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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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ROSANELLA
55
that he should pay his respects, and he had scarcely been five minutes in her presence before it seemed to him that she combined in her own charming person all the gifts and graces which had so attracted him in the twelve rose-maidens whose loss he had so truly mourned; and after all it is really more satisfactory to make love to one person at a time. So it came to pass that before he knew where he was he was entreating his lovely cousin to marry him, and the moment the words had left his lips Paridamie appeared, smiling and triumphant, in the chariot of the queen of the fairies, for by that time they had all heard of her success and declared her to have earned the king­dom. She had to give a full account of how she had stolen Eosanella from her cradle and divided her character into twelve parts, that each might charm Prince Mirliflor, and when once more united might cure him of his incon­stancy once and forever.
And as one more proof of the fascination of the whole Rosanella, I may tell you that even the defeated Surcan-tine sent her a wedding-gift and was present at the cere­mony, which took place as soon as the guests could arrive. Prince Mirliflor was constant for the rest of his life. And indeed who would not have been in his place? As for Rosanella, she loved him as much as all the twelve beauties put together, so they reigned in peace and happiness to the end of their long lives.*
* By the Comte de Caylus.
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