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

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345 Variants
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Roalfe Cox

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Grundtvig, S., Unpublished Collection. (Told and written down by Mr. Nis Callesen, farmer, North Sleswick.)



Heroine, Danish princess, may not wed her lover, English prince--Help at grave (mother's)--Countertasks (from father)--Rank dresses, and crowskin gown--Heroine flight to England; magic formula--Menial heroine (kitchen-maid) --Meeting-place (church)--Threefold flight--Lost shoe and half of finger-ring obtained by prince--Recognition food contains other half of ring--Happy marriage.


(1) King of England's son wooes the beautiful daughter of the king of Denmark, but is not allowed to wed her.-- (2) She goes to mother's grave, and mother bids her ask father for a gown of gold brocade, one of silver brocade, and a crow-skin gown. When she has these she must step into a carriage, and say, "Light before me! dark behind me! None shall see whither I speed."-- (3) In this way she arrives in England, leaves the carriage in the town, and, dressed in the crow-skin gown, gets a situation as kitchen-maid. She goes thrice to church in her brocaded gowns. The king's son gets one of her shoes and half her finger-ring.-- (5) The other half she throws anon into his cup, and makes herself known to him.-- (6) Then they are married.

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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