The Three Weavers, part VI: Alternative Endings

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At the end of my series on the sexual purity morality tale, The Three Weavers (part I, part II, part III, part IV, part V), a number of readers offered alternate endings. I enjoyed these so thoroughly I wanted to bring them together here as a sort of epilogue. Feel free to add your own additional alternate endings in the comment section!If you haven't read the story, here's a quick summary. Three weavers, Herthold, Hubert, and Hildgardmar, each had a daughter, Hertha, Huberta, and Hil … [Read more...]

The Three Weavers, part V: The Princes Come Riding

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So with her father's blessing light upon her, she rode away beside the prince; and ever after, all her life was crowned with happiness as it had been written for her in the stars. In part I of this series I offered some background to Annie Fellows Johnston's 1904 short story The Three Weavers, and in part II the story began as three weavers---Herthold, Hubert, and Hildgardmar---who live side-by-side and have similar fortunes, bore three infant daughters---Hertha, Huberta, and Hildegard. At each … [Read more...]

The Three Weavers, part IV: The Girls Weave On

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So with her father's blessing light upon her, she rode away beside the prince; and ever after, all her life was crowned with happiness as it had been written for her in the stars. In part I of this series I offered some background to Annie Fellows Johnston's 1904 short story The Three Weavers, and in part II the story began as three weavers---Herthold, Hubert, and Hildgardmar---who live side-by-side and have similar fortunes, bore three infant daughters---Hertha, Huberta, and Hildegard. At each … [Read more...]

The Three Weavers, Part III: The Fathers’ Advice

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So with her father's blessing light upon her, she rode away beside the prince; and ever after, all her life was crowned with happiness as it had been written for her in the stars. In part I of this series I gave some background to Annie Fellows Johnston's 1904 short story The Three Weavers. In part II, I posted the first part of the story, in which three weavers---Herthold, Hubert, and Hildgardmar---who live side-by-side and have similar fortunes, had three infant daughters---Hertha, Huberta, a … [Read more...]

The Three Weavers, part II: How the Story Begins

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So with her father's blessing light upon her, she rode away beside the prince; and ever after, all her life was crowned with happiness as it had been written for her in the stars. In the introduction to this short series, I offered some background on Annie Fellows Johnston's purity morality tale, The Three Weavers. This short story had a big impact on me as a teen, and it has only been gaining in popularity in patriarchal circles in the years since then. In this post I will provide the first … [Read more...]

The Three Weavers, part I: Introducing a Morality Tale

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So with her father's blessing light upon her, she rode away beside the prince; and ever after, all her life was crowned with happiness as it had been written for her in the stars. As a teenager, my ideas about love and romance were actually influenced just as much by Annie Fellows Johnston's 1904 purity morality tale, The Three Weavers, as they were by Joshua Harris' I Kissed Dating Goodbye. This was brought to mind recently by a series in which blogger Lana of Wide Open Ground has been running … [Read more...]


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