Swiftness is a great virtue in the fairy tale. A good tale moves with a dreamlike speed from event to event, pausing only to say as much as is needed and no more….
The opening of a tale, for example. All we need is the word ‘Once …’ and we’re off:
Once there was a poor man who couldn’t support his only son any more. When the son realized this, he said, “Father, it’s no use my staying here. I’m just a burden to you. I’m going to leave home and see if I can earn a living.”
“The Three Snake Leaves”
A few paragraphs later, he’s already married a king’s daughter.