Andersen's Fairy Tales
How we cite our quotes:
"For a kiss is not a sin between two people who really care for each other." (She Was No Good.33)
This quote seems to position love as a force potentially more powerful force. But, uh, who could judge whether two people really care for each other, and aren't just candy heart-deep in an endorphin-fueled crush?
"There is an old legend about a saint who was ordered to experience one of the seven deadly sins. He decided that drunkenness was the least of them. But as soon as he got drunk, he committed the other six sins." (The Watchman of the Tower.23)
"A saint walks into a bar…" Ba-dum-tsh! This quote serves as a good reminder that if even a saint can mess up and fall into sin, any of us can. After all, we're only human.
She heard her master and mistress, who had been like parents to her, talking. "She was a sinful child," they said. "She did not appreciate God's gifts but stepped on them; it will not be easy for her to find grace." (The Girl Who Stepped on Bread.27)
When Inger is punished for stepping on the bread she was supposed to bring to her folks, part of the punishment involves hearing what people on earth are saying about her. So all day long she gets to hear about what a sinning, good-for-nothing girl she was. That is, until she finally accepts the truth of those comments. Because that, folks, is the first step to redemption.