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by Michelle Tocher

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Spinning Daughter

Themes: Captivity | Hope | Wonder

My father has bragged to the king that I can spin straw into gold. Now the king has locked me in a room, and I must show that I can do it. I can’t spin straw into gold. It’s an impossible task!

Why did my father insist on bragging about me? I didn’t want the king’s attention. And now here I am, and if I don’t succeed, the king will have my head. He should take my father’s head, not mine!

Some unimagined hope is my only hope. Is it possible to hope when you are utterly hopeless?

What is that? A strange little man has come in through the door!

The Spinning Daughter in Rumpelstiltskin, Grimms. Illustration by A.H. Watson.

Spinning Daughter