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Mother of an Exiled Princess

Every morning I awake in pain and sorrow. Why, you ask? I had three daughters, the youngest of whom was so beautiful that the whole world looked on her as a wonder. She had a heart as pure as white snow, skin as rosy as an apple-blossom, and hair as radiant as...

Pretty Goldilocks

I should have lived happily ever after. I married Prince Charming, after all! But I put him through some awful tests, and I’m not at entirely peace with the fact that I almost sent him to his death in the Cavern of Gloom. All for a flask of water from the...

Well-Dressed Emperor

I do not care about my soldiers. I do not care about the arts or the theatre. What I do care about are clothes. I love nothing more than to go walking about and showing off my new clothes. I have a coat for every hour of the day, and if you go looking for me, you will...

Emperor’s Good Old Minister

When I went in to see the loom, the weavers asked me what I thought of the cloth. “What do you think? Isn’t it beautiful stuff?” “Oh, it’s lovely, lovely!” I said. “What texture! What rich color! I will tell the emperor that...

Princess Undone

My father became so exasperated with me that he declared he would give me to the first beggar who came to the door. I thought he was joking! But here I am, living in a hovel, and going to the market to sell pots and crockery. I have no skills. I can’t cook, or...