June 27, 2014 5:44 AM Subscribe
The library of my childhood had a book of fairy tales which I remember fondly but not in very much detail. I remember only one of the stories - perhaps it will ring a bell with someone?
posted by Wolfdog to Writing & Language (5 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The story that I half-remember involves some poor character who despite his evident poverty nonetheless claims to have innumerable diamonds, and rooms full of huge mirrors, and some other shiny treasure that I can't recall. When his story is investigated (perhaps by a king whose jealousy is provoked by the extravagant claims of wealth) it turns out that the "diamonds" are dewdrops on the grass in the morning; the mirrors are the lakes' surfaces (and the other treasure is some other natural beauty which is only metaphorically what it was claimed to be).
While I'm not entirely confident, I think the stories were 20th century ones, not retellings of well-known old classics.
Anyone remember that story?