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Spence
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(10/10/06 3:24 am)

The Mouse Princess
Hello!

I was curious if anyone else has read this story. I discovered it in my sophmore year of high school *I'm a college sophmore now* in a French Fairy Tale collection book. It was rather old, but it was the last story and it grabbed my attention the most. And now for the life of me, I cannot find this story anywhere else! Plus I no longer live in the city of my old high school, so I cannot obtain the book again. I also got a result on a search for a Finnish version of the story, but it was completely different.

Um... Is a summary necessary? I know some might need one if they have an idea what it might be.

Rosemary Lake
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(10/10/06 7:06 pm)


Re: The Mouse Princess
A summary would help.

There are several stories where three princes are sent to look for wives, and one of them comes back with an animal wife. One of those might be a mouse. Iirc these may be northern European, perhaps Scandinavian.

There's also a Cinderella variant where a princess grows up in a cellar and makes a cloak of mouse-fur.

Spence
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(10/10/06 9:05 pm)

Re: The Mouse Princess
Alrighty.

Yeah it has the basic three sons, one of them inherits, story. The two eldest sons of course are skilled and handsome, where as the youngest son is the timid and ...not as skilled. So their father tells them to have their sweet hearts peform tasks of making crafts. The two older brothers have sweet hearts, but of course the youngest doesn't. So, he sets out, thinking about how he'll never be able to get the tasks done, when suddenly a little mouse starts talking to him. He tells her of his perdicament, which she agrees to help him. He asks her how it came that she, a mouse, could speak, so she tells him tht she was once a human, but a jealous witch casted a spell on her to turn into a mouse, and if she was able to make her laugh *this witch is a witch spelled with a B, so she NEVER laughed* she would change back. At one point the boy gives her his ring. So, the mouse does the tasks better than the older brothers' girlfriends. The mouse knew that she was needed to be there after the third task, so she set out and found a farmer who owned a handsome black Rooster, asked him if she could have it as her noble steed, puts the ring in her mouth and mounts the rooster. While riding as fast as the rooster could run, she passes by the Witches castle. one of the witches servant girls points and laughs at the mouse riding the rooster. The witch is furious and asks what she is laughing at, only to see the same sight herself, and practically breaks her face from laughter. the Mouse then transforms into a beautiful Black haired priness, clad in green, and the rooster turns into a black stallion. When it came to the last task, the king *or count, some high authority* asked his son who was this magnificent girl who made him the things. The youngest starts telling them that it was a little mouse who preformed all of the tasks without fail and that is his true sweet heart. Suddenly, she enters the room, gorgeous beauty and all and says to the weeping, kneeling boy, that it was she. He looked at her and she she showed him the ring that he gave her and knew her from that instant.

I know that just might be the whole story, but I really want to know the minor details! And it's also my favorite story...

AliceCEB
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(10/11/06 9:11 am)
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Re: The Mouse Princess
Although it's not the same version, THE FOREST BRIDE by Parker Fillmore is a story about a mouse princess. Again, it's a three sons situation. The father tells each son to cut down a tree and follow the direction in which the tree falls. The first two sons find women on farms or in the village, and the third son is sent off into the forest and finds a mouse. The father sets the boys' sweethearts with tasks to prove their worthiness--baking bread and weaving cloth. The mouse bests them all. When the father asks the boys to bring their sweethearts home to marry, the third son asks the mouse who then transforms into a princess.

I have this version in THE PROVENSEN BOOK OF FAIRY TALES, which is probably out of print, but may be available used on Amazon, or some other source.

Best,
Alice

Edited by: AliceCEB at: 10/11/06 9:15 am
Rosemary Lake
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(10/11/06 5:48 pm)


Re: The Mouse Princess
Most of the summary sounds like the stoies I was thinking of -- northern European, perhaps Scandinavian. But the part about the witch laughing doesn't sound familiar at all, and it's an odd thing to happen in the middle of a traditional maarchen. Maybe the version you knew was a re-telling that added that.


[[ she was once a human, but a jealous witch casted a spell on her to turn into a mouse, and if she was able to make her laugh *this witch is a witch spelled with a B, so she NEVER laughed* she would change back.
....
While riding as fast as the rooster could run, she passes by the Witches castle. one of the witches servant girls points and laughs at the mouse riding the rooster. The witch is furious and asks what she is laughing at, only to see the same sight herself, and practically breaks her face from laughter. ]]

Spence
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(10/14/06 5:03 am)


Re: The Mouse Princess
The one about the tree cutting is the version I keep coming across, but it's not the same...

it was very strange that the witch didn't play a very villainous role in the story, but neither did a lot of the stories in the book, heh heh heh.

it also had a story about a washmaid and a goblin, two lovers who jump off a cliff to save themselves from...something, I don't remember, and many other random stories.

And I remember what the book looks like, but yeah, it mosts likely out of print...

It's a grey *possibly silver* and blue book with a French nobleman on the front. It says, "The Mouse Princess and other French Fairy Tales".
the inside has bronze fleur de lix *sorry if I spelled that wrong*

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