You would think, with a skull like me looking out the window, that my bridegroom’s friends would be reluctant to come into the house. But no! They are streaming in as if they expected the evil wizard to have chosen someone like me—a bride with no more substance than a grinning skull wearing ornaments and a flowered wreath.

Come in, come in, people! Let’s end this charade.

Skull in the Window in Fitcher’s Bird, Grimms. Painting by Vincent van Gogh.