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Mother Trudy
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Mother Trudy - Fairy Tale by the Brothers Grimm

Reading time for children: 3 min

Attention: This is a scary story.

There was once a little girl who was obstinate and inquisitive, and when her parents told her to do anything, she did not obey them, so how could she fare well? One day she said to her parents, „I have heard so much of Mother Trudy, I will go to her some day. People say that everything about her does look so strange, and that there are such odd things in her house, that I have become quite curious!“

Mother Trudy Fairy Tale

Her parents absolutely forbade her, and said, „Mother Trudy is a bad woman, who does wicked things, and if thou goest to her; thou art no longer our child.“ But the maiden did not let herself be turned aside by her parent’s prohibition, and still went to Mother Trudy. And when she got to her, Mother Trudy said:

„Why art thou so pale?“

„Ah,“ she replied, and her whole body trembled, „I have been so terrified at what I have seen.“

„What hast thou seen?“

„I saw a black man on your steps.“

„That was a collier.“

„Then I saw a green man.“

„That was a huntsman.“

„After that I saw a blood-red man.“

„That was a butcher.“

„Ah, Mother Trudy, I was terrified; I looked through the window and saw not you, but, as I verily believe, the devil himself with a head of fire.“

„Oho!“ said she, „then thou hast seen the witch in her proper costume. I have been waiting for thee, and wanting thee a long time already; thou shalt give me some light.“

Then she changed the girl into a block of wood, and threw it into the fire. And when it was in full blaze she sat down close to it, and warmed herself by it, and said:

„That shines bright for once in a way.“

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Informations for scientific analysis

Fairy tale statistics
NumberKHM 43
Aarne-Thompson-Uther-IndexATU Typ 334
Translations deutsch
Readability Index by Björnsson23.7
Flesch-Reading-Ease Index88.1
Flesch–Kincaid Grade-Level4.4
Gunning Fog Index7.1
Coleman–Liau Index6.9
SMOG Index7.5
Automated Readability Index3.6
Character Count1.596
Letter Count1.163
Sentence Count22
Word Count302
Average Words per Sentence13,73
Words with more than 6 letters30
Percentage of long words9.9%
Number of Syllables374
Average Syllables per Word1,24
Words with three Syllables12
Percentage Words with three Syllables4%

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