Once upon a time there was a girl named Rapunzel. Rapunzel lived in a tall tower in the middle of a forest. The tower had no ladder, no stairs, and definitely no elevator. There was no way to get up or down.
So… why did Rapunzel live in a tower?
Well, it all started with a witch. As you know, witches can be very jealous. They especially hate people stealing herbs from their gardens.
Unfortunately Rapunzel’s mother didn't know this about witches. Many years ago when she was pregnant with Rapunzel, she snuck over the fence and stole some parsley from the witch next door.
The witch saw her stealing parsley. She was furious. She gave Rapunzel’s mother two choices.
Option one: The witch would curse her unborn baby girl. The girl would always be unlucky. She would meet the wrong people, and say the wrong things, and wear the wrong clothes for every occasion. She would never live happily ever after.
Option two: On the girl’s tenth birthday, she would go to live with the witch. She would be the witch’s apprentice. The witch promised that, eventually, the girl would live happily ever after.
Rapunzel’s mother was heartbroken. She chose option two. And on the evening of Rapunzel’s tenth birthday, the witch came to take her away. She put Rapunzel in the tall tower in the woods.
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