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345 Variants
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Dying queen has stars on brow, sun and moon on head--Unnatural father-- Countertasks -- Heroine demands louse-skin dress, etc., and gold shoe--Old woman aid--Heroine flight-- Ferryman tries to drown heroine for refusing him--Rock opens to receive Magic dresses--Menial heroine (scullion)--Heroine eager to wait on mistress's secretary, who is her brother. He throws things at her--Meeting-place (church)--Brother attracted by heroine, who attends several times in state. Once she does not doff fine dress; throws everyday clothes over it--Brother sends for her to search his head--Heroine discovered--Heroine and brother go forth together.


(1) King has beautiful wife, with stars round her brow, a sun on the top, and a moon at the back, of her head. But she soon dies, leaving a daughter as lovely as herself.-- (2) King travels far, seeking another wife, but finding none so fair as the first, determines to marry his daughter.-- (3) She objects, but cannot make him relinquish his purpose. She therefore demands, first, a dress of louse-skins, a silver dress, a diamond ring, and a gold shoe. King gives her all.-- (4) On the eve of the wedding, heroine goes to ask advice of old woman, who tells her to pack all her things, and leave home that night. Next morning king seeks her in vain.-- (5) She comes to a river, and gets into a boat. Ferry-man refuses to row her, and, unless she will have him, he will drown her instantly. She will not accept him, and he throws her out of the boat.-- (6) She springs on to the hark, and walks on till she comes to a rock. "O God!" she says, "if only this were a room"; and the rock opens into a room, which she enters. She finds everything she could wish. She leaves her fine c here, and comes out. The room becomes a rock again.-- (7) She comes to a house, and offers herself as scullion (Aschenbrödel). Her brother lives here as secretary--for he also had left his father's house--and has a servant to wait upon him. When he calls his servant to fetch him water, or his boots, heroine always runs to take them, and he throws them at her heels.-- (8) She asks her mistress to allow her to go home, but goes instead to the rock, which becomes a room as she draws near. She dons her fine clothes, and a carriage appears to take her to church.-- (9) The secretary is there, and notices the lovely girl, and goes again the following Sunday for the sake of seeing her. But mistress has told her she must get home earlier than the secretary.-- (10) One day she is late, and has not time to doff fine dress, but puts every-day clothes on over it.-- (11) Secretary sends his servant to fetch her to search his head. She will not go, saying she has never been wanted yet, and is not wanted now. But when servant is sent a second time for her, she is obliged to go. With his head on her knees, the secretary examines her clothes, and comes upon the mantle.-- (12) Then he gets up and tears the kerchief from her head, and recognises his sister. They leave the house together, but none knows whither they go.

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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