- PUSS IN BOOTS.: I- \- :. -- ^. -There was once a poor miller, who had three sons;'and,when he was about to die, he left the mill to the eldest, hisThis last poor fellow thought himself very badly off in con-parison with his brothers, who, by joining their property o-gether, he would say, could get on very well; but as he hadnothing but Pussy, he feared he should really starve.Now, it happened that the cat, one day, overheard himmaking this complaint; so she came up, and thus spoke -to-her kind-hearted little master: "Pray do not grieve at yourlot, for that is not right, you know; but trust in me, and I will"do all I can to help you. Give me a bag, and get a pair :of^boots made for me, that I may mak my way well throughthe mire and also the brambles, and you will soon see whatI can do." ;The poor youth was too sad to heed Pussy's speech much ;but still he got the bag and the little boots made for him,The Baldwin LibraryUnir.v ity..,-. -. .A-|-*;* *i ** -- ^ J\ 7 -2anmd Fl
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4PUSS IN BOOTS.not thinking any thing would come of it, for all the cat'sspeech.No sooner had Puss put on the boots and placed the bagon his neck, than he bade his master good morning, andboldly started off to the woods. The sly-boots had put someparsley in his bag, that he might tempt some rabbits in awarren lhe knew of, close by, to come and take a taste of it.Poor little things' they were too simple to suppose that hemeant mischief; so he very soon coaxed a nice plump youngrabbit to have a nibble, and the moment he pul his nose inthe bag, Puss drew the string tight, and kil'c1 him, and oneor two more in the same way.Puss was very proud of the good sport he had had, andwent straight off to the Court, where he asked to speak to theKing. When .he came before the monarch, who was seatedon a throne, with the Princess, his daughter, by his side, hemade a graceful bow, and said:"Please your Majesty, I have brought this game from thewarren belonging to my good and, kind master, the Marquisof Carabas, who desired me to lay it, with his loyal respectsand offers of service, at your Majesty's feet."Sly Puss! he had himself given his poor master that grandtitle. The King, very much pleased at this mark of homage,fraciously accepted the gift, and sent his thanks to the Mar-quis.
PUSS IN BOOTS.aOne fine morning, not long after this, Puss heard that theKing was going to take a ride to the river's side, accompaniedby his lovely young daughter; so he said to his kind master:"If you go according to my advice, your fortune is made.Take .off your clothes, and get into the river to bathe, justwhere I shall point out, and leave the rest to me."The young man did as he was bid, without being in theleast able to guess what the cat meant. While he was bath-ing very coolly, the King and the royal party passed by, andPuss in Boots, running after them, called out, as loud as hecould bawl, "Help! help! my good lord the Marquis of Cara-bas is in danger of being drowned!"The King, seeing it was the same cat that had broughthim the game, sent some of his servants to assist the poorMarquis.Puss then told his Majesty, that while his Lordship wasbathing, some thieves had stolen his clothes-which was nottrue, for Master Puss had hidden them behind a tree, a littleway off.The King accordingly sent to the palace for a rich Courtsuit for him to put on, which became him very much, and helooked so handsome that the King's daughter fell in lovewith him, and the King made him get into the coach.The cat, glad to find that his plan had met with such grandsuccess, ran on before them, and seeing- some reapers who
8PUSS IN BOOTS.were reaping corn in a corn-field, he, in a tone of excitement,said to them:"You, good people, who are reaping, if you do not saythat all this nice corn belongs to my kind Lord the Mar-quis of Carabas, you shall be all cut into pieces as small asminced meat."The reapers became scared and 'frightened by what thecat said, and. were too glad to do as he commanded.The King, who passed by a minute afterwards, wished toknow to whom all this corn belonged. "To my Lord theMarquis of Carabas," loudly repeated the reapers.The cat, who ran before the coach, uttered the same threatto all he met with, and the King was astonished at the greatwealth of my Lord the Marquis of Carabas.Not long after, they arrived at a grand castle, which hada very neat entrance. The castle was surrounded by a num-ber of large trees, and was the nice home of an ogre.Pussy slipped in the castle shortly before they did, andin a short while he was busy chatting with the ogre, saying:"Can't you change yourself into any animal you please?""Of course I can," said he; and in a moment he becamea roaring lion.The cat rushed away in alarm; but when he came again,no lion was to be seen-only the ogre.Then Puss said, in anxious tones, "Please do change into
PUSS IN BOOTS. 9a mouse now." But no sooner had he done so, than the catsprang upon him, and in a hurry ate the ogre up.Puss in Boots soon heard the royal party approaching,went out to meet them, and gracefully bowing to the King,said: "Your Majesty is welcome to the castle of the Mar-quis of Carabas !"The King was delighted to find his Lordship was theowner of so noble a castle, and gladly accepted the kindinvitation to view it.The young Marquis gave his hand to the Princess asshe alighted, and they both followed the polite King as heentered the greoa airy hall, when they all soon after partookof a rich feast, which the ogre had prepared for some of hisown friends, little thinking how he himself should be eatenup by a cat.The King was surprised and charmed with all- he saw,and he liked the young and good-natured Marquis moreand more, not only because he was so rich and had sogrand a'castle and so fine an estate, but because he wasboth good and wise; and "he soon noticed also how muchthe Princess was in love with the handsome youth. So hesaid to him:"My dear Marquis, it will be your own fault if you Ho notbecome my son-in-law; my daughter loves you, and you havemy full consent."
PUSS IN BOOTS.11,The Marquis was astounded to hear the King make sogood an offer,s and became overjoyed at this mark of trueroyal favor.A few days thereafter the princess became the wife of the'Marquis. The wedding celebration was a grand and fancyaffair, and the King's many relatives and friends who werepresent enjoyed it hugely.Puss in Boots was happy at the overwhelming success ofhis plans for the fortune of his master, and danced a very,clever jig before his majesty the King, to the great amazementof the company.The clever cat became a great favorite at Court, was richlydressed, and had such choice dainties for his food that he neveragain touched rats and mice. His greatest pleasure was tolounge by the balcony, on a couch, and look out on the park,when his young master and the sweet Princess were walkingin its shady groves; and Puss in Boots lived thus happily to agood old age with his kind master.
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