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CINDERELLA'S mother died while she was a
very little child, leaving her to the care of
her father and her step-sisters, who were very
much older than herself; for Cinderella's
father had been twice married, and her mother
was his second wife. Now, Cinderella's sisters
did not love her, and were very unkind to her.
As she grew older they made her work as a
servant, and even sift the cinders; on which
account they used to call her in mockery,
"Cinderella." It was not her real name, but
she became afterwards so well known by it
that her proper one has been forgotten.
She was a very sweet-tempered, good girl,
however, and every-body except her cruel
sisters loved her.
It happened when Cinderella was about
seventeen years old, that the King of that
country gave a ball, to which all ladies of the
land, and among the rest the young girl's sis-
room and ran down stairs in a great hurry.
But her dress all turned to rags before she
left the palace, and she lost one of her glass
slippers. The Prince sought for her every-
where, but the guard said no one had passed
the gate but a poor beggar girl. However,
the Prince found the slipper, and in order to
discover where Cinderella was gone, he had
it proclaimed that he would marry the lady
who could put on the glass slipper. All the
ladies tried to wear the slipper in vain, Cin-
derella's sisters also; but when their young
sister begged to be allowed to try it also, it
was found to fit her exactly; and, to the
Prince's delight, she drew the fellow slipper
from her pocket, and he knew at once that
she was his beautiful partner at the ball. So
she was married to the Prince, and children
strewed roses in their path as they came out
Cinderella forgave her sisters, and was so
kind to them, that she made them truly sorry
for their past cruelty and injustice.
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