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The maid of Brakel
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The maid of Brakel - Fairy Tale by the Brothers Grimm

Reading time for children: 1 min

A girl from Brakel once went to St. Anne’s Chapel at the foot of the Hinnenberg, and as she wanted to have a husband, and thought there was no one else in the chapel, she sang,

„Oh, holy Saint Anne! Help me soon to a man. Thou know’st him right well,
By Suttmer gate does he dwell,
His hair it is golden,
Thou know’st him right well.“

The clerk, however, was standing behind the altar and heard that, so he cried in a very gruff voice, „Thou shalt not have him! Thou shalt not have him!“ The maiden thought that the child Mary who stood by her mother Anne had called out that to her, and was angry, and cried, „Fiddle de dee, conceited thing, hold your tongue, and let your mother speak!“

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Informations for scientific analysis

Fairy tale statistics
NumberKHM 139
Aarne-Thompson-Uther-IndexATU Typ 1476A
Translations deutsch
Readability Index by Björnsson22.6
Flesch-Reading-Ease Index88.8
Flesch–Kincaid Grade-Level5
Gunning Fog Index7.3
Coleman–Liau Index7.3
SMOG Index6.8
Automated Readability Index5.4
Character Count690
Letter Count522
Sentence Count8
Word Count133
Average Words per Sentence16,63
Words with more than 6 letters8
Percentage of long words6%
Number of Syllables159
Average Syllables per Word1,20
Words with three Syllables3
Percentage Words with three Syllables2.3%

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