Volkesunde, Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsche Folk-lore onder Reactie van Pol de Mont en Aug. Gittee. (Antwerp, 1889) ii, 201. (From "Land van Waas" Vlaamsch Belgie.)
Ill-treated heroine (by sister)--Menial heroine; polishes hearth, which sister makes dirty directly after. Heroine weeps-- Old woman aid--Magic dresses from hollow tree--Meeting-place (ball)--Lost shoe (second evening) found by sister-- Mutilated feet (sister's)--Heroine attends third ball, wearing gold shoes. Sister is ill; heroine considered a witch, and pushed back into the hearth, where she is still.
(1) Heroine is ill-treated, while her sister is indulged and allowed to go to balls beautifully dressed. Aschekladdeken's daily duty is to polish the hearth, and, as soon as she has finished, her sister always comes and makes it dirty.-- (2) Once, when things have gone harder than usual, heroine cries bitterly, and an old woman comes along and asks what is the matter. Heroine tells how unhappy she is, and how her sister gets everything. Old woman bids her go to-morrow night to the hollow tree, knock at it, and she will get a splendid dress and a carriage in which to go to the ball.-- (3) Heroine does so, and is the beauty of the ball. Returning to the trunk, her dress and carriage disappear.-- (4) All happens the same the next evening, but she loses one of her golden shoes, and it is found by her sister, who cuts off her toes so as to get it on.-- (5) But, she is so ill from this that she cannot go to the ball on the third evening. Heroine goes, having got her slipper, and all the guests imagine her to be a rich lady. When she gets home everybody is still up, because her sister is so ill.-- (6) Heroine is supposed to be a witch, and is thrust back into the hearth. If she has not crept out, she must be there still!
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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