Parsley and Partiality: Craving…



“Before we solve that particular problem,” says Wen, warming to her theme, “I’d like to spend some time considering the ‘craving motif’.”

“It is not particularly overt in the Grimm version. I even thought about including it as a problem.”

“It is occluded in Grimm, one could be forgiven for thinking that Rapunzel is named on a whim.”

“Not so in Petrosinella!”

“She even gets the birthmark, presumably because the craving for parsley is only partially satisfied.”

“Are we thinking that the craving comes from the unborn child?”

“As a curse of styes in the eye we, perhaps, might be, yet the birthmark motif seems to hark back even further and is at least suggestive of the spirit of plants or some such.”

“Petrosinella replays many of the motifs of the frame story and in the frame story Basile appears to ridicule such folk beliefs.”

“Ridicule, or call them to the fore-front of our attention,” says Wen, and then continues, “the second tale of Day One, ‘The Myrtle’, features a fairy who lives in a sprig of Myrtle.”

She seems mighty reluctant to let this go…


3 thoughts on “Parsley and Partiality: Craving…

  1. I apologize for my slowness in responding to this one. I have some 1,000+ e-mails to respond to because of my little blog. Who’d a thought it? I do appreciate this one though. When I read the red shoes, it fit the bill if not about food. The ballerina in the story wants to dance and it is all she can think of. Then she goes to this mysterious shoemaker, and suddenly she cannot stop dancing even when she becomes way too tired to dance. It is a tale about the necessity of balance in our lives (at least that is my interpretation) and what happens when we fail to maintain that balance in life. Perhaps these tales are similar in intent. I loved the fairy tales, all of them. They offer so much more than just fun tales to read. Thank you both very kindly.

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