[DWJ] Feeling sorry for Penelope (was Fire and Hemlock Question)

Dorian E. Gray israfel at eircom.net
Tue Aug 22 14:34:45 EDT 2006

Paul said...

> On Mon, 21 Aug 2006, Elizabeth Bentley wrote:
>> The recent retelling of Cinderella by Shirley Hughes has her
>> refusing the Duke in favour of Buttons.
> It strikes me that this is a development that's been inevitable ever
> since Buttons was introduced to the story.
> (The classic version of the tale doesn't have *any* men apart from the
> Prince, does it? The fathers don't count.)

That's my recollection of it.  There is no rival to the Prince; the only 
other men are Cinderella's father (except in the versions where he's dead) 
and sometimes the Prince's father.  Both hardly more than spear-carriers, in 
any case, and neither a possible rival for Cinderella's affection.

I must look for that Shirley Hughes version; I have an aversion to handsome 
princes and would much rather see Cinderella marry someone else (just as I 
always get annoyed when the Beast in "Beauty and the Beast" turns into a 

Another nice retelling is by a friend of mine, Aislinn O'Louglinn; it's 
called "Cinderella's Fella" and tells the prince's take on things.

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net

"I will not trust you, I,
Nor longer stay in your curst company.
Your hands than mine are quicker for a fray;
My legs are longer though to run away."
-Wm. Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" 

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