All went right: then the fox said, ‘When you come to the castle where the bird is, I will stay with the princess at the door, and you will ride in and speak to the king; and when he sees that it is the right horse, he will bring out the bird; but you must sit still, and say that you want to look at it, to see whether it is the true golden bird; and when you get it into your hand, ride away.’

whether - चाहें, कि

This, too, happened as the fox said; they carried off the bird, the princess mounted again, and they rode on to a great wood. Then the fox came, and said, ‘Pray kill me, and cut off my head and my feet.’ But the young man refused to do it: so the fox said, ‘I will at any rate give you good counsel: beware of two things; ransom no one from the gallows, and sit down by the side of no river.

carried off - उठाया गया

mounted - घोड़ा, आयोजित करना, चढना

Pray - प्रार्थना करना

Beware - सावधान होना

ransom - फिरौती

gallows - फांसी का तखता, (gallow) फांसी का तखता

’ Then away he went. ‘Well,’ thought the young man, ‘it is no hard matter to keep that advice.’

He rode on with the princess, till at last he came to the village where he had left his two brothers. And there he heard a great noise and uproar; and when he asked what was the matter, the people said, ‘Two men are going to be hanged.’ As he came nearer, he saw that the two men were his brothers, who had turned robbers; so he said, ‘Cannot they in any way be saved?

uproar - ख़ुराफ़ात, बवाल, हल्ला, कोलाहल

robbers - डकैत, डाकू, डाक़ु, डाकु

’ But the people said ‘No,’ unless he would bestow all his money upon the rascals and buy their liberty. Then he did not stay to think about the matter, but paid what was asked, and his brothers were given up, and went on with him towards their home.

bestow - प्रदान करना

rascals - शरारती, दुष्ट, कमीना

liberty - आज़ादी

And as they came to the wood where the fox first met them, it was so cool and pleasant that the two brothers said, ‘Let us sit down by the side of the river, and rest a while, to eat and drink.

’ So he said, ‘Yes,’ and forgot the fox’s counsel, and sat down on the side of the river; and while he suspected nothing, they came behind, and threw him down the bank, and took the princess, the horse, and the bird, and went home to the king their master, and said. ‘All this have we won by our labour.

suspected - समझना, लगना, क्षतिग्रस्त

Master - उस्ताद, शिक्षक

labour - श्रम, काम

’ Then there was great rejoicing made; but the horse would not eat, the bird would not sing, and the princess wept.

rejoicing - हर्षोल्लास

The youngest son fell to the bottom of the river’s bed: luckily it was nearly dry, but his bones were almost broken, and the bank was so steep that he could find no way to get out. Then the old fox came once more, and scolded him for not following his advice; otherwise no evil would have befallen him: ‘Yet,’ said he, ‘I cannot leave you here, so lay hold of my tail and hold fast.

luckily - भाग्य से, सौभाग्यवश

steep - दुरारोह, अतिप्रवण, खड़ा

scolded - फटकारना, डाँटना

evil - दुष्ट, बुरा, पापी

befallen - आ पड़ना

’ Then he pulled him out of the river, and said to him, as he got upon the bank, ‘Your brothers have set watch to kill you, if they find you in the kingdom.’ So he dressed himself as a poor man, and came secretly to the king’s court, and was scarcely within the doors when the horse began to eat, and the bird to sing, and the princess left off weeping.

poor man - दरिद्र आदमी

secretly - गुप्त रूप से, गुप्ततः

scarcely - शायद ही, केवल, मुश्किल से

within - में, भीतर, अंदर, के अंदर

weeping - अश्रुपूर्ण, रोता हुआ, लटकता हुआ

Then he went to the king, and told him all his brothers’ roguery; and they were seized and punished, and he had the princess given to him again; and after the king’s death he was heir to his kingdom.

roguery - धूर्तता

seized - समझना, झपट लेना, पकड़ना

punished - दण्ड देना, धावा बोलना, सजा देना

heir - वारिस

A long while after, he went to walk one day in the wood, and the old fox met him, and besought him with tears in his eyes to kill him, and cut off his head and feet. And at last he did so, and in a moment the fox was changed into a man, and turned out to be the brother of the princess, who had been lost a great many many years.

besought - हाथ जोड़ना

CHAPTER 2 - HANS IN LUCK

Some men are born to good luck: all they do or try to do comes right-all that falls to them is so much gain-all their geese are swans-all their cards are trumps-toss them which way you will, they will always, like poor puss, alight upon their legs, and only move on so much the faster. The world may very likely not always think of them as they think of themselves, but what care they for the world?

gain - प्राप्त होना

swans - भटकना, राजहंस, हंस

trumps - तुरही, रंग, तुरुप का पत्ता

toss - टॉस

Puss - बिल्ली

alight - नीचे आना

what can it know about the matter?

One of these lucky beings was neighbour Hans. Seven long years he had worked hard for his master. At last he said, ‘Master, my time is up; I must go home and see my poor mother once more: so pray pay me my wages and let me go.’ And the master said, ‘You have been a faithful and good servant, Hans, so your pay shall be handsome.’ Then he gave him a lump of silver as big as his head.

beings - जीवन, स्वभाव, प्राणी, अस्तित्व

pay me my wages - मुझे मेरा वेतन दो

faithful - निष्ठावान, वफ़ादार

servant - नौकर, चाकर, नौकरानी, सेवक

lump - ढेला, ढेर, मूर्ख, गोला, सूजन

Hans took out his pocket-handkerchief, put the piece of silver into it, threw it over his shoulder, and jogged off on his road homewards. As he went lazily on, dragging one foot after another, a man came in sight, trotting gaily along on a capital horse. ‘Ah!’ said Hans aloud, ‘what a fine thing it is to ride on horseback!

handkerchief - रूमाल

jogged - धक्का देना, कसरत के लिये दौड़ना

homewards - घर की ओर

lazily - निरुद्योग रह कर, आलस्यपूर्वक

dragging - बाहर निकालना, बाधा, अवरोध

sight - दर्शन, दीदार

trotting - ट्रॉटिंग, (trot) ट्रॉटिंग

gaily - आकर्षक ढंग से, लापरवाही से

aloud - उच्च स्वर में, ज़ोर से

on horseback - घोड़े पर

There he sits as easy and happy as if he was at home, in the chair by his fireside; he trips against no stones, saves shoe-leather, and gets on he hardly knows how.’ Hans did not speak so softly but the horseman heard it all, and said, ‘Well, friend, why do you go on foot then?’ ‘Ah!

fireside - आग के पास, अंगीठी का कार्निस

leather - चमड़ा, चर्म

gets on - पर पड़ता है

hardly - थोड़े

softly - हल्का सा, सादे ढंग से

horseman - अश्वारोही, घुड़सवार

’ said he, ‘I have this load to carry: to be sure it is silver, but it is so heavy that I can’t hold up my head, and you must know it hurts my shoulder sadly.’ ‘What do you say of making an exchange?’ said the horseman. ‘I will give you my horse, and you shall give me the silver; which will save you a great deal of trouble in carrying such a heavy load about with you.

load - बोझा

Exchange - अदला-बदली करना

’ ‘With all my heart,’ said Hans: ‘but as you are so kind to me, I must tell you one thing-you will have a weary task to draw that silver about with you.’ However, the horseman got off, took the silver, helped Hans up, gave him the bridle into one hand and the whip into the other, and said, ‘When you want to go very fast, smack your lips loudly together, and cry "Jip!"’

weary - थकाना, उकता देना, उबाऊ

bridle - लगाम

whip - चाबुक, हंटर, कोड़ा

Smack - थप्पड़ मारना

lips - किनारा, चूम्मन लेना, चूमन लेना

Hans was delighted as he sat on the horse, drew himself up, squared his elbows, turned out his toes, cracked his whip, and rode merrily off, one minute whistling a merry tune, and another singing,

delighted - हर्षित करना, हर्षोल्लास, खुशी

elbows - चीर कर जाना, कोना, कोहनी

toes - मारना, खुर, ठोकर मारना

cracked - करना, पता लगाना, मौका, आकाल

whistling - सीटी, (whistle), सीटी

merry - आनन्दपूर्ण

tune - ठीक करना, ठिक करना, तालमेल, लय

‘No care and no sorrow,

sorrow - दुःख, उदासी, शोक, ग़म

A fig for the morrow!

fig - अंजीर

morrow - अगला दिन, कल/अगला दिन

We’ll laugh and be merry,

Sing neigh down derry!’

neigh - हिनहिनाना, हिनहिनाहट

derry - डेरी

After a time he thought he should like to go a little faster, so he smacked his lips and cried ‘Jip!’ Away went the horse full gallop; and before Hans knew what he was about, he was thrown off, and lay on his back by the road-side. His horse would have ran off, if a shepherd who was coming by, driving a cow, had not stopped it.

smacked - सीधे, स्वाद, ठीक, धमाका

shepherd - गड़ेरिया, चूपान

Hans soon came to himself, and got upon his legs again, sadly vexed, and said to the shepherd, ‘This riding is no joke, when a man has the luck to get upon a beast like this that stumbles and flings him off as if it would break his neck.

vexed - घबरा देना, चिन्तित होना, खिजाना

stumbles - गिरना, ठोकर, भूल करना

flings - डालना, धक्का देना

However, I’m off now once for all: I like your cow now a great deal better than this smart beast that played me this trick, and has spoiled my best coat, you see, in this puddle; which, by the by, smells not very like a nosegay. One can walk along at one’s leisure behind that cow-keep good company, and have milk, butter, and cheese, every day, into the bargain.

trick - शरारत, बहकाना, धोखा, चाल, कठिन

spoiled - लाभ, दूषित करना, बिगाड़ देना

puddle - पोखर, डबरा, डाबर

nosegay - छोटा गुलदस्ता, छोटा सा गुलदस्ता

leisure - अवकाश, फ़ुर्सत

bargain - सौदा करना, लेन देन, समझौता करना

What would I give to have such a prize!’ ‘Well,’ said the shepherd, ‘if you are so fond of her, I will change my cow for your horse; I like to do good to my neighbours, even though I lose by it myself.’ ‘Done!’ said Hans, merrily. ‘What a noble heart that good man has!’ thought he. Then the shepherd jumped upon the horse, wished Hans and the cow good morning, and away he rode.

noble - बहुत अच्छा, उतम, शानदार

Hans brushed his coat, wiped his face and hands, rested a while, and then drove off his cow quietly, and thought his bargain a very lucky one. ‘If I have only a piece of bread (and I certainly shall always be able to get that), I can, whenever I like, eat my butter and cheese with it; and when I am thirsty I can milk my cow and drink the milk: and what can I wish for more?

wiped - गिरना, हटाना, पौंछा लगाना

whenever - कब, जब भी, जिस समय भी

’ When he came to an inn, he halted, ate up all his bread, and gave away his last penny for a glass of beer. When he had rested himself he set off again, driving his cow towards his mother’s village.

halted - पड़्व, रूकना, रुकना

ate up - खा लिया

gave away - दे दिया

But the heat grew greater as soon as noon came on, till at last, as he found himself on a wide heath that would take him more than an hour to cross, he began to be so hot and parched that his tongue clave to the roof of his mouth.

noon - मध्याह्न

Heath - झाड़ियों से भरा भूखंड, अजोत भूमि

parched - झुलसा देना, झुलसा देना

tongue - जीभ, tज़बान, जिह्वा, लिसान

clave - कुंजी

‘I can find a cure for this,’ thought he; ‘now I will milk my cow and quench my thirst’: so he tied her to the stump of a tree, and held his leathern cap to milk into; but not a drop was to be had. Who would have thought that this cow, which was to bring him milk and butter and cheese, was all that time utterly dry? Hans had not thought of looking to that.

cure - बेहतर करना

quench - बुझाना

thirst - प्यास, तृष्णा, पिपासा, तृषा

stump - ठूँठ, पैर घसीट कर चलना, मंच

cap - टोपी

utterly - नितान्त, पूर्ण रूप से

While he was trying his luck in milking, and managing the matter very clumsily, the uneasy beast began to think him very troublesome; and at last gave him such a kick on the head as knocked him down; and there he lay a long while senseless. Luckily a butcher soon came by, driving a pig in a wheelbarrow. ‘What is the matter with you, my man?’ said the butcher, as he helped him up.

clumsily - फूहड़ ढंग से

uneasy - व्याकुल

troublesome - तकलीफ़देह, कष्टप्रद, दुःखदायी

kick - लात मारना

senseless - मूर्ख, अचेतन, बेमतलब, नादान

butcher - कसाई, बूचड़, (butch) कसाई

wheelbarrow - व्हील बैरो

Hans told him what had happened, how he was dry, and wanted to milk his cow, but found the cow was dry too. Then the butcher gave him a flask of ale, saying, ‘There, drink and refresh yourself; your cow will give you no milk: don’t you see she is an old beast, good for nothing but the slaughter-house?’ ‘Alas, alas!’ said Hans, ‘who would have thought it?

flask - पतले मुंह की बोतल

ale - शराब{जौ की बनी}, मद्य, एल

refresh - फिर से भरना, ताजा करना

slaughter - हराना, हत्या, मारना, हत्या/वध

Alas - हाय, (ala) हाय

What a shame to take my horse, and give me only a dry cow! If I kill her, what will she be good for? I hate cow-beef; it is not tender enough for me. If it were a pig now-like that fat gentleman you are driving along at his ease-one could do something with it; it would at any rate make sausages.’ ‘Well,’ said the butcher, ‘I don’t like to say no, when one is asked to do a kind, neighbourly thing.

shame - लज्जा

tender - मुलायम, नरम

gentleman - रईस व्यक्ति, सज्जन

sausages - कबाब

neighbourly - मित्रवत्, मित्रवत

To please you I will change, and give you my fine fat pig for the cow.’ ‘Heaven reward you for your kindness and self-denial!’ said Hans, as he gave the butcher the cow; and taking the pig off the wheel-barrow, drove it away, holding it by the string that was tied to its leg.

Heaven - आकाश

Reward - पारितोषिक

kindness - दया, मेहरबानी, दयालुता

self - खुद, ख़ुद, स्वयं, नफ्स

denial - इंकार, निषेध, परित्याग

barrow - ठेला-गाड़ी

string - तार

So on he jogged, and all seemed now to go right with him: he had met with some misfortunes, to be sure; but he was now well repaid for all. How could it be otherwise with such a travelling companion as he had at last got?

misfortunes - दुर्भाग्य, बदकिस्मती, अवदशा

repaid - लौटाना, वापस करना, भुगतान करना

companion - साथी

The next man he met was a countryman carrying a fine white goose. The countryman stopped to ask what was o’clock; this led to further chat; and Hans told him all his luck, how he had so many good bargains, and how all the world went gay and smiling with him. The countryman then began to tell his tale, and said he was going to take the goose to a christening.

countryman - ग्रामीण, ग्रामवासी, देशवासी

led - LED, , (lead) LED

bargains - सौदा करना, लेन देन, समझौता करना

gay - समलैंगिक

Tale - कहानी

goose - हंस

christening - नामकरण, (christen) नामकरण

‘Feel,’ said he, ‘how heavy it is, and yet it is only eight weeks old. Whoever roasts and eats it will find plenty of fat upon it, it has lived so well!’ ‘You’re right,’ said Hans, as he weighed it in his hand; ‘but if you talk of fat, my pig is no trifle.’ Meantime the countryman began to look grave, and shook his head. ‘Hark ye!

Whoever - कौन, जो कोई, जो कोई

roasts - भूनना, हँसी उड़ाना, सुखाना

plenty - बहुत, अनेक, अधिक मात्रा में

weighed - विचार करना, उठाना, नापना

trifle - क्षुद्र धनराशि, छोटी सी बात

meantime - इस बीच, इस बीच, इसी बीच

grave - कब्र

Hark - सुनना, ध्यान से सुनो

ye - तुम

’ said he, ‘my worthy friend, you seem a good sort of fellow, so I can’t help doing you a kind turn. Your pig may get you into a scrape. In the village I just came from, the squire has had a pig stolen out of his sty. I was dreadfully afraid when I saw you that you had got the squire’s pig. If you have, and they catch you, it will be a bad job for you.

worthy - योग्य, ईमानदार, उपयुक्त, लायक

fellow - व्यक्ति

scrape - कुरेदना, छीलना

squire - अनुरक्षक/सहचर, ज़मींदार

sty - सुअर बाड़ा

dreadfully - बहुत अधिक, बहुत अधिक

bad job - खराब काम

The least they will do will be to throw you into the horse-pond. Can you swim?’

pond - तालाब

Poor Hans was sadly frightened. ‘Good man,’ cried he, ‘pray get me out of this scrape. I know nothing of where the pig was either bred or born; but he may have been the squire’s for aught I can tell: you know this country better than I do, take my pig and give me the goose.’ ‘I ought to have something into the bargain,’ said the countryman; ‘give a fat goose for a pig, indeed!

frightened - भयभीत करना, डराना, भयभीत करना

bred - पोला, (breed), ज़ात, बिरादरी

aught - कुछ भी, कुछ नहीं

indeed - वास्तव में, निश्चित ही, सचमुच

Tis not everyone would do so much for you as that. However, I will not be hard upon you, as you are in trouble.’ Then he took the string in his hand, and drove off the pig by a side path; while Hans went on the way homewards free from care. ‘After all,’ thought he, ‘that chap is pretty well taken in. I don’t care whose pig it is, but wherever it came from it has been a very good friend to me.

Tis - यह है, (Ti) यह है

path - मार्ग

chap - लड़का

wherever - कहीं भी, जिधर, जब जब, जहाँ कहीं

I have much the best of the bargain. First there will be a capital roast; then the fat will find me in goose-grease for six months; and then there are all the beautiful white feathers. I will put them into my pillow, and then I am sure I shall sleep soundly without rocking. How happy my mother will be! Talk of a pig, indeed! Give me a fine fat goose.’

roast - भूनना, हँसी उड़ाना, सुखाना

grease - चरबी

feathers - पंख, पर, पिच्छ, पक्षयुक्त करना

pillow - सिरहाना, शिरोपधान

soundly - अच्छी तरह, मजबूत ढंग से

As he came to the next village, he saw a scissor-grinder with his wheel, working and singing,

scissor - one blade on a pair of scissors

grinder - चक्की, सान चढ़ाने वाली मशीन

‘O’er hill and o’er dale

er - हिचकिचाहट

Dale - दर्रा, खड्ड/घाटी, घाटी

So happy I roam,

roam - घूमना

Work light and live well,

All the world is my home;

Then who so blythe, so merry as I?’

Hans stood looking on for a while, and at last said, ‘You must be well off, master grinder! you seem so happy at your work.’ ‘Yes,’ said the other, ‘mine is a golden trade; a good grinder never puts his hand into his pocket without finding money in it-but where did you get that beautiful goose?’ ‘I did not buy it, I gave a pig for it.’ ‘And where did you get the pig?’ ‘I gave a cow for it.

trade - व्यापार

’ ‘And the cow?’ ‘I gave a horse for it.’ ‘And the horse?’ ‘I gave a lump of silver as big as my head for it.’ ‘And the silver?’ ‘Oh! I worked hard for that seven long years.’ ‘You have thriven well in the world hitherto,’ said the grinder, ‘now if you could find money in your pocket whenever you put your hand in it, your fortune would be made.’ ‘Very true: but how is that to be managed?’ ‘How?

thriven - फलना फूलना, पनपना, समृद्ध होना

hitherto - अब तक, अभी तक

Fortune - संयोग, सौभाग्य, भाग्य, सफलता

Why, you must turn grinder like myself,’ said the other; ‘you only want a grindstone; the rest will come of itself. Here is one that is but little the worse for wear: I would not ask more than the value of your goose for it-will you buy?’ ‘How can you ask?’ said Hans; ‘I should be the happiest man in the world, if I could have money whenever I put my hand in my pocket: what could I want more?

grindstone - शाण

value - मूल्य, क़ीमत, क़द्र

there’s the goose.’ ‘Now,’ said the grinder, as he gave him a common rough stone that lay by his side, ‘this is a most capital stone; do but work it well enough, and you can make an old nail cut with it.’

rough - पीटना, मोटा, अपरिष्कृत

lay by - रख दें

nail - नाखून

Hans took the stone, and went his way with a light heart: his eyes sparkled for joy, and he said to himself, ‘Surely I must have been born in a lucky hour; everything I could want or wish for comes of itself. People are so kind; they seem really to think I do them a favour in letting them make me rich, and giving me good bargains.’

sparkled - चमक, जोश, चमकना, जीवंतता

joy - आनन्द

surely - निश्चित रूप से, अवश्य

favour - कृपा

Meantime he began to be tired, and hungry too, for he had given away his last penny in his joy at getting the cow.

given away - दी गई

At last he could go no farther, for the stone tired him sadly: and he dragged himself to the side of a river, that he might take a drink of water, and rest a while. So he laid the stone carefully by his side on the bank: but, as he stooped down to drink, he forgot it, pushed it a little, and down it rolled, plump into the stream.

dragged - बाहर निकालना, बाधा, अवरोध

stooped - झुक कर खड़ा होना, झुकना

rolled - बराबर करना, पिण्ड, तरंगित होना

plump - मोटा, गोल-मटोल

stream - नदी, रूद

For a while he watched it sinking in the deep clear water; then sprang up and danced for joy, and again fell upon his knees and thanked Heaven, with tears in his eyes, for its kindness in taking away his only plague, the ugly heavy stone.

sinking - धंसता, (sink), चिलमची

sprang up - उठ गया

plague - प्लेग, ताऊन

ugly - असुंदर, कुरूप, बदसूरत

‘How happy am I!’ cried he; ‘nobody was ever so lucky as I.’ Then up he got with a light heart, free from all his troubles, and walked on till he reached his mother’s house, and told her how very easy the road to good luck was.

CHAPTER 3 - JORINDA AND JORINDEL

There was once an old castle, that stood in the middle of a deep gloomy wood, and in the castle lived an old fairy. Now this fairy could take any shape she pleased. All the day long she flew about in the form of an owl, or crept about the country like a cat; but at night she always became an old woman again.

gloomy - उदास, अंधकारमय, निराशजनक, दुखी

fairy - परी, अप्सरा

Owl - उल्लू, पेचक, उलूक, कुचकुचवा

crept - जाना, डर, छिपकर घुसना, घुसना

When any young man came within a hundred paces of her castle, he became quite fixed, and could not move a step till she came and set him free; which she would not do till he had given her his word never to come there again: but when any pretty maiden came within that space she was changed into a bird, and the fairy put her into a cage, and hung her up in a chamber in the castle.

paces - की अनुमति से, कदम, प्रगति, गति

maiden - युवती, लड़की

There were seven hundred of these cages hanging in the castle, and all with beautiful birds in them.

cages - पिंजरा, बन्द करना, कटघरा, कठघरा

hanging - लटकने वाला

Now there was once a maiden whose name was Jorinda. She was prettier than all the pretty girls that ever were seen before, and a shepherd lad, whose name was Jorindel, was very fond of her, and they were soon to be married. One day they went to walk in the wood, that they might be alone; and Jorindel said, ‘We must take care that we don’t go too near to the fairy’s castle.

lad - बालक, लड़का

’ It was a beautiful evening; the last rays of the setting sun shone bright through the long stems of the trees upon the green underwood beneath, and the turtle-doves sang from the tall birches.

rays - किरण, शंकुश, ऋषभ, अर्ध रेखा

setting sun - सूर्यास्त

shone - चमकाना, चमक, प्रकाशित होना

stems - रोकना, उत्पन्न होना, धातु, गलही

underwood - झाड़ झंखाड़

beneath - नीचे की और, के योग्य, के नीचे

Turtle - कछुआ

doves - कबूतर, शांतीदूत

birches - भोज वृक्ष की लकड़ी, भोज वृक्ष

Jorinda sat down to gaze upon the sun; Jorindel sat by her side; and both felt sad, they knew not why; but it seemed as if they were to be parted from one another for ever. They had wandered a long way; and when they looked to see which way they should go home, they found themselves at a loss to know what path to take.

gaze - एक्टक देखने ताला, टकटकी

wandered - घुमावदार मार्ग से हो कर आगे बढ़ना

Loss - घाटा

The sun was setting fast, and already half of its circle had sunk behind the hill: Jorindel on a sudden looked behind him, and saw through the bushes that they had, without knowing it, sat down close under the old walls of the castle. Then he shrank for fear, turned pale, and trembled. Jorinda was just singing,

setting - जड़ा हुआ, समायोजन, स्थान

sunk - बर्बाद, मगन, (sink), चिलमची

saw through - काट देना

bushes - अस्तर, छल्ला, घने घुँघराले बाल

shrank - घटना, पीछे हटना, सिकोड़ना

pale - फीका

trembled - परेशान करना, हिलना, कम्पन

‘The ring-dove sang from the willow spray,

ring - अंगूठी

dove - फाख्ता, (dive) फाख्ता

willow - बेंत की तरह पतली लचकदार डाली वाला पेड़

spray - फुहार

Well-a-day! Well-a-day!

He mourn’d for the fate of his darling mate,

mourn - विलाप करना, विलाप करना

fate - क़िस्मत, किस्मत, नसीब, तक़दीर

darling - प्रिये, चहेता, प्यारा, जानेमन

mate - मित्र

Well-a-day!’

when her song stopped suddenly. Jorindel turned to see the reason, and beheld his Jorinda changed into a nightingale, so that her song ended with a mournful jug, jug. An owl with fiery eyes flew three times round them, and three times screamed:

beheld - निहारना

nightingale - बुलबुल

mournful - दुःखपूर्ण, दुख भरा

jug - सुराही

fiery - क्रोधित, जोशीला, अग्निमय

screamed - चीखना, चिल्लाना

‘Tu whu! Tu whu! Tu whu!’

Jorindel could not move; he stood fixed as a stone, and could neither weep, nor speak, nor stir hand or foot. And now the sun went quite down; the gloomy night came; the owl flew into a bush; and a moment after the old fairy came forth pale and meagre, with staring eyes, and a nose and chin that almost met one another.

weep - आंसू बहाना

nor - न, और नहीं, और न, और नहीं

stir - हिलाना-डुलाना

bush - झाड़ी

forth - आगे

meagre - कम, दुबला

chin - ठुड्डी

She mumbled something to herself, seized the nightingale, and went away with it in her hand. Poor Jorindel saw the nightingale was gone-but what could he do? He could not speak, he could not move from the spot where he stood. At last the fairy came back and sang with a hoarse voice:

mumbled - भुनभुनाना, बुदबुदाना/गुणगुणाना

spot - पाना, हल्का, दाग, लक्षण, धब्बा

hoarse - कर्कश

‘Till the prisoner is fast,

And her doom is cast,

doom - बरबाद होना, अर्थी, बरबाद होना

cast - ढालना, डालना

There stay! Oh, stay!

When the charm is around her,

charm - सुंदरता

And the spell has bound her,

bound - सीमित, सीमित करना, सीमित करना

Hie away! away!’

hie - to go in haste

On a sudden Jorindel found himself free. Then he fell on his knees before the fairy, and prayed her to give him back his dear Jorinda: but she laughed at him, and said he should never see her again; then she went her way.

prayed - आशा करना, विनती करना

He prayed, he wept, he sorrowed, but all in vain. ‘Alas!’ he said, ‘what will become of me?’ He could not go back to his own home, so he went to a strange village, and employed himself in keeping sheep. Many a time did he walk round and round as near to the hated castle as he dared go, but all in vain; he heard or saw nothing of Jorinda.

sorrowed - शोक करना, दुःखी होना

walk round - घुमना

dared - ललकार, ललकारना, सामना करना

vain - व्यर्थ, अहंकारी, खोखला, असार

At last he dreamt one night that he found a beautiful purple flower, and that in the middle of it lay a costly pearl; and he dreamt that he plucked the flower, and went with it in his hand into the castle, and that everything he touched with it was disenchanted, and that there he found his Jorinda again.

costly - भारी, कड़े संघर्ष से प्राप्त

pearl - मोती, मुक्ता

plucked - बचाना, साहस, साहसअ, ओचना, नोचना

disenchanted - विरक्त, अमोहक

In the morning when he awoke, he began to search over hill and dale for this pretty flower; and eight long days he sought for it in vain: but on the ninth day, early in the morning, he found the beautiful purple flower; and in the middle of it was a large dewdrop, as big as a costly pearl. Then he plucked the flower, and set out and travelled day and night, till he came again to the castle.

sought - कोशिश करना, की कोशिश करना

dewdrop - ओस का मोती

He walked nearer than a hundred paces to it, and yet he did not become fixed as before, but found that he could go quite close up to the door. Jorindel was very glad indeed to see this. Then he touched the door with the flower, and it sprang open; so that he went in through the court, and listened when he heard so many birds singing.

Glad - प्रसन्न

At last he came to the chamber where the fairy sat, with the seven hundred birds singing in the seven hundred cages. When she saw Jorindel she was very angry, and screamed with rage; but she could not come within two yards of him, for the flower he held in his hand was his safeguard. He looked around at the birds, but alas!

rage - ज़ोर से चलना, रोष व्यक्त करना

yards - बाड़ा, रंगभूमि, अहाता, प्रांगण

safeguard - सुरक्षा, सुरक्षित करना/बचाना

there were many, many nightingales, and how then should he find out which was his Jorinda? While he was thinking what to do, he saw the fairy had taken down one of the cages, and was making the best of her way off through the door.

nightingales - बुलबुल

taken down - नीचे लिया गया

He ran or flew after her, touched the cage with the flower, and Jorinda stood before him, and threw her arms round his neck looking as beautiful as ever, as beautiful as when they walked together in the wood.

Then he touched all the other birds with the flower, so that they all took their old forms again; and he took Jorinda home, where they were married, and lived happily together many years: and so did a good many other lads, whose maidens had been forced to sing in the old fairy’s cages by themselves, much longer than they liked.

lads - लडका/नवयुवक, लड़का

maidens - प्रथम, मेडन{बिना रन दिये}

forced - बल, गुण, दल, विवश करना, शक्ति

CHAPTER 4 - HE TRAVELLING MUSICIANS

An honest farmer had once an ass that had been a faithful servant to him a great many years, but was now growing old and every day more and more unfit for work.

honest - ईमानदार, सच्चा, (hon)

ass - गधा

growing old - बुढ़ापा

more unfit - अधिक असुरक्षित

unfit for work - अक्षम काम के लिए

His master therefore was tired of keeping him and began to think of putting an end to him; but the ass, who saw that some mischief was in the wind, took himself slyly off, and began his journey towards the great city, ‘For there,’ thought he, ‘I may turn musician.’

therefore - इसलिए, इसलिये

mischief - शरारत

slyly - चालाकी से, धूर्ततापूर्वक

After he had travelled a little way, he spied a dog lying by the roadside and panting as if he were tired. ‘What makes you pant so, my friend?’ said the ass. ‘Alas!’ said the dog, ‘my master was going to knock me on the head, because I am old and weak, and can no longer make myself useful to him in hunting; so I ran away; but what can I do to earn my livelihood?’ ‘Hark ye!

spied - ध्यान रखना, गुप्तचर, जासूस

roadside - सड़क का किनारा

panting - श्वास लेना, (pant) श्वास लेना

hunting - आखेट, शिकार करना, शिकार करना

livelihood - आजीविका, जीविका, जीवननिर्वाह

’ said the ass, ‘I am going to the great city to turn musician: suppose you go with me, and try what you can do in the same way?’ The dog said he was willing, and they jogged on together.

They had not gone far before they saw a cat sitting in the middle of the road and making a most rueful face. ‘Pray, my good lady,’ said the ass, ‘what’s the matter with you? You look quite out of spirits!’ ‘Ah, me!’ said the cat, ‘how can one be in good spirits when one’s life is in danger?

rueful - उदास, विषादमय, पश्चात्तापमय

spirits - भावना, जोश, प्रेतात्मा, स्वभाव

Because I am beginning to grow old, and had rather lie at my ease by the fire than run about the house after the mice, my mistress laid hold of me, and was going to drown me; and though I have been lucky enough to get away from her, I do not know what I am to live upon.

grow old - बुढ़ापन करना

Mistress - प्रेमिका

drown - डुबा कर मारना, जलमग्न कर देना

’ ‘Oh,’ said the ass, ‘by all means go with us to the great city; you are a good night singer, and may make your fortune as a musician.’ The cat was pleased with the thought, and joined the party.

Soon afterwards, as they were passing by a farmyard, they saw a cock perched upon a gate, and screaming out with all his might and main. ‘Bravo!’ said the ass; ‘upon my word, you make a famous noise; pray what is all this about?

afterwards - बाद में, बाद में

passing by - दौड़ कर जाना

farmyard - पशु अहाता, प्रक्षेट्रआँगन

cock - मुर्गा

perched - किनारे पर बैठना, बसेरा

screaming - चीखना, चिल्लाना

Bravo - शाबाश

’ ‘Why,’ said the cock, ‘I was just now saying that we should have fine weather for our washing-day, and yet my mistress and the cook don’t thank me for my pains, but threaten to cut off my head tomorrow, and make broth of me for the guests that are coming on Sunday!’ ‘Heaven forbid!

threaten - धमकाना

broth - शोरबा, झोल, जूस, रसा

forbid - रोकना, मना करना

’ said the ass, ‘come with us Master Chanticleer; it will be better, at any rate, than staying here to have your head cut off! Besides, who knows? If we care to sing in tune, we may get up some kind of a concert; so come along with us.’ ‘With all my heart,’ said the cock: so they all four went on jollily together.

Chanticleer - चैंटिकलीर

besides - पास, अलग, समीप, की तुलना में

jollily - आनंदित रूप से

They could not, however, reach the great city the first day; so when night came on, they went into a wood to sleep.

The ass and the dog laid themselves Down Under a great tree, and the cat climbed up into the branches; while the cock, thinking that the higher he sat the safer he should be, flew up to the very top of the tree, and then, according to his custom, before he went to sleep, looked out on all sides of him to see that everything was well.

Down Under - नीचे के तहत

climbed up - ऊपर चढ़ गया

branches - ज्ञान विषय, बेलबूटे कढना

custom - रिवाज, रस्म, प्रथा

In doing this, he saw afar off something bright and shining and calling to his companions said, ‘There must be a house no great way off, for I see a light.’ ‘If that be the case,’ said the ass, ‘we had better change our quarters, for our lodging is not the best in the world!’ ‘Besides,’ added the dog, ‘I should not be the worse for a bone or two, or a bit of meat.

afar - बहुत दूर तक, दूर से/दूर पर

shining - हाथ पैर के सहारे से जाना

Companions - साथी, छोटी पुस्तक, मिट्र

lodging - आवास, (lodge)

’ So they walked off together towards the spot where Chanticleer had seen the light, and as they drew near it became larger and brighter, till they at last came close to a house in which a gang of robbers lived.

gang - गिरोह

The ass, being the tallest of the company, marched up to the window and peeped in. ‘Well, Donkey,’ said Chanticleer, ‘what do you see?’ ‘What do I see?’ replied the ass. ‘Why, I see a table spread with all kinds of good things, and robbers sitting round it making merry.’ ‘That would be a noble lodging for us,’ said the cock.

peeped - झलक, झाँकी, झांकना, दिखाई पड़ना

donkey - गधा

spread - फैलना, प्रकार, फैलाना, लगाना

‘Yes,’ said the ass, ‘if we could only get in’; so they consulted together how they should contrive to get the robbers out; and at last they hit upon a plan. The ass placed himself upright on his hind legs, with his forefeet resting against the window; the dog got upon his back; the cat scrambled up to the dog’s shoulders, and the cock flew up and sat upon the cat’s head.

consulted - विचार विमर्श करना, राय लेना

hit upon - पता लगाना

upright - सरल, सीधा, सीधे, खड़ा स्तम्भ

hind - हिरनी

forefeet - अगला पैर, अगला पैर

scrambled - छीना झपटी, गड़बड़ा देना

When all was ready a signal was given, and they began their music. The ass brayed, the dog barked, the cat mewed, and the cock screamed; and then they all broke through the window at once, and came tumbling into the room, amongst the broken glass, with a most hideous clatter!

signal - संकेत, इशारा

brayed - रेंकना, ढेंचू ढेंचू की आवाज्ॅअ

barked - गरजना, चिल्लाना, भूँकना

mewed - म्याऊँ, सागर का पक्षी

broke through - तोड़ दिया

tumbling - टमलिंग, (tumble) टमलिंग

amongst - के बीच में, के बीच में

hideous - डरावना, वीभत्स

clatter - खड़खड़ की आवाज़ करना, खड़खड़ाहट

The robbers, who had been not a little frightened by the opening concert, had now no doubt that some frightful hobgoblin had broken in upon them, and scampered away as fast as they could.

doubt - संदेह करना

frightful - बहुत खराब, भयानक, बहुत खराब

hobgoblin - वैताल

broken in - टूट गया

scampered - भाग जाना, तेज़ी से दौड़ जाना

The coast once clear, our travellers soon sat down and dispatched what the robbers had left, with as much eagerness as if they had not expected to eat again for a month. As soon as they had satisfied themselves, they put out the lights, and each once more sought out a resting-place to his own liking.

travellers - पर्यटक, यात्री, मुसाफिर

dispatched - हराना, प्रेषित करना, भेजना

eagerness - उत्सुकता, औत्सुक्य, तत्परता

satisfied - शांत करना, आपूर्ति करना

resting-place - (resting-place) आरामस्थान

The donkey laid himself down upon a heap of straw in the yard, the dog stretched himself upon a mat behind the door, the cat rolled herself up on the hearth before the warm ashes, and the cock perched upon a beam on the top of the house; and, as they were all rather tired with their journey, they soon fell asleep.

heap - ढेर

straw - पुआल, तिनका

Yard - गज़

mat - चटाई

hearth - अंगीठी, चूल्हा

ashes - ऐश वृक्ष, ऐश वृक्ष की लकड़ी

beam - किरण

But about midnight, when the robbers saw from afar that the lights were out and that all seemed quiet, they began to think that they had been in too great a hurry to run away; and one of them, who was bolder than the rest, went to see what was going on.

from afar - दूर से

hurry - जल्दी करना, हुत जल्दबाजी, जल्दी

bolder - धृष्ट, सुस्पष्ट, स्पष्ट

Finding everything still, he marched into the kitchen, and groped about till he found a match in order to light a candle; and then, espying the glittering fiery eyes of the cat, he mistook them for live coals, and held the match to them to light it. But the cat, not understanding this joke, sprang at his face, and spat, and scratched at him.

groped - टटोलना, ज़बर्दस्ती छूना

candle - मोमबत्ती, शमा

espying - ताकना/देखना

glittering - शानदार, चमकीला, उज्ज्वल

coals - कोयला भरना, कोयला उपलब्ध करना

spat - झगड़ना, द्विकपाटी जंतु

scratched - खरोंचना, खरोंच, वापस लेना

This frightened him dreadfully, and away he ran to the back door; but there the dog jumped up and bit him in the leg; and as he was crossing over the yard the ass kicked him; and the cock, who had been awakened by the noise, crowed with all his might.

kicked - परेशान करना, चलाना, निकालना

awakened - उठाना, जगाना, जागना

crowed - काँव काँव करना/कुकुरू कूं करना

At this the robber ran back as fast as he could to his comrades, and told the captain how a horrid witch had got into the house, and had spat at him and scratched his face with her long bony fingers; how a man with a knife in his hand had hidden himself behind the door, and stabbed him in the leg; how a black monster stood in the yard and struck him with a club, and how the devil had sat upon the top of the house and cried out, ‘Throw the rascal up here!’ After this the robbers never dared to go back to the house; but the musicians were so pleased with their quarters that they took up their abode there; and there they are, I dare say, at this very day.

robber - डाकू

comrades - साथी, कमरेड

captain - जहाज़रान

horrid - भयंकर, जघन्य

witch - डायन

spat at - पट पर

bony - अस्थिनिर्मित, अस्थिमय, हड्डीदार

stabbed - घाव, प्रहार करना, दबाना

monster - राक्षस, देव, दैत्य, दानव

devil - शैतान, दानव, राक्षस, देव

rascal - दुष्ट

abode - घर, गृह, मकान, (abide) घर

dare - साहस करना

CHAPTER 5 - OLD SULTAN

sultan - सुल्तान, सुलतान

A shepherd had a faithful dog, called Sultan, who was grown very old, and had lost all his teeth. And one day when the shepherd and his wife were standing together before the house the shepherd said, ‘I will shoot old Sultan tomorrow morning, for he is of no use now.

standing together - एक साथ खड़े होना

’ But his wife said, ‘Pray let the poor faithful creature live; he has served us well a great many years, and we ought to give him a livelihood for the rest of his days.’ ‘But what can we do with him?

creature - जंतु, प्राणी, जानवर, मख़्लूक़

’ said the shepherd, ‘he has not a tooth in his head, and the thieves don’t care for him at all; to be sure he has served us, but then he did it to earn his livelihood; tomorrow shall be his last day, depend upon it.’

Poor Sultan, who was lying close by them, heard all that the shepherd and his wife said to one another, and was very much frightened to think tomorrow would be his last day; so in the evening he went to his good friend the wolf, who lived in the wood, and told him all his sorrows, and how his master meant to kill him in the morning.

wolf - भेड़िया, वृक, गुर्ग

sorrows - शोक करना, दुःखी होना

‘Make yourself easy,’ said the wolf, ‘I will give you some good advice. Your master, you know, goes out every morning very early with his wife into the field; and they take their little child with them, and lay it down behind the hedge in the shade while they are at work.

hedge - बाड़ा

shade - छाया

Now do you lie down close by the child, and pretend to be watching it, and I will come out of the wood and run away with it; you must run after me as fast as you can, and I will let it drop; then you may carry it back, and they will think you have saved their child, and will be so thankful to you that they will take care of you as long as you live.

pretend - दावा करना, अभिनय करना, मान लेना

run after - पछताओ

’ The dog liked this plan very well; and accordingly so it was managed. The wolf ran with the child a little way; the shepherd and his wife screamed out; but Sultan soon overtook him, and carried the poor little thing back to his master and mistress.

accordingly - फलस्वरूप, परिस्थिति के अनुसार

overtook - में अड़्चन पैदा करना

Then the shepherd patted him on the head, and said, ‘Old Sultan has saved our child from the wolf, and therefore he shall live and be well taken care of, and have plenty to eat. Wife, go home, and give him a good dinner, and let him have my old cushion to sleep on as long as he lives.’ So from this time forward Sultan had all that he could wish for.

patted - थपथपाना, पोंछना, उपयुक्त, सतही

cushion - तकिया

Soon afterwards the wolf came and wished him joy, and said, ‘Now, my good fellow, you must tell no tales, but turn your head the other way when I want to taste one of the old shepherd’s fine fat sheep.’ ‘No,’ said the Sultan; ‘I will be true to my master.’ However, the wolf thought he was in joke, and came one night to get a dainty morsel.

tales - झूठ, कहानी, किस्सा, अफवाह

dainty - मृदु, स्वादिष्ट वस्तु/प्रसाद

morsel - कौर, ग्रास, निवाला

But Sultan had told his master what the wolf meant to do; so he laid wait for him behind the barn door, and when the wolf was busy looking out for a good fat sheep, he had a stout cudgel laid about his back, that combed his locks for him finely.

barn - खलिहान

stout - हट्टा-कट्टा

Cudgel - लाठी

combed - निकालना, अच्छे से ढूँढना

finely - बारीकी से, सूक्षमतापूर्वक

Then the wolf was very angry, and called Sultan ‘an old rogue,’ and swore he would have his revenge. So the next morning the wolf sent the boar to challenge Sultan to come into the wood to fight the matter.

rogue - दुष्ट

swore - गाली देना, कसम खाना, वचन देना

revenge - बदला, इंतक़ाम r=intaqām

boar - सुअर, वाराह, जंगली सुअर

challenge - चुनौती

Now Sultan had nobody he could ask to be his second but the shepherd’s old three-legged cat; so he took her with him, and as the poor thing limped along with some trouble, she stuck up her tail straight in the air.

limped - लचीला, कठिनाई से आगे बढ पाना

stuck up - उठा लेना

The wolf and the wild boar were first on the ground; and when they espied their enemies coming, and saw the cat’s long tail standing straight in the air, they thought she was carrying a sword for Sultan to fight with; and every time she limped, they thought she was picking up a stone to throw at them; so they said they should not like this way of fighting, and the boar lay down behind a bush, and the wolf jumped up into a tree. Sultan and the cat soon came up, and looked about and wondered that no one was there. The boar, however, had not quite hidden himself, for his ears stuck out of the bush; and when he shook one of them a little, the cat, seeing something move, and thinking it was a mouse, sprang upon it, and bit and scratched it, so that the boar jumped up and grunted, and ran away, roaring out, ‘Look up in the tree, there sits the one who is to blame.’ So they looked up, and espied the wolf sitting amongst the branches; and they called him a cowardly rascal, and would not suffer him to come down till he was heartily ashamed of himself, and had promised to be good friends again with old Sultan.

espied - ताकना/देखना

enemies - दुश्मन, शत्रु, अरि, शट्रु, वैरी

sword - तलवार, शमशेर

wondered - आश्चर्य, विस्मय, भटकना, चमत्कार

stuck out - सीधा निकला

grunted - घुरघुराना, भुनभुनाना

roaring - कानफोड़ू, आर्तनाद, गर्जना

blame - दोष लगाना

cowardly - कायर, डरपोक

heartily - पूरी तरह से, बहुत अधिक

ashamed - लज्जित, शर्मिन्दा

CHAPTER 6 -THE STRAW, THE COAL, AND THE BEAN

coal - कोयला

In a village dwelt a poor old woman, who had gathered together a dish of beans and wanted to cook them. So she made a fire on her hearth, and that it might burn the quicker, she lighted it with a handful of straw.

dwelt - विचार करना, निवास करना

gathered - प्राप्त करना, समझना, काटना

handful - मुट्ठी भर, मुट्ठी भर, अंजलि भर

When she was emptying the beans into the pan, one dropped without her observing it, and lay on the ground beside a straw, and soon afterwards a burning coal from the fire leapt down to the two. Then the straw began and said: ‘Dear friends, from whence do you come here?

pan - तवा, कड़ाह, कड़ाही

observing - अनुपालन करना, कहना, देखना

beside - बग़ल, की बग़ल में

whence - कहाँ से

’ The coal replied: ‘I fortunately sprang out of the fire, and if I had not escaped by sheer force, my death would have been certain,-I should have been burnt to ashes.’ The bean said: ‘I too have escaped with a whole skin, but if the old woman had got me into the pan, I should have been made into broth without any mercy, like my comrades.’ ‘And would a better fate have fallen to my lot?

escaped - राहत, बचाव, भाग जाना

sheer - पूर्णतया

force - बल

burnt to ashes - भूगड़ गया

mercy - दया, करुणा

fallen to - गिर गया

’ said the straw. ‘The old woman has destroyed all my brethren in fire and smoke; she seized sixty of them at once, and took their lives. I luckily slipped through her fingers.’

brethren - भाइयों

slipped - निकालना, गिरना, जाना, उतरना

‘But what are we to do now?’ said the coal.

‘I think,’ answered the bean, ‘that as we have so fortunately escaped death, we should keep together like good companions, and lest a new mischance should overtake us here, we should go away together, and repair to a foreign country.’

mischance - बदकिस्मती

overtake - में अड़्चन पैदा करना

The proposition pleased the two others, and they set out on their way together. Soon, however, they came to a little brook, and as there was no bridge or foot-plank, they did not know how they were to get over it. The straw hit on a good idea, and said: ‘I will lay myself straight across, and then you can walk over on me as on a bridge.

proposition - समस्या, वचन, सुझाव

brook - छोटी नदी

plank - मुद्दा, तख्ता, पटकना

’ The straw therefore stretched itself from one bank to the other, and the coal, who was of an impetuous disposition, tripped quite boldly on to the newly-built bridge. But when she had reached the middle, and heard the water rushing beneath her, she was after all, afraid, and stood still, and ventured no farther. The straw, however, began to burn, broke in two pieces, and fell into the stream.

impetuous - सितारा मछली, अविवेकी

disposition - प्रवृत्ति, प्रबंध, स्थिति

boldly - निडरतापूर्वक

newly - नया, नया नया

rushing - रश्सिंग, (rush) रश्सिंग

ventured - जाने का साहस करना

The coal slipped after her, hissed when she got into the water, and breathed her last. The bean, who had prudently stayed behind on the shore, could not but laugh at the event, was unable to stop, and laughed so heartily that she burst. It would have been all over with her, likewise, if, by good fortune, a tailor who was travelling in search of work, had not sat down to rest by the brook.

breathed - आराम करना, बहना, साँस लेना

prudently - समझदारी से, विवेकपूर्ण ढंग से

shore - किनारा, तीर

unable - असमर्थ

burst - फूटना

likewise - इसी तरह, वैसे ही, तुलनीय

tailor - दर्ज़ी

As he had a compassionate heart he pulled out his needle and thread, and sewed her together. The bean thanked him most prettily, but as the tailor used black thread, all beans since then have a black seam.

compassionate - दयालु, करुणामय

needle - सुई

sewed - सीलाई करना, सीना

prettily - आकर्षक ढंग से, प्यारे ढंग से

thread - धागा, सूत, सूत्र, तंत

seam - सीवन जोड़

CHAPTER 7 - BRIAR ROSE

briar - ब्रायर

A king and queen once upon a time reigned in a country a great way off, where there were in those days fairies. Now this king and queen had plenty of money, and plenty of fine clothes to wear, and plenty of good things to eat and drink, and a coach to ride out in every day: but though they had been married many years they had no children, and this grieved them very much indeed.

reigned - शासन, आधिपत्य करना, शासन करना

fairies - परी, सुन्दर, समलैंगिक पुरुष

grieved - शोका मनाना, दुःखित होना

But one day as the queen was walking by the side of the river, at the bottom of the garden, she saw a poor little fish, that had thrown itself out of the water, and lay gasping and nearly dead on the bank.

gasping - हाँफ़ता हुआ, (gasp)

Then the queen took pity on the little fish, and threw it back again into the river; and before it swam away it lifted its head out of the water and said, ‘I know what your wish is, and it shall be fulfilled, in return for your kindness to me-you will soon have a daughter.

fulfilled - पूरा करना, कार्यान्वित करना

’ What the little fish had foretold soon came to pass; and the queen had a little girl, so very beautiful that the king could not cease looking on it for joy, and said he would hold a great feast and make merry, and show the child to all the land. So he asked his kinsmen, and nobles, and friends, and neighbours.

foretold - भविष्यवाणी करना

cease - बन्द करना, बन्द करना

feast - भोज

make merry - मेरी मेरी करें

kinsmen - पुरुष संबंधी, रिश्तेदार

nobles - नोबल्स, (noble) नोबल्स

But the queen said, ‘I will have the fairies also, that they might be kind and good to our little daughter.’ Now there were thirteen fairies in the kingdom; but as the king and queen had only twelve golden dishes for them to eat out of, they were forced to leave one of the fairies without asking her.

little daughter - छोटी बेटी

So twelve fairies came, each with a high red cap on her head, and red shoes with high heels on her feet, and a long white wand in her hand: and after the feast was over they gathered round in a ring and gave all their best gifts to the little princess. One gave her goodness, another beauty, another riches, and so on till she had all that was good in the world.

heels - एड़ी, कमीना आदमी, पिछला भाग

wand - राजदण्ड, डंडा, डंठल, छड़ी

goodness - गुण, भगवान, दयालुता

beauty - सौन्दर्य, सुंदरता, ख़ूबसूरती

Just as eleven of them had done blessing her, a great noise was heard in the courtyard, and word was brought that the thirteenth fairy was come, with a black cap on her head, and black shoes on her feet, and a broomstick in her hand: and presently up she came into the dining-hall.

blessing - आशीर्वाद, (bless)

courtyard - आंगन

thirteenth - तेरहवाँ भाग, तेरहवाँ

broomstick - डंडे वाली झाडू, डंडे वाली झाडू

Presently - अभी, शीघ्र ही, संप्रति

dining-hall - (dining-hall) भोजन हॉल

Now, as she had not been asked to the feast she was very angry, and scolded the king and queen very much, and set to work to take her revenge. So she cried out, ‘The king’s daughter shall, in her fifteenth year, be wounded by a spindle, and fall down dead.

Fifteenth - पंद्रहवाँ, पन्द्रहवाँ

wounded - घाव, चोट, ज़ख़्मी करना, आघात

spindle - तकला, तकली

’ Then the twelfth of the friendly fairies, who had not yet given her gift, came forward, and said that the evil wish must be fulfilled, but that she could soften its mischief; so her gift was, that the king’s daughter, when the spindle wounded her, should not really die, but should only fall asleep for a hundred years.

twelfth - बारहवां

fulfilled - पालन करना, पूरा करना

soften - कम करना, हल्का करना, कोमल बनाना

However, the king hoped still to save his dear child altogether from the threatened evil; so he ordered that all the spindles in the kingdom should be bought up and burnt. But all the gifts of the first eleven fairies were in the meantime fulfilled; for the princess was so beautiful, and well behaved, and good, and wise, that everyone who knew her loved her.

altogether - पूर्णतया, सब मिलाकर, कुल मिलाकर

threatened - धमकाना, घटित होना, सूचना देना

spindles - धुरी, तकली, तंतु

bought up - खरीद लिया

wise - अक्लमंद

It happened that, on the very day she was fifteen years old, the king and queen were not at home, and she was left alone in the palace. So she roved about by herself, and looked at all the rooms and chambers, till at last she came to an old tower, to which there was a narrow staircase ending with a little door.

roved about - घूमना

chambers - सभा, सदन, कमरा, कचहरी, कोठरी

staircase - सीढ़ी, सोपान

In the door there was a golden key, and when she turned it the door sprang open, and there sat an old lady spinning away very busily. ‘Why, how now, good mother,’ said the princess; ‘what are you doing there?’ ‘Spinning,’ said the old lady, and nodded her head, humming a tune, while buzz! went the wheel. ‘How prettily that little thing turns round!

spinning - कताई, (spin) कताई

busily - व्यस्ततापूर्वक

nodded - ऊँघना, झूमना, सिर हिलाना, हुक्म

humming - गाना गाना, (hum) गाना गाना

buzz - गूँज, मार्ग में बाधा डालना

’ said the princess, and took the spindle and began to try and spin. But scarcely had she touched it, before the fairy’s prophecy was fulfilled; the spindle wounded her, and she fell down lifeless on the ground.

spin - फिरकना

prophecy - भविष्यवाणी

lifeless - नीरस, जड़, निर्जीव, बेजान

However, she was not dead, but had only fallen into a deep sleep; and the king and the queen, who had just come home, and all their court, fell asleep too; and the horses slept in the stables, and the dogs in the court, the pigeons on the house-top, and the very flies slept upon the walls.

deep sleep - गहरी नींद

stables - स्थिर, स्थायी, अश्वशाला, अचल

pigeons - काम, कबूतर, मसखाली, कपोत

Even the fire on the hearth left off blazing, and went to sleep; the jack stopped, and the spit that was turning about with a goose upon it for the king’s dinner stood still; and the cook, who was at that moment pulling the kitchen-boy by the hair to give him a box on the ear for something he had done amiss, let him go, and both fell asleep; the butler, who was slyly tasting the ale, fell asleep with the jug at his lips: and thus everything stood still, and slept soundly.

blazing - चमक, लौ, चिन्ह, चमकना, जलना

Jack - जैक

spit - ज़ोर से बोलना, घुरघुराना, थूकना

turning about - घुमना

amiss - गलत, गड़बड़

butler - ख़ानसामा, ख़ानसामाँ

thus - इस प्रकार

A large hedge of thorns soon grew round the palace, and every year it became higher and thicker; till at last the old palace was surrounded and hidden, so that not even the roof or the chimneys could be seen.

thorns - काँटेदार झाड़ी, काँटेदार पेड़

surrounded - किनारा, भरा होना, चारों ओर होना

chimneys - चिमनी, चूल्हा, बर्फ़ का कटाव

But there went a report through all the land of the beautiful sleeping Briar Rose (for so the king’s daughter was called): so that, from time to time, several kings’ sons came, and tried to break through the thicket into the palace. This, however, none of them could ever do; for the thorns and bushes laid hold of them, as it were with hands; and there they stuck fast, and died wretchedly.

thicket - झाड़ी, वन, जंगल

stuck - सथापित करना, टेक लगाना, रखना

wretchedly - दयनीय भाव से, दुखी हो कर

After many, many years there came a king’s son into that land: and an old man told him the story of the thicket of thorns; and how a beautiful palace stood behind it, and how a wonderful princess, called Briar Rose, lay in it asleep, with all her court.

He told, too, how he had heard from his grandfather that many, many princes had come, and had tried to break through the thicket, but that they had all stuck fast in it, and died. Then the young prince said, ‘All this shall not frighten me; I will go and see this Briar Rose.’ The old man tried to hinder him, but he was bent upon going.

princes - राजकुमारें, (prince), शहज़ादा

frighten - भयभीत करना, डराना, भयभीत करना

hinder - बाधा डालना, (hind) बाधा डालना

bent - प्रवृत्ति, टेढ़ा, झुकाव

Now that very day the hundred years were ended; and as the prince came to the thicket he saw nothing but beautiful flowering shrubs, through which he went with ease, and they shut in after him as thick as ever.

prince - शहज़ादा, राजकुमार

shrubs - झाड़ी

Then he came at last to the palace, and there in the court lay the dogs asleep; and the horses were standing in the stables; and on the roof sat the pigeons fast asleep, with their heads under their wings.

wings - करना, पंख, पर, पक्ष, सूप

And when he came into the palace, the flies were sleeping on the walls; the spit was standing still; the butler had the jug of ale at his lips, going to drink a draught; the maid sat with a fowl in her lap ready to be plucked; and the cook in the kitchen was still holding up her hand, as if she was going to beat the boy.

draught - वायु का झोंका, झोंका, घूँट

maid - लड़की

fowl - पालतू चिड़िया

lap - चपड़-पचड़ पीना, गटागट पी जाना

Then he went on still farther, and all was so still that he could hear every breath he drew; till at last he came to the old tower, and opened the door of the little room in which Briar Rose was; and there she lay, fast asleep on a couch by the window. She looked so beautiful that he could not take his eyes off her, so he stooped down and gave her a kiss.

breath - श्वास, साँस, दम

little room - छोटी कमरा

couch - खाट, पल

But the moment he kissed her she opened her eyes and awoke, and smiled upon him; and they went out together; and soon the king and queen also awoke, and all the court, and gazed on each other with great wonder.

kissed - चूम्मा लेना

gazed - एक्टक देखने ताला, टकटकी

wonder - आश्चर्य

And the horses shook themselves, and the dogs jumped up and barked; the pigeons took their heads from under their wings, and looked about and flew into the fields; the flies on the walls buzzed again; the fire in the kitchen blazed up; round went the jack, and round went the spit, with the goose for the king’s dinner upon it; the butler finished his draught of ale; the maid went on plucking the fowl; and the cook gave the boy the box on his ear.

buzzed - गूँज, मार्ग में बाधा डालना

blazed up - उगाया

plucking - बचाना, साहस, साहसअ, ओचना, नोचना

And then the prince and Briar Rose were married, and the wedding feast was given; and they lived happily together all their lives long.

CHAPTER 8 -THE DOG AND THE SPARROW

sparrow - गौरैया, गौरिया

A shepherd’s dog had a master who took no care of him, but often let him suffer the greatest hunger. At last he could bear it no longer; so he took to his heels, and off he ran in a very sad and sorrowful mood. On the road he met a sparrow that said to him, ‘Why are you so sad, my friend?’ ‘Because,’ said the dog, ‘I am very very hungry, and have nothing to eat.

hunger - भूख

mood - मनोदशा

’ ‘If that be all,’ answered the sparrow, ‘come with me into the next town, and I will soon find you plenty of food.’ So on they went together into the town: and as they passed by a butcher’s shop, the sparrow said to the dog, ‘Stand there a little while till I peck you down a piece of meat.

went together - साथ में जाना

peck - चोंच मारना

’ So the sparrow perched upon the shelf: and having first looked carefully about her to see if anyone was watching her, she pecked and scratched at a steak that lay upon the edge of the shelf, till at last down it fell. Then the dog snapped it up, and scrambled away with it into a corner, where he soon ate it all up.

pecked - हल्के से चूमना

steak - स्टेक

edge - कनारा

shelf - तख़्ता

snapped it up - इसे तुरंत ले लिया

‘Well,’ said the sparrow, ‘you shall have some more if you will; so come with me to the next shop, and I will peck you down another steak.’ When the dog had eaten this too, the sparrow said to him, ‘Well, my good friend, have you had enough now?’ ‘I have had plenty of meat,’ answered he, ‘but I should like to have a piece of bread to eat after it.

’ ‘Come with me then,’ said the sparrow, ‘and you shall soon have that too.’ So she took him to a baker’s shop, and pecked at two rolls that lay in the window, till they fell down: and as the dog still wished for more, she took him to another shop and pecked down some more for him. When that was eaten, the sparrow asked him whether he had had enough now.

Baker - नानबाई

rolls - बराबर करना, पिण्ड, तरंगित होना

‘Yes,’ said he; ‘and now let us take a walk a little way out of the town.’ So they both went out upon the high road; but as the weather was warm, they had not gone far before the dog said, ‘I am very much tired-I should like to take a nap.’ ‘Very well,’ answered the sparrow, ‘do so, and in the meantime I will perch upon that bush.

nap - झपकी, मखमल के महीन धागे

perch - चि‍ड़ियों के बैठने का अड्डा

’ So the dog stretched himself out on the road, and fell fast asleep. Whilst he slept, there came by a carter with a cart drawn by three horses, and loaded with two casks of wine. The sparrow, seeing that the carter did not turn out of the way, but would go on in the track in which the dog lay, so as to drive over him, called out, ‘Stop! stop! Mr Carter, or it shall be the worse for you.

whilst - जब तक

Carter - person who transports a load on an animal-drawn cart

loaded - भारी, मिश्रण, भरना

casks - पीपा, पीपाआ

’ But the carter, grumbling to himself, ‘You make it the worse for me, indeed! what can you do?’ cracked his whip, and drove his cart over the poor dog, so that the wheels crushed him to death. ‘There,’ cried the sparrow, ‘thou cruel villain, thou hast killed my friend the dog. Now mind what I say. This deed of thine shall cost thee all thou art worth.

grumbling - गड़गड़ाहट, (grumble)

cart - छकड़ा गाड़ी, गाड़ी

crushed - चूर चूर करना, दबाना, जमघट

thou - तू

cruel - निर्दयी

villain - खलनायक

deed - कार्य, काम, विलेख, (dee) कार्य

thine - तुम्हारा, तेरा

thee - तुमको, तुझे, तुझको

’ ‘Do your worst, and welcome,’ said the brute, ‘what harm can you do me?’ and passed on. But the sparrow crept under the tilt of the cart, and pecked at the bung of one of the casks till she loosened it; and then all the wine ran out, without the carter seeing it. At last he looked round, and saw that the cart was dripping, and the cask quite empty. ‘What an unlucky wretch I am!’ cried he.

brute - वहशी

tilt - झुकना

bung - डॉट

loosened - ढीला करना

dripping - माँस तेल, बहुत गीला

cask - पीपा, पीपाआ

unlucky - अशुभ, अभागा/दुखी/मंदभाग्य

wretch - अभागा

‘Not wretch enough yet!’ said the sparrow, as she alighted upon the head of one of the horses, and pecked at him till he reared up and kicked. When the carter saw this, he drew out his hatchet and aimed a blow at the sparrow, meaning to kill her; but she flew away, and the blow fell upon the poor horse’s head with such force, that he fell down dead. ‘Unlucky wretch that I am!’ cried he.

alighted - उतरना, जलता हुआ, प्रज्ज्वलित

reared - पीछे का भाग, उठाना, पिछला

hatchet - परशु, तवर

aimed - करना, लगाना, लक्ष्य करना

blow at - प्रहार करना

‘Not wretch enough yet!’ said the sparrow. And as the carter went on with the other two horses, she again crept under the tilt of the cart, and pecked out the bung of the second cask, so that all the wine ran out. When the carter saw this, he again cried out, ‘Miserable wretch that I am!’ But the sparrow answered, ‘Not wretch enough yet!

miserable - दुःखी, उदास

’ and perched on the head of the second horse, and pecked at him too. The carter ran up and struck at her again with his hatchet; but away she flew, and the blow fell upon the second horse and killed him on the spot. ‘Unlucky wretch that I am!’ said he. ‘Not wretch enough yet!’ said the sparrow; and perching upon the third horse, she began to peck him too.

ran up - ऊपर चढ़ गया

perching - किनारे पर बैठना, बसेरा

The carter was mad with fury; and without looking about him, or caring what he was about, struck again at the sparrow; but killed his third horse as he done the other two. ‘Alas! miserable wretch that I am!’ cried he. ‘Not wretch enough yet!’ answered the sparrow as she flew away; ‘now will I plague and punish thee at thy own house.

mad - पागल, उन्मद, बावला, बावरा

fury - प्रचण्डता, कोप, प्रकोप

punish - सज़ा देना

thy - तेरा

’ The carter was forced at last to leave his cart behind him, and to go home overflowing with rage and vexation. ‘Alas!’ said he to his wife, ‘what ill luck has befallen me!-my wine is all spilt, and my horses all three dead.’ ‘Alas!

overflowing - चढ़ा हुआ, (overflow)

vexation - परेशानी, संताप, क्लेश, खीझ

spilt - छलकना, फैल जाना, गिर जाना

husband,’ replied she, ‘and a wicked bird has come into the house, and has brought with her all the birds in the world, I am sure, and they have fallen upon our corn in the loft, and are eating it up at such a rate!’ Away ran the husband upstairs, and saw thousands of birds sitting upon the floor eating up his corn, with the sparrow in the midst of them. ‘Unlucky wretch that I am!

wicked - दुष्ट, (wick) दुष्ट

corn - मकई का दाना

loft - उछालना, दीर्घा, अटारी/दुछत्ती

eating up - खाना खाना

midst - बीच

’ cried the carter; for he saw that the corn was almost all gone. ‘Not wretch enough yet!’ said the sparrow; ‘thy cruelty shall cost thee thy life yet!’ and away she flew.

cruelty - क्रूरता

The carter seeing that he had thus lost all that he had, went down into his kitchen; and was still not sorry for what he had done, but sat himself angrily and sulkily in the chimney corner. But the sparrow sat on the outside of the window, and cried ‘Carter! thy cruelty shall cost thee thy life!

angrily - क्रोध से, गुस्से में

sulkily - रूठ कर

chimney - चिमनी, धुआँकश

’ With that he jumped up in a rage, seized his hatchet, and threw it at the sparrow; but it missed her, and only broke the window. The sparrow now hopped in, perched upon the window-seat, and cried, ‘Carter! it shall cost thee thy life!

hopped - कूदना, फुदकना, एक पैर से कूदना

’ Then he became mad and blind with rage, and struck the window-seat with such force that he cleft it in two: and as the sparrow flew from place to place, the carter and his wife were so furious, that they broke all their furniture, glasses, chairs, benches, the table, and at last the walls, without touching the bird at all.

blind - अंधा

cleft - दरार

furious - उग्र, भीषण, प्रचण्ड, कुपित

benches - न्यायपीठ, न्यायाधीश, तख्त

In the end, however, they caught her: and the wife said, ‘Shall I kill her at once?’ ‘No,’ cried he, ‘that is letting her off too easily: she shall die a much more cruel death; I will eat her.’ But the sparrow began to flutter about, and stretch out her neck and cried, ‘Carter! it shall cost thee thy life yet!

flutter - उत्तेजना, घबराहट, उतार चढाव

stretch - फैलाना, फैल जाना, पंक्ति

’ With that he could wait no longer: so he gave his wife the hatchet, and cried, ‘Wife, strike at the bird and kill her in my hand.’ And the wife struck; but she missed her aim, and hit her husband on the head so that he fell down dead, and the sparrow flew quietly home to her nest.

strike - हड़ताल

aim - निशाना बनाना

nest - घोंसला

CHAPTER 9 - THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES

princesses - राजकुमारी, राजपत्नी

There was a king who had twelve beautiful daughters. They slept in twelve beds all in one room; and when they went to bed, the doors were shut and locked up; but every morning their shoes were found to be quite worn through as if they had been danced in all night; and yet nobody could find out how it happened, or where they had been.

Then the king made it known to all the land, that if any person could discover the secret, and find out where it was that the princesses danced in the night, he should have the one he liked best for his wife, and should be king after his death; but whoever tried and did not succeed, after three days and nights, should be put to death.

A king’s son soon came. He was well entertained, and in the evening was taken to the chamber next to the one where the princesses lay in their twelve beds. There he was to sit and watch where they went to dance; and, in order that nothing might pass without his hearing it, the door of his chamber was left open.

entertained - सुनना, विचार करना, विचार करना

left open - खुला छोड़ा

But the king’s son soon fell asleep; and when he awoke in the morning he found that the princesses had all been dancing, for the soles of their shoes were full of holes. The same thing happened the second and third night: so the king ordered his head to be cut off. After him came several others; but they had all the same luck, and all lost their lives in the same manner.

soles - तल्ला, पूरा, कुकुरजीभी, एकमात्र

Now it chanced that an old soldier, who had been wounded in battle and could fight no longer, passed through the country where this king reigned: and as he was travelling through a wood, he met an old woman, who asked him where he was going.

battle - लड़ाई

travelling through - यात्रा कर रहे हैं

‘I hardly know where I am going, or what I had better do,’ said the soldier; ‘but I think I should like very well to find out where it is that the princesses dance, and then in time I might be a king.

’ ‘Well,’ said the old dame, ‘that is no very hard task: only take care not to drink any of the wine which one of the princesses will bring to you in the evening; and as soon as she leaves you pretend to be fast asleep.’

Dame - स्त्री, छोकरी

be fast asleep - शीघ्र सो रहा हो

Then she gave him a cloak, and said, ‘As soon as you put that on you will become invisible, and you will then be able to follow the princesses wherever they go.’ When the soldier heard all this good counsel, he determined to try his luck: so he went to the king, and said he was willing to undertake the task.

cloak - चोग़ा

invisible - अदृश्य

determined - निश्चित करना, तय करना

undertake - उत्तरदायित्व लेना, वादा करना

He was as well received as the others had been, and the king ordered fine royal robes to be given him; and when the evening came he was led to the outer chamber. Just as he was going to lie down, the eldest of the princesses brought him a cup of wine; but the soldier threw it all away secretly, taking care not to drink a drop.

Royal - शाही

robes - पोशाक, सभावस्त्र पहन् अना

Then he laid himself down on his bed, and in a little while began to snore very loud as if he was fast asleep. When the twelve princesses heard this they laughed heartily; and the eldest said, ‘This fellow too might have done a wiser thing than lose his life in this way!

snore - खर्राटा लेना

wiser - बुद्धिमान, सूचना देना, विद्वान

’ Then they rose up and opened their drawers and boxes, and took out all their fine clothes, and dressed themselves at the glass, and skipped about as if they were eager to begin dancing. But the youngest said, ‘I don’t know how it is, while you are so happy I feel very uneasy; I am sure some mischance will befall us.

drawers - चित्रकार, आदेशक, चैक कर्ता

skipped - रस्सी कूदना, भाग जाना, चूक

eager - उत्सुक

befall - आ पड़ना

’ ‘You simpleton,’ said the eldest, ‘you are always afraid; have you forgotten how many kings’ sons have already watched in vain? And as for this soldier, even if I had not given him his sleeping draught, he would have slept soundly enough.’

simpleton - मूर्ख, बुद्धू, गधा, अहमक, गर्दभ

sleeping draught - नींद दाना

When they were all ready, they went and looked at the soldier; but he snored on, and did not stir hand or foot: so they thought they were quite safe; and the eldest went up to her own bed and clapped her hands, and the bed sank into the floor and a trap-door flew open.

snored - खर्राटे लेना, खर्राटा लेना

clapped - ताली बजाना

sank - घटना, होना, निकालना, गिरना

trap-door - (trap-door) ट्रैप द्वार

The soldier saw them going down through the trap-door one after another, the eldest leading the way; and thinking he had no time to lose, he jumped up, put on the cloak which the old woman had given him, and followed them; but in the middle of the stairs he trod on the gown of the youngest princess, and she cried out to her sisters, ‘All is not right; someone took hold of my gown.

trap - घात

leading - प्रमुख, प्रथम, मुख्य

trod - ट्रॉड, (tread) ट्रॉड

gown - गाउन, चोगा

’ ‘You silly creature!’ said the eldest, ‘it is nothing but a nail in the wall.’ Then down they all went, and at the bottom they found themselves in a most delightful grove of trees; and the leaves were all of silver, and glittered and sparkled beautifully. The soldier wished to take away some token of the place; so he broke off a little branch, and there came a loud noise from the tree.

most delightful - सबसे आनंददायक

grove - उपवन, बाग, झुरमुट, कुञ्ज

glittered - चमक, चमकना, तड़क भड़क, जगमगाना

beautifully - सुंदर ढंग से, बहुत अच्छे से

token - संकेत, निशानी, चिह्न, प्रतीक

branch - डाल, tशाख़, शाखा

Then the youngest daughter said again, ‘I am sure all is not right-did not you hear that noise? That never happened before.’ But the eldest said, ‘It is only our princes, who are shouting for joy at our approach.’

approach - पास आना

Then they came to another grove of trees, where all the leaves were of gold; and afterwards to a third, where the leaves were all glittering diamonds. And the soldier broke a branch from each; and every time there was a loud noise, which made the youngest sister tremble with fear; but the eldest still said, it was only the princes, who were crying for joy.

Diamonds - हीरा, ईंट का पत्ता

tremble with - कांपना

So they went on till they came to a great lake; and at the side of the lake there lay twelve little boats with twelve handsome princes in them, who seemed to be waiting there for the princesses.

One of the princesses went into each boat, and the soldier stepped into the same boat with the youngest. As they were rowing over the lake, the prince who was in the boat with the youngest princess and the soldier said, ‘I do not know why it is, but though I am rowing with all my might we do not get on so fast as usual, and I am quite tired: the boat seems very heavy today.

rowing - कीवर्डिंग, (row) कीवर्डिंग

’ ‘It is only the heat of the weather,’ said the princess: ‘I feel it very warm too.’

On the other side of the lake stood a fine illuminated castle, from which came the merry music of horns and trumpets.

illuminated - प्रकाशयुक्त करना

horns - सींग से मारना, भोंपू

trumpets - घोषित करना, तुरही, तुरही बजाना

There they all landed, and went into the castle, and each prince danced with his princess; and the soldier, who was all the time invisible, danced with them too; and when any of the princesses had a cup of wine set by her, he drank it all up, so that when she put the cup to her mouth it was empty. At this, too, the youngest sister was terribly frightened, but the eldest always silenced her.

Terribly - भद्दा, बहुत ज़्यादा, बहुत

silenced - शांत करना, चुप्पी, निस्तब्धता

They danced on till three o’clock in the morning, and then all their shoes were worn out, so that they were obliged to leave off. The princes rowed them back again over the lake (but this time the soldier placed himself in the boat with the eldest princess); and on the opposite shore they took leave of each other, the princesses promising to come again the next night.

rowed - चलाना, झिड़की, पंक्ति, लगातार

When they came to the stairs, the soldier ran on before the princesses, and laid himself down; and as the twelve sisters slowly came up very much tired, they heard him snoring in his bed; so they said, ‘Now all is quite safe’; then they undressed themselves, put away their fine clothes, pulled off their shoes, and went to bed.

undressed - निर्वस्त्रता, कपड़े उतारना

In the morning the soldier said nothing about what had happened, but determined to see more of this strange adventure, and went again the second and third night; and every thing happened just as before; the princesses danced each time till their shoes were worn to pieces, and then returned home.

However, on the third night the soldier carried away one of the golden cups as a token of where he had been.

As soon as the time came when he was to declare the secret, he was taken before the king with the three branches and the golden cup; and the twelve princesses stood listening behind the door to hear what he would say. And when the king asked him. ‘Where do my twelve daughters dance at night?’ he answered, ‘With twelve princes in a castle under ground.

declare - बताना, प्रकट करना, कहना

’ And then he told the king all that had happened, and showed him the three branches and the golden cup which he had brought with him. Then the king called for the princesses, and asked them whether what the soldier said was true: and when they saw that they were discovered, and that it was of no use to deny what had happened, they confessed it all.

deny - अस्वीकार करना

confessed - मानना, कबूल करना, अंगीकार करना

And the king asked the soldier which of them he would choose for his wife; and he answered, ‘I am not very young, so I will have the eldest.’-And they were married that very day, and the soldier was chosen to be the king’s heir.

CHAPTER 10 - HE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE

fisherman - माहीगीर, मछुआ, धीवर

There was once a fisherman who lived with his wife in a pigsty, close by the seaside. The fisherman used to go out all day long a-fishing; and one day, as he sat on the shore with his rod, looking at the sparkling waves and watching his line, all on a sudden his float was dragged away deep into the water: and in drawing it up he pulled out a great fish. But the fish said, ‘Pray let me live!

pigsty - सूअरखना, खोबार, सुअर बाड

seaside - समुद्र तट, समुद्रतट

rod - दण्ड, दंड, जाति, बेंत, प्रभुत्व

sparkling - उत्कृष्ट, चमकदार, झिलमिलाता हुआ

float - धारा के साथ बहना, प्रवहमान रहना

I am not a real fish; I am an enchanted prince: put me in the water again, and let me go!’ ‘Oh, ho!’ said the man, ‘you need not make so many words about the matter; I will have nothing to do with a fish that can talk: so swim away, sir, as soon as you please!

enchanted - मोहित करना, मोहित करना

Ho - अरे!

’ Then he put him back into the water, and the fish darted straight down to the bottom, and left a long streak of blood behind him on the wave.

darted - चुन्नट, (**), बर्छी, झपट्टा

streak - वर्णरेखा, चमक, दौर, प्रवृत्ति

When the fisherman went home to his wife in the pigsty, he told her how he had caught a great fish, and how it had told him it was an enchanted prince, and how, on hearing it speak, he had let it go again. ‘Did not you ask it for anything?’ said the wife, ‘we live very wretchedly here, in this nasty dirty pigsty; do go back and tell the fish we want a snug little cottage.’

nasty - मैला, भारी, कठोर, ज़बरदस्त

snug - आरामदेह, चुस्त, आरामदायक

cottage - झोपड़ी, कुटी, मड़ई

The fisherman did not much like the business: however, he went to the seashore; and when he came back there the water looked all yellow and green. And he stood at the water’s edge, and said:

seashore - समुद्रतट, समुद्र किनारा

‘O man of the sea!

Hearken to me!

hearken - ध्यान से सुनना

My wife Ilsabill

Will have her own will,

And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!’

beg - भीख मांगना

boon - वरदान

Then the fish came swimming to him, and said, ‘Well, what is her will? What does your wife want?’ ‘Ah!’ said the fisherman, ‘she says that when I had caught you, I ought to have asked you for something before I let you go; she does not like living any longer in the pigsty, and wants a snug little cottage.’ ‘Go home, then,’ said the fish; ‘she is in the cottage already!

’ So the man went home, and saw his wife standing at the door of a nice trim little cottage. ‘Come in, come in!’ said she; ‘is not this much better than the filthy pigsty we had?’ And there was a parlour, and a bedchamber, and a kitchen; and behind the cottage there was a little garden, planted with all sorts of flowers and fruits; and there was a courtyard behind, full of ducks and chickens. ‘Ah!

trim - काटना, सजाना, छँटाई, छाँटना

filthy - अश्लील, बहुत ही, मलिन

parlour - बैठक खाना

bedchamber - शयनकक्ष

ducks - झुकाना, अयोग्य व्यक्ति

’ said the fisherman, ‘how happily we shall live now!’ ‘We will try to do so, at least,’ said his wife.

Everything went right for a week or two, and then Dame Ilsabill said, ‘Husband, there is not near room enough for us in this cottage; the courtyard and the garden are a great deal too small; I should like to have a large stone castle to live in: go to the fish again and tell him to give us a castle.

’ ‘Wife,’ said the fisherman, ‘I don’t like to go to him again, for perhaps he will be angry; we ought to be easy with this pretty cottage to live in.’ ‘Nonsense!’ said the wife; ‘he will do it very willingly, I know; go along and try!’

nonsense - बकवास

willingly - स्वेच्छया, स्वेछा से

The fisherman went, but his heart was very heavy: and when he came to the sea, it looked blue and gloomy, though it was very calm; and he went close to the edge of the waves, and said:

Calm - शांत

‘O man of the sea!

Hearken to me!

My wife Ilsabill

Will have her own will,

And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!’

‘Well, what does she want now?’ said the fish. ‘Ah!’ said the man, dolefully, ‘my wife wants to live in a stone castle.’ ‘Go home, then,’ said the fish; ‘she is standing at the gate of it already.’ So away went the fisherman, and found his wife standing before the gate of a great castle. ‘See,’ said she, ‘is not this grand?

dolefully - खिन्नतापूर्वक

grand - बड़ा, भव्य, शानदार

’ With that they went into the castle together, and found a great many servants there, and the rooms all richly furnished, and full of golden chairs and tables; and behind the castle was a garden, and around it was a park half a mile long, full of sheep, and goats, and hares, and deer; and in the courtyard were stables and cow-houses.

servants - कर्मचारी, नौकर, सेवक, भक्त

richly - बहुतायत से, पूर्ण रूप से

furnished - सुस्सजित करना, प्रस्तुत करना

goats - बकरी का बच्चा, कामुक, बेवखूफ़

hares - खरगोश, खरहा

deer - हिरन, हरिण, मृग

‘Well,’ said the man, ‘now we will live cheerful and happy in this beautiful castle for the rest of our lives.’ ‘Perhaps we may,’ said the wife; ‘but let us sleep upon it, before we make up our minds to that.’ So they went to bed.

cheerful - चमकीला, आनन्दित, प्रसन्न

The next morning when Dame Ilsabill awoke it was broad daylight, and she jogged the fisherman with her elbow, and said, ‘Get up, husband, and bestir yourself, for we must be king of all the land.’ ‘Wife, wife,’ said the man, ‘why should we wish to be the king? I will not be king.’ ‘Then I will,’ said she. ‘But, wife,’ said the fisherman, ‘how can you be king-the fish cannot make you a king?

broad - विस्तृत

daylight - दिन, सुबह, दिन का प्रकाश

elbow - कुहनी

bestir - to put into brisk or vigorous action

’ ‘Husband,’ said she, ‘say no more about it, but go and try! I will be king.’ So the man went away quite sorrowful to think that his wife should want to be king. This time the sea looked a dark grey colour, and was overspread with curling waves and the ridges of foam as he cried out:

overspread - फैलाना

curling - घुंघराले, कर्लिंग

ridges - ऊपर उठाना, ढालू टीला{ या पहाड़ी}

foam - झाग, कोप, फेन

‘O man of the sea!

Hearken to me!

My wife Ilsabill

Will have her own will,

And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!’

‘Well, what would she have now?’ said the fish. ‘Alas!’ said the poor man, ‘my wife wants to be king.’ ‘Go home,’ said the fish; ‘she is king already.’

Then the fisherman went home; and as he came close to the palace he saw a troop of soldiers, and heard the sound of drums and trumpets. And when he went in he saw his wife sitting on a throne of gold and diamonds, with a golden crown upon her head; and on each side of her stood six fair maidens, each a head taller than the other. ‘Well, wife,’ said the fisherman, ‘are you king?

drums - पीपा, थपथपाना, पीटना, नली

throne - सिंहासन, राजसिंहासन, तख़्त

crown - राजमुकुट

’ ‘Yes,’ said she, ‘I am king.’ And when he had looked at her for a long time, he said, ‘Ah, wife! what a fine thing it is to be king! Now we shall never have anything more to wish for as long as we live.’ ‘I don’t know how that may be,’ said she; ‘never is a long time. I am king, it is true; but I begin to be tired of that, and I think I should like to be emperor.’ ‘Alas, wife!

Emperor - सम्राट, महाराजा, क़ैसर, कैसर

why should you wish to be emperor?’ said the fisherman. ‘Husband,’ said she, ‘go to the fish! I say I will be emperor.’ ‘Ah, wife!’ replied the fisherman, ‘the fish cannot make an emperor, I am sure, and I should not like to ask him for such a thing.’ ‘I am king,’ said Ilsabill, ‘and you are my slave; so go at once!’

slave - दास, ग़ुलाम, दासी

So the fisherman was forced to go; and he muttered as he went along, ‘This will come to no good, it is too much to ask; the fish will be tired at last, and then we shall be sorry for what we have done.

muttered - शिकायत, फुसफुसाहट, बड़बड़ाना

’ He soon came to the seashore; and the water was quite black and muddy, and a mighty whirlwind blew over the waves and rolled them about, but he went as near as he could to the water’s brink, and said:

Muddy - मटमैला, मैला, गंदा करना, दलदली

mighty - शक्तिशाली, बहुत, प्रबल, तेजस्वी

whirlwind - बवंडर, चक्रवात

brink - किनारा, तट, कगार

‘O man of the sea!

Hearken to me!

My wife Ilsabill

Will have her own will,

And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!’

‘What would she have now?’ said the fish. ‘Ah!’ said the fisherman, ‘she wants to be emperor.’ ‘Go home,’ said the fish; ‘she is emperor already.’

So he went home again; and as he came near he saw his wife Ilsabill sitting on a very lofty throne made of solid gold, with a great crown on her head full two yards high; and on each side of her stood her guards and attendants in a row, each one smaller than the other, from the tallest giant down to a little dwarf no bigger than my finger.

lofty - उत्कृष्ट, उदात्त, अहंकारी

solid - ठोस

attendants - संलग्न, जुड़ा हुआ, सहवर्ती घटना

Row - झगड़ा

giant - दानव, देव, दैत्य

dwarf - बौना

And before her stood princes, and dukes, and earls: and the fisherman went up to her and said, ‘Wife, are you emperor?’ ‘Yes,’ said she, ‘I am emperor.’ ‘Ah!’ said the man, as he gazed upon her, ‘what a fine thing it is to be emperor!’ ‘Husband,’ said she, ‘why should we stop at being emperor? I will be pope next.’ ‘O wife, wife!’ said he, ‘how can you be pope?

Dukes - सितारा मछली, ड्यूक, राजकुमार

earls - अर्ल

pope - रोमन कैथलिक धर्म का पोप

there is but one pope at a time in Christendom.’ ‘Husband,’ said she, ‘I will be pope this very day.’ ‘But,’ replied the husband, ‘the fish cannot make you pope.’ ‘What nonsense!’ said she; ‘if he can make an emperor, he can make a pope: go and try him.’

Christendom - ईसाई जगत्, ईसाई जगत्

So the fisherman went. But when he came to the shore the wind was raging and the sea was tossed up and down in boiling waves, and the ships were in trouble, and rolled fearfully upon the tops of the billows. In the middle of the heavens there was a little piece of blue sky, but towards the south all was red, as if a dreadful storm was rising.

raging - छेड़ छाड़ करना, घटिया समाचारपत्र

tossed - हिलाना, हिलाना[मिलाना]

fearfully - भयावह रूप से, भयसहित

billows - तरंगित होना, महातरंग, बड़ी तरंग

heavens - स्वर्ग, वायुमंडल, भगवान, परलोक

dreadful - भद्दा, शोचनीय, डरावना, विकट

At this sight the fisherman was dreadfully frightened, and he trembled so that his knees knocked together: but still he went down near to the shore, and said:

‘O man of the sea!

Hearken to me!

My wife Ilsabill

Will have her own will,

And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!’

‘What does she want now?’ said the fish. ‘Ah!’ said the fisherman, ‘my wife wants to be pope.’ ‘Go home,’ said the fish; ‘she is pope already.’

Then the fisherman went home, and found Ilsabill sitting on a throne that was two miles high. And she had three great crowns on her head, and around her stood all the pomp and power of the Church. And on each side of her were two rows of burning lights, of all sizes, the greatest as large as the highest and biggest tower in the world, and the least no larger than a small rushlight.

crowns - शिखर, सिर पर मारना, सिर

pomp - धूमधाम, शान/धूमधाम

rows - चलाना, झिड़की, पंक्ति, लगातार

rushlight - रशलाइट

‘Wife,’ said the fisherman, as he looked at all this greatness, ‘are you pope?’ ‘Yes,’ said she, ‘I am pope.’ ‘Well, wife,’ replied he, ‘it is a grand thing to be pope; and now you must be easy, for you can be nothing greater.’ ‘I will think about that,’ said the wife. Then they went to bed: but Dame Ilsabill could not sleep all night for thinking what she should be next.

greatness - विशालता, महत्ता, ऊँचाई, बड़प्पन

At last, as she was dropping asleep, morning broke, and the sun rose. ‘Ha!’ thought she, as she woke up and looked at it through the window, ‘after all I cannot prevent the sun rising.’ At this thought she was very angry, and wakened her husband, and said, ‘Husband, go to the fish and tell him I must be lord of the sun and moon.

ha - एच ए, ओह!, एच ए, हा

wakened - उठाना, जगाना, जागना, जाग जाना

Lord - मालिक, साहिब, साहब

’ The fisherman was half asleep, but the thought frightened him so much that he started and fell out of bed. ‘Alas, wife!’ said he, ‘cannot you be easy with being pope?’ ‘No,’ said she, ‘I am very uneasy as long as the sun and moon rise without my leave. Go to the fish at once!’

Then the man went shivering with fear; and as he was going down to the shore a dreadful storm arose, so that the trees and the very rocks shook. And all the heavens became black with stormy clouds, and the lightnings played, and the thunders rolled; and you might have seen in the sea great black waves, swelling up like mountains with crowns of white foam upon their heads.

shivering - काँपता हुआ, काँपता हुआ

arose - उदय होना, उत्पन्न होना, निकलना

stormy - प्रचण्ड, तूफ़ानी

lightnings - बहुत जल्दी, तडित, बिजली, प्रकाश

thunders - ज़ोर से धमाकाना, गरजना

swelling - सूजन, अंड वृध्दि, (swell) सूजन

And the fisherman crept towards the sea, and cried out, as well as he could:

‘O man of the sea!

Hearken to me!

My wife Ilsabill

Will have her own will,

And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!’

‘What does she want now?’ said the fish. ‘Ah!’ said he, ‘she wants to be lord of the sun and moon.’ ‘Go home,’ said the fish, ‘to your pigsty again.’

And there they live to this very day.

CHAPTER 11 - THE WILLOW-WREN AND THE BEAR

Wren - फुदकी

Once in summer-time the bear and the wolf were walking in the forest, and the bear heard a bird singing so beautifully that he said: ‘Brother wolf, what bird is it that sings so well?’ ‘That is the King of birds,’ said the wolf, ‘before whom we must bow down.’ In reality the bird was the willow-wren.

whom - किस

reality - सच्चाई, यथार्थ

‘IF that’s the case,’ said the bear, ‘I should very much like to see his royal palace; come, take me thither.’ ‘That is not done quite as you seem to think,’ said the wolf; ‘you must wait until the Queen comes,’ Soon afterwards, the Queen arrived with some food in her beak, and the lord King came too, and they began to feed their young ones.

The bear would have liked to go at once, but the wolf held him back by the sleeve, and said: ‘No, you must wait until the lord and lady Queen have gone away again.’ So they took stock of the hole where the nest lay, and trotted away. The bear, however, could not rest until he had seen the royal palace, and when a short time had passed, went to it again.

sleeve - आस्तीन, बाँह

gone away - गया दूर

trotted - चलना, दौड़, दुलकी चलाना

The King and Queen had just flown out, so he peeped in and saw five or six young ones lying there. ‘Is that the royal palace?’ cried the bear; ‘it is a wretched palace, and you are not King’s children, you are disreputable children!’ When the young wrens heard that, they were frightfully angry, and screamed: ‘No, that we are not! Our parents are honest people! Bear, you will have to pay for that!

flown out - उड़ाया गया

wretched - दयनीय, दरिद्र, अत्यंत दुखी

disreputable - अशोभनीय, बदनाम, अपमान/लज्जाजनक

wrens - फुदकी

frightfully - बहुत अधिक, अत्यन्त

The bear and the wolf grew uneasy, and turned back and went into their holes. The young willow-wrens, however, continued to cry and scream, and when their parents again brought food they said: ‘We will not so much as touch one fly’s leg, no, not if we were dying of hunger, until you have settled whether we are respectable children or not; the bear has been here and has insulted us!

dying - मरणकालीन, (dye)

settled - रोकना, देना, रहना, तय करना

respectable - प्रणम्य, नमनीय, आदरणीय

insulted - अपमान होना, अपमान, अपमान करना

’ Then the old King said: ‘Be easy, he shall be punished,’ and he at once flew with the Queen to the bear’s cave, and called in: ‘Old Growler, why have you insulted my children? You shall suffer for it-we will punish you by a bloody war.

cave - गुफा

growler - ग्राउलर

bloody - पूर्ण, बहुत ही, भयंकर, पूर्णतः

’ Thus war was announced to the Bear, and all four-footed animals were summoned to take part in it, oxen, asses, cows, deer, and every other animal the earth contained. And the willow-wren summoned everything which flew in the air, not only birds, large and small, but midges, and hornets, bees and flies had to come.

announced - घोषणा, उद्घोषणा करना

summoned - बुलाना, इकट्ठा करना, तैयार रखना

oxen - गायें

asses - असेस, (ass) असेस

midges - छोटा मच्छर, एक छोटा मच्छर

hornets - तेज डंक मारने वाला भिंड, भिड़

bees - मधुमक्खी

When the time came for the war to begin, the willow-wren sent out spies to discover who was the enemy’s commander-in-chief. The gnat, who was the most crafty, flew into the forest where the enemy was assembled, and hid herself beneath a leaf of the tree where the password was to be announced.

spies - ध्यान रखना, गुप्तचर, जासूस

commander - कमांडर, कमान अफसर, सेनापति

chief - चीफ, प्रधान, श्रेष्ठ, मुख्य

Gnat - एक प्रकार की काटनेवाली मक्खी

crafty - कपटी, धूर्ततापूर्ण, धूर्त

enemy - दुश्मन, शत्रु, वैरी, द्वेषी

assembled - एकत्रित होना, जमा होना

leaf - पत्ता, पत्ती

password - पासवर्ड

There stood the bear, and he called the fox before him and said: ‘Fox, you are the most cunning of all animals, you shall be general and lead us.’ ‘Good,’ said the fox, ‘but what signal shall we agree upon?’ No one knew that, so the fox said: ‘I have a fine long bushy tail, which almost looks like a plume of red feathers.

most cunning - सबसे चालाक

lead - मार्ग दिखाना

agree upon - सहमत होना

bushy - घना, झाड़ीदार

plume - पर

When I lift my tail up quite high, all is going well, and you must charge; but if I let it hang down, run away as fast as you can.’ When the gnat had heard that, she flew away again, and revealed everything, down to the minutest detail, to the willow-wren. When day broke, and the battle was to begin, all the four-footed animals came running up with such a noise that the earth trembled.

charge - आवेश

hang - लटकाना, टांकना, काटना

revealed - बताना, दिखाना, प्रकट करना

running up - ऊपर चलना

The willow-wren with his army also came flying through the air with such a humming, and whirring, and swarming that every one was uneasy and afraid, and on both sides they advanced against each other. But the willow-wren sent down the hornet, with orders to settle beneath the fox’s tail, and sting with all his might.

flying through - उड़ रहा है

whirring - फरफराहट

swarming - गर्मी, (swarm) गर्मी

advanced - अग्रसर होना, आगे बढना, प्रयास

hornet - तेज डंक मारने वाला भिंड, भिड़

settle - आराम करना

sting - डंक, दंश

When the fox felt the first string, he started so that he lifted one leg, from pain, but he bore it, and still kept his tail high in the air; at the second sting, he was forced to put it down for a moment; at the third, he could hold out no longer, screamed, and put his tail between his legs.

When the animals saw that, they thought all was lost, and began to flee, each into his hole, and the birds had won the battle.

flee - भागना

Then the King and Queen flew home to their children and cried: ‘Children, rejoice, eat and drink to your heart’s content, we have won the battle!’ But the young wrens said: ‘We will not eat yet, the bear must come to the nest, and beg for pardon and say that we are honourable children, before we will do that.

rejoice - आनन्दित होना

drink to - पीने के लिए

content - सन्तुष्ट

beg for - कुचलना

Pardon - दुबारा कहना, क्षमा करना, माफी

honourable - माननीय, माननीय/सम्माननीय

’ Then the willow-wren flew to the bear’s hole and cried: ‘Growler, you are to come to the nest to my children, and beg their pardon, or else every rib of your body shall be broken.’ So the bear crept thither in the greatest fear, and begged their pardon. And now at last the young wrens were satisfied, and sat down together and ate and drank, and made merry till quite late into the night.

rib - पसली की हड्डी

CHAPTER 12 -THE FROG-PRINCE

One fine evening a young princess put on her bonnet and clogs, and went out to take a walk by herself in a wood; and when she came to a cool spring of water, that rose in the midst of it, she sat herself down to rest a while. Now she had a golden ball in her hand, which was her favourite plaything; and she was always tossing it up into the air, and catching it again as it fell.

bonnet - बोनट

clogs - रोकना, बाधा, अवरोध, भार, बोझ

plaything - खिलौना

tossing - फेंकना, (toss), t-needed

After a time she threw it up so high that she missed catching it as it fell; and the ball bounded away, and rolled along upon the ground, till at last it fell down into the spring. The princess looked into the spring after her ball, but it was very deep, so deep that she could not see the bottom of it. Then she began to bewail her loss, and said, ‘Alas!

bounded - सीमित, सीमित करना, सीमित करना

bewail - to wail over

if I could only get my ball again, I would give all my fine clothes and jewels, and everything that I have in the world.’

jewels - बहुमूल्य वस्तु

Whilst she was speaking, a frog put its head out of the water, and said, ‘Princess, why do you weep so bitterly?’ ‘Alas!’ said she, ‘what can you do for me, you nasty frog? My golden ball has fallen into the spring.

bitterly - अधिक, बहुत ज़्यादा, कस के

’ The frog said, ‘I want not your pearls, and jewels, and fine clothes; but if you will love me, and let me live with you and eat from off your golden plate, and sleep upon your bed, I will bring you your ball again.’ ‘What nonsense,’ thought the princess, ‘this silly frog is talking!

pearls - मोती, कृत्रिम मोती, जलज

He can never even get out of the spring to visit me, though he may be able to get my ball for me, and therefore I will tell him he shall have what he asks.’ So she said to the frog, ‘Well, if you will bring me my ball, I will do all you ask.

’ Then the frog put his head down, and dived deep under the water; and after a little while he came up again, with the ball in his mouth, and threw it on the edge of the spring. As soon as the young princess saw her ball, she ran to pick it up; and she was so overjoyed to have it in her hand again, that she never thought of the frog, but ran home with it as fast as she could.

dived - जल्दी से भागना, डुबकी

overjoyed - अधिक प्रसन्न होना

The frog called after her, ‘Stay, princess, and take me with you as you said,’ But she did not stop to hear a word.

The next day, just as the princess had sat down to dinner, she heard a strange noise-tap, tap-plash, plash-as if something was coming up the marble staircase: and soon afterwards there was a gentle knock at the door, and a little voice cried out and said:

tap - नल

plash - प्लैश

marble - संगमरमर

gentle - सज्जन

knock at - दबाओ

‘Open the door, my princess dear,

Open the door to thy true love here!

And mind the words that thou and I said

By the fountain cool, in the greenwood shade.’

fountain - सोता, फ़व्वारा

greenwood - ग्रीनवुड

Then the princess ran to the door and opened it, and there she saw the frog, whom she had quite forgotten. At this sight she was sadly frightened, and shutting the door as fast as she could came back to her seat. The king, her father, seeing that something had frightened her, asked her what was the matter.

‘There is a nasty frog,’ said she, ‘at the door, that lifted my ball for me out of the spring this morning: I told him that he should live with me here, thinking that he could never get out of the spring; but there he is at the door, and he wants to come in.’

While she was speaking the frog knocked again at the door, and said:

‘Open the door, my princess dear,

Open the door to thy true love here!

And mind the words that thou and I said

By the fountain cool, in the greenwood shade.’

Then the king said to the young princess, ‘As you have given your word you must keep it; so go and let him in.’ She did so, and the frog hopped into the room, and then straight on-tap, tap-plash, plash-from the bottom of the room to the top, till he came up close to the table where the princess sat. ‘Pray lift me upon chair,’ said he to the princess, ‘and let me sit next to you.

’ As soon as she had done this, the frog said, ‘Put your plate nearer to me, that I may eat out of it.’ This she did, and when he had eaten as much as he could, he said, ‘Now I am tired; carry me upstairs, and put me into your bed.’ And the princess, though very unwilling, took him up in her hand, and put him upon the pillow of her own bed, where he slept all night long.

unwilling - अनिच्छुक, अनुत्सुक, असहयोगशील

As soon as it was light he jumped up, hopped downstairs, and went out of the house. ‘Now, then,’ thought the princess, ‘at last he is gone, and I shall be troubled with him no more.’

But she was mistaken; for when night came again she heard the same tapping at the door; and the frog came once more, and said:

tapping - टैपिंग, (tap) टैपिंग

‘Open the door, my princess dear,

Open the door to thy true love here!

And mind the words that thou and I said

By the fountain cool, in the greenwood shade.’

And when the princess opened the door the frog came in, and slept upon her pillow as before, till the morning broke. And the third night he did the same. But when the princess awoke on the following morning she was astonished to see, instead of the frog, a handsome prince, gazing on her with the most beautiful eyes she had ever seen, and standing at the head of her bed.

astonished - ठगा सा, आश्चर्य होना, चकित करना

gazing - एक्टक देखने ताला, टकटकी

He told her that he had been enchanted by a spiteful fairy, who had changed him into a frog; and that he had been fated so to abide till some princess should take him out of the spring, and let him eat from her plate, and sleep upon her bed for three nights.

spiteful - ईर्ष्यालु, द्वेषी, ईर्ष्यापूर्ण

abide - सहना, रहना, निवास करना

‘You,’ said the prince, ‘have broken his cruel charm, and now I have nothing to wish for but that you should go with me into my father’s kingdom, where I will marry you, and love you as long as you live.’

The young princess, you may be sure, was not long in saying ‘Yes’ to all this; and as they spoke a gay coach drove up, with eight beautiful horses, decked with plumes of feathers and a golden harness; and behind the coach rode the prince’s servant, faithful Heinrich, who had bewailed the misfortunes of his dear master during his enchantment so long and so bitterly, that his heart had well-nigh burst.

decked - छत, ताश की गड्डी, सजाना

plumes - पंख, पर, पर से बनाया हुआ आभरण

harness - काम में लाना, जोतना

enchantment - जादू, सम्मोहन, टोना, वशीकरण

nigh - लगभग, पास

They then took leave of the king, and got into the coach with eight horses, and all set out, full of joy and merriment, for the prince’s kingdom, which they reached safely; and there they lived happily a great many years.

merriment - विनोद r=vinod

safely - निश्चित रूप से, आराम से

CHAPTER 13 - CAT AND MOUSE IN PARTNERSHIP

partnership - भागीदारी

A certain cat had made the acquaintance of a mouse, and had said so much to her about the great love and friendship she felt for her, that at length the mouse agreed that they should live and keep house together. ‘But we must make a provision for winter, or else we shall suffer from hunger,’ said the cat; ‘and you, little mouse, cannot venture everywhere, or you will be caught in a trap some day.

acquaintance - ज्ञान, पहचान, परिचित, परिचय

friendship - दोस्ती, मित्रता

Length - लंबाई

keep house - घर रखना

provision - खाद्य सामग्री, व्यवस्था, विधान

little mouse - छोटे माउस

Venture - जाने का साहस करना

’ The good advice was followed, and a pot of fat was bought, but they did not know where to put it. At length, after much consideration, the cat said: ‘I know no place where it will be better stored up than in the church, for no one dares take anything away from there. We will set it beneath the altar, and not touch it until we are really in need of it.

pot - बरतन

consideration - ध्यान, विचार, मुआवजा, कारण

dares - ललकार, ललकारना, सामना करना

altar - वेदी

’ So the pot was placed in safety, but it was not long before the cat had a great yearning for it, and said to the mouse: ‘I want to tell you something, little mouse; my cousin has brought a little son into the world, and has asked me to be godmother; he is white with brown spots, and I am to hold him over the font at the christening. Let me go out today, and you look after the house by yourself.

safety - सुरक्षा, सलामती, सेफ़्टी

yearning - चाह, ललक, उत्कंठा

Godmother - धर्ममाता, धर्म माता

spots - पाना, हल्का, दाग, लक्षण, धब्बा

font - अक्षरों का समायोजन

’ ‘Yes, yes,’ answered the mouse, ‘by all means go, and if you get anything very good to eat, think of me. I should like a drop of sweet red christening wine myself.’ All this, however, was untrue; the cat had no cousin, and had not been asked to be godmother. She went straight to the church, stole to the pot of fat, began to lick at it, and licked the top of the fat off.

untrue - मिथ्या, बेवफ़ा, बेईमान, असत्य

licked - हल्के से छूना, गति, हरा देना

Then she took a walk upon the roofs of the town, looked out for opportunities, and then stretched herself in the sun, and licked her lips whenever she thought of the pot of fat, and not until it was evening did she return home. ‘Well, here you are again,’ said the mouse, ‘no doubt you have had a merry day.’ ‘All went off well,’ answered the cat. ‘What name did they give the child?’ ‘Top off!

’ said the cat quite coolly. ‘Top off!’ cried the mouse, ‘that is a very odd and uncommon name, is it a usual one in your family?’ ‘What does that matter,’ said the cat, ‘it is no worse than Crumb-stealer, as your godchildren are called.’

coolly - शान्ति से, उदासीनतापूर्वक

odd - विषम

uncommon - असामान्य

crumb - कमीना आदमी, कण, कमीना आदमी

stealer - चोर

godchildren - धर्मपुट्री

Before long the cat was seized by another fit of yearning. She said to the mouse: ‘You must do me a favour, and once more manage the house for a day alone. I am again asked to be godmother, and, as the child has a white ring round its neck, I cannot refuse.’ The good mouse consented, but the cat crept behind the town walls to the church, and devoured half the pot of fat.

refuse - अस्वीकार करना

devoured - नष्ट करना, खा जाना

‘Nothing ever seems so good as what one keeps to oneself,’ said she, and was quite satisfied with her day’s work. When she went home the mouse inquired: ‘And what was the child christened?’ ‘Half-done,’ answered the cat. ‘Half-done! What are you saying? I never heard the name in my life, I’ll wager anything it is not in the calendar!’

oneself - स्वयं, ख़ुद

inquired - पूछना, पता लगाना, छानबीन करना

christened - पहली बार इस्तेमाल करना

wager - बाजी

calendar - कालदर्शक, कैलेण्डर, पंचांग

The cat’s mouth soon began to water for some more licking. ‘All good things go in threes,’ said she, ‘I am asked to stand godmother again. The child is quite black, only it has white paws, but with that exception, it has not a single white hair on its whole body; this only happens once every few years, you will let me go, won’t you?’ ‘Top-off! Half-done!

licking - पिटाई, हार, (lick) पिटाई

paws - भद्देपन से हाथ लगाना, पंजा

exception - अपवाद

half-done - (half-done) आधा पूरा

’ answered the mouse, ‘they are such odd names, they make me very thoughtful.’ ‘You sit at home,’ said the cat, ‘in your dark-grey fur coat and long tail, and are filled with fancies, that’s because you do not go out in the daytime.’ During the cat’s absence the mouse cleaned the house, and put it in order, but the greedy cat entirely emptied the pot of fat.

thoughtful - परवाह करने वाला, सावधान

fur coat - फर कोट

fancies - चाहना, कल्पना करना, अनोखा

daytime - दिन, दिन के समय, दिन के समय

absence - अनुपस्थिति

greedy - कंजूस

entirely - पूरी तरह से, पूरी तरह से

‘When everything is eaten up one has some peace,’ said she to herself, and well filled and fat she did not return home till night. The mouse at once asked what name had been given to the third child. ‘It will not please you more than the others,’ said the cat. ‘He is called All-gone.’ ‘All-gone,’ cried the mouse ‘that is the most suspicious name of all! I have never seen it in print.

most suspicious - सबसे संदेहजनक

All-gone; what can that mean?’ and she shook her head, curled herself up, and lay down to sleep.

curled - मोड़ना, जाना, लपेटना, सिकोड़ना

From this time forth no one invited the cat to be godmother, but when the winter had come and there was no longer anything to be found outside, the mouse thought of their provision, and said: ‘Come, cat, we will go to our pot of fat which we have stored up for ourselves-we shall enjoy that.

’ ‘Yes,’ answered the cat, ‘you will enjoy it as much as you would enjoy sticking that dainty tongue of yours out of the window.’ They set out on their way, but when they arrived, the pot of fat certainly was still in its place, but it was empty. ‘Alas!’ said the mouse, ‘now I see what has happened, now it comes to light! You are a true friend!

sticking - चिपकाना, (stick) चिपकाना

You have devoured all when you were standing godmother. First top off, then half-done, then-’ ‘Will you hold your tongue,’ cried the cat, ‘one word more, and I will eat you too.’ ‘All-gone’ was already on the poor mouse’s lips; scarcely had she spoken it before the cat sprang on her, seized her, and swallowed her down. Verily, that is the way of the world.

swallowed - निगल लेना, समाप्त करना, दबाना

verily - द्रडता पूर्वक

CHAPTER 14 - THE GOOSE-GIRL

The king of a great land died, and left his queen to take care of their only child. This child was a daughter, who was very beautiful; and her mother loved her dearly, and was very kind to her. And there was a good fairy too, who was fond of the princess, and helped her mother to watch over her.

Dearly - भारी, बहुत अधिक, प्रेम से

When she grew up, she was betrothed to a prince who lived a great way off; and as the time drew near for her to be married, she got ready to set off on her journey to his country. Then the queen her mother, packed up a great many costly things; jewels, and gold, and silver; trinkets, fine dresses, and in short everything that became a royal bride.

betrothed - मंगेतर, (betroth) मंगेतर

got ready - तैयार हो गया

packed up - पैक कर लिया

trinkets - सस्ता आभूषण, हलका गहना

bride - नववधू, दुल्हन

And she gave her a waiting-maid to ride with her, and give her into the bridegroom’s hands; and each had a horse for the journey. Now the princess’s horse was the fairy’s gift, and it was called Falada, and could speak.

bridegroom - दूल्हा, वर, दामाद

When the time came for them to set out, the fairy went into her bed-chamber, and took a little knife, and cut off a lock of her hair, and gave it to the princess, and said, ‘Take care of it, dear child; for it is a charm that may be of use to you on the road.

’ Then they all took a sorrowful leave of the princess; and she put the lock of hair into her bosom, got upon her horse, and set off on her journey to her bridegroom’s kingdom.

bosom - मन में रखना, छाती

One day, as they were riding along by a brook, the princess began to feel very thirsty: and she said to her maid, ‘Pray get down, and fetch me some water in my golden cup out of yonder brook, for I want to drink.’ ‘Nay,’ said the maid, ‘if you are thirsty, get off yourself, and stoop down by the water and drink; I shall not be your waiting-maid any longer.

fetch - जा कर लाना

yonder - परे का, परे, सामने वाला, उस ओर

Nay - अस्वीकृति, नहीं, बल्कि

stoop - झुकना

’ Then she was so thirsty that she got down, and knelt over the little brook, and drank; for she was frightened, and dared not bring out her golden cup; and she wept and said, ‘Alas! what will become of me?’ And the lock answered her, and said:

knelt - घुटने के बल बैठना, घुटने टेकना

‘Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it,

Sadly, sadly, would she rue it.’

rue - विलाप कर, ब्राह्मी, पछताना

But the princess was very gentle and meek, so she said nothing to her maid’s ill behaviour, but got upon her horse again.

meek - दब्बू, विनम्र, डरपोक

Then all rode farther on their journey, till the day grew so warm, and the sun so scorching, that the bride began to feel very thirsty again; and at last, when they came to a river, she forgot her maid’s rude speech, and said, ‘Pray get down, and fetch me some water to drink in my golden cup.

scorching - जलना, बरबाद कर देना, जला देना

’ But the maid answered her, and even spoke more haughtily than before: ‘Drink if you will, but I shall not be your waiting-maid.’ Then the princess was so thirsty that she got off her horse, and lay down, and held her head over the running stream, and cried and said, ‘What will become of me?’ And the lock of hair answered her again:

haughtily - अहंकारपूर्वक, दंभपूर्ण ढंग से

‘Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it,

Sadly, sadly, would she rue it.’

And as she leaned down to drink, the lock of hair fell from her bosom, and floated away with the water. Now she was so frightened that she did not see it; but her maid saw it, and was very glad, for she knew the charm; and she saw that the poor bride would be in her power, now that she had lost the hair.

leaned - टेक लग्ना, ब्ंजर, सहारे रखना

floated - धारा के साथ बहना, प्रवहमान रहना

So when the bride had done drinking, and would have got upon Falada again, the maid said, ‘I shall ride upon Falada, and you may have my horse instead’; so she was forced to give up her horse, and soon afterwards to take off her royal clothes and put on her maid’s shabby ones.

At last, as they drew near the end of their journey, this treacherous servant threatened to kill her mistress if she ever told anyone what had happened. But Falada saw it all, and marked it well.

treacherous - कपटी, विश्वासघाती, दुष्ट

Then the waiting-maid got upon Falada, and the real bride rode upon the other horse, and they went on in this way till at last they came to the royal court.

There was great joy at their coming, and the prince flew to meet them, and lifted the maid from her horse, thinking she was the one who was to be his wife; and she was led upstairs to the royal chamber; but the true princess was told to stay in the court below.

Now the old king happened just then to have nothing else to do; so he amused himself by sitting at his kitchen window, looking at what was going on; and he saw her in the courtyard. As she looked very pretty, and too delicate for a waiting-maid, he went up into the royal chamber to ask the bride who it was she had brought with her, that was thus left standing in the court below.

amused - मनोरंजन करना, मन बहलाना

delicate - स्वादिष्ट, लिहाज रखनेवाला

left standing - बचा हुआ

‘I brought her with me for the sake of her company on the road,’ said she; ‘pray give the girl some work to do, that she may not be idle.’ The old king could not for some time think of any work for her to do; but at last he said, ‘I have a lad who takes care of my geese; she may go and help him.’ Now the name of this lad, that the real bride was to help in watching the king’s geese, was Curdken.

sake - के लिये

idle - बेकार, खाली

But the false bride said to the prince, ‘Dear husband, pray do me one piece of kindness.’ ‘That I will,’ said the prince. ‘Then tell one of your slaughterers to cut off the head of the horse I rode upon, for it was very unruly, and plagued me sadly on the road’; but the truth was, she was very much afraid lest Falada should some day or other speak, and tell all she had done to the princess.

unruly - बेलगाम, उद्दण्ड, उच्छृंखल

plagued - परेशान करना, दल, विनाश करना

truth - सच

She carried her point, and the faithful Falada was killed; but when the true princess heard of it, she wept, and begged the man to nail up Falada’s head against a large dark gate of the city, through which she had to pass every morning and evening, that there she might still see him sometimes.

nail up - नेल ऊपर लगाओ

Then the slaughterer said he would do as she wished; and cut off the head, and nailed it up under the dark gate.

slaughterer - a person who slaughters

nailed - लगाना, कील, बंद करना, जकड़ना

Early the next morning, as she and Curdken went out through the gate, she said sorrowfully:

sorrowfully - दुख के साथ

‘Falada, Falada, there thou hangest!’

and the head answered:

‘Bride, bride, there thou gangest!

Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it,

Sadly, sadly, would she rue it.’

Then they went out of the city, and drove the geese on. And when she came to the meadow, she sat down upon a bank there, and let down her waving locks of hair, which were all of pure silver; and when Curdken saw it glitter in the sun, he ran up, and would have pulled some of the locks out, but she cried:

meadow - चरागाह, तृणभूमि

let down - नीचा कर दिया

glitter - चमक

‘Blow, breezes, blow!

breezes - आसान बात, मंद हवा, मंद हवा

Let Curdken’s hat go!

Blow, breezes, blow!

Let him after it go!

O’er hills, dales, and rocks,

dales - दर्रा, खड्ड/घाटी, घाटी

Away be it whirl’d

whirl - घुमाव, चक्कर, घूमना

Till the silvery locks

silvery - चाँदी के सदृश, सुमधुर

Are all comb’d and curl’d!

comb - कंघा

curl - मोड़ना, जाना, लपेटना, सिकोड़ना

Then there came a wind, so strong that it blew off Curdken’s hat; and away it flew over the hills: and he was forced to turn and run after it; till, by the time he came back, she had done combing and curling her hair, and had put it up again safe.

flew over - उड़ा गया

combing - कंघा, छत्ता, खोजना, साफ़ करना

Then he was very angry and sulky, and would not speak to her at all; but they watched the geese until it grew dark in the evening, and then drove them homewards.

sulky - मंदगति, नाराज़, मनहूस, रुष्ट

The next morning, as they were going through the dark gate, the poor girl looked up at Falada’s head, and cried:

‘Falada, Falada, there thou hangest!’

and the head answered:

‘Bride, bride, there thou gangest!

Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it,

Sadly, sadly, would she rue it.’

Then she drove on the geese, and sat down again in the meadow, and began to comb out her hair as before; and Curdken ran up to her, and wanted to take hold of it; but she cried out quickly:

take hold - हाथ लगाना

‘Blow, breezes, blow!

Let Curdken’s hat go!

Blow, breezes, blow!

Let him after it go!

O’er hills, dales, and rocks,

Away be it whirl’d

Till the silvery locks

Are all comb’d and curl’d!

Then the wind came and blew away his hat; and off it flew a great way, over the hills and far away, so that he had to run after it; and when he came back she had bound up her hair again, and all was safe. So they watched the geese till it grew dark.

blew away - उड़ गया

In the evening, after they came home, Curdken went to the old king, and said, ‘I cannot have that strange girl to help me to keep the geese any longer.’ ‘Why?’ said the king. ‘Because, instead of doing any good, she does nothing but tease me all day long.’ Then the king made him tell him what had happened.

tease - शरारत, परेशान करना, शरारती

And Curdken said, ‘When we go in the morning through the dark gate with our flock of geese, she cries and talks with the head of a horse that hangs upon the wall, and says:

flock - जानवरों का समूह

hangs - लटकना, टाम्गना, छाना, लटक्ना

‘Falada, Falada, there thou hangest!’

and the head answers:

‘Bride, bride, there thou gangest!

Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it,

Sadly, sadly, would she rue it.’

And Curdken went on telling the king what had happened upon the meadow where the geese fed; how his hat was blown away; and how he was forced to run after it, and to leave his flock of geese to themselves. But the old king told the boy to go out again the next day: and when morning came, he placed himself behind the dark gate, and heard how she spoke to Falada, and how Falada answered.

Then he went into the field, and hid himself in a bush by the meadow’s side; and he soon saw with his own eyes how they drove the flock of geese; and how, after a little time, she let down her hair that glittered in the sun. And then he heard her say:

‘Blow, breezes, blow!

Let Curdken’s hat go!

Blow, breezes, blow!

Let him after it go!

O’er hills, dales, and rocks,

Away be it whirl’d

Till the silvery locks

Are all comb’d and curl’d!

And soon came a gale of wind, and carried away Curdken’s hat, and away went Curdken after it, while the girl went on combing and curling her hair.

gale - आंधी

All this the old king saw: so he went home without being seen; and when the little goose-girl came back in the evening he called her aside, and asked her why she did so: but she burst into tears, and said, ‘That I must not tell you or any man, or I shall lose my life.’

aside - अलग, छोड़कर, एक किनारे

But the old king begged so hard, that she had no peace till she had told him all the tale, from beginning to end, word for word. And it was very lucky for her that she did so, for when she had done the king ordered royal clothes to be put upon her, and gazed on her with wonder, she was so beautiful.

Then he called his son and told him that he had only a false bride; for that she was merely a waiting-maid, while the true bride stood by. And the young king rejoiced when he saw her beauty, and heard how meek and patient she had been; and without saying anything to the false bride, the king ordered a great feast to be got ready for all his court.

merely - केवल, मात्र

rejoiced - आनन्दित होना

The bridegroom sat at the top, with the false princess on one side, and the true one on the other; but nobody knew her again, for her beauty was quite dazzling to their eyes; and she did not seem at all like the little goose-girl, now that she had her brilliant dress on.

dazzling - चौंधियाने वाला

When they had eaten and drank, and were very merry, the old king said he would tell them a tale. So he began, and told all the story of the princess, as if it was one that he had once heard; and he asked the true waiting-maid what she thought ought to be done to anyone who would behave thus.

‘Nothing better,’ said this false bride, ‘than that she should be thrown into a cask stuck round with sharp nails, and that two white horses should be put to it, and should drag it from street to street till she was dead.’ ‘Thou art she!’ said the old king; ‘and as thou has judged thyself, so shall it be done to thee.

sharp - उच्च स्वर, कटु, विषम, सहसा

nails - लगाना, कील, बंद करना, जकड़ना

drag - बलपूर्वक घसीटना, खींचना

thyself - अपने आप

’ And the young king was then married to his true wife, and they reigned over the kingdom in peace and happiness all their lives; and the good fairy came to see them, and restored the faithful Falada to life again.

Happiness - ख़ुशी

restored - पुनः स्थापित करना, मरम्मत करना

CHAPTER 15 - THE ADVENTURES OF CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET

Partlet - पार्टलेट

1. HOW THEY WENT TO THE MOUNTAINS TO EAT NUTS

‘The nuts are quite ripe now,’ said Chanticleer to his wife Partlet, ‘suppose we go together to the mountains, and eat as many as we can, before the squirrel takes them all away.’ ‘With all my heart,’ said Partlet, ‘let us go and make a holiday of it together.’

go together - साथ जाओ

squirrel - गिलहरी

So they went to the mountains; and as it was a lovely day, they stayed there till the evening. Now, whether it was that they had eaten so many nuts that they could not walk, or whether they were lazy and would not, I do not know: however, they took it into their heads that it did not become them to go home on foot.

So Chanticleer began to build a little carriage of nutshells: and when it was finished, Partlet jumped into it and sat down, and bid Chanticleer harness himself to it and draw her home. ‘That’s a good joke!’ said Chanticleer; ‘no, that will never do; I had rather by half walk home; I’ll sit on the box and be coachman, if you like, but I’ll not draw.

carriage - गाड़ी

nutshells - छिलका, अखरोट आदि का छिलका

coachman - घोड़ागाड़ी चालक

’ While this was passing, a duck came quacking up and cried out, ‘You thieving vagabonds, what business have you in my grounds? I’ll give it you well for your insolence!’ and upon that she fell upon Chanticleer most lustily.

Duck - डुबकी

quacking - नकली डक्टर, कैं कैं करना

thieving - चोरी

vagabonds - खानाबदोश, इधर उधर भटकना, आवारा

insolence - अक्खड़पन, धृष्टता, अविनित भाव

lustily - हृष्ट पुष्ट ढंग से

But Chanticleer was no coward, and returned the duck’s blows with his sharp spurs so fiercely that she soon began to cry out for mercy; which was only granted her upon condition that she would draw the carriage home for them. This she agreed to do; and Chanticleer got upon the box, and drove, crying, ‘Now, duck, get on as fast as you can.’ And away they went at a pretty good pace.

coward - कायर, डरपोक, बुज़दिल, बुजदिल

fiercely - उग्रतापूर्वक, प्रचंड रूप से

granted - स्वीकार करना, देना, अनुदान

pace - कदम

After they had travelled along a little way, they met a needle and a pin walking together along the road: and the needle cried out, ‘Stop, stop!

pin - कील, छेदना, भरोसा करना

’ and said it was so dark that they could hardly find their way, and such dirty walking they could not get on at all: he told them that he and his friend, the pin, had been at a public-house a few miles off, and had sat drinking till they had forgotten how late it was; he begged therefore that the travellers would be so kind as to give them a lift in their carriage.

public-house - (public-house) पब्लिक हाउस

Chanticleer observing that they were but thin fellows, and not likely to take up much room, told them they might ride, but made them promise not to dirty the wheels of the carriage in getting in, nor to tread on Partlet’s toes.

fellows - सभासद, व्यक्ति, आदमी, सहचर

tread - परचलना

Late at night they arrived at an inn; and as it was bad travelling in the dark, and the duck seemed much tired, and waddled about a good deal from one side to the other, they made up their minds to fix their quarters there: but the landlord at first was unwilling, and said his house was full, thinking they might not be very respectable company: however, they spoke civilly to him, and gave him the egg which Partlet had laid by the way, and said they would give him the duck, who was in the habit of laying one every day: so at last he let them come in, and they bespoke a handsome supper, and spent the evening very jollily.

waddled - डगमगाते हुए चलना, डगमगाती चाल

landlord - शराबखाने का मालिक

civilly - नैतिक रूप से

laying - लेयिंग, (lay) लेयिंग

bespoke - individually or custom made

supper - रात्रि भोजन

Early in the morning, before it was quite light, and when nobody was stirring in the inn, Chanticleer awakened his wife, and, fetching the egg, they pecked a hole in it, ate it up, and threw the shells into the fireplace: they then went to the pin and needle, who were fast asleep, and seizing them by the heads, stuck one into the landlord’s easy chair and the other into his handkerchief; and, having done this, they crept away as softly as possible. However, the duck, who slept in the open air in the yard, heard them coming, and jumping into the brook which ran close by the inn, soon swam out of their reach.

stirring - उत्तेजक, फिंटाई, हरकत

fetching - जाकर लाना, दाम पर बिकना, ले आना

shells - गोलाबारी करना, खोल, सीप, गोला

fireplace - चिमनी

seizing - लेने, (seize) लेने

open air - आउटडोर स्पेस

swam out - स्वैम आउट

An hour or two afterwards the landlord got up, and took his handkerchief to wipe his face, but the pin ran into him and pricked him: then he walked into the kitchen to light his pipe at the fire, but when he stirred it up the eggshells flew into his eyes, and almost blinded him. ‘Bless me!

wipe - किसी चीज से रगड़ कर साफ करना

pricked - मूर्ख, छेदना, चुभन, छेद करना

pipe - पाइप, नल

stirred - चलाना, उत्तेजित करना, मिलाना

eggshells - चमकरहित रंगलेप

blinded - गुप्त, झिलमिली, अविवेचित, बहाना

bless - आशीर्वाद देना

’ said he, ‘all the world seems to have a design against my head this morning’: and so saying, he threw himself sulkily into his easy chair; but, oh dear! the needle ran into him; and this time the pain was not in his head.

He now flew into a very great passion, and, suspecting the company who had come in the night before, he went to look after them, but they were all off; so he swore that he never again would take in such a troop of vagabonds, who ate a great deal, paid no reckoning, and gave him nothing for his trouble but their apish tricks.

passion - जुनून

suspecting - समझना, लगना, क्षतिग्रस्त

reckoning - गणना, अनुमान, हिसाब

apish - resembling or characteristic of an ape

tricks - शरारत, बहकाना, धोखा, चाल, कठिन

2. HOW CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET WENT TO VISIT MR KORBES

Another day, Chanticleer and Partlet wished to ride out together; so Chanticleer built a handsome carriage with four red wheels, and harnessed six mice to it; and then he and Partlet got into the carriage, and away they drove. Soon afterwards a cat met them, and said, ‘Where are you going?’ And Chanticleer replied,

harnessed - काम में लाना, जोतना

‘All on our way

A visit to pay

To Mr Korbes, the fox, today.’

Then the cat said, ‘Take me with you,’ Chanticleer said, ‘With all my heart: get up behind, and be sure you do not fall off.’

‘Take care of this handsome coach of mine,

Nor dirty my pretty red wheels so fine!

Now, mice, be ready,

And, wheels, run steady!

steady - दृढ़

For we are going a visit to pay

To Mr Korbes, the fox, today.’

Soon after came up a millstone, an egg, a duck, and a pin; and Chanticleer gave them all leave to get into the carriage and go with them.

millstone - चक्की का पाट, चक्की का पाट

When they arrived at Mr Korbes’s house, he was not at home; so the mice drew the carriage into the coach-house, Chanticleer and Partlet flew upon a beam, the cat sat down in the fireplace, the duck got into the washing cistern, the pin stuck himself into the bed pillow, the millstone laid himself over the house door, and the egg rolled himself up in the towel.

cistern - टंकी, जलाशय, हौज़

When Mr Korbes came home, he went to the fireplace to make a fire; but the cat threw all the ashes in his eyes: so he ran to the kitchen to wash himself; but there the duck splashed all the water in his face; and when he tried to wipe himself, the egg broke to pieces in the towel all over his face and eyes.

splashed - चित्ती, धब्बा, छपछपाते हुए चलना

Then he was very angry, and went without his supper to bed; but when he laid his head on the pillow, the pin ran into his cheek: at this he became quite furious, and, jumping up, would have run out of the house; but when he came to the door, the millstone fell down on his head, and killed him on the spot.

cheek - गाल

jumping up - ऊपर उठना

3. HOW PARTLET DIED AND WAS BURIED, AND HOW CHANTICLEER DIED OF GRIEF

buried - अंत्योष्टि क्रिया करना, डालना

grief - दुःख, शोक, ग़म, मातम

Another day Chanticleer and Partlet agreed to go again to the mountains to eat nuts; and it was settled that all the nuts which they found should be shared equally between them. Now Partlet found a very large nut; but she said nothing about it to Chanticleer, and kept it all to herself: however, it was so big that she could not swallow it, and it stuck in her throat.

equally - समान रूप से, समान रूप से

swallow - निगलना, लीलना

throat - गला

Then she was in a great fright, and cried out to Chanticleer, ‘Pray run as fast as you can, and fetch me some water, or I shall be choked.’ Chanticleer ran as fast as he could to the river, and said, ‘River, give me some water, for Partlet lies in the mountain, and will be choked by a great nut.’ The river said, ‘Run first to the bride, and ask her for a silken cord to draw up the water.

fright - भय

choked - चोक, सांस रूकना

silken - रेशमी, रेशम सा नरम

cord - डोरी, बिजली का तार

draw up - बनाना

’ Chanticleer ran to the bride, and said, ‘Bride, you must give me a silken cord, for then the river will give me water, and the water I will carry to Partlet, who lies on the mountain, and will be choked by a great nut.’ But the bride said, ‘Run first, and bring me my garland that is hanging on a willow in the garden.

garland - माला

’ Then Chanticleer ran to the garden, and took the garland from the bough where it hung, and brought it to the bride; and then the bride gave him the silken cord, and he took the silken cord to the river, and the river gave him water, and he carried the water to Partlet; but in the meantime she was choked by the great nut, and lay quite dead, and never moved any more.

bough - शाखा, डाल्, शाखा/डाल/टहनी

Then Chanticleer was very sorry, and cried bitterly; and all the beasts came and wept with him over poor Partlet. And six mice built a little hearse to carry her to her grave; and when it was ready they harnessed themselves before it, and Chanticleer drove them. On the way they met the fox. ‘Where are you going, Chanticleer?’ said he. ‘To bury my Partlet,’ said the other. ‘May I go with you?

beasts - जंगली, असभ्य व्यक्ति, जानवर

hearse - शव वाहन, मुर्दागाड़ी

bury - दफनाना

’ said the fox. ‘Yes; but you must get up behind, or my horses will not be able to draw you.’ Then the fox got up behind; and presently the wolf, the bear, the goat, and all the beasts of the wood, came and climbed upon the hearse.

goat - बकरी

So on they went till they came to a rapid stream. ‘How shall we get over?’ said Chanticleer. Then said a straw, ‘I will lay myself across, and you may pass over upon me.’ But as the mice were going over, the straw slipped away and fell into the water, and the six mice all fell in and were drowned. What was to be done?

rapid - द्रुतगामी, त्वरित, तत्काल

pass over - पास ओवर

drowned - डुबा कर मारना, जलमग्न कर देना

Then a large log of wood came and said, ‘I am big enough; I will lay myself across the stream, and you shall pass over upon me.’ So he laid himself down; but they managed so clumsily, that the log of wood fell in and was carried away by the stream.

log - तना

Then a stone, who saw what had happened, came up and kindly offered to help poor Chanticleer by laying himself across the stream; and this time he got safely to the other side with the hearse, and managed to get Partlet out of it; but the fox and the other mourners, who were sitting behind, were too heavy, and fell back into the water and were all carried away by the stream and drowned.

mourners - शोकाकुल व्यक्ति, शोक मनाने वाला

Thus Chanticleer was left alone with his dead Partlet; and having dug a grave for her, he laid her in it, and made a little hillock over her. Then he sat down by the grave, and wept and mourned, till at last he died too; and so all were dead.

dug - थन, (dig)

hillock - टीला, ढूह, भीटा, छोटी पहाड़ी

mourned - विलाप करना, विलाप करना

CHAPTER 16 - RAPUNZEL

There were once a man and a woman who had long in vain wished for a child. At length the woman hoped that God was about to grant her desire. These people had a little window at the back of their house from which a splendid garden could be seen, which was full of the most beautiful flowers and herbs.

Grant - स्वीकार करना, देना, अनुदान

desire - इच्छा, चाह

splendid - शानदार

herbs - जड़ी बूटी

It was, however, surrounded by a high wall, and no one dared to go into it because it belonged to an enchantress, who had great power and was dreaded by all the world.

enchantress - मायाविनी स्त्री

great power - महाशक्ति

dreaded - डर, डरना, से डरना, भय/डर

One day the woman was standing by this window and looking down into the garden, when she saw a bed which was planted with the most beautiful rampion (rapunzel), and it looked so fresh and green that she longed for it, she quite pined away, and began to look pale and miserable. Then her husband was alarmed, and asked: ‘What ails you, dear wife?

rampion - 'Campanula rapunculus'

longed for - कामना की

pined - देवदार, पाइन की लकड़ी

alarmed - भयभीत करना, घंटी

ails - परेशान करना, कष्ट देना

’ ‘Ah,’ she replied, ‘if I can’t eat some of the rampion, which is in the garden behind our house, I shall die.’ The man, who loved her, thought: ‘Sooner than let your wife die, bring her some of the rampion yourself, let it cost what it will.’ At twilight, he clambered down over the wall into the garden of the enchantress, hastily clutched a handful of rampion, and took it to his wife.

twilight - सांझ, शफक

clambered - हाथ पैर के बल कठिनाई से चढ़ना

hastily - जल्दी से, जल्दी से

clutched - क्लच, अण्डो का समुच्चय

She at once made herself a salad of it, and ate it greedily. It tasted so good to her-so very good, that the next day she longed for it three times as much as before. If he was to have any rest, her husband must once more descend into the garden.

greedily - in a greedy manner

descend - उतरना

In the gloom of evening therefore, he let himself down again; but when he had clambered down the wall he was terribly afraid, for he saw the enchantress standing before him. ‘How can you dare,’ said she with angry look, ‘descend into my garden and steal my rampion like a thief? You shall suffer for it!

gloom - अंधकार, उदासी, निराशा

’ ‘Ah,’ answered he, ‘let mercy take the place of justice, I only made up my mind to do it out of necessity. My wife saw your rampion from the window, and felt such a longing for it that she would have died if she had not got some to eat.

justice - न्याय, इनसाफ़

necessity - ज़रूरत, आवश्यकता

’ Then the enchantress allowed her anger to be softened, and said to him: ‘If the case be as you say, I will allow you to take away with you as much rampion as you will, only I make one condition, you must give me the child which your wife will bring into the world; it shall be well treated, and I will care for it like a mother.

anger - क्रोध, ग़ुस्सा

softened - कम करना, हल्का करना, कोमल बनाना

treated - देना, व्यवहार करना, विवेचन करना

’ The man in his terror consented to everything, and when the woman was brought to bed, the enchantress appeared at once, gave the child the name of Rapunzel, and took it away with her.

terror - दहशत, वहशत, सहम

Rapunzel grew into the most beautiful child under the sun. When she was twelve years old, the enchantress shut her into a tower, which lay in a forest, and had neither stairs nor door, but quite at the top was a little window. When the enchantress wanted to go in, she placed herself beneath it and cried:

‘Rapunzel, Rapunzel,

Let down your hair to me.’

Rapunzel had magnificent long hair, fine as spun gold, and when she heard the voice of the enchantress she unfastened her braided tresses, wound them round one of the hooks of the window above, and then the hair fell twenty ells down, and the enchantress climbed up by it.

magnificent - शानदार

spun - घुमाना, घुमाव, चक्कर, घुमना

unfastened - खोलना, खुलना

braided - चोटी, चोटी बँधना, फीता

tresses - चोटी, जटा

wound - घाव, चोट, ज़ख़्मी करना, आघात

hooks - फँसाना, मोड़ना, मरना, चोरी करना

After a year or two, it came to pass that the king’s son rode through the forest and passed by the tower. Then he heard a song, which was so charming that he stood still and listened. This was Rapunzel, who in her solitude passed her time in letting her sweet voice resound. The king’s son wanted to climb up to her, and looked for the door of the tower, but none was to be found.

solitude - एकांत, विरानी, अकेलापन, खिलवत

resound - प्रतिध्वनित होना, धूम मचाना

climb up - ऊपर चढ़ो

He rode home, but the singing had so deeply touched his heart, that every day he went out into the forest and listened to it. Once when he was thus standing behind a tree, he saw that an enchantress came there, and he heard how she cried:

deeply - बहुत अधिक, बहुत अधिक, बहुत ही

‘Rapunzel, Rapunzel,

Let down your hair to me.’

Then Rapunzel let down the braids of her hair, and the enchantress climbed up to her. ‘If that is the ladder by which one mounts, I too will try my fortune,’ said he, and the next day when it began to grow dark, he went to the tower and cried:

braids - चोटी, चोटी बँधना, फीता

ladder - सीढ़ी

mounts - घोड़ा, आयोजित करना, चढना

‘Rapunzel, Rapunzel,

Let down your hair to me.’

Immediately the hair fell down and the king’s son climbed up.

At first Rapunzel was terribly frightened when a man, such as her eyes had never yet beheld, came to her; but the king’s son began to talk to her quite like a friend, and told her that his heart had been so stirred that it had let him have no rest, and he had been forced to see her.

Then Rapunzel lost her fear, and when he asked her if she would take him for her husband, and she saw that he was young and handsome, she thought: ‘He will love me more than old Dame Gothel does’; and she said yes, and laid her hand in his. She said: ‘I will willingly go away with you, but I do not know how to get down.

Bring with you a skein of silk every time that you come, and I will weave a ladder with it, and when that is ready I will descend, and you will take me on your horse.’ They agreed that until that time he should come to her every evening, for the old woman came by day.

skein - लच्छा, लच्छी

silk - रेशम

weave - बुनना

every evening - हर रात

The enchantress remarked nothing of this, until once Rapunzel said to her: ‘Tell me, Dame Gothel, how it happens that you are so much heavier for me to draw up than the young king’s son-he is with me in a moment.’ ‘Ah! you wicked child,’ cried the enchantress. ‘What do I hear you say! I thought I had separated you from all the world, and yet you have deceived me!

remarked - करना, ध्यान, प्रतिक्रिया

deceived - धोखा, धोखा देना

’ In her anger she clutched Rapunzel’s beautiful tresses, wrapped them twice round her left hand, seized a pair of scissors with the right, and snip, snap, they were cut off, and the lovely braids lay on the ground. And she was so pitiless that she took poor Rapunzel into a desert where she had to live in great grief and misery.

wrapped - समाप्त करना, गाउन, लपेटना

scissors - तकनीक, कैँची

Snip - चीरा, काटना, कतरन, छाँटना

snap - प्रेस बटन, टूटना, काट लेना

misery - विपत्ति, दुखअ, दुःख/विपत्ती

On the same day that she cast out Rapunzel, however, the enchantress fastened the braids of hair, which she had cut off, to the hook of the window, and when the king’s son came and cried:

fastened - थोपना, अटकाना, निर्धारित करना

Hook - अंकुश, आंकड़ा, हुक

‘Rapunzel, Rapunzel,

Let down your hair to me.’

she let the hair down. The king’s son ascended, but instead of finding his dearest Rapunzel, he found the enchantress, who gazed at him with wicked and venomous looks. ‘Aha!’ she cried mockingly, ‘you would fetch your dearest, but the beautiful bird sits no longer singing in the nest; the cat has got it, and will scratch out your eyes as well. Rapunzel is lost to you; you will never see her again.

ascended - चढना, बढना/चढ़ना, उपर उठना

gazed at - देखा

venomous - कटु, तीखा, विद्वेषपूर्ण, विषैला

Aha - आहा

mockingly - उपहासपूर्ण ढंग से

scratch out - काट दें

’ The king’s son was beside himself with pain, and in his despair he leapt down from the tower. He escaped with his life, but the thorns into which he fell pierced his eyes. Then he wandered quite blind about the forest, ate nothing but roots and berries, and did naught but lament and weep over the loss of his dearest wife.

pierced - प्रभावित करना, छेद करना, भेदना

roots - धातु, खोदना, मूल, उत्साहित करना

berries - बेर चुनना, चुनना, बीज, दाना

naught - कुछ नहीं, शूऩ्य़

lament - विलाप

Thus he roamed about in misery for some years, and at length came to the desert where Rapunzel, with the twins to which she had given birth, a boy and a girl, lived in wretchedness. He heard a voice, and it seemed so familiar to him that he went towards it, and when he approached, Rapunzel knew him and fell on his neck and wept.

roamed - भ्रमण, घूमना, घूमना फिरना

wretchedness - दुर्दशा, भाग्यहीनता, दयनीयता

familiar - घनिष्ठ, साधारण

approached - पद्धति, सन्निकर्ष, समीप आना

Two of her tears wetted his eyes and they grew clear again, and he could see with them as before. He led her to his kingdom where he was joyfully received, and they lived for a long time afterwards, happy and contented.

joyfully - खुशी से

contented - मात्रा, सन्तुष्ट

CHAPTER 17 - FUNDEVOGEL

There was once a forester who went into the forest to hunt, and as he entered it he heard a sound of screaming as if a little child were there.

forester - वन रक्षक, वनपाल

hunt - शिकार करना

He followed the sound, and at last came to a high tree, and at the top of this a little child was sitting, for the mother had fallen asleep under the tree with the child, and a bird of prey had seen it in her arms, had flown down, snatched it away, and set it on the high tree.

fallen asleep - सो गया

prey - शिकार, शिकार करना

snatched - अंश, लेना, हटा लेना, छीनना

The forester climbed up, brought the child down, and thought to himself: ‘You will take him home with you, and bring him up with your Lina.’ He took it home, therefore, and the two children grew up together. And the one, which he had found on a tree was called Fundevogel, because a bird had carried it away.

Fundevogel and Lina loved each other so dearly that when they did not see each other they were sad.

Now the forester had an old cook, who one evening took two pails and began to fetch water, and did not go once only, but many times, out to the spring. Lina saw this and said, ‘Listen, old Sanna, why are you fetching so much water?’ ‘If you will never repeat it to anyone, I will tell you why.

pails - बाल्टी, पात्र, डोल, घड़ा

’ So Lina said, no, she would never repeat it to anyone, and then the cook said: ‘Early tomorrow morning, when the forester is out hunting, I will heat the water, and when it is boiling in the kettle, I will throw in Fundevogel, and will boil him in it.’

kettle - केतली

Early next morning the forester got up and went out hunting, and when he was gone the children were still in bed. Then Lina said to Fundevogel: ‘If you will never leave me, I too will never leave you.’ Fundevogel said: ‘Neither now, nor ever will I leave you.’ Then said Lina: ‘Then will I tell you.

Last night, old Sanna carried so many buckets of water into the house that I asked her why she was doing that, and she said that if I would promise not to tell anyone, and she said that early tomorrow morning when father was out hunting, she would set the kettle full of water, throw you into it and boil you; but we will get up quickly, dress ourselves, and go away together.’

buckets - बाल्टी, खाना, तेज़ी से खेना

The two children therefore got up, dressed themselves quickly, and went away. When the water in the kettle was boiling, the cook went into the bedroom to fetch Fundevogel and throw him into it. But when she came in, and went to the beds, both the children were gone.

Then she was terribly alarmed, and she said to herself: ‘What shall I say now when the forester comes home and sees that the children are gone? They must be followed instantly to get them back again.’

instantly - तुरंत, तत्काल, शीघ्र

Then the cook sent three servants after them, who were to run and overtake the children. The children, however, were sitting outside the forest, and when they saw from afar the three servants running, Lina said to Fundevogel: ‘Never leave me, and I will never leave you.’ Fundevogel said: ‘Neither now, nor ever.’ Then said Lina: ‘Do you become a rose-tree, and I the rose upon it.

rose-tree - (rose-tree) गुलाब के पेड़

’ When the three servants came to the forest, nothing was there but a rose-tree and one rose on it, but the children were nowhere. Then said they: ‘There is nothing to be done here,’ and they went home and told the cook that they had seen nothing in the forest but a little rose-bush with one rose on it.

Then the old cook scolded and said: ‘You simpletons, you should have cut the rose-bush in two, and have broken off the rose and brought it home with you; go, and do it at once.’ They had therefore to go out and look for the second time. The children, however, saw them coming from a distance. Then Lina said: ‘Fundevogel, never leave me, and I will never leave you.

simpletons - मूर्ख, बुद्धू, गधा, अहमक, गर्दभ

broken off - टूट गया

’ Fundevogel said: ‘Neither now; nor ever.’ Said Lina: ‘Then do you become a church, and I’ll be the chandelier in it.’ So when the three servants came, nothing was there but a church, with a chandelier in it. They said therefore to each other: ‘What can we do here, let us go home.

chandelier - झाड़, झाड़-फ़ानूस, झूमर

’ When they got home, the cook asked if they had not found them; so they said no, they had found nothing but a church, and there was a chandelier in it. And the cook scolded them and said: ‘You fools! why did you not pull the church to pieces, and bring the chandelier home with you?’ And now the old cook herself got on her legs, and went with the three servants in pursuit of the children.

fools - मूर्ख, धोखा देना

pursuit - पीछा, धंधा, शौक, तलाश, अनुधावन

The children, however, saw from afar that the three servants were coming, and the cook waddling after them. Then said Lina: ‘Fundevogel, never leave me, and I will never leave you.’ Then said Fundevogel: ‘Neither now, nor ever.’ Said Lina: ‘Be a fishpond, and I will be the duck upon it.

waddling - डगमगाते हुए चलना, डगमगाती चाल

fishpond - freshwater pond stocked with fish

’ The cook, however, came up to them, and when she saw the pond she lay down by it, and was about to drink it up. But the duck swam quickly to her, seized her head in its beak and drew her into the water, and there the old witch had to drown. Then the children went home together, and were heartily delighted, and if they have not died, they are living still.

old witch - वृद्ध जादूगर

CHAPTER 18 - THE VALIANT LITTLE TAILOR

valiant - वीरतापूर्ण, साहसी, वीर, महावीर

One summer’s morning a little tailor was sitting on his table by the window; he was in good spirits, and sewed with all his might. Then came a peasant woman down the street crying: ‘Good jams, cheap! Good jams, cheap!’ This rang pleasantly in the tailor’s ears; he stretched his delicate head out of the window, and called: ‘Come up here, dear woman; here you will get rid of your goods.

peasant - किसान

pleasantly - सुखद रूप से, प्रङुल्लतापूर्वक

rid - मुक्त करा

’ The woman came up the three steps to the tailor with her heavy basket, and he made her unpack all the pots for him. He inspected each one, lifted it up, put his nose to it, and at length said: ‘The jam seems to me to be good, so weigh me out four ounces, dear woman, and if it is a quarter of a pound that is of no consequence.

basket - टोकरी

unpack - निकालना, खोलना, सामान निकालना

pots - सितारा मछली, बरतन, रखना

inspected - परीक्षण करना, जांच करना

weigh - विचार करना, उठाना, नापना

ounces - एक तोल{आधी छटाँक के लगभग}/तेंदुआ

consequence - परिणाम, नतीजा

’ The woman who had hoped to find a good sale, gave him what he desired, but went away quite angry and grumbling. ‘Now, this jam shall be blessed by God,’ cried the little tailor, ‘and give me health and strength’; so he brought the bread out of the cupboard, cut himself a piece right across the loaf and spread the jam over it.

desired - इच्छा, चाहना, तृष्णा

blessed - भाग्यवान, (bless) भाग्यवान

strength - शक्ति, ताक़त, बल

loaf - रोटी

‘This won’t taste bitter,’ said he, ‘but I will just finish the jacket before I take a bite.’ He laid the bread near him, sewed on, and in his joy, made bigger and bigger stitches. In the meantime the smell of the sweet jam rose to where the flies were sitting in great numbers, and they were attracted and descended on it in hosts. ‘Hi! who invited you?

Bitter - कड़ुवा

bite - काटना, डसना

sewed on - सिलाई किया

stitches - लगाना, , घर, टंका लगाना

attracted - आकर्षित करना, आकर्षित करना

descended - उतरना, उतारना, नीचे उतरना

Hosts - आयोजित करना, आयोजित करना

’ said the little tailor, and drove the unbidden guests away. The flies, however, who understood no German, would not be turned away, but came back again in ever-increasing companies. The little tailor at last lost all patience, and drew a piece of cloth from the hole under his work-table, and saying: ‘Wait, and I will give it to you,’ struck it mercilessly on them.

unbidden guests - अनचाहे अतिथि

German - जरमन, जर्मन

patience - सहन, धैर्य

cloth - कपड़ा

mercilessly - निर्दयता से, निर्दयतापूर्वक

When he drew it away and counted, there lay before him no fewer than seven, dead and with legs stretched out. ‘Are you a fellow of that sort?’ said he, and could not help admiring his own bravery. ‘The whole town shall know of this!’ And the little tailor hastened to cut himself a girdle, stitched it, and embroidered on it in large letters: ‘Seven at one stroke!’ ‘What, the town!

admiring - समादर करना, प्रशंसा करना

bravery - बहादुरी, वीरता

hastened to - तेजी से चला गया

girdle - पेटी

stitched - लगाना, , घर, टंका लगाना

embroidered - कढ़ाई करना, बेलबूटे काढना

stroke - प्रहार, आघात

’ he continued, ‘the whole world shall hear of it!’ and his heart wagged with joy like a lamb’s tail. The tailor put on the girdle, and resolved to go forth into the world, because he thought his workshop was too small for his valour.

wagged - हिलना, वाक्विदग्ध, हिलाना

lamb - बर्रा, मेमना

resolved - निश्चय करना, समाधान करना

workshop - कर्मशाला, कारख़ाना

valour - वीरता

Before he went away, he sought about in the house to see if there was anything which he could take with him; however, he found nothing but an old cheese, and that he put in his pocket. In front of the door he observed a bird which had caught itself in the thicket. It had to go into his pocket with the cheese. Now he took to the road boldly, and as he was light and nimble, he felt no fatigue.

observed - अनुपालन करना, कहना, देखना

nimble - फुर्तीला, चंचल, कुशाग्रआ

fatigue - थकान

The road led him up a mountain, and when he had reached the highest point of it, there sat a powerful giant looking peacefully about him. The little tailor went bravely up, spoke to him, and said: ‘Good day, comrade, so you are sitting there overlooking the wide-spread world! I am just on my way thither, and want to try my luck. Have you any inclination to go with me?

powerful - प्रभावशाली, सशक्त, शक्तिशाली

peacefully - शांतिपूर्वक, शांति से

bravely - बहादुरी से

comrade - साथी, कामरेड

overlooking - के उपर से दिखना, अन्देकी करना

inclination - रुचि, झुकाव, शौक, ढाल, पसंद

’ The giant looked contemptuously at the tailor, and said: ‘You ragamuffin! You miserable creature!’

contemptuously - तिरस्कारपूर्वक

ragamuffin - dirty, shabbily-clothed child

‘Oh, indeed?’ answered the little tailor, and unbuttoned his coat, and showed the giant the girdle, ‘there may you read what kind of a man I am!’ The giant read: ‘Seven at one stroke,’ and thought that they had been men whom the tailor had killed, and began to feel a little respect for the tiny fellow.

unbuttoned - बटन खोलना, बटन खोलना

respect - सम्मान, आदर

tiny - नन्हा

Nevertheless, he wished to try him first, and took a stone in his hand and squeezed it together so that water dropped out of it. ‘Do that likewise,’ said the giant, ‘if you have strength.’ ‘Is that all?’ said the tailor, ‘that is child’s play with us!’ and put his hand into his pocket, brought out the soft cheese, and pressed it until the liquid ran out of it.

nevertheless - फिर भी, तथापि, तब भी

squeezed - दबाव, दबाना, ऐंठना, सीमा

soft cheese - मीठी चीज़

pressed - तंगी, दबा कर सुखाया हुआ

liquid - द्रव, तरल

Faith,’ said he, ‘that was a little better, wasn’t it?’ The giant did not know what to say, and could not believe it of the little man. Then the giant picked up a stone and threw it so high that the eye could scarcely follow it.

Faith - आस्था, धारणा, ईमान, यक़ीन

‘Now, little mite of a man, do that likewise,’ ‘Well thrown,’ said the tailor, ‘but after all the stone came down to earth again; I will throw you one which shall never come back at all,’ and he put his hand into his pocket, took out the bird, and threw it into the air. The bird, delighted with its liberty, rose, flew away and did not come back. ‘How does that shot please you, comrade?

mite - कुटकी, छोटा बच्चा या जानवर, थोड़ा

’ asked the tailor. ‘You can certainly throw,’ said the giant, ‘but now we will see if you are able to carry anything properly.’ He took the little tailor to a mighty oak tree which lay there felled on the ground, and said: ‘If you are strong enough, help me to carry the tree out of the forest.

properly - ठीक, =ठीक से, ठीक तरह से

tailor to - कसूरत करना

oak - बलूत

felled - मार गिराना

’ ‘Readily,’ answered the little man; ‘take you the trunk on your shoulders, and I will raise up the branches and twigs; after all, they are the heaviest.

readily - तरन्त ही, सरलता से, सरलता से

trunk - तना

twigs - टहनी, समझ में आना, समझ जाना

’ The giant took the trunk on his shoulder, but the tailor seated himself on a branch, and the giant, who could not look round, had to carry away the whole tree, and the little tailor into the bargain: he behind, was quite merry and happy, and whistled the song: ‘Three tailors rode forth from the gate,’ as if carrying the tree were child’s play.

look round - घुमाओ

carry away - उठाना

tailors - अनुकूल बनाना, उपयुक्त बनाना

The giant, after he had dragged the heavy burden part of the way, could go no further, and cried: ‘Hark you, I shall have to let the tree fall!’ The tailor sprang nimbly down, seized the tree with both arms as if he had been carrying it, and said to the giant: ‘You are such a great fellow, and yet cannot even carry the tree!’

heavy burden - भारी भार

nimbly - फ़ुर्ती से, फ़ुर्ती से

They went on together, and as they passed a cherry-tree, the giant laid hold of the top of the tree where the ripest fruit was hanging, bent it down, gave it into the tailor’s hand, and bade him eat. But the little tailor was much too weak to hold the tree, and when the giant let it go, it sprang back again, and the tailor was tossed into the air with it.

cherry-tree - (cherry-tree) चेरी के पेड़

ripest - चीरा, चीर, अशांत जल क्षेत्र

bade - बेड

When he had fallen down again without injury, the giant said: ‘What is this? Have you not strength enough to hold the weak twig?’ ‘There is no lack of strength,’ answered the little tailor. ‘Do you think that could be anything to a man who has struck down seven at one blow? I leapt over the tree because the huntsmen are shooting down there in the thicket. Jump as I did, if you can do it.

fallen down - गिर गया

twig - टहनी

lack - कमी होना

huntsmen - शिकारी

shooting down - गिराना

’ The giant made the attempt but he could not get over the tree, and remained hanging in the branches, so that in this also the tailor kept the upper hand.

remained - रहना, बाकी रहना, भग्नावशेष

upper hand - ऊपरी हाथ

The giant said: ‘If you are such a valiant fellow, come with me into our cavern and spend the night with us.’ The little tailor was willing, and followed him. When they went into the cave, other giants were sitting there by the fire, and each of them had a roasted sheep in his hand and was eating it. The little tailor looked round and thought: ‘It is much more spacious here than in my workshop.

cavern - कंदरा, बड़ी गुफा

giants - दैत्य, विशाल, देव, बहुत बड़ा

Roasted - भूनना, हँसी उड़ाना, सुखाना

spacious - विस्तृत, विशाल, बड़ा, विस्तीर्ण

’ The giant showed him a bed, and said he was to lie down in it and sleep. The bed, however, was too big for the little tailor; he did not lie down in it, but crept into a corner.

When it was midnight, and the giant thought that the little tailor was lying in a sound sleep, he got up, took a great iron bar, cut through the bed with one blow, and thought he had finished off the grasshopper for good. With the earliest dawn the giants went into the forest, and had quite forgotten the little tailor, when all at once he walked up to them quite merrily and boldly.

iron - कर्कश, कठोर, निर्दय

grasshopper - टिड्डा, टिड्डी

dawn - उषा, ऊषा, प्रभात, तड़का

The giants were terrified, they were afraid that he would strike them all dead, and ran away in a great hurry.

terrified - डराना, डरना

The little tailor went onwards, always following his own pointed nose. After he had walked for a long time, he came to the courtyard of a royal palace, and as he felt weary, he lay down on the grass and fell asleep. Whilst he lay there, the people came and inspected him on all sides, and read on his girdle: ‘Seven at one stroke.’ ‘Ah!

onwards - आगे, आगे बढता हुआ, बढ़ते हुए

’ said they, ‘what does the great warrior want here in the midst of peace? He must be a mighty lord.’ They went and announced him to the king, and gave it as their opinion that if war should break out, this would be a weighty and useful man who ought on no account to be allowed to depart.

warrior - लड़ाका, योद्धा, जंगजू

weighty - भारी, प्रभावशाली, गंभीर, दमदार

on no account - किसी भी अवस्था में नहीं

depart - रवाना

The counsel pleased the king, and he sent one of his courtiers to the little tailor to offer him military service when he awoke. The ambassador remained standing by the sleeper, waited until he stretched his limbs and opened his eyes, and then conveyed to him this proposal. ‘For this very reason have I come here,’ the tailor replied, ‘I am ready to enter the king’s service.

courtiers - दरबारी

military - जंगी, सैन्य, अस्करी, सैनिक

ambassador - दूत, राजदूत

sleeper - अनपेक्षित प्राप्तकर्ताआ

limbs - शरारती, शाखा, अंग, पंखुड़ी, छोर

conveyed - प्रकट करना, ले जाना, पहुँचाना

proposal - प्रस्ताव

’ He was therefore honourably received, and a special dwelling was assigned him.

honourably - प्रतिष्ठापूर्ण ढंग से

dwelling - आवास, निवास स्थान

assigned - निश्चित करना, देना

The soldiers, however, were set against the little tailor, and wished him a thousand miles away. ‘What is to be the end of this?’ they said among themselves. ‘If we quarrel with him, and he strikes about him, seven of us will fall at every blow; not one of us can stand against him.’ They came therefore to a decision, betook themselves in a body to the king, and begged for their dismissal.

set against - के खिलाफ

quarrel - झगड़ा, असहमति

strikes - बजना, आक्रमण, निकालना

stand against - विरोध करना

dismissal - पदच्युति, बरख़ास्तगी

‘We are not prepared,’ said they, ‘to stay with a man who kills seven at one stroke.’ The king was sorry that for the sake of one he should lose all his faithful servants, wished that he had never set eyes on the tailor, and would willingly have been rid of him again.

But he did not venture to give him his dismissal, for he dreaded lest he should strike him and all his people dead, and place himself on the royal throne. He thought about it for a long time, and at last found good counsel. He sent to the little tailor and caused him to be informed that as he was a great warrior, he had one request to make to him.

informed - बताना, सूचित करना, प्रेरित करना

In a forest of his country lived two giants, who caused great mischief with their robbing, murdering, ravaging, and burning, and no one could approach them without putting himself in danger of death. If the tailor conquered and killed these two giants, he would give him his only daughter to wife, and half of his kingdom as a dowry, likewise one hundred horsemen should go with him to assist him.

robbing - छीनना, छीन लेना, वंचित करना

murdering - टेढ़ी खीर, बरबाद करना

ravaging - उजाड़ना, बरबाद कर देना, विनाश

danger of death - मौत की खतरा

conquered - जीतना, परास्त करना

dowry - दहेज़, जहेज़, महर slamic mahr

horsemen - अश्वारोही, घुड़सवार

assist - मदद करना, सहायता देना

‘That would indeed be a fine thing for a man like me!’ thought the little tailor. ‘One is not offered a beautiful princess and half a kingdom every day of one’s life!’ ‘Oh, yes,’ he replied, ‘I will soon subdue the giants, and do not require the help of the hundred horsemen to do it; he who can hit seven with one blow has no need to be afraid of two.’

subdue - रोकना, शान्त करना, वस में लाना

require - चाहना, आदेश देना, इच्छा करना

The little tailor went forth, and the hundred horsemen followed him. When he came to the outskirts of the forest, he said to his followers: ‘Just stay waiting here, I alone will soon finish off the giants.’ Then he bounded into the forest and looked about right and left. After a while he perceived both giants. They lay sleeping under a tree, and snored so that the branches waved up and down.

outskirts - उपांत, बाहरी इलाका

followers - अनुगामी, अनुयायी, आगे दिया हुआ

perceived - अर्थ लगाना, देखना, महसूस करना

The little tailor, not idle, gathered two pocketsful of stones, and with these climbed up the tree. When he was halfway up, he slipped down by a branch, until he sat just above the sleepers, and then let one stone after another fall on the breast of one of the giants. For a long time the giant felt nothing, but at last he awoke, pushed his comrade, and said: ‘Why are you knocking me?

halfway - बीच में, आधा, आधे रास्ते का

sleepers - अनपेक्षित प्राप्तकर्ताआ

breast - स्तन

’ ‘You must be dreaming,’ said the other, ‘I am not knocking you.’ They laid themselves down to sleep again, and then the tailor threw a stone down on the second. ‘What is the meaning of this?’ cried the other ‘Why are you pelting me?’ ‘I am not pelting you,’ answered the first, growling.

pelting - गोलीबारी, (pelt) गोलीबारी

growling - गुर्राहट, (growl)

They disputed about it for a time, but as they were weary they let the matter rest, and their eyes closed once more. The little tailor began his game again, picked out the biggest stone, and threw it with all his might on the breast of the first giant. ‘That is too bad!’ cried he, and sprang up like a madman, and pushed his companion against the tree until it shook.

disputed - विवाद करना, झगड़ना, झगड़ा

madman - दीवाना, पागल, पगला

The other paid him back in the same coin, and they got into such a rage that they tore up trees and belaboured each other so long, that at last they both fell down dead on the ground at the same time. Then the little tailor leapt down.

coin - सिक्का

tore up - तोड़ दिया

‘It is a lucky thing,’ said he, ‘that they did not tear up the tree on which I was sitting, or I should have had to sprint on to another like a squirrel; but we tailors are nimble.’ He drew out his sword and gave each of them a couple of thrusts in the breast, and then went out to the horsemen and said: ‘The work is done; I have finished both of them off, but it was hard work!

tear up - टीर अप करना

sprint - बहुत तेज़ी से दौड़ना

thrusts - आक्रमण, बल, ठेलना, मुख्य विषय

They tore up trees in their sore need, and defended themselves with them, but all that is to no purpose when a man like myself comes, who can kill seven at one blow.’ ‘But are you not wounded?’ asked the horsemen. ‘You need not concern yourself about that,’ answered the tailor, ‘they have not bent one hair of mine.

tore - दुकान

sore - दुखता, दर्द भरा

defended - चलाना, बचाना, प्रतिवाद करना

no purpose - कोई उद्देश्य नहीं

concern - समुत्थान

’ The horsemen would not believe him, and rode into the forest; there they found the giants swimming in their blood, and all round about lay the torn-up trees.

round about - घुमक्कड़

torn-up - (torn-up) टूटा हुआ

The little tailor demanded of the king the promised reward; he, however, repented of his promise, and again bethought himself how he could get rid of the hero. ‘Before you receive my daughter, and the half of my kingdom,’ said he to him, ‘you must perform one more heroic deed. In the forest roams a unicorn which does great harm, and you must catch it first.

demanded - दावा करना, मांग, चाह

repented - पश्चाताप करना, पछताना

more heroic - और नारियली

heroic deed - विशेष कार्य

roams - भ्रमण, घूमना, घूमना फिरना

Unicorn - इकसिंगा

’ ‘I fear one unicorn still less than two giants. Seven at one blow, is my kind of affair.’ He took a rope and an axe with him, went forth into the forest, and again bade those who were sent with him to wait outside. He had not long to seek. The unicorn soon came towards him, and rushed directly on the tailor, as if it would gore him with its horn without more ado.

affair - घटना, समस्या, झगड़ा, वस्तु

rope - रस्सी

axe - कुल्हाड़ी

rushed - सोने की खानो के नए क्षेट्रों में प्रवास

directly - सीधे, जल्दी, तुरन्त, स्पष्टतः

gore - जमा हुआ खून

horn - सींग, खाँग, tखँगुवा, खगुवा

ado - विना समय व्यर्थ किये हुए

‘Softly, softly; it can’t be done as quickly as that,’ said he, and stood still and waited until the animal was quite close, and then sprang nimbly behind the tree. The unicorn ran against the tree with all its strength, and stuck its horn so fast in the trunk that it had not the strength enough to draw it out again, and thus it was caught.

‘Now, I have got the bird,’ said the tailor, and came out from behind the tree and put the rope round its neck, and then with his axe he hewed the horn out of the tree, and when all was ready he led the beast away and took it to the king.

hewed - चीरना, काट कर बनाना

The king still would not give him the promised reward, and made a third demand. Before the wedding the tailor was to catch him a wild boar that made great havoc in the forest, and the huntsmen should give him their help. ‘Willingly,’ said the tailor, ‘that is child’s play!

demand - माँग

havoc - नाश

’ He did not take the huntsmen with him into the forest, and they were well pleased that he did not, for the wild boar had several times received them in such a manner that they had no inclination to lie in wait for him.

When the boar perceived the tailor, it ran on him with foaming mouth and whetted tusks, and was about to throw him to the ground, but the hero fled and sprang into a chapel which was near and up to the window at once, and in one bound out again.

foaming - फोमिंग, (foam), झाग

whetted - उत्तेजित करना, बढ़ा देना

tusks - गजदंत, हाथी या सूअर का दाँत

fled - भाग जाना, फरार होना

chapel - चैपल, नमाज़गाह slam

The boar ran after him, but the tailor ran round outside and shut the door behind it, and then the raging beast, which was much too heavy and awkward to leap out of the window, was caught. The little tailor called the huntsmen thither that they might see the prisoner with their own eyes.

raging - ज़ोर से चलना, रोष व्यक्त करना

awkward - अनुपयुक्त, भद्दा, तकलीफ़देह

leap - उछलना

The hero, however, went to the king, who was now, whether he liked it or not, obliged to keep his promise, and gave his daughter and the half of his kingdom. Had he known that it was no warlike hero, but a little tailor who was standing before him, it would have gone to his heart still more than it did.

warlike - सामरिक, युद्धकारी, जंगी

The wedding was held with great magnificence and small joy, and out of a tailor a king was made.

magnificence - शान, वैभव

After some time the young queen heard her husband say in his dreams at night: ‘Boy, make me the doublet, and patch the pantaloons, or else I will rap the yard-measure over your ears.

doublet - कसी हुई जैकेट

patch - पैवंद

pantaloons - पतलून

rap - मुक्का

measure - ताल, मर्यादा, काफ़ी, नापना

’ Then she discovered in what state of life the young lord had been born, and next morning complained of her wrongs to her father, and begged him to help her to get rid of her husband, who was nothing else but a tailor.

The king comforted her and said: ‘Leave your bedroom door open this night, and my servants shall stand outside, and when he has fallen asleep shall go in, bind him, and take him on board a ship which shall carry him into the wide world.’ The woman was satisfied with this; but the king’s armour-bearer, who had heard all, was friendly with the young lord, and informed him of the whole plot.

comforted - आराम, सुविधा, सान्त्वना, सुख

bind - छांदना

armour - कवच

bearer - वाहक, धारणकर्ता

plot - कथानक, भूभाग, षड्यंत्र

‘I’ll put a screw into that business,’ said the little tailor. At night he went to bed with his wife at the usual time, and when she thought that he had fallen asleep, she got up, opened the door, and then lay down again.

screw - मोड़ना, संभोग करना, कंजूस, जेलर

The little tailor, who was only pretending to be asleep, began to cry out in a clear voice: ‘Boy, make me the doublet and patch me the pantaloons, or I will rap the yard-measure over your ears. I smote seven at one blow. I killed two giants, I brought away one unicorn, and caught a wild boar, and am I to fear those who are standing outside the room.

pretending - दावा करना, अभिनय करना, मान लेना

smote - मारना/प्रहार करना

’ When these men heard the tailor speaking thus, they were overcome by a great dread, and ran as if the wild huntsman were behind them, and none of them would venture anything further against him. So the little tailor was and remained a king to the end of his life.

overcome - हराना, पराजित करना

dread - वहशत, सहम

huntsman - शिकारी

CHAPTER 19 - HANSEL AND GRETEL

Hansel - given name

Hard by a great forest dwelt a poor wood-cutter with his wife and his two children. The boy was called Hansel and the girl Gretel. He had little to bite and to break, and once when great dearth fell on the land, he could no longer procure even daily bread. Now when he thought over this by night in his bed, and tossed about in his anxiety, he groaned and said to his wife: ‘What is to become of us?

dearth - दुर्भिक्ष, कमी/दुर्लभता/अकाल

procure - प्राप्त करना, दलाली करना

by night - रात को

anxiety - चिंता, परेशानी

groaned - कराहना, आह

How are we to feed our poor children, when we no longer have anything even for ourselves?’ ‘I’ll tell you what, husband,’ answered the woman, ‘early tomorrow morning we will take the children out into the forest to where it is the thickest; there we will light a fire for them, and give each of them one more piece of bread, and then we will go to our work and leave them alone.

They will not find the way home again, and we shall be rid of them.’ ‘No, wife,’ said the man, ‘I will not do that; how can I bear to leave my children alone in the forest?-the wild animals would soon come and tear them to pieces.’ ‘O, you fool!’ said she, ‘then we must all four die of hunger, you may as well plane the planks for our coffins,’ and she left him no peace until he consented.

tear - अश्रु

fool - मूर्ख

planks - मुद्दा, तख्ता, पटकना

coffins - ताबूत

‘But I feel very sorry for the poor children, all the same,’ said the man.

The two children had also not been able to sleep for hunger, and had heard what their stepmother had said to their father. Gretel wept bitter tears, and said to Hansel: ‘Now all is over with us.’ ‘Be quiet, Gretel,’ said Hansel, ‘do not distress yourself, I will soon find a way to help us.

stepmother - सौतेली माँ

distress - दुःख होना, कठिनाई, दुःख होना

’ And when the old folks had fallen asleep, he got up, put on his little coat, opened the door below, and crept outside. The moon shone brightly, and the white pebbles which lay in front of the house glittered like real silver pennies. Hansel stooped and stuffed the little pocket of his coat with as many as he could get in.

folks - लोग, जनता, लोक परम्परानुसार

brightly - उल्लसित हो कर, उल्लसित हो कर

pebbles - कंकड्ॅईलाआ, कंकड़/बटिया, कंकड्ॅअ

real silver - वास्तविक चांदी

stuffed - करना, मिलाना, सामान, भरना

Then he went back and said to Gretel: ‘Be comforted, dear little sister, and sleep in peace, God will not forsake us,’ and he lay down again in his bed. When day dawned, but before the sun had risen, the woman came and awoke the two children, saying: ‘Get up, you sluggards! we are going into the forest to fetch wood.

forsake - त्याग देना

dawned - होना, निकलना, सामने आना

’ She gave each a little piece of bread, and said: ‘There is something for your dinner, but do not eat it up before then, for you will get nothing else.’ Gretel took the bread under her apron, as Hansel had the pebbles in his pocket. Then they all set out together on the way to the forest.

apron - तहबन्द, एप्रन

When they had walked a short time, Hansel stood still and peeped back at the house, and did so again and again. His father said: ‘Hansel, what are you looking at there and staying behind for? Pay attention, and do not forget how to use your legs.’ ‘Ah, father,’ said Hansel, ‘I am looking at my little white cat, which is sitting up on the roof, and wants to say goodbye to me.

sitting up - उठा हुआ

’ The wife said: ‘Fool, that is not your little cat, that is the morning sun which is shining on the chimneys.’ Hansel, however, had not been looking back at the cat, but had been constantly throwing one of the white pebble-stones out of his pocket on the road.

morning sun - सुबह का सूरज

shining - चमकाना, चमक, प्रकाशित होना

constantly - लगातार, सदा

pebble - पथ्थर

When they had reached the middle of the forest, the father said: ‘Now, children, pile up some wood, and I will light a fire that you may not be cold.’ Hansel and Gretel gathered brushwood together, as high as a little hill.

pile up - पाइल अप

be cold - ठंड होना

brushwood - झाड़ झंखाड़, झाड़ झंखाड़

The brushwood was lighted, and when the flames were burning very high, the woman said: ‘Now, children, lay yourselves down by the fire and rest, we will go into the forest and cut some wood. When we have done, we will come back and fetch you away.’

flames - प्रेमिका, चमकना, आग की ज्वाला

Hansel and Gretel sat by the fire, and when noon came, each ate a little piece of bread, and as they heard the strokes of the wood-axe they believed that their father was near. It was not the axe, however, but a branch which he had fastened to a withered tree which the wind was blowing backwards and forwards.

strokes - प्रहार करना, अघात, प्रहार, चरण

withered - कुम्हलाना, क्षीण होना

backwards - पीछे की ओर का, उल्टा, पिछड़ा हुआ

And as they had been sitting such a long time, their eyes closed with fatigue, and they fell fast asleep. When at last they awoke, it was already dark night. Gretel began to cry and said: ‘How are we to get out of the forest now?’ But Hansel comforted her and said: ‘Just wait a little, until the moon has risen, and then we will soon find the way.

’ And when the full moon had risen, Hansel took his little sister by the hand, and followed the pebbles which shone like newly-coined silver pieces, and showed them the way.

coined - बनाना, मुद्रा, गढ़ना, सिक्का

They walked the whole night long, and by break of day came once more to their father’s house. They knocked at the door, and when the woman opened it and saw that it was Hansel and Gretel, she said: ‘You naughty children, why have you slept so long in the forest?-we thought you were never coming back at all!’ The father, however, rejoiced, for it had cut him to the heart to leave them behind alone.

knocked at - दबाया

naughty - शरारती, दुष्ट, अश्लील

Not long afterwards, there was once more great dearth throughout the land, and the children heard their mother saying at night to their father: ‘Everything is eaten again, we have one half loaf left, and that is the end. The children must go, we will take them farther into the wood, so that they will not find their way out again; there is no other means of saving ourselves!

throughout - भर (bhar)

’ The man’s heart was heavy, and he thought: ‘It would be better for you to share the last mouthful with your children.’ The woman, however, would listen to nothing that he had to say, but scolded and reproached him. He who says A must say B, likewise, and as he had yielded the first time, he had to do so a second time also.

mouthful - कौर/ग्रास

reproached - धिक्कारना, दोष लगाना, उलाहना

yielded - बताना, स्वीकार करना, देना

The children, however, were still awake and had heard the conversation. When the old folks were asleep, Hansel again got up, and wanted to go out and pick up pebbles as he had done before, but the woman had locked the door, and Hansel could not get out. Nevertheless he comforted his little sister, and said: ‘Do not cry, Gretel, go to sleep quietly, the good God will help us.’

awake - जागना

Early in the morning came the woman, and took the children out of their beds. Their piece of bread was given to them, but it was still smaller than the time before. On the way into the forest Hansel crumbled his in his pocket, and often stood still and threw a morsel on the ground. ‘Hansel, why do you stop and look round?’ said the father, ‘go on.

crumbled - चूर चूर होना

’ ‘I am looking back at my little pigeon which is sitting on the roof, and wants to say goodbye to me,’ answered Hansel. ‘Fool!’ said the woman, ‘that is not your little pigeon, that is the morning sun that is shining on the chimney.’ Hansel, however little by little, threw all the crumbs on the path.

pigeon - कबूतर

crumbs - मुर्गे के क्रम्ब्स, (crumb) मुर्गे के क्रम्ब्स

The woman led the children still deeper into the forest, where they had never in their lives been before. Then a great fire was again made, and the mother said: ‘Just sit there, you children, and when you are tired you may sleep a little; we are going into the forest to cut wood, and in the evening when we are done, we will come and fetch you away.

’ When it was noon, Gretel shared her piece of bread with Hansel, who had scattered his by the way. Then they fell asleep and evening passed, but no one came to the poor children.

scattered - फैलाव, छितराव, तितर बितर करना

They did not awake until it was dark night, and Hansel comforted his little sister and said: ‘Just wait, Gretel, until the moon rises, and then we shall see the crumbs of bread which I have strewn about, they will show us our way home again.’ When the moon came they set out, but they found no crumbs, for the many thousands of birds which fly about in the woods and fields had picked them all up.

strewn - बिखरा हुआ, बिखरा हुआ

Hansel said to Gretel: ‘We shall soon find the way,’ but they did not find it. They walked the whole night and all the next day too from morning till evening, but they did not get out of the forest, and were very hungry, for they had nothing to eat but two or three berries, which grew on the ground.

And as they were so weary that their legs would carry them no longer, they lay down beneath a tree and fell asleep.

It was now three mornings since they had left their father’s house. They began to walk again, but they always came deeper into the forest, and if help did not come soon, they must die of hunger and weariness. When it was mid-day, they saw a beautiful snow-white bird sitting on a bough, which sang so delightfully that they stood still and listened to it.

weariness - थकान, थकावट

mid - मध्य

Snow-White - (Snow-White) स्नो व्हाइट

delightfully - रुचिकर ढंग से, खुशी से

And when its song was over, it spread its wings and flew away before them, and they followed it until they reached a little house, on the roof of which it alighted; and when they approached the little house they saw that it was built of bread and covered with cakes, but that the windows were of clear sugar. ‘We will set to work on that,’ said Hansel, ‘and have a good meal.

I will eat a bit of the roof, and you Gretel, can eat some of the window, it will taste sweet.’ Hansel reached up above, and broke off a little of the roof to try how it tasted, and Gretel leant against the window and nibbled at the panes. Then a soft voice cried from the parlour:

leant - टेक लग्ना, ब्ंजर, सहारे रखना

nibbled - चुट पुट खाना

panes - फलक, खिड़की का शीशा

Nibble, nibble, gnaw,

nibble - कुतरना, टूंगना

gnaw - कुतरना

Who is nibbling at my little house?’

nibbling - निबलिंग, (nibble) निबलिंग

The children answered:

‘The wind, the wind,

The heaven-born wind,’

and went on eating without disturbing themselves. Hansel, who liked the taste of the roof, tore down a great piece of it, and Gretel pushed out the whole of one round window-pane, sat down, and enjoyed herself with it. Suddenly the door opened, and a woman as old as the hills, who supported herself on crutches, came creeping out.

disturbing - परेशान करना, बाधा डालना

tore down - विघटित करें

pane - फलक

crutches - सहारा, बैसाखी

creeping - जाना, डर, छिपकर घुसना, घुसना

Hansel and Gretel were so terribly frightened that they let fall what they had in their hands. The old woman, however, nodded her head, and said: ‘Oh, you dear children, who has brought you here? Do come in, and stay with me. No harm shall happen to you.’ She took them both by the hand, and led them into her little house.

Do come - आओ

Then good food was set before them, milk and pancakes, with sugar, apples, and nuts. Afterwards two pretty little beds were covered with clean white linen, and Hansel and Gretel lay down in them, and thought they were in heaven.

pancakes - भारी परत, भारी परत, चिल्ला

linen - लिनेन

The old woman had only pretended to be so kind; she was in reality a wicked witch, who lay in wait for children, and had only built the little house of bread in order to entice them there. When a child fell into her power, she killed it, cooked and ate it, and that was a feast day with her.

pretended - दावा करना, अभिनय करना, मान लेना

entice - लुभाना, फुसलाना

Witches have red eyes, and cannot see far, but they have a keen scent like the beasts, and are aware when human beings draw near. When Hansel and Gretel came into her neighbourhood, she laughed with malice, and said mockingly: ‘I have them, they shall not escape me again!

witches - जादू करना, चुड़ैल, डायन

keen - उत्सुक

scent - गंध

aware - अवगत, परिचित, सचेत, आगाह

draw near - नज़दीक आना

neighbourhood - क्षेत्र, इलाका, पड़ोस

malice - द्वेष, दुर्भावना, जलन, असूया

escape - राहत, बचाव, भाग जाना

’ Early in the morning before the children were awake, she was already up, and when she saw both of them sleeping and looking so pretty, with their plump and rosy cheeks she muttered to herself: ‘That will be a dainty mouthful!’ Then she seized Hansel with her shrivelled hand, carried him into a little stable, and locked him in behind a grated door. Scream as he might, it would not help him.

rosy - उज्ज्वल, गुलाबी, सुहाना

cheeks - घमंडी, गाल, जबड़ा, गुस्ताख

shrivelled - कुम्हलाना, मुरझाना

stable - स्थिर, स्थायी, अश्वशाला, अचल

grated - जाली, झंझरी, चरचराना

Then she went to Gretel, shook her till she awoke, and cried: ‘Get up, lazy thing, fetch some water, and cook something good for your brother, he is in the stable outside, and is to be made fat. When he is fat, I will eat him.’ Gretel began to weep bitterly, but it was all in vain, for she was forced to do what the wicked witch commanded.

commanded - पाना, प्राप्त करना, देना, संकेत

And now the best food was cooked for poor Hansel, but Gretel got nothing but crab-shells. Every morning the woman crept to the little stable, and cried: ‘Hansel, stretch out your finger that I may feel if you will soon be fat.

Crab - केकड़ा

’ Hansel, however, stretched out a little bone to her, and the old woman, who had dim eyes, could not see it, and thought it was Hansel’s finger, and was astonished that there was no way of fattening him. When four weeks had gone by, and Hansel still remained thin, she was seized with impatience and would not wait any longer.

dim - धुंधला

fattening - मोटा करने वाला

seized with - Seized के साथ

Impatience - अधैर्यता, अधीरता, असहिष्णुता

‘Now, then, Gretel,’ she cried to the girl, ‘stir yourself, and bring some water. Let Hansel be fat or lean, tomorrow I will kill him, and cook him.’ Ah, how the poor little sister did lament when she had to fetch the water, and how her tears did flow down her cheeks! ‘Dear God, do help us,’ she cried.

lean - झुकना

lament - शोक प्रकट करना, मर्सिया

flow - बहना, सरकना

‘If the wild beasts in the forest had but devoured us, we should at any rate have died together.’ ‘Just keep your noise to yourself,’ said the old woman, ‘it won’t help you at all.’

Early in the morning, Gretel had to go out and hang up the cauldron with the water, and light the fire. ‘We will bake first,’ said the old woman, ‘I have already heated the oven, and kneaded the dough.’ She pushed poor Gretel out to the oven, from which flames of fire were already darting. ‘Creep in,’ said the witch, ‘and see if it is properly heated, so that we can put the bread in.

cauldron - कड़ाह, हंडा/कड़ाही

bake - सेंकना, सुखाना

kneaded - मसाज़ करना, मालिश करना, गूँदना

dough - आटा

darting - चुन्नट, (**), बर्छी, झपट्टा

creep - जाना, डर, छिपकर घुसना, घुसना

’ And once Gretel was inside, she intended to shut the oven and let her bake in it, and then she would eat her, too. But Gretel saw what she had in mind, and said: ‘I do not know how I am to do it; how do I get in?’ ‘Silly goose,’ said the old woman. ‘The door is big enough; just look, I can get in myself!’ and she crept up and thrust her head into the oven.

intended - भावी, नियत, अभीष्ट

thrust - आक्रमण, बल, ठेलना, मुख्य विषय

Then Gretel gave her a push that drove her far into it, and shut the iron door, and fastened the bolt. Oh! then she began to howl quite horribly, but Gretel ran away and the godless witch was miserably burnt to death.

bolt - चटखनी

howl - चिल्लाना, चिल्लाहट

horribly - भयंकर रूपसे, बुरी तरह से

godless - क्रूर, नास्तिक

miserably - दयनीय ढंग से, दयनीय ढंग से

Gretel, however, ran like lightning to Hansel, opened his little stable, and cried: ‘Hansel, we are saved! The old witch is dead!’ Then Hansel sprang like a bird from its cage when the door is opened. How they did rejoice and embrace each other, and dance about and kiss each other!

lightning - तड़ित, विद्युत, बिजली

Embrace - आलिंगन करना

And as they had no longer any need to fear her, they went into the witch’s house, and in every corner there stood chests full of pearls and jewels. ‘These are far better than pebbles!’ said Hansel, and thrust into his pockets whatever could be got in, and Gretel said: ‘I, too, will take something home with me,’ and filled her pinafore full.

chests - कोष, तिजोरी, छाती, सीना, सन्दूक

whatever - कुछ भी, जो भी, जो कुछ भी

pinafore - बच्चों के कपडों के ऊपर का कपडा

‘But now we must be off,’ said Hansel, ‘that we may get out of the witch’s forest.’

When they had walked for two hours, they came to a great stretch of water. ‘We cannot cross,’ said Hansel, ‘I see no foot-plank, and no bridge.’ ‘And there is also no ferry,’ answered Gretel, ‘but a white duck is swimming there: if I ask her, she will help us over.’ Then she cried:

ferry - फ़ेरी, यात्री-नौका, जलयान

‘Little duck, little duck, dost thou see,

Hansel and Gretel are waiting for thee?

There’s never a plank, or bridge in sight,

Take us across on thy back so white.’

The duck came to them, and Hansel seated himself on its back, and told his sister to sit by him. ‘No,’ replied Gretel, ‘that will be too heavy for the little duck; she shall take us across, one after the other.

’ The good little duck did so, and when they were once safely across and had walked for a short time, the forest seemed to be more and more familiar to them, and at length they saw from afar their father’s house. Then they began to run, rushed into the parlour, and threw themselves round their father’s neck.

more familiar - अधिक परिचित

The man had not known one happy hour since he had left the children in the forest; the woman, however, was dead. Gretel emptied her pinafore until pearls and precious stones ran about the room, and Hansel threw one handful after another out of his pocket to add to them. Then all anxiety was at an end, and they lived together in perfect happiness.

precious - क़ीमती, प्यारा

lived together - एक साथ रहा

My tale is done, there runs a mouse; whosoever catches it, may make himself a big fur cap out of it.

whosoever - जो भी

fur cap - फर कैप

CHAPTER 20 - THE MOUSE, THE BIRD, AND THE SAUSAGE

sausage - सॉसेज

Once upon a time, a mouse, a bird, and a sausage, entered into partnership and set up house together. For a long time all went well; they lived in great comfort, and prospered so far as to be able to add considerably to their stores. The bird’s duty was to fly daily into the wood and bring in fuel; the mouse fetched the water, and the sausage saw to the cooking.

comfort - आराम

prospered - संपन्न होना, समृद्ध होना

Considerably - अत्याधिक, बहुत अधिकता से

Duty - कृत्य, कर्तव्य

fuel - ईंधन, इंधन

fetched - जाकर लाना, दाम पर बिकना, ले आना

When people are too well off they always begin to long for something new. And so it came to pass, that the bird, while out one day, met a fellow bird, to whom he boastfully expatiated on the excellence of his household arrangements. But the other bird sneered at him for being a poor simpleton, who did all the hard work, while the other two stayed at home and had a good time of it.

boastfully - डींग मारते हुए, डींग मारते हुए

excellence - कमाल

household - परिवार

sneered - व्यंग्योक्ति, हँसी उड़ाना

For, when the mouse had made the fire and fetched in the water, she could retire into her little room and rest until it was time to set the table.

retire - अलग हो जाना

The sausage had only to watch the pot to see that the food was properly cooked, and when it was near dinner-time, he just threw himself into the broth, or rolled in and out among the vegetables three or four times, and there they were, buttered, and salted, and ready to be served.

buttered - मक्खन लगाना, माखन, खुशामद

Then, when the bird came home and had laid aside his burden, they sat down to table, and when they had finished their meal, they could sleep their fill till the following morning: and that was really a very delightful life.

burden - बोझ

delightful - दिलचस्प, सुहाना, आनंदप्रद

Influenced by those remarks, the bird next morning refused to bring in the wood, telling the others that he had been their servant long enough, and had been a fool into the bargain, and that it was now time to make a change, and to try some other way of arranging the work.

influenced - प्रभाव, प्रभावित करना

remarks - करना, ध्यान, प्रतिक्रिया

Beg and pray as the mouse and the sausage might, it was of no use; the bird remained master of the situation, and the venture had to be made. They therefore drew lots, and it fell to the sausage to bring in the wood, to the mouse to cook, and to the bird to fetch the water.

And now what happened? The sausage started in search of wood, the bird made the fire, and the mouse put on the pot, and then these two waited till the sausage returned with the fuel for the following day. But the sausage remained so long away, that they became uneasy, and the bird flew out to meet him.

flew out - उड़ गया

He had not flown far, however, when he came across a dog who, having met the sausage, had regarded him as his legitimate booty, and so seized and swallowed him. The bird complained to the dog of this bare-faced robbery, but nothing he said was of any avail, for the dog answered that he found false credentials on the sausage, and that was the reason his life had been forfeited.

regarded - ध्यान, समझना, संबंध, सोचना

legitimate - कानूनी, वैध, उचित, तर्कसंगत

booty - लूट का माल

bare - अनावृत

robbery - लूट

avail - लाभ उठाना, लाभ उठाना

credentials - प्रत्यय पत्र, प्रत्यायक

forfeited - खो बैठना, जुर्माना, खो बैठना

He picked up the wood, and flew sadly home, and told the mouse all he had seen and heard. They were both very unhappy, but agreed to make the best of things and to remain with one another.

remain - रहना

So now the bird set the table, and the mouse looked after the food and, wishing to prepare it in the same way as the sausage, by rolling in and out among the vegetables to salt and butter them, she jumped into the pot; but she stopped short long before she reached the bottom, having already parted not only with her skin and hair, but also with life.

looked after - देखा गया

rolling in - रोलिंग इन

Presently the bird came in and wanted to serve up the dinner, but he could nowhere see the cook. In his alarm and flurry, he threw the wood here and there about the floor, called and searched, but no cook was to be found. Then some of the wood that had been carelessly thrown down, caught fire and began to blaze.

serve up - सर्व उपलब्ध कराना

alarm - भयभीत करना, घंटी

flurry - अचानक होना, फरफराहट, झोंका

carelessly - लापरवाही से, असावधानतः

thrown down - नीचे फेंक दिया

blaze - आग की ज्वाला

The bird hastened to fetch some water, but his pail fell into the well, and he after it, and as he was unable to recover himself, he was drowned.

hastened - जल्दी करना, जल्दी कहना

pail - बाल्‍टी

recover - पुन्राप्त करना

CHAPTER 21 - MOTHER HOLLE

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

widow - विधवा, वीडो, बेवा, राँड़

industrious - परिश्रमी, मेहनती

stepdaughter - सौतेली बेटी, कठबेटी

Cinderella - fairy tale

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.

bleed - रक्तस्राव

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

misfortune - दुर्भाग्य, बदकिस्मती, अवदशा

harshly - कठोरता से, निष्ठुरतासे

violent - तीव्र, उग्र, प्रबल, प्रकोप

scolding - डाँटने वाला, झिड़की

unkindly - निर्दयता से, कठोरता से

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

She remembered nothing more until she awoke and found herself in a beautiful meadow, full of sunshine, and with countless flowers blooming in every direction.

sunshine - धूप, सूर्यप्रकाश

countless - असंख्य, असंख्य/अनगणित, बीसों

blooming - बहार पर आना, अरूणिमा, फूल

She walked over the meadow, and presently she came upon a baker’s oven full of bread, and the loaves cried out to her, ‘Take us out, take us out, or alas! we shall be burnt to a cinder; we were baked through long ago.’ So she took the bread-shovel and drew them all out.

loaves - रोटी, आवारागर्दी करना, पावरोटी

cinder - अंगार, अंगारा

baked - गर्म करना, तैयार करना

shovel - बेलचा

She went on a little farther, till she came to a tree full of apples. ‘Shake me, shake me, I pray,’ cried the tree; ‘my apples, one and all, are ripe.’ So she shook the tree, and the apples came falling down upon her like rain; but she continued shaking until there was not a single apple left upon it. Then she carefully gathered the apples together in a heap and walked on again.

falling down - गिर रहा है

The next thing she came to was a little house, and there she saw an old woman looking out, with such large teeth, that she was terrified, and turned to run away. But the old woman called after her, ‘What are you afraid of, dear child? Stay with me; if you will do the work of my house properly for me, I will make you very happy.

You must be very careful, however, to make my bed in the right way, for I wish you always to shake it thoroughly, so that the feathers fly about; then they say, down there in the world, that it is snowing; for I am Mother Holle.’ The old woman spoke so kindly, that the girl summoned up courage and agreed to enter into her service.

thoroughly - पूर्ण, अच्छी तरह से

courage - साहस, हौसला, हिम्मत

She took care to do everything according to the old woman’s bidding and every time she made the bed she shook it with all her might, so that the feathers flew about like so many snowflakes. The old woman was as good as her word: she never spoke angrily to her, and gave her roast and boiled meats every day.

bidding - बोली, आज्ञा/विनती, (bid)

snowflakes - हिमलव, हिमकण

So she stayed on with Mother Holle for some time, and then she began to grow unhappy. She could not at first tell why she felt sad, but she became conscious at last of great longing to go home; then she knew she was homesick, although she was a thousand times better off with Mother Holle than with her mother and sister.

conscious - सतर्क, जागरूक, साभिप्राय, चेतन

homesick - गृहासक्त्त

After waiting awhile, she went to Mother Holle and said, ‘I am so homesick, that I cannot stay with you any longer, for although I am so happy here, I must return to my own people.’

awhile - तब तक

Then Mother Holle said, ‘I am pleased that you should want to go back to your own people, and as you have served me so well and faithfully, I will take you home myself.’

faithfully - विश्वसनीय, ईमानदारी से

Thereupon she led the girl by the hand up to a broad gateway. The gate was opened, and as the girl passed through, a shower of gold fell upon her, and the gold clung to her, so that she was covered with it from head to foot.

thereupon - उस पर, उसके बाद, उसके तत्काल बाद

gateway - मार्ग, तोरण

clung - चिपक जाना, टिके रहना

‘That is a reward for your industry,’ said Mother Holle, and as she spoke she handed her the spindle which she had dropped into the well.

The gate was then closed, and the girl found herself back in the old world close to her mother’s house. As she entered the courtyard, the cock who was perched on the well, called out:

‘Cock-a-doodle-doo!

doodle - अर्थहीन

Your golden daughter’s come back to you.’

Then she went in to her mother and sister, and as she was so richly covered with gold, they gave her a warm welcome. She related to them all that had happened, and when the mother heard how she had come by her great riches, she thought she should like her ugly, lazy daughter to go and try her fortune.

related - बताना, वर्णन करना, संबंध रखना

So she made the sister go and sit by the well and spin, and the girl pricked her finger and thrust her hand into a thorn-bush, so that she might drop some blood on to the spindle; then she threw it into the well, and jumped in herself.

thorn - काँटा

Like her sister she awoke in the beautiful meadow, and walked over it till she came to the oven. ‘Take us out, take us out, or alas! we shall be burnt to a cinder; we were baked through long ago,’ cried the loaves as before. But the lazy girl answered, ‘Do you think I am going to dirty my hands for you?’ and walked on.

Presently she came to the apple-tree. ‘Shake me, shake me, I pray; my apples, one and all, are ripe,’ it cried. But she only answered, ‘A nice thing to ask me to do, one of the apples might fall on my head,’ and passed on.

apple-tree - (apple-tree) सेब के पेड़

At last she came to Mother Holle’s house, and as she had heard all about the large teeth from her sister, she was not afraid of them, and engaged herself without delay to the old woman.

engaged - नियुक्त करना, आकर्षित करना

delay - देरी करना

The first day she was very obedient and industrious, and exerted herself to please Mother Holle, for she thought of the gold she should get in return. The next day, however, she began to dawdle over her work, and the third day she was more idle still; then she began to lie in bed in the mornings and refused to get up.

obedient - हुक्मबरदार, आज्ञानुवर्ती

exerted herself - उसे अपने आत्मविश्वास का प्रयोग किया।

dawdle - विलम्ब करना

Worse still, she neglected to make the old woman’s bed properly, and forgot to shake it so that the feathers might fly about. So Mother Holle very soon got tired off her, and told her she might go. The lazy girl was delighted at this, and thought to herself, ‘The gold will soon be mine.

neglected - उपेक्षा करना, लापरवाही, उपेक्षा

’ Mother Holle led her, as she had led her sister, to the broad gateway; but as she was passing through, instead of the shower of gold, a great bucketful of pitch came pouring over her.

bucketful - बाल्टी

pitch - खेल के लिए स्थान

pouring - पीलाना, (pour) पीलाना

‘That is in return for your services,’ said the old woman, and she shut the gate.

So the lazy girl had to go home covered with pitch, and the cock on the well called out as she saw her:

‘Cock-a-doodle-doo!

doo - दू

Your dirty daughter’s come back to you.’

But, try what she would, she could not get the pitch off and it stuck to her as long as she lived.

CHAPTER 22 - LITTLE RED-CAP [LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD]

hood - सिर गर्दन ढकने के लिये टोपी या चोगा

Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her, but most of all by her grandmother, and there was nothing that she would not have given to the child. Once she gave her a little cap of red velvet, which suited her so well that she would never wear anything else; so she was always called ‘Little Red-Cap.’

velvet - मख़मल

One day her mother said to her: ‘Come, Little Red-Cap, here is a piece of cake and a bottle of wine; take them to your grandmother, she is ill and weak, and they will do her good.

Set out before it gets hot, and when you are going, walk nicely and quietly and do not run off the path, or you may fall and break the bottle, and then your grandmother will get nothing; and when you go into her room, don’t forget to say, "Good morning", and don’t peep into every corner before you do it.’

nicely - संतोषप्रद, अच्छी तरह से

peep - झांकना

‘I will take great care,’ said Little Red-Cap to her mother, and gave her hand on it.

The grandmother lived out in the wood, half a league from the village, and just as Little Red-Cap entered the wood, a wolf met her. Red-Cap did not know what a wicked creature he was, and was not at all afraid of him.

League - संघ

‘Good day, Little Red-Cap,’ said he.

‘Thank you kindly, wolf.’

Whither away so early, Little Red-Cap?’

whither - किधर

‘To my grandmother’s.’

‘What have you got in your apron?’

‘Cake and wine; yesterday was baking-day, so poor sick grandmother is to have something good, to make her stronger.’

baking - सेंकना

‘Where does your grandmother live, Little Red-Cap?’

‘A good quarter of a league farther on in the wood; her house stands under the three large oak-trees, the nut-trees are just below; you surely must know it,’ replied Little Red-Cap.

The wolf thought to himself: ‘What a tender young creature! what a nice plump mouthful-she will be better to eat than the old woman. I must act craftily, so as to catch both.’ So he walked for a short time by the side of Little Red-Cap, and then he said: ‘See, Little Red-Cap, how pretty the flowers are about here-why do you not look round?

craftily - धूर्ततापूर्वक

I believe, too, that you do not hear how sweetly the little birds are singing; you walk gravely along as if you were going to school, while everything else out here in the wood is merry.’

sweetly - आकर्षक ढंग से, अच्छे ढ़ंग से

gravely - गंभीर भाव से, गंभीर भाव से

Little Red-Cap raised her eyes, and when she saw the sunbeams dancing here and there through the trees, and pretty flowers growing everywhere, she thought: ‘Suppose I take grandmother a fresh nosegay; that would please her too. It is so early in the day that I shall still get there in good time’; and so she ran from the path into the wood to look for flowers.

sunbeams - सूर्यकिरण

And whenever she had picked one, she fancied that she saw a still prettier one farther on, and ran after it, and so got deeper and deeper into the wood.

fancied - चाहना, कल्पना करना, अनोखा

Meanwhile the wolf ran straight to the grandmother’s house and knocked at the door.

Meanwhile - इस बीच, इसी दौरान

‘Who is there?’

‘Little Red-Cap,’ replied the wolf. ‘She is bringing cake and wine; open the door.’

‘Lift the latch,’ called out the grandmother, ‘I am too weak, and cannot get up.’

latch - सिटकिनी

The wolf lifted the latch, the door sprang open, and without saying a word he went straight to the grandmother’s bed, and devoured her. Then he put on her clothes, dressed himself in her cap laid himself in bed and drew the curtains.

curtains - बाधा, नाटक, पर्दा, मृत्यु

Little Red-Cap, however, had been running about picking flowers, and when she had gathered so many that she could carry no more, she remembered her grandmother, and set out on the way to her.

She was surprised to find the cottage-door standing open, and when she went into the room, she had such a strange feeling that she said to herself: ‘Oh dear! how uneasy I feel today, and at other times I like being with grandmother so much.’ She called out: ‘Good morning,’ but received no answer; so she went to the bed and drew back the curtains.

standing open - खुला खड़ा

There lay her grandmother with her cap pulled far over her face, and looking very strange.

‘Oh! grandmother,’ she said, ‘what big ears you have!’

‘The better to hear you with, my child,’ was the reply.

‘But, grandmother, what big eyes you have!’ she said.

‘The better to see you with, my dear.’

‘But, grandmother, what large hands you have!’

‘The better to hug you with.’

hug - आलिंगन

‘Oh! but, grandmother, what a terrible big mouth you have!’

‘The better to eat you with!’

And scarcely had the wolf said this, than with one bound he was out of bed and swallowed up Red-Cap.

swallowed up - खा लिया

When the wolf had appeased his appetite, he lay down again in the bed, fell asleep and began to snore very loud. The huntsman was just passing the house, and thought to himself: ‘How the old woman is snoring! I must just see if she wants anything.’ So he went into the room, and when he came to the bed, he saw that the wolf was lying in it. ‘Do I find you here, you old sinner!’ said he.

appeased - शांत करना, संतुष्ट करना

appetite - इच्छा, रुचि, भूख

sinner - पापी, गुनहगार

‘I have long sought you!’ Then just as he was going to fire at him, it occurred to him that the wolf might have devoured the grandmother, and that she might still be saved, so he did not fire, but took a pair of scissors, and began to cut open the stomach of the sleeping wolf.

occurred - घटना, होना, घटित होना, आना

When he had made two snips, he saw the little Red-Cap shining, and then he made two snips more, and the little girl sprang out, crying: ‘Ah, how frightened I have been! How dark it was inside the wolf’; and after that the aged grandmother came out alive also, but scarcely able to breathe.

snips - चीरा, काटना, कतरन, छाँटना

breathe - सांस लेना

Red-Cap, however, quickly fetched great stones with which they filled the wolf’s belly, and when he awoke, he wanted to run away, but the stones were so heavy that he collapsed at once, and fell dead.

belly - पेट, उदर

collapsed - असफलता, गिरना, गिरावट, पतन

Then all three were delighted. The huntsman drew off the wolf’s skin and went home with it; the grandmother ate the cake and drank the wine which Red-Cap had brought, and revived, but Red-Cap thought to herself: ‘As long as I live, I will never by myself leave the path, to run into the wood, when my mother has forbidden me to do so.’

revived - पुनः उत्पन्न करना

forbidden - रोकना, मना करना, वर्जित करना

It also related that once when Red-Cap was again taking cakes to the old grandmother, another wolf spoke to her, and tried to entice her from the path.

Red-Cap, however, was on her guard, and went straight forward on her way, and told her grandmother that she had met the wolf, and that he had said ‘good morning’ to her, but with such a wicked look in his eyes, that if they had not been on the public road she was certain he would have eaten her up. ‘Well,’ said the grandmother, ‘we will shut the door, that he may not come in.

guard - रक्षक, पासबान, मुहाफ़िज़

public road - सार्वजनिक रोड

’ Soon afterwards the wolf knocked, and cried: ‘Open the door, grandmother, I am Little Red-Cap, and am bringing you some cakes.’ But they did not speak, or open the door, so the grey-beard stole twice or thrice round the house, and at last jumped on the roof, intending to wait until Red-Cap went home in the evening, and then to steal after her and devour her in the darkness.

beard - tदाढी, दाढ़ी

thrice - तिबारा, तिगुना

intending - चाहना, विचार होना, रखना

devour - नष्ट करना, खा जाना

darkness - अंधेरा, अन्धेरा

But the grandmother saw what was in his thoughts. In front of the house was a great stone trough, so she said to the child: ‘Take the pail, Red-Cap; I made some sausages yesterday, so carry the water in which I boiled them to the trough.’ Red-Cap carried until the great trough was quite full.

thoughts - विचार, मत, इरादा, विचारधारा

trough - नाली, कम दबाव का क्षेत्र, उतार

Then the smell of the sausages reached the wolf, and he sniffed and peeped down, and at last stretched out his neck so far that he could no longer keep his footing and began to slip, and slipped down from the roof straight into the great trough, and was drowned. But Red-Cap went joyously home, and no one ever did anything to harm her again.

sniffed - नाक सुड़कना, भनक, गंध, सिसकी

slip - फिसल जाना

joyously - खुशी से

CHAPTER 23 - THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM

There was once a miller who had one beautiful daughter, and as she was grown up, he was anxious that she should be well married and provided for. He said to himself, ‘I will give her to the first suitable man who comes and asks for her hand.

miller - चक्कीवाला

anxious - चिन्ताजनक, उत्सुक, चिन्तित

suitable - योग्य, ठीक, उपयुक्त, उपय्योगी

’ Not long after a suitor appeared, and as he appeared to be very rich and the miller could see nothing in him with which to find fault, he betrothed his daughter to him. But the girl did not care for the man as a girl ought to care for her betrothed husband. She did not feel that she could trust him, and she could not look at him nor think of him without an inward shudder.

suitor - प्रणयी, विवाहार्थी

find fault - गलती ढूंढना

trust - विश्वास, भरोसा

inward - भीतरी, अन्दरूनी, भीतर की ओर

shudder - हिलना, रोंगटे खड़े कर देना

One day he said to her, ‘You have not yet paid me a visit, although we have been betrothed for some time.’ ‘I do not know where your house is,’ she answered. ‘My house is out there in the dark forest,’ he said. She tried to excuse herself by saying that she would not be able to find the way thither.

Excuse - बहाना

Her betrothed only replied, ‘You must come and see me next Sunday; I have already invited guests for that day, and that you may not mistake the way, I will strew ashes along the path.’

strew - फैलाना, आच्छादित करना

When Sunday came, and it was time for the girl to start, a feeling of dread came over her which she could not explain, and that she might be able to find her path again, she filled her pockets with peas and lentils to sprinkle on the ground as she went along.

peas - मटर, (pea) मटर

lentils - मसूर, दाल{मूँग/मसूर इत्यादि}

sprinkle - फुहार, छिड़कना, छितराना

On reaching the entrance to the forest she found the path strewed with ashes, and these she followed, throwing down some peas on either side of her at every step she took. She walked the whole day until she came to the deepest, darkest part of the forest. There she saw a lonely house, looking so grim and mysterious, that it did not please her at all.

entrance - प्रवेश मार्ग, द्वार

strewed - फैलाना, आच्छादित करना

throwing down - डाउन करना

lonely - अकेला, अकेली

grim - भयानक

mysterious - रहस्यपूर्ण, गूढ

She stepped inside, but not a soul was to be seen, and a great silence reigned throughout. Suddenly a voice cried:

soul - आत्मा, जीवात्मा

silence - ख़ामोशी, चुप्पी, मौनता

‘Turn back, turn back, young maiden fair,

Linger not in this murdererslair.’

linger - रुका रहना, ठहराना, टिका रहना

murderers - हत्यारा, खूनी

lair - मांद, छिपने की जगह

The girl looked up and saw that the voice came from a bird hanging in a cage on the wall. Again it cried:

‘Turn back, turn back, young maiden fair,

Linger not in this murderers’ lair.’

The girl passed on, going from room to room of the house, but they were all empty, and still she saw no one. At last she came to the cellar, and there sat a very, very old woman, who could not keep her head from shaking. ‘Can you tell me,’ asked the girl, ‘if my betrothed husband lives here?’

cellar - तंग कोठरी

‘Ah, you poor child,’ answered the old woman, ‘what a place for you to come to! This is a murderers’ den. You think yourself a promised bride, and that your marriage will soon take place, but it is with death that you will keep your marriage feast. Look, do you see that large cauldron of water which I am obliged to keep on the fire!

den - मांद

marriage - शादी, विवाह, ब्याह

As soon as they have you in their power they will kill you without mercy, and cook and eat you, for they are eaters of men. If I did not take pity on you and save you, you would be lost.’

eaters - भक्षक, खानेवाला/भक्षक

Thereupon the old woman led her behind a large cask, which quite hid her from view. ‘Keep as still as a mouse,’ she said; ‘do not move or speak, or it will be all over with you. Tonight, when the robbers are all asleep, we will flee together. I have long been waiting for an opportunity to escape.’

The words were hardly out of her mouth when the godless crew returned, dragging another young girl along with them. They were all drunk, and paid no heed to her cries and lamentations. They gave her wine to drink, three glasses full, one of white wine, one of red, and one of yellow, and with that her heart gave way and she died.

crew - नाविकगण

heed - ध्यान, ध्यान देना, ध्यान देना

lamentations - विलय, विलाप, weeping and wailing

Then they tore off her dainty clothing, laid her on a table, and cut her beautiful body into pieces, and sprinkled salt upon it.

tore off - काट दें

sprinkled - फुहार, छिड़कना, छितराना

The poor betrothed girl crouched trembling and shuddering behind the cask, for she saw what a terrible fate had been intended for her by the robbers.

crouched - दुबकना, दुबकने की मुद्रा

trembling - कंपन

shuddering - हिलना, (shudder) हिलना

One of them now noticed a gold ring still remaining on the little finger of the murdered girl, and as he could not draw it off easily, he took a hatchet and cut off the finger; but the finger sprang into the air, and fell behind the cask into the lap of the girl who was hiding there. The robber took a light and began looking for it, but he could not find it.

remaining - रहना, बाकी रहना, भग्नावशेष

murdered - टेढ़ी खीर, बरबाद करना

fell behind - पिछले हुए

‘Have you looked behind the large cask?’ said one of the others. But the old woman called out, ‘Come and eat your suppers, and let the thing be till tomorrow; the finger won’t run away.’

suppers - ब्यालू, रात्रि भोजन, रात्रि भोज

‘The old woman is right,’ said the robbers, and they ceased looking for the finger and sat down.

ceased - बन्द करना, बन्द करना

The old woman then mixed a sleeping draught with their wine, and before long they were all lying on the floor of the cellar, fast asleep and snoring. As soon as the girl was assured of this, she came from behind the cask. She was obliged to step over the bodies of the sleepers, who were lying close together, and every moment she was filled with renewed dread lest she should awaken them.

mixed - मिलना, मिश्रण, मिलाना

assured - निश्चित

renewed - नवीनीकरण करना, बदलना

awaken - उठाना, जगाना, जागना

But God helped her, so that she passed safely over them, and then she and the old woman went upstairs, opened the door, and hastened as fast as they could from the murderers’ den. They found the ashes scattered by the wind, but the peas and lentils had sprouted, and grown sufficiently above the ground, to guide them in the moonlight along the path.

sprouted - अंकुरित होना, अंकुर, उगाना

sufficiently - काफ़ी, पर्याप्त मात्रा में

moonlight - चन्द्रिका, महताब

All night long they walked, and it was morning before they reached the mill. Then the girl told her father all that had happened.

Mill - मिल

The day came that had been fixed for the marriage. The bridegroom arrived and also a large company of guests, for the miller had taken care to invite all his friends and relations. As they sat at the feast, each guest in turn was asked to tell a tale; the bride sat still and did not say a word.

relations - नाता, संबंध, रिश्तेदारी, संबन्ध

‘And you, my love,’ said the bridegroom, turning to her, ‘is there no tale you know? Tell us something.’

‘I will tell you a dream, then,’ said the bride. ‘I went alone through a forest and came at last to a house; not a soul could I find within, but a bird that was hanging in a cage on the wall cried:

‘Turn back, turn back, young maiden fair,

Linger not in this murderers’ lair.’

And again a second time it said these words.’

‘My darling, this is only a dream.’

‘I went on through the house from room to room, but they were all empty, and everything was so grim and mysterious. At last I went down to the cellar, and there sat a very, very old woman, who could not keep her head still.

I asked her if my betrothed lived here, and she answered, "Ah, you poor child, you are come to a murderers’ den; your betrothed does indeed live here, but he will kill you without mercy and afterwards cook and eat you."’

‘My darling, this is only a dream.’

‘The old woman hid me behind a large cask, and scarcely had she done this when the robbers returned home, dragging a young girl along with them. They gave her three kinds of wine to drink, white, red, and yellow, and with that she died.’

‘My darling, this is only a dream.’

‘Then they tore off her dainty clothing, and cut her beautiful body into pieces and sprinkled salt upon it.’

‘My darling, this is only a dream.’

‘And one of the robbers saw that there was a gold ring still left on her finger, and as it was difficult to draw off, he took a hatchet and cut off her finger; but the finger sprang into the air and fell behind the great cask into my lap. And here is the finger with the ring.’ And with these words the bride drew forth the finger and shewed it to the assembled guests.

draw off - निकालना

The bridegroom, who during this recital had grown deadly pale, up and tried to escape, but the guests seized him and held him fast. They delivered him up to justice, and he and all his murderous band were condemned to death for their wicked deeds.

recital - कहानी, पाठ, प्रस्तुति, गायन

deadly - अत्यधिक, घातक, अत्यन्त, बहुत ही

delivered - बताना, करना, प्रकट करना, देना

murderous - हिंस्र

condemned - घोषित करना, दोष लगाना

deeds - कार्य, काम, विलेख

CHAPTER 24 - TOM THUMB

Tom - बिल्ला

thumb - अंगूठा

A poor woodman sat in his cottage one night, smoking his pipe by the fireside, while his wife sat by his side spinning. ‘How lonely it is, wife,’ said he, as he puffed out a long curl of smoke, ‘for you and me to sit here by ourselves, without any children to play about and amuse us while other people seem so happy and merry with their children!

Woodman - वनवासी, जंगली, काष्ठकार, बढ़ई

by the fireside - आग के पास

puffed - दुलाई, झोंका, उड़ाना, कश, लच्छा

amuse - मनोरंजन करना, मन बहलाना

’ ‘What you say is very true,’ said the wife, sighing, and turning round her wheel; ‘how happy should I be if I had but one child! If it were ever so small-nay, if it were no bigger than my thumb-I should be very happy, and love it dearly.

turning round - घुमना

’ Now-odd as you may think it-it came to pass that this good woman’s wish was fulfilled, just in the very way she had wished it; for, not long afterwards, she had a little boy, who was quite healthy and strong, but was not much bigger than my thumb. So they said, ‘Well, we cannot say we have not got what we wished for, and, little as he is, we will love him dearly.

’ And they called him Thomas Thumb.

They gave him plenty of food, yet for all they could do he never grew bigger, but kept just the same size as he had been when he was born. Still, his eyes were sharp and sparkling, and he soon showed himself to be a clever little fellow, who always knew well what he was about.

One day, as the woodman was getting ready to go into the wood to cut fuel, he said, ‘I wish I had someone to bring the cart after me, for I want to Make haste.’ ‘Oh, father,’ cried Tom, ‘I will take care of that; the cart shall be in the wood by the time you want it.’ Then the woodman laughed, and said, ‘How can that be? you cannot reach up to the horse’s bridle.

Make haste - तेजी से काम करो

’ ‘Never mind that, father,’ said Tom; ‘if my mother will only harness the horse, I will get into his ear and tell him which way to go.’ ‘Well,’ said the father, ‘we will try for once.’

When the time came the mother harnessed the horse to the cart, and put Tom into his ear; and as he sat there the little man told the beast how to go, crying out, ‘Go on!’ and ‘Stop!’ as he wanted: and thus the horse went on just as well as if the woodman had driven it himself into the wood. It happened that as the horse was going a little too fast, and Tom was calling out, ‘Gently! gently!

gently - सावधानी से, शिष्टता से

’ two strangers came up. ‘What an odd thing that is!’ said one: ‘there is a cart going along, and I hear a carter talking to the horse, but yet I can see no one.’ ‘That is queer, indeed,’ said the other; ‘let us follow the cart, and see where it goes.’ So they went on into the wood, till at last they came to the place where the woodman was.

strangers - परदेशी, अपरिचित, परदेसी, अजनबी

odd thing - अजीब चीज

going along - जा रहा है

queer - अजीब, अनोखा, बेढंग

Then Tom Thumb, seeing his father, cried out, ‘See, father, here I am with the cart, all right and safe! now take me down!’ So his father took hold of the horse with one hand, and with the other took his son out of the horse’s ear, and put him down upon a straw, where he sat as merry as you please.

The two strangers were all this time looking on, and did not know what to say for wonder. At last one took the other aside, and said, ‘That little urchin will make our fortune, if we can get him, and carry him about from town to town as a show; we must buy him.’ So they went up to the woodman, and asked him what he would take for the little man.

urchin - जलसाही, लावारिस शरारती बच्चा

‘He will be better off,’ said they, ‘with us than with you.’ ‘I won’t sell him at all,’ said the father; ‘my own flesh and blood is dearer to me than all the silver and gold in the world.’ But Tom, hearing of the bargain they wanted to make, crept up his father’s coat to his shoulder and whispered in his ear, ‘Take the money, father, and let them have me; I’ll soon come back to you.’

flesh - लहम, क्रव्य, मांस

whispered - काना फूसी, कानाफूसी, सरसराहट

So the woodman at last said he would sell Tom to the strangers for a large piece of gold, and they paid the price. ‘Where would you like to sit?’ said one of them. ‘Oh, put me on the rim of your hat; that will be a nice gallery for me; I can walk about there and see the country as we go along.’ So they did as he wished; and when Tom had taken leave of his father they took him away with them.

rim - किनारा, बाढ़

They journeyed on till it began to be dusky, and then the little man said, ‘Let me get down, I’m tired.’ So the man took off his hat, and put him down on a clod of earth, in a ploughed field by the side of the road. But Tom ran about amongst the furrows, and at last slipped into an old mouse-hole. ‘Good night, my masters!’ said he, ‘I’m off! mind and Look sharp after me the next time.

dusky - मटमैला, श्यामल

clod - ढेला, मूर्ख व्यक्ति

ploughed - खेत जोतना, हल, जोतना

furrows - शिकन, झुर्री, शिकन डालना

masters - मालिक, विशारद, शिक्षक, अधिकारी

Look sharp - तेज देखो

’ Then they ran at once to the place, and poked the ends of their sticks into the mouse-hole, but all in vain; Tom only crawled farther and farther in; and at last it became quite dark, so that they were forced to go their way without their prize, as sulky as could be.

poked - निकलना, ढकेलना, चुभोना

sticks - सथापित करना, टेक लगाना, रखना

crawled - क्राल, रेंगना

When Tom found they were gone, he came out of his hiding-place. ‘What dangerous walking it is,’ said he, ‘in this ploughed field! If I were to fall from one of these great clods, I should undoubtedly break my neck.’ At last, by good luck, he found a large empty snail-shell. ‘This is lucky,’ said he, ‘I can sleep here very well’; and in he crept.

hiding-place - (hiding-place) छुपाने का स्थान

clods - ढेला, मूर्ख व्यक्ति

Undoubtedly - निश्चित रूप से

snail - घोंगा

shell - खोल, शैल, कौड़ी

Just as he was falling asleep, he heard two men passing by, chatting together; and one said to the other, ‘How can we rob that rich parson’s house of his silver and gold?’ ‘I’ll tell you!’ cried Tom. ‘What noise was that?’ said the thief, frightened; ‘I’m sure I heard someone speak.’ They stood still listening, and Tom said, ‘Take me with you, and I’ll soon show you how to get the parson’s money.

falling asleep - नींद लेना

rob - लूटना

parson - पादरी

’ ‘But where are you?’ said they. ‘Look about on the ground,’ answered he, ‘and listen where the sound comes from.’ At last the thieves found him out, and lifted him up in their hands. ‘You little urchin!’ they said, ‘what can you do for us?’ ‘Why, I can get between the iron window-bars of the parson’s house, and throw you out whatever you want.

’ ‘That’s a good thought,’ said the thieves; ‘come along, we shall see what you can do.’

When they came to the parson’s house, Tom slipped through the window-bars into the room, and then called out as loud as he could bawl, ‘Will you have all that is here?’ At this the thieves were frightened, and said, ‘Softly, softly! Speak low, that you may not awaken anybody.’ But Tom seemed as if he did not understand them, and bawled out again, ‘How much will you have? Shall I throw it all out?

bawled - ज़ोर से रोना या चिल्लाना

’ Now the cook lay in the next room; and hearing a noise she raised herself up in her bed and listened. Meantime the thieves were frightened, and ran off a little way; but at last they plucked up their hearts, and said, ‘The little urchin is only trying to make fools of us.

’ So they came back and whispered softly to him, saying, ‘Now let us have no more of your roguish jokes; but throw us out some of the money.’ Then Tom called out as loud as he could, ‘Very well! hold your hands! here it comes.’

roguish - धूर्त, असंत

The cook heard this quite plain, so she sprang out of bed, and ran to open the door. The thieves ran off as if a wolf was at their tails: and the maid, having groped about and found nothing, went away for a light.

plain - सादा

tails - काटना, पिछला हिस्सा, पिछला

By the time she came back, Tom had slipped off into the barn; and when she had looked about and searched every hole and corner, and found nobody, she went to bed, thinking she must have been dreaming with her eyes open.

slipped off - छुट गया

The little man crawled about in the hay-loft, and at last found a snug place to finish his night’s rest in; so he laid himself down, meaning to sleep till daylight, and then find his way home to his father and mother. But alas! how woefully he was undone! what crosses and sorrows happen to us all in this world!

Hay - सूखी घास

woefully - शोकाकुल ढंग से, उदासी से

undone - नष्ट करना, खोलना, बिगाड़ना

The cook got up early, before daybreak, to feed the cows; and going straight to the hay-loft, carried away a large bundle of hay, with the little man in the middle of it, fast asleep. He still, however, slept on, and did not awake till he found himself in the mouth of the cow; for the cook had put the hay into the cow’s rick, and the cow had taken Tom up in a mouthful of it. ‘Good lack-a-day!

daybreak - भोर

bundle - गठरी, गड्डी

slept on - सोना

rick - ढेर, मोच, दर्द{ जोड़ों का}

’ said he, ‘how came I to tumble into the mill?’ But he soon found out where he really was; and was forced to have all his wits about him, that he might not get between the cow’s teeth, and so be crushed to death. At last down he went into her stomach. ‘It is rather dark,’ said he; ‘they forgot to build windows in this room to let the sun in; a candle would be no bad thing.’

tumble - गिरावट, भाव गिरना, गिर जाना

wits - समझ, विवेक, वाकपटुता

Though he made the best of his bad luck, he did not like his quarters at all; and the worst of it was, that more and more hay was always coming down, and the space left for him became smaller and smaller. At last he cried out as loud as he could, ‘Don’t bring me any more hay! Don’t bring me any more hay!’

The maid happened to be just then milking the cow; and hearing someone speak, but seeing nobody, and yet being quite sure it was the same voice that she had heard in the night, she was so frightened that she fell off her stool, and overset the milk-pail.

stool - चौकी, तिपाही, पाखाना, मल, गुह

overset - ओवरसेट

As soon as she could pick herself up out of the dirt, she ran off as fast as she could to her master the parson, and said, ‘Sir, sir, the cow is talking!’ But the parson said, ‘Woman, thou art surely mad!’ However, he went with her into the cow-house, to try and see what was the matter.

dirt - गंदगी, मैल, मिट्टी

Scarcely had they set foot on the threshold, when Tom called out, ‘Don’t bring me any more hay!’ Then the parson himself was frightened; and thinking the cow was surely bewitched, told his man to kill her on the spot. So the cow was killed, and cut up; and the stomach, in which Tom lay, was thrown out upon a dunghill.

threshold - डेवढ़ी

bewitched - जादू करना, सम्मोहित करना

cut up - कट करें

dunghill - heap of dung

Tom soon set himself to work to get out, which was not a very easy task; but at last, just as he had made room to get his head out, fresh ill-luck befell him. A hungry wolf sprang out, and swallowed up the whole stomach, with Tom in it, at one gulp, and ran away.

befell - आ पड़ना

gulp - निगलना, घूँट भरना, घूँट, गटकना

Tom, however, was still not disheartened; and thinking the wolf would not dislike having some chat with him as he was going along, he called out, ‘My good friend, I can show you a famous treat.’ ‘Where’s that?’ said the wolf. ‘In such and such a house,’ said Tom, describing his own father’s house.

disheartened - मन तोड़ना

dislike - नफ़रत

treat - इलाज करना, उपचार करना

‘You can crawl through the drain into the kitchen and then into the pantry, and there you will find cakes, ham, beef, cold chicken, roast pig, apple-dumplings, and everything that your heart can wish.’

crawl - रेंगना, धीरे धीरे चलना

drain - नाली

pantry - रसोई भंडार, रसोई भांडार

Ham - सूअर का पुठ्ठा

dumplings - गुलाबजामुन

The wolf did not want to be asked twice; so that very night he went to the house and crawled through the drain into the kitchen, and then into the pantry, and ate and drank there to his heart’s content. As soon as he had had enough he wanted to get away; but he had eaten so much that he could not go out by the same way he came in.

This was just what Tom had reckoned upon; and now he began to set up a great shout, making all the noise he could. ‘Will you be easy?’ said the wolf; ‘you’ll awaken everybody in the house if you make such a clatter.’ ‘What’s that to me?’ said the little man; ‘you have had your frolic, now I’ve a mind to be merry myself’; and he began, singing and shouting as loud as he could.

reckoned - आशा करना, समझना, निर्भर होना

frolic - आमोद प्रमोद करना, मस्ती

The woodman and his wife, being awakened by the noise, peeped through a crack in the door; but when they saw a wolf was there, you may well suppose that they were sadly frightened; and the woodman ran for his axe, and gave his wife a scythe. ‘Do you stay behind,’ said the woodman, ‘and when I have knocked him on the head you must rip him up with the scythe.

crack - चिटकना

stay behind - पीछे रहो

rip - फाड़ना, चीरना

scythe - दराँती, हँसिया

’ Tom heard all this, and cried out, ‘Father, father! I am here, the wolf has swallowed me.’ And his father said, ‘Heaven be praised! we have found our dear child again’; and he told his wife not to use the scythe for fear she should hurt him. Then he aimed a great blow, and struck the wolf on the head, and killed him on the spot! and when he was dead they cut open his body, and set Tommy free.

Praised - प्रशंसा, स्तुति, कीर्ति

‘Ah!’ said the father, ‘what fears we have had for you!’ ‘Yes, father,’ answered he; ‘I have travelled all over the world, I think, in one way or other, since we parted; and now I am very glad to come home and get fresh air again.’ ‘Why, where have you been?’ said his father.

‘I have been in a mouse-hole-and in a snail-shell-and down a cow’s throat-and in the wolf’s belly; and yet here I am again, safe and sound.’

‘Well,’ said they, ‘you are come back, and we will not sell you again for all the riches in the world.’

Then they hugged and kissed their dear little son, and gave him plenty to eat and drink, for he was very hungry; and then they fetched new clothes for him, for his old ones had been quite spoiled on his journey.

hugged - आलिंगन, आलिंगन करना, सटा लेना

So Master Thumb stayed at home with his father and mother, in peace; for though he had been so great a traveller, and had done and seen so many fine things, and was fond enough of telling the whole story, he always agreed that, after all, there’s no place like HOME!

CHAPTER 25 - RUMPELSTILTSKIN

Rumpelstiltskin - the fairy tale

By the side of a wood, in a country a long way off, ran a fine stream of water; and upon the stream there stood a mill. The miller’s house was close by, and the miller, you must know, had a very beautiful daughter.

She was, moreover, very shrewd and clever; and the miller was so proud of her, that he one day told the king of the land, who used to come and hunt in the wood, that his daughter could spin gold out of straw. Now this king was very fond of money; and when he heard the miller’s boast his greediness was raised, and he sent for the girl to be brought before him.

Moreover - इसके अलावा, इसके अलावा

shrewd - समझदार, धूर्त, चतुर

proud - गर्व oun is used

boast - डींग मारना

greediness - लालच

Then he led her to a chamber in his palace where there was a great heap of straw, and gave her a spinning-wheel, and said, ‘All this must be spun into gold before morning, as you love your life.’ It was in vain that the poor maiden said that it was only a silly boast of her father, for that she could do no such thing as spin straw into gold: the chamber door was locked, and she was left alone.

spinning-wheel - (spinning-wheel) घुमने वाला पहिया

She sat down in one corner of the room, and began to bewail her hard fate; when on a sudden the door opened, and a droll-looking little man hobbled in, and said, ‘Good morrow to you, my good lass; what are you weeping for?’ ‘Alas!’ said she, ‘I must spin this straw into gold, and I know not how.’ ‘What will you give me,’ said the hobgoblin, ‘to do it for you?’ ‘My necklace,’ replied the maiden.

hobbled - अटकाना, छाँदना, लंगड़ा कर चलना

Lass - लड़की/युवती, लड़की

necklace - हार, हँसली

He took her at her word, and sat himself down to the wheel, and whistled and sang:

‘Round about, round about,

Lo and behold!

behold - निहारना

Reel away, reel away,

reel - घूमना, एक विशेष प्रकार का नृत्य

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 dwarf soon opened the door, and said, ‘What will you give me to do your task?’ ‘The ring on my finger,’ said she.

greatly - अत्यन्त, बहुत ही, बहुत ही

more greedy - अधिक लालची

So her little friend 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.

done again - फिर से किया

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 dwarf came in, and said, ‘What will you give me to spin gold for you this third time?’ ‘I have nothing left,’ said she.

treasure - ख़िज़ाना

‘Then say you will give me,’ said the little man, ‘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 manikin once more spun the heap into gold.

manikin - मैनिकिन

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.

At the birth of her first little child she was very glad, and forgot the dwarf, and what she had said. But one day he came into her room, where she was sitting playing with her baby, and put her in mind of it.

Then she grieved sorely at her misfortune, and said she would give him all the wealth of the kingdom if he would let her off, but in vain; till at last her tears softened him, and he said, ‘I will give you three days’ grace, and if during that time you tell me my name, you shall keep your child.’

sorely - बहुत ज़्यादा, गम्भीर रूप से

grace - अदा

Now the queen lay awake all night, thinking of all the odd names that she had ever heard; and she sent messengers all over the land to find out new ones. The next day the little man came, and she began with TIMOTHY, ICHABOD, BENJAMIN, JEREMIAH, and all the names she could remember; but to all and each of them he said, ‘Madam, that is not my name.’

Messengers - संदेशवाहक, दूत, सन्देश वाहक

Timothy - books in the New Testament

Benjamin - the youngest son of Jacob

Jeremiah - biblical prophet

madam - महोदया, साहिबा, श्रीमती, मैडम

The second day she began with all the comical names she could hear of, BANDY-LEGS, HUNCHBACK, CROOK-SHANKS, and so on; but the little gentleman still said to every one of them, ‘Madam, that is not my name.’

comical - हास्यास्पद, ठठोलिया

bandy - टेढ़ी टांगों वाला

hunchback - कुबड़ा

crook - गड़रिया या पादरी की एक सिरे पर मुड़ा़ हुआ डन्डा

shanks - टाँग का मांस

The third day one of the messengers came back, and said, ‘I have travelled two days without hearing of any other names; but yesterday, as I was climbing a high hill, among the trees of the forest where the fox and the hare bid each other good night, I saw a little hut; and before the hut burnt a fire; and round about the fire a funny little dwarf was dancing upon one leg, and singing:

Hare - खरगोश

hut - झोंपड़ी, छोटा घर

"Merrily the feast I’ll make.

Today I’ll brew, tomorrow bake;

brew - मद्य बनाना

Merrily I’ll dance and sing,

For next day will a stranger bring.

Little does my lady dream

Rumpelstiltskin is my name!"

When the queen heard this she jumped for joy, and as soon as her little friend came she sat down upon her throne, and called all her court round to enjoy the fun; and the nurse stood by her side with the baby in her arms, as if it was quite ready to be given up.

Then the little man began to chuckle at the thought of having the poor child, to take home with him to his hut in the woods; and he cried out, ‘Now, lady, what is my name?’ ‘Is it JOHN?’ asked she. ‘No, madam!’ ‘Is it TOM?’ ‘No, madam!’ ‘Is it JEMMY?’ ‘It is not.’ ‘Can your name be RUMPELSTILTSKIN?’ said the lady slyly. ‘Some witch told you that!-some witch told you that!

chuckle - मुंह बंद कर के हंसना

Jemmy - बलपूर्वक खोलना, सबरी

’ cried the little man, and dashed his right foot in a rage so deep into the floor, that he was forced to lay hold of it with both hands to pull it out.

dashed - मिश्रण, टक्कर, टकराना, झलक

Then he made the best of his way off, while the nurse laughed and the baby crowed; and all the court jeered at him for having had so much trouble for nothing, and said, ‘We wish you a very good morning, and a merry feast, Mr RUMPLESTILTSKIN!’

jeered - उपहास, हँसी उड़ाना, ताना

CHAPTER 26 - CLEVER GRETEL

There was once a cook named Gretel, who wore shoes with red heels, and when she walked out with them on, she turned herself this way and that, was quite happy and thought: ‘You certainly are a pretty girl!

’ And when she came home she drank, in her gladness of heart, a draught of wine, and as wine excites a desire to eat, she tasted the best of whatever she was cooking until she was satisfied, and said: ‘The cook must know what the food is like.’

gladness - आनन्द, हर्ष, आनंद, प्रसन्नता

excites - उत्तेजित करना, उत्तेजित करना

It came to pass that the master one day said to her: ‘Gretel, there is a guest coming this evening; prepare me two fowls very daintily.’ ‘I will see to it, master,’ answered Gretel. She killed two fowls, scalded them, plucked them, put them on the spit, and towards evening set them before the fire, that they might roast.

fowls - चिड़ियों का शिकार करना

daintily -

scalded - जलाना, अच्छी तरह गरम करना

towards evening - सायंकाळी

The fowls began to turn brown, and were nearly ready, but the guest had not yet arrived. Then Gretel called out to her master: ‘If the guest does not come, I must take the fowls away from the fire, but it will be a sin and a shame if they are not eaten the moment they are at their juiciest.’ The master said: ‘I will run myself, and fetch the guest.

sin - अपराध, पाप, पाप करना

juiciest - कामोत्तेजक, सनसनीखेज, रसदार

’ When the master had turned his back, Gretel laid the spit with the fowls on one side, and thought: ‘Standing so long by the fire there, makes one sweat and thirsty; who knows when they will come? Meanwhile, I will run into the cellar, and take a drink.

sweat - पसीना, स्वेद, प्रस्वेद

’ She ran down, set a jug, said: ‘God bless it for you, Gretel,’ and took a good drink, and thought that wine should flow on, and should not be interrupted, and took yet another hearty draught.

interrupted - रोकना, टोकना, रोक देना, काटना

hearty - हार्दिक, भर पेट

Then she went and put the fowls down again to the fire, basted them, and drove the spit merrily round. But as the roast meat smelt so good, Gretel thought: ‘Something might be wrong, it ought to be tasted!’ She touched it with her finger, and said: ‘Ah! how good fowls are! It certainly is a sin and a shame that they are not eaten at the right time!

basted - तागना, चुपड़ना, कच्चे

’ She ran to the window, to see if the master was not coming with his guest, but she saw no one, and went back to the fowls and thought: ‘One of the wings is burning! I had better take it off and eat it.’ So she cut it off, ate it, and enjoyed it, and when she had done, she thought: ‘The other must go down too, or else master will observe that something is missing.

observe - अनुपालन करना, कहना, देखना

’ When the two wings were eaten, she went and looked for her master, and did not see him. It suddenly occurred to her: ‘Who knows? They are perhaps not coming at all, and have turned in somewhere.’ Then she said: ‘Well, Gretel, enjoy yourself, one fowl has been cut into, take another drink, and eat it up entirely; when it is eaten you will have some peace, why should God’s good gifts be spoilt?

spoilt - having lost its original value

’ So she ran into the cellar again, took an enormous drink and ate up the one chicken in great glee. When one of the chickens was swallowed down, and still her master did not come, Gretel looked at the other and said: ‘What one is, the other should be likewise, the two go together; what’s right for the one is right for the other; I think if I were to take another draught it would do me no harm.

glee - आनन्द

’ So she took another hearty drink, and let the second chicken follow the first.

While she was making the most of it, her master came and cried: ‘Hurry up, Gretel, the guest is coming directly after me!’ ‘Yes, sir, I will soon serve up,’ answered Gretel. Meantime the master looked to see that the table was properly laid, and took the great knife, wherewith he was going to carve the chickens, and sharpened it on the steps.

wherewith - किसे या जिसे

carve - कार्व

sharpened - तेज़ हो जाना, तेज़ करना

Presently the guest came, and knocked politely and courteously at the house-door. Gretel ran, and looked to see who was there, and when she saw the guest, she put her finger to her lips and said: ‘Hush! hush! go away as quickly as you can, if my master catches you it will be the worse for you; he certainly did ask you to supper, but his intention is to cut off your two ears.

politely - सभ्यतः, बाशऊर, शालीनतः

courteously - शिष्टतापूर्वक

Hush - शान्ति, चुप करना, चुप करना

intention - इरादा

Just listen how he is sharpening the knife for it!’ The guest heard the sharpening, and hurried down the steps again as fast as he could. Gretel was not idle; she ran screaming to her master, and cried: ‘You have invited a fine guest!’ ‘Why, Gretel? What do you mean by that?’ ‘Yes,’ said she, ‘he has taken the chickens which I was just going to serve up, off the dish, and has run away with them!

sharpening - तेज़ हो जाना, तेज़ करना

hurried - जल्दी करना, हुत जल्दबाजी, जल्दी

’ ‘That’s a nice trick!’ said her master, and lamented the fine chickens. ‘If he had but left me one, so that something remained for me to eat.’ He called to him to stop, but the guest pretended not to hear. Then he ran after him with the knife still in his hand, crying: ‘Just one, just one,’ meaning that the guest should leave him just one chicken, and not take both.

lamented - शोक प्रकट करना, मर्सिया

The guest, however, thought no otherwise than that he was to give up one of his ears, and ran as if fire were burning under him, in order to take them both with him.

CHAPTER 27 - THE OLD MAN AND HIS GRANDSON

grandson - पोता, नवासा

There was once a very old man, whose eyes had become dim, his ears dull of hearing, his knees trembled, and when he sat at table he could hardly hold the spoon, and spilt the broth upon the table-cloth or let it run out of his mouth.

dull - सुस्त

table-cloth - (table-cloth) टेबल कोट

His son and his son’s wife were disgusted at this, so the old grandfather at last had to sit in the corner behind the stove, and they gave him his food in an earthenware bowl, and not even enough of it. And he used to look towards the table with his eyes full of tears. Once, too, his trembling hands could not hold the bowl, and it fell to the ground and broke.

disgusted - गुस्सा, घृणा करना, घृणा

stove - स्टोव, चूल्हा, अंगीठी, गरमखाना

earthenware - मिट्टी के बर्तन, मिट्टी के बरतन

The young wife scolded him, but he said nothing and only sighed. Then they brought him a wooden bowl for a few half-pence, out of which he had to eat.

sighed - साँस लेना, तरसना, आह भरना

They were once sitting thus when the little grandson of four years old began to gather together some bits of wood upon the ground. ‘What are you doing there?’ asked the father. ‘I am making a little trough,’ answered the child, ‘for father and mother to eat out of when I am big.’

gather - इकट्ठा करना

The man and his wife looked at each other for a while, and presently began to cry. Then they took the old grandfather to the table, and henceforth always let him eat with them, and likewise said nothing if he did spill a little of anything.

spill - छलकना, फैल जाना, गिर जाना

CHAPTER 28 - THE LITTLE PEASANT

There was a certain village wherein no one lived but really rich peasants, and just one poor one, whom they called the little peasant. He had not even so much as a cow, and still less money to buy one, and yet he and his wife did so wish to have one.

wherein - जिसमें

peasants - असभ्य, देहाती, किसान, काश्तकार

One day he said to her: ‘Listen, I have a good idea, there is our gossip the carpenter, he shall make us a wooden calf, and paint it brown, so that it looks like any other, and in time it will certainly get big and be a cow.

gossip - गप-शप, अफ़वाह

Carpenter - काष्ठकार, बढ़ई

calf - बछड़ा

’ the woman also liked the idea, and their gossip the carpenter cut and planed the calf, and painted it as it ought to be, and made it with its head hanging down as if it were eating.

Next morning when the cows were being driven out, the little peasant called the cow-herd in and said: ‘Look, I have a little calf there, but it is still small and has to be carried.’ The cow-herd said: ‘All right,’ and took it in his arms and carried it to the pasture, and set it among the grass.

driven out - निकाला गया

herd - पशुओं का झुण्ड

pasture - चरना, चरागाह, चराना

The little calf always remained standing like one which was eating, and the cow-herd said: ‘It will soon run by itself, just look how it eats already!’ At night when he was going to drive the herd home again, he said to the calf: ‘If you can stand there and eat your fill, you can also go on your four legs; I don’t care to drag you home again in my arms.

’ But the little peasant stood at his door, and waited for his little calf, and when the cow-herd drove the cows through the village, and the calf was missing, he inquired where it was. The cow-herd answered: ‘It is still standing out there eating. It would not stop and come with us.’ But the little peasant said: ‘Oh, but I must have my beast back again.

’ Then they went back to the meadow together, but someone had stolen the calf, and it was gone. The cow-herd said: ‘It must have run away.’ The peasant, however, said: ‘Don’t tell me that,’ and led the cow-herd before the mayor, who for his carelessness condemned him to give the peasant a cow for the calf which had run away.

mayor - महापौर, मेयर

carelessness - lack of care

And now the little peasant and his wife had the cow for which they had so long wished, and they were heartily glad, but they had no food for it, and could give it nothing to eat, so it soon had to be killed. They salted the flesh, and the peasant went into the town and wanted to sell the skin there, so that he might buy a new calf with the proceeds.

proceeds - आगे आना, आगे बढना, चलना

On the way he passed by a mill, and there sat a raven with broken wings, and out of pity he took him and wrapped him in the skin. But as the weather grew so bad and there was a storm of rain and wind, he could go no farther, and turned back to the mill and begged for shelter.

raven - एक पक्षी

shelter - शरण, पनाह

The miller’s wife was alone in the house, and said to the peasant: ‘Lay yourself on the straw there,’ and gave him a slice of bread and cheese. The peasant ate it, and lay down with his skin beside him, and the woman thought: ‘He is tired and has gone to sleep.’ In the meantime came the parson; the miller’s wife received him well, and said: ‘My husband is out, so we will have a feast.

slice - हिस्सा, अंशअ, टुकड़ा, चीरना

’ The peasant listened, and when he heard them talk about feasting he was vexed that he had been forced to make shift with a slice of bread and cheese. Then the woman served up four different things, roast meat, salad, cakes, and wine.

shift - कार्य पाली, परिवर्तन, लगाना

Just as they were about to sit down and eat, there was a knocking outside. The woman said: ‘Oh, heavens! It is my husband!’ she quickly hid the roast meat inside the tiled stove, the wine under the pillow, the salad on the bed, the cakes under it, and the parson in the closet on the porch. Then she opened the door for her husband, and said: ‘Thank heaven, you are back again!

tiled stove - टाइल्ड स्टोव

under it - इसके तहत

closet - अलमैराह

porch - द्वारमण्डप, बरामदा, पोर्च

There is such a storm, it looks as if the world were coming to an end.’ The miller saw the peasant lying on the straw, and asked, ‘What is that fellow doing there?’ ‘Ah,’ said the wife, ‘the poor knave came in the storm and rain, and begged for shelter, so I gave him a bit of bread and cheese, and showed him where the straw was.

knave - दुष्ट, धूर्त, बेईमान, गुलाम

’ The man said: ‘I have no objection, but be quick and get me something to eat.’ The woman said: ‘But I have nothing but bread and cheese.’ ‘I am contented with anything,’ replied the husband, ‘so far as I am concerned, bread and cheese will do,’ and looked at the peasant and said: ‘Come and eat some more with me.’ The peasant did not require to be invited twice, but got up and ate.

objection - आपत्ति

contented with - संतुष्ट

concerned - अभिरुचि, दिलचस्पी, संबंध

After this the miller saw the skin in which the raven was, lying on the ground, and asked: ‘What have you there?’ The peasant answered: ‘I have a soothsayer inside it.’ ‘Can he foretell anything to me?’ said the miller. ‘Why not?’ answered the peasant: ‘but he only says four things, and the fifth he keeps to himself.’ The miller was curious, and said: ‘Let him foretell something for once.

soothsayer - भविष्यवक्ता, ज्योतिषी

foretell - भविष्यवाणी करना

Curious - जिज्ञासु

’ Then the peasant pinched the raven’s head, so that he croaked and made a noise like krr, krr. The miller said: ‘What did he say?’ The peasant answered: ‘In the first place, he says that there is some wine hidden under the pillow.’ ‘Bless me!’ cried the miller, and went there and found the wine. ‘Now go on,’ said he.

pinched - काटना, चुराना, चिकोटी काटना

croaked - फटी आवाज में बोलना, मर जाना

The peasant made the raven croak again, and said: ‘In the second place, he says that there is some roast meat in the tiled stove.’ ‘Upon my word!’ cried the miller, and went thither, and found the roast meat. The peasant made the raven prophesy still more, and said: ‘Thirdly, he says that there is some salad on the bed.’ ‘That would be a fine thing!

croak - फटी आवाज में बोलना, मर जाना

tiled - खपरैल से ढक, खपरैल, टाइल लगाना

prophesy - पहले से बता देना

thirdly - तीसरा

’ cried the miller, and went there and found the salad. At last the peasant pinched the raven once more till he croaked, and said: ‘Fourthly, he says that there are some cakes under the bed.’ ‘That would be a fine thing!’ cried the miller, and looked there, and found the cakes.

pinched - सूखा हुआ

fourthly - in the fourth place

looked there - वहाँ देखा

And now the two sat down to the table together, but the miller’s wife was frightened to death, and went to bed and took all the keys with her. The miller would have liked much to know the fifth, but the little peasant said: ‘First, we will quickly eat the four things, for the fifth is something bad.

’ So they ate, and after that they bargained how much the miller was to give for the fifth prophecy, until they agreed on three hundred talers. Then the peasant once more pinched the raven’s head till he croaked loudly. The miller asked: ‘What did he say?’ The peasant replied: ‘He says that the Devil is hiding outside there in the closet on the porch.

bargained - सौदा करना, लेन देन, समझौता करना

’ The miller said: ‘The Devil must go out,’ and opened the house-door; then the woman was forced to give up the keys, and the peasant unlocked the closet. The parson ran out as fast as he could, and the miller said: ‘It was true; I saw the black rascal with my own eyes.’ The peasant, however, made off next morning by daybreak with the three hundred talers.

unlocked - प्रकट करना, ताला खोलना

made off - बिगड़ गया

At home the small peasant gradually launched out; he built a beautiful house, and the peasants said: ‘The small peasant has certainly been to the place where golden snow falls, and people carry the gold home in shovels.’ Then the small peasant was brought before the mayor, and bidden to say from whence his wealth came. He answered: ‘I sold my cow’s skin in the town, for three hundred talers.

gradually - धीरे धीरे, अल्पाशः

launched - प्रारंभ करना, छोडना, आरम्भ करना

shovels - शवल, बेलचे से डालना

bidden - दाम, प्रयास, आमंट्रित करना

’ When the peasants heard that, they too wished to enjoy this great profit, and ran home, killed all their cows, and stripped off their skins in order to sell them in the town to the greatest advantage. The mayor, however, said: ‘But my servant must go first.

profit - लाभ, फ़ायदा

stripped off - ट्रिप्ड ऑफ

’ When she came to the merchant in the town, he did not give her more than two talers for a skin, and when the others came, he did not give them so much, and said: ‘What can I do with all these skins?’

merchant - व्यापारी, सौदागर

Then the peasants were vexed that the small peasant should have thus outwitted them, wanted to take vengeance on him, and accused him of this treachery before the mayor. The innocent little peasant was unanimously sentenced to death, and was to be rolled into the water, in a barrel pierced full of holes. He was led forth, and a priest was brought who was to say a mass for his soul.

outwitted - मात कर देना, होशियारी से हराना

vengeance - प्रतिशोध, बदला, प्रतिहिंसा

accused - अभियोग लगाना, दोष लगाना

treachery - धोखा, कपट, विश्वासघात, दगाबाज़ी

innocent - निर्दोष

unanimously - सर्वसम्मति से, एकमत होकर

barrel - पीपा

priest - याजक, पादरी , (prey)

mass - परिमाण

The others were all obliged to retire to a distance, and when the peasant looked at the priest, he recognized the man who had been with the miller’s wife. He said to him: ‘I set you free from the closet, set me free from the barrel.

’ At this same moment up came, with a flock of sheep, the very shepherd whom the peasant knew had long been wishing to be mayor, so he cried with all his might: ‘No, I will not do it; if the whole world insists on it, I will not do it!’ The shepherd hearing that, came up to him, and asked: ‘What are you about? What is it that you will not do?

insists - अड़े रहना, जोर डालना, दृढ़ रहना

’ The peasant said: ‘They want to make me mayor, if I will but put myself in the barrel, but I will not do it.’ The shepherd said: ‘If nothing more than that is needful in order to be mayor, I would get into the barrel at once.’ The peasant said: ‘If you will get in, you will be mayor.

needful - ज्ॅअरूरी

’ The shepherd was willing, and got in, and the peasant shut the top down on him; then he took the shepherd’s flock for himself, and drove it away. The parson went to the crowd, and declared that the mass had been said. Then they came and rolled the barrel towards the water. When the barrel began to roll, the shepherd cried: ‘I am quite willing to be mayor.

top down - ऊपर से नीचे

declared - बताना, प्रकट करना, कहना

roll - गोला

’ They believed no otherwise than that it was the peasant who was saying this, and answered: ‘That is what we intend, but first you shall look about you a little down below there,’ and they rolled the barrel down into the water.

intend - चाहना, विचार होना, रखना

After that the peasants went home, and as they were entering the village, the small peasant also came quietly in, driving a flock of sheep and looking quite contented. Then the peasants were astonished, and said: ‘Peasant, from whence do you come? Have you come out of the water?

’ ‘Yes, truly,’ replied the peasant, ‘I sank deep, deep down, until at last I got to the bottom; I pushed the bottom out of the barrel, and crept out, and there were pretty meadows on which a number of lambs were feeding, and from thence I brought this flock away with me.’ Said the peasants: ‘Are there any more there?’ ‘Oh, yes,’ said he, ‘more than I could want.

truly - वास्तव, =वास्तव में

bottom out - नीचे आउट

meadows - चारागाह, घास का मैदान

lambs - दुलारा, गोश्त, मेमना, भोला भाला

thence - वहाँ से

’ Then the peasants made up their minds that they too would fetch some sheep for themselves, a flock apiece, but the mayor said: ‘I come first.’ So they went to the water together, and just then there were some of the small fleecy clouds in the blue sky, which are called little lambs, and they were reflected in the water, whereupon the peasants cried: ‘We already see the sheep down below!

apiece - प्रत्येक

fleecy - मुलायम, ऊन के समान, ऊनी, रोवेदार

reflected - विचार करना, दर्शाना

’ The mayor pressed forward and said: ‘I will go down first, and look about me, and if things promise well I’ll call you.’ So he jumped in; splash! went the water; it sounded as if he were calling them, and the whole crowd plunged in after him as one man. Then the entire village was dead, and the small peasant, as sole heir, became a rich man.

pressed forward - आगे बढ़ा

splash - चित्ती, धब्बा, छपछपाते हुए चलना

plunged - उछाल आना, फँसाना, प्रवेश करना

entire - कुल, पूरा, संपूर्ण, सम्पूर्ण

sole heir - एकमात्र उत्तम उपराज्यकारी

CHAPTER 29 - FREDERICK AND CATHERINE

Catherine - female given name

There was once a man called Frederick: he had a wife whose name was Catherine, and they had not long been married. One day Frederick said. ‘Kate! I am going to work in the fields; when I come back I shall be hungry so let me have something nice cooked, and a good draught of ale.’ ‘Very well,’ said she, ‘it shall all be ready.

be hungry - भूखा होना

’ When dinner-time drew nigh, Catherine took a nice steak, which was all the meat she had, and put it on the fire to fry. The steak soon began to look brown, and to crackle in the pan; and Catherine stood by with a fork and turned it: then she said to herself, ‘The steak is almost ready, I may as well go to the cellar for the ale.

fry - तलना

crackle - चिड़चिड़ाना/चिटकना/भड़कना

’ So she left the pan on the fire and took a large jug and went into the cellar and tapped the ale cask. The beer ran into the jug and Catherine stood looking on. At last it popped into her head, ‘The dog is not shut up-he may be running away with the steak; that’s well thought of.

tapped - खटखटाना, निकालना, क्षार निकालना

’ So up she ran from the cellar; and sure enough the rascally cur had got the steak in his mouth, and was making off with it.

rascally - सरारती, धूर्त

cur - घृणित व्यक्ति, मिश्रित नस्ल का

making off - भाग जाना

Away ran Catherine, and away ran the dog across the field: but he ran faster than she, and stuck close to the steak. ‘It’s all gone, and "what can’t be cured must be endured",’ said Catherine. So she turned round; and as she had run a good way and was tired, she walked home leisurely to cool herself.

cured - घृणित व्यक्ति, मिश्रित नस्ल का

endured - सहना, सहन करना, टिके रहना

leisurely - धीरे धीरे, इत्मीनान भरा

Now all this time the ale was running too, for Catherine had not turned the cock; and when the jug was full the liquor ran upon the floor till the cask was empty. When she got to the cellar stairs she saw what had happened. ‘My stars!’ said she, ‘what shall I do to keep Frederick from seeing all this slopping about?

liquor - दारू

slopping - बहना, छलकना, गंदला पानी

’ So she thought a while; and at last remembered that there was a sack of fine meal bought at the last fair, and that if she sprinkled this over the floor it would suck up the ale nicely. ‘What a lucky thing,’ said she, ‘that we kept that meal! we have now a good use for it.

sack - बोरा, बोरी

suck - चूसना

’ So away she went for it: but she managed to set it down just upon the great jug full of beer, and upset it; and thus all the ale that had been saved was set swimming on the floor also. ‘Ah! well,’ said she, ‘when one goes another may as well follow.’ Then she strewed the meal all about the cellar, and was quite pleased with her cleverness, and said, ‘How very neat and clean it looks!’

upset - परेशान

cleverness - होशियारी, चुस्ती

neat - स्वच्छ, साफ

At noon Frederick came home. ‘Now, wife,’ cried he, ‘what have you for dinner?’ ‘O Frederick!’ answered she, ‘I was cooking you a steak; but while I went down to draw the ale, the dog ran away with it; and while I ran after him, the ale ran out; and when I went to dry up the ale with the sack of meal that we got at the fair, I upset the jug: but the cellar is now quite dry, and looks so clean!