ESPAÑOL

La princesa del guisante

ENGLISH

The princess and the pea


Érase una vez un príncipe que quería casarse con una princesa, pero que fuese una princesa de verdad. En su busca recorrió todo el mundo, mas siempre había algún pero. Princesas había muchas, mas nunca lograba asegurarse de que lo fueran de veras; cada vez encontraba algo que le parecía sospechoso. Así regresó a su casa muy triste, pues estaba empeñado en encontrar a una princesa auténtica.
Once upon a time there was a prince who wanted to marry a princess; but she woul have to be a real princess. He travelled all over the world to find one, but nowhere could he get what he wanted. There were princesses enough, but it was difficult to find out whether they were real ones. There was always something about them that was not as it should be. So he came home again and was sad, for he would have liked very much to have a real princess.


Una tarde estalló una terrible tempestad; sucedíanse sin interrupción los rayos y los truenos, y llovía a cántaros; era un tiempo espantoso. En éstas llamaron a la puerta de la ciudad, y el anciano Rey acudió a abrir.
One evening a terrible storm came on; there was thunder and lightning, and the rain poured down in torrents. Suddenly a knocking was heard at the city gate, and the old king went to open it.


Una princesa estaba en la puerta; pero ¡santo Dios, cómo la habían puesto la lluvia y el mal tiempo! El agua le chorreaba por el cabello y los vestidos, se le metía por las cañas de los zapatos y le salía por los tacones; pero ella afirmaba que era una princesa verdadera.
It was a princess standing out there in front of the gate. But, good gracious! what a sight the rain and the wind had made her look. The water ran down from her hair and clothes; it ran down into the toes of her shoes and out again at the heels. And yet she said that she was a real princess.


"Pronto lo sabremos," pensó la vieja Reina, y, sin decir palabra, se fue al dormitorio, levantó la cama y puso un guisante sobre la tela metálica; luego amontonó encima veinte colchones, y encima de éstos, otros tantos edredones.
"Well, we'll soon find that out," thought the old queen. But she said nothing, went into the bed-room, took all the bedding off the bedstead, and laid a pea on the bottom; then she took twenty mattresses and laid them on the pea, and then twenty eider-down beds on top of the mattresses.


En esta cama debía dormir la princesa.
On this the princess had to lie all night.


Por la mañana le preguntaron qué tal había descansado.
In the morning she was asked how she had slept.


"¡Oh, muy mal!" exclamó. "No he pegado un ojo en toda la noche. ¡Sabe Dios lo que habría en la cama! ¡Era algo tan duro, que tengo el cuerpo lleno de cardenales! ¡Horrible!"
"Oh, very badly!" said she. "I have scarcely closed my eyes all night. Heaven only knows what was in the bed, but I was lying on something hard, so that I am black and blue all over my body. It's horrible!"


Entonces vieron que era una princesa de verdad, puesto que, a pesar de los veinte colchones y los veinte edredones, había sentido el guisante. Nadie, sino una verdadera princesa, podía ser tan sensible.
Now they knew that she was a real princess because she had felt the pea right through the twenty mattresses and the twenty eider-down beds. Nobody but a real princess could be as sensitive as that.


El príncipe la tomó por esposa, pues se había convencido de que se casaba con una princesa hecha y derecha; y el guisante pasó al museo, donde puede verse todavía, si nadie se lo ha llevado.
So the prince took her for his wife, for now he knew that he had a real princess; and the pea was put in the museum, where it may still be seen, if no one has stolen it.


Esto sí que es una historia, ¿verdad?
There, that is a true story.





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