The China Doll

Collector’s Name: Jimmy Sundstrond
Collector’s Age: 15
Date of Collection: 4/21/10
Subject’s Name: Jerry Peralta
Age: 15
Title of Legend: “The China Doll”

Subject’s relation to collector:
My friend

Where the Subject heard the story:
His Friends

Where the Subject related the story to Collector.
In the library

Myth Synopsis (As specific as Possible):
A long time ago, a girl and her father lived happily together. The mom died shortly after the girl was born. The dad was off in business a lot of the time, then one time when he came back from china, he got his daughter a china doll. The daughter kept the china doll in the basement, for safe keeping. One day when the dad was off on business and the girl was watching television. Then she heard “Dolly’s in the basement”. She thought she was hearing things, but she went up to her room to play with her stuffed animals. Then after a while she heard the same out again, but this tie saying “Dolly’s in the kitchen.” Again she thought she was hearing things, and continued on. Then again she heard “Dolly’s up the stairs.” This time she became scared, and put the blanket over her head. Then she heard it again, but this time it said “Dolly’s in your door way”. She took the blanket off, and looked but saw nothing. She gripped the blanket even tighter, and for the last time heard “Dolly’s by your bed” she went to look, but before she could the blanket jumped up, and slit her throat.

Important differences between other versions:
• In one the mother died and the father is always away on business, while in the other the parents are both alive and well.
• In one the doll kills the mother, while in the other the doll kills the daughter.
• In one the doll is kept in the attic, and in the other the doll is kept in the attic.

How does this legend comment on society and its collective fears

The legends shows that society does not have only normal fears, but you can fear something near, and dear to you. A doll usually demonstrates a level of comfort for a little girl when she is in trouble. However in this urban legend the china doll kills the mom for her mistakes. It shows that if you do something terrible you will pay for your mistakes, and maybe from something that you would never even think of.

Collectors name: Jimmy Sundstrond
Collectors Age: 15
Date of Collection: 4/23/10
Subjects Name: Jon Leone
Age: 15
Title of Legend: “The China Doll”

Subjects Relation to Collector:
My cousin

Where subject heard the story:
From his sister

Where the Subject related the story to Collector.
In his house

Myth Synopsis (As specific as possible):
One day a father was going to trade at a market in Ireland, and asked his three daughters what they wanted to bring back for them. One daughter said jewelry, the other said a beautiful dress, and the last said a gorgeous doll. The father went off, and when he was about to come back he got his gifts. He got jewelry for his first daughter, and breath taking dress for his other daughter, but when he was about to leave he realized he forgot to get the doll for his last child, and realized she would be depressed after the news. When he was coming home he noticed a cage high in the trees in the woods. He went to investigate and saw a doll! He was ecstatic, and when he got home and gave his daughter the presents they all loved them especially the daughter that got the doll. She put the caged doll at the bottom of the stair and before they new it, it was bed time. When the girl was in bed, she heard a loud thump, and then… “Dolly’s on the first step, second step, third step, in your sister’s room, and YOUR SISTERS ARE DEAD!” Right after that she heard a scream, and when she and her parents entered the room, noticed that her sisters were both violently stabbed to death, and blood was every where. Her and her parents and a ceremony the morning after, but stayed in the house for the next night. That night she was trying to convince what she heard did not happen, and couldn’t happen. When she was falling asleep that night, she heard the same loud thump again, and then… “Dolly’s on the first step, second step, third step, in your parent’s room, and finally YOUR PARENTS ARE DEAD!” Right after that she heard a loud scream, and rushed in her parents room, to find her moms head 5 feet from her body, and her dad’s chest split open. She was thinking she would be blamed for the murders, so she put her parents bodies locked in their room, washed her hands, and burned her clothes. She became very afraid and feared the night coming. The night finally arrived, and she was in her bed with a long stick as a weapon. Soon she heard was she was expecting… “Dolly’s on the first step, second step, third step, in your room” She looked at the door and saw her doll, with red in the eyes, and a bloody butcher knife in her hand. She took the stick, and threw it at the doll knocking her on the ground, and forcing the knife out of her hand. She jumped off her bed, took the doll, and threw her back in the cage at the bottom of the stairs. Then ran to a cliff by her house, and threw the doll of the edge so she would never worry about her again.
Important differences between other versions:
• One the daughter dies the other the mom, dad, and both daughters died.
• One the mom died and dad was always out on business, the other the family lived happily together.
• What the doll said before she killed.
• The doll was in the basement in one, and in the other the doll was at the bottom of the stairs.
• Doll got stopped at the end of one, but in the other the doll killed everyone and was never stopped.

How does this legend comment on society and its collective fears

The legends shows that society does not have only normal fears, but you can fear something near, and dear to you. A doll usually demonstrates a level of comfort for a little girl when she is in trouble. However in this urban legend the china doll kills the mom for her mistakes. It shows that if you do something terrible you will pay for your mistakes, and maybe from something that you would never even think of.

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