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Wreath of the White Bear Princess

First, the princess found me in a dream. She picked me up and examined me. I am made of gold in a pattern that is exquisitely unique to the crown that the princess is meant to wear. She felt my weight, my leaves so finely wrought. When she woke, she wanted to wear me...

Kind Sister

I have learned that no matter what world you find yourself in, whether you are on earth or in the underworld, you must be kind. Not for your own sake, but for the sake of other creatures. Oh, do not think for a moment that one creature is lower than another. A cat is...

Old Woman Who Keeps the Ring

Oh, if you must have a ring, look for the pretty ones, pretty girl! Look how they glisten and glimmer. Choose a ruby or a sapphire, but stay away from the plain ring, that's mine. Come on, now, choose! Any one of those rings will keep you comfortable for the rest of...

Penniless Woodcutter Father

I worked from dawn to dusk cutting wood, and I saved enough money to send my son to high school. He was a diligent student and his teachers praised him, but when he came home, he said, "Ah, father, I've learned a little, but in these hard times, I can't earn a...

Protected Prince

I wore a magic suit of mail armor, and I carried a sword of protection, so I went bravely into the wild forest. Right away, hordes of lions, tigers, bears, and wolves rushed at me all set to tear me to pieces. But when they saw the sword, they lay down on the ground...

Snow White

When I discovered that the new queen wanted to kill me, I fled to the forest where I have found refuge living seven dwarves. They are miners who know the treasures of the mountain, but they say they treasure me more than all the treasure they mine. I cannot imagine...

Donkey

The king has put me in a wonderful stall and people are always coming along to admire it. When they see me, they wonder why he keeps such an ordinary-looking donkey in such a fine place. My long, drooping ears are my only unique feature. Do you want to know why the...

Cunning Cat

My master was the third son of a poor miller. When the miller died, his eldest got the mill, the second got the ass, and the youngest inherited me. I sat on the windowsill and listened to him speak to me when the others had gone out. He said, “My brothers will make a...

Scoffing Brother

My father draws back the curtain to show us my brother's wife, and I cannot contain my laughter when I see, not a woman, but a cat, primly sitting on a crystal chair. Haha! Then, with the softest paw, she touches the crystal and it shivers into a thousand splinters....

Fairy Truth

I am here to grant the good king a wish, and, true to character, he doesn't ask anything for himself. He wants something for his son. "Most certainly," I say. "I can give him riches, good looks, power, and so on. What will it be?" "None of those," says the king. "I...

Magic Carpet

I am only six feet square and made of rough stuff, so I don't look like I'm worth anything. But look again, or, better still, sit down on me and make a wish. Then you'll know why I am sold for such an exorbitant price! The Magic Carpet in The Story of Prince Ahmed and...

Magic Perspective Glass

Do you think that I am worthless? Observe that I am furnished with a glass at both ends of my pipe. Consider that by looking through one of them, you will see whatever you wish to behold. What, in the whole universe, would you wish to see? Your father the Sultan, you...

Enchanted Sea Tower

I stand tall and proud in the midst of the sea. I am built of shells of all shapes and colors. My lowest floor is like a great bathroom where the water sloshes in and out. The second floor holds the apartments of a princess who has been imprisoned here by the fairies....

Shabby Inn

I stand on the roadside, facing a much more well-frequented inn than myself. The windows are brightly lit, and music and merriment pour from inside. The noise gets louder as the night goes on, and the people who stay there live in riot and revel. I do not deny that I...