Esteemed Readers, here is another wild short fairy-tale dedicated to wicked relationship in the family. No matter its size, it contains several plots: a traditional conflict between a step-mother & step-children; daily problems of a henpecked husband; award for patience & an ability to pass quests of life.
Father Frost is an allegory of Saturn, of course, reflected here in his most severe way: he is about to take the life of a young unhappy maiden to test her moral & physical strength. This is another proof of duality of our mythology, of a complex attitude between the nature, spirits & men. The nature & spirits are always winners, they rule the human destiny, while all what men can do is to adapt to circumstances without complaining. And they should never be envy or desire to obtain something they didn’t deserve for the prize might be their own life.
Regarding wicked parents as well as any sort of what we call “toxic” relationship we could add only one thing: “he that mischief hatches, mischief catches.”
Here is the full text: Russian Folk Tale 11
Source: Folk Tales From the Russian, by Verra Xenophontovna Kalamatiano de Blumenthal (1903)