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Group Title: Three fairy princesses : Snow White The Sleeping Beauty Cinderella ; the old stories
Title: Three fairy princesses
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Title: Three fairy princesses Snow White The Sleeping Beauty Cinderella ; the old stories
Uniform Title: Cinderella
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White and the seven dwarfs
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Language: English
Creator: Paterson, Caroline
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Place of Publication: London
Publication Date: [1890?]
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    Title Page
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CCaroline Paterson


Of three princesses famed in days of yore
The history again we would unfold;
Come children, then, and search our fairy store,
Nor weary of the tales so often told.
Snow-White, the peerless fair, we here behold,
Who sank in death-swoon spellbound on the floor,
Type of our earth that dies in Winter's cold,
And with the Sun's kiss wakes to life once more;
The Sleeping Beauty too, who, wounded sore
By the charmed spindle which she touched, too bold,
Slept in her home within the thicket hoar,
Dreaming until a hundred years grew old;
And last the maid, who, cast in gentle mould,
All uncomplaining, scoffs and burdens bore,
Sweet Cinderella, with the tresses gold,
Whose dainty foot the famous slipper wore.

I. I

NCE, in the middle of winter, whilst the snow-
flakes fell down like feathers from the sky, a
queen sat at the window of her boudoir in the
palace, working at her embroidery, which was in
a black ebony frame. As she sewed, she pricked her finger,
and three drops of blood fell upon the white ermine trim-
ming of her dress. The queen looked at the red blood
and at the white snow outside, and she said to herself, If
only I had a dear little child as white as snow, as red
as blood, and as black as my ebony embroidery frame !"
Soon after this she had a little daughter, whose skin
was as white as snow, whose cheeks and lips were rosy-red,
and whose hair and eyes were as black as ebony. This

little girl was called the Princess Snow-White.
After the princess was born, the queen died,
and the king married another wife.
The new queen was very beautiful, but so
proud of her beauty that she could not bear
to hear anyone called beautiful but herself.
She had a wonderful looking-glass. When she
stood before it, and looked at herself in it, she
used to say-
Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is fairest of us all ? "

And the mirror answered her-
Lady queen, lady queen,
Thou art fairest to be seen."

Then she was content, for she knew
that the mirror spoke the truth.
Snow White, however, grew
from a baby to a little girl, and
became more and more beauti-
ful every day. It would
seem as if each hour brought
her some newer beauty and
grace; and she was as good
of heart as she was fair
of face. When she was
seven years old she was /
more beautiful than
the queen herself.


Once, when the queen in-
quired of the glass-
Mirror, mirror.on the wall,
Who is fairest of us all ?"
it answered her-
" Lady queen, lady queen,
Snow-White is fairest to be seen."
Then the queen was fright-
ened, and full of envy, and
from that hour she hated
the little princess. And her
hatred grew so strong, that
she had no rest by night or
by day. At last she called
one of the king's huntsmen
to her, and said, "Take the
child away into the woods
and kill her. I will not
have her before my eyes
any more." The huntsman
dared not refuse; he took
her away, but when he drew
out his hunting knife, and
was going to pierce Snow-
White's innocent heart, she
began to cry, and said-
" Dear huntsman, do not kill
me. I will run about in
the woods, and never come

home again." And because she was so beautiful, the hunts-
man had pity on her and spared her life, and said, Run
away, my poor child."
Now Snow-White was alone in the forest, and she was
very much afraid. She ran over the stones and through
the brambles, and the
wild animals sprang out
at her, but they did not
hurt her. She wan-
dered on as long as
her feet would carry
her, until evening drew
near, and then she saw
a little house, and went
into it to rest.
Everything was very
small in that tiny little
j/ house, but very neat
and very pretty, pret-
tier than words can
tell. There was a table
covered with a white
cloth; on the table were
seven little plates, and
seven little drinking
cups, and seven little knives and forks and spoons; and
seven little chairs were placed round the table. Seven
little candlesticks with candles in them stood on the
chimney-piece. We can only count five candlesticks in
the picture, -but that is because we do not see the

whole of the chimney-piece. There were seven little
beds against the wall opposite the window, all of which
had neat white coverlets; the beds were all made, and
the bed-clothes turned down, ready for use. Snow-White
was very hungry and very thirsty, so she ate a piece of
bread from each plate, and drank a drop of wine from
each little cup. Then, as she was also very tired, she

lay down on one of the beds. It did not suit her, how-
ever; none of the beds seemed to please her; one was
too long, and another was too short, and another was too
hard, and another was too soft, and so on. She tried
them all, one after another, until she came to the seventh,
and that was just right for her, so she lay down on it
and fell fast asleep.
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When it was dark, the masters of the house came home.
These were seven dwarfs, who dug in the mountains all day
for treasure. They lit their seven candles when they came
in, and then they saw that some one had been in the house.
The first dwarf said, Who has been sitting in my chair ?"
The second of them said, Who has been eating from my
plate ?" The third dwarf said, "Who has taken some of

my bread ?" The fourth said, "Who has been drinking out
of my little cup ?" The fifth said, Who has used my little
fork ?" The sixth said, "Who has been cutting with my
little knife ?" The seventh said, "Who is this lying upon
my bed ?" Then the others all came crowding up to him,
bringing their candles with them. They held their candles
up so that the light fell upon Snow-White, and when they
saw her, the whole seven cried out with one voice, "What

a pretty little maid!" The good dwarfs were so much
pleased with her that they allowed her to remain sleeping
where she was, and the seventh dwarf, to whom belonged
the bed which she had chosen, spent the night with his
companions, sleeping one hour in each of the other little
beds until the morning.
When Snow-White awoke and saw the dwarfs, she felt
rather frightened; but they spoke kindly to her, asking her
name, and where she came from. Then Snow-White told
them how cruel her step-mother had been to her, and how
the huntsman had been going to kill her, and how she had
wandered about alone in the shady forest the whole day.
and had at last come to their house. "Well," answered
the dwarfs, "if you can make yourself useful, you
may stay here and live with us, and we will protect you.
Can you make our beds, and cook our supper, and wash
our clothes, and knit our stockings, and keep all our little
things clean and tidy ?" And Snow-White said she could.
So it was settled that the little maiden should be sister to
the seven dwarfs, and live with them.
Every morning, as soon as it was daylight, the dwarfs
went out to the mountain to dig for treasure, and they never
came home again till after sunset, so the whole day the
child was alone. When setting out in the morning, they
always said to Snow-White, "Let no one come in whilst
we are away." And Snow-White always locked the door
after they were g6ne.
All this time the queen supposed that Snow-White was
dead. But one day this vain and wicked woman stood
before her mirror admiring herself, and said as before-

/ Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is fairest of us all ?"
Then the mirror made
"Thou art the fairest, lady
In the king's country to be
seen ;
But in the dwarfs' home,
dwelling there,
Snow-White is many times
more fair."

The queen saw then that
the huntsman had not
obeyed her, and that
Snow-White was still liv-
ing. She thought of no-
thing after this but of
how she might kill the
princess, for she could
not bear that there should
be anyone more beautiful
than herself. At last she
thought of a plan. She
dyed her face, and dressed
herself like an old pedlar-
woman, so that no one
could recognize her, took
a basket of laces and other
pretty things, and went

over the mountain to the
house of the seven dwarfs.
When she got there, she
knocked at the door and
cried, Good wares to sell,
cheap, cheap." Snow-
White looked from the
window and said, Good
day, my good woman;
what have you got in
your basket?" Stay-
laces," answered the ped-
lar-woman, and she held
one up which was woven
of coloured silk, and was
very pretty to look at.
"Child," said the woman,
"you look very untidy;
let me lace your dress
with the pretty lace." And
Snow-White, who feared
nothing, came out, and let
her do as she said. But
the old woman laced so
tightly, that Snow-White
could not breathe, and fell
down as if she was dead.
The pedlar-woman has-
tened away, and not long
afterwards the dwarfs

came home. Oh! how frightened they were when they
saw Snow-White lying on the ground! They saw that
she had fainted away because she was too tightly laced,
so they cut the lace, and Snow-White began to breathe,
and by-and-by she was well again. When the dwarfs heard
what had happened, they said, The pedlar-woman must
have been your wicked step-mother. Take care, Snow-
White, and open the door to no one again whilst we are away."
As soon as the queen got back to the palace, she stood
before her mirror and said-
Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is fairest of us all ?"
and it answered-
Thou art the fairest, lady queen,
In the king's country to be seen;
But in the dwarfs' home, dwelling there,
Snow-White is many times more fair."
Then she knew that Snow-White had come to life again,
and she felt as unhappy as she had been before. "Snow-
White shall die," she said to herself. So she prepared a
poisoned apple, beautiful to look at. Any one seeing that
apple would certainly wish to eat it, but whoever ate it
would be sure to die. The queen dyed her face, and
disguised herself as a peasant woman, and went again over
the mountain. When she got to the dwarfs' house, she
knocked at the door, and Snow-White looked out from the
window. "I may not let any one come in," said she, "the
dwarfs have forbidden it." "Very well," answered the
peasant woman, I don't wish to come in; I only want to
get rid of my apples. Here, I will give one to you," and

she held up the beautiful poisoned apple, which looked so
tempting that Snow-White longed to taste it. She stretched
out her hand, and took the apple from the woman, and ate
a little piece; but no sooner had she attempted to swallow
it than she fell down dead on the ground. Then the wicked
queen laughed aloud and said-" White as snow, red as
blood, black as ebony! this time the dwarfs cannot bring
you to life again." When she got home, she stood before
her mirror and said-
Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is fairest of us all ? "
And at last the mirror answered as she wished it to do-
Lady queen, lady queen,
Thou art fairest to be seen."

When the dwarfs came home in the evening, they found
Snow-White lying cold and stiff upon the floor of their
room. They raised her up, unlaced her dress, and bathed
her face; but all was of no use, she never moved or breathed
-she was dead. Now Snow-White looked as beautiful as
if she were still alive. The dwarfs said, "We cannot
put her under the ground;" so they made a glass coffin
and placed her inside, so that they could always see
her, and they wrote upon the coffin in golden letters-
A King's-Daughter." Then they carried the coffin to the
top of the mountain, and they took turns in watching beside

it. By-and-by an owl came to mourn for her, then a raven,
and last of all a dove. Snow-White lay there as if asleep,
and the colour never left her cheeks or her lips.
One day it happened that a king's son rode through the
wood, and saw the coffin on the mountain, with Snow-
White lying inside. He read what was written upon it
in golden letters, and he begged the dwarfs to give
the coffin to him, offering to give them in exchange for it
anything that they liked to ask. But the dwarfs said they
would not part with Snow-White for all the gold in the
world. Then the king's son said again, Give the coffin to
me, and I will guard it as my dearest treasure." When he
said this, the good little dwarfs had pity on him, and they
let him take the coffin away. He directed his servants

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to carry it on their shoulders, and then he set off home-
wards through the wood. On the way, it chanced that the
servants who were charged with this precious burden
stumbled and jolted the coffin, and the piece of poisoned
apple which Snow-White had attempted to swallow was
shaken out of her throat. Immediately she sat up and
began to look about her, and exclaimed, "Where am I ?"
The king's son was full of joy. "You are with me," he
answered ; then he knelt beside her, took her hand
and kissed it, and told her of all that had happened, and
that he loved her better than any one in the world. "Come

with me," he said, "to my father's castle, and be my bride."
And Snow-White was not unwilling to go, for she thought
kindly of the handsome prince.
The king welcomed Snow-White to his kingdom, and
gave orders that great preparations should be made to
celebrate her marriage with his son. Invitations were
sent to the kings and queens in all the countries near.
Amongst others, Snow-White's wicked step-mother was
asked to the wedding feast. When she had dressed
herself in her finest clothes, and was ready to set off, she
stood before her mirror and said once more-
Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is fairest of us all ?"
and the mirror answered-
"Thou art fairest, lady queen,
In this kingdom to be seen ;
But waiting in the Bridal Hall,
The Bride is fairest of us all."
Then the queen was so angry she did not know what to do.
She thought at first she would not go to the feast, but
she could not help wishing to see the bride who was
said to be so wonderfully beautiful. Accordingly she went
to the Bridal Hall, where all the other guests were fast
arriving. When she got there, she saw Snow-White
in her bridal dress, looking more lovely than can be
imagined. The heart of the wicked step-mother fell
within her, and she turned to leave the place, for she
could not bear to look upon Snow-White. But "dancing
shoes" had been prepared for her, which she was obliged to
put on; and then-you know what happens to those who


are obliged to wear such shoes against their will. She
could never stop dancing any more, but went on and on,
dancing over the hills, and through the woods, and along the
sea-shore-away, and away, and away; and she never came
again to the country where Snow-White and her handsome
husband lived happily together for the rest of their lives.

" Go look in any glass, and say
What moral is in being fair."




NCE upon a time there lived a king and queen
who possessed almost every good thing you can
think of, and yet they were not happy; for they
had no child.
"If only we had a child," they used to say to one
another several times every day.
At last it happened that one hot summer evening the
queen sat alone by the side of the lake near which the

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royal palace stood, and as she sat there, she listened to
the croaking of the frogs in the water. There are
many families of little frogs below in the lake," said she
to herself; "but in the palace we have not even one
little child."
Then a frog came up from the water on to the land,
and hopped to her side, and said to her, Before summer
comes round again, you will have a little daughter."
The queen went home feeling very happy after the frog
had said this, and by-and-by it came to pass as he had told
her. The queen had a daughter, and the king was so
much delighted, that he gave a great feast to celebrate
the christening of the child.
He asked all his own relations, and all the relations
of the queen, to come to it, and all the great lords and
ladies of the land; and, besides these, he invited the
wise women, as they were called-that is to say, the fairies

who lived in his dominions-that they might be god-
mothers to the little princess, and bestow beautiful gifts
upon her.
There were thirteen fairies living in that country,
and the king ought to have invited them all to the
feast; but as he had only got twelve golden plates,'
he only asked twelve fairies to come; he was afraid to
put a china plate, or even a silver one, before a fairy
god-mother. Thus it happened that one of the wise
women was not invited, but she came all the same, and
very angry.
The fairy god-mothers came to the feast, flying through
the air. You can see most of them in the pictures above,
and you will easily judge which is the angry one. The
banquet was a very sumptuous one. When it was over, the
god-mothers came up one by one to the throne, on which
the queen sat with her little daughter in her arms, and,

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kneeling before the throne, each endowed the child with
some gift. The first fairy gave her beauty; the second
said that she should be as sweet-tempered as an angel;
the third said she should sing like a nightingale; the

fourth said she should dance like a leaf on a tree; the
fifth said she should be as wise as a sage; the sixth said she
should be modest; the seventh gave her cheerfulness; the
eighth gave her wit; the ninth said she should be generous;
the tenth said that every one should love her; the eleventh
gave her riches. But just as the eleventh fairy had spoken,
the door of the banqueting-room suddenly burst open,
and the fairy god-mother who had nol been asked to come
entered with a sullen face. She had hovered behind the
others, and now glided up the hall without looking at any-
body. She pointed her wand towards the baby, and cried
with a loud voice, When the princess is fifteen years old,
she shall prick herself with a spindle, and fall down dead."
Then she turned and left the room.
As soon as she was gone, the twelfth god-mother, who
had not yet spoken, came forward and knelt before the
queen and her child, and said, "The princess shall not
die; but when the spindle pricks her finger she shall fall
asleep, and sleep for one hundred years."
The king, however, hoped to save his little daughter from
the misfortune of being pricked by a spindle, and having
to sleep for a hundred years. So he made a decree that
very day, that all the spindles throughout his dominions
should be immediately burnt. After this, his mind, and
that of the queen, his wife, were at rest on account of the
Every day the child grew to be more beautiful,
more witty, more graceful, and more wise, and became
everything that the hearts of her parents could desire.
Everyone who saw her loved her, and everyone who heard





of her wished to see th
who had been so rich
fairy god-mothers.
At last the time
attained her fifteenth
noon, when the king a
out for a long drive, i
princess was left qui
herself. With the res
upon the mind when
do, and when we are le
up from her chair.
she said to herself, "
and mother return ?"
the window at the tr

nothing to please her
for she had seen it all
left the window and beg
about. She went fror
of the palace to anoti
about her, and she sa
thing that was to b
She walked through th
rooms, and the long p
galleries and tapestries
ting-rooms, and peel
into all the odd noo
and crannies, and at las
she climbed a long,
winding turret-stair-

e charming princess
ily endowed by her

:ame when she had
year, and one after-
nd queen were gone
t happened that the
te alone to amuse
tlessness which falls -
there is nothing to
:ft alone, she started -
'What shall I do," /
till my dear father '
She gazed from J(i(,J"
ees. There was
iri the garden,
before. She
an to wander
m one room
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iw every-
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case, and at the top of the staircase she saw a wooden door,
with a little rusty key sticking in the lock. The princess
turned the key, and the door opened, and she went into
the room, and there she found an old woman diligently
spinning flax. Good morning," said the princess to the
old woman. "What are you doing?" "I am spinning,"
answered the old woman, and she nodded her head as she
spoke, but she did not look up from her work for a moment.
"Spinning," said the princess; "what a wonderful thing!
What is this beautiful soft thing you are making into such
fine shiny threads ?" "That is flax," said the old woman.
" It is like your own beautiful hair, and once it grew in
the fields and had pretty
-flowers on it, as blue
as the bright jewelled
band on your own
locks." "Will you teach i
me how to spin ? I I l
should so like to be
able to spin flax like
you," said the princess.
Then the old woman
showed the girl how
she worked her foot
up and down on the
treadle, and thus made /
the wheel go round: ---
how the band on the
wheel went round, and I
how the spindle was

kept in motion. Then the princess asked to be allowed
to examine the wonderful spindle. This was exactly what
the old woman (who was the wicked fairy in disguise) wanted

her to do. Let me hold it in my hand," said the princess.
So saying, she took the spindle from the old woman; but
no sooner had she touched it than she pricked her finger


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with it, and immediately she fell back on a bed that stood
in the room, and lay there in a deep sleep.
The fairy who had brought this about was the kind
twelfth god-mother of the princess, and now she had saved
her from death at the hands of the wicked old woman.
See the lovely "Sleeping Beauty" on her enchanted bed,
where she must lie for a hundred years.

"She sleeps: her breathing are not heard
In palace chambers far apart;
The fragrant tresses are not stirred,
That lie upon her charmed heart.
She sleeps, nor dreams, but ever dwells
A perfect form in perfect rest."


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Then everybody in the castle fell asleep too. The king
and queen had come in from their drive, and were sitting
on their thrones in the great hall, and they fell asleep; all
the lords and ladies-in-waiting fell asleep around them; the
footmen fell asleep, and the housemaids; the cook, who was
just going to box the ears of the scullion, fell asleep with her
ladle in her hand; the horses fell asleep in their stalls; the
dogs fell asleep in the yard; the pigeons on the roof put their
heads under their wings and fell asleep also. Even the
flies upon the walls
stood stock still, and
fell asleep, each one in
his place; the fire on
the hearth ceased to
flicker, and the meat
left off being roasted.
The wind was hushed,
S N and blew no more out-
i sideie the castle; not a
,' t \leaf stirred upon the
l trees that grew around
p it; everything was per-
A fectly still. Every per-
son and every thing
fell asleep, for an evil
'M"11,^^ enchantment had
fallen upon the
place, and all
that belonged
to it.

Years passed on, and by degrees a hedge of thorns
grew up around the castle, until at last it was quite hidden,
and nothing could be seen above the hedge but the
weathercock at the top of the tower. Still, the people
of the country used to speak of the beautiful princess
who was lying there asleep, and from time to time many
kings' sons tried to get to the castle through the thorny
screen that guarded it.
Not one of them succeeded, however; for as soon as
they pushed their way into the hedge the thorns stuck into
them, and held them fast, so that they could neither go
on nor get- out again, and they all died miserably there.
Not even the sun could beat
through the thick thorns, and
the world was in every way shut
out from the wonderful sight
At last the hundred years
were all gone but one day,
when it happened that a prince
who was riding through that
country fell into conversation
with an old countryman, who /
told him that not far off there
was an enchanted castle sur-
rounded by a hedge of thorns,
and that inside the castle a
beautiful princess had lain asleep /
for one hundred years, and that
he had heard his grandfather say
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many a king's son had
met his death in trying
to reach the place where
she lay.
When the prince had
heard all that the old
man had to say, he de-
termined that he would
try to get through the
thorn hedge and reach
the beautiful princess,
and he told the old man
what he was resolved to
do. The countryman
begged him not to make
the attempt, telling him
that he would be sure
to die as the others had
"I am not in the
least afraid," answered
the prince, and then he
turned his horse's head
in the direction of the
castle. He rode towards
it with might and main,
and very soon he could
just see the weathercock
peeping up above the
trees. r


So the prince rode
on until he came to the
thorn hedge; then he
alighted from his horse,
and began to force his
way in amongst the
thorns. Immediately, as
the prince approached,
the thorns all turned into
beautiful large flowers,
which bent their heads
before him, and turned
aside and opened a way
for him to go; and as
he passed, the flowers
closed round him behind,
and so he went on.
When the prince had
got safely through the
hedge, he came to the
castle yard, and there he
saw the dogs lying fast
asleep, and in the stables
the horses asleep, and
on the roof the pigeons
asleep, with their heads
under their wings. In-
side the castle it was
just the same. As he
opened the door to go

in, he saw at once that even the flies were asleep on the
walls, and everything was so still, he could hear himself
breathing as he walked. He passed through the kitchens
first, and there he saw the cook with her hand raised ready
to box the scullion's ears. In the hall and the state-rooms
the courtiers were all fast asleep, sitting or standing just
in the same place that they were in one hundred years ago,
when the magic sleep fell upon them. The king and the
queen still slept upon their thrones. The prince walked
on-it was like passing through some place of death-and
at last he came to the winding turret-staircase; he went up
round and round to the'very top, and came to the wooden

door with the little rusty key in it, and he opened the door
and went into the room, and there on the bed lay the beauti-
ful princess who had not
moved for one hundred
years. She looked so
beautiful in her charmed
sleep, that the prince could
not look away from her
again, but he stooped and
kissed her, when imme-
diately ,i
"The charm was snapt,
There was a noise of striking
clocks, -
And feet that ran, and doors that I
And barking dogs and crowing
The princess opened
her eyes; and she seemed
quite as much pleased to
see the prince as he was I /
to see her. She got up
from the bed, and put her
hand in his, and they went
down the winding stairs __
together, hand-in-hand.
The king and queen,
and all the courtiers, i
looked up from their ,

sleep, just as if they were awaking from a short afternoon
nap. The horses shook themselves in their stables, and
felt quite ready for a gallop; the dogs began to bark; the
pigeons drew their heads from under their wings, and cooed
softly in the sunshine; the flies on the walls crept on
towards where they had intended to go a hundred years
before; the kitchen fire blazed up, and the meat went on
being roasted; and the cook boxed the scullion's ears.
By-and-by, the prince and princess were married, and
lived happily together for the rest of their lives.

^ f-----------------

HERE was once a rich man who had a very
good woman for his wife; he had also one little
daughter. When the child was still young, the
wife was taken ill; and as she felt that she was
about to die, she called her little daughter to her, and said,
"Dear child, be good and pious all your life, and you
will be protected and happy." After saying this, she died.
l=---- ---

The little girl wept for the loss of her mother; but she
remembered what she had said, and was always good
and gentle. When a year had passed, the father took
another wife, who brought with her to her new home two
daughters of her own, who were neither good nor beautiful.
After her father's marriage, a sad time began for the little
daughter. Her step-sisters hated her, and did not choose
that she should share with them in anything that was
good or pleasant. "What business has this creature in the
room ?" they used to
say. "Out with her,
r' she is only fit to be a
kitchen-maid!" Sothey
took all her fine clothes
', from her, and made
her put on an old grey
dress, and laughed at
/her, and drove her into
Sthe kitchen. They also
made her do all the
Shard work of the house
-get up early, light
S\ the fire, cook, and wash
Sfor them; and they
Threw crusts into the
-. ashes for her to pick
S' out and eat. At the
\ end of the day, when
she was tired, she was
not allowed to rest

upon a bed, but was obliged to lie on the hearth among
the cinders all night; and because her clothes became the
colour of the cinders they called her Cinderella.
Now it happened that the king of the country gave a
great feast, which lasted for several days, and during that
time there was a ball at the
palace every night, for the king a c
had decreed that his only son,
should choose a bride for him-
self, and, of course, it was neces-
sary that he should see every- V
body. Cinderella's step-sisters
were invited, and very much
pleased they were to be asked .'
to the Prince's ball. They
made their step-father buy the
richest dresses for them, they
stuck feathers in their hair, and
covered their arms and necks
with jewels. Cinderella helped
to dress them. "Come and
comb my hair, Cinderella," said
one. "Fasten my necklace, /
Cinderella," said the other. Poor
Cinderella was kept hard at
work all the afternoon and
evening. "Would you like to
go to the ball, child?" asked
the eldest sister ; and
when Cinderella answered -----/~ -"

that she should, they both burst out laughing at her. At last,
their toilets being completed, the step-sisters drove off from

the house, and Cinderella was left alone.
down amongst the cinders on the hearth,

Then she sat
and gave way

I to a fit of weeping; she would so much have liked to go
to the ball. In the midst of her sobbing, Cinderella heard
a soft voice say to
her, "What are you
crying for, my little
maid?" She looked
up surprised, for she
had not heard anyone
come into the room;
and no wonder, for it
was a fairy who had
spoken to her, and
fairies can come in
and go out without
making any noise.
This fairy was Cin-
derella's fairy god-
"You wish to go -.
to the ball, my child ?"
said she. "Well, do
as I bid you, and you
shall go. First, you
must go into the gar-
den, and bring me the
largest pumpkin you
can find." Off ran
Cinderella, and soon
came back with a
large pumpkin, which she placed before her god-mother.

The fairy touched it with her wand, and immediately it
was changed into a gilt coach lined with pink satin, and
with pink satin cushions inside. "Now, Cinderella," said
her fairy god-mother, fetch me the mouse-trap." Cinderella
went into the pantry, and brought the mouse-trap, and, lo!
there were six fat, sleek mice inside the trap. The god-
mother opened the door of the trap, and as they ran
through, she touched each with her wand, and immediately
they were seen with complete harness, ready to draw the
carriage. So there was a "coach-and-six," but as yet no
coachman to drive, or lacqueys to attend upon this splendid
"Go, Cinderella," said the fairy, "and bring me
the rat-trap." Cinderella was obliged to go to the cellar
for the rat-trap, but presently she returned with it, and
there was a large black rat and two smaller ones inside.
The fairy touched the rats with her wand, and they were
instantly transformed into a coachman and two lacqueys
with grand livery. The fairy sent Cinderella out once more
to pick up six lizards from behind the pumpkin-frame, and
these she changed into six swift footmen to run before
and behind the coach.
"Now, my child," said the fairy, "you may go to
the ball." But Cinderella looked down at her shabby
clothes, and the tears rolled down her cheeks once more.
How can I go in my shabby clothes ?" exclaimed she.
Then the kind god-mother touched Cinderella's dress
with her wand, and the ragged grey skirt was changed
into the most beautiful ball-dress that ever was seen;
her golden hair hung down her neck; a wreath of roses

clasped her head; a bouquet was in her hand, and her little
feet were shod with a dainty pair of wonderful slippers
made of glass.
Now, good-bye, Cinderella; go to the ball and enjoy
yourself," said the fairy. "Only, remember one thing:
you must come away before the clock strikes twelve;
for if you should stay a moment too long, your coach
will turn into a pumpkin again, your coachman and lacqueys
into rats, your horses into mice, your pretty dress into


the old ragged frock, and you will be the little cinder-
wench once more."
Of course Cinderella thought there was no danger of
forgetting what her fairy god-mother said to her; but she
was in such high spirits at the wonderful change of fortune
which had come to her, that it was well she had such a
serious warning of the danger of disobedience.
All being now ready, Cinderella got into her carriage,
and drove away to the palace. The king's son met her
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at the door of the ball-room, and took her by the hand
and danced with her, and with nobody else.

The Prince was enchanted by her beauty, and so were the
king and the queen; and no wonder, for she looked more
lovely than anyone else at the ball. Her sisters saw her

dancing with the Prince, but they did not know her in the
least. They supposed that she was some strange princess.
Once or twice
kindly to them,
and they were
delighted be-
cause the beau-
tiful lady with
whom the king's
son danced had
noticed them.
At a quarter to 'i
twelve o'clock,
Cinderella left
the ball- room, i
and got safely
home, and was
sitting amongst
the cinders on
the hearth when
her sisters came
back. "Come
and help us to
undress, Cinder-
ella," they said;
and whilst she
waited upon
them, they told her about the beautiful lady who had been
at the ball, with whom the king's son had danced almost

Y all the evening, and who had paid them so much attention.
But Cinderella did not say anything.
The next night there was another ball, and the step-
sisters went as before. When they were gone, Cinderella
was left alone; but this time she did not cry, because she
thought her fairly god-mother would not forget her. In a
very few moments the kind
little old lady appeared, and
the mouse-trap, and the rat- \\
trap, and the six lizards,
and everything happened
as it had done the first time f
her god-mother
visited her. This
night, however,
Cinderella had a
still more beauti-
ful dress than she
had worn on the
previous one.
Her hair was
done up high, and

tened with costly
jewels. When

was ready to get into her coach, which was waiting for
her at the door, her god-mother said to her, pointing to the
clock with her wand, "Adieu, dear child, go and dance,
and be happy; but remember to leave the ball-room
before the clock strikes twelve, for if you stay one moment
too long, you know what the consequences will be." Cin-
derella remembered the warning of the night
before, and promised, and away she
went to the palace, where the king's s
son was waiting to receive her. He
f7 i led her into the ball-room,
and danced only with her. t -
S"This is my partner,"
--- he said; and it
was of no use to


introduce anyone else '
to him. At length the
Prince took Cinderella
into a charming little
alcove, amongst flower-
ing trees, and they sat
there talking so de-
lightfully that Cinder-
ella forgot that it was
growing late.
Suddenly she heard
the clock begin to
strike twelve; then in
great terror she sprang
away from the Prince's
side, and flew down
the palace stairs to the
great door of the en-
trance hall. As she
ran, one of her glass
slippers fell off, but
she dared not stop to
put it on again, so it
remained where it fell.
Alas! the clock had
finished striking by
the time she reached
the door. She looked
in vain for her car-
riage it had disap-


Speared; and all she
saw was a pumpkin
lying on the road, and
six little mice scam-
pering away. Cinder-
ella ran home as fast
as she could ; her
smart dress was gone,
she had only her rag-
ged clothes on, her
head and feet were
bare, and she was the
little cinder wench
once more.
The king's son,
who had followed her
downstairs, picked up
the little shoe, and
kept it as a souvenir
of his beautiful partner,
whom he could not
see anywhere. When
he reached the door of
the palace she was
gone, and though he
strained his eyes look-
ing down the road, he
could distinguish no-
body but a little rag-
ged girl running along

I_ _

in the wind and the rain. However, Cinderella got safely
home before her sisters returned. Whilst she was helping
them to undress, they talked to her about the ball, and
were more full of praises than ever of the beautiful lady
with whom the Prince was so much in love. They told
Cinderella about her having run away as the clock was
striking twelve, and of her having left her little slipper on
the stairs, and that the Prince had picked it up. Still
Cinderella did not say anything.
The next day, one of the king's heralds made known
that the king's son intended to marry the lady to whom
belonged the little glass slipper which he had picked up
on the stairs of the palace, and that, in order to find her,
all the young maidens in the country were to try on the
shoe; whosoever it should fit would
be the Prince's bride. So the glass
slipper was taken to every house,
;i. and ever so many maidens tried to
--put it on; but there was not found
one whom it fitted exactly. At last
the Prince came to the house in
Which Cinderella and her step-sisters
lived. The step-sisters were in a
,',a ,c,.... -great state of excitement and im-
i\ li'/i patience to try on the glass slipper,
and equally anxious to keep Cinder-
S... ella in the background. First the
elder sister tried it, but her foot was
{ too large to go in; then the second
sister tried, but with her it was even
16= ft

worse than with the other, for her foot was bigger still; and
then it was Cinderella's turn. The sisters laughed loudly
at the idea of Cinderella putting on the slipper; but when
she came forward, the Prince recognized her at once as his
beautiful partner at the ball, and, kneeling down, placed
the slipper himself on her little foot, and, lo! it fitted
As shines the moon in clouded skies,
She in her poor attire was seen;
So sweet a face, such angel grace,
In all that land had never been."

Cinderella then drew from her pocket the fellow slipper,
and the moment she put it on, her old grey frock was
instantly changed, and she stood up before them.all in the
splendid dress she had worn at the ball; and everyone
knew her to be the beauti-
ful lady the Prince loved.
She, who had been once a
kitchen-maid, was now to
be a Princess.
The Prince took her
away with him in his car-
riage to the palace, where
the king and queen were
waiting to receive her as
their daughter, and very
soon she and the Prince
were married with great
pomp and ceremony.


As for the unkind step-sisters, Cinderella forgave them
all their cruel treatment of her, for she continued to be good
and pious, as she had always been. She asked them to the
palace, and treated them with great gentleness; and by-
and-by they were married to two rich gentlemen of the




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