From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and their Tellers - Marina Warner
The genre's need of an audience forces the teller to enter that audience's economy of beliefs; the memory of its oral origin makes fairy tale long to please. The sultan is always there, half asleep, but quite awake enough to rouse himself and remember that death sentence he threatened. In the kingdom of fiction, the tension between speaking out and staying silent never ceases.
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