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Dick Whittington’s Cat

My master, Mr. Whittington (I wouldn’t think of calling him Dick) is badly abused by the cook. For all my life on the street, I have never met such an ill-natured hussy as that woman. When she’s not basting or roasting, she’s beating Mr. Whittington...

All-Seeing Sun

When my darling girl comes to see me, she has already come a long way. She has consulted the Wind, the Moon, and the Stars. They have given her shoes to walk through the heavens. She asks me if I have seen her beloved white wolf. Yes, I have seen him, I say (because I...

Nurse of the Confined Princess

The king is so terrified that something will happen to his daughter that he refuses to let her leave the palace. He keeps her shut in her rooms like she’s some kind of prisoner. Of course I understand how bitterly she hates her confinement. I’ve listened...

Protective Godmother

I was heartbroken when I heard that the queen had died in childbirth. The poor king! He was beside himself with grief. He invited me to be the child’s godmother, and I rushed to the christening. I looked at that sweet elf in his cradle, and, right away, I named...

Healing Serpent

The king has been locked in the burial vault with his dead wife. He tries to stretch out his days. He eats his provisions slowly. Every day, a bite of bread, a sip of wine. We serpents hear him moaning in grief and pain as death draws near. Then we devise a plan. My...