Chapter 3Cinderella Had a Fairy Godmother: You Don’t!

The harder I work, the luckier I get.

Samuel Goldwyn1

Mission Statement

Unless you’re in a Tennessee Williams play, never depend on the kindness of strangers!

It’s no coincidence that Cinderella recently enjoyed a healthy run on Broadway, this time via Rodgers and Hammerstein, and moviegoers enjoyed a brand-new blockbuster version released by Walt Disney Pictures on the big screen. This ancient tale of victimization, oppression, and eventual rescue has captivated women and men for centuries and still manages to inspire the daydreams of the most determined and talented. The recurring plot is so ubiquitous in real-life behavior patterns that it has its own classification in the Aarne-Thompson ...

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