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Fair Katrinelje and Pif-Paf-Poltrie
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Fair Katrinelje and Pif-Paf-Poltrie - Fairy Tale by the Brothers Grimm

Reading time for children: 3 min

„Good-day, Father Hollenthe.“ – „Many thanks, Pif-paf-poltrie.“ – „May I be allowed to have your daughter?“ – „Oh, yes, if Mother Malcho (Milch-cow), Brother High-and-Mighty, Sister K“setraut, and fair Katrinelje are willing, you can have her.“

„Where is Mother Malcho, then?“ – „She is in the cow-house, milking the cow.“

„Good-day, Mother Malcho.“ – „Many thanks, Pif-paf-poltrie.“ – „May I be allowed to have your daughter?“ – „Oh, yes, if Father Hollenthe, Brother High-and-Mighty, Sister K“setraut, and fair Katrinelje are willing, you can have her.“ – „Where is Brother High-and-Mighty, then?“ – „He is in the room chopping some wood.“ – „Good-day, Brother High-and-Mighty.“ – „Many thanks, Pif-paf-poltrie.“ – „May I be allowed to have your sister?“ – „Oh, yes, if Father Hollenthe, Mother Malcho, Sister K“setraut, and fair Katrinelje are willing, you can have her.“ – „Where is Sister K“setraut, then?“ – „She is in the garden cutting cabbages.“ – „Good-day, sister K“setraut.“ – „Many thanks, Pif-paf-poltrie.“ – „May I be allowed to have your sister?“ – „Oh, yes, if Father Hollenthe, Mother Malcho, Brother High-and-Mighty, and fair Katrinelje are willing, you may have her.“ – „Where is fair Katrinelje, then?“ – „She is in the room counting out her farthings.“ – „Good day, fair Katrinelje.“ – „Many thanks, Pif-paf-poltrie.“ – „Wilt thou be my bride?“ – „Oh, yes, if Father Hollenthe, Mother Malcho, Brother High-and-Mighty, and Sister K“setraut are willing, I am ready.“

„Fair Katrinelje, how much dowry do hast thou?“ – „Fourteen farthings in ready money, three and a half groschen owing to me, half a pound of dried apples, a handful of fried bread, and a handful of spices.

And many other things are mine,
Have I not a dowry fine? „Pif-paf-poltrie, what is thy trade? Art thou a tailor?“ – „Something better.“ – „A shoemaker?“ – „Something better.“ – „A husbandman?“ – „Something better.“ – „A joiner?“ – „Something better.“ – „A smith?“ – „Something better.“ – „A miller?“ – „Something better.“ – „Perhaps a broom-maker?“ – „Yes, that’s what I am, is it not a fine trade?“

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Informations for scientific analysis


Fairy tale statistics
Value
NumberKHM 131
Aarne-Thompson-Uther-IndexATU Typ 2019
Translations deutsch
Readability Index by Björnsson25.3
Flesch-Reading-Ease Index77.5
Flesch–Kincaid Grade-Level4.3
Gunning Fog Index4.5
Coleman–Liau Index9.8
SMOG Index7.5
Automated Readability Index2.8
Character Count2.096
Letter Count1.484
Sentence Count46
Word Count341
Average Words per Sentence7,41
Words with more than 6 letters61
Percentage of long words17.9%
Number of Syllables491
Average Syllables per Word1,44
Words with three Syllables25
Percentage Words with three Syllables7.3%

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