121. The Brahmin and his Snake-Son
A brahmin dreamed he would have a strong, handsome son, but his wife gave birth to a snake. They loved him nonetheless.
"He must marry!" said the mother, so the brahmin visited a distant relative.
"Marry your daughter to my strong and handsome son!" the brahmin proposed.
When the bride learned the groom was a snake, she said only, "Let fate bring what it may."
On their wedding night, the snake turned into a handsome man, shedding his skin as she watched. The bride's father threw the snakeskin in the fire, and the couple lived happily ever after.
Inspired by: The Panchatantra, translated by Arthur Ryder.
Notes: It is in Book 1, Story 26.