The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

Story finder - Curly

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Hall of Prisoners

I have not been entered for a long time. My chambers are spacious, and covered with polished stones, inscribed with symbols that are known only to magicians.

Hollow places are cut into my walls, and in those places stand vases of transparent glass containing colored spirits or bluish vapors. On my floor you will find two large glass chests. They stand opposite one another. Observe that one contains a mansion surrounded by farm buildings, stables, barns, fields, meadows, and herds. You will notice that everything is tiny, but exceedingly detailed, as if the miniatures were real.

Opposite the chest lies a glass coffin, and in that coffin you will find a maiden of rarest beauty. She lies sleeping. Her long, fair hair is wrapped in a mantle studded the precious stones. Her eyes are closed but her complexion is bright and her breath moves a delicate ribbon to and fro.

Hall of Prisoners in The Glass Coffin, Grimms. Illustration by H.J. Ford.

Hall of Prisoners