Don Demonio's Mother-in-law
no known author (Originated in Spain)
Don Demonio is the most handsome man in town. Strangely, he never steps foot near a church, he always wears a draped cap over his head, and he is not scared of the town's most feared person, Tia Pía. When he marries Tia Pía's daughter Pánfila, she soon becomes suspicious, and devises a plan that catches the Devil himself in a bottle! Ten years after she buries him under the snow on the top of a mountain, a curious soldier comes along, what will the Devil do to escape the bottle?
This fairy tale begins with 'once upon a time'
The good character in this story is Ricardo. "Now there passed through the village of La Zubia a gallant soldier whose name was Ricardo."
Don Demonio, the Devil himself, is the evil character in this story. "[Don Demonio] summed his own form with the tail and the horns that we rightfully his."
Royalty and/or castle
The king and princess Blanca were royalty, and they both lived in a palace. "My heart's desire is the king's youngest daughter, the lovely Princess Blanca." "Finally Ricardo presented himself at the palace."
Magic use/something magical
The Devil (Don Demonio) uses dark powers to inflict the strange sickness upon the princess, and the same magic to make her better when Ricardo gets there. "[Don Demonio] proposed to bewitch the princess with a strange illness."
When Don Demonio bewitches the princess, he tells Ricardo that he will be the only one to heal her, and when he does, he will have her hand in marriage. "I will see that the king, in desperation, offers her hand in marriage to whoever rids her of her trouble."
3s or 7s
There are no examples of 3s or 7s in this story, but the importance of the couple is quite significance, seeing how there are usually two characters being focused on at any one point in the story.
Connection to Spain
This story can be easily identified in many ways as coming from Spain. The first, and most obvious, fact that gives away the setting is that Monte Mulhacén is referenced in the story as "the tallest mountain in Spain." Another aspect of the story that gives clues to its origin is the profuse usage of Spanish names and words in the story. The last way that this could be connected to Spain is the religious implications it has. Since an extremely large portion of Spain's population is Christian, and has been for a long time, this story could be drawn back to Spain due to the portrayal of the devil, and the many references to churches throughout the story.