ENVY drives stepsisters to desperation . . .
hen a girl’s mother died, her father married again — a woman with two daughters of her own. All three were beautiful of face but vile and black of heart. In their ENVY they treated the man’s daughter miserably, taunting her, while they admired their own beauty. The girl’s stepmother had a cruel surprise for her. She emptied a pot of lentils into the ashes and told the girl that if she picked them out of the ashes in two hours time, she could go to the king’s festival. Cinderella accomplished the task with the help of pecking birds but her stepmother then told her that she was too dirty to appear, and refused to let her go.
No one else shall be my wife but the maiden
The shoe was too small for the stepsisters. Desperate to secure the prince, their mother urged the first to cut off her toe, the second her heel. But Cinderella’s birds cried out:
Looky, look, look at the shoe that she took.
Cinderella slipped the shoe on her delicate foot and was