Wednesday, March 23, 2011
And it's their shortest, too! Only one paragraph long. In German it's called "das eigensinnige Kind." In English it's called:
THE STUBBORN CHILD
From The Brothers Grimm, translated by Maria Tatar
There once lived a stubborn child, and she never did what her mother told her to do. And so our dear Lord did not look kindly on her, and let her become ill. Doctors could not cure her, and before long she was lying on her deathbed. Her coffin was being lowered into the grave and they were about to cover it with earth when suddenly one of her little arms emerged and reached up into the air. They pushed it back in again and covered the coffin with more earth, but it was no use. The little arm kept reaching out of the grave. Finally her mother had to go to the grave and strike the little arm with a switch. After she did that, the arm withdrew, and the child finally began to rest in peace beneath the earth.
Thanks to Dr. Psycho at the Childhood Fear site for the nifty graphic: