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Nurse with A Brass Pot

In the beginning (you wouldn’t know it now, because I am very rich) I was very poor. One day, when I had only a handful of flour left in the larder, and no money to buy any more, nor any hope of earning anything, I carried my little brass pot down to the river....

Court Physician

“Here comes the Satin Surgeon! Look at the Satin Surgeon! Long live the Satin Surgeon!” You would think it was Christ coming into town on his mule for all the fuss the people made when he arrived. This “Satin Surgeon” claims to be able to heal...

The Prince Who Releases the Fish

Taking the chance that I might be able to cure my father’s blindness, I gathered a crew and we set sail. The physician gave us a hundred days to catch the Golden-Headed Fish, and for a hundred days we caught nothing. On the eleventh hour of the hundredth day, I...

Hans the Mermaid’s Son

I’ve been in service long enough. I’m tired of doing menial work for little men who are trying to kill me. I’ll take my gold and silver back to my father the smith. And then I’ll say farewell to mortal men and return to my mother in the sea....

River-Sucker

I’m designed to suck up rivers, not seas, so when the tyrant orders me to “suck it up,” I reach my limit. Sorry, pal, I have to resign. The sea’s too big for me! The River-Sucker in The Mastermaid, Blue Fairy Book. Picture by Edward...