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Paul Andinach pandinac at
Thu Feb 7 20:56:18 EST 2002

On Thu, 7 Feb 2002, Ven wrote:

> Such a lot of fairy tale motifs tumbling out of DS that had simply
> not occurred to me before (please imagine Ven doing forehead
> hitting thing). Janine seems to radiate wicked stepmothers/bad
> fairy godmother memes --
> Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, we have already mentioned. The way
> Maree is lured to the homeworld, where she is to be ambushed, by a
> message, suggests the motif of a person travelling with a letter
> that, unknown to them, instructs the recipient to kill them that
> occurs in at least one fairy tale (anyone remember which one I am
> thinking of -- bandits go to rob this guy in his sleep and,
> finding only the letter, take pity on him and rewrite it to say he
> is to be treated well).

This is "The Giant With The Three Golden Hairs", a Grimm tale.
See, for instance:

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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