Illustration Friday - Fresh
I was a very quiet little girl who spent most of her grade school days reading books, escaping into the wonderful worlds I found there. I had a couple of best friends, but for the most part I kept company with the many characters I met in the pages of the stack of books I would carry home from the library each week. Like many quiet children, I was often teased by the popular girls, and although I pretended not to care, of course my feelings were deeply hurt. That might have been why I liked Charles Perrault's story, "The Fairies" so much. It's a story about a fresh girl who gets what she deserves.
Once upon a time, there were two sisters who couldn't be more different. The older sister was nasty, rude, and arrogant, and used to being spoiled. The younger sister was kind, soft-spoken, and often pushed around by her older sister. One fine day, the two girls went to draw water from a well. There they met a gnarled old hag who asked them to help her fill her pitcher. The elder sister was rude, refusing the help the old woman (who happened to be a fairy in disguise), but the younger sister very sweetly offered to help. The fairy then rewarded the girls appropriately; the fresh sister was punished by having toads and lizards and snakes come out of her mouth every time she opened it to speak, whereas the younger sister was rewarded with the gift of flowers and jewels spilling from her mouth with each word.
Yes... it's another one of those metaphorical cautionary tales... You can read the full text here:
The Fairies by Charles Perrault