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0-horrid old thing seeing the Princess;on her seventeenth birthday. But ifshe does, and the Princess has beengood with the gifts we have givenher, a kiss shall break the spell.""Whose kiss?" cried everyone,'' i/-;. '.f R-.r?'.i*"' *;*X.';-' n 4 Do -~ but the fairy only smiled and said it' /^K fwas getting late, so she and her courtI li \\1 said, "Good night," and rode offhome on moonbeams.z. 12: \ : / '''* ^ Of course everyone who had todo with the training of the Princesstried to impress upon her the import-ance of being good. Her governesstold her the things she should do, andnot do, and the king and queen were*'~ 0 '-always ready to help her to be a goodPrincess, so the witch's curse would not hold her in its power.When the day of Princess Beautiful's seventeenth birthdaycame she was shut in a room at the top of the tower. Soldierswere placed all round the tower outside. And really you couldnot blame anyone for wanting to take care of Princess Beautiful!It would have been quite impossible to find a sweeter or kinderPrincess anywhere.Though every one looked at the tower and its fastenings to.makesure tre e was not a crack or crevice the witch could getthrough, they all forgot that witches could fly! Therefore, a1
I-little window up in the wall of the room was left open. And thePrincess had not been long alone when she heard and sawvwhatlooked like a great brown moth. It flew into thee room, as itfolded its wings they turned into the gown of the old witch.Before the Princess could say a word, the witch said: "Unlessby a prince my spell shall broken be, you shall be held in sleepforever more by me!"Then she walked out of the room to the astonishment of thesoldiers, but before an alarm could be raised, they fell fast asleepwhere they stood. As for the Princess, she had only time toreach her beautiful couch, before she was asleep. In the mean-time all the inhabitants of the palacehad also fallen asleep! and it must i'have looked very queer to see cooks d 'asleep looking into the oven; the pageboys asleep leading horses to the .. |stables. The king and queen were X f.. salso asleep as they sat on their throne. 2 : ,It was, indeed, a Palace of Sleep.Not a sound was heard for years;everyone and everything, from the^/*'- king'to the kitchen cat, were fastasleep, except the spiders, who spun /j C- 7 wonderful curtains over everything. i odIt happened one day that a Prince _/ lwent out hunting. The stag he and d' khis 1followers were trying to capture .'/-.- ,/y/t"i.4
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day she fell asleep, lay Princess Beau,tiful. For a while the Prince gazedin silence, then he exclaimed: a qeL"How exquisitely lovely! Surely llno spell can hold so beautiful a crea- fh 's11111eture forever." And stooping down <,he reverently kissed the Princess' .hand. At once she opened her eyesand gazed in wonder at the Prince and beamimmediately there was heard a noise iof running feet and calling voices, foreveryone in the palace woke up at the sisame moment.You can be sure there was a greathubbub of sound as though everyonewas talking to make up for years ofsilence. You can imagine the delight of the king and queen andPrincess Beautiful when they found the witch's spell had beenbroken by the kiss of Prince Charming.The Prince sent a message to his father to explain his delayin returning from the hunt. The father gave orders for a greatF-st. and every person in the castle of Princess Beautiful became_ he Prince fell deeply in love with Princess Beau-tiful and he asked her to marry him. She was so charmed withhim and so grateful for waking her and all she loved from thatlong sleep, she promised to do so.These two charming people lived happily ever afterward.'fffV^^S'^ *"^ ', : ;' '* ''
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