Topic Marriage

49 stories

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Unknown writer

The magician threw on the fire a powder he had about him, at the same time saying some magical words. The earth trembled and opened in front of them, disclosing a square flat stone with a brass ring in the middle to raise it by.

Arab worldMiddle East

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Aladdin, and the Wonderful Lamp

By

This strange man was no uncle of Aladdin, nor was he related at all to him; but he was a wicked magician, who wanted to make use of the lad's services.

EuropeEngland

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Beauty and the Beast

By

‘Beauty, did you come here willingly to die in place of your father?’ ‘Willingly,’ she answered.

EuropeEngland

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Beauty and the Beast

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Beauty could not help shuddering when she saw the horrible face of the frightful creature, but she made a brave effort to overcome her fear.

EuropeFrance

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Blue Beard

By

He had already married several wives, and nobody knew what had become of them.

EuropeFrance

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Bluebeard

By

‘This small key belongs to one small room on the ground‑floor, and this you must not open, or you will repent it sore.’

EuropeEngland

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Cinderella

By

The new wife brought two daughters home with her, and they were beautiful and fair in appearance, but at heart were black and ugly.

EuropeGermany

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Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper

By

Her godmother simply touched her with her wand, and, at the same moment, her clothes were turned into cloth of gold and silver, all decked with jewels.

EuropeFrance

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Goody Two Shoes

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One day, as Margery was coming home from the next village, she met with some wicked, idle boys, who had tied a young raven to a staff. She offered at once to buy the raven for a penny, and this they agreed to.

EuropeEngland

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Goody Two‑Shoes

Unknown writer

Her father was a very respectable farmer but misfortunes and persecutions ruined this worthy man, and was the source of all poor Margery’s troubles.

EuropeEngland

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How the Moon became Beautiful

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The Moon was sad. So one evening he went to see the beautiful maiden Tseh-N’io. And when he saw her he loved her at once.

East AsiaChina

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Ivan Tsarevich, the Fire‑Bird, and the Gray Wolf

By

Tsar Vwislav had one favorite apple-tree, and on that tree grew apples all golden. The Fire-bird used to sit on the favorite apple-tree, pluck from it golden apples, and then fly away.

EuropeRussia

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Ivanoushka the Simpleton

By

Our old man lived on with his sons until finally his hour came to die. He called his three sons and said to them: ‘Dear children of mine, my dying hour is at hand and ye must fulfill my will.’

EuropeRussia

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Little Black Ant

By and

The rat squeaked so softly that Little Black Ant said to him, ‘Mr. Ratsmith, I will marry you.’

EuropeSpain

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Little Totty

Unknown writer

The moment the farmer’s wife's lips touched the flower, the bud opened with a pop! and inside it she found the smallest little maiden ever seen—scarcely half a thumb’s length; so she called her Little Totty.

EuropeEngland

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Marya Morevna

Unknown writer

Koschei the Deathless seized Marya Morevna and carried her off, and Prince Ivan sat down on a stone and wept. He wept and wept and started off in search of Marya Morevna.

EuropeRussia

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Morning Sunrise

By and

The man bade ‘Morning Sunrise’ lie down on her bed as if she were dead. He then sent the report of her death to each of the three lovers, asking them to come and help him with her funeral.

AfricaEast Africa

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Mr. Fox

By

Mr. Fox saw a diamond ring glittering on the finger of the young lady he was dragging, and he drew his sword, raised it, and brought it down upon the hand of the poor lady.

EuropeEngland

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Prince Darling

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‘Madam,’ said the good King, ‘since you are a fairy, you know all that I wish. I have only one son, whom I love with all my heart, so that people generally name him Prince Darling. If you wish to do me a kindness, promise me to be a good friend to my boy.’

EuropeFrance

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Riquet of the Tuft

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He was born with a little tuft of hair upon his head, which made them call him Riquet with the Tuft, for Riquet was the family name.

EuropeFrance

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