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Full text of "Cinderella"

GEORGE ROUTLEDGE AND SONS, 

LONDON AND NEW YORK. 




CINDERELLA: 

OR, 

THE LITTLE GLASS SLIPPER. 



THERE was, many years ago, a gentleman who had a 
charming lady for his wife. They had one daughter only, 
who was very dutiful to her parents. But while she was 
still very young, her mamma died, to the grief of her 
husband and daughter. After a time, the little girl's 
papa married another lady. Now this lady was proud 
and haughty, and had two grown-up daughters as disa- 
greeable as herself; so the poor girl found everything at 
home changed for the worse. 

But she bore all her troubles with patience, not even 
complaining to her father, and, in spite of her hard toil, 
she grew more lovely in face and figure every year. 

Now the King's son gave a grand ball, and all persons 
of quality were invited to it. Our two young ladies were 
not overlooked. Nothing was now talked of but the rich 
dresses 'they were to wear. 

At last the happy day arrived. The two proud sisters 
set off in high spirits. Cinderella followed them with her 
eyes until the coach was out f sight. She then began 
to cry bitterly. While she was sobbing, her godmother, 
who was a Fairy, appeared before her. 



CINDERELLA. 

%k Cinderella," said the Fairy, " I am your godmother, 
and for the sake of your dear mamma I an\ come to cheer 
you up, so dry your tears ; you shall go to the grand ball 
to-night, but you must do just as I bid you. Go into 
the garden and bring me a pumpkin." Cinderella brought 
the finest that was there. Her godmother scooped it out 
very quickly, and then struck it with her wand, upon 
which it was changed into a beautiful coach. Afterwards, 
the old lady peeped into the mouse -trap, where she found 
six mice. She tapped them lightly with her wand, and 
each mouse became a fine horse. The rat-trap contained 
two large rats ; one of these she turned into a coachman, 
and the other into a postilion. The ft old lady then told 
Cinderella to go into the garden and seek for half-a-dozen 
lizards. These she changed into six footmen, dressed in 
the gayest livery. 

When all these things had been done, the kind god- 
mother touching her with her wand, changed her worn-out 
clothes into a beautiful ball- dress embroidered with pearls 
and silver. She then gave her a pair of glass slippers, 
that is, they were woven of the most delicate spun-glass, 
fine as the web of a spider. 

When Cinderella was thus attired, her godmother made 
her get into her splendid coach, giving her a caution to 
leave the ball before the clock struck twelve. 

On her arrival, her beauty struck everybody with won- 
der. The gallant Prince gave her a courteous welcome, 
and led her into the ball-room; and the King and Queen 
were as much enchanted with her, as the Prince conducted 

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CINDERELLA. 

jher_ ta the supper-table, and was too much occupied in 
waiting upon her to partake of anything himself. While 
seated, Cinderella heard the clock strike three-quarters 
past eleven. She rose to leave, the Prince pressing her 
to accept an invitation for the ball on the following evening. 

On reaching home, her godmother praised her for being 
so punctual, and agreed to let her go to the next night's 
ball. 

Although she seemed to be tired, her sisters, instead of 
showing pity, teased her witli glowing accounts of the 
splendid scene they had just left, and spoke particularly 
of the beautiful Princess. Cinderella was delighted to 
hear all this, and asked them the name of the Princess, 
but they replied, nobody knew her. So much did they 
say in praise of the lady, that Cinderella expressed a 
desire to go to the next ball to see the Princess ; but 
this only served to bring out their dislike of poor Cinderella 
still more, and they would not lend her the meanest of 
their dresses. 

The next evening the two sisters went to the ball, and 
Cinderella also, who was still more splendidly dressed 
than before. Her enjoyment was even greater than at 
the first ball, and she was so occupied with the Prince's 
tender sayings that she was not so quick in marking the 
progress of time. 

To her alarm she heard the clock strike twelve. She 
fled from the ball-room ; but in a moment the coach changed 
again to a pumpkin, the horses to mice, the coachman and 
postilion to rats, the footmen to lizards, and Cinderella's 

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beautiful dress to her old shabby clothes. In her haste she 
dropped one of her glass slippers, and reached home, out of 
breath, with none of her godmother's fairy gifts but one 
glass slipper. 

When her sisters arrived after the ball, they spoke in 
terms of rapture of the unknown Princess, and told Cin- 
derella about the little glass slipper she had dropped, and 
how the Prince picked it up. It was evident to all the 
Court that the Prince was determined if possible, to find 
out the owner of the slipper; and a few days afterwards 
a royal herald proclaimed that the King's son would 
marry her whose foot the glass slipper should be found 
exactly to fit. 

This proclamation caused a great sensation. Ladies of 
all ranks were permitted to make a trial of the slipper ; 
but it was of no use. Cinderella now said, " Let me try 
perhaps it may fit me." It slipped on in a moment. 
Great was the vexation of the two sisters at this ; but 
what was their astonishment when Cinderella took the 
fellow slipper out of her pocket ! 

At that moment the godmother appeared, and touched 
Cinderella's clothes with her wand. Her sisters then saw 
that she was the beautiful lady they had met at the ball, 
and, throwing themselves at her feet, craved her forgive- 
ness. 

A short time after, she was married to the Prince, to 
the intense gratification of the whole Court. 



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CHILDREN'S BOOK 
COLLECTION 

* 

LIBRARY OF THE 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA 

LOS ANGELES 



PENNY TOY-BOOKS, 

WITH SIX COLOURED ILLUSTRATIONS, 
PRINTED BY KRONHEIM & CO. 



5. MY FIRST ALPHABET 

6. MOTHER GOOSE 

7. THE BABES IN THE WOOD 

8. THIS LITTLE PIG 

9. THE OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED 

IN A SHOE 

10. LITTLE BO-PEEP 

11. NURSERY RHYMES 

*?,. FARM-YARD ALPHABET 

$3. JACK AND THE BEANSTALK 

*4. JOHN GILPIN 

15. OLD MOTHER HUBBARD 

16. THE THREE BEARS 

17. THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT 

18. THE DOGS' DINNER PARTY 

19. MY MOTHER 

20. THE CATS' TEA PARTY 

21. MORE NURSERY RHYMES 
32. ROBIN REDBREAST 



23. A, APPLE PIE 

24. THE RAILWAY ALPHABET 

25. NURSERY SONGS 

26. NURSERY DITTIES 

27. PUNCH AND JUDY 

28. OUR PETS 

29. CINDERELLA 

30. PUSS-IN-BOOTS 

31. LITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD 

32. WILD ANIMALS 

33. TAME ANIMALS 

34. BIRDS 

35. JACK THE GIANT KILLER 

36. BLUE BEARD 

37. ALADDIN 

38. THE FORTY THIEVES 

39. TOM THUMB 

40. SLEEPING BEAUTY IN THE 

WOOD 



T E AND SONS,