The Grey Fairy Book - online childrens book

Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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THERE was once upon a time a king who reigned over a country called ' Bello Puojo.' He was very rich and powerful, and had everything in the world he could desire except a child. But at last, after he had been married for many years, and was quite an old man, his wife Renzolla presented him with a line daughter, whom they called Cannetella.
She grew up into a beautiful girl, and was as tall and straight as a young fir-tree. When she was eighteen 37ears old her father called her to him and said : ' You are of an age now, my daughter, to marry and settle down ; but as I love you more than anything else in the world, and desire nothing but your happiness, I am determined to leave the choice of a husband to yourself. Choose a man after your own heart, and you are sure to satisfy me.' Cannetella thanked her father very much for his kindness and consideration, but told him that she had not the slightest wish to marry, and was quite determined to remain single.
The king, who felt himself growing old and feeble, and longed to see an heir to the throne before he died, was very unhappy at her words, and begged her earnestly not to disappoint him.
When Cannetella saw that the king had set his heart on her marriage, she said : ' Very well, dear father, I will marry to please you, for I do not wish to appear ungrate­ful for all your love and kindness ; but you must find me a
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