The Wedding of Mrs. Fox

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The Wedding of Mrs. Fox is two German fairy tales collected under the same title by the Brothers Grimm in Grimm's Fairy Tales as number 38.[1] It was included in all editions.[2]

It is Aarne-Thompson type 65, Mrs. Fox's Suitors.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

In one variant, Mr. Fox feigns death to test his wife's fidelity. In the other, he actually dies. Many suitors arrive. Mrs. Fox rejects them: in the first variant because while they are foxes they do not have the nine tails of her husband, and in the second, because they are wolves, bears, etc. and do not look like her dead husband.

One suitor arrives who does resemble him and a wedding is held. If Mr. Fox feigned death, he arises and drives them all out.

Motifs[edit]

The word for "tail" used has an obscene meaning to make her preference clear.[2]

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