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The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

Story finder - Curly

Click the image above to fetch a new random story.

Pea Under Mattresses

Many people come to the Museum to see me in my glass case. I am not just any pea. I am the Pea. I was buried under twenty mattresses (and twenty eiderdowns), and I could still be felt!

I am the thought that does not go away. The truth that disturbs sleep. The grit in the oyster. Only the most sensitive will feel me. A true princess will feel me. I am the evidence of her authenticity, and I give those who pass by me the confidence that the power to feel what is happening beneath the surface is still with us.

Pea Under Mattresses in How to Tell a True Princess, Yellow Fairy Book. Illustration by Edmund Dulac.

Pea Under Mattresses