A collection of fairy tales
(public domain) Contribution from New York Public Library to Internet Archive.
The curse made it forbidden for the Lady of Shalott to look out of her window and to see Camelot. She spent her time weaving, locked away. In order to ‘see’ outside without going to her window, she looked at her mirror which reflected the activity outside that was visible from her room.
Everyone knew of her because they would hear her sing, with her enchanted voice. The Lady of Shalott was a magical, mystical, mysterious figure. She would sing and weave all day, glancing at her mirror.
And then Sir Lancelot arrived at Camelot. And the inevitable happened.
The 1000 piece puzzle
The Poem, by Lord Alfred Tennyson…
“Apostates have hinted that I’m the ill-begotten daughter of Medusa and the Marquis de Sade. As against these slanders there are the hymns of my champions, equally inaccurate, that I’m a fusion of Annie Laurie, Bopeep, Florence Nightingale and whichever waif Lillian Gish played in The Orphans of the Storm. Somewhere in between these contrary verdicts lies the truth.”
– Tallulah Bankhead from Tallulah: My Autobiography
…Historical records suggest that the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin was a real event that took place. Nevertheless, the transmission of this story undoubtedly evolved and changed over the centuries, although to what extent is unknown, and the mystery of what really happened to those children has never been solved. The story also raises the question, if the Pied Piper of Hamelin was based on reality, how much truth is there in other fairy tales that we were told as children?The Disturbing True Story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin | Ancient Origins