Cinderella Or The Little Glass Slipper

Cinderella Or The Little Glass Slipper

by Cinderella

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Cinderella; Or The Little Glass Slipper
Once there was a gentleman who married for his second wife the proudest and most
haughty woman that was ever seen. She had by a former husband two daughters of her
own humor, who were, indeed, exactly like her in all things. He had likewise, by another
wife, a young daughter, but of unparalleled goodness and sweetness of temper, which she
took from her mother, who was the best creature in the world.
No sooner were the ceremonies of the wedding over but the mother-in-law began to show
herself in her true colors. She could not bear the good qualities of this pretty girl, and the
less because they made her own daughters appear the more odious. She employed her in
meanest work of the house: she scoured the dishes, tables, etc., and scrubbed madam's
chamber and those of misses, her daughters; she lay up in a sorry garret, upon a wretched
straw bed, while her sisters lay in fine rooms, with floors all inlaid, upon beds of the very
newest fashion, and where they had looking-glasses so large that they might see
themselves at their full length from head to foot.
The poor girl bore all patiently and dared not tell her father, who would have rattled her
off; for his wife governed him entirely. When she had done her work she used to go into
the chimney-corner and sit down among cinders and ashes, which made her commonly be
called a cinder maid; but the youngest, who was not so rude and uncivil as the eldest,
called her Cinderella. However, Cinderella, notwithstanding her mean apparel, was a
hundred times handsomer than her sisters, though they were always dressed very richly.
It happened that the King's son gave a ball and invited all persons, of fashion to it. Our
young misses were also invited, for they cut a very grand figure among the quality. They
were mightily delighted at this invitation, and wonderfully busy in choosing out such
gowns, petticoats, and head-clothes as might become them. This was a new trouble to
Cinderella, for it was she who ironed her sisters' linen and plaited their ruffles. They
talked all day long of nothing but how they should be dressed.
"For my part," said the eldest, "I will wear my red velvet suit with French trimming."
"And I," said the youngest, "shall have my usual petticoat; but then, to make amends for
that, I will put on my gold-flowered manteau and my diamond stomacher, which is far
from being the most ordinary one in the world."
They sent for the best tire-woman they could get to make up their headdresses and adjust
their double pinners, and they had their red brushes and patches from Mademoiselle de la
Cinderella was likewise called up to them to be consulted in all these matters, for she had
excellent notions and advised them always for the best, nay, and offered her services to
dress their heads, which they were very willing she should do. As she was doing this they
said to her:
"Cinderella, would you not be glad to go to the ball?"
"Alas!" said she, "you only jeer me. It is not for such as I am to go thither."
"Thou art in the right of it," replied they. "It would make the people laugh to see a cinder
wench at a ball."
Any one but Cinderella would have dressed their heads awry, but she was very good and
dressed them perfectly well. They were almost two days without eating, so much they
were transported with joy. They broke above a dozen of laces in trying to be laced up
close, that they might have a fine, slender shape, and they were continually at their
looking-glass. At last the happy day came. They went to Court, and Cinderella followed
them with her eyes as long as she could, and when she had lost sight of them she fell acrying.
Her Godmother, who saw her all in tears, asked her what was the matter.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014065467
Publisher: Altantic eBooks
Publication date: 10/11/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 52
File size: 252 KB

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