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Encyclopedia > Cap O' Rushes

Cap O' Rushes is an English fairy tale collected by Joseph Jacobs in English Fairy Tales. It is Aarne-Thompson type 510B, the persecuted heroine. A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ... Joseph Jacobs (1854, Australia - 1916) was a British literary historian. ... Antti Amatus Aarne (1867 - 1925) was a Finnish folklorist, who developed the initial version of what became the Aarne-Thompson classification system of classifying folktales, first published in 1910. ...


It was the first story read on the BBC series Jackanory. Jackanory is a long-running BBC childrens television series that was designed to stimulate an interest in reading. ...

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Synopsis

Once upon a time a rich man had three daughters and asked each one how much they loved him. The first said, as much as life; the second, as much as the world; the third, as much as meat needs salt. He declared to the third that she did not love him at all and that it was not enough, and hence drove her out. She made herself a garment of rushes, to wear over her fine clothing, and found a great house where she begged a job scrubbing the dishes, and because she gave them no name, they called her "Cap O' Rushes."


One day, the servants all went to look at the fine people at a ball. Cap O' Rushes said she was too tired, but when they were gone, she took off her rushes and went to the ball. Her master's son fell in love with her, but she slipped off. This repeated two more nights, but the third night, he gave her a ring and said he would die without her. There were no more balls, and the master's son took to his bed. They sent orders to the cook to make him some gruel, and Cap O' Rushes pleaded until the cook let her make it instead. She slid the ring into the gruel. The rule of three is a principle in writing that suggests that things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers of things. ...


The master's son sent for the cook and demanded to know who had made the gruel, and then summoned Cap O' Rushes, and questioned her until she admitted she was the woman and took off her rushes. They were married, and Cap O' Rushes ordered that the wedding feast be prepared without any salt. This left all the dishes without flavor, and her father, who was a guest, burst into tears because he realized what his daughter had meant, and now he feared she was dead. Cap O' Rushes told him that she was his daughter, and so they lived happily ever after.

Commentary

The King Lear-like opening is unusual in type 510B, in which the daughter usually flees because her father wishes to marry her, as in Allerleirauh, The She-Bear, The King who Wished to Marry His Daughter, or Donkeyskin. It does share it with the French variant, The Dirty Shepherdess. Title page of the first quarto edition, published in 1608 King Lear is generally regarded as one of William Shakespeares greatest tragedies. ... Allerleirauh or All-Kinds-of-Fur is a fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm. ... The She-Bear is an Italian literary fairy tale, written by Giambattista Basile in The Pentamerone. ... The King who Wished to Marry His Daughter is a Scottish fairy tale collected by John Francis Campbell in Popular Tales of the West Highlands, listing his informant as Ann Darroch from Islay. ... Illustration by Gustave Doré Donkeyskin is a French fairy tale told by Charles Perrault. ... The Dirty Shepherdess is a French fairy tale collected by Paul Sébillot. ...


See also

The Goose-Girl at the Well is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, tale number 179. ... Water and Salt is an Italian fairy tale collected by Thomas Frederick Crane in his Italian Popular Tales. ... Catskin is a fairy tale collected by Joseph Jacobs. ... The King who Wished to Marry His Daughter is a Scottish fairy tale collected by John Francis Campbell in Popular Tales of the West Highlands, listing his informant as Ann Darroch from Islay. ... Gustave Dorés illustration for Cendrillon For other uses, see Cinderella (disambiguation). ... Katie Woodencloak or Kari Woodengown is a Norwegian fairy tale collected by Asbjørnsen and Moe and included by Andrew Lang in The Red Fairy Book It is Aarne-Thompson type 510A, the persecuted heroine. ... Tattercoats is a Scottish fairy tale collected by Joseph Jacobs in his More English Fairy Tales. ... The Child who came from an Egg or The Egg-Born Princess is an Estonian fairy tale, collected by Dr. Friedrich Kreutzwald in Eestirahwa Ennemuistesed jutud. ... The Tale of the Hoodie is a Scottish fairy tale, collected by John Francis Campbell in his Popular Tales of the West Highlands. ... The Bear is a fairy tale collected by Andrew Lang in The Grey Fairy Book. ...

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