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The three sluggards
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The three sluggards - Fairy Tale by the Brothers Grimm

Reading time for children: 2 min

A certain King had three sons who were all equally dear to him, and he did not know which of them to appoint as his successor after his own death. When the time came when he was about to die, he summoned them to his bedside and said, „Dear children, I have been thinking of something which I will declare unto you; whichsoever of you is the laziest shall have the kingdom.“ The eldest said, „Then, father, the kingdom is mine, for I am so idle that if I lie down to rest, and a drop falls in my eye, I will not open it that I may sleep.“ The second said; „Father, the kingdom belongs to me, for I am so idle that when I am sitting by the fire warming myself, I would rather let my heel be burnt off than draw back my leg.“ The third said, „Father, the kingdom is mine, for I am so idle that if I were going to be hanged, and had the rope already round my neck, and any one put a sharp knife into my hand with which I might cut the rope, I would rather let myself be hanged than raise my hand to the rope.“ When the father heard that, he said, „Thou hast carried it the farthest, and shalt be King.“

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Informations for scientific analysis

Fairy tale statistics
NumberKHM 151
Aarne-Thompson-Uther-IndexATU Typ 1950
Translations deutsch
Readability Index by Björnsson47.2
Flesch-Reading-Ease Index66.6
Flesch–Kincaid Grade-Level12
Gunning Fog Index16
Coleman–Liau Index6.1
SMOG Index9
Automated Readability Index12
Character Count1.098
Letter Count835
Sentence Count6
Word Count224
Average Words per Sentence37,33
Words with more than 6 letters22
Percentage of long words9.8%
Number of Syllables271
Average Syllables per Word1,21
Words with three Syllables6
Percentage Words with three Syllables2.7%

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