Analysis: Steaminess Rating
Exactly how steamy is this story?
Yes, there is a bit of hanky-panky in these tales, but it all happens behind the scenes. All those children who get enchanted or banished have to come from somewhere, if you know what we mean. Wink, wink.
For instance, in "The Iron Stove," the true but forgotten bride basically has to buy her way into her bridegroom's bedroom at night before he marries someone else. The false bride accepts the bargain and tells the husband-to-be, "'That silly kitchen maid wants to sleep in your room.' 'If you don't mind,' he said, 'neither do I'" (The Iron Stove.417). Move along children, nothing to see here.