Cinderella

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Once there was a girl named Cinderella. She was not only beautiful but she was kind and thoughtful. Cinderella lived with her mean stepmother and two proud, ugly stepsisters. They made her work all day cooking, washing, and sweeping. At night they made her sleep on a straw mat with the coals by the fireplace.
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One day, the king invited everyone to a ball in honor of the prince. ?Of course you can?t go,? said Cinderella?s stepmother. ?You have no pretty gown to wear.? As soon as her stepmother and vain stepsisters left for the place, poor Cinderella began to cry. ?How I wish I could go to the ball too,? she sobbed. Suddenly, a lovely lady appeared in front of her. ?I am your Fairy Godmother,? she said. ?I will help you to go to the ball, but you must do just as I say. Bring me a pumpkin, some white mice, and a rat.?
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Quickly, Cinderella obeyed. Then, waving a magic wand, her Fairy Godmother turned the pumpkin into a golden coach, the rat into a coachman, and the mice into prancing white horses. Suddenly, Cinderella?s ragged clothes became a beautiful gown and on her feet were sparkling glass slippers.
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Then her Fairly Godmother said, ?Remember ? you must leave the Ball before the clock strikes midnight! Otherwise, the coach, horses, and footman will disappear, and you will be in rags again.? Cinderella promised, and drove off in the golden coach. When she arrived at the Palace, the huge doors of the ballroom opened, and Cinderella made a grand entrance. She looked so lovely that everyone turned to stare at her. The prince was so enchanted that he danced with no one else the rest of the evening.
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Cinderella?s stepsisters were very envious, and wondered who the beautiful girl could be. In no time, it seemed, Cinderella heard the clock began to strike midnight. Out of the palace she raced, down the stone steps toward the coach. She ran so fast that one of her glass slippers fell off, but there was no time to go back for it.
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The prince ran after her, into the courtyard, where all he saw were some mice, a pumpkin, a rat, and a girl dressed in rags. Then he found the glass slipper.
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?I will look everywhere,? he thought. ?And when I find the girl who can wear this slipper, I will marry her.?
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The next day the prince began his search. At last he arrived at Cinderella?s house. She hid in the shadows, watching her vain sisters try on the glass slipper. They struggled and struggled, but of course it would not fit their large feet. The prince was about to leave when he noticed Cinderella. ?Come here,? he said. He held the slipper out for Cinderella?s foot and it fit perfectly.
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The happy prince soon married Cinderella and she moved into the palace. Since she was so kind, she forgave her stepmother and stepsisters and let them come too, as ladies-in-waiting.

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