The Goose Girl

ENVY transforms a servant from helper
to devious enemy . . .

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princess embarked on a journey to marry the prince of a distant kingdom. Her mother provided her a magical talking horse named Falada, and a maidservant. Alone in the woods, the maid told the princess, I will not serve you any longer, no matter what you or your mother say. The maid envied the princess and knew her to be unprotected, so she demanded they switch places, threatening the princess with death unless she took an oath never to reveal the crime.
            The fake princess married the prince, sent the real princess to tend geese alongside a boy, and had Falada killed to prevent the talking horse from telling her guilty secret. But the princess Goose Girl had Falada’s head mounted by a doorway she passed each day, where she greeted it, Falada, Falada, thou art dead, and all the joy in my life has fled.” Still magical, the head spoke, “Alas, alas, if your mother knew, her loving heart would break in two.
            Envious of the princess’s golden hair, the Goose Boy tried to steal a lock but she stopped him with a magic charm. Mystified, the Goose Boy told the king who came to see the Goose Girl. The king was curious about her but she would not break her oath to her envious servant and tell her story. The king suggested she unburden herself inside a large stove, which acted as her confessional. When he eavesdropped on her sad tale, the ENVY of the fake princess was exposed and her life was ended in a barrel studded with sharp nails.