I know, I know, you’re probably reading this and thinking it’s super cliché, and that TRR is already loosely based on Cinderella, and not Snow White, but hear me out. In the chapters where everyone goes to the apple blossom festival, MC and Hana try the Cordonian Ruby, Cordonia’s prized apple, for the first time. And the text box says that the apple immediately tastes nauseatingly bitter and sour.
I read a lot of Snow White adaptations in my childhood, because it was, and still is, my favourite fairytale, and one of my fave disney movies. And in a number of variations, the poisoned apple is described as having a BITTER taste, which throws Snow off, but it’s obviously too late for her. Now obviously, if the Queen thought anything was wrong, she could have spit that apple out right away. But think about it. If the Cordonian Ruby was poisoned in a similar way to the fairytale, its naturally sour and bitter taste could probably hide any traces of poisons that have a similarly bitter taste, so these tastes would just be seen as its natural taste, and not given a second thought.
And remember, when MC and Hana try the Ruby, it’s their first time trying it, so this bitter taste is something they’re not used to. But, wouldn’t the Queen of Cordonia, who has presumably eaten plenty of these apples already, be used to the bitter taste, and again, not realise anything might be wrong until its too late?
And I mean, the King probably had something to do with it. He could give his wife an apple, and she’d most likely take it without a second thought. Until it’s too late.
Btw, this is not meant to be serious….or is it?! ;)
Odysseus, on his journey home to Ithaca, was visited by a ghost. The ghost tells him that once he reaches his home, once he slays all his enemies and sets his house in order, he must do one last thing before he can rest. The ghost tells him to pick up an oar and walk inland. And keep walking until somebody mistakes that oar for a shovel. For that would be the place that no man had ever been troubled by the sea. And that’s where he’d find peace.
In the end, that’s all I want. To walk away from the sea and find some peace.