"Cinderella," said the Fairy, "I am your godmother,
and for the sake of your dear mamma I am come to cheer you up, so
dry your tears; you shall go to the grand ball to-night, but you
must do just as I bid you. Go into the garden and bring me a
Cinderella brought the finest that was there. Her godmother scooped
it out very quickly, and then struck it with her wand, upon which
it was changed into a beautiful coach. Afterwards, the old lady
peeped into the mouse-trap, where she found six mice. She tapped
them lightly with her wand, and each mouse became a fine horse. The
rat-trap contained two large rats; one of these she turned into a
coachman, and the other into a postilion. The old lady then told
Cinderella to go into the garden and seek for half-a-dozen lizards.
These she changed into six footmen, dressed in the gayest
When all these things had been done, the kind godmother touching
her with her wand, changed her worn-out clothes into a beautiful
ball-dress embroidered with pearls and silver. She then gave her a
pair of glass slippers, that is, they were woven of the most
delicate spun-glass, fine as the web of a spider.
When Cinderella was thus attired, her godmother made her get into
her splendid coach, giving her a caution to leave the ball before
the clock struck twelve.