Once there was a princess, young and kind, who was kept in a tower she could not leave. It was no dragon or ogre or witch put her there, but her own royal parents, none other. “To keep you safe,” they said. “Until comes a royal man.”
So they said, and so it was, for one day they told her, “In three days, you will leave, for a great prince will be your husband and take you away.”
But the princess sensed no man drawing near. On the first day, she told the king and queen, “A monster is coming for me.”
Her parents said, “Nonsense. Now stop eating or you won’t be thin when your prince arrives.”
And so the princess ceased to eat.
On the second day, she told them, “A monster is coming for me.”
Her parents said, “Nonsense. Now wear this dress of gold and finery or else you won’t be pretty when your prince arrives.”
And so the princess wore the dress.
Then came the third day, the great day, and the great wedding, and the great prince, and the princess said, “A monster has come for me.”
Her parents said, “Nonsense. Now silence your tongue or your prince will leave it here when he takes you away.”
And so the princess silenced herself and was never heard from again.