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by Michelle Tocher

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Mother-in-Law Who Steals Babies

Who is my son’s new wife, anyway? She comes from nowhere. She doesn’t deserve to be queen. She can’t even speak! She won’t speak, that’s what I think. She’s a schemer, and I’m going to expose her.

I know what I’ll do. I’ll take her baby. She’ll go to sleep tonight and wake up tomorrow morning with no baby. I’ll smear blood on her mouth. That ought to make her speak!

The Queen Who Steals Babies in The Six Swans, Grimms. Picture by Odilon Redon.

Mother-in-Law Who Steals Babies