The Dame Ragnell
“What does a woman desire most?” asks a knight of King Arthur, who will die if he does not answer correctly in a year’s time. Arthur turns to Sir Gawain, the handsomest of the Knights of the Round Table, to help him find the elusive answer. It turns out only the Dame Ragnell, a woman hideous beyond belief, knows the answer. Her price: Gawain must marry her. And in this moving tale of loyalty, love and appearances, he does.
The Crane Wife
A lonely sail maker rescues a white crane in a storm and sets her free. Soon after, a mysterious young woman arrives at his door and moves in, becoming his wife. To lift them from poverty, she begins to weave magic sails behind a screen, telling him never to look at her as she works. At first he complies, but when greed replaces love, all is lost.