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may_lily ([personal profile] may_lily) wrote2013-06-30 11:47 am

Tourbillon

From my tumblr.

The obscure fairy tale by Charlotte-Rose de la Force, Tourbillon (Whirlwind), was translated in Volume 2 of Temple of the Fairies, page 17. It’s called ‘The Story of Bellina’, changing the heroine’s name from Prétintin. I also found it online in French. I am only able to read it with Google translate, so I may be mistaken about some things, but there seem to be some intriguing differences.

Uliciane wants to get rid of Prétintin not because she’s losing her magic powers, but because her lover will stop loving her if Prétintin lives. Tourbillon is attracted to Prétintin, but helps her even after she refuses him.

Most interesting of all, the woman who’s supposed to wake up Uliciane after the end of the story is Prétintin and Nirée’s daughter (there’s no seven-hundred year time limit). It reminds me of the Emma/Regina ship from Once Upon a Time. A wicked stepmother persecutes her stepdaughter and is defeated. Some time later, the daughter of the stepdaughter meets the stepmother and forms a connection with her. There’s even a magical sleep! Though of course, the other person is sleeping.

I’d like to imagine that Prétintin’s daughter and Uliciane go on exciting adventures together, fall in love, and live happily ever after.

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