Oh RB, I LOVED those books when I was a kid! Should have been my parents' first clue that I was going to be an odd one. I've heard another version of the bride story where she accidentally dropped the lid on her head because it was heavy, and it cracked her skull so she died instantly. (Maybe she had glass bones, I dunno.) I've always made that relationship between the story and the HM, but since the books gained popularity in the 80's and 90's, I figured it was just a similar old story.