Saint Andrew's Night
Source: Folk-lore And Legends: German
It is commonly believed in Germany that on St. Andrew's night, St.
Thomas' night, and Christmas and New Year's nights, a girl has the
power of inviting and seeing her future lover. A table is to be laid
for two persons, taking care, however, that there are no forks upon
it. Whatever the lover leaves behind him must be carefully preserved,
for he then returns to her who has it, and loves her passionately. The
article must, however, be kept carefully concealed from his sight, for
he would otherwise remember the torture of superhuman power exercised
over him which he that night endured, become conscious of the charms
employed, and this would lead to fatal consequences.
A fair maiden in Austria once sought at midnight, after performing the
necessary ceremonies, to obtain a sight of her lover, whereupon a
shoemaker appeared having a dagger in his hand, which he threw at her
and then disappeared. She picked up the dagger which he had thrown at
her and concealed it in a trunk.
Not long afterwards the shoemaker visited, courted, and married her.
Some years after her marriage she chanced to go one Sunday about the
hour of vespers to the trunk in search of something that she required
for her work the next day. As she opened the trunk her husband came to
her, and would insist on looking into it. She kept him off, until at
last he pushed her away, and there saw his long-lost dagger. He
immediately seized it, and demanded how she obtained it, because he
had lost it at a very particular time. In her fear and alarm she had
not the power to invent any excuse, so declared the truth, that it was
the same dagger he had left behind him the night when she had obliged
him to appear to her. Her husband hereupon grew enraged, and said,
with a terrible voice--
"'Twas you, then, that caused me that night of dreadful misery?"
With that he thrust the dagger into her heart.
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