Friday, 23 April 2010

Fairytale Friday - The Fox and the Geese

Welcome to Fairytale Friday, my weekly post about fairytales.

The Fox and the Geese by The Brothers Grimm
translated by Margaret Taylor (1884)

The fox once came to a meadow in which was a flock of fine fat geese, on which he smiled and said, "I come in the nick of time, you are sitting together quite beautifully, so that I can eat you up one after the other." The geese cackled with terror, sprang up, and began to wail and beg piteously for their lives. But the fox would listen to nothing, and said, "There is no mercy to be had! You must die." At length one of them took heart and said, "If we poor geese are to yield up our vigorous young lives, show us the only possible favour and allow us one more prayer, that we may not die in our sins, and then we will place ourselves in a row, so that you can always pick yourself out the fattest." "Yes," said the fox, "that is reasonable, and a pious request. Pray away, I will wait till you are done." Then the first began a good long prayer, for ever saying, "Ga! Ga!" and as she would make no end, the second did not wait until her turn came, but began also, "Ga! Ga!" The third and fourth followed her, and soon they were all cackling together.

When they have done praying, the story shall be continued further, but at present they are still praying without stopping.

Why do I like this fairytale:
I must confess I would love this fairytale just for the illustration that's in my book of fairytales alone!

But I also like this fairytale as it is about brain winning out over brawn. I like a story where that's the case as I myself am not such a brawny creature myself, so it's good to be reminded that you can beat someone stronger than you by being smart.

I must add I do hope if I ever have to outsmart someone I don't have to do so by praying for the rest of my life.

How about you:
Do you like this fairytale? Do you feel sympathy for the geese or the fox?

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