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Struck me in listening to this (and maybe you got to it in the unedited version) that of the big themes in fables and the way that children perceive them, trickery and the cleverness of characters is so important.

Trickery is such a motif in everything from the Bros Grimm to Kipling's Just So stories (think of Rumpelstiltskin or Jack the Giant Slayer). Makes me wonder if this is non-threatening lesson for children about trust (i.e. you can trust your parents but there are those outside the home who will not tell you truth and who will try and manipulate situations) and also in the way these stories privilege cleverness generally.