Snow White’s practical streak

By Karen Holdup
…The dwarfs said, “If you will take care of our house, cook, make the beds, wash, sew and knit, and if you will keep everything neat and clean you can stay with us and you shall want for nothing.”
“Yes,” said Snow White, “with all my heart.” And she stayed with them.
She kept the house in order for them. In the mornings they went to the mountains and looked for copper and gold, in the evenings they came back, and then their supper had to be ready…
Now the dwarves were a messy lot and would get very dirty from mining in the mountains, so every evening when they got home Snow White insisted they washed and changed for dinner. However when they did change they scattered their clothes rather than take them to Snow White to be washed. So Snow White decided to knit each one of them their own laundry bag to hang at the end of each of their beds, to put their dirty clothes in ready to be washed. This way she didn’t have to pick them up off the floor and didn’t trip over them all the time.
She wanted the bags to be fun and bright and remind the dwarves of herself, so she modelled them on the sleeves of her dress in bright blue and red and gave each one a tag, on which she embroidered their names.

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