On Cinderella and the Assumptions We Make

I don’t remember when I first read about the probable mistranslation that had resulted in Cinderella’s glass slipper, but I do remember thinking “Well, at least they finally figured that out.”

Finally.

As if it was a new discovery.

I laughed myself silly when a recent Library of Congress post pointed me to a newspaper article from 1911 on just this topic.  Given the fact that I am well under 100 years old, when I read about the slipper mistranslation, the knowledge was rather “old school” and not new at all.

It makes me wonder, what other ideas or lines of thought do we assume are more modern than they really are?   What information could you include in a piece of historic fiction that might surprise your readers?

No answers.  Just something to noodle over.

–SueBE

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