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NCE upon a time there lived a King
Sand a Queen who loved each other
v:-ry dearly, and who would have been
very happy, if it had not been for one
'' h'ing. This was that they had no children.
.' -When, at last, after long waiting, a little
daughter was born, their joy knew no
Sounds. The King, to show his delight,
gave a christening feast so grand that
nothing like it had ever been seen before.
He invited all the fairies
that could be found in the
land to stand as godmoth-
< rs to the little Princess, in
I' 1 n\ iordler that each might
SIij bestow upon her some
I "\ gift, as was the
S@ ,II fashion with good
I\ fairies, in those
days. When they
sat down to
^ the table
THE BABY PRINCESS. each fairy
a magnificent cover, with a knife, fork,
and spoon, all of pure gold, studded with
diamonds and rubies.
But just as they had taken seats, there
came into the hall an old fairy who had
not been invited, because more than fifty
years betifre she had left the kingdom on
a journey, and had not since been heard
of until this day. The King, much troub-
led, ordered a cover to be placed for her,
but it was of common ware, because only
seven of the gold dishes had been made.
The old fairy thought she had been
slighted, and muttered some angry threats
between her teeth. One of the young
fairies who sat by her overheard how she
grumbled, and fearing that she might give
the little Princess some evil gift, went and
hid herself behind the hangings, so that
she might speak last, and repair, as much
as she could, the harm which the old fairy
The six other good fairies now began
to offer their gifts to the Princess. The
youngest gave for her gift that she
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should 1)e the most beautiful person in
the world; the 'ext, that she should be
as sweet-tempered as an angel; the third,
that she should 1b wonderfully graceful;
the fourth, that she should sing like a
nightingale; the fifth, that she should
dance like a flower in the wind; the sixth,
that she should be clever at learning and
Then the old fairy's turn came. Shak-
ing her head spitefully, she walked to the
middle of the room, and stretching out
her hand, cried: "My gift to the Princess
is-that when she is fifteen years old, she
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shall pierce her hand with a spindle,
and die of the wound." Then, turning,
she left the hall, and was seen no more.
Her terrible gift made every one
shudder, and the King and Queen and
all present began to cry and weep.
Then the young fairy came out from
behind the hangings, and said: "Do not
grieve, O King and Queen; your daugh-
ter shall not die of this disaster. It is true
I am not able to undo altogether what
my elder has done. .
Your daughter shall ,; -.
indeed pierce her -
hand with a spin-
die; but instead of ,
dying, she shall only
fall into deep sleep,
which shall last a ""'
hundred years. At
the end of that time,
the son of a king
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will find her, and awake her. They will fall in love
with each other, and he will marry her."
To save the Princess, if possible, from the misfor- \
tune invoked by the old fairy, the King gave a com- ,
mand forbidding his subjects, under pain of death, to
spin with a spindle, or even so much as to have one
in any of their houses.
As the Princess grew up, all the wishes of the good '
fairies were fulfilled; she was beautiful, wise, and
good, and every one loved her dearly.
One day, when she was just fifteen years of age,
a desire seized her to explore the palace, and she
wandered about from room to room, until finally she
reached the top of the tallest tower. There, in a little
chamber, she found a very old woman-so old and
deaf that she had never even heard of the King's '
W spinning '
spindle. BEHIND THE HANGINGS.
SThe Princess, never having seen
A B" anything of the sort before, was very
much interested, and asked the old
\i woman what she was doing.
'" I am spinning, my pretty child,"
said the old woman.
How amusing!" said the Prin-
cess. Let me try if I can spin too."
Scarcely had she touched the spin-
(ile, when the wicked wish was fulfilled
-the point pierced her finger, and
SALL PRESENT BEGAN TO ,WEEP AND CRY." she fell as if dead. The poor fright-
THE DWARF WITH THE SEVEN-LEAGUE BOOTS.
ened old woman called for help, and
people came and tried every means to
restore the Princess, but they could not
bring her to. When the King and
Queen beheld her thus, they knew that
regret was vain. They caused her to
be carried into the finest apartment in
the palace, and placed upon a magnifi-
cent bed. There she lay looking like a
The good fairy who had saved her life
was in the kingdom of Matakin, twelve
thousand leagues away, when this accident
befell the Princess, but she was instantly
informed of it by a little dwarf, who had
seven-league boots, that is, boots with
which he could step over seven leagues
of ground at one stride. The fairy started
at once, in a chariot drawn by dragons,
and in less than an hour she had arrived
at the palace.
She approved of every thing the King
and Queen had done. As she had great
foresight, she thought that it would be
sad for the Princess, when she awoke, to
find herself alone among strangers, so she
touched with her wand everybody in the
palace except the King and Queen-
ladies-of-honor, waiting-maids, gentle-
men, officers, guards, footmen, cooks, and
scullions. She likewise touched all the
animals about the place, the horses, the
watch-dog, and even the cat and her
kittens. They all fell asleep, that they
might awake with their mistress, and be
ready to wait upon her.
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And now the Kin' and Queen, having
kissed their clear child tenderly, went
sadly forth from the palace, and gave a
cominand that no one should go near it.
This, however, was not needed; for in
less than an hour there grew up around
it, a wood so thick and thorny that
neither man nor beast could pass through.
Above this, nothing could be seen but
the very tops of the towers, and that only
at a good way off.
When a hundred years were past, the
son of a king then reigning, who was
of a different family from the Princess,
being out hunting in that part of the
country, asked what tower it was which
he saw in the middle of a great thick
wood. No one could give him a sat-
isfactory answer, for the story of the
Princess had been almost completely for-
gotten. At last an old peasant was found
who remembered hearing his grandfather
say to his father that in this palace was
a Princess, the most beautiful that was
ever seen, who was doomed to sleep for a
hundred years, when she would be awak-
S --, ened by a king's son.
A./ The young Prince
i' was all on fire at these
\. words, believing that
\ lhe could put an end
to this mystery, and
i he made up his
J .: mind to push his
S '.... way through the
wood. At the
il first advance the
1'trees and bram-
bles gave way of
their own accord
Sand let him pass.
A SLEEPING COOK. He went up to
THE PRINCE AND THE OLD PEASANT.
the palace, which he saw at the end of a
large avenue, and entered it. He was
surprised to find that none of his atten-
ldants could follow him, for the branches
closed together again as soon as he passed
However, he went on boldly. He came
first into an outer court, and what he saw
there was enough to daunt the stoutest
heart. Bodies of men, horses, dogs, cats,
and other anirnals.were
there, standing, sitting,
"K, and lying in the atti-
tudes of life, and yet
S as motionless as if they
I. were dead, while over
.. all reigned a most death-like silence. But
on looking closely, the Prince saw that
the men had not the pale faces of the
dead, but looked, indeed, quite rosy, while
beside them were goblets half filled with
wine, showing that they had .gone to
sleep suddenly while drinking.
The Prince then crossed the court, and
going up a short flight of stairs, came into
the guard-room, where the guards were
standing on duty, but fast asleep and
snoring. After that, he went through
several rooms full of
ladies and gentlemen
who were asleep, some i.
standing and( some
sitting. Finally, the I:i
astonished Prince ,
came into a richly
where was the fairest
A S.LEEPING GUARD.
sight he had ever beheld.
A young girl, whose beauty seemed
almost more than human, lay sleeping
gently, as if she had only just closed her
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eyes. Trembling, the Prince approached.
And now, the enchantment being ended,
the Princess opened her eyes, and look-
ing at him kindly, said: Is it you, my
Prince? I have waited for you a long
Hand in hand the Prince and Princess
walked out of the chamber. They found
the ladies and gentlemen of the court
awake, and staring one at another with
startled eyes, while throughout the palace
all the inmates had begun to busy them-
selves about what they had been doing
when they fell asleep.
Not long afterwards, there was a grand
wedding in the palace. The young
Prince and Princess were married, and
lived happily to the end of their days.
SNCE upon a time there was a widow,
who had a daughter tlatwas just
like herself in looks, and also in temper,
which is the same as saying that she was
so proud and disagreeable that no one
could like her. Another young girl lived
with them, a daughter of the widow's dead
husband by a previous marriage. She
was a good, sweet girl, and very pretty;
but was disliked and abused by both her
step-mother and step-sister. The mother
never spoke a kind word to the poor
child, and made her do all the hard work
of the house, and take her meals by her-
self in the kitchen. But Rose (this was
the step-daughter's name) remained gentle
and sweet-tempered, and bore her hard
fate with patience.
Among other things, she had to go
twice a day to draw water from a well
which was fully half a
mile from the house,
and bring home a '.
great pitcher full of it.
One day, while
she was at the
well, a very
and begged of
her to let her have a
drinkfrom her pitcher.
Why, yes, with all '
my heart, good moth- '
er," said this kind
girl, and she rinsed '
her pitcher, and then ROSE.
drew some fresh water from the well, and
held the pitcher up for the old woman,
that she might drink with ease.
When she had finished drinking, the
old woman said to Rose: You are so
good and kind, my dear, and your face
pleases me so well, that I will bestow a
gift upon you." In reality, the old woman
was a fairy, who had taken this form to
test Rose's kindness. My gift," she now
went on, is that at every word you speak,
a diamond or a pearl shall drop from your
lips." She then disappeared from view.
When Rose reached home, her step-
mother scolded her crossly for having been
so long away. The poor girl replied
meekly, I am very sorry, mother." As
she spoke these words, there fell from her
lips, for each of them, either a diamond
or a pearl.
Why, what does this mean?" cried
the mother, bewildered. Diamonds and
pearls! where did they come from?"
"From my lips!" said Rose, and she
then told her mother what had happened,
a perfect shower of sparkling stones
falling from her lips as she did so. The
mother gathered them up greedily, and
spoke to Rose more kindly than she had
ever done in her life before. But pres-
ently she grew jealous that the poor step-
child should be gifted more highly than
her own daughter, and she said: Fanny
must go to the well too. No doubt the
old woman will give her something finer
She called her daughter, and said:
"Look, Fanny, what has come from
Rose's mouth. Would you not like to
have the same gift given to you. You
have only to go and draw some water
from the well, and if a poor woman asks
you for a drink, to give it to her civilly."
ROSE AND THE OLD WOMAN AT THE WELL.
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her sister, but she had now taken the ap-
ST pearance and dress of a Princess, to see
just how far this girl's rudeness and
ill-nature would go.
S\/ -/ ": Fanny stupidly supposed
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S\woman whom her sister had
B"_ seen, she had nothing to
.73gain by being polite, so, in
SiO a proud, saucy manner, she
__l .._ replied: Does your lady-
BBlf --_ -- ship think I came here only
to draw water for you ?
-- Perhaps you suppose the
S-silvermtankard was brought
p- -urely for your benefit.
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Quite likely, isn't it ? You
W ll%* WHAT .O.S THIS M. EA N? SAID THE MOTHER, BEWILDERED." 4.11i have to draw water for
It would be a fine sight, really, to see yourself if you want any!"
me go and draw water," said the ill-bred "Those are your manners, are they ?"
girl, rudely. "Indeed, I shall do noth- said the fairy, cooly. Well, I will be-
ing of the sort!" stow an appropriate gift upon you. For
"You shall go," said her mother, "and every word you speak, a toad or a viper
that instantly." shall come out of your mouth."
Fanny finally went, but wore a sulky The fairy then vanished, and Fanny,
face, and grumbled to herself all the way. angrier than ever, set out for home, with-
Instead of the pitcher, she took the best out filling her tankarld.,
silver tankard. Fanny's- mother was waiting impa-
She had no sooner reached the well, tiently for her return, and as soon as she
than she saw coming from the wood was within hearing, she called to her,
near by, a lady most splendidly dressed, inquiringly: "Well, daughter?"
who drew near and asked her for a drink. "Well, mother," answered the saucy
It was the same fairy that had spoken to girl in her usual pert manner; and, lo!
as she spoke there fell from her mouth a
viper and a toad.
Oh, mercy!" cried her mother, "what
is this I see ?. Oh, this is all that wretched
Rose's doing, she shall pay for it!"
She seized a heavy stick and was just
about to give Rose a terrible beating,
when, suddenly, the fairy appeared be-
fore them in her own proper form, with
a brilliant star upon her forehead, and a
wand in her hand. Do not strike Rose,"
she said, in a manner so commanding
that the mother could not help obeying.
"It is your daughter's ill-temper, and not
Rose, that is to blame for what has hap-
pened to her. I shall take Rose away,
and place her with people who will treat
her kindly, and who will deserve better
than you to be rewarded with the treas-
ures that fall from her lips. As for your
daughter, when she mends her temper
and her manners, so that only kind and
proper words come from her mouth, she
shall cease to let fall the toads and vipers.
For it is a truth which you should know
that cross, unkind, and spiteful words,
dropped from the lips, are really as bad
as toads and vipers, while gentle and
loving words are as precious as pearls
ONCE upon a time, a poor nobleman
married a very rich, but proud, and
bad-tempered lady. She was his second
wife, and had two grown-up daughters,
of exactly her own disposition. The
nobleman, too, had a daughter-the love-
liest girl ever known. She had been
brought up by her godmother, who, as
sometimes happened in those days, was
The marriage was no sooner over, than
the stepmother began to be very harsh
and unkind towards this young girl, whose
gentle and loving disposition caused the
behavior of her own daughters to appear
even more detestable, than before. They,
on their part, were so jealous of the poor
child that they did all they could to make
her life miserable and unhappy. They
teased and tormented her from morning
till night, and when she bore patiently
with them-for she was anxious to win
their love-they made fun of her, and
were more disagreeable than ever.
The poor child made no complaint to
her father, for she knew that it would only
add to his unhappiness and discomfort,
and that if he interfered it would only
make matters worse. It was not long
before he fell violently ill; medicines
would not save him; and he died so sud-
denly that the shock almost killed his
poor little daughter, who knew not how
she could live without him.
After her dear father's death, the
haughty sisters were more unkind than
ever to the poor little girl. They never
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invited her to share in their games or
their sports, or to join them in their walks
or drives. Their mother encouraged
them in this sort of conduct, for she
seemed to bear the poor child a grudge
for being so much prettier than her own
daughters. It did not occur to her or to
them that more than half of their ill-looks
was owing to their ugly tempers. It is
no disgrace to be homely'; and pretty
manners will hide all, defectsojf.race or
form, and enable us to win hosts of friends.,i
The young girl, who should have bee'i.
treated as a daughter and sister, was:i
made to do all the hard work of the"
house. She made the .fires, carried the.:
water, made the beds, swept and dusted
the rooms, cooked the meals, and was as
busy as a bee from morning till night.
When her work was dole,'she would
sit for warmth in a corner of the chimney,
among the cinders; and, for this reason,
and to show how much they despised her,
the unkind sisters gave her the name of
She had to sleep on a. hard, straw
bed in a garret,. which was most meanly
furnished; while her sisters had each
a beautiful room, with feather beds and
pillows, the softest and most luxurious "
that money could buy ; and with look-
ing-glasses in which they could see
themselves from head to foot.
One day the sisters received an invita-
tion to a series of grand balls that were
to be given in honor of a Prince, who,
being the eldest son.l.of the King, would
soon have a right to the throne. It was
a great honor to.be invited to the palace,
and-the note wa- eagerly read, and the
intiaitiori promptly accepted by the proud
Strs. They ve themselves much
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loftier airs than before; and it seemed as
if they would never cease discussing how
they should be dressed.
I shall wear my red velvet, with
Honiton lace," said one sister. "Well!"
said the other, I shall put on my plain
silk; but then I shall have my gold-
embroidered cloak, and pearl-and-dia-
mond coronet; and don't you think that
will look rather nice?"
This meant a great deal more work for
Cinderella. She had to do all the sew-
ing and ironing, to starch and plait the
ruffles, to run upon errands three or four
times a day; and she even offered to
dress their hair. This, in truth, was what
they were longing for, as she had such
excellent taste! but they were too proud
to own it openly.
In the midst of this preparation, one
of the sisters said, "How would you like
to go to the ball, Cinderella?" Know-
ing this was only said to annoy her, Cin-
derella merely answered, "Oh! they don't
want me." "No, I should think not,
indeed," said the other sister, tossing her
head, I never heard of a Cinder-sifter
being at a ball." It was enough to make
herspoil her hair ; but with all this unkind-
ness, she still seemed ready and willing
to please them.
So anxious were they to improve their
figures, at least twenty stay-laces were
broken. They scarcely ate anything for
two whole days, and were admiring them-
selves continually in the looking-glass.
At last the great day came. When
the two sisters started, Cinderella kept
her eyes fixed on the carriage until it dis-
appeared, and then she went back to her
usual seat in the chimney-corner, and
began to weep.
Suddenly, her Fairy godmother stood
CINDERELLA BRINGING A PUMPKIN FROM THE GARDEN.
by her side, and asked what was the
matter. I,-I,-shouldso much have-
have liked"-sobbed the broken-hearted
girl, but she could
say no more.
Do you mean,
you would like to
go with your sisters?"
Oh! yes, I should," cried Cinderella.
"Well, well!" said her godmother,
"be a good girl, and you shall go."
Cinderella soon dried her tears; and
when her godmother said, Fetch me a
pumpkin from the garden," she ran and
got the largest she could find; but not
knowing that her godmother was a Fairy,
she did not think this had much to do
with going to the ball.
The Fairy scooped it hollow, touched
it with her wand, and immediately
chang-d it into a magnificent carriage,
lined with satin and plush, fit for a Royal
Highness to ride in.
"That is good as far as it goes," said
the Fairy; but it won't go far without
horses. Look in the mouse-trap, my
child, and see if there is anything in it."
Cinderella ran quicklyto do her bid-
ding, and was delighted to find six
plump mice caught in the trap. There
they were, poking their little noses
through the bars and trying to get out.
And how they did squeal! Cinderella
took care that not one of them should
escape, as she bore the trap in triumph to
The Fairy told her to raise
Sthe wire door that the mice
might come out, one by one.
As they did so, a
Touch of the wand
into six handsome
horses, with arching necks, shining manes,
and long tails, and splendid harness all
plated with gold. It was enough to make
one's eyes water just to look at them.
Well, my child," said the Fairy, this
A RAT FOR A COACHMAN!
CINDERELLA'S FAIRY GODMOTHER APPEARS.
CINDERELLA S COACH.
is a fine turn-out, truly. But there are
the finishing touches yet to be put on.
Go and see if there is a rat in the rat-
Cinderella ran with all haste, and soon
returned bearing the trap, which had in
it a rat of/the very best quality. As he
sprang out of the trap, he was changed
into a coachman, and took his place on
the box as orderly as you please.
But this was not all. Bring me six
lizards," said the Fairy godmother. You
will find them behind the watering-pot
in the garden." The lizards were brought,
and at once transformed into pages, whose
duty it was to run alongside or ahead of
the carriage, and announce its arrival.
These immediately sprang to their places,
and stood as if awaiting further orders.
"There, Cinderella!" exclaimed her
godmother, gazing with pride upon the
equipage. Could anything be finer
than that? Jump in, and be off."
Cinderella looked at hershabby clothes,
contrasting them with the splendor of the
carriage, and shook her head sadly. The
godmother understood at once, and said,
" Oh, I see! You think that dress is hardly
fit to wear to a ball. Well, we can easily
remedy that. My dressmaker is wonder-
fully skillful, and will fit you out in short
Saying this, she touched Cinderella
with her wand, and immediately the old
clothes fell off the young girl, and she
stood arrayed in a beautiful dress that
shone like cloth of gold. Jewels spark-
led here and there-on her hands-at
her throat-and on her waist; and to
crown all, the Fairy brought a pair of
lovely glass slippers-that shone like
diamonds-for Cinderella to put on.
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The godmother paused awhile to ad-
mire Cinderella in her new attire, and
Then she said, "I
have but one charge
to give you, my child.
Be certain to leave
the ball-room before
Twelve o'clock, for if
you remain a mo-
ment beyond that
time, your carriage
will become a pump-
kin, your coachman,
a rat, your horses,
mice, and your pages,
lizards. Your beau-
tiful dress, too, will
vanish away, leaving
you in the shabby
clothes of a kitchen
THE C Cinderella, in a
flutter of excitement
and eager to be off, promised all her god-
mother wished, and away dashed the
carriage. When she drove into the
courtyard of the palace, the Prince was
informed that a beautiful Princess, whom
nobody knew, had arrived; and, in order
to show her the greatest respect, he'went
himself and handed her out of the car-
riage, and led her into the ball-room. The
band stopped playing at once, and the
dancers stood still and cazed at her.
There was a long, still hush-!-!-!
Then a confused whisper all over the
"Here she comes !"
Oh how lovely !! !
As soon as the band struck up again,
the Prince courteously asked if he might
have the pleasure of dancing, with her.
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So exquisitely graceful were Cinder-
ella's movements, that after a few bars,
she and the Prince were the only couple
dancing, everybody else looking on.
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The King himself, old as he was, could
not turn away his eyes, and, over and
over again, he whispered to the Queen
that it was many a long day since they
had seen so beautiful and charming a
visitor at their court.
The ladies took every opportunity to
notice how her dress was made. They
all intended to follow her example, if they
could but get artists skillful enough, and
buy the same kind of material. At the
supper, which was most sumptuously
served, the young Prince had no appetite;
but kept his eyes fixed tenderly on this
unknown visitor, who had taken a seat
by the side of her sisters, and was giving
them a share of all the delicacies which he
passed to her.
THE PRINCE FINDS THE SLIPPER.
When their merriment was at its
The clock struck a quarter of twelve.
Then Cinderella remembered the Fairy's
warning and, making a courtesy to all the
company, immediately returned home.
After kissing her godmother, she asked
if she might go the next night, as the
Prince had decided to have another ball,
and particularly wished her to come.
Before she had finished telling the
Fairy all the events of the evening, the
two sisters knocked at the door, and Cin-
derella, whose beautiful clothes disap-
peared at that instant, let them in.
Oh! how late you are!" she yawned,
rubbing her eyes, and stretching herself,
as though she had just woke up.
Ah !" said one of the sisters, you
would not have been so sleepy, if you
had been with us. We have been talk-
ing, nearly the whole evening, to a most
Cinderella could not help feeling
very much pleased secretly at hear-
ing this. She asked the name of
the Princess, but they could not say.
They only knew that the Prince was
greatly distressed at her leaving so
suddenly, and would give all the
wcrld to find out where she came
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THE PRINCE AND. THE SLIPPER.
Cinderella's eyes beamed with joy.
"How beautiful she must have been!"
she said, and how very fortunate you
both were in being invited! If you were
to lend me one of your old, every-day
dresses, don't you think I could go and
see her ?"
Oh! the idea," the sisters screamed.
"A kitchen wench like you! What
next will you think of?"
The following night the two sisters
went again to the ball, and Cinderella's
godmother let her also go; but in a much
handsomer dress than before.
The Prince waited for her at the door,
at least three-quarters of an hour, and
when she arrived, he again led her into
the ball-room. He danced with her every
time, and kept by her side the whole
Cinderella was so happy, she entirely
forgot her godmother's warning, and the
time had passed so quickly, she did not
think it was more than eleven, when the
first stroke of midnight sounded. She
jumped up from her seat by the side of
the Prince, rushed across the room, and
flew down stairs. The Prince ran after
her; but was too late. The only trace
of her was a glass slipper, which had
fallen off in her flight. The Prince picked
it up, and would not part with it.
Poor Cinderella got home frightened
and out of breath, with no carriage-no
horses-no coachman-no footmen-and
all her old clothes back again. She had
none of her finery now, except the other
The Prince made the strictest inqui-
ries, but could get no information from
the servants of the palace, or the soldiers
on guard. The only person that had
passed them, they said, was a poorly clad
"HERALDS WERE SENT ALL THROUGH THE KINGDOM."
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CINDERELLA TRYING ON THE SLIPPER.
girl, who certainly could
not have been at the ball.
When the sisters came ,iv
home, Cinderella asked
them if they had enjoyed
themselves as much as on
the first night, and if they ,
had again seen the Prin-
cess. "Yes," they said;
" but just as the clock was
striking twelve, she left in
a great hurry, and one of I.'
her beautiful glass slipper
fell off. The Prince pickiledi ;
it up, and has been:looking .
at it and kissing it ever: '
since. Everybody says he
is madly in love \vith heri'.: -
And sgo he was.. For
the next day heralds were
sent all through the king-
dom, proclaiming that the .LADIES OF
Prince would marry the lady who could
wear this slipper.
The rivalry among the ladies'was very
great ;.First of all, the
Princessestried, then the
Duchesse'' and' then the
41 a of..other-ladies.of the Court;
tt j.ibut e their feet were much
S too large. The'slipper was
brought : the ti tWo sisters,
and thou -hf they knew very
well that either of them
was the beautiful'' Prin-
'" cess, theyytried Ihard to get
Their ;.'lumsy feet Iinto it,
Sbut uld not. When they
were. quite, tired out with
s .r : i"',ii trying, -1 .n erell aic,l qui-
etly, May I see if it will
fit m e?"
The sisters. .u rst into
----- shouts of .lauglhter, and
Began' tto malik sneering
remarks, ,,but they' could
1e' CQURT. 'iot prevent her, since the
command was that evk-ry young- girl in
theI kingdom shouldd try .on the slipper.
Cind:irll.t, smilingly seated herself in the
"THIIRI IFE'! WERE MUCH TOO I.ARGE.
t R F LUA n
AT THE WEDDING.
chair; and the slipper, at the very first
trial, went on her pretty little foot, and
fitted it like a glove. The two sisters
bit their lips in envy and vexation; and
they nearly fainted, when Cinderella put
her hand into her pocket, and brought
out the other slipper.
The moment both slippers were on,
the good Fairy appeared, and touching
Cinderella's clothes with her wand, made
them more costly and dazzling than ever.
Then the two sisters recognized that the
despised Cinderella was the beautiful
Princess whom they had seen at the ball;
and throwing themselves on their knees,
asked her to forgive them the very many,
unkind things they had said and done
-to her. She lifted them up, kissed them
affectionately, and said she only wanted
them to love her now. The carriage, the
coachman, and the pages were all ready,
and Cinderella was at once taken to the
palace. The Prince thought her more
charming than ever, and insisted on
marrying her in a few days. Cinderella
showed the goodness of her heart by
bringing her sisters to the palace, and
shortly after they became the wives of
two rich gentlemen of the court.
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'THERE was once an old miller who
Shad three sons, and after his death
his property was divided among them.
The eldest son had the mill, and he soon
set the sails going round and round, and
the farmers and neighbors brought their
corn and wheat to be ground, and money
came in very fast. So he was all right,
and had no cause to complain.
The second son did not fare so well,
however, for he had nothing left him but
a donkey, and he was quite down-hearted
about it for a while. Then the thought
struck him that
he might join in
with his elder
brother, and by
taking the grain
to and from the
mill might earn
enough to live on.
This turned out
to be a good plan, and he thought him-
self lucky in having such a faithful serv-
ant as the little donkey. So he was all
right, and had no cause to complain.
But the third son fared the worst of
all, for all that fell to his share was a cat,
and that was about as good, he thought,
as nothing at all.
He sat down to think in what way he
could .earn a living, and bemoaned his
fate with bitter sighs and tears.
"\ What shall I do?" he cried aloud.
"If I kill the cat and sell her skin, that
won't go far toward keeping me out of
the poor-house! Oh, how much worse
I am off than my brothers!"
The cat sat near his master and heard
every word he said; and when he paused
for a moment, Puss came forward, and
in a clear voice said: Dear master, do
not be so cast down. If you'll give me
a pair of boots and a game-bag you shall
have no cause for complaint." The young
man did not understand how the cat
could be of any service to him, but as he
had always been a clever puss' he thought
it best to humor him.
So Puss was measured for a pair of
well-fitting boots, and as soon as they
came home he put them on, hung the
game-bag round his neck, and set off on
Through the woods and over the fields
he ran till he came near a rabbit warren,
when he crept more cautiously for fear
some of the bunnies might hear him, for
they have very sharp ears. He opened
the game-bag," into which. he had put
some bits of cabbage and fresh parsley,
and arranging the strings of the bag in
a clever way, waited patiently for a visit
from the rabbits.,
Presently two or three young ones
came hopping up and twitching their long-
ears. They sniffed around for a while at
the entrance of the bag, and then hopped
in and began munching and nibbling at
the parsley and cabbage, little thinking
of the fate that awaited them. All at
once the cat gave the string a jerk, and
the bunnies were caught in a trap, and
though they kicked ever so hard they
couldn't get out. Puss lost no time in
killing them, and slinging the game-bag
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PUSS OFFERING HIS PR. ,E
-F GA.-.:, '-) THE KING.;
over his shoulder, he set out for the king's
palace. He went up to the guard at the
gate, as grand as you please, and said he
desired to speak with the king. His
manner was so determined that the sen-
tinels dared not refuse him, and Puss
made his way straight to the king's pri-
obliged to him." And he could not help
wondering who the Marquis of Carabas
was, and why he had never heard of him
before. But Puss was so aristocratic in
his appearance there could be no doubt
that he belonged to a master of high rank.
Satisfied with the success of his inter-
view with the king, the cat bowed himself
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HELP HELP I FOR THE LORD MARQUIS OF CARABAS
HIere he took off his cap, threw down out with all the grace of a well-bred
his bag, and with a flourish of his tal pre- courtier.
sented the gifts he had brought with the A day or two afterwards he went out
compliments of his master, the Lord with his boots and bag in search of more
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Marquis of Carabas. Puss made quite game, and succeeded in trapping a couple
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a grand speech, to which the king replied, of young partridges, which he speedily
"Tell my lord marquis that I accept his killed and presented to the king, with a
present with great pleasure, and am much suitable speech.
. $ $'-
For three or four weeks he managed
to send a present to the king every day
or two; and hearing one day that the
king was to take his lovely daughter for
a drive by the river side, Puss devised a
cunning scheme which he proceeded to
carry out in the following manner:
Go and bathe in the river, dear
master," said Puss, "and leave the rest
to me.". The master consented to do as
Puss told him, although he failed to see
the necessity of bathing in that place at
Presently the king's carriage drove in
sight, and Puss began to run to and fro,
and wring his paws, and toss them over
his head as if almost distracted. Then
he cried out at the top of his voice:
" Help! help! help! my master is being
drowned! Help for the Lord Marquis
The king looked out of the carriage-
window, and recognizing the cat who
brought the presents of game and fruit,
he ordered several of his guard to go to
the assistance of the lord marquis.
But the rogue of a cat
was not satisfied with this,
he knew that his master's
shabby clothes would
Never do for a marquis,
so he ran to the carriage
,,,'- and told the king that a
wicked thief had stolen
l, his master's fine clothes
/ while he was in bathing.
Puss said that as soon as
/ he knew of the loss he
gave chase to the thief,
Sbut, though he ran miles
and miles could tind no
trace of him.
The king at once or-
dered a suit from his own
wardrobe to be brought
for the Marquis of Cara-
PUSS INSTRUCTING THE REAPERS.
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PUSS INTI. VIEWING i- TIH-E ORE
bas; and the young man who was
handsome fellow, looked very fine inde
in his new garments, as he came up
the carriage to thank the king for 1
kindness. His majesty was so pleas
with him that he insisted that my lo
marquis should enter the carriage a]
take a drive with him; and the caught
looked as if she were not at all d
pleased at the proposal. In fact, she w
rather struck with the appearance of t
Marquis of Carabas. As soon as Pu
saw his master safely in the carriage
ran on until he came to a field where
party of reapers were gathering in t]
harvest. The cat went up to the mc
and said: "If you don't say, when t]
king asks you, that this field belongs
the Marquis of Carabas, you shall all 1
chopped as fine as mince meat."
The reapers were startled at first, ar
then amused at the little creature in boo
but they promised to do as they were tol
and Puss took his departure.
When the royal carriage passed tl
field soon afterward, the king
stopped, and calling one of
the reapers to him, asked to
whom all that fine wheat
belonged. "To the Marquis
of Carabas, your majesty,"
answered all the reapers.
"You have a very fine
crop of wheat, my lord marquis," said the
Yes, your majesty," replied the mar-
quis: and the king thought he had never
met such a nice and modest young man.
As the king passed through the different
fields he dlid not fail to ask to whom they
iHE STOOD BEFORE TIE CAT IN THE SHAPE OF AN ELEPHANT.
"LWHFN THE LION GAVE A GREAT ROAR, PUSS FLEW DOWN THE STAIRS.
belonged, and was surprised at being told
they were the property of the Marquis
Really, my lord marquis," said the
king, your possessions are very exten-
Yes, your majesty:" and the princess
thought he was the handsomest young
man she had ever laid eyes on.
Now there was in these, parts a very
fine castle in which dwelt- an ogre, who
was a great giant and a magician. The
cat had a slight acquaintance with him, so
he posted off to the castle, rang the bell
loudly, and told the ogre he had come to
make him a visit and inquire after his
health. The ogre was much obliged to
the cat, and invited him in, which was
just what Puss wanted. He at once
accepted the invitation, and sitting down
at a table, with his paws tucked cosily to-
gether, entered at once into conversation.
"Sir," said Puss, I am told that you
are a mighty magician."
"That is true," said the ogre.
And I have heard," said Puss, "that
you can transform yourself into the shape
of various animals."
"That is very true," said the ogre.'
But I mean large animals; an ele-
phant for instance."
"That is quite true," said the ogre,
" as you can see for yourself," and saying
PUss PU'I1S AN END TO THE OGRE.
THE ROYAL PARTY SIT DOW-. -`) A .-Ai. UET.
a few magical
words, he stood
before the cat in
the shape of an
with a long trunk,
~ great flapping
S ears, and a pair
of sharp tusks-
AFTER SWALLOWING THE OGRE. all complete.
Puss was rather startled at the change,
but he soon mustered courage and went
on: Well, that is really marvelous, in-
deed! But can you change your shape
to any animal you choose ?"
"Certainly," said the ogre, and he waved
his trunk in the air, flapped his ears, and
presently stood before the astonished cat
in the shape of a huge African lion, with
bristling mane, glaring eyes, and a most
ferocious display of white teeth.
The cat gazed at him for a while in
astonishment and fear, but when the lion
opened his mouth and gave a great roar,
Puss flew down the stairs and escaped
through an open window.
The ogre was delighted with the success
of his performance, and laughed heartily
at the way in which he had frightened his
Puss kept up his growling and spitting
for some time, but after he had recovered
from his fright he entered the room again,
excusing himself to the ogre for leaving
in such haste. Resuming his seat at the
table he began:
"Sir, I should never have believed
these wonders possible if I had not seen
them with my own eyes. You are, indeed,
a great magician, but I have heard of a
conjuror who could assume the shape
of small animals as well as large ones.
That must be exceedingly difficult, and
require long practice."
One is as easy as the other," said the
ogre, who was vain of his powers, and
did not like to think there was any one
greater than he.
PUSS APP'-ARS IN A FINE SUIT OF CLOTHES.
PUSS APPEARS IN A FINhE SUIT OF CLOTHES.
But I mean, said Puss, small ani-
mal's like a cat or a mouse."
"J udge for yourself," said the ogre, and
in a moment he was capering about the
room in the shape of a mouse. In less
than a second, the cunning cat had sprung
upon him, and with his sharp teeth he
soon put an end to him.
Puss sat for a moment after swallowing
the ogre, licking his lips, and congratula-
ting himself upon the excellent condition
into which he had brought his young
master's affairs; for had he not now
a fine castle, into which he need not
be ashamed to ask the king to enter
to rest after his long ride. But the
sound of the king's coach coming near
reminded him that he had still much
to do, so he ran up stairs, and dressed
himself hastily in a fine suit of clothes '
which he found in a closet, and which, ,
being intended for a little dwarf, just
fitted him. Then he went to the
castle entrance to receive the royal
Great, indeed, was the surprise of
the Marquis of Carabas, when he
beheld his cat so finely dressed, and
heard him deliver the following speech,
with great dignity: Welcome your
majesty, and your royal highness, to
the castle of my master, the Marquis
of Carabas! As the honor is an
unexpected one, pray pardon the hasty
arrangements made for your reception.
To tell the truth, my master has not long
been in possession of this castle, but if
you will be pleased to alight and take
some refreshments, this will be the proud-
est day of my life, and of my master's, the
Lord Marquis of Carabas."
"Upon my word, my lord marquis,"
said the king, "you have a splendid
castle here, and I should greatly enjoy
giving it a closer inspection. I am tired
THE PRINCESS ADMIRES THE CONTENTS OF THE WARDROBES.
WEDDING OF THE PF INC-:'-'. ANi- THE MARQUIS.
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l'SS ORDERS A HAN"QUET.
of being cramped up so in this coach, and
the long drive has given me quite an ap-
petite. Will you join us, my daughter?"
The princess was only too, glad to
gratify her curiosity, and the king gra-
ciously commanded the marquis to take
her by the hand and lead her into the
While they were walking through
the upper rooms, which were splendidly
furnished, and in the closets and ward-
robes of which there was a great store
of beautiful clothes which the princess
especially admired; the cat slipped away
to the kitchen to order a banquet to be
prepared, and when the party returned to
the great hall, they sat down to a feast
that was, indeed, fit for a king.
With each glass of wine he drank, the
king became more and more
jovial, and seemed to grow very
fond of the marquis, to whom
he said: It will be your own
fault, my Lord Marquis of Car-
abas, if you do not become our
:- .I-- son-in-law, provided our daugh-
ter has no objection .
At this plain speech the prin-
cess blushed and hung her head,
Sbut did notlook.at all displeased,
S while, the ',marquis rose at once
from his seat, thanked the king
S for the honor he desired to be-
stow upon him, and accepted the honor
The cat's joy was so great that he had
to go out of doors and stand on his head
for a while, and kick up his hind legs in
There is little more to tell. The mar-
quis returned with the king and princess
to their palace, where the wedding took
place with much pomp and ceremony.
The king, of course, gave away his
daughter, and the cat was present in a
lovely court suit. The two brothers of
the Marquis, came to attend the wedding,
but Puss thought that as they had taken
no notice of his master when he was poor,
they had no right 'to expect any honors
now that he was rich; so he,, gave them
a piece of his mind, which made them glad
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to slip away home to the mill as quietly
as possible. Their brother, however, after-
wards returned good for evil by giving
each of them a fine farm, and as they
were industrious fellows, and cultivated
their land diligently, they became quite
well-to-do in the course of time. But it
was always a cause of regret to them
that they had treated their younger
brother so shabbily in the days when he
had sat forlorn, not knowing what he
should do to earn a living.
The Marquis of Carabas made a good
husband, and he and the princess lived
most happily together. As for the cat,
he became a great lord and never had to
hunt rats and mice except for his own
amusement. He was fond of fine clothes,
and used to go about the court dressed
in velvets and satins of the best quality,
made up in the latest fashion. He had
very pleasing manners, which made him
a great favorite, particularly with the
ladies. He lived to a good old age,
and when he died, his grateful master
THE TWO BROTHERS RETURN CREST-FALLEN FROM THE WEDDING.
put up a monument in his honor. His
memory was venerated in the highest
degree by his fellow-cats, who held him
up as an example to their kittens. But
while many of them may have tried to
imitate him, none has ever been able to
rival the famous Puss in Boots.
ALONG TIME AGO, in a far distant country, there
lived a very rich merchant who had three daughters
o whom he loved most dearly.
I All three had grown up with a fair share of good
.'/'. /", looks, but the youngest so far surpassed her sisters, and
in fact all the other young girls of that time and
country, in loveliness, that she was known
'l -by the name of Beauty.
.'ii /by 1And Beauty was as superior to her
sisters in disposition as in person: for
While they were vain and haughty, she
was of a most sweet and kindly nature,
pass, finally, that l free from all selfishness, and in the
ill-fortune fell to habit of finding her chief
the share of the d l delight in trying to make
merchant, and other people happy.
that in no small s After many years of
measure either. prosperity, it came to
Iis ships were lost at sea, and
in a very short time he saw nearly \ -f
the whole of his riches swept away, -
barely enough being left to support ;
himself and his daughters in the 1' ister, -
most humble way of living. They
had to go to live in a little cottage which, with the small farm
about it, was nearly all that the father had been able to save, out
of the immense possessions of which he was once the owner. t ,
It was with loud lamentations that the two elder sisters sub- r ,ii
BFRAUTY S SISTERS L.\M N I ING THlll I.OSS OF THEIR RICHES.
mitted to this hard fate, aind their father's
sorrow was made more bitter by their
constant complaints.'. Beauty alone of
his children, tried to make the best of
their altered circumstances.
She bravely put oh
a cheerful air, and' set
to work to l)e as useful
as possible to her father
and sisters. She did i
not shrink frim any .
tasks, however disa-
greeable, doing all the ,
drudgery that in her '
former home had been
the work of servants. 4--
She got but little help,
or even sympathy from
her sisters, but her
father did not fail to set a right value
upon the fine qualities she displayed, and
her sweet ways were his comfort in the
dark days that had fallen upon him.
After about a year and a half had
passed, news came one day that one of
the merchant's ships which had been
thought to be lost, had come safe to port,
having been delayed all this time by
storms and unfavorable winds. The two
elder sisters were greatly excited, and
indulged in the wildest hopes of being
restored to their former splendor. \Vhen
their father set out for the city to take
steps to recover his property, they loaded
him witi 'commissions to bring them
fine dresses aid. jewels upon his return.
BEAUTY DOING THE WORK OF TIHE HOUSE.
Observing that Beauty asked for nothing,
her father said to her:
"Well, Beauty, do you desire no gifts ?
Is there nothing that you would have
me bring you from the city ?"
Beauty replied that his safe return was
all that she wished for, but upon her
father's urging her, for his pleasure, to
name something that would be acceptable
to her, she said:
Well, dear father, bring me a rose. I
have seen none since we have been
here, and I love them so dearly."
The merchant then started upon
his journey. When he reached the
city, he found that while it was indeed
true that one of his ships had come in,
the people who had been his partners
in business had taken advantage of
his absence to sell the ship and its
cargo, and had divided the money
amongst themselves. He went to
law to obtain his share, but succeeded
in getting very little, and he started
for home nearly as poor as when he
He lost his way one night upon
the journey, and after wandering till
morning came to a stately palace sur-
rounded by beautiful gardens. Think- .
ing to inquire his way, he rode up to
the entrance and knocked, but re-
ceived no answer. He turned to go,
but as he was leaving he noticed some
lovely roses, and remembering Beauty's
request, thought it would be no harm to
pluck one for her. He had no sooner
done so, than he heard a deep roar, and
looking round, saw a frightful Beast,
and heard him say:
Do you dare to steal my roses ? You
shall die for the crime!"
The merchant fell at the creature's feet,
to beg for pardon, and explained that it
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TIHE MEIRCIIANTr PRESENTING THIE ROSE 1T0 ]IE3AUY.
Although the merchant would not
think for a moment of asking one of his
children to take his place, he reflected
that if he took the beast's offer he should
at least have a chance to bid them good-
by. So he accepted it, and the Beast
allowed him to depart.
When he arrived at his home, he could
hardly bring himself, at first, to relate
what had happened; merely saying to
Beauty as he handed her the rose, Here
is your gift, Beauty: you little know what
it has cost." But these words distressed
Beauty so much, and so excited the
curiosity of the other daughters, that he
was soon forced to tell them all.
Beauty at once announced her willing-
ON THE WAY TO THE BEAST S PALACE.
was his desire to comply with his dear
child's request that had led him to com-
mit the act.
"\Well," said the Beast, "I will spare
your life on one condition. You say that
you have three daughters. I will let you
go home, if you will promise to return
at the end of a week with one of them to
take your place. But bear in mind that .
she must come willingly; and understand,
also, that if you break your word I will /
come and fetch you." BEAUTY IS OVERCOME WITH SADNESS AFTER HER FATHER'S DEPARTURE.
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THE BEA'-. ASKS BEAUTY TO ;,ARRY HIi.
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ness to take his place. Her father, at
first would not consent, but she insisted
so sweetly, and yet so firmly, that he was
forced to yield.
It was night when they reached the
palace, which was brightly lighted in all
parts. Beauty and her father entered,
_,hhi b 'p c e, ''. ,
but saw no living being. They came to
a large hall, where they saw a table set
with food, and a plate and chair for
each of them. They sat down and ate
a little, though, as might be expected,
WVhen they were through their meal,
they heard a great noise, and the good old
man bade his child good by, for he knew
it was the Beast he heard. The Beast
came in, and when Beauty first saw his
huge form, she shook with fright, but
she tried to hide her fear as much as she
could. The Beast asked her if she had
come of her own free will, and when she
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answered, Yes," he said, You are a
morn-, a never thik of ret ing.
hansdeed. "I hYe head a chest filled
good girl and I thank you."
He then turned to the father, and told
him he must leave the palace early next
morning, and never think of returning.
But you shall not go empty handed,"
he added. "I have hal a chest filled with
gold, and when you reach home, you will
find it there before you."
The Beast then bade them
both good-by, and went
Beauty and her father ,
went to bed thinking they :
should not be able to close '
their eyes all night, but as
soon as they had lain down, -
they went to sleep. Beauty :.
had a dream, in which a -- .l
beautiful lady came to" her i'
and said : I am pleased,
Beauty, to see what a kind,
brave heart you have. It
was right that you should
wish to give your life to save
your father's, and you shall not go ,withl mut
In the morning, Beauty told hu-r t,.ther
this dream, but though it gave him .some
hope, he shed bitter tears ;s he took leave
of his dear child. As soon as he was
gone, Beauty sat down,, and gave herself
up for a time to tears and sad thoughts;
yet she had so strong and brave a heart
that she soon made up her mind not to
make her sad case worse by grieving.
As no one came to her, she wandered
about, taking a full view of the beautiful
palace. She was surprised when she
came to a door over which was written
THE M I.\(;IC MIRROR..
found it splendidly furnished, and supplied
with books, fine musical instruments, and
everything that would- help her to pass
the time pleasantly. She thought then
that the Beast would not have put all
these things here-if he meant her to live
but one day; so, taking heart, she opened
the library and there saw written in letters
of gold: "\iISH OR COMMAND, YOU ARE
" BEAUTY'S .ROOM." She went in, and MISTRESS HERE.
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BEAUTY AND THE MAID EXAMINE THE CHE.SI- OF CLOTH5,
When it came to be noon, she found
rich food set out for her, and heard music
while she ate it, yet she saw no one. But
at night, after she had eaten her supper,
she heard the noise of the Beast approach-
ing as on the previous evening, and she
could not help trembling as she wondered
whether he meant to eat her up now.
However, as he did not seem at all fero-
cious when he entered, and only said,
" Good evening, Beauty," she answered
cheerfully, and managed to conceal her
fright. He began to converse pleasantly,
and at the end of an hour's talk, Beauty
began to think he was not at all terrible,
when suddenly he nearly made her faint
by saying, Beauty, will you be my wife ?"
Oh what shall I say ?" cried Beauty,
for she feared to enrage him by refusing.
"Say 'Yes' or 'No' without fear,
replied the Beast."
Oh! No, Beast," said Beauty, hastily.
"Then good-night, Beauty," said the
Beast," said Beauty,
and the Beast left the
passed, and during
them Beauty lived
in the same way.
HUSBAND OF BEAUTY'S YOUNGERSISTER. The Beast came to
see her every evening,
and repeated his re-
quest that she should
marry him, but on
her refusal, merely '
sighed deeply, and .
went sadly away.
Beauty had become,
accustomed to her
way of life, and would
1 ,HUSBAND OF BEAUTY'S ELDER
have been contented SISTER.
enough if it were not for the separation
from her father, and her anxiety to know
how he was. She spoke of this to the
Beast one evening, and he said that she
would find in her room the next morning,
a magic mirror in which she could see all
that was passing at home.
When Beauty awoke the next morning,
she looked in every mirror in her room,
but saw nothing uncommon, until she
picked up a small hand-glass which she
had never noticed before. In' this she
saw a picture which shocked and grieved
her terribly. It showed a room in the
cottage in which her father was sitting in
a chair, propped up with pillows, having
pined himself ill over her absence.
Beauty did little but weep until she
saw the Beast again. When he came in
the evening, she told him what she had
seen, and how much she wished to go
home for a while to nurse and comfort her
father. The Beast asked her if she would
promise to return at the end of a week if
he let her go. Beauty promised, and the
Beast gave her a ring, saying: Put this
under your pillow to-night, and you will
find yourself at home when you awake.
When you wish to return, you have
only to place the ring under your pillow
again. And now farewell, dear Beauty:
do not break your promise, for I shall die
if you desert me."
When Beauty awoke the next morning,
she found herself in her father's cottage,
and on ringing a little bell that was at
the side of the bed, the maid entered,
and gave a loud shriek on seeing her.
When Beauty's father heard the shriek,
he ran into the room, and when he saw
his dear daughter, he thought he should
faint with joy. He ran to the side of
the bed, and embraced her with a glad
heart. It seemed as if his illness began
to depart almost right away. When
Beauty thought of getting up, she
remembered that she had no clothes
with her to put on, but the maid told
her that she had just found in the
next room a chest full of fine dresses.
Beauty thanked the good Beast in her
mind, and choosing the simplest of
the gowns, she told the maid to put
the others aside, as she would give
them to her sisters.
Beauty's sisters had been enabled to
get husbands, by means of the wealth
the Beast had sent home with their father,
and no longer lived in the cottage; but
they were sent for, and came with a great
display of joy. But when they heard
that Beauty was living in a splendid
palace, where her every wish was grati-
fied, they became very envious. They
had both made unhappy marriages.
The eldest had wedded a very handsome
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youngi man, but he was so
much in love with his own "
face that he never took any / i",
notice of the beauty of his wife. r.
The second had married a man
of great wit, but he used it
chiefly to say cutting things ../
to his wife.
So envious were the two ( 8 k ..
sisters of Beauty, that they
planned together to keep her/ : ...
beyond the time she had prom-
ised, in hopes that the Beast
would fly into such a rage / ,, '
that he would eat her up on / /
her return. In order to suc-
ceed, they treated Beauty most-
lovingly; and when the week
had past, pretended to feel so
deep a grief that B6auty was
persuaded to stay a few days
longer. Beauty fretted, how-
ever, over the sorrow she knew she must
be causing the poor Beast, towards whom
she had begun to entertain a really very
friendly feeling. The tenth night, she
dreamed that she was in the Palace gar-
den, and that she saw the Beast lying
on the grass, at the point of death, and
that with his last breath he reminded
her of his parting words to her. Beauty
awoke, weeping. "Ah!" said she, am
I not ungrateful to grieve one who has
THE FAIRY CONGRATULATES BEAUTY ON HER CHOICE. 3,
been so kind to me >' Why should I not
be his wife? I am sure I should be
happier with him than my. sisters are
with their husbands. I will go back to-
night, for if he were to die I should
feel all my life that I was to blame."
So Beauty placed her ring under her
pillow, and fell at once into a sound sleep,
from which she awoke to find herself in
the Palace. She ran with haste to the
Place where she had seen him in her
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dream; and there he was, lying almost
dead. She hurried to a fountain near by,
and from it brought some water, which
she (lashed in his face. He revived a
little, and opening his eyes, said: Alas,
Beauty, you forgot your promise, and
therefore I must die!"
No, dear Beast," said Beauty, "you
shall not die. You will live to be my
husband. I thought, indeed, that I had
merely a friendly feeling toward you, but
the grief which now oppresses me, tells
me that I love you
with all my heart."
No sooner had
I these words passed
I her lips, than the
and she beheld at
i / her feet a handsome
Prince, who thanked
her for having done
for him the greatest
possible favor. He
told her that a wicked
fairy had made him
take the form of a
Beast, which he must
wear until some fair
young girl should
promise to become
The Prince then
took Beauty by the hand, and led her
to the great hall of the palace, which was
now thronged with courtiers and servants,
who had been made invisible at the same
time that the Prince had been changed into
a Beast. But Beauty's greatest joy was
to find there her father, who had been
brought there along with her sisters by the
beautiful fairy that had appeared to her in
her sleep, the first night she stayed in the
palace. This stately lady now advanced,
and addressing Beauty, said: Beauty,
you will be glad, as
long as you live, of
the choice you have
made. You chose
goodness, and you
will have beauty and '
wisdom in addition."
Then she punished /
Beauty's two sisters,
by changing them
into statues, to stand if
at the palace gates, I
until they repented
of their faults.
The Prince soon
married Beauty, and
they were happy, for
they did right in
thought, word, and
act, as they had done
before all their lives.