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Group No. 181


M. Ordaining the future

Group No.

M0 – M99

Group name

Judgments and decrees


M0. Judgments and decrees.
M1. Senseless judicial decisions. *Chauvin VIII 203 No. 245.
M2. Inhuman decisions of king. Fansler MAFLS XII 137; Jewish: Neuman.
M2.1. Inhuman decision of king: sends man’s sons to certain death and then murders man. Spanish Exempla: Keller.
M4. Deity settles disputes between races. Africa (Fang): Trilles 142.
M10. Irrevocable judgments.
M11. Irrevocable judgment causes judge to suffer first. Has decreed that no one enter a meeting armed. He forgets to remove his sword. Kills himself. Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 353; Spanish Exempla: Keller; Italian Novella: Rotunda.
M12. Irrevocable sentence carried out even when innocence is proved. A knight condemned for murdering his comrade is met by the latter on the way to the gallows. A centurion leads them to the emperor, who condemns all three to death: first because he has been sentenced; second for causing by his absence the conviction of his comrade; third for delay in the execution. Oesterley No. 140; Herbert III 208.
M13. Sentence applied to king‘s own son. Those caught in adultery are to have eyes put out. When king’s son is found guilty he insists on the punishment. He finally compromises by having one of his own and one of his son‘s eyes put out. *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 226; Spanish Exempla: Keller; Italian Novella: *Rotunda.
M13.1. Ruler has son beheaded for rape. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
M13.2. Captain hangs own son for violating order not to enter enemy city. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
M13.3. Gardener made king by minister decides against him in law case and returns lands to plaintiff. India: Thompson-Balys.
M14. Irrevocable judgment of king upheld. King leaves laws that must be kept until his death. Years later he has his bones sent back to that land to let people know that he is dead and they are free. Spanish Exempla: Keller.
M20. Short-sighted judgments.
M21. King Lear judgment. A king flattered by his elder daughters and angered by the seeming indifference, though real love, of the youngest, banishes the youngest and favors the elder daughters. Type 510; BP II 47, III 305; *Cox Nos. 208 – 226; *Hartland FLJ IV 308; *Oesterley No. 273; Herbert III 201; India: *Thompson-Balys; Chinese: Eberhard FFC CXX 183 No. 124.
M50. Other judgments and decrees.
M51. Decree that hero must wed only a virgin. English: Wells 22 (Sir Beues of Hamtoun).
M55. Judgment: pardon given if hero produces the lady about whom he has boasted. English: Wells 132 (Sir Launfal).
M56. Judgment: thief to be pardoned if he can steal king‘s treasure without being caught. India: Thompson-Balys.
M90. M90. Judgments and decrees – miscellaneous motifs.
M91. Virgin Mary reverses judgments of church. *Ward II 638 No. 5, 651 No. 4, 668 No. 15, 682 No. 21, 704 No. 42, 722 No. 30 and passim; Irish: Beal XXI 315, O’Suilleabhain 41.
M92. Decision left to first person to arrive. Type 613; Hdwb. d. Märchens I 604b n. 31ff.; Irish: O‘Suilleabhain 118, Beal XXI 335; India: *Thompson-Balys.
M93. Deity grants woman two sons, one to be wise and ugly and the other a fool and handsome. Buddhist myth: Malalasekera II 964.

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