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Been wondering this all day, but what did a woman as strong and power driven ever see in Henry? He’s a weak man, slave to his wife and later his daughter.
So, I came up witha theory. The ledgend of Rumpel is that he helps the miller’s daugther to spin straw into gold, else the King will cut of her head. Her father promised she could, and the King said: do it or I’ll kill you.
She does, with help of Rumpel, in exchange for her first born. Because she can, the man that threatened to kill her, now marries her. (Yeah great, gimme a bloke like that 😕 )
Now which King do we know with a love for gold? Midas!
So what if Cora was put before the same dilemma: Love or Money. She spun gold forthe king so the king married her. Midas… But she fell for Henry. And then she got pregnant.
Let’s go over the top here and consider for a moment she got twins: Regina and Abigail. Both from diffrent fathers. Technically that is possible…especially in fairy tales.
As she gives birth Rumpel comes and claims his prize: Regina. He drops the little bomb that she is not the King’s anyway, but number two is *insert manical Rumpel laughter*
Midas banishes Cora & Henry, but keeps daughter number two: Abigail
Cora furious over having lost everything, gets back her daughter from Rumpel, nearly destroying him.
Hmm extra theory: A spinning factory is also called a mill. I have heard theories about Regina being his daughter, but what if Cora was? Rumpel is not completely heartless, and has a weak spot for children. What if he found Cora as a girl and adopted her? SHE could be the little matchstick girl or something. He takes her in and trains her up, until she decides to woo a king. Rumpel can spin, and she figures it’s the wheel that does it, so steals it. She can’t do it and Rumpel catches up and makes her a deal: If you leave me,you get me a replacement: Your firstborn.
It could make sense…