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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Saturday Rave: The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

If it isn't enough to be a princess, and beautiful with it, then how about being a princess who goes out dancing all night, every night?

And with a prince, at that?

How about being in a place where the trees are made of silver, gold, and diamonds?

How about being the sort of girl who will happily drug and engineer the death of anyone who tries to stop her incessant clubbing?

Um...well, yes, things do look a little grim all of a sudden. In fact, Grimm.

Still, the eldest and bossiest princess gets her comeuppance. She's out-smarted by an old soldier, who defeats her with the help of an invisibility cloak and some inside information he gets from a...well, let's just say an old woman who lives in the woods.

And exactly what her agenda is I'd be very interested to know.

Word To Use Today: grim. This word comes from the Old English grimm, and before that from the Old High German grimm, which means savage, and the Greek khremizein, which means, oddly, to neigh.


  1. I usually associate grim with the Grim Reaper.
    It doesn't seem quiet as dire when you bring 'neigh' into the picture!
    In fact, the picture it represents in my mind is quite entertaining!

    1. I think I was reminded of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - but then it would be crazy to take those poseurs seriously.

  2. One of my best fairy tales ever ever...and a beautiful illustration...

    1. Thanks, Adele. I do love those Art Nouveau princesses - they're so endearingly pear-shaped.