Literature / The Tale Of Ginger And Pickles
The Tale of Ginger and Pickles
is a Beatrix Potter
story about two friends who open a general store together. They offer unlimited credit, making their shop wildly popular for a short time, but eventually leaving them in financial ruins.
This story provides examples of:
- An Aesop: A series of aesops about how to run a successful business.
- Animal Jingoism: Averted: Ginger and Pickles are a cat-and-dog business duo, and neither the characters nor the narrator seem to find this odd.
- Artistic License – Economics: Done intentionally: Ginger and Pickles' shaky grasp on basic economics is what causes their store to fail, supplying the story's aesop.
- The Cameo: Lucinda and Jane visit the shop, and Tabitha Twitchit runs the competing store.
- Carnivore Confusion: Addressed: Ginger and Pickles ask each other to serve the mice and rats respectively because doing business with them in person is too mouth-watering. As to why they don't just eat said mice and rats, Pickles observes that it would be bad for business.
- Living Toys: A couple of dolls patronize the shop, and a policeman doll comes in once, making Pickles very nervous (since he hasn't got a dog license).
- Only Shop in Town: Part of why Ginger and Pickles' shop is so popular. There's only one other store in town and it doesn't offer credit.