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According to the Cinderella story, her fairy Godmother gave her glass slippers to wear to the Ball. As the clock struck midnight, she lost a slipper fleeing the scene. Beautiful as they may have been, these slippers much have been torture to wear. In one version of the story, Cinderella's step-sisters cut off their toes in an effort to fit into the slipper when the prince came to call. This not-so-transparent comparison to marriage with painful confinement leads one to the conclusion Cinderella has simply traded one form of bondage for another when she left her home to live with her Prince.