Finamore, Gennaro, Tradizioni popolari Abbruzzesi. Lanciano, 1882. Vol. i, pp. 83-86. No. XVIII.
"LU RRE SSELVAGGE."
Outcast heroine (through jealousy of elder sisters)--General spares heroine's life; deludes king with clothes soaked in blood of dog--Son of wild king of the woods finds heroine; takes her to his father, who treats her as a daughter--Bird belonging to neighbouring king warns her that wild king will devour her; next day she retorts that she will marry bird's master. Bird annoyed at this; its master watches, unseen, for heroine, and falls in love--Happy marriage--Heroine's father attends wed ding; tells of ill-treatment by elder daughters.
(1) King's youngest daughter is condemned to death at the wish of elder daughters, who are jealous of her beauty.-- (2) A general is to take her to the wood of the wild king (rre sselvaggio), kill her there, and bring back her garments soaked in her blood. General kills a little dog instead, stains her clothes with its blood, and leaves her in the wood. After a time she falls asleep.-- (3) Next morning the son of the wild king finds her when he is out hunting, and takes her to his father, who treats her as a daughter.-- (4) One day the bird (palummelle) on the balcony of another king's house hard by, warns her that the wild king is going to eat her. At the suggestion of the wild king, to whom she tells this, she replies next day to the bird that she is going to marry its master.-- (5) The bird is angry at this, and its master, wondering what can have upset it, goes to watch unseen the next time the bird is on the balcony. He sees heroine, overhears the dialogue between her and the bird, and sends to the wild king to ask for heroine's hand.-- (6) Her father is invited to the wedding, and tells her of the ill he has received at the hands of his elder daughters.
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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