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Prince with Two Brides

I really did not know what to do. My father was deathly ill, and he made me to promise to marry a king’s daughter I had not even met. I had already become engaged, but I gave my father my word. Needless to say, my fianc√© was heartbroken. I thought I would never...

Arabian Princess

I gave my ring to the prince who released me from the robbers’ den. I had been underground for twenty years! He promised to come to Arabia to marry me. He said he would arrive within a year, unless he had died. At the end of the year, when he hadn’t come,...

Ring of the Lady in Red

She wore me on her finger over the course of many years. He had forgotten her, but still she wore me. Then one day, she took me off and put me in the pocket of her red dress. She wore that red dress to her lover’s wedding feast, and, when the spell was broken...

Sparrow-Princess

He found me in the bamboo forest, in a spic-and-span house surrounded by a beautiful garden. I saw him emerge from the forest, and I went out to the gate, unlatched it, and welcomed him. “Oh my dear friend!” I cried. “How glad I am that you have...

Rustling Letter

If you were ever to come to our country, and meet one of the old sisters, you would be asked to deliver me from one sister to another. The distances between them are vast but I will give you the power to travel. When you become weary, simply rustle my paper, and you...