marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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wrestling with robbers

Fairy tales with robbers. . . .

There's the Robber Bridegroom of course, and in the Old Woman in the Woods, they set the stage and then vanish like any good plot device. . . .

And then there's the variants of Snow White where she's found by bandits, not dwarfs.  I think some people will allude to this one because they want their prince married off and figure that if he wakes a woman from enchanted sleep they figure they've got him caught, despite his father's order to not marry. . .

The thing is that that robbers feature in many tales as plot devices, not in particular types.  I don't think I'm going to use the substitute letter one where the robbers decide to play a practical joke on a king by having his letter to have the bearer executed change to one saying he should be married to the princess at once.  

Hmm -- though he could allude to it.   All the more in that he thinks it's new orders -- or could at least pretend to believe it.
Tags: fairy tales (retelling), plot devices
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