Illustration: The Golden Key, Claudia Bettinardi, 1999
“The Golden Key” is another tale from Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and was traditionally the last story in the second volume, which may explain the rather abrupt ending.
Usually I give you a synopsis of the story, but this one’s so short, I’ll let you read it yourself.
Not the typical Grimm tale, well except for the poor child being forced to go out into the cold, that part sounds right. At first I thought, “Well, that’s a stupid little story.” But thinking about it some more, I kind of like the ending.
Not knowing what’s in the box lets us imagine whatever we want, presumably something that will make the boy’s life perfect, or at least better. Or maybe it’s a tiny dancing man. Or maybe it’s that gold glow from Pulp Fiction.
What would you hope was in the box if you found it?
Thursday’s Tales is a weekly event here at Carol’s Notebook. Fairy tales, folktales, tall tales, even re-tellings, I love them all.