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her dress them for this ball, but never thought of allowing her to go there.

“I wish you would take me to the ball with you, sisters,” said Cinderella, meekly. Take

you, indeed !” answered the elder sister, with a sneer; “it is no place for a cinder-sister : stay at home and do your work.”

When they were gone, Cinderella, whose heart was very sad, sat down and cried bitterly; but as she sat sorrowful, thinking of the unkindness of her sisters, a voice called to her from the garden, and she went out to see who was there. It was her godmother, a good old Fairy.

"Do not cry, Cinderella,” she said ; "you also shall go to the ball, because you are a kind, good girl. Bring me a large pumpkin.”

Cinderella obeyed, and the Fairy, touching it with her wand, turned it into a grand coach. Then she turned a rat into a coachman, and some mice into footmen; and touching Cinderella with her wand, the poor girl's rags became a rich dress trimmed with

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