Once upon a time there was an extremely ugly girl named Findercella.
Findercella lived with her two beautiful stepsisters and an even more
beautiful stepmother. Findercella’s father was extremely wealthy so
the gorgeous stepmother put up with Findercella’s ugliness even though
it greatly embarrassed her. The stepsisters tolerated Findercella’s ugliness
and terrible attitude because they felt a little sorry for her (being so horribly
ugly), and having no hope of ever finding a husband.
This spring there was a special ball at the castle. All the royals
would be there and the stepsisters were giddy with excitement since they
were both looking for husbands. The king had one son of marriageable
age and both stepsisters had set their sights on him. He would be king
someday and both sisters daydreamed about someday becoming the
queen. Findercella’s father was insisting that she also go to this ball and
frankly she could have cared less. Why should she go when she was
certainly too ugly to ever be considered the wife of a prince?
But as time for the ball drew near, she was resigned to the fact
that she would have to go. Her stepmother purchased a special dress for
Findercella and attempted to fix her hair but the outcome was mediocre
at best. The stepsisters were even more beautiful than ever and the
stepmother was confident that one of them would be chosen to be the bride
of the prince. Now, Findercella had a size ten foot unlike the stepsisters
that were a size five. The biggest size slipper the stepmother could
purchase was a size nine so Findercella’s feet were killing her by the time
she arrived at the palace in the family’s fancy horse-drawn carriage.
The palace was bustling with beautiful girls and handsome young
men as the carriage pulled up. The two beautiful stepdaughters and
Findercella emerged from the carriage and entered the grand ballroom.
“Where’s the prince?”, the stepdaughters cried. And just about that time
the prince entered the grand ballroom escorting his mother, the queen.
But instead of a handsome prince what they saw was a terribly ugly and
homely young man. He had a terrible scowl on his face and a pouty look.
“This can’t be the prince”, one of the stepsisters exclaimed. “Why, he’s as
ugly as Findercella”.
And just about that time the ugly prince laid eyes upon Findercella
across the room and was immediately smitten. As if in a trance he made
his way to her. The music started to play and he took Findercella by the
hand and they began to dance. “You are the most beautiful creature I have
ever laid eyes upon. I am smitten by your beauty. Pray tell, what is your
name?”, asked the prince.
“My name is Findercella, the ugliest of them all and my feet are
killing me in these ridiculous slippers my stepmother made me wear. Can
I take them off”? The prince was delighted with her directness and
replied, “Here, let me take them off”. So he knelt before her, removed the
ill-fitting slippers and also removed his own and they danced all around the
palace dance floor without slippers. As they danced, they cleared the
floor and all present were dismayed at the sight of two such ugly people.
When the music stopped the prince announced to all those present at the
ball that he had found his new princess, Findercella. There was a loud
gasp from the crowd and Findercella’s stepsisters fainted. A huge royal
wedding was planned and all through the kingdom the word spread that
the prince had chosen Findercella, the ugliest of them all, as his bride.
Now, the moral of this story is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder
and no matter how ugly one’s person and disposition may be there is
a match made in heaven for them somewhere in the kingdom!