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A classic Grimms Fairy Tale involving a huntsman, a witch, a wench,
and a fair maiden. The witch persuades the other two women to
filtch the huntsmans valuables (a magic birds heart he had
swallowed, and a magic cloak that allowed him to travel anywhere he
wished). In retribution, the huntsman disguises himself as a kings
messenger and tricks all three of them into eating a special
cabbage that transforms them all into donkeys.
He then gives them away to a miller with instructions that the
witch be beaten three times a day and fed only once, one beating
and three meals to the wench, and no beatings but three meals for
The witch eventually dies in this form, but the huntsman later
releases the other two from the curse and even marrys the maiden.
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originally posted by Lady Sekhmet on 2005-04-17, no edits, entryid=1771