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The discovery of a magic mirror inside an ancient box enables a kindly woodcutter and his wife to help others overcome their troubles. When the good fairies direct him to the mirror, the kind old man and his wife decide to use its magic to help others. Whether the unfortunate person is a poor cobbler who has been intimidated by a giant into making an endless series of huge boots, a giggling goblin in trouble, or a complaining worm, the magic mirror's power is such that the woodcutter is able to assist all those who come to him for help. Combined with ith the ingredients of familiar and enduring fairy tales are elements of humor and the homely remedies of simple folk for the faults of human behavior: untruthfulness, laziness, tyranny, and dissatisfaction.