Lootens, A., Oude Kindervertelsels in den Brugschen Tongval. Brussels, 1868. P. 55.
King Lear judgment--Loving like salt--Outcast heroine - Dresses hidden in hollow tree--Heroine disguise (peasant's dress)--Menial heroine (at castle)--Meeting-place (church) fold flight--Lost shoe, during first pursuit; produced by son of the castle during dinner; will only fit heroine-- -Afterwards, lost glove and ring the same. Heroine offers to fetch owner; returns in state--Happy marriage--Visit to father, whom elder daughters have deserted.
(1) King has three daughters, and asks which loves him best. Eldest daughter loves him "as the apples of her eyes"; the second, "as her life"; the youngest, who is busy putting salt into her milk-porridge, says, "as salt".-- (2) She is driven out, but is allowed to take her dresses with her, and conceals them in the trunk of a hollow tree. Presently she meets poor peasant girl, with whom she exchanges clothes, and, after wandering far away, she reaches a castle, knocks, and asks leave to enter and stay the night, being a poor girl, hungry and tired. She is admitted.-- (3) Next day she offers to do all manner of work if she may stay. They let her remain.-- (4) On Sunday she may go to church on condition that she kneels in a corner out of sight. Vuiltji fetches blue satin dress and slippers from hollow tree, goes to church, and kneels in the midst of the assembly. The "son of the castle" is present, and when heroine, running to the hollow tree after church, loses one of her blue satin slippers, he picks it up. At dinner the slipper is produced, but fits nobody. Vuiltji asks leave to try it, and it fits her. "Well," says the lady, "you have beautiful feet, Vuiltji!" -- (5) Next, Sunday heroine goes to church in red satin dress and red satin gloves. She loses a glove. It will fit nobody. Vuiltji shows her hands. "My hands are not ugly; let me try." Glove fits her. "Well, you have beautiful hands!" -- (6) Next Sunday heroine wears a white silk dress to church, and many diamond rings, one of which she loses. At the dinner-table all happens as usual. "Has no one seen V. in church?" asks my lady. No; but son has thrice seen the same lovely lady, who has lost a diamond ring. Nobody but V. can wear it. Son asks whether he may marry this beautiful lady, if only he can find her. Mother says he may.-- (7) Vuiltji offers to fetch her, and runs to hollow tree, dresses, jumps into a carriage, and drives to castle. All wonder who she is. She says she is a king's daughter, outcast by her father. Son marries her, and they go to her father.-- (8) Elder daughters have deserted him, making him sorely repent having turned out the youngest. They live with heroine's father, and, when he dies, her husband is king in his stead.
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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