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130 Fairy Stories Adapted & Arranged for young people

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was soon done, but they found no one there. When the step­mother and her daughters reached home, they found Cinderella in her smutty dress, lying in the ashes, and a dingy little lamp burn­ing on the chimney piece. The truth was, Cinderella had slipped out from the back of the pigeon-house even more quickly than she had jumped in, and had run to the hazel tree. Here she hastened to take off her beautiful clothes and lay them on the grave while she put on her kitchen clothes, and the bird came down and carried the ball dress away, while Cinderella went home to lie in the ashes.
A short time after this the king gave another ball, to which her parents and step-sisters were invited. As soon as they were gone, Cinderella went to the hazel tree and said—
" Shake and shiver, little tree, Throw gold and silver over me."
Then the bird threw down a far more elegant dress than the first, and when she entered the ball-room in her rich apparel, every one was astonished at her great beauty. The king's son, who refused to dance till she came, took her hand and led her to her seat, and during the whole evening he would dance with no one else, always saying, " This is my partner."
Again, when it was time to go, the prince wanted to accompany her and find out her home, but she managed to avoid him and rushed out into the garden behind the palace, in which grew a beautiful tree loaded with pears. She climbed like a squirrel between the branches, and the prince could not find her any­where.
When his father came home they even ordered the tree to be cut down, but no cne could be found among the branches. The step-mother still had a fear that it might be Cinderella, but when they returned home, there she was in her kitchen dress lying among the ashes as usual. When they were looking for her she nad sprung down at the other side of the tree, and the bird in the hak,el tree had brought her kitchen clothes and taken away the bali dress,
A third fete took place, to which the step-mother and her daughters were invited, and Cinderella again went to her mother's grave and said to the tree—