The Blue Fairy Book - online childrens book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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that anything could be prettier than this little creature. Neverthe­less, as he was in no hurry to part with his crown, he told his sons that, as they had been so successful the first time, he would ask them to go once again, and seek by land and sea for a piece of muslin so fine that it could be drawn through the eye of a needle. The brothers were not very willing to set out again, but the two eldest consented because it gave them another chance, and they started as before. The youngest again mounted the wooden horse, and rode back at full speed to his beloved White Cat. Every door of the castle
stood wide open, and every window and turret was illuminated, so it looked more wonderful than before. The hands hastened to meet him, and led the wooden horse off to the stable, while he hurried in to find the White Cat. She was asleep in a little basket on a white satin cushion, but she very soon started up when she heard the Prince, and was over-joyed at seeing him once more.
' How could I hope that you would come back to me, King's son ?' she said. And then he stroked and petted her, and told her of his successful journey, and how he had come back to ask her help, as
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