The GREEN Fairy Book - online children's book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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front as outriders, and on the box sat a fat mouse as coach­man, and behind stood two litle frogs as footmen. In the carriage itself sat Puddocky, who kissed her hand to the prince out of the window as she passed by.
Sunk deep in thought over the fickleness of fortune that had granted him two of his wishes and now seemed about to deny him the last and best, the prince hardly noticed the absurd equipage, and still less did he feel in­clined to laugh at its comical appearance.
The carriage drove on in front of him for some time and then turned a corner. But what was his joy and surprise when suddenly, round the same corner, but coming toward him, there appeared a beautiful coach drawn by six splen­did horses, with outriders, coachmen, footmen, and other servants all in the most gorgeous liveries, and seated in the carriage was the most beautiful woman the prince had ever seen, and in whom he at once recognized the beautiful Parsley, for whom his heart had formerly burned. The carriage stopped when it reached him, and the footmen sprang down and opened the door for him. He got in and sat down beside the beautiful Parsley, and thanked her heartily for her help and told her how much he loved her.
And so he arrived at his father's capital, at the same moment as his brothers, who had returned with many carriage-loads of beautiful women. But when they were all led before the king, the whole court with one consent awarded the prize of beauty to the fair Parsley.
The old king was delighted, and embraced his thrice-fortunate son and his new daughter-in-law tenderly and appointed them as his successors to the throne. But he commanded the other women to be thrown into the water and drowned, like the bales of linen and the little dogs. The prince married Puddocky and reigned long and happily with her, and if they aren't dead I suppose they are living still.*
* From the German.
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