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Cinderella

中文

灰姑娘


There was once a rich man whose wife lay sick, and when she felt her end drawing near she called to her only daughter to come near her bed, and said, "Dear child, be pious and good, and God will always take care of you, and I will look down upon you from heaven, and will be with you." And then she closed her eyes and expired. The maiden went every day to her mother's grave and wept, and was always pious and good. When the winter came the snow covered the grave with a white covering, and when the sun came in the early spring and melted it away, the man took to himself another wife.

The new wife brought two daughters home with her, and they were beautiful and fair in appearance, but at heart were, black and ugly. And then began very evil times for the poor step-daughter. "Is the stupid creature to sit in the same room with us?" said they; "those who eat food must earn it. Out upon her for a kitchen-maid!" They took away her pretty dresses, and put on her an old grey kirtle, and gave her wooden shoes to wear. "Just look now at the proud princess, how she is decked out!" cried they laughing, and then they sent her into the kitchen. There she was obliged to do heavy work from morning to night, get up early in the morning, draw water, make the fires, cook, and wash. Besides that, the sisters did their utmost to torment her, mocking her, and strewing peas and lentils among the ashes, and setting her to pick them up. In the evenings, when she was quite tired out with her hard day's work, she had no bed to lie on, but was obliged to rest on the hearth among the cinders. And as she always looked dusty and dirty, they named her Cinderella.

It happened one day that the father went to the fair, and he asked his two step-daughters what he should bring back for them. "Fine clothes!" said one. "Pearls and jewels!" said the other. "But what will you have, Cinderella?" said he. "The first twig, father, that strikes against your hat on the way home; that is what I should like you to bring me." So he bought for the two step-daughters fine clothes, pearls, and jewels, and on his way back, as he rode through a green lane, a hazel-twig struck against his hat; and he broke it off and carried it home with him. And when he reached home he gave to the step-daughters what they had wished for, and to Cinderella he gave the hazel-twig. She thanked him, and went to her mother's grave, and planted this twig there, weeping so bitterly that the tears fell upon it and watered it, and it flourished and became a fine tree. Cinderella went to see it three times a day, and wept and prayed, and each time a white bird rose up from the tree, and if she uttered any wish the bird brought her whatever she had wished for.

Now if came to pass that the king ordained a festival that should last for three days, and to which all the beautiful young women of that country were bidden, so that the king's son might choose a bride from among them. When the two stepdaughters heard that they too were bidden to appear, they felt very pleased, and they called Cinderella, and said, "Comb our hair, brush our shoes, and make our buckles fast, we are going to the wedding feast at the king's castle." Cinderella, when she heard this, could not help crying, for she too would have liked to go to the dance, and she begged her step-mother to allow her. "What, you Cinderella!" said she, "in all your dust and dirt, you want to go to the festival! you that have no dress and no shoes! you want to dance!" But as she persisted in asking, at last the step-mother said, "I have strewed a dish-full of lentils in the ashes, and if you can pick them all up again in two hours you may go with us." Then the maiden went to the backdoor that led into the garden, and called out, "O gentle doves, O turtle-doves, And all the birds that be, The lentils that in ashes lie Come and pick up for me!

The good must be put in the dish,
The bad you may eat if you wish."

Then there came to the kitchen-window two white doves, and after them some turtle-doves, and at last a crowd of all the birds under heaven, chirping and fluttering, and they alighted among the ashes; and the doves nodded with their heads, and began to pick, peck, pick, peck, and then all the others began to pick, peck, pick, peck, and put all the good grains into the dish. Before an hour was over all was done, and they flew away. Then the maiden brought the dish to her step-mother, feeling joyful, and thinking that now she should go to the feast; but the step-mother said, "No, Cinderella, you have no proper clothes, and you do not know how to dance, and you would be laughed at!" And when Cinderella cried for disappointment, she added, "If you can pick two dishes full of lentils out of the ashes, nice and clean, you shall go with us," thinking to herself, "for that is not possible." When she had strewed two dishes full of lentils among the ashes the maiden went through the backdoor into the garden, and cried, "O gentle doves, O turtle-doves, And all the birds that be, The lentils that in ashes lie Come and pick up for me!

The good must be put in the dish,
The bad you may eat if you wish."

So there came to the kitchen-window two white doves, and then some turtle-doves, and at last a crowd of all the other birds under heaven, chirping and fluttering, and they alighted among the ashes, and the doves nodded with their heads and began to pick, peck, pick, peck, and then all the others began to pick, peck, pick, peck, and put all the good grains into the dish. And before half-an-hour was over it was all done, and they flew away. Then the maiden took the dishes to the stepmother, feeling joyful, and thinking that now she should go with them to the feast; but she said "All this is of no good to you; you cannot come with us, for you have no proper clothes, and cannot dance; you would put us to shame." Then she turned her back on poor Cinderella, and made haste to set out with her two proud daughters.

And as there was no one left in the house, Cinderella went to her mother's grave, under the hazel bush, and cried,

"Little tree, little tree, shake over me,
That silver and gold may come down and cover me."

Then the bird threw down a dress of gold and silver, and a pair of slippers embroidered with silk and silver. , And in all haste she put on the dress and went to the festival. But her step-mother and sisters did not know her, and thought she must be a foreign princess, she looked so beautiful in her golden dress. Of Cinderella they never thought at all, and supposed that she was sitting at home, arid picking the lentils out of the ashes. The King's son came to meet her, and took her by the hand and danced with her, and he refused to stand up with any one else, so that he might not be obliged to let go her hand; and when any one came to claim it he answered, "She is my partner."

And when the evening came she wanted to go home, but the prince said he would go with her to take care of her, for he wanted to see where the beautiful maiden lived. But she escaped him, and jumped up into the pigeon-house. Then the prince waited until the father came, and told him the strange maiden had jumped into the pigeon-house. The father thought to himself, "It cannot surely be Cinderella," and called for axes and hatchets, and had the pigeon-house cut down, but there was no one in it. And when they entered the house there sat Cinderella in her dirty clothes among the cinders, and a little oil-lamp burnt dimly in the chimney; for Cinderella had been very quick, and had jumped out of the pigeon-house again, and had run to the hazel bush; and there she had taken off her beautiful dress and had laid it on the grave, and the bird had carried it away again, and then she had put on her little gray kirtle again, and had sat down in. the kitchen among the cinders.

The next day, when the festival began anew, and the parents and step-sisters had gone to it, Cinderella went to the hazel bush and cried,

"Little tree, little tree, shake over me,
That silver and gold may come down and cover me."

Then the bird cast down a still more splendid dress than on the day before. And when she appeared in it among the guests every one was astonished at her beauty. The prince had been waiting until she came, and he took her hand and danced with her alone. And when any one else came to invite her he said, "She is my partner." And when the evening came she wanted to go home, and the prince followed her, for he wanted to see to what house she belonged; but she broke away from him, and ran into the garden at the back of the house. There stood a fine large tree, bearing splendid pears; she leapt as lightly as a squirrel among the branches, and the prince did not know what had become of her. So he waited until the father came, and then he told him that the strange maiden had rushed from him, and that he thought she had gone up into the pear-tree. The father thought to himself, "It cannot surely be Cinderella," and called for an axe, and felled the tree, but there was no one in it. And when they went into the kitchen there sat Cinderella among the cinders, as usual, for she had got down the other side of the tree, and had taken back her beautiful clothes to the bird on the hazel bush, and had put on her old grey kirtle again.

On the third day, when the parents and the step-children had set off, Cinderella went again to her mother's grave, and said to the tree,

"Little tree, little tree, shake over me,
That silver and gold may come down and cover me."

Then the bird cast down a dress, the like of which had never been seen for splendour and brilliancy, and slippers that were of gold. And when she appeared in this dress at the feast nobody knew what to say for wonderment. The prince danced with her alone, and if any one else asked her he answered, "She is my partner."

And when it was evening Cinderella wanted to go home, and the prince was about to go with her, when she ran past him so quickly that he could not follow her. But he had laid a plan, and had caused all the steps to be spread with pitch, so that as she rushed down them the left shoe of the maiden remained sticking in it. The prince picked it up, and saw that it was of gold, and very small and slender. The next morning he went to the father and told him that none should be his bride save the one whose foot the golden shoe should fit. Then the two sisters were very glad, because they had pretty feet. The eldest went to her room to try on the shoe, and her mother stood by. But she could not get her great toe into it, for the shoe was too small; then her mother handed her a knife, and said, "Cut the toe off, for when you are queen you will never have to go on foot." So the girl cut her toe off, squeezed her foot into the shoe, concealed the pain, and went down to the prince. Then he took her with him on his horse as his bride, and rode off. They had to pass by the grave, and there sat the two pigeons on the hazel bush, and cried,

"There they go, there they go!
There is blood on her shoe;
The shoe is too small,
Not the right bride at all!"

Then the prince looked at her shoe, and saw the blood flowing. And he turned his horse round and took the false bride home again, saying she was not the right one, and that the other sister must try on the shoe. So she went into her room to do so, and got her toes comfortably in, but her heel was too large. Then her mother handed her the knife, saying, "Cut a piece off your heel; when you are queen you will never have to go on foot." So the girl cut a piece off her heel, and thrust her foot into the shoe, concealed the pain, and went down to the prince, who took his bride before him on his horse and rode off. When they passed by the hazel bush the two pigeons sat there and cried,

"There they go, there they go!
There is blood on her shoe;
The shoe is too small,
Not the right bride at all!"

Then the prince looked at her foot, and saw how the blood was flowing from the shoe, and staining the white stocking. And he turned his horse round and brought the false bride home again. "This is not the right one," said he, "have you no other daughter?" - "No," said the man, "only my dead wife left behind her a little stunted Cinderella; it is impossible that she can be the bride." But the King's son ordered her to be sent for, but the mother said, "Oh no! she is much too dirty, I could not let her be seen." But he would have her fetched, and so Cinderella had to appear. First she washed her face and hands quite clean, and went in and curtseyed to the prince, who held out to her the golden shoe. Then she sat down on a stool, drew her foot out of the heavy wooden shoe, and slipped it into the golden one, which fitted it perfectly. And when she stood up, and the prince looked in her face, he knew again the beautiful maiden that had danced with him, and he cried, "This is the right bride!" The step-mother and the two sisters were thunderstruck, and grew pale with anger; but he put Cinderella before him on his horse and rode off. And as they passed the hazel bush, the two white pigeons cried,

"There they go, there they go!
No blood on her shoe;
The shoe's not too small,
The right bride is she after all."

And when they had thus cried, they came flying after and perched on Cinderella's shoulders, one on the right, the other on the left, and so remained.

And when her wedding with the prince was appointed to be held the false sisters came, hoping to curry favour, and to take part in the festivities. So as the bridal procession went to the church, the eldest walked on the right side and the younger on the left, and the pigeons picked out an eye of each of them. And as they returned the elder was on the left side and the younger on the right, and the pigeons picked out the other eye of each of them. And so they were condemned to go blind for the rest of their days because of their wickedness and falsehood.
从前,有一个富人的妻子得了重病,在临终前,她把自己的独生女儿叫到身边说:"乖女儿,妈去了以后会在九泉之下守护你、保佑你的。"说完她就闭上眼睛死了。
她被葬在了花园里,小姑娘是一个虔诚而又善良的女孩,她每天都到她母亲的坟前去哭泣。 冬天来了,大雪为她母亲的坟盖上了白色的毛毯。 春风吹来,太阳又卸去了坟上的银装素裹。 冬去春来,人过境迁,他爸爸又娶了另外一个妻子。
新妻子带着她以前生的两个女儿一起来安家了。 她们外表很美丽,但是内心却非常丑陋邪恶。 她们到来之时,也就是这个可怜的小姑娘身受苦难之始。 她们说:"要这样一个没用的饭桶在厅堂里干什么?谁想吃上面包,谁就得自己去挣得,滚到厨房里做厨房女佣去吧!"说完又脱去她漂亮的衣裳,给她换上灰色的旧外套,恶作剧似地嘲笑她,把她赶到厨房里去了。 她被迫去干艰苦的活儿。 每天天不亮就起来担水、生火、做饭、洗衣,而且还要忍受她们姐妹对她的漠视和折磨。 到了晚上,她累得筋疲力尽时,连睡觉的床铺也没有,不得不睡在炉灶旁边的灰烬中,这一来她身上都沾满了灰烬,又脏,又难看,由于这个原因她们就叫她灰姑娘。
有一次,父亲要到集市去,他问妻子的两个女儿,要他给她们带什么回来。 第一个说:"我要漂亮的衣裳。"第二个叫道:"我要珍珠和钻石。"他又对自己的女儿说:"孩子,你想要什么?"灰姑娘说:"亲爱的爸爸 ,就把你回家路上碰着你帽子的第一根树枝折给我吧。 "父亲回来时,他为前两个女儿带回了她们想要的漂亮衣服和珍珠钻石。在路上,他穿过一片浓密的矮树林时,有一根榛树枝条碰着了他,几乎把他的帽子都要扫下来了,所以他把这根树枝折下来带上了。回到家里时,他把树枝给了他女儿,她拿着树枝来到母亲的坟前,将它栽到了坟边。她每天都要到坟边哭三次,每次伤心地哭泣时,泪水就会不断地滴落在树枝上,浇灌着它,使树枝很快长成了一棵漂亮的大树。不久,有一只小鸟来树上筑巢,她与小鸟交谈起来。后来她想要什么,小鸟都会给她带来。
国王为了给自己的儿子选择未婚妻,准备举办一个为期三天的盛大宴会,邀请了不少年青漂亮的姑娘来参加。 王子打算从这些参加舞会的姑娘中选一个作自己的新娘。 灰姑娘的两个姐姐也被邀请去参加。 她们把她叫来说道:"现在来为我们梳好头发,擦亮鞋子,系好腰带,我们要去参加国王举办的舞会。"她按她们的要求给她们收拾打扮完毕后,禁不住哭了起来,因为她自己也想去参加舞会。 她苦苦哀求她的继母让她去,可继母说道:"哎哟!灰姑娘,你也想去?你穿什么去呀!你连礼服也没有,甚至连舞也不会跳,你想去参加什么舞会啊?"灰姑娘不停地哀求着,为了摆脱她的纠缠,继母最后说道:"我把这一满盆碗豆倒进灰堆里去,如果你在两小时内把它们都拣出来了,你就可以去参加宴会。"说完,她将一盆碗豆倒进灰烬里,扬长而去。 灰姑娘没办法,只好跑出后门来到花园里喊道:
"掠过天空的鸽子和斑鸠,
飞来吧! 飞到这里来吧!
快乐的鸟雀朋友们,
飞来吧! 快快飞到这里来吧!
大伙快来帮我忙,
快快拣出灰中的碗豆来吧! "
先飞来的是从厨房窗子进来的两只白鸽,跟着飞来的是两只斑鸠,接着天空中所有的小鸟都叽叽喳喳地拍动着翅膀,飞到了灰堆上。 小白鸽低下头开始在灰堆里拣起来,一颗一颗地拣,不停地拣! 其它的鸟儿也开始拣,一颗一颗地拣,不停地拣! 它们把所有的好豆子都从灰里拣出来放到了一个盘子里面,只用一个小时就拣完了。 她向它们道谢后,鸟雀从窗子里飞走开了。 她怀着兴奋的心情,端着盘子去找继母,以为自己可以去参加舞宴了。 但她却说道:"不行,不行!你这个邋遢女孩,你没有礼服,不会跳舞,你不能去。"灰姑娘又苦苦地哀求她让她去。 继母这次说道:"如果你能在一个小时之内把这样的两盘碗豆从灰堆里拣出来,你就可以去了。"她满以为这次可以摆脱灰姑娘了,说完将两盘碗豆倒进了灰堆里,还搅和了一会,然后得意洋洋地走了。 但小姑娘又跑到屋后的花园里和前次一样地喊道:
"掠过天空的鸽子和斑鸠,
飞来吧! 飞到这里来吧!
快乐的鸟雀朋友们,
飞来吧! 快快飞到这里来吧!
大伙快来帮我忙,
快快拣出灰中的碗豆来吧! "
先飞来的是从厨房窗子进来的两只白鸽,跟着飞来的是两只斑鸠,接着天空中所有的小鸟都叽叽喳喳地拍动着翅膀,飞到了灰堆上。 小白鸽低下头开始在灰堆里拣起来,一颗一颗地拣,不停地拣! 其它的鸟儿也开始拣,一颗一颗地拣,不停地拣! 它们把所有的好豆子都从灰里拣出来放到了盘子里面,这次只用半个小时就拣完了。 鸟雀们飞去之后,灰姑娘端着盘子去找继母,怀着极其兴奋的心情,以为自己可以去参加舞会了。 但继母却说道:"算了!你别再白费劲了,你是不能去的。你没有礼服,不会跳舞,你只会给我们丢脸。"说完他们夫妻与她自己的两个女儿出发参加宴会去了。
现在,家里的人都走了,只留下灰姑娘孤伶伶地一个人悲伤地坐在榛树下哭泣:
"榛树啊!请你帮帮我,
请你摇一摇,
为我抖落金银礼服一整套。 "
她的朋友小鸟从树上飞出来,为她带了一套金银制成的礼服和一双光亮的丝制舞鞋。 收拾打扮、穿上礼服之后,灰姑娘在她两个姐妹之后来到了舞厅。 穿上豪华的礼服之后,她看起来是如此高雅、漂亮、美丽动人极了。 她们都认不出她,以为她一定是一位陌生的公主,根本就没有想到她就是灰姑娘,她们以为灰姑娘仍老老实实地待在家中的灰堆里呢。
王子看到她,很快向她走来,伸出手挽着她,请她跳起舞来。 他再也不和其他姑娘跳舞了,他的手始终不肯放开她。 每当有人来请她跳舞时,王子总是说:"这位女士在与我跳舞。"他们一起跳到很晚,她才想起要回家去了。 王子想知道这位美丽的姑娘到底住在哪里,所以说道:"我送你回家去吧。"灰姑娘表面上同意了,但却趁他不注意时,悄悄地溜走,拔腿向家里跑去。 王子在后面紧追不舍,她只好跳进鸽子房并把门关上。 王子等在外面不肯离去,一直到她父亲回家时,王子才上前告诉他,说那位他在舞会上遇到的不知道姓名的姑娘藏进了这间鸽子房。 当他们砸开鸽子房门时,里面却已空无一人,他只好失望地回宫去了。 父母进屋子时,灰姑娘已经身穿邋遢的衣服躺在灰堆边上了,就像她一直躺在那儿似地,昏暗的小油灯在烟囱柱上的墙洞里摇晃着。 实际上,灰姑娘刚才很快穿过鸽子房来到榛树前脱下了漂亮的礼服,将它们放回树上,让小鸟把它们带走,自己则回到屋里坐到了灰堆上,穿上了她那灰色的外套。
第二天,当舞会又要开始时,她的爸爸、继母和两个姐妹都去了。 灰姑娘来到树下说:
"榛树啊!请你帮帮我,
请你摇一摇,
为我抖落金银礼服一整套。 "
那只小鸟来了,它带来了一套比她前一天穿的那套更加漂亮的礼服。 当她来到舞会大厅时,她的美丽使所有的人惊讶不已。 一直在等待她到来的王子立即上前挽着她的手,请她跳起舞来。 每当有人要请她跳舞时,他总是和前一天一样说:"这位女士在与我跳舞。"到了半夜她要回家去的时候,王子也和前一天一样跟着她,以为这样可以看到她进了哪一幢房子。 但她还是甩掉了他,并立即跳进了她父亲房子后面的花园里。 花园里有一棵很漂亮的大梨树,树上结满了成熟的梨。 灰姑娘不知道自己该藏在什么地方,只好爬到了树上。 王子没有看到她,他不知道她去了哪儿,只好又一直等到她父亲回来,才走上前对他说:"那个与我跳舞的不知姓名的姑娘溜走了,我认为她肯定是跳上梨树去了。"父亲暗想:"难道是灰姑娘吗?"于是,他要人去拿来一柄斧子,把树砍倒了一看,树上根本没有人。 当父亲和继母到厨房来看时,灰姑娘和平时一样正躺在灰烬里。 原来她跳上梨树后,又从树的另一边溜下来,脱下漂亮的礼服,让榛树上的小鸟带了回去,然后又穿上了她自己的灰色小外套。
第三天,当她父亲、继母和两个姐妹走了以后,她又来到花园里说道:
"榛树啊!请你帮帮我,
请你摇一摇,
为我抖落金银礼服一整套。 "
她善良的朋友又带来了一套比第二天那套更加漂亮的礼服和一双纯金编制的舞鞋。 当她赶到舞会现场时,大家都被她那无法用语言表达的美给惊呆了。 王子只与她一个人跳舞,每当有其他人请她跳舞时,他总是说:"这位女士是我的舞伴。"当午夜快要来临时,她要回家了,王子又要送她回去,并暗暗说道:"这次我可不能让她跑掉了。"然而,灰姑娘还是设法从他身边溜走了。 由于走得过于匆忙,她竟把左脚的金舞鞋失落在楼梯上了。
王子将舞鞋拾起,第二天来到他的国王父亲面前说:"我要娶正好能穿上这只金舞鞋的姑娘作我的妻子。"灰姑娘的两个姐妹听到这个消息后非常高兴,因为她们都有一双很漂亮的脚,她们认为自己穿上那只舞鞋是毫无疑问的。 姐姐由她妈妈陪着先到房子里去试穿那只舞鞋,可她的大脚趾却穿不进去,那只鞋对她来说太小了。 于是她妈妈拿给她一把刀说:"没关系,把大脚趾切掉!只要你当上了王后,还在乎这脚趾头干嘛,你想到哪儿去根本就不需要用脚了。"大女儿听了,觉得有道理,这傻姑娘忍着痛苦切掉了自己的大脚趾,勉强穿在脚上来到王子面。 王子看她穿好了鞋子,就把她当成了新娘,与她并排骑在马上,把她带走了。
但在他们出门回王宫的路上,经过后花园灰姑娘栽的那棵榛树时,停在树枝上的一只小鸽子唱道:
"再回去!再回去!
快看那只鞋!
鞋太小,不是为她做的!
王子! 王子!
再找你的新娘吧,
坐在你身边的不是你的新娘! "
王子听见后,下马盯着她的脚看,发现鲜血正从鞋子里流出来,他知道自己被欺骗了,马上掉转马头,把假新娘带回她的家里说道:"这不是真新娘,让另一个妹妹来试试这只鞋子吧。"于是妹妹试着把鞋穿在脚上,脚前面进去了,可脚后跟太大了,就是穿不进去。 她妈妈让她削去脚后跟穿进去,然后拉着她来到王子面前。 王子看她穿好了鞋子,就把她当做新娘扶上马,并肩坐在一起离去了。
但当他们经过榛树时,小鸽子仍栖息在树枝头上,它唱道:
"再回去!再回去!
快看那只鞋!
鞋太小,不是为她做的!
王子! 王子!
再找你的新娘吧,
坐在你身边的不是你的新娘! "
王子低头一看,发现血正从舞鞋里流出来,连她的白色长袜也浸红了,他拨转马头,同样把她送了回去,对她的父亲说:"这不是真新娘,你还有女儿吗?"父亲回答说:"没有了,只有我前妻生的一个叫灰姑娘的小邋遢女儿,她不可能是新娘的。"然而,王子一定要他把她带来试一试。 灰姑娘先把脸和手洗干净,然后走进来很有教养地向王子屈膝行礼。 王子把舞鞋拿给她穿,鞋子穿在她脚上就像是专门为她做的一样。 他走上前仔细看清楚她的脸后,认出了她,马上兴奋的说道:"这才是我真正的新娘。"继母和她的两个姐妹大吃一惊,当王子把灰姑娘扶上马时,她们气得脸都发白了,眼睁睁地看着王子把她带走了。 他们来到榛树边时,小白鸽唱道:
"回家吧!回家吧!
快看那只鞋!
王妃! 这是为你做的鞋!
王子! 王子!
快带新娘回家去,
坐在你身边的才是真正的新娘"
鸽子唱完之后,飞上前来,停在了灰姑娘的右肩上。 他们一起向王宫走去。




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