Fortunée was written by Madame Marie-catherine d'Aulnoy
When Fortunée's father, a poor laborer, is about to die, he divides all of his possessions between his two children. Fortunée is given a pot of pinks and a silver ring, and her brother, Bedou, is given a straw mattress, a hen, and two stools. Unfortunately, Bedou is not kind to Fortunée and does not share the eggs from the hen, the mattress, or the two stools. Fortunée leaves to go get water for her pinks and meets the Queen of the Woods. The Queen of the Woods gives Fortunée a good meal, and to show her gratitude, Fortunée decides to give her pot of pinks to the queen. When Fortunée gets back to the cottage, she discovers Bedou has stolen her pinks. Fortunée still feels the need to give the queen something, so she gives her the silver ring. After willingly giving the queen the ring, Fortunée learns about her past and her heritage. This story teaches kindness and forgiveness with talking flowers, cabbages, and animals.
"Fortunée" was published in 1892 my Madame d'Aulnoy. It begins with "Once upon a time" and Fortunée is the protagonist because she is forgiving and "incapable of revenge" (d'Aulnoy). Her brother, Bedou, is a misguided character that in the end learns to share and appreciate life. The only castle mentioned is during the flashback when Fortunée's mother lived in a castle, however, many people are of royal descent in the story. Fortunée's parents and the Queen of the Woods are all portrayed as royalty in the story. Although there is not a lot of magical use in the story, there is a little bit. Fortunée had a wooden pitcher filled with water, but the Queen of the Woods "turned [it] into a golden one, all covered with diamonds and filled with deliciously-scented water.” (d'Aulnoy) The problem in the story was that Bedou would not share anything and abandoned Fortunée. The Queen of the Woods teaches Bedou to share and appreciate what he has instead of wish for more. There were not any number motifs in the story, but there was a transformation. It was not a laborer, "but [a] queen who gave [Fortunée] life" (d'Aulnoy).
Connection to France
In France, a variety of different plants grow, including the pink. The pink, or the genus dianthus, has over 300 different species. In the story, Fortunée is given a pot of pinks. Fashion and jewelry is very popular in France today. Many famous designers are from France. Fortunée is also given a silver ring.