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Voices in Fairy Tales

by Michelle Tocher

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Widow Among Widows

Before our sons go off in the world, we make them cakes. They can have half a cake with their mother’s blessing, or a whole cake with our curse. It’s up to them.

The size of the cake is determined by the quantity of water our sons can bring back from the well, in a pail that is full of holes.

They can’t have their cake and eat it, too. Besides, in the absence of their fathers, who else will initiate them?

Widow Among Widows in The Red Etin, Blue Fairy Book. Image by James Sidney Edward Ensor.

Widow Among Widows