Week 2 of #GRIMMread2019 is in the bag! I’m not behind anymore. If anything I’m ahead because I read two stories last week that weren’t on the list. This week I read all of the tales listed below:
Our Lady's Child
Back to the story, the child lives in heaven and all is well until she disobeys Mary and opens the 13th door. When the girl lies about having opened the door, she is returned to earth without recourse. Years pass until a king finds her and takes her away to his kingdom. Each year she bares him a child and loses it within the first night because she will not confess her sin.
As she is tied to a stake to burn, she finally feels the “ice of pride crack” and confesses. Her children are immediately returned to her and they all live happily ever after.
Wow. Just wow. This blew my mind.
I would give my life for my children. Confession seems minor in comparison. Even my pride would not stop me from confessing, heck lying, to save my kids.
Outside of my strange reactions to the story, this is one of the more fully developed tales. Interestingly though, despite how developed it is, we are never told anyone’s name other than the Virgin Mary. How bizarre is that? An entire story where only one character has an actual name!
The Youth Who Could Not Shiver and Shake
The Wolf and the Seven Kids
Outside of that central issue that none of us could really get past, it was a cute story. Kind of.
The Strange Musician
The Good Bargain
Years pass. The king has two children. He willingly kills his kids one day while his wife attends church—which means, ladies, never leave your husbands at home with the kids while you go to church—to get Faithful John back.
Since this is a fairytale, of course it works and all is well. Faithful John is back and so are the kids. They all live happily ever after.
Or do they????
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