When the green knight stopped coming to the castle, I did not know what had happened. Surely his heart had not gone to another! Yet, what can I know, isolated here on this island? It’s the only place where I can live safely, out of the reach of my envious stepmother.

One day when I was sitting by the window, crying, a little bird lit on the lintel. He informed me that the prince was very ill, and he told me the cure. I must catch nine young snakes, turn them into broth, and feed the soup to the prince.

Ugh! Snakes! An awful task, but it’s high time I left this island.

Princess Coming Out of Isolation in The Green Knight, Olive Fairy Book. Painting by Pierre-Charles Comte.

isolation