Tattercoats

Once there lived an old man who disliked his granddaughter, because his own daughter had died while giving birth to her. The girl was given scraps of food to eat, a dilapidated bed to sleep on, and tattered clothes to wear. People called her “Tattercoats.” Her only friend was a cowherd.

One day, her grandfather was invited to a ball at the king’s palace. Tattercoats was sad that she couldn’t go, so she decided to go visit her friend.

On her way, she met a handsomely dressed man carrying a magic flute. He asked Tatter-coats to attend the ball at midnight. When Tattercoats arrived at the ball, everybody poked fun at her. But the handsome man started playing a wonderful tune on his pipe. Suddenly, Tattercoats’ rags changed into a gorgeous dress with pretty jewels. The man then told the king, “Father, I want to marry this young maiden.” Tatter-coats was surprised to know that he was the prince and agreed to marry him.

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