Once upon a time there was a princess and she had everything she could wish for .
Now… near the palace it was a cottage in which lived a poor little, tiny woman all alone.
[Maggie: She was an old woman , I expect…]
No Maggie, quite a young one . One day , the princess stopped to the cottage and said to the tiny woman :”Let me see what you keep there!”. And the tiny woman opened a very secret place and showed the princess …a shadow .
[Maggie:…a shadow… ]
It was the shadow of someone who came by, many years before.
“And you keep watch this every day?”said the princess.
“yes,” said the tiny woman ,”because no one’s so good…or kind…that ever passed that way ever since.”
[Maggie: And what did the princess say?]
She realized that with all her gold and silver and diamonds she had nothing so precious to her as that shadow was to the tiny woman.
That’s the end of the story, Maggie.