marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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and the magic becomes clearer. . .

The heroine tells a fairy tale.  Several of the girls listening reject it on the grounds that the shape-shifting is impossible.  They are all able to turn to birds, but inanimate objects?

Hmm -- probably right.  Which means that either petrification is impossible here, or it's as one-way street, with no magical way of revival.  Useful.  The errors of common mundane knowledge about magic are a minor thread.

They will dispute a bit about various aspects of the tale, such as whether you can really be turned to a snake, and whether it's possible that even if no sorcerer knows how, one might discover how to do it.

Sometimes the world-building clears up itself.
Tags: fairy tales (retelling), world-building: magic (technique)
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