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The crumbs on the table
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The crumbs on the table - Fairy Tale by the Brothers Grimm

Reading time for children: 2 min

A countryman one day said to his little puppies: „Come into the parlour and enjoy yourselves, and pick up the bread-crumbs on the table; your mistress has gone out to pay some visits.“ Then the little dogs said: „No, no, we will not go. If the mistress gets to know it, she will beat us.“ The countryman said: „She will know nothing about it. Do come; after all, she never gives you anything good.“ Then the little dogs again said: „Nay, nay, we must let it alone; we must not go.“ But the countryman let them have no peace until at last they went, and got on the table, and ate up the bread-crumbs with all their might. But at that very moment the mistress came, and seized the stick in great haste, and beat them and treated them very hardly. And when they were outside the house, the little dogs said to the countryman: „Dost, dost, dost, dost, dost thou see?“ Then the countryman laughed and said: „Didn’t, didn’t, didn’t, you expect it?“ So they just had to run away.

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Informations for scientific analysis

Fairy tale statistics
NumberKHM 190
Aarne-Thompson-Uther-IndexATU Typ 236
Translations deutsch
Readability Index by Björnsson25.4
Flesch-Reading-Ease Index84.5
Flesch–Kincaid Grade-Level5.6
Gunning Fog Index8
Coleman–Liau Index7.9
SMOG Index7.5
Automated Readability Index5.8
Character Count972
Letter Count736
Sentence Count11
Word Count183
Average Words per Sentence16,64
Words with more than 6 letters16
Percentage of long words8.7%
Number of Syllables228
Average Syllables per Word1,25
Words with three Syllables6
Percentage Words with three Syllables3.3%

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