magpie 36

Author: angiem, 10 17th, 2010

Shortly before my great uncle turned thirty, he left for the old country in search of a wife.  He traveled from city to city and village to village looking for the right girl to start a family with.  When he’d arrive at his destination, he would call upon the priest and ask about the single young women of the place, requiring only that they be industrious, not too attractive of face, and God-fearing.  He was a hard working jeweler, suspicious, and a bit on the thrifty side, and he wanted a wife who wouldn’t give him any trouble.

In that entire land of available, plain-faced girls, only a handful were found to meet his standards. My great uncle picked the prettiest of the bunch, because she had a lazy eye, he used to say, and he pitied her.  He bedded her, found her to be a virgin, and married her right after.  As he wanted to be seen a man of social standing and wealth, he refused the dowry her parents had prepared, even the linen, and requested that she not take a single article of clothing or memento with her. They sailed as husband and wife for America, and her parents could not believe their good fortune.

For the young wife, the doorway into the new world changed her life.  My great uncle however, was disappointed.  The girl he had married out of the generosity of his heart turned her back on all the good he had done for her.  She soon caught on to the new language, and taught herself to read and write.  She observed the fashionable women coming in and out of the jewelry shop and wanted to be like them.  She bought rouge for her cheeks and dancing shoes.  Yet she did not neglect to bear her husband two daughters and then a son before she announced that she would have no more children, but a mink coat instead.  After he reminded her what a good, obedient wife was supposed to do, he gave in and got her one.

Years later my great uncle left for the old country again. He wasn’t widowed, nor was he divorced, but he was in search of another wife.  He bought himself property and built himself a grand house out in the middle of nowhere.  The girl he found was young, still in her teens, and not set in her ways.  He married her and the very next morning sent her out with the cows.

Regardless of how he mistreated her, the girl didn’t complain.  She bore him many children and my great uncle was happy.  As so he remained until the day the communist government came to power and took every bit of his land, and all of his possessions.  Then he remembered the wife and the children he had left behind in America, and wrote letters of love, pleading forgiveness.  But the slighted woman would have none of it.  She burned them in the fireplace, laughing at the absurdity of the man, put her mink coat on, and left for the opera.

This is a Magpie Tale.


30 Responses to “magpie 36”

  1. Patience Ray Says:

    Good goin’ for the lazy-eyed girl. the uncle sounds like a major twerp. really great read, enjoyed this. Is it a true story? Novel worthy, i think.

  2. Make Do Style Says:

    I love these stories - and the mink coat ending!!

  3. Stephanie Says:

    OOH I love your tales! I love that she put on her mink and went to the opera. Well done!

  4. Joyce Says:

    You couldn’t pick a better photo to go with this wonderful post. xo

  5. Mary Moon Says:

    I LOVE THIS!!!
    With all my heart.

  6. Ava Says:

    I’m thinking the uncle had something against women using their brains.
    Good one Angie!! I especially love how it ends, in fact I am amazed how you pull your short stories together so tightly with never an unnecessary word.

  7. Jena Says:

    Hi Angie! I wish your blog had a like button cause I like this story VERY much! YAY for the first wife! Men who think they are gods are scary. Is this a true story? It could be true….

  8. willow Says:

    I so agree with Patience. There’s a novel here, just waiting to be written!

  9. Kathy Says:

    Love it great story…..want more!

  10. SW Says:

    Hooray….another great read. I’m not much for mink, but I congratulate her!!!!!!

  11. Susan Tiner Says:

    I love the story embedded in this story of the first wife finding her independence. She is triumphant in her mink coat headed for the opera. The husband’s behavior reminds me of the way Angel Clare treats Tess in Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. What a fine story teller you are Angie.

  12. Leo Says:

    man.. you took this story from one para to another with such beautiful flow! amazed! great take on the magpie!

    mine is ~here~

  13. deb @ talk at the table Says:

    oh, fabulous as always.

    hope you have a great week, you and your beautiful family.

  14. Tumblewords Says:

    Oh, so wonderful~ a terrific read -

  15. Susan Deborah Says:


    Nice read, this one. I enjoyed every bit of it. It read like the old folktales of yore. The story beautifully carves out the characters of men and women.

    Joy always,

  16. joanny Says:


    My first impression was WOW! I love the style in which you write, …. it read like a finely crafted fairy tale for adults, teaching them morals values and virtues in which to live by, but in a fantastic captivating read.

    Lovely, lovely lovely…


  17. Vicki Archer Says:

    Wonderful story Angie….and the open window and darkness brings to mind immediately thoughts of escape and a new life. xv

  18. French Fancy Says:

    You need to collect these stories and try and get them published, Angie - you write so well


  19. Diane Says:

    What a fantastic story of twists! You never know what you’ll get, huh? :O)

  20. Julie Says:

    HI Angie
    I agree with French Fancy.. a collection of short stories I think…

    thanks for popping over.. I am well.. but internet still sucks!! haha.. will be fixed soon I hope.. Have a lovely week xxx Julie

  21. audrey Says:

    this story brings me chills! augh the complexities of life, and how each and everyone of us lives with them either in rebellion or not… either way i think takes a kind of courage. i hope we women will know our strength, courage and power more and more…

    wonderful writing Angie:)

  22. debbie Says:

    Spellbinding! I love a tale like this that ropes me in from the very beginning.

  23. Englishvers Says:

    Tales of love and life and beauty - the ending is so lovely. Warmly hope you are well.xx

  24. Mwa Says:


  25. Francesca Says:

    I read it as a sad story, and missed opportunities to be happy.

  26. rochambeau Says:

    Great short story, Angie Muresan.
    I have missed you and your magic.
    Sending happy thoughts to you and your family.
    May this Autumn be filled with delight.
    Will you dress with the rest for Halloween?


  27. La Belette Rouge Says:

    You make morality tales MAGICAL!!! She was well rid of him.

  28. Ana Says:

    Loved the tale. Hate the uncle! :)

  29. Christie Says:

    I love that he got his due, in the end.
    Fabulous tale!

  30. Laura Says:

    frumoase povesti

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