An old woman came to me and said that I would have children if my husband could catch a little goldfish. Then I must cut it up into six pieces. One for me, and one for my husband. One for the dog, and one for the mare. One was to be buried to the right of the front door, and the other to the left. Behold, now! We have twins, the dog has two puppies, the mare has two foals, and there are two cypress trees growing outside our door.

Every which way you look you can see we have been doubly blessed!

The Fisherman’s Blessed Wife in The Twin Brothers, Grey Fairy Book. Painting by Arthur Hacker.

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