I became pregnant with my son, not by my husband, but by an apple that an old woman gave me. After eating it, I threw the rind out the window. The rind was eaten by a horse who gave birth to a foal. My son and his speaking horse have grown up together, and who knows? Together they may remove the curse from our kingdom.

The Apple Queen in The Seven Headed Serpent, Yellow Fairy Book. Art nouveau, artist unknown.

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