HomeCharacters A beautiful young woman with gentle spirit and pure heart. Despite the cruelty she is subjected to Ella remains positive and steadfast. Dashing, intelligent and thoughtful, a kindred spirit to Ella. He loves his father and hopes to one day rule as effectively. A delightfully-eccentric old woman who cares for Ella and longs to see her happy. But she is forgetful and is easily frazzled. She’s had her share of broken dreams, which have left her bitter and full of regret. This turns to cruelty and contempt for Ella. Ella’s stepsisters have lived lives of comfort and privilege but are ill-mannered and unappreciative of all they’ve been given. Lacking self-confidence and desperate for their mother’s approval, both girls are envious of Ella’s beauty and grace.