Krabat by Otfried Preu?ler

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Als er sich umdrehte, stand da, wo eben noch Andrusch gestanden hatte, ein feister Ochsenrotbunt, mit glattem Fell, der ihn freundlich anglotzte. « sagte Krabat und rieb sich die Augen. Tonda war plötzlich auch weg. An seinem Platz stand ein altes wendisches Bäuerlein, Bastschuhe an den Füßen, die Leinenhosen vom Knöchel aufwärts mit Riemen verschnürt, einen Strick um den Kittel, die Mütze speckig, den Pelzrand kahl gewetzt. « sagte Krabat zum zweiten Mal; da klopfte ihm wer auf die Schulter und lachte.

Die Burschen brachten sie schubkarrenweise zum Wagen, wo Juro sie auf das Fuhrwerk umpackte. « und die Ochsen zockelten los, gemächlich der Mühle zu. - 63 - Die Zeit bis zu Juros Rückkehr verwendeten Tonda, Staschko und Krabat darauf, den im Sommer gestochenen Torf in den Schuppen zu bringen und einzuschließen. Sie brauchten sich nicht zu beeilen damit und das brachte den Jungen auf einen Gedanken. Er fragte den Altgesellen und Staschko, ob sie es ihm erlauben würden, für kurze Zeit wegzugehen.

Er lauschte nur - lauschte zum Dorf hinüber und war wie verzaubert. Tonda schob einen Ast in die Glut. »Ich hatte ein Mädchen lieb«, sagte er. »Worschula war ihr Name. Nun liegt sie seit einem halben Jahr auf dem Friedhof von Seidewinkel: ich hab ihr kein Glück gebracht. - Du mußt wissen, daß keiner von uns auf der Mühle den Mädchen Glück bringt. Ich weiß nicht, woran das liegt und ich will dir auch keine Angst machen. Solltest du aber jemals ein Mädchen lieb haben, Krabat, dann laß dir's nicht anmerken.

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