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(3) Base Camp

With the exception of some quaint phrases and plant names you've probably never heard of, the language of the Grimms' fairy tales is pretty easy to understand (though your mileage may vary by translation). But don't confuse simplicity with slack-jawed stupidity: the tales depict conflicts and scenarios that are relevant to everyone—adults included.

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