When I met the pretty shepherdess alone in the woods, I asked her if she feared the robbers.

“No,” she answered, “I have nothing for them to steal.”

“Ah, but you have a heart,” I said. “What would you do if that were stolen?”

She didn’t know what I meant. Her heart had never been stolen. She cared for it, you see.

Queen of the Woods in Felicia and the Pot of Pinks, Blue Fairy Book. Illustration by Kay Nielsen.

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