ODDS AND ENDS
THERE was once on a time a maiden who was pretty, but idle and
negligent. When she had to spin she was so out of temper that if there
was a little knot in the flax, she at once pulled out a whole heap of
it, and strewed it about on the ground beside her. Now she had a servant
who was industrious, and gathered together the bits of flax which were
thrown away, cleaned them, span them fine, and had a beautiful gown made
out of them for herself. A young man had wooed the lazy girl, and the
wedding was to take place. On the eve of the wedding, the industrious
one was dancing merrily about in her pretty dress, and the bride said,—
"Ah, how that girl does jump about, dressed in my odds and ends."
The bridegroom heard that, and asked the bride what she meant by it? Then
she told him that the girl was wearing a dress make of the flax which
she had thrown away. When the bridegroom heard that, and saw how idle
she was, and how industrious the poor girl was, he gave her up and went
to the other, and chose her as his wife.