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Aarne-Thompson-Uther Classification of Folk Tales

545: The Cat as Helper

      500-559 Supernatural Helpers

            300-749 TALES OF MAGIC

Visit to the castle. Disenchantment. I. The Helpful Cat. (a) A boy or (b) girl inherits nothing but a cat (or fox). II. The Cat at the Palace. (a) The cat takes the girl (boy) to the palace. (b) He tells the king that the boy (girl) is a dispossessed…

Variants

545A: The Cat Castle

The boy inherits a cow, the girl a cat. The cat helps the girl so that she gains the love of a prince and takes possession of the giant's castle for the girl. Cf. Type 505. See analysis: I b; II a, b, d; III a, b, c; IV a.

545B: The Cat as Helper

Examples

ATUAuthorYearCountryLanguageTitle
545 Giambattista Basile ???? Italy English Pippo
545B Charles Perrault / Andrew Lang 1889 France English The Master Cat; or, Puss in Boots
545B Asbjørnsen & Moe / George Dasent 1859 Norway English Lord Peter
545B Giuseppe Pitrè 1870 Italy Sicilian Don Giuseppi Piru
545B Petre Ispirescu 1882 Romania Romanian Cotoșman năzdrăvanu

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