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345 Variants
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Mango, Francesco, Novelline popolari Sarde, raccolte e annotate dal. Palermo, 1890. (Pitré, Curiosita popolari tradizionali, vol. ix.) Pp. 134-36.



Heroine asks father to marry her schoolmistress, who has prompted her to do so. Iron shoes must wear out first. Heroine pours water on them. Father marries schoolmistress-- Ill-treated heroine (by stepmother). Father urged to take heroine far from home and desert her. Heroine devoured by wild beasts.


(1) Widower sends his daughter Peppina to school. Mistress says to her, "Ask your father to marry me I will love you and be kind to you, and take you about with me, And you can call me mother." Heroine does so, and father tells her to say he will marry schoolmistress when his iron shoes1 are worn out. Schoolmistress bids heroine throw water frequently on iron shoes, so that they rust and wear out. Then father sends to say he will keep his promise to marry schoolmistress.-- (2) After a year she bears a child, and thence- forward ill-treats Peppina. She induces father to take her a long, long way for a walk, then throw down his ring, and, whilst she is looking for it, to leave her behind and return home. Finding herself deserted, heroine begins weeping till she is tired out and falls asleep.-- (3) Then wild animals come and devour her.


1: See Note 50.

Note 50

(P. 311.) "Iron shoes" occur also in No. 89. Ci. Comparetti, No. 51; Crane, pp. 7, 142, 323, 324; Dozon, Contes Albanais, No. 12, "La Belle de la Terre"; Folk-lore Rec., iii, 231, "Prince Wolf"; F.-L. Journal, iii, 295 (Chilian pop. tale); Gonzenbach, No. 32; Gradi, Vigilia, p. 26; De Gubernatis, Sto. Stefano, No. 14; Hahn, Nos. 73, 132; Magyar Folk-tales, p. 262; Ortoli, p. 8; Pentamerone, v, 4; Pitré, No. 6; Vernaleken, p.355; Webster, p. 39; Wolf, Deutsche Hausmar., No. 19, "Die eisernen Stiefel," pp. 75-9.

In Hahn's No. 103 the father will marry his daughter's teacher when his shoes become red. In Grimm's No. 13 the boot with a hole in the sole must hold water first.

Stone shoes must be worn through in Sagas from the Far East, p. 217.
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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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