I lead an idle life, thanks to my doll. My mother gave her to me before she died. She told me to give the doll something to eat. Then I could tell her all my troubles, and she would give me advice.
I have had many troubles because my stepsisters hate me and put me to work like a slave, but I save food for my doll and I feed her at night. In the morning, she does my chores while I rest in the shade, and she weeds the garden while I pick flowers. It seems that I am doing the work, but it’s the doll who brings in the water and lights the stove!
Vasilisa the Girl in Vasilisa the Beautiful, Russian Fairy Tales (collected by Afanas’ev). Illustration by Adrienne Segur.