The Goose Girl as a parable for abuse survivors

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The Goose Girl. Valentine. 1900
The Goose Girl is one of the stories that was written down by the Grimms brothers.
It concerns a princess who had been on her way to marry a prince. She had been travelling with her servant but the servant had betrayed her. The servant stole the identity of the real princess and married the prince herself.
The real princess has been forced to cloose between dath or becoming a servant. She has chosen not to die and therefore herds gueese outside the castle where she should have been living.
The one witness to what has happened this was her horse. But he has been killed so he cannot not speak. His head has been put up in a stake at the entrance to the castle and the princess talks with it everyday. This is the only way for her to remember the truth about what has happened and who she really is
The Goose Girl talking to the head of her dead horse
Edith-Somerville-The-Goose-Girl 1888
The-Goose-Girl. Edith-Somerville. 1888
 The one thing the goose girl has left is her hair which is long and wild and blows out of control in the wind. You can imagine how hard it is for her to keep track of her hair and the geese at he same time when the wind is blowing and everything is going in differnt directions.
goose girl hair
 But somehow she does manage, and to cut a long story short, she eventually gets back to  her rightful place in the palace

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