My father became so exasperated with me that he declared he would give me to the first beggar who came to the door.

I thought he was joking! But here I am, living in a hovel, and going to the market to sell pots and crockery. I can’t do anything else. I can’t cook, or spin, or sew. I can’t even make a willow basket, and I have no help!

My husband says that if I want something done, I have to do it myself. All I want to do is undo what I’ve already done!

Princess Undone in King Thrushbeard, Grimms. Illusltration by Walter Crane.

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