The Twelve Young Men

by Unknown / Anon.

It is the storms of March that prepare us for the flowers of April and May. The Italians would be so naive. Regardless, the Italians, they know their fairy tales; this from an out-of-print collection, which only means that ultimately they will all need to be read, for the sake of the verisimilitude of indelibility. Just you remember who has it in print! Remember, and be thankful for March.

The introduction to this book elucidates the differences between Italian fairy tales and those from the rest of the world. Most interestingly, it offers the following:

The story-teller is also quite likely to end up by saying “Now you must tell me your story, for mine is told.” Takers welcome. Happy March; keep an eye out for flowers.

Article written by miette

Miette has been podcasting the best of world literature's short fiction since March 2005, when she was just a pup.

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