Uncle WolfPosted by Sara C. Snider on Apr 24, 2014 in A to Z Challenge, Fairytales and Folklore | 12 comments
The story of Uncle Wolf begins with a greedy little girl who was upset when she didn’t get any pancakes at school because she fell asleep in the privy. She goes home to her mother and cries. Her mother, taking pity on her, says she will make her some pancakes. Unfortunately they don’t have a skillet, so the little girl is sent to Uncle Wolf’s house to fetch one.
Despite the rude knocking upon his door, Uncle Wolf gives the skillet to the girl, with the provision that she will return it together with a stack of pancakes, a loaf of bread, and a bottle of wine. The girl goes home and her mother makes for her a stack of delicious pancakes and all was right in the world.
Keeping her end of the bargain, the mother sends the little girl back to Uncle Wolf’s house with the required food. But the little girl, being greedy, eats it all up herself. Not only is she greedy, but also deceitful, and she fills the skillet with donkey dung, the wine bottle with muddy water, and shapes a block of lime (pilfered from a stonemason’s shop) into a round loaf of bread. She then gives all this to Uncle Wolf.
Not surprisingly, Uncle Wolf wasn’t fooled, nor was he particularly happy with the little girl’s deception. He tells her that he will come and eat her later that night (seems like he’d eat her then and there, but I suppose there’s a proper procedure to these kinds of things).
Upset, the little girl runs home and cries to her mother. They lock up the doors and windows, but Uncle Wolf comes down the chimney and eats the little girl.
Moral of the story: Don’t be a jerk.
Source: Calvino, Italo, “Uncle Wolf”, Italian Folktales, Penguin Books, 2002.