The Blue Fairy Book - online childrens book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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' Sir Charming,' answered she, ' all the reasons you have given me are very good ones, and I assure you that I should have more pleasure in obliging you than anyone else, but you must know that a month ago as I was walking by the river with my ladies I took off my glove, and as I did so a ring that I was wearing slipped off my finger and rolled into the water. As I valued it more than my kingdom, you may imagine how vexed I was at losing it, and I vowed never to listen to any proposal of marriage unless the am­bassador first brought me back my ring. So now you know what is expected of you, for if you talked for fifteen days and fifteen nights you could not make me change my mind.'
Charming was very much surprised by this answer, but he bowed low to the Princess, and begged her to accept the em­broidered scarf and the tiny dog he had brought with him. But she answered that she did not want any presents, and that he was to remember what she had just told him. When he got back to his lodging he went to bed without eating any supper, and his little dog, who was called Frisk, couldn't eat any either, but came and lay down close to him. All night long Charming sighed and lamented.
' How am I to find a ring that fell into the river a month ago ? ' said he. ' It is useless to try; the Princess must have told
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