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ON CE upon a time there lived a rich
man, who had a wife, and one
daughter, a very sweet and pretty girl.
The wife fell sick and died, and, after
a while, the father married again. But
he did not choose wisely this time, for the
lady he married was proud and cross, and
she had.two grown-up daughters, just like herself in all things.
The marriage was no sooner over than the new wife began
to be very harsh toward her step-child, whom she disliked
because she was so much prettier than her own daughters, and
because her good conduct and gentle manners made them
appear more hateful. She made her do all the hard work of
the house; scrub the floor, polish the grates, wait at the
table, and wash up the plates and dishes.
The poor child bore all this without complaint. When her
work was done, she would sit for warmth in a corner of the
chimney, among the cinders ; and for this reason, and to show
their contempt for her, the unkind sisters called her Cinderella.
One day the two sisters received an invitation to a ball that
was to be given at the palace of the King, in honor of his son
the Prince, who had just come of age. An invitation to this
ball being a great honor, the sisters were in high glee, and at
once began making ready to appear there in grand style.
This meant a great deal more work for Cinderella. She had
to do all the sewing and ironing, to starch and plait the ruffles,
to run out three or four times a day to buy things and, when
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the day of the ball came, to help her proud sisters dress, even
to the arranging of their hair; for they knew she had good
taste in all these matters, although they would not admit it
At last the time came to start, and the sisters rode off to the
ball, being mean enough at the last moment to jeer at Cinder-
ella because she was not going. The poor girl retired to her
dismal kitchen, and could not help weeping as she sat there,
thinking over her sisters' cruelty.
Suddenly she heard a tap at the door, and when she opened
it there walked in an odd-looking little woman, who carried a
wand in her hand. She was a Fairy who had been a great
friend of Cinderella's mother while she was alive, and had
been chosen as godmother for Cinderella when she was born.
After telling Cinderella who she was, she asked her why she
had been weeping.
I-I-should so much have-have liked-" sobbed the
broken-hearted girl, but she could say no more.
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
Cinderella soon dried her tears ; and when her godmother
said, Fetch me a pumpkin," she ran and got the largest she
could find. The fairy scooped it hollow, touched it with her
wand, and immediately changed it into a splendid carriage.
Then, seeing a mouse-trap in which were six live mice, she
told Cinderella to open it; and as each mouse ran out, she
touched it with her wand; and so got as handsome a team of
mouse-colored horses as were ever harnessed together.
Then she made a coachman out of a rat, and six tall footmen
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out of six lizards from the garden. Another touch of the
wand changed Cinderella's dingy clothing into a beautiful ball-
dress, that sparkled with diamonds. Last of all, the Fairy
gave her a pair of slippers made of glass, the smallest and
prettiest ever seen.
Cinderella was now
quite ready. Just
as she was stepping
into the carriage A
the good Fairy said,
SMind, whatever la
you do, don't be
later than twelve ;"
and warned her,
that if she did not
leave in time, her
carriage would turn
back to a pumpkin,
her horses to mice,
her coachman to a
rat, her footmen to
lizards, and her fine
dress to rags.
There was a great
stir at the palace
when the splendid
carriage was driven
up, and Cinderella
alighted. The Lord
her to the ball-room,, and introduced her to the Prince, who
at once claimed her hand for the next dance. Cinderella
was in a whirl of delight, 'and the hours flew all too fast. At
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supper she was seated next her sisters, and even talked with
them, they little thinking who she was. When the hands of
the clock pointed to a quarter of twelve, Cinderella, mindful
of he. godmother's warning, arose, and making a low bow to
the King and Queen, bade them good night. The Queen said
there was to be another ball the
next night and she must come to
that. Then the Prince led her to..
her carriage, and she went home.
The next night the two sisters //
went to the second ball, and Cin- "
derella's godmother sent her also, i-- .
dressed even more handsomely than ,.
the first night.
The Prince waited for her at the k '
door, at least three-quarters of an "-p
hour, and when she arrived, led her\ v -
into the ball-room. He danced\
with her every time, and kept by
her side the whole evening."
Cinderella was so happy, she
entirely forgot her godmother's
warning, and the time passed so
quickly that she did not think it /
was more than eleven when the / / /
first stroke of midnight sounded.
She jumpedup 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 glass slipper.
The Prince questioned the servants of the palace and the
guards at the gates as to whether
they had seen a beautiful Princess
hurrying out just as the clock struck
a ,' twelve. 'The men replied that the
Only person who had left the place
i..- irat that hour was a poorly-dressed
girl, who looked more like a kitchen
maid than a Princess, and who
'- certainly could not have been at
'i' The Prince had lost his heart
i completely to Cinderella. Night
Sand day he thought of the charm-
i' .: i "' ing Princess, and he sought in many
S' -- ways to find some trace of her.
~..- y^i iL \\ \His want of success filled him with
_-d despair, and he was beginning to be
Very unhappy, when a bright idea
struck him. He decided to send
a herald through the city to make
THE KING'S SON WILL MARRY THE LADY WHO IS ABLE TO
WEAR THE GLASS SLIPPER WHICH WAS DROPPED AT THE LATE
BALL AT THE ROYAL PALACE.
The rivalry among the ladies was very great. The Prin-
cesses claimed the right, as being of the highest rank, to try
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CINDERELLA AT THE PALACE.
CINDERELLA'S FLIGHT FROM THE BALL.
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on the slipper first; then came the Duchesses ; and after them
the other ladies of the court; but they all tried in vain,
for the slipper, being a magic one, would fit only the person
for whom it had been made. One after another the ladies
were obliged to dismiss the herald, and give up the hope of
becoming the bride of the Prince.
The herald at last came "to the
house of the two sisters, and though _
they well knew that neither of them-
selves was the beautiful lady of the : i :
ball, they made every effort to get .Ii I ...-
their clumsy feet into the dainty T(' '-
little slipper, but of course they "
could not do it. One found her ,
foot too long, and the other found / .
her's too broad, so at last they had
to give it up. ,
Cinderella, who had been watch-
ing them eagerly, stepped forward
and asked if she might try on the -
slipper. The sisters exclaimed, ;
"What impudence!" but the herald -7 //
said his orders were to pass no // -
lady by,,and Cinderella seated her- /_/ __
self to try on the slipper. There /
was no trouble in getting it on; --
it fitted her to a T. The sisters were speechless with amaze-
ment; but imagine, if you can, their look of surprise when
Cinderella drew from her pocket the other slipper, which she
had carried about with her ever since the night of the ball.
Now the sisters could see in Cinderella's face, some resem-
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balance to that of the lady's who had taken so much notice of
them at the ball, and whose attentions they were so proud to
receive. How had it been brought about? As if in answer
to their thought the Fairy godmother entered the room, and,
touching Cinderella's clothes with her wand, made them more
costly and dazzling than ever. The
/herald set off at once to bear the
Joyful news to his master that the
owner of the slipper was found.
... \ You may well believe that the
I/ .. \ sisters were sorry enough that they
i had treated Cinderella so harshly,
; and they supposed that now the
A tables were turned she would de-
spise them, and be glad of a chance
'to pay them back for their ill-usage.
SSo, mortified apd ashamed, they
Sent down on their knees and
y asked her forgiveness, and Cinder-
-% ella, bidding them rise, begged them
to think no more of the past, or to
l fear her hatred. She assured them
__' /_ | \ "that she should never forget that
_ \ they were her sisters, and would
\ '\ do all she could to add to their
S -- future happiness.
A royal escort was sent to conduct Cinderella to the palace,
and great was the joy of the Prince at beholding her again.
She consented to become his wife, and the wedding soon took
place, the festivities attending it being the most splendid that
had ever been seen in the kingdom.
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