Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS teach us the danger of vanity. The evil queen wants Snow White dead because she cannot accept the fact she is not the most beautiful woman in the kingdom. But it is this vanity that destroys her in the end. we need to know and accept our gifts as they are and not look at everyone else’s gifts. 

It was the middle of winter, and the snowflakes were falling like feathers from the sky
and a queen sat at her window working, and her embroidery frame was of Ebony
and as she worked gazing at times out on the snow, she pricked her finger, and there
fell from it three drops of blood on the snow, and when she saw how bright and red it
looked, she said to herself: oh, that I had a child as white as snow, as red as blood,
and as black as the wood of the imported frame.
Not very long after, she had a daughter with skin as white as snow and lips as red as blood
and hair as black as ebony, and she was named Snow White. But when she was born
the Queen died after a year had gone by. The king took another wife, a beautiful
woman but proud and overbearing, and she could not bear to be surpassed in beauty

by anyone. She had a magic looking-glass, and she used to stand before it
and look in it and say, “looking-glass upon the wall, who is fairest of us all?”,
and the looking-glass would answer “You are fairest of them all”.
And then she was contented for she knew that the looking-glass spoke the truth.
Now Snow White was growing prettier and prettier, and when she was seven years old
She was as beautiful as day, far more so than the Queen herself.
So one day, when the Queen went to her mirror inside, looking the laughs on the wall
“Who is fairest of us all?”.  it answered, “Queen, you are full fair too true but,
Snow White Fairer is than you”. 

The Queen a great shock and she became yellow and green with envy
and from that hour her heart turned against Snow White, and she hated her,
and envy and pride like ill weaves grew in her heart higher every day till she had no
peace day or night, at last, she sent for a huntsman and said: “Take the child out into
the woods so that I may set eyes on her no more, you must put her to death
and bring me her heart for a token.

the Huntsman consented and led her away, but when he drew his Cutlass to pierce
Snow White’s, innocent heart, began to weep and say: “o dear Huntsman,
do not take my life I will go away into the wildwood and never come home again”. 
And as she was sown lovely, the Huntsman pitied her and said:
“away with you, poor child,” for he thought the wild animals would be sure 
to devour her, and it was as if a stone had been rolled away from his heart 

when he spared to put her to death, just at that moment a young wild boar came
running by, so he caught and killed it and took out its heart,
he brought it to the Queen for a token, and it was salted and cooked in,
the wicked woman ate it up, thinking that there was an end to Snow White.
now when the poor child found herself quite alone in the wild woods, 
she felt full of terror even of the very leaves on the trees, and she did not know
what to do for fright, then she began to run over the sharp stones and through 
the thornbushes, and the wild beasts after her, but they did her no harm.
she ran as long as her feet would carry her, and when the evening drew near 

she came to a little house, and she went inside to rest everything there was
very small but as pretty and clean as possible, there stood the little table ready
laid and covered with white and seven little plates and seven knives and forks
and drinking cups, by the wall, stood seven little beds side by side covered
with clean white quilts.

snow-white being very hungry and thirsty, ate from each plate a little porridge 

and bread and drink out of each little cup a drop of one so as not to finish up one

portion alone, that she felt so tired that she lay down on one of the beds

but it did not seem to suit her, one was too long another too short, but it lasts

the seventh was quite right, so she lay down upon it, committed herself to heaven

and fell asleep. when it was quite dark, the Masters of the house came home,  

they were seven dwarfs whose occupation was to dig underground among

the mountains when they had lighted their seven candles, and it was quite light

in the little house, they saw that someone must have been in,

as everything was not in the same order in which they left it.

The first said: “who has been sitting in my little chair,” the second said:

“who has been eating from my little plate”,  the third said: “who has been taking my

little loaf: the fourth said: “who has been tasting my porridge? the fifth said: “who has

been using my little fork”,  the sixth said: “who has been cutting with my little

knife”, and the seventh said: “who has been drinking from my little cup”.  Then the first

one looking around saw a hollow in his bed and cried: “hip has been lying on my bed,” 

and the others came running in crying: “somewhat has been on our guides too”.

but when the seventh looked at his bed  he saw little snow-white lying there asleep, 

then he told the others who came running up crying out in their astonishment, 

And holding up their seven little candles to throw a light upon snow-white.

snow white

“oh goodness, Oh gracious” they cried,  what beautiful child is this, and were all

so full of joy to see her that they did not wake her but let her sleep on,  

and the seventh dwarf slept with his comrades an hour at a time with each until

the night had passed. when it was morning, and Snow White awoke  and saw that

the Seven Dwarves, she was very frightened, but they seemed quite friendly,

and after what her name was, she told them, and then they asked how

she came to be in their house, and she related to them how her stepmother

had wished her to be put to death, and how the Huntsman had spared her life,
and how she had run the whole day long until, at last, she had found their little house.
Then the dwarfs said: “if you will keep our house for us and cook and wash 

and make the beds and sew and knit and keep everything tidy and clean, 
you may stay with us, and you shall lack nothing”.

“With all my heart”, spread snow-white, and so she stayed and kept the house
in good order. In the morning the dwarfs went to the mountains to dig for gold
in the evening they came home, and their supper had to be ready for them. 
All day long, the maiden was left alone, and the good little Dwarfs warned 
her saying: “Beware of your stepmother, she will soon know you’re here, 
let no one into the house”. Now the Queen, having eaten Snow White’s heart as
she supposed felt quite sure that now she was the first and fairest, 

and so she came to her mirror and said: “looking-glass upon the wall
who is fairest of a song, and then the glass said:  “Queen thou art of beauty rare but
Snow White’s living in the Glen with the southern little men is a thousand times more
fair, then she was very angry for the glass always spoke the truth, and she knew that
the Huntsman must have deceived her, and that snow-white must still be living,
and she thought and thought about how she could manage to make an end of her, 

for as long as she was not the fairest in the land the left her no rest. At last, she
thought of a plan, she painted her face, dressed as an old peddler in this disguise,
she went across the mountains until she came to the house of the seven little men
and knocked at the door and cried: “Fine where’s Giselle, fine where’s the cell”, 
snow-white peeped out of the window and cried: ” good day, good woman
what have you to sell, good wear its fine wares and said: “she laces of all colors”, 
and then she held up a piece that was woven of variegated silk,

“I need not be afraid of letting in this good woman,”  thought Snow White, and she

unbarred the door and bought the pretty lace “What a figure you are, child,”

said the old woman, “Come and then let me lace you properly for once.”  

snow-white suspecting nothing, stood up before her and let her lace her

with the new lace, but the old woman left so quickly and tight that it took Snow White’s 

a breath away, and she fell dead.

“Now you have done with being the fairest,” said the old woman as she hastened
away، not long after that, towards evening, the Seven Dwarfs came home
and were terrified to see their dear Snow White lying on the ground without life
or the motion،

they raised her, and when they the lace in two and she began to draw breath

and little by little she returned to life.

when the dwarfs heard what had happened, they said: “the old peddler woman was

no other than the Wicked Queen، you must beware of letting anyone in when

we are not here. When the wicked woman got home, she went to her glass and said: 

“looking-glass upon the wall who is fairest of us all”, and it answered as before

“Queen thou art of beauty rare but Snow White living in the Glen with the seven little

men are a thousand times fairer” When she heard that, she was so struck with

surprise that all the blood left her, for she knew that snow-white must still be living

“but now,” said she, “I will think of something that will be her ruin”, and bite witchcraft 

she made a poisoned comb; then she dressed herself up to look like another different 

sort of old woman, so she went across the seven mountains and came to the house

of the Seven Dwarfs and knocked at the door and cried: “Good wares to sell well

wares to sell” Snow-white looked out and said: “Go away I must not let anybody in.”

“oh, but you are not forbidden to look,” said the old woman,  taking out the poisoned

comb and holding it up, it pleased the poor child so much that she was tempted to

open the door, and when the bargain was made, the old woman said:

“And now the once your hair shall be properly combed horse,”  snow-white thinking

no harm, let the old woman do as she would, but no sooner was the comb put in her

the hair, then the poison began to work, and the poor girl fell senseless.

“Now you Paragon of beauty,” said the wicked woman, “this is the end of you,”
and went off. By good luck, it was now near evening and the seven little Dwarfs
came home when they saw Snow-white lying on the ground dead, they thought
directly that it was the stepmother doing and  looked about found the poisoned
cone, and no sooner had they drawn it out of her hair than snow-white came
to herself and related all that had passed. Then they warned her once more to be
on her guard and never again let anyone in at the door, and the Queen went home
and stood before the looking glass and said: “looking-glass upon the wall who
is fairest of us all”, and the looking-glass answered as before, “Queen thou art
of beauty rare but snow-white living in the Glen with the seven little men is
thousand times fairer”. When she heard the looking-glass speak to us, she trembled
and shook with, “Snow-white shall die,” cried she, though it should cost me my black,
and then she went to a secret lonely chamber where no one was likely to come
and there she made a poisonous Apple. It was beautiful to look at, being white with
red cheeks so that anyone who should see it must long for it, but whoever ate even
The little bit of it must die when the Apple was ready; she painted her face
and clothed herself like a peasant woman and went across the seven mountains

to where the Seven the door, snow-white put her head out of the window

and said: “I do not let anybody in.” The Seven Dwarves told me not to, “all right.”

answered the woman, “I can easily get rid of my apples elsewhere there

will give you one,” no answer, it’s no lie, “I do not take anything are you afraid

of poison?”  said the woman, “look here, I will cut the Apple in two 

pieces, you shall have the red side, and I shall have the white side,” for the Apple was

so cunningly made that all the poison was in the rosy half of it, so how white longed

for the beautiful Apple, and as she saw the peasant woman eating a piece of it

she could no longer refrain but stretched out her hand and took the poisoned Apple,

but no sooner had she taken a morsel of it into her mouth than she fell to the earth

as dead, and the Queen casting on her a terrible glance, laughter loud and cried

“as white as snow, as red as blood, as black as ebony.” This time the dwarfs

will not be able to bring you to life again.

And then she went home and asked: “The looking-glass upon the wall, who is

fairest of us all” At last, it answered:  “you are the fairest now of all”,

then her envious heart had peace as much as an envious heart.

in half the dwarfs, when they came home in the evening, found snow-white lying

on the ground, and there came no breath of her mouth, and she was dead, 

they lifted her thought if anything poisonous was to be found, cut her laces,

combed her hair and washed her with water and wine, but all was of no avail, 

the poor child was dead and remains dead.

then they laid her on a bier and sat all seven of them rounded and wept

and lamented three whole days, and then they would have buried her but that

she looked still as if she were living with her beautiful blooming cheeks, so they said: 

“We cannot hide her away in the clear glass to be looked into from all sides

and they laid her in it and wrote in golden letters upon it her name, then they sacked

the coffin out upon the mountain, and one of them always remained by it to watch, 

and the birds came too. 

Then a raven and lastly a dub now for a and never changed but looked as if

she was asleep, for she was still as white as snow, as red as blood, and her hair

was as black as ebony. It happened, however, that one day a king’s son rode

through the woods and up to the dwarf’s house, which was near it, he saw

on the mountain, the coffin and beautiful Snow White within it, and he read

what was written in golden letters upon it, then he said to the doors

“let me have the coffin, and I will give you whatever you like to ask for it,”

but the dwarfs told him that they could not part with it for all the gold in the world.

But he said, “I beseech you to give it to me, for I cannot live without looking upon

Snow White”, “If you consent I will bring you to great honor and care for you as if

you were my brethren”. When he spoke so the good little Dwarfs pitied him

and gave him the coffin, and the king’s son called the servants they carry it away

on their shoulders. Now it happened that as they were going along, they stumbled

over a bush, and with the shaking, the bit of poisoned apple fell out of her throat,

it was not long before she opened her eyes, threw up the cover of the coffin

and sat up alive and well. “oh dear, where am I”? cried she, the king’s son, answered

full of joy “You are near me and relating all that has happened,” he said, “I would

rather have you than anything in the world, come with me to my father’s castle 

and you shall be my bride”, and Snow White was kind and went with him, and there

the wedding was held with pomp and great splendor.

snow white with the prince

But Snow White’s wicked stepmother was also bidden to the feast, and when she had
dressed in beautiful clothes and went to her looking glass and said, “looking-glass
Upon the wall who is fairest of us all,” the looking-glass answered “Oh, Queen though
you are of beauty rare; the young bride is a thousand times fairer”, 
then she railed and cursed and was beside herself with disappointment and anger,
first, she thought she would not go to the wedding, but then she felt she should have
No peace until she went and saw the bride, and when she saw her, she knew her
for Snow White could not stir from the place of anger and terror where
they had ready red-hot iron shoes in which she had to dance until she fell dead. 
The End