Mermellissa was a beautiful girl. She lost her mother and father
when she was very small. After that she grew up in the kitchen of a big
house and had to do all the hard work. She had to cook, clean, sweep,
wash and bring water all by herself.
She had to work from early morning till late at night. She didn’t
have a moment’s rest. All she received in return was harsh words. She
was scolded for the slightest delay and got punished for the smallest
No one loved her. No one cared for her.
Everybody in the household was unkind to her.
But she was never angry with any of them.
No matter how unkind they were to her,
she was always kind and obedient to them.
She worked as hard as she could, quietly.