Oh, I’ve done a terrible thing! I was chasing a spider when I knocked queen’s flask off the shelf. Not just any old flask, either—the flask with the water from the fountain of Youth! The queen will have my head.
I have to think, settle down, and clean up the mess. What will I do? I know. I’ll find another flask just like the broken one. I’ve seen one in the king’s chamber. It holds some kind of sparkling, magic water. I don’t know what it does. It might come from the fountain of Old Age for all I know—but it will have to do!
The Careless Maid in The Story of Pretty Goldilocks, Blue Fairy Book. Picture by Ronald Searle.