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A Fine Wine from the Forest
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Three interwoven tales...

A woman riding her bicylce finds herself lost and in an unknown land where she meets a girl who is delighted to find her. "I can only see people who are lost, and you are the first person I've met in ages. Everyone here knows where they are going...."

A woman tames her raging, drunken husband with an unusual strategy...

A boy who left home to get away from his father's violence, finds refuge alone in the forest. After many years, however, the Princess's carriage rolls by....
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A Golden Thread
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Three interwoven tales...

A man down on his luck finds himself fascinated by the passers by who walk past him as he sits in the gutter...

A princess, of surpassing beauty, becomes disillusioned with the way men react to her, and goes in search of a deeper beauty...

A King seeks the advise of a talented beggar to know how better to win over his people...
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51:14 2010 Subscription info »
A Ladder to the Moon
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Three interwoven tales...

Effortlessly riding an enormous wave, a surfer finds a place of perfect poise inside himself...

A King and Queen, seeking to get away from all the distractions in their lives, journey further and further into the wilderness, where they encounter a most unlikely teacher...

A royal messenger begins reading the messages he is carrying, with transformative results...
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55:16 2008 Subscription info »
An Old Pair Of Boots
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Three interwoven tales...

An old man wears an old pair of boots until one boot wears out, and he finds that wearing one boot is worse than wearing no boots at all, but that's not exactly fun either...

A sailor's wife offers him an ultimatum: "give up your life of the sea, or give up our marriage", because she finds she can't bear the waiting, the not knowing whether he'll ever come home from his latest voyage...

A boy discovers a hidden creature in the forest, banished and unwanted, and brings him home, with transformative consequences for his whole family...
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55:26 2011 Subscription info »
Barking Up The Wrong Tree
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Three interwoven tales...

A man, mourning his lack of success in the world, is approached by an exotic young woman with a message for him....

A woman, riding breathlessly on horseback, tries anything to deliver her message to this King, including even breaking into his palace...

A carpenter, bored with making the same chairs again and again, sets out into the darkest part of the forest for inspiration....
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63:53 2008 Subscription info »
Death and the Gambler
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Three interwoven tales...

A female office worker, whose job was to always have the right information for her co-workers, gets visited by a mysterious stranger proffering a question she was unable to answer...

A bumbling magician, whose spells would produce completely unpredictable results, gets employed by a king who asks him to conjure the unimaginable...

A gambler, who could throw dice masterfully, one day meets a mysterious figure that offers him the opportunity to win back his very life...
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55:30 2008 Subscription info »
Hold the Line, Daddy!
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Four interwoven tales...

A man, irritably brushing aside a boy's innocent questions, realises with alarm how deeply he has shamed him, and seeks to make amends....

The Princess had all her life been so exulted, adored and celebrated that one day she wakes up and has no idea if she is real or not....

A fisherman, who was never an especially successful fisherman, comes face to face with his own underachievement...

A recently widowed father finds himself agonisingly gripped by a longing for his daughter...


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How The Gladiator Learned Ruthlessness
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Three interwoven tales...

An old woman, knitting by her fire, is interrupted by a most unexpected visitor...

Trying unsuccessful to sell his wares at the market, the furniture maker is approached by a young man claiming to posess untold riches...

A gladiator, proud of his fierceness, meets a woman who teaches him a lesson in ruthlessness that turns his world upside-down...
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53:38 2009 Subscription info »
Piercing the Veil
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Four interwoven tales...

A clown in the circus appears on stage as the waking dead, and tells his story...

In a magical valley where anything can take root, a woman plants a "veil tree" and sets in motion a strange series of events...

A coal miner, tired of toiling in the mines, and deciding one day to find a trade that is less back-breaking and more lucrative, bluffs his way into a newsroom and is given a brief, and a deadline...

A town finally musters the collective will to forbid any of its inhabitants to go and try their luck at the dragon's cave. Their injunctions prove so successful that one night the dragon turns up at the edges of the town, weeping for lack of attention...
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65:41 2011 Subscription info »
Sailing Towards the East
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Three interwoven tales...

A man who constantly spends his time thinking of the future, experiences something that throttles him back into the present moment...

Much to his dismay, a farmer discovers his land has mysteriously transformed itself back into its pristine state, after being plowed the previous day...

A king, obsessed with planning every minute detail of his life, wakes up to find himself in a very unexpected location...
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64:16 2008 Subscription info »
The Cheesemaker and the Mouse
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Three interwoven tales...

A cheesemaker encounters a mouse in his workshop with a most unexpected message....

A famous optician is visited by an old woman who begs him to fix her eyes so that she can recover her ability to see the beauty in the world....

A proud princess, defying her parents and humiliaring any man who dares to woo her, is visited by a carpenter who turns her world upside down....
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53:49 2009 Subscription info »
The Clown Who Wasn't Funny
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Four interwoven tales...

A daughter becomes discontent with her family's material level of wealth and urges her father to move into more lucrative work...

A clown who wasn't funny, finally sacked from the circus, sets off in search of the "Elixir of Funny" to fulfill his deep yearning to make people laugh...

A pimp begins to feel the stirrings of compassion inside him for his employees, and his world starts to go off the rails....

A gentle and sensitive storyteller, faced with a hostile crowd of low lifes, goes to the furthest edges of his insecurity... and conviction....


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The Crown's Regret
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Four interwoven tales...

A man takes his urgent question all the way to the president and unwittingly creates something of an insurection....

In a land with no money, a band of moneymakers arrive and seek to exploit the natives....

A couple decide to find a way of living that could be more than just scraping an existence....

The Sun seeks to banish the shadows on Earth, by inspiring its inhabitants to emulate her....
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75:56 2011 Subscription info »
The Cyclist and the Squirrel
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Three interwoven tales:

A man delivering bread on his bicycle comes across a peculiar old woman with surprising insights into his current inner turmoil...

A cyclist, at the top of his game, makes a devastating error in a crucial race...

A powerful king, finding himself feeling miserable and unfulfilled by his riches, gets approached by a mysterious visitor...
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42:34 2008 Subscription info »
The Dance of the Whale and the Dolphins
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Three interwoven tales...
A boy becomes fascinated by a man desperately looking for his keys...
A little girl stumbles upon a leprechaun in the forest...
A whale and a group of dolphins help one another in a most unexpected way...
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32:39 2010 Subscription info »
The Dog Who Tried to Outrun His Hunger
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Three interwoven tales...

A cook, trying to catch a mouse, is caught unawares by her own stillness...

A girl fearlessly approaches the giant's cave determined to open her sack and wanting his help with it...

A dog, constantly hungry, tries to outrun his hunger...
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35:53 2010 Subscription info »
The Efficiency Drive
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Three interwoven tales...

Overwhelmed from the immense pressures of his job, a young man finds himself seeking guidance from a complete stranger he's met on his way home from work...

A cantankerous king asks his knight to kill an innocent butterfly that has been disturbing his afternoon nap...

A single mother of seven, overcome from the immense burden of providing for her children, finally snaps...
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46:18 2008 Subscription info »
The Field Beyond Right and Wrong
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Once there was a farmer who could never decide what use to make of one of his fields. He'd tried various crops, he'd let it lie fallow, but never quite found the right use for it. One year, however, he decides to throw a party there. And that's when his troubles really begin....
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57:51 2012 Subscription info »
The Frog King
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Three interwoven tales:

A farmer, while tilling his field, comes across a strange wooden chest -- with even stranger contents...

A lone driver on a rainy night, runs out of gas, and gets visited by an unusual vehicle...

A king had seven beautiful daughters he was most proud of -- and then the eighth one was born...
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72:25 2008 Subscription info »
The Girl Who Became Family With Ferns
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Four interwoven tales...

A policeman gets caught up in a storm so mighty that all he can do is cling to a lamp post for safety...

A hunter, up early to hunt the elk, finds himself unable to leave the house without taking some rather unlikely things with him...

A girl "with a storm in her head" takes refuge in the mountains, away from the rejection of people. But then she gets so lonely...

Faced with the young man with the intense desire to learn, the professor finds all his words coming out like cardboard, and gives up his job out of an intense desire to embody what he's been lecturing about...


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The Honest Shopkeeper
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Three interwoven tales...

A shopkeeper, renowned for his integrity, receives a request for an item that he feels unsure he can provide...

A wandering trader, deciding to explore new territory, comes upon a grand city and a rather questionable "guide"...

A gardener, whose job it was to bring the queen the finest of flowers, comes across a rose so perfect that he could not bring himself to cut it...
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70:20 2008 Subscription info »
The King with Two Heads
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Three interwoven tales...

A carpenter agrees to help a little girl whose mother won't stop crying, and then soon realises he is out of his depth...

A King with two heads, one rational and one intuitive, discovers one morning (too late) that he has put on the wrong head...

A Princess is aided by a group who have travelled to the edge of darkness to discover a magical elixir that can heal all wounds...
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49:53 2010 Subscription info »
The Knight Who Thrived On Fear
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Three interwoven tales...

A man, petrified most of his life, gets a most shocking and unwelcomed visit...

A courageous knight, upon receiving a summons by the king, experiences fear for the first time in his life...

A queen, faced with a room in the palace all others were afraid to enter, decides to take on the task for herself...
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65:06 2008 Subscription info »
The Landlocked Lighthouse
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Three interwoven tale...

A man discovers a lighthouse where a lighthouse shouldn't be...

An impatient baker is taught a cooking secret by the unlikliest of chefs...

A little girl watches her world get blown by her window...
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61:33 1998 Subscription info »
The Man Who Couldn't Walk
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Three interwoven tales...

A man awakes one day to find that his legs no longer work properly, although no doctor can find a reason...

A King finds one day that every toilet in his palace has backed up, and there are no plumbers anywhere to be found!...

An Angel, lured to Earth and becoming human, finds the pain of earthly life unbrearable, and seeks to end it forever...
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43:56 2009 Subscription info »
The Mathematician's Puzzle
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Three interwoven tales:

After many years of work, a mathematician solves an intricate calculation, then seeks out someone who can understand his accomplishment...

A young girl, who has become completely obsessed with bouncing a ball, wonder why life can't behave the same way...

A king and queen find themselves driven to be the most respected people in every possible field of human endeavor...
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37:17 2008 Subscription info »
The Nurse's Secret Pleasure
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Three interwoven tales...

A man, desperate for someone to talk to, thumbs through his address book and finds his attention arrested by the name of a woman he hardly remembers...

A nurse in Accident and Emergency, who finds a secret pleasure in seeing people's insides when they come to be stitched up, gets rumbled one time by a sly old man...

A man who finds his fiance increasingly reluctant to marry, takes to desperate measures to persuade her...


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The Ogre and the Water of Life
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Three interwoven tales...

An old man rushes deliriously to the palace with a discovery that he is convinced will change the world...

A knight is disturbed by a mouse while preparing himself for battle...

An ogre meets a mermaid whose love transforms him...
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48:25 2010 Subscription info »
The Prisoner Who Was Actually Free
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Three interwoven tales...

A Prisoner in the King's dungeons realises that the cell in which he has been rotting for ages is actually unlocked...

A desert explorer ignores all warnings and ventures into the dragon's territory...

A desperate man is pulled back from the brink of death by a small boy, and thereafter embarks on an extraordinary career...
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53:30 2009 Subscription info »
The Rabbit and the Wolf
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Three interwoven tales...

A young man finds himself frozen outside a newsagents, unable to tear himself away from the images of cover girls in the window...

A beautiful princess, tired of the unending attention of lovestruck suitors, gets drawn away from the palace and into the night by a mysterious man of light...

A rabbit finds herself at the mercy of a wolf, and finds an escapes by promising him something he is most yearning for...
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47:21 2010 Subscription info »
The Rock and the Oil Bottle
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Three interwoven tales...

A man waiting for a bus in the rain gets taken in by a charming old bag lady...

A camel driver entrusted with a precious cargo is tormented with the question, "am I worthy of being trusted in this way? Won't I just steal all this treasure?!"...

An oil seller finds a large rock in the middle of the road and rolls it home, only to find that it contains the biggest gift, and the biggest challenge, he has ever received....
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51:51 2011 Subscription info »
The Seamstress and the Bride
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Standing in the wrong part of the harbour, a man waits all through the night for a ship that never comes...

A seamstress finally makes the dress she had always dreamt of making, with very unexpected consequences...

A motorcyclist wins every race that he enters by riding on the very edge of life and death
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64:14 2008 Subscription info »
The Servant Girl and the King
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Three interwoven tales...

A young woman, after a night of intense partying, awakes to find herself in the middle of country road, not knowing how she got there...

A successful female executive who had brutally made her way to the top of her profession, finds herself in tears the day a little bird appeared at her window...

A young servant girl, born into servitude, gets visited by a mysterious cloaked figure asking her to bring a package to the King...
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53:59 2008 Subscription info »
The Sheep That Did Not Want To Be Eaten
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A boy asks an old man why it is that he plays dice alone, whereas all the other old people in the street play dice together...

A sheep on its way to market refuses to believe that the farmer will sell it for meat, with suprising results...

An old woman discovers deep union with all life through a rather shocking practice...
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63:58 2010 Subscription info »
The Tailor with Two Masters
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Four interwoven tales...

A policeman on his rounds comes upon something quite out of the ordinary....

A shy sailor, alone on deck one evening and thinking no-one will hear him, dares to sing out loud to the ocean. But the mermaids hear him and carry him down to an audience with the Lord of the Sea....

A young man seeking wisdom travels up a mountain to seek an esteemed old hag. But how much wisdom does he really want?...

A tailor was so in demand that a minor war was fought over his services. Caught between two masters, he comes up with a desperate, crazy bid for his freedom....
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94:41 2012 Subscription info »
The Taste of Cider
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Three interwoven tales...

A young girl finds a grown man sitting in the street, crying like a baby.....

An old King, facing imminent defeat and capture by an invading army, is mysteriously enveloped in an unshakable sense of peace.....

A boy, having strayed from the forest path, is captured by the hag that his parents have warned him about. But the apple that she gives him fills him with a longing that transforms his life....
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38:50 2008 Subscription info »
The Truth-telling Handkerchief
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Synopsis: Three interwoven tales...

A girl is baffled by a pig that delights in rotten slops but won't touch the tasty morsels and left over pieces of cake that it is given....

A seamstress, asked by a rich man to embroider a handkerchief with his beloved's name, finds that the stitches insist of forming the name of another woman...

A camel meets a little man whose loving attentions transform them both...
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47:06 2011 Subscription info »
The Turning Girl
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Three interwoven tales...

A little girl in an amusement park grapples with a decision that leaves her shaking...

A ferocious mercenary wakes up one morning with a strange sense that he has an important task to do -- but he can't remember what it is...

A young girl becomes famous across the kingdom for her rather unusual method of locomotion...
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62:34 2008 Subscription info »
The Wall of Deepest Rest
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Three interwoven tales...

A girl flying her kite hear a cliff edge loses track of where she is running, until it's too late...

A King commisions a wall of surpassing craftsmanship and gets far more than he bargained for...

An Ogre finds transformation in the waters of a great waterfall, in the arms of a Princess...
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46:56 2010 Subscription info »
The Wan Princess
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Three interwoven tales...

A man, writing a letter to his mother, cannot finds words that do not blame and accuse...

A poor farmer, whose land goes from bad to worse in a severe drought, is dumbfounded to see his rich neighbour's crops growing abundantly...

A princess, pale and wan from a longing that no-one can fathom, finally finds what she is looking for in a most mysterious way....
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45:34 2009 Subscription info »
The Wedding Story
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Two interwoven tales...

A man rows out to the center of a lake brimming with one specific question...

A elephant wanders into a very serious discussion taking place in the middle of the forest...
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23:53 1998 Subscription info »
The Widow Who Would Not Grieve
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Once there was an old woman whose beloved husband had died many years ago, yet in all those years she had not shed a tear for him. But one night she receives a visitor who begins a change...
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85:59 2012 Subscription info »
The Witch Who Rekindled Love
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Three interwoven tales...

A Wheelwright, struggling with a royal commision, receives a most unwelcome visit...

The middle aged man, no longer able to make it with the young women on the beach, decides to quit his job selling cold drinks there, when unexpectedly an especially beautiful young woman takes an interest in him....

The witch, famous for the effectiveness of her spells, discovers the secret of rekindling love....
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39:08 2009 Subscription info »
What's Really Mine
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Three interwoven tales...

A broken window leads to a rather curious interaction with a policeman...

A major disappointment leads a befuddled fisherman to an unexpected discovery...

A guild of trees impart a very different kind of wisdom...
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44:36 1998 Subscription info »
Who Am I?
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Three interwoven tales...

A woman cannot stop eating, driven by a longing to find the taste of her ancestors and know who she is.

A King discovers that his deepest wish is to know who he will be when he no longer sits upon the throne with a crown on his head.

An old widow finds the prospect of a lonely future to awful to contemplate. All find their answer to the question, "Who Am I?"
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