Synopsis: A princess promises to let a frog eat from her plate and sleep in her bed after the frog retrieves a golden ball from a well. The king makes sure the princess keeps her promises. After the frog gets really cheeky, the princess throws the frog against the wall. The frog turns into a prince. (Note: there is nothing about a transformative kiss in this particular tale.)
Lesson Learned: Contrary to my pacifist upbringing, violence sometimes is the short-term solution.
Synopsis: A witch allows a pregnant woman to eat a special salad in exchange for the woman's daughter later on. The witch keeps Rapunzel (named after the special salad) in a tower without stairs and daily climbs up the poor girl's long hair as if it were a rope ladder. In an old version, after a prince visits the tower via the long hair, Rapunzel becomes pregnant. The witch feels betrayed, cuts off Rapunzel's hair, and banishes her. The prince is blinded by briars, but has his sight restored in time to view his twin children, whom Rapunzel has raised in the desert.
Lesson Learned: A world of ills can be avoided if I keep my hair short.
Synopsis: An orphan girl learns from her godmother how to sew and weave. When the godmother dies, the girl inherits her godmother's business. When a prince comes to town looking for a bride who is both "the poorest and the richest," the sewing tools spring to life and create beautiful textiles. The prince is impressed.
Lesson Learned: Take a sewing class. Learn to solder a piece of jewelry. Change a tire. Skills are handy.
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