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Quite a number of classic children's stories involve orphans. This suggest an article idea.

Since there is no prohibition on "original research" here, I just might take a crack it this. (Someone, please twist my arm! ;-)

A little quiz

According to the Grimm Brothers in "Children's and Household Tales," in the 1884 translation by Margaret Hunt:

When the oldest daughter tries on the slipper, what reveals her as an imposter?

a) She can't get the slipper on.
b) The slipper breaks when she squeezes her oversided foot into it.
c) She is unable to suppress a cry of pain after she forces it on.
d) She cuts off her toe so the slipper will fit, and telltale blood trickles out of it.

Cinderella's slippers are of what kind?

a) Silk
b) Gossamer
c) Glass
d) Golden

What happens to the oldest sister at Cinderella's wedding?

a) A pigeon pecks out one of her eyes.
b) She marries the prince's brother.
c) The guests laugh at her missing toe.
d) A pigeon pecks out one of her eyes as they enter the church, then as they leave the church the pigeons come back and peck out her other eye.

For answers, see: Cinderella Dpbsmith 15:25, 21 April 2007 (EDT)

I'm gonna guess D-D-D because I once was asked by my friend's (German) wife to read some "nice bedtime stories", and I had to stop. They were too horrible even for adult. --Ed Poor 15:29, 21 April 2007 (EDT)
  • Well, I see I was right, but I was not glad to read this story, which is a sad tale and grim. --Ed Poor 15:37, 21 April 2007 (EDT)

Very good! You are in-D-ed skilled at quizmanship. Points will be taken off for any further uses of the word "grim." Now, for extra credit:

In the story of "The Frog-King, or Iron Henry" how does the princess transform a frog into a "king's son with kind and beautiful eyes?"

a) By sprinkling the frog with holy water
b) By kissing the frog
c) By saying a magic spell over the frog
d) By throwing the frog with all her might against the wall

Hint: think feminist. Dpbsmith 15:38, 21 April 2007 (EDT)

And now, let's see if I can get myself blocked:

In the story of "The Beam," what does the sorceror do to the clever girl who reveals his secret?

a) Turns her into a magpie
b) Tricks her brother into poisoning her
c) Tricks her into "standing with her clothes lifted up" so that all the people "chase her away with ridicule and laughter"
d) Condemns her to spend her life spinning flax

(For the record: these quiz questions are my own work, but have appeared previously elsewhere). Dpbsmith 15:44, 21 April 2007 (EDT)

Hint: next time don't give it away so easily. And if you like, we can collaborate on Grimm's Fairy Tales or The Brothers Grimm (pick any title you like).
I'm interested in the differences between what passed for fairy tales 120 to 150 years ago compared to the nice, light cheery fare we get in the modern Disneyfied world. What made the change? What do those changes portend? --Ed Poor 15:49, 21 April 2007 (EDT)