Thorpe, Benjamin, Yule-Tide Stories. Popular Tales and Traditions from the Swedish, Danish, and German. pp. 126-133. (Version from Ostergötland. Printed in J. Arwidsson's Lase-och Laro-bok for Ungdom. Stockholm, 1830. pp. 19-25.) (Variant of the foregoing, No. 112.)
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Ill-treated heroine (by step-mother)--Heroine given black bread and milk in cat's saucer--Task, to pick up peas--Task- performing animal (white ermine)--Magic dresses and equip- age from magic oak--Meeting-place (church)--Threefold flight--[Pitch trap]--Lost shoe--Shoe marriage test--Mutilated foot--.Animal witness (bird)--Happy marriage--Heroine re quested to stab ermine; prince springs from its blood, and vanishes.
(1) On going to church queen gives stepdaughter morsel of black bread and little milk in cat's saucer; strews bushel of peas on floor for Cinder-Girl to pick up by her return.-- (2) Little white ermine comes to weeping heroine, who gives it milk and tells her trouble. Ermine blows on peas, which fly back into measure; takes heroine to oak in forest, where she gets dresses, a palfrey and little pages, and goes to church. [Continuation of story resembles the above.] -- (3) On third Sunday Ermine requests heroine to run knife into it, heart, in return for its services to her. Heroine stabs it reluctantly.-- (4) Three drops of blood fall, from which springs comely prince, who instantly vanishes.
Cox, Marian Roalfe. Cinderella: Three Hundred and Forty-five Variants of Cinderella, Catskin, and Cap O' Rushes, abstracted and tabulated. London: David Nutt for the Folklore Society, 1893.
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