The Star Talers

Literary Tattoos: The Star Talers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Grimms Fairy Tales

This tattoo belongs to Rose Drake, and was drawn and inked by Rhiannon Greenlee of Shocker Tattoo in Albany NY.

Once upon a time there was a little girl who was so poor that she had nothing else but the clothes she was wearing and a little piece of bread in her hand that some charitable soul had given her. As she was thus forsaken by all the world, she went forth to wander the country.

Then a poor man met her, who said, “Ah, I have nothing to eat and I am so hungry.” She handed him her entire piece of bread and went on her way. Then she came upon a child who moaned and said, “My head is so cold.” So she took off her cap and gave it to the child. When she had walked a little farther, she met another child who had no jacket and was freezing. She gave her jacket to that child, and a little farther on one begged for a dress, and she gave her dress away as well.

She made her way into a forest where it was always dark. Then there came yet another child, and asked for a petticoat. Our poor girl thought to herself, “It is a dark night and no one can see me. I can very well give my petticoat away.” She took it off and gave it away as well.

Thus she stood there, with nothing left at all, when suddenly some stars fell down from heaven. They were nothing else but gold shining dollars, and although she had just given her shift away, she was now wearing a new one which was of the very finest linen. She gathered together the money into it and was rich all the days of her life.

- The Star Talers (Kinder- und Hausmärchen / Grimms’ Fairy TalesLiterary Tattoos: The Star Talers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Grimms Fairy Tales no. 153) by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

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