Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Authored by:Brothers Grimm
Chapter 1 / 2

Section 1

In a magnificent castle, there was a daughter of a Prince who had a happy and fulfilling upbringing, despite the presence of an envious stepmother.With long black hair and blue eyes, she possessed a striking beauty.Snow White had a fair and delicate complexion, which earned her the name of Snow White. It was widely believed that she would grow up to be extremely beautiful.Despite being a cruel woman, the stepmother was also beautiful, and every day she would ask the magic mirror who the fairest of them all was, and it would always reply that it was her.

The question she always asked the mirror was, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the loveliest lady in the land?" and it always answered, "You are, your Majesty." However, one fateful day, she overheard the mirror say, "Snow White is the loveliest in the land."Enraged with jealousy, the stepmother started scheming to eliminate her competition.She summoned a loyal servant and offered him a handsome reward to take Snow White into the forest, far away from the castle.The servant, lured by the promised reward, agreed to carry out the evil task of taking Snow White into the forest and killing her without being seen, he then led the unsuspecting young girl away.Upon reaching the designated location, the servant's courage faltered, and he left Snow White sitting beside a tree, mumbling an excuse before fleeing the scene, leaving Snow White all alone in the forest.

As the night fell, the servant still did not return, leaving Snow White alone in the dark forest. Overwhelmed by despair, she began to weep inconsolably.She had an eerie feeling that someone was watching her with malevolent intent, and she could hear unsettling sounds and rustling that made her heart race with fear.Exhausted, she eventually drifted off to sleep, curled up under a tree.Snow White slept restlessly, waking up periodically with a start and peering into the darkness around her. On multiple occasions, she sensed a presence or a touch while sleeping.

As the dawn broke and the birds started singing, the forest came to life, and Snow White woke up as well. The vibrant energy of the world awakening made her realize how baseless her fears had been, and she felt relieved.Despite the feeling of being enclosed by the thick trees, Snow White tried to determine her location and stumbled upon a path. With a glimmer of hope, she walked along it.She continued on until she arrived at a clearing where she saw a peculiar cottage. The cottage had a small door, small windows, and a small chimney pot.The size of everything about the cottage seemed smaller than it should be. Snow White opened the door and entered.

"I wonder who lives here?" she murmured to herself as she looked around the kitchen."These plates and spoons are so small! There seem to be seven of them, and the table is set for seven people," she exclaimed in amazement.She went upstairs to find a tidy bedroom with seven small beds. Returning to the kitchen, an idea occurred to Snow White.

"I will prepare a meal for them. When they return, they will be pleased to find a meal ready," she said to herself. As evening approached, she heard the sound of seven small men singing as they marched homewards.

But when they opened the door, to their surprise they found a bowl of hot steaming soup on the table, and the whole house spick and span. Snow White was fast asleep on one of the beds upstairs. The leader of the dwarfs prodded her softly to wake her up.

"Who are you?" he inquired. Snow White shared her sorrowful tale with them, and the dwarfs' eyes welled up with tears. After a brief pause, one of them spoke while blowing his nose noisily:

"Remain here with us!"

The little men rejoiced with cheers and danced around Snow White joyfully. They then spoke to her:

"You can stay here with us and take care of the house while we're working in the mine. You don't have to worry about your stepmother leaving you in the forest."We love you and we'll take care of you!" Snow White gratefully accepted their hospitality, and next morning the dwarfs set off for work. But they warned Snow White not to open the door to strangers.


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