Once upon a time in a faraway (遥远的) land, a beautiful girl named Cinderella (仙蒂) lived with her devoted (挚爱的) father. Cinderella’s mother had passed away years before, and her father decided she needed a new mother. He married again, giving Cinderella a stepmother and two stepsisters.
When Cinderella’s father suddenly passed away, she was heartbroken (伤心欲绝的). The poor girl quickly discovered that her stepmother, Lady Tremaine (特曼妮夫人), was cold, cruel, and bitterly (十分) jealous of Cinderella’s charm (魅力) and beauty. Her stepsisters, Anastasia (安蒂) and Drizella (狄茜), were equallycruel.
As the years passed, Cinderella became a servant in her own home. She was forced (被迫) to live in a tiny room in the attic (阁楼) and had to wait on her stepfamily all day long. Luckily, Cinderella’s animal friends kept her company.
Though her stepfamily mistreated (虐待) her, Cinderella believed her dreams would come true someday. She remained (依然) kind and gentle, even sewing (缝制) little clothes for her mice friends and making sure they were always safe and fed. Two of the mice, Jaq (杰克) and Gus (格斯), became Cinderella’s best friends.
One morning, poor Gus was almost caught by the Stepmother’s mean old cat, Lucifer (鲁斯福)! Luckily, Gus managed to slip (滑) away and hide under a teacup on a breakfast tray (托盘).
Just as Lucifer was about to discover Gus’s hiding place, a bell rang. That meant Lady Tremaine and her daughters wanted their breakfast. Balancing the trays, Cinderella hurried up the stairs, unaware that she was carrying a little stowaway (偷渡者) under one of the teacups.
Shortly after breakfast was served (端上), Cinderella heard screams. Anastasia had found Gus under her cup! She accused (指责) Cinderella of serving her a mouse on purpose!
Cinderella was immediately summoned (传唤) back to Lady Tremaine’s room. “As punishment (惩罚),” her stepmother said, “you will wash the windows, scrub (擦洗) the terrace (阳台), and sweep the hall.”
Meanwhile, in another part of the kingdom, the King was complaining (抱怨) to the Grand Duke (大公爵).
“It’s time the Prince got married!” he declared.
The King decided to invite every eligible (适龄的) maiden (未婚女孩) to a royal ball (舞会) so his son could find a bride.