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Tóvó asked if the disease really did come flying through the

air. His grandfather explained that on Annunciation Day a

ship had come from Denmark, and that the ship had

brought the disease to Tórshavn.

Tóvó had heard of Denmark and he knew that a prince lived

down there. He had even seen the prince when he had

come to Tórshavn on a warship two years ago. Suddenly, he

frowned and asked why the prince would send a ship full of

measles-flies to the Faroes?

Old Tóvó suppressed a smile as he looked into this serious

and lovable boy’s face. He had not been as fond of his own

children as he was of Tóvó. And the boy was so quick-

thinking. The journey from thought to question took no

more time than the blink of an eye. Grandfather knew

about all the dead flies Tóvó kept in the tobacco tin, and

one day he had watched the boy drown one poor creature

in the measuring pot. However, he said nothing, just waited

outside until the deed was done.

Now he explained to Tóvó that, of all the castles in the

world, the measles castle was the hardest to conquer. Only

the cunning prince could sneak through the gate and raise

the victory flag.