by Anne Sexton
Cinderella Luck Quotes
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and the prince took her hand on the spot
and danced with no other the whole day. (6-7)
Cinderella's luck only gets better as the story goes on. This moment is parallel, in a way, to the example story in the beginning about the nursemaid from Denmark. Cinderella is so beautiful in her golden dress that the prince ignores everyone else at the ball. That's a bit of fortune that will land her with a husband and a treasure trove of royal privilege.
Cinderella and the prince
lived, they say, happily ever after,
like two dolls in a museum case
their darling smiles pasted on for eternity. (100-102, 107)
So this is where Cinderella's fortune takes her. It's a little creepy, this ageless, deathless place where she and the prince end up together. It just goes to show that if you think you're getting something for nothing, you'll end up paying the price. The "happily ever after" is anything but, when you really look at it.