When I was 10 years old, I heard my family talking about a story that went like this:

There is a kingdom with a queen who engages in an illicit affair with a dog while the king is away, resulting in the birth of a child. The minister discovers this secret and faces a moral dilemma about whether to reveal the truth to the king.

My mom noticed me hearing their talk and they stopped it abruptly as the topic was deemed inappropriate or sensitive for a young listener.

Can you please help me understand what's the story about and the moral? I just want to know if there is a collection of stories like this, to understand the author's philosophy and the time period in which it was written.

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    Well, human-dog hybrids are certainly fantastical, but the question here does not seem to be about identifying the story (which would be within the site's scope) but rather explaining what it is about (which is too broad). Also the list in the question is a little strange, particularly since you say you want to know what the story is about, but then give its plot and themes. It makes me think "homework question" or "language model."
    – Adamant
    Commented Mar 1 at 18:29
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    In particular, "As the story is a folk tale, its interpretation and significance may vary depending on cultural and regional contexts" seems like pure ChatGPT to me. Did you try to get it to answer the question and then post the response into this question?
    – Adamant
    Commented Mar 1 at 18:32
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    Oops, I voted to close but mistakenly chose "opinion based". My actual reason is: what is the fantastical element here? That a dog was a human's father? The biological aspect doesn't seem to be played up for importance, if this is mostly a fable about honesty and loyalty with barely any sf&f elements, it seems it's off-topic here.
    – Andres F.
    Commented Mar 1 at 19:02
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    @AndresF. - Unless I'm seriously misremembering my biology lessons, a woman bearing a dog's baby would definitely make this a fantasy of some description.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 1 at 19:49
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    We have a Mythology & Folklore site. I can't find any reference to this story with a quick search, but it may be worth trying there if we don't come-up with anything. Remember if you post this there to delete this first so as to avoid cross-site duplication. Commented Mar 1 at 21:22


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