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by Anne Sexton

Cinderella The Supernatural Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Line)

Quote #4

The bird dropped down a golden dress
and delicate gold slippers.
Rather a large package for a simple bird.
So she went. Which is no surprise. (60-63)

Cinderella also relies on magic to get her to the ball (after the magic-with-lentils trick didn't work). The narrator here is doing a little verbal eye-rolling with line 63—as in "Right. No kidding she went. She had a magical bird give her a dress!" Seems like the narrator doesn't think too much of Cinderella's supernatural help.

Quote #5

The prince rode away with her until the white dove
told him to look at the blood pouring forth.
That is the way with amputations.
They don't just heal up like a wish. (84-87)

In yet another instance of Cinderella being saved by the supernatural, the white dove calls the stepsister out on not being the one the prince is looking for. And in another example of the narrator's cynicism, she notes that amputations "don't just heal up like a wish." This implies that Cinderella has had it pretty easy so far, getting whatever she wants just by asking her magical dove for it.

Quote #6

At the wedding ceremony
the two sisters came to curry favor
and the white dove pecked their eyes out. (95-97)

The supernatural in this poem also doles out justice. In this quote, the white dove pecks out the stepsisters' eyes for even daring to come to Cinderella's wedding. It's unclear as to whether Cinderella wished for this or not. What is clear is that the dove is making sure that every aspect of Cinderella's life is perfect—right down to a nice dish of revenge, served cold. Mmm. Revenge-alicious.

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