Сестрица Алёнушка и братец Иванушка
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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a brother and sister walked
together down a long road. The sister's name was Alyonushka, and her brother
was called Ivanushka. The two had been walking a long time when they came to a
cow's hoof filled with water. "May I drink form it sister?" Little Ivanushka
asked. "No, or you will turn into a calf." Alyonushka answered. Little
Ivanushka was very thirsty, but obeyed his sister. He obeyed her again when
they came to a horse's hoof filled with water. Alyonushka told him that if he
drank from it, he would turn into a foal.
The brother and sister walked along further, and Ivanushka became increasingly
thirsty. Then they came upon a goat's hoof filled with water. "May I drink
from it?" Ivanushka asked. Alyonushka once again was firm, "No, if you do you
will turn into a kid." But this time the boy disobeyed his sister, and on his
first sip turned into a little goat.
Alyonushka sat on the rode crying when a merchant drove by and inquired about
her trouble. Alyonushka explained the situation to him, and he said that if
she married him they could live happily with the goat. Alyonushka agreed, and
so they lived happily this way for some time.
Then one day an evil witch tricked Alyonushka into going down to the river,
where she tied a stone around her neck and threw her in. The witch then took
on Alyonuska's form and lived as her for awhile. Only poor Ivanushka new the
truth about his sister. Little did he know that the witch had plans for him
too. When the wicked woman overheard him one day talking to his sister in the
lake, she decided to ask the merchant to kill the little goat.
It was hard for the merchant to agree to kill Ivanushka, as he loved the goat
like a person. But, begin deceived by the witch, he felt his wife's wishes to
be the most important. Ivanushka asked the merchant if he could go to the
river for one last drink before he died, and the merchant agreed. There at the
river's edge the goat cried out to his sister, and she answered him that she
couldn't help him with a stone tied around her neck. Neither the brother nor
sister realized that this time a peasant had overheard their conversation, and
was on his way to stop the merchant form killing Ivanushka.
Upon hearing the peasant's story, the merchant ran to the river, found
Alyonushka, and took the stone from around her neck. The witch was then tied
to a horse, which was turned loose in an opened field. The little goat was so
happy that he turned three summersaults, and was changed back into a boy.
They lived happily ever after.
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