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

rohina at shaw.ca rohina at shaw.ca
Wed Aug 23 01:39:13 EDT 2006


>Where *does* the story of the girl who makes shirts for her six brothers
>out of thistles to disenchant them from being swans come from?  (It's in
>Grimm, but they just collected stories from all over, so I don't know where
>they got it from.)  Now *there's* a girl with ooomph -- and not a male
>protector in sight anywhere, as far as I remember, given that the King who
>marries her whilst she's not-speaking because the spell requires silence
>for its breaking isn't exactly supportive, what with sending her to be
>burned at the stake for eating her children and all.
>
>  
>
I have a vague sense it's Irish, partly reinforced by Juliet Mariliar's 
retelling of same.

robyn



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