"'She must work, for she eats. I don't support her to do nothing.'" (Hugo 164)
Cinderella: Like Cosette, Cinderella gets abused by her stepmother and is constantly working
"As birds make a nest of anything, children make a doll of no matter what. While Eponine and Azelma were dressing up the cat, Cosette, for her part, had dressed up the sword. That done, she had laid it upon her arm, and was singing it softly to sleep." (Hugo 166)
Cinderella: Like Cosette, Cinderella was never the main child to her step mother and is only left in envy of her step sisters
"'Well, Cosette,' said the Thenardiess in a voice which was meant to be sweet, and which was entirely composed of the sour honey of vicious woman,' an't you going to take your doll?" (Hugo 170)
Cinderella: Like Cosette, Cinderrela's life get a sudden change for the better when a mystical stranger helps her. In this case, the fairy godmother.
Cinderella: Like Cosette, the prince falls in love with Cosette first and desires to seek her by using her missing shoe.
"At the first instant Marius thought it was another daughter of the same man, a sister, doubtless, of her whom he had seen before. But when the invariable habit of his promenade led him for the second time near the seat, and he had looked at her attentively, he recognized that she was the same." (Hugo 271)
"These two beings, who had loved each other so exclusively, and with so touching a love, and who had lived so long for each other, were now suffering by each other, and through each other; without speaking of it, without harsh feeling and smiling the whole way" (Hugo 361)
Cinderella: Like Cosette, both Cinderella and the prince fell in love with each other at first sight
Gradually they began to talk. Overflow succeeded to silence, which is fullness. The night was serene and splendid above their heads. These two beings, pure as spirits, told each other all their dreams, their frenzies, their ecstasies, their chimeras, their despondencies, how they adore each other from afar." (Hugo 370)
Cinderella: Like Cosette, the prince eventually finds Cinderella at her home and confesses his love for her. The other stepsisters are then feeling jealous of Cosette.