The Grimms, Part 3: Bedtime
Without fail, when tucked into bed,
Kids beg for old stories to be read;
Before too long, they slumber
With an ungodly number
Of violent acts in their head.
Originally, the Grimm Brothers’ stories were not meant for children at all. In fact, according to Bibliography.com, initially aimed at adults, the early editions of Nursery and Household Tales contained remarkably dark elements. In its first version, for example, Rapunzel gets pregnant by the prince after a casual fling. In Cinderella, the stepsisters cut off their toes and heels to try to fit into the slipper. These sorts of scenes (and many other such gruesome depictions) were eventually revised once the stories became popular among children.