Pitré, Fiabe, Novelle e Racconti popolari Siciliani. Palermo, 1875. vol. i, p. 388. Variant of No. XLIII.
Heroine disguise (tree-trunk)--Menial heroine (tends poultry)--Hearth abode--Magic dresses (obtained from three enchanted balls of thread)--Meeting-place (ball)--Heroine robs prince of three diamonds; their loss makes him ill. (Lovesick prince)-- Recognition food.
(1) Truvaturedda presents herself in a tree-trunk to the king, and says she is only good at two things--feeling hens to ascertain whether they are likely to lay, and preparing their food.-- (2) When young king takes her with him she remains always in the ashes.-- (3) When he goes to a feast she unrolls, one at a time, three enchanted balls of thread of different colours, and gets what she wants. She dances with the king at the ball, and robs him of three diamonds he wears on his breast; whereupon he falls sick of regret.-- (4) Truvaturedda sends in to him loaves made with her own hands.
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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