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Le briquet

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The tinder-box


Un soldat s'en venait d'un bon pas sur la route. Une deux, une deux! sac au dos et sabre au côté. Il avait été à la guerre et maintenant, il rentrait chez lui. Sur la route, il rencontra une vieille sorcière. Qu'elle était laide! Sa lippe lui pendait jusque sur la poitrine. "Bonsoir soldat," dit-elle. "Ton sac est grand et ton sabre est beau, tu es un vrai soldat. Je vais te donner autant d'argent que tu voudras."
A soldier came marching along the high road: "Left, right - left, right." He had his knapsack on his back, and a sword at his side; he had been to the wars, and was now returning home. As he walked on, he met a very frightful-looking old witch in the road. Her under-lip hung quite down on her breast, and she stopped and said, "Good evening, soldier; you have a very fine sword, and a large knapsack, and you are a real soldier; so you shall have as much money as ever you like."


"Merci, vieille," dit le soldat.
"Thank you, old witch," said the soldier.


"Vois-tu ce grand arbre?" dit la sorcière. "Il est entièrement creux. Grimpe au sommet, tu verras un trou, tu t'y laisseras glisser jusqu'au fond. Je t'attacherai une corde autour du corps pour te remonter quand tu m'appelleras."
"Do you see that large tree," said the witch, pointing to a tree which stood beside them. "Well, it is quite hollow inside, and you must climb to the top, when you will see a hole, through which you can let yourself down into the tree to a great depth. I will tie a rope round your body, so that I can pull you up again when you call out to me."


"Mais qu'est-ce que je ferai au fond de l'arbre?"
"But what am I to do, down there in the tree?" asked the soldier.


"Tu y prendras de l'argent," dit la sorcière. Quand tu seras au fond, tu te trouveras dans une grande galerie éclairée par des centaines de lampes. Devant toi il y aura trois portes. Tu pourras les ouvrir, les clés sont dessus. Si tu entres dans la première chambre, tu verras un grand chien assis au beau milieu sur un coffre. Il a des yeux grands comme des soucoupes, mais ne t'inquiète pas de ça. Je te donnerai mon tablier à carreaux bleus que tu étendras par terre, tu saisiras le chien et tu le poseras sur mon tablier. Puis tu ouvriras le coffre et tu prendras autant de pièces que tu voudras. Celles-là sont en cuivre... Si tu préfères des pièces d'argent, tu iras dans la deuxième chambre! Un chien y est assis avec des yeux grands comme des roues de moulin. Ne t'inquiète encore pas de ça. Pose-le sur mon tablier et prends des pièces d'argent, autant que tu en veux. Mais si tu préfères l'or, je peux aussi t'en donner - et combien! - tu n'as qu'à entrer dans la troisième chambre. Ne t'inquiète toujours pas du chien assis sur le coffre. Celui-ci a les yeux grands comme la Tour Ronde de Copenhague et je t'assure que pour un chien, c'en est un. Pose-le sur mon tablier et n'aie pas peur, il ne te fera aucun mal. Prends dans le coffre autant de pièces d'or que tu voudras.
"Get money," she replied; "for you must know that when you reach the ground under the tree, you will find yourself in a large hall, lighted up by three hundred lamps; you will then see three doors, which can be easily opened, for the keys are in all the locks. On entering the first of the chambers, to which these doors lead, you will see a large chest, standing in the middle of the floor, and upon it a dog seated, with a pair of eyes as large as teacups. But you need not be at all afraid of him; I will give you my blue checked apron, which you must spread upon the floor, and then boldly seize hold of the dog, and place him upon it. You can then open the chest, and take from it as many pence as you please, they are only copper pence; but if you would rather have silver money, you must go into the second chamber. Here you will find another dog, with eyes as big as mill-wheels; but do not let that trouble you. Place him upon my apron, and then take what money you please. If, however, you like gold best, enter the third chamber, where there is another chest full of it. The dog who sits on this chest is very dreadful; his eyes are as big as a tower, but do not mind him. If he also is placed upon my apron, he cannot hurt you, and you may take from the chest what gold you will."


"Ce n'est pas mal du tout ça," dit le soldat. "Mais qu'est-ce qu'il faudra que je te donne à toi la vieille? Je suppose que tu veux quelque chose."
"This is not a bad story," said the soldier; "but what am I to give you, you old witch? For, of course, you do not mean to tell me all this for nothing."


"Pas un sou," dit la sorcière. "Rapporte-moi le vieux briquet que ma grand-mère a oublié la dernière fois qu'elle est descendue dans l'arbre."
"No," said the witch; "but I do not ask for a single penny. Only promise to bring me an old tinder-box, which my grandmother left behind the last time she went down there."


"Bon," dit le soldat, "attache-moi la corde autour du corps."
"Very well; I promise. Now tie the rope round my body."


"Voilà, et voici mon tablier à carreaux bleus."
"Here it is," replied the witch; "and here is my blue checked apron."


Le soldat grimpa dans l'arbre, se laissa glisser dans le trou, et le voilà, comme la sorcière l'avait annoncé, dans la galerie où brillaient des centaines de lampes.
As soon as the rope was tied, the soldier climbed up the tree, and let himself down through the hollow to the ground beneath; and here he found, as the witch had told him, a large hall, in which many hundred lamps were all burning.


Il ouvrit la première porte. Oh! le chien qui avait des yeux grands comme des soucoupes le regardait fixement.
Then he opened the first door. "Ah!" there sat the dog, with the eyes as large as teacups, staring at him.


"Tu es une brave bête," lui dit le soldat en le posant vivement sur le tablier de la sorcière. Il prit autant de pièces de cuivre qu'il put en mettre dans sa poche, referma le couvercle du coffre, posa le chien dessus et entra dans la deuxième chambre. Brrr!! le chien qui y était assis avait, réellement, les yeux grands comme des roues de moulin.
"You're a pretty fellow," said the soldier, seizing him, and placing him on the witch's apron, while he filled his pockets from the chest with as many pieces as they would hold. Then he closed the lid, seated the dog upon it again, and walked into another chamber, and, sure enough, there sat the dog with eyes as big as mill-wheels.


"Ne me regarde pas comme ça," lui dit le soldat, "tu pourrais te faire mal." Il posa le chien sur le tablier, mais en voyant dans le coffre toutes ces pièces d'argent, il jeta bien vite les sous en cuivre et remplit ses poches et son sac d'argent. Puis il passa dans la troisième chambre. Mais quel horrible spectacle! Les yeux du chien qui se tenait là étaient vraiment grands chacun comme la Tour Ronde de Copenhague et ils tournaient dans sa tête comme des roues.
"You had better not look at me in that way," said the soldier; "you will make your eyes water;" and then he seated him also upon the apron, and opened the chest. But when he saw what a quantity of silver money it contained, he very quickly threw away all the coppers he had taken, and filled his pockets and his knapsack with nothing but silver. Then he went into the third room, and there the dog was really hideous; his eyes were, truly, as big as towers, and they turned round and round in his head like wheels.


"Bonsoir," dit le soldat en portant la main à son képi, car de sa vie, il n'avait encore vu un chien pareil et il l'examina quelque peu. Mais bientôt il se ressaisit, posa le chien sur le tablier, ouvrit le coffre. Dieu! ... que d'or! Il pourrait acheter tout Copenhague avec ça, tous les cochons en sucre des pâtissiers et les soldats de plomb et les fouets et les chevaux à bascule du monde entier. Quel trésor! Il jeta bien vite toutes les pièces d'argent et prit de l'or. Ses poches, son sac, son képi et ses bottes, il les remplit au point de ne presque plus pouvoir marcher. Eh bien! il en avait de l'argent cette fois! Vite il replaça le chien sur le coffre, referma la porte et cria dans le tronc de l'arbre: "Remonte-moi, vieille."
"Good morning," said the soldier, touching his cap, for he had never seen such a dog in his life. But after looking at him more closely, he thought he had been civil enough, so he placed him on the floor, and opened the chest. Good gracious, what a quantity of gold there was! enough to buy all the sugar-sticks of the sweet-stuff women; all the tin soldiers, whips, and rocking-horses in the world, or even the whole town itself There was, indeed, an immense quantity. So the soldier now threw away all the silver money he had taken, and filled his pockets and his knapsack with gold instead; and not only his pockets and his knapsack, but even his cap and boots, so that he could scarcely walk. He was really rich now; so he replaced the dog on the chest, closed the door, and called up through the tree: "Now pull me out, you old witch."


"As-tu le briquet?" demanda-t-elle.
"Have you got the tinder-box?" asked the witch.


"Ma foi, je l'avais tout à fait oublié," fit-il, et il retourna le prendre. Puis la sorcière le hissa jusqu'en haut et le voilà sur la route avec ses poches, son sac, son képi, ses bottes pleines d'or!
"No; I declare I quite forgot it." So he went back and fetched the tinderbox, and then the witch drew him up out of the tree, and he stood again in the high road, with his pockets, his knapsack, his cap, and his boots full of gold.


"Qu'est-ce que tu vas faire de ce briquet?" demanda-t-il.
"What are you going to do with the tinder-box?" asked the soldier.


"Ça ne te regarde pas, tu as l'argent, donne-moi le briquet!"
"That is nothing to you," replied the witch; "you have the money, now give me the tinder-box."


"Taratata," dit le soldat. "Tu vas me dire tout de suite ce que tu vas faire de ce briquet ou je tire mon sabre et je te coupe la tète."
"I tell you what," said the soldier, "if you don't tell me what you are going to do with it, I will draw my sword and cut off your head."


"Non," dit la vieille sorcière.
"No," said the witch.


Alors, il lui coupa le cou. La pauvre tomba par terre et elle y resta. Mais lui serra l'argent dans le le tablier, en fit un baluchon qu'il lança sur son épaule, mit le briquet dans sa poche et marcha vers la ville.
The soldier immediately cut off her head, and there she lay on the ground. Then he tied up all his money in her apron, and slung it on his back like a bundle, put the tinderbox in his pocket, and walked off to the nearest town.


Une belle ville c'était. Il alla à la meilleure auberge, demanda les plus belles chambres, commanda ses plats favoris. Puisqu'il était riche.
It was a very nice town, and he put up at the best inn, and ordered a dinner of all his favourite dishes, for now he was rich and had plenty of money.


Le valet qui cira ses chaussures se dit en lui-même que pour un monsieur aussi riche, il avait de bien vieilles bottes. Mais dès le lendemain, le soldat acheta des souliers neufs et aussi des vêtements convenables. Alors il devint un monsieur distingué. Les gens ne lui parlaient que de tout ce qu'il y avait d'élégant dans la ville et de leur roi, et de sa fille, la ravissante princesse.
The servant, who cleaned his boots, thought they certainly were a shabby pair to be worn by such a rich gentleman, for he had not yet bought any new ones. The next day, however, he procured some good clothes and proper boots, so that our soldier soon became known as a fine gentleman, and the people visited him, and told him all the wonders that were to be seen in the town, and of the king's beautiful daughter, the princess.


"Où peut-on la voir?" demandait le soldat.
"Where can I see her?" asked the soldier.


"On ne peut pas la voir du tout," lui répondait-on. "Elle habite un grand château aux toits de cuivre entouré de murailles et de tours. Seul le roi peut entrer chez elle à sa guise car on lui a prédit que sa fille épouserait un simple soldat; et un roi n'aime pas ça du tout."
"She is not to be seen at all," they said; "she lives in a large copper castle, surrounded by walls and towers. No one but the king himself can pass in or out, for there has been a prophecy that she will marry a common soldier, and the king cannot bear to think of such a marriage."


Que je voudrais la connaître! dit le soldat, mais il savait bien que c'était tout à fait impossible.
"I should like very much to see her," thought the soldier; but he could not obtain permission to do so.


Alors il mena une joyeuse vie, alla à la comédie, roula carrosse dans le jardin du roi, donna aux pauvres beaucoup d'argent - et cela de grand coeur - se souvenant des jours passés et sachant combien les indigents ont de peine à avoir quelques sous. Il était riche maintenant et bien habillé, il eut beaucoup d'amis qui, tous, disaient de lui: "Quel homme charmant, quel vrai gentilhomme!" Cela le flattait. Mais comme il dépensait tous les jours beaucoup d'argent et qu'il n'en rentrait jamais dans sa bourse, le moment vint où il ne lui resta presque plus rien. Il dut quitter les belles chambres, aller loger dans une mansarde sous les toits, brosser lui-même ses chaussures, tirer l'aiguille à repriser. Aucun ami ne venait plus le voir... trop d'étages à monter.
However, he passed a very pleasant time; went to the theatre, drove in the king's garden, and gave a great deal of money to the poor, which was very good of him; he remembered what it had been in olden times to be without a shilling. Now he was rich, had fine clothes, and many friends, who all declared he was a fine fellow and a real gentleman, and all this gratified him exceedingly. But his money would not last forever; and as he spent and gave away a great deal daily, and received none, he found himself at last with only two shillings left. So he was obliged to leave his elegant rooms, and live in a little garret under the roof, where he had to clean his own boots, and even mend them with a large needle. None of his friends came to see him, there were too many stairs to mount up.


Par un soir très sombre - il n'avait même plus les moyens de s'acheter une chandelle - il se souvint qu'il en avait un tout petit bout dans sa poche et aussi le briquet trouvé dans l'arbre creux où la sorcière l'avait fait descendre. Il battit le silex du briquet et au moment où l'étincelle jaillit, voilà que la porte s'ouvre. Le chien aux yeux grands comme des soucoupes est devant lui. "Qu'ordonne mon maître?" demande le chien.
One dark evening, he had not even a penny to buy a candle; then all at once he remembered that there was a piece of candle stuck in the tinder-box, which he had brought from the old tree, into which the witch had helped him. He found the tinder-box, but no sooner had he struck a few sparks from the flint and steel, than the door flew open and the dog with eyes as big as teacups, whom he had seen while down in the tree, stood before him, and said, "What orders, master?"


"Quoi!" dit le soldat. "Voilà un fameux briquet s'il me fait avoir tout ce que je veux. Apporte-moi un peu d'argent." Hop! voilà l'animal parti et hop! le voilà revenu portant, dans sa gueule, une bourse pleine de pièces de cuivre.
"Hallo," said the soldier; "well this is a pleasant tinderbox, if it brings me all I wish for." - "Bring me some money," said he to the dog. He was gone in a moment, and presently returned, carrying a large bag of coppers in his month.


Alors le soldat comprit quel briquet miraculeux il avait là. S'il le battait une fois, C'était le chien assis sur le coffre aux monnaies de cuivre qui venait, s'il le battait deux fois, c'était celui qui gardait les pièces d'argent et s'il battait trois fois son briquet, C'était le gardien des pièces d'or qui apparaissait. Notre soldat put ainsi redescendre dans les plus belles chambres, remettre ses vêtements luxueux. Ses amis le reconnurent immédiatement et même ils avaient beaucoup d'affection pour lui.
The soldier very soon discovered after this the value of the tinder-box. If he struck the flint once, the dog who sat on the chest of copper money made his appearance; if twice, the dog came from the chest of silver; and if three times, the dog with eyes like towers, who watched over the gold. The soldier had now plenty of money; he returned to his elegant rooms, and reappeared in his fine clothes, so that his friends knew him again directly, and made as much of him as before.


Cependant un jour, il se dit: "C'est tout de même dommage qu'on ne puisse voir cette princesse. On dit qu'elle est si charmante! A quoi bon si elle doit toujours rester prisonnière dans le grand château aux toits de cuivre avec toutes ces tours? Est-il vraiment impossible que je la voie? Où est mon briquet?" Il fit jaillir une étincelle et le chien aux yeux grands comme des soucoupes apparut.
After a while he began to think it was very strange that no one could get a look at the princess. "Every one says she is very beautiful," thought he to himself; "but what is the use of that if she is to be shut up in a copper castle surrounded by so many towers. Can I by any means get to see her. Stop! where is my tinder-box?" Then he struck a light, and in a moment the dog, with eyes as big as teacups, stood before him.


"Il est vrai qu'on est au milieu de la nuit," lui dit le soldat, "mais j'ai une envie folle de voir la princesse."
"It is midnight," said the soldier, "yet I should very much like to see the princess, if only for a moment."


En un clin d'oeil, le chien était dehors, et l'instant d'après, il était de retour portant la princesse couchée sur son dos. Elle dormait et elle était si gracieuse qu'en la voyant, chacun aurait reconnu que c'était une vraie princesse. Le jeune homme n'y tint plus, il ne put s'empêcher de lui donner un baiser car, lui, c'était un vrai soldat.
The dog disappeared instantly, and before the soldier could even look round, he returned with the princess. She was lying on the dog's back asleep, and looked so lovely, that every one who saw her would know she was a real princess. The soldier could not help kissing her, true soldier as he was.


Vite le chien courut ramener la jeune fille au château, mais le lendemain matin, comme le roi et la reine prenaient le thé avec elle, la princesse leur dit qu'elle avait rêvé la nuit d'un chien et d'un soldat et que le soldat lui avait donné un baiser.
Then the dog ran back with the princess; but in the morning, while at breakfast with the king and queen, she told them what a singular dream she had had during the night, of a dog and a soldier, that she had ridden on the dog's back, and been kissed by the soldier.


"Eh bien! en voilà une histoire!" dit la reine.
"That is a very pretty story, indeed," said the queen.


Une des vieilles dames de la cour reçut l'ordre de veiller toute la nuit suivante auprès du lit de la princesse pour voir si c'était vraiment un rêve ou bien ce que cela pouvait être!
So the next night one of the old ladies of the court was set to watch by the princess's bed, to discover whether it really was a dream, or what else it might be.


Le soldat se languissait de revoir l'exquise princesse! Le chien revint donc la nuit, alla la chercher, courut aussi vite que possible - mais la vieille dame de la cour avait mis de grandes bottes et elle courait derrière lui et aussi vite. Lorsqu'elle les vit disparaître dans la grande maison, elle pensa: "Je sais maintenant où elle va," et, avec un morceau de craie, elle dessina une grande croix sur le portail. Puis elle rentra se coucher. Le chien, en revenant avec la princesse, vit la croix sur le portail et traça des croix sur toutes les portes de la ville. Et ça, c'était très malin de sa part; ainsi la dame de la cour ne pourrait plus s'y reconnaître.
The soldier longed very much to see the princess once more, so he sent for the dog again in the night to fetch her, and to run with her as fast as ever he could. But the old lady put on water boots, and ran after him as quickly as he did, and found that he carried the princess into a large house. She thought it would help her to remember the place if she made a large cross on the door with a piece of chalk. Then she went home to bed, and the dog presently returned with the princess. But when he saw that a cross had been made on the door of the house, where the soldier lived, he took another piece of chalk and made crosses on all the doors in the town, so that the lady-in-waiting might not be able to find out the right door.


Au matin, le roi, la reine, la vieille dame et tous les officiers sortirent pour voir où la princesse avait été.
Early the next morning the king and queen accompanied the lady and all the officers of the household, to see where the princess had been.


"C'est là, dit le roi dès qu'il aperçut la première porte avec une croix.
"Here it is," said the king, when they came to the first door with a cross on it.


"Non, c'est ici mon cher époux," dit la reine en s'arrêtant devant la deuxième porte.
"No, my dear husband, it must be that one," said the queen, pointing to a second door having a cross also.


"Mais voilà une croix - en voilà une autre," dirent-ils tous, il est bien inutile de chercher davantage.
"And here is one, and there is another!" they all exclaimed; for there were crosses on all the doors in every direction. So they felt it would be useless to search any farther.


Cependant, la reine était une femme rusée, elle savait bien d'autres choses que de monter en carrosse. Elle prit ses grands ciseaux d'or et coupa en morceaux une pièce de soie, puis cousit un joli sachet qu'elle remplit de farine de sarrasin très fine. Elle attacha cette bourse sur le dos de sa fille et perça au fond un petit trou afin que la farine se répande tout le long du chemin que suivrait la princesse.
But the queen was a very clever woman; she could do a great deal more than merely ride in a carriage. She took her large gold scissors, cut a piece of silk into squares, and made a neat little bag. This bag she filled with buckwheat flour, and tied it round the princess's neck; and then she cut a small hole in the bag, so that the flour might be scattered on the ground as the princess went along.


Le chien revint encore la nuit, amena la princesse sur son dos auprès du soldat qui l'aimait tant et qui aurait voulu être un prince pour l'épouser.
During the night, the dog came again and carried the princess on his back, and ran with her to the soldier, who loved her very much, and wished that he had been a prince, so that he might have her for a wife.


Mais le chien n'avait pas vu la farine répandue sur le chemin depuis le château jusqu'à la fenêtre du soldat. Le lendemain, le roi et la reine n'eurent aucune peine à voir où leur fille avait été. Le soldat fut saisi et jeté dans un cachot lugubre!
The dog did not observe how the flour ran out of the bag all the way from the castle wall to the soldier's house, and even up to the window, where he had climbed with the princess. Therefore in the morning the king and queen found out where their daughter had been, and the soldier was taken up and put in prison.


Oh! qu'il y faisait noir! "Demain, tu seras pendu," lui dit-on. Ce n'est pas une chose agréable à entendre, d'autant plus qu'il avait oublié son briquet à l'auberge. Derrière les barreaux de fer de sa petite fenêtre, il vit le matin suivant les gens qui se dépêchaient de sortir de la ville pour aller le voir pendre. Il entendait les roulements de tambours, les soldats défilaient au pas cadencé. Un petit apprenti cordonnier courait à une telle allure qu'une de ses savates vola en l'air et alla frapper le mur près des barreaux au travers desquels le soldat regardait.
Oh, how dark and disagreeable it was as he sat there, and the people said to him, "To-morrow you will be hanged." It was not very pleasant news, and besides, he had left the tinder-box at the inn. In the morning he could see through the iron grating of the little window how the people were hastening out of the town to see him hanged; he heard the drums beating, and saw the soldiers marching. Every one ran out to look at them, and a shoemaker's boy, with a leather apron and slippers on, galloped by so fast, that one of his slippers flew off and struck against the wall where the soldier sat looking through the iron grating.


"Hé! ne te presse pas tant. Rien ne se passera que je ne sois arrivé. Mais si tu veux courir à l'auberge où j'habitais et me rapporter mon briquet, je te donnerai quatre sous. Mais en vitesse." Le gamin ne demandait pas mieux que de gagner quatre sous. Il prit ses jambes à son cou, trouva le briquet...
"Hallo, you shoemaker's boy, you need not be in such a hurry," cried the soldier to him. "There will be nothing to see till I come; but if you will run to the house where I have been living, and bring me my tinder-box, you shall have four shillings, but you must put your best foot foremost." The shoemaker's boy liked the idea of getting the four shillings, so he ran very fast and fetched the tinder-box, and gave it to the soldier. And now we shall see what happened.


En dehors de la ville, on avait dressé un gibet autour duquel se tenaient les soldats et des centaines de milliers de gens. Le roi, la reine étaient assis sur de superbes trônes et en face d'eux, les juges et tout le conseil.
Outside the town a large gibbet had been erected, round which stood the soldiers and several thousands of people. The king and the queen sat on splendid thrones opposite to the judges and the whole council.


Déjà le soldat était monté sur l'échelle, mais comme le bourreau allait lui passer la corde au cou, il demanda la permission - toujours accordée, dit-il à un condamné à mort avant de subir sa peine - d'exprimer un désir bien innocent, celui de fumer une pipe, la dernière en ce monde.
The soldier already stood on the ladder; but as they were about to place the rope around his neck, he said that an innocent request was often granted to a poor criminal before he suffered death. He wished very much to smoke a pipe, as it would be the last pipe he should ever smoke in the world.


Le roi ne voulut pas le lui refuser et le soldat se mit à battre son briquet: une fois, deux fois, trois fois! et hop! voilà les trois chiens: celui qui avait des yeux comme des soucoupes, celui qui avait des yeux comme des roues de moulin et celui qui avait des yeux grands chacun comme la Tour Ronde de Copenhague.
The king could not refuse this request, so the soldier took his tinder-box, and struck fire, once, twice, thrice, and there in a moment stood all the dogs; the one with eyes as big as teacups, the one with eyes as large as mill-wheels, and the third, whose eyes were like towers.


"Empêchez-moi maintenant d'être pendu!" leur cria le soldat. Alors les chiens sautèrent sur les juges et sur tous les membres du conseil, les prirent dans leur gueule, l'un par les jambes, l'autre par le nez, les lancèrent en l'air si haut qu'en tombant, ils se brisaient en mille morceaux.
"Help me now, that I may not be hanged," cried the soldier. And the dogs fell upon the judges and all the councillors; seized one by the legs, and another by the nose, and tossed them many feet high in the air, so that they fell down and were dashed to pieces.


"Je ne tolérerai pas," commença le roi. Mais le plus grand chien le saisit ainsi que la reine et les lança en l'air à leur tour. Les soldats en étaient épouvantés et la foule cria: "Petit soldat, tu seras notre roi et tu épouseras notre délicieuse princesse."
"I will not be touched," said the king. But the largest dog seized him, as well as the queen, and threw them after the others. Then the soldiers and all the people were afraid, and cried, "Good soldier, you shall be our king, and you shall marry the beautiful princess."


On fit monter le soldat dans le carrosse royal et les trois chiens gambadaient devant en criant 'bravo'. Les jeunes gens sifflaient dans leur doigts, les soldats présentaient les armes. La princesse fut tirée de son château aux toits de cuivre et elle devint reine, ce qui lui plaisait beaucoup. La noce dura huit jours, les chiens étaient à table et roulaient de très grands yeux.
So they placed the soldier in the king's carriage, and the three dogs ran on in front and cried "Hurrah!" and the little boys whistled through their fingers, and the soldiers presented arms. The princess came out of the copper castle, and became queen, which was very pleasing to her. The wedding festivities lasted a whole week, and the dogs sat at the table, and stared with all their eyes.