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Rosemary Lake
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(7/10/07 1:47 am)


Early cheerful 'Rapunzel' with a parrot?
Earlier versions were cheerful farce about lovers outwitting the witch/duenna, and no blinding or tears. I remember one with a parrot but haven't found it yet.

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PETROSINELLA -- from Pentamerone
www.public.iastate.edu/~l...trosin.htm
When night came on, the prince arrived as usual, and the girl let down her hair so he could climb up. She told him what she had overheard, and they searched until they found the magic acorns, and then they both went out the window using a rope ladder which the prince had brought with him. They rode off as fast as they could for the young prince’s city,
[ The witch chases and there's some comedy, then the witch gets eaten by a wolf ]

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PRUNELLA / PREZZEMOLINA
www.surlalunefairytales.c...nella.html
Wikipedia says Calvino's Prezzemolina is a version of Prunella. Prunella's prince is cheerful but does not get a kiss till the last, and Prunella gets a lot of harsh tasks from the witch in the middle of the story. No one gets blinded though.
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FENCHELCHEN
Istr this being farcical too.
"Fenchelchen (Malta): A witch snatches a young girl from her mother and locks her away in a tower where she is taught magical tricks. When Fenchelchen meets the man of her dreams, she must constantly transform him to hide him from the witch."
This might be the one with the parrot, but I can't find the actual text.
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Here's a list of related stories:
www.surlalunefairytales.c...other.html

Otoh several sources group this with "The Canary Prince" and similar stories where the visiting prince (often in bird form) does get sadly wounded. In "The Satin Surgeon" iirc the princess cures him -- by disguising herself as a male surgeon and giving him a curing potion iirc.

So the Cabinet des Fees writer who did the version we know, had older 'wounding' versions to draw on, including trechery/betrayal by some witch/enemy -- but I've read quite a few of them and most of them were nothing like as sad and morbid. Most of them focused on a gutsy heroine using ingenuity to find a cure and get it to the prince.

MaryCatelli
Registered User
(7/10/07 6:41 am)


Re: Early cheerful 'Rapunzel' with a parrot?
Several of the early variants listed there open differently; not with the heroine's birth, but with the prince being cursed to not be able to marry anyone except -- "Anthousa the Fair with Golden Hair " or what have you. In fact, she may have originally been the ogress's daughter; the original, original story may be have been a form of the "girl helps the hero flee" like Sweetheart Roland, or The Master Maid or Nix Nought Nothing.

(Actually, "Prunella" has always seemed to me to be more a variant on the girl helps the hero flee than the maiden in the tower; she has to do the tasks like the hero in that story. But it's been classified Maiden in the Tower.)

MaryCatelli
Registered User
(7/15/07 11:27 am)


Re: Early cheerful 'Rapunzel' with a parrot?
Humm -- say, what does the parrot do?

There are versions where the witch discovers the prince's visits from gossip, the parrot could do that.

Then, there are versions where the girl leaves behind things that will answer the witch in her voice, letting her and the prince get away. A parrot could do that.

Rosemary Lake
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(7/17/07 12:59 am)


tricks
I don't remember exactly what the parrot did. It was a story with a series of tricks the lovers played to deceive the witch; kind of episodic. :-)

I think the parrot belonged to the witch and repeated some of their conversations to her. As you say, this could be gossip in other versions.

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