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Once upon a time, there was a widower who married a proud and haughty woman as his second wife. She had two daughters, who were equally vain. By his first wife, he'd had a beautiful young daughter, a girl of unparalleled goodness and sweet temper. The Stepmother and her daughters forced the first daughter into servitude, where she was made to work day and night in menial chores. After the girl's chores were done for the day, she would retire to the barren and cold room given to her, and would curl up near the fireplace in an effort to stay warm. She would often arise covered in cinders, giving rise to the mocking nickname "Cinderella". Cinderella bears the abuse patiently and dares not tell her father, since his wife controls him entirely.

One day, the Prince invites all the young ladies in the land to a ball, planning to choose a wife from amongst them. The two Stepsisters gleefully planned their wardrobes for the ball, and taunted Cinderella by telling her maids were not invited to the ball.

As the sisters depart to the ball, Cinderella cries in despair. Her Fairy Godmother magically appears and immediately begins to transform Cinderella from house servant to the young lady she was by birth, all in the effort to get Cinderella to the ball. She turns a pumpkin into a golden carriage, mice into horses, a rat into a coachman, and lizards into footmen. She then turns Cinderella's rags into a beautiful jeweled gown, complete with a delicate pair of glass slippers. The Godmother tells her to enjoy the ball, but warned that she had to return before midnight, when the spells would be broken.

At the ball, the entire court is entranced by Cinderella, most especially the Prince. At this first ball, Cinderella remembers to leave before midnight. Back home, Cinderella graciously thanks her Godmother. She then greets the stepsisters, who had not recognized her earlier and talked of nothing but the beautiful girl at the ball.

Another ball is held the next evening, and Cinderella again attends with her Godmother's help. The Prince has become even more entranced, and Cinderella in turn becomes so enchanted by him she loses track of time and leaves only at the final stroke of midnight, losing one of her glass slippers on the steps of the palace in her haste. The Prince chases her, but outside the palace, the guards watch only a simple country wench leave. The Prince pockets the slipper and vows to find and marry the girl to whom it belonged. Meanwhile, Cinderella keeps the other slipper, which did not disappear when the spell was broken.

The Prince tries the slipper on all the women in the kingdom. When the Prince arrives at Cinderella's villa, the stepsisters try in vain to win over the prince. Cinderella asks if she might try, while the stepsisters taunt her. Naturally, the slipper fits perfectly, and Cinderella produces the other slipper for good measure. The stepsisters beg for forgiveness, and Cinderella forgives them for their cruelties. Cinderella marries the Prince, and the stepsisters also marry two lords.

The first moral of the story is that beauty is a treasure, but graciousness is priceless. Without it, nothing is possible; with it, one can do anything. However, the second moral of the story mitigates the first one and reveals the criticism that Perrault is aiming at: "Another moral: Without doubt it is a great advantage to have intelligence, courage, good breeding, and common sense. These, and similar talents come only from heaven, and it is good to have them. However, even these may fail to bring you success, without the blessing of a godfather or a godmother".

Ascension Island, 2011, Cinderella

Australia, 2007, Princess

Belgium, 2005, Princess

Belgium, 2008, Princess

Benin, 2003, CinderellaPossibly illegal issue

Equatorial Guinea, 1979, Cinderella

France, 2010, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast

Fujeira, 1972, Cinderella

Great Britain, 1985, Cinderella's shoe

Great Britain, 2008, Christmas characters

Great Britain, 2008, Ugly Sisters

Great Britain, 2008, Ugly Sisters

Grenada, 1981, Cinderella and the Royal postman

Grenada, 1981, Stepmother and sisters

Grenada, 1981, Cinderella and the fairy Sodmother

Grenada, 1981, The Carriage

Grenada, 1981, Cinderella gets on the carriage

Grenada, 1981, The Dance

Grenada, 1981, Cinderella, Bruno and the horse

Grenada, 1981, Cinderella tries on the shoe

Grenada, 1981, Cinderella and the Prince

Grenada, 1981, Cinderella looses the shoe

Grenada, 1987, Cinderella

Grenada, 1987, Cinderella

Grenada Grenadines, 1986, Cinderella

Grenada Grenadines, 1997, Cinderella and the Prince

Guyana, 1991, Christmas card 1949

Guyana, 1991, Mouses

Guyana, 2001, Cinderella

Japan, 2012, Disney Characters

Jersey, 1995, Cinderella

Mali, 1972, Cinderella

Manama, 1971, Cinderella

Monaco, 1978, Cinderella

Mongolia, 1970, Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault

Nevis, 1996, Cinderella and prince

New Zealand, 2003, Cinderella

Russia, 2001, Faina Ranevskaya and film Cinderella

Singapore, 2006, Princess

Singapore, 2006, Princess

St. Vincent, 1992, Cinderella

St. Vincent (Grenadines), 1991, Christmas card 1987

Tanzania, 1991, Christmas card 1968

Tanzania, 1991, Letter C

Uruguay, 1979, Cinderella

USA, 2006, Cinderella and Prince

Russia, 2001, Stamps with popular cinema actors

Russia, 2009, Yanina Zheimo as Cinderella

Russia, 2002, Birth Centenary of Erast Garin

USA, 2006, Cinderella and Prince

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