Little Gretchen and the Wooden Shoe

Little Gretchen and the Wooden Shoe

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  • Once upon a time in a city in the north of Europe, there was a little seven-year-old boy named Wolff, whose parents were dead, and who lived with an ugly and old aunt, who never thought of kissing him more than once a year
  • As this aunt was known to have lots of gold but she had not dared to send the boy to a charity school but, she had wrangled with the master of the school, to which little Wolff finally went to.
  • HAHAHAHA, look at his clothes
  • This bad man, hated having him poorly dressed and paying so little. So, he often punished him unjustly, and he even let three boys, all sons of rich parents, laugh at the little fellow.
  • On Christmas Eve
  • It was the schoolmaster's custom to take all his pupils to the midnight mass on Christmas Eve, and to bring them home again afterward.
  • All the boys came well bundled up in warm clothes. Only little Wolff presented himself shivering in the poor clothes he used to wear both weekdays and Sundays and having on his feet only thin socks in heavy wooden shoes.
  • At the end of the mass, Wolff found a little boy seated on a stone bench, a child was sleeping in a white woolen garment, but with his little feet bare, in spite of the cold. He was not a beggar, for his garment was white and new, and near him on the floor was a bundle of carpenter's tools.
  • He went home to his aunt.
  • What have you done with your shoe, you little villain?
  • The cruel aunt would only give him a crust of bread and a little water and said she'll beat him with it the next day. Little Wolff ran to bed and his pillow, was wet with tears
  • Little Wolff did not know how to lie, so he tried to relate his adventure.
  • The next day.
  • So they went to visit the church to see if the little boy was still there. And just above the bench placed near the door of the church, in the very spot where, the night before, a child in a white garment and with bare feet, in spite of the cold, had rested his lovely head, the priest had found a circlet of gold embedded in the old stones. And at that moment they realized he was Jesus Christ
  • But behold! the next morning when the old woman, went downstairs. She saw the big chimney filled with shining toys, bags of magnificent bonbons, and riches of every sort, and standing out in front of all this treasure, was the shoe the boy had given to the little boy. Awaken by her cries, little Wolff came down and saw the treasures he'd received.
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