Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Princess and the Pea

 A bed piled high with mattresses.
Image from internet by Edmund Dulac

We all know the story of the Princess and the Pea, right? Okay so Hans Christain Anderson tells it a little better, but just to recap: A prince is looking for a princess to marry but all the princesses he meets are not to his liking. Then one night there is a storm and a woman claiming to be a princess comes seeking shelter. The family put her up for the night, but place a pea on the bed and pile twenty mattresses on top. When she wakes in the morning the prince asks how she slept and she says 'terribly! Didn't sleep a wink! Sooooo uncomfortable" or some such thing. And so hurrah! They know she is a princess. Which is just as well because the prince fancied the pants off her. So they get married and live the proverbial happy-ever-after-sail-into-the-sunset.

I was always horrified by this story. I would cringe with embarrassment at the princess's bad manners. So what if she had a bad night? These kind people put you up for the night when you had no-where to go and the next morning all you can do is COMPLAIN? I was truly, deeply concerned by this. 

I don't know what made me think of this, or even write about it on this velvety sunday night. But thats what's on my mind. 

Nothing heavy, nothing big.

Which is just perfect for this cricket-chirrupy sunday night, sky all black and crunchy with stars


Janelle said...

rude ingratiating bitch. and anyway, you'dimgaie the pea would squash...and soooooooooooooooo many mattresses...ja. tired. g'night

Lori ann said...

haha, janelle. and you,so funny. yes, i agree, she gave princess's a bad name heh?
we had the same kind of night, crickets, frogs and tons of stars!

Angela said...

I always thought, what a bad choice the prince made! Such a delicate wife who can`t even sleep on a pea! What if they want to go camping and there`s a twig underneath her sleeping bag? Well, maybe princes don`t go camping (I think Harry Wales does) (But he may not be a prince?). Anyway, I got this children`s book, called "The Tough Princess", and her parents aren`t good at being king and queen, the keep losing wars and such, and end up living in a caravan. So this Princess Rosamonde, she is tough and knocks the witch over and finds her own prince. Much better story!