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The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

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Wasp of Gopani-Kufa

Themes: Theft | Underworld

I am Zengi-mizi, the wasp. I am not an ordinary wasp with an ordinary sting, for the father of Gopani-Kufa inhabits me. When Gopani-Kufa needs advice, he takes me out of my little rush basket and asks me a question. I fly around him and hum the answer into his ear.

Down in the underworld, the serpent king invited Gopani-Kufa to ask for a reward. He consulted me. “What should I ask for?” he inquired. “Ask for Sipao the Magic Mirror,” I said. “It is a wishing mirror and will fulfill all the desires of the one who owns it.”

Now the mirror has gotten into the wrong hands! How could I have known? Those who come from the past do not know the future!

Wasp of Gopani-Kufa in The Magic Mirror, Orange Fairy Book