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And some of them lived happily ever after

Were the wicked stepsisters in “Cinderella” really so wicked that they deserved to have their eyeballs pecked out by pigeons? Because that’s exactly what happens to them in the original version of the classic Grimm Brothers fairy tale. I grew up with the sanitised modern version, where the defeated stepsisters simply skulk away to nurse their damaged egos. In the book of original fairy tales that I picked up for my kids, however, the ending is very different. I won’t quote it directly, because I’m not really confident that I understand how copyright works, but to paraphrase – “And then Cinderella married the prince and they all lived happily ever after, except for the wicked stepsisters, who had their eyeballs pecked out by pigeons. The End.”

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