“Hansel and Gretel,” by the way, goes like this: this family is really poor, starving to death, and mom decides she’d rather save herself and her husband than her two kids. She persuades dad to ditch the kids in the woods. The kids find their way back. Dad loses the kids in the woods again. Still, the kids try to make their way back, confident that their henpecked dad who keeps abandoning them still loves them. The kids finally make it back home a second time by riding this duck across a river, and with mom out of the picture, Hansel, Gretel, and dad “lived together in perfect happiness.”
The Knife’s point — at least one of them, I think — is that these kids could ride a duck across a river because they were skin-and-bones famished. The kids lived because they barely weighed a thing.
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