After the princess refused to marry me, my dearest friend declared that if he had gone to woo her instead of the fellow I sent, he would have won her heart. How dare he!

I was so angry (and jealous) that I threw him in prison and made him suffer. Now he tells me that he didn’t mean that he would win the princess for himself. He meant that he would have presented me so favorably that she could not have refused. Ah, how I’ve tortured him by my jealousy! How I’ve tortured myself!

The Jealous King in The Story of Pretty Goldilocks, Blue Fairy Book. Illustration from Contes des Fees, (1, 1810)

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