Now that we have received some wonderful student adaptations and versions of the ending of “Adalmina’s Pearl,” it’s time to unveil the original ending that Zacharias Topelius wrote.
“Adalmina’s Pearl” … the original ending by Zacharias Topelius.
Splash! The diamond crown fell into the pond. Adalmina looked at her beautiful figure in the water…… but what had happened? Her expensive jewelry, golden earrings and extravagant dress had disappeared and instead she saw a barefoot poor girl in rags and messy hair on the water’s surface.
Adalmina had also lost her great wisdom and all of a sudden she became a simple girl with no knowledge of anything.
Even more, in the blink of an eye, she also lost her memory. Adalmina didn´t know who she was, not even where she came from. Adalmina got really frightened and ran into the woods. Evening drew, wolves howled in the forest and Adalmina ran and ran until she saw some candle light in the window.
She saw a little cottage where a poor old woman lived. “Poor child,” said the woman when she saw Adalmina. “Where are you coming from this late?” But Adalmina couldn´t answer. She didn´t know who she was or who her parents were. The old woman felt pity and said that Adalmina could stay with her. She added that Adalmina could be her goat keeper and look after her goats, if Adalmina would be satisfied to eat bread and drink just water, and maybe some goat milk on special occasions.
Adalmina was happy with that and so the Blue Fairy´s promise had become true: Adalmina had a good and humble heart now.
Adalmina started a new, humble life with the old woman and her goats. She didn´t have any riches, but was happier than ever before. With the humble heart she gained many other virtues, such as sincerity, love and peace at heart. Wherever she was, Adalmina spread sunshine and light of good heart around her.
But the King and the Queen were totally beside themselves because they did not know where Adalmina was. They promised that whoever found Adalmina could marry her and get all the royal riches with the marriage.
Three long years went by, but no one could find Adalmina. One day prince Sigismund found his way to the old woman’s cottage. But the old woman nor Adalmina could help him to find the Princess. The Prince, however, wanted to build his own castle in the forest and one day he kneeled down at the same pond where Adalmina had lost her crown and pearl years before.
The Prince saw something glittering in the bottom of the well. Could that be Adalmina´s Pearl? He took the pearl to the King and the Queen and they knew that it belonged to Adalmina.
The King invited all the girls who were eighteen years, which was Adalmina’s age, to the castle and the girl whose head was the right size for the crown would be Adalmina. Thousands of girls rushed to the castle, but the crown didn’t fit anyone.
Just before night fell, Adalmina, dressed in rags, made her way to the castle. She was now a shepherd girl, but the Kind and Queen still insisted on her trying on the crown. When they placed the crown on Adalmina’s head, it fit perfectly. Everyone cheered: they had finally found Adalmina! So, the shepherd girl entered the palace and now, with the crown back on her head, she became stunningly beautiful again and this time with all of the good virtues promised by the Red Fairy Godmother. She now understood how stupid and selfish she had been before. She went back to the cottage and brought the old woman to the palace with her. They celebrated Prince Sigismund and Adalmina´s wedding soon and everyone thought that Adalmina´s pearl was beautiful, but the humble heart was much more precious than any other beauty in the world.