(12/12/05 12:10 am)
du Maupassant and fairy tales|
I just noticed that Maupassant's "The Necklace" is a sort of mirror image of Cinderella. Glass shoes/glass necklace. Borrowed finery lost at ball, not returned in time: found by prince took Cinderella out of the scullery, not found at all put Mathilde INTO the scullery. Wonder if Maupassant was deliberately using fairy tales. There's a motif from "The Magic Flounder" too: wife gets one extraordinary wish -- then pushes for another.
I've never cared much for his stories ... wonder if he used fairy tales in his others.
Anyway that got me doing a Cinderella re-telling of "The Necklace"; I'm blogging about it at