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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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THE GREEN FAIRY BOOK.
And that's how it will be all my life long whenever I meet anybody. You see what a weariness my life will be to me under these circumstances, and yet I assure you I am not ungrateful to you for all your kindness!' I did all I could," continued Saradine, "to make her think better of it, but in vain; so after going through the usual ceremony for taking back my gifts, I'm come to you for a little peace and quietness. But, after all, I have not taken anything of consequence from this provoking Celandine. Nature had already made her so pretty and given her such a ready wit of her own that she will do perfectly well without me. Still, I thought she deserved a little lesson, so to begin with I have whisked her off into the desert and there left her!"
"What! all alone and without any means of existence?" cried the kind-hearted old fairy. "You had better hand her over to me. I don't think so very badly of her, after all. I'll just cure her vanity by making her love some one better than herself. Really, when I come to consider of it, I declare the little minx has shown more spirit and originality in the matter than one expects of a princess."
Saradine willingly consented to this arrangement, and the old fairy's first care was to smooth away all the diffi­culties which surrounded the princess and lead her by the mossy path overhung with trees to the bower of the king and queen, who still pursued their peaceful life in the valley.
They were immensely surprised at her appearance, but her charming face and the deplorably ragged condition to which the thorns and briers had reduced her once elegant attire speedily won their compassion. They recognized her as a companion in misfortune, and the queen welcomed her heartily and begged her to share their simple repast. Celandine gracefully accepted their hospitality and soon told them what had happened to her. The king was charmed with her spirit, while the queen thought she had indeed been daring thus to go against the fairy's wishes.
Since it has ended in my meeting you," said the prin­cess 'I cannot regret the step I have taken, and if you will let me stay with you I shall be perfectly happy."
The King and queen were only too delighted to have this charming princess to supply the place of Prince *eatnernead, whom they saw but seldom, since the fairy
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