Vulcan’s Peak

Not appropriate for children

February 13, 2005 7:58 am

Inspired by a conversation yesterday morning, I went looking for trouble in a literary sort of way. By that I mean that I went to hunt down the origins of the sleeping beauty story. And holy *@(#$ ….yeah, take a look; you can be disturbed too.

I grew up on a book of fairly mild – though not Disnified – fairy tales as told by the brothers Grimm. So the story I remember is called Briar Rose and goes something like this. Evil fairies, asleep for a hundred years, giants and monsters and painful thorns in the hero’s way, all rewarded by kisses and true love.

Well, if you go back a couple versions further, you get this, courtesy of an Italian by the name of Giambattista Basile. And you thought the Germans told nasty stories?? Try rape and cannibalism on for size. The story has some painful holes in it, raising questions to which I really don’t want to know the answers, like (1) Why would you rape a woman who is apparently dead? or (2) If you did, why would you come BACK a year later…wouldn’t you assume she’d be rotting?? or (3) Why did the child have to suck the flax out of the princess’s finger before she wakes up – did giving birth not do it for her?

Like I said, I really don’t want to know.

On the subject of pleasant fairy tales, I’ve been looking for one that I remember from my Grimm book, but I cannot find any mention of it online. “Fletcher’s Bird” is a variation on the Bluebeard story (you remember…marries a woman, she fails him in some trivial way, he kills her, repeat pattern). Anyway, there’s a repeated line in the story to the effect of “I’ll be watching you from my little window!” – very stalker-esque, yes, but don’t worry, it’s aimed at Fletcher (the Bluebeard character), so he deserves what’s coming to him. And as I have a lovely third story window looking out over the parking lot, the line about “watching from my little window” often comes to mind. Must remember to pull that out when I go home next week. (Yes! Next week! Monday the 21st I’m outta here!!) I swear I’m not a stalker…I just like watching what goes on around me.

And now we shall allow Carmen and Tae to be trend setters.    😉
It took some editing, though. Apparently the author can’t tell the difference between your and you’re. Painful. So no, the semi-colon is not original either. Let me know if I missed anything.

Your element is Water: Understanding, intelligent, quiet and calm. You know who you are and no one can change that. Usually quiet but only because you’re listening, don’t let anyone think you haven’t got an opinion! You’re not quiet because you’re shy or sad, you’re usually quiet because you’re thinking. Your answers are well planned and helpful so people generally seek your advice. You’re the perfect balance between solitary and outgoing. But sometimes you need a little time to yourself to sort out your emotions and figure things out. You understand the phrase ‘sticks and stone’ and rarely let things get to you; what’s that important for you to have to get so upset over? You know what you want out of life but are simply taking your time and enjoying things. To you your life is fine as it is, you can always change things later if you aren’t happy.

.:-|What is your true element?|-:.
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Eh, reasonably close.

5 Responses to “Not appropriate for children”

Tae wrote a comment on February 13, 2005

I knew that rape was orginially involved in the “Sleeping Beauty” tale but I didn’t know the rest (and frankly could’ve lived without it).
And as for quiz results, apparently I’m a buttered side item at dinner; (couldn’t tell the difference between ‘roll’ and ‘role’).
Pointed ears!

Pug wrote a comment on February 13, 2005

Wow, that version of Sleeping Beauty is a whole lot more interesting.

As for raping a dead woman, well, there wouldn’t be laws against necrophilia unless people practiced it… But coming back a year later? Geez!

Some guys have no taste. 😛

Odette wrote a comment on February 14, 2005

Next question: if Tae is a buttered roll, who has buttered her up?

Yay, pointed ears! At least they got that right. Heehee!

And honestly, Pug, I had no idea that laws against necrophlia exist (existed?)…you know the oddest things.

Pug wrote a comment on February 14, 2005

The only U.S. state that I know has an anti-necrophilia law is California. Every other state just charges apprehended necrophiliacs with the stiffest breaking and entering sentence they can issue.

No, I’m not making that up…

Carmen wrote a comment on February 15, 2005


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