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The Old Beggar Woman
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The Old Beggar Woman - Fairy Tale by the Brothers Grimm

Reading time for children: 2 min

There was once an old woman, but thou hast surely seen an old woman go a-begging before now? This woman begged likewise, and when she got anything she said, „May God reward you.“ The beggar- woman came to a door, and there by the fire a friendly rogue of a boy was standing warming himself. The boy said kindly to the poor old woman as she was standing shivering thus by the door, „Come, old mother, and warm yourself.“ She came in, but stood too near the fire, so that her old rags began to burn, and she was not aware of it. The boy stood and saw that, but he ought to have put the flames out. Is it not true that he ought to have put them out? And if he had not any water, then should he have wept all the water in his body out of his eyes, and that would have supplied two pretty streams with which to extinguish them.

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Informations for scientific analysis


Fairy tale statistics
Value
NumberKHM 150
Translations deutsch
Readability Index by Björnsson28.6
Flesch-Reading-Ease Index83.3
Flesch–Kincaid Grade-Level6.8
Gunning Fog Index9.3
Coleman–Liau Index6.6
SMOG Index7.3
Automated Readability Index6.8
Character Count822
Letter Count631
Sentence Count8
Word Count166
Average Words per Sentence20,75
Words with more than 6 letters13
Percentage of long words7.8%
Number of Syllables201
Average Syllables per Word1,21
Words with three Syllables4
Percentage Words with three Syllables2.4%

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