I stand in the middle of the court of a great castle. The entrance is guarded by four fierce lions. Two are asleep, and two are awake.
People believe that the water that flows from me is a sovereign medicine, healing all fevers, even the most dangerous, in less than an hour’s time.
To be honest, however, my only charm is my description. I am only water!
The Fountain of Lions in Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Paridanou, Blue Fairy Book. Picture by Louis Icart.