Lazy Henry

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Lazy Henry or Lazy Heinz is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm in Grimm's Fairy Tales, number 164.[1] It was first added in the third edition.[2]

It is Aarne-Thompson type 1430, Air Castles.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

Henry was so lazy he minded his only task, driving a goat to pasture and back. He married Fat Trina so she would drive both his and her goats. Trina proposed trading the goats for a hive, which would not need tending. They gather a pitcher of honey and discuss whether to get a gosling. Trina wants a child to look after it; Henry says that children don't obey, any more than a servant does. Trina goes to hit him with a stick and breaks the pitcher. They agree that this way they do not have to look after the goose.

Allusions[edit]

Harry refers to The Wise Servant, Grimm tale number 162, with the complaint about a servant.[2]

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