Six Little Princesses and what They Turned Into: And Other Fairy Tales

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H. M. Caldwell, 1907 - Fairy tales - 157 pages

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Page 106 - ... that I had come from Italy to France only to serve the great King ; and as for dying, I knew quite well I had to die one day, and that a little earlier or later would make no difference in the world to me. Villeroy, I should say, was a man of keen wit, of exceptional distinction, and immensely rich. There was nothing in the world he would not have done to harm me ; but he made no show of this. He was a grave person, very handsome, and spoke with much deliberation. He gave the task of annoying...
Page 90 - ... could no longer discern the road. Many mishaps did he meet with from bog and bramble before, weary and footsore, he arrived in the early dawn at the door of his own home, where he found a warm welcome waiting him from his fond parents, who, distracted with grief at the absence of their darling child, had spent the night in searching for him far and wide.
Page 87 - ... and snoring. Now a little black pig, who resided with five brothers and sisters and a tender mother in an adjacent sty, being of an enterprising disposition, chanced to wander to the door of his habitation to learn the state of things in general, and perceiving our sleeping hero on his heap of straw, at first retreated with some precipitation; but after...
Page 89 - His bristles rose with horror as he heard the butcher declare to his son that he should kill the pig as soon as he got home, in order that he might be ready to cut up early the next day; he even learned which part of himself was destined for the spit, and which for pickling. " Alas," cried he, " if the butcher reach home within the next half hour I am a dead pig.
Page 86 - Jndeed was frequently seated at the table a quarter of an hour before anybody else, he feared that his absence on the present occasion might cause some surprise; therefore, having no mind to share his treasure with others, he closed his box with a sigh, and prepared to join the dinner party. But what was the surprise of all...
Page 85 - He then opened his box and wished, first for roast goose and plum pudding, and afterward for tarts, mince pies, custards, peaches, nectarines, and sweetmeats, all of which issued from the wonderful chest at his desire, and were devoured by him with amazing rapidity one after another. The dinner-bell sounding loudly through the house put an end to his feast; for as he...
Page 84 - ... legs and arms were like plump sausages; his body was as round as a cannon-ball, and his cheeks were puffed out to the size and color of boiled apple dumplings; and if you had only once seen him eat his dinner, you would never have forgotten the sight!
Page 90 - You will be pleased to hear that his mishaps were not unattended with a good result; and if, some few years after, you had chanced to pass through the village where the old farmhouse stood, you could scarcely have recognized in the handsome...
Page 86 - You will already have guessed that the pig was no other than Wilfrid himself, who, being unconscious of the extraordinary change in his appearance, was quite bewildered by the mingled screams and laughter which greeted his entrance.

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