The Necklace of Princess Fiorimonde: And Other Stories

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Macmillan & Company, 1880 - Fairy tales - 184 pages

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Mary de Morgan is unwarrantedly neglected as a writer of Victorian fairy tales; these are gothic, enchanting, women empowering and reminiscent in some ways of Oscar Wilde and Hans Christian Andersen. Her tales do not all end happily; they are complex and satisfying, but not "nice". Read full review



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Page 134 - Now I shall be able to pay the donkey, otherwise I might have had some trouble in getting rid of him." The hedge sparrow flew to the raven's side and whispered in his ear, "Please to pay me the four pieces of gold you owe me, for we are coming to a town, and I must be turning back.
Page 135 - In an instant," answered the raven, and again whispered to the donkey, "Why can't you pay me honestly? I should be ashamed of trying to slip out of my debts in such a way." "I won't keep you waiting a second," said the donkey, and he turned once more to the peddler and cried, "Come, give me my money.
Page 135 - He bent down over the donkey's ear and whispered, "My friend, it is time you paid me the three pieces of gold which you promised, for the peddler will stop at this town, and you will not have to go farther with him." "On thinking it over," said the donkey, "I have come to the conclusion that three pieces of gold are really a great deal too much to give for having a few flies driven away. You must have known that I was only joking when I said it, but I will let you have two, though I consider that...
Page 131 - If I do so, what will you give me ?" said the donkey. " I will give you two pieces of gold," said the pedlar, but he did' not speak the truth, for he knew he had no gold to give. "Agreed," said the donkey. So they journeyed on together in a very friendly manner, the donkey carrying the pedlar's pack, and the pedlar walking by his side. After a time they met a raven, who was looking for worms in the roadside, and the donkey called out to him, "Good-morrow, black friend. If you are going our way, you...
Page 134 - But as the hedge sparrow had not a penny in the world, he knew he could not pay for it. "The price of the blanket is five pieces of gold," said the peddler. "That seems to me to be very dear," said the hedge sparrow. "I don't mind giving you four pieces of gold for it, but five is too much.
Page 136 - And they made such an uproar outside the walls of the town, that the beadle came out to see what it was all about. Each turned to him and began to complain of the other loudly. " You are a set of rogues and vagabonds," said the beadle, " and you shall all come before the mayor, and he'll settle your quarrels pretty quickly, and treat you as you deserve.
Page 26 - Promise me, and seal it with a kiss." Then she lifted up her face, and kissed him; and Perseus laughed for joy, and flew upward, while Andromeda crouched trembling on the rock, waiting for what might befall.
Page 132 - Good day, little cousin. Do you want to earn a little money? If so, bring me some worms from the bank as we go along, for I had no breakfast, and am very hungry.
Page 138 - So the beadle did as he was told, and the pedlar was locked up for many days in the prison. "It is very sad to think to what straits an honest man may be brought," he sighed to himself as he sat lamenting his hard fate.
Page 131 - If you have nothing to do, perhaps you would not mind carrying my load for me for a little." "If I do so, what will you give me?" said the donkey. "I will give you two pieces of gold," said the peddler, but he did not speak the truth, for he knew he had no gold to give.

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