The Wilful Child
Once upon a time there was a child who was
wilful, and would not do what her mother wished. For this reason God had no pleasure in
her, and let her become ill, and no doctor could do her any good, and in a short time she
lay on her death-bed. When she had been lowered into her grave, and the earth was spread
over her, all at once her arm came out again, and stretched upwards, and when they had put
it in and spread fresh earth over it, it was all to no purpose, for the arm always came
out again. Then the mother herself was obliged to go to the grave, and strike the arm with
a rod, and when she had done that, it was drawn in, and then at last the child had rest
beneath the ground.
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