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Mariken is set in the Middle Ages and is about a girl who gets to know the world in seven days, and is based on the novel Mariken by Peter Van Gestel. The old eccentric Archibald is chased out of town by the proud Magister Aesculaap ( the counsel and family doctor of the Countess). Archibald, who wasn't all that interseted in the human race anyway, withdraws with his goat Sophie into Waanwoud. There, among the flowers, Archibald finds a baby. She is a little girl. On her jacket, scrawled in blood, are the words Care for Mariken. Archibald takes the girl under his wing.