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Generous Tailor

I told the goldsmith he shouldn’t do it! But he wouldn’t listen to me. He insisted on going back to the place where the little folk were dancing. We had found them once, and they sent us away with coal in our pockets. By morning, the coal had turned to...

Maiden Who Loves Animals

When I came to the hut in the woods, I was very upset because I had not found my father. He would not have had anything to eat. The windows were lit up, so I knocked on the door, and a rough voice cried, “Come in.” I stepped into the dark entrance and...

Red Shoes

Who cares what “good Christian people” say? We know what we mean to Karen. Did you know that in the beginning, the poor girl had no shoes at all? That’s right. She went barefoot or wore old wooden clumpers that chafed her instep until her feet bled. The...

Listening Moon

When she came to my door, I said the same thing to her as the Sun had said. “I have seen you in your cottage, and I have seen you in your palace. I have seen you everywhere you are.” Then I asked her, “Do you, rich as you are, need help?”...

Bloody Knife

My blade shines brightly as long as everything is going well for the ones who keep me. However, if something happens to any one of them, my blade will run with blood. I am not just made of steel, you see. If my relations suffer, I bleed. The Bloody Knife in The Water...