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By Judith R Brown

First released in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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Although Jack could then take the opportunity to escape, Mrs. Ogre insists that he remain in the oven. It is from this vantage point that he finds out about the ogre's gold, which soon after, of course, becomes Jack's gold. The ogre's wife, with conscious intent or not, is Jack's accomplice and largely responsible for her husband's downfall. So these are the folks who live upstairs! Together they make quite a pair. At first glance we see a top-dog husband and an under-dog wife. When he demands his meal, she prepares it.

The fisherman used to go out all day long a-fishing; and one day, as he sat on the shore with his rod, looking at the sparkling waves and watching his line, all of a sudden his float was dragged away deep into the water; and in drawing it up he pulled out a great fish. But the fish said, "Pray let me live! I am not a real fish! " "Oh! " Then he put him back into the water, and the fish darted straight down to the bottom, and left a long streak of blood behind him on the wave. When the fisherman went home to his wife in the pigsty, he told her how he had caught a great fish, and how it had told him it was an enchanted prince, and how, on hearing it speak, he had let it go again.

It'll all be your fault. " Here we are getting to the real action. The wife discloses to her husband how she feels. Something else is happening, too. She is also acknowledging what's going on with her, letting herself feel her emotions. At that moment she is completely paying attention. This is the second step necessary to get out of the rut of manipulations and power struggles. First we become aware that all is not going well; we lift our heads out of the sand. Then we pay attention to what we are doing and how we are doing it: what we are experiencing, and how we can express it.

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