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Variant of No. 134.1 Archivio per lo Studio delle Tradizioni popolari. Palermo, 1882, vol. i, pp. 196-200.

(From Florence.)


Heroine, a lord's daughter, sets out to seek fortune--Fairy aid-- Heroine disguise (man's clothes and big cloak)--Menial heroine (stable-boy to King of Portugal); called "Ugly-Skin"--Forgets king's (1) stirrup, (2) whip, (3) bridle; is hit with these objects-- Magic dress (obtained by fairy wand)--Meeting-place (ball)-- Token objects named flight--Three-fold flight--Pursuers detained by (1) confetti, (2) money, (3) great smoke--Love-sick prince--Queen's cakes burned; heroine's substituted--Recognition food-- Heroine discovered (prince tears off husk)--Happy marriage.


(1) A lovely girl, daughter of a lord, is poor, and sets out to seek her for. tune. She meets a fairy, who makes her dress like a man, gives her a fur cloak to cover her face and the rest of her body, and a magic wand.-- (2) The King of Portugal engages her as stable-boy, and calls her "Ugly Skin" (Pellicciotto).-- (3) King goes to three balls, and Ugly Skin, who each time saddles his horse, forgets (1) stirrups, (2) whip, (3) bridle. King beats her with these objects.-- (4) Heroine goes to balls, and gives names of objects as her home. Servants follow her by king's orders, and are detained (1) by confetti, (2) by coppers, (3) by great smoke.-- (5) King falls ill, and wants little cakes made by mother. These get burnt, and mother substitutes those made by heroine, who had begged for a little dough.-- (6) King finds ring inside cake; sends for Ugly Skin, and, whilst speaking, tears her cloak at the neck, and discovers who she is.


1: See Note 1.

Note 1

Stories 137, 138, 140, and 141, although not strictly within the Catskin group, are retained here as variants of the type-story, No. 134.

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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