The GREEN Fairy Book - online children's book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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vain, capricious, and bad-tempered; that she tormented her waiting-maids; and that, in spite of all the money that the king gave her, she was so mean that she preferred to go about dressed like a poor shepherdess rather than spend any of it. All these things vexed the king very much, and he was silent.
"It is true," thought he, "that she was very poorly dressed, but then she was so ashamed that it proves that
she was not accustomed to be so. I cannot believe that with that lovely face she can be as ill-tempered and con­temptible as they say. No, no, the queen must be jealous of her for the sake of that ugly daughter of hers, and so these evil reports are spread."
The courtiers could not help seeing that what they had told the king did not please him, and one of them cun­ningly began to praise Fiordelisa when he coald talk to the king without being heard by the others.
King Charming thereupon became so cheerful and
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