And as she worked, gazing at times out on the snow, she pricked her finger, and there fell from it three drops of blood on the snow. And when she saw how bright and red it looked, she said to herself, "Oh that I had a child as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as the wood of the embroidery frame!
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And when she was born the queen died. After a year had gone by the king took another wife, a beautiful woman, but proud and overbearing, and she could not bear to be surpassed in beauty by any one. She had a magic looking-glass, and she used to stand before it, and look in it, and say, "Looking-glass upon the wall, Who is fairest of us all? Now, Snow-white was growing prettier and prettier, and when she was seven years old she was as beautiful as day, far more so than the queen herself.
So one day when the queen went to her mirror and said, "Looking-glass upon the wall, Who is fairest of us all? And envy and pride like ill weeds grew in her heart higher every day, until she had no peace day or night.
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At last she sent for a huntsman, and said, "Take the child out into the woods, so that I may set eyes on her no more. You must put her to death, and bring me her heart for a token. Just at that moment a young wild boar came running by, so he caught and killed it, and taking out its heart, he brought it to the queen for a token.
And it was salted and cooked, and the wicked woman ate it up, thinking that there was an end of Snow-white. Now, when the poor child found herself quite alone in the wild woods, she felt full of terror, even of the very leaves on the trees, and she did not know what to do for fright. Then she began to run over the sharp stones and through the thorn bushes, and the wild beasts after her, but they did her no harm.
She ran as long as her feet would carry her; and when the evening drew near she came to a little house, and she went inside to rest. Everything there was very small, but as pretty and clean as possible.
There stood the little table ready laid, and covered with a white cloth, and seven little plates, and seven knives and forks, and drinking-cups. By the wall stood seven little beds, side by side, covered with clean white quilts. Snow-white, being very hungry and thirsty, ate from each plate a little porridge and bread, and drank out of each little cup a drop of wine, so as not to finish up one portion alone. After that she felt so tired that she lay down on one of the beds, but it did not seem to suit her; one was too long, another too short, but at last the seventh was quite right; and so she lay down upon it, committed herself to heaven, and fell asleep.
When it was quite dark, the masters of the house came home. They were seven dwarfs, whose occupation was to dig underground among the mountains. When they had lighted their seven candles, and it was quite light in the little house, they saw that some one must have been in, as everything was not in the same order in which they left it. The first said, "Who has been sitting in my little chair? Then he told the others, who came running up, crying out in their astonishment, and holding up their seven little candles to throw a light upon Snow-white.
O gracious! And the seventh dwarf slept with his comrades, an hour at a time with each, until the night had passed. When it was morning, and Snow-white awoke and saw the seven dwarfs, she was very frightened; but they seemed quite friendly, and asked her what her name was, and she told them; and then they asked how she came to be in their house. And she related to them how her step-mother had wished her to be put to death, and how the huntsman had spared her life, and how she had run the whole day long, until at last she had found their little house.
Then the dwarfs said, "If you will keep our house for us, and cook, and wash, and make the beds, and sew and knit, and keep everything tidy and clean, you may stay with us, and you shall lack nothing. In the morning the dwarfs went to the mountain to dig for gold; in the evening they came home, and their supper had to be ready for them. All the day long the maiden was left alone, and the good little dwarfs warned her, saying, "Beware of your step-mother, she will soon know you are here. Let no one into the house. And she thought and thought how she could manage to make an end of her, for as long as she was not the fairest in the land, envy left her no rest.
At last she thought of a plan; she painted her face and dressed herself like an old pedlar woman, so that no one would have known her. In this disguise she went across the seven mountains, until she came to the house of the seven little dwarfs, and she knocked at the door and cried, "Fine wares to sell! Not long after that, towards evening, the seven dwarfs came home, and were terrified to see their dear Snow-white lying on the ground, without life or motion; they raised her up, and when they saw how tightly she was laced they cut the lace in two; then she began to draw breath, and little by little she returned to life.
When the dwarfs heard what had happened they said, "The old pedlar woman was no other than the wicked queen; you must beware of letting any one in when we are not here!
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Then she dressed herself up to look like another different sort of old woman. So she went across the seven mountains and came to the house of the seven dwarfs, and knocked at the door and cried, "Good wares to sell! It pleased the poor child so much that she was tempted to open the door; and when the bargain was made the old woman said, "Now, for once your hair shall be properly combed. By good luck it was now near evening, and the seven little dwarfs came home. When they saw Snow-white lying on the ground as dead, they thought directly that it was the step-mother's doing, and looked about, found the poisoned comb, and no sooner had they drawn it out of her hair than Snow-white came to herself, and related all that had passed.
It is amazing how tragic events happen around her as if destiny is just angry at her fortune and plots to make her miserable. But even though she is very unfortunate, she finds loving people and small happiness in details. She find a way to go on through life, but then loses it all and makes this novel one of the most tragic ever.
Her story is not the usual fairytal Just great, this novel made me cry like a baby. Her story is not the usual fairytale, and that's what makes this story so profound and touching. Loved this book. View 1 comment. Dec 14, Miriam Berrios rated it really liked it. The writer was born and die in the city were I come from. So basically at school this book is part of an assignment in class. Love it is sad very sad and it make cry even the strongest.
The story is for those who like love stories and hard moments. Feb 24, Wei Cho rated it it was amazing Shelves: spanish , romance , favourite , historical-fiction. This book was just amazing, very well written, versed, and expressed. The dialogues were my favorite part, in fact, the book was ridden with dialogues which were the essence of the action in the book. It was a very touching love story that interlaced affection, friendship, and death. I learned to loved Blanca very much, she is such a heroine and such a great romance novel.
A definitely must read Spanish literature. You are warned, you're going to cry and laugh, and your heart will squeeze with j This book was just amazing, very well written, versed, and expressed. You are warned, you're going to cry and laugh, and your heart will squeeze with joy and pain as you wind down to the final stages of the novel. Such a tender novel to read, it really made me cry, especially the ending.
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This book is going to stir powerful emotions in you and everything will be perfect! Such an enchanting novel and storytelling ability. This sounds a bit like Jane Austen but in Spanish and set in more modern times. But the romance elements are still there.
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The problems in this book are much more serious and the twists completely unexpected. There are some vile characters in this book as well. Anyway, everybody should read this book. It has become a major classic in my bookshelf. I want these two hours of my life back. This may have been abandoned though temporarily by one of my F2F clubs. Many said they wouldnt bother reading it, and those who wished to found it hard to acquire mine was an ILL from the library. Actually, had it been written prior to , Id say that the only reason it survived was that some monks had copied it by hand.
There is nothing in the MLA on it, so no one not one academic --found anything worth studying in this novel. The only reviews here I want these two hours of my life back.
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The only reviews here on GR were written by high school students whose teacher made them read it and publish a review. That says something. I'm not a big fan of the melodrama of the romantic period, but this book takes melodrama to a whole other level. Had it not been published when it was, I'd have taken it for a novel written by someone who watches too many telenovelas. The bad kind, the ones you watch on Univision. If the club decides to take it up at a later date, will actually bust out my computer and read it online, if I even bother with it at all, because I wouldn't spend a penny on it.
So why is it so horrible? Jan 10, Jen rated it really liked it Shelves: espa-ol. Easy to read. VERY dramatic, like soap opera or novela dramatic. I feel like a book written one hundred years ago should have been more of a tome, but I'm not complaining.
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I'm glad this book was recommended to me, I would have never found it. Mar 09, Fran Soto rated it did not like it. I hated this book. Such a waste of time. Oct 17, Yolanda rated it really liked it.