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* {{Curse}}: The stepsister has three of them laid upon her for her selfishness and laziness.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Being rolled downhill in a barrel stuck full of nails isn't pretty.
* ImpossibleTask: Gathering strawberries in the dead of winter.

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* {{Curse}}: The stepsister has three of them laid upon her becomes thrice-accursed for her selfishness and laziness.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Being rolled downhill in The evil stepmother and her daughter are "put into a barrel stuck full of nails isn't pretty.
nails, and then rolled downhill into the water."
* ImpossibleTask: Gathering strawberries The stepmother orders the main character to go out into the woods in the dead of winter.winter and not return without a basketful of strawberries, expecting her to freeze to death.


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* PayEvilUntoEvil: The King asks the stepmother what should be done with someone who murders another person by throwing them into the water. The woman suggests a particularly painful execution, unaware that she is choosing her own sentence.
-->The king was elated, but he kept the queen hidden in a room until the Sunday when the baby was to be baptized. At the baptism he said, "What does a person deserve who drags someone out of bed and throws him into the water?"\\
The old woman answered, "The scoundrel deserves nothing better than to be put into a barrel stuck full of nails, and then rolled downhill into the water."\\
Then the king said, "You have pronounced your own sentence."\\
He ordered such a barrel to be brought. The old woman and her daughter were put into it, and the top was hammered shut. Then the barrel was rolled downhill until it fell into the river.


"The Three Little Men in the Wood" is a German FairyTale collected by the Creator/BrothersGrimm.

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"The Three Little Men in the Wood" (German: ''Die drei Männlein im Walde'') is a German FairyTale collected by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm and published in their ''Children and Household's Tales'' (''Kinder- und Hausmärchen'') collection. It is the Creator/BrothersGrimm.
number 13 tale.



Full text [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/13threemenforest.html here]]. Compare "Literature/BrotherAndSister".

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Full text [[http://www.[[https://www.grimmstories.com/en/grimm_fairy-tales/the_three_little_men_in_the_wood here]], [[https://sites.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm013.html here]], [[https://www.gutenberg.org/files/52521/52521-h/52521-h.htm#hdr_25 here]] and [[http://web.archive.org/web/20191102082102/http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/13threemenforest.html here]]. here]].

Compare "Literature/BrotherAndSister".with "Literature/BrotherAndSister" and "Literature/MotherHolle".

In the Aarne–Thompson–Uther Index, it is a Type 403B, "The Black and the White Bride" and 480, "The Kind and the Unkind Girls".



* BackFromTheDead: And all it took was for the king to brandish his sword three times over her.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight. In fact, one of the heroine's rewards for her kindness is to grow ''more'' beautiful with each passing day.

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* BackFromTheDead: And all it took was for The Queen is revived when the king to brandish King swings his sword over her ghost three times over her.
times.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight. In fact, one One of the heroine's rewards for her kindness is to grow ''more'' more beautiful with each passing day; whereas her mean-spirited, selfish and lazy stepsister is punished to become progressively uglier.
-->"What shall we give her as she is so good, and has shared her bread with us?" Then said the first, "My gift is, that she shall every day grow more beautiful."\\
[...]\\
"What shall we give her as she is so naughty, and has a wicked envious heart, that will never let her do a good turn to any one?" The first said, "I grant that she may grow uglier every
day."





* SecretTestOfCharacter: Speaking with the little men.

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* SecretTestOfCharacter: Speaking The stepdaughter is polite, sharing her food with the little men.men and acceding to their requests, and the daughter is not. The former is rewarded with beauty, gold, a wealthy groom, and strawberries. The latter is punished with ugliness, unpleasantness, and loneliness. And she has no strawberries.


* CinderellaCircumstances: Under the stepmother's rule.


A widow with a daughter persuaded the daughter of a widower to persuade her father to marry her. Then she oppressed her. Finally, she sent her into the winter woods with orders to gather strawberries. There, she met three little men, who asked what had happened to her, asked her to share her food, and then asked her to sweep off their back step. When she went, they decided she would grow more beautiful every day, have gold fall from her mouth when she spoke, and marry a king. Also, while she swept, she found strawberries.

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A widow with a daughter persuaded the daughter of a widower to persuade her father to marry her. the widow. Then she oppressed her.her stepdaughter. Finally, she sent her into the winter woods with orders to gather strawberries. There, she met three little men, who asked what had happened to her, asked her to share her food, and then asked her to sweep off their back step. When she went, they decided she would grow more beautiful every day, have gold fall from her mouth when she spoke, and marry a king. Also, while she swept, she found strawberries.


''The Three Little Men in the Wood'' is a German FairyTale collected by the Creator/BrothersGrimm.

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''The
"The
Three Little Men in the Wood'' Wood" is a German FairyTale collected by the Creator/BrothersGrimm.



Full text [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/13threemenforest.html here]]. Compare ''Literature/BrotherAndSister''.

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Full text [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/13threemenforest.html here]]. Compare ''Literature/BrotherAndSister''."Literature/BrotherAndSister".


'''''The Three Little Men in the Wood''''' is a German FairyTale collected by the Creator/BrothersGrimm.

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'''''The [[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/3_men_in_the_woods.png]]
''The
Three Little Men in the Wood''''' Wood'' is a German FairyTale collected by the Creator/BrothersGrimm.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Being rolled downhill in a barrel stuck full of nails isn't pretty.


* FrogsAndToads: As the stepsister discovered, insulting three little men is unwise.


* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight.

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* BackFromTheDead: And all it took was for the king to brandish his sword three times over her.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight. In fact, one of the heroine's rewards for her kindness is to grow ''more'' beautiful with each passing day.



* {{Curse}}: On the stepsister.

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* {{Curse}}: On the stepsister.The stepsister has three of them laid upon her for her selfishness and laziness.



* ImpossibleTask: Gathering strawberries.

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* ImpossibleTask: Gathering strawberries.strawberries in the dead of winter.



* OurGhostsAreDifferent: They're -- ducks.

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* NoNameGiven: None of the characters are referred to by name.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: They're -- They're...ducks.



* RagsToRoyalty: The daughter.
* RuleOfThree: Three visits, three swings of the sword.

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* RagsToRoyalty: The daughter.
heroine.
* RuleOfThree: Three visits, three visits from the heroine's ghost,three swings of the sword.king's sword. Both of the girls also get three rewards or curses placed upon them. And, of course, the three little men themselves.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The heroine's father vanishes completely from the story after he's married the stepmother.


* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight.
* BlessedWithSuck: Having gold coins fall out of your mouth with every word you speak may be pretty cool at first. After a while it's going to get really inconvenient.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight.
* BlessedWithSuck: Having gold coins fall out of your mouth with every word you speak may be pretty cool at first. After a while it's going to get really inconvenient.
straight.

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* BlessedWithSuck: Having gold coins fall out of your mouth with every word you speak may be pretty cool at first. After a while it's going to get really inconvenient.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight.

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'''''The Three Little Men In The Wood''''' is a German FairyTale collected by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm.

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'''''The Three Little Men In The in the Wood''''' is a German FairyTale collected by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm.
the Creator/BrothersGrimm.

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