Based on "The Three Snake Leaves" written by the Brothers Grimm.
Becuase it's an obscure fairy tale, I'll explain it a bit. The long and the short of the story is there is a beautiful princess, but she will not be married unless the man is willing to be buried with her when she dies. This, naturally, drives sane men far away. But one man decides she just gorgous enough to risk it and agrees to the worst pre-nup agreement created. So they get married, become King and Queen and live happily. Breifly. She dies very young and he gets buried alive (or locked in a tomb) with her with provision for about four days.
At some point a snake arives and the man is afraid the snake would defile his still lovely corpse wife. So the man cuts it into four pieces. The snakes mate comes out, the slithers off and returns with three leaves. The snake takes the three leaves and places them on the three severed portions of it's mate and the other snake comes back to life. The pair go away happily.
The man, in awe of the leaves, takes then and places them on the eyes and mouth of his love. The blush comes back to her cheeck and the breath to her lips. But he had not put any on her heart, so even though she was alive, she was souless and cold. They go back to the palce (probably with equal terror and jubiliation.) One day the Queen decides to kill her husband, so she sends him off to the sea and an assassination attempt is made. The man survives, then comes back to the palace in disguise. He tricks the Queen into ordering her own death for her wickedness. So she is placed in a barrel full of spikes, rolled around and then drowned.
The man took the thrown, probably another wife, and that's more of the long than the short of it, but nevermind.
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