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The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

Story finder - Curly

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Pea Under Mattresses

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

I am the evidence that does not go away. I am the Pea that disturbs sleep. I am the grit in the oyster. Most people have lost the sensitivity to feel me. They don’t wish to stay in touch. But not the Princess. She is the real deal. I am her mark of authenticity, and I give those who pass by me the confidence that She Who Feels is still among us.

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

Pea Under Mattresses