Well, technically it’s a poem, but in a sense it’s just a short story with line breaks. So for those who haven’t read it, “Queen of Knives” is one of the stories in Gaiman’s collection Smoke and Mirrors, and in fact it’s the story that gives the book its title. As is most of Gaiman’s work, it’s a joy to read.
For those who have read it, I was wondering if it can be assumed that
Pearl ran off with the magician. Does the motif of the repeated line, “You made me fall in love with you / I didn’t want to do it” suggest that maybe she felt trapped in the marriage? Or - because this is a Gaiman story after all - should we just take it at face value that the magician had supernatural powers, and made her actually disappear?