These tales were a big influence on me when growing up in Germany. Some of the enduring themes treated there in deceptively simple matter-of-fact language are the beautiful child asleep in a glass case. I see this as the kind of image that fits the beginnings of the descriptions of autism. The idea of what might be going on inside someone if they can only be woken up. It is a completely false image but a very strong image – to think there is some real chance that you can, maybe with some magic cure, awaken this child inside.