A young man came to speak to my father, the Emperor. He asked for my hand, and said that he would only marry a girl with royal blood running in her veins.

I watched him from behind the curtain and I thought I had never seen any man more handsome.

My father gave him a task that that I knew he couldn’t do, not without the enchanted knife. I wrote him a letter and asked him to meet me the next morning in my apartment.

That night, when everyone was sleeping, I crept softly into my father’s chamber and drew the knife from the chest where he kept his treasures. I hid it carefully in a safe place before I went to bed.

Princess With an Enchanted Knife in The Enchanted Knife, Violet Fairy Book. Picture by Elizabeth Shippen.

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