Oh, if you must have a ring, look for the pretty rings, my pretty one! Look how they glisten and glimmer. Choose a ruby or a sapphire, but stay away from the plain ring, that’s mine. Come on, now, choose! Any one of those rings will keep you comfortable for the rest of your life.

You’ll want for nothing, though you’ll never have the genuine article. Who needs it, anyway?

Old Woman Who Keeps the Ring in The Old Woman in the Wood, Grimms. “Old Woman Pouring Tea,” Artist Unknown, 19th century.

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