Once upon a time, in an isolated tower, lived a young girl called Rapunzel, with her mother, Dame Gothel. She had the most beautiful voice which sounded like music to the ears. But nothing surpassed the beauty of her golden hair, that stretched like a dream. Rapunzel sat next to the window of the tower, hoping that someday, her mother would allow her to go out and see the world.
Every afternoon her mother would depart and call out, ‘Rapunzel, throw down your hair.” Rapunzel would do so and her mother would climb down the tower.
In the evening, her mother would call out to her and climb up, using her long and strong strands of hair as a ladder.
One night after her mother had fallen asleep, Rapunzel silently crept out of bed. She walked to her mothers room and saw her deep in sleep. Her mother had a wrinkled face, white uneven hair and looked nothing like her.
“Is this really my mother? “Rapunzel wondered.
But how to make sure? There was only one way.
The next afternoon, when her mother was away, Rapunzel climbed down the tower slowly and stepped foot on the ground for the first time. She was overwhelmed with the smell of fresh green leaves and the feel of the velvety grass underneath. She saw beautiful flowers, scurrying squirrels and flittering butterflies.
Suddenly she saw something strange. Something was rolling on the floor. At first she thought it was a log but it turned out to be a man! He had been pushed by a large bear and it was now closing in to crush him.
Rapunzel immediately let loose her hair and began singing a song. The bear was mesmerized by the melody and walked back into the forest.
The young man, whose life Rapunzel had saved was stunned at the sight of the beautiful woman.
He was the Prince of a neighbouring country.
“There is only one way I can repay you for saving my life. Will you be my wife and future queen of the kingdom?” he asked, kneeling down.
Rapunzel re-tied her hair into a bun and looked at him.
“Take care of yourself,” she said softly and ventured deep into the forest, enjoying her new found freedom.
Her journey had just begun.