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ESPAÑOL

La Cenicienta

ENGLISH

Cinderella


Érase una mujer, casada con un hombre muy rico, que enfermó, y, presintiendo su próximo fin, llamó a su única hijita y le dijo: "Hija mía, sigue siendo siempre buena y piadosa, y el buen Dios no te abandonará. Yo velaré por ti desde el cielo, y me tendrás siempre a tu lado." Y, cerrando los ojos, murió. La muchachita iba todos los días a la tumba de su madre a llorar, y siguió siendo buena y piadosa. Al llegar el invierno, la nieve cubrió de un blanco manto la sepultura, y cuando el sol de primavera la hubo derretido, el padre de la niña contrajo nuevo matrimonio.
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.


La segunda mujer llevó a casa dos hijas, de rostro bello y blanca tez, pero negras y malvadas de corazón. Vinieron entonces días muy duros para la pobrecita huérfana. "¿Esta estúpida tiene que estar en la sala con nosotras?" decían las recién llegadas. "Si quiere comer pan, que se lo gane. ¡Fuera, a la cocina!" Le quitaron sus hermosos vestidos,le pusieron una blusa vieja y le dieron un par de zuecos para calzado: "¡Mira la orgullosa princesa, qué compuesta!" Y, burlándose de ella, la llevaron a la cocina. Allí tenía que pasar el día entero ocupada en duros trabajos. Se levantaba de madrugada, iba por agua, encendía el fuego, preparaba la comida, lavaba la ropa. Y, por añadidura, sus hermanastras la sometían a todas las mortificaciones imaginables; se burlaban de ella, le esparcían, entre la ceniza, los guisantes y las lentejas, para que tuviera que pasarse horas recogiéndolas. A la noche, rendida como estaba de tanto trabajar, en vez de acostarse en una cama tenía que hacerlo en las cenizas del hogar. Y como por este motivo iba siempre polvorienta y sucia, la llamaban Cenicienta.
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.


Un día en que el padre se disponía a ir a la feria, preguntó a sus dos hijastras qué deseaban que les trajese. "Hermosos vestidos," respondió una de ellas. "Perlas y piedras preciosas," dijo la otra. "¿Y tú, Cenicienta," preguntó, "qué quieres?" - "Padre, corta la primera ramita que toque el sombrero, cuando regreses, y traemela." Compró el hombre para sus hijastras magníficos vestidos, perlas y piedras preciosas; de vuelta, al atravesar un bosquecillo, un brote de avellano le hizo caer el sombrero, y él lo cortó y se lo llevó consigo. Llegado a casa, dio a sus hijastras lo que habían pedido, y a Cenicienta, el brote de avellano. La muchacha le dio las gracias, y se fue con la rama a la tumba de su madre, allí la plantó, regándola con sus lágrimas, y el brote creció, convirtiéndose en un hermoso árbol. Cenicienta iba allí tres veces al día, a llorar y rezar, y siempre encontraba un pajarillo blanco posado en una rama; un pajarillo que, cuando la niña le pedía algo, se lo echaba desde arriba.
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.


Sucedió que el Rey organizó unas fiestas, que debían durar tres días, y a las que fueron invitadas todas las doncellas bonitas del país, para que el príncipe heredero eligiese entre ellas una esposa. Al enterarse las dos hermanastras que también ellas figuraban en la lista, se pusieron muy contentas. Llamaron a Cenicienta, y le dijeron: "Péinanos, cepíllanos bien los zapatos y abróchanos las hebillas; vamos a la fiesta de palacio." Cenicienta obedeció, aunque llorando, pues también ella hubiera querido ir al baile, y, así, rogó a su madrastra que se lo permitiese. "¿Tú, la Cenicienta, cubierta de polvo y porquería, pretendes ir a la fiesta? No tienes vestido ni zapatos, ¿y quieres bailar?" Pero al insistir la muchacha en sus súplicas, la mujer le dijo, finalmente: "Te he echado un plato de lentejas en la ceniza, si las recoges en dos horas, te dejaré ir." La muchachita, saliendo por la puerta trasera, se fue al jardín y exclamó: "¡Palomitas mansas, tortolillas y avecillas todas del cielo, vengan a ayudarme a recoger lentejas!:
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!


Las buenas, en el pucherito;
The good must be put in the dish,

las malas, en el buchecito."
The bad you may eat if you wish."


Y acudieron a la ventana de la cocina dos palomitas blancas, luego las tortolillas y, finalmente, comparecieron, bulliciosas y presurosas, todas las avecillas del cielo y se posaron en la ceniza. Y las palomitas, bajando las cabecitas, empezaron: pic, pic, pic, pic; y luego todas las demás las imitaron: pic, pic, pic, pic, y en un santiamén todos los granos buenos estuvieron en la fuente. No había transcurrido ni una hora cuando, terminado el trabajo, echaron a volar y desaparecieron. La muchacha llevó la fuente a su madrastra, contenta porque creía que la permitirían ir a la fiesta, pero la vieja le dijo: "No, Cenicienta, no tienes vestidos y no puedes bailar. Todos se burlarían de ti." Y como la pobre rompiera a llorar: "Si en una hora eres capaz de limpiar dos fuentes llenas de lentejas que echaré en la ceniza, te permitiré que vayas." Y pensaba: "Jamás podrá hacerlo." Pero cuando las lentejas estuvieron en la ceniza, la doncella salió al jardín por la puerta trasera y gritó: "¡Palomitas mansas, tortolillas y avecillas todas del cielo, vengan a ayudarme a limpiar lentejas!:
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!


Las buenas, en el pucherito;
The good must be put in the dish,

las malas, en el buchecito."
The bad you may eat if you wish."


Y enseguida acudieron a la ventana de la cocina dos palomitas blancas y luego las tortolillas, y, finalmente, comparecieron, bulliciosas y presurosas, todas las avecillas del cielo y se posaron en la ceniza. Y las palomitas, bajando las cabecitas, empezaron: pic, pic, pic, pic; y luego todas las demás las imitaron: pic, pic, pic, pic, echando todos los granos buenos en las fuentes. No había transcurrido aún media hora cuando, terminada ya su tarea, emprendieron todas el vuelo. La muchacha llevó las fuentes a su madrastra, pensando que aquella vez le permitiría ir a la fiesta. Pero la mujer le dijo: "Todo es inútil; no vendrás, pues no tienes vestidos ni sabes bailar. Serías nuestra vergüenza." Y, volviéndole la espalda, partió apresuradamente con sus dos orgullosas hijas.
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.


No habiendo ya nadie en casa, Cenicienta se encaminó a la tumba de su madre, bajo el avellano, y suplicó:
And as there was no one left in the house, Cinderella went to her mother's grave, under the hazel bush, and cried,


"¡Arbolito, sacude tus ramas frondosas,
"Little tree, little tree, shake over me,

y échame oro y plata y más cosas!"
That silver and gold may come down and cover me."


Y he aquí que el pájaro le echó un vestido bordado en plata y oro, y unas zapatillas con adornos de seda y plata. Se vistió a toda prisa y corrió a palacio, donde su madrastra y hermanastras no la reconocieron, y, al verla tan ricamente ataviada, la tomaron por una princesa extranjera. Ni por un momento se les ocurrió pensar en Cenicienta, a quien creían en su cocina, sucia y buscando lentejas en la ceniza. El príncipe salió a recibirla, y tomándola de la mano, bailó con ella. Y es el caso que no quiso bailar con ninguna otra ni la soltó de la mano, y cada vez que se acercaba otra muchacha a invitarlo, se negaba diciendo: "Ésta es mi pareja."
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."


Al anochecer, Cenicienta quiso volver a su casa, y el príncipe le dijo: "Te acompañaré," deseoso de saber de dónde era la bella muchacha. Pero ella se le escapó, y se encaramó de un salto al palomar. El príncipe aguardó a que llegase su padre, y le dijo que la doncella forastera se había escondido en el palomar. Entonces pensó el viejo: ¿Será la Cenicienta? Y, pidiendo que le trajesen un hacha y un pico, se puso a derribar el palomar. Pero en su interior no había nadie. Y cuando todos llegaron a casa, encontraron a Cenicienta entre la ceniza, cubierta con sus sucias ropas, mientras un candil de aceite ardía en la chimenea; pues la muchacha se había dado buena maña en saltar por detrás del palomar y correr hasta el avellano; allí se quitó sus hermosos vestidos, y los depositó sobre la tumba, donde el pajarillo se encargó de recogerlos. Y enseguida se volvió a la cocina, vestida con su sucia batita.
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.


Al día siguiente, a la hora de volver a empezar la fiesta, cuando los padres y las hermanastras se hubieron marchado, la muchacha se dirigió al avellano y le dijo:
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,


"¡Arbolito, sacude tus ramas frondosas,
"Little tree, little tree, shake over me,

y échame oro y plata y, más cosas!"
That silver and gold may come down and cover me."


El pajarillo le envió un vestido mucho más espléndido aún que el de la víspera; y al presentarse ella en palacio tan magníficamente ataviada, todos los presentes se pasmaron ante su belleza. El hijo del Rey, que la había estado aguardando, la tomó nmediatamente de la mano y sólo bailó con ella. A las demás que fueron a solicitarlo, les respondía: "Ésta es mi pareja." Al anochecer, cuando la muchacha quiso retirarse, el príncipe la siguió, para ver a qué casa se dirigía; pero ella desapareció de un brinco en el jardín de detrás de la suya. Crecía en él un grande y hermoso peral, del que colgaban peras magníficas. Se subió ella a la copa con la ligereza de una ardilla, saltando entre las ramas, y el príncipe la perdió de vista. El joven aguardó la llegada del padre, y le dijo: "La joven forastera se me ha escapado; creo que se subió al peral." Pensó el padre: ¿Será la Cenicienta? Y, tomando un hacha, derribó el árbol, pero nadie apareció en la copa. Y cuando entraron en la cocina, allí estaba Cenicienta entre las cenizas, como tenía por costumbre, pues había saltado al suelo por el lado opuesto del árbol, y, después de devolver los hermosos vestidos al pájaro del avellano, volvió a ponerse su batita gris.
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.


El tercer día, en cuanto se hubieron marchado los demás, volvió Cenicienta a la tumba de su madre y suplicó al arbolillo:
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,


"¡Arbolito, sacude tus ramas frondosas,
"Little tree, little tree, shake over me,

y échame oro y plata y más cosas!"
That silver and gold may come down and cover me."


Y el pájaro le echó un vestido soberbio y brillante como jamás se viera otro en el mundo, con unos zapatitos de oro puro. Cuando se presentó a la fiesta, todos los concurrentes se quedaron boquiabiertos de admiración. El hijo del Rey bailó exclusivamente con ella, y a todas las que iban a solicitarlo les respondía: "Ésta es mi pareja."
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."


Al anochecer se despidió Cenicienta. El hijo del Rey quiso acompañarla; pero ella se escapó con tanta rapidez, que su admirador no pudo darle alcance. Pero esta vez recurrió a una trampa: mandó embadurnar con pez las escaleras de palacio, por lo cual, al saltar la muchacha los peldaños, se le quedó la zapatilla izquierda adherida a uno de ellos. Recogió el príncipe la zapatilla, y observó que era diminuta, graciosa, y toda ella de oro. A la mañana siguiente presentóse en casa del hombre y le dijo: "Mi esposa será aquella cuyo pie se ajuste a este zapato." Las dos hermanastras se alegraron, pues ambas tenían los pies muy lindos. La mayor fue a su cuarto para probarse la zapatilla, acompañada de su madre. Pero no había modo de introducir el dedo gordo; y al ver que la zapatilla era demasiado pequeña, la madre, alargándole un cuchillo, le dijo: "¡Córtate el dedo! Cuando seas reina, no tendrás necesidad de andar a pie." Lo hizo así la muchacha; forzó el pie en el zapato y, reprimiendo el dolor, se presentó al príncipe. Él la hizo montar en su caballo y se marchó con ella. Pero hubieron de pasar por delante de la tumba, y dos palomitas que estaban posadas en el avellano gritaron:
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,


"Ruke di guk, ruke di guk;
"There they go, there they go!

sangre hay en el zapato.
There is blood on her shoe;

El zapato no le va,
The shoe is too small,

La novia verdadera en casa está."
Not the right bride at all!"


Miró el príncipe el pie y vio que de él fluía sangre. Hizo dar media vuelta al caballo y devolvió la muchacha a su madre, diciendo que no era aquella la que buscaba, y que la otra hermana tenía que probarse el zapato. Subió ésta a su habitación y, aunque los dedos le entraron holgadamente, en cambio no había manera de meter el talón. Le dijo la madre, alargándole un cuchillo: "Córtate un pedazo del talón. Cuando seas reina no tendrás necesidad de andar a pie." Cortóse la muchacha un trozo del talón, metió a la fuerza el pie en el zapato y, reprimiendo el dolor, se presentó al hijo del Rey. Montó éste en su caballo y se marchó con ella. Pero al pasar por delante del avellano, las dos palomitas posadas en una de sus ramas gritaron:
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,


"Ruke di guk, ruke di guk;
"There they go, there they go!

sangre hay en el zapato.
There is blood on her shoe;

El zapato no le va,
The shoe is too small,

La novia verdadera en casa está."
Not the right bride at all!"


Miró el príncipe el pie de la muchacha y vio que la sangre manaba del zapato y había enrojecido la blanca media. Volvió grupas y llevó a su casa a la falsa novia. "Tampoco es ésta la verdadera," dijo. "¿No tienen otra hija?" - "No," respondió el hombre. Sólo de mi esposa difunta queda una Cenicienta pringosa; pero es imposible que sea la novia." Mandó el príncipe que la llamasen; pero la madrastra replicó: "¡Oh, no! ¡Va demasiado sucia! No me atrevo a presentarla." Pero como el hijo del Rey insistiera, no hubo más remedio que llamar a Cenicienta. Lavóse ella primero las manos y la cara y, entrando en la habitación, saludó al príncipe con una reverencia, y él tendió el zapato de oro. Se sentó la muchacha en un escalón, se quitó el pesado zueco y se calzó la chinela: le venía como pintada. Y cuando, al levantarse, el príncipe le miró el rostro, reconoció en el acto a la hermosa doncella que había bailado con él, y exclamó: "¡Ésta sí que es mi verdadera novia!" La madrastra y sus dos hijas palidecieron de rabia; pero el príncipe ayudó a Cenicienta a montar a caballo y marchó con ella. Y al pasar por delante del avellano, gritaron las dos palomitas blancas:
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,


"Ruke di guk, ruke di guk;
"There they go, there they go!

no tiene sangre el zapato.
No blood on her shoe;

Y pequeño no le está;
The shoe's not too small,

Es la novia verdadera con la que va."
The right bride is she after all."


Y, dicho esto, bajaron volando las dos palomitas y se posaron una en cada hombro de Cenicienta.
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.


Al llegar el día de la boda, se presentaron las traidoras hermanas, muy zalameras, deseosas de congraciarse con Cenicienta y participar de su dicha. Pero al encaminarse el cortejo a la iglesia, yendo la mayor a la derecha de la novia y la menor a su izquierda, las palomas, de sendos picotazos, les sacaron un ojo a cada una. Luego, al salir, yendo la mayor a la izquierda y la menor a la derecha, las mismas aves les sacaron el otro ojo. Y de este modo quedaron castigadas por su maldad, condenadas a la ceguera para todos los días de su vida.
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.