THE CONVOCATION OF THE ANIMALS (2,589 words)
THE GURU (1,956 words)
The Story of Cinderella from Another Point of View
I have always known that I was not pretty. I was a plain child, I was an unprepossessing girl and I grew up to be an unlovely young woman. Now I am old I am downright ugly, and if I am spared to grow older, I expect I shall become uglier still. As to my figure, I have always been as bony as a starved horse, with a face to match, as my sister has kindly informed me from time to time. Why I should have been spared to an advanced age is a mystery, unless it is a punishment for my sins. What sins, you might ask? Well, we all have sins of one kind or another. The holy church teaches that we are born in sin anyway, but to have been punished with plainness from the very outset seems hard. Which is not to say I have not had my moments; though I have to admit that life has been a disappointment, on the whole.