Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected - Royal Jelly Summary & Analysis

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Royal Jelly Summary

Mabel and Albert Taylor have tried for years to have a baby to no avail; now that they do, they are terrified that the baby won't eat. She is losing weight in the weeks after her birth, rather than gaining it. The doctor can't find anything wrong with her, however. Meanwhile, Mabel is worried because their beehives, a source of income, haven't produced nearly as much as in years past. Suddenly, though, the baby begins to eat when Albert feeds her, and grows at tremendous rates. When Mabel gets curious as to why, Albert explains the concept of "royal jelly" to her, which is a substance produced to feed the future queen bee. It promotes tremendous growth, "sex appeal," and other good qualities; he has been feeding it to their daughter. Mabel is disgusted and insists that he stop. However, she...

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