Tales Retold 🖤 The Pea
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Hans Christian Andersen's version of The Princess and the Pea focused on the sensitive and fragile nature of what he considered true nobility. This version puts a romantic spin on it.

Tales Retold 🖤 The Pea

The night was rather stormy when they first met.

The night was rather stormy when they first met. The king had been looking for a bride at the time, and her father, a foreign duke, sent her to be one of the candidates.

She arrived at the castle soaked to the bone after her carriage got stuck on the muddy road.

She arrived at the castle soaked to the bone after her carriage got stuck on the muddy road. The king met her at the door and ushered her in.

Though they did not know each other too well, he offered her a change of clothes, a delicious dinner

Though they did not know each other too well, he offered her a change of clothes, a delicious dinner and the finest bedroom in the castle, with the most luxurious bed.

They had a long conversation by the fire, which ended only when both of them had to go to bed.

They had a long conversation by the fire, which ended only when both of them had to go to bed. She was quite content with her accommodations—until she lay down to sleep.

She tossed and turned, for something beneath her back kept poking her.

She tossed and turned, for something beneath her back kept poking her. Her discomfort did not abate, and she remained awake the whole night.

The next day, the king asked her how she fared.

The next day, the king asked her how she fared. She didn't want to complain about her uncomfortable bed at first, but her honest nature compelled her to tell the truth.

After all, some other bride candidate might come along later on and use the same room.

After all, some other bride candidate might come along later on and use the same room. She didn't want the next girl to suffer a similar fate.

So she told him of her sleeplessness last night and expected to be ejected from the castle for displeasing him.

So she told him of her sleeplessness last night and expected to be ejected from the castle for displeasing him. But when she finished explaining, he smiled instead.

The king explained that her bed was a test his dowager mother had devised.

The king explained that her bed was a test his dowager mother had devised. He'd slipped a pea under the mattress to determine which of his bride candidates would be truthful.

Among the women who had come to the castle, only she had honestly told him about the pea.

Among the women who had come to the castle, only she had honestly told him about the pea. And in the end, because of her virtuous nature, she was selected by the king.

END Thank you for reading! I hope you don't mind the massive makeover this story underwent. Have a great day! 🖤 Ann Sepino (annsepino.mystrikingly.com)

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