III - The Lucky Daughter - An Almain Fable
An Almain miller had no sons, but three daughters, the youngest of which took the life of their mother when she was born. Though he was a good and just man, he had the heart of a mortal, which still felt pain for the loss of his love. And so she learned to be quick-witted, to know when he was angry, and when he needed to jest at her behalf, or be cruel.
He raised his daughters, young and old an in time the first came of age to wed and she did. And the second came of age, and she did as well. Left alone with the daughter whose birth loved him of his beloved wife, the miller turned to drink. Soon, the miller's youngest daughter knew she had no more life to live in that home.
She set out into the world to seek her fortune, but no sooner did she set foot on the road out of town that she found a beautifully gilded carriage pull alongside her. Inside was the son of the duke, of age similar to his own, who was touring his father's land. Seeing such a fair girl leaving town, he begged her to ride with him.
At first, she refused out of decency. A second time she was asked. She then refused out of fear that he might uncover her humble origins. A third time she was asked. She accepted.
In that one ride the son of the duke learned of the plight of the miller's daughter .She stayed at the duke's palace, and days turned to weeks, and weeks years. In time the duke's son came of age to marry, and he and the miller's daughter were wed.
(This story seems to break off at this point, but given the Almain's predilection for scripture, it is possible this is an Almain tale stressing the importance of unconditional love and acceptance).