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The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

Story finder - Curly

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The Poor Miller

I used to have more money than I knew what to do with, but sorrow comes in the night, and all of a sudden I was so poor I couldn’t even call the mill my own. One morning when I went down to the pond, a woman rose out of the waves. She called me by name, and told me that she would return my fortune to me if I would give her the youngest thing in my house.

I thought she meant a kitten or a puppy. It never occurred to me that my wife might have just given birth to our son.

The Poor Miller in The Nixy, Yellow Fairy Book. Illustration by H.J. Ford.

The Poor Miller