(A note to self here….)
The princess doesn’t get to choose her dragon. She doesn’t get to choose when the Prince comes to rescue her either. But if, as Lewis would say, she’s read the right books, she’ll know that the presence of a dragon–terrible as it is–also carries with it the promise of rescue. As a certain quote says, “dragons can be beaten.” More than that, they exist to be beaten.
If there is a dragon, sooner or later there will be a Prince.