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A Collection of Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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KISA THE CAT
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' Of course you won't be able to walk for some time ; you must not expect that,' she continued. ' But if you are very good, perhaps, in about a week, I may carry you home again.'
And so she did ; and when the cat drove the Cart up to the palace gate, lashing the horse furiously with her tail, and the king and queen saw their lost daughter sitting beside" her, they declared that no reward could be too great for the person who had brought her out of the giant's hands.
' We will talk about that by-and-by,' said the cat, as she made her best bow, and turned her horse's head.
The princess was very unhappy when Kisa left her without even bidding her farewell. She would neither eat nor drink, nor take any notice of all the beautiful dresses her parents bought for her.
' She will die, unless we can make her laugh,' one whispered to the other. ' Is there anything in the world that we have left untried ? '
' Nothing, except marriage,' answered the king. And he invited all the handsomest young men he could think of to the palace, and bade the princess choose a husband from among them.
It took her some time to decide which she admired the most, but at last she fixed upon a young prince, whose eyes were like the pools in the forest, and his hair of bright gold. The king and the queen were greatly pleased, as the young man was the son of a neighbouring king, and they gave orders that a splendid feast should be got ready.
When the marriage was over, Kisa suddenly stood before them, and Ingibjorg rushed forward and clasped her in her arms.
' I have come to claim my reward,' said the cat. ' Let me sleep for this night at the foot of your bed.'
' Is that all ? ' asked Ingibjorg, much disappointed.
' It is enough,' answered the cat. And when the
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