Happy endings: The Princess on the Glass Hill
Next day all the knights and princes were to appear before the King and
Princess—it had been too late for them to do it the night
before—in order that he who had the golden apple might
produce it. They all went in turn, first princes, and then knights, but
none of them had a golden apple.
"But somebody must have it," said the King, "for with our own eyes we
all saw a man ride up and take it." So he commanded that everyone in
the kingdom should come to the palace, and see if he could show the
apple. And one after the other they all came, but no one had the golden
apple, and after a long, long time Cinderlad's two brothers came
likewise. They were the last of all, so the King inquired of them if
there was no one else in the kingdom left to come.
"Oh! yes, we have a brother," said the two, "but he never got the
golden apple! He never left the cinder-heap on any of the three days."
"Never mind that," said the King; "as everyone else has come to the
palace, let him come too."
So Cinderlad was forced to go to the King's palace.
"Hast thou the golden apple?" asked the King.
"Yes, here is the first, and here is the second, and here is the third,
too," said Cinderlad, and he took all three apples out of his pocket,
and with that drew off his sooty rags, and appeared there before them
in his bright golden armor, which gleamed as he stood.
"Thou shalt have my daughter, and the half of my kingdom, and thou hast
well earned both!" said the King. So there was a wedding, and Cinderlad
got the King's daughter, and everyone made merry at the wedding, for
all of them could make merry, though they could not ride up the glass
hill, and if they have not left off their merry-making they must be at