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BROWN, TAGGARD & CHASE, 25 & 29 CORNHILL, BOSTON.
N former times, a
rich man and his
wife were the parents
of a beautiful little
daughter; but before
she had arrived at
/ womanhood, her dear
mother fell sick, and
to her, and
dressed her: "My child, always be good,
and bear everything that occurs to you with
patience; then, whatever toil and troubles
you may suffer during life, ha1ppine:c-ss will be
your lot in the end."
After itten ing these words the poor lady
died, and her daughter was overwhelmed
with grief at the loss of so good and kind a
The father, tCoo, was very unhltp,)py; but
he sought to get rid of his borroww by marry-
ing another wife; and he looked for some
amiable lady who might be a second mother
to his child, and a companion to himself.
UIVfirtun.ately, his choice fell on a widow
lady, of a proud 'aiid ovedrbclirij n temper,
who had two daughters by a former mar-
riage, botlh as haughty and bad-tempered as
Before marriage this woman had the cun-
ning to conceal her bad qualities so well
that she appeared to be very amiable ; but
the marriage was scarcely over when her
real character showed itself. She could not
endure her amiable step-daughter, with all
her charming qualifications; for they only
made her own daughters appear more hate-
ful. She gave her the most degrading occu-
pations, and compelled her to, wash the
dishes and clean the stairs, and to sweep her
own rooms and those of her sisters-in-law.
When the poor girl had finished
her work, she used to sit in the
Schimney-corner amongst the cin-
||... ders, which made her sisters give
give her the name of "Cinderella." How-
ever, in her shabby clothes Cinderella was
ten times handsomer than her sisters, let
them be ever so magnificently dressed.
The poor girl slept in the garret, upon a
wretched straw mattress, whilst the bed-
chambers of her sisters were furnished with
every luxury and elegance, and provided
with mirrors, in which they could survey
themselves from head to foot. The amiable
creature bore this ill treatment with patience,
and did not venture to complain to her
father, who was so completely governed by
his wife that he would only have scolded her.
It happened that the king's son sent invi-
tations to a ball, which was to last two
nights, and to which all the great people of
the land were invited, the two sisters among
the rest. This delighted them extremely,
Sand their thoughts were entirely, occupied in
selecting their most becoming dresses for
the important occasion. Poor Cinderella
had now more work to do than ever, as it
was her business to iron their linen, and
starch their ruffles. The sisters talked of
nothing but preparations for the ball. The
eldest said, I shall wear my crimson-velvet
dress, and point-lace;" and the younger, I
shall put on my
coat, a mantle em-
and a tiara
.' 'of diamonds."
I They sent to
10 Services of
for she had
very good taste, and she offered, in the most
amiable manner, to arrange their heads her-
self; of which offer they were only too
happy to avail themselves.
Whilst so occupied, the eldest said, Cin-
derella, should you like to go to the ball ?"
"Alas I" said she, you are ridiculing me.
I am not likely to go to the ball."
You are right," replied the sister; peo-
ple would be amused to see a Cinderella
If Cinderella had been at all unamiable
she might have dressed their heads all awry,
for such unkindness; but she returned good
for evil, and did it in the best possible style.
The sisters were in such spirits they could
scarcely eat for two days. All their time
was spent before the looking-glass, and more
to tighten their waists into elegant shapes.
At length the long-wished-for evening ar-
rived, and these proud misses stepped into
their carriage, and drove away to the palace.
Cinderella looked after the coach as far
as she could see, and then returned to the
kitchen in tears, where, for the first time, she
bewailed her hard and cruel lot, little dream-
ing that a kind fairy
was at the same mo-
S ment watching over her.
She continued sob-
/) bing in the chimney-
corner until a rap at
the door aroused her,
and she got up
to see what had
1]J A caused it. She
found a little old woman, hobbling on
crutches, who besought her to give her
Ihave only part of my own supper for
you, Goody, which is no better than a dry
crust. But if you will step in and warm
yourself by the fire, you can do so, and wel-
"Thank you, my dear," said the old
woman, in a feeble, croaking voice; and
when she had hobbled in, and taken her seat
by the fire, she continued, "Hey! dearee
me! what are all these tears about, my
And then Cinderella told her of all her
griefs,-how her sisters had gone to the
ball, and how she should like to have gone
"But you shall go," excalimed her visitor,
who was suddenly transformed into a beau-
tiful fairy, or I am not queen of the fairies,
or your godmother. Dry up your tears, my
dear goddaughter, and do as I bid you, and
you shall have clothes and horses finer than
As Cinderella had often heard her father
talk of her godmother, and tell her that she
was one of those kind fairies who protect
good children, her spirits revived, and she
wiped away her tears.
The fairy took Cinderella by the hand, and
said, "Now, my dear, go into the garden,
and fetch me a pumpkin."
Cinderella went immediately to gather the
best she could find, and carried it to her
godmother, though she could not guess how
this pumpkin could make her go to the ball.
Her godmother took the pumpkin and hol-
lowed it out, leaving only the rind; she then
struck it with her wand, and the pumpkin
was immediately changed into a beautiful
gilt coach. She next sent Cinderella for the
mouse-trap, wherein were found six mice
alive. She directed Cinderella to raise the
door of the trap, and as each mouse came
out she struck it with her wand, and it was
immediately changed into a beautiful horse;
so that she had now six splendid grays for
her gilt coach.
The fairy was perplexed how to find a
coachman, but Cinderella said, "I will go
and see if there is a rat in the rat-trap; if
there is, he will make a capital coachman."
"You are right," said the godmother;
"go and see." Cinderella brought the rat-
trap, in which there were three large rats.
The fairy selected one, on account of its
beautiful whiskers, and, having touched it,
it was changed into a fat coachman, with
the finest pair of whiskers that ever were
seen. She then said, "You must now go
into the garden, where you will find six
lizards, behind the watering-pot; bring them
to me." These were no sooner brought
than the godmother changed them into six
tall footmen, in handsome liveries, with
cocked hats and gold-headed canes, who
jumped up behind the coach just as if they
had been accustomed to it all their lives.
The coachman and postilion having like-
wise taken their places, the fairy said to Cin-
derella, "Well, my dear girl, is not this as
fine an equipage as you could desire, to go
to the ball with? Tell me, now, are you
pleased with it?"
S0 yes, dear godmother," replied Cinde-
rella; and then, with a good deal of hesita-
tion, she added but how can I make my
appearance among so many finely-dressed
people in these shabby clothes ? "
"Give yourself no uneasiness about that,
my dear. The most difficult part of our
task is already accomplished, and it will be
hard if I cannot make your dress correspond
with your coach and servants."
On saying this, the fairy touched Cinde-
rella with her magic wand, and her clothes
were instantly changed into a most magnifi-
cent ball-dress, ornamented with the most
The fairy now took from her pocket a
beautiful pair of elastic glass slippers, which
she caused Cinderella to put on; and when
she had thus completed her work, and Cin-
derella stood before her, arrayed in her beau-
tiful clothes, the fairy was much pleased,
and desired her to get into the carriage with
all expedition, as the ball had already com-
menced. Two of
the footmen then
sprang and opened
and assisted Cin-
derella into it. Her
ever, before, she
took leave, strictly
charged her on no
to stay at the ball
and then added that if she stopped but a
single moment beyond that time her fine
coach would again become a gourd, her
horses mice, her footmen lizards, and her
old clothes resume their former appearance.
Cinderella promised faithfully to attend to
everything that the fairy had mentioned;
and then, quite overjoyed, gave the direction
to the footman, who. bawled out, in a loud
voice, to the coachman, To the royal pal-
The coachman touched his prancing horses
lightly with his whip, and swiftly the carriage
started off, and in a short time reached the
The arrival of so splendid an equipage as
Cinderella's could not fail to attract general
notice at the palace gates,,and as it drove
up to the marble portico th"e servants, in
great numbers, came out to see it.
The king's son, to whom it was announced
that an unknown princess had arrived, hast-
ened to receive her. He handed her out of
the carriage, and led her to the ball-room.
Immediately she entered the dancing ceased,
and the violins stopped playing; so much
was every one struck with the extreme
beauty of the unknown princess; and the
only sound heard was that of admiration.
The king, old as he was, could not take his
eyes off her, and said, in a low voice to the
queen, that he had not seen such a beautiful
person for many years. All the ladies began
examining her dress, that they might have
similar ones the next evening, if it was pos-
sible to obtain equally rich stuffs, and work-
people skilled enough to make them. The
king's son conducted her to the most distin-
guished place, and invited her to dance.
She danced with such grace that everybody
was in raptures with her:; and when supper
was served the prince could partake of noth-
ing, so much was he occupied in contem-
plating the beauty of the fair stranger.
Seated close to her sisters, Cinderella
showed them marked attention, and divided
with them the oranges and citrons which the
prince had given her; all of which surprised
them greatly, as they did not recognize her.
When Cinderella saw that it wanted but a
quarter of an hour of midnight she left as
quickly as possible, making a low courtesy
to all the company.
On reaching home she found her god-
mother there, thanked her for the delightful
evening she had spent, and begged permis-
sion to go to the ball the following night, as
the prince had desired her company. The
fairy kindly granted her request, on condition
that she would return before twelve. She
then caused her clothes to resume their usual
plainness, that her sisters might not know
of her adventure.
Whilst Cinderella was occupied in relating
all that had passed at the ball to her god-
mother, the two sisters knocked at the door,
ji and as she went to open
it for them the fairy dis-
S "O, how
Slate you are
eyes, as if
had been at
...... ....MOW the ball,"
said one of
the sisters, "you would not have been tired;
for there was there the most beautiful princ-
ess that ever was seen, who paid us much
attention, and gave us oranges and citrons."
Cinderella could scarcely contain herself
for joy. She asked the name of the princ-
ess, but they said it was not known, and
that the king's son was therefore much dis-
tressed, and would give anything he had to
know who she could be.
Cinderella smiled, and said, "Was she,
then, so very beautiful? Could not I see
her? 0, Javotte, do lend me your yellow
dress, that you wear every day, that I may
go to the ball, and have a peep at this won-
derful princess I"
Indeed," said Javotte, I am not so silly
as to lend my dress to a wretched Cinderella
Cinderella expected this refusal, and was
very glad of it; for she would have been
greatly embarrassed if her sister had lent her
The next evening the sisters again went
to the ball, and Cinderella soon made her
appearance, more magnificently dressed than
before. The king's son was constantly at
her side, saying the most agreeable things;
so that Cinderella did not notice how the
time passed, and had quite forgot her god-
mother's injunctions. While she therefore
thought it was scarcely eleven o'clock, she
was startled by the first stroke of midnight.
She rose very hastily, and fled as lightly as
a fawn, the prince following, though he
could not overtake her. In her flight she
let one of her glass slippers fall, which the
prince picked up with the greatest care.
Cinderella arrived at home out of breath,
without carriage or servants, in her shabby
clothes, and had nothing remaining of all
her former magnificence except one of her
little glass slippers, the fellow of that she
Upon inquiry being made of the guards,
at the palace gates, as to whether the princ-
ess had gone out, they replied that they had
seen no one go out but a young girl, very
poorly dressed, who looked more like a
peasant than a fine lady.
When the two sisters returned from the
ball Cinderella asked if they had enjoyed
themselves, and if the beautiful lady had
again been there. They told her that she
had been there, but that when the clock
struck twelve she had started off so quickly
that she let one of her pretty glass slippers
fall off; that the prince, who quickly fol-
lowed her, had picked it up, and had done
nothing but look at it all the rest of the
evening; and that he was evidently very
much in love with the beautiful creature
to whom it belonged, and would spare no
pains to find her.
This was indeed the case; for, a few days
after, the prince caused it to be published,
with the sound of trumpets, that he would
marry the lady whose foot would exactly fit
So the slipper was first tried on by all the
princesses, then by all the duchesses, and
next by all the ladies belonging to the
court; but in vain. It was then taken to the
two sisters, who tried every possible way of
getting their foot into it, but without suc-
Cinderella, who was looking at them, and
now recognized her slipper, said, laughingly,
" Let me see if it will fit me."
The sisters immediately began to laugh,
and to ridicule her; but the gentleman who
had been appointed to try on the slipper,
having looked attentively at Cinderella, and.
finding her very pretty, said she was quite
right in her request; for he was ordered to
try it on to everybody.
He desired her to sit down, and at once
found that the slipper would go on her foot,
without any trouble, and, indeed, fitted her
The astonishment of the sisters was very
great, but still greater when Cinderella drew
from her pocket the fellow-slipper, and, to
the great delight of the gentleman, placed it
upon her other foot.
Her godmother now made her appear-
ance, and, having touched Cinderella with
her wand, she made her look even more mag-
nificent than on either of the former occa-
The sisters now recognized in Cinderella
the beautiful person they had seen at the
ball, and threw themselves at her feet, to
implore forgiveness for all the ill-treatment
they had shown her. Cinderella raised them
.up, and, embracing them, said she forgave
them, with all her heart, their unkindness to
her, and hoped that for the future they
would be more kind in their behavior to
every one about them. She told them she
had never forgotten the last words of her
mother, on her death-bed: My child,
always be good, and bear with patience
everything that occurs to you; then, what-
ever toils and troubles you may suffer dur-
ing life, happiness will be your lot in the
These words now proved to be true; for,
having borne unkindness and cruelty with
patience ever since her father's second mar-
riage, she was now going to be the wife of
the king's son.
Cinderella then explained the visit o'f her
godmother, the queen of the fairies; and
how her magic wand had furnished her with
dresses, carriages, and attendants; and how,
by forgetting the good fairy's orders, she
was obliged to quit the ball-room so sud-
denly; and how, in her haste, she lost her
little glass slipper, and, for her disobedience,
was deprived of all her fine clothes.
Cinderella being now betrothed to the
prince, she was taken to the palace, dressed
in all her splendor; and, being as amiable
as she was beautiful, invited her sisters to
live in the palace with her, where they were
soon married to two great lords belonging
to the court.
The prince thought Cinderella more beau-
tiful than ever, and in a few days married
her. She waa1fost happy in the love of her
husband, the esteem of the court, and the
good-will of all who knew her.
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