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The Three Princesses Of Whiteland

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The Three Princesses Of Whiteland

by Sir George Webbe Dasent

Genre: Folktale
Setting: Fantasy
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length:

Candidate for Adaptation? Not Reviewed

EXCERPT:

Once on a time there was a fisherman who lived close by a palace, and fished for the king’s table. One day when he was out fishing he just caught nothing. Do what he would–however he tried with bait and angle–there was never a sprat on his hook. But when the day was far spent a head bobbed up out of the water, and said:

‘If I may have what your wife bears under her girdle, you shall catch fish enough.’

So the man answered boldly, ‘Yes’; for he did not know that his wife was going to have a child. After that, as was like enough, he caught plenty of fish of all kinds. But when he got home at night and told his story, how he had got all that fish, his wife fell a-weeping and moaning, and was beside herself for the promise which her husband had made, for she said, ‘I bear a babe under my girdle.’


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