The Elves and the Shoemaker by Jim LaMarcheIm actually confused right now. This story holds a lot of implicit meanings behind it:
1. It sheds the light on handicrafts. How the development and emergence of factories began to hurt the interests of professionals, (...) with all the big factories springing up all over the city, it’s hard to make a living as a shoemaker these days.
2. The craftsmen were paid little money, during the period in which the story was told. Unlike today, the craftsmen, and specifically The handmade shoemakers, are paid huge amounts of money for the art they make. There is no comparison between handmade shoes and commercial shoes, as there is no comparison between natural leather and artificial leather, (...) it’s hard to make a living as a shoemaker these days.
3. So, let me understand this clearly: you are in serious crisis, there is no money to provide your family from, and there is no money to buy leather. Then you wake up the next morning and all of a sudden there was a beautiful pair of leather boots sitting on the workbench. Then a young man come and pay for the boots, then days passes without having the slightest curiosity to know whove done all this. If it was me, I would have camped from the first night to know who was doing all this.
4. And now, when the bulb lights up their minds to know whos been doing all this, all what they were thinking of is to actually PAY THEM!!! They still dont have any curiosity whatsoever to know who are they or why theyve been doing all this, or if they want something in return. Seriously, how dumb is that?! “We’ve got to pay our nighttime helpers back somehow”
5. Im not going to discuss the idea that they ACTUALLY FIND ELVES!!! LIKE REAL ELVES! Since its folklore, and all. However, when the ELVES finally got paid for their thanked work They never returned. It was like: Hello, what an example are you trying to set for the poor children here? Huh?
a) Do good and wait for the day when you get paid.
b) Dont have the courtesy to thank who did you good.
c) Be an elf and spread your goodness, and dont forget to play guitar.
But don’t worry about the shoemaker and her husband. They had been touched by magic, and they were prosperous and happy for the rest of their lives. No, Im not worried. Its just a lovely and simple fairy tale story that my advanced reasoning couldnt help put profoundly analyse it until its fucked up. Sorry.
The Elves And The Shoemaker [Timeless Tales]
The Shoemaker and the Elves - A Short Story
The fairy tale follows a poor cobbler with ailing sales. One night he wakes up to find the shoes he had planned to create in the morning already made, and much to his fortune a customer comes in and pays more than usual for the shoes. This gives him enough money to buy materials for two pairs of shoes, which he again finds already finished on the counter the next morning. The pattern repeats for several days, and the poor cobbler's fortunes turn as his shop becomes famous. But one night the cobbler and his wife hide in the shop so they can see who has been creating the shoes for him.
In her translation of Margaret Hunt chose The Elves as title for these three stories. Friz Freleng created a musical adaption of the story for his Merrie Melodies cartoon Holiday for Shoestrings. The same basic plot was also used in the cartoon short Holiday for Shoestrings. Ray Vecchio vaguely recollects this story when discussing a poor cobbler with his partner, Constable Fraser. In Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love , a spinoff miniseries of the Vertigo comic-book series Fables , the shoemaker appears as an employee in Cinderella's shoe store, while the elves are the builders and suppliers of the store's inventory.
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