My father doesn’t give a whit for his country. He spends his time on riddles. He has put me in a marble tower with seventy windows, seventy feet from the ground. Now he has sent his heralds out to proclaim that whoever can climb the walls to my windows will have me for a wife.

I do not care for his game. I simply wish to be on the ground, looking after my country and ensuring that my people live cheerful and contented lives.

The Princess in the Marble Tower in The Prince and the Three Fates, Brown Fairy Book. Vintage poster.

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