The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

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Sorrowful, Dying King

I cannot recover from the death of my wife. I lie in bed, laboring for breath, wheezing under the great weight on my chest.

What is this? A bird with brilliant plumage is fluttering at my window. She’s lighting on the lintel. Her feathers are sky-blue and gold, and her feet and beak are studded with rubies so bright that they’re blinding me. I am filled with energy, with light, with life!

Is that a crown on her little head?

The Sorrowful, Dying King in The Little Green Frog, Yellow Fairy Book