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The story of Maribeth

Ämne: Engelska, Övrigt
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Once upon a time there was a little girl called Maribeth. She lived with her grandmother in the big forest. Every day she went to a meadow, picking sticks of wood to warm up her grandmother´s house and make fire for cooking food. As a little girl she enjoyed the visits at the meadow. She loved to look at all the animals and the beautiful flowers which grew on the meadow and she loved to watch the big river which was full of fish. But as she became older she changed her mind and felt real bored going there.
But she had to go there, otherwise there would be no food or no warmth in the house..
One day when Maribeth as usual had gone to the meadow and felt really, really bored she found out a way to avoid picking the sticks. She went out in the cold water, laid down and started screaming.
- Help!!! I´ve fallen into the water!! I will drown if nobody helps me, she screamed as loud as she could. She thought that she could tell her grandmother that she had fallen into the river and that she was now afraid of going to the meadow, near the river. Then there would be no more picking sticks of wood at all.
Her old grandmother heard her screaming and came running to see what was going on. When she saw her granddaughter in the river she ran out in the water, pulled her onto land. She held her arms around the girl and cried:
- Ooo..!! You stupid, little girl!! You could have drowned! Never go near the river agian!
- Then there will be no picking of sticks at all?!, Maribeth said happily.
- Of course there will, answered the grandmother, you will still have to go to this meadow, but just watch out for the river.
Maribeth sighed loud, stood up, kept on picking sticks.
The days went on and Maribeth found the work more boring than ever. Then she got an idea. If she fell into the water again, maybe she could tell her grandmother that she was really afraid of just hearing the sound of the roaring water. She didn´t think long of it, she went out in the water. But she made a big mistake, she took off her clothes before because the last time she tricked her grandmother her dress had been destroyed.
- Heeeeelp!! I´ve fallen into the cold water again, she screamed.
Her grandmother came running and pulled up the girl. At first she cried and told Maribeth how worried she was. Then she discovered that the girl didn´t wear any clothes.
- Did you set this up just to avoid picking sticks, she asked Maribeth.
- No I didn´t, she answered.
- You´re lying!, said the old woman, stood up and went home.
Maribeth felt very sad of making her grandmother disappointed.
She kept on going to the meadow every day, picking woodsticks. She now realised that she would always have to do that. A hot summer day she became very thirsty when she picked the woodsticks and thought she could drink some water from the river. She went to the river, lay down and leaned over the water. Then she opened her mouth and started drinking the cold, refreshing water. She drank and drank and suddenly she fell into the water. She lost her foothold and was pulled out in the water. She called for help. Her grandmother who was at the house reading heard Maribeth scream. When she first heard it she got up and started running, then she remebered that she´d been tricket twice, sat down and thought that this time she wouldn´t.
Poor Maribeth was pulled under the surface, fighting to get air, screaming for help. But no one cared as they knew she had tricket her grandmother before. Maribeth didn´t come home that evening. Her grandmother thought she was angry because no one had cared. But Maribeth never came home and a man found her, dead in the river five miles away from the meadow a week later.

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