YMMV / Donkey Skin

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: If you think about it, it is rather sweet that the king can't find a woman he considers more beautiful than his dead wife.
  • Older Than They Think: The tale is inspired of the legend of Saint Dymphna of Geel, an Irish princess that her pagan father wished to marry. The fairy tale is a version of this story without its original Downer Ending: the christian Dymphna ran away, but when her father found her, she refused once again to marry him and he killed her.
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