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But Frederic didn’t give up entirely. He instructed his trusted valet, Reginald, to find the mystery woman for him. It turned out that Ella (that was her name) wasn’t a noblewoman at all; just a sooty cleaning girl. But her story—the way she mixed it up with a fairy and used magical means to escape her wicked stepfamily—intrigued Frederic (even if he hoped he’d never have to meet any of her relatives). When he told his father he wanted to marry Ella, the king sputtered in surprise. “I thought I’d fixed you, but apparently I didn’t,” the king scowled. “You don’t get it at all, do you? An ill-bred wife would destroy your image more than any scar or broken limb ever would.” Up until that point, Frederic had always believed that the king enforced strict rules because he feared for his son’s safety. But now he saw that wasn’t necessarily the case. So, for the first time, Frederic stood up to his father. “You do not rule me,” he stated firmly. “Well, technically you do, being as you’re the king. But you do not rule my heart. My heart wants Ella. And if you don’t bring her here to be with me, I will go to her. I don’t care how dangerous it is out there. I would ride a tiger to get to her if I had to.” In truth, Frederic was utterly intimidated by the thought of venturing out into the real world. If his father refused to meet his demands, he had no idea if he would be able to follow through on his threat. Luckily for him, the king was shocked enough to give in. And so, Ella came to live at the palace. She and Frederic were officially engaged to marry, and the tale of the magical way in which the couple met became the talk of the kingdom. Within days, the minstrels had a new hit on their hands, and the tale was told and retold across many realms. But while the popular version of the story ended with a happily-ever-after for Prince Charming and Cinderella, things didn’t go as smoothly for the real Frederic and Ella.



Who was this “mystery woman”? Use details in the text to describe her. (The “mystery woman” was “a sooty cleaning girl” named Ella.) Why was the prince intrigued by her? (The prince found her story about escaping from her wicked stepfamily to be very intriguing.) ANNOTATION TIP: Have students highlight the words or phrases that describe who the “mystery woman” is.



LAFS.4.RL.1.1, LAFS.4.RL.1.3 DOK/Cognitive Complexity 2



Why did Frederic finally stand up to his father ? (Frederic realized that he had to be with Ella, even if it meant going against his father’s wishes.) What did the king do and why do you think hemade this decision? Draw on specific details in the text. (The king was so shocked by Frederic’s threat that he let Ellamove into the palace. He did not want his son to leave the palace to go looking for her.)



LAFS.4.RL.1.1, LAFS.4.RL.1.3 DOK/Cognitive Complexity 2

scowled If you scowled, you frowned or had an angry look on your face. intimidated Someone who is intimidated feels afraid of someone or something.


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