The Queen adores soup. She loves it so much that she orders it for every meal and every banquet at the castle. Cook, who loves the queen almost as much as the queen loves soup, has worked hard to raise soup “from the level of mere food to high art.” On the day Roscuro falls into the queen’s bowl, Cook has done an especially brilliant job. The ingredients in the soup go together perfectly, and the contents of the bowl taste so good that Roscuro stops to sip it and compliment the chef.
The Pea leaps from her chair and points, shrieking, at the rat in her mother’s soup. All...
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