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Seeker of the Silent Princess

I was the son of a pasha in Turkey, and an only child. I played with a golden ball that I would throw against the walls of the summer house and catch when it dropped. One day, I saw an old woman coming to draw water from the well, and I threw my ball at her pitcher....

Fed-Up Mother

Enough is enough! I adopted the shepherd’s son after his parents died. I thought it would be nice to have someone around the house, especially after my bad illness. Not that I needed a child. I have always enjoyed my own company. I have never felt the least bit...

Little Grey Man

The lad who came to chop wood in the forest was very well equipped with food and drink. I could smell the sweet cake in his pocket, and I asked him if he would share a bit of it with me. And maybe a few swigs of his wine. “Ah,” said the clever boy,...

Jealous King

The messenger returned saying that the princess had refused to marry me. Then my dearest friend declared that I had sent him to woo her instead of the other fellow, he would have won her heart. How dare he! I was so angry (and jealous) that I threw him in prison and...

Bluebeard

I gave her everything her heart could desire. A beautiful home, clothes, jewels, strong boxes full of money, and mirrors in which to admire herself. She had the master key to all my apartments except one. I forbid her to use the little key that opened the closet at...