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Kitchen Maid is a character from The Fairytaler episode, "The Nightingale", which is based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale of the same name. She is a member of the palace staff for the emperor.

About Kitchen Maid

The kitchen maid and her grandfather are in a boat on a lake, listening to a nightingale singing. Her grandfather comments on how beautiful the songbird's singing is, that it's even more beautiful than the emperor's garden. She mentions that that's what he says every time they're within earshot of the nightingale's singing and he says that's because of how true it is.

The next day, the kitchen maid is busy scrubbing the kitchen floor in the palace when she hears the chamberlain and a couple of the other, male, palace staff members talking about how the emperor wants them to get him his own nightingale to sing to him. They're fretting over the fact that they'll be punished by means of being trampled if they don't or can't get him what he demands. When she tries to get their attention the first time, one of the other staff members scoffs with, "peh!". When she tries saying, "Excuse me", again, one of the staff members tells her they heard her, but answered with, "peh!". She tells them that has no meaning and the portly one says it does have meaning, that "peh!", means everything. She tells them that she just so happens to know of a nightingale and where they can find him. But the chamberlain and the others continue to be dismissive, doubting her, and insulting her status as a maid, calling her a peasant. She tells them to suit themselves, but then they reconsider her offer and the chamberlain asks her for help. She says that they were rather rude to her and it's demanded that the thin and the portly staff members trample on each other as their way of apologizing. She then agrees to show them where the nightingale is.

That night, the four go on a walk with the kitchen maid leading the way and crossing a bridge along the way. The portly staff member mistakenly presumes a cow is the nightingale, then the thin staff member mistakenly presumes that frogs must be nightingales, but the maid tells them they're both wrong and that they still have a ways to go. Finally, they come to a tree where the nightingale is perched. The chamberlain comments on the bird being course, but the maid says that he shouldn't judge a book by its cover. She approaches the nightingale and asks him for the favor of singing for the emperor. The nightingale obliges, this makes the chamberlain and the other staff members happy. The nightingale is in the palace and performs a song for the emperor, who cries a tear of joy and one of his servants catches it in a cup.

In all the time that the nightingale has been around, the maid watches a few women gargling water in preparation of imitating the bird's singing. She giggles at this and an old man, and his grandkids have ribbons tied to the bird's feet, pulling him along as he flies as if he were a kite. The maid and her grandfather observe this and notice just how sad he looks to be in the position he is. She says the nightingale would be better off being free among the trees and that a plant looks better without bells.

One day, a golden, mechanical nightingale is brought in to sing for the emperor. The chamberlain sticks a key in its back to wind it up and it sings. The emperor requests the real nightingale and the mechanical one to sing in unison, then just the mechanical one to perform a solo. The emperor loves it and begins to prefer the mechanical bird to the real one. The real nightingale becomes depressed by this and flies out a window. Noticing this, the maid tries to stop him, but she misses. When asked where he went, she says she thinks he flew back to the forest. The emperor and his staff comment on how ungrateful he is. When the chamberlain tells her that this is all her fault, she asks what she did. But yet again, all he says is "peh!", and she responds by making a face, and sticking out her tongue at him as leaves.

Some time later, the mechanical nightingale performs for a crowd. The maid and her grandfather watch from afar. It's mentioned that the emperor has fallen ill and he's being replaced by a 7-year old boy. They both decide that they would be better off if the live nightingale returned, this is especially so, as the mechanical nightingale eventually wears out and breaks down, becoming useless and inoperable.

Another evening, the maid and her grandfather are once again at the spot where they found the real nightingale, waiting for him to come back so they can request him to sing for the emperor again. Her granddad thinks he's not coming and with it being so late, they should head home. But she asks him to wait just a little longer. To their relief, the nightingale arrives.

After the emperor is visited by the Grim Reaper who came to take him to the afterlife, the latter reconsiders after the nightingale sings for them and the Grim Reaper is so moved by the song, he spares the emperor. The next day, the nightingale tells the emperor he can't stay at the palace, as he needs wide-open spaces to be free and where his singing can be heard more, but promises he'll come visit again. When the emperor returns to the palace all well, most of his staff are surprised and faint in reaction to this, except the maid. She giggles at them amusingly and when he asks why she isn't surprised nor has she fainted, she simply replies, "A little birdie told me", expecting him. The two then walk together, trampling over them, literally walking all over them in retribution.

Physical Appearance

The kitchen maid is a svelte Chinese, teen girl with raven hair worn in puff ball pigtails pointed downward and with gold hair tubes. She has black eyes. She wears a sky blue tunic top with rolled-up, cuffed sleeves and a pair of gold buttons or clips on the lapel, one higher than the other; lapis blue pants; and black flat shoes.

Personality

Of all the palace staff, the kitchen maid is possibly the nicest, kindest, and overall, most couth. She's humble, caring, and compassionate, especially in the case for the nightingale, showing concern for him.

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