I HATE that he’s so handsome. I HATE that he makes me weak in the knees. Most of all I HATE that I agreed to give him three chances to hide from me. I only give my suitors one chance, and when I catch them, I cut off their heads and stick them on posts. Ninety-nine heads stand in front of my high tower and I plan on making it a hundred. I won’t be flustered!

High and Mighty Princess in The Sea-Hare, Grimms. Painting by Frank Cadogan Cowper.

vain princess