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The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

Story finder - Curly

Click the image above to fetch a new random story.

Nightingale

No, please, your Majesty, do not tie your golden slipper around my neck to commend me for my performance. The tears that I see in your eyes when I am singing are the only reward I would ever wish to receive!

Do you not understand the weight of your praise around my tiny neck? It cannot be borne! I do not wish to be famous!

I don’t want your burden of expectation. Will I ever be free again?

The Nightingale in The Nightingale, Hans Christian Andersen. Illustration by W. Heath Robinson.

Nightingale