Variant of No. 134. Archivio per lo Studio delle Tradizioni popolari. Palermo, 1882, vol. i, pp. 196-200.
V. "LA DONNINA DI LEGNO."
Counter-tasks (wooden-case, three dresses, and bird Verderrio) from father--Menial heroine, lives in king's hen-house. Hens sing of her loveliness-Meeting-place (ball)--Threefold flight--Pursuers blinded with sand and quattrini--Love-sick prince--Recognition food (contains presents given at ball)--Happy marriage.
(1) Girl asks her father for a wooden case, three dresses, and the bird Verderrio. She sings:
(2) She is taken to the king's palace, and put in hen-house. Hens sing:
(3) King falls in love with beautiful stranger at ball, and sends servants to follow her home. She throws sand and quattrini, and half blinds them.-- (4) At length the king falls ill, and finds in his food the present given to beautiful stranger at ball.
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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