Bondeson, August, Svenska Folk-Sagor. Stockholm, 1882. P. 16. No. IV.
"SALT OG BROD"
Heroine accused by step-sisters of not loving father--King Lear judgment--Loving like salt (and bread)--Outcast heroine--Hunting prince finds heroine naked in tree; throws his mantle over her--Happy marriage--Father and step-sisters attend wed ding--Value of salt (and bread)--Villain Nemesis. Step-sisters driven naked into forest.
(1) King has a good daughter by second marriage, and two wicked daughters, who go to him calumniating their stepsister, saying that she does not Jove her father. One day, when they are all together, he asks each how much she values him. "As God in heaven," says the first. "As my life," says the second. "As salt and bread," says the youngest, making the king very angry that she values him no more than the poorest fare on a poor man's table.-- (2) She is driven naked from home, and seeks shelter in a wood, climbing a tree to escape the wild beasts.-- (3) Here she sits crying bitterly, when a king out hunting discovers her through the barking of his hounds, lie bids her descend, and throws his mantle over her ; then lifts her on his horse, rides home, and being deep in love with her, arranges a magnificent wedding, and invites all the royalty from seven kingdoms.-- (4) Heroine's father and stepsisters are among the guests, but do rot recognise her, believing that the wild beasts have torn her to pieces. Heroine has so contrived that neither bread nor salt is found at the sumptuous wedding-feast. Her father says, "It seems to me, the most valuable part of the fare is lacking." "How is that?" asks the queen. "Well, I mean salt and bread," the king replies. "Just so highly did I value my father, and for that was driven naked into the wild forest "-- (5) At this the king recognises his daughter, and cries with joy. He now sees through the wiles of his elder daughters, and has them driven naked into the forest. It has never been told that a king came and married them.
Cox, Marian Roalfe. Cinderella: Three Hundred and Forty-five Variants of Cinderella, Catskin, and Cap O' Rushes, abstracted and tabulated. London: David Nutt for the Folklore Society, 1893.
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