Cinderella by Charles Robinson

Cinderella: Three Hundred and Forty-five Variants of Cinderella, Catskin, and Cap O' Rushes, abstracted and tabulated by Marian Roalfe Cox

Cinderella by Jennie Harbour

345 Variants
by Marian
Roalfe Cox

Table of Contents



Cinderella Tales

Catskin Tales

Cap o' Rushes Tales

Indeterminate Tales

Hero Tales



Master List of all Variants

Notes on this E-Text

Cinderella Area

Annotated Tale




Similar Tales Across Cultures

Modern Interpretations


Book Gallery

SurLaLune Fairy Tales Main Page



Archivio, ii, pp. 21-25. Palermo, 1883. Novelle popolari Sarde by P. E. Guarnerio. (Told by Speranza Satta of Sassari, Sardinia, who cannot read or write, and transcribed by Prof. Guarnerio, with the help of Antonio Cottoni, also of Sassari.)

(Maria Wainscotted).


Deathbed promise--(Deceased wife's ring test)--Unnatural father--Fate aid. Heroine's fate, or fortune, hears her lament and assists her--Countertasks--Magic dresses (supplied by devil, as gentleman)--Heroine disguise (wooden dress)--(Heroine flight); her fate transports her to house of another king--Menial heroine (has charge of horses in stable)-- her name is "Mary Wainscotted"-- King's son threatens her with (1) spurs, (2) saddle, (3) whip--Meeting place (fête)--Token objects named--Threefold flight (fate transports her)--Lovesick prince--Recognition food contains diamond [ring] given heroine at third ball.--Happy marriage.


(1) A king is left a widower. His dying wife gave him a diamond [ring], and bade him marry whomsoever it would fit.-- (2) His only daughter tries it on; it fits her well, and father says he must marry her.-- (3) Heroine in despair goes weeping to her room, and crying "My fate, my fate!" Her fate (or fortune) appears to her, and bids her demand from father a robe of golden bells. A gentleman (explained by story-teller as the Devil) comes to perplexed father and asks what troubles him, and undertakes to supply the robe of bells, and says king may command him should he want more.-- (4) Heroine weeps when father gives her the robe, and, counselled by her fate, asks him for one in which are the sun and the moon. This is provided in the same manner, and heroine next asks for a robe with as many fish as are in the sea.-- (5) On receiving this she weeps anew, and calls on her fate, who now bids her go to the wood-cutter and let him make her a dress of nothing but wood, with hinges.-- (6) Wood-cutter makes the dress, and her fate takes heroine to another king's house, where she is engaged as servant-girl in the stable to look after the horses. Heroine says her name is "Maria Wainscotted". Every day she gets the horses ready for the king's son. Every time she goes out the king's son passes. "Is it my turn, your Majesty?" "I'll strike you a blow with the spurs."--(7) He goes to a fete, and heroine's fate dresses her quickly in the robe of golden bells, and takes her straight to where he is. Whilst dancing with her he asks whence she comes. "From the City of the Spurs." "My father is king, and I have never heard mention of that city." The fate takes her home before the king's son. When he returns, heroine says, "You wouldn't take me, then?" "It is someone else than you whom I have seen dancing."-- (8) When he is going to another festival she says, " Is it my turn?" And he: "I will strike you a blow with the saddle." The fate takes her, differently clad, to where he is. He is pleased, and asks whence she comes. "From the City of the Saddle." "My father is king," etc. All at once the fate takes her back before the king's son returns. "You wouldn't take me, then?" He rejoins as before.-- (9) He is starting to another festival, and she says, ''Isn't it my turn?" "I'll strike you with the whip." Her fate dresses her in the robe with the fishes, and whilst dancing she comes to the king's son, and, to his inquiry, answers, "I come from the City of the Whip." "My father is king," etc. As they dance he gives her a diamond [ring]. Suddenly the fate takes her home before he comes. "You wouldn't take me, then?" she says. "I have seen someone else than you."-- (10) Meantime he falls sick, and that poor thing is always down in the stable. He will eat nothing, and she hears of it, and begs of the queen "Let me cook the food and he will eat it." She cooks the food, and puts the diamond into it; and he has scarce taken two mouthfuls when he finds it. "Who has cooked this food?" His mother is frightened. "Mamma's darling, I have cooked it for you." This he will not believe, and at length he learns that Maria Wainscotted has cooked it. "Let her come up." The fate takes her, and puts on the best dress she has. He recognises her, and they are married.

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.

While the original text of this book is out of copyright, the special formatting and compilation available on SurLaLune Fairy Tales is copyrighted. Be aware that while the original content has been honored, page numbering, footnote numbering, redesigned charts, links, and other aspects are unique to this site's version of the text. Use at your own risk. For private and fair use educational purposes only.

Available from

Cinderella: A Case Book edited by Alan Dundes

In Search of Cinderella

Beauty and the Beast edited by Jack Zipes

From the Beast to the Blonde by Marina Warner

New Tales for Old by Gail de Vos

Tales, Then and Now by Altman and  de Vos

Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales by Jack Zipes

The Classic Fairy Tales by Maria Tatar Logo

©Heidi Anne Heiner, SurLaLune Fairy Tales
Page last updated February 1, 2006 Logo