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Long ago, when our great-grandparents were very young, they also read bedtime stories. And each of them definitely contained some “good fellows a lesson”, which was supposed to teach kids all sorts of virtues. However, it was out of such terrible scenes, in comparison with which modern horror films just pale - it's amazing how after such stories the children were able to sleep. Judge for yourself:
1. “The story about the little boy sucked the finger”
Collection of ten didactic poems “Struwwelpeter” (literally translated as “disheveled Peter”) wrote in 1845, a psychiatrist Heinrich Hoffmann as a Christmas present for my three year old son.
It contains stories about a variety of children's misconduct and the most sadistic punishments imaginable. A boy named August, for example, ate soup, withered and died. Henrietta played with matches and burned to death. But the most horrible thing happened to poor Conrad, who had a habit of sucking the finger.
Mother of Conrad, going for, strictly forbade her son to suckle in the absence of the finger. The child, of course, disobeyed. And then came the tailor and shaved off the boy's thumbs with sharp scissors:
Creek-crack! Suddenly,the door opened
Tailor flew like a wild beast;
The Petrushka ran up, and — SNiP!
He snapped his fingers suddenly.
Shouts Petrushka: Ah, Ah, Ah!
Another time to listen to you know!
In General, no other time presented itself – the boy died from loss of blood.
By the way, this book enjoyed the crazy popularity. By 1876 it had withstood 100 publications. In the Russian version was called “three-Nastepca” and also was snapped up.
Another masterpiece by Dr. Hoffman included in the book “Betsy-Slob” was published in 1911. Mom warns daughter is moaning that she was capricious, but she does not want to hear anything and continued to burst into tears. She cried, cried, and cried our eyes out – just empty sockets.
In the same collection there is another horror story about a girl Polly, which was banned from playing with boys. She disobeyed and her boyish scuffle lost his leg. Or the story about the proud Anne, who turn up their noses higher and higher, until finally, her neck is not stretched to the point that the girl had to carry his own head on the cart.
3. “A Tomboy who became a boy”
This story is from the book “Little miss Consequences,” published in 1880. The daughter of one of the Earl loved to play with the boys and, in the end, she became a boy: first came the rude manners, then began to break down voice, and, in the end, was the final transformation. Parents are unable to accept the sex change and sent her child to serve as a sailor on the first ship.
4. “Red riding hood”
In later versions of this tale, as we all know, the hunters cut the wolf's stomach and saves grandma and little Red riding Hood. However, in the original no salvation – both the victims were safely digested stomach of a predator.
“Children, especially cute and well-mannered young lady, in no case should not talk to strangers. Otherwise they risk to get to the wolf for lunch, wrote Charles Perrault. Wolves are very different. It happens that, since he seems charismatic, humble, polite, kind and helpful, and he is just waiting to pounce on you and devour. Unfortunately, this kind of wolves and represents the greatest threat”.
5. “Max and Moritz”
Seven stories about young hooligans was invented by the German writer Wilhelm Busch in 1865. First, these kids terrorized the inhabitants of his village. One widow, for example, was chickens. The boys came up to feed them bread balls that rolled up the rope. Chickens pecked the bread, swallowed the rope, became entangled in her and in the panic crippled. The widow had nothing left how to fry the poor birds. And then Max and Moritz picked up the chickens with a fishing rod, pulled out and ate. But as they say, how much rope does not curl...
One day the boys of hooliganism ripped open a sack of grain that a local farmer drove to the mill, but was caught at the crime scene. The farmer did not Lisp with them, sewed up in the sack and handed them to Miller. Ground max and Moritz feed poultry. None of them cared.
6. “Rebecca, who loved to slam doors, for which he paid”
This poem Anglo-French writer Hilare Belloc appeared in 1907 and in the Russian version is called "About a girl Anna who for fun slammed the door and gone." Rebecca/Anya was a girl, in principle, not bad, but wayward and as they say, hyperactive. Really she liked to wear around the house and slam doors. And then one day...
“It happened that on the door right
There was a bust of Abraham Lincoln.
Only thundered the door, and BAM! —
Fell to Anna Abraham,
And Anna died immediately:
That's what brings prank!”
Cautionary tale, do not say anything. published