Cinderella; or, The Little Glass Slipper and Other Stories Part 3
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GUY AND THE BEE
One day a jolly b.u.mble-bee, In coat of black and yellow, Got caught inside a window-pane; The silly little fellow.
He buzzed and buzzed against the gla.s.s, To Guy’s great enjoyment, Who thought to watch this funny thing Was just the best employment.
But soon to touch those gauzy wings, Became Guy’s great desire, Although mama had told him that A bee could sting like fire.
But Guy, silly as the bee, Paid no heed to mama, He touched the bee, then gave a howl Which could be heard afar.
Mama a soothing poultice mixed, And on his finger laid.
«Another time you’ll be more wise,»
Was everything she said.
Harry Burton woke one night and heard a strange noise in his closet. He got out of bed, crossed the floor in his bare feet, and carefully opened the closet door. The noise stopped, instantly.
«Ah!» said Harry, «I knew it was mice made that noise. How I wish I could catch them.»
The next morning he told his mother about the noises he had heard.
«I will get you a mouse-trap,» she said.
«I don’t want the kind that kills the mice, I only want to catch them and tame them,» said Harry.
His mother laughed and told him when he had tamed his mice he must keep them well out of her way.
The trap was set, the mice were caught, and sure enough, in a short time were so tame they would eat from Harry’s hand. He made a little house for them, and kept in it his bedroom. Whenever he went out, he always shut the door carefully.
Now it happened that among Harry’s acquaintances, there was one very disagreeable boy. His name was d.i.c.k Taft. Harry did not play with him very often, for he was so ugly it was hard to get along with him.
d.i.c.k never liked to be beaten at any game, and sometimes made it very uncomfortable for the one who got ahead of him.
One day Harry happened to beat him at one of their school games. d.i.c.k called after him when it was over, «I’ll pay you for this, see if I don’t.»
Harry only laughed as he walked away going in the opposite direction from his own house.
When he was out of sight, d.i.c.k ran to Harry’s house, made some excuse to go up in his bedroom, and let in the big cat, who was eagerly watching outside.
When Harry came home, the mouse house was open, and not one of his pets was to be seen. The poor fellow was almost heart-broken. He asked every one in the house who had left his door open. The maid told him she thought it must have been that boy he sent up to his room.
She described the boy, and Harry knew in a moment that it was d.i.c.k Taft.
«So that is the way he paid me for beating him at a game,» cried Harry.
«Well, never again, so long as I live, will I play with a boy who is mean enough to do such a trick as that.»
And he kept his word.
A NAUGHTY PUMPKIN’S FATE.
A queer little pumpkin, a jolly fat fellow, Stood close to his mother so rotund and yellow.
«What a stupid old place! how I long to aspire,»
Cried he, «I was destined for something much higher.»
«My son,» said the mother, «pray do be content, There’s great satisfaction in life that’s well spent!»
But he shrugged up his shoulders, this pumpkin, ‘t is true, And acted just like some bad children will do.
With a shout and a whoop, in the garden they ran, Tom and Ned, for they’d thought of the loveliest plan To astonish their friends from the city, you see, With a fine Jack-o’-lantern—«Ah, this one suits me!»
Neddie seized the bad pumpkin, and dug out his brains, Till he felt so light-headed and brimful of pains; Then two eyes, a long nose, and a mouth big and wide, They cut in a minute, and laid him aside
Until night, when they hung him upon a stout limb, With a candle inside; how his poor head did swim, As they twisted him this way, then twirled him round that, Till at last, with a crash, he fell on the ground flat,
A wreck of the once jolly, fat little fellow, Who stood by his mother so rotund and yellow.
Just then a lean cow, who was pa.s.sing that way, Ate him up, just to finish HER «Thanksgiving Day.»
SOMETHING ABOUT FIRES.
It was a cold day. Fred was tired of reading, tired of looking out of the window, and so he poked the fire for a change.
«I suppose there are a good many different sorts of fires,» he said to his mamma, as he laid down the poker.
«Yes, indeed,» she answered. «It is very interesting to know how people keep warm in all parts of the world, especially where fuel is scarce and dear. In Iceland, for example, fires are often made of fish-bones! Think of that. In Holland and other countries a kind of turf called peat is dug up in great quant.i.ties and used for fuel. And in France a coa.r.s.e yellow and brown sea-weed, which is found in Finistere, is carefully dried and piled up for winter use. A false log, resembling wood, but made of some composition which does not consume, is often used in that country. It absorbs and throws out the heat, and adds to the looks of the hearth and to the comfort of the room.
«The French have also a movable stove, which can be wheeled from room to room, or even carried up or down stairs while full of burning c.o.ke. In Russia the poorer people use a large porcelain stove, flat on top like a great table, with a small fire inside which gives out a gentle, summer-like warmth. It often serves as a bed for the whole family, who sleep on top of it.
«There are, besides gas-stoves, oil-stoves, various methods of obtaining warmth by heated air and steam, and, doubtless, other devices that I never heard of.
«In some countries, however, no fires are needed. In looking at pictures of tropical towns you will at once notice the absence of chimneys.»
Fred looked admiringly at his mamma as she paused.
«There never was such a little mother,» he said; «you can think of something to say about everything.»
His mamma was pleased at this pleasant compliment.
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I absolutely LOVE this one. Available in a number of colors, but since this page is on Cinderella glass slippers I have opted to present the «clear» glass shoes out of the lot. This one is 6 inch platform high heel shoes. They are very comfortable to wear and if you are thinking of spending the night dancing away, then don’t fret — these glass shoes won’t keep you away from the dance floor!
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Hi, e brook as adult shoe quite pretty can I ask how much Singapore dollar to buy this shoe including postage n ship. Tks.
The Cinderella Glass Slippers are very beautiful!I like very much!
8 years ago from Colorado Springs
Thanks you, I have always loved glass slippers and been wondering where I could get some.
The Brook adult shoes are beautiful. Cinderella is magical!
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I bought my granddaughter some similar shoes and although they were way, way too big, she clopped around in them happily.
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CINDERELLA The Little Glass Slipper
1 CINDERELLA The Little Glass Slipper Member s Names of Group: FEBRIANTI SWANDARI ( ); MUH. RIMSYAH GUNARYNO ( ); TAFRIATUL KHOIRIAH ( ); WA ODE SALMAWATI ( ); NINING SYAFITRI ( ); SALFINA NARI ( ); ZAINAL ASLAN ( ); MULIATI ( ); HIKMAWATI ( ); HARNAL ( ). ENGLISH EDUCATIONAL STUDY PROGRAM TEACHER TRAINING AND EDUCATION FACULTY UNIDAYAN BAUBAU 2020
2 ENGLISH DRAMA Title : Cinderella (The Little Glass Slipper) Genre/Type : Drama / Play/ Role Play Characters : 10 people Cast Of Characters : Harnal as Narrator Tafriatul Khoiriah as Evil Stepmother Wa Ode Salmawati as Ugly Stepsister #1 Febrianti Swandari as Ugly Stepsister #2 Nining Syafitri as Cinderella Hikmawati as Fairy Godmother Salfina Nari as Queen Zainal Aslan as King Muh. Rimsyah Gunaryo as Prince Muliati as Herald The Script of Drama Page 1
3 Scene #1 Narrator: It s 7 a.m. and Cinderella s family has just woken up. They are in the sitting room. Evil stepmother: (pauses, looks around) CINDERELLA!! Cinderella: Yes, Stepmother? Evil Stepmother: Come here and make us breakfast! And bring me my makeup while you re at it! Cinderella: Yes, Stepmother. (Cinderella leaves to get the breakfast) Ugly Sister #2: Good morning, Mum. Where is my breakfast? I m hungry. Ugly Sister #1: Have you heard about the big ball the King is throwing to find Prince Charming a wife? Everyone will be there! Ugly Sister #2: Can we go, Mum, please, can we? Evil Stepmother: Of course we are going to the ball. My daughters are the most beautiful girls in the land. Ugly Sister #1: I hope he picks me to be the princess. Ugly Sister #2: No, I hope he picks me! Cinderella: (To stepmother) Here s your breakfast. (To sister #1) Here s your breakfast. (To Sister #2) And here is your breakfast. (Pauses, in a sheepish tone) May I go to the ball too? Ugly Sister #1: You? Evil Stepmother: (Laughing.) Of course you may go, Cinderella, IF you finish all your chores, and IF you help your sisters get ready, and IF you can find some decent clothes to wear instead of those rags! (Cinderella sighs, puts the tray down in front of the sisters and leaves.) Ugly Sister #1: The prince will think I am beautiful! Ugly Sister #2: No, he ll be amazed by my beautiful hair! Evil Stepmother: Don t be silly; the prince is known for liking older women like me! Ugly Sister #1 and #2: Mom. The Script of Drama Page 2
4 Scene #2 Narrator: Cinderella s evil stepmother and ugly stepsisters are getting dressed for the ball. Evil stepmother: Where is my dress? Ugly Sister #1: And my shoes? Ugly Sister #2: And my purse? Evil stepmother: (angry, to Cinderella) Why can t you find anything when I ask? Cinderella: Your dress is there, mother (points). Your dresses are here. (gives them the dresses) Evil Stepmother: Be careful, dear. Don t spoil them with your dirty hands. But where are our fans? Cinderella: Oh, I can give you the fans, too. (Turns, picks them up, and gives them to the sisters) Ugly Sister #1: First, you must mend my socks. (gives Cinderella her socks) Cinderella: Oh, yes, right away. (leaves the room) Ugly Sister #1: Oh, mum, be quick! Evil Stepmother: Ok, let s go!! (happily) Bye, Cinderella! Don t forget to sweep the kitchen! Narrator: Cinderella picks up the broom, but begins crying to herself. Fairy Godmother: She is so poor. Hmm. I will make a miracle for her. I don t want to look her in sadness. I want to give her a smile because she should get the happiness. Cinderella: I wish I could go to the ball!! Fairy Godmother: Sh-! (Cinderella looks up) What was that you just said? Cinderella: (frightened and surprised) Who are you? Fairy Godmother: I m your fairy godmother! Now, what was that I heard you say? Cinderella: (still crying a little) Ju Just that I wanted to go to the ball. The Script of Drama Page 3
5 Fairy Godmother: Is that all? I can manage that. Narrator: The Fairy Godmother waves her wand. Cinderella looks at herself and sees she is wearing a beautiful dress. Fairy Godmother: (smiling) Goodbye, have a good time. Cinderella: But I can t go to the ball barefoot! Fairy Godmother: That s right! (waves her wand again) There you are, beautiful glass slippers! Remember that you need to be home by midnight or the magic will stop working! Narrator: Cinderella leaves for the ball in a beautiful car. But she has to remember not to stay too late or the car will turn back into a pumpkin. The Script of Drama Page 4
6 Scene #3 Narrator: At the ball, the Queen and the King invite everyone to enjoy themselves. Everyone begins dancing and having a good time. Queen: The ball is on, please dance and play! (Couple begins dancing) Narrator: Suddenly, Cinderella appears and the music stops. Queen (to the King): Who is that girl? I ve never looked her. King: She is so nice and smart. Queen: Do you like her? King: If she could be my law of daughter, I would be happy. Of course, our prince will like her. Prince: May I dance with you? Let s start Narrator: The music begins again and everyone is dancing. Then they hear the clock strike 12. (Dong, dong, dong, dong, dong, dong, dong, dong, dong, dong, dong, dong!) Cinderella: It s midnight and I have to run. Good-bye, I really had a great fun! Prince: I will miss you! I hope we will meet again. Narrator: As she is running, she loses one of her shoes. The prince goes, picks it up, and looks at it. He decides to keep it so that he can find this beautiful woman again later. The Script of Drama Page 5
7 Scene #4 Narrator: The next day, Cinderella s ugly sisters and stepmother are talking. Cinderella is sitting to the side. Ugly Sister #1: A beautiful lady was at the ball. We really don t know her at all. Ugly Sister #2: (In a dreamy, wishing voice) The Prince wants to marry her. Evil Stepmother: Stop! (listens) Do you hear that voice? The king s messenger? Narrator: A herald (messenger) enters the room. Herald: Please, try on this glass shoe. (Looking through the long list) We know you were at the ball. Ugly Sister #1: (Trying the shoe on) It s too small. Ugly Sister #2: (Trying the shoe on) It s small for me, too. Herald: What about you? (points to Cinderella) Evil Stepmother: But she didn t go to the ball. She is Cinderella and that is all! Cinderella: I want to try it on, Mom. Narrator: Cinderella tries on the shoe and everyone sees that it fits perfectly. They are very surprised. Ugly Sister #1: How could you have been the beautiful woman at the ball? Ugly Sister #2: How could you even have gone to the ball? Evil Stepmother: What has happened? The king was supposed to choose one of you! I am ruined! Herald: The Prince is waiting for you, as you know. Be quick, let s go! Cinderella: I am so happy today. I forgive all of you. Good-bye! (Cinderella leaves the room after the herald, waving goodbye to her family) Fairy Godmother: Finally, Cinderella has found the happiness for herself. She can get freedom and leaves misery in her new life. Narrator: Herald brings Cinderella to the castle and meets the kingdom family. The Script of Drama Page 6
Cinderella; Or, The Little Glass Slipper, and Other Stories
CINDERELLA; OR THE LITTLE GLASS SLIPPER
Once there was a gentleman who married for his second wife the proudest and most haughty woman that was ever seen. She had by a former husband two daughters of her own humor, who were, indeed, exactly like her in all things. He had likewise, by another wife, a young daughter, but of unparalleled goodness and sweetness of temper, which she took from her mother, who was the best creature in the world.
No sooner were the ceremonies of the wedding over but the mother-in-law began to show herself in her true colors. She could not bear the good qualities of this pretty girl, and the less because they made her own daughters appear the more odious. She employed her in meanest work of the house: she scoured the dishes, tables, etc., and scrubbed madam’s chamber and those of misses, her daughters; she lay up in a sorry garret, upon a wretched straw bed, while her sisters lay in fine rooms, with floors all inlaid, upon beds of the very newest fashion, and where they had looking-glasses so large that they might see themselves at their full length from head to foot.
The poor girl bore all patiently and dared not tell her father, who would have rattled her off; for his wife governed him entirely. When she had done her work she used to go into the chimney-corner and sit down among cinders and ashes, which made her commonly be called a cinder maid; but the youngest, who was not so rude and uncivil as the eldest, called her Cinderella. However, Cinderella, notwithstanding her mean apparel, was a hundred times handsomer than her sisters, though they were always dressed very richly.
It happened that the King’s son gave a ball and invited all persons, of fashion to it. Our young misses were also invited, for they cut a very grand figure among the quality. They were mightily delighted at this invitation, and wonderfully busy in choosing out such gowns, petticoats, and head-clothes as might become them. This was a new trouble to Cinderella, for it was she who ironed her sisters’ linen and plaited their ruffles. They talked all day long of nothing but how they should be dressed.
“For my part,” said the eldest, “I will wear my red velvet suit with French trimming.”
“And I,” said the youngest, “shall have my usual petticoat; but then, to make amends for that, I will put on my gold-flowered manteau and my diamond stomacher, which is far from being the most ordinary one in the world.”
They sent for the best tire-woman they could get to make up their head-dresses and adjust their double pinners, and they had their red brushes and patches from Mademoiselle de la Poche.
Cinderella was likewise called up to them to be consulted in all these matters, for she had excellent notions and advised them always for the best, nay, and offered her services to dress their heads, which they were very willing she should do. As she was doing this they said to her:
“Cinderella, would you not be glad to go to the ball?”
“Alas!” said she, “you only jeer me. It is not for such as I am to go thither.”
“Thou art in the right of it,” replied they. “It would make the people laugh to see a cinder wench at a ball.”
Any one but Cinderella would have dressed their heads awry, but she was very good and dressed them perfectly well. They were almost two days without eating, so much they were transported with joy. They broke above a dozen of laces in trying to be laced up close, that they might have a fine, slender shape, and they were continually at their looking-glass. At last the happy day came. They went to Court, and Cinderella followed them with her eyes as long as she could, and when she had lost sight of them she fell a-crying.
Her Godmother, who saw her all in tears, asked her what was the matter.
“I wish I could—I wish I could—”
She was not able to speak the rest being interrupted by her tears and sobbing.
This Godmother of hers, who was a fairy, said to her: “Thou wishest thou could’st go to the ball. Is it not so?”
“Y—es,” cried Cinderella, with a great sigh.
“Well,” said her Godmother, “be but a good girl, and I will contrive that thou shalt go.” Then she took her into her chamber and said to her: “Run into the garden and bring me a pumpkin.”
Cinderella went immediately to gather the finest she could get and brought it to her Godmother, not being able to imagine how this pumpkin could make her go to the ball. Her Godmother scooped out all the inside of it, having left nothing but the rind; which done, she struck it with her wand, and the pumpkin was instantly turned into a fine coach, gilded all over with gold.
She then went to look into her mousetrap, where she found six mice all alive, and ordered Cinderella to lift up a little the trapdoor, when, giving each mouse as it went out a little tap with her wand, the mouse was that moment turned into a fine horse, which altogether made a very fine set of six horses of a beautiful mouse-colored dapple-gray. Being at a loss for a coachman, Cinderella said:
“I will go and see if there is never a rat in the rattrap—we may make a coachman of him.”
“Thou art in the right,” replied her Godmother. “Go and look.”
Cinderella brought the trap to her, and in it there were three huge rats. The fairy made choice of one of the three which had the largest beard, and having touched him with her wand he was turned into a fat, jolly coachman, who had the smartest whiskers eyes ever beheld. After that she said to her:
“Go again into the garden, and you will find six lizards behind the watering-pot. Bring them to me.”
She had no sooner done so but her Godmother turned them into six footmen, who skipped up immediately behind the coach, with their liveries all bedaubed with gold and silver, and clung as close behind each other as if they had done nothing else their whole lives. The fairy then said to Cinderella:
“Well, you see here an equipage fit to go to the ball with. Are you not pleased with it?”
“Oh! yes,” cried she; “but must I go thither as I am, in these dirty rags?”
Her Godmother only just touched her with her wand, and at the same instant her clothes were turned into cloth-of-gold and silver, all beset with jewels. Ah! who can describe a robe made by the fairies? It was white as snow, and as dazzling; round the hem hung a fringe of diamonds, sparkling like dewdrops in the sunshine. The lace about the throat and arms could only have been spun by fairy spiders. Surely it was a dream! Cinderella put her daintily gloved hand to her throat, and softly touched the pearls that encircled her neck.
“Come, child,” said the Godmother, “or you will be late.”
As Cinderella moved, the firelight shone upon her dainty shoes.
“They are of diamonds,” she said.
“No,” answered her Godmother, smiling; “they are better than that—they are of glass, made by the fairies. And now, child, go, and enjoy yourself to your heart’s content.”
But her Godmother, above all things, commanded her not to stay till after midnight, telling her at the same time that if she stayed one moment longer the coach would be a pumpkin again, her horses mice, her coachman a rat, her footmen lizards, and her clothes become just as they were before.
She promised her Godmother she would not fail of leaving the ball before midnight, and then away she drives, scarce able to contain herself for joy. The King’s son, who was told that a great Princess, whom nobody knew, was come, ran out to receive her. He gave her his hand as she alighted out of the coach; and led her into the hall among all the company. There was immediately a profound silence, they left off dancing, and the violins ceased to play, so attentive was every one to contemplate the singular beauties of the unknown newcomer. Nothing was then heard but a confused noise of “Ha! how handsome she is! Ha! how handsome she is!”
The King himself, old as he was, could not help watching her and telling the Queen softly that it was a long time since he had seen so beautiful and lovely a creature.
All the ladies were busied in considering her clothes and headdress, that they might have some made next day after the same pattern, provided they could meet with such fine materials and as able hands to make them.
The King’s son conducted her to the most honorable seat and afterward took her out to dance with him. She danced so very gracefully that they all more and more admired her. A fine collation was served up, whereof the young Prince ate not a morsel, so intently was he busied in gazing on her.
She went and sat down by her sisters, showing them a thousand civilities, giving them part of the oranges and citrons which the Prince had presented her with, which very much surprised them, for they did not know her. While Cinderella was thus amusing her sisters, she heard the clock strike eleven and three-quarters, whereupon she immediately made a courtesy to the company and hastened away as fast as she could.
Being got home, she ran to seek out her Godmother, and after having thanked her she said she could not but heartily wish she might go next day to the ball, because the King’s son had desired her.
As she was eagerly telling her Godmother what had passed at the ball her two sisters knocked at the door, which Cinderella ran and opened.
“How long you have stayed!” cried she, gaping, rubbing her eyes, and stretching herself as if she had been just waked out of her sleep. She had not, however, had any manner of inclination to sleep since they went from home.
“If thou hadst been at the ball,” said one of her sisters, “thou would’st not have been tired with it. There came thither the finest Princess, the most beautiful ever was seen with mortal eyes. She showed us a thousand civilities and gave us oranges and citrons.”
Cinderella seemed very indifferent in the matter. Indeed, she asked them the name of that Princess, but they told her they did not know it, and that the King’s son was very uneasy on her account, and would give all the world to know who she was. At this Cinderella, smiling, replied:
“She must, then, be very beautiful indeed. How happy you have been! Could not I see her? Ah! dear Miss Charlotte, do lend me your yellow suit of clothes which you wear every day.”
“Ay, to be sure,” cried Miss Charlotte; “lend my clothes to such it dirty cinder maid as thou art! I should be a fool.”
Cinderella expected well such answer and was very glad of the refusal, for she would have been sadly put to it if her sister had lent her what she asked for jestingly.
The next day the two sisters were at the ball, and so was Cinderella, but dressed more magnificently than before. The King’s son was always by her, and never ceased his compliments and kind speeches to her, to whom all this was so far from being tiresome that she quite forgot what her Godmother had recommended to her, so that she at last counted the clock striking twelve when she took it to be no more than eleven. She then rose up and fled as nimble as a deer. The Prince followed, but could not overtake her. She left behind one of her glass slippers, which the Prince took up most carefully. She got home, but quite out of breath, and in her old clothes, having nothing left her of all her finery but one of the little slippers, fellow to that she dropped. The guards at the palace gate were asked if they had not seen a Princess go out.
They said they had seen nobody go out but a young girl, very meanly dressed, and who had more of the air of a poor country girl than a gentlewoman.
When the two sisters returned from the ball Cinderella asked them if they had been well diverted and if the beautiful Princess had been there.
They told her yes, but that she hurried away immediately when the clock struck twelve, and with so much haste that she dropped one of her little glass slippers, the prettiest in the world, which the King’s son had taken up; that he had done nothing but look at her all the time at the ball, and that most certainly he was very much in love with the beautiful person who owned the glass slipper.
What they said was very true, for a few days after the King’s son caused it to be proclaimed, by sound of trumpet, that he would marry her whose foot this slipper would just fit. They whom he employed began to try it upon the Princesses, then the Duchesses and all the Court, but in vain. It was brought to the two sisters, who did all they possibly could to thrust their feet into the slipper, but they could not effect it.
On the following morning there was a great noise of trumpets and drums, and a procession passed through the town, at the head of which rode the King’s son. Behind him came a herald, bearing a velvet cushion, upon which rested a little glass slipper. The herald blew a blast upon the trumpet, and then read a proclamation saying that the King’s son would wed any lady in the land who could fit the slipper upon her foot, if she could produce another to match it.
Of course, the sisters tried to squeeze their feet into the slipper, but it was of no use—they were much too large. Then Cinderella shyly begged that she might try. How the sisters laughed with scorn when the Prince knelt to fit the slipper on the cinder maid’s foot; but what was their surprise when it slipped on with the greatest ease, and the next moment Cinderella produced the other from her pocket! Once more she stood in the slippers, and once more the sisters saw before them the lovely Princess who was to be the Prince’s bride. For at the touch of the magic shoes the little gray frock disappeared forever, and in place of it she wore the beautiful robe the fairy Godmother had given to her.
The sisters hung their heads with sorrow and vexation; but kind little Cinderella put her arms round their necks, kissed them, and forgave them for all their unkindness, so that they could not help but love her.
The Prince could not bear to part from his little love again, so he carried her back to the palace in his grand coach, and they were married that very day. Cinderella’s stepsisters were present at the feast, but in the place of honor sat the fairy Godmother.
So the poor little cinder maid married the Prince, and in time they came to be King and Queen, and lived happily ever after.