The prototype of Malvina is a character from the book by Carlo Collodi “The Adventures of Pinocchio” – a good fairy who “lived at the edge of the forest for more than a thousand years”, “a beautiful girl with hair the color of the most azure blue.” When Pinocchio runs away from her, the Fairy dies of grief, and when they meet again, he sees her as an adult woman, “who, perhaps, could be his mother”.
Also in the image of Malvina, the features of Columbine can be traced – a traditional character in the Italian comedy of masks. In the image of Columbine, beautiful appearance was constantly emphasized, as well as honesty, decency and always a good mood. Following the Italian prototype, the melancholic poet Pierrot is also in love with Malvina.
The origins of Malvina’s image can be found in East Slavic folklore, for example, in fairy tales based on the plot “Vasilisa and the Sea King”, where Vasilisa’s tasks are happily performed by insects: “Hey, you creeping ants! How many of you in this world are there – all crawl here and pick out the grain from the priest’s stacks, clean and clean, to a single grain … Hey, you hardworking bees! As many of you as there are in this world – all fly here! “