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

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345 Variants
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Roalfe Cox

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Campbell, J. F., Popular Tales of the West Highlands. Edinburgh, 1860-62. vol. i, pp. 219 ff.
No. XIV. (Narrated by Ann Darroch, Islay, who had it from Margaret Connel.)


[You can read Campbell's The King Who Wished to Marry His Daughter on SurLaLune.]


Deceased wife's clothes marriage test--Unnatural father --Foster-mother aid--Counter-tasks--Magic dresses--Heroine's hiding-box--Heroine put to sea in chest; rescued by herd-- Menial heroine--Meeting-place (sermon)--Threefold flight-- Lost shoe--Shoe marriage test--Mutilated feet--Animal witness (bird)--Happy marriage.


(1) King after death of wife leaving one daughter will only marry one whom dead wife's clothes fit.-- (2) Daughter tries them by accident, is seen by father, and importuned by him to marry her.-- (3) She asks advice of foster-mother, and puts him off by requests gown of swan's-down, of moorland canach, of silk standing upright with gold and silver, gold and silver shoe, chest that locks without and within and goes on land or sea.-- (4) She puts herself therein with her clothes and persuades father to put her out to sea.-- (5) Coming ashore, a herd wishes to break it up, but heroine stops him and takes refuge with his father.-- (6) She obtains service at the king's house under the cook.-- (7) Whilst the rest are at the sermon she feigns to bake bread, goes to hero's house, puts on first dress, and to the sermon opposite the king's son, who loves her.-- (8) She leaves before sermon, changes, and everyone talks about her.-- (9) Same incident second and third Sundays with change of dress. -- (10) On third Sunday a watch is set at the doors, heroine escapes through cranny, but they get hold of one of her shoes.-- (11) King's son will marry whomsoever shoe should fit.-- (12) Many try it on, and take off their heels and toes to make it fit.-- (13) A little bird always denounces these attempts and speaks of the wee cook-maid.-- (14) King's son lies down, mother goes to kitchen to talk it over.-- (15) Heroine asks for shoe, is refused at first, but allowed by desire of prince.-- (16) Shoe jumps on her foot.-- (17) She fetches her treasures and marries king's son.

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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