And so, the miller sent his daughter away to the king’s palace. When she arrived, the king immediately took her to a room filled with yellow straw. In the center of the room sat a spindle and wheel.
“Spin this straw into gold before sunrise. If you fail to comply, you will be punished by death,” the king stated. Then he turned on his heel, shut the door, and locked the miller’s daughter alone inside the room filled with yellow straw.
The girl turned to the heaps of straw before her and, having no idea how to spin straw into gold, began to cry.