Catherine and her Destiny
After choosing her destiny of a happy old age, Catherine lives a miserable childhood where her dad is dead and is left with no money. Also, Destiny makes her life so much harder by making it hard on her to earn money. Every time she finds a lady to serve to get money, Destiny forces her to leave the house when she is left alone. However, if Catherine gets through this miserable childhood, then, and only then, will she be able to reach her long and peaceful old ages.
The story starts out with "Long ago there lived a", a traditional fairy tale beginning.
Catherine plays the role of the good character and protagonist in this story. She becomes servants to many different ladies to earn money and serves them well. Even though Destiny ruins everything she has in her childhood, she never gives up and keeps on working until she gets her happy old age.
In this story, evil is too strong of a word to describe Destiny, but she is definetly that antagonist during Catherine's childhood. For seven years after losing her father and having no money, as soon as "Catherine found a fresh place her Destiny came and forced her to leave."(Lang)
At the end of the story, Catherine ends up actually marrying the king, and becomes a beautiful queen.
Magic is used in this story a few times by Destiny. She often tends to "[vanish] the next moment as suddenly as she had come." She also magically fixed everything she tore apart in about five seconds.(Lang)
Catherine is left with nothing but a miserable childhood after choosing her destiny of a good, old age, but bad childhood. However, when Destiny knows she had suffered enough, she gave her the key to her peaceful old age.
The number 3
The number 3 showed up frequently at different times in this fairy tale. Catherine's father "had in his hall three great chairs, one is silver, one of gold, and one of diamonds". Another place 3 showed up was when Catherine had to go up to the mountains everyday for her lady and call out, "O destiny, my mistress" three times. The last place it showed up was when the king tried to balance out the silk with his treasure three different times.(Lang)
Connection to Italy
Italians used to make and sell silk. Italy is known for their fine silk. In the end of this story, a ball of silk was given to Catherine by her Destiny, and that ended up being the key to her long and peaceful adulthood. So not only was that a big component of the story, it also is what tied the story to Italy.