"My tale is done. See the mouse run. Catch it, whoever can, and then you can make a great big cap out of its fur."
Is it just me, or is that a totally random way to end "Hansel and Gretel"? I mean, there was no mention of a mouse in the rest of the story. Unless there was and I've forgotten.
I love the Grimm fairytales how they always get straight to the point. If there's ever any poetic description, i.e. "The moon was shining very brightly, and the white pebbles glittered in front of the house like pure silver coins", it's because the pebbles are going to play an important role in the story very shortly. In my story if I've described a beautiful sunset, it's not because the sunset is going to be of any use to the characters. It's just to put an image in the reader's mind.
With the fairytales, there is nothing said that doesn't need to be said.
At least, that was what I believed until I read about that mouse fur cap!