In class societies, the story of the Prince who recognizes Cinderella's true beauty would have implications of social position as well.
The word "cinderella" has, by analogy, come to mean one whose attributes are unrecognized, or one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect.
Cinderella (French: Cendrillon, German: Aschenputtel), is a popular fairy tale embodying a classic folk tale myth-element of unjust oppression/triumphant reward.
When the Prince arrived at Cinderella's villa, the Stepsisters tried in vain.
One of the most popular versions of Cinderella was written by Charles Perrault in 1697.
The still-popular story of Cinderella continues to influence popular culture internationally, lending plot elements, allusions, and tropes to a wide variety of media.
Cinderella debuted as a pantomime on stage at the Drury Lane Theatre, London in 1904 and at the Adelphi Theatre in London in 1905.
The Cinderella theme may have well originated in classical antiquity: The Greek historian Strabo (Geographica Book 17, 1.33) recorded in the first century B.C.E.
Her Fairy Godmother magically appeared and vowed to assist Cinderella in attending the ball.
The Fairy Godmother must magically create a coach (from a pumpkin), footmen (from mice), a coach driver (from a frog), and a beautiful dress (from rags) for Cinderella to go to the ball.
The Stepsisters begged for forgiveness, and Cinderella forgave them for their cruelties.
Unrecognized by her sisters, Cinderella remembered to leave before midnight.
Another early story of the Cinderella type came from Japan, involving Ch?j?-hime, who runs away from her evil stepmother with the help of Buddhist nuns, and she joins their convent.
When another ball was held the next evening, Cinderella again attended with her Godmother's help.
Almost every year at least one, but often several such films are produced and released, resulting in Cinderella becoming a work of literature with one of the largest numbers of film adaptations ascribed to it.
When Cinderella asked if she might try, the Stepsisters taunted her.
Cinderella mistakes Dandini for the Prince and the Prince for Dandini.
Meanwhile, Cinderella kept the other slipper, which had not disappeared when the spell had broken.
At the ball, the entire court was entranced by Cinderella, especially the Prince, who never left her side.
Over the decades, hundreds of films have been made that are either direct adaptations from Cinderella or have plots loosely based on the story.
Naturally, the slipper fit perfectly, and Cinderella produced the other slipper for good measure.
Her father, known as Baron Hardup, is under the thumb of his two stepdaughters the Ugly sisters and has a servant named Buttons who is Cinderella's friend.
Cinderella returned to the palace where she married the Prince, and the Stepsisters also married two lords.
The Stepsisters' Celtic equivalents are Geal and Donn, and Cinderella is Critheanach.
When the girl had done her work, she sat in the cinders, which caused her to be called "Cinderella."