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The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

Story finder - Curly

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Spinning Maiden with a Golden Thread

I glanced up from my spinning and I saw the prince sitting on his horse, looking at me through the window. The setting sun blazed on his face, and when he turned away, the room had become so warm!

I went to the window and opened it. I watched him ride away for as long as I could see the white feathers waving on his hat.

Then I sat down to work again. A song came to me. My godmother would sing it when she spun:

Spindle, my spindle, haste thee away
and bring to my house the wooer, I pray.

To my surprise, the spindle sprang out of my hand and flew out the door! It danced into open country, drawing a shining golden thread behind it. Then it vanished from sight, down the road where the prince had gone.

How strange, I thought!

Spinning Maiden with a Golden Thread in The Spindle, The Shuttle, and the Needle, Grimms. Picture by Arthur Rackham.

Spinning Maiden with a Golden Thread