The Crane Wife

The Crane Bride I
Illustration based on an old Japanese fairy tale about a woodcutter who rescues a crane. In gratitude, she secretly turns into a woman, shows up on his doorstep and marries him. When they run out of money, she goes into a room by herself to weave beautiful silk for them to sell. Of course, the woodcutter gets curious and has to peek--and finds a crane weaving silk from her own feathers. The crane, of course, then flies away, never to be seen again.

This is the instant before the crane sheds the last of her human life and flies away...

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