I sit on the dresser in the dark room of a spellbound princess.

When she picks me up, I reflect her beauty, as it is in truth.

She weeps when she sees herself. She is reminded of everything she knows to be true.

Yet to others she appears as a decrepit old woman.

Mortals cannot see what I see.

I do not lie.

Mirror of the Spellbound Princess in The Crystal Ball, Grimms. Drawing by Francisco Goya.