3 fairy tales

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3 basic elements rather than only 2.  What has changed is the third element, the idea/innovation of the bell.  Why have a bell?  A signal, or even awareness, so that sight/smell alone is surpassed.

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“We lowly Mice are truly humbled,” she continued, “To have such a great one as you come to watch over us. I have been sent by the Mouse People to beg you to become our King.”

The cat was extremely pleased with these words. For too long, he felt, his great qualities had not been recognised. Now these mice were going to make him their King. He graciously agreed.

“Oh King, could we make one more humble request?” continued Picnic-Bandit, “We have a special gift for you, on this your Coronation Day. Please be kind to us, and agree to wear this beautiful silver bell, tied with a rich royal purple ribbon.”  http://www.premiumproseindia.com/stories/how-the-mice-belled-the-cat-part-3-of-3/

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Jack & the beanstalk  images-2.jpeg    –Jack traded an old cow for magic beans from an old traveller one day.  His poor mother (disappointedly, some say) threw the beans to the ground and sent him to bed without supper.   He awoke to find a beanstalk that grew high and he climbed it.  For some reason or other “the goose that laid golden eggs” was involved/patched in, and Jack claimed the goose and brought it home.

Here again a three-faceted story–Jack, the beanstalk and goose with golden eggs.  Out of dichotomy/duality into trinity.  Dichotomy:  a division or contrast between two things that are, or are represented as being, opposed or entirely different.

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ONE day a countryman going to the nest of his Goose found there an egg all yellow and glittering.  When he took it up it was as heavy as lead and he was going to throw it away, because he thought a trick had been played upon him.  But he took it home on second thoughts, and soon found to his delight that it was an egg of pure gold.  Every morning the same thing occurred, and he soon became rich by selling his eggs.  As he grew rich he grew greedy; and thinking to get at once all the gold the Goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find–nothing.

        -Aesop “GREED OFT O’ERREACHES ITSELF.”

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