The GREEN Fairy Book - online children's book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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punish the woman, but the queen prevented him, say­ing:
''Alas! sire, do not let us make bad worse. No doubt this is a fairy!"
"You are right there," said the old woman, and imme­diately she stood up, and as they gazed at her in horror she grew gigantic and terrible, her staff turned to a fiery dragon with outstretched wings, her ragged cloak to a golden mantle, and her wooden shoes to two bundles of rockets. "You are right there, and you will see what will come of your fine goings on and remember the fairy Gorgonzola!" So saying she mounted the dragon and flew off, the rockets shooting in all directions and leaving long trails of sparks.
In vain did Farda-Kinbras and Birbantine beg her to return and endeavor by their humble apologies to pacify her. She never so much as looked at them and was very soon out of sight, leaving them a prey to all kinds of dis­mal forebodings. Very soon after this the queen had a little daughter, who was the most beautiful creature ever seen. All the fairies of the North were invited to her christening and warned against the malicious Gorgonzola. She also was invited, but she neither came to the banquet nor received her present; but as soon as all the others were seated at table, after bestowing their gifts upon the little princess, she stole into the palace, disguised as a black cat, and hid herself under the cradle until the nurses and the cradle-rockers had all turned their backs, and then she sprang out and in an instant had stolen the little princess' heart and made her escape, only being chased by a few dogs and scullions on her way across the court-yard. Once outside she mounted her chariot and flew straight away to the north pole, where she shut up her stolen treasure on the summit of the Ice Mountain, and sur­rounded it with so many difficulties that she felt quite easy about its remaining there as long as the princess lived, and then she went home, chuckling at her success. As to the other fairies, they went home after the banquet without discovering that anything was amiss, and so the king and queen were quite happy. Sabella grew prettier day by day. She learned everything a princess ought to know without the slightest trouble, and yet something alwavs seemed lacking to make her perfectly charming. She had an exquisite voice, but whether her songb wer§
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