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Mark the Rich

I would never have let the strangers in through the door. But my little daughter, Anastasia, begged me to let the three old beggars sleep in the house. I could not refuse her, so we let them in and gave them the loft. During the night, Anastasia crept up to the loft...

Old Witch in the Tower

Of course, I know where the Bird of Truth can be found. It’s locked up in a castle that is guarded by a fierce giant. You want to know the name of that castle? It’s called Come-and-Never-Go. I will only tell you the way to the castle if you promise to...

Apprentice to Fault-Finding Shoemaker

I didn’t last a month when I apprenticed with Master Pfriem. My advice is: stay away from that shoemaker! He’s that short, grey-haired fellow you see moving through the crowd with his arms wheeling round as if he were rowing a boat. You know the man. The...

Youngest Dancing Princess

I had a feeling that someone was following me. I could feel his breath on my neck. Then my dress caught on something. “Who’s that?” I cried, turning around. “Who’s holding my dress?” “Don’t be stupid,” hissed my older sister who was going down the steps ahead of me....

Landlord Who Steals from the Devil

I was standing on the porch when I saw the man approaching. What a horror! It looked as if the scare-crow who had been hanging in the fields for ten years had just pulled himself off the stake and stumbled down the road. I called to him. “Where do you you come...