After I was born, the fairies gathered around my cradle and they said that it was written in the Books of Fate that I should die by a crocodile, a serpent, or a dog. Nothing could save me, they said.

Well, I have met all three and I am still here. Why? Because of the love of my wife.

The Much-Loved Prince in The Prince and the Three Fates, Brown Fairy Book. Illustration by H.J. Ford.

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