Deceit Spinning Tales, Weaving Lies
In The Goose Girl, a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, a servant woman usurps the position of a princess in order to marry a prince. Her prospective father-in-law, the king, suspects the woman is an impostor and asks her to propose a punishment for someone who would engage in such a deception. Believing her secret safe, the servant replies:
"No better than this, that the woman be put naked into a cask studded inside with sharp nails, and be dragged along in it by two white horses from street to street, until she is dead."
Having tricked the impostor into prescribing an appropriate sentence, the king proclaims, "Thou hast spoken thy own doom; as thou hast said, so shall it be done."
What terrible sin has the servant woman committed to deserve such a fate? She has lied about who she is in order to perpetrate a fraud. Not