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The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

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Old Witch in the Tower

Of course I know where the Bird of Truth can be found. It is shut up in a castle guarded by a fierce giant. You want to know the name of that castle? It is called Come-and-Never-Go. I will only tell you the way to the castle if you promise to bring me water from the fountain of many colours, which I use for my enchantments.

Ha! But even if you brought me the water, I would never tell you how to find the castle where the Bird of Truth is hidden. Why? Because I hate him. I would kill him if I could, but he’s immortal so I can’t. The best I can do is hide him. The giant guards him well, and the squawking, screeching birds of bad faith ensure that his voice will never be heard.

Old Witch in the Tower in The Bird of Truth, Orange Fairy Book. Illustration by H.J. Ford.

 Witch in the Tower