The Frog Prince and the Princess. Once upon a time in the kingdom there was a wise and impartial king. His people in the kingdom loved him very much. The king had a beautiful princess who love to play with her golden ball wherever and whenever she was.
One day the princess went out into a forest and sat next to a cool well. She took great pleasure in throwing a golden ball into the air and catching it, but once it went too high. She held out her hand with her fingers curved to catch it, but it fell to the ground and rolled and rolled right into the water.
Horrified, the princess followed it with her eyes, but the well was so deep that she could not see its bottom. Then she began to cry sadly. Meanwhile, a frog stuck his head out of the water and said, “Princess, why are you crying so sadly?”
The princess said: “My golden ball has fallen to the well. It is my favorite plaything. I want it to be back so I promise that whoever can get my ball back to me, I’d give anything; my clothes, my precious stones, my pearls, anything in the world.”
“Oh,” she said, “You are an ugly frog, how can you help me? My golden ball has fallen into the well.”
The frog said, “I do not want your pearls, your precious stones, and your clothes, but if you’ll accept me as a companion and let me sit next to you and eat from your plate and sleep in your bed, and if you’ll love and cherish me, then I’ll bring your ball back to you.”
The princess thought, “What is this stupid frog trying to say? After all, he does have to stay here in the water. But still, maybe he can get my ball. I’ll go ahead and say yes,” and she said aloud, “Yes, for all I care. Just bring me back my golden ball, and I’ll promise everything.”
The frog stuck his head under the water and dove to the bottom. He returned a short time later with the golden ball in his mouth and threw it onto the land. When the princess saw her ball once again, she rushed toward it, picked it up, and was so happy to have it in her hand again, that she could think of nothing else than to run home with it. The frog called after her, “Wait, princess, take me with you like you promised,” but she paid no attention to him.
The next day the princess was sitting at her table when she heard something coming up the marble steps: plop, plop. Then there came a knock at the door, and a voice called out, “Princess, princess, open the door for me!” She ran and opened the door. It was the frog, whom she had put completely out of her mind. Frightened, she slammed the door shut and she ran to ask for help from her father, the king.
The king was an impartial person, so he asked the frog to tell him the whole story. After he had known what had happened, the king said to his daughter, “What you have promised, you must keep. Go and let the frog in.” She obeyed, and the frog hopped in, then followed her up to her chair.
After she had sat down again, he called out, “Lift me up onto your chair and let me sit next to you.” The princess did not want to, but the king commanded her to do it. When the frog was seated next to her he said, “Now push your golden plate closer. I want to eat from it.” She had to do this as well. When he had eaten all he wanted, he said, “Now I am tired and want to sleep. Take me to your room, make your bed, so that we can lie in it together.”
The princess was horrified when she heard that. She was afraid of the cold frog and did not dare to even touch him, and yet he was supposed to lie next to her in her bed; she began to cry and didn’t want to at all. Then the king became angry and commanded her to do what she had promised. There was no helping it; she had to do what her father wanted, but in her heart she was bitterly angry.
The princess, though very unwilling, took him up in her hand, and put him upon the pillow of her own bed, where he slept all night long. As soon as it was light the frog jumped up, hopped downstairs, and went out of the house.
“Now, then,” thought the princess, “at last he is gone, and I shall be troubled with him no more.”
But she was mistaken; for when night came again she heard the same tapping at the door; and the frog came once more, and asked the princess to open the door. And when the princess opened the door the frog came in, and asked the princess bring him up to her room. The princess picked him up angrily and threw him bang against the wall and the frog fell the floor.
In a flash, the frog turned into a handsome prince. He told the princess that he had actually been under the spell of a wicked witch. The princess fell in love with the prince. They were married and lived happily ever after.