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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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THE GREEN FAIRY BOOK.
the fairy Melinette, who arrived upon the scene just in time to snatch him up and carry him off at lightning speed to her castle in the air. Poor Potentilla, however had not the comfort of knowing this, for at the sight of the enchanter threatening her beloved prince she had given one shriek and fallen back insensible. When she recovered her senses she was more than ever convinced that he was dead, since even Melinette was no longer near her, and no one was left to defend her from the odious old enchanter.
To make matters worse, he seemed to be in a very bad temper, and came blustering and raging at the poor prin­cess
"I tell you what it is, madam," said he: '"'whether you love this whipper-snapper prince or not doesn't matter in the least. You are going to marry me, so you may as well make up your mind to it; and I am going away this very minute to make all the arrangements. But in case you should get into mischief in my absence, I think I had better put you to sleep."
So saying he waved his wand over her, and in spite of her utmost efforts to keep awake she sank into a profound and dreamless slumber.
As he wished to make what he considered a suitable entry into the king's palace, he stepped outside the prin­cess' little domain, and mounted upon an immense chariot with great solid wheels and shafts like the trunk of an oak tree, but all of solid gold. This was drawn with great difficulty by forty-eight strong oxen; and the enchanter reclined at his ease, leaning upon his huge club and hold­ing carelessly upon his knee a tawny African lion as if it had been a little lapdog. It was about seven o'clock in the morning when this extraordinary chariot reached the pulace gates. The king was already'astir and was about to set off on a hunting expedition; as for the queen, she had only just gone off into her first sleep, and it would have been a bold person indeed who ventured to wake her.
The king was greatly annoyed at having to stay and see a visitor at such a time, and pulled off his hunting-boots again with many grimaces. Meantime the enchanter was stumping about in the hall, crying:
"Where is this king? Let him be told that I must see him and his wife also."
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