Big Klaus and Little Klaus lived in the
same village, but while Little Klaus only had one horse, Big Klaus had four.
Big Klaus eventually strikes Little Klaus’ one horse over the head with a blow
that kills him. Upset and needing money, Little Klaus sets off to sell the
horse skin in town but first stops by a farmhouse on his journey looking for a
place to stay.
farmer invites him in for dinner and to spend the night. Unbeknownst to the
farmer, his wife had been entertaining the local sexton for dinner but had
hidden both the food and the sexton as her husband returned home. Klaus had
seen the food being hidden away, so he pretended he had a wizard in his sack
and that the wizard conjured up an extravagant meal and had hidden it in the
oven. The farmer believed the wizard story, and offered him a bushel of money for
the wizard sack—but also state that he must take away the cabinet where the
sexton had been hidden.
Little Klaus does so, and then further extorts more money from the
sexton. He then tricks Big Klaus into thinking he had received all the money
from his horse skin, and Big Klaus proceeds to make a fool of himself. Enraged,
Big Klaus goes to kill Little Klaus, but accidentally gets Little Klaus’
recently dead grandmother instead. Little Klaus then pulls another prank using
his dead grandmother and winds up with another bushel of money and another way
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