Queen Constance Fridget is suffering badly from ennui, and in order to bring
some bright moments into her life she has taken to poisoning her retainers.
Arrogance, the First Lady-in-waiting takes preventive measures: persuades
her royal mistress to undertake the burden of child-bearing.
Under the custom of fairy.tales, this requires the Queen to prick a finger
of hers with her tambour needle. The needle, which is poisoned, is supplied
by Couldntcareless, the court sage. Queen Fridget is poisoned to death.
Couldntcareless subjects the egg of the King’s, Leo Lion-Wart, chicken to a
treatment, breeding in it No-White. The offspring is born in the shape of an
encased larva so repulsive it fills everyone with disgust. Arrogance is made
queen, she gets the the King to develop a habit of overindulgence in meat
and this in due time leads to the bloating and eventual bursting of the
In the meantime, No-White has grown into a giant heavy wench strong as an ox.
No-White presents a threat to the planned marriage of Arrogance with the
ruling Prince of Retrograde, Edgar the Shortsighted. Therefore she must be
destroyed. No-White withdraws to the woods finding shelter at the seven
dwarfs. No-White sets about tidying up the house, knocking it into ruins.
The dwarfs complain to Queen Arrogance, who now resolves to dispatch the
girl in person. But in the meantime Edgar arrives to the dwarf-house and
suddenly falls in love with the Queen who has been ’reshaped’ by
Couldntcareless. The couple leaves happily and the dwarfs at last feel sorry
for the weeping No-White and let her live with them in the house.