Legend "The lady of Stavoren"
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"The lady of Stavoren"
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to this myth there once lived an extremely wealthy merchantís widow in
Stavoren. She possessed a whole fleet of cargo ships. To the captain of one
of them she ordered to sail the oceans of the world and bring her back the
most precious treasure he could find. After a long search the captain sailed
alongside a field of wheat. The shining sun gave it a golden colour. He
decided that wheat, being the ingredient for the food many people depend
their lives on, was the most precious thing in the world.
lady, however, got furious when she saw the wheat. In her wrath she ordered
the captain to dump it all into the sea. An old fisherman on the quay told
her that this shameful dissipation would one day reduce her to beggary. To
this, she took off her golden ring, threw it into the sea and told the man
that sooner the sea would give her back the ring than she would become a
long after this one of her maids found back the rind inside a fish she was
preparing for the lady. The very
next day the Lady received a message that all her ships had sunk in a big
storm. She suddenly lost everything she had ever owned. And that is how she
turned into a poor old woman begging the other villagers for a handful of
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