Hannah-My-Hedgehog

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A Tale of Change and Transformation

By Bruce Donehower

Chapter One
Once upon a time . . . When did it happen? When did it not happen?… there lived a farmer who did pretty well for himself. He had land and money, and his neighbors gossiped and called him rich.
But despite all good fortune, he felt unhappy because he had no children with his wife.
Often when he went to town with the other farmers, the other farmers teased him and said mean things because they thought it was queer that he had no kids.
Finally, he got fed up. When he came home one day, he swore to his wife: “I will have a child, even if my child is a hedgehog!”
And so, his wife had a baby. And what do you know? The top half of the baby was a hedgehog, and the bottom half a girl!
When the wife saw the newborn baby, she shrieked with horror and said to her husband: “Now look what evil thing you have wished upon us!”

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“A fragment, like a small work of art,
Has to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world and be complete in itself
Like a hedgehog.”

— Friedrich Schlegel (friend of Novalis),
Athenaeum Fragments, 1798

“Farmer and Hedgehog” by Bruce Donehower

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Written by Bruce Donehower
June 25, 2021