Once upon a time, in a kingdom far away, there lived a beautiful baby princess named Snow White. Her mother died when Snow White was born, and her lonely father soon remarried. Snow White was then raised by her vain and wicked stepmother, the Queen.
The Queen owned a magic mirror that always spoke the truth. Each day the Queen gazed into the mirror and asked, "Mirror, mirror, true and wise, who's the most beautiful in your eyes?"
And each day the mirror answered, "You are, my Queen."
The years went by, and Snow White grew up. The beautiful baby grew to be a beautiful young woman who was also helpful and kind. Her father loved her. Everyone in the kingdom loved her. Everyone, that is, except the Queen.
One day, when the Queen asked the mirror who was the most beautiful of all, the mirror replied, "You are lovely, my Queen, it is true. But Snow White is more beautiful than even you."
"What?" the Queen shrieked. "That sniveling girl? More beautiful than I? No! It can not possibly be true. Look again, foolish mirror! You speak lies."
"But it is true, my Queen," said the mirror.
"Well, not for long," said the Queen. She sent for the royal huntsman. "I have a little problem," she told the hunstman. "It is my darling stepdaughter,
"Oh, yes, Snow White," said the huntsman. "How can she be a problem? She is such a lovely girl."
"So I have been told," said the Queen. "But she is a problem to me. Take her deep into the darkest heart of the woods, so she will never find her way out, and leave her there."
"Leave her there?" said the huntsman. "Alone? But wild, hungry animals live deep in the woods."
"Exactly," said the Queen. "Make it look as if she wandered off by herself and got lost. Her father and everyone else in this kingdom adore that insipid girl. They must never find out I am the one who got rid of her. They would never
forgive me. If they do find out, you, my dear huntsman, will pay dearly."
The huntsman was terrified of the Queen, so he took Snow White into the woods, just as she had ordered. But, like everyone else in the kingdom, he loved Snow White. He could not leave her to the wild animals. Instead, he led her to a well traveled path.
"Stay on this path," he told her. "You will come to a cottage. The people who live there are kind. They will take you in. But do not come back to the castle. Your stepmother is determined to be rid of you.
"Thank you," said Snow White. She set off down the path. It twisted through thick bushes and gnarled trees. The woods were so dark, Snow White could barely see the path. She heard rustling in the brush. A wolf howled in the distance.
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Part II
Below is the second part of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."
Snow White began to run. She tripped over rocks and stumbled over tree roots. She pushed her way through a tangle of vines and found herself in a clearing. In the middle of the clearing sat a tiny cottage, just as the huntsman had said.
Snow White ran to the cottage and knocked on he door. Nobody answered. "Hello," she called. "Is anybody home?"
Again, nobody answered. Snow White was scared. She was tired. And she was very hungry. She pushed the door open and went in. Inside the cottage she found seven tiny cups and seven tiny plates sitting on a table surrounded by seven tiny chairs. Seven tiny night shirts hung on seven tiny hooks, and along one wall stood seven tiny beds.
"Seven of everything," said Snow White, "except people. But somebody definitely lives here. I will have to wait for them to come home." She yawned.
Her stomach growled. "The huntsman said the people who live here are kind," she said. "Surely they will not mind if I have a bite to eat."
Snow White rummaged through the cupboards and found bread and cheese.
After she ate, she sank down onto one of the seven tiny beds and fell asleep. Not long afterward, there came a soft sound.
"Is she awake?" said a voice.
"I don't think so," said another.
"Hello, miss," said a third. "Are you awake?"
Snow White opened her eyes. She blinked. Seven little men stared back. "Oh!" Snow White sat up. "Who are you?"
One of the little men stepped forward "We are dwarves," he said. "We live
here. And who are you?"
"My name is Snow White," she told them. "I'm sorry I came into your house while you were gone, but I was so scared and so tired and so very hungry. I have no place to live."
"Oh, but you do," said the dwarf. "You will live with us."
"Thank you," said Snow White. "The royal hunstman was right. You are very kind. I promise I will not be a bother. Thank you. Thank you all!" She hugged each of her new friends.
The dwarves built Snow White a chair, a table, and a bed that fit her perfectly. They got her a plate and a cup and put a hook on the wall where
she could hang her clothes.
Before they went to work each morning, they made sure Snow White had enough food and plenty of firewood. When they came home each night, Snow White had a warm supper waiting. The dwarves were happy having Snow White at the cottage, and Snow White was happy living there.
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Part III
Below is the third part of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."
Back at the castle, Snow White's stepmother was happy, too. "Now that the bothersome Snow White is gone," she said, "no one else can be as lovely as I."
She gazed into her mirror and brushed her beautiful hair. Smiling she asked again, "Mirror, mirror, true and wise, who's the most beautiful in your eyes?"
The mirror was quiet for a moment. The mirror pretended that it did not hear
"Mirror!" the Queen demanded. "Are you not listening? I said, mirror, mirror, true and wise, who's the most beautiful in your eyes?"
"You are lovely, my Queen, it is true," the mirror answered quietly, "but I am sorry to say, Snow White is more beautiful than even you."
"How dare you?" the Queen shrieked.
"My Queen, you are the second most beautiful of them all!"
"I do not wish to be the second most beautiful!" shouted the Queen. "Besides, you are wrong. Snow White is gone forever."
"No, my Queen," said the mirror, "Snow White lives."
"Excuse me?" the Queen's voice trembled. Her faced curled in anger.
"It is true, she does live. She lives with seven dwarves in a cottage in the woods."
"Seven dwarves? Oh, really?" said the Queen. "Well, not for long. She may have saved herself from the wild animals, but she will not save herself from me."
The Queen needed a plan. She disguised herself as a poor seamstress and set off through the woods. The Queen followed the same path Snow White had taken. Soon she arrived at the dwarves' cottage. She knocked at the door. When Snow White opened it, the Queen held up an armful of dresses.
"Would the lady of the house be interested in a new gown?" she asked.
"They are beautiful!" said Snow White. "I have not had a new dress in a long time."
"Today is your lucky day," said the Queen.
The dwarves were at work, and Snow White was alone, but she was not afraid of a poor old seamstress. She led the Queen into the cottage and chose a dress of soft silk.
"This is my favorite," she said.
"Try it on," said the Queen. "I'll help you lace it."
Snow White slipped the dress over her head, but when the Queen laced it, she pulled the laces so tight that Snow White could not breathe. Snow White gasped and collapsed to the floor.
"That should take care of you," said the Queen. She slipped off through the woods.
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Part IV
Below is the fourth part of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."
When the dwarves came home, they found Snow White lying unconscious on the floor. "She is barely breathing!" said one dwarf.
"Loosen her dress so she can get air," said another. The dwarves untied the laces. Snow White took in a deep breath and opened her eyes.
"I am so happy you found me in time," she said hugging each dwarf.
"We're happy, too," they said in unison.
Back at the castle, the Queen was also happy. "Snow White is finally gone," she said. "I saw to it myself. Now no one else can be as lovely as I." She gazed into her mirror and asked again, "Mirror, mirror, true and wise, who's the most beautiful in your eyes?"
Once again the mirror was silent. "Speak!" demanded the Queen. "I asked you a simple question and I want an answer."
"I would prefer not to speak," the mirror said sheepishly.
"I did not ask you what you prefer!" the Queen thundered. "Do as you are told!"
So, the mirror spoke. "You are lovely, my Queen, it is true, but Snow White is more beautiful than even you. There, I said it."
"What?" shrieked the Queen. "Foolish mirror, you do not know what you are saying. Snow White is not alive. I took care of her myself." The Queen sighed and brushed her lovely hair.
"My Queen," the mirror said, "Snow White lives."
"She is still alive? Well, not for long," she whispered into the mirror.
The Queen needed a plan. Her last plan did not work. This time she would not spare Snow White. The Queen took her prettiest comb and filled the tips with poison. She disguised herself as a peddler and set off through the woods.
When the Queen arrived at the cottage, she knocked at the door. Snow White spoke to her from the window. "Can I help you?" asked Snow White.
The Queen saw that once more she was alone. "Fair, fair lady," the Queen said coughing, "I have combs in my bag." The Queen opened her peddler's bag and showed Snow White a beautiful comb.
"It is lovely!" Snow White gazed longingly at the comb. "But I can not let you in. An old seamstress came to the cottage yesterday and tried to harm me."
"As you can see," said the Queen, "I am a peddler, not a seamstress. But of course you must be careful. I do not need to come inside. Surely, you can try the comb out here."
"I apologize for being rude," Snow White said opening the door. "You have not seen an old seamstress have you?"
"I most certainly have not," the Queen said stepping inside. She took the comb and gently ran it through Snow White's hair. As soon as the poison touched her skin, Snow White collapsed to the ground.
When the dwarves arrived home, they found Snow White lying, once again,
unconscious on the doorstep. "Let's carry her inside," said a dwarf. As they carried her inside, the comb fell from her hair.
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Part V
Below is the fifth part of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."
Snow White's eyes fluttered open. "Friends, I am so happy you found me in time," Snow White said. The color was coming back to her cheeks. She hugged each dwarf.
Back at the castle, the Queen was also satisfied with herself. She slowly walked up to her beloved mirror. She gazed at her lovely hair and then
said, "Mirror, mirror, true and wise, who's the most beautiful in your eyes?"
The mirror hesitated before speaking. "My Queen, you are lovely indeed."
"Mirror!" the Queen spat, "answer the question."
"Perhaps, my Queen, you should ask some other mirror's opinion?"
The Queen began to lose her patience. "I will break you into a thousand
pieces if you do not answer this minute. Am I the most beautiful?" the Queen
asked as she glared into the mirror.
"Please, my Queen, would you rephrase the question?" the mirror quivered.
"For the last time," the Queen was furious now. "Mirror, mirror, true and wise, who's the most beautiful in your eyes?"
The mirror spoke quietly, "You are lovely, my Queen, it is true, but Snow White is more beautiful than even you."
The Queen closed her eyes. "Still?" she asked impatiently. "Are you saying that Snow White still lives?"
"It is true," said the faithful mirror, "Snow White still lives with the dwarves."
"That does it!" the Queen said, her voice thundering through the palace. "Snow White will not live for long. I know something that will take care of her once and for all."
The Queen sent for the gardener to bring her the most beautiful apple in the orchard. She took the juicy red apple and poisoned the plumpest, shiniest half of it. She placed the poisoned apple on top of a basket full of apples not nearly as beautiful.The Queen disguised herself as a poor farmer woman and set off through the woods, carrying the basket of apples on her arm.
The Queen arrived at the cottage and again knocked on the door. But this time Snow White did not open it. She merely peeked from behind the curtains. The Queen held up her basket.
"Would you like an apple?" she called through the window.
"They look delicious," said Snow White, "but I cannot. An old seamstress came to the cottage two days ago and tried to smother me. A peddler came here yesterday and tried to poison me."
"As you can see," said the Queen, "I am not a seamstress or a peddler. I am simply a poor farmer woman who needs to sell apples to buy clothes for her children. But of course you must be careful. My apples are perfectly safe. Let me show you."
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Part VI
Below is the sixth part of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."
The Queen plucked the poisoned apple from the top of the stack. She cut it carefully down the middle and ate the unpoisoned half herself.
"You see?" she said. "There is nothing dangerous about an apple. I will give you the other half of this one, and if you like it, perhaps you will want to buy the rest from me."
"I would like to," said Snow White. "But I cannot. I cannot let anyone in, and I cannot come out."
"Of course you cannot," said the Queen. "But you can open the window a tiny bit, and I will hand the apple through."
"Well, you did eat half yourself," Snow White said. "I suppose it is safe to let you in then. But forgive me, I will only eat the remaining half.
"Of course, my dear," said the Queen, "it is wise to be safe!"
But as soon as Snow White took a bite, the apple began burning her tongue. Snow White choked and collapsed to the floor.
This time the dwarves could not revive her. They built a glass case and placed Snow White inside to keep her safe. They set the case outside the cottage and guarded her night and day.
When the Queen arrived back at the castle, she gazed a long time into her mirror. "Let's see if we can do this quickly, shall we?" asked the Queen. "Mirror, mirror, true and wise, who's the most beautiful in your eyes?"
"You are, my Queen," the mirror said sadly.
"That is exactly what I thought," said the Queen.
Days later, a handsome Prince rode through the forest. He saw the lovely Snow White lying in the case and reined in his horse. "She is beautiful," he said. "Who is this woman? I would very much like to marry her."
"You cannot," said the dwarves sadly. "This is Snow White. We tried and tried, but she will not wake up."
"I only have one choice then. I will take her to my castle and wait," said the Prince. "When she awakens, I will ask her to be my wife."
The dwarves gave the Prince a cart, and he hitched it behind his horse. But as he carried the glass case to the cart, the case jostled. The bit of poisoned apple popped from her mouth. Suddenly, Snow White's eyes fluttered open.
"She is awake!" said the Prince.
"She is alive!" cheered the dwarves.
Snow White smiled at the Prince. "Thank you," she said, hugging each dwarf again.
Snow White agreed to marry the Prince. He took her to his castle, and Snow White invited everyone in her kingdom to their wedding. When her father saw Snow White, he wept with joy. "I thought you were gone forever, dear child."
When the Queen saw Snow White, she shrieked in horror. Snow White's father stared at the Queen. Everyone from Snow White's kingdom stared at the Queen. The Queen knew that she would never be forgiven.
That very day, Snow White and the Prince were married. The dwarves danced with joy and the couple lived very happily in their kingdom. The Queen could never bear to look in her mirror again.