La Société de Litterature Finnoise. MS. Collections. Helsingfors. By K. T. Andersson. (From Loppi, in Tavastlandia.)
"THE KING'S DAUGHTER."
Unnatural father--Counter-tasks--Magic dresses--Crow's-bill dress not worn as disguise--Heroine flight (in boat which travels by sea or land)--Heroine disguise (rags)--Menial heroine (swineherd at palace) --King hits heroine with (1) towel, (2) slippers--Meeting-place (fete) --Token objects named --King, remembering treatment of swineherd, hurries back. Heroine home first--Twofold flight--King sends for swineherd; tears off rags; asks her pardon; woos her for son--Happy marriage.
(1) King wants to marry beautiful daughter.-- (2) She promises consent if he will procure her a dress of crows' bills. All the crows in the kingdom are killed and the gown made. Heroine now demands, before wedding, a gold dress, which is procured; then a boat which travels by land or sea. Such a one is made.-- (3) At night heroine puts all her possessions, as well as carriages, horses, and servants, into the boat, sets out to foreign country, and arrives at king's palace. She blackens her face, dons old clothes, and sector service at court. King at first refuses her, then at length engages her as swineherd.-- (4) King is dressing for a fete and swineherd takes him water for washing. He hits her with towel, not liking swineherd to serve him. Heroine dons crow's-bill gown and follows him to fete. No one dares ask whence she comes, and king is urged to do so. Heroine replies, "From Towel-land"; and king is frightened, remembering his treatment of swineherd. He hurries home. But heroine is back first, and when king sends for her, comes dressed in her rags, with blackened face.-- (5) Next night king throws slippers at heroine when she brings his water. "Slut, I forbid you to bring my water. Attend to your pigs." Heroine dons gold dress, and drives in splendid carriage to fete. King is again urged to inquire whence she comes. "From Slipper-land." King hurries hack; but with her splendid horses she gets home first; yet has not time to charge clothes, and flings rags over gold dress, and blackens her face-- (6) King sends for her, tears off her rags, and notices royal jewel that she wears round her neck. He begs her pardon for having ill-treated her, and then asks her in marriage for his son. She consents, joyfully.-- (7) King's son marries her.
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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