The Dreadful Story of Harriet and the Matches
Then how the pussy-cats did mew—
What else, poor pussies, could they do?
They screamed for help, 'twas all in vain!
So then they said: "We'll scream again;
Make haste, make haste, me-ow, me-o,
She'll burn to death; we told her so."
The subject of our somewhat morbid magnet is the naughty Harriet, who comes to us from Heinrich Hoffman's 1845 classic, Struwwelpeter, Merry Stories and Funny Pictures.
Hoffmann wrote and illustrated the original Struwwelpeter as a Christmas present for his three-year-old son. The full text of The English Struwwelpeter can be read online.
Our morbid little magnet was created using a reproduction of an image that illustrated a slightly different version of the story that was published in 1896.
You may also enjoy this adaptation of the tale from the "junk opera" Shockheaded Peter, performed by The Tiger Lillies.