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This week's selection, The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Anderson, was chosen in honor of Valentine's Day last Sunday. This is one of Anderson's more popular tales, though one can also argue one of the more controversial through time. Whatever the case, many of us are already familiar with the story. A prince is searching for a "true" princess, but is not having much luck. One night, a lady dripping with rain shows up on his doorstep claiming to be a princess. The queen decides to discover the truth by placing a pea under a stack of matresses. The princess was "sensitive" enough to feel it, didn't sleep a wink, and was rewarded with living happily ever after with her prince!
I have not read the original version of this tale in a long time. When I read it this time around, I really began to wonder what the meaning of "sensitive" truly was. Did it mean literally sensitive to touch? Did it mean figuritively thin-skinned? Did it mean emotionally, meaning the princess was more compassionate and empathetic? And, then I had to wonder . . . Did princesses really speak this way to their hosts in the time it was written?!? I personally imagine she would say that she slept beautifully, worrying that she would dis-respect the queen and prince. And, how would this reaction fit into her "sensitivity"?
Whatever the case may be, I love that she spoke the truth and ended up living happily ever after!! And, you can't beat that the pea is still possibly preserved today!! :)
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Next week, I am going to change things up a bit again! I recently read a fable that struck a cord with me and I want to chat about that next week! What could it be? One of Aesop's Fables . . . The Monkey and the Camel.