I was taught to be true-hearted and to speak the truth. Why is it that my father is now so offended by me? My words do not agree with him. In fact, he finds them so disagreeable that he wants me dead and will not be pleased until he is holding my heart and tongue!

The Princess Miranda in The Wonderful Sheep, Blue Fairy Book. Painting “Biondina” by Frederic Leighton (detail).