Of Wells & Virgins

Going back to the source:

The welle was of swich vertu:
A virgine wonede in that londe,
Hadde bathede in, ich understonde;
That water was so holi,
That the dragoun, sikerli,
Ne dorste neghe the welle aboute
Be fourti fote, saundoute.

This text (it’s “Bevis of Hampton”; so this tried and tested dragon-repelling method is even older than 400 years; got my texts confused yesterday) doesn’t say anything about taking a pure virgin and dipping her into the well. But if you think about it, it’s not really likely that any virgin would work, is it? Or dragon-repelling wells wouldn’t be so very rare. So I guess it only works if it is a very virtuous virgin, pure of heart and all that.

Just a word to the wise: The dragon-repelling wells should not be confused with other magical wells such as those in Ranma 1/2. If you jump into those it won’t keep the dragon away, and instead you’ll turn into a panda bear. (If you’re lucky. If you’re not so lucky, you might turn into a piglet.)

Oranges are probably safer, after all. And you can always eat them if the dragon doesn’t show up. 🙂

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