Reach up to the stars, that’s my motto! Why does my husband insist that our daughter marry a rat? Who cares that he has a long moustache and comes from an ancient line of noble rats? Why marry a rat in the first place? Why not rise up in the world, marry someone above her rather than someone below?
“Why not offer her to the sun!” my husband cries.
“Well I was thinking about that,” I retort. “And if you are of the same mind, let’s pay him a visit tomorrow.”
So we will!
The Rat’s Wife in The Husband of the Rat’s Daughter, Brown Fairy Book. Illustration by Warwick Goble.