Once upon a time in a village lived a father, mother, and their beautiful daughter, Bawang Putih. They were a happy family. Although Bawang Putih’s father was just an ordinary merchant, their family lived in peace. However, one day, a tragedy happened. Bawang Putih’s mother severely sick and there was nothing that could heal her. Eventually, Bawang Putih’s mother died. Bawang Putih and her father deeply mourned for their lost one.
Years passed by; eventually Bawang Putih’s father married a widow who has a daughter called Bawang Merah. At first, Bawang Merah’s mother and Bawang Merah were kind towards Bawang Putih. However, as time flied, their real selves were revealed. They became really mean and asked Bawang Putih to do all their household chores while they just sat down and relax. They did this whenever Bawang Putih’s father was away for work. He did not know the torture his wife and stepdaughter gave to his daughter because Bawang Putih was scared to tell her father.
One day, an unexpected thing happened. Bawang Putih’s father became ill and died. Since then, Bawang Merah’s mother ruled the house and she became more evil and mean towards Bawang Putih. She was a servant for them. Despite all of these things, Bawang Putih did her chores with happiness and accepted everything with gratefulness. Everyday she hoped that her stepmother might love her in the same way she loved her own daughter.
Day after day passed by, Bawang Putih had to keep on doing all the household chores for her stepmother and stepsister. One morning, Bawang Putih as usual had to clean her stepmother and stepsister’s clothes in the river outside her house. While she was washing the dirty clothes, she didn’t notice one piece of clothing that was washed away down the river. To her surprise, that one piece of clothing was her stepmother’s favorite clothes! By the time she realized it, the clothes had already drifted too far away. Bawang Putih tried so hard to find the clothes along the river but she was not successful. She went home with a heavy heart.
Her stepmother was furious when Bawang Putih arrived home. “You careless, useless, and stupid child! I don’t want to know, you must be able to find that clothes! Don’t ever come back to this house before you find it. Understood?”
Bawang Putih was forced to obey her stepmother. She tried to find that clothes again. As she was strolling along the ends of the river, she found a small cottage. Bawang Putih thought,...