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The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

Story finder - Curly

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Brass Princess

A prophet told my father the king that I would have a son who would kill him. My father would not allow that prophecy to come true, and so he locked me in a deep brass prison, sunk into the earth.

No one could see me there. Only the sun could see me, passing by the window on my roof. What power did the sun have to free me?

Every day I sat looking up at the sky, watching the clouds float across, and wondering if I would ever see fields or flowers again.

Then one day the sky opened above me and a great shower of shining gold fell through the window in the roof. It lay glittering in my room. Not long after, I had a baby. A little boy.

The Brass Princess in The Terrible Head, Blue Fairy Book. Nineteenth century folk art, artist unknown.

Brass Princess