Monday, May 2, 2016

Grimm Reviews – “Fair Katrinelje and Pif-Paf-Poltrie”

“Fair Katrinelje and Pif-Paf-Poltrie”

This is a story of Pif-Paf-Poltrie asking to marry Katrinelje. First he asks the father, then the mother, then the brother, then the sister, and finally Katrinelje. Each time he asks, they say yes, if everyone else says yes.

Pif-Paf-Poltrie asks about her dowry, and Katrinelje asks what his trade is and learns he’s a broom-maker.


One thing I left out in my description was the quickly annoying, very repetitive dialogue. “Person A, I’d like to marry Katrinelje.” “If People B, C, D, and E say yes.” “Where is Person B?” “They are at Place B.” “Person B, I’d like to marry Katrinelje.” “If People A, C, D, and E say yes.” And so on, and so on.

The other thing that sticks out, is I know back in the day marriage for love was an odd concept, but you’d think the first three things you’d learn about a person are there name, family, and trade. But Pif-Paf-Poltrie goes into the room and asks Katrinelje to be his bride, and she says yes, apparently only knowing his name.

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