The Old Woman in the Wood

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*Folklore, poetry & fiction writer

The Old Woman in the Wood also included in Little brother & little sister and other tales by the Brothers Grimm (Jacob and Wilheim Grimm) Fairy tales published 1812-1858.

A poor servant-girl was once travelling with the family with which she was in service, through a great forest, and when they were in the midst of it, robbers came out of the thicket, and murdered all they found. All perished together except the girl, who had jumped out of the carriage in a fright, and hidden herself behind a tree. When the robbers had gone away with their booty, she came out and beheld the great disaster. Then she began to weep bitterly, and said, “What can a poor girl like me do now? I do not know how to get out of the forest, no human being lives in it, so I must certainly starve.” She walked about and…

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