Cinderella by Charles Robinson

Cinderella: Three Hundred and Forty-five Variants of Cinderella, Catskin, and Cap O' Rushes, abstracted and tabulated by Marian Roalfe Cox

Cinderella by Jennie Harbour

345 Variants
by Marian
Roalfe Cox

Table of Contents



Cinderella Tales

Catskin Tales

Cap o' Rushes Tales

Indeterminate Tales

Hero Tales



Master List of all Variants

Notes on this E-Text

Cinderella Area

Annotated Tale




Similar Tales Across Cultures

Modern Interpretations


Book Gallery

SurLaLune Fairy Tales Main Page



Zbior wiadomosci do antropologji Krajowej (Collection de materiaux pour l'antropologie nationale), 15 volumes. Cracow, 1877-1892. Vol. ii, pp. 149-151. (From neighbourhood of Dobszyn, Government of Plock; taken down by A. Petrow.)

(The Princess as Cinderella).


Unnatural father--Counter-tasks--Magic dresses--Heroine disguise (cloak of lice) --Heroine flight--Menial heroine (scullion at palace) --Token objects -- Meeting-place (church)--[Threefold flight]--Pitch trap--Lost shoe--Shoe marriage test (at ball)--Heroine found in kitchen --Happy marriage.


(1) Widowed king wants to marry his own daughter.-- (2) She demands and obtains from him various objects, like the moon, the stars, the sun. Then she asks for a cloak of lice, which is also provided.-- (3) Heroine soils her face, dons the cloak, and goes to palace of neighbouring king, persuading cook to hire her as scullion.-- (4) On Sunday king's son wants his comb; heroine takes it more quickly than his lackey; prince gives her blow on the neck. She hies to oak-tree, where she has hidden her fine clothes, dresses, and drives to church in magnificent coach. Prince sends to ask whence she comes. "I am Madam Comb," she replies.-- (5) Second Sunday same incidents with towel; and on third Sunday with shirt.-- (6) Prince has tar spread, and heroine's shoe remains sticking in it.-- (7) A grand ball is given, and vain search made for the lady who owns the shoe. At last they go to the kitchen to try it.-- (8) Heroine is recognised, and prince marries her.

1: Popielucha = Cinderella, from popiol, cinder.
Return to place in text.

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.

While the original text of this book is out of copyright, the special formatting and compilation available on SurLaLune Fairy Tales is copyrighted. Be aware that while the original content has been honored, page numbering, footnote numbering, redesigned charts, links, and other aspects are unique to this site's version of the text. Use at your own risk. For private and fair use educational purposes only.

Available from

Cinderella: A Case Book edited by Alan Dundes

In Search of Cinderella

Beauty and the Beast edited by Jack Zipes

From the Beast to the Blonde by Marina Warner

New Tales for Old by Gail de Vos

Tales, Then and Now by Altman and  de Vos

Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales by Jack Zipes

The Classic Fairy Tales by Maria Tatar Logo

©Heidi Anne Heiner, SurLaLune Fairy Tales
Page last updated February 1, 2006 Logo