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1861. Excerpt: ... "Now he is dead, and we are rid of him " thought
the wicked brother; "he will never come back again. He was to have
taken a long journey over the mountains, and beyond the sea; men
often lose their lives in travelling, as he has done He will never
come back again, and my sister dares not question me about him." So
he shoved with his foot some withered leaves over the upturned
earth, and then walked home amid the shades of night. But he did
not go alone, as he imagined; the tiny Elf went with him, sitting
rolled up in a withered lime-leaf, which had fallen into the wicked
man's hair while he was digging the grave. The man put on his hat,
and then it was so dark for our little Elf, who was underneath,
trembling with horror and indignation at the shameful deed he had
witnessed. By the morning the wicked man had reached his home; he
took off his hat, and went into his sister's sleeping-room; the
bright and beautiful girl lay dreaming of him whom she loved so
well, and who, she imagined, was now wandering far away across
mountain and forest. Her wicked brother bent over her with a
hideous, devilish smile, the withered leaf fell out of his hair
upon the counterpane, but he did not notice it, and went away,
intending to sleep a little while himself. The Elf now glided out
of the withered leaf, crept into the ear of the sleeping girl, and
told her, as though in a dream, all about the horrible murder of
her lover; he described to her the spot where her brother had
buried the corpse, close under the lime-tree, and added, "In token
that all I have told thee is not a mere dream, thou shalt find a
withered leaf upon thy bed, when thou awakest " Oh, what bitter
tears she shed when she awoke and actually found the withered
lime-leaf on her bed but she dared not speak ...
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