Date: 2017-03-18 09:50 am (UTC)
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (0)
From: [personal profile] morbane
This was a lovely comment to read (and re-read) - thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the prompts and the stories either new or remembered.

I hadn't gone so far in my own thinking, but you're right, the queen's choices could be a set of calculations that add to a devastating lesson. I think, wanting to believe in the all's-well-that-ends-well tone, I have interpreted her actions as ungenerous. By inaction allowing harm. And that leads me to assume she disapproves of some part of the king's actions. But I'm still wondering which.

Yes, and thank you for the Donkeyskin link. It's a story to reread sparingly, I think. I have Robin McKinley's Deerskin, and of her works it's the one I read least frequently. The Bear story is a nice change in that regard.

Had you read the full Hans Christian Andersen version of the Swans tale before, by the way? I hadn't, before this exchange! All the weird worldbuilding bits stuffed in around the edge surprised me, and I was charmed by the lush descriptions of royal childhoods & fantasy landscapes. In contrast, it treats Elisa's stolen children really abruptly, giving no space in the narrative for her to miss or mourn them, or to imagine how they grow up away from her.

I'm sorry it took me so long to reply to your comment - I really was pleased to see it. I've promised a lot of people a lot of different fannish things recently and it's felt uncomfortable to do 'public' things in the fannish sphere that don't address the most urgent obligations, lest I seem to be ignoring those obligations.
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