Since long ago in a far away land, roses symbolized passion, kindness, and love.
Being so, it is no wonder two sisters were named after such a flower. Snow White embodied sympathy. A gentle young child, she enjoyed the indoors and assisting their mother with tasks. Complementing her sister, Rose Red cherished prancing about in the fields and playing in the forest.
They were the best of friends, often hand in hand.
Perhaps ’twas the warmth of their love and not the fire that drew a hulking bear to the cottage door.
He knocked at the door. Thinking him human, Rose Red had begun to open the door when his black head thrust through.
Snow White cowered behind a bed.
But the bear assured the family he meant them no harm. Humbly, he asked to stretch out in front of the fire. His request was granted. The girls even approached him to brush the snow from his fur coat.
Each night followed the same pattern.
He would arrive in the evening. Once the chill had left him, the sisters played games with him. Come morning, the giant would take his leave. So it continued until spring.
The bear left then to guard his treasures from greedy dwarves.
Snow White and Rose Red returned to their frolicking. During one of their outings, they met with a most ill-tempered dwarf. His beard was caught in a tree branch. It proved impossible to untangle. With no other option, the girls cut him free.
Of course, one could imagine how this further enraged the dwarf. He began to berate them for their insolence. His tirade was silenced when a bear attacked, killing him.
The sisters were quite frightened until they realized the bear was their winter friend.
As they caught their breath, the bear’s thick hide fell away and a prince in gilded armor stood before them. For you see, the dwarf had placed a terrible spell on the prince. With his death, the spell broke.
Snow White married the prince, and Rose Red his brother. Together with their mother, they lived happily ever—according to the Grimm Brothers, that is.