In the gloom of evening therefore, he let himself down again; but when he had clambered down the wall he was terribly afraid, for he saw the enchantress standing before him.
Then the enchantress allowed her anger to be softened, and said to him: 'If the case be as you say, I will allow you to take away with you as much rampion as you will, only I make one condition, you must give me the child which your wife will bring into the world; it shall be well treated, and I will care for it like a mother.
When she was twelve years old, the enchantress shut her into a tower, which lay in a forest, and had neither stairs nor door, but quite at the top was a little window.
Rapunzel had magnificent long hair, fine as spun gold, and when she heard the voice of the enchantress she unfastened her braided tresses, wound them round one of the hooks of the window above, and then the hair fell twenty ells down, and the enchantress climbed up by it.
Once when he was thus standing behind a tree, he saw that an enchantress came there, and he heard how she cried:
Then Rapunzel let down the braids of her hair, and the enchantress climbed up to her.
The enchantress remarked nothing of this, until once Rapunzel said to her:
On the same day that she cast out Rapunzel, however, the enchantress fastened the braids of hair, which she had cut off, to the hook of the window, and when the king's son came and cried:
Then this wicked enchantress changed the capital, which was a very populous and flourishing city, into the lake and desert plain you saw.
He then lay down on the couch where the slave had been, and waited for the enchantress.
He was filled with joy, but the enchantress said, "Hasten away from this place and never come back, lest I kill you.
The enchantress went back to the Palace of Tears and said, "Now I have done what you wished.
The enchantress hurried away and said some words over the lake.
The enchantress again whispered in the king's ear, and compelled him, by her witchcraft, to see everything under a false aspect.
The king, hearing the hiss of the serpents, scrambled as fast as he could to the window, and bawled out to the abominable enchantress never to come back.