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ONCE upon a time there lived But this state of things did not last
near a great city a very worthy long, for the young mother fell ill of
gentleman and his charming young a fever, and died when her child was
wife. They had married for love, too young to feel the loss of its kind
The poor husband was at first
Almost distracted with grief and but
Sji for the presence of his dear little
j "k ?daughter would have been very lonely
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caresses had a soothing effect upon
him, and he felt that he had still
\something left to live for.
As time wore on he became quite
cheerful once more, and began to
THE BABY GIRL. go in society and to think of marry-
and lived very happily together; ing again. His daughter needed a
much more happily than some of mother's care, and his house was so
their neighbors who were far more large that it seemed very lonely with
wealthy. And when a baby girl so few people in it. Unhappily the
was born, who was the light of their choice the gentleman made this time
eyes and the joy of their hearts, was not a good one, for the lady he
they felt as if their home was a little married was proud, haughty. and
heaven upon earth; and, however deceitful, and had a most violent
cold and dark the world might be temper. She was determined to
out of doors, there was always plenty have her own way, and her good-
of warmth and sunshine within natured husband let her do about as
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she pleased. It was easier for him and unhappy. They teased and tor-
to put up with an evil than to find mented her from morning till night,
fault, and perhaps bring on a quarrel, and when she bore patiently with
them-for she was anxious to win
their love-they made fun of her,
and were more disagreeable than
The poor child made no complaint
to her father, for she knew that it
would only add to his unhappiness
and discomfort, and if he interfered
it would make matters worse. It
was not long before he fell violently
ill; medicines could not save him;
and he died so suddenly that the
Unfortunately the new wife was shock almost killed his poor little
a widow, and she brought with her daughter who knew not how she
into the house two great rude girls could* live without him.
who had been wisely kept out of After her dear father's death the
sight until their mother was married haughty sisters were uglier than ever
and settled in her new home. They to the poor little girl. They never
were at least ten years older than invited her to share in their games,
the gentleman's daughter, whose or their sports, or to join them in
beauty and grace made them appear their walks or drives. Their mother
even more homely and awkward encouraged them in this sort of treat-
then they really were. ment, for she seemed to owe the poor
This made them jealous of the child a grudge for being so much
poor child and they did all that better looking than her own daugh-
they could to make her life miserable ters. It did not occur to her or to
was made to do all the dirty work of
the house. In this way they saved
the wages of a servant, that they
might have more money to spend on
S. clothes apd finery. She made the
-'.;i ;fires, carried the water, made the
'; "' beds, swept and dusted the rooms,
cooked the meals, and was as busy
as a bee from morning till night.
l- Her one comfort was to sit in the
1l,; chimney-corner when her tasks were
done, and lose herself in a dream of
IN THE CHIMNEY CORNER.
bright fancies as she gazed on the
them that more than half their ill- glowing logs. They were warm and
looks was owing to their ugly tem- friendly though every one else was
pers. It is no disgrace to be homely; cold and unkind. As the kitchen
and pretty manners will hide all de- was her parlor, she was careful to
fects of face or form, and enable us keep it tidy and neat, and was so
to win hosts of friends, often brushing up the hearth, and
But the sisters, as they grew up, sitting by the cinders, that the sisters
gave all their thoughts to dress, and gave her the name of Cinder-wench,
much of their time to dress-makers or Cinderella, which is much pret-
and milliners. They and their tier.
mother were always dressed in the Cinderella was never invited to
latest style, and held their heads very sit in the parlor, and had no clothes
high and would not condescend to given her but such as were fit to
speak to poor people. work in. She waited upon her sis-
The young girl, who should have ters kindly, helped them to dress,
been treated as a daughter and sister, and admired all their new clothes,
and longed, just as any young girl
would, to see how fine a bird she
would be in such fine feathers. But A
the selfish creatures never even let
her try on a bonnet or cloak, ..for fear \
that Cinderella might put on airs,
and refuse to be a kitchen drudge
any longer. wa' o n I
Sometimes, when she was doing
her best to please them, they would i il/l
speak harshly to her, and be so spite- -' '
ful and ugly, that Cinderella would -',
go back to her dish-washing with
tears in her eyes, and her heart as
heavy as a big lump of lead. Now THE SISTERS GET THE INVITATION To THE BALI..
some folks would have grown cross when put in the fire comes out
and hateful under such treatment as more bright and beautiful, so did
the poor girl received; but as gold Cinderella shine with a light that
made her face at times like that of
an angel. She was pure gold through
One day the two sisters received
S .__-)).-_an invitation to a grand ball to be
given in honor of a Prince, who,
/-.- ..--.-L being the eldest son of the king,
... would soon have a right to the
Si It was an honor to be invited to
CINDERELI.A WASHING THE. DISHES. the palace, and the note was eagerly
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read, and promptly answered by the of the city were hung with flags, and
proud sisters. Go ? Of course they bands of music played from morning
would! But what should they wear? till night. Cinderella was up early,
This ball was for she had a world of work to do,
the event of the and there were some finishing
/'day. Nothing touches to be put on the dresses the
else was talked sisters were to wear.
S'about. Dress- Cinderella felt a pride in having
makers had more them look nice, and saw that not a
than they could hair-pain or a hook was out of place.
do, and the sis- She arranged their hair in the latest
ters were fortunate in having such style, and while at this work, one of
a handy person about as Cinderella. the sisters said to her with a mock-
They could not deny that she had ing smile,
good taste in dress, and hard at work Don't you wish you were going
was she kept for at least three weeks to' the ball, Cinderella?"
preceding the ball. Meals were eaten
in haste. Dishes were washed in a
Cinderella had to cut, fit, and sew,
and listen to all the talk about the '* I,
ball-who was to be there, and what f
So-and-So was to wear-without
daring to make a remark, or ask a ,'
When the day of the ball came, .
oh, then, what a hurry and flurry / Q i
there was! nobody had any time to I .
think of anything else. The streets HE SISTERS TANTALIZING CINDERELLA.
Indeed, indeed I do!" exclaimed ing before her a lady clothed all in
the poor child, already in a fever of white, and with a long wand in her
excitement. hand. The glow about her was
"A fine figure you would cut!" dazzling to the eyes, and Cinderella
said the other, and homelier sister. scarcely knew whether she was
" Better stay among the pots and asleep or awake.
pans. That's the place for you !" The lady drew near Cinderella
Cinderella bit her lip, but said and said in a soft voice, What is
nothing, though she had hard work the matter, dear child? Do you want
to choke back the sobs that would to go to the ball?"
keep rising to her throat. "Oh, indeed I do!" answered Cin-
The sisters drove to the ball in a derella, tears filling her eyes.
fine carriage, with coachman and Well, be a good girl, and do as I
footmen in livery, and when they tell you, and I'll send you off in fine
were gone the house was so quiet, style. Bring me the largest pump-
that had any one been listening they kin you can find,
might have heard the rats playing Cinderella was surprised, but the
in the cellar. But Cinderella was fairy godmother-for she it was-
too busy with her own thoughts to seemed so much in earnest, that the
think of rats. Now she could give poor girl dared not disobey, but ran
vent to her tears, and she sat on her at once to do as she was told. As
favorite seat by the hearth thinking she carried the pumpkin through the
what a lonely life she led, trying garden, she could not help smiling at
to imagine what a ball was like, and the thought of the funny figure she
wishing, wishing, wishing hard that would cut sitting on top of it, and
she was there in the midst of the speeding through the air.
light, the flowers, and the music. The fairy, however, touched the
As this wish rose from her heart, pumpkin with her wand, and lo and
Cinderella looked up and saw stand- behold! in its place appeared a mag-
nificent coach lined with satin and be put on. Go and see if there are
plush, and fit for Her Royal High- any rats in the rat-trap!"
ness to ride in. Cinderella ran with all haste, and
"That is good as far as it goes," soon returned bearing the trap, which
said the fairy; but it won't go far had in it two rats of the very best
without horses. Look in the mouse- quality. One was bigger than the
trap, my child, and see if there is other, and as he sprang out of the
any thing in it." trap, he was changed into a coach-
Cinderella ran quickly to do her man, and took his place on the box
bidding, and was delighted to find as orderly as you please. The other
eight plump mice caught in the trap. rat was transformed into a footman,
There they were, poking their little and both were in splendid livery
noses through the bars and trying to ornamented with gold.
get out. And how they did squeal! But this was not all. "Bring me
Cinderella took care that not one of six lizards," said the fairy godmother.
them should escape, as she bore the You will find them behind the
trap in triumph to her godmother. watering-pot in the garden." The
The fairy told her to raise the lizards were brought, and at once
wire-door that the mice might come transformed into pages, whose duty
out, one by one. As they did so a it was to run alongside or ahead of
touch of the wand transformed them the coach, and announce its arrival.
into handsome horses, with arching These immediately sprang to their
necks, shining manes, and long tails, places, and stood as if awaiting
and splendid harness all plated with further orders.
gold. It was enough to make one's "There, Cinderella!" exclaimed
eyes water just to look at them. her godmother, gazing with pride
"Well, my child," said the fairy, upon the equipage. "Could any-
"this is a fine turn-out, truly. But thing be finer than that? Jump in,
there are the finishing touches yet to and be off."
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beautiful dress that shone like cloth
of gold. Jewels sparkled here and
S there-on her hands-at her throat
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all, the fairy brought a pair of lovely
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S, / How dressed up one feels in a pretty
i.,-, _- -- pair of shoes!
The godmother paused awhile to
S admire Cinderella in her new attire,
--:--J and then she said, I have but one
charge to give you, my child. Leave
the ball-room at twelve o'clock,
THF FAIRY CHANGES CINDERELLAS DRESS. sharp If you remain a moment
Cinderella looked at her shabby beyond that time, your coach will
clothes, contrasting them with the become a pumpkin, your coachman,
splendor of the coach, a"nd shook footmen, and horses rats and mice,
her head sadly. The godmother and your pages, lizards. Your beau-
understood at once, and said, "Oh, tiful dress, too, will vanish away, and
I see! You think that dress is hardly leave you in the shabby clothes of
fit to wear to a ball. Well, we can a kitchen drudge."
easily remedy that. My dressmaker Cinderella promised to be punc-
is wonderfully skilful, and will fit tual, for twelve o'clock seemed to
you out in short order." her a late hour. But then she had
Saying this, she touched Cinder- never been to a ball!
ella with her wand, and immediately There was a great stir at the palace
the old clothes fell off the young when the splendid carriage drove up,
girl, and she stood arrayed in a and great was the interest displayed
derella, mindful of her godmother's
injunction, arose and hastened to her
ON THE WAY TO THE BALL.
carriage. The Prince hurried after
when Cinderella alighted. The Lord
High Chamberlain himself escorted
her to the ball-room, and introduced ,
her to the Prince, who immediately ''
claimed her hand for the next dance. '-
Cinderella was in a whirl of delight,
the envy and admiration of all the
ladies and gentlemen. The hours -
flew all too fast. At supper Cinder-
ella was seated next her sisters, and
even conversed with them. The kind
condescension of so distinguished a
stranger, was very flattering to them,
and they were on their best behavior. -
When the hands of the clock ---
pointed to a quarter of twelve, Cin- CINDERELLA DANCING WITH THE PRINCE.
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As soon as they entered the house
they began to tell of the beautiful
1 Princess, of the excitement she had
created, and the preference she had
shown for their society. When they
S/ said the Princess was expected to be
i '- at the palace the next evening, Cin-
i '' '- ." derella begged that they would lend
her one of their cast-off dresses that
she might go and see the wonder-
THE PINE'S DKEOTION .1, CI ,. CfERI ful beauty. The sisters laughed her
her, expressed his regret that she to scorn, and the next day were
must leave so soon. and begged her uglier to her then ever, finding fault
when they had no occasion, and strik-
to visit the palace the next evening, when they ha no occasion, an strik-
when the festivities were to be con- ing her whenever they had a good
tinued. He then returned to the ball- chance.
room, but found the place very dull,
indeed, now that the Princess was.
not among the guests. -
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time, and was commended by her l,
godmother, who promised to look \ .
Soon a loud rap on the door an-
nounced the arrival of the sisters,
and Cinderella made haste to let
them in, rubbing her eyes and yawn-
ing as if just awakened out of a
sound sleep. TAKE THAT I-AND I THAT! SID THE YOUNGER SISTIK.
"Il1 teach you to have better man- received them all with a repose of
ners, and to know your place! The manner that made the Prince more
idea of your daring to ask for one of charmed with her than ever.
my dresses, or to think of going to a But so happy was Cinderella that
ball! Take that!-and that!" said she forgot to look at the clock, or to
the younger sister, who had the most listen for its warning chime, and was
violent temper. And Cinderella bore greatly surprised when the first stroke
their hard treatment with a meekness of twelve rang upon her ear. She
that was really remarkable. sprang up in haste, and ran from
The next evening the sisters went the ball-room as fast as she could
again to the ball, and Cinderella never even waiting to curtsey to the
made her appearance there shortly guests, or to say good night to the
afterwards, dressed even more splen- devoted Prince.
didly than on the first night. The It was well she did so, for at the
Prince had been watching for her, last stroke of twelve, the splendid
and never left her side the whole eve- carriage, horses and all disappeared,
ning. The attentions her elegant clothes fell from her, and
he paid her would
have turned the head \
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palace, but none of them could tell
him which way the Princess went.
In fact, the only person they had
A- seen leaving in haste was a young
~girl poorly dressed, who looked as
if she might be a cinder-sweep.
SCinderella had not long to wait
c for the return of her sisters; for the
'ball had closed early, as the Prince
was so dull and vexed. She again
Smet them, rubbing her eyes, and
f. /yawning wearily, but managed to
.H PRINCE FINDS CINDERELLAS SLIPPER. ask them if they had enjoyed them-
she found herself clad once more in selves, and if the beautiful Princess
her old dingy working-dress. The was there.
Prince started in pursuit, but lost Yes, they said, and more beauti-
track of her in the midnight dark-
ness. In her flight, however, she i
dropped one of her glass slippers, '. i i
which the Prince found and held to ;. -
his heart as if it was a priceless
treasure. ii., I
Cinderella reached home panting i
and breathless, in very different style
from that in which she had left the
The Prince in the meantime, had
made inquiries of the sentinels on
guard, both inside and outside the CINDERE:LLA REACHED HOME PANTING AND BREATHLESS.
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The Prince remained in a listless
S/ state for some time. Night and day
he thought of the charming Princess,
with whom he was madly in love,
.,li. / and sought in many ways to find
some trace of her. He even ad-
S vertised for her in the papers, but
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Si' .\ At last a bright idea struck him.
'i He got up a proclamation which
I( "' } / i THE KING'S SON WILL MARRY THE
S' ) / LADY WHO IS ABLE TO WEAR THE GLASS
THE SISTERS RETURN FROM THE BALL. SLIPPER WHICH WAS DROPPED AT THE
ful than ever, but at twelve o'clock LATE BALL.
she suddenly started up and left the Then he sent out a herald with a
ball-room, whereupon the Prince
seemed to lose all interest in every- .-.-
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trumpet to proclaim this wonderful
news, and great was the excitement
it caused. Such a squeezing of feet
as there was! and such suffering from
corns! The herald had orders to stop
at every house, and every lady tried
to put on the slipper, but all- in vain. /i
At last he came to the home 'of -
Cinderella's sisters, who endeavored /
to put on the lovely glass slipper.
But it was too short for one, and
CINDERELLA P'UTS ON THE SLIPPER.
pass no lady by, and Cinderella put
down her scrubbing-brush and seated
'; .herself to try on the slipper. There
^.-. ._.I_.. -. \ was no trouble in getting it on; it
fitted her to a T. The sisters were
i 'i speechless with amazement; but im-
/ i agine, if you can, their look of sur-
Sprise when Cinderella drew from her
THE PRINCE. pocket the other glass slipper, which
too narrow for the other, and they she had carried about with her ever
were obliged to give it up. since that fateful night.
Cinderella, who had been watch- Now the sisters could see in Cin-
ing them eagerly, stepped forward derella's face some resemblance to
and asked if she might be permitted the Princess who had taken so much
to try on the slipper The sisters notice of them at the ball, and whose
exclaimed, "What impudence!" but attentions they were so proud to
the herald said his orders were to receive. How had it been brought
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THE SISTERS ASKING FORGIVENESS FROM CINDERELLA.
about? As if in answer to their down on their knees and asked her
thought the fairy godmother entered forgiveness, and Cinderella bidding
the room, and the blushing maiden them rise, begged them to think no
was transformed into the beautiful more of the past, or to fear her
Princess. The herald set off at once hatred. She assured them that she
to bear the joyful tidings to his should never forget that they were
master that the Princess was found, her sisters, and would do all she
You may well believe that the could to add to their future happi-
sisters were sorry enough that they ness and prosperity.
had treated Cinderella so harshly, A royal escort was sent to con-
and they supposed that now the duct Cinderella to the palace, and
tables were turned she would de- great was the joy of the Prince at
spise them, and be glad of a chance beholding her again. She consented
to pay them back for their ill-usage, to become his wife, and the wedding
Mortified and ashamed, they went was conducted with regal pomp and
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T. he sisters were assigned the place
S-' of honor at the banquet, and owing
S' to Cinderella's generosity were able
/' 'i \ to make a very fine appearance.
.__ For among her wedding-gifts was a
-- r' -- large dowry from her godmother,
and as Cinderella's happiness con-
sisted in making others happy, she
/ i'did not hoard her wealth, but spent
'/ a'- it among the poor after settling a
Large sum on each of her sisters.
-- .. -Cinderella made hosts of friends,
.. and she and the Prince lived happily
F C)RELLA TTHE PRI. together for many years, and among
M\RRIAG( NI)I, ELIA RIIall the treasures of the ro al alace
splendor, and there was no end to all the treasures of the royal palace
the congratulations; and as for the there was nothing quite so precious
wedding-cake! well, there was no as
skimping there, I can tell you. CINDERELLA'S GLASS SLIPPER.
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