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Both of Mufaro's daughters are beautiful but Manyara is bad tempered and Nyasha is kind. When the king of the land asks the daughters to appear before him so he can choose a queen, Manyara decides to set out in the night so she can get there first. Along the path are many opportunities to show one's true character. Nyasha who follows the same path the next day makes different decisions - with different results and a surprising ending!

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Both of Mufaro's daughters are beautiful but Manyara is bad tempered bad-tempered and Nyasha is kind. When the king of the land asks the daughters to appear before him so he can choose a queen, Manyara decides to set out in the night so she can get there first. Along the path are many opportunities to show one's true character. Nyasha who follows the same path the next day makes different decisions - with different results and a surprising ending!


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* CompositeCharacter: [[spoiler: The people the girls meet are said to be the king in disguise. In some older versions, the old woman is implied to actually be the king's mother.]]


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* SparedByTheAdaptation: In some versions, Manyara is killed or even eaten by the snake king.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted with Manyara, played straight with Nyasha.

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''Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters'' is a children's book written and illustrated by John Steptoe.

Both of Mufaro's daughters are beautiful but Manyara is bad tempered and Nyasha is kind. When the king of the land asks the daughters to appear before him so he can choose a queen, Manyara decides to set out in the night so she can get there first. Along the path are many opportunities to show one's true character. Nyasha who follows the same path the next day makes different decisions - with different results and a surprising ending!

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!! "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters" by John Steptoe provides examples of:

* GenderBender: [[spoiler: The king poses as an old woman as part of the SecretTestOfCharacter he gives the girls]].
* JerkAss: Manyara, BIG time.
* MissingMom: The girls have a father, but no mother is ever mentioned.
* ParentalFavoritism: Nyasha is Mufaro's favorite daughter.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler: The king gives one to Manyara while in the form of a five-headed snake]].
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: [[spoiler: The king uses his shapeshifting powers to test the girls]].
* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler: The king gives both Manyara and Nyasha one, in order to see which daughter is worthy to be his wife]].
* SiblingYinYang: Nyasha is good and kind, while Manyara is bad-tempered and proud.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: [[spoiler: The king possesses this power]].

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