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The Hurds
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The Hurds - Fairy Tale by the Brothers Grimm

Reading time for children: 2 min

There was once on a time a maiden who was pretty, but idle and negligent. When she had to spin she was so out of temper that if there was a little knot in the flax, she at once pulled out a whole heap of it, and strewed it about on the ground beside her. Now she had a servant who was industrious, and gathered together the bits of flax which were thrown away, cleaned them, span them fine, and had a beautiful gown made out of them for herself. A young man had wooed the lazy girl, and the wedding was to take place. On the eve of the wedding, the industrious one was dancing merrily about in her pretty dress, and the bride said,-
„Ah, how that girl does jump about, dressed in my odds and ends.“

The bridegroom heard that, and asked the bride what she meant by it? Then she told him that the girl was wearing a dress make of the flax which she had thrown away. When the bridegroom heard that, and saw how idle she was, and how industrious the poor girl was, he gave her up and went to the other, and chose her as his wife.

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Informations for scientific analysis


Fairy tale statistics
Value
NumberKHM 156
Aarne-Thompson-Uther-IndexATU Typ 1451
Translations deutsch
Readability Index by Björnsson34.9
Flesch-Reading-Ease Index77.7
Flesch–Kincaid Grade-Level8.8
Gunning Fog Index12
Coleman–Liau Index6.9
SMOG Index9.3
Automated Readability Index9.6
Character Count1.027
Letter Count792
Sentence Count8
Word Count205
Average Words per Sentence25,63
Words with more than 6 letters19
Percentage of long words9.3%
Number of Syllables250
Average Syllables per Word1,22
Words with three Syllables9
Percentage Words with three Syllables4.4%

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