I have been told that I am quite mad for making a necklace like this. For yes, it’s inspiration is not the most jovial.
In my own opinion it is a poignant but haunting tale and certainly worth making into a conversational piece as best as I know how.
I hope you agree.
The Tale of The Red Shoes:
Once there was a pretty and dainty peasant girl named Karen who was adopted by a rich old lady after her mother’s death.
She grows up vain. She tricks her adoptive mother into buying her a pair of red shoes and repeatedly wears them to church, without paying attention to the service.
Her adoptive mother becomes ill, but Karen deserts her, preferring to attend a party in her red shoes. Once she begins dancing, she can’t stop. The shoes take over. She cannot control them and they are stuck to her feet.
The shoes continue to dance, through fields and meadows, rain or shine, night and day. She can’t even attend her adoptive mother’s funeral. An angel appears to her, condemning her to dance even after she dies, as a warning to vain children everywhere.
Karen finds an executioner and asks him to chop off her feet. He does so and gives her a pair of wooden feet and crutches.
Thinking that she has suffered enough for the red shoes Karen decides to go to church in order for the people to see her, but the chopped-off feet with the red shoes dance before her, barring the way.
The following Sunday she tries again, thinking of herself at least as good as the others in church, but again the dancing red shoes bar the way.
Karen gets a job as a maid in the parsonage, but when Sunday comes she dares not go to church. Instead she sits alone at home and prays to God. Then, it is as though the church comes home to her and her heart becomes so filled with sunshine, peace, and joy that it bursts. Her soul flies on sunshine to heaven, and no one there asks her about the red shoes.
Red enamel shoe charm with red crystal inserts. Silver plated chain, clasp and axe charm. Swarovski blossoms and butterfly.
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