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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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Moe, Moltke, Unpublished Collection. Christiania.

(klatra = to make a noise; trae = wood)


Death-bed promise--Deceased wife's ring marriage test-- Unnatural father -- Counter-tasks--Magic dresses--Heroine disguise (wooden cloak)--Heroine flight--Menial heroine (at palace)--Heroine carries water, towel, handkerchief, to king - Meeting-place (church) -- Token objects named--Threefold flight--Lost shoe--Shoe marriage test--Happy marriage.


(1) Man and wife have a daughter. Wife, dying, gives husband a ring, making him promise to marry whomsoever it fits.-- (2) Daughter puts it on, and father wants to marry her. She demands, first, a wooden cloak; secondly, a feather cloak, a horse and carriage; lastly, a golden dress, gold carriage and horses.-- (3) Having obtained all these things, heroine escapes, hides fine clothes in a hill, dons wooden cloak, and takes service in king's castle.-- (4) On first Sunday she carries bath-water to the prince; afterwards goes to church in feather dress, and tells prince she comes from "Water-land".(5) Next Sunday she takes him a towel, and tells him in church that she comes from "Towel-land". -- (6) Third Sunday she takes him a handkerchief; says she comes from "Hlandkerchief-land." She loses her golden shoe.

[Prof. Moe says that the conclusion of the story resembles that of "Kari Traestak" (see No. 30), except that there are no sisters.]

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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