The Faithful Little Horse—Lu cavadduzzu fidili
Here’s another tale told time and again.Once there was a prince who had an only daughter namedMariuzza, and he decided it was time for her to marry. “If I am to be married, you must make a public announcement of the fact,”
she said. So the prince did this, and soon a host of princes and cavaliers presented
themselves as suitors. They all sat down for a banquet, and the princess looked them over. There was one she didn’t like because he had a crooked mouth, and another because of some similar defect. There was another that she rejected because he had a mulberry mark on his neck and a feather on his rear end. And so Mariuzza took her father aside and told him that not a single one was acceptable, and that there was even one who had a mulberry mark on his neck and a feather growing out of his behind.