There were once a man and a woman who had long wished for a child- but without any luck. They had a little window at the back of their house from which a splendid garden could be seen, which was full of the most beautiful flowers and herbs.
It was, however, surrounded by a high wall, and no one dared to go into it because it belonged to an enchantress, who had great power and was dreaded by all the world.
One day the woman was standing by this window and looking down into the garden, when she saw a bed which was planted with the most beautiful plant called a rapunzel.
Sooner than let your wife die, better bring her some of the rapunzel – let it cost you what it will.
if I can’t eat some of the rapunzel, which is in the garden behind our house, I shall die.
When it was getting dark, he clambered down over the wall into the garden of the enchantress, hastily clutched a handful of the rapunzel plant and took it to his wife. She at once made herself a salad of it, and ate it greedily. It tasted so good to her – so very good that the next day she longed for it three times as much as before.
In the gloom of evening therefore, he let himself down again; but when he had clambered down the wall he was struck with terror, for he saw the enchantress standing before him.
How can you dare climb down into my garden and steal my rapunzel, like a thief? You shall suffer for it!
Let mercy take the place of justice! My wife saw your rapunzel from the window, and felt such a longing for it that she would have died if she had not gotten some to eat!
If you speak the truth, I will allow you to take away with you as much rapunzel as you will, only I make one condition, you must give me the child which your wife will bring into the world.
The man in his terror agreed to everything, and when the child was born, the enchantress appeared at once, gave the child the name of Rapunzel, and took it away with her.