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red-hot shoes

We all know how the fairy tale of 'Snow White' ends, right? The prince marries Snow White and they live happily ever after... But the Brothers Grimm version - the original if there ever was one - has one last gruesome twist up its sleeve, which Disney not surprisingly left out. It takes place at the wedding ball, where the wicked stepmother appears after the mirror has told her she is still not the fairest one of all.

Then the wicked woman uttered a curse, and was so utterly wretched that she didn't know what to do. She had no peace, but felt she must go to see the young Queen. And when she recognized Snow-white she stood rooted to the spot with rage and fear. But iron slippers had already been put upon the fire, and they were brought in with tongs and set before her. Then she was forced to put on the red-hot shoes, and dance until she dropped dead.

Medieval poetic justice, though the method would seem to fit Cinderella's stepmother better.

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