Webster, Wentworth, Basque Legends. London, 1877. Pp. 166-7. (Narrated by Louise Lanusse.)
"THE STEP-MOTHER AND THE STEP-DAUGHTER."
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Heroine persuades widowed father to marry again --Step mother befriends heroine. Bids her enter palace at night and steal (1) girdle, (2) watch-chain from sleeping king. Second night heroine is alarmed and drops shoe. Lost shoe--Shoe marriage test--Happy marriage.
(1) Daughter bids widowed father marry again, that she may see him happy. He does so, and consents to give wife full power over daughter.-- (2) Stepmother gives daughter keys of king's house, which is near, persuading her, for her own good, to enter king's chamber at night, and, without waking him, bring her his sash. Daughter obeys reluctantly, and returns with king's girdle. -- (3) Next night she is sent for king's watch-chain; but, while taking it, she is frightened by king's moving in bed, and runs off, losing shoe at door of chamber.-- (4) King proclaims that he will wed whomsoever shoe fits, and makes trial first amongst the rich, but comes eventually to house of heroine's father. His suite try to dissuade king from visiting poor folk, but he persists.-- (5) Stepmother tells king she is ashamed to receive him in her bedroom. There she shows him heroine beautifully dressed, but with only one shoe on. King marries heroine, and takes father and stepmother to live at palace.
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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