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King Who Regrets

After her mother died, my daughter urged me to marry the countess. I refused. I neither liked nor trusted her. She was a schemer. But I had promised my daughter that I would always grant her wishes. So, I married the countess. As soon as she became queen, her...

Lizard Fairy Godmother

I am interested in how good things—a comfortable home, physical beauty and riches, for example—influence human beings. Must they always corrupt the heart? To find out the answer to my question, I shall conduct a little experiment. The peasant Masaniello has twelve...

Renzolla

I thought, The nerve of that king! He pretends to be smitten by me, but the moment he gets me to his castle, he shoves me into a little turret room with a maid and a pile of flax. Then orders me to spin it! I brought seven thousand golden guineas to this marriage! Is...

Swineherd Prince

I smeared my face with mud and I went to the palace where I worked as a swineherd. On my time off, I made toys for the princess. She had rejected the natural things I had offered her as a prince. So as a swineherd I made her artificial things, trinkets, and she...