Volkesunde, Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsche Folk-lore onder Reactie van Pol de Mont en Aug. Gittee. (Antwerp, 1889) ii, 267.
"ZOO GEREN AS ZOUT"
King Lear judgment--Loving like salt--Outcast heroine-- Heroine disguise (as page)--Heroine returns to father's palace; makes herself known to cook, whom she persuades to prepare food without salt--Value of salt.
(1) King asks his three daughters how glad they are to see him. Eldest answers, "As glad as to see the sun"; second says, "I like you as the light of my eyes"; and king is satisfied. But youngest daughter says, "I like you as much as salt," and king says she should be ashamed of herself for not liking him better than salt, which is nearly valueless.-- (2) He is very angry, and drives her from home.-- (3) Sometime afterwards, when a great festival is being held at Court, heroine comes disguised as a page, greets the cook, who had known and loved her from a child, makes herself known, and begs that cook will put no salt in any of the dishes, that her father may be made to realise its value.-- (4) Consequently all the dishes-- soup, meat, venison--are so unappetising that king sends for cook, who comes in trembling. But page steps in front of her and says, "It was by my order, O king, that cook put no salt in the dishes." "And who are you?" says king. "Your youngest daughter, who loved you like salt; like salt, which you cannot do without, and the value of which you did not know till now." King acknowledges his injustice, and pardons heroine.
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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