Immediately the hair fell down and the Prince climbed up.

At first Rapunzel was terribly frightened when a man such as her eyes had never seen‚ came to her; but the Prince began to talk to her quite like a friend and told her that his heart had been so stirred by her singing that it had let him have no rest. Then Rapunzel lost her fear‚ and when he asked her if she would take him for her husband — and she saw that he was kind and handsome‚ she said yes‚ and laid her hand in his.

Rapunzel: witch and silkShe said‚ “I will willingly go away with you‚ but I do not know how to get down. Bring a bit of silk with you every time you come and I will weave a ladder with it. When that is ready I will climb down and we shall escape together.” They agreed that until that time he should come to her every evening‚ for the old woman came by day.

The witch knew nothing of this‚ until once Rapunzel said in her distraction‚ “Oh my‚ you are so much heavier when you climb than the young Prince.”

“Ah! you wicked child‚” cried the witch “What do I hear thee say! I thought I had separated you from all the world but you have deceived me.”


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