In the year 1812 the Brothers Grimm published the first edition of their collection ‘Grimms’ Fairy Tales’ . In it, among others, was the story of Snow White.
This story is based on that classic of times gone by.
At the beginning of that story, a humble queen sits sewing at an open window during a winter snowfall when she pricks her finger with her needle, causing three drops of red blood to drip onto the freshly fallen white snow on the black windowsill.
Then, she says to herself: “How I wish that I had a daughter that had skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony.” Sometime later, the Good Queen gives birth to a baby daughter whom she names Snow White. Unfortunately the Queen dies shortly after.
A year later, Snow White’s father, the King, takes a second wife, who is very beautiful, but a wicked and vain woman. The new queen, Snow White’s evil stepmother, possesses a Magic Mirror, which she asks every morning:
“mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”
The mirror always answers: “My Queen, you are the fairest one of all.”
The Queen is always pleased with that, because the magic mirror never lies. But as Snow White grows up, she becomes more beautiful each day and even more beautiful than the Queen, and when the Queen asks her mirror, it says;
“My Queen, you are the fairest here so true. But Snow White is a thousand times more beautiful than you.”