Friday, October 30, 2009
Once upon a time, there was a couple who did not have a child. They longed to have one, but the heavens have yet to hear their prayers. One day, while praying for a child to grow in her womb, the wife saw from her window a clump of plants with the most mouth-watering appearance. She longed for it but the husband did not dare ask or steal it from its owner, who was a witch living in the neighboring house. The wife grew so sick that the husband had no choice but to sneak into the neighborhood to pick up the plants, only to be caught by the witch. The witch allowed him to get away with the plant on the condition that he would give her his child, the very reason why the wife was sick. When the wife gave birth, the witch appeared from out of the blue and fetched the child. She took her in the middle of the forest and imprisoned her in a tall tower. She was named Rapunzel; she was beautiful, fair, and gifted with a long, lustrous golden hair. The years passed by and Rapunzel grew hair more than 15 meters long. The witch could get to Rapunzel's tower to deliver food by climbing onto the window using Rapunzel's hair as scaffolding.
The lonely Rapunzel longed to see the world beyond her tower, and while she was afraid of her jailguard of a witch, she was curious as to what could be waiting for her out there. One day, a prince happened to pass by and fell bewitched by her beauty. The prince became obsessed about rescuing Rapunzel, and collected his guts in order to ask her to throw her hair down to allow him to see her the way the witch regularly did. Rapunzel saw this a rare opportunity, but let it pass unclaimed, for this Rapunzel was a different woman altogether. It occurred to her that she could do the escape herself, so one night right after the prince pined away for her, she tied her hair in her bedpost and climbed down using the rest of her hair volume. With the pair of scissors she uses to trim her hair to splendid beauty, she cut her hair to shoulder's length and ran away, leaving her golden burden behind to a promise of a future without bondage, either from evil witches or obsessed men.