Harriette Taylor Treadwell

The Fisherman and His Wife

Part 2 of 2

The fisherman went home.

There stood his wife on the castle steps.


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She took him by the hand,

and they went in.

There were large halls and beautiful rooms.

There were golden tables and chairs.

There was a garden

full of flowers and fruits.

And there was a forest

full of deer and sheep.


But his wife was not happy.

She wanted more power.

The next morning she said,

"You must be king of this country.

Go quickly and tell the fish so."


"I do not want to be king," said he.


"I will be queen then," said she.

"Go quickly and tell the fish

that I must be queen."


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So the fisherman went back to the shore.

The sea was dark and gray.

There were great waves,

and they dashed upon the shore.

He stood by it and said,

"O prince of the sea!

Come listen to me,

For my wife Isabel

Has a wish to tell."


"What does she want now?" said the fish.


"She wants to be queen," said the man.


"Go home," said the fish.

"Your wife is queen now."


The man went home.

There he saw a great palace

with towers and gateways.

There were soldiers with trumpets

and drums.


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He went in and there sat his wife

on a throne of gold.

His wife had a crown on her head,

and a wand in her hand.

The fisherman looked at her and said

"You are queen now.

We can wish for nothing more."

"I must have more power," said she.

"What shall it be?"


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The next morning she said,

"What shall I wish for?"


The sun was just coming up,

She looked out of the window and said,

"I know what I want.

The sun must obey me,

and the moon must obey me.

They must rise and set

when I wish it."


So she went to the fisherman and said,

"The sun and moon must obey me!

Go quickly and tell the fish."


"I can not ask that," said he.

"The fish is angry,

and the sea is wild."

"Go," she cried, "I am queen,

and you must obey."


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So he went back to the shore.


There was a great storm.

The sky was black.

The lightning flashed,

and the thunder roared.

The wind blew,

and the waves beat high.


The fisherman was frightened.

But he stood by the sea and shouted,

"O prince of the sea!

Come listen to me,

For my wife Isabel

Has a wish to tell."


"What does she want now?"

shouted the fish.


"She wants to rule the sun and moon.

She wants to tell them when to rise."


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"Go home now," said the fish.

"You will find your wife in her hut."


The fisherman went home, and there sat

his wife in the little hut.


And there they live to this very day.


— German Folk Tale