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Armless African Maiden

After my mother died, every time my father looked at me, he wept. He said he looked so much like my mother. I hoped that his grief would pass, but it made me anxious. I became thin. I asked him why he cried, and he told me again how much I looked like my mother. He...

Allerleirauh

I slept in the hollow of an old tree in the wild forest. I was warm because I was covered from head to foot in every living animal’s fur. I never wanted to come out of the safety of those furs. I never wanted to shine again. I would happily live the rest of my...

Incestuous King

When she was gravely ill, my beautiful wife, my treasure and my joy, said to me, “If you wish to marry again after my death, take no one who is not as beautiful as I am. Her hair must be as golden as mine. Promise me.” Then she died. Did she mean my eyes...