Odds and Ends
Once upon a time there was a young girl who was pretty, but very lazy. When she had to spin, if there was a little knot in the thread, she got so irritated that she would rip it out and throw the thread on the ground all around her.
Her servant was a very hard worker and gathered together the bits of flax that were thrown away, cleaned them, and made a beautiful dress for herself.
A young prince had asked the lazy girl to marry him, and the wedding was to take place very soon. The night before the wedding, the hard-working servant girl was dancing happily in her pretty dress, and the bride said, “See how that girl dances, dressed in my odds and ends!”
The prince heard that, and asked the bride, “What do you mean?” She told him that the girl was wearing a dress made of the thread which she had thrown away.
When the prince heard that and saw how lazy she was, and how hard-working the servant girl was, he decided not to marry the lazy one, and chose the servant girl to be his princess.