ONCE upon a time, a poor nobleman
married a very rich, but proud, andl
bad-tempered lady. She was his second
wife, and had two grown-up daughters,
of exactly her own disposition. The
nobleman, too, had a daughter-the love-
liest girl ever known. She had been
brought up by her godmother, who, as
sometimes happened in those days, was
Tile marriage was no sooner over, than
the stepmother began to be very harsh
and unkind towards this young girl, whose
gentle and loving disposition caused the
behavior of her own daughters to appear
even more detestable than before. They,
on their part, were so jealous of the poor
child that they did all they could to make
her life miserable and unhappy. They
teased and tormented her from morning
till night, 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 ever.
The poor child made no complaint to
her father, for she knew that it would only
add to his unhappiness and discomfort,
and that if he interfered it would only
make matters worse.- It was not long
before he fell violently ill; medicines
would not save him; and he died so sud-
denly that the shock almost killed his
poor little daughter, who knew not how
she could live without' him.
After her dear father's death, the.
haughty sisters were more unkind than
ever to the poor little girl. They never
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invited her to share in. their games or
their sports, or to join them in their walks
or drives. Their mother encouraged
them in this sort of conduct, for she
seemed to bear the poor child a grudge
for being so much prettier than her own
daughters. It did not occur to her or to
them that more than half of their ill-looks
was owing to their ugly tempers. It is
no disgrace to be homely: and pretty
manners will hide all defects of face, or
form, and enable us to win hosts of friends..
The young girl, who should have been
treated as a daughter and sister, was
made to do all the hard -work of the.
house. She made the 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.
When her work was done, ishe would
sit for warmth in a corner of the chimney,
among the cinders; and, for this reason,
and to show how much they despised her,
the unkind sisters gave her the name of.
She had to sleep on a hard, straw
bed in a garret, which was most meanly
furnished; while her sisters had each
a beautiful room, with feather beds and
pillows, the softest and. most luxurious
that money could buy; and with look-
ing-glasses in which they could see
themselves from head to foot.
One day the sisters received an invita-
tion to a series of grand balls that were
to be given in honor of a Prince, who,
being the eldest soni 'f the King, would
soon have a right to the throne. It was
a great honor to be invited to the palace,
and the note was eagerly read, and the
invitation promptly accepted by the proud
sisters. They gave themselves much
THE TWO HAUGHTY SISTERS.
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CINDERELLA.DRESSING HER SISTERS' HAIR.
loftier airs than before; and it seemed as
if they would never cease discussing how
they should be dressed.
I shall wear my red velvet, with
Honiton lace," said one sister. "Well!"
said the other, I shall put on my plain
silk; but then I shall have my gold-
embroidered cloak, and pearl-and-dia-
mond coronet; and don't you think that
will look rather nice?"
This meant a great deal more work for
Cinderella. She had to do all the sew-
ing and ironing, to starch and plait the
ruffles, to run upon errands three or four
times a day ; and she even offered to
dress their hair. This, in truth, was what
they were longing for, as she had such
excellent taste! but they were too proud
to own it openly.
In the midst of this preparation, one
of the sisters said, How would you like
to go to the ball, Cinderella?" Know-
ing this was only said to annoy her, Cin-
derella merely answered, "Oh! they don't
want me." No,. I should think not,
indeed," said the other sister, tossing her
head, "I never heard of a Cinder-sifter.
being at a ball." It was enough to make
her spoil her hair ; but with all this unkind-
ness, 'she still seemed ready and willing
to please them.
So anxious were they to improve their
figures, at least twenty stay-laces were
broken. They scarcely ate anything for
two whole days, and were admiring them-
selves continually in the looking-glass.
At last the great day came. When
the two sisters started, Cinderella kept
her eyes fixed on the carriage until it dis-
appeared, and then she went back to her
usual seat in the chimney-corner, and
began to weep.
Suddenly, her Fairy godmother, stood
CINDERELLA BRINGING A PUMPKIN FROM THE GARDEN.
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by her side, and asked what was the
matter. I,-I,-shouldso much have-
have liked"-sobbed the broken-hearted
girl, but she could
say no more. e-
Do you mean, .
you would like to
go with your sisters?"
Oh! yes, I should," cried Cinderella.
"Well, well!" said her godmother,
"be a good girl, and you shall go."
Cinderella soon dried her tears; and
when her godmother said, Fetch me a
pumpkin from the garden," she ran and
got the largest she could find; but not
knowing that her godmother was a Fairy,
she did not think this had much to do
with going to the ball.
The Fairy scooped it hollow, touched
it with her wand, and immediately
changed it into a magnificent carriage,
lined with satin and plush, fit for a Royal
Highness to ride in.
"That is good as far as it goes," said
the Fairy; but it won't go far without
horses. Look in the mouse-trap, my
child, and see if there is anything in it."
Cinderella ran quicklyto do her bid-
ding, and was delighted to find six
plump mice caught in the trap. There
they were, poking their little noses
through the bars and trying to get out.
And how they did squeal! Cinderella
took care that not one of them should
escape, as she bore the trap in triumph to
The Fairy told her to raise
the wire door that the mice
might come out, one by one.
As they did so, a
touch of the wand
into six handsome
horses, with arching necks, shining manes,
and long tails, and splendid harness all
plated with gold. It was enough to make
one's eyes water just to look at them.
Well, my child," said the Fairy, this
A RAT FOR A COACHMAN!
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CINDIERELLA S COACH.
is a fine turn-out, truly. But there are
the finishing touches yet to be put on.
Go and see if there is a rat in the rat-
Cinderella ran with all haste, and soon
returned bearing the trap, which had in
it a rat of the very best quality. As he
sprang out of the trap, he was changed
into a coachman, and took his place on
the box as orderly as you please.
But this was not all. Bring me six
lizards," said the Fairy godmother. You
will find them behind the watering-pot
in the garden." The lizards were brought,
and at once transformed into pages, whose
duty it was to run alongside or ahead of
the carriage, and announce its arrival.
These immediately sprang to their places,
and stood as if awaiting further orders.
"There, Cinderella!" exclaimed her
godmother, gazing with pride upon the
equipage. Could anything be finer
than that ? Jump in, and be off."
Cinderella looked at her shabby clothes,
contrasting them with the splendor of the
carriage, and shook her head sadly. The
godmother understood at once, and said,
" Oh, I see! You think that dress is hardly
fit to wear to a ball. Well, we can easily
remedy that. My dressmaker is wonder-
fully skillful, and will fit you out in short
Saying this, she touched Cinderella
with her wand, and immediately the old
clothes fell off the young girl, and she
stood- arrayed in a beautiful dress that.
shone like cloth of gold. Jewels spark-
led here and there-on her hands' at
her throat-and on her waist; and to
crown all, the Fairy brought a pair of
lovely glass slippers-that shone like
diamonds- for Cinderella to put on.
CINDERELLA CATCHING THE LIZARDS.
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The godmother paused awhile to ad-
mire Cinderella in her new attire, and
then she said, "I
have but one charge
to give you, my child.
/ Be certain to leave
Sthe ball-room before
twelve o'clock, for if
2- you remain a mo-
ment beyond that
time, your carriage
will become a pump-
kin, your coachman,
a rat, your horses,
.mice, and yourpages,
S -lizards. Your beau-
tiful dress, too, will
vanish away, leaving
S- ... you in the shabby
,_clothes of a kitchen
E C Cinderella, in a
flutter of excitement
and eager to be off, promised all her god-
mother wished, and away dashed the
carriage. When she drove into the
courtyard of the palace, the Prince was
informed that a beautiful Princess, whom
nobody knew, had arrived; and, in order
to show her the greatest respect, he went
himself and handed her out. of the car-.
riage, and led her into the ball-room. The
band stopped playing at once, and the
dancers stood still and gazed at her.
There was a long, still hush-!-!-!
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Then a confused whisper all over the
Here she comes !!"
Oh how lovely "
As soon as the band struck up again,
the Prince courteously asked if he might
have the pleasure of dancing, with her.
movements that afteraew bars,
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ella's miov events, that afte' ','f ew bars,
she and the Prince were the onl couple
dancing, everybody else looking on.
The King himself, old as he was, could
not turn away his eyes, and, over and
over again, he whispered to the Queen
that it was many a long day since they
had seen so beautiful and charming a
visitor at their court.
The ladies took every opportunity to
notice how her dress was made. They
all intended to follow her example, if they
could but get artists skillful enough, and
buy the same kind of material. At the
supper, which was most sumptuously
served, the young Prince had no appetite;
but kept his eyes fixed tenderly on this
unknown visitor, who had taken a seat
by the side of her sisters, and was giving
them a share of all the delicacies which he
passed to her.
THE PRINCE FINDS THE SLIPPER.
When their merriment was at its
The clock struck a quarter of twelve.
Then Cinderella remembered the Fairy's
warning and, making a courtesy to all the
company, immediately returned home.
After kissing her godmother, she asked
if she might go the next night, as the
Prince had decided to have another ball,
and particularly wished her to come.
Before she had finished telling the
Fairy all the events of the evening, the
two sisters knocked at the door, and -Cin-
derella, whose beautiful clothes disap-
peared at that instant, let them in.
Oh! how late you are!" she yawned,
rubbing her eyes, and stretching herself,
as though she had just woke up.
"Ah !" said one of the sisters, you
would not have been so sleepy, if you
had been with us. We have been talk-
ing, nearly the whole evening, to a most
Cinderella could not help feeling
very much pleased secretly at hear-
ing this. She asked the name of
the Princess, but they could not say.
They only knew that the Prince was
greatly distressed at her leaving so
suddenly, and would give all the
t ^world to find out where she came
THE PRINCE AND THE SLIPPER.
Cinderella's eyes beamed with joy.
"How beautiful she must have been!"
she said, and how very fortunate you
both were in being invited! If you were
to lend me one of your old, every-day
dresses, don't you think I could go and
see her ?"
Oh! the idea," the sisters screamed.
"'A kitchen wench like you! What
next will you think of?"
The following night the two sisters
went again to the ball, and Cinderella's
oodmother let her also go; but in a much
handsomer dress than before.
The Prince waited for her at the door,
at least three-quarters of an hour, and
when she arrived, he again led her into
the ball-room. He danced with her every
time, and kept by her side the whole
Cinderella was so happy, she entirely
forgot her godmother's warning, and the
time had passed so quickly, she did not
think it was more than eleven, when the
first stroke of midnight sounded. She
jumped up from her seat by the side of
the Prince, rushed across the room, and
flew down stairs. The Prince ran after
her; but was too late. The only trace
of her was a glass slipper, which had
fallen off in her flight. The Prince picked
it up, and would not part with it.
Poor Cinderella got home frightened
and out of breath, with no carriage-no
horses-no coachman-no footmen-and
all her old clothes back again. She had
none of her finery now, except the other
The Prince made the strictest inqui-
ries, but could get no information from
the servants of the palace, or the soldiers
on guard. The only person that had
passed them, they said, was a poorly clad
"HERALDS WERE SENT ALL THROUGH THE KINGDOM.
CINDERELLA TRYING ON THE SLIPPER.
girl, who certainly could /
not have been at the ball. ,
When the sisters came i.,
home, Cinderella asked -
them if they had enjoyed
themselves as much as on '"
the first night, and if they
had again seen the Prin-
cess. Yes," they said;
" but just as the clock was
striking twelve, she left in -
a great hurry, and one of ..
her beautiful glass slippers
fell off. The Prince picked '.--
it up, and has been looking
at it and kissing it ever -
since. Everybody says he A '
is madly in love with her."
And so. he, was. For
the next day heralds were
sent all through the king-
dom, proclaiming that the LADIEIS OF
Prince would marry the lady who could
wear this slipper.
.The rivalry among the ladies was very
S, great. First of all, the
7 Princesses tried, then the
Duchesses, and then the
other ladies of the Court;
,-, but their feet e re much
S '\ too large. The slipper was
brought.to the two sisters,
and though they knew very
4 well that neither of them
/ was the beautiful Prin-
Scess, they tried hard to get
S their clumsy feet into it,
5 \ but could not. When they
were quite tired out with
trying, Cinderella said, qui-
S etly, "May I see if it will
fit me ?",.
The sistersi burst into
,Lr'S- shouts 'of laughter, and
began to make sneering
\ remarks, but they could
THE COURT. not prevent her, since the
command was that every young girl'in
the kingdom should try on the slipper.
Cinderella snrilingly seated herself.in the
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chair; and the slipper, at the very first
trial, went on her pretty little foot, and
fitted it like a glove. The two sisters
bit their lips in envy and vexation; and
they nearly fainted, when Cinderella put
her hand into her pocket, and brought
out the other slipper.
The moment both slippers were on,
the good Fairy appeared, and touching
Cinderella's clothes with her wand, made
them more costly and dazzling than ever.
Then the two sisters recognized that the
despised Cinderella was the beautiful
Princess whom they had seen at the ball;
and throwing themselves on their knees,
asked her to forgive them the very many,
unkind things they had said and done
-to her. She lifted them up, kissed them
affectionately, and said she only wanted
them to love her now. The carriage, the
coachman, and the pages were.all ready,
and Cinderella was at once taken to the
palace. The Prince thought her more
charming than ever, and insisted on
marrying her in a few days. Cinderella
showed the goodness of her heart by
bringing her sisters to the palace, and
shortly after they became the wives of
two rich gentlemen of the court.
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