But by good luck the dwarfs came in very early that evening; and when they saw Snowdrop lying on the ground, they thought what had happened, and soon found the poisoned comb.And when they took it away she got well, and told them all that had passed; and they warned her once more not to open the door to anyone. do you eat one part, and I will eat the other.’ Now the apple was so made up that one side was good, though the other side was poisoned.Meantime the queen went home to her glass, and shook with rage when she read the very same answer as before; and she said, ’Snowdrop shall die, if it cost me my life.’ So she went by herself into her chamber, and got ready a poisoned apple: the outside looked very rosy and tempting, but whoever tasted it was sure to die. Then Snowdrop was much tempted to taste, for the apple looked so very nice; and when she saw the old woman eat, she could wait no longer.Then she dressed herself up as a peasant’s wife, and travelled over the hills to the dwarfs’ cottage, and knocked at the door; but Snowdrop put her head out of the window and said, ’I dare not let anyone in, for the dwarfs have told me not.’ ’Do as you please,’ said the old woman, ’but at any rate take this pretty apple; I will give it you.’ ’No,’ said Snowdrop, ’I dare not take it.’ ’You silly girl! But she had scarcely put the piece into her mouth, when she fell down dead upon the ground.’There’s an end to all thy beauty,’ said the spiteful queen, and went away home.
Then she knocked at the door, and cried, ’Fine wares to sell!
Then she gazed thoughtfully upon the red drops that sprinkled the white snow, and said, ’Would that my little daughter may be as white as that snow, as red as that blood, and as black as this ebony window frame!
’ And so the little girl really did grow up; her skin was as white as snow, her cheeks as rosy as the blood, and her hair as black as ebony; and she was called Snowdrop.
As she was very hungry, she picked a little piece of each loaf and drank a very little wine out of each glass; and after that she thought she would lie down and rest. ’ The fourth, ’Who has been meddling with my spoon? But the seventh saw Snowdrop, and called all his brethren to come and see her; and they cried out with wonder and astonishment and brought their lamps to look at her, and said, ’Good heavens! ’ And they were very glad to see her, and took care not to wake her; and the seventh dwarf slept an hour with each of the other dwarfs in turn, till the night was gone.
So she tried all the little beds; but one was too long, and another was too short, till at last the seventh suited her: and there she laid herself down and went to sleep. Now they were seven little dwarfs, that lived among the mountains, and dug and searched for gold. In the morning Snowdrop told them all her story; and they pitied her, and said if she would keep all things in order, and cook and wash and knit and spin for them, she might stay where she was, and they would take good care of her.