The Story of a Queen—Lu cuntu di ’na riggina
The young man did what he said. When the king saw him emerge from the kettle, he asked him, “How did you do it?”
“How did I do it? I rubbed grease all over my body.” Then the queen said to him, “King, why don’t you do this, too?” The king let himself be persuaded, but he burned up like straw. The queen
was now alone, and there’s no need for me to tell you what happened because you can imagine what she did. She married the young man, and they remained happy and content. But a lot of good it does either you or me! Collected by Di Martino in Noto.