Moe, Moltke, Unpublished Collection. Christiania. (From Flatdal.)
"JENTEN MED KRAAKESKINDSKJOLEN"
Unnatural woman aid--Counter-tasks--Magic dresses--[Heroine disguise (crowskin cloak)]--Heroine flight--Menial heroine (scullery-maid at palace) -- Meeting-place (church)--Threefold flight--Lost shoe--Shoe marriage test-- Happy marriage.
(1) Widowed king wants to marry his daughter.-- (2) She is unwilling, and, counselled by old woman, demands from father, first, a dress like the stars, then one like the moon, afterwards one like the sun, and, lastly, a gown of crows' skins. When she has obtained all these, she is to join old woman in the garden. Father complies with all her demands. "You can imagine how the price of crows' skins went up."-- (3) At the appointed time heroine repairs to the garden, taking all the dresses. There she finds a horse, mounts it, and rides off to the Castle of another king. Horse asks to be put in a small cottage.-- (4) Heroine is made scullery-maid. On Sunday she gets per mission to go to church, puts on her star dress, and rides off. All the people gaze at her, and the prince tries to overtake her, but her horse is too swift. "Well, didn't the people stare at you?" asks the cook. "Can't help it if they did," says heroine.-- (5) Next Sunday she wears the moon dress, and on third Sunday the sun dress.-- (6) That day the prince gets hold of one of her shoes. All the girls are to try it on, and at length it is heroine's turn. "I'm obliged to try it on you too, for there is hardly anyone else left." "You don't suppose it would fit me, do you?" says heroine, raising her skirt just a little, that prince may catch a glimpse of the beautiful gown she wears beneath. You may imagine how glad he was!
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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