Topic: Marriage

54 stories

The Real Princess

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Although there were plenty of princesses, there was always something that did not seem quite right about them.

EuropeDenmark

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The Sea King and the Magic Jewels

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Prince Fire Fade spoke to his elder brother, Prince Fire Flash, and said, ‘Brother, I am aweary of the green hills. Therefore let us now exchange our luck.’

East AsiaJapan

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The Story of O-Tei

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‘Only the Gods and the Buddhas know how and where we shall meet. But I am sure—very, very sure—that, if you be not unwilling to receive me, I shall be able to come back to you’

East AsiaJapan

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The Story of the Yara

For a moment the girl sat choked with fear, as these thoughts rushed through her; then she said: ‘Alonzo, will you promise me something?’

Latin America and CaribbeanBrazil

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The Taming of the Shrew

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Church Mouse thought it was her Beloved Spouse, so she flew at him, scratched him, and Banged him Right and Left before he knew where he was.

EuropeEngland

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The Three Fools

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‘If Jane had a child,’ said he to himself, ‘who knows but that one day it might play about here and fall in and be killed?’

EuropeEngland

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The Three Love-Oranges

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Then the little old woman gave the three love-oranges to the prince, telling him that when he opened one such a maiden as he was in search of would appear, but he must immediately look for water and sprinkle her, or she would disappear again.

EuropeItaly

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The White Cat

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‘I am going to put your obedience to a new and final test,’ the King told his sons. ‘Go and travel for another year and whichever one of you brings back with him the most beautiful Princess shall marry her and be crowned King on his wedding day.’

EuropeFrance

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The White Duckling

The red-hot fire is built, the bubbling pot is hung, the steely knives are sharpened.

EuropeRussia

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The White Snake

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Every day at dinner, after the table had been cleared, a trusty servant had to bring in one other dish. But it was covered up, and the servant himself did not know what was in it.

EuropeGermany

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The Wonderful Garden of Dreams

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Early in the morning she had to get up to milk the cow, clean and polish everything in the house, and prepare breakfast for her father.

South AsiaIndia

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True and Untrue

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‘Ah!’ said the Hare; ‘the king of England has the finest orchard in the whole land, but it does not bear so much as a crab, for there lies a heavy gold chain in three turns round the orchard. If he got that dug up, there would not be a garden like it for bearing in all his kingdom.’

EuropeNorway

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Wassilissa the Beautiful

The little doll's eyes would begin to shine like glow-worms, and it would become alive. It would eat a little food, and sip a little drink, and then it would comfort Wassilissa and tell her how to act.

EuropeRussia

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Why the Lizard Continually Moves his Head Up and Down

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One day the king made a proclamation that his three daughters would be given as wives to any man who could find out their names. Anansi made up his mind to do so.

AfricaEast Africa

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