By Robert Walser
Fairy stories gathers the radical verse dramolettes of the Swiss author Robert Walser. Narrated in Walser's inimitable, playful language, those theatrical items overturn conventional notions of the fairy story, remodeling the Brothers Grimm into metatheater, even metareflections.
Snow White forgives the evil queen for attempting to kill her, Cinderella doubts her prince and enjoys being hated by means of her evil stepsisters; the Fairy story itself is a personality who encourages her to stick in the confines of the tale. napping good looks, the royal family members, and its retainers aren't satisfied approximately being woken from their sleep by way of an absurd, unpretentious, Walser-like hero. Mary and Joseph are greatly surprised by means of what lies in shop for his or her child Jesus.
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Extra resources for Fairy Tales: Dramolettes
The maid opened the attic window and had a lengthy exchange with a man down below, in the road. He had come for the doctor; he had a letter. Shivering, Nastasie climbed down the stairs and ﬁrst undid the lock, then drew the bolts. Leaving his horse, the man quickly followed the maid and came into the room behind her. He wore a woollen cap with grey pompoms, and from inside it he took a letter wrapped in a piece of rag; this he handed gingerly to Charles, who propped himself up on the pillow to read it.
She was forever consulting lawyers, or the magistrate, remembering when an account was due and negotiating an extension; at home she ironed, sewed, laundered, kept an eye on the workmen and paid their wages, while Monsieur never worried his head about a thing, engulfed in a surly drowsiness from which he roused himself only to mutter some nasty remark, as he sat all day long by the ﬁre, smoking and spitting into the ashes. When she had a child, he had to be sent out to a wet-nurse. Once home again with his parents, the lad was pampered like a prince.
All of a sudden he heard something hit the wall; the shutter had been folded back, the latch was still vibrating. Next morning he was at the farm by nine. Emma blushed when he came in, although she tried to cover her embarrassment with a little laugh. Père Rouault embraced his future son-in-law. They put oﬀ any discussion of money matters, there was plenty of time for that, since the marriage could not decently take place before the end of Charles’s mourning, that is to say, not until the following spring.