With the help of King Solomon’s magic ring, I can make anything I wish appear. Nothing is permanent, of course. It passes away like the wind, leaving no trace.

Nonetheless, my worldly treasure beguiles the handsome youth who has come to my palace. He thinks that what is sees is real. How I adore his innocence!

The Witch-Maiden in The Dragon of the North, Yellow Fairy Book. Illustration by H.J. Ford.