Andrews, J. B., Contes Ligures. Paris, 1892. Pp. 149-151. No. XXXIII. (From Mentone; told by Marie Alavena.)
"MARIE ROBE DE BOIS."
Sorceress-godmother invites heroine to live with her--[Countertasks]--She must first get Magic dresses from father--Heroine disguise (wooden dress)--Heroine, forgetting injunction, exclaims, "Jesus, Marie!" is thrown by sorceress-godmother into king's garden; eats oranges; is discovered by prince; implores king's pardon--Menial heroine (poultry-girl) (ball)-- [Threefold flight]-Love-sick prince--Recognition food (contains three rings given at three balls)--Happy marriage.
(1) Young girl has a sorceress godmother, who one day asks, "Would you like to come with me?" heroine says "Yes". If so, she must ask father to buy her a dress like the moon. Heroine says she has such a dress. Then godmother tells her she must g one that shines like the stars. She has that too. Then she must have one that shines like the sun, and her father must make her a dress of wood, with as many pockets in it as it is possible to have. Before they set out, godmother bids her never say "Jesus, Marie!" After walking for some time, heroine says, "Godmother, aren't we there yet? Jesus, Marie! what a long way!"-- (2) Sorceress takes and throws her into king's garden, where there is an orange-tree. King's son often walks in the garden. He notices for several days that some of the oranges are missing; at last one day he catches sight of little girl, he rushes to tell father he has found the thief who eats the oranges. Heroine is frightened on seeing king, implores his pardon, saying she ate oranges because she was hungry, and that it was her godmother who sent her there.-- (3) King engages her to feed his fowls, geese, and ducks.-- (4) At carnival time king's son is going to ball and heroine begs him to take her. He refuses, and she goes back crying. She dons moon dress and goes to ball; dances with prince, who gives her a ring.-- (5) Another night, when he has started to ball, she dons star dress and follows him. He dances with her and gives her another ring.-- (6) Tue same thing happens a third time.-- (7) When he gets home king's son falls ill. Heroine asks queen to let her make some soup that will cure him. In the first spoonful he takes he finds the three rings he had given her.-- (8) After a little while he marries her.
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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