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Cinderella and the Little Glass Slipper

Episode 1 (Another version?)

A long time ago, there was a gentleman living in a foreign country, who had a very charming lady for his wife, and she took the greatest pains in bringing up their only daughter to be a good girl. This little child was most obedient to her parents, and was very fond of them, particularly of her kind Mamma; but, while she was still very young, her Mamma died, to the great grief of the poor girl and of her Papa. At first he was almost heart-broken, but after some time had passed, and when his daughter was about fourteen years old, he married again; but his second wife was quite different in [PAGE] looks and behaviour to his first choice, and she had two grown-up daughters very like herself.

Episode 2 (Another version?)

They were all three very unkind to the little girl, and made her act as their servant. She had to wash, and to scrub, and to do all sorts of dirty work, and the only place where she was allowed to sit was the chimney-corner, and from this her cruel, proud sisters, always called her CINDERELLA. Her Papa never took notice of her now, and she had to give up her own nice little bed-room, and sleep in a garret.

Episode 3 (Another version?)

The two proud sisters were in high glee at being invited to a grand Court Ball, and there was now quite a stir in the house about their ball-dresses. The most choice and expensive things were sent in for their selection: rich satins, velvets, laces, waving plumes, gloves, and fans, besides cost- [PAGE] ly jewels. But, with all this finery, they were glad to get Cinderella to help them in dressing themselves, as her taste was better than theirs. Poor girl! she was very sad when they started off on the night of the Ball, for they cruelly taunted her with not being invited.

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But while she sat sobbing in her old chimney-corner, a Fairy appeared before her.

Now, the Fairy was her god-mother, and had known her kind, good Mamma. She was very beautiful, and had wings, and carried a golden wand in her hand. She knew well enough what was the matter with Cinderella, and that nothing could comfort her so much as to go to the Ball. So the kind Fairy cheered her up by promising she should go; and then, touching her dingy old dress, it was changed in a moment into a beautiful ball-dress, ornamented with diamonds; [PAGE] then the Fairy gave her a pair of the smallest and prettiest slippers that had ever been seen,--they were made of glass, but were as soft as silk, and fitted her exactly.

The Fairy then took up a pumpkin, scooped it out, and on touching it with her wand, it became a gilded coach; she also caught a great rat, half a dozen mice, and three lizards, and all these she changed in a moment into a fat coachman, six dashing horses, and three gay footmen. She now made the happy girl get into the coach and drive off to the Ball; but she told her at starting that she must not fail to leave the Palace before it struck twelve, as, if she overstayed that time, her fine dress would be turned again into rags, and she would find no coach or servants to bring her home. Cinderella promised to obey, and went in high spirits to the Ball.

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Episode 5 (Another version?)

When she arrived, every one at the Palace was struck with her beauty. The King's son came forward, led her into the ball-room, and begged her to dance with him during the evening. The Queen, his mother, and all the Court, were full of admiration at her beauty, and at the modesty of her manners, and the elegance of her dancing. As for the Prince, Cinderella won his heart from the first moment he beheld her. Even her proud sisters could not but admire her, little thinking who she was, and they were much pleased at the notice she took of them. But she was not at all proud of being generally admired, not even at the attentions of the Prince, who kept constantly at her side.

The gallant Prince conducted Cinderella to the supper table, and waited upon her himself; and it was no wonder [PAGE] that the poor girl should take little heed of the time which passed so pleasantly. But the moment she heard the clock beginning to strike twelve, she suddenly jumped up in a fright, and almost flew out of the ball-room, the Prince following her quickly after. But he could not overtake her; after making strict search, he could find nothing but one of her little glass slippers, which she dropped in the conservatory in her haste to get away. The poor girl left the Palace in her old dress again, and had to reach home on foot.

Cinderella was, of course, very wretched now at having disobeyed the Fairy's command. When her sisters returned, they tried to tease her with the glowing accounts they gave of the Ball, asking is she did not envy them for being [PAGE] present. They then told her of the beautiful Princess, and how she had dropped a tiny glass slipper, which the Prince had picked up, declaring before all the Court, that if he could find the owner he would marry her.

Episode 7 (Another version?)

The next day a royal messenger went round with the slipper everywhere; and after Cinderella's two sisters had tried to put it on in vain, her turn came, and she then modestly held out her little foot for the trial.

Episode 8 (Another version?)

The moment the royal messenger saw Cinderella's little foot, he knew the shoe would fit her, and so it did, like wax. But what was the surprise of all, when she archly pulled the fellow slipper from her pocket, and put that on as well! Her sisters then found that she was no other than the beautiful Princess, the admiration of the whole ball-room the [PAGE] night before, and begged her to forgive them for all their cruel conduct to her. The kind-hearted girl at once agreed to their request, and kissed them affectionately.

Episode 9 (Another version?)

The good Fairy now appeared, and with a touch of her wand changed Cinderella's old clothes into a rich Court dress, and the happy girl was then conducted to the Palace, where the Prince and all the Court were overjoyed to see her. In a very short time she was married to her lover, the handsome young Prince; and, under her favor, her two envious, but now humbled sisters, were married to grandees of the Court. In course of time the Prince and Cinderella became King and Queen, and lived long and happily together, beloved by all their subjects. [PAGE] [PAGE]