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Heidi Anne Heiner
ezOP
(3/21/07 1:25 pm)


A tale to help ID: Red ribbon keeping head on neck
I've received this in an email recently and can't place it:

"I am looking for information about a fairy tale. The fairy tale is about a girl who wears a red ribbon around her neck and tells her lover never to untie it, then one day she falls asleep and he unties the red ribbon and her head falls off.
if you have or know of any information i coul find of the interent all help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!"

aka Greensleeves
Registered User
(3/21/07 3:07 pm)


Re: A tale to help ID: Red ribbon keeping head on neck
Well, anecdotal only...

During the French Revolution, I believe it was fashionable for sympathetic English to host parties where the women (?) wore red ribbons on their necks to symbolize those lost to Mme Guillotine. (someone clue me in if this is only an urban legend)

However, more to the point... when I was growing up, this story was part of the battery of ghost stories (for round-the-campfire telling) that every kid knew, along with the "hook" story and "Who has my golden arm?" I was born in 1974 and grew up in Nebraska and Iowa. In my version, however, the ribbon was black.

Edited by: aka Greensleeves at: 3/21/07 3:09 pm
janeyolen
Registered User
(3/22/07 3:20 pm)


Ribbon
Definitely a campfire story.

The ribbon in the tale I knew was yellow.

Jane

kristiw
Registered User
(3/23/07 7:28 pm)


Re: Ribbon
Yes, I learned it with a yellow ribbon also-- maybe through some confusion with the folk song, "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon"? Red or black would certainly be more appropriate...

bluewyvern
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(3/25/07 12:23 pm)


Re: Ribbon
I remember recently reading a similar tale -- "The Adventure of the German Student" by Washington Irving. The student brings home a woman who is weeping by the guillotine, and in the morning finds her dead in the bed -- when he takes her collar off (black with diamonds), her head falls off. Actually, it's the concerned cop who comes into his room who is the one to identify the woman as a guillotine victim and remove the collar.

winkingstar
Registered User
(3/25/07 4:21 pm)


Re: Ribbon
The version I remember was called "The Green Ribbon" in a collection of scary(ish) stories for children called In A Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz.

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