is an extremely good-natured girl despite the unpleasant environment in which she lives. As apparent in the song "In My Own Little Corner," she has a vivid fantasy life that helps her escape the dispirited reality of her everyday existence. Cinderella is an obedient child but does not allow her stepfamily's demeaning treatment of her to make her feel inferior. By returning to the palace in hopes of reconnecting with the Prince, Cinderella is taking her destiny into her own hands, proving her self-sufficiency.
The Princeis a warm and sensitive young man without pretensions. He is in no hurry to marry, preferring to find a bride in his own time. Despite his misgivings about the ball his mother has planned, he goes along with it so as not to hurt her feelings. When he meets Cinderella, her is insightful enough to realize that she is different from the other maidens at the ball. He is comfortable and able to share his feelings with her.
The Stepmother, unlike in some versions of the story, is not really evil. She is self-absorbed and focused on the needs of her own daughters at Cinderella's expense. She tends to ignore Cinderella unless she