The Sleeping Princess 睡美人
Once there was a Kingand a Queen. For many years they had wanted a child， and no child had come tothem.
Then the Queen had achild. It was a girl. The King was very glad.
You know what a fairyis. Many fairies lived near the King’s house. When the Queen’s child came， theKing went to all the fairies and said， “The Queen has a child. Do come tothe house and see our new little girl.” All the fairies said， “We arevery glad： we will come today .”
One of the fairies hadgone away on a journey： she had been very far away. She had not come back whenthe Queen’s child came. When she came back， one of the fairies said to her，“The Queen has a child， and the King came to us and said， ”Come andsee our new little girl. “”
But this fairy was abad fairy； the bad fairy said， “The King went to all of you： why did henot come to me？ I shall go and see the King’s child； but I shall give her somebad thing.”
All the good fairieswent to the King’s house， and saw the little girl； and they all gave her somegood thing. One said， “I give her this good thing： she shall haveriches.” One fairy said， “I give her this good thing； she shallbecome a brave woman.” One said， “I give her this good thing： sheshall become a good woman.” All gave some good thing.
Then there came thebad fairy. She said， “The King went to all the fairies but he did not cometo me， so I shall give the child some bad thing. She will have riches； she willbecome brave； she will become good. But， when she is a woman， she will prick herhand with a needle， and die.”
The poor Queen did notknow what to do. The King said to the good fairies， “The poor girl shallnot die. Can you not help me？ Say that she shall not die！” The goodfairies said， “ We cannot help you. What the bad fairy has said will come.Your child will prick her hand with a needle； but she shall not die. She shallsleep for many years. Then a king’s son shall come and kiss her. And she willawake. He shall wake her with a kiss.” Then the fairies went away.
The King sent for allhis men and all the Queen’s women， and said， “Go and bring me all theneedles that are in the house.”
They brought all theneedles that they could find， and the King took them， and threw them into ariver far away.
Then he said，“See that no needle comes into this house. See that no man and no womanbrings a needle near my child. I shall kill them if they do.”
The little child grewup in the King’s house. She became a Princess. The Princess wanted to see allthat she could. She wanted to know what the men were doing in the garden. Shewanted to know the names of all the flowers and of all the trees. She said tothe men in the King’s garden， “What is the name of this flower？ What isthe name of this tree？” In the house she wanted to see all that there wasto see.
She wanted to know howmany rooms there were in the King’s house， and who lived in all the rooms. Soshe went into one room， and then into another room， and then into another. Shewent into big rooms and little rooms， and very little rooms. Then she said，“I have been to all the rooms in the house.” But there was one roomwhere she had not gone.
As she went on， shecame to a new room. It was a little room very far away from all the otherrooms. The door of the room was shut. The Princess wanted to go in and see whatwas in this room. She called， “Open the door！” But no one came. Shecalled once. She called twice； then the door was opened. The Princess went intothe room： and there she saw a very old woman.
The old woman wassitting near a table. On the table there was some cloth. The old woman had somecloth in one hand， and in the other hand she had a needle.
The Princess said，“What are you doing？”
“I am makingsomething，” said the old woman.
“What are youmaking？” said the Princess.
“I am making someclothes，” said the old woman.
“What is that in yourhand？” said the Princess.
“That is thecloth，” said the old woman.
“No！” saidthe Princess. “What is that in your other hand？”
“That？” saidthe old woman. “That is a needle.”
The Princess said，“Give me the ’needle’； I want to see it. I have not seen a needle. I donot know what a needle is.”
The old woman said，“Have you not seen a needle？ How can that be？ You have seen many needles！Needles are seen in all houses.”
The old woman gave theneedle to the Princess.
“Give me thecloth，” said the Princess： ’I want to make clothes.“ Then the oldwoman gave the Princess the cloth.
The Princess prickedthe cloth with the needle ——but she pricked her hand. And she fell asleep！
Then all the men andthe women in the house fell asleep. The King fell asleep at his table， and theQueen sitting near him fell asleep.
The man in the gardenfell asleep with his axe in his hand. The man standing at the door of the housefell asleep where he stood. All were asleep.
A fairy came to thePrincess. She took her and put her on a bed. Then the fairy said to the treesand to the flowers in the garden， “ Grow！” The flowers grew up， andthe trees grew big. There was a wall of trees and flowers. So no one could gointo the house.
In the house thePrincess slept； and the King slept， and all his men； and the Queen， and herwomen， slept.
Many wanted to go intothe house of the Sleeping Princess； but they could not go through the trees. Sono one came.
Years went by， and thePrincess slept. Many years went by， and men did not know what the house was andwho was in it. The trees grew up； you could not see the house through thetrees. Men went by the trees and did not know that there was a house there.
One day a King rodeinto the forest. His son was with him. The King and his men went far in front，and the King’s son could not find them. He rode on， and he came to a wall oftrees and flowers. He said， “My father has gone through those trees： Iwill go through them and find him.”
As he came to the wallof trees， it opened， and he went through. Then he saw a garden； but all theflowers had grown here and there as they wanted.
He came to a house.The door was open， a man was standing by the door asleep. the King’s son said，“What a lazy man， he sleeps standing！” He went into the house. Mensat at the table， with food in their hands， asleep.
A little boy had beenreading a story： he had fallen asleep with his head on his arms. A woman hadbeen putting on her shoes； she was asleep with one shoe on and one shoe in herhand. An old man sat with pen and paper， asleep； and the dust of years was onhis paper. Near him a woman was asleep with her little child asleep in herarms.
The King’s son wentfrom one room to another. He saw the old King asleep at his table， and near himthe Queen asleep with her head in her hands. Then he came to a room where therewas sunlight and flowers. The window was open and roses had grown in through thewindow into the room. Golden light came through the window and fell upon a bed.The Princess was on the bed. Her eyes were shut. She was asleep.
The King’s son kissedher. She awoke. Then all the house awoke. The man awoke at the door. The menawoke and ate the food in their hands. The woman awoke and put on her shoe. Theboy awoke and read his story. The King awoke at his table. The Queen rubbed hereyes， and said， “What were you saying， my King. I fell asleep.”
The Princess wasmarried by the King’s son， and they became King and Queen.