S2 E4 - East of the Sun and West of the Moon - Part 4 of 4
Part 4 of 4!
The next morning the girl sat down under the castle window and began to play with the golden apple, and the first person she saw was the Troll Princess the Prince was supposed to marry.
"What do you want for your golden apple, sweetheart?" said the Troll Princess as she opened the window.
"It's not for sale, either for gold or money," said the girl.
"If it's not for sale for gold or money, what is the price you will accept for it? You may name any price," said the Troll Princess.
"Well! If I could get to the Prince, who lives here, it's yours," said the girl.
Yes! She could do that. So the Troll Princess got the golden apple, but when the girl went up to the Prince's room, he was sleeping. She called his name and shook him, but she couldn't wake him up. When the sun rose the next morning, the Troll Princess sent the girl away.
So in the daytime, she sat down under the castle windows and began to use her wool comb, and the same thing happened. The Troll Princess asked what she wanted for it. The girl said it wasn't for sale for gold or money, but if she could go up to the Prince that night, the Troll Princess could have it. But when the girl went up, she found him fast asleep again. She shook him and called his name, but she couldn't wake him up. As soon as light appeared the next morning, the Troll Princess sent the girl away.
The girl sat down outside under the castle window and began to spin with her golden spinning wheel, and that, too, the Troll Princess wanted to have. So she threw open the window and asked what she wanted for it. As the girl had said twice before, it wasn't for sale for gold or money, but if the girl could go up to the Prince, the Troll Princess could have it.
Yes! She could do that. But now you must know, some village people were locked in a room in the castle. As they sat in their room, which was next to the Prince, they heard the girl calling his name for two nights. And they told the Prince.
Also, each night, the Troll Princess gave the Prince a drink that would make him sleep until morning. But then the third evening, when the Troll Princess came with her sleepy drink, the Prince pretended to drink it, but he threw it over his shoulder. So, when the girl came in, she found the Prince wide awake. She told him the whole story.
The Prince said, "you've come just in time because tomorrow I'm supposed to marry the Troll Princess. I have a plan. The Troll Queen doesn't know my nice shirt has candle wax on it. I'll beg her to wash the shirt. But only people, not trolls, can wash it out. I'll say that I can only marry the woman who will wash the shirt white."
The next day, the wedding day, the Prince told the Troll Queen about the shirt. He said he had a shirt he wanted to wear on his wedding day, but it had candle wax on it. He said he would only marry the woman who could clean the shirt. The Troll Queen agreed. She didn't want the Troll Princess to marry a man with a dirty shirt.
The Troll Princess scrubbed and rubbed the spot on the shirt. But the spot didn't go away. It only grew bigger and bigger.
The Troll Queen said, "You're useless. Let me do it!"
The Troll Queen tried to clean the shirt. But the spot kept getting worse and worse. Her touch made the shirt dirtier and dirtier.
The Prince said, "let this girl have a try." The girl carefully cleaned the shirt. The shirt was as white as snow.
"I don't want to marry the Troll Princess. I want to go back home with the girl," the Prince said.
The Troll Queen was furious. She was so angry that she exploded on the spot with the Troll Princess and the other trolls in the castle.
The girl and the Prince set the village people free from their locked room in the castle. They took the gold and silver and went far away from the castle east of the sun and west of the moon.