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The Twelve Wild Ducks

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The Twelve Wild Ducks

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 Queen who was out driving, when there had been a new fall of snow in the winter; but when she had gone a little way, she began to bleed at the nose, and had to get out of her sledge. And so, as she stood there, leaning against the fence, and saw the red blood on the white snow, she fell a-thinking how she had twelve sons and no daughter, and she said to herself:

‘If I only had a daughter as white as snow and as red as blood, I shouldn’t care what became of all my sons.’

But the words were scarce out of her mouth before an old witch of the Trolls came up to her.


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