Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Girl without Hands

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Girl without Hands

Article excerpt

THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS

--Grimm Sure enough, I hear the old

I told you so:

Now that you have a child--

now how do you like these stories

of the parents who unwittingly

bring their children to misery, and need to be forgotten?

What saved the girl, if saved

she was, was her weeping. And not

just once; twice the tears falling

onto her hands, then the stumps

of her hands, washed them too clean

for the devil to go near,

so he threatened her piousness

through others. The miller,

the girl's father, had no thought

of harming anyone, least of all

his daughter. What

can he have wished for but to feed

his family? When there is no grain,

a miller has nothing. Who in need

doesn't hope for a lucky turn? Who

hasn't once overlooked the glint

in a generous eye, or failed to

wonder what could this fellow want,

what's standing behind my mill besides

the old apple tree? …

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