The Wandering Young Gentlewoman, or the Cat-Skins' Garland: in five parts.

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Title

The Wandering Young Gentlewoman, or the Cat-Skins' Garland: in five parts.

Date

1850 per Princeton University Library Catalog

Extent

8 pages

Identifier

s0077b49

Description

16 printed at bottom of the title-page

Abstract

A Cinderella-type story wherein the daughter of a squire is cast off at birth by her father for being born a girl and not a son. Her mother sends her to the country but makes certain she is well-clothed and educated. As a young woman, she dresses herself in a garment made of cat skins and wanders the countryside until she is hired as a scullion maid for Knight’s house. When the Knight’s son goes to attend a series of balls, she begs to be allowed to follow him, but is beaten by her mistress. Ignoring the ban, the girl dresses herself again in her rich clothes and attends the balls several nights running, during which time the son dances with her and begs her to tell him who she is. When he eventually follows her back to his own home, he discovers who she is, and, exposing her lineage to his parents, obtains their permission to marry her. The tale ends with a happy reunion between daughter and father.

Type

ballad

Citation

“The Wandering Young Gentlewoman, or the Cat-Skins' Garland: in five parts.,” Scottish Chapbooks, accessed April 25, 2019, https://scottishchapbooks.lib.uoguelph.ca/items/show/711.

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