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Princess Who is Taken Aboard

I asked my father to allow me to go to the port so I could see the ship of Ivan the merchant’s son. To be honest, I was just as interested in Ivan as I was in his ship. I took my nurses, governesses and maidservants with me, and they lingered on deck while Ivan...

Princess Under the Control of a Dragon

I received a message that a young man had come to the gate. The gatekeeper wouldn’t let him enter the town. I went down to see who had arrived, and, to my amazement, there stood the only man I have ever loved! I took his hand, drew him to the palace, and in a...

Prince Who Loves a Pea-Hen

I have fallen in love with a pea-hen! I met her when I was keeping watch because every night my father’s golden apple trees were getting stripped of their fruit. I woke at midnight and saw nine golden pea-hens land in the tree. The ninth hen fluttered to the ground...

Princess Sacrificed to a Dragon

I was led to the shore in a great procession and tied to a stake. Soon the dragon arrived, skimming swiftly along the waters. I prepared myself for death but then a fox came trotting along the shore. He drew the brush of his tail along the surf and scattered salt...

Cat Spirit of the Mountain

I am the Spirit of the Mountain. This is MY mountain. I leave the villagers in peace so long as they supply me with my annual meal of one young maiden. This year, they have fastened her to a large cask that stands in a forest temple. I have been eagerly awaiting this...