Posted Monday, January 4th, 2010
The Seven Ravens: Notes on the Fairytale
Once upon a time a little girl found out that her brothers had been turned into ravens because her father, the king, had waited for a girl child, and somehow the seven boys he already had flubbed the fetching of the holy water for her Christening. So the king got mad and cursed the boys to live as ravens evermore.
Of course once she found out, the girl immediately set out to save the boys. It was a long journey that took her as far as the sun and the moon. She even cut off her little finger when she discovered she had lost the key to the glass mountain where her cursed brothers lived under the glass ceiling. Lo and behold, her little finger did the trick and unlocked the glass mountain. And so she met her brothers and unraveled the curse.
Interesting, though, if seven girls were abandoned and cursed in favor of one son, it wouldn’t even be noticed. It happens all the time.
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Posted by Donna Levy [ firstname.lastname@example.org
] on Monday, January 4th, 2010 at 10:47 AM
Loved it! It is so very true.
Posted by Elaine Levenson on Thursday, January 7th, 2010 at 5:43 AM
Fun story with truth.
Posted by Emily Iekel on Monday, January 11th, 2010 at 1:46 PM
I think that, while there is some truth to the idea that few would notice if seven girls were cursed in favor of one boy, the story is meant to be, not necessarily an exception, but a proof that women are capable.
Eventually society will get to the point at which such proofs are considered unnecessary.