The Spanish Fairy Book (Cuentos de Hadas)
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1918. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... and fit of his elegant clothes, the beauty of his pinkand-white skin, when he heard behind him a faint voice calling for help. It was a little old woman who had fallen in the midst of the forest. When the Prince went to her he saw that she was so dirty and so badly dressed that he was afraid he might soil his clothes, so he did not dare touch her, even to help her up. "Here, good woman," he said kindly, tossing to her a large part of the gold which the Fairy had given him, "take this. I haven't time to stop to help you up, as I am in a big hurry, but I hear some one coming and perhaps he will help you.' He hesitated a moment, and then decided that he would return to the city, thinking that in no better way could he spend his money than in buying new clothes and adornments for his handsome self, and later on there would be plenty of time to go in search of Aurora's hair. V the magic cane it was Prince Perfect who arrived just as Prince Frivolous left the old woman lying in the woods. Punning up to the poor creature, he lifted her gently, and then gave her the entire contents of his sack of gold. Hardly had he done this when to his astonishment the old woman turned into the beautiful young Fairy of Hope, still holding in her hand the walking-stick of the old woman. "You have proved," she said sweetly, "that you are the best of the four Princes and so are most worthy of Aurora's hand. From now on I shall watch over you. Take this cane, and if ever you find yourself in a difficulty, ask the cane in my name to help you." And the Fairy disappeared so quickly that the Prince had no time to thank her. Happy and confident, Prince Bradamor kept on his way to the high mountain where the Genie lived. At the end of a month filled with countless hardships Which he withstood w...
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