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Princess Who Lives with the White Bear

The white bear carried me to his castle which was very grand and made my father's castle look quite poor. I would live happily, the bear promised, and I would have nothing else to do but to tend the fire and see that it never went out. The bear went away by day, but...

Spiteful Aunt

I meant to destroy that nephew of mine. It was either that, or he would destroy my son. When he had grown tall, strong, and handsome, I sent for my nephew. I said, “Manus, I know a bride who will suit you well. She is the daughter of a mighty earl.” I promised him the...

Manus

My father is weak, but I am strong. I grow stronger every day. I’m like my uncle who is much stronger than my father. My uncle's son is weak, however. Life is strange! One day, when I was playing shinny in the field with my brothers and my cousin, I drove a ball too...

Distrustful Mother

When my son told me that he had been staying in an enchanted castle, I wanted to know all the details, of course! The castle was inside a mountain, and everything in the castle had been covered in black. The chairs, tables, benches, and also the three princesses who...

Hard, Judgmental Person

Little brat! How dare she wear RED shoes to her mother’s funeral! What insolence! And they’re not even properly made. I never liked her mother, either. She let that child run around the streets with practically nothing on. Who knows what her mother did to get so sick,...

Swan Fairy

King Lino was late, and when he did arrive at the palace, he and his entire procession came in on foot. The king, who looked exactly like his image in the little portrait I'd seen, addressed me where I stood on the low balcony. His speech was shocking. He declared...

Bluebeard’s Wife

Bluebeard, my new husband, told me that he had to go away for six weeks, and while he was gone, I could do what I pleased and invite my friends to our fine country house. He gave me the keys to two great wardrobes where he kept his finest furniture, along with another...

Woman Who Loses Everything

I begged him not to go, but he had to leave me. But it was too late! He had trusted me to keep his secret. But I had betrayed him. I shed light on him before he was ready to be seen. And all because of my mother’s suspicions! "Where will I find you?" I cried. He said...

Vizier

What burns me is not that the upstart has built a castle more splendid than the Sultan's. It's that he has left a window for the Sultan to finish. He mocks my master! He will never match the splendor! Where did he get such magic? There's a demon at work underneath...

Genie of the Lamp

I will obey everything Aladdin commands, but not this! What a sacrilege! How dare he order me to bring him a Roc's egg! The Roc is a sacred bird, and my true master. What would Aladdin, a tailor's son, know about the Roc or the buried secrets of Solomon? After...

Sultan of the Indies

My son has been a joy to me, but when he came home from his adventures, he would not tell me the mystery of his good fortune. He said he would visit me frequently, provided I did not seek to know his secrets. He stayed for a few days, and then went away for some time....

Prudent King

The old fisherman's wife has come to me with a preposterous request. She wants me to give the hand of my daughter to her friend, a "golden crab." Ha! Yet I suspect there is more to this "crab" than meets the eye. So I say, "Tell your crab friend to build a wall in...

King’s Equerry

The king has been looking for a wife for some time, and he did not believe that he would ever fall in love until today. We were traveling through the woods when suddenly we heard the most awful shrieking of cats, and then we saw an extraordinary hunt. A lady, mounted...

Julia

My beloved thinks he is stronger than the river siren, Yara. He thinks that he can withstand her powerful pull, and that the danger is over. It is far from over! He won't be able to resist going into the forest when she calls him tonight. I'm certain he will go to the...