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A Curse and a Blessing

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As a child, I loved this fairy tale: A girl is born, and a fairy gives her the “gift” of obedience. At first, she tries to protect herself by keeping her gift/curse a secret, but when her father remarries, her bossy, jealous stepmother and stepsisters quickly discover she has no choice but to obey. Her life becomes unmanageable. Stripped of free will, the girl does whatever she is told to do—she humiliates herself and hurts those she loves most. Her desperation drives her to run away from home and do whatever it takes to break the spell. Thinking back on

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