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A riddling tale
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A riddling tale - Fairy Tale by the Brothers Grimm

Reading time for children: 1 min

Three women were changed into flowers which grew in the field, but one of them was allowed to be in her own home at night. Then once when day was drawing near, and she was forced to go back to her companions in the field and become a flower again, she said to her husband: „If thou wilt come this afternoon and gather me, I shall be set free and henceforth stay with thee.“ And he did so. Now the question is, how did her husband know her, for the flowers were exactly alike, and without any difference?

Answer: „As she was at her home during the night and not in the field, no dew fell on her as it did on the others, and by this her husband knew her.“

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Informations for scientific analysis

Fairy tale statistics
NumberKHM 160
Aarne-Thompson-Uther-IndexATU Typ 407
Translations deutsch
Readability Index by Björnsson37.7
Flesch-Reading-Ease Index75.6
Flesch–Kincaid Grade-Level9.2
Gunning Fog Index12.3
Coleman–Liau Index6.8
SMOG Index9.5
Automated Readability Index9.8
Character Count654
Letter Count503
Sentence Count5
Word Count131
Average Words per Sentence26,20
Words with more than 6 letters15
Percentage of long words11.5%
Number of Syllables162
Average Syllables per Word1,24
Words with three Syllables6
Percentage Words with three Syllables4.6%

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