A girl from the country, brought to the maid's market of the Saxon burgh, then to the house of the lawyer Johannes, a widower but a man of means, Hannah succeeded in a short time, using the gifts given by God to women to be happiness and pain to men, to become the unquestionable mistress of the house. Stubbornly illiterate, she hated the tattered books in the master's study, but in the attic she found an old book written by his ex-wife, which opened her eyes to what noble women really wanted, and so Hannah became queen of the burg.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoș / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In March 2023, the group has 10,790 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes every few days. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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