Grimms' Fairy Tales
by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Grimms' Fairy Tales Appearances Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Tale.Page)
When he glimpsed the maiden's magnificent portrait, which glistened with gold and jewels, he fell to the ground unconscious. (Faithful Johannes.21)
Looks can kill in fairy tales (almost).
A poor widow lived all alone in a small cottage, and in front of this cottage was a garden with two rosebushes. One bore white roses and the other red. The widow had two children who looked like the rosebushes: one was called Snow White and the other Rose Red. (Snow White and Rose Red.475)
Don't ask us how people look like rosebushes. Stuff like that just happens in fairy tales. The description also sets up a contrast between the two titular characters, leading us to expect different behavior from them.
Nevertheless, the two oldest sons kept pestering the king until he set a third condition and proclaimed that whoever brought home the most beautiful woman would inherit the kingdom. (The Three Feathers.235)
Do we get a kingdom for bringing home a beautiful woman, too? Probably not. But then again, we don't live in the countryside of early modern Europe, so things look a bit different from where we stand.