Cinderella by Henry W. Hewet
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Here's how it goes...
Stoic little Cinderella is a servant in her step-mother's house. The only time she breaks down is when everyone but her goes to a ball at the royal palace. It is at this exact time that a fairy shows up at the door. She demands Cinderella to fetch a pumpkin, some rodents (running the risk of contracting the plague), and some lizards--which turn into her "equipage" at the touch of a wand. Likewise, her shabby clothing is turned into a fancy dress.
The only non-magical articles are her shoes, because later on, one of them, although of a perfect fit, she loses while hastening out in a fluster as the clock strikes twelve.
A few days later, heralds proclaim that the lady whose foot fits in the shoe (which the prince had "observed fondly" after her abrupt departure) the prince shall marry. Of course it is Cinderella whose foot fits, and she whips out the other shoe, and thus acquires a husband. Her step-sisters immediately decide that they'd been mean to her.
She lives happily with the prince on the taxes they impose on the poor serfs, in a palace with a gazillion servants, at doing whose menial work she'd felt very indignant earlier.
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