14 April 2010


My story's done. See a mouse run. And whoever catches it can make a great big furry hood from it.
-- Can you guess which is the fairy tale that ends like this?
As for the happy end in yesterday's post, I took it from the Grimms' recording of Snow White. In the last paragraphs, the wicked stepmother - still completely in the dark about Snow White's resurrection - is getting dressed for the splendid wedding taking place in the neighbouring kingdom. Further to her (daily) request for confirmation, the mirror this time reveals that the young queen-to-be from the neighbouring kingdom is "a thousand times more fair". Arrested by fear, yet enviously curious, the wicked stepmother travels to attend the wedding and to see the one, the thousand times more fair one, for the first time. The rest, as they say, is history.
"When she entered, Snow White recognized her right away. The queen was so terrified that she just stood there and couldn't budge an inch. Iron slippers had already been heated up for her over a fire of coals. They were brought in with tongs and set up right in front of her. She had to put on the red-hot iron shoes and dance in them until she dropped to the ground dead."
Someone invited the wicked stepmother and ordered the hot iron slippers to be ready.
And meanwhile, amidst the red and the hot and the dancing, Snow White held court while referring to her mirror.

1 comment:

  1. For those of you who still wonder: the ending sentence is taken from Grimms' Hansel and Gretel, read at http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/oct/10/fairytales-hansel-gretel