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«The water-nix» in Italian


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⏰ Reading time 10 minutes
💡 Originally published1812
🌏 Original language German

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L'ondina: read the book with parallel translation into English

Un fratellino e una sorellina giocavano accanto a una fontana e, mentre giocavano, vi finirono dentro. Là dentro vi era un'ondina che disse: -Adesso che siete in mio potere, vi toccherà servirmi per bene!-. Così alla fanciulla diede da filare del brutto lino tutto aggrovigliato e la costrinse a portare acqua in una botte forata, mentre il ragazzo doveva abbattere un albero con una scure senza più il filo; e da mangiare non ricevevano altro che gnocchi duri come pietre. Alla fine i bambini persero la pazienza, aspettarono una domenica e, mentre l'ondina era in chiesa, fuggirono. Finita la messa, l'ondina si accorse che gli uccellini avevano preso il volo e li inseguì a grandi balzi. Ma i bambini la scorsero da lontano e la fanciulla si gettò una spazzola dietro le spalle; e ne venne una montagna di spazzole con mille e mille setole pungenti, sulle quali l'ondina dovette arrampicarsi a gran fatica; ma alla fine riuscì a oltrepassarle. I bambini la videro e il ragazzo si buttò dietro le spalle un pettine; e ne venne fuori una montagna di pettini con mille e mille denti, ma l'ondina vi si aggrappò saldamente e riuscì a passare anche stavolta. Allora, la fanciulla gettò dietro di s‚ uno specchio e ne venne fuori una montagna di specchio, così liscia, ma così liscia che l'ondina non poteva arrampicarvisi. Allora pensò: "Andrò in fretta a casa a prendere la mia ascia e spaccherò il monte di specchio." Ma prima che tornasse e l'avesse spaccato, i bambini erano già fuggiti da un pezzo e l'ondina dovette andare di nuovo nella sua fonte.
A little brother and sister were once playing by a well, and while they were thus playing, they both fell in. A water-nix lived down below, who said, "Now I have got you, now you shall work hard for me!" and carried them off with her. She gave the girl dirty tangled flax to spin, and she had to fetch water in a bucket with a hole in it, and the boy had to hew down a tree with a blunt axe, and they got nothing to eat but dumplings as hard as stones. Then at last the children became so impatient, that they waited until one Sunday, when the nix was at church, and ran away. But when church was over, the nix saw that the birds were flown, and followed them with great strides. The children saw her from afar, and the girl threw a brush behind her which formed an immense hill of bristles, with thousands and thousands of spikes, over which the nix was forced to scramble with great difficulty; at last, however, she got over. When the children saw this, the boy threw behind him a comb which made a great hill of combs with a thousand times a thousand teeth, but the nix managed to keep herself steady on them, and at last crossed over that. Then the girl threw behind her a looking-glass which formed a hill of mirrors, and was so slippery that it was impossible for the nix to cross it. Then she thought, "I will go home quickly and fetch my axe, and cut the hill of glass in half." Long before she returned, however, and had hewn through the glass, the children had escaped to a great distance, and the water-nix was obliged to betake herself to her well again.
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