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The sleeping beauty in the wood

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Title:
The sleeping beauty in the wood
Uniform Title:
Sleeping Beauty
Cover title:
Sleeping Beauty
Creator:
Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703
Brenneman, G. W ( Illustrator )
Gibbings, William W ( Publisher )
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London
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English
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1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.

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Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Magic -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Princesses -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Kings and rulers -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Queens -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Fairies -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Youth -- Death -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Princes -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Hunters -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Wealth -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Fairy tales -- 1889 ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1889
Genre:
Fairy tales ( rbgenr )
novel ( marcgt )
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England -- London
Germany -- Munich
Target Audience:
juvenile ( marctarget )

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Frontispiece and some illustrations printed in colors and pasted on.
Funding:
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
Statement of Responsibility:
illustrated by G. W. Brenneman.

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University of Florida
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IN THE WOOD.

- lustrated by
G. W. Brenneman.

LONDON :
WILLIAM W. GIBBINGS,
8 BURY STREET, H.C.

1889.









The
Sleeping Beauty.

ieee upon a time there lived a
king and a queen who loved
one another and who would have
been very happy only they had no
child. They had very many friends
and relations, and there were many
boys and girls who would have
been glad to have been adopted
as the royal son or daughter,
but the king and queen had no child
of their own. At last when a little
daughter was born to them, their joy
knew no bounds. She was a beautiful little girl, with blue eyes, rosy lips,
and golden hair, and the king and queen were so delighted with her that
they spent most of their time in the nursery, fondling and petting her. They
formed very many plans as to how they would have her brought up, and
talked together very often as to how they could best make her life happy.
To show how thankful they were for the child that Heaven had given them,
they gave large sums of money away to poor people, and commanded that
fifty little girls who had been born on the same day as their daughter should
all receive beautiful dresses, while the king promised their parents that their
little ones should be taken special care of by his own servants during their
lives. The joy of the king was so great that he asked all the fairies in the land
—there were seven of them—to be the godmothers of his little daughter, hoping
that, in return for the honour, each of the fairies would give the child a present,
and so make her the richest princess in the world. Above all he wished her to
be good, gentle, and charitable, loving, accomplished and beautiful.
As the time for the christening drew near great preparations were made.
The church in which the ceremony was to be performed was beautifully



decorated with flowers and hangings of
gold and silver cloth, and from the
gates to the palace door a rich carpet
was laid down for the king and queen
to walk upon. When the day arrived
a great procession was formed. First
came the king’s soldiers in their finest
uniforms, then the royal band playing
lively airs, and these were followed by
a number of boys and girls dressed in
the gayest clothes and carrying flowers
which they strewed on the ground as
they walked. After these came the
nurse of the princess, a stately woman
dressed in the richest possible garb,
bearing the little girl in her arms. Be-
hind her walked the king and the queen
clothed in their robes of purple and
gold, with their crowns on their heads,
and looking very proud and happy,
while a crowd of courtiers, ladies-in-
waiting, servants and maids fcllowed
at a little distance. Both sides of the
road to the church were lined - by
people who had come from all parts
of the king’s dominions to see the
procession, and as he and his queen
walked along they were greeted with
loud cheers, for they were beloved by
every one in the kingdom. The king had determined that all his people should
share in his own happiness, and had given orders that a great feast should be
prepared to which all should be welcome, and where the poorest might eat
of the best of the land, while in the evening, after the feast, there was to
be a grand illumination of the palace and the city, and bonfires were to be
lighted on every hill-top to proclaim the joy of the people at the birth of
the princess. At length when the christening was over all the company
returned to the palace, where a great feast had been got ready for the fairy god-
mothers, for each of whom there had been prepared by the king’s commands a
magnificent plate, with a golden knife and a golden fork inlaid with diamonds
and rubies,

The fairies had arrived and were taking their places at the table when there
entered an old fairy whom the king had forgotten to invite, for she had, more



















than fifty years before, shut herself up in a tower, and he had supposed that she
was either dead or enchanted. The king welcomed her, ordered a cover to be
laid for her, and apologised for the dish not being of massive gold like the others
as he had only ordered seven of them to be made. Notwithstanding all his
kindness the old fairy thought she was ill-treated, and kept on grumbling to
herself until one of the young fairies, overhearing her, and fancying that she was
plotting some mischief to the little baby, went and hid herself behind the







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hangings in the hall in order to listen and have the last word, and so undo any
harm the old fairy might wish to work. After the feast the fairies began to
endow the princess. One declared that she should be the most beautiful lady in
the world ; another, that she should have the mind of an angel ; another, that she
should be perfectly graceful ; the fourth, that she should dance better than any
one else ; the fifth, that she should sing like a nightingale ; the sixth, that she
should play with exquisite skill on every musical instrument. Then came the
turn of the old fairy, who had been muttering to herself the whole time, and she
declared that the princess should pierce her hand with a spindle and should die
of the wound. At this terrible news all who heard it were so grieved that they
burst into tears, but the young fairy, who had hidden herself, having heard and
seen all that had passed, came forward and said :—

“Be of good cheer, king and queen, for your daughter shall not die.
Though, it is true, I cannot entirely prevent what my elder has said coming to
_ pass, and though the princess must pierce her hand with a spindle, yet, instead of
dying, she shall only fall into a deep sleep which shall last for one
hundred years. At the end of that time a king’s son shall come to
wake her ”

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The king now considered
how he could best prevent the
princess meeting with such an
accident as the old fairy had
foretold, and he issued an edict
by which he forbade any person
in his dominions to spin, or
even to have a spindle in their
possession under pain of instant
death. Under his care the little
princess had lived fifteen years
in safety when she one day ac-
companied her parents on a
visit to one of their castles, in
which, as she was running about
by herself, she came to a little
chamber at the top of a turret
where she found an honest old
woman, who had never heard
of the king’s command, busy
spinning.

“What are you doing?”
asked the princess.

“JT am spinning, my dear
child,” replied the old woman,



a a tle, Be who did not know who the little
- girl was.
“How pretty it is!” exclaimed the princess. “How do you doit? Let

me try, and see if I can do it.” She put out her hand and took the spindle
away from the old woman, and, being in a hurry and not knowing how to hold ©
the spindle, she scratched her hand with its point and at once fainted. The old
woman was greatly alarmed and called loudly for help, bringing the people in
the tower together from all sides. Some of them at once got water and threw it on
the princess’s face, but in spite of all their efforts, nothing seemed to bring her
to, and, in the midst of all the noise and confusion, the king came into the room,
When he was told what had happened he remembered the old fairy’s words, and
at once commanded that the princess should be carried into the finest compart-
ment in the castle, where she was laid upon a richly embroidered bed. As she
lay there she looked as lovely as ever. Her cheeks were still ruddy and fair.
Her lips were cherry-ripe. Her eyes were closed, and those who stood around
could hear her breathing softly as if she were in a deep sleep. The king looked
sorrowfully upon her, for he knew that she would not wake for a hundred years!





Now it chanced that the good fairy who had saved the princcss’s life by making
her sleep instead of die, was, when this happened, in the kingdom of Mataquin,



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twelve thousand
leagues away. Al-
though she was
so far off she was
soon told all about
what had occurred
by a dwarf who,
having a pair of
seven-league boots,
had set out from
the castle in search
of her immediately
the accident hap-
pened. The fairy
at once entered her
fiery chariot which
was drawn by dra-
gons, and within an
hour she arrived at
the door of the
royal castle where
she was received
by the king and quecn,
whom she found in grcat

trouble. The good fairy

was very wise and saw that, unless something
was done, when the princess awoke she wouid
find herself all alone in the world, all her
relations and friends having died while she was asleep. So this is what the
fairy did. She touched everybody in the castle with her wand, and as
soon as she touched them they all fell asleep too. The king and the queen
were the first sent to sleep by the fairy. They had been sitting on their
thrones talking about the princess and wondering what should be done when,
in the middle of their talk, they both went to sleep without having even had














time to take their crowns off their heads, The
companions and maids of the princess fell into a
deep slumber over their sewing, and their games,
and -their studies. The princess’s little lap-dog,
Precious, fell fast asleep while engaged in gnawing a

who were busy chatting about what had occurred
when they each forgot the next word they were about to
speak and fell asleep. Some of the courtiers had been
quarrelling as to who should have a post in the king’s
eift when they suddenly became as quiet as the
ladies-in-waiting themselves, and not another word was
spoken. In the dining-hall was a strange sight. A
great feast was being got ready, and the butler was
busy with his men-servants arranging the gold and
silver dishes on the table, when they all stopped
running about, and, standing still, remained with the
plates, knives, and forks in their hands, all in deep
slumber. In one of the rooms was a sight which
would have made you laugh. The king’s jester had been making a joke
and a crowd of courtiers and pages had been listening to him when the fairy
waved her wand. The whole party had gonc to sleep while they had been
laughing, and their faces looked most comical. In one of the cupboards of
the castle a cat had been chasing a mouse when suddenly Puss fell so

bone. In the next room were the ladies-in-waiting,



sound asleep that she remained with |
one paw up in the air, and her tail
up just as she was when about to
spring. As to the mouse it forgot
all about the cat and dozed off as
comfortably as if it had been at home
in its hole behind the wainscot.
Some of the mouse’s friends were
at the time engaged in eating a
piece of cheese, of which the king
was very fond and which had been
put aside on a shelf for him. They
were nibbling away busily when they
all at once forgot all about the cheese
and fell asleep with pieces of it in
their mouths. In the kitchen of the
castle there had been a great deal
of bustle that morning. The roasts
were in the ovens, and the partridges and
pheasants on the silver spits before the
fire were sputtering noisily, while the
kitchen maids were running about in
great haste endeavouring to please the chief
cook. All of a sudden the whole kitchen
became so quiet that you might have heard
a pin drop. The maids stood still, the fire died
out, the partridges and pheasants ceased sputtering.
The whole room was asleep. As for the chief cook he was a very quick-
tempered man, and he had been hurrying on every one about him, for he was
very anxious that the feast should be served in the best style. One of the boys
who had been attending to the fire had not pleased him, and the cook had put
out his hand to give him a box on the ear when he all at once became so
drowsy that he forgot what he was going to do and went to sleep with his arm
stretched out. Some of the under cooks had fallen asleep as they were making
pastry and sweets of different kinds. One had a mortar in his hand pounding
almonds, and another was preparing the fruit for a dumpling when the one
stopped pounding and the other stood still with an apple half pared in his
hand. ‘

Of the king’s soldiers some were on duty as sentinels and some were
marching and drilling, but all of them at once fell asleep in the very middle
of what they were doing. One, a drummer, who was at the head of a
company of soldiers marching in at the palace gates, stopped with a drumstick












lifted in his right hand for he had

£3 been about to give his drum a
= rap when he had fallen asleep.
¢ A military band entering in at
ss another gate of the palace, stopped

, suddenly in thcir play with the

| trumpets at their lips, in the very

middle of a blast, and all at once

went to sleep. At some little dis-

tance from the palace were the
soldiers’ quarters, and there some of
the men were engaged in cleaning
their uniforms and _ polishing their
swords and guns. With the brushes and towels in their
hands they at once stopped their work and went to sleep
in the positions they were in when the fairy waved her
wand. At the same instant some tailors were sitting in
their shop, sewing some uniforms for the soldiers when they
all went off in a sound sleep, one with the scissors in his
hand just ready to snip some cloth, another as he was
waxing his thread, and a third with his head uplifted for he was just in the
middle of a hearty sneeze. This last man remained with his mouth wide open,
and he and all his companions were fast asleep. Some of the soldiers had been
busy grooming their horses when they and their steeds fell into a fast slumber.
Several of the men had been harnessing their horses and had stopped while
fastening a buckle or tying a strap, and one man stood by his charger with a
saddle in his hand. He had meant to put it on his horse but had gone to sleep
while doing’ it and the steed stood quietly by him, for it, too, was as fast asleep
as its master. A blast from a bugler’s horn had shortly before announced the
return to the castle of a hunting party which had set out in the morning.
The gentlemen and ladies had come gaily on their prancing steeds. They



had had a beau-
tiful” days vane
had caught much
game which was
now piled up on
waggons which
accompanied the
party. The dogs
were racing
about, when sud-
denly all, men,
women, dogs,
and horses, fell fast asleep. In the

beautiful park which surrounded the

palace there were animals and birds of
every kind, the pets of the queen, who was
very fond of looking at and playing with
them. Peacocks were strutting about in their
pride, scarcely deigning to notice any other
creature, and pigeons were cooing in their pigeon-
house, while not far off, on a large lake, swans
were gliding along in a stately manner. One of these had been trying
to catch a little fish, and had put its beak into the water, when fish, swans,
peacocks, and pigeons all fell. fast asleep. In another part of the park some
beautiful deer were quietly grazing when they suddenly stood quite still
and went to sleep. The princess had some little snow-white lambs which were
great favourites. There were four of them and each of them had a name of
its own. One was called Snowdrop, another Lily, another Flossie, and the
fourth, Beauty. These pets had been gambolling together in a part of the park
which the king had specially inclosed for them. Suddenly their play ceased.
They had all fallen asleep. Even the flies on the window frame ceased buzzing
and flying about; the wind, which had been sighing about the castle all day,
suddenly became quict, and the leaves on the trees and flowers never stirred.
Everything within the palace was in a sound sleep, and, in less time than it
takes to relate it, there had grown up around the place a forest so thick and
so full of thorns that nothing could pass through to get to the castle gate,
while the highest towers of the building could only be seen, over the tops
of the trees, from a distance.

A hundred years passed: by, and the kingdom was possessed by another
king and queen who had a son who was very fond of hunting. One day, as
he was following a deer, he saw the towers of the castle above the trees, and
asked his servants what place: it was. In reply they told him many tales.













E ! One said the place was an enchanted castle,

j another said he had heard that witches lived there,

: but most of them declared that the castle was inhabited by

a great ogre, who carried thither all the children he could catch,

and ate them up, one at a time, for breakfast, dinner, and tea. The

prince hardly knew which of these stories to believe, and, while he was thinking
them over, an old peasant said :-—

“Prince, it is more than fifty years since I heard my father say that there
was in that castle the most beautiful princess there has ever been in the world.
She was sent to sleep for one hundred years, and is to be awakened by a
king’s son who will become her husband.”

The young prince at these words felt that he must himself see this beau-
tiful princess. He never doubted for a moment that he was to undertake
the adventure and become the princess’s husband, so he determined to go to
the castle, and, setting spurs to his horse, at once rode towards the towers
he had seen. To his surprise when he came to the wood the trees and thorns
which formed such a terrible thicket opened on either side and allowed him
to pass through them without a scratch.

As he rode on he at length saw the castle door before him at the end
of a long avenue, and then, looking round for his attendants, he was surprised
to find himself alone. The wood had closed upon him as he passed along, and
had shut out all his followers. All was silence around him, and, wondering at his
adventure, he rode into a large forecourt, reined in his horse, and looked about
him in amazement. On every side were stretched men, horses, and dogs, just

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asif they had no life. The faces of the men
however, were rosy, and the golden goblets
beside some of them still held a few drops of
wine. The men had evidently fallen asleep.
Throwing a glance at them, the prince
passed over the marble pavement and
walked up the stairs. The first room he
entered up stairs was the guard-room, and
there he was astonished to find the soldiers
drawn up in lines with their guns on their
shoulders, but all in a profound slumber.
In the next apartment he came upon
the ladies and gentlemen sitting asleep
in their chairs, or standing in groups
about the room. At length he came
to a chamber covered with hangings
of gold cloth, and, on a bed which it con-
tained, he saw the most lovely sight that
had ever met his eyes. This was the sleeping
princess. She was dressed in a flowing gown
of pink silk, the same colour as her cheeks,
and her bodice was of white velvet, with a
golden belt from which hung a pretty little
pocket. Her long yellow hair lay loosely
over the pillows only partly hidden by a
head-dress of lace and flowers. Her left hand
lay on her breast and rose and fell with
each breath. The prince drew near, and,
trembling and wondering, knelt beside her.
Then taking her hand in his he raised it to his lips.

That moment the princess finished her hundred years sleep, and, raising
herself and looking tenderly at the young prince, said :—

“Have you come, my prince? I have waited long for you.”

The prince was overjoyed at these words, and so astonished by her beauty
that he could hardly speak. He managed, however, to assure her of his love,
and then, telling her who he was and how he came to find her, they talked
together, quite forgetting everything else, for several hours. In the meantime a
great change had taken place in the castle for every one and everything within
it had awoke at the same time as the princess. The king and the queen, having
finished their nap, entered the princess’s room to see how she was. There to
their wonder they found the young prince, and they were much delighted when
he told them his adventure. The ladies and gentlemen of the court seemed much
refreshed by their rest, and at once settled down to their work. In the kitchen













the maids bustled about with the dishes
they had been preparing, and the
chief cook told the boy whose ears
he had been going to box that
he would forgive him this time,
but that he must attend
better to his work in the
future. The hunters, the
horses, and the dogs
oe awoke at the same
eB minute, and, while the
ladies and gentlemen
went on with their talk,
the horses pranced and
the dogs frisked about as
if to make up for lost
time. In the park the
peacocks, the pigeons, and
swans went on as usual as
though nothing had happened,
while the pet lambs of the princess
continued the play in which they had been
interrupted just one hundred years ago. As for the mice they seemed to
wake up half a second before Puss did, and so they all got away safely to
their holes.

When all the people in the castle were now fairly awake they discovered
that they were all very hungry, and the lords and ladies at last announced to
the princess that the feast was served, and that they were only waiting for her.
When the princess was ready she came forth from her chamber dressed in the
most magnificent manner. Her train was of the richest material of a silver
grey colour, while her over-dress was of rose-coloured satin. Around her waist
was a beautiful golden girdle, from which hung a little silk bag. Her lovely
fair hair flowed in loose curls, and she wore a splendid head-dress of the finest
flowers. The young prince, too, was a pleasing sight. He was dressed in a
doublet of green velvet. His striped hose were red and white, and on his shoes
were buckles which sparkled with diamonds and rubies. From his hat flowing
plumes fell over his shoulders, and he had a jewelled dagger at his side, and
altogether he was as handsome a prince as could be found.

Taking the princess by the hand he walked with her into the hall of mirrors,
where they sat down to supper in company with the king and queen, and
courtiers. The king and queen sat at the head of the table, and on the king’s
right hand sat the princess, the prince sitting beside the queen, while around



the table were seated the officers of
the court, the ladies,
and the friends of the
king, all dressed in
their finest attire. The
feast was the grandest
that had ever been
given by any king in
the world. The tables
were laden with
all imaginable de-
licacies, flowers
surrounded every

plate and were

piled up in
every nook and
corner of the hall.
Towadd tom the
enjoyment of the
guests the king’s
minstrels played
some sweet music,
and some of the best singers gave the king’s favourite songs, while the servants
walked noiselessly about supplying the wants of all at the table. The prince
and princess were, however, too happy to be able to think of either eating or
drinking, and, when all the company had finished and the king stood up and
proposed the health of the young couple, the hall rang with the cheers of the
guests, the music burst out in a still more lively air, and then died away in a
flourish of trumpets.

On the following day the wedding of the prince and the princess took
place. The princess looked lovelier than ever, in her dress of pure white richly
embroidered with gold, and attended by a little page in a dress of purple velvet
who carried her train. On her head she wore a wreath of the finest roses, and
she looked the fairest princess in the world. It had been arranged that the
wedding should take place in the church that the princess had been christened
in, and the party set out from the castle in the following order :—First came the
heralds of the king blowing on silver trumpets, then a company of the finest
soldiers in the king’s army. The musicians followed playing as they marched
along, and they were succeeded, by fifty little girls dressed in white. The ladies
and the gentlemen of the court came next, and then the king and the queen
in their state robes, with whom walked the prince and the princess. As the
procession moved onward it passed under arches .of flowers, and at every step

















the king and the prince were busy bowing to the people in answer to their
cheers. As the party entered the church the bells pealed out merrily, a hundred
cannons were discharged, the trumpeters blew their loudest blast, and the



greatest joy
prevailed, for
all the people
loved the prin-
cess and the
prince who
seemed to love
her so much,
and every one
wished the
young couple a
life of happi-
ness, When the
ceremony was over
the wedding party
returned to the castie
in the order in which it
had set out, and the people
settled down to a feast given by the king, and got ready for the games which
were to follow. These games were held in a meadow near to the palace, and by
the king’s orders his servants waited on the people and supplied them with all
such good things to eat and drink as they wished for. As night came on the
palace became one blaze of different coloured lights, and fireworks flew up into
the air in all directions, so that it was almost as light as if it were day. So
the time was spent in the greatest pleasure, for the king wished every one of
his people to have a share in his own happiness.

The next morning the prince and princess left the castle for their new home.
Surrounded by a magnificent crowd of courtiers, the princess sat in a sedan chair
beautifully decorated with flowers and ribbons and carried by two of the
king’s servants clothed in red and gold, while by her side rode the prince on a
superb gray horse. As they left the castle the king and the queen stood at the
great door, happy yet sad to see their much loved daughter leaving them for
her new home. Smiling, but with tears in her eyes the princess kissed her father
and mother, and said “ Good-bye” to her companions, and her pets. At length
the time had come to part, and leaning on the prince’s arm she took her seat in
the chair, and waved her hand in farewell as she was borne away, amid the
cheers of the people. Down the long avenue and through the woods they went
for some time until they came toa place where the prince was surprised to find his
attendants who had been with him when he went hunting, and who were now
filled with joy at seeing him again. They had been in great grief concerning
him, for they had been told that no one who had ever entered the castle before
had returned alive. On the young prince’s leaving them they had returned













sorrowfully to his
father’s court, and

the king had sent a hundred

soldiers to seek for him. As
they saw him now, they broke into
shouts of joy, and ‘when he told
them of his adventure and how
he had married the princess they
were more delighted than ever.
When the party had got some
distance the prince turned to look
at the castle from the forest, when
lo! neither castle nor forest was
to be seen. Both had vanished,
and the prince rubbed his eyes in
wonder. Then the prince and the
princess went gaily on, and, when
the king and the queen died, he
and his wife reigned in their place,
the happiest, richest, and most
loved king and queen in the whole
world.















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IN THE WOOD.

- lustrated by
G. W. Brenneman.

LONDON :
WILLIAM W. GIBBINGS,
8 BURY STREET, H.C.

1889.



The
Sleeping Beauty.

ieee upon a time there lived a
king and a queen who loved
one another and who would have
been very happy only they had no
child. They had very many friends
and relations, and there were many
boys and girls who would have
been glad to have been adopted
as the royal son or daughter,
but the king and queen had no child
of their own. At last when a little
daughter was born to them, their joy
knew no bounds. She was a beautiful little girl, with blue eyes, rosy lips,
and golden hair, and the king and queen were so delighted with her that
they spent most of their time in the nursery, fondling and petting her. They
formed very many plans as to how they would have her brought up, and
talked together very often as to how they could best make her life happy.
To show how thankful they were for the child that Heaven had given them,
they gave large sums of money away to poor people, and commanded that
fifty little girls who had been born on the same day as their daughter should
all receive beautiful dresses, while the king promised their parents that their
little ones should be taken special care of by his own servants during their
lives. The joy of the king was so great that he asked all the fairies in the land
—there were seven of them—to be the godmothers of his little daughter, hoping
that, in return for the honour, each of the fairies would give the child a present,
and so make her the richest princess in the world. Above all he wished her to
be good, gentle, and charitable, loving, accomplished and beautiful.
As the time for the christening drew near great preparations were made.
The church in which the ceremony was to be performed was beautifully
decorated with flowers and hangings of
gold and silver cloth, and from the
gates to the palace door a rich carpet
was laid down for the king and queen
to walk upon. When the day arrived
a great procession was formed. First
came the king’s soldiers in their finest
uniforms, then the royal band playing
lively airs, and these were followed by
a number of boys and girls dressed in
the gayest clothes and carrying flowers
which they strewed on the ground as
they walked. After these came the
nurse of the princess, a stately woman
dressed in the richest possible garb,
bearing the little girl in her arms. Be-
hind her walked the king and the queen
clothed in their robes of purple and
gold, with their crowns on their heads,
and looking very proud and happy,
while a crowd of courtiers, ladies-in-
waiting, servants and maids fcllowed
at a little distance. Both sides of the
road to the church were lined - by
people who had come from all parts
of the king’s dominions to see the
procession, and as he and his queen
walked along they were greeted with
loud cheers, for they were beloved by
every one in the kingdom. The king had determined that all his people should
share in his own happiness, and had given orders that a great feast should be
prepared to which all should be welcome, and where the poorest might eat
of the best of the land, while in the evening, after the feast, there was to
be a grand illumination of the palace and the city, and bonfires were to be
lighted on every hill-top to proclaim the joy of the people at the birth of
the princess. At length when the christening was over all the company
returned to the palace, where a great feast had been got ready for the fairy god-
mothers, for each of whom there had been prepared by the king’s commands a
magnificent plate, with a golden knife and a golden fork inlaid with diamonds
and rubies,

The fairies had arrived and were taking their places at the table when there
entered an old fairy whom the king had forgotten to invite, for she had, more
















than fifty years before, shut herself up in a tower, and he had supposed that she
was either dead or enchanted. The king welcomed her, ordered a cover to be
laid for her, and apologised for the dish not being of massive gold like the others
as he had only ordered seven of them to be made. Notwithstanding all his
kindness the old fairy thought she was ill-treated, and kept on grumbling to
herself until one of the young fairies, overhearing her, and fancying that she was
plotting some mischief to the little baby, went and hid herself behind the




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hangings in the hall in order to listen and have the last word, and so undo any
harm the old fairy might wish to work. After the feast the fairies began to
endow the princess. One declared that she should be the most beautiful lady in
the world ; another, that she should have the mind of an angel ; another, that she
should be perfectly graceful ; the fourth, that she should dance better than any
one else ; the fifth, that she should sing like a nightingale ; the sixth, that she
should play with exquisite skill on every musical instrument. Then came the
turn of the old fairy, who had been muttering to herself the whole time, and she
declared that the princess should pierce her hand with a spindle and should die
of the wound. At this terrible news all who heard it were so grieved that they
burst into tears, but the young fairy, who had hidden herself, having heard and
seen all that had passed, came forward and said :—

“Be of good cheer, king and queen, for your daughter shall not die.
Though, it is true, I cannot entirely prevent what my elder has said coming to
_ pass, and though the princess must pierce her hand with a spindle, yet, instead of
dying, she shall only fall into a deep sleep which shall last for one
hundred years. At the end of that time a king’s son shall come to
wake her ”

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The king now considered
how he could best prevent the
princess meeting with such an
accident as the old fairy had
foretold, and he issued an edict
by which he forbade any person
in his dominions to spin, or
even to have a spindle in their
possession under pain of instant
death. Under his care the little
princess had lived fifteen years
in safety when she one day ac-
companied her parents on a
visit to one of their castles, in
which, as she was running about
by herself, she came to a little
chamber at the top of a turret
where she found an honest old
woman, who had never heard
of the king’s command, busy
spinning.

“What are you doing?”
asked the princess.

“JT am spinning, my dear
child,” replied the old woman,



a a tle, Be who did not know who the little
- girl was.
“How pretty it is!” exclaimed the princess. “How do you doit? Let

me try, and see if I can do it.” She put out her hand and took the spindle
away from the old woman, and, being in a hurry and not knowing how to hold ©
the spindle, she scratched her hand with its point and at once fainted. The old
woman was greatly alarmed and called loudly for help, bringing the people in
the tower together from all sides. Some of them at once got water and threw it on
the princess’s face, but in spite of all their efforts, nothing seemed to bring her
to, and, in the midst of all the noise and confusion, the king came into the room,
When he was told what had happened he remembered the old fairy’s words, and
at once commanded that the princess should be carried into the finest compart-
ment in the castle, where she was laid upon a richly embroidered bed. As she
lay there she looked as lovely as ever. Her cheeks were still ruddy and fair.
Her lips were cherry-ripe. Her eyes were closed, and those who stood around
could hear her breathing softly as if she were in a deep sleep. The king looked
sorrowfully upon her, for he knew that she would not wake for a hundred years!


Now it chanced that the good fairy who had saved the princcss’s life by making
her sleep instead of die, was, when this happened, in the kingdom of Mataquin,
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twelve thousand
leagues away. Al-
though she was
so far off she was
soon told all about
what had occurred
by a dwarf who,
having a pair of
seven-league boots,
had set out from
the castle in search
of her immediately
the accident hap-
pened. The fairy
at once entered her
fiery chariot which
was drawn by dra-
gons, and within an
hour she arrived at
the door of the
royal castle where
she was received
by the king and quecn,
whom she found in grcat

trouble. The good fairy

was very wise and saw that, unless something
was done, when the princess awoke she wouid
find herself all alone in the world, all her
relations and friends having died while she was asleep. So this is what the
fairy did. She touched everybody in the castle with her wand, and as
soon as she touched them they all fell asleep too. The king and the queen
were the first sent to sleep by the fairy. They had been sitting on their
thrones talking about the princess and wondering what should be done when,
in the middle of their talk, they both went to sleep without having even had








time to take their crowns off their heads, The
companions and maids of the princess fell into a
deep slumber over their sewing, and their games,
and -their studies. The princess’s little lap-dog,
Precious, fell fast asleep while engaged in gnawing a

who were busy chatting about what had occurred
when they each forgot the next word they were about to
speak and fell asleep. Some of the courtiers had been
quarrelling as to who should have a post in the king’s
eift when they suddenly became as quiet as the
ladies-in-waiting themselves, and not another word was
spoken. In the dining-hall was a strange sight. A
great feast was being got ready, and the butler was
busy with his men-servants arranging the gold and
silver dishes on the table, when they all stopped
running about, and, standing still, remained with the
plates, knives, and forks in their hands, all in deep
slumber. In one of the rooms was a sight which
would have made you laugh. The king’s jester had been making a joke
and a crowd of courtiers and pages had been listening to him when the fairy
waved her wand. The whole party had gonc to sleep while they had been
laughing, and their faces looked most comical. In one of the cupboards of
the castle a cat had been chasing a mouse when suddenly Puss fell so

bone. In the next room were the ladies-in-waiting,
sound asleep that she remained with |
one paw up in the air, and her tail
up just as she was when about to
spring. As to the mouse it forgot
all about the cat and dozed off as
comfortably as if it had been at home
in its hole behind the wainscot.
Some of the mouse’s friends were
at the time engaged in eating a
piece of cheese, of which the king
was very fond and which had been
put aside on a shelf for him. They
were nibbling away busily when they
all at once forgot all about the cheese
and fell asleep with pieces of it in
their mouths. In the kitchen of the
castle there had been a great deal
of bustle that morning. The roasts
were in the ovens, and the partridges and
pheasants on the silver spits before the
fire were sputtering noisily, while the
kitchen maids were running about in
great haste endeavouring to please the chief
cook. All of a sudden the whole kitchen
became so quiet that you might have heard
a pin drop. The maids stood still, the fire died
out, the partridges and pheasants ceased sputtering.
The whole room was asleep. As for the chief cook he was a very quick-
tempered man, and he had been hurrying on every one about him, for he was
very anxious that the feast should be served in the best style. One of the boys
who had been attending to the fire had not pleased him, and the cook had put
out his hand to give him a box on the ear when he all at once became so
drowsy that he forgot what he was going to do and went to sleep with his arm
stretched out. Some of the under cooks had fallen asleep as they were making
pastry and sweets of different kinds. One had a mortar in his hand pounding
almonds, and another was preparing the fruit for a dumpling when the one
stopped pounding and the other stood still with an apple half pared in his
hand. ‘

Of the king’s soldiers some were on duty as sentinels and some were
marching and drilling, but all of them at once fell asleep in the very middle
of what they were doing. One, a drummer, who was at the head of a
company of soldiers marching in at the palace gates, stopped with a drumstick









lifted in his right hand for he had

£3 been about to give his drum a
= rap when he had fallen asleep.
¢ A military band entering in at
ss another gate of the palace, stopped

, suddenly in thcir play with the

| trumpets at their lips, in the very

middle of a blast, and all at once

went to sleep. At some little dis-

tance from the palace were the
soldiers’ quarters, and there some of
the men were engaged in cleaning
their uniforms and _ polishing their
swords and guns. With the brushes and towels in their
hands they at once stopped their work and went to sleep
in the positions they were in when the fairy waved her
wand. At the same instant some tailors were sitting in
their shop, sewing some uniforms for the soldiers when they
all went off in a sound sleep, one with the scissors in his
hand just ready to snip some cloth, another as he was
waxing his thread, and a third with his head uplifted for he was just in the
middle of a hearty sneeze. This last man remained with his mouth wide open,
and he and all his companions were fast asleep. Some of the soldiers had been
busy grooming their horses when they and their steeds fell into a fast slumber.
Several of the men had been harnessing their horses and had stopped while
fastening a buckle or tying a strap, and one man stood by his charger with a
saddle in his hand. He had meant to put it on his horse but had gone to sleep
while doing’ it and the steed stood quietly by him, for it, too, was as fast asleep
as its master. A blast from a bugler’s horn had shortly before announced the
return to the castle of a hunting party which had set out in the morning.
The gentlemen and ladies had come gaily on their prancing steeds. They
had had a beau-
tiful” days vane
had caught much
game which was
now piled up on
waggons which
accompanied the
party. The dogs
were racing
about, when sud-
denly all, men,
women, dogs,
and horses, fell fast asleep. In the

beautiful park which surrounded the

palace there were animals and birds of
every kind, the pets of the queen, who was
very fond of looking at and playing with
them. Peacocks were strutting about in their
pride, scarcely deigning to notice any other
creature, and pigeons were cooing in their pigeon-
house, while not far off, on a large lake, swans
were gliding along in a stately manner. One of these had been trying
to catch a little fish, and had put its beak into the water, when fish, swans,
peacocks, and pigeons all fell. fast asleep. In another part of the park some
beautiful deer were quietly grazing when they suddenly stood quite still
and went to sleep. The princess had some little snow-white lambs which were
great favourites. There were four of them and each of them had a name of
its own. One was called Snowdrop, another Lily, another Flossie, and the
fourth, Beauty. These pets had been gambolling together in a part of the park
which the king had specially inclosed for them. Suddenly their play ceased.
They had all fallen asleep. Even the flies on the window frame ceased buzzing
and flying about; the wind, which had been sighing about the castle all day,
suddenly became quict, and the leaves on the trees and flowers never stirred.
Everything within the palace was in a sound sleep, and, in less time than it
takes to relate it, there had grown up around the place a forest so thick and
so full of thorns that nothing could pass through to get to the castle gate,
while the highest towers of the building could only be seen, over the tops
of the trees, from a distance.

A hundred years passed: by, and the kingdom was possessed by another
king and queen who had a son who was very fond of hunting. One day, as
he was following a deer, he saw the towers of the castle above the trees, and
asked his servants what place: it was. In reply they told him many tales.







E ! One said the place was an enchanted castle,

j another said he had heard that witches lived there,

: but most of them declared that the castle was inhabited by

a great ogre, who carried thither all the children he could catch,

and ate them up, one at a time, for breakfast, dinner, and tea. The

prince hardly knew which of these stories to believe, and, while he was thinking
them over, an old peasant said :-—

“Prince, it is more than fifty years since I heard my father say that there
was in that castle the most beautiful princess there has ever been in the world.
She was sent to sleep for one hundred years, and is to be awakened by a
king’s son who will become her husband.”

The young prince at these words felt that he must himself see this beau-
tiful princess. He never doubted for a moment that he was to undertake
the adventure and become the princess’s husband, so he determined to go to
the castle, and, setting spurs to his horse, at once rode towards the towers
he had seen. To his surprise when he came to the wood the trees and thorns
which formed such a terrible thicket opened on either side and allowed him
to pass through them without a scratch.

As he rode on he at length saw the castle door before him at the end
of a long avenue, and then, looking round for his attendants, he was surprised
to find himself alone. The wood had closed upon him as he passed along, and
had shut out all his followers. All was silence around him, and, wondering at his
adventure, he rode into a large forecourt, reined in his horse, and looked about
him in amazement. On every side were stretched men, horses, and dogs, just

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asif they had no life. The faces of the men
however, were rosy, and the golden goblets
beside some of them still held a few drops of
wine. The men had evidently fallen asleep.
Throwing a glance at them, the prince
passed over the marble pavement and
walked up the stairs. The first room he
entered up stairs was the guard-room, and
there he was astonished to find the soldiers
drawn up in lines with their guns on their
shoulders, but all in a profound slumber.
In the next apartment he came upon
the ladies and gentlemen sitting asleep
in their chairs, or standing in groups
about the room. At length he came
to a chamber covered with hangings
of gold cloth, and, on a bed which it con-
tained, he saw the most lovely sight that
had ever met his eyes. This was the sleeping
princess. She was dressed in a flowing gown
of pink silk, the same colour as her cheeks,
and her bodice was of white velvet, with a
golden belt from which hung a pretty little
pocket. Her long yellow hair lay loosely
over the pillows only partly hidden by a
head-dress of lace and flowers. Her left hand
lay on her breast and rose and fell with
each breath. The prince drew near, and,
trembling and wondering, knelt beside her.
Then taking her hand in his he raised it to his lips.

That moment the princess finished her hundred years sleep, and, raising
herself and looking tenderly at the young prince, said :—

“Have you come, my prince? I have waited long for you.”

The prince was overjoyed at these words, and so astonished by her beauty
that he could hardly speak. He managed, however, to assure her of his love,
and then, telling her who he was and how he came to find her, they talked
together, quite forgetting everything else, for several hours. In the meantime a
great change had taken place in the castle for every one and everything within
it had awoke at the same time as the princess. The king and the queen, having
finished their nap, entered the princess’s room to see how she was. There to
their wonder they found the young prince, and they were much delighted when
he told them his adventure. The ladies and gentlemen of the court seemed much
refreshed by their rest, and at once settled down to their work. In the kitchen







the maids bustled about with the dishes
they had been preparing, and the
chief cook told the boy whose ears
he had been going to box that
he would forgive him this time,
but that he must attend
better to his work in the
future. The hunters, the
horses, and the dogs
oe awoke at the same
eB minute, and, while the
ladies and gentlemen
went on with their talk,
the horses pranced and
the dogs frisked about as
if to make up for lost
time. In the park the
peacocks, the pigeons, and
swans went on as usual as
though nothing had happened,
while the pet lambs of the princess
continued the play in which they had been
interrupted just one hundred years ago. As for the mice they seemed to
wake up half a second before Puss did, and so they all got away safely to
their holes.

When all the people in the castle were now fairly awake they discovered
that they were all very hungry, and the lords and ladies at last announced to
the princess that the feast was served, and that they were only waiting for her.
When the princess was ready she came forth from her chamber dressed in the
most magnificent manner. Her train was of the richest material of a silver
grey colour, while her over-dress was of rose-coloured satin. Around her waist
was a beautiful golden girdle, from which hung a little silk bag. Her lovely
fair hair flowed in loose curls, and she wore a splendid head-dress of the finest
flowers. The young prince, too, was a pleasing sight. He was dressed in a
doublet of green velvet. His striped hose were red and white, and on his shoes
were buckles which sparkled with diamonds and rubies. From his hat flowing
plumes fell over his shoulders, and he had a jewelled dagger at his side, and
altogether he was as handsome a prince as could be found.

Taking the princess by the hand he walked with her into the hall of mirrors,
where they sat down to supper in company with the king and queen, and
courtiers. The king and queen sat at the head of the table, and on the king’s
right hand sat the princess, the prince sitting beside the queen, while around
the table were seated the officers of
the court, the ladies,
and the friends of the
king, all dressed in
their finest attire. The
feast was the grandest
that had ever been
given by any king in
the world. The tables
were laden with
all imaginable de-
licacies, flowers
surrounded every

plate and were

piled up in
every nook and
corner of the hall.
Towadd tom the
enjoyment of the
guests the king’s
minstrels played
some sweet music,
and some of the best singers gave the king’s favourite songs, while the servants
walked noiselessly about supplying the wants of all at the table. The prince
and princess were, however, too happy to be able to think of either eating or
drinking, and, when all the company had finished and the king stood up and
proposed the health of the young couple, the hall rang with the cheers of the
guests, the music burst out in a still more lively air, and then died away in a
flourish of trumpets.

On the following day the wedding of the prince and the princess took
place. The princess looked lovelier than ever, in her dress of pure white richly
embroidered with gold, and attended by a little page in a dress of purple velvet
who carried her train. On her head she wore a wreath of the finest roses, and
she looked the fairest princess in the world. It had been arranged that the
wedding should take place in the church that the princess had been christened
in, and the party set out from the castle in the following order :—First came the
heralds of the king blowing on silver trumpets, then a company of the finest
soldiers in the king’s army. The musicians followed playing as they marched
along, and they were succeeded, by fifty little girls dressed in white. The ladies
and the gentlemen of the court came next, and then the king and the queen
in their state robes, with whom walked the prince and the princess. As the
procession moved onward it passed under arches .of flowers, and at every step














the king and the prince were busy bowing to the people in answer to their
cheers. As the party entered the church the bells pealed out merrily, a hundred
cannons were discharged, the trumpeters blew their loudest blast, and the
greatest joy
prevailed, for
all the people
loved the prin-
cess and the
prince who
seemed to love
her so much,
and every one
wished the
young couple a
life of happi-
ness, When the
ceremony was over
the wedding party
returned to the castie
in the order in which it
had set out, and the people
settled down to a feast given by the king, and got ready for the games which
were to follow. These games were held in a meadow near to the palace, and by
the king’s orders his servants waited on the people and supplied them with all
such good things to eat and drink as they wished for. As night came on the
palace became one blaze of different coloured lights, and fireworks flew up into
the air in all directions, so that it was almost as light as if it were day. So
the time was spent in the greatest pleasure, for the king wished every one of
his people to have a share in his own happiness.

The next morning the prince and princess left the castle for their new home.
Surrounded by a magnificent crowd of courtiers, the princess sat in a sedan chair
beautifully decorated with flowers and ribbons and carried by two of the
king’s servants clothed in red and gold, while by her side rode the prince on a
superb gray horse. As they left the castle the king and the queen stood at the
great door, happy yet sad to see their much loved daughter leaving them for
her new home. Smiling, but with tears in her eyes the princess kissed her father
and mother, and said “ Good-bye” to her companions, and her pets. At length
the time had come to part, and leaning on the prince’s arm she took her seat in
the chair, and waved her hand in farewell as she was borne away, amid the
cheers of the people. Down the long avenue and through the woods they went
for some time until they came toa place where the prince was surprised to find his
attendants who had been with him when he went hunting, and who were now
filled with joy at seeing him again. They had been in great grief concerning
him, for they had been told that no one who had ever entered the castle before
had returned alive. On the young prince’s leaving them they had returned







sorrowfully to his
father’s court, and

the king had sent a hundred

soldiers to seek for him. As
they saw him now, they broke into
shouts of joy, and ‘when he told
them of his adventure and how
he had married the princess they
were more delighted than ever.
When the party had got some
distance the prince turned to look
at the castle from the forest, when
lo! neither castle nor forest was
to be seen. Both had vanished,
and the prince rubbed his eyes in
wonder. Then the prince and the
princess went gaily on, and, when
the king and the queen died, he
and his wife reigned in their place,
the happiest, richest, and most
loved king and queen in the whole
world.






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