marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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marycatelli

trebling

A common trait in fairy tales:  something happens three times.  Cinderella goes to three balls, three brothers try to build the magic ship that sails through air as well as water, three sisters set out to seek their fortune and find a coach-and-six, a coach-and-four, and a great bear -- etc.  etc.

The things gets interesting in retellings.  You have to vary things enough to keep everyone awake.  The second ball is not enlivened enough by the Cinderella figure wearing a different colored gown.  You can tell one whether the prince plots and plans to figure out who she is, but obviously, the second ball would throw the tropes off. . . 

Ah, the delights of elaboration.
Tags: fairy tales (retelling), local color, story structure
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