The GREEN Fairy Book - online children's book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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and thither seeking madly upon the ground or in the air, starting at every sound, pushing and trampling upon one another in their frantic eagerness to find the way to the Golden Eock.
"You see how they toil," said the fairy; "but it is all of no avail. They will end by dying of despair, as hun­dreds have done before them."
As soon as they had got back to the place where they had left Mousta the fairy disappeared, and the prince and his faithful squire, who had greeted him with every demonstration of joy, took the nearest way to the city. Here they stayed several days, while the prince provided himself with horses and attendants and made many in­quiries about Princess Sabella and the way to her king­dom, which was still so far away that he could hear but little, and that of the vaguest description, but when he presently reached Mount Caucasus it was quite a different matter. Here they seemed to talk of nothing but the Princess Sabella, and strangers from all parts of the world were traveling toward her father's court.
The prince heard plenty of assurances as to her beauty and her riches, but he also heard of the immense number of his rivals and their power. One brought an army at his back, another had vast treasures, a third was as hand­some and accomplished as it was possible to be; while as to poor Manikin, he had nothing but his determination to succeed, his faithful spaniel, and his ridiculous name— which last was hardly likely to help him, but as he could not alter it he wisely determined not to think of it any more. After journeying for two whole months thev came at last to Trelintin, the capital of the Princess Sabella's kingdom, and here he heard dismal stories about the Ice Mountain, and how none of those who had attempted to climb it had ever come back. He heard also the storv of King Farda-Kinbras, Sabella's father. It appeared that he, being a rich and powerful monarch, had mar­ried a lovely princess named Birbantine, and they were as happy as the day was long—so happy that as they were out sledging one day they were foolish enough to defy fate to spoil <uheir happiness.
"We shall see about that," grumbled an old hag who sat by the wayside blowing her fingers to keep them warm, ine king thereupon was very angry and wanted to
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