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ONCE upon a
a wife and
and pretty girl.
time there lived a rich man who had
one young daughter, a very sweet
The wife fell sick and died, and after
a while the father
The lady he mar-
ried this time was
proud and cross,
and she had two
ters like herself.
The new wife
took a great dis-
like to her step-
child, because she
was prettier, and
had better man-
ners than her own
both she and the
very unkind to
the poor girl,
whom they made
do all the hard
work of the house.
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While the two sisters spent their time in the
room, she had to stay in the kitchen, the only
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could sit being in the chimney-corner amongst the
cinders, and from this her proud, cruel sisters gave her
the name of Cinderella.
One day the two sisters received an invitation to a
ball at the King's palace. They were in high glee,
and at once had the whole house in a stir to get them
ready to appear in grand style. They made Cinderella
help them to dress, for they knew her taste was better
than theirs, although they would not tell her so.
The night came, and the sisters rode off to the ball,
being mean enough to taunt Cinderella at the last
moment because she was not going too.
The poor girl went to her chimney-corner, and-could
not help weeping as she sat there, thinking about her
sisters' cruelty.: Suddenly her godmother, who was a
Fairy, appeared.before her and asked her why she wept.
I wish-I wish-" said Cinderella, with a sob, but
she could not say a word more.
You wish to go to the ball-is not that it?" said
"Ah, yes," said the poor child, and she began to
Well, be a good girl, and you shall go," said the
She touched Cinderella's dingy gown and it was
changed in an instant into a beautiful ball-dress. Then
she gave her a pair of slippers, the prettiest ever seon.
They were made of glass, but were soft as silk, and
CINDERELLA AT THE PALACE.
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fitted her exactly. The Fairy then took a pumpkin,
scooped it out, and touched it with her wand, and it
became a splendid coach. Next she went to the mouse-
trap, and finding six live mice in it, she touched them
too, with her wand, and turned them into sixdashing
horses. Then .she made a coachman out of a great
iat, and three:footmen out of lizards.from the garden.
: She now made the happy, girl get into the coach and
drive off to.the ball, but sheftold her at starting that
the must not fail to leave the 'palace before twelve
o'clock, for at that hour her. fine dress would, turn again
to rags, and her. coach'sand horses and servants to
what they had been in the firstplace.
There was a great stir at the palace when Cinderella's1
splendid coach drove.up. The Lord High Chamberlain
helped her to alight, and escortedd her himself into
the ball-room. There he presented her to the Prince.,
the King's only son, and he at once claimed her hand
for the next dance. Every one present was struck with
her beauty, and with the richness of her dress, and
the elegance of her dancing. Even her proud sisters
could not help but admire her, little thinking who she
was, and they were much pleased that she took notice
of them. a
As for:the Prince, he lost: his heart "to Cinderella
completely. :. He'danced \-ith her every time, and kept
by her side the whole eveninfg.-. : :
Cinderella was so happy that it was no wonder that
she took little heed of how the hours were passing, and
quite forgot her godmother's warning until she heard
the clock begin to strike twelve. She was sitting beside
the Prince, and she jumped up from her seat, rushed
across the room, and flew down stairs.
The Prince ran after her, but could not overtake her.
The only trace of her was one of her glass slippers,
which had fallen off in her flight. The Prince picked
it up, and declared irn the:presence of the whole court,
that if he couldfihd i.thieiowner he would marry her.
: Cinderella had to reach- home-on- foot, and had none
of her finery left except-the other glass slipper.
' The} next .day -the PPrince, sent out a herald, with,
orders to stop;at every house, :so that every lady might
try on, the slipper he had picked up.. When the herald
ameito the-,honie of, Ciriderella's sisters, they tried
very hard to pui-~on the slipper, but it was much too
sinall for either of them.
,.. Then Cinderella's turn came, and,. great was the dis-
may of her sisters 'ihen they saw that.the slipper went
pn" easily, and,;fitted to a T. Cinderella'at once drew
the other 'slipper, from her pocket and put it on her
other foot, .an'd then every one knew that she must be
indeed the beautiful lady of the ball-room. To put
an end to all doubt, the Fairy godmother at that mo-
ment appeared, and touching Cinderella's clothes with
her wand, changed them again into handsome robes of
satin and lace.
NDERELLA'S FLIGHT FROM THE BALL.
The sisters were
sorry enough now that
they had treated Cin- --
derella so harshly, and f
fearing that she might .
seize the chance to pay ,
them back, they fell at
her feet to beg her par- .: -
don. Cinderella was -. .
too kind-hearted to re- .-
fuse, and she bade them .
rise, assuring them that -
she would forget what
was past if they would -= _
only love her. __
The herald set off to '
bear to the Prince the
happy news that the slipper's owner had been found.
A royal escort was sent to bring Cinderella to 'the
palace, where the Prince received her with great'joy.
She consented to become his wife, and the wedding
was soon celebrated with the greatest splendor.
Cinderella made hosts of. friends, and she and the:
Prince lived happily together for many years, and
among all the treasures of the royal palace there was
nothing quite so precious as
CINDERELLA'S GLASS SLIPPER.
THE MARRIAGE OF CINDERELLA
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AND THE PRINCE.