lesser-known tales: How Some Children Played at Slaughtering

They chose one boy to play a butcher, another boy was to be a cook, and a third boy was to be a pig…As agreed, the butcher now fell upon the little boy playing the pig, threw him to the ground, and slit his throat open with a knife, while the assistant cook caught the blood in her little bowl.

One of the councilmen, a wise old man, advised the chief judge to take a beautiful red apple in one hand an a Rhenish gold coin in the other. Then he was to call the boy and stretch out his hands to him. If the boy took the apple, he was to be set free. If he took the gold coin, he was to be killed.

from Zipes, Jack (ed. and trans.) The Complete First Edition, the Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. Princeton UP, 2014.

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