Top 7 Moments From Once Upon A Time's "The Miller's Daughter"
Cora’s Backstory Part One
In the Enchanted Forest, a young Cora (Rose McGowan) was forced to handle the affairs of her household due to her father’s always drunken state. One day as she passed the then Princess Eva (Eva Allan), the royal deliberately tripped her. Cora attempted to stand her ground against Eva, but the princess was bitter and unremorseful. Due to Cora’s lowly status as a miller’s daughter, she was forced by King Xavier (Joaquim de Almeida) to kneel and apologize to Princess Eva.
With revenge on her mind, Cora dressed in the best ball gown she could find, and crashed the Prince Henry’s (Zak Santiago) masquerade soiree. The naïve prince didn’t recognize Cora’s true identity, and danced with her. However, the king knew exactly who Cora was, and exposed her to the party’s guests. He knew she had nothing to offer the prince, but Cora told him otherwise. Cora swore she could spin straw into gold. The king did not believe her, so he made her a deal. Cora was to stay in the castle all night and spin straw into gold, in exchange for the prince’s hand in marriage. If Cora failed, the king would kill her. Cora accepted the challenge.
In the tower, a distraught Cora tried to formulate a plan to turn straw into gold. She knew couldn’t do it, and contemplated jumping from the castle window, presumably to her death. Enter Rumpelstiltskin. He offered her a way out of her troubles. He would spin all the straw into gold for her, if she agreed to give him her first-born child. Cora signed Rumpel’s contract on the dotted line, but wanted him to teach her the magic as well. Rumpel obliged, and the lessons sparked a twisted, yet deep love affair between them.