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Cinderella Text

Cinderella - Aschenputtel

HERE once lived a gentleman and his wife, who were the parents of a lovely little daughter.

gentleman - Herr; Herr, meine Herren

little daughter - Töchterchen

When this child was only nine years of age, her mother fell sick. Finding her death coming on, she called her child to her and said to her, "My child, always be good; bear every thing that happens to you with patience, and whatever evil and troubles you may suffer, you will be happy in the end if you are so." Then the poor lady died, and her daughter was full of great grief at the loss of a mother so good and kind.

patience - Geduld

whatever - Jacke wie Hose; was immer, was auch immer, egal, naja, nebbich

evil - böse; Sünde, übel, üblen, Ăśbel

suffer - leiden; erleiden

grief - Kummer, Gram, Leid

Loss - Verlust, Ausfall; Kursverlust

The father too was unhappy, but he sought to get rid of his sorrow by marrying another wife, and he looked out for some prudent lady who might be a second mother to his child, and a companion to himself. His choice fell on a widow lady, of a proud and tyrannical temper, who had two daughters by a former marriage, both as haughty and bad-tempered as their mother. No sooner was the wedding over, than the step-mother began to show her bad temper. She could not bear her step-daughter's good qualities, that only showed up her daughters'unamiable ones still more obviously, and she accordingly compelled the poor girl to do all the drudgery of the household.

sought - gesucht; suchen

rid - loswerden; befreien

sorrow - Kummer, Traurigkeit, Trauer, Sorge

Prudent - umsichtig, vorsichtig

companion - Begleiter, Freund, Liebhaber, Kamerad

widow - Witwe; Hurenkind

proud - stolz, prahlerisch

tyrannical - tyrannisch

former - erstgenannt, ehem. ehemalig, frühere, früher

marriage - Ehe, Heirat, Hochzeit, Eheschließung

haughty - hochmütig, stolz, überheblich, arrogant

tempered - temperiert; Gereiztheit, Laune, Temperament

unamiable - unliebenswürdig

Obviously - Offensichtlich; augenscheinlich

accordingly - dementsprechend; logischerweise

compelled - gezwungen; zwingen, zwingen, nötigen, zwingen

drudgery - Plackerei

household - Haushalt

It was she who washed the dishes, and scrubbed down the stairs, and polished the floors in my lady's chamber and in those of the two pert misses, her daughters; and while the latter slept on good feather beds in elegant rooms, furnished with full-length looking-glasses, their sister lay in a wretched garret on an old straw mattress. Yet the poor thing bore this ill treatment very meekly, and did not dare complain to her father, who thought so much of his wife that he would only have scolded her.

scrubbed - geschrubbt; Unterholz, Gestrüpp; auswaschen, scheuern

polished - poliert; polnisch, Polnisch

chamber - Raum, Schlafzimmer, Kammer

pert - vorlaut; flott, lebhaft, schwungvoll, munter, keck

slept on - überschlief

feather beds - (feather bed) Deckbett

furnished - eingerichtet; möblieren, einrichten, ausrüsten

full-length - (full-length) in Lebensgröße

lay - legen; richten (Tisch)

wretched - unglücklich; sehr schlecht, miserabel, wertlos

garret - Dachboden; Mansarde, Dachwohnung

straw - Halm, Strohhalm, Stroh, strohfarben, strohgelb, Stroh-

mattress - Matratze

treatment - Behandeln, Behandlung, Umgang

meekly - sanftmütig, unterwürfig

dare - sich getrauen, wagen, jemanden herausfordern

scolded - gescholten; Beißzange, Xanthippe, beschimpfen, schelten, tadeln

When her work was done, she used to sit in the chimney-corner amongst the cinders, which had caused the nickname of Cinderella to be given her by the family; yet, for all her shabby clothes, Cinderella was a hundred times prettier than her sisters, let them be dressed ever so magnificently.

chimney - Kamin, Esse, Schlot, Schornstein, Spalte

amongst - zwischen, unter

cinders - Asche, Schlacke, Zunder, verkohlen, verschwelen, einäschern

nickname - Spitzname; Beiname

shabby - schäbig

magnificently - prächtig

The poor little Cinder-wench! this harsh stepmother was a sore trial to her; and how often, as she sate sadly by herself, did she feel that there is no mother like our own, the dear parent whose flesh and blood we are, and who bears all our little cares and sorrows tenderly as in the apple of her eye!

cinder - Asche; Schlacke, Zunder, verkohlen, verschwelen, einäschern

wench - Weibsstück; Magd, Mädchen

harsh - rau, harsch, unwirsch, scharf

stepmother - Stiefmutter

sore - sauer; weh, wund, schmerzend, schmerzhaft

trial - Erprobung, Prozess, Versuch, Probe

sate - übersättigen, sättigen

flesh - Fleisch; Haut, Leib, Fruchtfleisch, Fleischfarbe, zunehmen

sorrows - Kummer, Traurigkeit, Trauer, Sorge, Kümmernis, Leiden

tenderly - zärtlich, zart, lieb

It happened that the king's son gave a ball, to which he invited all the nobility; and, as our two young ladies made a great figure in the world, they were included in the list of invitations. So they began to be very busy choosing what head-dress and which gown would be the most becoming. Here was fresh work for poor Cinderella: for it was she, forsooth, who was to starch and get up their ruffles, and iron all their fine linen; and nothing but dress was talked about for days together.

king's son - Königssohn

nobility - Adel, Aristokratie, Nobilität, Adeligkeit, Blaublütigkeit

gown - Gewand; Umhang, Umwurf, Überwurf, Kleid, Abendkleid, Robe

most becoming - kleidsamste

forsooth - wahrhaftig; fürwahr

starch - Stärke; Steifheit; Wäschestärke, Wäschesteife, stärken

ruffles - Rüschen; Rüsche, Krause

iron - eisern; bügeln; in Eisen legen

linen - Wäsche; Leinen; Heimtextilien

"I," said the eldest, "shall put on my red velvet dress, with my point-lace trimmings." "And I," said the younger sister, "shall wear my usual petticoat, but shall set it off with my gold brocaded train and my circlet of diamonds."

velvet - Samt

lace - schnüren, Spitze (Gewebe)

trimmings - Garnituren; Beschneiden, Entgraten, Trimmung

petticoat - Petticoat; Unterrock

set - gesetzt; Seth

brocaded - mit Brokat; Brokat, Brokatstoff, Seidenbrokat

circlet - Zirkel; Ring

Diamonds - Diamanten; Stern, Diamant

Cinderella Dressing Her Sister's Hair.


They sent for a clever tire-woman to prepare the double rows of quilling for their caps, and they purchased a quantity of fashionably cut patches. They called in Cinderella to take her advice, as she had such good taste, and Cinderella not only advised them well, but offered to dress their hair, which they were pleased to accept. While she was thus busied, the sisters said to her: "And pray, Cinderella, would you like to go to the ball?

tire - Reifen, Pneu (schweiz.); ermüden

rows - Reihen; Reihe, Zeile

quilling - Rüschen; Rüsche; (quill); Kiel; Schreibfeder, Federkiel, Stift

caps - Mützen; Ventilkappe; Mütze, Haube, Kappe

purchased - gekauft; Einkauf, Kauf, Kauf, Anschaffung, Anschaffung, kaufen

fashionably - modisch

patches - notdürftig reparieren, reparieren, einsetzen; Flicken

advised - raten, beraten, empfehlen, mitteilen, informieren, verständigen

offered - angeboten; offerieren, anbieten, bieten, zeigen; Antrag

thus - also; auf diese Weise, so, demnach, folglich, dieses

Pray - Bitte bedenken Sie doch!; beten

"Nay, you are mocking me," replied the poor girl; "it is not for such as I to go to balls." "True enough," rejoined they; "folks would laugh to see a Cinderella at a court ball."

Nay - Nein; oder sogar

mocking - spöttisch; (moc) spöttisch

rejoined - wiedervereinigt; vereinigen

folks - Leute; Volk

Court - Hof, Hofstaat, Gericht, Gerichtshof, Platz, werben

These two step-sisters were very cruel to Cinderella, and ill-used her much. Ah! what sweet friends are our own born sisters!-there can be no substitutes like them in the whole wide world.

cruel - schrecklich; grausam (gegen)

substitutes - Ersatzstoffe; ersetzen, auswechseln, Ersatz, Ersatzspieler

Any other but Cinderella would have dressed their hair awry to punish them for their impertinence, but she was so good-natured that she dressed them most becomingly. Although they disdained her, and while they would themselves make a great figure in the world, sought to degrade and lower her, see how the lovely disposition of Cinderella shines out.

awry - schief, fehlerhaft, falsch, verkehrt

punish - bestrafen

impertinence - Unverfrorenheit; Unbedeutendheit, Unerheblichkeit

good-natured - (good-natured) gutartig

becomingly - schicklich

disdained - verschmäht; Verachtung, Geringschätzung (disrespect)

degrade - abbauen; degradieren, herabstufen, herunterstufen, herabsetzen

disposition - Neigung, Gesinnung, Hang, Veranlagung, Einteilung

shines - leuchtet; schimmern, wienern; Schein; putzen (Schuhe)

Although she was not allowed to go to the ball of the king's son, she not only advised them well how they could array themselves to appear to the best advantage, but she even-what greatness of heart to do that!-with her own hands dresses their hair, and in the most becoming manner her delicate taste can suggest.

array - Bekleidung, Tracht, Arrangement; Feld; Übersicht, Anzahl, Fülle

greatness - Großartigkeit; Größe

delicate - empfindlich, heikel, schwierig, feingliedrig, filigran

The two sisters were so delighted, that they scarcely ate a morsel for a couple of days. They spent their whole time before a looking-glass, and they would be laced so tight, to make their waists as slender as possible, that more than a dozen stay-laces were broken in the attempt.

delighted - erfreut; Freude, Entzückung, Wohlgefallen

scarcely - knapp, kaum, wohl nicht, gerade erst

morsel - ein Häppchen; Happen

laced - geschnürt; schnüren, Spitze (Gewebe)

tight - knapp, eng, dicht, tight, fest

waists - Taille, Rumpf

slender - schlank

dozen - Dutzend; Dutzende (''of'': von)

laces - Schnürsenkel; schnüren, Spitze (Gewebe)

broken in - eingebrochen

attempt - versuchen; Versuch, Bestreben, Bestrebung, Anschlag, Attentat

The long-wished-for evening came at last, and these proud misses stepped into the carriage and drove away to the palace. Cinderella looked after the coach as far as she could see, and then returned to the kitchen in tears; where, for the first time, she bewailed her hard and cruel degradation. She continued sobbing in the corner of the chimney, until a rapping at the kitchen-door roused her, and she got up to see what had occasioned, it. She found a little old beggar-woman hobbling on crutches, who besought her to give her some food. "I have only part of my own supper for you, Goody, which is no better than a dry crust. But if you like to step in and warm yourself, you can do so, and welcome." "Thank you, my dear," said the old woman in a feeble, croaking voice.

carriage - Kutsche; Gang, Haltung, Wagen, Frachtgeld, Fracht, Fuhrlohn

drove away - (drive away) wegjagen, vertreiben

looked after - betreute

Tears - Tränen; zerreißen, ich/er/sie/es riss, riß

bewailed - beklagt; beklagen

degradation - Verschlechterung; Degradierung

sobbing - Schluchzen; (sob); Huso

rapping - rappen; pochen, schlagen; Geplapper

roused - geweckt; wachrufen, wecken

occasioned - veranlasst; Gelegenheit, Gelegenheit, Anlass

beggar - Bettler, Bettlerin

hobbling - humpelnd; Fußfessel, Spannstrick

crutches - Krücken; Krücke, Stütze, Krücke

besought - angefleht; anflehen, ersuchen, bitten

supper - Abendbrot; Abendessen

goody - Leckerli; Bonbon

crust - Kruste, Rinde

feeble - kraftlos, schwach, dürftig

croaking - krächzend, quakend

She then hobbled in and took her seat by the fire.

hobbled - gehumpelt; Fußfessel, Spannstrick

"Hey! dearee me! what are all these tears, my child?" said the old woman. And then Cinderella told the old woman all her griefs; how her sisters had gone to the ball, and how she wished to go too, but had no clothes, or means to do so.

dearee - entschuldigt

griefs - Kummer, Gram, Leid

"But you shall go, my darling," said the old woman, "or I am not Queen of the Faëries or your Godmother. dry up your tears like a good god-daughter and do as I bid you, and you shall have clothes and horses finer than any one."

darling - Liebling, Schatz, Schätzchen

Godmother - Patin, Patentante, Taufpatin, Gotte

dry up - stecken bleiben, ausdorren, verdorren (Wiesen)

bid - Angebot, reizen, Gebot, Bieten, bieten

Cinderella had heard her father often talk of her godmother, and tell her that she was one of those good faëries who protect children. Her spirits revived, and she wiped away her tears.

spirits - Geister; Geist, Seele, Geist, Stimmung, Schnaps, qualifier

revived - wiederbelebt; auffrischen, wiederbeleben

wiped - abgewischt; löschen, abstreifen, abwischen, aufreiben, wischen

The faëry took Cinderella by the hand, and said, "Now, my dear, go into the garden and fetch me a pumpkin.

fetch - holen, einfangen, abrufen, apportieren

pumpkin - Kürbis, Kürbispflanze, Kürbisfrucht, Kürbisfarbe, Kürbisfarben

Cinderella bounded lightly to execute her commands, and returned with one of the finest and largest pumpkins she could meet with. It was as big as a beer barrel, and Cinderella trundled it into the kitchen, wondering what her godmother would do with it. Her godmother took the pumpkin, and scooped out the inside of it, leaving nothing but rind; she then struck it with her wand, and it instantly became one of the most elegant gilt carriages ever seen.

bounded - begrenzt; Sprung

lightly - leichtfertig; leicht

execute - hinrichten; ausführen, durchführen

commands - Befehl, Kommando

pumpkins - Kürbisse; Kürbis, Kürbispflanze, Kürbis, Kürbisfrucht

beer barrel - Bierfass

trundled - gerollt; rollen

wondering - und fragen sich; (wonder) sich wundern (über)

scooped out - (scoop out) ausgraben

rind - Schwarte, Rinde

struck - angeschlagen; streichen, schlagen, prägen, streiken, scheinen

wand - Zauberstab; Stab

instantly - sofort; unmittelbar

most elegant - eleganteste

gilt - vergoldet, vergoldete, vergolden; (gild) vergoldet, vergoldete

carriages - Kutschen; Kutsche, Gang, Haltung, Wagen, Frachtgeld

She next sent Cinderella into the pantry for the mouse-trap, bidding her bring six little mice alive which she would find in the trap. Cinderella hastened to the pantry, and there found the mice as the faëry had said, which she brought to the old lady, who told her to lift up the door of the trap but a little way and very gently, so that only one of the mice might go out at a time.

pantry - Speisekammer, Vorratskammer

trap - eine Falle; Fallgrube, Falle, Fahrt (im Bergwerk); einfangen

bidding - (to bid) befehlen, bieten, bitten; (bid) (to bid) befehlen

hastened to - zugeeilt

gently - sanft

Cinderella raised the mouse-trap door, and as the mice came out one by one, the old woman touched them with her wand, and transformed them into fine prancing dapple-gray carriage horses with long manes and tails, which were tied up with light-blue ribands.

transformed - verwandelt; verwandeln, transformieren, umwandeln

prancing - tänzelnd; paradierend; (prance) tänzelnd; paradierend

dapple - tupfen

manes - Mähnen; Mähne, Mähne

tails - Schwänze; Zipfel

light-blue - (light-blue) hellblau

"Now, my dear good child," said the faëry, "here you have a coach and horses, much handsomer than your sisters', to say the least of them; but as we have neither a postilion nor a coachman to take care of them, run quickly to the stable, where the rat-trap is placed, and bring it to me."

handsomer - Schöner; hübsch, stattlich, gutaussehend, ansehnlich, schmuck

postilion - Postillon; Postillion

nor - weder noch, auch nicht

coachman - Kutscher

stable - stabil; Rennstall (Pferdesport); dauerhaft, beständig, Stall

rat - Ratte

Cinderella was full of joy, and did not lose a moment; and soon returned with the trap, in which there were two fine large rats. These, too, were touched with the wand, and immediately the one was changed into a smart postilion, and the other into a jolly-looking coachman in full finery.

joy - Wonne (Freude, Vergnügen); Freude (über)

rats - Ratten; Ratte

smart - klug; pfiffig, pfiffig, fesch, elegant, listig

jolly - fröhlich; vergnügt, lustig

finery - Prachtstücke; Putz, Glanz, Aufputz

Her godmother then said, "My dear Cinderella, you must go to the garden again before I can complete your equipage; when you get there, keep to the right side, and close to the wall you will see the watering-pot standing; look behind it, and there you will find six lizards, which you must bring to me immediately."

equipage - Ausrüstung; Equipage

pot - Blumentopf

lizards - Eidechsen; Eidechse

Cinderella hastened to the garden as she was desired, and found the six lizards, which she put into her apron and brought to the faëry. Another touch of the wonderful wand soon converted them into six spruce footmen in dashing liveries, with powdered hair and pig-tails, three-cornered cocked hats and gold-headed canes, who immediately jumped up behind the carriage as nimbly as if they had been footmen and nothing else all their lives.

hastened - beeilt; hasten, beeilen

desired - gewünscht; begehren, begehren, Begehren

apron - Schürze; Vorfeld; Fußsack

converted - bekehrt; konvertieren, umwandeln, Konvertit

spruce - Fichte; Fichtenholz

footmen - Lakaien; Lakai

dashing - schneidig; Bindestrich, Gedankenstrich, Querstrich, Strich

liveries - Trachten; Tracht, Kleid

powdered - pulverisiert; Puder, g

cocked - aufgespannt; Vogelmännchen; Gockel

canes - Stöcke; Rohr

nimbly - leichtfüßig; flink

The coachman and postilion having likewise taken their places, the faëry said to Cinderella, "Well, my dear girl, is not this as fine an equipage as you could desire to go to the ball with? Tell me, now, are you pleased with it?"

likewise - ebenfalls

desire - begehren; Begehren, Wunsch

"O yes, dear godmother," replied Cinderella; and then, with a good deal of hesitation, added, "but how can I make my appearance among so many finely-dressed people in these mean-looking clothes?"

hesitation - Zögern

finely - fein

"Give yourself no uneasiness about that, my dear; the most laborious part of our task is already accomplished, and it will be hard if I cannot make your dress correspond with your coach and servants."

uneasiness - Unbehagen

laborious - mühsam

accomplished - vollendet; vollenden, vollenden, vollenden, vollenden

correspond - entsprechen, korrespondieren

servants - Diener, Dienerin, Lakai, Kammerdiener, Zofe, Bediensteter

Two footmen opened the carriage door, and assisted the now beautifully dressed Cinderella into it.

assisted - assistiert; assistieren, helfen, beistehen, unterstützen

beautifully - schön

Her godmother, before she took leave, strictly charged her, on no account whatever to stay at the ball after the clock had struck twelve; and then added, that if she stopped but a single moment beyond that time, her fine coach, horses, coachman, postilion, and footmen, and fine apparel, would all return to their original shapes of pumpkin, mice, rats, lizards, and mean-looking clothes.

strictly - strenges, grundsätzlich, pingelig

charged - aufgeladen; Entgelt

on no account - in keinem Fall, unter (gar) keinen Umständen

beyond - darüber hinaus; jenseits

apparel - Kleidung

Cinderella promised faithfully to attend to every thing that the faëry had mentioned; and then, quite overjoyed, gave the direction to the footman, who bawled out in a loud and commanding tone to the coachman, "To the Royal Palace." The coachman touched his prancing horses lightly with his whip, and swiftly the carriage started off, and in a short time reached the palace.

faithfully - brav, glaubend, vertrauend, treu

overjoyed - überglücklich machen

footman - Lakai

bawled - gegrölt; schreien, brüllen, heulen, brüllen

commanding - Befehl, Kommando

tone - Farbton, Klang, Umgangston, Ton

Royal - königlich; Royal; Royalsegel

whip - Peitsche, Knute, Zagel, peitschen, auspeitschen

Swiftly - Zügig; schnell, flink, behände

Cinderella's Arrival At The Palace In Her Elegant Gilt Carriage, Which Attracts General Notice As It Drives Up To The Marble Portico;

arrival - Ankunft

attracts - lockt; anziehen, anziehen (1, 2)

marble - Marmor; Murmel; marmorieren

portico - Säulengang; Portikus

Of Which Information Is Communicated To The Prince, Who Hastens To The Door And Welcomes Cinderella, Hands Her Out Of The Carriage, And Gracefully Leads Her Into The Palace, Where The Nobles Welcome Her As A Princess.

Hastens - Eilt; hasten, beeilen

gracefully - anmutig

leads - führt; führen, anführen

nobles - Adelige; (noble) adlig, nobel, adelig, großmütig, prächtig

princess - Prinzessin, Königstochter


prince - Fürst; Prinz, Königssohn, Königsenkel, König

The arrival of so splendid an equipage as Cinderella's could not fail to attract general notice at the palace gates; and as it drove up to the marble portico, the servants in great numbers came out to see it. Information was quickly taken to the king's son, that a beautiful young lady, evidently some princess, was in waiting. His Royal Highness hastened to the door, welcomed Cinderella, and handed her out of the carriage. He then led her gracefully into the ball-room, and introduced her to his father, the king. The moment she appeared, all conversation was hushed, the violins ceased playing, and the dancing stopped short, so great was the sensation produced by the stranger's beauty.

splendid - glänzend; prächtig; hervorragend

attract - anziehen; anziehen (1; 2)

evidently - offensichtlich

Highness - Hoheit

led - geführt; LED; (lead) führen, anführen

hushed - totgeschwiegen; verstummen, still werden, zum Schweigen bringen

violins - Geigen; Geige

ceased - eingestellt; aufhören, aufhören, einstellen

sensation - Gefühl, Empfindung, Sensation

beauty - Schönheit; Schöner, Schöne, Prachtstück

A confused murmur of admiration fluttered through the crowd, and each was fain to exclaim, "How surpassingly lovely she is!" The ladies were all busy examining her head-dress and her clothes, in order to get similar ones the very next day, if, indeed, they could meet with stuffs of such rich patterns, and find workwomen clever enough to make them up. "What a lovely creature! so fair!-so beautiful!-What a handsome figure!-how elegantly she is dressed!" Even the prince's father, old as he was, could not behold her with indifference, but wiped his eye-glass and used it very much, and said very often to the queen, that he had never seen so sweet a being.

confused - verwirrt; verwirren, konfundieren, verwechseln, vermischen

murmur - Rauschen, Murmeln, Gemurmel, Raunen, Herzgeräusch

admiration - Bewunderung

fluttered - geflattert; flattern, wedeln

fain - zögern; gern

exclaim - ausrufen

surpassingly - überragend

examining - die Prüfung; untersuchen, untersuchen, untersuchen, prüfen

indeed - tatsächlich; in der Tat, genau, allerdings, checkgewiss

stuffs - Sachen, Kram, Zeug

creature - Wesen, Lebewesen, Fabelwesen

handsome - gut aussehend; hübsch, stattlich, gutaussehend, ansehnlich

elegantly - elegant

behold - betrachten, sehen, schauen, anschauen

indifference - Gleichgültigkeit

Cinderella Is Presented By The Prince To The King And Queen, Who Welcome Her With The Honors Due To A Great Princess,

honors - Ehrungen; Ehre, Ehre, ehren, ehren

due - fällig

And Is Then Led Into The Royal Ball-Room.


The king's son handed Cinderella to one of the most distinguished seats on the dais at the top of the Hall, and begged she would allow him to hand her some refreshments. Cinderella received them with great grace.

most distinguished - vornehmste

dais - Podium

begged - gebettelt; Männchen machen; etwas erbitten (von jemandem); bitten (um)

refreshments - Erfrischungen; Erfrischung

grace - Tischgebet; Anmut, Grazie, Aufschub, Fristverlängerung

When this was over, the prince requested to have the honour of dancing with her. Cinderella smiled consent; and the delighted prince immediately led her out to the head of the dance, just about to commence. The eyes of the whole company were fixed upon the beautiful pair.

honour - Ehrung, Ehre; ehren; beehren, akzeptieren, annehmen, honorieren

consent - zustimmen, einwilligen, Zustimmung, Konsens, Einverständnis

commence - anfangen, beginnen

upon - auf; mit

The trumpets sounded and the music struck up, and the dance commenced; but if Cinderella's beauty, elegant figure, and the splendor of her dress, had before drawn the attention of the whole room, the astonishment at her dancing was still greater.

trumpets - Trompeten; Trompete

commenced - begonnen; anfangen, beginnen

splendor - Pracht

astonishment - Staunen, Erstaunen, Verwunderung

Gracefulness seemed to play in all her motions; the airy lightness with which she floated along-as buoyant as thistle-down-drew forth a general murmur of admiration. The hall rang with the loudest acclamations of applause, and the company, all in one voice, pronounced her the most elegant creature that had ever been seen. And this was the little girl who had passed a great part of her life in the kitchen, and had always been called a "Cinder-wench.

gracefulness - Anmut

motions - Bewegungen; Bewegung

airy - luftig; belüftet, gelüftet, zugig, umweht

lightness - Leichtigkeit

floated - getrieben; treiben, schwimmen, schweben, schwimmen, treiben

buoyant - schwimmend, schwimmfähig, beschwingt, heiter, lebhaft

thistle - Distel

forth - weiter; heraus, hervor

acclamations - Akklamationen; Zuruf, Akklamation

applause - Applaus, Beifall

When the dance was ended, a magnificent feast was served up, consisting of all delicacies: so much was the young prince engaged with Cinderella, that he did not eat one morsel of the supper.

magnificent - großartig; prächtig; ausgezeichnet

feast - Festessen; Fest, Festgelage; feiern

consisting - zusammensetzend, besteht aus; bestehen (aus)

delicacies - Köstlichkeiten; Feinheit, Zartheit, Delikatesse, Leckerbissen

engaged - verlobt; beschäftigen, anstellen, angreifen, anlegen, einrasten

Cinderella drew near her sisters, and frequently spoke to them; and in her goodness of heart she offered them the delicacies which she had received from the prince: but they did not know she was their sister.

frequently - häufig

goodness - Güte, Gütigkeit

When Cinderella heard the clock strike three-quarters past eleven, she made a low courtesy to the whole assembly and retired in haste.

strike - streichen; schlagen; prägen; streiken; scheinen; die Fahne streichen; Strike; Streik; Schlag

courtesy - Höflichkeit

assembly - Montage; Baugruppe; Versammlung

retired - im Ruhestand; pensionieren, zurücktreten, sich zurückziehen

haste - Eile, Hast

You see how fortune befriends the good-hearted, and even out of such unpromising material as a pumpkin and mice, can make a coach and six, with which to honor her worthy favorite. So Cinderella goes to the ball; but to teach her to be diligent and faithful in her engagements, her faëry godmother enjoins upon her that she return home at twelve.

Fortune - Fortuna; Schicksal, Glück, Vermögen

befriends - befreundet; behilflich sein, freundlich sein

even out - ausgleichen

unpromising - nicht vielversprechend

honor - Ehre; ehren

worthy - würdig

favorite - Favorit, Liebling; favorisieren

diligent - fleißig

faithful - treu

engagements - Verpflichtung, Bindung, Verlobung, Verlöbnis

enjoins - befiehlt; auferlegen, vorschreiben, anordnen, ermahnen, mahnen

Native beauty and grace attract the princely heart; and while the king's son pays no heed to her pretentious sisters, he is all grace and condescension to little Cinderella. Obedient to her engagement with her godmother, she returns in all the splendor and honor of the coach and six.

native - gebürtig; einheimisch; nativ; Ureinwohner, Ureinwohnerin

princely - fürstlich

heed - beachtet; beherzigen, beachten

pretentious - prätentiös

condescension - Herablassung, Kondeszendenz

obedient - gehorsam, folgsam

engagement - Verpflichtung; Bindung; Verlobung, Verlöbnis, Gefecht

On reaching home, she found her godmother; and after thanking her for the treat she had enjoyed, she ventured to express a wish to return to the ball on the following evening, as the prince had requested her to do.

treat - behandeln; bewirten, einladen, heilen, kurieren

ventured - gewagt; Wagnis

She was still relating to her godmother all that had happened at court, when her two sisters knocked at the door. Cinderella went and let them in, pretending to yawn and stretch herself, and rub her eyes, and saying, "How late you are!" just as if she was waked up out of a nap, though, truth to say, she had never felt less disposed to sleep in her life.

relating - in Bezug auf; sich beziehen, erzählen, berichten

knocked at - angeklopft

pretending - vorgeben, prätendieren, vortäuschen, so tun, als ob, tun

yawn - gähnen; Gähnen

stretch - strecken, dehnen, langziehen, dehnen

Rub - reiben, abreiben, sich abreiben, sich abscheuern, sich ablaufen

nap - Nickerchen, Schläfchen

though - aber; trotzdem, doch, allerdings, obwohl, obgleich

truth - Wahrheit, Treue

disposed - entsorgt; beseitigen, entsorgen, ordnen

"If you had been to the ball," said one of the sisters, "you would not have thought it late. There came the most beautiful princess ever seen, who loaded us with polite attentions, and gave us oranges and citrons."

loaded - geladen; Last, Beschickung (Ladung), Belastung; beladen

citrons - Zitronen; Zitrone

Cinderella could scarcely contain her delight, and inquired the name of the princess. But they replied that nobody knew her name, and that the king's son was in great trouble about her, and would give the world to know who she could be. "Is she, then, so very beautiful?" said Cinderella, smiling. "Oh, my!

delight - Freude, Entzückung, Wohlgefallen, Lust

inquired - nachgefragt; erkundigen

how I should like to see her! Oh, do, my Lady Javotte, lend me the yellow dress you wear every day, that I may go to the ball and have a peep at this wonderful princess." "A likely story, indeed!" cried Javotte, tossing her head disdainfully, "that I should lend my clothes to a dirty Cinderella like you!"

peep - piepsen; (peep hole) Schauloch; (to peep through) durchgucken

A likely story - Wer's glaubt, wird selig!

tossing - Werfen; hin- und herschleudern

disdainfully - verächtlich

Cinderella expected to be refused, and was not sorry for it, as she would have been puzzled what to do, had her sister really lent her the dress she begged to have.

refused - abgelehnt; Müll; abweisen, verweigern, abschlagen, ablehnen

puzzled - verwirrt; Rätsel

On the following evening the sisters again went to the court ball, and so did Cinderella, dressed even more magnificently than before. The king's son never left her side, and kept paying her the most flattering attentions. The young lady was nothing loth to listen to him; so it came to pass that she forgot her godmother's injunctions, and, indeed, lost her reckoning so completely, that before she deemed it could be eleven o'clock, she was startled at hearing the first stroke of midnight.

flattering - Schmeichelhaft; schmeicheln

injunctions - Unterlassungsklagen; Verfügung, Verfügen

reckoning - Rechenschaft ablegen; Abrechnung; (reckon) Rechenschaft ablegen; Abrechnung

deemed - als; halten, erachten, erachten, ansehen

startled - erschrocken; aufschrecken, scheuen, erschrecken

stroke - Schlaganfall; streicheln; Stoß, Schlag, Streich, Hub

She rose hastily, and flew away like a startled fawn. The prince attempted to follow her, but she was too swift for him; only, as she flew she dropped one of her glass slippers, which he picked up very eagerly. Cinderella reached home quite out of breath, without either coach or footmen, and with only her shabby clothes on her back; nothing, in short, remained of her recent magnificence, save a little glass slipper, the fellow to the one she had lost.

hastily - hastig

flew away - verflog

Fawn - schmeicheln, schwänzeln, sich einschmeicheln (bei); Rehkitz

attempted - Versucht; versuchen, Versuch, Bestreben

swift - Mauersegler; schnell; Segler; Garnwinde

slippers - Hausschuhe; Hausschuh, Latschen, Pantoffel, Patschen, Puschen

eagerly - eifrig

breath - Atmen, Atmung, Atemzug, Atem, Atempause

remained - geblieben; Überrest (2), de

magnificence - Großartigkeit; Prächtigkeit, Pracht

fellow - Stipendiat, Typ, Kerl, Bursche; Gefährte, Kerl

Cinderella Dancing With the Prince is Admired for Her Gracefulness. The Clock Strikes Twelve: She Having Forgot Her God-mother's Instructions, is Alarmed, Flies out of the Ball-room-

admired - bewundert; bewundern, verehren, hochschätzen

strikes - Streiks; streichen, schlagen, prägen, streiken, scheinen

alarmed - beunruhigt; Alarm, Alarm, Alarmsignal

Her Gorgeous Apparel is Changed Into the Dress of a Cinder-wench, and Her Splendid Equipage Into a Pumpkin, Rats, Mice and Lizards

gorgeous - fantastisch, großartig, herrlich, hinreißend


The sentinels at the palace gate were closely questioned as to whether they had not seen a princess coming out; but they answered they had seen no one except a shabbily dressed girl, who appeared to be a peasant rather than a young lady.

sentinels - Wache, Wachposten, Wächter, Wächterin, Markierung, Schlüsselwort

closely - dicht, eng, nah, nahe

whether - ob

shabbily - schäbig

peasant - arm

On this second night, as you have taken notice, dazzled by worldly show and the pleasing flattery of her royal lover, Cinderella over-stays her time, and is compelled to make her way back to her father's house on foot and in rags-an everlasting lesson to all the pretty little Cinderellas in the world to keep their word, and to act in good faith by such as befriend them.

dazzled - geblendet; blenden, verblüffen, faszinieren, bezaubern, betören

worldly - weltlich

flattery - Schmeicheleien; Schmeichelei, Schöntuerei

lover - Geliebte, Liebhaber, Liebhaberin

rags - Fummel, Lumpen, Putzlappen, Unfug

everlasting - ewig; endlos

Cinderellas - Aschenputtel

Faith - Glaube; Vertrauen

befriend - befreundet; behilflich sein, freundlich sein

Never mind-her heart is in the right place-she is a charming good creature; and although virtue goes home in rags, it will leave some token behind-some foot-print by which it can be known and traced wherever it has once walked. We shall hear from that little lost glass slipper again!

charming - charmant; (charm); charmant

virtue - Tugend; Keuschheit

token - Zeichen, Symbol, Andenken, Souvenir, Erinnerung, Jeton

traced - zurückverfolgt; Zeichen, Spur

wherever - wo auch immer

slipper - Hausschuh, Latschen, Pantoffel, Patschen

Cinderella Returned Shabbily Dressed.


When the two sisters returned from the ball, Cinderella asked them whether they had been well entertained; and whether the beautiful lady was there?

entertained - unterhalten

They replied, that she was; but that she had run away as soon as midnight had struck, and so quickly as to drop one of her dainty glass slippers, which the king's son had picked up, and was looking at most fondly during the remainder of the ball; indeed, it seemed beyond a doubt that he was deeply enamored of the beautiful creature to whom it belonged.

dainty - Delikatesse; fein, zart, zierlich

fondly - lieb, liebevoll, zärtlich, verliebt

remainder - Rest, Teilungsrest, Restposten, runtersetzen

doubt - bezweifeln, Zweifel

deeply - tief; zutiefst

enamored - verliebt; erobern

whom - wen; wem; dem, der, den, die

They spoke truly enough; for, a few days afterwards, the king's son caused a proclamation to be made, by sound of trumpet all over the kingdom, to the effect that he would marry her whose foot should be found to fit the slipper exactly. So the slipper was first tried on by all the princesses; then by all the duchesses; and next by all the persons belonging to the court; but in vain. It was then carried to the two sisters, who tried with all their might to force their feet into its delicate proportions, but with no better success. Cinderella, who was present, and recognized her slipper, now laughed, and said, "Suppose I were to try?" Her sisters ridiculed such an idea; but the gentleman who was appointed to try the slipper, having looked attentively at Cinderella, and perceived how beautiful she was, said that it was but fair she should do so, as he had orders to try it on every young maiden in the kingdom. Accordingly, having requested Cinderella to sit down, she no sooner put her little foot to the slipper, than she drew it on, and it fitted like wax.

truly - wirklich, wahrhaft, ehrlich, echt

proclamation - Proklamation

trumpet - Trompete

Kingdom - Königreich, Königtum

tried on - anprobiert

princesses - Prinzessinnen; Prinzessin, Königstochter

duchesses - Herzoginnen; Herzogin, Herzogin

vain - eitel; unnützlich

force - Kraft; zwingen, forcieren, erzwingen; Stärke, Macht, Einfluss

proportions - Proportionen; Teil, Proportion, Anteil

ridiculed - lächerlich gemacht; verhöhnen, verspotten; Spott

appointed - ernannt; bestimmen, festlegen, ausstatten, ausrüsten, festlegen

attentively - aufmerksam zuhören; aufmerksam

perceived - wahrgenommen; wahrnehmen

maiden - Jungfrau

little foot - Füßchen

wax - das Wachs

The sisters were quite amazed; but their astonishment increased tenfold when Cinderella drew the fellow slipper out of her pocket, and put it on. Her godmother then made her appearance; and, having touched Cinderella's clothes with her wand, made them still more magnificent than those she had previously worn.

amazed - erstaunt; verwundern

increased tenfold - verzehnfachte

previously - zuvor, vorher, früher, ehemals

The Heralds of the Court Announce The Proclamation That The Prince Would Marry the Lady Whom The Glass Slipper Fitted.

Heralds - Herolde; Herold, Bote, Vorbote

announce - ankündigen, verkünden, bekanntgeben, verkündigen

Cinderella tries on the Slipper, Which Fits Her Delicate Foot, to The Great Astonishment of Her Family.

tries on - (try on) anprobieren


Her two sisters now recognized her for the beautiful stranger they had seen at the ball; and, falling at her feet, implored her forgiveness for their unworthy treatment, and all the insults they had heaped upon her head. Cinderella raised them, saying, as she embraced them, that she not only forgave them with all her heart, but wished for their affection.

implored - angefleht; anflehen

forgiveness - Verzeihung, Vergebung, Versöhnlichkeit, Nachsicht

unworthy - unwürdig

insults - Beleidigungen; beleidigen, Beleidigung, Kränkung, Verletzung

heaped - gehäuft; Menschenmenge, Masse, Haufen, Haufe, Heap, Haufen

embraced - umarmt; umarmen, annehmen, umarmen, Umarmung

forgave - verziehen; vergeben, verzeihen, entschuldigen

affection - Zuneigung; Rührung

She was then taken to the palace of the young prince, in whose eyes she appeared yet more lovely than before, and who married her shortly after.

shortly - in Kürze; bald

Cinderella, who was as good as she was beautiful, allowed her sisters to lodge in the palace, and gave them in marriage, that same day, to two lords belonging to the court.

Lodge - Lodge; Loge; Biberburg; feststecken, festklemmen, beherbergen

lords - Herrschaften; Gebieter, Herr, herrschen

Marriage of the Prince and Cinderella.


The amiable qualities of Cinderella were as conspicuous after as they had been before marriage.

amiable - liebenswürdig, liebenswert, gutmütig

conspicuous - auffallend; auffällig, augenfällig, offensichtlich, sichtbar

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