Who could resist the awe of a Christmas tree?
Certainly not spiders.
They, just like any little people in the house, hoped for a glimpse…
Imagine a world without fairy tales.
While every culture has developed it’s own tales and fables through time, the success of fairy tales can be traced back to a small group of people.
Four of the most prolific and important of those authors were French writer Charles Perrault, German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, and Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.
Debutantes did not do dishes.
They were taught piano and guided in the art of flirtation. However, once married, they realized their inadequacies. How, in fact, did one manage a household?
“Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management” became an acclaimed necessity, answering all of their questions.
And her insight holds to this day.
Twice upon a time. . .
One of Disney’s most famous fairy tale movies is The Little Mermaid, released in 1989. It follows the inspirational journey of Princess Ariel as she follows her dreams and finds true love.
Depending on how familiar you are with fairy tales (or the Disney treatment of them), you might be surprised to find just how different the original story by Hans Christian Andersen is.
Andersen wrote The Little Mermaid as part of a collection of fairy tales, published in April 1837. Unlike its contemporary counterpart, the original story is not about good vs. evil. It’s about choices made and the consequences of them. It’s about sacrificial love and striving to be and do your best.
To make things easier, let’s look at the stories side by side.
Many a fantasy has stripped reality of charm.
Such is the case with matchmaking Emma Woodhouse. Her expectations in the way of romance leaves her thoroughly disenchanted. The couple she carefully orchestrated fall away in strife. So burdened was she by these defeats that in Chapter 16 she claims, “It was wrong, to take so active a part in bringing any two people together.”
Had Emma taken to heart these matchmaking truths, she and her matches would have faired far better.
This final installment lends insight to unassuming lies on may believe when bringing good people together.