^///^; Hee. Always nice to know I'm havin' an effect on the fora.
Is that one with The Three Golden Hairs one of ours? I forget. I feel like it's supposed to be the Quebecois version of an older French fairy tale.
Basically a guy cleverly wins a princess' hand in marriage (yes, in Quebec
), but her brother doesn't approve, so he sends him off on a quest to snatch three magic golden hairs from the tail of the Dragon of Wisdom in the next seigneurie.
On the way, he meets a man whose apple tree only bears fruit on one side, a man whose wife absolutely hates his guts, and, just down the hill from the dragon's estate, a ghost cursed to carry people on his shoulders across the river. All three try to persuade him not to go on such a suicide mission, but when he refuses, they ask him to at least inquire of the dragon what they should do to solve their problems.
The dragon's wife, a prophetess, is very sympathetic to the sweet young man, and offers to hide him under the bed.
Each time he plucks a hair that night and the seer's dragon husband wakes up, she tells him she had a dream about the plight of each of the people the boy met in turn. And in the morning, when the dragon heads out for the day, the boy departs, determined to relay the dragon's advice on his way back.
the ghost carries him back across the river, he tells him that if he wants to be free, he should drown the next guy who wants a lift.
When he arrives at the unhappy couple's house, he advises the husband, "Dude, just treat her like you did when you were wooing her; she's just wondering where the guy she married went."
Finally, at the farmer's orchard, he says, "The Dragon of Wisdom has revealed that the tree is withered on one side because several chests of gold and gems are obstructing its roots; if you dig them up and split the money with me, the tree will recover." Naturally the fortune is there, and the farmer agrees to giving the boy a share, not wanting to argue with a friend or conqueror of the great worm.
So the boy arrives back at the castle, and the prince is entirely stunned.
"Where did you get all that money?"
"From the Dragon. He's a stand-up guy; said it was a wedding present. He mentioned he had some back taxes he wasn't sure how to courier to you without his messenger getting shot, and he'd like you to come collect them personally."
Naturally the greedy prince rides down to the river and commands the ghost to bear him across, which... goes over about as well as you would think. And the boy and the princess live happily ever after. The End.