11.CLEVER HANS

The mother of Hans said, ‘Where are you going, Hans?’ Hans answered, ‘To Gretel.’ ‘Behave well, Hans.’ ‘Oh, I’ll behave well. Goodbye, mother.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’ Later Hans met Gretel. ‘Good day, Gretel.’ ‘Good day, Hans. What good thing have you brought?’ ‘I brought nothing; I want to have something given to me.’ Gretel gave Hans a needle and Hans said, ‘Goodbye Gretel.’ ‘Goodbye Hans,’ said Gretel

Hans took the needle, stuck it into a hay-cart, and followed the cart home. ‘Good evening, mother.’ ‘Good evening, Hans. Where have you been?’ ‘With Gretel.’ ‘What did you take her?’ ‘I took nothing but had something given to me.’ ‘What did Gretel give you?’ ‘She gave me a needle.’ ‘Where is the needle, Hans?’ ‘Stuck in the hay-cart.’ ‘That was badly done, Hans. You should have stuck the needle in your sleeve.’ ‘Never mind, I’ll do better next time.’

‘Where are you going, Hans?’ ‘To Gretel, mother.’ ‘Behave yourself, Hans.’ ‘Oh, I’ll behave well. Goodbye, mother.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans said his mother.’ Later Hans met Gretel. ‘Good day, Gretel.’ ‘Good day, Hans said Gretel. What good thing have you brought?’ ‘I brought nothing. I want to have something given to me.’ Gretel gave Hans a knife. ‘Goodbye, Gretel.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’ Hans took the knife, stuck it in his sleeve, and went home. ‘Good evening, mother.’ ‘Good evening, Hans. Where have you been?’ ‘With Gretel.’ What did you take her?’ ‘I took her nothing, but she gave me something.’ ‘What did Gretel give you?’ ‘She gave me a knife.’ ‘Where is the knife, Hans?’ ‘I stuck it in my sleeve.’ ‘That was badly done, Hans, you should have put the knife in your pocket.’ ‘Never mind, I will do better next time.’

‘Where are you going, Hans?’ ‘To Gretel, mother.’ ‘Behave well, Hans.’ ‘Oh, I’ll behave well. Goodbye, mother.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’ Hans met Gretel. ‘Good day, Gretel.’ ‘Good day, Hans. What good thing do you bring?’ ‘I brought nothing, I want something given to me.’ Gretel gave Hans a young goat. ‘Goodbye, Gretel.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’ Hans took the goat, tied its legs, and put it in his pocket. When he got home it had suffocated. ‘Good evening, mother.’ ‘Good evening, Hans. Where have you been?’ ‘With Gretel.’ ‘What did you take her?’ ‘I took nothing, but she gave me something.’ ‘What did Gretel give you?’ ‘She gave me a goat.’ ‘Where is the goat, Hans?’ ‘I put it in my pocket.’ ‘That was badly done, Hans, you should have put a rope round the goat’s neck.’ ‘Never mind, I will do better next time.’

‘Where are you going, Hans?’ ‘To Gretel, mother.’ ‘Behave well, Hans.’ ‘Oh, I’ll behave well. Goodbye, mother.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’ Hans met Gretel. ‘Good day, Gretel.’ ‘Good day, Hans. What good thing did you bring?’ ‘I brought nothing, I want something given to me.’ Gretel gave Hans a piece of bacon. ‘Goodbye, Gretel.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’

Hans took the bacon, tied it to a rope, and dragged it away behind him. Some dogs came and devoured the bacon. When he got home, he had the rope in his hand, and there was no longer anything hanging on to it. ‘Good evening, mother.’ ‘Good evening, Hans. Where have you been?’ ‘With Gretel.’ ‘What did you take her?’ ‘I took her nothing, but she gave me something.’ ‘What did Gretel give you?’ ‘She gave me a bit of bacon.’ ‘Where is the bacon, Hans?’ ‘I tied it to a rope, brought it home, but dogs took it.’ ‘That was badly done, Hans, you should have carried the bacon on your head.’ ‘Never mind, I will do better next time.’

‘Where are you going, Hans?’ ‘To Gretel, mother.’ ‘Behave well, Hans.’ ‘Oh, I’ll behave well. Goodbye, mother.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’ Hans met Gretel. ‘Good day, Gretel.’ ‘Good day, Hans. What good thing do you bring?’ ‘I brought nothing, I want something given to me.’ Gretel gave Hans a calf. ‘Goodbye, Gretel.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’

Hans took the calf, put it on his head, and the calf kicked his face. ‘Good evening, mother.’ ‘Good evening, Hans. Where have you been?’ ‘With Gretel.’ ‘What did you take her?’ ‘I took nothing, but had something given me.’ ‘What did Gretel give you?’ ‘A calf.’ ‘Where have you put the calf, Hans?’ ‘I set it on my head and it kicked my face.’ ‘That was badly done, Hans, you should have led the calf, and put it in the stall.’ ‘Never mind, I will do better next time.’

‘Where are you going, Hans?’ ‘To Gretel, mother.’ ‘Behave well, Hans.’ ‘Oh, I’ll behave well. Goodbye, mother.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’ Hans met Gretel. ‘Good day, Gretel.’ ‘Good day, Hans. What good thing do you bring?’ ‘I brought nothing, I want something given to me.’ Gretel says to Hans, ‘I will go with you.’

Hans took Gretel, tied her to a rope, led her to the stall, and tied her fast. Then Hans went to his mother. ‘Good evening, mother.’ ‘Good evening, Hans. Where have you been?’ ‘With Gretel.’ ‘What did you take her?’ ‘I took her nothing.’ ‘What did Gretel give you?’ ‘She gave me nothing, she came with me.’ ‘Where have you left Gretel?’ ‘I led her by the rope, tied her to the stall, and scattered some grass for her.’ ‘That was badly done, Hans, you should have cast friendly eyes on her.’ ‘Never mind, I will do better.’

Hans went into the stable, cut out all the calves’ and sheep’s eyes, and threw them in Gretel’s face. Then Gretel became angry, tore herself loose and ran away, and was no longer the bride of Hans.