(of Cinderella). A curious blunder of the translator, who has
mistaken vair (sable) for verre (glass). Sable was worn
only by kings and princes, so the fairy gave royal slippers to her
favourite. Hamlet says he shall discard his mourning and resume “his
suit of sables” (iii. 2).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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