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Day 5

Mother Holle. The Seven Ravens. The Evil Mother-in-Law.

November 2, 2020 by Yiyun Li

“The little sister took a knife, cut off her little finger, put it into the lock, and presto, it opened up.” The Seven Ravens
Once there was a kingdom of latchkey kids. They understood freedom before they acquired the word, just as nightingales never have to pay for a singing lesson. Sometimes they wandered too far and, lost, their keys no longer opened any lock.

Annotation of The Evil Mother-in-Law, from Montaigne: “And that man of old who, throwing a stone at a dog, hit and killed his mother-in-law, had he not reason to pronounce this verse: ‘Fortune has more judgement than we.’”

"Amid the thickest darkness of World War I, a luminous beacon of the magical inside the macabre." Another trove of Grimm illustrations.

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