Cinderella’s story starts in a remote place in a village. A long time back, there lived an unhappy young girl. She was unhappy as her mother was dead and her father had married another woman. Her stepmother had two daughters she didn’t like her at all.
All the good things and care were her own daughters. Even dresses, shoes, and delicious food were only for stepmother’s two daughters. The poor sad girl had to work hard all day and in the evening pm;u she was allowed to sit for a while near the cinders. That’s how she got her nickname – ‘Cinderella. She used to spend long hours all alone talking to her cat. The cat used to cheer up.
Cinderella even dressed in rags with a dusty gray face from the cinders, was looking like a beautiful girl. While her stepsisters, no matter how splendid and elegant their clothes, were still clumsy, lumpy, and ugly.
One day a ball was to be held at Court and the stepsisters were getting ready to go to it and she was asked to stay at home and clean the dishes, wash old clothes and scrub the floors and make a bed for her stepsisters.
Suddenly something amazing happened. In the kitchen, where Cinderella was sitting, a Fairy appeared from a flashy light and said – “Don’t be alarmed, Beautiful Girl,” said the fairy. “The wind told me about your sadness and desires. I know you would love to go to the ball
“How can I, dressed in rags?” Cinderella asked. “The servants will turn me away!” The fairy with her magic stick turned Cinderella into a Beautiful princess who is wearing the most beautiful dress.
“Now that we have settled the matter of the dress,” said the fairy, “we’ll need to get you a coach. A real lady would never go to a ball on foot!”
Then Fairy ordered – “Get me a pumpkin!”
“Sure”, said Cinderella, rushing away. Then the fairy turned to the cat and asked her “You, bring me seven mice!”
Soon a fine pumpkin was provided to Fairy and the cat came with seven mice he had caught in the cellar.
“Good!” exclaimed the fairy. With a flick of her magic stick, 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. Beautiful Girl could not believe her eyes.
“I shall present you at Court. But don’t forget that you have to leave the ball at midnight and come home timely. For that is when the spell ends. Your coach will turn back into a pumpkin, the horses will become mice again and the coachman will turn back into a mouse, and you will be dressed again in rags. Have you understood ?” Cinderella smiled and said,”Yes, I understand!”
When Cinderella entered the ballroom at the palace everyone stopped in mid-sentence to admire her elegance, her beauty, and grace.
“Who is that Beautiful Princess?” people asked each other. The two stepsisters also wondered who that girl is.
When the prince set eyes on Cinderella, he was struck by her beauty. Walking over to her, he bowed deeply and asked her to dance. And to the great disappointment of all the young ladies, he danced with Cinderella all evening.
Cinderella had a wonderful time at the ball. But, all of a sudden, she heard the sound of a clock: the first stroke of midnight! She remembered what the fairy had said, and without a word of goodbye 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! If the last stroke of midnight were to sound, what a disaster that would be! Out she fled and vanished into the night.
The Prince, who was now madly in love with her, picked up her slipper and said to his ministers,
“Go and search everywhere for the girl whose foot this slipper fits. I will never be content until I find her!” So the ministers tried the slipper on the foot of all the girls and on Cinderella’s foot as well Surprise! The slipper fitted perfectly.
“That awful untidy girl simply cannot have been at the ball,” snapped the stepmother. “Tell the Prince he ought to marry one of my two daughters! Can’t you see how ugly Cinderella is? Can’t you see?”
Suddenly she broke off, for the fairy had appeared.
Fairy raised her magic stick. In a flash, Cinderella appeared in a Beautiful dress, shining like a star. Her stepmother and stepsisters were surprised and could not believe their eyes and the ministers said,
“Come with us, Beautiful princess! The Prince awaits to present you with his engagement ring!”
So Cinderella joyfully went with them and lived happily ever after with her Prince.
Other Stories: Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty
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