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Adventures of the beautiful little maid Cinderilla; or, the history of a glass slipper : to which is… [unknown] [1825?]

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Printed by J. Kendrew, Colliergate.
Why should our garments, made to hide
Our parent's shame, provoke our pride ?
The art of dress did ne'er begin,
'Till Eve, our mother, learnt to sin.
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Printed and Sold by J. Kendrew, Colliergate.
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T HERE was a gentleman who married lor his second wife the proudest
and most haughty woman that was
ever seen.    She had by her former
husband two daughters,  but of her
own humour 5 who were indeed exactly
like her in all things.    He had likewise by another wife a daughter of
unparalleled goodness and sweetness
of temper, which she took from her
mother, who was one of the best creatures in the world*
No sooner were the ceremonies of
the wedding over,   but the mother-
in-law began to show herself in her
colours.   She could not hear the good
qualities of this pretty girl, and the
less, because she made her daughters
appear more odious*    She employed
her in the meanest work of the house,
she  scoured the dishes,  tables,  &c.
mnd rubbed madam's  chamber,  and
those of the misses her daughters; she
lay up in a very dirty garret upon a
wretched straw bed, while her sisters
lay in fine rooms, with floors all inlaid,
upon beds of the very newest fashion,
fier books were the only companions
she had, and when her sisters went
out, she used to take the opportunity
of reading their's.
The poor girl  bore all patiently,
and dared not to tell her father, who
would have rattled her off;   fohis
wife governed him entirely.    When
she had done her work, she used to
go into the chimney corner, and sit
down among the cinders and ashes
whidi made her commonly be called
Cinder Breech ; but the youngest
who was not so rude and uncivil as
the   eldest,  called  her  Cinderilla,
however Cinderilla, notwithstanding
her mean apparel,  was  an hundred
times handsomer than either of her sisters, though they were always dressed
very richly. •<_.. .
It happened that the King s son
gave a ball, and invited all persons ot
fashion to it; our young misses were
invited; for they cut a very grand
figure among the quality. 1 hey were
miehtily delighted at this invitation
and wonderfully busy in choosing out
 ^h gowns, petticoats, and caps, m
»igh become them. ThiswasaneW
trouble to Cmderilla; for it was sfce
who ironed her sisters' linen, and clear
parched their ruffles: they talked all
day long of n6thing but how they
should be dressed, and were continually
viewing themselves in their glasses/
For my part, said the eldest, I will
wear my red velvet suit, with French
trimmings* And I, said the youngest,
shall only 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
hair-dresser they could get, to make
up their head-dresses, and adjust their
pinners, and had their red brushes
and patches from Mademoiselle de la
Cihderilia was likewise called up
to be consulted in all those matters,
for she had excellent notions, and advised them always to the best; nay,
offered her service to dress their heads,
which they were very willing she
should do. As she was doing this,
they said to her, Cinderilla, would you
not be glad to go to the ball ?    Ah !
said she, you only jeer me, it is not
for such as me to go to balls ; thou
art in the right of it, replied they : it
would make the people laugh to see a
Cinder-breech at a ball. Anyone but
Cinderilla 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 were they transported with
joy, they broke a dozen laces in trying to be laced up close, that they
might have a fine slender shape.
At last the happy day came, they
went to court, and Cinderilla followed
them with her eyes as long as she
could, and when she had lost sight of
them, fell a crying.
Her god-mother, who saw her all
in tears, asked her what was the matter ? I wish I could—I wish 1 could.
She was not able to speak the rest,
being interrupted by her tears and
sobbing. This god-mother of her's,
who was a fairy, said to her, thoir
wishest thou couldst go to the ball!
Is it not so? Yes, cried Cinderilla,
with a great sigh. Well, said her godmother, be but a good girl, and 1 will
contrive that thou shalt go; run into
the garden, and bring me a pompion.
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Cinderilla went immediately^ gather*
ed the finest she could get, and brought
it to her godmother, but was not able
to imagine how this pompion would
make her go to the ball. Her godmother scooped out all the inside of it,
leaving nothing but the rind ; which
done, she struck it with her wand,
and the pompion was instantly turned
into a fine coach gilt all over with
She then went to look into he?
mouse trap, where she found six mice,
all alive, and ordered Cinderilla to lift
up the trap door a little, when giving
each mouse as it went out, a little tap
with her wand, the mice were that
moment turned into horses, which
altogether made a very fine set of six
horses, of beautiful jet black.
Being at a loss for a coachman, I
will go see, says Cinderilla if- there
be a rat in the rat-trap, we may make
a coachman of him. Thou art in the
right, replied her god-mother,*, go? and
look; Cinderilla brought the trap to
her, and in it were three huge rats.
The fairy made choice of one of the
three which had the largest beard,
and having touched  him  with her
wand, he was turned into a fat folly
coachman,   who! had Uhe >Mmmm$
whiskers eyes ever beheld.
^   After that she said to her, go again
into the garden, and you will find six
lizards behind the watering-pot, bring
them to me.    She had no sooner done
it then her god-mother turned thefti
into six  footmen,   who  skipped up
immediately behind the coach, with
their clothes all bedaubed with gold
and silver, and clung as close behind
each other as if they had done nothing
else all their lives.    The fairy then
said to Cinderilla, well, you see here
an equipage fit to go to the ball; are
you not pleased with it ? O yes, cried
she, but must I go thither as  I am,
in these nasty poisoned rags?    Her
god-mother  only  just  touched  her
with her wand, and at the same in.
stant her clothes were turned into
cloth of gold and silver, bedecked
ithiewell This done, she gave her
pair of glass slippers, the prettiest
in the world.
Being thus dressed out, she got up
Into the coach; but her god-mother
above all things commanded her not
to stay till after midnight, telling her
at the same time, if she stayed at the
ball any longer than twelve o'clock,
her coach would be a pompion again,
her horses mice, her coachman a rat,
her footmen lizards, and her clothes
become just as they were before.
She promised her god-mother she
would  not  fail of  leaving  the   ball
before midnight; and then away she
drove, scarce able to contain herself
for joy.    The King's son, who was
told that a great Princess, whom nobody knew, was come, ran out to receive her;   he gave her his hand as
she alighted out of the coach, and led
her into the room among all the company.   There was immediately a profound silence; they left off dancing,
and the violins ceased to play : so at*
tentive was every one to contemplate
the singular beauty of this unknown
new comer. Nothing \yas heard but
a confueed noise of, ah ! how handsome she is ! how handsome she is !
the king himself could not help telling
the Queen softly, that it was a long
time since he had seen so beautiful
and lovely a creature. AH the ladies
were busy in considering her clothes
and head-dress, in order to have some
made the next day after the same pattern, provided they could meet with
the same materials, and as able hands
to make them. The King's son conducted her to the most honourable
seat and afterwards took her out to
dance with him. She danced so ver^
graceful, that they all more and more
admired her.
A fine collation was served up,
whereof the young Prince eat not a
morsel, so intently busy  was he in
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gazing on her, she went and sat down
by her sisters, shewing them a thousand civilities, giving them a part of
the oranges and citrons which the
Prince had presented her with; which
very much surprised them, for they
did not know her. While Cinderilla
was thus amusing her sisters, she heard
the clock strike eleven and three-quarters ; whereupon she made a curtsey,
and hasted away as fast as she could.
Being got home, she ran to seek out
her god-mother, and, after having
thanked her, she said, she could not
but heartily wish she might go the
next day to the ball, because the
King's son had desired her. As she
was eagerly telling her god-mother
whatever passed at the ball, her two
sisters knocked at  the door, which
Cinderilla ran and opened. Plow long
you have stayed ) cried «he, gapittg>
rubbing her eyes, and stretching herself, as if she had been just awaked
outof her sleep; she had not,however$
any manner of inclination to sleep
since they went from home. If thou
hadst been at the ball* said her sisters*
thou wouldst have been tired with it*
there came thither the finest Princess*
the most beautiful ever seen with mortal eyes, she showed us a thousand
civilities* and gave Us oranges and
citrons. Cinderilla seemed very indifferent to the matter; indeed, she
asked the name of that Princess; but
they told her that they did not know
it, and that the King's son was very
uneasy on that account, and would
give all the world to know where she
was, At this, Cinderilla smiling, re*
plied, she must b\e very beautiful in
deed. Bless fine! how happy yoit
have been ! Could I not see her ? Ah!
Dear Miss Charlotte, do lend me your
yellow suit of clothes which you wear
every day. Ah! to be sure, cried
Miss Charlotte, lend my clothes to
such a dirty Cinder-breech as thou art*
who's the fool then ? Cinderilla indeed expected some such answer, and
Was very glad of the refusal, for she
would have been sadly tput to it* if her
sister had lent her in earnest, what
she asked for jestingly.
The next day the two sisters were
at the ball, and so was Cinderilla, but
dressed more magnificently than before. The King's son was always by
her, and never ceased his compliments
and amorous speeches to her; to whom
all this was far from being tiresome*
that she quite forgot what her godmother had recommended to her; so
that she at last counted the clock striking twelve, when she took it to be no
more than el fey en; she then rose up
and fled as nimbly as a deer. The
Prince followed but could not overtake her, she left behind one of her
glass slippers, which the Prince took
up most carefully. She got home,
but quiet out of breath, without coach
or footman, and in her nasty old
clothes, having nothing left of her
finery but one of the glass slippers,
fellow to that she had dropped. The
guards at the palace were asked if they
had not seen a Princess go out? who
said they had seen nobody go out but
a young girl, very meanly drest, and
who had more the air of a poor country
girl, than that of a gentlewoman.
When the two sisters returned from
the ball, Cinderilla asked them if they
had been well diverted, and if the fine
lady had been there; they told her,
yes, but she hurried away immediately
when it struck twelve, and with so
much haste, that she dropped one of
her glass slippers, the prettiest in the
world, and which the King's son had
taken up; that he had done nothing
but look at her all the time of the ball,
and that certainly he was very much
in love with the beautiful person who
owned the little slipper.
What they said was very true, for
a few days after, the King's son caused
it to be proclaimed by sound of a
trumpet, that he would marry her
whose foot that slipper would just fit.
They whom he employed, began to
try it upon the Princesses, then the
Duchesses, and all the court, but in
vain, it was brought to the two sisters,
who did all they possibly could to
thrust a foot into the slipper, but they
could not effect it. Cinderilla, who
S£tw all this, and knew her slipper,
said to them laughing, let me see if
it will not fit me ? Her sisters burst
out a laughing, and began to banter.
The gentleman who was sent to try
the slipper, looking earnestly at Cin*
derilk* arid finding her very handsome, said, it was but just that she
should try* and that he had orders to
let every one make a trial.
He obliged Cinderilla to sit down,
and, putting the slipper on her foot,
he found it went on very easily, and
fitted her as if it had been made of
wax.   The amazement her two sistera
.    , .   1 ,.   .»n gave her two sisters lodgings in the
were.m was excessively great, but still ?,(,on        ...   , f   »    " "';
,       -..--.. J;       r~-   j„„;i!„ ralace, and  that same day matched
abundantly greater, when Cinderilla , , . , *■      -.     %
7    "I    ^. i ■ i. «. ,*' fttu„, them with two great Lords at court.
pulled out of her pocket the other p
slipper, and put it on.
Thereupon in came the god-mother, |
who having touched with the wand,
Cinderilla's clothes, made them rich
and more magnificent than any of
those she had before. When her two
sisters found her to be the beautiful
lady they had seen at the ball, they ^_ ,~^_~_
threw themselves at her feet, and beg- ^^^^m^^^^B^s
ged pardon for the ill treatment they ggggJff \g gg|i&
had made her  undergo.     Cinderilla 8 ^' ^ V^H^ -
took them up, and as she embraced
them, said, that she forgave them with
all her heart, desiring them always to
love her.
She was conducted to the young
Prince, who married her. Cinderilla,
was no less good than beautiful, she
Might be called the domestic
tiger or leopard ; he looks as a species of those wild beasts, brought to
and degraded by, domesticity; however tame a Cat may be individually,
the race has not yet lost its original
habits; and ferocity, cuianing, and
treachery^ still characterise the Oat,,
even on the comfortable lap, or at the
side of his fond mistress.    The do-*
mestic Cat is of various colours, from
white to black, and the tortoise-shell
one is reckoned the handsomest, although males of that description ar§
seldom, if ever, to be found.    The Cat
is a cleanly, neat, and very useful crea^.
ture,  but can never be cured of his
thieving propensity.,    The tongue is
uncommonly rough, ind the claws,
which are sheathed and brought out,
as   the  animal  pleases,   exceedingly
sharp,    The Cat lives ten or twelve
years, and brings five or six kittens
at a litter, which the female educates
and constantly drills  in all fanciful
tricks and useful exercise ; far away
from   her stern and saturnine mate,
who would destroy them if they were
at his reach.
It happened that some humane person, near Plaistow, seeing a puppy
struggling in a pond, drew it out half
drowned; a cat, with truly maternal
solicitude, licked, cleaned, warmed,
suckled, and recovered it>
cellar. In order to please her children,
she one day went down to see them.
On looking into the hamper, she found
a young rat amongst the kittens, which
she ordered to be taken out. But, the
next day it was again found, a quiet
inhabitant of the same place; and there
was no doubt that the cat suckled it,
and was disposed to bring it up with
her own family.
Cats seem particularly disposed to
adopt the offspring of a stranger : but
the most extraordinary instance that
I have heard, was related to me by a
lady, who was an eye-witness of the
fact Her cat had a litter of kittens,
that were kept in a hamper in the-
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