Once upon a time there lived a sad young girl. Her mother died and she lived with her step mother who didn't like her one little bit. All the step mother's kind thoughts and love and affection were for her own two daughters. They had dresses, shoes, delicious food, soft beds, and every home comfort. But, for the poor unhappy girl, there was nothing at all. No dresses, only her stepsisters’ hand-me-downs. No lovely dishes, nothing but scraps. No rest and no comfort. She had to work hard all day. Only when evening came was she allowed to sit for a while by the fire, near the cinders. That’s why everybody called her Cinderella.
One day, beautiful new dresses arrived at the house. A ball was to be held at the palace and the stepsisters were getting ready to go. When Cinderella asked if she could go too, the answer was: "You? never, you're going to stay at home to wash the dishes, scrub the floors and turn down the beds for us. We will come home tired and very sleepy"
While cinderella was crying in silent tears, something amazing happened. There was a burst of light and a fairy appeared. . Don't worry, Cinderella," said the fairy. "I know you would love to go to the ball. And so you shall!". "How can I, dressed in such old clothes?" Cinderella replied.
The fairy smiled. With a flick of her magic wand Cinderella found herself wearing the most beautiful dress she had ever seen. . Now for your coach,. said the fairy; "A real lady would never go to a ball on foot! Quick! Get me a pumpkin!. . Oh of course,. said Cinderella, rushing away. Then the fairy turned to the cat. . You, bring me seven mice, and, remember they must be alive!.
Cinderella soon returned with the pumpkin and the cat with seven mice he had caught in the cellar. With a flick of the magic wand the pumpkin turned into a sparkling coach and the mice became six white horses, while the seventh mouse turned into a coachman in a smart uniform and carrying a whip. "Amazing!" Cinderella could hardly believe her eyes.
Cinderella spent a wonderful time at the ball dancing with with the prince until she heard the first stroke of midnight! She remembered what the fairy had said, and without a word of goodbye she slipped from the Prince's arms and ran down the steps. As she ran she lost one of her slippers, but not for a moment did she dream of stopping to pick it up! Oh! the last stroke of midnight will sound...I have to hurry up and leave! And out she fled and vanished in the darkness.
The Prince, who immediately fell in love with her, picked up the slipper and said to his ministers, “Go and search everywhere for the girl whose foot this slipper fits. I will never be satisfied until I get her!”
So the ministers tried the slipper on the foot of every girl in the land until only Cinderella was left. Suddenly the fairy appeared and waved her magic wand. In a flash, Cinderella appeared in a gorgeous dress, shining with youth and beauty. Her stepmother and stepsisters gaped at her in amazement, and the ministers said, "Come with us Cinderella! The Prince is waiting for you."
So Cinderella married the Prince and lived happily ever.
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