Once upon a time there was a very beautiful girl who lived all by herself in a little house at the edge of the woods. Her name was Beauty Thousandfold and she was admired by many a young man from the nearby villages. One of them, very much in love with her, came to her house one summer evening and knocked on her window. Would she come out and walk with him through the woods?
No, she said, I don’t really feel like it yet. Come again, next year.
The young man came again, but by then she had become Beauty Hundredfold only. He was still very much in love with her and so he asked her to come out and go to a dance with him in the village.
No, she said, I don’t feel like it, yet. Come again next year…
And he did, but by then… (continued)