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5\' (, 6CS upon a time, ever so many years ago, there lived a worthy gentleman
^[s and his little daughter. The gentleman was a widower, and rather melancholy,
.j while the little girl was not only very beautiful, but very bright and merry,
i, ... and above all was very good.
One day her -father came to her with a smile upon his face, and took
her on his knfe, andc told her that he was going to be married again, and that
she would have two elder sisters, as the lady he was going to marry had two
daughters; and he hoped his little girl would continue to be good, so that they
should all live happily together for ever after. His daughter kissed her father and promised
always to be good, and said that she felt sure that it was quite impossible to be otherwise than happy.
But she was wrong, as it turned out. Although she was good all day long and all night
too, she was not happy, not by any means; for her step-mother happened to be a very cross and
disagreeable woman, while the two daughters took after their mother in these respects, only that
they were ten times more cross and disagreeable. They all three of them treated the poor girl
most shockingly. They made her work like a servant, sweep the floors, make the beds, dust the
furniture, make the fires, and clean the hearth. So in the evening, when her day's work was
done, she would go and sit alone amongst the cinders in the chimney-corner, and for that reason
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they nicknamed her Cinderella. They gave Cinderella only a garret to sleep
in, while they had comfortable rooms for themselves; and while they had many
and beautiful dresses, the little girl had only rags.
Cinderella did not like to complain to her father, and tell him how unhappy she was, for
one reason-because it would make him unhappy also, and for another, because he had always
to do what his wife told him, and dared not interfere in anything.
So matters went on for some years. Cinderella remained just as good, but very unhappy;
for there was never any change for her. The two sisters, who were very fashionable young
ladies, went out to parties and balls, and were ever so merry; and would only laugh and sneer
.at poor Cinderella as she did their hair and
helped them to dress of an evening. They
could not, or, perhaps, would not, see how
beautiful she was, with all her rags.
Now one day the King, who lived in a
very magnificent palace, sent heralds round
the country to proclaim that his son, the Prince,
intended giving a ball, and that all the young
girls from far and near were to come and
ance at it. This news, of course, created a very great commo-
ti'on in every house where there was a young girl, and also in
SSI me h Iouses where the girls were not so very young. The
f milliners and dressmakers in the city went nearly mad, so
S\\-rrid:l \\re they by their excited customers.
SBut of all the houses where the excitement ran highest
In ..._1 t ceri-tinly the house where Cinderella lived was the one.
.* ,l" he tw-o sisters were going to the ball, and for weeks before
= 'F| they spent their days trying on dresses, petticoats, and shoes. And from morning
till night it was, "Cinderella, come here!" "Cinderella, where are my gilt hair-pins?"
"(in.lerella, have you ironed out those frills yet?" until poor Cinderella was so tired with running
up and down stairs that she could hardly stand.
At last the eventful evening came, and, after Cinderella had dressed the two sisters,
being very much abused all the time for being so clumsy, and after she had seen them drive
away looking so grand in their new dresses, she went to her usual seat in the chimney-
corner feeling very lonely and miserable.
"Oh, dear, oh, dear," she cried, "how I should like to go to the ball; and the King's
proclamation said that all young girls were to go, but it is impossible for me in these poor rags."
Just then she was startled by a very strange rumbling noise
in the chimney, and suddenly there appeared a Fairy with a tall
peaked hat on her head and a wand in her hand. Cinderella was "
at first very frightened, but the Fairy told her that she had nothing
to fear, and that she was the Fairy's god-child.,
"And hoity! toity! what's the matter?" she cried. "You have
been crying; I can see that.".
Cinderella confessed that she had been crying, and it was
because she wanted to go to the ball.
"Want to go to the ball, do you?" said the Fairy. "Then
"But how can I go in these rags?" cried Cinderella.
"Never mind; I will settle all that. You shall have a dress, .
and a coach and horses and servants. Only you must do as I
tell you. Now, run and fetch me the biggest pumpkin you can
find in the garden."
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Cinderella brought in a fine
pumpkin and gave it to her god-
mother, wondering very much what it
S .,. .... -- could have to do with her going to
the ball. The Fairy, taking a knife,
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--. ~ coach, while Cinderella looked on very
,"/. L. .i much interested indeed.
Y.. .',. "Now go and see if there are
S. '. any mice in the trap," said Cinderella's
"'t; godmother; and the girl ran away and
soon returned with the trap, in which were six fat mice.
"That will do beautifully," said the strange Fairy, as she harnessed the little animals to
the pumpkin-coach with some scarlet thread, while she sent Cinderella to fetch six green lizards
from the garden. Then she put a straw into each of the lizards' hands, and placing them by the
coach, told her god-daughter that they were her footmen, and that all they wanted now was a
coachman to drive the coach.
"Perhaps there is a rat in the rat-trap," said Cinderella, laughing, for she thought tt ,it
her god-mother was only having some fun.
"The very thing," said the Fairy. "Fetch the rat, by all means."
Cinderella soon returned with a fine black rat, which was put on to the box of the little '
coach, while the scarlet reins were placed in his paws.
"And now, gee up, Rat! off into the road, Mice! away with you, Lizards!" said
the Fairy god-mother. And the mice drew the pumpkin along the floor, out of the doCor,
into the road; and no sooner were they there than the Fairy touched them with her wand,
and, very much to Cinderella's wonder and delight, the pumpkin turned into a beautiful ...- '. ;
gilded coach, the miice into
six fine horse, the lizards
into six tall footmen in green
livery, and the rat into a
ro, und, jlly-l cooking coach-
man. Then the god-mother
touched Cinderella with her
wand, and im mediately her
rags turned into a beautiful
dress, and the girl stood
there look .ng far rnm:re beauti-
ful than ,an-y l-incess in the
\whole wide world. There
was only i. ne thing i-anting,
and that was a pair of
slippers, and these the Fairy produced from
"And now, my dear," said Cinderella's
her pocket. They were made of glass, and were
god-mother, "you can go to the ball and enjoy
yourself. But be sure and come away before
twelve o'clock, for at that hour your beautiful
dress will turn to rags again, and the coach and
horses to a pumpkin and mice."
Cinderella thanked her god-mother very
much for her kindness, and said that she would
not forget to leave before twelve o'clock. Then
away she went in her magnificent carriage.
As soon as Cinderella entered the ball-room
the young people stopped dancing, the old people
stopped talking, and the musicians stopped
Splaying; everybody was spell-bound by the
Extraordinary beauty and splendid dress of the
newcomer. "Who can she be?" "Where does
she come from?" "She must be a great Princessl"
was at last whispered round, as the Prince
stepped forward and conducted Cinderella to
the throne, where sat the King with the Queen
beside him, who both received the girl most
graciously. Then the Prince, who had already
fallen head over ears in love with Cinderella,
led her out to dance with him. And they
danced and talked together until it was very
nearly twelve o'clock. Then Cinderella, remembering the words of the Fairy god-mother, managed
to escape, and only just in time; for as soon as she got into the courtyard outside the palace
her beautiful clothes turned into rags again, and she saw the pumpkin drawn by the mice,
and the lizards and the rat running away in the distance.
Cinderella hurried home and took her place in the chimney-corner, and soon after the two
sisters returned. They could talk of nothing but the ball, and the strange Princess who had suddenly
appeared, and had as suddenly disappeared at twelve o'clock; and how the Prince, who had seemed
very much in love with her, had gone about very-much distracted, making inquiries as to where
she had gone, but nobody could tell him, as nobody had seen her pass through the Palace gates; and
how the Prince was going to give another ball on the following night, to which all the same
people had been invited, in the hope that the beautiful and mysterious Princess would
go again. You can quite understand how very nuch -
interested Cinderella was to hear all this, and that '"
she soon wanted to go to the second-ball more than -
she had wished to go to the first. She begged the I.. '
younger sister to lend her her old yellow satin ''
gown; but the two sisters only mocked and laughed '
at Cinderella. jt j z
"Fancy you going to the ball!" they cried. .
together. "Why, you wouldn't know how to behave 'l
yourself. Don't talk nonsense! You can help us to J
dress, and can look at us when we are dressed, and
think yourself luEky to be able to see that much." .
So the next day Cinderella had to help the
sisters dress and do their hair for them, and was
left sitting alone in her chimney-corner while they -- .-.
went to enjoy themselves. But no sooner had they gone than the strange rumbling
noise came again in the chimney, and a moment afterwards the Fairy god-mother
"You are such a good girl," said the Fairy, "that I will reward you by
sending you to the second ball also. Run and fetch me another pumpkin, and
some more mice and lizards and a rat, so that I can.
make a coach and horses for you."
You may be sure that Cinderella did not
take long finding all the Fairy required, and presently
another beautiful coach with magnificent horses stood,
at the door, and, the Fairy touching Cinderella with
her wand, her rags turned into a still more beautiful
dress than the one she had worn the night before. !
..':- ....-- Then the Fairy gave her the glass slippers and /
.. reminded her to be sure and leave before twelve o'clock.
The Prince was waiting at the door of the ball-room ,
to receive Cinderella; and as she entered on his arm all the
young men whispered about her beauty, and all the young
girls whispered about her dress, and wondered who her milliner
was. Then Cinderella danced in a minuet with the Prince, while the guests gathered round
to watch the handsome couple. And after that Cinderella went and spoke to the two sisters,
and they were very much flattered at this attention, for they did not recognize the poor girl they
had left sitting in rags in the chimney-corner.
Then after that she danced with the Prince again; and when that dance was over, he
begged her for another dance; and as he danced so well, and was really such a handsome
Prince, she gave him one more, and let him have another after that.
Then they went in to supper together, and
a very good supper they had. But just as
Cinderella was going to have one little bit more .
of ice-pudding (and it was really and truly a
wonderfully nice ice-pudding), she happened to look up, and her eyes
fell upon the clock at the end of the banqueting hall, and, lo and
behold, it was on the point of striking twelve.
Cinderella was horrified--suppose her lovely clothes should turn
into rags! What an awful position to be placed in! She jumped up
and ran out of the room, and out of the Palace, but before she had
got down the stairs she was in rags again. Luckily everybody was
in at supper, and no one saw her.
The Prince, who had gone to fetch the ice-cream, was greatly
disappointed when he returned to find the Princess had vanished, and
that all that remained of her was one of the tiny glass slippers which
she had dropped in her hurried flight.
The next morning everybody in the city was in a
state of great excitement. The Prince was going through
the streets with a very grand retinue, and a page carried a velvet
cushion on which was a tiny glass slipper. And at the corner of every
street the heralds blew their trumpets, and then a proclamation was
read which said that the Prince was ready and willing to marry the
maiden who could put on the glass slipper. Now as all the young
girls were eager to have such a very handsome and rich Prince for
a husband, you can understand how many came to try on the glass
slipper, but one and all returned disappointed. At last, as the day was
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getting late, the Prince and the heralds and the page with the slipper on the '
velvet cushion passed the house where Cinderella lived, at the door of which '
stood the two sisters, who told the Prince they would like to try on the glass ---
slipper, so the Prince and heralds went into the house. Then first one sister and
then the other tried to squeeze her foot into the slipper, but try how they would
-- they could not get it on. Cinderella
i ,-- stood by watching with anxious
k-. eyes, not daring to say anything.
*... But the Prince turned to her and
'- asked her if she also would not
like to try.
"She try the slipper on, ab-
.- i surd!" cried the two sisters, which
V .',. "..' "And why not?" said the
Prince. "In my proclamation I
make no distinction between the
'. A Ii ,' rich and the poor. I will marry the
S- '' maid who can put the slipper on."
Q"% So Cinderella sat down on
S. a chair, while the page knelt before
her, and very much to the surprise
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-. the two sisters, the slipper went
on easily and was, in fact, an
'excellent fit. And at that moment
a strange rumbling noise was
heard in the chimney, and a | --
moment after Cinderella's Fairy
god-mother appeared, carrying
in her hand the other- glass 1" -w ii P
slipper, and she touched her
god-child with her wand and
immediately her rags turned
into a lovelier dress than any
Cinderella had as yet worn.
Besides, there were diamonds
and rubies and emeralds in her hair, and on her wrists and neck. /
Then the Prince and the two sisters knew that she was the Princess
they had met at the ball, and the Prince begged her to marry him,
and the two sisters begged her to forgive them.
In due time Cinderella married the Prince, and of course for-
gave the two sisters, who the very same day married two noblemen
of the King's court. It was a very grand wedding, as Royal weddings always
are. People came from miles and miles to see the lovely bride. And foreign
Kings and Queens sent handsome presents, so that the palace was full of these
costly gifts. And there was feasting and merry-making for a whole week; and
Cinderella, now a Princess, remembering the days when she was a poor girl,
dressed in rags, and sitting amongst the cinders in the chimney-corner, had the poor looked
after, and gave them breakfasts, and dinners, and suppers, and teas.
Whether the two sisters lived happily ever afterwards with their husbands I don't know,
but certainly Cinderella and the Prince were the happiest couple in the world, and as they were
both very good they deserved to be so. Edric Vredenburg.
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