Still anyone who trusts a serpent deserves its bite. The wise see a creature for what it is, not what it says it may be.
My mother was teaching me that the inside of something was not necessarily its outside. Always look carefully, she told me. Look with more than your eyes.
The original fairy tale was about the youngest sister going into a room in the castle and finding all the bodies of the wives that came before her - she is confronted with truth, thinking about how often we think we know people and we really don't.
I always felt and still feel that fairy tales have an emotional truth that is so deep that there are few things that really rival them.