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CapriUni BS: CapriUni's blog: disability in folktales (228* d) RE: BS: CapriUni's blog: disability in folktales 02 Nov 11

Suibhne --

No, I do not remember The Legend of Knockgrafton here. I will have to look it up.

I have seen a couple of golden limb stories, though (a couple of Grimm-collected tales that did not get included in their Kinder- und Hausmarchen collection, which I almost chose for my Halloween selection -- until I remembered my affection for "Sammle"):

One about a little girl who was given a golden leg prosthesis, but subsequently died.... and a thief stole the golden leg from her coffin. So she comes back to haunt him.

And the other about a woman with a golden arm prosthesis, and a man who married her because he coveted that arm -- and then stole it from her coffin after she died, because he loved the arm more than he loved her, and so her ghost comes back to haunt him.

This last one is, I think, an interesting contrast to the "false-parted woman" ballads.

And speaking of ballads, I've "The Jovial Beggar" song lined up to post sometime soon, though first, I'd like to read 'The Jovial Crew' (the play by Richard Brome with which it is associated), since the company of beggars in that play are, apparently, representatives of the concerns of justice and charity in a changing social order.   And I suspect that the character of the (lame?) beggar in that play may have a lot of light to shed on the social role that the physically disabled play in the whole web of community contracts... Based on the lyrics of the song, I expect my conclusion to be: "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

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