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The Vulture Maiden [Die Geier-Wally.]   By: (1836-1916)

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COLLECTION

OF

GERMAN AUTHORS.

VOL. 29.

THE VULTURE MAIDEN BY W. von HILLERN.

IN ONE VOLUME.

TAUCHNITZ EDITION.

By the same Author,

THE HOUR WILL COME . . . . . 2 vols.

THE

VULTURE MAIDEN

[DIE GEIER WALLY.]

BY

WILHELMINE von HILLERN.

FROM THE GERMAN

BY

C. BELL AND E. F. POYNTER.

Authorized Edition ,

LEIPZIG 1876

BERNHARD TAUCHNITZ.

LONDON: SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, SEARLE & RIVINGTON. CROWN BUILDINGS, 188, FLEET STREET.

PARIS: C. REINWALD, 15, RUE DES SAINTS PÈRES; THE GALIGNANI LIBRARY, 224, RUE DE RIVOLI.

The Author reserves the Right of dramatizing this Tale .

TO BERTHOLD AUERBACH, Esq.

Permit me to offer you the fruit that I have gathered in a field peculiarly your own. Under your powerful hand the difficult ground of German peasant life has yielded up its wealth of poetry; and if others, with myself, now reap in the field tilled by you, it is our first duty to think of you with gratitude, and to render to you the honour that is rightly yours.

Freiburg in Brisgau , April 1875.

The Author.

CONTENTS.

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER I. Joseph, the Bear hunter

II. Unbending

III. Outcast

IV. Munzoll's Child

V. Old Luckard

VI. A Day at Home

VII. "Hard Wood"

VIII. The Klotz Family of Rofen

IX. In the Wilderness

X. The Mistress of the Sonnenplatte

XI. At Last

XII. In the Night

XIII. Back to her Father

XIV. The Message of Grace

THE VULTURE MAIDEN.

A TALE OF THE TYROLESE ALPS.

Far down in the depths of the Oetz valley, a traveller was passing. On the eagle heights of the giddy precipice above him, stood a maiden's form, no bigger than an Alpine rose when seen from below, yet sharply defined against the clear blue sky, the gleaming ice peaks of the Ferner. There she stood firm and tranquil, though the mountain gusts tore and snatched at her, and looked without dizziness down into the depths where the Ache rushed roaring through the ravine, and a sunbeam slanting across its fine spray mist painted glimmering rainbows on the rocky wall. To her, also, the traveller and his guide appeared minutely small as they crossed the narrow bridge, which thrown high over the Ache, looked from above like a mere straw. She could not hear what the two were saying, for out of those depths no sound could reach her but the thundering roar of the waters. She could not see that the guide, a trimly attired chamois hunter, raised his arm threateningly, and pointing her out to the stranger said: "That is certainly the Vulture maiden standing up yonder; no other maid would trust herself on that narrow point, so near the edge of the precipice. See, one would think that the wind must blow her over, but she always does just the contrary to what other reasonable Christian folk do."

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