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-
ters, were invited. So they made her dress
them for this ball, but never thought of allow-
ing her to go there.
"I wish you would take me to the ball
with you, sisters," said Cinderella, meekly.
"Take you, indeed!" answered the elder
sister, with a sneer; "it is no place for a
cinder-sifter: stay at home, and do your
When they were gone, Cinderella, whose
heart was very sad, sat down and cried bitterly; but as she sat sorrowful, thinking of
the unkindness of her sisters, a voice called to
her from the garden, and she went out to see
who was there. It was her god-mother, a
good old Fairy.
"Do not cry, Cinderella," she said; "you
also shall go to the ball, because you are a
kind, good girl. Bring me a large pumpkin."
Cinderella obeyed, and the Fairy, touching
it with her wand, turned it into a grand coach.
Then she turned a rat into a coachman, and
some mice into footmen; and touching Cinder-
ella with her wand, the poor girl's rags became
a rich dress, trimmed with costly lace and
jewels, and her old shoes became a charming
pair of glass slippers, which looked like dia-
monds. The Fairy told her to go to the ball
and enjoy herself, but to be sure to leave the
ball-room before the clock struck eleven.
If you do not," she said, your fine clothes
will all turn to rags again."
So Cinderella got into the coach, and drove
off with her six footmen behind, very splendid
to behold, and arrived at the King's Court,
where she was received with delight. She
was the most beautiful young lady at the ball,
and the Prince would dance with no one else.
But she made haste to leave a little before
the hour fixed, and had time to undress before
her sisters came home. They told her a beau-
tiful Princess had been at the ball, with whom
the 'Prince was delighted. They did not
know it was Cinderella herself.
Three times Cinderella went to royal balls
in this manner, but the third time she forgot
the Fairy's command, and heard eleven
o'clock strike. She darted out of the ball-