This story began with a conversation in the Fairytale Courtyard Facebook group. Erika Everest and I were discussing Charles Perrault's version of Sleeping Beauty and wondering about the woman with the spindle. Who was she? How did she come to be in the castle and not know about the ban on spinning wheels?
This story is my attempt to answer that question, as well as many others raised by our discussion. I am telling it in parts and pieces. The first two are The Woman with the Spindle and The Farmer with the Story.
I hope you enjoy them.
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I commissioned an illustrated portrait of Lina just for fun. The artist is a talented art student from Venezuela.
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A. G. Marshall
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