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Cinderella,

heroine of one of the most famous folktales in the world. She is rescued from a life of drudgery by her fairy godmother and eventually marries a handsome prince. The story (dating back to 9th-century China) exists in 500 versions in Europe alone; it was included by both Charles PerraultPerrault, Charles
, 1628–1703, French poet. His collections of eight fairy tales, Histoires ou contes du temps passé [stories or tales of olden times] (1697) gave classic form to the traditional stories of Bluebeard, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Puss in
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 and the GrimmGrimm, Jakob
, 1785–1863, German philologist and folklorist, a founder of comparative philology. His interest in the relationship among Germanic languages led to his formulation of Grimm's law. His German grammar (1819–37) and his German Mythology (1835, tr.
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 brothers in their collections of tales.
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Cinderella

enchantment lasts only till midnight. [Fr. Fairy Tale: Cinderella]

Cinderella

feeds beggar whom sisters scorn. [Ital. Opera: Rossini, Cinderella, Westerman, 120–121]

Cinderella

with fairy godmother’s aid, poor maligned girl wins prince’s heart. [Fr. Fairy Tale: Cinderella]
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