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Hansel and Gretel

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Hansel and Gretel Part V
With nothing else to fear, the children sat down and enjoyed a feast of cookies, fresh bread, and candies.
With nothing else to fear, the children sat down and enjoyed a feast of cookies, fresh bread, and candies.
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Below is the fifth part of "Hansel and Gretel."

When four weeks had passed and Hansel still seemed quite lean, the old witch lost all her patience. She could not wait any longer. Gretel," she called out. "Quick! Get some water. Whether Hansel is fat or lean, this morning I will cook him and eat him!"

"No!" Gretel shouted."You stubborn child, do as I say and do it now," the old witch demanded, pounding her cane on the cobblestone floor.

Gretel did not move.

"Fine," said the witch, "if that is how you want it then I will eat you for dessert!"

Gretel still did not move.

The witch was very angry now. "First we will bake, I have already heated the oven and kneaded the dough." She nudged Gretel up to the oven. "Creep in, and see if it is hot enough for the bread."

Gretel knew not to trust the old witch. She felt sure she would shove her into the oven if she got any closer.

"No," Gretel finally said, "I do not know how to check."

"You stubborn goose," shouted the witch, "do as I say."

"I will not," Gretel said bravely.

"Then move out of my way, and I will do it myself," the mean witch said.

The old witch shoved Gretel aside. Slowly, she hobbled over to the oven and poked her head inside.

Just as she did, Gretel gave the old witch a push. The witch fell right in the oven. Then Gretel quickly slammed the iron door and bolted it so the mean old witch could not get out.

"I told you, you would need my help," Gretel said opening the door of Hansel's cage.

Hansel sprang out of the cage and hugged his sister.

With nothing else to fear, the children sat down and enjoyed a feast of cookies, fresh bread, and candies.

"I was thinking," Hansel said after taking a large bite of cookie, "Mother and Father would enjoy such a fine meal."

"Let's go home!" both children said at once laughing.

Before leaving the old witch's home, the children wandered through the house looking for more food to take with them. Instead, they found boxes of pearls and precious stones.

To see how "Hansel and Gretel" get home, go to the next page.

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