My compassionate husband has brought a sick woman into the house. I know she is an imposter who will be nothing but trouble, but he doesn’t see it.

“My princess,” he says to me, “As I do not remember that I ever contrived to injure anybody, I cannot believe that anybody would contrive to injure me. Even if they do, I will not cease to do good whenever I have the opportunity.”

How well he will need me to deliver him from the snares that will be laid out for him!

The Fairy Paribanou in Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Paribanou, Blue Fairy Book. Painting by Wladyslaw Teodor.

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