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                   enchantress: hechicera        dare: atreverse        weave: tejer

      There were once a man and a woman who wished for a child and one day the woman got pregnant. These people had a little window at the back of their house. They could see a splendid garden, which was full of the most beautiful flowers and vegetables. It was surrounded by a high wall, it belonged to an enchantress, who had great power and was really bad.

      One day the woman  saw in the garden the most  beautiful lettuce, and it looked so fresh and green that she wanted to eat it.Her husband , who loved her, thought: 'I will bring some of the lettuce .' At night he climbed down over the wall into the garden of the enchantress, took one of the lettuces and took it to his wife. She immediately made herself a salad and ate it. It tasted so good to her that now she wanted more. Her husband went to the garden again to get more of the delicious lettuce but when he was coming back, he saw the enchantress standing before him.

     "How can you dare," she said with angry look, "come to my garden and steal my lettuces, you will suffer for it!'

     "Ah,'" he answered, "I'm sorry.  My wife saw your lettuces from the window, and  she really wanted to eat them."

     The enchantress  said to him: "I will allow you to take away with you as many lettuces as you will, only I make one condition, you must give me your child,  I will care for him like a mother."  The man in his terror said "yes!"

I. Number the events in order.
  The man went to the garden for the second time.
   A man and a woman wanted a baby.
   The man went to the garden for the first time.
   The woman wanted to eat some lettuce.
   The enchantress asked for the baby.
     When the baby was born the enchantress appeared, gave the child the name of Rapunzel, and took it away with her.  Rapunzel grew into the most beautiful child. When she was twelve years old, the enchantress put her into a tower in the middle of a forest. The tower didn't have stairs or doors, but near the top was a little window. When the enchantress wanted to go in, she placed herself below it and shouted:

  "Rapunzel, Rapunzel,                                                                                                       
Let down your hair to me."

      Rapunzel had magnificent long blond hair, and when she heard the voice of the enchantress, she unfastened her braided hair, put it round one of the hooks of the window above, and then the hair fell ten meters down and the enchantress climbed up by it.

II. Choose the correct option.
1. It didn't have stairs.                                    
2. She had beautiful hair.                          
3. It was in the middle of the forest.          
4. She named the girl Rapunzel.                 
5. She let her hair down.                          
6. It had a little window.                           
7. She shouted at bottom of the tower.      
     After a year , the king's son rode through the forest and passed by the tower. Then he heard a song, which was so charming that he stood  and listened. It was Rapunzel, who passed her time singing with her sweet voice . The king's son wanted to climb up to her, and looked for the door of the tower, but he didn't find any.Every day he went out into the forest and listened to Rapunzel singing.
     Once when he was listening to Rapunzel he saw that an enchantress came there, and he heard how she shouted:

 "Rapunzel, Rapunzel,                                                      
Let down your hair to me."

 The next day when he went to the tower and shouted:

 "Rapunzel, Rapunzel,                                                         
Let down your hair to me."                                                             

      Immediately the hair fell down and the king's son climbed up.

     At first Rapunzel was terribly frightened when a man came to her; but the king's son began to talk to her like a friend, and told her that his heart was touched by her voice and that he felt forced to see her. Then Rapunzel lost her fear, and when he asked her if she would be his wife, and she saw that he was young and handsome, she thought: "He will love me more than old Dame Gothel does"; and she said yes.

III. Complete with 1, 2 or 3 words.
1. The prince    the forest and listened to Rapunzel's song.
2. She passed her time     with her sweet voice.
3. Rapunzel was frightened when she saw    for the first time.
4. To climb up the tower the enchantress had to use Rapunzel's  .
5. The prince was  .
     She said: "I will  go away with you. Bring with you  silk every time that you come, and I will weave a ladder with it, and when that is ready I will descend, and you will take me on your horse."

     They agreed that until that time he should come to visit her every evening.The enchantress didn't realize any of this, until one day Rapunzel said to her: "Tell me, Dame Gothel, how it happens that you are so much heavier for me  than the young king's son." "Ah!" cried the enchantress. "What do I hear you say! I thought I had separated you from all the world, and you have cheated me!"

     With anger she took Rapunzel's beautiful hair, took a pair of scissors and  cut off the lovely braids. And she was so angry that she took poor Rapunzel into a desert where she lived in great pain and misery.

     The enchantress tied the braids to the window and when the prince arrived she let the hair down.The king's son ascended, but instead of finding his dearest Rapunzel, he found the enchantress. "Aha!, she said. "Rapunzel is lost to you; you will never see her again." The king's son was terrified, in his despair he jumped down from the tower. He escaped with his life, but he hurt his eyes. 

IV. Number the paragraphs and answer.
1. In paragraph 1, the word 'it' stands for  .
2. In paragraph 2, the word 'her' stands for   .
3. In paragraph 2, the word 'me' stands for   .
4. In paragraph 3, the word 'she' stands for   .
5. In paragraph 4, the word 'he' stands for   .
6. In paragraph 4, the word 'her' stands for   .
     He walked by the forest, ate nothing but roots and berries, and missed his dearest Rapunzel. He lived in misery for some years, and came to the desert where Rapunzel lived. He heard a voice, and it seemed so familiar to him that he went towards it, and when he approached, Rapunzel knew him and hugged him. Two of her tears wetted his eyes and they got clear again, and he could see with them as before. He took her to his kingdom where he was happily received, and they lived for a long time very happy.
V. Read the story and choose the correct one.  
1.     A man and a woman wanted a pet.                                       A man and a woman wanted a baby.
2.     Rapunzel was a lovely girl.                                                  Rapunzel was an ugly girl.
3.     She had beautiful blond hair.                                               She had beautiful brown girl.
4.     The enchantress was a good person.                                     The enchantress was a bad person.
5.     Rapunzel wanted to get married to the prince.
       Rapunzel didn't want to get married.
6.     The enchantress discovered the romance between the prince and Rapunzel.
       The enchantress wanted to celebrate the romance between Rapunzel and the prince.
7.     Rapunzel was abandoned in a desert.                                   Rapunzel was abandoned in the ocean.
8.    The prince was blind 'cause he jumped down from a house.
      The prince was blind 'cause he jumped down from the tower.
9.   They lived happily in the prince kingdom.
      They lived happily in Rapunzel's kingdom.