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. The Andrew Lang lectures at the University of St Andrews are named after him. Lang was also a prolific author of works both fiction and non; he wrote his own fairy tales such as Prince Prigio and Prince Ricardo of Pantouflia, and wrote numerous historical texts. The plot of this story goes around a poor lonely woman who one day goes to the river to get some water and to bathe. There she makes a wish to die to suffer from the hardships of life no more. She wishes a snake to bite her but instead of snake she sees a beautiful necklace. The woman goes to the king to show him the necklace and the king feels the wish to own it the very moment he sees it.