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Beautiful Vassilissa (1) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Beautiful Vassilissa (1)

Once, in a kingdom far, far away, there lived a merchant and his wife.

They had one daughter who was called Beautiful Vassilissa.

When the girl was eight years old, her mother became very ill.

One day she called her daughter to her side.

"Listen, my child, " she said, " and rememberthe last words I have to say.
I'm going to die, my dear.
I gave you my blessing and this little doll.
You must always keep it with you and never show it to anyone else.
If ever you are trouble, just ask the doll for advice. "

Then the mother embraced her daughter and died.

The merchant grieved for a long time after his wife's death but , as time passed, he began to think about marrying again.

He was a real gentleman and many women admired him.

There was one widow of whom he was very fond.

She had two daughters of about the same age as Vassilisa and was concidered by everyone to be a good mother.


ロシアの民話・童話 Vassilissa the beautiful(Vassilissa's Doll)です。

Beautiful Vassilissa (2) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Beautiful Vassilissa (2)

Then, one day the merchant married the widow, but he had been deceived because she was not a good mother at all to his daughter, who was the most beautiful girl in the village.

The woman and her daughters were extreamly jealous of Vassilissa's beauty.

They treatedher very badly and made her do the dirtiest house-work, hoping that the hard work would make her pale and ugly.

However, Vassilissa did all the work without complaining, and every day became more and more beautiful.

Her sisters, although they never lifted a finger to help, became scrawnier and uglier because of their envy.

But how did this happen ?

It was all thanks to the doll that protected Vassilissa.

It comforted her when she was unhappy, gave her good advice and helped her with the housework.


Beautiful Vassilissa (3) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Beautiful Vassilissa (3)

Several years passed by in this way until Vassilissa had reached the age to be able to marry.

All the young men of the city asked for her hand in marriage, but no one ever thought about asking the other daughters.

Their angry mother always said to the suitors, " I will never consent to a marriage of the youngest daughter before the two older ones are married ! "

Then, when she had driven away the suitors, she would turn and slap Vassilissa angrily.

One day the merchant went away on business to another kingdom.

At once the woman moved into a different house near a dence forest.

In the middle of this forest was a clearing with a small hut in which lives a witch.

If anyone dared to come near the hut she would eat them, as if they were chickens !

The woman constantly sent Vassilissa into the forest on different pretexts, hoping the witch would rid her of the girl.

But Vassilissa always returned home safe and sound because the doll showed her the way home and warned her when the old witch was near.


Beautiful Vassilissa (4) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Beautiful Vassilissa  (4)

One evening, the woman ordered all three daughters to do some work.

One was to make lace, one was to knit stockings, and Vassilissa was to spin.

Each of them had a certain amount to do before going to bed.

The woman then put out all the light in the house, leaving only one candle burning for the girls.
Then she went to bed.

The young girls started their work by this poor light.

After a while the candle began to flicker.

One of sisters took a snuffer and pretended that she was going to trim the wick; instead she put the candle out on purpose.

" What are we going to do ? " the girls cried.

" There are no more matches to light the candle and our work is not finished. Someone will have to go to the old witch in the forest to ask for light. "

" I have enough light from my needles, so I won't go, " said the one who was making lace.

" Neither will I, " said the one who was knitting.
" I have enough light from my needles too. "

" You will have to go to find a light, " they cried to Vassilissa.
" Go to the witch. "

Then they pushed Vassilissa out of her chair and told her to go.


Beautiful Vassilissa (5) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Beautiful Vassilissa (5)

The girl went into her room, gave some food to her little doll and said, " Dolly dear, eat this food and listen carefully to me.

My sisters are sending me to the old witch and she will eat me. "

" Don't be afraid, " replied the doll.
" Go where they send you, but take me with you and you will to have nothing to fear. "

Vassilissa put the doll in her pocket and walked bravely into the sense forest.

As she was walking, sudden breeze made her whole body shiver.

Then a horseman passed at full gallop in front of her; his face was completely white, and he was dressed all in white.

To her surprise, it became light.

Vassilissa continued waking.

Just then another horseman psssed by her.

This man's face was red, he was dressed in red and he sat on a red horse.


To her surprise, the sun rose.

The girl walked on and on, until at last she arrived in the clearing where the old witch's little hut stood.

It was circled by a fence sat a row of skulls.

On the door she saw a human bone which served as a bolt, and instead of a lock there was a human jawbone.


Beautiful Vassilissa (6) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Beautiful Vassilissa (6)

Vassilissa stopped walking for she was paralyzed with fear.

Just then a third horseman arrived.

His face was black and he was dressed in black, riding on a black horse.

He rode up to the door of the old witch's hut and disappeared, as suddenly as if  he had sunk into the earth.

Then it became night, but the darkness did not last for long because the skulls' eyes on the fence started to shine.

Vassilissa was still frozen with terror.

She did not know what to do and stood there like a statue.

All at once there was a terrible noise in the forest ; te trees shook their branches and the dry leves rustled, and then the old witch appeared.

When she reached her doorstep, she stopped, sniffed the air and cried, " Mmmm ! I smell a child ! Who is it ? "


Vassilisa went to the witch, curtsied and said, " It is I, My sisters have sent me here to ask for a light, for we have no matches at home. "


Beautiful Vassilissa (7) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Beautiful Vassilissa  (7)

" Good, " said the witch, " I know them and I will give you the light. First, however, you must work for me for a while.

Then she turned to the door and cried, " My solid bolts, lift yourself; my door, open yourself ! "

The door opened and the witch went in side, while the wind whistled through the house.

When she reached her room, the witch sat down at the table and said to Vassilissa, " Serve me everything that is in the oven, I wantto have my dinner here ! "

Vassilissa lit a candle by holding it against one of the shining skulls on the fence.

Then she took the food from the oven and served it to the witch.

She also went to the cellar to get some ale, beer and water.

It was enough for ten men.

The witch ate and drank everything.

All she left was a drop of cabbage soup and a small piece of bread.

Then the witch went to bed, saying,

" While I am out tomorrow,you will clean the courtyard, sweep the room, make lunch and do the washing.

Then you must go to the shed, where you will find a pile of wheat, and  get rid of the beetles.

Make sure that everything is done before I come home  or I will eat you ! "

When she had finished speaking, the witch fell asleep and began to snore. 


Beautiful Vassilissa (8) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Beautiful Vassilissa (8)

Vassilissa gave the rest of food to her doll, and in tears she said, " Dolly,dear, eat this food and listen carefully to me. The old witch has told me to do an impossible amount of work and she will eat me if I have not finished in time. "

The doll replied, " Don't be afraid, beautiful Vassilissa. Have your dinner and go to asleep. The night will bring an answer. "

Very early the next morning Vassilissa got up and looked out of the window.

The eyes of the skull had stopped burning.

Then white horseman passed in front of her and it was light.

The old witch left the house and whistled.

Her mortar, pestle and broom appeared at once.

Then the red horseman rode by and the sun came out.

The witch sat in her mortar and went off, driving it with the pestle, while she swept away her tracks with the broom.

Vassilissa took the chance to walk around the house and admired the witch's wealth.

She wondered what part of the work she should do first, but when she looked again, she noticed that the work was already done !

And that was not allーthe doll had removed the beetles from the wheat !

" Oh, my good helper, " said Vassilissa.
" You hve saved me ! "

" You only have to prepare dinner, and there's plenty of time for that, " answered the doll as she climbed back into Vassilissa's pocket.


Beauiful Vassilissa (9) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Beauiful Vassilissa (9)

In the evening, Vassilissa set the table and waited for the witch to return.

When it started to get the dark, the black horseman appeared in front of the door and immediately it became completely dark.

Only the skull's eyes glittered in the night.

Suddenly the trees started to shake and the leaves began to rustle.

The old witch was coming.

Vassilissa went to meet her.

" Is everything done ? " asked the witch.

" Look for yourself, Madam ! " replied the girl.

The witch looked around her.

She was very annoyed that she could not find any faults.

" All right, Vassilissa ! " she said.
" This time you have done the work. "

Then she cried, " My faithful servants, devoted friends, come and grind the wheat ! "

Out of nowhere, three pairs of hands appeared, grabbed the wheat and took it away.

Once again the witch ate to her heart's content.

Before she went to sleep, she said to Vassilissa,
" Tomorrow you must do the same as you did today. However, you must also take the pile of poppies from the shed and wipe off the dust. "

Having said this, she turned over to face the wall and started to snore.


Bautiful Vassilissa (10) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Bautiful Vassilissa (10)

As she had done the night before, Vassilissa asked her doll for advice.

The doll answered, " Don't worry, go to sleep. The night will bring an answer. Tomorrow you will see that everything has been done. "

The next day, when the witch had left, Vassilissa and her doll once more shared the tasks.

When the witch came back that night, she was again annoyed to find no faults when she examined everything.

Then she cried, " My faithful servants,devoted friends, press the oil out of the poppies. "

Out of the air, three pairs of hands arrived at her command, gathered the poppies and took them away.

Then the witch ate har dinner, while Vassilissa stood infront of her in silence.

" Why don't you say anything ?
  "  asked the witch.

" Hove you lost your tongue ? "

" If you allow me, I would like to ask you something. "

" Ah ! Ask if you like, but you should know that not every qjuestion leads to something good ! carkled the witch.
" Remember, if you know a lot, you soon became old. "

" I would like to ask you three questions, " said Vassilissa.


Beautiful Vassilissa (11) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Beautiful Vassilissa (11)

" On the way to your hut, I was passed by a horseman with a white face, wearing white clothes and riding a white horse. Who is this man ? "

" He is my daylight, " replied the witch.

" Then I saw another horseman who had a red face, " continued the girl.
" He was dressed in red and riding a red horse. Who is he ? "

" He is my beautiful sun, " snswered the witch.

" And the black horseman I saw near the door ? "

" He is my dark night, " said the witch.

Vassilissa remembered the three pairs of hands, but did not ask anything more.

" No more questions ? " asked the witch.

" I know enough for now, " replied the girl.
" You said yourself that a lot of knowledge makes you grow old  too soon. "

" Thai is true, " said the witch.
" I don't like revealing my secrets to the world. But now, I will ask you a question. How did you manage to finish all the work I gave you ? "

" My mother's blessing has helped me, " answered Vassilissa truthfully.

" AH ! So that is the reason ! " cried the witch.

" Then you must leave this house at once, blessed girl. I don't like blessed girls. "

She grabbed Vassilissa's wrist and dragged her out of the room, then pushed her outside.


Beautiful Vassilissa (12) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Beautiful Vassilissa (12)

She then took one of the skulls with shining eyes from the fence, put it on a stick and gave gave it to Vassilissa.

" Take this, it's the light for your sisters, " she said.
" Take it home. "


At once Vassilissa started to run and light from the skull guided her.

After a long journey, she reached home again.

When she went into the house, the skull said, " Don't   throw me away, take me to the woman ! "

For the first time ever, Vassilissa was welcome in the house.

Since she had left, the woman and her daughters had been living in the dark.

They had not been able to light a match, and any light they took from their neighbours went out as soon as they entered the room.

" Perhaps, your light will not go out, " they cried, grasping the stick from her.


Beautiful vassilissa (13) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Beautiful vassilissa (13)

They carried the skull in to the room and its burning eyes stared at the three women.

It didin't matter where they tried to hide, it seemed that they were followed everywhere by its haunting look.

By the morning they had all been burnt to ashes; ony Vassilissa survived.

The next day Vassilissa buried the skull, locked the house and went to town to find work.

An old lady asked for her companionship, and so she stayed there, waiting for her father to arrive.


Beautiful Vassilissa (14) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Beautiful vassilissa (14)

One day, she said to the old lady, " I'm very bored staying in the house all day with nothing to do. Please, buy me some flax and I will pass the time spinning. "

The old lady bought her some flax and Vassilissa began to spin.

She worked so well that the thread ame out as smooth and fine as a hair.

When she had spun a large pile of thread, Vassilissa wanted to start weaving it.

The doll then gave Vassilissa a magnificent loom, suitable for weaving such fine thread.

By the end of the winter, the cloth was finished and it was so fine that it could be threaded through the eye of a needle.


Beaurtiful Vassilissa (15) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Beaurtiful Vassilissa (15)

In the spring she bleached the linen and said to the old lady, " Please, sell this piece of cloth and keep for yourself whatever money it fetchs."

" But my child, " gasped the lady, " only the king is worth such a cloth ! I will take it to the palace. "

" What is it you want, dear woman ? " asked the King when he saw her there.

" Your Highness, " she answered, " Forgive me, but I have brought something wonderful to show to you. "

When the King saw the cloth, he was also amazed.
" What do you want for it ? " he asked.

" Youe Highness, this cloth is priceless, " replied tha lady.
" I brought it as a gift. "

The King thanked her and showered her with rich gifts in return.


Beautiful Vassilissa (16) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Beautiful Vassilissa (16)

" I would like shirts made from this cloth, " declared the King.
" but who can sew such finery ? "

The King searched the land for such a needle-worker, but all in vain.

Then he sent for theold lady again.

" If you have been able to spin and weave this cloth, you should also be able to sew it, " he said.

" This cloth was not my work, " she replied.
" It was a young girl who made it. "

" Well then, let her sew the shirts," ordered the King.

And so, the old lady went home and told the whole story to Vassilissa.

At once she locked herself in her room and began to work night and day.

Soon a dozen shirts were finished and good lady took them to the King.


Beautiful Vassilissa (17 完 ) [Beautiful Vassilissa]

Beautiful Vassilissa (17 完)

It wasn't long before Vassilissa saw the king's servant standing at the door, saying, " His Majesty wants to see with his own eyes the girl who made his shirts. He wants to reward her in person.

Vassilissa set off for the Palace and presented herself to the King, who as soon as he saw her, fell head over heels in love with her.

He took beautiful vassilissa's white hands and sat her next to him on the throne.
That very day they were engaged to be married.

Soon afterwards her father came back from his long journey.

He was delighted with his daughter's fate and made his home with her.

Vassilissa also welcomed the old lady, who had given her shelter, into the palace and, of course, the dear doll stayed by her side forever after.

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