24th July 2014

Snow White and Rose Red

Adapted from  http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~spok/grimmtmp/122.txt

There was once a poor widower who lived in a lonely cottage.  In front of the cottage was a garden wherein stood two rose-trees, one of which bore white and the other red roses.  He had two children who were like the two rose-trees, and one was called snow-white, and the other rose-red.  They were as good and happy, as busy and cheerful as ever two children in the world were, only snow-white was more quiet and gentle than rose-red.

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22nd July 2014

The Twelve Sisters

Adapted from http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/grimm/bl-grimm-12brothers.htm

There were once on a time a queen and a king who lived happily together and had twelve children, but they were all girls. Then said the Queen to her husband, “If the thirteenth child which I am about to bring into the world is a boy, the twelve girls shall die in order that his possessions may be great and that the kingdom may fall to him alone. She caused likewise twelve coffins to be made, which were already filled with shavings and in each lay the little pillow for the dead. She had them taken into a locked-up room and then she gave the King the key of it and bade him not to speak of this to anyone.

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17th July 2014

The Fisher and Her Husband

Adapted from   http://www.authorama.com/grimms-fairy-tales-10.html

There was once a fisher who lived with her husband in a pigsty, close by the seaside. The fisher used to go out all day long a-fishing; and one day, as she sat on the shore with her rod, looking at the sparkling wave and watching her line, all on a sudden her float was dragged away deep into the water and in drawing it up she pulled out a great fish. But the fish said, “Pray let me live! I am not a real fish; I am an enchanted princess: put me in the water again and let me go.” “Oh, ho”, said the woman, “you need not make so many words about the matter; I will have nothing to do with a fish that can talk: so swim away ma’am as soon as you please!” Then she put her back into the water and the fish darted straight down to the bottom and left a long streak of blood behind her on the wave.

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17th July 2014

The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces

Adapted from http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0306.html#grimm

Once upon a time there was a Queen who had twelve sons, each one more beautiful than the others. Their beds were all together in one room, and when they went to bed, their doors were all locked and barred but the next morning their shoes were always danced to pieces and no one knew where they had been or how it had happened. Then the Queen proclaimed that whoever could discover where they went dancing each night could choose one of them for her husband and become Queen after her death. However, anyone who attempted this but failed to make the discovery after three days and nights would forfeit her life.

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In this project I'm switching all sexes in many well-known fairy tales, myths and legends. I try to change as little as possible other than the sex of the characters and possibly a name or two. I want to explore how just changing the sex of a character changes the tone of a story.

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