Andrew Lang (1844 – 1912) was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. Lang was also a prolific author of fiction works; he wrote his own fairy tales such as Prince Prigio (1889) and Prince Ricardo of Pantouflia (1893), and wrote numerous historical texts. Andrew Lang was great friends with Robert Louis Stevenson and H. Rider Haggard, with whom he wrote The World's Desire (1890). Preferring romance over realism, he admired their works as well as those of Alexandre Dumas Père, Henry Fielding, William Makepeace Thackeray, fellow Scot Robert Burns and many others.
One cold winter day a man went to a neighboring village. The road was totally covered by huge snowdrifts. He was very tired and decided to fall asleep in a snow. Suddenly the stranger awoke him. The stranger said: “Wake up! You will be buried in the snow, and no one will ever know what became of you!” He said that he had a fireplace in a forest, there a man could have some rest. They went to the fireplace, and the man saw three strangers near it… Who were they? Read the story to know!