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what is the moral of the story?

Discussion in 'Booktalk' started by teekc, May 16, 2006.

  1. teekc Gems: 23/31
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    when i was small, i read this coloured picture story book about this "pea princess". For anyone doesn't know this fairy tale,

    Once upon a time,
    in a rainy night, someone was knocking at the castle door. The prince open the door and saw girl, wet. She said that she was a princess and it was raining outside and she need a place to stay for the night. The queen prepared bedroom for her. She stacked a lot of mattresses, so high that the princess needed a ladder to climb onto it. Also, the queen place a pea at the bottom of the stack-o-mattresses. The next day, the queen asked if the princess had the good night sleep. The princess replied that she felt as if there was a pea at the bottom of those mattresses. And the queen made her prince to marry the princess and they
    lived happily ever after.

    this story suddenly came to my mind today and i can't quite figure out what's the point of the story. It has not advanture, not quite entertaining. It has no educational value, no moral at all, unless you count "nobility are borned into" as a moral. What's the point of the story? Or if anyone knows the origin of the story, please tell me. i want to sleep tonight, and tomorrow night and the day after and so on.
     
  2. Dice

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    Probably this story was made before the industrial revolution when nobility were soft and clear skinned as a sign of their "superiority" while the workers had many calluses and tanned skin and muscles from all the hard work they did.

    The princess was thus identified as nobility because her pampered arse could feel tiny lump in what would be considered luxury in those times. I'm sure she made some lucky prince very happy. (Sarcasm is implied with the last statement.)
     
  3. Nakia

    Nakia The night is mine Distinguished Member ★ SPS Account Holder Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    Why does the story have to have a moral? Somethings are just to enjoy.

    I agree with Dragonfly about the basis of the story.


    The queen wanted a "real" princess for her boy and that was her test.
     
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    Can't have a phony princess polluting that bloodline.
     
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    I think you've missed alot of the story. IIRC it was longer and the prince had been looking for various women to be his bride.

    The prince made a petition that all women who are interested in becoming his bride should spend one night at the castle or something. Each had the pea placed under their mattress yet most didn't notice it or didn't mention it.

    I think the moral of the story was something about the women who came to try to be the princess just wanted to marry for money/fame whereas the girl he did marry was there because... I don't know, she loved him or something?

    Like I said I think you missed alot of the story or perhaps I'm wrong.
     
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    The moral of the story is that you should eat your greens! :lol:
     
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    He may have been told a different version of it, though yours is the one I recognise.
     
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    Carcaroth I call on the priests, saints and dancin' girls ★ SPS Account Holder

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    The version I know is that the woman realises something fishy is going on when she's asked to sleep on a huge pile of matresses. She therefore looks underneath them, spots the pea and proclaims this in the morning having actually had a perfectly pleasant sleep.

    Moral - Use your brains.

    Edit.

    Oh well, wiki says something different

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Princess_and_the_Pea
     
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    The moral of the story is to powerlevel. Get your ass up to level 40 in 2 weeks.
     
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    A good deal of childrens bedtime stories are nicer versions from rude adults bedtime stories.

    So guess why the prince would want the most sensitive girl/princess, and guess what kind of sensitivity that would be.

    How the story originally might have been is something each one can only imagine in their dirty and perverted minds.
     
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    turns out that this is one of Anderson's classic.

    Most of his stories have strong moral. Match girl, red dance shoes, ugly duckling to name a few. Then suddenly this "pea princess". Why. Why. WWWWHHHHHYYYY!!!!!

    this is a story written for kids. Moral should be easy and straight forward, easy to spot. i can't see the straight fowardness of the moral in pea princess.
     
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    The moral is simple - Marry a creampuff so you can have complete and total control over her :lol: :lol: :lol: Mind you the princes mother sounded a little controling herself.
     
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    as all other of H.C Andersen's stories it has got to have a moral! i have been told it a couple of times, but it has slipped my mind right now
     
  14. Nakia

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    Abomination reminded me that story went something like:

    All the royal families in the land sent the princesses to try out for wife. All failed the pea under mattress test. One dark and stormy night a beautiful (natch) young woman appeared at the palace gate. I don't remember if she claimed to be a princess. But for some reason the queen decided to try the test on her. She passed and, lo, she became the prince's wife.

    Moral: You never know where your princess will come from or who she will be.


    I still don't see why a story has to have a moral.
     
  15. teekc Gems: 23/31
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    Well of course not all story needs a moral. but this fairy tale is from Anderson.
     
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    That's what inbreeding is for!
     
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    I recognize Abomination's version as well. The first one posted was missing some crucial elements, can't remember what they are though :confused:
     
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