Worker 11811 Posted September 2, 2006 Share Posted September 2, 2006 I was doing a little bit of light reading this evening and I happened upon an article that caught my interest. It was discussing the literary and social significance of the fairy tale, "Cinderella". So, being the type of guy who doesn't just take one source for granted as truth I looked it up on Wikipedia. What I found there (mostly) validated the original article I was reading and it gave me a much needed smile. The tale of Cinderella is well-known throughout the ages. There are versions of it from China and some believe that there is a tale, resembling Cinderella, which may have been told in ancient Egypt! But the version known in modern times comes from Charles Perrault in 1697. Now, HERE is the interesting part! Some scholars believe that, sometime around the late 1600's or early 1700's, somebody mistranslated or misinterpreted the meaning of the words "glass slipper"... referring to the slipper Cinderella tries on to prove that she's the Prince's. They believe that her slippers weren't made of glass but were made of FUR instead! The discussion stems from the fact that the French words, "vair" (fur) and "verre" (glass), are homphones. Some scholars believe that, over time, the story was told and retold until "fur" became "glass", so that's the way it was passed down to us. Here is a quote from an article about Cinderella on Wikipedia: Interpreters unaware of the value attached to glass in 17th century France and perhaps troubled by sartorial impracticalities, have suggested that Perrault's "glass slipper" (pantoufle de verre) had been a "fur slipper" (pantoufle de vair) in some unidentified earlier version of the tale, and that Perrault or one of his sources confused the words. So! There you have it! Cinderella wore FUR slippers! Not glass! Fur slippers would be MUCH nicer anyway! I bet you're all sitting there, in front of your computers, wiggling your toes, imagining your feet being surrounded in a nice, soft pair of fur slippers! Aren't you? I am! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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