Chubinsky, Malorusskiya Skazki. (Tales of Little Russia). Petersburg, 1878. Pp. 73-76. No. XVIII.
"THE GIRL WITH THE LOUSE-SKIN CLOAK."
Unnatural father--Mother help at grave--Counter-tasks-- Magic dresses--Heroine disguise--Heroine dresses nine dolls; speaks to them--Heroine flight--Seeks dead mother in other world; falls asleep; is found by gentleman, who makes her his servant--Menial heroine--Meeting-place (church)--Threefold flight--Trap. Monks pour oil at church entrance--Lost shoes [Shoe marriage test]--Search for owner of shoes. Heroine found asleep on stove--Happy marriage.
(1) Widower wants to marry his daughter.-- (2) She suns to tomb of dead mother, who bids her demand from father a dress like the dawn, another like the moon, another like the sun. Each dress is procured.-- (3) Heroine then demands a cloak made of the skins of lice, and when father brings it her, stilt following mother's advice, she dresses nine dolls, and says to them nine times, "Good morning, doll! Good-bye, doll!" then goes to seek her mother in the other world. She seeks in vain, and falls asleep.-- (4) A gentleman passes, picks her up, and makes her a servant in his farm-yard.-- -(5) One Sunday heroine dons her dawn dress and goes to church. Everyone is amazed. On the following Sundays she wears the other dresses.-- (6) The third Sunday the monks pour some oil down at the church entrance; both heroine's shoes remain sticking to it, and she escapes barefoot and dons her louse-skin cloak. -- (7) Search is made for the owner of the shoe, and heroine is at length found asleep on the stove.-- (8) The king, who had fallen in love with her in church, now marries her. They are still alive and well.
[The story is extremely well told in the idiom of Little Russia. It was heard in the district of Pereiaslav, government of Poltava. There is a story very like this in Athanas'ev (Moscow, 1863, Pts. I and II, pp. 283-285), taken down in the language of White Russia, at Pohar, government Czernihow.-- DR. KARLOWICZ.]
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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