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The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

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Poor Fisherman Who Becomes Mayor

I was fishing with my son at sea when the enemy of our country sailed by and ordered that we come aboard. They took my son prisoner and gave me 600 golden coins in exchange for him.

When I returned to the city, I heard that our enemy would not withdraw until their leader had received 600 golden coins. The Lords of the City announced that anyone who could provide the coins would become Lord Mayor. I gave the coins to the Lords and now I am Mayor. The Lords of the City will hang anyone who calls me a fisherman.

I hope my son is alive but I hope he doesn’t return, because then he will die!

Poor Fisherman Who Becomes Mayor in The Three Black Princesses, Grimms