She did not stop to pick it up, but rushed to the door. The Prince was very much surprised when he missed Cinderella again, and leaving the ball, went in search of her.
He asked all the attendants, but no one had seen her, and when enquiry was made of the porter, he said that no one had gone out of the palace except a poor ragged beggar-girl.
Next, the Fairy touched Cinderella’s rags, and they became rich satin robes, trimmed with point lace.
Diamonds shone in her hair and on her neck and arms, and her kind godmother thought she had seldom seen so lovely a girl.
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, and she was amused to hear them admire her grace and beauty, and say that they were sure she was a royal lady.Bring me a large pumpkin.”Cinderella obeyed, and the Fairy, touching it with her wand, turned it into a grand coach.Then she desired Cinderella to go to the trap, and bring her a rat.As soon as her sisters were gone to it, Cinderella’s godmother arrived.“You were so good and obedient last time, that I shall let you go out again,” said she to the young girl.And once more the rat, mice, grasshoppers, and pumpkin (which had gone back to their original shapes after the first ball) were turned into the grand carriage and attendants, and Cinderella, in rose-coloured satin and rubies, went to the royal ball.Then she stepped into her coach and drove off, with her footmen behind, in great style.The Fairy, when she was gone, returned to Fairyland.Cinderella’s mother died while she was a very little child, leaving her to the care of her father and her step-sisters, who were very much older than herself; for Cinderella’s father had been twice married, and her mother was his second wife.Now, Cinderella’s sisters did not love her, and were very unkind to her.Her sisters found her waiting to undress them in her usual rags, and kept her up to tell her how beautiful the unknown Princess was, and how well she was dressed. She makes every one look shabby.”Cinderella smiled as she helped them to dress.Again the Prince was vexed at the sudden disappearance of the beautiful stranger, and once more he persuaded the King to give a grand State ball.“I wonder if Princess Beauty will be there! She was sure the Fairy would let her go to the ball too. Her godmother, pleased with her obedience, came in good time, and Cinderella, dressed in blue satin and pearls, went in the same style as before.