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The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

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Old Friend of Sparrow

I am an old man with a hard-hearted wife, and she’s only gotten meaner over the years. I try to ignore her. I light my pipe and go sit out on the porch. I listen to birdsong and tune my ears to something else other than her scolding tongue.

Now she’s done something I can’t forgive. She has slit the tongue of my dearest friend and driven my sparrow away. I won’t rest until I find that sweet wanderer. I’ll go into the bamboo forest every day, and I will call to her. I will call to her until she comes back.

Old Friend of Sparrow in The Sparrow with the Slit Tongue, Pink Fairy Book. Illustration by Frederick Richardson.

Old Friend of Sparrow