The Golden Key: And Other Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm
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Now the king happened to have a marvellous lion, far more intelligent than any lion at the court of any other king; and cleverer than many humans, in fact, for he knew all kinds of secret things that were hidden from common knowledge.
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The king was baffled, and sent for the lion. ‘I’m fed up with your advice,’ he said. ‘It’s not worth listening to.’ ‘But they must have known!’ said the lion. ‘Someone gave the plan away.’ ‘Oh, rubbish,’ said the king. ‘Get back to the zoo.’
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This is not the only prince in Grimm who seems surprisingly forgetful about the beautiful girl he’s promised to marry. Whether this was a common problem among princes is not easy to say.
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He’s lucky to have a lion as his advisor, or he would be if the lion’s advice weren’t so idiotic.
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No danger can discourage a brave soldier, but the fire of the enemy is not everything a soldier has to face.
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‘Where there’s a key,’ he said to himself, ‘there must be a lock nearby.’
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‘Beware of that old woman. She’s a crafty one. It wouldn’t surprise me if she was a witch.’
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“Don’t look back, you’ll only see how bent you are.”
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‘I shall give her the tears she shed because of you. Each one is a pearl more precious than any they find in the sea, and they’re worth more than your whole kingdom.
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The story-sprite here is flirting with modernism already, in which there is no voice with absolute authority, and we can have no view except one that passes through a particular pair of eyes (the father and his little son); but all human views are partial.