The Grey Fairy Book - online childrens book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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' We should like to have supper with you,' said the prince.
' Well, supper is ready, and you are welcome,' replied the ogre, leading the way into the house, for he had had a good day, and there was plenty of game in the bag over his shoulder.
A table was quickly prepared, and the prince had already taken his place, when he suddenly exclaimed, ' After all, Buk Ettemsuch, suppose you come to suppei with me ? '
'Where?' asked the ogre.
' In my house. I know it is all ready.'
' But it is so far off — why not stay here ? '
.' Oh, I will come another day; but this evening I must be your host.'
So the ogre accompanied the prince and his attend­ants back to the palace. After a while the prince turned to the ogre and said :
' It is as a wooer that I appear before you. I seek a wife from an honourable family.'
'But I have no daughter,' replied the ogre.
' Oh, yes you have, I saw her at the window.'
' Well, you can marry her if you wish,' said he.
So the prince's heart was glad as he and his attend­ants rode back with the ogre to his house. And as they parted, the prince said to his guest, ' You will not forget the bargain we have made?'
'Iain not a young man, and never break my pro­mises,' said the ogre, and went in and shut the door.
Upstairs he found the maiden, waiting till he returned to have her supper, for she did not like eating by herself.
'I have had my supper,' said the ogre, 'for I have been spending the evening with the prince.'
' Where did you meet him?' asked the girl.
' Oh, we are neighbours, and grew up together, and to-night I promised that you should be his wife.'
' I don't want to be any man's wife,' answered she;
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