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.
She was so beautiful that everybody looked at her, and wondered who she was; and the Prince asked her to dance with him, and afterwards would dance with no one else.
But she made haste to leave a little before the hour fixed, and had time to undress before her sisters came home.
The Prince was quite vexed when supper-time came, and he could not find his beautiful partner, and no one had seen her leave the room.
But in hopes of beholding her again, he persuaded the King to give another grand ball.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.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.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.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.The Prince would scarcely let her out of his sight, and Cinderella, who was getting a little spoiled by all the flattery she heard, began to think more of herself and less of the Fairy; so the time stole on, till glancing up at the clock, she saw it wanted only five minutes to eleven.At once she darted out of the room, and ran through the palace as fast as she could go, but as she reached the hall, she lost one of her precious glass slippers! She found no coach, only a pumpkin, and the rat and mice ran quickly away when they saw her; while all her fine dress turned to rags, and she had to run home alone in the darkness of the night.