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The Story Finder

Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

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Widow Among Widows

Before our sons go off in the world, we make them cakes. They can have half a cake with their mother’s blessing, or a whole cake with our curse. It’s up to them.

The size of the cake is determined by the quantity of water our sons can bring back from the well, in a pail that’s full of holes.

It might be a strange way to conduct ourselves, but that’s the way it is.
Widow Among Widows in The Red Etin, Blue Fairy Book. Image by James Sidney Edward Ensor.

Widow Among Widows