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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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92               THE GOAT-FACED GIRL
angrily: ' Dou't you know me, old Goat-beard ? And how dare you address me in such a way?'
' The pot can't call the kettle black,' answered the old man, ' for it is not I, but you who have a goat's head. Just wrait a moment, you ungrateful wretch, and I will show you to what a pass your want of gratitude has brought you.'
With these words he hurried away, and returned with a mirror, which he held up before Renzolla. At the sight of her ugly, hairy face, the girl nearly fainted with horror, and she broke into loud sobs at seeing her countenance so changed.
Then the old man said: ' You must remember, Renzolla, that you are a peasant's daughter, and that the fairy turned you into a queen; but you were ungrateful, and never as much as thanked her for all she had done for you. There­fore she has determined to punish you. But if you wish to lose your long white beard, throw yourself at the fairy's feet and implore her to forgive you. She has a tender heart, and will, perhaps, take pity on you.'
Renzolla, who was really sorry for her conduct, took the old man's advice, and the fairy not only gave her back her former face, but she dressed her in a gold em­broidered dress, presented her with a beautiful carriage, and brought her back, accompanied by a host of servants, to her husband. When the king saw her looking as beautiful as ever, he fell in love with her once more, and bitterly repented having caused her so much suffering.
So Renzolla lived happily ever afterwards, for she loved her husband, honoured the fairy, and was grateful to the old man for having told her the truth.
[From the Italian, Kletke,]
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