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costly lace and jewels, and her old shoes became a charming pair of glass slippers, which looked like diamond. The Fairy told her to go to the ball and enjoy herself, but to be sure to leave the ball-room before the clock struck eleven.

“If you do not,” she said, “ your fine clothes will all turn to rags again.”

So Cinderella got into the coach, and drove off with her six footmen behind, very splendid to behold, and arrived at the King's Court, where she was received with delight. She was the most beautiful young lady at the ball, and the Prince would dance with no one else. But she made haste to leave a little before the hour fixed, and had time to undress before her sisters came home. They told her a beautiful Princess had been at the ball, with whom the Prince was delighted. They did not know it was Cinderella herself.

Three times Cinderella went to royal balls in this manner, but the third time she forgot the Fairy's command, and hcard eleven o'clock strike. She

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