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Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

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Nixy in the Mill Pond

Themes: Defeat | Envy | Frustration

I help mortal men. I save them from misfortune. I come to them when they’re desperate.

I only ask to have something for myself. It’s not enough to have a woman’s comb, or her flute, or even her golden spinning wheel.

I want her man.

I had him for a little while. And he had me.

Then I lost him. Why? Why can I not keep a mortal man?

Nixy in the Mill Pond in The Nixy, Yellow Fairy Book. Illustration by H.J. Ford.

Nixy in the Mill Pond