My son has been a joy to me but I have become persuaded that it may be useful to me to procure valuable things from the Fairy he has married. After all, my magician tells me, the Fairy will eventually tire of him so we might as well profit while we can.

The Sultan of the Indies in The Story of Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Paribanou, Blue Fairy Book. Painting by Tiziano Vecellio.