Busk, R. H., Folk-lore of Rome. London, 1874. Pp. 403-406.
"THE VALUE OF SALT."
King Lear judgment--Loving like salt--(Outcast heroine). Youngest daughter to live apart iii separate wing of the palace; persuades cook to prepare father's food without salt; is restored to favour--Value of salt.
(1) King has three daughters, and wishes to test how much they love him. He questions each separately. The eldest says she loves him "as much as the bread we eat"; the second, "as much as wine"; the youngest, "as much as salt."--(2) King thinks by her answer that youngest does not love him, and orders her to live quite apart in separate wing of palace.--(3) She is very miserable, and one day, seeing cook from her window, asks him to do her a favour, and serve father's dinner without any salt.--(4) King cannot eat fare, calls cook to explain reason; then, understanding value of salt, and how great was youngest daughter's love, he recalls her to favour.
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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