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characterize the girl as a human being (like Adam) and then again as an archetypal being. But the comparison with Adam is particularly illuminating, because this figure also is sometimes experienced as an ordinary mortal and sometimes as Anthropos. We are dealing precisely with an archetypal image, one of whose essential qualities is that of being human, as opposed to other archetypal figures in which the nonhuman aspect predominates. Cf. B-P, vol. 1, pp. 21, 399, 410; vol. 3, pp. 97, 108; vol. 4, p. 239. This can be something horrifying, as in “Bluebeard”; or an unredeemed animus or anima figure; or an animal helper as in the Icelandic fairy tale “Prince Ring and the Dog Snati-Snati”; or something divine, as in “Mary’s Child,” where it is the Trinity. Cf., for example, the dream of a woman in L. Hoesli, “Jugend-träume als Künder eines aussergewöhnlichen Schicksals” (Dreams of Youth as Harbingers of an Extraordinary Destiny), in Archiv für Neurologie und Psychiatrie, vol. 72 (1/2), p. 3953, and the parallels educed there. On the meaning of the forest, see Jung, Alchemical Studies, CW 13, paras. 241ff., pp. 194ff. One hundred, as mentioned above, is, like ten, a number of completeness; the almost completed three years are four years in the Hessian variant; this reflects the dilemma between three and four. See B-P, vol. 1, pp. 13–15; further variants not particularly pertinent here were: twelve cursed old men, twelve cursed men, a cursed man in a gray mantle—in other words, animus figures; as well as Christian motifs, such as Mary washing the feet of the Christ child, the Holy Trinity, and so forth. Harzmärchen oder Sagen und Märchen aus dem Oberharz (Fairy Tales from the Harz Region or Sagas and Fairy Tales from the Upper Harz Region) (Stade, 1862), pp. 176ff. The green maiden is married to a golden stag, and she does not shut the girl up in a little chamber but places her on a golden throne. For lack of space, I am compelled here to presume knowledge of Jung’s remarks in “Answer to Job,” in Psychology and Religion, CW 11, pp. 355–470.

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