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Boy Who Offends a Customer

When I was twelve, I would sit with my mother in her market stall where we sold herbs, vegetables, and baskets of fruit. I would cry, "This way, gentlemen! See these lovely cabbages and these fresh herbs! Early apples, ladies! Early pears and apricots, and all cheap....

Atchuwitlas the Face-Changer

I had been expecting the young man who came to me with his ruined, scarred face. I knew he would want a face-change. I suspected that the freckled mask hanging on my wall would be the right fit for him, so I took it down and hid it. It wouldn't be an easy face to...

Girl in a Paper Dress

Why did my father have to take a wife? He didn't want one. But here she is, with her nasty daughter. They torment me constantly. Now in the middle of winter, when the snow has piled high as the windows, my stepmother is ordering me to wear a paper dress and go out to...

Soldier Who Grows a Huge Turnip

The king thought I had a green thumb because I presented him with the largest turnip anyone had ever seen. It was as big as the wagon I put it in when I brought it to the castle. I told him that I’m really not favored by Lady Fortune in any way. I’m a poor soldier who...

Poor Fisherman Who Becomes Mayor

I was fishing with my son at sea when the enemy of our country sailed by and ordered that we come aboard. They took my son prisoner and gave me 600 golden coins in exchange for him. When I returned to the city, I heard that our enemy would not withdraw until they had...

Old Veil-Maker

My two daughters and I are very poor. We live in a small village near the sea, and we seldom leave the house. We work all day long making veils for ladies. Every morning, I take the veils over the bridge and sell them in the city. I buy our food for the day and then I...

Chess Player

While we were playing chess at Court, we heard the queen talking to herself from behind a wall. We got up and put our ears to a crack in the wood. Then we heard her say, quite plainly: "When I yawn a little, then I am a nice little maiden; when I yawn half-way, then I...

Helpful Fox

The youngest son of the king has a good heart, and I am helping him, but he is so annoying! He won't follow my instructions. He would not put the golden bird in a common cage. He would not put a common saddle on a golden horse, and he completely ignored my warning not...

Princess in the Great Forest Castle

When men come to my castle, I offer them food, drink, and rest. When they go to sleep, they do not wake. Sixteen years have passed and my castle is overflowing with sleeping men. I wonder what would happen if a man came in and refused my offer to eat and drink? What...

Seventh Dwarf

She came to rest in my bed. My bed! The most beautiful princess in the world! I would not wake her, oh no, not for anything. Now, every night, I sleep with the other dwarves, one hour with each, so that no one's rest is disturbed. Only my rest is disturbed. It is...

Mirror of the Evil Queen

I scan the whole country for the queen's rivals, but no one has surpassed her beauty. Not yet, but the time is coming when none of her magic potions will suffice to keep her on top. Her daughter Snow-White will upstage her. She will ask me who is the fairest of them...

Pristine Egg

I am perfectly smooth, white, and pristine, and when the evil wizard Fitcher puts me into the girl's hands, he tells her not to drop me or stain me in any way. She must carry me at all times while she goes about the house. But I will go the way of all the other eggs...

Hansel Lost in the Forest

I wasn't worried about being abandoned in the forest by our parents. I said to Gretel, "Just wait until the moon rises, and then we will see the crumbs of bread I've strewn about, all along the path. They will show us our way home." When the moon came out, we went...

Benjamin

Being the youngest, my brothers elected me to keep house while they went out to hunt. They shot hares, wild deer, pigeons, and whatever else they found to eat. It was my job to dress the game and serve it up for dinner. Ten years passed, and then one evening, before...

Dying Indian Father

Before I die, I can see everything as clearly as if my wife and children were all lit up by the full moon. I tell my wife that after eight moons have passed, she will die and follow me to the Isle of the Blessed. I tell my two older children to look after their little...

Gingerbread House

I'm made of sugar and spice and everything nice, but I wish I wasn't so charming and sweet because a witch is using me as a trap. Two little children have come along, a boy and a girl. It's easy to see that they're starved. They shout for joy when they see me, and...

Abandoned Youth

I have been surviving alone on this island for months. Winter has come, and I've collected all the driftwood I can. I'm standing on the shore and looking out towards the mainland, thinking of Christmas Eve last year and the fun I had celebrating with my friends....

Daughter in Iron Rings

My father and mother told my brother and me not to drink the milk of the sacred tree, but my brother insisted that I bring him some. If I refused to do it, he would not drive the cattle to the grass. What was I to do? I could not allow the cattle to starve! So I went...

Mohammed with the Magic Finger

Ever since I was born, I have had this magic finger. Whenever I stick it into the air, I can see everything that is happening, as far as two days away. I think I must have had the gift from my father. He's a very rich man who keeps large herds of camels, goats, sheep,...

Sick-At-Heart Girl

A few years ago, my mother took me and my brother to live in a town where there is no death. We lived well for some time, but then my mother began getting terrible headaches. When I came home today, I was told that that my mother had been killed by the town butcher!...

Concerned Mother

Thank heaven our sons are old enough to look out for themselves, because we haven't got a loaf of bread left in the house! It is time they set off on their own. I am concerned about my youngest, though, because he has such a tender heart. How will such a dear,...

Lion Under a Tree

We lions each have our own tree on the island. It is our place. On this island, the serpent is king, and all the plants of the world grow and flourish together. Now, however, men are coming, and everything is about to change. Lion Under a Tree, The Seven-Headed...

Jack the Giant-Killer

I've had it with giants. There was one who lived on St. Michael's Mount, off Cornwall, who was eighteen feet high and nine feet round. He would come over to the mainland and help himself to people's farm animals whenever he wished. I set out to destroy him, and I did....

Fairy Paribanou

My compassionate husband has brought a sick woman into the house. I know she is an imposter who will be nothing but trouble, but he doesn't see it. He says, "My princess. as I do not remember that I ever contrived to injure anybody, I cannot believe that anybody would...

Faithful John

I promised the dying king that I would instruct his little son in all that he should know. I would be a father to him, serve him faithfully, and never desert him. Those were easy promises to make, but there was one more. The king said: “After my death you must show my...

Beast’s Rose

I grow on a hedge that lines the path to the stable of the Beast. We are releasing an exquisite fragrance here where the sun shines and the birds sing and the howling winter cannot reach us. The merchant who has spent the night in the castle has experienced the...

Ali Baba’s Trapped Brother

I can't believe how much treasure there is in the cave! Bales of silk, stuff-brocades, all piled together, gold and silver in heaps, and loads of money in leather purses. There is more here than my ten mules can carry! I gather up as much as I can take, and then I go...

Fruit of the Fairy Trees

We belong to the fairy world, and no mortal has ever tasted our flesh. Now a queen has come along and she is determined to get at us. She tried to climb the garden wall, and when her ladders didn't reach, she went to see our mistress, the Old Fairy. Heaven knows what...

Fatima the Holy Woman

God told me that I would die today, and so I will. I am not afraid. While I am still in prayer, a wicked man enters my cell. He claps a dagger to my breast and orders me to rise. On pain of death he tells me to undress and give him my clothes. He colors his face to...

Genie of the Lamp

I will obey everything Aladdin commands, but not this! What a sacrilege! How dare he order me to bring him a Roc's egg! The Roc is a sacred bird, and my true master. What would Aladdin, a tailor's son, know about the Roc or the buried secrets of Solomon? After...

Lamp

Woe to me if I am found in my secret niche in the underworld! If my oil is poured out, I will be inhabited by a genie who will be forced to grant every worldly whim of the one who possesses the lamp! Needless to say, the evil magicians are looking for me. They have...

Old Man on the Road

From the time I was a lad, my grandfather has been telling me stories about the princess who sleeps in the enchanted castle. Many men have lost their lives trying to break through the thorn forest to reach her. They have all died trying. The castle is under a curse,...