I am what you might call a collector of birds. Yes, that’s it. I have seven thousand cages in my castle, each containing a single bird—rare birds, all of them, rarer than you can possibly imagine. I eat them sometimes, and I keep them if they sing pretty songs. The rarest among them are not birds at all, but beautiful girls. Innocent maidens. Do I love them? Of course I do. They’re delicious!
Bird Witch in Jorinda and Joringel, Grimms. Illustration by Adrienne Segur.