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  • Cinderella

  • There once lived a pretty young girl called Cinderella, with her father, stepmother, and

  • two stepsisters called Drizella and Anastasia.

  • The stepmother and her daughters were very cruel, making Cinderella do all the chores.

  • Cinderella, Cinderella!

  • Look at the time!

  • Cindrella still hasn't brought in my tea.

  • Ooooh!

  • I feel a headache starting.

  • I'm sorry mother, I was ……. Stop making excuses you lazy girl.

  • Just then, Anastasia calls out for Cinderella.

  • Where has that lazy thing gone?

  • Where is my dress you were supposed to iron?

  • I was just going to bring it up to you.

  • Look at you, you filthy thing.

  • Wash yourself before you touch my dress.

  • Dirty wretch!

  • This was poor Cinderella's life.

  • Every day she toiled from morning to night, doing all the household work.

  • Every night, tired, she went up to the attic, where slept on a bed of straw.

  • One morning, when Cinderella was in the kitchen, she heard her stepmother and sisters talking

  • very excitedly.

  • Mama, this is an invitation for the prince's ball!

  • He has invited all the pretty ladies of the kingdom to find his bride among them.

  • Mother, Anastasia, we have to visit the dressmaker to make beautiful gowns.

  • Ooooo!

  • I am so excited.

  • I am going to get a green gown and wear my lovely emeralds with it!

  • And I will get a gown in ice blue and wear my dazzling diamonds and sapphires with it.

  • My daughters will be the belles of the ball, I'm sure.

  • The next few days, Cinderella's stepmother and stepsisters visited dressmakers, hair

  • stylists, jewelers and shoe shops, while poor Cinderella did all the work.

  • Finally, the day of the ball arrived.

  • With Drizella, Anastasia and their mother getting dressed, each kept calling out for

  • Cinderella to help them get dressed and make last minute touches to their makeup.

  • The coach has already arrived.

  • We better leave if we are not to be late.

  • Cinderella's father, stepmother and step sisters left for the ball, and Cinderella

  • kept looking till they were out of sight.

  • She then went to the kitchen and sat down among the cinders.

  • Oh mama, why did you go away and leave me?

  • Suddenly, a blue light filled the room.

  • Cinderella rubbed her eyes to see clearly, and saw a queer old lady with soft white curls

  • on her head.

  • Her dress had flounces, and jewels sparkled on her dress.

  • In her hand she had a wand, the tip of which glowed blue.

  • Whowho.. who are you?

  • I am your fairy godmother.

  • Now now, stop crying and tell me what the matter is.

  • N..n.. nothing, nothing is the matter.

  • Hummm.

  • Then, why are tears streaming down your cheeks?

  • Ah, I see.

  • You are upset because you could not go to the prince's ball with your parents and

  • sisters.

  • Now stop crying.

  • You are going to the ball.

  • Really?

  • I can go to the ball?

  • Of course, my dear.

  • But how, godmother?

  • I have nothing to wear and no way of going there.

  • Hmmmm,...

  • Can you get me a large pumpkin?

  • A pumpkin?

  • What for?

  • You ask too many questions, child.

  • Just do as you are told.

  • Cinderella brought a big fat pumpkin from the garden.

  • The fairy touched it with her wand, and before Cinderella's amazed eyes, the pumpkin changed

  • into a beautiful coach.

  • Now we need six horses to draw the coach.

  • Go and fetch me six mice.

  • Cinderella quickly got the mouse trap from the kitchen corner.

  • The fairy touched the mice with her wand, and they immediately turned into six beautiful

  • horses.

  • Next, the fairy godmother changed a nice fat rat with big whiskers to a coachman, and six

  • lizards into footmen.

  • Well, there we go, all set for the ball.

  • Now why do you have that gloomy look on your face?

  • Fairy Godmother, how can I go to the ball dressed in these rags?

  • Silly child, I haven't forgotten about your clothes.

  • Come here, stand in front of me.

  • One touch of her wand, and lo and behold!

  • She was transformed into an absolutely beautiful princess, in a shimmering dress of gold and

  • silver, with shining precious stones.

  • Her hair was piled up into a fashionable style with a dazzling tiara on top.

  • And, on her small, slim and pretty feet were two pretty glass slippers.

  • Oh godmother, is this me?

  • Yes dear, it is indeed you.

  • You are beautiful to look at, and a loving soul also.

  • Now off you go to the ball.

  • Cinderella hugged her fairy godmother and started towards the coach.

  • Just a minute, child.

  • Remember, my power will stop at the stroke of midnight.

  • The coach shall become a pumpkin, and you shall be back in your rags, so make sure you

  • are home before the clock strikes midnight.

  • I will remember that.

  • Thank you so much for everything, and goodbye.

  • Cinderella sat in the fancy coach and left for the ball.

  • When she reached, the ball had already started.

  • As Cinderella stepped in, everyone turned to look at her.

  • Cinderella stood uncertainly at the door, when the prince himself came forward to guide

  • her in.

  • I don't think I have ever seen anyone as beautiful as you.

  • Would you please dance with me?

  • Cinderella let the prince guide her to the dance floor.

  • She couldn't believe that the prince himself wanted to dance with her!

  • Who is that creature, Anastasia?

  • Doesn't she look familiar?

  • She is a bit pretty, but she can't compare with us.

  • The prince shall soon leave her and make his way to us.

  • However, the prince couldn't take his eyes off Cinderella.

  • Cinderella had never enjoyed herself so much in her entire life.

  • When she glanced at the clock, it was about to strike twelve.

  • She pulled herself away from the prince and ran down the stairs.

  • In her hurry to leave, one of her little glass slippers fell off.

  • The prince ran after her, but Cinderella was nowhere in sight.

  • As he turned away, Cinderella's little glass slipper caught his eye.

  • This is the slipper of the lovely lady I have spent the evening with.

  • This has to be love, for I cannot think of a life without her now.

  • Oh, my love, I will find you and will make you mine.

  • The next morning, the prince called for his courtiers.

  • Take this glass slipper to every corner of the kingdom till you find the fair lady whose

  • foot it fits.

  • The courtiers went to each and every home to search for the prince's sweetheart.

  • Finally, they reached the house where Cinderella lived.

  • We have been sent by the prince.

  • All the fair ladies in this house are requested to please try on this slipper.

  • The one whose foot fits this slipper shall be the prince's chosen wife.

  • Drizella, Drizella, come quick.

  • The prince's courtier has come with a slipper.

  • The prince will marry the one it fits.

  • Oh, I'm sure I'm going to be the chosen one.

  • You may try it on also if it makes you happy, sister.

  • Humph!

  • Always full of yourself as usual.

  • Here, boy, let me try it on.

  • Anastasia tried the slipper on, but no way would her large foot fit into the tiny slipper.

  • I don't think that slipper can fit anyone other than a child.

  • Drizella then tried the slipper.

  • Her foot was slimmer than Anastasia's, but it would not fit into the slipper, though

  • she tried to squeeze it in in every way possible.

  • Excuse me, ladies, is there any other lady in this house?

  • Of course not!

  • You are just wasting your time.

  • No way will this fit the foot of a lady.

  • As the courtiers were about to leave, they caught sight of Cinderella near the kitchen

  • door.

  • This young lady has not tried on the slipper.

  • Please, this way

  • Oh, I don't think

  • Come, come.

  • Every lady must try it on.

  • Cinderella came forward shyly and hesitantly to try on the slipper.

  • She slid it on, and the slipper fit her perfectly.

  • Her stepmother and sisters were shocked..

  • When did she go to the ball?

  • I don't believe this!

  • Oh, will someone get me my smelling salts?

  • We have good news, Prince.

  • We have with us the young lady whose foot perfectly fit the glass slipper.

  • The prince immediately recognized Cinderella, even though she was not wearing the grand

  • clothes that she was wearing on the day of the ball.

  • The king and queen were also overjoyed that their son had chosen such a beautiful bride.

  • My darling, I would have recognized you no matter what you wore.

  • You have stolen my heart, and I cannot wait to make you my princess.

  • There was great feasting and rejoicing in the kingdom when the prince married Cinderella.

  • Cinderella's family was also invited, who were very repentant of the way they had treated

  • her.

  • However, the good soul that Cinderella was, she forgave her family.