From the Grimm Brothers Collection
Once upon a time, in the middle of winter when the snow-flakes were falling like feathers on the earth, a Queen sat at a window framed in black ebony and gazed out into the white landscape. Lost in thought, she ran her finger slowly down the window frame and soon felt the prick of a splinter. Afraid of bleeding on the carpet, she quickly held her hand out of the window, where three drops of blood fell on the snow below. Because the red showed so well against the white she thought to herself:
‘Oh! what wouldn’t I give to have a child as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as ebony!’
And her wish was granted, for not long after a little daughter was born to her, with a skin as white as snow, lips and cheeks as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony. They called her Snow White, and not long after her birth the Queen died.
After a year the King married again. His new wife was a beautiful woman, but so proud and overbearing that she couldn’t stand any rival to her beauty. She possessed a magic mirror, and when she used to stand before it gazing at her own reflection and ask:
‘Mirror, mirror, upon the wall,
Who is the fairest among us all?’