Dear Readers, I'm unplugging from the internet and poetry for about a week. Tomorrow, I'll exchange my glorious spring weather for a bit of northern snow. Not to worry, C. will be holding down the fort at home and making sure the cats don't take over in my absence. (Oh, who are we kidding, the cats rule!)
Until then, I'll leave you with an update from the Grimm brothers. Did you know that when the prince visited Rapunzel in her tower, they were getting it on? True story. Rapunzel ends up a pregnant teen out of wedlock and gives birth to twins (a boy and a girl) while in exile in a desolate land (this is after the witch has discovered the prince's visits and cut off all of R.'s hair before casting out of her native land). Later, the prince gets his eyes poked out by thorns as he falls from the tower, having been pushed by the witch. But don't fret, dear reader, he wanders aimlessly long enough that he eventually stumbles on Rapunzel and her tears restore his sight and the family lives happily ever after. I'm pretty sure Disney missed the sex & pregnancy part when making Tangled, but I haven't seen it myself. (Interestingly, after the witch takes Rapunzel from her parents, they are never mentioned again. Weird.)
Also, the absence of mothers is truly alarming. Almost every story involves an evil stepmother in some way. I know, intellectually, that this had a lot to do with the mortality rate for women dying in childbirth, but its still a bit overwhelming. And what if you were a good stepmother at the time? Sheesh. I've also read that the tales often signal the beginning separation of the child from his/her mother, who would have been the primary nurturer at the time. Harsh world = grow up fast.
Oh, latest death practice for the evil stepmother? Put her and her ugly daughter, stepsister to our heroine, in a barrel studded through with sharp nails, then roll them down a hill and into a river. Nice. (from "The Three Little Gnomes in the Forest")
I'll leave you with a picture. I'm trying to use more of my own photos on the blog b/c of copyright questions when using the work of others.
|from the Southeast Asia Butterfly exhibit at the St. Louis Zoo, October 2011|