The Princess and the Bull | Thought Exercise

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  • TheBigWhiteVan reply In "the Pigman" by Paul Zindel, there is a similar parlor game story involving marital infidelity and cannibalism. At the end, the character telling the story asks the others to rank the actors in terms of greatest to least culpability. He then reveals a coded key that translate their answers into an assessment of how they prioritize sex, love, money etc.
  • ChrisPotato reply It's not just one persons fault.... I'm not saying what the king or the husband did was in any way right, because no it wasn't. However no one could have known that she would die if she ran. It all could have played out differently, but it didn't. Whos fault it is is in the end is irrelevant. The story shows how it is easy to blame either the king or the husband, but blaming them doesn't resolve the situation it doesn't save the girls life... In the end neither the king or the husband killed her, she didn't kill herself, the reason that she died was the choises everyone made for that situation to happen. Her death is no ones and everyones fault. Everyone should pay more attention to the choises they make because they always have consequences good and bad, and affect you and the world around you. Sometimes in unexpected ways.
  • roachsoap72 reply Celestine, ultimately she ignored the warning sign, no wait, the husband, he should have never asked for the hand of someone who didn't love him, but hold on, no way would i marry off my daughter out of duty, ok, the bull, no, the father, no.........Ok, I have it now, it was pressure from society to conform to an over idealised image of the perfect life, that forces people to conduct themselves within the parameters of of what the masses consider to be normal, the father not wanting to buck the trend of powerful families tying themselves into other powerful families by giving their daughters to be breed like cattle until an heir is born, shiped off his daughter without considering her feelings, thus giving in to peer pressure. the husband, not caring if it was a marrage of love, just wanted to collect his prize, showing that his motivations were not born of love, but of the craving for status and power, it might just be that she was a lesbian, it might be that she was asexual, it might...more just be that she didn't feel that at her age she was ready or willing to settle into a marraige that amounts to no more than a business deal between men. No, it was celestine, she ran through a bull field, what did she think was going to happen
  • iJimUK reply OK, leaving aside how things worked in the days of yor when compared to now, I will put the blame on two people, 1st the King, forget protocol his daughter was begging him to say no, therefore the match was not a good one. 2nd the prince, or Celestine's new husband. Again forgetting how things were done back then, I still argue No, means NO. Celestine has no blame in this, she was running in a panic and when we are in flight mode we tend to ignore warnings of danger. The bull was also not to blame as he was doing what was natural to him. Maybe we should also question why the farmer did not have adequate fencing around an animal he knew was dangerous. Or we could question the author of this tale as if it was not for the author Celestine would never have been in this situation.
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