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"To lose the longing..." 
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I was recently re-reading the ITW script and came across a lyric I'd never really understood. It takes place during the Act I Finale, and it's "Into the woods to lose the longing...". What are the characters trying to lose the longing to do? I don't understand this lyric at all. Any explanations would be appreciated.

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hmmm... Maybe the Baker's wife is trying to lose the longing of seeing what else is outt there besides the Baker? Because IIRC, after they get the child she is temporarily satisfied with him as a husband.


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I always related it to Cinderella....loosing the longing of going to the festival/meeting the prince and actually being with him. I guess that could relate to the other characters as well. Loosing the longing of what they want because they actually have it (or at least think they do).


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I think it's for all the characters to lose the longing of constantly wanting more. It's their constant desire for more and more that leads to the disasters of Act 2. But that's just my thought haha.

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... to do something just so you don't need/want to do it anymore.


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Post Re: "To lose the longing..."
To me, this line sums up the whole show. All of these characters constantly desire something, and once they get it, they still can't truly be satisfied. The Baker's Wife wants a child, and she has one - but it's not enough, and so she has her "moment in the woods" with Cinderella's Prince. The Princes want to find a wife, but once they find one, they get bored and want someone else (Agony Reprise). The Witch wants youth and beauty, and once she gets those, she loses her power. Rapunzel wants freedom and experience and dies for it. Cinderella wants the excitement of the festival without the consequences. The whole show is about wish fulfillment - they spend the whole play trying to "lose the longing," but in getting their wishes, they find out that A.) they were better off beforehand, or B.) they still want more.


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Well...everyone summed up what I was gonna say...haha.
Yeah, the longing of what they wish for (individually). Then their constant wanting leads to their demise.

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