I am the only one alive in this enchanted castle. If you find me here in my locked room, I will show you how to break the spell.
The tasks are inscribed on a stone table. Look here. There are three. No one has even completed the first task, let alone all three. Shall I give you the first? You must go into the forest and pick up the pearls of the princess. They number in the thousands, and they are scattered everywhere under the moss. Miss one and you will be turned to stone, along with your horse. Inhuman, you say? Yes, well, it will take more than a human to do it.
The Grey Man in the Enchanted Castle in The Queen Bee, Grimms