O nce upon a time, there was a small princess with unnaturally large feet. Miserably, she would stomp around the palace and listen to the titters,and the whispers of servants as they watched her. Sheabsolutely hated her huge size eleven feet and unproportianllyshort body. “Mom! Please all the women in China do it! They say itssooo fashionable!!” begged the Princess. They were in thethrone room sewing and working on the looms. “I will not let you bind your feet! Binding your feet willgive you arthritis and will hurt terribly.” The Queen said as shesewed. “But-” “No more buts! Get to your sewing or else you’ll never beable to see the sun again!” she cried. It was a cruel world so thePrincess bent her head and began to sew.
“Oh I wish I could be free! If I was a servant nobody wouldcare if I had large feet.” She would whine. It was quite difficultfor her to get out because shoes were the problematic- theyjust didn’t come large enough. The next day the wind whispered to her, “ Kill threespotted goats, then skin them and tie them around your feet.” “3 goats? Well, I’ll kill two goats and keep the third.” Thewinds weren’t always descriptive and thought of a way topunish her for her stupidity of not killing 3. So she killed 2 goatsand simply wrapped her feet and tied them with a leather cord.She was able to walk on the pebble road and along dirty horsestable. While she was at the horse stable, she saw a servant. Hewas very skinny and very tired. The wind blew wildly blewabout her and suddenly she felt sympathy for the servant andthought about what she could do for him. “Excuse me!” she called. The wind whispered and cried inthe air.
“Yes your Highness?” “I was wondering if you… well… if you were hungry, Ihave a goat if you want…” she stammered out. A huge grincrossed his face. “Really? You’d give that goat to me?” he asked. “Yes stay here I shall get it for you.” The Princess took offalong the palace, her feet causing the castle to tremor; to hergoat pen. In her excitement she saw two other white goats; shethought that he’d want more so she brought them over as well. “Thank you!” He dragged the three unwilling goats awaywith a huge grin on his face, “I can eat 3 goats for dinnertoday!” he exclaimed happily. He guided them into his hut andtied them firmly to a post. He put his giant pot of water on toboil over the open fire thinking happily of boiled goat! As hewaited for the goat to cook the sun set and it was dark. He sawthree blobs of light moving in the night and was going toinvestigate, but the goat had finished cooking. He ate the goat
and patted his stomach. While he ate he thought about thePrincess, she was really kind and except for her large feet shewas quite kind. He didn’t even care about her large feet. Thenhe went to bed and thought of the day’s events, smiled, thenslept soundly. Not for more than five minutes though. A heavyhand pounded at the door non-stop. With sleep on his mind hewent to answer the door. Standing with shining swords, andice-cold eyes were 3 knights with lanterns. “Someone has stolen goats from the royal castle.” Theystated. “Oh my! The Princess gave me her goat and two others aswell. I will return the two but the first Im afraid Ive eaten. Iapologize, but the Princess-“ “I’ve heard enough of your lies!” one of the guards saidand he rammed his sword into the servant’s chest and killedhim instantly.
The next day the princess heard of the terrible deed andsaw the servants’ head hanging from the hand of the knight.She didn’t know that the other two goats she had grabbed weresacred goats. “You will be rewarded for finding our sacred goats. Iwonder who provided him with the goats. He works out in thefields and shouldn’t be anywhere near the stables or pens.” Thequeen wondered aloud. The Princess wanted to know why hewas in the stables as well and stared at her large feet instead ofspeaking aloud. The servant was never defended and thePrincess never stopped thinking about the poor servant andevery time she went to the stable, a dead spotted goat alwaysher.