In this episode, the storyteller Kathy Shimpock, will read you the Grimm tale, "The Goose-Girl at the Well." It's a tale within a tale - a story of a young girl's initiation into womanhood and the guiding hand and protection of the wise crone.  First discussed in an earlier podcast (S1, #4), this story just won't go away!  It is categorized as Aarne-Thompson tale type 923 ('Love Like Salt'). But even more importantly, the old woman in this story is a study of delightful contrasts.  Both young and old, trickster and crone, she has much to say about being the elder!

Story: "Goose-Girl at the Well" (no. 179) recorded by the Brothers Grimm. Grimm's Household Tales, trans. by Margaret Hunt (London: George Bell & Sons, 1884).
Cover illustration by  Arthur Rackham in Grimm's Fairy Tales ( 1901).
Music:  The Snow Queen Kevin MacLeod (  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. 
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