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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,...

King with a Wild Daughter

My daughters asked me if I would bring them gifts when I returned from my tour of the country. I was only too happy to oblige, of course. My youngest daughter asked for a wreath of wildflowers, which seemed simple enough to find. However, neither the markets nor the...

Handless Maiden

When I came into the house and I saw our sudden wealth, I knew it must have come at a price. My father told me, right away, what had happened. He had promised me to the Devil, in writing. In three years, he said, the Devil would come to claim me. My father never stops...

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 potions will serve to keep her skin smoother, her cheeks rosier, or her hair shinier than Snow-White’s. She’s going...

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...