053 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

English’s Docs Intermediate 053 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

A folktale by the Brothers Grimm

Once upon a time there was a princess named Snow White. The princess was the most beautiful woman in the kingdom.  Snow White lived in a beautiful palace. She had a father who she loved. She had a step-mother.  But the step-mother was cold and distant. Her step-mother was obsessed with beauty. She wanted to be the most beautiful woman in the kingdom.

The step-mother had a secret room. There she had a magic mirror.  The mirror showed her anything.  The step-mother ordered to see the most beautiful woman: “Mirror, who is the most beautiful? ”

She was arrogant.  She supposed she was the most beautiful.  But the mirror showed the beautiful face of Snow White. The step-mother was jealous.

She decided to kill Snow White. She commanded a guard, “Go, attack and kill Snow White.  Cut out her heart!”   The guard followed the order.  He went into the forest.  But Snow White was so beautiful and innocent, the guard had pity on her.   He was too sad to kill the little princess.

“Go!  Your step-mother wants to kill you.  Go to the forest to hide,” said the guard.

So Snow White went in the forest to hide. She escaped her step-mother. Snow White felt so sad that her step-mother wanted to kill her; she felt alone and abandoned. She had no family and no house.

Finally, she saw a small house. It was an adorable house.  Inside there were seven small beds.  The seven  beds were beds for seven small people, called dwarfs.  They had pity on poor Snow White.  “You can stay in our house.  It is small but it is safe.  We can protect you!” said the little dwarfs.

“Yes, thank you!  I can hide in this house.  You are very kind,” said Snow White.  For many years, she stayed hidden in the small house. She was protected in the house of the Seven Dwarfs. She and the dwarfs were very happy.

But one day, the Step-mother ordered “Mirror who is the most beautiful? ”

The mirror showed the beautiful face of Snow White.

Furious, the Step-mother asked, “Impossible!  Snow White is dead.”

“No,” said the mirror, “Snow White is not dead. She is as beautiful as ever.”

“Where is Snow White?” demanded the angry step-mother.

The mirror showed the house of the Seven Dwarfs. “This time, I will kill Snow White myself!” said the step-mother. She arrived at the house of the Seven Dwarfs, but the dwarfs were working in the forest.

“Ha ha ha! The Seven Dwarves are absent! Snow White is alone. I have a poisoned apple for Snow White. The stupid Snow White will be eliminated! Finally, I will be the most beautiful!” said the step-mother.

The step-mother disguised herself as an ugly old woman. She offered an apple to Snow White. The apple looked like a normal apple. Snow White accepted the apple. She ate the poisoned apple and she fell unconscious. Snow White was in serious danger.  She was not dead.  She was in a deep sleep, a sort of coma.

She slept for a long time!  Years passed.  The dwarves were so sad.  They supposed Snow White would sleep for eternity.

One day, a prince arrived. The prince was handsome and honorable. He saw the tragic scene:  the beautiful princess looked like she was dead.  Snow White was only sleeping. Her face was as beautiful as ever.

The prince loved Princess Snow White. Snow White was the most beautiful woman in the kingdom. He kissed the princess.

Immediately, the magic curse was broken. Snow White was free!  “Thank you.  You saved me,” she said to the handsome prince. She married the prince and they escaped the horrible step-mother. Snow White and the Prince were happy for the rest of their lives.