Later that morning, Cinderella stopped (停止) doing her chores to answer a knock at the door. A messenger from the palace handed her an invitation (邀请函) to the ball that evening!
Lady Tremaine snatched the invitation and read it aloud. Her daughters squealed (尖叫) with excitement. When Cinderella asked if she could attend (参加) the ball, too, Lady Tremaine reluctantly (不情愿地) agreed.
“But only if you get all your work done, and only if you have something suitable to wear,” she said with a nasty (令人讨厌的) sneer (冷笑).
In the attic, Cinderella found a dress that had once belonged to her mother. It was a bit old-fashioned (过时的), but Cinderella was sure she could fix it.
Just as she was about to start sewing, her stepfamily called for her. There were many more chores to do. Cinderella sadly left the room—and her animal friends got right to work!
The clever animals found an old sash (肩带) and some beads (珠子). They stitched (缝合) the ornaments (装饰品) in place and turned the simple dress into a fabulous (华美的) gown!
Cinderella was thrilled (非常激动的), and so grateful (感激的). Now she could go to the ball!
When Anastasia and Drizella saw how pretty Cinderella looked, they flew into a jealous rage. The stepsisters ripped (扯破) the dress, pulled off the sash, and yanked (猛拉) at the beads. Lady Tremaine simply stood and watched.
With no hope of going to the ball and meeting the Prince, Cinderella ran into the garden and sobbed (啜泣).
As she kneeled (跪) there, twinkling (闪烁着) lights filled the air. Then a woman appeared. It was Cinderella’s fairy godmother (仙女教母)！
The Fairy Godmother told Cinderella there was still time to attend the royal ball. With a wave of her magic wand, she transformed (变成) a simple pumpkin into an elegant coach (四轮大马车), and the mice into horses!
Then the Fairy Godmother pointed her magic wand (魔杖) at Cinderella and said, “Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!” Suddenly, Cinderella was wearing a stunning gown. On her feet were sparkling (闪闪发光) glass slippers (鞋).
Cinderella was off to the ball! The Fairy Godmother warned her to be home by midnight, when the spell would wear off.