The Gist: A poor woodcutter gives his only daughter to the Virgin Mary to be raised in the kingdom of Heaven. The girl is given the responsibility of keeping the keys to thirteen doors with the condition that she never opens the thirteenth door. Of course, she does it anyway.
This story is anything but subtle. It is a story with one blatant message: repent your sins and ye shall be forgiven. Religious flagrancy aside, I did enjoy this story until the last paragraph. It was kind of like a blend of Pandora’s box meets the Bible with a mix of other fairy tale elements. No matter how much I enjoyed this tale though, its message was much too in-you-face for me to recommend it.
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- The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, 3rd Edition translated by Jack Zipes (Bantam, 2003)