The Maid of Brakel
The story is set in Brakel, Germany.
A chapel held a statue of Saint Anne and the Virgin Mary as a child. An unmarried woman prayed to Saint Anne that she might wed a man. A clerk, who heard her, said she would not have him. The woman took it to be the child Mary and scolded her, because she was talking to her mother.
Saint Anne was the patron saint of unmarried women, particularly because of the legend that she had been married three times.
- Jacob and Wilheim Grimm, Household Tales, "The Maid of Brakel"
- D.L. Ashliman, "The Grimm Brothers' Children's and Household Tales (Grimms' Fairy Tales)"
- Works related to The Maid of Brakel at Wikisource