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Queen Who Gives Birth to a Donkey

I wanted a child, and when the child didn’t come, I lamented, day and night. “I am like a field on which nothing grows!” I cried. At last, my wish was granted, but what did I give birth to? Not a human child, but a donkey! Then I wept in earnest. I told my husband to...

Devil at Hell’s Door

No, no! Whatever you do, don’t let him in! I bolted the doors of hell and ran as quickly as I could to the highest devil. I said, “There’s a fellow outside with a magic knapsack who wants to come in, but don’t let him in, because if you do,...

Prince of Gnomes

I have gone down into my underground palace to look into my three great mirrors. They are known as the Cabinets of the Years, and they reflect the past, the present, and the future. My question is: Did she ever love me? Does she love me now? Will she love me in the...

Bobino

My father, who is a rich merchant, sent me off to learn from a great master who could teach me foreign languages. I spent quite a few years with him, and now I’ve returned home. My father is not proud of me. He’s furious because I’ve learned the...

Princess Cannetella

I refused the best-looking men in the kingdom. It was the little things that offended me. One let food fall from his mouth. Another couldn’t get his coat on right. To stop my father from trying to make me a match, I told him that I never meant to marry unless he...