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«The ungrateful son» in German

Der undankbare Sohn

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📖 Pages1
⏰ Reading time 10 minutes
💡 Originally published1815
🌏 Original language German
📌 Type Fairy tale
📌 Genres Children's literature, Philosophical, Parable

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Der undankbare Sohn: read the book in the original with parallel translation into English

Es saß einmal ein Mann mit seiner Frau vor der Haustür, und sie hatten ein gebraten Huhn vor sich stehen und wollten das zusammen verzehren. Da sah der Mann, wie sein alter Vater daherkam, geschwind nahm er das Huhn und versteckte es, weil er ihm nichts davon gönnte. Der Alte kam, tat einen Trunk und ging fort. Nun wollte der Sohn das gebratene Huhn wieder auf den Tisch tragen, aber als er danach griff, war es eine große Kröte geworden, die sprang ihm ins Angesicht und saß da, und ging nicht wieder weg; und wenn sie jemand wegtun wollte, sah sie ihn giftig an, als wollte sie ihm ins Angesicht springen, so daß keiner sie anzurühren getraute. Und die Kröte mußte der undankbare Sohn alle Tage füttern, sonst fraß sie ihm aus seinem Angesicht; und also ging er ohne Ruhe in der Welt hin und her.
A man and his wife were once sitting by the door of their house, and they had a roasted chicken set before them, and were about to eat it together. Then the man saw that his aged father was coming, and hastily took the chicken and hid it, for he would not permit him to have any of it. The old man came, took a drink, and went away. Now the son wanted to put the roasted chicken on the table again, but when he took it up, it had become a great toad, which jumped into his face and sat there and never went away again, and if any one wanted to take it off, it looked venomously at him as if it would jump in his face, so that no one would venture to touch it. And the ungrateful son was forced to feed the toad every day, or else it fed itself on his face; and thus he went about the world without knowing rest.
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