Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 15:08:12 -0500
Once upon a time, there lived a princess who was horribly ugly. No local
noble would even look at her, much less ask for her hand in marriage.
One day, her father the king heard of a magical mud that, when applied
to one's face, makes one beautiful. Thinking his problems are solved,
he sends one of his knights out to get some.
The knight rides out to the forest where the mud is, but halfway there
some huge yellow fingers rise up from the ground, pull him under, and
no one ever sees him again.
After going a few days without word from the first knight, the king
sends out another to look for the first and, while he's at it, get the
magic mud. The second knight rides the same way the first one did, but
the same yellow fingers grab him as well.
Now, the king is getting concerned, what with going through two of his
knights without getting any results. He decides to send two page boys
put to get the mud, ostensibly as a test of their worthiness.
The page boys walk the same trail the two knights took, reach the forest,
get some of the magic mud, and give it to the princess who uses it
becomes beautiful, and all concerned live happily ever after.
The moral of the story?
Let your pages do the walking through the yellow fingers.