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By Itellyouastory

It was the middle of  winter, when the broad  flakes of snow werefalling around, that the queen of a country many thousand miles off satworking at her window. The frame of the window  was made of fine blackebony, and  as she sat looking out upon the snow, she pricked herfinger, and three drops of blood fell upon it. Then she gazedthoughtfully upon the red drops that sprinkled the white snow, and said,«Would that my little daughter may  be as white as that snow,  as red asthat blood,  and as black as this  ebony windowframe!» And so the littlegirl really  did grow up; her skin was  as white as snow, her cheeks asrosy as  the blood, and her hair as black  as ebony; and she was calledSnowdrop.

But this queen died;  and the king soon  married another wife, whobecame queen, and was  very beautiful, but  so vain  that she could  notbear  to think that  anyone  could be  handsomer  than she  was.  Shehad  a  fairy looking-glass, to  which she  used to  go, and  then shewould gaze  upon herself in it, and say:


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